1952 New Washington Series
Tape 6 Side 1
Basic Infinite Way
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
On the spiritual path we have to acknowledge that God is your Father and my Father, and that we are brothers and sisters, and anything that affects any one of us affects our entire family, and by family we mean everyone we meet, since they have the same creative Principle, the same Father that we have. Only as we begin to understand that every penny I lose is a loss from your pocketbook, every dollar you lose is one lost to me, every time you buy some kind of bargain that a merchant loses money on you are losing money on.
Every time you are called upon to sacrifice anything, the whole world loses by it, because there is a bond between us. We are one in Christ Jesus. We are of the household of God. There’s only one pocketbook, and that’s God’s pocketbook, and when one loses, all lose. Only as we begin to acknowledge God as your Father and mine, and therefore, that your interest and mine is the one interest, only then are we acknowledging God in all our ways. Otherwise we’re acknowledging that we can have a good separate and apart from God, or that we can benefit at someone else’s expense. That’s having an activity and a benefit apart from God, since God must be universal in Its good. God is no respecter of persons, therefore, what blesses one, blesses all.
And so the moment we learn that when we hear of anyone on earth achieving some good, any form of good, makes no difference what it is, when we learn to rejoice in their good, we are rejoicing in our good, since there is but one Good, and that’s the Father in heaven, the Father within you. Oh, you see, it breaks down this sense of separateness. It brings to light the real meaning of unity, of oneness. It brings to light the real truth that in our oneness with God we are one with each other. What blesses one, blesses all.
So we learn to go through our day, and you might call this meditation if you like, acknowledging God in our relationships with each other, in our safety, in our security, in the source of our supply, in the minds of men. And as we go through our days in that fashion, as we learn even to retire at night with the realization that God neither slumbers nor sleeps. God stands guard over us, in us, through us, about us, awake or asleep. We are acknowledging God in all our ways. We are not leaning unto our own understanding, and we are bringing the kingdom of heaven closer to us.
Now that too, is a preparation for another step. In our past work here with you, we have been through this step that I’ve just described. We’ve been through this step of acknowledging God from waking in the morning until retiring at night, and even waking up in the middle of the night for an extra meditation, and we have taken part of the next step, which is a period of silent meditation, but at this point we take a step forward in further meditation, in further use of meditation, and in a deeper light on the subject of meditation, and I wouldn’t be surprised a closer or deeper contact through the meditation.
At this point I want to bring out that now that we know that God is the substance of our experience; now that we know that God is the activity of our day; now that we know that God is the life of our being; that God is the essence of our relationship with each other; that God is the essence of our relationship with all who constitute our world; now that we know all that, we take the next step of making the actual contact with the Father within, so that that contact becomes real, becomes alive, so that ultimately we’re able to say, “Yes, in my flesh I have seen God. Right within me, I have felt the divine Presence, or I have heard the still small voice.”
Now it becomes not merely a knowing the truth, an experiencing of the truth. We go from the step of knowing the truth to the actual experience of the truth. You have heard me say before that our work was to bring to light a higher concept of prayer. Do you remember that I explained that the only reason we have any discords, any inharmonies, any sins, or any diseases in our lives is because of a sense of separation from God. Be assured of this, if there weren’t a sense of separation from God, we would not even be here today sharing this unfolding truth. There would be no need of it. The only reason we are here today is because of a sense of separation from God—not a separation from God. There is no such thing as a separation from God because I and the Father are one; Thou seest me thou seest the Father that sent me. It doesn’t make any difference whether Joel says that up here or whether you are saying that out there. It is still the truth that I and the Father are one, and that anyone who sees you sees the Father since you are one.
Ah, that’s the truth. But that is not the realized demonstration or experience, and why is it not? Because of a sense of separation from God. So the question, “How did that separation come about?” I have no answer. I have never discovered one, and I’ve never yet met anyone who had the answer, or who revealed the answer, if it is known. How it is that we developed a sense of separation, I do not know. In scripture it is called the experience of Adam and Eve. That is where the symbolic sense of separation came in, in the fact that Adam and Eve set themselves up as separate and apart from God, and made of themselves creators. Now, of course, they didn’t make creators of themselves any more than you could make a creator of yourself. You are not a creator. You couldn’t even create a child. Many people do believe that they have done just that. They never have. No one has ever accomplished that yet.
Even as human parents, we are but instruments through which God operates, and so all of our children are God’s children come through us into expression, and we become their temporary guardian. Now, that doesn’t make creators of us, but many people do have the idea that it does make creators of them, forgetting that if the child happened to need a spare part, like a fingernail or something, they couldn’t make it for them. No, no, we are not creators. God is the creative principle of this universe.
Now then, that sense of separation that began with the idea that we could be creators, later gave way to the idea that we must support ourselves, that we must work for a living, that we must earn a living, and that set up this economic system that has had so many different forms of expression all the way from dictatorship and feudalism and kings and princes, on up into modern capitalism and now back to socialism and communism and all the rest of these things; all based on the belief that we have to earn a living; all based on the belief that supply can belong to you or me. Of course in scripture it doesn’t mean a thing, when it says that The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and son all that I have is thine. Who wants to pay attention to anything like that?
And so this sense of separation has increased until we—and I mean even in truth movements—we have a problem of companionship, requests for treatments for companionship as if we didn’t companion all the time with God, and in that companionship find what the world calls the human forms of companionship. Don’t you see that only in the companionship of God can you have the pure, perfect, harmonious companionship on earth. Yes we have forgotten that in our sense of separation, just as we have forgotten that in being joint-heirs with Christ in God, we can have all of the human supply we need, and in forgetting that we have created this sense where now we even have to pray to God for supply.
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