1953 Second New York Practitioner Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
tape 56A – Teaching and Healing From the Soul 4/4
You must not reach out to argue with anybody or anything. Do not react to the appearances of evil, to the arguments of evil. Do not refute either with person or with condition. Don’t set up a meeting of the issue. Don’t have a “yes” and a “no.” Don’t have an argument against either a condition or a person. Go out in the integrity of your Spirit, of your understanding of that only one power, and of loving thy neighbor as thyself. But don’t argue with anybody about it. Don’t try to sell it to them. Don’t try to convince them of it. Don’t get into any discussions or arguments with them about it. Go through them, and the same with conditions. Don’t refute or argue conditions. Walk through them.
Go right through them like they have no existence. Do not react.
Do not—see how poorly I state this and how clear this vision is of non-resistance, of non-aggression, of non-fighting, arguing. There is your “wise as serpents.” I suppose “glide” would be the word, wouldn’t it. Glide in and out and around, but don’t oppose, and don’t permit yourself to be opposed—either with person or with condition. It’s the same thing.
You may readily avoid arguments and discussions with people and then get into one with a cancer or consumption. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Be as gentle as the dove, and as pure, but be as wise as that serpent in the sense of no opposition—be it a person or a condition. Don’t refute; don’t deny; don’t argue; don’t take a stand against, but walk through.
We come up to a wall and we stop short, whereas one day we will have the vision that will enable us to keep walking, and we will walk right though the wall, because there is nothing in the world to keep us out except our innate sense that stops us at it—our inbuilt race consciousness that it is solid.
Now, if the time ever comes when that leaves us, we will walk right through. And we are doing that—we are walking on the water and we are walking through walls of disease with non-resistance, non-argument, and it is in that way that we are drawing together these classes, not by arguing, not by beseeching, not by begging, but by walking along minding our own business, not regarding appearances, and not fighting appearances.
Now, that’s what came in that vision just now. If we go out as sheep among wolves it must be that in our vision, it must be the wolf of God’s creating. That comes back to that vision of Isaiah again that we had the other evening—that the wolf will lie down with the lamb.
And in order to go out as a sheep among wolves it can only be successfully done if we see through the appearance or through the human concept of a wolf, and there is no way to do that by changing our thought about a wolf. The only way we can do that is to “is”, and to recognize this is something. Now, let us behold it as it is. Let the vision come to us until we do behold the wolf as it is. But then, of course, that word “wolf” becomes translated into the cancers, and consumptions, and polios, and paralysis of the world, all of which are the wolves of “this world”—poverty, and depression, and inflation. They are the wolves of the world, but there is no way to face them by changing our thought about them or denying them. The only way that we can be out in that world of wolves is with our spiritual vision. First, no power apart from God, second, loving our neighbor as ourself and through that catching the “is” so that we do behold that which is a spiritual reality of all that appears to our senses.
Yes, there is but one way to go out as sheep among wolves. Let us behold the wolf of God’s appearing, of God’s creating, and that translates itself into strange language when we say: “Let us behold the cancer and consumption of God’s creating.” But in a sense that is what it amounts to—the realization that we are beholding something that has no real entity as it is, but about which we must feel and find a spiritual realization—not that we’re going to spiritualize a cancer. That we are not going to do, but we are going to get the vision that shows us neither snake nor rope, but that which spiritually and divinely is. Otherwise, we will be changing a snake into a rope; whereas here we are doing neither.
We are not changing disease into health, but we are looking through and…You know, this is so powerful—this subject, this subject should be meditated upon, pondered for ages, and ages, and ages, until some realization comes of what that spiritual universe is like that God created in His own image and likeness, which is the true kingdom that is on earth as we perceive it with our spiritual vision, with that soul sense, the soul capacities.
There is no universe here to be changed, healed or corrected, but we cannot see this world as it is through the mentality, we must behold it with that inner vision. Then, then, then can the sheep move among the wolves.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening the prisons to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he might be glorified.
“And they shall build up the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
“But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord; men shall call you the ministers of our God; ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.”
And in that you have the whole nature of spiritual man. It is spiritual man, that is your divine Sonship, that has received the Spirit of the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord is upon our divinity, upon our real being and nature. And it is that that builds up the waste places. It is that which restores us, restores the years of the locust. It is that which brings the enemy under our thumb—the enemy not being a man or a nation.
Now, as we catch this vision that Isaiah has given us of the Spirit that is poured upon individual spiritual man, upon the Son of God, and realize that divine Sonship is inherent in our own Being, and that:
“It” is the power of resurrection,
“It” is the power of restoration,
“It” is the power of building up the waste places,
“It” is the power of the healing of the sick, of the raising of the dead, and that this means the restoration of our true identity, the restoration of the actual consciousness and awareness of our true being.
Then to all these former enemies, the physical body, the sins of the flesh, all of these come back to minister unto us in their right nature. Everything that we have looked upon as an enemy of our existence now turns around to prove to be a ministering angel or a servant unto our Being. There is the Messianic promise that that which has been called the enemy now is revealed as a very servant or tool of our Being. That which has been called evil now is restored to its complete and original glory.
I hope that out of this you are going to make a thorough study of Isaiah, and catch this Messianic vision of his and see it as the promise of the realization of the Christ of our own Being, and of Its mission, and the nature of Its fulfillment and then you will see even more clearly the nature of error. The nature of error is that which will fool us into an attempt to overcome or destroy that which in reality is the servant unto our own Being—that which is really a part of our demonstration of good, and Adam has called it evil. Adam has called it enemy,” yet these are servants to minister unto us. Is that clear? It will become clearer as you study Isaiah.
This, you see, likewise reveals wherein spiritual wisdom differs from metaphysics, as it is generally understood. Spiritual wisdom does not use truth as a power over error. It does not use God as a power over evil. Spiritual wisdom has come to see that there is but one power.
If you will work with just this one statement of spiritual wisdom, if you will ponder the depth of the meaning of this one revelation of God as Infinite Being, God as Infinite Being, this alone would remove the major discords and inharmonies of sense from your experience. This one point would enable you to heal.
There is another point revealed in this same manner, and that is that there is but one demonstration to make, and that is one’s consciousness of Truth, one’s realization of the Christ. This one realization appears in the manifest world as the harmonies or our daily experience.
The moment we come to this place where we have understood God as the one power, our thought no longer attempts to correct, or heal, or improve, or change anything in the world, anything in the realm of effect. This recognition enables the mind to be continuously at rest, and you soon find that its only activity is that of receptivity, of receiving the thoughts from God, the divine impulses that flow to us from the depth of our withinness.
The mind is at rest the moment it no longer seeks to acquire, to achieve, to accomplish, to change, correct, improve. The mind is at rest the moment it realizes God as the governing influence, the creative Principle, the maintaining and sustaining Principle of Life. The mind is at rest, and it is in this rest that faith comes to fruition. Faith is not an activity of the mind. Faith is found only in the quietness of the mind, in its stillness, in its ability to be at rest.
Can you imagine your mind at rest? Only if you can feel, if you can inwardly discern, that there is a spiritual influence governing all being. Then with the mind at rest, you have entered the faith. With the mind at rest the Soul speaks, the Soul governs, the Soul is at work. With the mind at rest the Soul shows forth God’s handiwork. Faith then has found its reward.
Aloha, this is Joel.