1960 Maui Work
Tape 369 Side 2
Contemplation Develops the Beholder
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 5 of 5
It is in the same way, that when you hear—no, let’s first—when you realize the nature of the tree of life, and that we are all ONE, and that we all have access to the same source, and then you read in the paper about somebody stealing. Can you, can you call him “a sinner,” or do you not immediately have a feeling of compassion for his ignorance—because he thinks he’s a branch by himself, having to add something to himself. He’s merely in ignorance of the fact that he’s a part of a tree—with access to all that the tree has.
And so you no longer sit in judgment on him as a, as a sinner—now you begin to have compassion, because of his ignorance. “Awake thou that sleepest, and learn that you are heir of God.”
“Awake thou that sleepest, and learn that God is your life”. . . neither life nor death can take your life from you. It goes right on, whether you live in the East or the West, it goes right on whether you live in this house or that house, it goes right on whether you’re a child, or whether you are aged, or whether you’ve gone into the realm beyond. Life is a continuous experience, because life is God, God is life.
So you come to a whole new state of consciousness through the contemplative life, in which you still behold the evils that are going on out here—but no longer are you in judgment of them, no longer do you condemn them, no longer do you misunderstand them. But now you have compassion, because you understand why they’re taking place, and you know that they must continue to take place until the individual is awakened.
Once the individual is awakened to the fact that life is indestructible, immortal and eternal—he can’t fear death, once he can’t fear death he can’t know death. You never can know anything that you don’t fear—you can’t know anything that isn’t a part of your consciousness. And when death is no longer a part of your consciousness, you can’t die.
Leave this scene? Yes, yes, because in a few days the form of these flowers will go, but not their life. The life will go on and be manifested in more orchids, and more orchids, and more orchids. And it’ll be the same life, it won’t be a different life. The life that is in these orchids were the life of orchids 10,000 years ago—the same life. It has been indestructible, and it’s still here, and it’s the same life.
And your life and your identity, your consciousness, will still be here 10,000 years from now—but in a different form! You will not go, only your form will change. And that is inevitable, as you can prove by the fact that when you came into this world you might have weighed 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 pounds, and the form has been changing from then; even the form of the organs of the body have changed, even organs we didn’t have when we were born have come into being, and some of those at a certain age stop having their being—but we go on just the same.
No change in us, we’re the same person, the same life, the same consciousness. But the changes take place in our bodies: the child body is not that of the adult body, and the body of the aged is not the same as the body of the adult; but the individual is the same, the life is the same, the soul is the same, consciousness is the same—only the outer form changes!
And so it will be, that unless I’m lifted out of this life, I will still be sitting at this table a thousand years from now—even though the form may be different.
As a matter of fact, the sex can be different. The reason is that I—this is applies to you—has no sex; once you become aware of the I that I am, you will find it completely independent of body, completely independent of sex—then it can manifest in either sex, but it’ll still be I. Still be I! Because, I am spiritual, I am ONE with God, I am of the nature of God. Therefore, I am without finite form, yet I can manifest as, in, through finite form.
Once you realize that, the sting of death leaves you, because you will know then that I am I, and I will always be I. I will always be my state of consciousness, except that I will progressively elevate, just as I have elevated from school to business, and business to this—so I will continue to elevate, until there is nothing finite left.
But I is the secret of the transcendental life. Once you realize, “be not afraid it is I,” and I is God—all fear goes, all judgment goes, all condemnation goes. And then even as you look out here and witness the discords, the feeling is there. . . “just think, if they could awaken to their true identity.” And that’s all there is to it, they’re not evil, they’re not bad—they’re just fulfilling the law of self-preservation.
And just so that we don’t sit in judgment on them, remember we do the same thing. When we throw a bomb at somebody else, or if we kill in self-defense, we are doing just what this world is doing—we are indulging the law of self-preservation.
