1959 San Diego Special Class
Tape 271 Side 2
Specific Principles – continued
By Joel S. Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
So, if you follow the tapes from the beginning, you will find that in every class there are scriptural passages or a scriptural story that has been explained. And I would like you to know that in every case it was given to me at that time, on the platform. It was not known before. We had an experience in New York, 1956, when I got on the platform of the theater – theater filled with people – to give a lecture, and I gave the whole story of Genesis One and Two. Never before in my life have I known the story of Genesis. Out it came. It became the subject of that lesson, of that class.
So you see, then, that when . . . and this would happen if you were in the business world, or art, or literature . . . when you are attuned to the spirit, everything necessary for the fulfillment of your experience comes into expression. And that is the meaning of the Master’s mystical teaching: I am the bread, the wine, the water. I am the staff, the bread of life. I am life eternal. I am the resurrection. Now this I is in the midst of you, as it was in the midst of him. But you see, Moses had had an experience on the mountain top in which he realized, I is the secret of life. I is God. I am – that means God – and in that realization that God isn’t up in heaven, God isn’t lo, here or God isn’t lo, there. God is the Iin the midst of you. And it changed him from a shepherd into the leader and savior of the Hebrew people.
Now Jesus Christ is a Hebrew Rabbi, preaching in the Hebrew Synagogue, but somewhere along the line, he too has revelation. I am the bread. I am life eternal. I’m not seeking a God, I’m not praying to a God. I am the way, I am the truth. I am in the midst of me is God, closer to me than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. Why am I searching this world for God? Why am I looking for truth? Why am I seeking a way? I am is the way. I am is the truth. I am is life eternal. I am is the spirit in the midst of me, the teacher, the savior, the Christ, the comforter.
And from a Hebrew Rabbi, he has become the founder of Christianity, its leader, its way-shower, its teacher, its everything. But only for one reason – not because he continued to teach Hebrew law, not because he believed any longer in observing Sabbath, not because he believed any longer in communions. Of communions he said, “Suffer it to be so now,” – if that’s the way you want it, but it has no importance. Ceremonies, rites, rituals – he discarded them all because now he knew, you’re not worshipping a God afar off that you have to please. Now you have God in the midst of you, an all-knowing intelligence; an infinite, divine love; the comforter, the healer; and now you only have to turn within – commune with this withinness.
At this moment, let us say there is a Joel, and he turns within and communes with this inner being which is I, or I am, but as it continues long enough, Joel comes to the realization that there is no longer Joel. I am he. I am the only Joel. And therefore, after a period of communion, you lose even the ability to commune, and you attain union. And then, from then on, the spirit flows from within, not to anyone, but AS individual you. But it is really God, appearing as you. It is really God, expressing as your life. It is really God, uttering these words, appearing as human form, that’s all. So it is, then, that every mystic who has ever lived has attained or become the mystic only by virtue of having had a religious experience in which the revelation came, I.
So far as we know, the only American mystic was Whitman. Walt Whitman is the only American mystic of whom we have any knowledge. And how do we know that he is a mystic? Because he never said anything about anything. He never taught any truth about truth. He declared, “I am the life of this grass on which I trod. I am the life of the sun, the moon, the stars. I am the city.” And he shocked the world because on his walks one night, he passed a prostitute across the street, and then he wrote in his book, “I am that. I am the prostitute. I am the life of her being.” It shocked the world, but all he meant to convey was that whether it’s animal, vegetable, mineral, or whether you call it good or bad, I is actually the reality of its being. It may not yet have awakened to the truth. I’m sure the prostitute didn’t know that I in the midst of her was God, or she would no longer have been a prostitute. Just like the woman taken in adultery, the minute she realized the nature of the Christ, she was no longer an adulteress.
So we find that the thief, once he realizes the nature of spirit, is no longer a thief, and so on. And the human being, even the good one, is no longer a good human being – once they have realized I. I in the midst of me is mighty. I am the way. I have told this to classes, that as a boy in school, my name was Joel S. Goldsmith, and I was so proud of it that I just wouldn’t allow even that “S” to be left out. Nobody could do that without a correction, and nobody could shorten my name either, and call me “Joe” or “Joseph.” It was “Joel,” and it was “S,” and it was “Goldsmith.” And the very first thing that happened to me after the first spiritual experience was that the “S” didn’t interest me anymore, and I dropped it, and it remained only in legal matters or legal papers of identity because I am registered from birth as “S,” “Joel S.” And so it continues but only for religious purposes . . . for legal purposes, and where I sign “Joel Goldsmith,” there is no “S” in it.
But later, the “Goldsmith” dropped away, and I had no more interest in it. So far as I was concerned, the only name I recognized was “Joel,” and the first thing you know, that’s the way it appeared on my Letters. Not by purpose, not by intent, it just gradually happened that as I wrote “Joel,” the signature was complete. And that’s the way it is. “Goldsmith” now is only a convenience. Hotels always insist that you have two names, but actually everyone really knows me as “Joel,” and it is because of that, people who meet me the first time say, “I’d like to call you Joel,” and the reason is that the rest has fallen away.
So it is, when you realize the I, family history is of so little importance. The past, the prosperity, all of this becomes so unimportant. Why? If you destroy this temple – whether it’s this body, or whether it is this bank account, or anything else that exists as a possession – I will raise it up again. In a very short time, I will have everything that I have now – even if, for some reason, this minute it were all taken away. And therefore, there is no longer an attachment to any thing or any place or any country or any city or any home. It has only the quality of usefulness. If it’s useful now, let it be so. If not, let it go.
End Part 3