The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 4
Attain That Mind
Life is much like a play, unfolding from the first to the last acts, in which the leading characters go through all manner of trials, temptations and troubles before reaching the happy ending. In this world we shall have these experiences of seeming good or bad, up or down, well or sick, rich or poor, but in the attainment of the “Mind that was in Christ Jesus,” we shall have life everlasting.
The story of every major prophet is one of illumination after struggles. Joseph accepted his delivery into slavery as an act of God. Elijah finally realized that through every step of his banishment God was present, seeing him through. Moses accepted the deliverance of the Hebrews as an act of God, and had proof of the Presence every step of the long, hard journey. So must we, regardless of our world experiences, and even though we go through the trials of Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Paul and John, understand and realize that the Divine Presence overshadows and accompanies us every step of our way. Having touched this spiritual Hem, having made the contact, we are never alone, never forsaken, never permitted to fail. There is always the last act: the attainment of the Mind of Christ.
If we recognize this truth we are living by Grace, and we let the reasoning, thinking, planning mind relax as we recognize our good as the gift of God, as Divine Ever-Presence. Should we experience any human sense of discord, keep watching for the angel of the Lord, the Christ, the Father within, and listen for the still, small Voice. It will never leave us nor forsake us. It is our permanent dispensation.
Human existence before the awakening is life cut off from its Source—an accidental hit or miss affair with anything as possibilities, and most things as probabilities. Yet, even then, there is a Presence lurking in the background, only awaiting the right moment to emerge as the very Christ of our being, as our individual salvation.
As students of Truth we come to the study for healing, for demonstration, and for an understanding of the letter of Truth. Because others have been before us on this Path and have acquired some measure of the consciousness of Truth, we are able to receive from those who have become practitioners and teachers some knowledge of the letter of Truth. The next step in our unfoldment is to make the object of our work the attaining of that Mind which was in Christ Jesus.
The human mind is solely a sense of limitation. It does not go beyond education, environment, personal experience, and some measure of heredity and background. To get through that to the Soul is to have achieved Omnipotence and Omnipresence—the conscious awareness of Infinity.
The Soul, or Infinite Consciousness, is infinite awareness made available to the individual. In the silence of the human mind with its desires, fears, doubts, satisfactions and pleasures, the one consciousness or conscious awareness of Infinity takes place. What follows is that same Infinite Consciousness unfolding, disclosing Itself as our individual experience.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” “…he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” It is the attainment of that same Spirit that raised Jesus that we must seek: not by talking about it, nor declaring it to be so, not teaching or preaching about it—but attaining or having that Mind.
Inasmuch as the human mind cannot be the avenue for the activity of the Soul, this higher consciousness must be attained. Thus, through the higher consciousness (or that Mind which was in Christ Jesus) the Soul reveals Itself, Its activities and Being as our individual experience.
This is the inner plane, inner realm, inner consciousness, inner world—the kingdom of God. All wisdom, energy, life, vitality, direction, support, guidance, and supply emanates from It—but the contact must be maintained.
Meditation is the avenue of contact. Meditation may be long and in silence, or it may be one moment of the listening ear, or recognition of the inner Self, or Presence. That which imparts Itself to us from the inner consciousness is power—not the thoughts we think, not our statements or beliefs, but That which reveals Itself within, is power—with signs following. That which is revealed in secret (within) is shouted from the housetops (made visibly evident as demonstration).
Remember that for our work and for our life we are using a higher faculty than the five physical senses. The five senses are limited. We can see, hear, taste, touch and smell only that which is close at hand. We can reason and think only about that which is in some measure known to us. On the other hand, the inner consciousness is without boundary and we can become aware of that which lies far beyond our immediate presence, and we can know that about which we have had no previous knowledge. The inner Consciousness is unlimited and imparts Itself to us infinitely and eternally.
The mission of The Infinite Way is to develop us to the point of achievement of this inner, infinite, invisible consciousness which, in our Writings, is called The Infinite Invisible, so that we may manifest there and now our inherent and natural being—Infinity, Omnipresence, Omnipotence.
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