1953 Second Hawaiian Series
Joel S. Goldsmith
Tape 26A – The Four Essentials of Healing; The Secret of the Bible (2/5)
The first point is the nature of individual being, the nature of individual being because it’s the nature of God. Everything you know starts with the nature of God, but if you were to concern yourself only with the nature of God, you’d be concerned with something that at least in belief you would be setting aside from yourself separate and apart from your own being. So whenever you think of the nature of God, think of the nature of God as the nature of individual being. Then you will be able to understand that whatever you find God to be, that is what you must find your self to be and the self of your patient or friend or relative. This is important. There are too many people who know God as mind, life, truth, love, and so forth, but do not realize that when they are speaking of God of mind, life, truth, love, spirit, law, they are likewise speaking of their own individual being since I and the Father are one. So remember that you must above all things know the nature of God and because you know the nature of God, you must know that that is the nature of individual being. This realization of oneness, of unity, is more important than you might believe at this moment because without it you will be trying in some way to bring this nature of God to the individual instead of realizing it as the very nature of individual being.
When you realize that the nature of God is the nature of individual being, you’ll not be concerned with healing a person or removing a condition or seeking employment or companionship or solving any human problem, but as the problem arises you will realize. . . Ah, here we come to number two. You will realize that the error regardless of the form in which it appears, sin, sinful habits or tastes, desires, disease, lack, unemployment, fear, doubt, regardless of the form of the error that presents itself to you, you will now realize its illusory nature.
I have before me two beautiful bookends, a pair of bookends, hand carved of some Chinese marble, and they are very heavy, very, very heavy to lift. The question is: Are the bookends heavy or is the marble heavy? And you say what’s the difference since the bookends and the marble is one? Ah! That’s what I mean. That’s what I mean. The quality of the marble is the quality of the bookends because the bookends are merely a form of marble. All that marble is bookends must be. The weight of marble is the exact weight of the bookends because there is no place where marble leaves off and bookends begin. They are one, so with our relationship to God. God is the substance or essence and we are the form and therefore whatever we find the nature of God to be, that is the nature of our individual being.
So when an appearance of error comes to us, knowing that this is not included in the Godhead, how can it be in the Godhead in manifested form? If it isn’t in and of God, it isn’t in and of individual being, and so even though the error exists as an appearance, we know that it is an illusory appearance without substance, without cause, and without law. And so you see the second part of your treatment and the second point that must be included in any metaphysical article you write, and it should be in every one you read, concerns the unfoldment, first of the nature of God as individual being and second of the illusory nature of the error regardless of the form in which the error appears.
Turning to our own writings, we have such examples of oneness as Lake Erie and Niagara Falls and the sun and the sunbeam and the mahogany and the mahogany table or, as I have just illustrated, the marble and the marble bookends. Also in the writings we have such examples of the illusory nature of error as the water that seems to be on the desert road or the tracks that come together or the snake in the rope or the white poodle. There is no existence at all outside the hypnotic suggestion of the hypnotizer. All of these examples are reminders to us that we are not dealing with error as a form or reality or that which has a cause or law but with an appearance utterly devoid of substance, law, or cause.