From – The Infinite Way
By Joel Goldsmith
P. 33 & 34
Chapter: Spiritual Illumination
Spiritual Illumination enables us to discern the spiritual reality where the human concept appears to be. Spiritual sense discerns the reality of that which is appearing as concept.
The development of spiritual consciousness begins with our first realization that what we are beholding through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell is not the reality of things. Disregarding appearances entirely, the first ray of spiritual illumination brings us hints of the divine, the eternal and immortal. This in turn makes the appearance even less real to us, thereby admitting even greater illumination.
Our progress Spiritward is in proportion to the illumination, which enables us to behold more, and more of Reality. Because the human scene is entirely a misconception through misperception, any thought of helping, healing, correcting, or changing the material picture must be relinquished in order that we may see the ever-present Reality.
Spiritual illumination comes to us in a measure with our first investigation of truth. We believe that we are seeking good, or truth; whereas the light has begun to shine in our consciousness compelling us to take the steps we have since taken. Every increase of our spiritual understanding has more light appearing and dispelling the darkness of sense. This inflow of illumination will continue until we come to the full realization of our true identity as “the light of the world.” Without illumination, we struggle with the forces of the world; we labor for a living; we struggle to maintain our place and position; we compete for riches and honors. Often we war with our own friends and even find ourselves at war with ourselves. There is no security in personal possessions even after the battle to acquire them has been won.
Illumination first brings peace, then confidence and assurance; it brings rest from the world’s contests, and then all good flows to us through Grace. We see now that we do not live by acquiring, gaining, or achieving. We live by Grace; we possess all as the gift of God; we do not get our good, because we already have all good. “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine“