1964 Oahu/Maui Series
Joel S. Goldsmith
546A – Between Two Worlds 2/4
But the Spirit of God, which is now the Spirit of me enters the mind as a tangible form, and comes forth as a concrete—what we would call “thing”. It is because of this that when an individual is inspired spiritually, and it takes form in his mind, it could come forth as a bridge, a building, a new invention, a new discovery, because the beginning of it was the Spirit or consciousness of God becoming the Spirit and consciousness of my individual being. This is infinity, and then this takes form in my mind, tangible form, and then my hands bring it through into expression, and so, you have witnessed the activity of creation and birth. There is nothing material about it. It begins with the Spirit of God pouring into my consciousness or yours as love. That divine love pours from my consciousness into my mind and tangibly. It brings unto me my own with whom I am one, and then this idea of love, union, oneness comes forth as the creation of our next generation, and there is nothing sinful, nothing evil, nothing finite, nothing mortal about it at all. It all has its beginning in our conscious union with God.
Now, because this has not been the fact in human experience, creation has come through a material sense of creation—not a material creation. You can’t have that because God is the only creator, and God is Spirit, but you can entertain a material sense of creation, and that’s where this whole feeling comes from of wrongness and sometimes wrong consequences. In the same way, all of what we call the immorality and even delinquency in this age has its basis in that same material sense. Because instead of the youth understanding that their first duty, every day of their lives, is to establish this conscious oneness with the source, Spirit; instead of being animated throughout the days and the nights by this Spirit, they have not been taught this. Therefore, they seek to have a good time at this level—the materialistic level—the level of mind and body, and so they’re led into all kinds of pleasures, pastimes, and they eventuate in what the world calls sin—none of which could happen if an individual realized, on waking in the morning, that God is Spirit, and that Spirit is the animating consciousness of my being. It is that Spirit of God that permeates my soul, mind, and body and supplies me with Its creation, and then the whole mind and body would be devoted during the day to letting that spiritual unfoldment take place. Therefore, both mind and body would be led in different directions.
Now, all of human experience has its foundation in material sense: a material sense of a spiritual universe, a material sense of spiritual creation, a material sense of spiritual supply. And therefore all the prayers that are uttered to God for food and clothing and housing and supply—all the nonsense that goes up to God in prayer—when it is so simple to look out of any window anywhere on the face of the earth and see that there is no lack. The earth is full of God’s glory whether in crops, vegetables, fruits, fish, birds, whatnot. The earth is full of the glory of the Lord, full of the abundance of God.
And therefore, if, instead of thinking materialistically: Oh, this has to be divided up, and the oil has Rockefeller’s name on it, and the automobiles have General Motors’ and Ford’s name on it. And instead of that—which is certainly a materialistic concept—instead of realizing: Son, thou art ever with Me, and all that I have is thine. And then, instead of looking at the other fellow’s possessions and desiring them, living in the consciousness that through my consciousness I have access to infinity, and this will pour into my consciousness spiritually, take form in my mind mentally, and then appear externally in what we call material form. So it is then, that the human being is living in a purely material sense of world. Please understand that he is not living in a material world, because there isn’t any. God is Spirit and God made all that is made, and anything that God did not make was not made. Therefore, all that exists is Spirit and Spirit’s creation, about which the human race entertains a materialistic concept.
This is the experience of the prodigal that wandered away from the Father’s house where everything was free, where everything was the gift of God, where everything was ours by divine right, out into a world of limitation where we believed we could create an empire of our own. For a time empires flourish: national empires, family empires, but you notice that none of them has ever been permanent. If any of them had been permanent—well, by now Caesar’s family would have owned probably all the world or Genghis Khan’s family or any of the rulers who have acquired whole nations. They would have owned the world. Or some of our financial, industrial geniuses who have built commercial empires, their families would eventually own whole nations. But you see it doesn’t last that way. It always breaks up. It is always dissolved, because there is something inherent in the situation which does it.
You remember that Emerson voiced it: “The dice of God are always loaded.” There is always something inherent, and that something is a spiritual sense, a spiritual wisdom that is in consciousness, and when the overbearing get too overbearing, the empire cracks beneath them. So we have a spiritual God, a spiritual man, but now entertaining a materialistic concept of this world.
We start with creation and birth, so that you may see that man does not evolve from a seed. That man has his beginning, that is, individual being, has his beginning in God consciousness. God consciousness expressing Itself as love, joy, beauty, truth—entering the mind as what we call love, drawing us to each other, and then in that union, enabling the spiritual activity of God to form Itself through the mind as love, and probably through the body as a seed. But, just remember that even if you acknowledge the seed, you must acknowledge that there was a time when there was no seed, therefore, when there was only the consciousness of God. And through the medium of individual consciousness, through the mind and the body, we bring forth the next generation in the image and likeness of God, with the characteristics of God, with the nature of God. And as we know now, the child inherits even the name of God, and eventually knows itself as I, and calls itself I, and names itself I, which is the name of the Father.
Now, as our children learn that God is really their Father, and God has given unto them His name of I, so that all that I, the Father have; I, the Son have, and all of this is spiritual, and all of this is embodied within my own consciousness. Now the child grows up without a materialistic sense. Now it grows up with the glory that it had in the beginning with God, knowing God only as its father, teacher, supporter, supplier, knowing only the infinite nature of spiritual good, learning to let this take form. Then we won’t have people who were born to be artists doing bookkeeping for a living, people who were born to be creative geniuses working in a clothing factory or a toy factory. Each one, because of their conscious union with God will let their destiny unfold, and each one will be fulfilled as was intended in the beginning in the mind of God.
Once you see that God is the author of all creation, you will know that God has a part for every character in His book, every actor in His play, that God has given to each, his and her own destiny. But unless our child is taught to turn within each day for direction, guidance, they will not know what their destiny is, and they will be led astray, back into the materialistic sense of life where they have to provide for themselves. You see, the materialistic sense of life has brought forth a law of heredity. The only law of heredity there really is is the law of divine inheritance. We are heirs of God, joint-heirs to spiritual riches. Our inheritance is spiritual—the inheritance of our wisdom, of our mind, character, soul, morals—we are joint-heirs to the heavenly, the spiritual riches. And therefore, entertaining this spiritual awareness of life, we can approach this subject of Easter, which includes both death and resurrection.
The Master was trying to teach his disciples and his listeners the spiritual nature of God and of creation. He tried so hard to tell them, “No, you don’t have to go and get me meat. I have meat the world knows not of.” He tried so hard to say to them, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word.” Every word that flows from the mind of God into your mind is what you live by, because it takes form in the mind, and then externalizes itself in what we call material form. Therefore, man shall not live merely by going out and getting money or food or clothing or housing. Man must live by getting the word of God, listening for the still, small voice until he actually hears, until he actually receives inner divine guidance. And then he is led, in one way or another, through the ideas of the mind and the activities of the body to the externalization of everything needful in his existence.
Now, why does the Master try to turn us from depending on meat and bread? Why does he show us that we must not try to turn stones into food, even if we have the ability, even if we discover that we have the ability to turn brass into gold? Why does he say not to do it? Because that would make of man a creator, a supplier, and we are to live wholly in the consciousness of Spirit and let It perform Its miracles of grace through us.