The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 4
The Religion of Mysticism
The usual metaphysical form of healing is by the use of argument—knowing the truth, declaring the truth, affirming the truth, and denying the error. But there is a higher form than that, and this is pure spiritual healing, and in this one conforms to a reality and a truth which is beyond all argument, and it is this: since God is the law, the substance, the reality, and the cause of all being, every individual is the image and likeness of that being, and all that Being is, every individual is.
We are not declaring that truth as a treatment; it is stated as a premise: it is Truth. God really is the essence and the principle of all being, yours and mine, friend and foe, saint and sinner, and it makes no difference whether the individual is appearing, at this moment, in some form of sin or disease, or even some degree of death. We are concerned only with the Truth: God is the principle, the essence, the substance, the law, and the activity of all individual being.
Of course we must admit, judging by appearances, this does not seem to be true. Looking at ourselves and each other we do not behold any such glorious thing as the Child of God, so it becomes necessary to close our eyes to appearances and our ears to what we hear. As we turn within, and as we are filled with a love that harbors no hate, fear nor condemnation, no sense of error about our friends or students (nor ourselves), we recognize only the Christ, the Son of God, the image and likeness of God—God expressed, God manifested, God revealed.
In the matter of healing, which, in the beginning, is one of the most important phases of the mystical life, many cases do not instantly respond. This is not a question of fault on the part of the patient or the practitioner, but it is a question of the practitioner’s willingness to stand by until the release comes. Because we are filled with God, Love, we are enabled to look right through the appearance and know—God is the essence of all being. We have nothing further to do in the way of treatment, except to maintain this inner peace and assume a listening attitude, until from within our own being comes the sense of peace or release which is the answering assurance that “All is well, I am with you.”
In living the truly Christ life, the spiritual or mystical life, the motivating and guiding impulse of our experience must be that of love. We must develop ourselves to the point where we hold no one in judgment, and where we entertain no feeling of separation from our fellow-man. This does not mean that we will not have individual opinions, nor does it mean that we will agree with some teaching which our intelligence cannot accept. It does not mean giving up our individuality, or our sense of right or wrong, but it does mean that by giving up our sense of judgment we permit each man to go his own way and to follow his own convictions. But we must love him just the same, seeing that the basic spiritual principle is God. In other words, despite any disagreement on the human level of life let us understand, within ourselves, that we are one in Christ, regardless of race, color, national, political or religious affiliations or convictions. Whatever we or others do that does not conform to this standard must not bring forth criticism, judgment or condemnation, but in every case forgiveness. As the Master might have said, “Neither do I condemn thee nor sit in judgment upon thee—who made me a judge over anyone?” So by closing our eyes to the physical appearance we can agree that, spiritually, we are one with each other; we are one with every individual on the face of the globe because of our Sonship in God, our Brotherhood in Christ.
In that consciousness of love in which there is neither judgment, criticism nor fear, all sense of opposition to error fades, and in fading, all discord fades with it because discord is nothing more nor less than a false sense entertained within our own being. This false sense is not one for which we are necessarily responsible, because every one who has ever been born is a victim of universal belief until, through some activity of his own consciousness, he begins to understand that God is the creative principle of his being. He begins to understand that he was never born of woman, and that those he calls mother and father are but instruments through which the principle of life has made itself manifest. He begins to understand that the creative principle is neither man nor woman, but God, and that men and women are but the instruments for the activity of God. Through this come the understanding of God as the Father, and the Brotherhood of Man. That recognition, too, is love.
You can readily see that a religion of this type makes it possible for us to love each other, and yet hold no one in bondage. In this love each is free in God’s government, and no one is responsible for another. We are responsible only for our concept of each other, and that we behold God as the very being of each individual. In assuming that responsibility we set our friends and relatives free to be God-governed. In this religion of conscious one-ness with God, you can see how groups the world over can meet for the one common purpose of worshiping God through conscious union with Him, and yet not bind themselves to rules and regulation—simply by allowing each to be free, each to work out his own salvation with God, extending whatever help or co-operation may be asked for and then permitting each to go about his own business.
As has been stated elsewhere in The Infinite Way writings, a practitioner must never claim any one as his patient—certainly not beyond the one treatment for which he has been asked. The moment that treatment has been given, the patient is free and has the right never to come back or to seek any one else he wishes. A teacher must not claim anyone as a student beyond the student’s own desire to be a student. In other words, a student is free to come or to go, with no regulations or restrictions of any kind. It is for this reason that the mystical religion of conscious union with God must be an association of those on the Spiritual Path in which there are no ties, no bonds except the bond of love, and this bond of love is one of freedom and release.
“Illumination dissolves all material ties and binds men together with the golden chains of spiritual understanding; it acknowledges only the leadership of the Christ; it has no ritual or rule but the divine, impersonal universal Love; no other worship than the inner Flame that is ever lit at the shrine of Spirit. This union is the free state of spiritual brotherhood. The only restraint is the discipline of Soul, therefore we know liberty without license; we are a united universe without physical limits; a divine service to God without ceremony or creed. The illumined walk without fear—by Grace.”
When we are good, kind, generous, honest, gentle and loving with each other, not because of any set of rules and regulations or sense of loyalty to an organization, but because of this innate spiritual integrity, we are God-governed. If we obey the Ten Commandments with any thought of punishment for their violation, that does not represent spiritual integrity, or the mystical approach to life—“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” If we conform to some pattern of conduct simply because there is a law to that effect, or because there is punishment for its violation, we have not come under the Grace of God—we are under the law. The mystic is good, honest, generous, loving, kind and forgiving, not because there is a rule, not because he belongs to an association demanding it, but because he has found his freedom in God, and his integrity is of the Spirit, and therefore it is an integrity that is given to all mankind, regardless of obligations, rules, laws or punishments.
In the ancient Hebrew way of life as presented in the Old Testament, where God rewards the good and punishes the evil, living under the law was a continuous round of good today and evil tomorrow. Advancing into the Household of God, in the nature of the Christ, one finds spiritual freedom in which there is no punishment for evil and no reward for good. There is only the normality and naturalness of living, of loving and of being loved, and this life and this love itself is the only reward. In living this spiritual idea of live, one seeks no reward and no recognition: one seeks nothing but the opportunity to let God functions as the entirety of his being.
End Part 2