Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 2 of 6
THE DEEP POOL OF YOUR BEING – continued
Let each one realize that God is individual consciousness, and that the Presence and Power of the Godhead can be brought to bear in your families, your communities, and in your nations, in proportion as you can settle back into this silence and let it come through! This is a difficult thing to achieve, and an individual setting about to accomplish it alone may have to go through months and sometimes years of work and meditation. My own experience required months and months of constant and persistent meditation, day and night, before I received the first second of realization, and all that time the question was: How do I know there is such a thing, and that it will accomplish anything? To my knowledge, no one had gone that way before, no one had prepared the ground, and I had no knowledge of it at all—only a conviction, an inner conviction that if I could just touch the center within myself, which is God, that that would release It into expression, and It would take over my life and the lives of those who looked to me for help. Even after the first glimpse of realization it was weeks before the second occurred, but gradually it became my entire life-experience until now it is literally true that “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”
Twenty-five years of this inner meditation and contact makes it a simple thing for me to lift those who come to me so that they also can achieve it. The many chapters in the Infinite Way Writings devoted to “Meditation” and “Communion,” and the consciousness that went into their production, makes it easier for students to achieve this peace of inner silence, and the united meditations and consciousness of our students make it easier for the rest of the world to achieve conscious communion. One by one, students are attaining a measure of ability to touch that center of their own being and get a response to it. Ultimately, the time will come when everyone will be able to touch this center of his own being, at will, and find God’s Power and God’s Grace flowing from him into the world as an atmosphere of harmony and healing, of peace and joy to all whom he meets.
More and more, the word “meditation” is appearing in current literature, and more and more you read: Meditation—meditation is the way. Do not be misled by any of these articles. Meditation, in and of itself, is not the way! The way is contact! Meditation is only a way to achieve an inner silence in which the contact is made. Meditation is the way to get back into yourself, to that deep well of contentment at the center of your being, which is God, and where the personal sense of “I” disappears. When your meditation results in contact the way has been found to let “the imprisoned splendor” escape, and only then do you understand Paul when he says, “I live’ yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
The first step in reaching this center of your being is refraining from the use of the word “I”. How foolish it is to associate the personal “I” with anything having to do with God, because it is utterly impossible for an individual to be any kind of a contributing factor toward the presence and Power of God. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true: only in proportion as you can nullify this sense of “I” can God-consciousness take over and fulfill Itself. To some extent, the word “I” has been excluded insofar as it applies to prayer or treatment: no longer would you use prayer as a means toward influencing God in any manner. Since God does not deal in material thoughts or things it is of no use to have a material wish or desire or hope. When you have learned to go to God with no desires you have eliminated the word “I”, and that, in itself, is one of the biggest steps you will ever be called upon to take. In going to God you are going only for a spiritual blessing and benediction, and until you stand in the Presence of God you have no way of knowing the nature of the spiritual kingdom and its blessings. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of men, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
Through the blessings of God you are released from the thoughts and the things of this world, and only in this release are God’s blessings known and made manifest, but never in the sense of anything acquired or received from God. In no way are you taken out of the world—you are in the world, but not of it. You have found heaven, and you are free, and it is then that you begin to understand the profound significance and poetry of “My peace, still waters, green pastures.” “…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Until the moment of contact we do not know the nature of living in a spiritual world, nor do we know the nature of a spiritual blessing. Certainly we can conceive of it, but even at our stage of development most of us are just one step ahead of the orthodox world which looks upon God as pouring out material blessings in the way of increased supply or health or happiness. God does not operate that way: those are the added things that appear in our human world when we have been released from the thoughts and things of this world. By just letting the Spirit of God work Its wonders within us, we would come into a state of consciousness in which we would find that the bounties of this world are as free and abundant as leaves on the trees, without taking any thought about them. But any sense of the personal selfhood, such as the use of “my” understanding, “my” spirituality, “my” integrity, would block or end the demonstration of spiritual good. Spirituality, understanding and integrity are the Grace of God, individually expressed, in proportion as there is no personal sense of selfhood to block it. Your part is to “die daily,” and then as the Grace of God is manifest as your individual experience you witness the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, the healing of the sick, the raising of the dead. Had the Master not been able to step aside sufficiently to know that “I can of mine own self do nothing,” and had the word “I” entered His demonstration in any way, the miracles could not have taken place.
End Part 2