1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
113B – The Secret of the Healing Principle 2/5
If I had gone out into this world trying to convince people about the rightness of the message of The Infinite Way, I probably still would be sitting in a little office in Hollywood with a few people calling on me once in a while. But, the secret it this: There is a universal force, a universal belief, a universal hypnotism, which is the source of every discord that comes into our experience. Every limitation, every sin, every temptation, every disease that comes to us is but an effect of a universal force or power, which remember in and of itself is not power—it is only power because of acceptance in the human mind. If it were a power, we couldn’t overcome it; if it were a power, we couldn’t dispel it. It is not a power, but to all sense it is the only power which we have to consider in the meeting of sin, disease, death, lack, or limitation. In other words what I’m trying to say is this: no person is ever dying. Now try to understand this: No person is ever dying, and if you are ever called upon to help a case of a person who seems to be near death, don’t try to save their life because you won’t succeed. But handle the age-old universal belief of a life apart from God, a life which had a beginning and must have ending. Handle the universal mesmerism of death because you see, there is a universal hypnotism which says that everybody who is born must die. And that same hypnotism says we were born; that we were created of matter, born of man and woman.
Now, this is not a personal belief; this isn’t just a belief of you individually as a mother or as a father; this is a universal belief that existed since time began. It is is a universal belief in birth, which results in a universal belief in death. And what we are handling here is not birth or death but the universal belief, the universal hypnotism, which appears as an individual person dying.
Let’s put it this way, close your eyes for a moment, and let us … well let us go over on Sunday afternoon to the park to hear the band, the Royal Hawaiian Band. We are standing in front of the bandstand and all the band is up on that stand and everyone up there has an instrument in their hands—the conductor has a baton. And now, is there a single person there? No. Is there a single instrument there? No. But you are sitting and looking directly at it. Yes! But they are not there. No! What is there? What is the fabric of every person you are seeing up on that bandstand? Your imagination is the fabric. Your imagination is the substance out of which those men and those instruments are formed. In fact your imagination is the fabric, the substance of which the whole bandstand is made, so whether now you have human men and women on that platform, metal instruments, or a wooden bandstand, the substance is all the same—imagination. There is no wood there, there is no flesh and blood there, there is no metal there, there is only imagination. Do you follow that? Can you follow that? Do you see that? Do you see that there is no flesh and blood up there? Do you see that there is no wood and no metal up there. That there is only your imagination formed as men, women, wood, metal.
Supposing you were dreaming right now. And now you are dreaming that you are out here in the water and as you look around you find that you got out too far and now you can’t get back. And now begins your struggle to get back, and there you are out in this water struggling. Is there a you, is there water, is there a struggle? No. What is the fabric or substance of the person you are seeing in the water? What is the fabric and substance of the water? What is the fabric and substance of the struggle? Your dream—your dream. The dream is the substance and you and the water and the struggle are the objects, which are formed by your dream.
Now, if we were to take this leather cover and make a man here and a piano here and the sky over here, we still would have neither man, piano, nor sky; we would have leather. In the destruction of leather there would be the destruction of the man, the piano, and the sky. In the destruction of your dream there was the destruction of the you in the water, the water, and the struggle. In the destruction of your imagination, there was the disappearance of the band and of the instruments and of the bandstand. Right?
Now supposing in that first case you had started out to eliminate each one of the men from the bandstand, you would still have been left with instruments, after a hard struggle getting rid of all those men. Then you would have to get to work tearing out those instruments; and after you got through with that you would have to tear out the bandstand. And you could have done all of that by stopping your imagination in one stroke. Right?
Supposing you were dreaming of struggling in the water, and instead of crying out for someone to rescue you, you just had somebody wake you out of the dream? By the breaking up of the dream there would be the breaking up of the you in the water and the water and the struggle. Right? So it is. The fabric of the discords of human experience is a universal hypnotism, a universal belief, or a series of universal beliefs. That’s the fabric of every sense of limitation that can come into your experience whether it’s limited finances or limited health or limited family relations or limited human relations or limited business or discordant experiences—the fabric of it is this universal hypnotism, this universal belief of a universe apart from God.
