1953 FIRST PORTLAND CLASS
Joel S. Goldsmith
tape 38A – Temple Meditation (5/5)
And only one thing is necessary for our demonstration—that we realize this truth—that we realize that I, of my own self can do nothing, can be nothing. Why callest thou me good. There is but one good, the Father. And the Father is pouring that goodness through the Christ out into expression as my goodness.
Ah, yes. But if you claim that for yourself and do not claim it for your brother, your prayer is of no avail. If you come to the altar to pray, and there remember that your brother has aught against thee, first go and make peace with him, then come back to the altar.
All of that just means this: If you’re going though any discord, any inharmony, if you are having any sense of separation from the Source of your being, and you are entertaining any belief about your brother, as to his lack or limitation or his erroneous nature or his separation from good, get up first, stop praying far yourself, and establish your peace in the realization that all men are one in Christ—that everyone is fed from the same spring, the same source, that we are all one, all branches of the one Tree, the Tree of Life, which is God. And as we realize that, we set our brother free, and in setting our brother free, we set ourselves free, because there is no freedom for us as long as we entertain in thought, bondage for another.
If you are not at peace with your brother, if you are not seeing your brother as equally forgiven as you, if you are not seeing your brother equally fed, maintained, and sustained from the same Source, you cannot have freedom for yourself. Why? We are joint heirs with Christ in God—joint heirs. We’re all one in Christ Jesus, in truth, in spiritual being.
And so it becomes necessary, not merely to give treatments that I and my Father are one, or that you are spiritual and perfect, but to realize that Christ is every man’s freedom. Christ is every man’s supply. Christ is the life and soul and being. Christ is the essence and substance. Spiritual man is the truth about all creation.
Appearances have nothing to do with it. We’re not interested in appearances. We’re not judging appearances. We are judging righteous judgment. We’re not seeing out of limited, finite eyes. We are seeing out of the eyes, the window of the soul, and what do we behold when we see with our soul? We see that we are brothers and sisters. We see that we are one in Christ Jesus.
We see that whatever would affect one limb would effect the whole body, and so we are equally careful about seeing that the needs of our fellow man are supplied as our own, since we are one in Christ, and we are infinite.
Are we infinite, in and of ourselves? No. We are self-complete in our Godhood, and that is the truth that we realize for our brother, and so as we witness these experiences of sin, disease, on the street, accidents, limitation—as we witness these troubles in foreign countries, or our own troubles in war, and so forth.
What we’re called on to do is stop beholding it from the human standpoint, and begin to behold the picture in Christ, which is that we are all one with that vine, fed, maintained, sustained, and protected.
In doing that we come to a place of self-completeness in which I do not have to go out and concern myself for Joel. I do not have to go out and manipulate the outer picture. I have to only retire into meditation, realize there, my conscious oneness with God, commune with God, and realize in that oneness with God I am one with all men—with all being.
And then, as I can serve, I’m led to those I can serve. As I can be served, those are led to me who can, and by the activity of the Christ, not by the activity of the human thought or planning or human footsteps.
In putting this wisdom into practice you will find that as temptations come—we call problems temptations or appearances—as the temptation comes to take thought for some outer condition, “How shall this be accomplished? How am I going to get this done? In what manner can this be achieved? Or how will I go about this? Or, what should I do about this?” The remedy is in this: as fast as possible get into a quiet corner and sit down and realize that the answer lies within you. The answer to it lies in the Christ of your being, not up here in your thinking capacity. This applies, not only to the minor experiences of daily living, but to the major experiences of life.
It may well be that you’re called upon tomorrow to build a tunnel through a mountain, and you say, “It can’t be done, and there is no way for it to be done. How will I do it?”
But again, even in that, the answer lies within your own being. You learn to turn to the Christ of your being, and you’ll find it will not be long until a way will be revealed to you how to tunnel through this mountain.
Or perhaps you’re called on for something exceeding your present financial ability to meet, and you say, “It can’t be done. It’s an impossibility. I haven’t got it or the means to get it.” And again you start thinking, planning, hoping, despairing when the simple remedy would be, “Wait, wait. The answer already lies established within my being. Get quiet.”
You see, we are now living in our self-completeness in God, so that we do not go externally to find the answer to our problems. We now go within as we would, for instance, if we were searching for two times two—that is, if we were searching for the answer to two times two, we would go within and let four come to us, reveal itself. If we were trying to remember our home address or telephone number, we would go within and let it come forward to us.
Well be assured of this, every detail of your life, for the next seven thousand years, is already complete and established way down deep in your consciousness, and you can turn there for the answer to any problem. There is no problem so deep, so involved, so enormous that the answer doesn’t lie within you.
Why? The kingdom of God, the kingdom of Allness is within you. Now instead of going out here to search for the answer first, go within first, and then the answer will appear, if necessary, out here.
The answer may come to you directly from within your being, but it doesn’t make any difference if it doesn’t, and can’t. You’ll get a letter in the mail in plenty of time with your answer or a telegram or a telephone call.
You will be led, you will be directed, but only if you start on the basis of our new life—self-completeness in God. I can turn to the Father within me now for all demonstration, for all that is necessary.
And as you practice that, as you learn to withdraw your dependence on outside avenues, you will find that it is literally true, you are self-complete, self-complete. You could be out in a rubber boat in the middle of the ocean or lost in the desert, but in this self-completeness your food would appear three times a day and your drinking water and guidance back home.
But only, only if you could retire within your own being and there realize, “I am self-complete through God. Godhood, the depth, the kingdom of God within me is infinite, full, and complete, and forever flowing forth, forever revealing Itself, disclosing Itself to my Joel-hood. The Christhood of me is revealing the completeness of the Joel-hood, all from within.”
And yet, sometimes, the answer comes through people in the without, through circumstance and conditions, but it doesn’t come from them, it comes through them. It comes from the depth of our own being.
Only believe this. Believe in your self-completeness in God. Believe that you can turn to the kingdom of God within you for any answer, for any supply, for any wisdom, for any love, for any cooperation, for any health, for anything necessary in your experience.
Only believe that you can turn within and make that contact, receive that assurance of God’s presence, and then watch your good appear in the without.