1952 Honolulu Class Series One
Tape 12 Side 2
Joel S. Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
Again, I repeat, there is a point which you must attain in this world, where you will realize that you do not live anymore, but that this Infinite Invisible is living your life. It goes before you to make all arrangements for you. It goes with you as protection, and It seems very often to provide you with very difficult experiences, and causes you to wonder: have I missed the way, have I lost my Christ, have I been abandoned, have I become unworthy? What mistake have I made?
Oh no, no. For all of us there will be the forty years of wilderness experience or there will be the wilderness experience of Elijah, or there will be the three-year ministry of the Master, sometimes resulting in persecution, even execution, but what of it? There will be the resurrection, and there will be the ascension still; for the simple reason that whatever this power is that is working in and through me to fulfill this mission, is working in and through me for a purpose, and It leads me in Its way, for Its own purpose, and I must fulfill It.
In the end, if I appear to have had many difficult experiences, many trials, tribulations, temptations, it is only that the world may see that there is a power of overcoming.
Again, He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world, and the very fact of overcoming is the proof to the world of the presence and of the power of this Spirit within.
When the Master says: I have overcome the world he means, of course, that at that time he has overcome all resistance to truth, all resistance to the harmonious activity of this spiritual consciousness, and that he now functions in the fourth dimension.
He now functions in that state of exalted consciousness which goes forward without material obstruction, without physical, mental, or moral hindrances, in that state of divine consciousness which is called “heaven”, in which the realities of God’s world have become so real that all sense of the three dimensional world has faded out.
Let us speak for a moment about this power, this spiritual consciousness, this Christ. To begin with, as taught by Jesus and Paul, and is revealed by Peter and John in their episode at the Temple Gate Beautiful; you see the universality of it.
In some of my writings, and of course, in some of the tapes you will find reference to the fact that this was the same power that operated in and as Moses, and brought about the manna from the sky, and the water from the rock, the opening of the Red Sea, the protection from Pharaoh.
The same power that operated in, through or as Elijah to bring him his protection in the wilderness when he was being sought for execution, that brought him his supply of food in the form of cakes baked on the stone, ravens bringing food, a poor widow sharing from an endless source.
Well then it becomes necessary to know this that the Master referred to this power and its timelessness in this wise—Before Abraham, was I AM. Before Abraham, was I AM, was this power, this presence, this thing which Moses declared and I restate: Before Abraham, was I AM, and Lo, I AM with you unto the end of the world. Lo, I AM with you unto the end of the world. I will never leave you nor forsake you.
And so as you understand the timelessness of this presence and power you will understand that at any time that It makes Its appearance in your experience it is not because It was not there prior to that, but that Its presence had not been realized or achieved. In other words, this infinite, divine Presence is with you now, but only through development of truth in your consciousness, only through the realization of truth in your consciousness, only through the activity of truth in your consciousness will It become as real and potent in your experience as It was in the experience of our Hebrew friends of old.
And of course, I only speak of our Hebrew and Christian friends because we use that particular language, but actually you know that I could tell you of the same power and same presence in the experience of the Orientals thousands of years and hundreds of years B.C.
You know that my study of the ancient scriptures has revealed the timelessness of the Christ. That being true, the only point that time plays in our demonstration is that particular time or experience in transition when we become consciously aware of the Presence, when It takes over our experience. From then on: Lo, I AM with you until the end of the world.
From then on this Power, this Presence lives your life, thinks your thoughts, does your deeds. He performeth that which is given you to do. He perfecteth that which concerneth me.Ah yes, life then is lived in the fourth dimension, in that state of consciousness requiring no personal power, no personal demonstration, no personal achievements; oh no, the ability to rest and relax and let the divine Presence, the divine Power take over unto the end of days.
Now let us speak of the nature and function of this power, the Christ. The Christ is the invisible activity and substance, law and continuity of that which appears as effect.
It is for this reason that you must not become hypnotized with appearances. By this I mean if you have an abundance of dollars or investments, do not become hypnotized into believing that because of this abundance of dollars and investments, or business that you have found economic security; because history will show you how many times such things have been wiped away.
If you have a bomb shelter in your garden, do not think you have demonstrated safety and security from wars and bombs; because history shows that it only takes a stronger bomb even to reach the strongest bomb shelter. There is no economic security in dollars. There is no safety and security in bomb shelters.
Do not think for a moment that if you have a healthy body, a healthy heart, liver, lungs that you have health. Many people have had these, and been stricken down. In other words, do not become attached to effect. Do not place your faith, your dependence, your reliance, your confidence on that which appears as effect.
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