Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 5 of 6
Meditation For Beginners
Contemplation – continued
Prayer is a contemplation of the beauties and bounties of God, and prayer is a contemplation of the activity of God in our experience and in the experience of the world. This prayer makes you a contemplative, and yet it does not take you out of the world. It is not necessary to leave the world to contemplate God’s Grace. Just take a little time during your busy days and nights to be close to God. Go where you can see the sky, the sea or a lake, and contemplate, be in prayer, be in communion with God. You can be in prayer while engaged in any of the human activities. Whether keeping house or going to business you can reserve an area of consciousness for the contemplation of God’s Presence, and you can be beholding God’s Presence in every activity going on about you. Lift your thoughts to God, open your inner ear to hear the still, small Voice, and with your inner eye behold the universe of Spirit, even while your physical eyes are engaged in physical activities. You can be in the world, but not of it.
Quickly you will understand why desire is a sin, unless the desire is for a greater realization of God, the things of God and the thoughts of God. God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, and certainly your thoughts can never be God’s thoughts, but God’s thoughts can become your thoughts if you learn to contemplate God as a form of prayer, rather than to desire or even expect. Expectancy, however, can be prayer if your expectancy is that of watching the bud become the blossom; of beholding the sky suddenly filled with the light of the stars and the moon; of waiting expectantly as the sun rises and the fullness of its light and warmth envelopes you. When expectancy is that God shall move outside Its orbit to obey your directions, supplications, personal desires and wishes, then it becomes a sin.
Several years ago I said that there would never be another Infinite Way class unless more were revealed to me on the subject of prayer. There have been many Classes since then, but each one has been a recognition that we have not yet arrived at the fullness of the understanding of prayer, and each one has been towards a higher concept of prayer. Prayer is our only contact with God, and it is only through prayer that the beauties, the activities, the abundance, the joys and peace of God’s Grace can reach us. There is absolutely no way to come into or under God’s government other than through prayer, and when we are in prayer we are enfolded in God.
True prayer is the higher concept in which we contemplate the infinite ways that God has of loving us, and in which we no longer turn to God for anything except the joy of basking in His Presence, in His Grace, and in His Love. Do not be too concerned about your love for God. That will follow in a normal and natural way, and you will give expression to it. Actions speak louder than words, and it is not always those who speak much of their love who love the most. Contemplate God’s Love for you, and contemplate the infinite forms of God’s Love for His Creation.
In God’s Love there is no criticism, no judgment and no condemnation. In God’s Love there are no yesterdays. God’s Love is flowing now, and It cannot withhold Itself nor can It give Itself. God’s Love is a state of is, a state of being, and in meditation and contemplation of God’s Love you are realizing It, feeling It, aware of It until God’s Love so permeates your consciousness that you no longer pray. You are aware only of being in prayer.
Prayer is a contemplation of God’s Love for His Kingdom. Prayer is a realization of God’s Presence filling all space. Prayer is an awareness of peace, of joy and abundance. Prayer is an inner stillness and a silence, a refraining from thought and desire. Prayer is beholding and witnessing God’s Grace. Prayer is a realization of is. Prayer is the holy contemplation that where Thou art, I am; that where I am, Thou art: “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” God’s Grace is my sufficiency in all things. God’s Love is enveloping me and this universe. God’s Peace is upon this world. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Wherever I am, the Lord is, even thought I make my bed in hell.
Prayer is a contemplative of is. God is! Life is! Love is! Joy is! Prayer is an outflowing of gratitude that Thou hast given us the heavens and the earth for our glory. Prayer is a heart full of gratitude that there are still greater blessings in prayer than you have ever known or dreamed of. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
When going into prayer it is helpful to remember that we may pray for anything—as long as it is not of this world!
End Part 5