1960 First London Closed Class
Excerpt-Tape 340 – Side 2
by Joel Goldsmith
“I” – Beyond Time or Space: “I” – Unlimited Being
Now, this is a most important point. I’m glad this question came because it gives me still another opportunity. And although I haven’t kept accurate count, I would say offhand that this is the 1,796,824th time that I have brought this to your attention.
Q-“When I look out upon the world and see selfishness, unkindness, and false sense, should I recognize that none of this is taking place out there, but is really an image or conception in my own mind?”
And what is the basic point of the entire Infinite Way? What is its major discovery that sets it apart from every other metaphysical teaching in the world? The fact that no error is in your mind, that evil is not personal.
This entirely sets The Infinite Way apart from every metaphysical teaching and from every psychological teaching. Because we do not uncover the error within you, there isn’t any. You are the Temple of God. God is your mind. So how could there possibly have gotten any error into your mind, which is God?
And so, unless you recognize that this sin, selfishness, unkindness, hate, envy, jealousy, malice is not out here, is not in you, and is not in me, but that it is the universal or Carnal Mind, an impersonal belief in two powers, unless you see that you have no possible way of doing Infinite Way healing. You can do lots of other kinds of healing, but all Infinite Way healing is based on two major factors – that all evil is impersonal, is in and of the Carnal Mind, the universal belief in two powers, and that this Carnal Mind isn’t a mind. It is nothing but a belief in two powers, the Arm of Flesh, or nothingness.
So that, until you impersonalize evil, and then nothingize it, you have no place to go in The Infinite Way. This is all embraced in the 1959 work, nine months of it, in every single tape that was made in 1959 this point is emphasized over and over and over again. Evil does not exist in me. Or as Paul would say, “I find no sin in me, merely a sense of sin.” In other words, I am not a sinner, but I do feel this universal sense of sin tempting me.
Just imagine, if you were a witness to the Master facing his three temptations in the wilderness, and you were to say, “Jesus, those temptations aren’t outside of you, they’re inside of you.” Think how you would have made the Master feel to accuse him of those three evils. And I would feel just as badly if you accused me of being evil, even if I were temped at some moment with a sense of evil.
Now, the first point that every Infinite Way student must learn is this – evil is never personal. You are never sinful. You are never evil. You have no hate, envy, jealousy, or malice in you even if it seems to be pouring out of you, it still isn’t in you. It is still in and of the Carnal Mind of which you may at the moment be a victim.
That is why it is so ridiculous when we have an epidemic of flu, and then some metaphysician says, “I guess the evil must be in me.” Here it is so self evident that it’s a, an epidemic, spreading all over the world, and some smart metaphysician saying, “I guess it isn’t out there in the world, it’s in me.” Of course not, no evil is in you. All evil is in and of what we call Carnal or Mortal Mind. But this is not really a mind. This is only a universal belief in two powers and it has no law, no substance, no cause, never was ordained of God, and therefore must fall of its own nothingness.
So never again talk about an image in my own mind. An image in the Carnal Mind, yes, as long as you follow it up with, “Ah, but the Carnal Mind is not power.”
Now in that 1959 work, you will also find that I’ve traced for you the reason for all of the Error that is on the earth today. It all had its beginning when the word Devil or Satan was first misunderstood. When the word Devil or Satan first came into being in whatever its original language may have been, it meant an impersonal source of evil. It was only in some later generation that Devil or Satan was personalized and became an enemy of God.