Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 5
Immortality – continued
When an old and beloved friend has passed, the question is often asked: What can be done now and in the future?
Is there a God? If there is a God, not even a sparrow falls. If there isa God, life is continuous and progressive: the passing from this plane of existence is merely a passing from one of the many mansions into another of the many mansions. If there is a God, there is no such thing as death, and if there is no death, why mourn those who pass from our human sight?
Each, in his time will leave this plane of consciousness. Those in ignorance of God may be forced out of their bodies by disease or old age. Those with some acquaintanceship with God will make the transition without the necessity of death, discord or infirmities, but all eventually will leave this plane, and the reason is this: as we pass from infancy to childhood, a delightful state of consciousness, we leave one of God’s mansions and, with growing pains, we pass into adulthood. There are two ways to make the transition from childhood into maturity, and one is the looking-back process, trying to re-live the days of the past. The other way is to realize that the transition from infancy to childhood and from childhood into adulthood is an activity of God, and those who accept that do not experience the infirmities of old age.
Battling the advancing years as if they were an evil is what produces the discords in our experience. Opening consciousness to the normal, natural transition from one state of adulthood to another will enable us to look forward to the experience of the middle years and the advanced years.
The Master said, “…this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God….” In other words, God Life is individual life, your life and mine. That statement is made again and again in all spiritual teachings, and if it were accepted literally, all ageing processes would cease. The Life of God cannot age! The Life of God is not receptive to a calendar! We give power to the calendar, but the body cannot. The body has no intelligence with which to know what year it is, and if we accept the calendar it operates through our bodies and through our minds, and appears on the body and makes its manifestations there. Since the calendar, in and of itself, has not power, and our bodies, in and of themselves, have no power, it must be we, ourselves, who give power to the calendar to age us, because the only thing that can act upon us is what we accept in consciousness.
Immortality means your individual immortality, here and now, which would include the immortality of your being and of your body. So let it be agreed in your consciousness that God is Life, but more than that, God is your life!
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isa. 43:7)
“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God; wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” (Ezek. 18:32)
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)
These scriptural passages clearly indicate that God created us for his own pleasure, and this is an eternal relationship. And so, as we witness ourselves and our friends advancing into more mature years, let us realize our function as an infant and as a child, as an adult, and see how progressive each step has been, and then look forward to the revelation of what the future years have in store through the Grace of God. Then, as we watch our friends pass from sight, let us rejoice that they have passed from our mansion into another. They have not died because of sin, because God never punishes sin. God is a God of love and forgiveness “until seventy times seven.”
Death is our interpretation of what we are witnessing, but it is an observation based on ignorance. Those who have caught the first tiny glimpse of God understand that God is Life, and that God is Life Eternal—life without death, “for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.” This can only come as you lift your vision above selfishness, above limitations, above the desire to hold others in bondage to form. The worm must emerge from its cocoon in order to become a butterfly. Everyone and everything passes through transitional stages and, through spiritual evolution and development, each one ultimately finds himself sitting at the foot of the Throne, returned to the Father’s House
End Part 2