1960 Maui Work
Tape 369 Side 2
Contemplation Develops the Beholder
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 5
So it is, God created this universe, and all that is therein—and it is Good. Now then, to our finite sense this is not true—some of it we see as “evil,” and some of it we see as “good.” And strangely enough, the man right beside us may be seeing what we call “good”. . . he may be seeing as
“evil;” what we see as “evil”. . . he may be seeing as “good.”
So therefore, it is really not a matter of seeing this universe the way God made it—we are seeing it through our ignorance of God Consciousness. Just like we might be seeing the painting, or hearing the music through our ignorance, and thereby not discerning what the artist or the composer had in mind.
Now, as we look out at this world of appearances, without judgment, [it is] as if we were saying. . . “God made all that is made, God-Spirit made all that is made, and therefore all that is is spiritual. And I now am beholding a spiritual universe, even though I don’t at this moment understand it—in fact I can’t see it the way the Author, the way the Grand Architect… did it.” We often call God “the Grand Architect of the universe.”
“The Grand Architect of the universe”. . . HE who designed and formed this universe. But we can’t see through HIS eyes, while we’re looking out of human eyes. And therefore, by looking at this world without judgment—it is as if we were trying to see what God sees. In other words, enter into the Consciousness of God. The only one way we can do it, is not by making the effort to enter the Consciousness of God—that will be a barrier. The only way we can do it is to with hold judgment and be still.
Just see neither good nor evil, be a beholder, and then let something take place within you—let the Father present the picture to you. You just bear witness, you just behold! But not with any idea of healing anyone, not with the idea of improving or enriching anyone—merely with the idea of beholding the picture as God made it and as God sees it.
Now, the only way that the Mind of God can be consciously expressed through you—is when you are withholding human judgment as to “good or evil,” and letting yourself be a beholder. And then the Spirit of God goes through you, changes the picture as it seems to be, and reveals to you that which was always there, though finite sense could not discern it.
I suppose another illustration would be this, that the flowers right there before us, which are so beautiful, and so colorful. And yet, once you know this, you discover that those flowers have no color. There is no color in those flowers, there is no color in this rug. You are not seeing the flowers as they are, and you are not seeing the rug as it is—because color doesn’t exist. All that is taking place out there is “light waves,” and when they strike our eyes—we interpret the rate of vibration as “color.” A certain vibration strikes red, and another vibration purple, and another vibration blue—but it’s not out there. The color out there is colorless—it’s color when it touches our eyesight. And for that reason, that if your eyesight isn’t accurate—you may be seeing it is one color and another person as another color. But it isn’t, it isn’t, it’s the way your eyesight is interpreting it.
And so it is, there is no color in this rug, this rug is colorless. But it has a certain rate of vibration, of light waves, those light waves strike your eye—and something within your eye interprets the light waves as color.
It is the same with sound. If in a forest, the largest tree were to topple over, there would never be a sound heard in that forest—because no sound is taking place. There are invisible sound waves set up by that falling tree. And the silence is absolute and complete—until it touches an ear drum. Those sound waves must touch an ear drum before there can be any sound. And if they touch the ear drum of a deaf person, there is still no sound, no matter how loud the sound may appear to be to you.
So that, we are always judging by the limitation of our finite senses. We are not seeing this world as it is, we are seeing this world as our mind interprets it. And that is why, in some parts of the world, people still go around naked and nobody thinks there’s anything wrong about it. And the reason is that it isn’t wrong, it can’t be wrong, the Father says, “who toldest thou that thou was naked?” Naked or not naked is a state of mind that we have evolved. But, it is our concept of life that has brought that about, not life itself.
Therefore, as you live the life of contemplation, you find yourself gradually withdrawing judgment from appearances. And, when you see or when you are told about erroneous appearances—it does not react or register in your consciousness, and your mind is a blank. You have no desire to change it, alter it, improve it—you are just a beholder waiting for God to reveal it to you as it is. Therefore Scripture says, “when we awaken, we shall behold HIM as HE is, and we will be satisfied with HIS likeness.”
In the life of a spiritually awakened person, he is completely satisfied with the people of this world—because he knows them as they are. And, even though he is beholding the errors that they’re going through, he also knows that it is no part of their being. It is only a part of that educated sense which is trying to preserve an already immortal life, or trying to get more supply, for one who is already joint-heir with Christ in God.
Therefore, he looks with compassion on those, not whom he says are in sin—but those whom he knows are in ignorance of their true identity, in ignorance of the nature of God’s world.
Now, just see this. Supposing you come to the realization that “I and the Father are ONE;” that the life of God is [my] your individual life, therefore your life is indestructible; and that neither life nor death can ever separate you from God—which is life eternal, and immortal—and you begin to lose your fear of death, you begin to lose your fear of the burglar with a gun in his hand. Remembering you have no life to lose!
Now then, as you look out and behold the disciples afraid in the storm, doesn’t it kinda bring a smile to you? For you say, “what are you fearing, your life? It’s God, it’s indestructible, immortal, eternal. Death?. . . [neither] even death can’t separate you from God.” And then you see, you don’t condemn him as a sinner—you have compassion for his ignorance!
End Part 4