Book by Joel S. Goldsmith
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All the error that has existed down the ages is founded on the theory or belief of two worlds, one the heavenly kingdom, or spiritual life, and the other a material world or mortal existence, each separate from the other.
In spite of this sense of two worlds, men have always attempted to bring harmony into the discords of human existence through an attempt, by prayer, to contact this other world, or spiritual realm, and to bring Spirit, or God, to act upon the so-called material existence.
Let us begin with the understanding that our world is not an erroneous one, but rather that the universe in which we live is the realm of reality about which man entertains a false concept. The work of bringing health and harmony into our experience is not, then, getting rid of, or even changing, a mortal material universe, but correcting the finite concept of our existence. (Chapter: “Putting On Immortality” 21-22)
Our progress Spiritward is in proportion to the illumination which enables us to behold more and more of Reality. Because the human scene is entirely a misconception through misperception, any thought of helping, healing, correcting, or changing the material picture must be relinquished in order that we may see the ever-present Reality.
Spiritual illumination comes to us in a measure with our first investigation of truth. We believe that we are seeking good, or truth; whereas the light has begun to shine in our consciousness compelling us to take the steps we have since taken. Every increase of our spiritual understanding was more light appearing and dispelling the darkness of sense. This inflow of illumination will continue until we come to the full realization of our true identity as “the light of the world.” Without illumination, we struggle with the forces of the world; we labor for a living; we struggle to maintain our place and position; we compete for riches or honors. Often we war with our own friends and even find ourselves at war with ourselves. There is no security in personal possessions even after the battle to acquire them has been won.
Illumination first brings peace, then confidence and assurance; it brings rest from the world’s contests, and then all good flows to us through Grace. We see now that we do not live by acquiring, gaining, or achieving. We live by Grace; we possess all as the gift of God; we do not get our good, because we already have all good. “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have Is thine.” (Chapter: “Spiritual Illumination” 33-34)
Spiritual consciousness is the release from personal effort in the realization that harmony is. This consciousness, with its release from personal effort, is attained as we find the Christ within us a present reality. The Christ is the activity of Truth in individual consciousness. It is not necessarily declarations of truth as much as the receptivity to Truth. As we attain an inner stillness, we become more and more receptive to Truth declaring Itself to us, within us. The activity of this Truth in our consciousness is the Christ, the very presence of God. Truth received and continuously entertained in our consciousness is the law of harmony to all our affairs. It governs, guides, leads, directs, and supports our every activity of daily existence. Where a belief of illness or lack may be, this ever-present Truth becomes our healer and supplier, yes, our health and our supply. (Chapter: “The Christ” 51-52)
Truth is simple. There are no deep metaphysics or mysterious truths. It is either truth or not truth, but there cannot be deep truth and shallow truth, nor can there be degrees of truth. Truth to be truth must be absolute truth. We are concerned now with the truth that we individualize infinite power. We must not look to a power outside of, or apart from, ourselves. We individualize infinite power in proportion to our consciousness of Truth.
The Life which is God is our life. There is but one Life and this is the life of all being, of every individual. We individualize this eternal Life, and it is no less God in one than in another, and it is diseaseless and deathless in all. Our consciousness of this truth is the healing influence within us.
There is but one Consciousness, God. We individualize this omnipotent, omniscient Consciousness; therefore, our consciousness is the ever-present help in every circumstance. For this reason, we do not pray to, or contact, some far-off Being, but realize the omnipresence of divine Consciousness as our consciousness, and let go of the seeming problem. The awareness of this truth establishes us in the consciousness of the presence of Life, Truth, God. The understanding of the oneness of Consciousness as our consciousness, of Life as our life, is Truth eternal.
The next step in unfoldment is the realization that as the individualization of Consciousness, we embody within our own consciousness our body, our business, and our home. We can prove our dominion over the weather, climate, income, health, and body only as we know those to be the ideas of the consciousness which we are. Home, employment, and body are ideas within us and are subject to our understanding, and the consciousness of this truth gives us dominion. This does not exalt humanhood or make it divine: It wipes out humanhood and reveals our divinity. (Chapter: “The Christ” 57-58)
In healing work, we must turn from the structural universe which we see. We must remember that we are not called upon to heal it, change it, alter it, correct it, or save it. We are first of all to realize that it exists only as illusion, as the false sense of life. From this vantage point in consciousness, we behold through spiritual sense the “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (Chapter: “Our Real Existence” 61-62)
Every night we should realize that our rest does not bring to a close God’s activity in our experience, but that Love is the protecting influence and substance of our rest, that Consciousness is imparting Its ideas to us even in sleep, that Principle is the guiding law throughout the night. Nothing from without can enter consciousness to defile, and this truth stands guard at our mental portals to admit only reality and its harmonies.
Be a beholder, a witness. Watch the unveiling of the Christ in your consciousness.
There is a constant warfare between the flesh and the Spirit, and this will continue as long as we entertain any degree of corporeal sense. The attempt to bring Spirit and its laws to bear upon material concepts constitutes this war, and peace can only come when the structural sense of the universe and the corporeal sense of man have been overcome. (Chapter: “Our Real Existence” 64-65)
That there is a Soul-force we know, but that this Soul-power can do more for us than all the material and mental power combined is but little suspected. Perhaps one reason for the world’s lack of interest in this vast subject is that this great reservoir of power resident in our Soul cannot be used for selfish purposes. . . . (Chapter: “Soul” 83)
God is not in the human scene. If you were aware of the significance of this statement, you could lay down your life and pick it up again, at will.
Life is not at the mercy of matter.
God is not power. When you reach the center of Consciousness, you find a complete stillness–a deep well of Silence. It is not power, since there is nothing for it to be a power to, or over: It just IS.
(Chapter: “Wisdoms of The Infinite Way” 156)
God is not in the realm or reach of mind or thoughts. You must transcend mind and thought in order to reach God. . . .
When the spiritual student’s house of cards crumbles, he is near to “an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Spiritual Student! Rejoice as the outer building tumbles down, for the inner Temple is to be revealed.
(Chapter: “Wisdoms of The Infinite Way” 160, 163)
Do not expect the power of God to function in the “dream,” but rather to break the dream.
Do not contact God to adjust, change, or heal the dream. The understanding or awareness of God breaks the dream.
To know that one has been functioning in the dream is the beginning of the awakening.
True non-resistance is the ability not to expect God to function in the dream. This does not mean that one lives without God, but rather, one finds his life to be eternally in God.
To refrain from seeking the “help” of God is to be functioning in reality.
No longer reaching out to God, no longer seeking God’s help is to be awakening out of the dream into reality.
Whenever there is a sense of “needing” God, one is functioning in the dream.
(Chapter: “Wisdoms of The Infinite Way” 173-174)
When your thoughts unite in spiritual contemplation, every person, place, or thing becomes a spiritual delight.
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These things we perceive with the five senses are objects of mind, with no relationship to Truth.
All appearances are sense-objects — not of God, or Truth.
All that is objectively witnessed must be understood to be mental images or mind projections — never spiritual reality.
(Chapter: “Wisdoms of The Infinite Way” 176)
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