The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 5
God Seeks Us
Notwithstanding all that we speak and write and read about the search for God, our efforts to contact and become at-one with God are usually laborious. There is nothing we can do or think that will enable us to find God. Our relationship to God is already that of one-ness—God is, therefore I AM. “I and my Father are one,” and so very effort to make contact with God would be like trying to make contact with yourself.
The kingdom of God is within us, so there is no longer any need to search for it. Instead of accepting this statement, we have voiced it in words and denied it by our actions. As we develop the ability to relax all mental and physical effort we enable God to reveal Itself to us, and It will declare, “I will never leave your nor forsake you.”
Throughout all The Infinite Way writings we find that we do not pray to God: we become still and let God speak to us. We do not go to God for healing: we become still and let God reveal the truth of all being. But it is only as we give up all seeking, searching and groping that we can become still enough to hear all that God has to say. The moment we learn to be still, a whole new world opens to us. It is not always necessary to be physically still: we can go on about our daily tasks, but always we must keep the inner ear open in an attitude of listening.
Whenever we pray or commune or meditate, whenever we attend lectures and classes, or read spiritual literature, we are seeking and searching, but it is not in the sense of mentally trying to make contact with God. It is this mental effort, if anything, that would tend to separate us from God.
This would be a good day to give up this mental search and let God catch up with us: and be assured, God will find us right where we are. If we make our bed in hell, or if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God will find us there, because with God it is not a matter of searching and seeking: it is a matter of knowing and being. There is a legitimate use for the term “the search for God,: but we have misinterpreted it as a physical and mental seeking, where actually to search for God means to recognize that we have not yet come into God-awareness.
This would also be a good time to give up our frantic efforts to make a living. The false teachings of human belief have brought us to the point of struggling and laboring for our supply, whereas it is not necessary, and it never was intended, that we should labor for it. Supply is omnipresent and it is forever pouring itself through to us, but we never stop long enough for it to catch up with us, and thereby to let other channels open up. This, of course, does not mean that we should not have our occupations and professions, but these we should have for the sheer joy of working. Our real work is to do that which is given us to do for the sake of doing it and doing it well, and not for the sake of a living.
The moment we disassociate ourselves from the idea of having to earn or work for our living, and joyfully, and to the best of our ability, do that which is given us to do, even if at the moment it is not in the nature of what we particularly enjoy, gradually we will be lifted into higher and nobler types of work, and we will really find that a living is ours by Grace.
It would be a strange God that did not provide for Its children. God does provide abundantly, but it is we who have separated ourselves from that provision through our efforts to seek God, to get things, to have health, to demonstrate supply. There is really no need for us to make this effort because “Your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things…and it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”—they are ours by Grace. But we are so accustomed to our human concept of supply, and the idea that we must labor and be worthy of our good, that it is usually a great struggle to accept it. The spiritual idea of supply is Omnipresence, and so we must learn to develop the ability to relax and let our living come to us by Grace.
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