1950 First Portland
Joel S. Goldsmith
4B – Meditation 3/4
Now you have all heard that; you have all read it, and perhaps used it even as a quotation, but do you really and truly understand that actually you never had a human father; that actually at most, even according to human belief, the mother and the father were only the vehicles through which Nature operated, and Nature has a capital N and it means God. That’s all. No man has ever been a creator. I never met a mother who could make a fingernail for a child, and you haven’t either. We are not creators. We are the vehicle, the instrument through which the Fatherhood of God operates on this plane, but God is the Father, the Mother, the creative Principle of the universe and the law of inheritance is true: All that the Father hath belongs to the sons and daughters of God.
God imparts to Its own manifestation or expression Its own being. It imparts Its eternality, Its immortality; the spiritual substance of being and of body. When you see this, you will see another startling point. And this we stress a great deal in the teaching, in the message of The Infinite Way. You were not born or brought here on earth at the will or whim of your parents. You chose to bring yourself here. You sent yourself into expression. If you have accepted the world belief that there is a power outside of you acting upon you, then you also have given your consent to death. If you have accepted the belief that a germ can come along out of the air or a bomb can come out of the air or an accident can come into an automobile or an airplane and can affect your life, you have then given your consent to your death, because you have accepted a presence and a power apart from God and you have denied the I of your own being as God, and you have given the power over it to something external to it, and in that way you have given your consent.
Once you acknowledge that the I at the center of my being is God. That It determines my experience; that the unfolding of that I constitutes my daily experience, from that moment, you have placed all life, truth, and love at the center of your own being. You have placed infinite Power, closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. And then you can say out here, “How can anything out here touch me if He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world?” It’s a very difficult thing; it’s a very unwise thing to call scripture a liar. Not necessarily because it represents words in a book, but because that which has become scripture is the revealed light given unto humans prepared for the illumination, and they have passed it on to us.
In other words, men and women who for ages and ages have sought God, have sought an awareness, have finally come into illumination, and they have received impartations of the Spirit. And they have written them down, and in some mysterious way, they have survived the ages. The mysterious way is this: That the power of truth within its self is its own protection. And that’s why the Master never had to write a word, but he knew My words will not pass away. Why? Because they were his words? Oh, no, they never were his words. He said, “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me.” And so whenever a word of truth is uttered, it’s not too important whether somebody is around to write it down, it will survive. It will survive in the consciousness of someone who’s heard it, and if no one heard it, they’ll catch it out of the air. Never doubt for a minute that if you can’t get the truth out of a book; if you can’t get the truth from a person, you’ll get it out of the air.
I have told this to our classes, because those of you who know my books know that I am not trying to build up another message with books and a church and a leader, or something of that kind for the rest of the world to bow down to and worship; what I’m trying to do is bring out a message that will free every individual. If you want to remember Goldsmith, just remember him as the man who told you to get free of Goldsmith and every other person in the world of a mediation nature.
And I warn every class never to believe that there is any good fortune about their being present in my classes. I said, “If you do believe that, you are believing in somebody’s bad fortune in not being here. And that’s not true. God is no respecter of persons. Whatever you are getting by being here, everyone else in the world who is raising their consciousness to this level is getting it too. And if they are not getting it from me or through me, they are getting it from somebody else in their vicinity, and if they are not, they are going to dream it at night too. Never doubt this: you do not need personal mediation. You do not need a personal Savior. It’s a wonderful thing to have one, to lead you in the first steps toward the realization of your freedom, but if you didn’t have them, you’d get along too because you would be driven more deeply within your own being.
It is for this reason that in this work we have three steps toward final realization and initiation. One step is the reading of these writings because they present the message just as I am giving it to you here. As a matter of fact, with the exception of The Infinite Way, none of my books were ever written; every one of my books were spoken like this and taken down on a machine and then put on the press. There never was an intent to sit down and write a book or to give a truth to anybody. It’s just been this informal standing before a few people or a lot of people and saying whatever came through from the Father, and then letting it be caught down there.
So that the first attention, the first idea or step is to fill ourselves with this in order to get the letter of truth and whatever of consciousness lies behind the spoken word. The second step is to have a teacher; someone who is a step ahead of us in spiritual development or unfoldment because, I, if I be lifted up shall draw all men unto me. Any teacher who has actually touched the hem of the robe; any teacher who has ever been touched by the Christ can lift you up a thousand degrees higher than you can ever believe yourselves to be lifted. And that will give you the foundation for the final step. The final step you take alone. And that is where you make the actual contact with the Father within through your periods of meditation. Once you make that contact within, God flows forth to you in words, in deeds, in acts, in guidance, in direction, and protection, in every form of good necessary to your experience.
Only in the initial stages do we rely on inspirational books and scripture, and on men and women of developed or cultivated spiritual consciousness. But the Master himself gave us the teaching: If I go not away, the Comforter cannot come to you. Why callest thou me good, there is but one good; the Father in Heaven. He too, was always turning his people away from the human personality, even while admitting to them, “I am the Christ; certainly I am the Christ, and I know it. More than that, I am God.”
He told them one time, “Doesn’t scripture tell you that ye are God? Well then, why do you blame me for saying I am the Son of God or Christ? It’s in your own scripture; it’s in the Hebrew scripture; it’s in the Old Testament. Why do you find fault then that I tell you, I am Christ?” But remember this, no matter how many times he said that, he meant you, because he said, “Our Father; your Father and my Father. And greater works than these shall you do.” Showing that everything he taught was a universal truth. It was about you and it was about me. And the whole object of his teaching, like the object of The Infinite Way is to make you consciously one with the Father, and there is a deep reason and there is a deep answer to why.
Here is a mystery, which, as you contemplate it, will unfold in all of its beauty, harmony, grace, and it will make your lives new. But you must entertain it in your consciousness. You must feed it. My giving it to you is planting the seed in your consciousness. You will have to feed it, nurture it, hold on to it, keep it close to you, hug it, until it has a chance to develop and be born as the Christ child. And here it is: My conscious oneness with God constitutes my oneness with all spiritual good. My conscious oneness with God constitutes my oneness with all spiritual good. Not by might, nor by power, just by grace, just by virtue of the contact, just by virtue of conscious oneness.
You see, God is infinite being, therefore God embraces within Himself all person, all place, all thing, all substance, all cause, all effect, all reality. And therefore, the moment you become one with that, you become one with everything in God consciousness, and no good thing shall be withheld from you. Only be sure of your conscious oneness with God. That is why the Master said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what you shall drink, or wherewithal you shall be clothed. Your heavenly Father knoweth you have need of these things and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom.