Infinite Way Letter
June 1955
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
Rising to Grace
There are three major points of the message of The Infinite Way which must be thoroughly embodied within the consciousness of each student. The first is the nature of God. Each student must change his concepts of God, of his relationship to God, of the function of God in his experience. The second is the nature of prayer. Each must learn the nature of prayer. No prayer that has ever been spoken, read, or heard is sufficient, and so he must attain a much higher concept of prayer. The only true prayer is recognition, acknowledgment and confidence in the Omnipresence of God. The only way to pray is through communion with God, without a single desire, and with no attempt to enlighten, persuade or influence God. The third point is the nature of error. When you know the nature of God and your relationship to God, and when you know the nature of prayer, you can then see error or evil only as a mirage, an illusion, a nothingness which has been frightening you with an appearance.
When you come to an understanding of these things, you come to the highest point of The Infinite Way Message in which you realize that because God is what God is God’s All-ness makes nothing else necessary. Since God is Omnipresent, harmony is omnipresent, supply is omnipresent, love is omnipresent—now what do you want God to do for you? Since error has been seen as a mirage, what need have you for God’s power? Then it is that you become aware of the fact that it is not up to God—it is up to you! It is up to you to bring yourself into alignment with That which already is!
God is, eternally—God has been from the beginning, God changeth never, God is with you until the end of the world. You need to lift your concept of God, of your own identity, or prayer, and of the impotence of evil. When you have done that you are living and moving and having your being in God. Can you imagine going to heaven and still being in need of God? Why, no! You would be basking in God’s Presence and His Love. You can go to heaven right here and now by giving up all beliefs that you must reach out to God for anything, or do other than let God take over.
The responsibility is upon you to attain a higher concept of God, a higher respect for God, a greater love for God, and a greater trust in the infinite nature of God’s All-ness, Wisdom and Love. You must also have a greater respect for your own identity, a greater realization of what it means to be the Son of the most High, of what it means to live in God-consciousness, under God’s supervision, government and direction. You must learn to relax and rest in the realization of God is. As long as there is a God, I am. As long as God is, an Infinite Intelligence is operating. As long as God is, there is no other power. As long as God is, that is your assurance and acknowledgment of Him in all your ways. And with that understanding your prayer is one of gratitude: “Thank you, Father, Thy Grace is my sufficiency in all things, and I seek nothing more. In Thee I live and move and have my being. In Thee I find my hiding place from the world’s beliefs that there is a power of sin, a power of disease, a power of lack. I seek no more, I search no more—in this calm, confident assurance of Thy Grace, I rest. I am in Thee, and Thou art in me, and we are One.” And so it is that you must not acquaint God with what you think you need, nor enlighten God as to what you would like. You must have but one pure desire—“…that they (you) might know thee the only true God…” whom to know aright is life eternal.
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” This teaching of the Master is the basis of the Message of The Infinite Way, and any truth about the Master is the truth about you and about me, in proportion to our conscious awareness of it.
Another major principle is this: “For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” To those who acknowledge, “I have Thy Grace, and that is my sufficiency,” shall be given, but to those who deny that they have, and who are eternally seeking, from them shall be taken even that which they have.
In the beautiful words of the Psalmist, we read: “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” And so we come to another principle: “Thou shat not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” It makes no difference if your neighbor is black, white or yellow, Hebrew, Christian or pagan—your neighbor is the self-same being: God expressed, God manifest in flesh. This is the beauty of holiness. This is knowing the truth about your neighbor; this is praying for your neighbor; this is forgiving your neighbor, even as you would have your neighbor forgive you. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Our Message is one of Love, and we are fulfilling the law of Love in our acknowledgment of the infinite nature of God, and the eternal nature of the Son of God. In our acknowledgment of Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience, we have acknowledged Divine Grace. We have acknowledged that the Grace of God is for us, for our neighbor, and for our enemy. In this acknowledgment we seek forgiveness of our errors of ignorance, and just as freely we forgive all others in this realization that this truth is the truth about everyone in heaven, on earth, or in hell. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…forgive and ye shall be forgiven…”, and in this instant of realization we release all those who are holding themselves in bondage to false concepts of God, Law, Love and Live. We loose them and let them go, in the realization that all that is of God is Good—and what is there that is not of God?
Oh! What a wonderful thing it is to know that there is nothing to go to God for!
End Part 3