Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 7
Spiritual harmony comes quickly when we have given up the desire or search for physical, or outer harmony. This is the inner meaning of the Master’s words: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” Divine Grace comes in proportion as we turn from all sense of human peace, prosperity or health, and seek the realization of “My Peace,” which includes the health or harmony of Spirit.
Paul tells us: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” We must understand that in the first case we are being warned against a faith, confidence, reliance or dependence on the creature—that is, that which appears as effect. However, to “sow to the Spirit,” by placing ones’ reliance and trust and hope in the Infinite Invisible is to reap the things of the Spirit, and in this way we honor the Creator rather than the creature. This is what the prophet Isaiah meant when he warned the Hebrews against their faith in “…the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made,” and a deep principle is revealed in this warning.
At this point of our unfoldment it is necessary to realize that we have left behind the Law of Moses, and that we have stepped out into the Grace of Truth. Surely by now we know that good humans are not rewarded by God, nor are bad humans punished by God. Whatever of reward or punishment comes into human experience comes through our own belief of such. Too often students complain bitterly about the problems they experience while on their search for God, not realizing how fortunate they are to be in the midst of these problems while seeking the revelation and realization of God, because until one has been divested of every human or material aid one cannot know the experience of a complete reliance on the Infinite Invisible.
We are born into a world where first we learn to rely on parents, later on teachers, husbands or wives, and often we end up dependent upon our children. In between we become dependent upon medicines and dollars, so that at no time in the average person’s experience does he ever learn that there is an Infinite Invisible which is far better able to supply his every need, and far more dependable than any one or any thing in the visible realm. For the human, content to go through life in this way, it is naturally pleasurable to find at hand those people and things upon which he can rely, but fortunate is he if he does not come to the end of his rope and find that humans and material resources have failed him.
However, those who have set themselves on the search for God will find their journey shortened by every experience of failure on the part of friends and relatives and things, because then comes the complete reliance on that which has heretofore never been experienced—the Infinite Invisible. And what spiritual treasures we can bring forth through the realization to be gained from: “My grace is sufficient for thee,” “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
End Part 3