“The Intellect informs us that we must think of the Absolute as containing within Itself all the Power there is, because there can be no other source or reservoir of Power, and there can be no power outside of the All-Power. … Any laws of the universe must have been imposed by It, for there is no other law-giver, and every manifestation of Energy, Force, or Power, perceived or evident in Nature must be a part of the Power of the Absolute working along lines laid down by it.
“Next, the Intellect informs us that it is compelled to think of the Absolute as containing within Itself all possible Knowledge or Wisdom, because there can be no Knowledge or Wisdom outside of It, and therefore all the Wisdom and Knowledge possible must be within It. We see Mind, Wisdom, and Knowledge manifested by relative forms of life, and such must emanate from the Absolute.” ~William Walker Atkinson
Since Atkinson capitalized “Intellect”, I think we can assume that he is not talking about the intellect of the human mind, but of Divine Consciousness which knows all and cannot be deceived. Even if we choose to rely on the limited human mind, if we believe in God that we must accept that He is ultimately the source of all true power. This doesn’t include the artificial power of politics or business leaders, but only true power. So while man has the power to create, within limits, the source of that power is God and ultimately, since he is the source of this gift, what we create, we are creating with His Power. If you are a home builder and you have been contracted to build a house for someone, isn’t it logical that the person paying for the house, in essence the one providing the “power” to build it, should be the one to decide how the house should look? The same is true when using God’s Power. It is intended to be used to do God’s work, not to feed human egos. And often, when people use the power against God’s Plan, they find their power will be taken from them, or they will suffer some disaster as a consequence.
Of course, if you look only at the direct source, you find that much of the power in the material worlds comes form Satan and the other beings of darkness. This makes some think that obeying the will of the dark ones will therefore give them great power, at least in the material world, and often it does, but there are problems with this. First, Satan and the other fallen ones are not at all of a generous nature. When they “give” you something, they expect to be paid. And if the payment was not agreed upon in advance, you may regret the deal when you get the bill. Second, since God is the source of all Power as He is the All, and the origin of All, the power that you get from Satan is power stolen from God. It is not really Satan’s to give. And if you use that power in opposition to God, you will make Satan happy, but you will fall under God’s law and that Law, Karma if you wish, requires you to pay in kind for your deeds and your use of power. This is why Jesus said you cannot serve two masters, you cannot serve darkness and light, Satan and God. So the sensible thing to do is always serve God.
We are then told that not only all Power, but all Wisdom and Knowledge ultimately comes from God. You may not get the knowledge directly from God, but when traced back to it’s source, you will always find that God is the ultimate source, the well from which all rivers and streams of knowledge flow.
It is also obvious, I think, that God knows what is true knowledge that comes from Him, and what is false knowledge: the lies of Satan or the opinions of materialistic intellectuals. This ability to distinguish between true knowledge and mere opinion, or deliberate lies is true Wisdom and this also comes from God.
So the final lesson here is that if one desires real wisdom, real knowledge, and real power, one must turn to God, awaken his spiritual faculties, and work on achieving God’s Great Plan. And in so doing,we gain not a temporary illusion of power and success in the material world, but the true power and success of being immortal when we unite with our immortal souls.