Now when Jesus says, “I have overcome the world,” he did not mean that he had overcome all the people in the world and all the evils of the peoples in the world because his ministry didn’t last long enough to battle all those people. He overcame the world in one stroke, by realizing that the world that needed overcoming was made up of this mesmeric illusion, and all that he had to do was destroy the mesmeric illusion and all the people and all the circumstances and all the conditions of limitation disappeared. Do you follow that?
Now, if I were to think in terms of spreading the message of The Infinite Way to this person, that person and this group and that group, I just couldn’t stay on earth long enough to spread The Infinite Way even as far has it is already spread in these few years. Nobody could go out in the world and sell the message of The Infinite Way to this many people by their human efforts to reach people. But, in one stroke it is accomplished with the realization that the ignorance that would separate people from a realization of truth isn’t personal to you or me or to the people of the world. It is a universal ignorance, a universal sense of hypnotism, which always is without presence or power. If we gave it presence or power, we would have it as a battling agency forever.
Now just see this: So far as I am personally concerned, the universal ignorance that would separate people from understanding, apprehending, demonstrating the message of The Infinite Way is not a personal one; it has nothing to do with their personal selves or their education or lack of it, or their religious training or lack of it; it has to do with a universal ignorance, a universal mesmerism which is forever without presence and without power. Do you follow that? Always your realization that you are dealing with the fabric—not the pictures that the fabric presents, but the fabric itself. That is your saving grace. In other words, we never have a dying person or a diseased person; we have a state of universal hypnotism appearing as a sick, sinful, or dying or dead person. Can you follow that? We never have a bad person; we have a state of universal hypnotism or ignorance appearing as a person. The moment we realize that, the person disappears and the fabric along with him. And then we are enabled to behold them as they really are.
That is why to get resentful of a person or condition is just to mire yourself into it. To battle a person or a condition is to get embroiled in it; is to get ensnared in it. There is only one way to escape from the delusion of sense; there is only one way to escape from evil people, evil plots, evil plans, evil of any form in the world, and that is to stop battling them and realize that behind them is the fabric, the dream fabric of which they are constituted and to know that that dream fabric is illusory—has no actual creative principles since God did not create it. Therefore it has no existence, no law to sustain it, no substance, no continuity—that destroys it.
Now, there is no clearer illustration than this one because it is extreme. We have no dying person. We have an illusory sense of death; when we handle that the dying person jumps up and says, “Here I am, all new and fresh,” because you haven’t done anything to a dying person which didn’t exist to begin with. You destroyed the fabric of the appearance, the fabric of that which was appearing. There is no other way—there is no other way of overcoming this world.
This vision came to me through … and behind it is every bit of healing work that was ever done in my experience. This experience came to me, this unfoldment, because of a paragraph that was in a book concerning the life of Buddha. This life of Buddha was showing the experience that came to him at that time when he still knew nothing of disease in the world, of death in the world, of any form of limitation in the world; and on his first trip out into the world he beheld a sick man, a corpse, and a beggar. And he was horrified that such things could exist, because the life the way his father planned it for him, no such things were allowed to appear so that he had never witnessed any of them. And he asked his counselor, “Are these the only cases of this in the world?” “Oh no, everyone comes to this eventually.” Oh, well that horrified him. That was unthinkable that in such a beautiful universe that he knew such conditions as disease, death, and poverty could come. And this is the question that came into his mind, and it gave me the solution to the whole thing: “I must find how to remove sin, disease, and death from the world.” And that was it! He never thought about going out and healing people; he never thought of going out and reforming people or enriching people. The thought that came to him was, “How do you remove sin, disease, and death from the world.”