nfinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 6
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16)
The time is approaching when the world will be so filled with the conscious realization of the Presence of God that all evil or error will be dispelled by the very presence of man.
The great secret of life is this: God is incarnated in man. God is manifest as man. God is in the midst of you—“…the place where thou standest is holy ground.” There is just as much of God in you, right where you are, as there would be if the heavens could open and God Itself come into you. If this were not true Jesus could not have healed, neither could the disciples nor the apostles, nor the metaphysical and spiritual practitioners of this day. You are divine, because the Spirit of God is manifest as your very being. God has embodied Itself as your Soul, Mind and Spirit. God, in Its essence, is invisible, God, in Its expression, is visible as you and as me.
In the days of old the Hebrews thought the Messiah was a man, but the One whom they thought was the Messiah said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Messiah is the Spirit of God in man, and the Hebrews who prophesied the coming of the Messiah were absolutely correct, except that they put it in time and space. The Messiah does not come in time and space: It comes in consciousness. The Christ, or Messiah, is born when you recognize the Presence of the Spirit of God in you. Never is this external: always it is within you, but the effect is external. Love goes before you and is felt by all whom you touch.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you…I will send him unto you.” The Comforter is your divine state of consciousness; that area of your consciousness which is the Christ, the Spirit of Truth, the Savior, the Messiah. All of this is within you, and the moment you come near a person with the least degree of spiritual capacity, he knows it—he can feel it. Even an animal feels it. This is no part of your body or brain: it is the very consciousness of Truth Itself that is felt. The day will come when we will consciously be so full of the Presence of the Spirit of God that wherever we go our Christhood will be felt. The mere fact that our consciousness rests on an individual will be the healing touch. Wherever we go we will be a blessing and, even though not physically present, the remembrance of consciousness of us will be a healing influence.
This will be because of something that has taken place within our consciousness the moment we realize that we are the Christ, the Son of God, the very Spirit of God in expression. We will know this, however, only when we no longer fear or hate each other; when we no longer know envy, jealousy or malice of any kind. We cannot rid ourselves of these negative emotions, but the Christ can and does.
Human consciousness is made up entirely of wants and desires, and this you can sense whenever you come into the presence of one who, in any way, is wanting, desiring, hoping, competing, envying. On the other hand, Christ-consciousness brings with it every type of joy and abundant good, although not always according to the pattern of success or happiness that we, in our humanhood, have drawn. The things that we consider desirable might bring us great unhappiness and be our undoing. Many men have acquired and accomplished all the things their ambitions set out for them, and yet were unhappy and dissatisfied, and often ended in despair and destruction.
“I asked God for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for help that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered:
I am among all men most richly blessed.”
The above wisdom was written by an anonymous Confederate soldier, almost one hundred years ago. And so it is that the Christ fulfills Itself in accord with Its own idea of Love. “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” The Christ fulfills Itself in a change of Spirit, and our human self is then so transformed that we no longer recognize ourselves as we were. When the comforter, the Spirit of God, comes to consciousness there is no longer desire for things in the outer realm, and we find there is nothing of a human nature that needs fulfillment. Instead there is only a spiritual sense, a desire or love for the Spirit that insists on being inwardly fulfilled.
No one who has been touched by the Christ ever again has any need to be concerned about supply, be it money, friendship, companionship, love, home, or any other type of supply. Even a tiny degree of Christhood fulfills it, and the individual never again has to take thought of what he shall eat, what he shall drink, or wherewithal he shall be clothed. Instinctively this is felt whenever you come into the presence of one who has attained even a measure of the Christ, because there is nothing pulling on you, no one trying to get something from you. The Christ fulfills Itself without any need of turning to a person or thing. Whatever comes (and it comes abundantly) come through the fulfilling of the law of Love.
Millions of people know how to pray—that is, they think they do. They know what they want, and if they cannot get it through ordinary human means they pray for it. Such prayer is sin, because it is desire. Not only is it desire, it is outlining what one thinks will be good for one. It is sin, because it is not relaxing and trusting that the Divine Consciousness knows our every need. When the Christ touches consciousness all things appear, all things happen, everything is taken care of.
Ultimately, when you understand the correct concept of prayer, you will understand that prayer is an inner resting in God; an inner conscious communion. And then you will understand why prayer has nothing to do with desire. Prayer has only to do with an awareness, a realization, a feeling of freedom, joy and peace. Each time you resist the temptation to pray for any thing, ask, wish, seek, or long for any thing, you are praying. You are acknowledging that God, the All-knowing Mind, already knows your needs, and you are acknowledging that the Love of God is your sufficiency. In the realization that you live and move and have your being in God, how could you pray for any thing? Even when temptation comes along and says you need this or that, Truth comes along and says, “God is fulfillment. God knoweth my need even before I do.” When you have resisted the temptation to pray for things you have prayed aright, because you have communed with God. You have acknowledged Him in all thy ways. Then He will give thee rest.
When you are called upon for treatment, turn from the appearance and just reach out to God and let God give the treatment. Let God pray in you and through you. Let the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit. Let the spirit of God make intercession—you just be the listener and the beholder.