1961 Maui Work
Tape 389 Side 1
Two Steps To Spiritual Freedom (Habakkuk 2:18-20)
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 4
And so it is, that you can face any situation in life, if you can remember, Be not afraid. It is I. Nothing real exists but I and the forms or expressions of I. And whatever I am, all else is. ThereforeI can look at the pictures of evil, and say, “No, there’s no truth in you. Ineed not be afraid. There is only I.”
Well, you see then that this removes idolatry. It prevents you from loving, fearing, or hating that which has form because you know the real essence of all form is God. And any erroneous appearing form has no existence except in the belief in two powers, or except in the belief that God caused it. And once you remove God as the cause and foundation and source of it, you have begun its dissolution.
Well, these are the two principles which I know bring freedom to us more quickly than most others, maybe more quickly than any of them—the moment that we can see that God is no part of the errors of this world.
You realize that we are given the book Practicing the Presence as the first book to recommend to beginners. The only reason we didn’t start with it is that we didn’t have it in our earliest days of study, but now we do recommend that book to everyone starting on the path and the reason is this . . . you must understand this very well. As human beings we are living a life separate and apart from God. We are living our own life; we’re living life the way we’ve been taught by parents or teachers or ministers. We are living our own lives and there is some amount of good and some amount of evil, some amount of the positive and some amount of negative in all of our lives as humans. And we have no positive principle through which to live because we have never learned of the omnipresence of God—that where I am, God is; that the place whereon I stand is holy ground; that the presence of God is within me.
Therefore, the very first step that we must give to those seeking on the path is this assurance that there is a God “closer to us than breathing and nearer than hands and feet”; that wherever we go, God goes with us. If we mount up to heaven, we find God there. If we make our bed in hell, we find God there. If we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we find God there.
And so we bring to the young student, first of all, the assurance of a God in the midst of him or her, even as there is a God in the midst of you and of me. And we turn the student’s entire attention on this proof of omnipresence, and of the fact that this presence of God is the only power and that it is the bread, the meat, the wine, and the water. So that the very first step in every student’s spiritual ascension must be the realization of an indwelling Spirit of God.
Ah yes, but after they have come to some little awareness of it, there comes this point that we have been taking up tonight: What is the nature of that God that is with us? Is the presence of God with us going to reward us, is It going to punish us, is It going to heal us, is It going to visit iniquity upon us unto the third and fourth generation?
And only after a student has really attained the realization that there is the presence of God in me, the Spirit of God in me, the indwelling Christ that Paul taught, only then can we begin to give them these principles of the nature of God. So now they can realize, “Ah, since there is no place in God for evil, no ground in God, no foundation in God for evil, this God that is with me is a wholly good influence, a perfect influence, an influence for my freedom, for my joy, for the infinite nature of good in my experience.”
Now it is that we begin to reveal the nature of God. To try to reveal this to the young student doesn’t succeed because the young student is indoctrinated with his concepts of a God that gives and a God that withholds, and a God that punishes and a God that rewards, and you can’t at first break that through teaching. But after you have brought to them an experience of God’s presence, and they’ve actually felt it, then they can accept the fact that it’s wholly good, and in him there is no evil at all.
On the entire spiritual path, always the first step is this awareness of God’s presence—this ability to live always as if God were bearing witness with me; God going before me. But once that is obtained, your next greatest unfoldment must be this nature of God because this is the step that brings freedom. This is the step that brings the release from what the Master called this world. When he said, I have overcome this world, you can be assured he had fulfilled that: to know Him aright is life eternal. To know Him aright, not as you have been taught, but to know Him aright as that pure being in whom evil has no rise, no source, no foundation, no cause. Do you see that? No power. Then when you’ve got that you have got your freedom because if God isn’t the cause of these things, there is no cause—for God alone is law, life, substance, activity, being.
This then, likewise, makes it possible to overcome idolatry because when you have this God of purity, you have no person and no thing to fear because there is no person or thing which has derived any qualities of evil—not from God. And what it has derived from mortal consciousness isn’t power. If it isn’t of God, it isn’t power. Then we can say to it with every appearance and every form, “So what? If it isn’t of God, it isn’t power.”
And so when we behold injustices, inequalities, sins, persecutions, revilings, we can always say, “So what? Be not afraid; be not afraid. None of this emanates from God. Therefore, Pilate, thou couldst have no power over me.” The only power that you could have is what is derived from God. What isn’t derived from God isn’t power. And so we look at sin, and we look at disease, and we look at injustice, and we look at tyranny, and we say, “So what? It isn’t of God; it isn’t power.
And so you are going to witness in all of these international affairs, you will witness the dissolution of every one of these tyrannies, every one of these evils—they’ll be dissolved. But they’ll be dissolved because there are now people on earth knowing that they have no existence in God, and therefore they have no existence. They do not have their rise in God; therefore they have no power. See that?
Just ten righteous men in a city can save it, and just a few, or a few hundred, or a few thousand who can face every situation of human experience in that realization: “You didn’t have your rise in God; you are not power. You had no foundation in God; you have no power. You have no law of God to maintain or sustain you.” And then rest. Rest in His word; rest in this word; abide in this word; dwell in the secret place of the most High, always looking out at these forms or formations without hate, love, or fear. And why? Because if they don’t have their rise in God, they have no substance, no law, no cause, no effect.
You will prove in your individual experience the degree of freedom from these universal beliefs or claims, and the moment you do, remember that you are beginning to free your neighbor—not because he asks for a treatment, and not because you give him a treatment, but because you merely look at him in his sins or diseases and smile within yourself, “This has no rise in God, no foundation in God, it has no law of God—be not afraid.” See that?
As you begin to see how, here and there a friend, a neighbor, or as I have told you in the school room, proving that disease has no power in the school room, if only the teacher is aware of the truth. So you will see that you become the power in your community, and there is no reason why anyone can’t be the power in the entire world in proportion . . . and they can; because even though they may not individually be all over the world, they will be imparting by their influence. So that there will be a circle of Christhood around the globe. And what is the circle of Christhood except a circle of those who realize that evil does not have its rise in God; therefore it has no law, no substance to sustain it? And abiding in that truth, watch it as it dissolves and disappears.
That is the circle of Christhood—those who do not accept evil as real because they do not accept evil as having a foundation in God.
Thank you, thank you.
End Part 4 of 4