1950 First Portland Series
Tape 5 Side 1
Atmosphere of God
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
When I say each other, you know that I do not mean each other here in this room, but the each other that appears to the world as friend and as enemy. Nevertheless, friend or enemy, each is the light of the world unto the other. You see, when we recognize our oneness with God, we automatically find our oneness with each other. When we find our oneness with God, we find our oneness with every bit of good that belongs to our development and to our unfoldment and to our expression.
I will not leave you comfortless. I will send you the Spirit of Truth, the divine Comforter, the Spirit of Truth. I in the midst of you, as you relax, will reveal to you the full truth of being, with or without mediation. A Jesus, a John, a Paul may come into your experience to carry the message of truth to you. But even when these leave this scene, you will not be left without the Holy Ghost, or divine Comforter, since the function of the human teacher is to open your consciousness to the receptivity of truth so that forever after you may receive truth direct.
In the end, all shall be taught of God. All—everyone—shall be taught of God. The human teacher is just a suffer it to be so now, an avenue, a vehicle for God. The teacher has received the light perhaps just a moment before you, and therefore, shares with you that light which you immediately begin to share with your neighbor and friend. Ye are the light of the world. As we here as a group of truth students, as we realize, “Why I am the light of the world, and not because of any virtue in and of myself, but because the entire light of God is pouring Itself through my consciousness, to the world, you have then, consciously become the light in your community, in your home.
And the moment that light has struck in you by your recognition of it in your neighbor, in your relative, in your friend—wherever there is a receptive thought—you light the light in them. That’s what we are: we’re lamplighters. That’s what we are. Each in turn receives the spark; each in turn ignites the spark in someone else, and so it becomes a living chain.
That’s why the Bible is not a record of something that happened two thousand years ago. The Bible is a record of your life and of my life as it is happening today. At this very moment, each of us is in some stage of consciousness that is to be found in scripture. We may be Hebrews wandering through the desert. We may have come up to the light of Isaiah. We may be part of that multitude sitting at the Master’s feet, drinking in the great words of wisdom. Tomorrow we may be some of those who go to crucify him.
Of that you may be sure. In every gathering, in every place where truth is voiced, there are Peters and there are Judases and there are doubting Thomases. Oh, don’t worry if they persecute you. They persecuted me before they persecuted you, and they did it in God’s name. And they do now. We won’t take that too seriously because it doesn’t matter in the long run. The only thing a crucifixion ever does to those of spiritual light is to prove to others that life is eternal, and that a crucifixion can’t kill.
Peter was a very good Hebrew, well trained in the Hebrew law and he knew better: he wasn’t going to eat anything common or unclean. Oh, no, Peter said, “I do not eat anything, any meat that is common or unclean.” And three times, the voice told him to kill and eat, and three times, he was too good a Hebrew. He wasn’t going to violate the law. But God then said to him,“That which I have created, do not call common or unclean.” Peter didn’t understand that vision. But the next day, Cornelius, the gentile, the unclean and common, also had a vision in which he was told to send for Simon Peter so that Simon Peter may have the opportunity of voicing this truth, this Christ to him. And Cornelius sent and then Peter realized the meaning of his vision.
Under ordinary circumstances, according to Hebrew law, Peter should not have voiced the truth to Cornelius, a gentile; he was the common and unclean. In that moment, Peter realized, why I can’t call any man common or unclean whom God created. And you know he went and taught Cornelius and his friends, and then we are told, all those who were prepared received the Holy Ghost.
For us the lesson is tremendous. Nobody on this earth is common or unclean. To our sight, they may appear at this moment, as friend or foe, white or black. They may appear in this form or that form, but God created man in his own image and likeness and man is holy and pure and there are no common and there are no unclean. But the lesson goes on that only those whom God had called received the Holy Ghost. In other words, only those, as I said before, who had been chosen of the Father; that is who had come to the point in their development when they reached out for the Christ; only those received the Holy Ghost.
Many times people turn to these metaphysical movements, metaphysical teachings, truth teachings, for healings, for some other form of good, and in our present development, all of that is legitimate. It is right that people come to us seeking health, harmony, wholeness; seeking the overcoming of their discords. But watch this point well: It is not legitimate that we continue in that frame of mind very long.
Sooner or later, all must realize that we have not come to this for loaves and fishes, but for God Itself, and for a realization of God. And I have found in my work that those people who persist in using this truth, in using this way of life just for healings, sooner or later come to a place in their development when the healings do not come. I have watched it through the years how many, many, many people say, “You know when I first came to this study healings took place one after another, why miracles happened in my life, but now I rarely make a demonstration. I hardly get a healing or when I do get a healing, it’s long, drawn out.
Well, I’ll tell you the answer: The answer is just what happened with the Hebrews after they had been fed by the Master. The Master left and went across the lake and the next day the same Hebrews were back again. He said, “Well, what do you want today? “Oh! It’s mealtime.” “Why, he said, I fed you yesterday. You saw the loaves and fishes yesterday.” “Oh yes, but this is another mealtime.” “Well what do you think this is? A supermarket or free kitchen?” Yes, you will read it, he rebuked them. He expected, in feeding them, not merely to provide them with food because it was mealtime, but to show them that when a mealtime came along, there was a principle which would produce food for them.
Why you know, had he just wanted to be a healer or a supplier, he would have set up a system of food kitchens across the Holy Lands and perhaps even practitioner’s offices and centers, and just said, “Come in and be healed.” It would have been wonderful for us by now—all sin and disease would have been off the earth. I doubt it. I doubt it. It isn’t in the nature of the Christ just to produce loaves and fishes. Why the Master took gold out of the fish’s mouth in order to pay his taxes. At that rate, we should just be going to the disciples of the Master and getting our gold from the fish’s mouth instead of working, instead of teaching, instead of living. No.
End Part 3