1959 Hawaiian Village Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
260A – Treatment and Meditation 3/4
And then, as you begin to dwell consciously on truth, you begin to remember passages: six, ten, twenty, thirty—all that bears out the fact that God alone is; that God…Ooh! Sure, here it comes right in!…I am the bread of life; I am the meat, I am the wine, I am the water. Where is there an absence of I; where is there an absence of God? I fill all space; I am here and I am there.
Do you see where your treatment is? It is with statements of truth—yes. It is with passages of scripture—yes; but it is not on the level of supply or lack or limitation; it is on the level of spiritual truth. You are consciously knowing the truth about God and the fullness of God, and the omnipresence of God, and the omnipotence of God, and what constitutes supply. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Oh well, where is there an absence of God’s word? I’ll tell you where—with those who do not abide in the word and let the word abide in them; with those who do not dwell in the secret place of the most High. That’s where the absence of supply is—in cutting themselves off from the only supply there is—the word of God—the bread, the meat, the wine, the water, the word itself, the realization of God’s presence.
I have never seen the righteous begging bread—ah yes, but you have probably come to the theological conclusion that if you are obeying the Ten Commandments that you’re righteous. That doesn’t constitute righteousness; that merely constitutes good humanhood. Righteousness has to do with spiritual awareness. Certainly the Pharisees and the Sadducees were righteous. Humanly, they obeyed the law, but they weren’t righteous. Oh no, no, no! The only sect that was righteous were the Essenes; the others were law-abiding; the others were good Jews; the others were obedient, but they weren’t righteous. The only righteous sect was the Essenes. Why? Because they were righteous in spiritual realization.
Now, if you keep your treatment up there in either scriptural passages or metaphysical or mystical passages, away from your patient, and away from their problem, but on the truth of being, you will eventually come to where you run out of thoughts and words, and then you’ll settle back for the second half of your treatment. And hereto this is where we are unique in our work, in that we do not consider a treatment of any value in and of itself, only as a stepping stone to the second part of our treatment, which is that period in which we are through with our words and thoughts and our remembrances of spiritual passages, and now we say, “It’s Your turn, God. Speak, Lord, Thy servant heareth.”
And then there is that period of listening, of waiting, which by the time you have gone through your passages of consciously knowing the truth of these passages, of spiritual truth, you’re ready for this moment of waiting, of expectation; and then comes that inner peace, that click, that something-or-other that enables you to know that God is on the field—not mentally declared, but spiritually realized, inwardly felt. Then you go about your business and your work is complete.
Your patient may be an obstinate, an obstinate patient; more especially, if your patient happens to be one who believes that they can just go on being an ordinary human being, and add to themselves God’s grace, which, sorry to say, too many metaphysicians really believe that all they have to do is come to some truth teaching, and find the right person to say the right words or do the right thing, and then the blessings of God will come to them, and that’s far from true. The human being has to yield themselves to God; there has to be a transformation of consciousness in the patient; there has to be some kind of a spiritual regeneration in the patient; there has to be some kind of a yielding of the mortal sense in order to make room for spiritual awareness.
It doesn’t always follow that this transformation comes before the first or second healing, but then that is the reason that so many students do have one, two, three, four, or five wonderful demonstrations or healings, and then later on find that it doesn’t work anymore. In other words, they have benefited by the practitioner’s state of consciousness, and now, not having yielded themselves, they come to the end of where it will work. The Master gave this as a principle when he said, “Neither do I condemn thee, but go and sin no more.”
In other words, it is possible that the practitioner, through their own dedicated lives, can free you from many of your trials and tribulations, lacks, limitations, sins, and diseases; but heaven help you if you go on in the same old human way for very long, because you will find then, not only that it is true that it doesn’t work, but sometimes worse things come upon you that make you wish you had back the original error.
You see, Paul taught us that human beings are not under the law of God and cannot be; human beings cannot receive God’s grace. And it is therefore only possible to become the Son of God as we permit the Spirit of God to dwell in us: “If so be the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are you the Sons of God.” Or Jesus gave it to us in another way, “Pray for your enemies, that ye may be Children of God”—not pray for your friends, not pray for your relatives; pray for your enemies.
Now, the principle behind that is this: if you have come to a place in consciousness where you can seriously, honestly pray that your enemies be forgiven, that they be released from punishment from their sins; that the Spirit of God enter their soul and mind and being; that they be given release from these mortal claims; if you have brought yourself to that state of consciousness, you are no longer a mortal. A mortal can best be described as Jesus described the ancient Hebrews, “Ye have heard it said of old, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
You see if you are in that state of consciousness where you still want revenge, or where you still think that the sinners should be hung, or given solitary confinement, or put away for life; if you still are in that state of consciousness where you believe that so-and-so had it coming to him, you are back in that Hebrew state of consciousness of, “Ye have heard it said of old.”
When you make the transition to Christhood, you are able to say with the Master, and mean it: “But I say unto you, forgive seventy times seven; I say unto you, resist not evil, turn the other cheek.”
Now you see, when you are, or have been brought up to some level of consciousness of that nature, you have yielded your humanhood; you have yielded your will, your opinion, your convictions, and you have accepted the grace of God, the Spirit of Christ—then the Spirit of God does dwell in you. For the Spirit of God does not dwell in a person filled with envy, jealousy, malice, hate, revenge and so forth.
And so if you feel yourself yielding in those directions—if you really feel that whatever human emotions of a negative nature that you have indulged, and you feel now that these are yielding, you can know yourself, that you are now in an atmosphere that is not only receptive and responsive to spiritual healing, but you are now approaching the consciousness which can do healing work.