Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 4 of 7
An Important Point in Spiritual Practice
Spiritual practice, which embraces all phases of the healing work, is much more than declaring or knowing some truth after a discord has been brought to your attention. Spiritual practice is a constant, conscious realization of God as Omnipresence—of God as the Life, Law, Substance, continuity, activity, the very Soul and intelligence of all being.
Suppose at this very moment you were to receive a call asking for help, and you proceed to give a treatment, to pray, or to go into meditation or communion. If, consciously or unconsciously, you have accepted the discord, and expect and hope that harmony is going to be restored through your treatment or prayer your success will be very limited, and your failures will be more numerous than your successes.
When a call comes announcing some form of discord it is necessary to remember consciously that this is not a discord or maladjustment which, through your effort or even through God, is to be corrected, but rather that this is a specific call to know that as God was in the beginning, so God is now, and God ever will be!
Unless you are living the spiritual life in such a manner as keeps you in the realization that the past and the future are one—here and now in the present—you will find yourself in distress if a call comes saying, “My friend has just been killed: please help me.” You will be in a very embarrassing position indeed, because you will be expected either to raise the dead or to accept death as an actual happening, and merely give a treatment or meditation for the comfort of the bereft one. This situation must never come to you: you must never be in such a state of consciousness where anyone can announce that someone has been killed or has passed on, and then from that point expect to do something spiritual about it.
In living the true spiritual life you are not waiting for calls of discord and inharmony. You are living in such a state of consciousness that God alone is the reality, and your entire experience is one of dwelling in the realization of God ever governing, maintaining and sustaining Its own universe—from the beginning of time until the end of the world.
“Before Abraham was, I am. I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” This brings that past and the future into the present: if I am with you since before Abraham, nothing could have occurred before that call except that which was a part of the demonstration of I am—the all-inclusive Love, Presence and Power of God. If I am with you until the end of the world, nothing can happen today, tomorrow or next week which is not a part of the all-embracing guidance, direction and protection of the divine principle of this universe.
In ordinary metaphysical practice, consciously or unconsciously you accept the fact that there are those in the world who are suffering from discord and inharmony, and that at any moment someone may telephone or come in person asking for help and if you are not very, very careful you will be tempted to give it. Unless you are already living in the consciousness of God as the omnipresent Law and Being, the omnipresent Good, the omnipresent direction, guidance, intelligence, wisdom, substance and reality, you will automatically attempt, through spiritual means, to bring about adjustments, healings, harmonies and resurrections, all based on the fact that a sin or disease, accident or death have already occurred.
The Infinite Way is not a practice that begins with a call for help. The Infinite Way is a way of life in which, at all times, we live and move and have our being in the realization of God as Omnipresent, and in that consciousness, whenever an appearance or call of discord reaches us, we are enabled to smile in the true knowledge that no discord or inharmony has ever happened, therefore is not now in need of adjustment.
Here is one of the most important points to be achieved on the Spiritual Path. At one time I was taught that practitioners should consciously and specifically know the truth every day: that all who needed me would find me. It took only twenty-four hours to learn that this was a denial of the Christ. How could I, in one breath, say, “Those who need me will find me,” and in the next, when they came to me, say, “God governs you; God is your life; You are perfect now”? Do you not see that it is up to us to know, before anyone comes to us, that perfection was the true state of their being, and that perfection is the true state of their being in the here and now? Do you really believe that we have anything to do with establishing or bringing about harmony? No! No! Our place in the Spiritual Path is not to be repairers of damage nor resurrectors of life, nor physicians nor protective influences—that is God’s function! And not only now, but from the beginning it has been God’s function to be the creative principle of this universe, and to be the maintaining and sustaining principle unto all time.
End Part 4