1960 Maui Work

Tape 369 Side 1 Basic Infinite Way

Purpose, Method, Attainment of the Contemplative Life

By – Joel Goldsmith

Part 5 of 5

        Now the contemplative life holds tremendous satisfactions, but at first it also has some limitations. It deprives us of the great pleasure we sometimes get in blaming others for our failures and our unhappinesses, and our miseries. That we instantly lose, because now we know that whatever we have blundered into of an erroneous nature in life has been because of our own ignorance of these principles, and we can stop it any time we like.

        We can begin at any moment in our life to lead the contemplative way of life, the way of recognition of our Oneness with our Source. And then, being patient, watch how gradually the outer picture begins to conform to this inner Grace. It always is with us!

        Naturally we have to be careful in this age, where it is so easy to be tempted by current beliefs, psychological beliefs that we are victims of circumstances beyond our control, and we just can’t help it if we’re bad or if we’re sick or if we’re poor. And this is not true! And this is demonstrably untrue, because every individual has within himself a God-given capacity. Nobody has ever been born, free or slave, without a God-given capacity to rise above it, and to get out of it.

        We have witnessed slave races from all parts of the globe break out of their slavery and come into freedom. We have watched the downtrodden people of all races come out and receive emancipation, freedom, and eventually great glory.

        Therefore, we know that no one is born without this inner capacity for God-living and God-expression. The one thing necessary is that “ye shall know the Truth.” In other words, the responsibility rests with every individual. First to learn what the Truth is, and then to begin to live in contemplation of that Truth, knowing that Truth, until eventually a particular experience takes place.

        Now, those who undertake the contemplative way of life live outwardly normal lives. They do not change their outer form of life, they remain in their same business, their same art, their same profession, they remain right where they are as they undertake the contemplative way of life. But eventually something takes place within them that begins to change the outer circumstances of their life, and sometimes puts them in a different work, a different profession, or brings out artistic natures that they never knew were dormant within them.

        But, the contemplative way of life starts where an individual is. And the outside world, not even the members of their family, need even to know that they’re living it, because it is taking place within their own consciousness and they never have to speak of that, less they want to, never have to discuss it with their neighbor.

        And I can assure you that with all of our traveling around the world, we never speak this to any individual we meet, except in the course of our public work where people are led to us for that purpose. Never do we speak [to it] of it to people on the plane or in the hotel—it is our individual demonstration. And if someone is led to us, we share it with them—but not unless they request it.

        So it is then that we begin this life of inner contemplation without any outward change in our mode of living—the entire change is within us. Because a lot of the time [that would be] we would be wasting in either idle dreaming, or perhaps in listening to radio or television or something else—much of that time we are spending in inner contemplation, or much of the time lying in bed before we get to sleep, or much of the time in bed, if when we wake up before it’s time to get up. In other words, there are always times, always occasions, when we can do our contemplating.

        But, by the continuous practice we are led to a certain experience that comes in meditation, sometimes it comes first in sleep, and leads us to meditation. And that is the point where we are not thinking a thought of any nature—but a thought comes up, wells up from within us, a thought that we did not consciously put in motion.

        Remember, all of this time of our contemplation, we have consciously thought these thoughts, we have consciously put into action—this contemplative thinking. But ultimately a time comes when in some moment when we’re really not thinking at all—a thought pops up into us. And sometimes it is so audible that you look around and wonder who said it to you—and you find there was nobody there to say it, and you realize it must have been said within you.

        At other times it isn’t audible, but you know right well that it happened—that you heard it or sensed it—and that you received an impartation, a message, a guidance, a something from within.

        And that is when you begin the second phase of this contemplative life, that is the period of meditation. And in this period of meditation, you do not do the thinking—you do the hearing, you receive the assurances from within you, you receive the impartations from within you, you receive guidance, direction. If nothing else you just receive the assurance that God is on the field.

        Now, this is sometimes difficult for people who are accustomed to thinking everything out and reasoning everything out. And they have a very tough time when this begins, because God doesn’t act in any reasonable way at any time—there’s nothing reasonable about God’s actions. I mean according to our human standards.

        Therefore, when we receive an assurance of God’s Presence, we may receive nothing further than that, and yet we may be expected to pack up and take a trip around the world without knowing how or why or wherewithal. Or we may be given the something or other that causes us to move to another city, or to give up our position—and strangely enough God doesn’t tell us why or where we’re going to. And, we act on it!

        The reason is, when you have the assurance of God, you need nothing else, because God is taking care of all the details: God is going before you, as a Presence, to make the crooked places straight; God is going before you to prepare mansions for you; God is walking beside you as your protection; God is your high tower, God is your supply.

        In other words, in this contemplative life, you don’t have to be told what God is gonna do for you tomorrow. In fact, you don’t have to be told anything beyond the fact that, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. . . and you can undertake anything and everything with that assurance. You need nothing more, you don’t have to ask where the capital’s gonna come from, you don’t have to ask where the ideas are gonna come from, you don’t have to ask where the publisher’s gonna come from—you just go about your business, once you have the assurance.

        It’s, just exactly like a little child and its mother, crossing the street—a child needs nothing more than to hold onto its mother’s hand. It doesn’t have to have the mother say “we are going to cross the street, and I am going to guide you across through the automobiles, and I am going to protect you from being”. . . nothing! As long as the child feels its mother’s hand, it has everything.

        And so it is in the contemplative life, from the moment that you feel that the Presence of God is with you, from the moment IT has announced ITSELF to you: you need take no thought for your life, “what ye shall eat, what ye shall drink, wherewithal ye shall be clothed;” you need take no thought for your life what tomorrow will bring.

        Because, your hand is in God’s, and you can trust the whole rest of your days and your nights and your business, and everything else, into that keeping—and IT will lead you and steer you and guide you and protect you, and clothe you and house you and feed you.

        Therefore, the object of the contemplative life is not attaining health or supply or companionship or success. The goal, the attainment of the contemplative life, is attaining the conscious awareness of the Presence of God; the conscious realization of a Presence—The Presence; a conscious realization of “I am with you.” From that moment on, your whole life is lived in an inner communion with the Father that has now revealed HIMSELF to you.

        Be assured of this, the Father is within you—because the Kingdom of God is within you. And the only reason you are not in constant communion with the Father is that human life has caused the separation. We were told, too young, that God is up there or out there or far off, or we were taught to fear God, or we were taught that God’s gonna punish us if we look to the left or the right.

        In other words, we never entered into a relationship with God of “Father,” or a relationship of God as Abraham did “friend.” And for that reason, we have lost our contact with this Presence that is within us.

        The very moment, through contemplation, and through contemplating the fact that God is not a punishing God, God is not a rewarding God—God is just the Presence, the All-life, the All-love, the All-being. And as we realize that, we begin to tabernacle with God, we begin to commune inwardly with God. And it leaves us in a constant realization of an invisible Presence. And then we can say with Paul: “I live yet not I, Christ liveth my life; I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”

        In other words, the contemplative life leads to the actual experience of the unveiling of the Christ, the contemplative life leads to a point of meditation—in which we come face-to-face with God, in which we receive a direct inner assurance: “walk ye in this way; I will never leave thee nor forsake thee; I will be with thee to the end of the world; fear not, fear not—nothing from without can enter that defileth or maketh a lie; fear not the armies of the aliens, fear not, fear not—for I am with you.”

        And then there’s no use of asking “what God is gonna do, or how God is going to do it, or when God is gonna do it.” You have to stop this roving around of the human mind, and rest, rest always in the assurance, “I in the midst of thee am mighty!. . . and rest in it.

Thank you.

End Part 5