From-Parenthesis in Eternity
By Joel Goldsmith
Excerpt from Chapter 29 – Beyond Time and Space
The mystic does not sit around worrying about what is going to happen to the world: the mystic beholds life and watches God at work. If he wants to see the sun rise, he gets up early, but then realizes that he is watching an activity of the Principle that governs this universe.
As we become beholders and watch each hour unfold to see what God does with it, we overcome the egotistic belief that this is our world and that we are responsible for it. We do not fear “man, whose breath is in his nostrils,” man who has forged the weapons of this world; but we awaken in the morning with the same confidence with which we went to sleep at night, leaving this world in His care. And we leave the day in His care, too, and learn to stand a little bit to the right of ourselves, watching how beautifully God runs this universe, and how He provides in advance for every need. This is a glorious universe when we behold God at work, God in action.
This is being a witness. A witness is not an active participant: a witness is one who bears witness, who sees and beholds. That is what we are: God’s witnesses. At first this principles is difficult to practice. It takes time to become accustomed to trusting God with our days with the same degree of confidence that we trust our nights to Him. Some of us would not trust Him with the night, except that we are too tired to stay awake!