From – The 1981 Infinite Way Letters – September
by Joel Goldsmith
The glorification of a human being is never the goal of a spiritual study. Rather is it the annihilation of the human being. When Paul teaches that we need to “die daily,” he is not playing with language. He is very serious about that. So, too, when the Master states, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it,” he is stating a spiritual principle.
Many metaphysical teachings would have us believe that by demonstrating health and supply we are doing the will of God. In the very earliest days of metaphysical healing, there was no such intent. Healing was only a means of proving that the principle was true, but the principle was the important thing and not the healing. What followed and still continues could happen in our work. Those in The Infinite Way who carry on a healing ministry or conduct tape meetings usually give some instruction to those who come to them, explaining the principles that students do not understand, the how and the why of them, and helping them with healing work. What inevitably happens is that if those who are conducting the work are at all consecrated they soon become so busy with healing work that there is no time left for teaching, instruction, or imparting the message. So there again begins the same old round of sitting in an office and acting as an aspirin tablet or a foot plaster to those who bring their bodies to the office. That really should not happen in our work.
The metaphysics of The Infinite Way is made up of the letter of truth and, while studying that, it is natural that our health, our living conditions, our business, and our human relationships all improve. But these are not our goal. Our goal is to achieve a consciousness of the mysticism of The Infinite Way, that is, that part of the teaching, which brings us into conscious union with God. If the attainment of material things were our goal, we could very quickly have a million followers. But that is not our goal. Our goal is the revelation of principles known to the mystics of all ages, found in the literature of all peoples, but principles which have been lived only by the few.