Infinite Way Letter
1964 – October
Aka – Realization of Oneness
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 5
“It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee”
Safety As An Activity of Consciousness
Once you know that anything that is the emanation of the carnal mind is without law, without God-being, God-presence, or God-power, you have begun to nullify it. If it does not yield the first time, keep at it a hundred times if necessary. Sometimes it takes hundreds of times of knowing the truth to break a situation. Undoubtedly, the Master at his height could have broken through any hypnotism immediately, but you and I are not at the level at present.
It is only the degree and the depth of your awareness that really meet a situation. So if you have not had a sufficient awareness today to meet an apparently unyielding situation, go back to a realization of the principles a second, third, or fourth time, and keep at it until the problem dissolves. The time will come when you will find that there will be very little human effort involved, very little mental effort, but that will come only as these principles are embodied within you and become real to you.
In the early stages of working consciously with these principles whenever you receive suggestions of bad weather, accidents, sickness, sin, war, depressions, lack, or unemployment—as soon as these things touch your consciousness—it is necessary to be alert enough to know that this is the tempter. This is the temptation; this is a suggestion of a power and a presence apart from God. Then you must reject it in the realization that it is nothing but the fleshly mind. With that, you dismiss it, and that is the end of it. It takes only a minute, but in that minute you have consciously recognized within yourself the power of Truth, and Truth being infinite, nothing else can enter.
On every side, you are witnessing sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, unemployment, disfigurement, alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty. All these things confront you on the streets, in the press, and on the radio, and you cannot afford to be a blotting paper. You cannot afford to let those things enter your consciousness and take root. You must be consciously alert to realize, “Yes, these are pictures of sense; these are mental images—suggestions being presented to me—but in my understanding of one God, one power, one law, they are nothing.”
Then you will find that you are abiding “in the secret place of the most High,” and none of these things will come nigh your dwelling place—if not literally “none of these things,” certainly few. And when they do come, you have a principle with which to work to free yourself from the belief in them.
As far as I know, there are no human beings on earth who have completely avoided all discords and inharmony—not even those who have locked themselves away in monasteries or convents—because that same old human mind follows them wherever they go, and it accepts these suggestions even when they are not aware of them. There is no place where we can go to hide from the world’s troubles because wherever we go we carry our mind with us, and if it is a receiving station for the suggestions of the world, we do not have to see, hear, taste, touch, or smell them in order to become aware of them. They are in the atmosphere. Jesus referred to them as appearances when he said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Everything that came to his awareness was an appearance, and he never judged by what he saw. He let it pass by in the realization that it was only an appearance and could have no power.
End Part 4