“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of
disease.” Matt.10:1.

The twelve disciples represent the twelve qualities of mind which can be controlled and
disciplined by man. If disciplined they will at all times obey the command of the one who
has disciplined them.

These twelve qualities in man are potentials of every mind. Undisciplined their actions
resemble more the actions of a mob than they do of a trained and disciplined army. All
the storms and confusions that engulf man can be traced directly to these twelve
ill-related characteristics of the human mind in its present slumbering state. Until they
are awakened and disciplined they will permit every rumor and sensuous emotion to
move them.

When these twelve are disciplined and brought under control the one who accomplishes
this control will say to them, “Hereafter I call you not slaves but friends.” He knows that
from that moment on each acquired disciplined attribute of mind will befriend and
protect him.

The names of the twelve qualities reveal their natures. These names are not given to
them until they are called to discipleship. They are: Simon, who was later renamed
Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of
Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas.

The first quality to be called and disciplined is Simon or the attribute of hearing. This
faculty, when lifted to the level of a disciple, permits only such impressions to reach
consciousness as those which his hearing has commanded him to let enter. No matter
what the wisdom of man might suggest or the evidence of his senses convey, if such
suggestions and ideas are not in keeping with that which he hears, he remains
unmoved. This one has been instructed by his Lord and made to understand that every
suggestion he permits to pass his gate will, on reaching his Lord and Master (his
consciousness), leave its impression there, which impression must in time become an

The instruction to Simon is that he should permit only dignified and honorable visitors or
impressions to enter the house (consciousness) of his Lord. No mistake can be covered

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