1952 New Washington Series
Tape 6 Side 1
Basic Infinite Way
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 5
What is it about a Bible that is holy, that is sacred? Anything to do with the binding? Or the paper? Or the print? Or the words in the book? Not one of those things has any sacredness to them at all—not one. The only thing in the entire Bible that is power is the word of God—the word of God, not the print, not the page, not the book—the word of God. Where do we find the word of God? In a book? No, because then we’d only have to buy the book and we’d have the word of God. There are millions, there are tens of millions of copies of the Bible. I believe there are twelve million sold every year. How many of those people have the word of God? No, they merely have a printed book.
The word of God is within your mouth. The word of God is within your consciousness. The word of God is taken into your soul and there the word of God becomes flesh and dwells among us. As long as the word of God remains print in a book, it does not become flesh. Even as long as it becomes only a quotation in your mouth, it does not become flesh. Be assured of this: If you could memorize the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation you might still find yourself anhungered and sick and lonely.Only as the word of God takes root in your consciousness can it come forth as flesh, as demonstration.
The Master gave us that in his illustration of planting the seed in fertile soil and in barren soil and in stony soil. You know the story, and you know that the only time that the seed springs up into flowers and fruits and fruitage is when it is planted in fertile soil. Now, how do we know fertile soil? How do we know when our consciousness is fertile for the planting of the word of truth? Well, I’ll tell you that it’s barren and it’s stony as long as your consciousness is bothering itself about demonstration. The only time you can absolutely say my consciousness is ready, is fertile for the planting of spiritual seed is when you can say, I am only seeking spiritual demonstration, spiritual fruitage, spiritual harmony, spiritual health, spiritual wealth, spiritual companionship. When you can be satisfied that the kingdom of God interprets itself to you in Its language, not in accordance with what you think your needs are or requirements, then only is consciousness prepared for the planting of the seed of truth.
Now, when the seed of truth is planted in our consciousness, there comes the same period of gestation as comes to the development of the child. There comes a period of growth, unfoldment, development—true, not in the spiritual kingdom. In the spiritual kingdom if we were at the point of complete readiness, the Master would say, “It is not four months to the harvest. Right now is the time. What did hinder you? Pick up your bed and walk.” But because it is so seldom true that we are at the absolute standpoint of readiness for instantaneous ascension we have to pass through the same period of preliminary unfoldment that even the Master did.
There had to be the awakening. There had to be the three years of ministry. There had to be even the three temptations in the wilderness. There had to be the next temptation in Gethsemane. There had to be a crucifixion. There had to be a resurrection. Then, of course, the Master was ready for the final and complete revelation of God as his very being in which he ascended out of all material sense, out of all material sense of body, out of all material sense of supply, out of all material sense of good. Up to that point it was unfoldment.
So it is in our experience. There must be a preparation for the planting of the seed. The first preparation for that planting is done when you yourself make the renunciation of material demonstration, when you, yourself, make the choice whom you will serve, God or mammon, God or demonstration. That’s your first preparation: When you come to that place and then say, “All right, from here on in, I am not concerned with the outer world and its demonstration. I will let it unfold in its own way. I’ll take the good of today and the evil of today. I’ll take the hard experiences and the pleasant ones and not be disturbed by either, because I have set my goal on the demonstration of God, on the realization and revelation of God.” I have turned from seeking North Poles and South Poles. I have turned from seeking good climates and bad climates. I’ve turned from seeking more wealth or better homes. Now my mind is ready to be stayed on God. My mind is ready for the revelation and the unfoldment of the kingdom of God.
I’ve been on earth quite a few years, and I think I know pretty nearly all the good and all the evil there is on earth, but I know very little about that place called heaven, and yet heaven is also here on earth, and so my investigation now is in the line of what is heaven? What is this kingdom of God that must come to earth? And it can only come through individual demonstration and expression. What is this kingdom of God that promises so much and that so few have achieved?
Then, having made that decision, the first step has been taken in proving your consciousness to be fertile soil for the planting of the seed.
Now after that there comes a second step of preparation and that second step of preparation is not an easy one. As a matter of fact it’s a very difficult one. Nine hundred and ninety-nine out of a thousand find it a very, very difficult one, and I wouldn’t know how many hundreds out of that nine hundred and ninety-nine finally give up and decide that it isn’t worthwhile, it’s too difficult. And that second step that is so difficult comes under our general heading of meditation. It is an act of consciousness based on many scriptural passages, one of which is Lean not unto thine own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all thy ways and He will give thee all the rest.
Now, that quotation is as powerless to do anything for us as anything else there is in this Bible. The quotation will do nothing. Memorizing it and reciting it will do nothing, but the literal carrying out of it will be the turning point in our experience. All of the work that we have done in these previous months and years should certainly have prepared those who have been present for this experience, because everything we have done up to now has led to this moment of unfoldment. And it is at this period where we begin, as you already know, with our moment of waking in the morning to acknowledge God. The pages are 97 to 103 [or pages 94-99] in The Infinite Way. In those passages you will find, not a formula; please don’t use it as a formula, but you will find a guide, an idea at least, of where to let your thoughts run for the first five or ten minutes of your waking day. It includes the acknowledgement that God is your life. It acknowledges God as the source of your supply. It acknowledges your oneness with God. It brings to your conscious recognition that all that the Father hath is yours, and it really brings God close to you, and sets the foundation for your day.
But then remember that our scriptural quotation says, “Lean not unto thine own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all thy ways.” And so it becomes necessary, even at sitting down to breakfast, or standing up at a lunch counter, to acknowledge God as the source of our supply, of our food. Well, that isn’t difficult. You all have seen gardens and farms. You know that without God nothing would grow. Without nature, without life there would be nothing to eat, so it can’t be very difficult to acknowledge that God is the substance and the activity and the law of our supply, and that without God we have no supply to eat or drink or wherewithal to be clothed, and so we acknowledge God in that direction.
When we leave home, if we’re going to acknowledge God in all our ways, we must acknowledge God as the safety and the security of our day. We have to acknowledge God as the … well, shall we say, as the bond between all those whom we meet during the day. We’re not permitted to meet people on the spiritual path as if they were human beings and we were human beings, and we all had interests of our own, separate and apart from each other.
End Part 2