Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 5 of 6
The Infinite Way in the Home
A family unit can be likened to any unit which works together as one body to bring out a finished result. It can be compared to an orchestra, wherein each member constantly practices on his particular instrument in order to bring out the inherent perfection within. Over all, guiding and synchronizing the whole, is the conductor, changing here, suggesting there, always with the knowledge uppermost that his is the role of bringing out the perfection of each instrument; patiently standing by, aiding in drawing out the best in each member. Never is one member of the orchestra able to take the place of another, except as a temporary measure. Always each has his own complete and distinct function.
In the working out of The Infinite Way principles in our daily living, we can see how each member of a family unit is alone responsible for his God-contact, his God-awareness. As mothers of small children we are very much aware of our role of conductor—sometimes feeling it more in the nature of a policeman—but if uppermost in the mother’s mind is the understanding of her true identity, and the identity of the little ones with whom she is dealing, her function becomes simpler and lovelier.
Each time of communion with the members of her family brings its own reward. This does not necessarily mean the old idea of family prayer or a time especially set aside. Many deep and wonderful things hidden in the heart of a child are revealed in such every-day experiences as meal-time, bed-time, bath-hour, and that very important “snuggle-time” with the tiniest ones. Truly precious are some of the thoughts that are exchanged, and a mother knows, too, that in such times she has learned more of God.
Just as it is vitally important to keep an openness to God, so it is with family relationships. It is equally important to develop and maintain a feeling of reciprocity and co-operation with each member of the family. There cannot be a wall or a sense of separation existing between any members, young or old, without all being aware of it. Even if nothing has been said, it seeps through the household like a damp fog, like the mist that it is, chilling all members. There is an inner communication needed in family relationships which must be left open at all times. You will know when you have this contact, because when the channel is clear, the way is clear. Viewpoints may differ, procedures may vary, but always the end result is harmony—Love in action.
In their sense of duty to their families, mothers develop a habit of formulating a course of action—a goal. This is alright as far as it goes, but it cannot stop there. As a child is taught to turn within for its guidance, one will quickly see the harmonious unfolding of its life’s work. Truly, life lived in this fashion is what the Master meant when He said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
End Part 5
Infinite Way Letter