1953 First New York Practitioner Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
45B – A Great Deal on Treatment (5/6)
And so if you just write enough, if you just write out your thoughts enough, you clarify them. Writing out thoughts and clarifying them makes for a greater degree of understanding than even sitting in contemplation with them.
I will agree that there may be certain men with such powers of mind that they can just take an idea into their mind and sit and ponder it, cogitate, think about it and finally come to its ultimate wisdom. But there are not many such. To most of us it would be far greater wisdom to take our statement of truth, to take our whatever it may be that we have in mind and sit down and write it out and let it unfold from within our own being. Agreeing that the little truth that I have will be added to in proportion to my understanding of it, my use of it, my working with it, my pondering it.
Now, this same idea is true in a meditation or in a treatment. There isn’t anybody in this room that isn’t capable of any treatment that ever could be demanded of them. It wouldn’t make any different what the claim may be. You could sit down and take the first truth that comes to your thought. Instead of acknowledging a lack; instead of acknowledging a lack of experience or a lack of understanding or a lack of knowledge, acknowledge that which you have!
And everyone has a statement of truth. Everyone has a perception of some truth. Everyone can begin with a truth, and whether they sit down and inwardly cogitate, ponder, or whether they sit down and write for purposes of clarity, sooner or later they will be led to another statement of truth or a greater unfoldment of the truth that they originally had and this would expand and expand and expand until before they were through they would find that they were at that climax, that point of click—that when [Joel is heard taking a deep breath]; oh now I see it.
And that would be the treatment for that particular case. They might be just as ignorant when the second one came along, and have to do the same thing over and over and over again.
Now none of us knows enough about truth to sit down and write a book about truth. Nobody knows that much. There isn’t anybody in all the world, even if you accept Mrs. Eddy as the greatest of her age and this age, you must know that she wrote her books bit by bit and she changed them and she altered them and she edited them and none of them were written as books. They were written as entries that became books.
And so it is with us today. I know no one capable of sitting down and writing a book on truth. There is an idea of truth that will come like ours last night of “God is not power,” and then when it has unfolded and unfolded and you look at it and you say, “Ah there is a subject of a book!” But I can assure you of this, that as that subject of last night continues to flow in me that by the time I get through next Spring’s work, a book will come out of it much better than the one that was written last night, because last night was the first of that and it was the beginning of the idea working in my consciousness.
It wasn’t anything that I know. It isn’t anything that I can write a book about; it is something that flowing through me as an idea and as it continues to flow, as I continue to speak of it, as I continue to write it, all of a sudden it will be so clear that I’ll say, “Oh if I could only go back to New York and do that all over again.”
That’s happened over and over and over again with these subjects that have come up. They come up first as the seed of an idea. They come up sometimes as an idea in talking to someone in the office, in an aural treatment or in a class or in helping someone individually. And then all of a sudden it begins to expand and expand until it becomes full blown. And so it is with a treatment; so it is with healing work.
There is no amount of truth that you know that will do the healing work, but if you take the one truth you do know and sit with it, and don’t treat your patient; just sit there and let this truth expand and expound itself within you, it will lead you to a state of consciousness in which you will say, “Oh, that’s it!” And that state of consciousness does the healing work. All the rest of the treatment, all of the words and thoughts and ideas were merely to lead you up to the state of consciousness which we call realization or apprehension or discernment.
Then you do not know a truth, you actually discern its inner or esoteric meaning. The letter killeth you know if you depend on the letter alone, but the letter is a wonderful thing if you use it toward the evolving of the state of consciousness that we call: the click, the realization.
Now inasmuch as it is an utter impossibility to blossom out as a good practitioner all at once, and I go further and say, it’s just as impossible ever to become a good practitioner. All that we can ever do is be the best kind of a practitioner we can be on the particular case on which we are working.
Let us just be a good practitioner, a faithful one, a reliable one on that case. That’s all we can ever do. Nobody in the world is ever just going to be blanket, a good practitioner. There no such thing. There is no such thing as being in round terms, a good practitioner. You can only be good on the particular case in which you are working. You can only be faithful to that case, then consciousness evolves so that you can take up each case as it comes along.
Many people have asked the question, “If after all these years of practice you can’t sit down and give one blanket treatment to all of your patients?” No, you cannot nor can you give one treatment to two patients. Every treatment must be an individual treatment. I would not care if you had a hundred patients a day, and you can have them and you can take care of them and you can have beautiful healing results with them, but each one of them must be an individual patient, an individual treatment given at an individual moment. Then some say, “But how could you have time for a hundred treatments in a day?” It all depends on what you call treatments.
A treatment does not necessarily have to occupy time. A treatment does not necessarily have to take a minute or thirty minutes. Some do and some a great deal more that, but as the years go on, you find that time becomes less and less an element of treatment.
Then what constitutes treatment? And how is treatment individually given? Well, at the very moment of your reaching out to a practitioner or a patient reaching out to you, that’s when the first treatment takes place. The very moment a patient says, “I’m going to telephone my practitioner,” that’s when the first treatment has been given, because the practitioner is already living in the consciousness of oneness with God.
The practitioner is already in the state of consciousness that realizes, “My human knowledge or wisdom isn’t going to help anybody, but the state of my spiritual consciousness is the Christ or healer.”
So that the first, let us say contact between practitioner and patient takes place when the patient says, “I’m going to telephone or write my practitioner.” The second one takes place when the practitioner becomes aware of the call, and that may come in many ways. You may be…The practitioner may be sitting in their home and may be at meal or may be walking when all of a sudden something will touch them and they say, “Ah recognize; ah yes, someone’s reaching out for help.”
And in that very second they will realize, “God being, God identity,” and the person will be healed. In that connection again, it seems strange, my teacher must be somewhere close by today, because he keeps coming to me as an example.
He tells us the story of walking along the street one day when all of a sudden the sense of death came to him. Now he didn’t know where it came from. All he knew was that he didn’t feel like dying and he had no sense of illness that would threaten his health and so the thought came, “Uh Uh, somebody must be reaching out, somebody in danger.” So he stood still on the street and began to handle the thought of death.
How would you handle the thought of death? By realizing life as infinite and omnipresent and death as having no law of being, so forth; you wouldn’t know how to handle that; until he arrived at the point where there was no longer a sense of death in his thought, and then he went on about his business.
And some days later a patient came in to him, a man, and said, “I had a strange experience this week.” “What is it?” “Well my business has failed, and I think I’m a little bit too old to start all over again. So I thought the best thing for me to do would be suicide. So I took the train to Chicago, went to a hotel room, wrote out notes of instructions to everybody and then I took out my revolver and lifted it to my forward and it fell out of my hand. He said, “You know I didn’t think it fell out. It seemed like it was pushed out. I thought, “Oh, that must be a sign.” And so my teacher said, “When did that happen?”
And you can imagine it happened at that very moment when this thought of death came to him.
Now all of us who practice have periods of what we call being down—downhearted, blue, under the weather, doubtful, fearful, wondering even if we do know this principle. Everyone has. I never met anyone who hasn’t in this work. But remember this, that is the sign that this error, discord, inharmony, patient or patient is reaching out to you and you are feeling that within you and personalizing it and saying, “Oh I am this.”