And the self we’re trying to preserve is a finite sense of self that has no contact with God. And that’s why we’re trying to save it. If we understood our true identity as ONE with God, we wouldn’t have to try to save it. God can govern His own universe, God can care for His own universe.
Therefore, in the face of a danger we can withdraw judgment and realize: whatever is real is God maintained and God sustained; whatever is real is of God; whatever is real is permanent and eternal—and I don’t have to lift my finger to save it, to preserve it, to do anything about it. I merely have to behold God in action.
I must sit without judgment, in the realization: this is God’s universe.
. . “be not afraid it is I; MY Kingdom is not of this world”. . . MY Kingdom is intact, All, “that which God hath joined together, no man can put asunder;” and “I and my Father’s life are ONE,” therefore it cannot be put asunder by sin, by disease, by lack, by death, by war, by any other means.
Nothing can put asunder my life! Because my life is joined to God’s life, it is ONE, and God maintains my life eternally, immortally—and neither life nor death can separate that, or change that relationship.
And therefore, in the face of a danger, we stand by without judgment and bear witness to God. And then afterward, when the harmony’s been restored, safety and security is realized—we can then say “I of my own self did nothing, the Father within me did the works.”
Well of course there was some thing I did that was very important and very difficult, it was “come to a place of being a beholder”. . . that is where the discipline of the spiritual Path comes in. The ability to discipline one’s self so as not to look out here and see a picture that has to be changed, altered, improved, or removed. But the ability to look out here and say “be not afraid, it is I,” and then stand still and bear witness—while God brings about the transformation of the visible scene.
“Be not afraid it is I; MY Kingdom is not of this world; cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils, for wherein is he to be accounted of?” These are the three Scriptural passages that have been the foundation of my healing work ever since the early 1930’s. Before that I was doing healing work since 1930, but without knowing why or how, or what the principle was—it was just, you might say, “a Gift of God.”
But in the early 1930’s, I was given the revelation of those three statements. “Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostril, for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Don’t try to change him, improve him, heal him, and certainly don’t judge him or condemn him—but take no account of him. In other words, “be still.”
And then, “MY Kingdom is not of this world”. . . therefore do not judge by the appearances of this world. Because in MY Kingdom harmony IS! In MY Kingdom, MY Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, and heaven is established even on earth as it is in heaven.
And therefore again you withdraw all attempts to change, improve, heal, reform. And that has been the secret of the success that I have had in prison work—going in there without any desire to reform anybody. Not blinding myself to the fact that humanly they are not living up to a spiritual standard, but realizing they’ve done it merely out of the law of self preservation, out of ignorance of their true identity. And therefore, having no more condemnation for them than a school teacher has with a student who comes in, and you know in advance they don’t know anything, or they don’t know what they’re coming to learn. But you don’t condemn them for it. They’re ignorant, and you’re going to change that ignorance by imparting wisdom.
And so it is when you go into a prison, you do not condemn or judge, you just realize: here are people in ignorance of the fact that God is their life and they don’t have to sustain it; God is their supply and they don’t have to get it, they are joint-Heirs with Christ in God—they are merely ignorant. And so you go in only for the purpose of enlightening them as to their true identity. Once they know that, their whole nature is changed.
Just as our own faults—as humans there is none of us without sin—whether in the act of commission or in the act of desiring. But we are transformed in only one way, and that is by coming into the awareness of our true identity, and then learning to be still and know that I am God. And because I am God—THAT I governs ITS own universe, IT maintains it, IT sustains it. In fact, THAT I is the Bread and the Meat and the Wine and the Water unto ITS creation.
And therefore, each one of us who has and can say “I,” each one of us has in the midst of us, closer than breathing, that which the Master says is the mission of the Father: that which heals, saves, redeems, resurrects, feeds, that each one of us has—and that is the Christ.
And we become beholders of the Christ in action. And as beholders of the Christ in action we are able to pierce, to see through the veil of illusion. And then instead of the ugly picture that the human mind has drawn—we begin to see Reality.
End Part 5 of 5