Prayer (3/3)

From The Infinite Way 1954 Letters

By Joel Goldsmith

Chapter 4

PRAYER

Part 3 of 3

  When there is the temptation of sin, disease or lack, do you believe that you have become separated from God or instantly turn to that one word – Omnipresence? “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Even in the midst of the most intensive negative experience, deep within yourself, claim Omnipresence – claim that “I,” God, will never leave you, nor forsake you. Do not accept this sense of separation as separation, and you will find how quickly you will be restored.

        “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” Neither the heavens nor the earth possess qualities of their own, nor do we. Any quality we seem to possess is really God quality, and we are the instruments of fulfillment. Whatever comes forth in our experience is God flowing, God expressing, God fulfilling Itself as your consciousness and mine. We have no life of our own, no truth of our own, no love of our own. Even our response to truth is God fulfilling Itself. All is God fulfilling Itself as our understanding, our receptivity, and our responsiveness.

        Too often we say, “God is,” and then rush about madly as if we had to do something about it. God is a law of fulfillment. It is the nature of the sun to give heat and light – it cannot withhold these qualities – and there is no use praying to the sun because it is already fulfilling itself. It is the sun’s function to give heat and light, and all we are called upon to do is to recognize this fact and then bask in its warmth.

        “Acquaint now thyself with Him and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee.” The nature of God is life, love, truth, soul, spirit, security, activity, substance, eternality, immortality, law, intelligence. Since God cannot withhold these qualities of being, is there any use praying for them? So it is that true prayer is the recognition and acknowledgment that God is fulfillment and then letting it fulfill Itself within our being.

        When we commune or meditate, we do not turn to God as if we wanted or expected anything from Him. Our sense of expectancy is the realization that all things emanate from God by reason of the very nature of God. However, if our expectancy is that God will grant us some favor or some thing after a prayer or a communion, then our sense of expectancy is wrong.

        Through his understanding of the nature of God, the Master, whom we call the Way-shower, was able to heal the sick, feed the multitudes, and raise the dead, but even he could not take his Hebrew people into Bethlehem – into Divine Consciousness. So it is with spiritual teachers and practitioners today: a teacher can be a way-shower, can heal and bring other harmonies of life to you, and can even demonstrate the truth to show you its rightness. But you, yourself, must embody the Christ within your own being. You must eventually enter the Kingdom of God within your own consciousness.

There is no such thing as mass salvation. Salvation is individual. You must find and experience God within your own being in order to achieve the Kingdom. Pray, meditate, ponder and commune within yourself until this confirmation comes to you.

       

 

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