Contemplative Meditation (2/6)

Infinite Way Letter
August 1956
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 6
CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION
The Middle Path
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Matthew 5:23,24
If, at any time, you attempt to pray or commune with God and remember that you are holding varying concepts of good and evil—stop right there and make peace within yourself by agreeing that only God is good, and that the infinity of God’s goodness leaves nothing of an evil or destructive nature. When you stand in the Presence in spiritual purity, no longer at war within yourself against any person, any thing, or any condition, coming to the Father with clean hands, having naught against anyone, entertaining no false concepts, and accepting nothing as evil—at peace with all creation—then you may return to your prayer.
The grace of God is enabled to flow in a consciousness that is not divided and at war, that is single-pointed and single-eyed, that acknowledges one Presence, one Power, with no opposites and no opposition. In this undefiled state of spiritual purity the grace of God pervades, overspreads, and fills your mind, your body, your Soul, your very being. Then is prayer answered. But while we live in a dual world wherein we believe someone or something possesses qualities or propensities of good or evil we are a state of consciousness at war—a house divided against itself—and the grace of God cannot reveal itself in such a divided household. We must be of a single mind, we must see with a single eye, and to do that we must withdraw all labels of good and evil, and acknowledge all good to be of God—for God alone is good.
We must continue to be in the world, but not of it. We must continue to care for the affairs of our family, social, and business life, as well as community, national, and international life—but while doing so we must not accept the world’s standards. We must be above all such concepts, and we must stand back and realize that inherent in all this universe there is no power or property of evil whatsoever. Make it a daily practice to go to the altar with a consciousness free of enmity, free of beliefs of evil powers, evil presences, evil conditions, evil potentialities. Bring unto God a consciousness purified with the understanding that God alone is good; that God’s goodness is the truth of individual being, individual conditions, individual thoughts, individual things; that there is no other power, no other law. Then your prayer reaches the throne of heaven, the very center of your being, and the entire universe is enfolded in God’s grace.
There is only one truth, and that is God. Therefore, to behold evil in any way is to behold evil in God. There is no evil. There is only an infinity of good, an eternality of good—God, the all Good, is the only truth. Purge consciousness of the belief in appearances that testify to two powers and recognize only one Power—God, infinite good. As you behold the Christ as the reality of every individual, the substance, law, and activity of every condition, you hold no duality in your consciousness, and none can return to you. In proportion as this truth is active in your consciousness you are truly master of your fate and captain of your Soul.
There is no power and no law capable of opposing the value of 2×2; there is no power and no law capable of setting aside the harmony of do, re, mi. These quantities and qualities are intact and unchangeable, without opposition, governed by immutable laws which are maintained and sustained unto eternity. This is true of every man, woman, and child on earth. There is no power to destroy the perfection and harmony of our being. There is no opposition to immortality and eternality. A dual mind has led us to believe in two powers, but now, in this day of purification, we return to our Father’s house, where we see as God sees. In this consciousness we are too pure to behold iniquity, because we are beholding with Christ consciousness—the consciousness of God. We do not believe that there is an evil person, thing, condition, power, or propensity in this entire universe. This consciousness is the mind that was in Christ Jesus. When that mind said, to what appeared as a cripple, “Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thine house,” it recognized no condition apart from God—it saw only the body which is God.
No individual possesses any personal qualities of goodness—nor any personal qualities of evil. But every individual possesses Christhood—God-ness, God-being—that pure state of consciousness in which there are no opposites and no opposition. We are too pure to behold two powers, one good and one evil; two substances, one spiritual and one material. Through the mind that was in Christ Jesus, we behold the vision of one Power, one Presence, and that One, God.
It has taken long and arduous generations to meet the discords and inharmonies of human sense because we have persistently entertained a sense of a selfhood apart from God by accepting the belief that there is someone or something from which we must gain freedom. As long as we prolong that state of consciousness we cannot be free in Christ. Here we must make a definite distinction: never seek to be free from any person or condition, because, in so doing, veritably you set up the duality. Seek freedom in Christ! Never seek freedom from the world. Seek freedom in Christ—in the awareness that you are free in Christ; that Christ is the life that permeates your being in harmony, health, completeness, and perfection; that Christ is the liberty wherewith you are clad. Realize this freedom in Christ as the perfection of spiritual being. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
End Part 2

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