1953 FIRST PORTLAND CLASS
Joel S. Goldsmith
tape 38A – Temple Meditation (4/5)
Now that you know that you can sit back and hear, I will never leave you nor forsake you… If you go through the waters you will not drown… If you go through the fire the flames will not kindle upon you for I Am with thee… I will never leave thee nor forsake thee… I Am with you until the end of the world.
And you’ll realize that there is an I deep down within your being and that the responsibility is on Its shoulder, and you’ll never again be concerned as to whether you are studying enough or having enough classes or meditating enough, because it takes over your life, and It will see that you do all the meditating that you should do; that you will do all of the studying that you must do; that you will perform all of those things in the outer that are necessary to your present and immediate experience.
The government is on Its shoulder, so in this moment, please, give up personal responsibility. Give up all sense of personal condemnation, criticism.
Just as you know now that any criticism, judgment, or condemnation of your neighbor is bearing witness to a lie, so you must know now that any sense of self-condemnation, self-criticism, self-judgment is but a catering to that personal sense of I that would trip you up if you listen to it.
But listen to that I that is deep within your own being, the I that is the Christ of your being, and be led of that Spirit. You’ll be surprised, one of these days, you’ll even see the hand reach up right through you, in you, as if to come out here into manifestation and place your glory in your experience and your activity into your hand from within you, not bring it to you from without.
You can actually witness the hand of God within you as It comes up in here and says, “Here is your good,” coming to you from within, not from without; coming to you from the kingdom of God, which is within you, not coming to you from man whose breath is in his nostril, not coming to you from a man who would give, or who would withhold, or who could give, or who could withhold. The hand of God does not withhold. The hand of God does not punish. The hand of God does not limit.
Therefore, be dependent on the hand of God, and the hand of God appears upward from within. It does not come from without, although as It comes up from within, it would seem to you that it’s being brought to you from without.
Just the same as this word of God—for which you have been preparing yourself for thousands of years—this word of God for which you are now, at this moment, ready, appears to you to be coming through my lips, but that’s only a picture in the outer.
Actually it is coming up to you from the very depths of your being, and as It comes It says to you: “Don’t you see. This is the truth prepared for you from the beginning of time. This is the feast, the bread, the wine, the water prepared for you from the beginning of time. Take and eat.
Now, as you look out on the world you are going to behold—and perhaps in greater degree soon than even than now—you’ll behold what will appear as distress in the world, and it may be on a small scale, may be on a large scale, may be very close to you at hand, may be far off, may be among your family or friends, neighbors, maybe across the seas.
But you will witness an appearance—the natural result of these last thirty, forty years of selfish living, warring, and all of the rest of the things you have seen, witnessed in the world—all of which takes a toll from those who believe in gain at another’s expense, a toll that is natural for those who live by the sword since they must die by the sword. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. In the human picture this is inevitable.
In the same wise, if you depend on your physical strength and you lift a hundred or a hundred and fifty pound weight, which is undoubtedly too much for any of us, there would be a physical breakdown from it, more than likely.
But if you were in the realization of the Godhead as your strength, as the Christ bearing your burden, and for any reason, you had to lift this hundred or hundred and fifty pounds, you would find that you could do it without inconvenience and without harm to yourself.
You would be doing it through your Christhood, not through your physical effort. And so, you would be then reaping spiritual strength, because you had sown spiritual truth.
In the same wise, if you understand God as the source of your supply, and realize that the Christ is forever pouring It forth to you, and you lose your sense of fear about it, your sense of responsibility, It flows naturally. You are now reaping your spiritual bread, wine, water, meat.
Ah, but on the other hand, the man who has accepted the material sense of life and believes that money is his supply, or labor, and then comes and finds that he has no money and has no labor, then comes lack and limitation. And, of course, you see he is merely reaping the material sense of supply that he has sown.
In the same way the man who accepts the belief that he can benefit at your expense, sooner or later, comes to the point where someone benefits at his expense. In other words he reaps what he has sown. Back in oriental teachings this is called karma, but in the Christian teaching it is called reaping as ye have sown. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
Now, there are two ways of helping the world in this situation, when it begins to reap, and reap badly. There are two ways to help. If we have storehouses and barns, we can help with our storehouses and barns, but usually no one, and no nation has enough in those cases.
Like the present day when one nation here is trying to be the storehouse and barn for all of Europe and all of Asia, and is discovering that it hasn’t enough with which to meet the need.
We have a better remedy. We can help. We can help them in such a way, not only that it will meet their immediate need, but eventually, bring about a condition in which there will be no more need.
Our way would be this. Think of our tree, and remember that they too are branches, and that they are at-one with this spiritual vine, in spite of all appearances to the contrary, in spite of all appearances, when you see your neighbor, your relative in want, in lack—yes, if you can help them materially over this spot, do so—but give them the greater thing, and that is your remembrance of the tree, your remembrance of the fact that as a branch of the tree, the same Christ is feeding them that is feeding you.
You see, the only reason they lack is because they are not yet consciously aware of the fact that there is an invisible Source upon which they can draw, but your realization of the truth for them sets them into their conscious at-one-ment, acts as a treatment, as a prayer for them, and establishes them in it.
I told this story in Seattle, and then had a climax to it in the form of a confirmation. A young lady in Honolulu, after one of our evening classes or lectures, went home on the bus. And in this bus was an intoxicated man, and she very naturally, and promptly, properly, realized Christ as the true nature of all being, and knew that there wasn’t anyone, anywhere, anytime except the branch of the vine, fed, maintained, sustained by this vine. Whatever the nature of her realization was, it wasn’t long before this man turned around and said: “Thanks lady for praying for me,” and he was sober.
Well, it just happened that a few nights later a young lady in our class in Seattle, after the class, went into the coffee shop of the hotel, and all the way at the other end of the counter was a man very much intoxicated and very loud, and she likewise realized the truth of being, in whatever form, whatever thought came to her, I don’t know, but it was a realization, because very soon this man turned around and said, “Who is that girl with the red ribbon in her hair?” And came down and far a half hour talked to her about God. Now, you see, there is an invisible thread binding all of us together. The thread is Christ. If we are the branches, then we are all attached to one tree, one trunk, one vine.