1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
117B – The Invisible Nature of Your Life 1/4
Returning to yesterday morning, let us remember that God is individual consciousness. God is the consciousness of the individual. God is your individual consciousness. Your individual consciousness is the storehouse of infinity, of infinite spiritual unfoldment. Now in the light of that, I will read a few passages from Haggai, and you will remember that the word “house” means consciousness, and since we are speaking of your house, we will be speaking of your consciousness.
Ye have sown much and bring in little. Ye eat, but ye have not enough. Ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink. Ye clothe you, but there is none warm. And he that earneth wages, earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, consider your ways. Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build a house, and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Ye looked for much, and lo, it came to little. When ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why, saith the Lord of hosts? Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.
This house…this house is our individual consciousness, and when this consciousness is what we call human, it is barren. It lacks the substance, the element out of which spiritual, or a perfect, harmonious demonstration must flow. This is true of everybody in their humanhood. In their humanhood we can all say, we have sown much and bring in little. We have worked hard, accomplished nothing, we’ve earned a lot, and got nothing left to show for it, because it came from this unenriched consciousness, this human consciousness, this barren consciousness. And out of that, of course, comes nothing.
Then we’re told, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, consider your ways, and then comes the instruction to go up into the mountain, to go up into high consciousness, to go up into the high places and bring wood, and build the house. And so we build a consciousness of spiritual truth, a temple of God, a divine consciousness. We build that every time we read spiritual literature. Every time we meditate, every time we hear, every time we fill ourselves with the meat of life, or the water of life, or the wine of life, or the bread of life, meaning the spiritual substance and food. We are building a temple of God, a house of God, or a house of spiritual consciousness, a consciousness of truth.
Now then, when we have that the Lord says, I will take pleasure in it and I will be glorified. Ye look for much and attained to little, and when ye brought it home I did blow upon it. Certainly, out of the barrenness of human consciousness, regardless of what we build, it doesn’t remain with us, it doesn’t last. It gives no satisfaction. We eat and hunger again. We drink and thirst again. We do all the things of human life. We dance, and we go to theater, and we buy homes, and we have cars, and regardless of what we do, we find in it, out of the human consciousness, no satisfaction. Whereas, out of this spiritual awareness would come these same things, these same joys, the same food, the same clothing, but each bringing with it satisfaction and completeness.
Now, as we come to the next chapter, we hear this.
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord, and be strong, O Joshua, and be strong all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work, for I am with you, saith the Lord of Hosts. According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you.
Fear ye not, for thus saith the Lord of hosts, yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts. And in this place will I give peace.
There quickly, you have the Master’s statement that man shall not live by bread alone. And again, I am the bread, I am the wine, I am the water. As we look to our personal selfhood for our wisdom, or our good, or our anything else in life, we will find that no matter what we draw out of it, it will leave us with no sense of permanent good or satisfaction. That is his saying that and ye run every man into his own house. Yes, into his own intellect, into his own sense of wisdom, into his own spirituality, into his own religion, instead of the realization that God is my consciousness. God, the Infinite Invisible, is the source and fount of my being, and in going within, we do not go within to my own spirituality, or my own goodness, or my own strength, or my own knowledge, but to this Infinite Invisible which, when It flows, It flows that water which we are told is the well-spring of life eternal.
Now, the moment we come to that realization, then we’re told not only to be strong, but we’re told and work, for I am with you. We are given that to do which we are doing here this morning, which we do every time we open a book of scripture or of inspired writings, every time we sit down for a meditation, turning to the infinite Source, that which brought forth all of the glories of earth. Every time we draw ourselves into It, we are fulfilling these passages, and then we learn that with this, the silver is mine, saith the Lord, and the gold. We learn that even when it comes to our sense of physical supply, silver and gold, or body, or health, that it’s God’s and not ours.
How much is it? How much is there of it then? If it’s God’s, it is infinite, and the moment we think of it as ours, there comes this sense of finiteness, and regardless of how much we take in, there’s always nothing left over. Whereas, in the realization that the silver is mine, the gold is mine, this wisdom is God’s, this spirit is God’s, then the more that pours out, the more is left over. Just as in the multiplication of loaves and fishes, there were only five to begin with, but twelve baskets full at the end. And probably the cruse of oil that began with a few drops might have left a whole bottle full over at the end.
Now, during our series, the Alexander Young Hotel, last year, I told the story of the experience that gave me the first inner glimpse of immortality. It was very much like the story of the orange tree in the chapter on “Supply” in The Infinite Way. You remember that we have come to the conclusion that the fruits on the tree, the crop, the dollars in our bank or pocket, that this is not supply, that these are the forms which supply assumes in our experience. These are the forms of supply which are given us for our use, for our exchange, for our eating and so forth, drinking. But they are not supply, or eventually we’d eat them all up or drink them all up or spend them all.