The Battle Is Not Yours

Photo of Joel S. GoldsmithHere is a short but powerful piece that was recently posted on a Facebook page for Joel Goldsmith. It highlights very valid spiritual principles which he directly addresses and discusses wonderfully. Your spiritual unfoldment will be tremendously advanced as you work with these principles over a period of time — learning them, pondering them, contemplating them — until a measure of the inner realization of its truth comes to you.

Carpe diem.

The Battle Is Not Yours
(From Joel’s private papers.
Reproduced as published in Facebook.)

Whenever you are going through a period of unhappiness, or illness, or lack of peace, or lack of prosperity, or frustration, remember that this has NOTHING to do with your outer world. It is imperative that you grasp this! You will be tempted to believe your external world is causing the difficulty — that it is distracting you or causing you pain. But this is not so at all.

If you can discern that this represents a battle going on within you, you will quickly achieve victory just through the ability to discern that no person or condition or situation is doing anything to you. This is a battle within you. Your HIGHER SELF, whom you have embraced, the CHRIST, is seeking ascendancy over the mortal sense into which you were born. This is the SON OF GOD in you, struggling to come into manifestation and expression. I must not seek victory over outer conditions or persons, but rather let the Christ of me come into ascendancy and it will be the Light revealing that there is no darkness.

The battle can never be against people or conditions or things. The battle must always be within yourself until your REAL SELF, your SPIRITUAL SELF has risen. Then you will find that this outer world is already heaven. When you are tempted to fight any false sense of appetite, sin, disease, condition, lack or limitation in any form, please relax at once and realize that this is not true. Don’t condemn yourself. The battle is your CHRIST SELF trying to break through into manifestation, and as you relax from the struggle, and stop condemning yourself, and stop fighting evil and put up your sword and rest in quietness and peacefulness, the CHRIST will come into ascendancy.

We must have SELF respect! We must practice what we are taught. We must accept this principle that the CHRIST is breaking through into ascendancy and let the battle between the flesh and the SPIRIT rage. It is no contest! We have nowhere to go. Every knee is going to bend.

So let the battle rage and let the CHRIST come into ascendancy. You and I can do nothing about that. We can’t make is so and we can’t hurry it. All we can do is surrender and be as forgiving of ourselves as we are of our neighbor. The Master said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” The CHRIST does not come in you to lift you up to a “cloud nine” existence. It comes to tear you away from the self which must die one way or another. Even the good self, it has to die. When you are going through difficulties, it is so important to remember that it is the CHRIST that is doing it and it is not the devil or Satan or the carnal mind or the job, our illness, your domestic situation — none of that is true. It is the CHRIST. It is doing this in order to take you out of your fleshly peace, your temporal peace and even your fleshly health. “Be not afraid, it is I.”

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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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