#11 – Wisdoms of the Infinite Way
Prayer is the absence of desire in the recognition of IS.
From – Tape 705-1
1955 Johannesburg Closed Class
The Inner Meaning
By Joel Goldsmith
Good Evening! (Response)
I have been asked if there is a way in which we can train ourselves to practice the presence of God, some simple way that everyone on the face of the globe could practice. And there is such a way. It is a way that has very, very deep possibilities. And yet it is so simple that it can be taught to a six-year old child. And that way is this: Let us assume for a moment that this is a telephone and the bell rings. And I pick up the receiver, and ordinarily it’s this way, “Hello!” Now let us change that mode and within three days watch a miracle in your life. Pick up your receiver, wait a second, and then say “Hello!” And very quickly you’ll begin to see the miracles come in your life.
In this brief – and then “Hello” you have waited for the Christ to enter, and It enters. If we do this, you are out there on the phone and I’m here, “Hello!” and you say, “Hello!” there are two human beings. They can be friendly and they can be unfriendly. They can start friendly and end up with a fight. But the moment that I learn to pick this up, admit the Christ, and then talk, there are three of us. There is you and me and the Christ between us. And the presence of that Christ between us levels the whole of human experience and makes it a spiritual one. Out of two human beings it makes two spiritual beings. Out of misunderstanding it makes for understanding. Out of incompatibility it makes for understanding, harmony and peace.
Now, when that practice is followed in every detail of our lives, for instance sitting down to breakfast in the morning and never touching anything on the plate there until the blink of the eye. That momentary pause, which admits the Christ, acknowledges the Christ. Never leaving home, never crossing the door without touching the knob of the door, and waiting that second for Christ to go before. Never going into a door, through a doorway, into a building, without a momentary pause, which admits the Christ before you. Never going marketing, never going shopping, never going up to a counter to buy anything, never sitting down in a restaurant, without that momentary pause.
And you see it changes all relationships, because instead of two human beings facing each other as human beings, that invisible, intangible presence, this transcendental being called Christ or the Spirit of God or the Comforter, that enters our relationship. And that transforms our relationship. That transforms the relationships between buyers and sales people, between employers and employees, between teachers and students.
It changes the entire aspect of one’s life. And you see, it not only operates as a leveler between us, I mean in all of our relationships, but pausing for the admission of the Christ, we no longer depend on our human wisdom. That pause lets in the spiritual guidance. We make no decision; we wait for that spiritual guidance. We do not open our mouths to talk without waiting for that spiritual presence. Every activity of the day – none can be neglected, although at the first – I’m trying to say that three-quarters of them are neglected the first day or second or third. And then you remember, “Oh, I forgot the last time.” And then you begin all over again. But that’s all right, there’s no harm done.
The thing is that we begin, and that every time we forget to admit the Christ that we redouble our efforts to remember it the next time. And until the day comes when it is not so much a conscious effort as, almost you might say an involuntary effort. It is done without conscious thinking. You just automatically do it. It’s like driving a car and then afterward wondering how it is that you drove it when you can’t remember shifting gears or touching this, that or the other thing and yet it all took place?