Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 5 of 5
The Eternal You
The harmony of your existence depends upon your understanding of the subject of immortality, and the correct understanding of immortality lies in knowing that you are the Life and Law of your body and being.
If you will turn to the illustration of the orange tree, as given in the chapter “Supply” in The Infinite Way, you will learn that the invisible spiritual law, operating in and as the tree, is the crop; and that the actual oranges on the tree represent the fruitage or the result of the crop. Even after the oranges have been sold or otherwise disposed of, the crop has not been touched: the crop remains in the life of the tree, to appear and re-appear. The trunk of the tree is not the tree: that also is but an effect. The seed is not the tree until the life-force causes the activity which results in sprouting, rooting, and progressing up to the visible tree and fruitage. The law of Life, acting upon the seed, does the work. The real tree is the life of the tree. There is an invisible law of Life acting upon everything in the universe, and it is this life-force, which we call Spirit, or God, that is the real substance, law and activity of one’s being.
You are Consciousness, and regardless of what happens to the physical body, you remain. God constitutes your being. Life-force constitutes your being. Soul constitutes your being. You are Life, Mind, Soul, and you are immortal and eternal. The tree cannot bear fruit except as it is constituted and permeated by the life-force, and as you begin to comprehend your true identity you will see that your body can never know the fruitage of health, harmony and continuity unless you realize that “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty.”
The Master taught that, “Before Abraham was, I am…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…. Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” We have made the mistake of believing that the Master meant that Jesus would never leave you nor forsake you, that Jesus would be with you until the end of the world, that Jesus would build the temple again. This is not the Master’s meaning at all: He taught that “I am the way, the truth, and the life…. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” Once you begin to understand that “I” is the invisible Life, Intelligence and Soul of your being, you will understand why you are immortal. Then you will be able to make your transition as did Moses, Enoch, Elijah and the Master, because you will realize that you will never die. You will never know death as long as you do not confuse yourself with the visible tree, or the crop of the tree, but realize yourself to be the life-force Itself.
In living the Infinite Way we are not demonstrating persons or things: we are demonstrating God or Consciousness. We are demonstrating the realization of our God-being, and so we can see that right identification of ourselves is necessary to our spiritual demonstration. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The life-force which you are, and which constitutes your only real and true being, has come that your whole experience may be joyous, peaceful, harmonious, whole, complete, perfect, eternal and immortal.
End Part 5 of 5