Contemplative Meditation (4/6)

Infinite Way Letter
August 1956
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 6

CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION
Be Taught of God
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
I Corinthians 2:12, 13
Between the spiritual teacher and student there is a reciprocal spark of receptivity and responsiveness, because always the teacher has something to share which the student cannot obtain in any other way. The truth of God must be imparted only to the children of God—to those of one’s own household, to those of one’s own state of consciousness—for only such can receive it. That is why the message of The Infinite Way is suitable for teaching or sharing with those who seek it, but cannot be given to the public at large. Paul tells us that “…the natural man 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.”
Because of the fact that people are of vastly different and varying states and stages of consciousness, it is impossible for any one individual to present the truth for the entire world. In this connection it is important that we realize this: all cannot receive Jesus Christ. There are those to whom the teachings of Buddha, Lao-tse, and Shankara are acceptable; others to whom the Hebrew prophets present the truth; and others to whom The Infinite Way and other modern teachings point the way to spiritual attainment. Scripture tells us, “…they shall be all taught of God,” and ultimately each one will find his own teacher. Then it is that nothing can separate two such souls that have been united from a higher sphere in this state of spiritual consciousness.
We all have witnessed spiritual healing as it has been brought forth by The Infinite Way and other teachings, and always the source is the same. The principle is this: that since God is infinite, God is the only power. Therefore, what the world calls sin and disease are not power! If they were power, sin and disease could not be overcome. The only reason they exist in human consciousness is because, ever since the time of Adam, there has prevailed a universal belief in two powers—good and evil. Sometimes the words we use to discuss healing seem rather in the way of a contradiction or concession to the Bible, because there it appears that there is a power called God which does heal sin and disease. It is when you contact the realm of Spirit that you find this is not true—there are not two powers, because there are no opposites in Spirit. Once you realize your oneness with God, you discover there is no power with which disease can be healed, because you will find no disease to heal. Healing is merely a “Suffer it to be so now,” to demonstrate God’s harmony on earth.
The healing gift consists of a state of consciousness which recognizes and acknowledges only one Power, God; and which knows there is no power in sin and disease. It is when you open your inner Self to that which is, permitting is to fill your consciousness, as you become aware of it in meditation, that the appearances of sin and disease dissolve and fade away. There have been other masters who showed forth healing, but it was this knowing and awareness of one Power that enabled Jesus to reveal it in its fullness.
Aside from his healing ministry Jesus was given another and greater work, and that was to reveal the kingdom of heaven on earth. By his healings Jesus proved that God was speaking and acting through him, and never before nor since has there been such an exposition of witnessing God in action. To some degree, in the days immediately following, the disciples were able to carry it on. Jesus’ teaching mission was much more important than the healing, however. So also, the major ministry of The Infinite Way is not healing but teaching, and letting the healings accompany the teaching. The harvest is ripe but the laborers are few, and so what is most needed are students who can teach as well as heal.
The ministry of Christ is universal and is being brought to light through many avenues. It is this that will leaven the human scene until, eventually, there will be a day when no one needs healing. Once, when the seventy joyously returned from a healing mission, they said to the Master, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” But the Master, with great understanding and compassion, replied, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” In other words, rejoice not in the healing itself, but rejoice that you are spiritual and already perfect; rejoice that there is but one Power, and therefore there is no one and no condition to be healed. God does not give us power over evil. Rather, God reveals that we are His children, and with that revelation there is no need for healing, because the Son of God never needs healing!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” When the Master spoke these words, he meant that he had overcome the illusion of this world. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace”—by which he meant spiritual peace—the Christ-peace, the peace that has no qualities, no degrees, but is always at the stand-point of perfection. There are no discords in heaven, and once the Christ-peace is accepted in consciousness there is no more need for healing, for we will have realized that sin, disease, lack, limitation, and death are not powers and have no place in God’s kingdom. Yes, even death will be overcome, for there will be no conditions leading to death.
I have overcome the world.” What is this I that performs such a miracle? I am that I am. Where is this I? I am within you—closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…. I have meat to eat that ye know not of…the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life….I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst….I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The Lord thy God in the midst of you will never leave you, nor forsake you, and is available every day of your life as you cease struggling and fearing and retire into quiet, confident, and grateful communion with the Father, in the realization that the allness of the kingdom of God is within you.
The greatest healing principle in the world is to be able to recognize and rely on the I that is within you. When you come into this realization your work will be a work of love, for I am fulfillment. All good flows to the individual who learns the password I, and nothing of a discordant nature can come nigh the dwelling place of one who understands its profound meaning. Take this understanding of I into the secret chambers of your being, remembering always that it is only what you know in secret that can be shouted from the housetops. If you pray in public you will receive the approval of men, but if you pray and commune and show forth your love of God in secret you will be rewarded by your Father who heareth in secret. Who is your Father? I am!
Let your prayer be: “Thank you, Father: I am. The kingdom of God is within me.” In this communion with the inner Self, the divine I, you need not pray for any thing, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. You have only to accept the abundant blessings that are continuously pouring out of you and through you. In this communion, ask only for awakening, understanding, and light—that you may be taught of the Holy Ghost, and that you may “know the things that are freely given to us of God.

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