Contemplative Meditation (3/6)

Infinite Way Letter
August 1956
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 6
CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION
The Middle Path – continued
Freedom is a quality enjoyed when we have overcome duality by refusing to entertain any sense of iniquity or destruction, or beliefs in a presence or power apart from God. We are clothed and in our right mind when we are clad with the liberty of the Sons of God. As long as there is a sense of duality in an individual’s consciousness he is subject to the discords of the world, but they will not come nigh the dwelling place of one who dwelleth in the “secret place of the most High”—in Christ consciousness. Realize freedom in the oneness of consciousness in which there is no presence or power opposed to God. Freedom is in and of Christ—it is never to be obtained from any one or any thing.
No man is a healer, nor can any man become a healer, but every man can reveal God’s grace, harmony, and peace governing and maintaining this universe—in just the same way that the mathematician corrects the belief that 2×2 equals 5 by knowing that 2×2 equals 4. the mathematician changes nothing, corrects nothing, except the erroneous premise—because 2×2 is never other than 4. We do not heal—we simply rectify the erroneous belief that there is someone or something to be healed by correcting the concept that there are two powers operating in the experience of the world. In this correct understanding we acknowledge God’s law alone operating in all of creation.
As we quietly ponder and consider this great spiritual truth we are experiencing a distinct form of meditation, but one that includes much more than the word implies. It is communion with, and in, Truth; it is prayer; and it is treatment. We may apply any of these terms, but, actually, the highest connotation is that of contemplative meditation, wherein we have shut out the world of persons and things by contemplating the nature of Truth as one. In this meditation, in which we contemplate Truth as power, there is no such thing as evil power. As we contemplate Truth as substance, there is no other substance to be overcome or destroyed. In this meditation no lie can enter to violate the truth of oneness. This contemplative meditation of God’s grace and goodness is the prayer that results in realization, whereby that which we have been contemplating becomes real and demonstrable. It is for this reason that we may also call it treatment. During this period of contemplation and reflection, there comes a moment of complete silence in which we wait upon the Lord—“Speak, Lord: for thy servant heareth,” and as we wait in this silence, from the very depths of our innermost being there comes the unmistakable certainty of God’s presence—a feeling that this that we have declared and acknowledged is true! In this sacred and holy state we have realized prayer, realized treatment, realized meditation—realized God! Never be content, however, merely to let the act of meditation, contemplation, prayer, or treatment suffice. Never be satisfied until you have actually turned to the Father within and, after relaxing in the everlasting arms, listened and waited until the seal is placed upon it.
Contemplative meditation is a holy sacrament and should never be discussed even among one’s closest spiritual friends. Keep it sacred and secret until such time as it becomes such a positive conviction and realization that you are able to demonstrate it in bringing forth harmonies in your own existence and to those around you. Then it speaks for itself, and reveals itself to others.
This Middle Path is the highest revelation of the Master’s teaching, and one which even only a few of the disciples were able to comprehend, so do not attempt to teach or demonstrate it until it has become your own. Because of the depth of this truth it has been lost to the world, because it is difficult and almost impossible to accept in the face of appearances which are always testifying to the opposites of good and evil, poverty and wealth, sickness and health, life and death. Perhaps even some who are reading these words (with the exception of students of serious and positive intent) will find it difficult to believe that absolutely no one and no thing in all this universe possesses an evil power, capacity, or propensity. This spiritual perception and discernment is achieved through inner reflection, contemplation, and meditation upon all these truths, whereby the principle of one Power, Good, is revealed from within your individual being. Some of you have only my word for it; some have only a few pages of scripture or statements of truth as their basis; some are a step further and have an inner feeling that this is true—but that is not enough. Just as Mary took the Babe down into Egypt where it was hidden for a year, so must you take this truth into your consciousness and hide it, ponder it, meditate upon it, until the time when your own Soul says, “This is the truth.” When that day of inner realization dawns you will behold that even in this objectified world it is true. Then, and only then, can you begin the mission of revealing this truth to whoever may be receptive to it.
Again we must speak a word of caution: do not, under any circumstances, give this great truth to the unprepared thought! Never discuss or argue truth. Truth does not lend itself to reason: either one feels the rightness of it or he does not, and, if not, one is not ready for the experience. “…the natural man (that is, the unprepared thought) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The Master was well aware of the unbelieving and skeptical thought, for he once remarked, “…neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” We have all witnessed that until a person is prepared to receive spiritual vision, he will not even accept the healing of a disease or discord as an actual demonstration of truth. Therefore, if you feel the rightness of this truth, keep it within yourself—treasure it as you would cherish a precious gem, and share it discreetly only with those who appreciate gems.
The evidence of the senses tells us that sin, disease, lack, limitation, and death are detrimental and destructive powers. But this truth I now give to you: there is no power, either of good or evil, in anyone, in any thing, or in any effect. All power is in God, and that power is good. It was this vision of one Power, in which he beheld a spiritual universe governed, maintained, and sustained by the grace of God, in which there was no evil to be overcome, no disease to be healed, no sinner to be reformed, no death to fear, that enabled the Master to stand fearless before Pilate, and say, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.” And when he said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you,” he was telling us, in effect: “The peace of my undivided consciousness, which is of the household of God, possessing only the qualities and attributes of God, peopled only with the children of God—that peace I give unto you.” As you entertain this divine idea, this spiritual truth of oneness, you also will find that the power and peace of an undivided household will descend upon you—“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
End Part 3

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