The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
As I have said elsewhere in the Writings, the day will come when we will heal with a smile, because that will be the outer expression of an inner conviction, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
In the early stages of our spiritual development it is absolutely essential that we know the correct letter of Truth, and what it is in which we have placed our faith, and to know that when we are called upon we have the right answer. For a while, we may find it helpful to assure ourselves, “I shall fear no evil; for thou are with me.” After we have gone through two or three experiences and have found that the Father is with us, and after understanding the full implications of that statement, there is no longer any need to beseech God or to ask God for anything. There is no need to make declarations or affirmation because whenever there is a temptation to fear, a smile will come to take the place of all those words.
Prayer, in its usual form, is an attempt to influence God, and we cannot influence God any more than we can influence the sun to shine, or the rain to fall. We can walk out into the sunshine or the rain-shower and receive their full benefits and good, and we can bring ourselves into the atmosphere of God by constantly living in a state of union, and in a state of receptivity and let the divine harmonies flow through us, and in us, and to us from the very depths of our own being.
It is not necessary to define God, but it is wonderful and beautiful, however, if we can know God as the “Father within” of the Master, or as the “friend” of Abraham. All of the statements that we can make about God represent but concepts or ideas or beliefs of what God is, but one thing alone will establish us immediately in the very heart and Soul of God, and that is our constant reminder that God is, and God is One. That is enough.
We on the Spiritual Path are coming into an atmosphere of prayer in which words and thoughts mean less and less. This atmosphere is based on our realization that God is, and in silence letting the union take place, letting that awareness come to us that is almost like a loving touch or a whisper that says, “Son, thou are ever with me,” or “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Then it is that life becomes really worthwhile, a grand experience, an adventure, but this assurance comes only after we have learned to open this avenue of receptivity within us in the silence.
It is in these periods of silence that the spiritual seed takes root in the prepared or fertile consciousness. As we start every day with a period of silence, we will find that every Word of Truth received into our consciousness either by reading, hearing, or by unfoldment, will spring into spiritual fruitage. It is in this stillness and silence that all of the power of God takes place, and it is then that the real work of our lives is accomplished.