Attainment of the Contemplative Life (3/5)

1960 Maui Work

Tape 369 side 1  Basic Infinite. Way (con’t)

Purpose, Method, Attainment of the Contemplative Life

By – Joel Goldsmith

Part 3 of 5

 

        Now then, go back to the tree and see how true it is that there is but one life flowing through that tree; there is but one intelligence governing that tree; there is but one source of supply for that tree; there is but one law of supply operating for that tree.

        Then you will see that that life and that law cannot possibly have favorites, it can’t favor one branch over another branch, it can’t even put apples on one branch and peaches on another branch—it is absolutely impersonal, impartial, universal in its bestowals. In other words, it is the same to every branch on that tree.

        Now, a branch would get into trouble if it was full of fruit or blossoms, and began to preen itself and say “how beautiful I am, how full

of fruit, how rich I am.” It would by that very thing cut itself off from its source, by thinking of itself as something.

        Whereas when it recognizes: The fruit on this branch that I am is merely showing forth the glory of the tree, it’s showing forth the nature of the tree. The tree is expressing itself through me—a branch. And therefore the credit, the glory, the honor, the dominion belongs to the tree, not to the

branch.

        So then, in our world of contemplation, we are remembering that the Master said “I of my own self can do nothing, if I speak of myself I bear witness to a lie, it is the Father within me that doeth the works.”

        Then in our contemplation we see the tree, we see the branches, and we realize, “right, right, as a branch, I of myself am nothing, but by virtue of my oneness with my source—I am showing forth the glory of the source: I’m showing forth the Life of God, I’m showing forth the Supply of God, I’m showing forth the Grace of God.”

        Ahh, the very moment that we begin to contemplate life from the standpoint of one Life, one Father, one Creative Principle, and we each as receiving the Glory of the Father—then we are reunited with our Source.

        Of course, we must be careful that we will think of ourselves, just one branch, as receiving all of God’s Glory, and we may forget to pray for our enemy. In other words, to know that every individual on the face of the globe, whether temporarily he is a friend or an enemy, is equally a branch of the same tree, a Child of the same God, offspring of the same Spirit, beneficiary of the same Grace. Because the Master tells us, “it profiteth you nothing to pray for yourselves or your friends, you must pray for your enemies.” So it is!

        Once you personalize God, you separate yourself from God’s Grace. The moment you impersonalize by realizing the universal nature of God, and the equality of God’s Grace and bestowal, then you place yourself in the position of praying for your enemies. In other words, knowing the Truth equally about friend or foe, or Greek or Jew, or white or black, or Oriental or Occidental, you are knowing a universal Truth, and you are bringing yourself into a universal principle.

        If you leave out a single individual, in that degree do you separate yourself from the Grace of God! Or, since the Master teaches that it is necessary to “forgive seventy times seven”. . . remember the rope that he places around our neck when he says, “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

        And remember that if we are leaving out one individual, out of our forgiveness, in that degree we are not universalizing God’s Grace, but personalizing it. In any instant that we wish punishment to an individual—we can’t prevent their punishment, they bring that upon themselves—but we can prevent wishing it upon them!

        It is like this… there was a time when the Egyptians were the most powerful people on the face of the earth. Whatever of power of a temporal nature there was, they had it. And during that period of their greatest powers, they had the Hebrew race as slaves.

        Now… from a logical standpoint of course, that would last forever—

because one side had the strength and the other side had none. But actually, that did not take place. The Hebrews spiritually, through spiritual power—not by might, not by arms, not by weapon, they never fought Pharaoh or his people. But without fighting, without warfare—they nevertheless achieved their freedom. And as the Hebrew race rose into glory, the Egyptians went down—until they became the very least of all the races on the face of the earth.

        Well, in due time Rome became the most powerful nation on earth. And their power extended all the way from Rome across through England and Scotland. And it just roamed everywhere, Greece, parts of the Holy Land. And they had the might and they had the power—and eventually Rome went down, and became one of the least of all the nations on the face of the globe.

        And so it has been that history reveals that there is no possibility of escaping the “law of Karma,” which is: “as ye sow so shall ye reap.” Now there’s no escaping that, it isn’t because God rewards if you’re good, or that God punishes if you’re bad—it is the evil that you do that reacts upon you. And not only that you do, but remember the Master said “not only the act that you do, but the thoughts you think”. . . even to think adulterous thoughts brings the punishment upon one.

        In other words then, it isn’t a matter of being good because we want to please God, it isn’t a matter of not being bad because we want to please God. But there is an actual karmic law which the Master calls “the law of cause and effect,” “as ye sow so shall ye reap,” “if you sow to the flesh you will reap corruption, if you sow to the Spirit you will reap life everlasting.” Always remember its “you,”—nothing to do with God—it is “you!”

        Well in this same way then, the very moment that you stop sowing of yourself—you stop reaping of yourself. And when you turn the sowing over to God by the realization of your Oneness with the Source of life, God, the Spirit of life—from that moment on, you are not setting “cause and effect” in action—you are setting only God in action.

End Part 3

 

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