From – The Art of Meditation
By Joel Goldsmith
Excerpt: Meditation: The Practice
To know the truth as so many words, quotations, passages, or theories is one thing; but it is an entirely different thing when, through meditation, the Word takes root in our consciousness and comes forth as spiritual fruitage. We are told that the fruits of the Spirit are “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” It is really true that when the Spirit has been touched or when It has touched us, then the fruitage comes forth in the form of harmony, wholeness, completeness, and perfection. The purpose of this book is to help students practice the art of meditation by which the Word takes root, so that they come into an actual awareness, an actual consciousness of living in the Spirit. Our object is to attain a measure of that mind which was in Christ Jesus, and then let It do with us what It will. It is to reach that consciousness in which Paul revealed, “I live yet not I, Christ liveth my life”; or “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” In other words, the activity of the Spirit comes alive in us, and It takes over: we are no longer good and we are no longer bad; we are no longer sick, but neither are we well. We are at a state which transcends the pairs of opposites.
In spiritual wisdom there are no pairs of opposites. God is, and, therefore, there is no concern as to whether or not we can reach God, because there is nothing for which we need to reach God: the day is already beautiful; the fruit is already on the trees; the flowers are already blooming; the tides are flowing; the sun and the moon and the stars are in the heavens; harmony is. In this state of spiritual consciousness we come to that place where we rest and relax in the realization, “God’s in his heaven – all’s right with the world!” in that realization, we withdraw from the struggle for the things of this earth.