The Infinite Way Letters
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 4
The Religion of Mysticism
Man lives because God lives, and because God lives, man lives—and the relationship goes on eternally as long as man knows and remembers that God is his very life.
In our experience we have learned the ways of the world: we have learned to live by might and by power, learned to rely on our own strength and wisdom. But in all our learning we must never forget that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” When the Master says, “I can of mine own self do nothing…the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works,” or when Paul says, “…I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me,” they are revealing a way of life in which we do not live by bread alone, nor by personal will, effort or wisdom, but by the Word of God.
In our daily living it becomes necessary that we become fortified with something more than human weapons of physical might or mental power. We achieve this new dimension of life or spiritual power in only one way, and that way is through the Word of God, which is prayer.
In this world we are confronted with problems of existence: problems of health and supply, problems of our relationships with each other. As these problems present themselves, let us realize throughout this day, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” and in order to fulfill the same degree of power manifested by the Master it becomes necessary that we retire into that inner place and agree with Him… “I can of mine own self do nothing…the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”
He that is within is greater than any problem of human existence, but how are we to receive the benefit and the help of our Father within unless we turn to Him? As we consciously and specifically turn to the Father within, gradually a state of consciousness is attained in which we are not alone and dependent upon our own efforts. Always we find that there is this inner Companion—He that is within—and we begin to understand that “My peace” is the peace that passeth understanding and it comes not from the things of the world, but from the Divine Presence to which we have learned to turn.
Always the Master turned to the Father within—when He communed on the mountain-top or when He prayed on the seashore—always He lived and moved and had His being in the realization of the great truth that there is a Father within, and it is this Father that gives unto us the peace that passeth understanding.
“My peace I give unto you,” is a passage that will come to you over and over again as you learn to relax from the cares and responsibilities of the world. This does not mean that you will evade your duties or obligations; this does not mean that you do not live by bread or wisdom, but that you do not live by these alone. This new dimension of life is brought into expression the very moment you have learned to relax in the realization that He that is within is greater than any problem, is greater than any opposition. He that is within is greater than any lack or limitation; He that is within is greater than any personal enmities or animosities—in fact, He that is within is the fulfillment of your experience.
In this very moment, relax, so that the word “Peace” can reach and touch you. Let “My Spirit” guide and enrich you. Let “My Spirit” be a Presence going before you to make the crooked places straight. Learn to rest, and rely on this assurance of “My Presence.” Let the peace that passeth understanding descend upon you and envelop you. Let it be the love unto your life; let it be the Presence and the Power unto your life.
This inner peace becomes a benediction, not only to you but to all those who come into your experience. Your conscious communion with the Father within is a blessing and a benediction unto your home, your family, your business, and unto every association of human experience, because now you are not alone. “I and my Father are one,” here and now, wherever you go, whatever you do. In this silent, sacred and secret communion with the Father within you can greet each new day with the realization that, “He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world.”
The Infinite Way Letters