1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
120B – Christ Realized Is the Harmony of Being 5/5
If you have been faithful in that several times a day, then when someone comes to you for help, physical, mental, moral, or financial, you will very quickly be able to say, “You do know, don’t you, that this grace, this health has to come from God? It isn’t something that I have a personal possession of that I can give you or withhold from you. It’s something that has to come from God through us, and so, without any conversation about it, let us go to God together, and then again you turn within.”
And in the same way you realize:
“Thy grace, Father, is the sufficiency unto this experience—makes no difference what the nature of the appearance, makes no difference what the nature of the claim, or how long its been, or what degree it has attained, we’re not interested in that. One touch of the Christ is enough to raise the dead. One touch of the Christ is enough to turn the scarlet sin into the purity, the whiteness. Thy grace truly is sufficient for every demand that is made upon It, and so here together in the name of God, and of the grace of God, let Thy blessing, and Thy benediction, let Thy Christ be made evident.”
And you will find that that will be a most effective treatment ever known on the face of the globe, because it will make of you an instrument through which God’s grace can raise the dead, feed the hungry, comfort the mourner.
You never can say to a person who has lost a good wife or a good husband, or a good child, you never can say words of comfort, because they are meaningless, but if you can retire within yourself, that this grace of God touch them, they will feel as if a holy presence had taken the whole burden out of their life, and they will call you blessed, but you will know that you are only blessed in so far as you realized your own inability, or the inability of words or thoughts to be of comfort to anyone.
Your thoughts are not My thoughts. My thoughts are not your thoughts, saith the Lord. Your thoughts will never comfort anyone, or bless anyone. There are no words that you can pin together that will help anyone. But God can place comfort in their consciousness without words, or can send words through you, and it is the comfort that will be in those words, that is the grace of God in those words that will do the work, not the words themselves.
But I have found in my personal experience that in the deepest of disease, and in the deepest of comfortings, that the greatest achievements have come when there have been no words and no thoughts, just a way made for the activity of the Christ to pass through me to the consciousness of those who were tuned in.
That is really the meaning of the letters that come to me that tell me of miracles that happen—miracles of healing, miracles of comforting, miracles of changed lives. I, I have nothing to do with that as a person, and I’m sure you know it. The only part I play is that in maintaining myself as an instrument It is available to all those who draw on It, who come to me, or who reach out even in thought—but this is a universal principle.
Everyone can raise themselves to that same position in which the activity of the Christ is enabled to flow as a blessing, and as a benediction, and you’ll find that we’re not competing with materia medica. We can’t heal disease, but if we can achieve a realization of the Christ, It will appear as if we had healed disease, or brought about employment, or enrichment, or purification, or whatever the need may have been. Do you see that?
I remember a case one day, this was in my office in Boston, when a woman came in with cataracts, and she had been to many practitioners, and teachers, and the best that she was able to get was the fact that, “Well, they probably wouldn’t get any worse under treatment, but they probably won’t get better.” And my answer was that may very well be true, so far as a practitioner’s power or knowledge is concerned, but could that possibly be true if we can achieve the realization of the Christ? That’s quite a different story. If the Christ was ever able to raise the dead, or heal the sick, or feed the hungry, then there’s no reason why the activity of that Christ can’t do the same today, but just as there had to be a Jesus to do the realizing of the Christ, so there has to be an individual whom today we call practitioners or teachers who must realize that Christ in order for the experience to take place.
You see the Christ appears as individual you and me. That’s the whole basis of The Infinite Way. God is individual being, but God is not a mortal being. God is individual you and me when we realize our Christhood, when we make way for the activity of that Christ.
Now, when we then, achieve the realization of the activity of the Christ it could just as well pick up the dead today as it could two thousand years ago, or before Abraham. It could just as well purify, or enrich, or bring peace on earth today as it did then, but don’t you see, it mustn’t be a fancy use of language. Don’t you see that it mustn’t be some intellectual knowledge? Do you not see that it can’t be somebody saying it’s because I belong to this church or that one, or we have this truth or that one. Only one thing does it, and that is the realized Christ.
The realized Christ is the secret of harmonious living, individually or collectively, but it must be a realized Christ, and we, as individuals, must be the one to realize it in order to set the example for those who do not yet know that Christ liveth, and Christ can be experienced, and the same Christ that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead will quicken also your mortal bodies, and your mortal affairs.
And so you see that if you stick to the two basic premises—God is individual being, and we’re not competitors with material medica, or the ministry, we are merely those who realize the activity of the Christ, thereby dispel illusory pictures, you cannot go wrong in this work, it will become so simple that even children will be able to grasp it, but you see, we first must become as children so that we can see these basic points.
I had a letter today complaining because there’s so much repetition in the message. I can’t help that. I would love to say this just once, and then say, “Well now I’ve given you the pearl of great price, each send your pearl in, I’ll sell it and live here the rest of my life in perfect comfort.” I’d love that, wouldn’t I? Thank you!