1960 Maui Work
Tape 368 Side 2
The Tree of Life
Joel S. Goldsmith
Part 2 of 5
Now, there is only one soul of man, and that soul of man has no color, no race, no creed, no church. The soul of man is pure being. And every individual on the face of the globe is of that same soul and that one infinite soul is the soul of individual man. And we derive our purity, our vision, our spirituality, not of ourselves, nor of any quality of ourselves, but by virtue of the fact that there is but one soul, which is the soul of mankind, one life which is the life of mankind.
Now, those who are living the ego life are out here fighting each other, competing with each other, trying to supersede each other, be better than each other, be richer than each other, be more beautiful than each other; and always living the life of friction because there’s twoness. And wherever there’s twoness, there’s friction –one is always hitting up against the other.
All of this friction disappears, all competition disappears, all opposition disappears in the realization of oneness. God is one: Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind. Which God shall you love? The only God – the one which is the life, the soul, the wisdom of all being – your being or my being.
Then, once this realization of oneness takes place, we perceive that each branch derives its good from its source. Therefore, there is no need for one branch to compete with another branch, to fight with another branch, to try to best or overcome another branch because each branch can go back to Burroughs’ poem, “My own shall come to me.” Why shall it come to me? Because, in the consciousness of Burroughs – the poet who is in realization of his oneness with his source – he knows it will come to him from his source. Not from another branch, not from somebody else. He doesn’t have to go out into the world to get it. It will find . . . it will make a pathway to his door because he knows it is coming from his source.
He is not going to take a companion away from somebody else who already has a companion; he is not going to take wealth from somebody who already has it, and he isn’t looking to draw it in that direction. He’s knowing “my own shall come to me” – not yours. “My own shall come to me from this source” because I am a branch, and I am a branch of the tree of life, and I am fed by the life of that tree. And it finds a way to draw out of the earth up into the roots whatever my particular nature of tree requires. And those roots find a way of transmuting what it has drawn from the earth into a sap, and even by violating the laws of gravity, by sending the sap up through the tree and out into the branches.
And then, there is another period of transmutation when that sap that is being sent up into the trunk and through the branches again becomes another substance which appears as a green leaf, a pink flower, and then finally a fruit, an apple or a peach or a plum. So you see then that the function of a branch is to be still and know that “I am a tree.” Not to know that “I am a branch” . . . “I’m a tree.”
When we look from afar, we don’t say, “There is a trunk of the tree and a branch of a tree and a leaf of a tree”; we say, “There is a tree,” and we include in that the trunk and the branch and the leaves and the fruit. It all constitutes tree. And we constitute tree, even though our particular function may be a branch – we are really part of tree. Therefore we are “tree.”
And as long as we are tree, whatever it is that is functioning the life of a tree is that which is supplying us with our wisdom, our love, our guidance, our direction, our activity, our remuneration, our recognition, our reward – whatever it is that is to become a part of our life.
Now, the “ego man,” you see, is out front asserting himself in the world – trying, striving, competing, fighting, arguing, discussing. The contemplative may be out in the world doing his work physically, but mentally and spiritually, he’s at home within his own being, and he is dwelling in the realization, I and the Father are one. In this oneness is my life and my strength. In this oneness is my activity and my opportunity, my service, my fruitage in other words – just in . . . in this oneness, abiding within myself, in the realization of my oneness with the tree of life.
I can outwardly be farming; or I can outwardly be a lawyer; I can outwardly be a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman. I can outwardly be doing anything, but inwardly, I am leading the life of a contemplative because I am abiding in the center of my being, always recognizing my source, recognizing my oneness with my source, recognizing the source of inspiration, knowledge, wisdom, ability – whatever it is that must come forth.
And, therefore, the contemplative does not necessarily withdraw from an active life. Matter of fact, he would be better qualified to be the president of a corporation than an ego man – because the ego man could only accomplish his own brainpower. But the contemplative would have wisdom from an inner source that the ego man would never have.
Now, you have witness to that in the industrial life of this country. If you could witness the great things that have been accomplished by individuals who were not part of the group, and who didn’t work for the Board of Directors but who were absolute individualists, you would find the great accomplishments that they made. Then when we entered this era of collectivism, where nothing is done by an individual; in fact, an individual doesn’t have authority to do anything – it’s done by a Board of Directors – then what do you have? Initiative gone; new ideas disappear; living always on yesterday’s ideas; doing it the old-fashioned way.
And you come to a tragic experience such as we have been witnessing in our automobile industry, where every company but one has been governed by a Board of Directors, and never has a Board of Directors had vision enough to know that the automotive needs of the country was changing. Not one had the vision to perceive that the old way was outmoded – so they just kept on stupidly losing their billions, turning out the obsolescent ideas.
While one man who became a part of a company that was almost ready to fail and had to have new ideas and had to trust one man for it. That one man in his inner soul perceived, “The day has passed for these great big long powerful automobiles with ten miles to the gallon; the time is here for the smaller car, the compact car –the car with greater economy of operation.”
And of course all of the automobile industry just laughed at him, and waited for the sheriff to be called in to close him up. You see, he has all the big companies on the run – they all have to imitate him now, or they will go out of business with their great united billions . . . one man, one man of introspection, one man thinking!
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