From – The Infinite Way Letters 1959
Excerpt – October
By Joel Goldsmith
The Object of Healing Is the Transformation of Consciousness
Certainly there are cases in which the fullness of the healing does not appear in that first moment of realization, no matter how deep it may be, and you may be called upon to repeat the process twice, ten, or a hundred times, because the opacity may lie with your patient or student in whom there must be a change of consciousness before harmony can be outwardly pictured.
One of the great stumbling blocks to healing is that the majority of people seeking help have too definite an idea of what it is they want, and of course their human desires may not fit in at all with the spiritual picture. Many of you know of my own struggle to increase my business during the early years of my study, or how I engaged no less than five different practitioners for that purpose, one after the other; and yet despite all this help and the dedicated work of each practitioner, my business grew worse and worse, until finally there was no business at all. That surely appeared to be a lack of demonstration, but actually it was a perfect demonstration. Had my business prospered, my going into this work might have been delayed or even completely prevented in this lifetime.
Many people come to us for help, but often they have a preconceived idea of what it is they want. They have a predetermined idea of how harmony is to appear in their experience, and often even when it is to appear. Instead of responding to God’s will, they resist God by deciding in their own minds how the demonstration should unfold, when, and to what extent. Satisfying the wants and desires of covetous human beings is not really a part of our ministry. Our ministry is the changing of a person’s consciousness from a material sense of life to the spiritual awareness of life, from a material sense of religion to a spiritual sense of religion, and from a material sense of supply to a spiritual sense of supply.
Always remember that we are not healers of the body; we do not attempt to change the body at all. Our work changes the consciousness of an individual, and that changed consciousness appears outwardly as harmony, health, supply, companionship, or whatever the need may be.