1959 New York Closed Class
Tape 289, Side 1
The Infinite Way Principles of God –
The Fabric of Being –
Impersonalization & Nothingization
By Joel Goldsmith
God never created a power to destroy God or God’s creation; therefore there isn’t any power of evil. In proportion as you accept this, work with it, apply it, you will gradually, by proof, attain the consciousness of it. In other words, as you yourself witness error dissolve. For instance, if you are dealing with a cold or grippe, flu, and you are willing to sit quietly – and it’s easier to deal with somebody else’s than your own in the beginning – ponder, reflect, meditate, cogitate on this truth: God, infinite being, besides which there is no other; God Omnipotence, and there can’t be another power; nothing can be empowered to do evil . . . How could it be in a God of infinity, a God of infinite good, a God of infinite power, of Omnipotence? How could anything be empowered? Why God constitutes all being; God constitutes all being; Good constitutes all being. Then what I’m faced with is not evil. It’s not a germ. I am faced with a belief in two powers, and I’m not accepting it. I’m not accepting it. There can’t be two powers; there can’t be God and any other power; there can’t even be a power for good anywhere. There can only be God Itself, maintaining and sustaining the integrity of Its own being.
And watch this cold or grippe or flu as it dissolves. And after you’ve watched it a few times, you’ll begin to have less faith in the power of evil, and a lot more assurance that the principle of oneness is the principle of life. Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one . . . .one – one infinite being, beside which, there are no others.
You see the idea of power always suggests one power doing something to another power and that is why you have to get used to the idea of non-power, because we don’t even want a God power to do something for us.We are satisfied that God in His infinite power is already doing all that God is supposed to do; therefore, we never call upon God or God’s power to do anything. And so we get used to the idea of not turning to a God power, or the power of truth over error, or good over evil, or God over devil. No, no, no, our whole consciousness is built on the realization of God constituting all being and therefore there is neither good nor evil; there is only God.
Now, you build this consciousness; you build this consciousness by working with it. You may wake up in the morning now – any day this month, next month, a month after – and find some pretty frightful weather outside, but the very first thought that must come to you is: “Yes but is it power?” Ah, if it isn’t power what difference does it make whether the newspaper calls it good weather or bad weather, it can’t be good weather or bad weather, it’s just weather. Who put that qualification on it – good or bad? The man who needs rain doesn’t call rain bad; no but the newspaper does – bad weather tomorrow, it’s going to rain; the umbrella manufacturer doesn’t say that.
Adam, Adam calls things good and evil; Adam gives them their names. And Shakespeare said: “Nothing is good or bad, nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so” – only what we put into this naming good or bad . . . is it good or bad? You know the story of the fisherman who had a wonderful day fishing, but the fish didn’t say so. What constitutes good? And then it depends on whose ox is gored.
No, The Infinite Way from its beginning and long before its beginning was based on my own experience in healing, and the revelations which were given to me which indicated beyond all question of doubt that the world was wrecking itself looking for powers. Of course it looked for powers, all the way from bows and arrows up to atomic bombs, and it found powers and the powers found them too.
It isn’t power. The victory in this age is going to rest with those who understand non-power because if we discover powers greater than what they’ve already got, here or in Russia, it can only destroy all of us. We’re already at the stage of a power that can’t be controlled. Why look for greater powers? And that would make it seem as if the world was in a hopeless mess. Heaven forbid! It’s just entering the stage of heaven. We’re just getting ready for heaven now that we’ve learned that power isn’t the secret of harmonious living.
Now we’re going to have a rest for a little while.
End Part 5