1956 Chicago Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
156A – Start Healing Today 2/6
Just the same as the subject of supply. The metaphysical world has attempted for nearly three-quarters of a century to demonstrate supply, and three-quarters of that metaphysical world has disappeared off the earth because they were trying to attempt something that can’t be accomplished. Nobody can demonstrate supply; nobody can demonstrate a home; nobody can demonstrate an automobile; nobody can demonstrate companionship; nobody can demonstrate money; nobody can demonstrate employment. It’s been tried in the metaphysical world, and the movements that attempt to perpetuate those things have just dried up until there is very little of them left on earth. You can’t demonstrate something by violating the principle of it. You have to conform to a principle. Now supply cannot be demonstrated; that’s an impossibility; regardless of what form of supply you’re thinking of—whether it’s health or wealth, home, transportation, companionship. None of those can be demonstrated.
You can demonstrate the realization of God’s presence. You can demonstrate the omnipresence of God because that’s a reality. God is omnipresent and you can prove that. God is love and you can prove that. God is life eternal and you can prove that. And when you have proven that, you will find that all those things that you were thinking about have miraculously been added unto you or you have found them included in you.
Now when then, you can so far forget your own life as to stop seeking what you shall eat or what you shall drink or wherewithal you shall be clothed or wherewithal you shall be companioned, or wherewithal you shall be housed—when you can forget yourself and your problems and can ask yourself openly, honestly “How do I know there’s a God? What evidence have I got for this God? Is there one? Well, I’ve been reading books about it and they all say, ‘Yes.’”
If I had to get on a witness stand and take an oath on a Bible, do I know there’s a God, could you answer that you do? Have you seen God face to face? Have you felt God with you? Have you had the actual realization of God’s presence? If so, then you will understand that what I’m saying is true, that when you have that realization of the presence of God you have your health and your supply and your home and your companionship and all the things that are necessary.
But if you haven’t demonstrated an actual realization of God’s presence, then the thing to do is to forget what you shall eat or what you shall drink or wherewithal you shall be clothed, and give the rest of your time just to demonstrating God’s presence. When that’s achieved you’ll find, as everyone has, that manna falls day by day. Companionships fall into line; we meet those of our own state of consciousness; opportunities come; greater capacities come; ideas flow, whether it’s for writing books or plays or metaphysics; inventing new things. They will all flow from this contact that we have made. But let somebody try to do those things separate and apart from achieving the God realization and they’ll fail.
And so it is with all of our healing work, we know from our reading if not from actual experience, that the basic premise of all spiritual wisdom is that I and the Father are one and all that the Father hath is mine. We may not be demonstrating it at this moment but we know that that’s the premise. I and the Father are one. All that the Father hath is mine. The place whereon I stand is holy ground.
So that when we are confronted with those who have not yet known this or demonstrated it in some measure, they have the right to look to us for help. And we have the right to say, “Yes, I can give it.” Not because I’m spiritual, not because I have any powers that anyone else hasn’t got, but because I know the truth and it’s the knowing of the truth that makes us free. So we have the right then, to sit down for our neighbor, for members of our family, for friends, for those who’ve turned to us and give them the help they require.
And then a mystery takes place, a miracle takes place: While our mind was away from our body, we became present with the Lord. And then when we looked at our body again, the disease was gone. The pain was gone; the inharmony was gone. All the time we were treating ourselves and our body, we were holding that false image in thought and perpetuating the condition. The moment we stopped treating, we gave it a chance to disappear into its nothingness.
Now, you know from your studies, and some of you from actual experience, that error has no more reality than we give to it. Now, you and I don’t give it its reality to begin with, the universal belief does that. But we accept it. So that if the world says, “If you sit in a draft, you’ll catch a cold.” we usually catch cold sitting in a draft. Now, we didn’t empower that draft to give us a cold, the universal belief did, but we accepted it. Now of course, the minute we start to give a treatment to ourselves we just perpetuate the cold.
But if we could turn to the world’s problems and begin to know some truth about the world’s problems, or begin to know the truth about some friend or relative’s problems, you would soon find that when you look back at yourself, that which you thought was a problem, no longer exists.
So, it becomes our work if we are serious students, and those of us here are, to begin to let our problems alone, to stop working on them, and to begin to work for others. To let our own beliefs be dissolved in the truth that we’re knowing for the world or for those who call upon us. You see, to the human being it is very important that they be healthy and to have a goodly measure of supply or an ample measure; and that they have friends, relatives, I understand that. But that’s of no importance to you or to me, and it shouldn’t be. It has no right to be of any importance to a truth student, whether they are healthy at the moment or not; whether they are wealthy at the moment or not—or even if they are in lack.
What difference does it make? There’s only one thing that’s really important: have I yet known God? Have I reached a point in my life where I know God? Tell me, really and truly what difference does it make how healthy I am, if I haven’t yet known God face to face? Tell me what difference does it make if I were as wealthy as the Gold Coast, but I haven’t found God? What would I do with that health and what would I do with that wealth? Just be more miserable, because I wouldn’t have poverty or sickness to worry about, so I’d have to look for something else.
No, you see, we must one day face ourselves with this truth: the Master fed the Hebrews one day, and he went across the lake and they followed him! And he said “Well, what are you here for?” “Well, we’re hungry.” “Well, but I fed you yesterday.” “Yes, we’re hungry today.” “Ah, so that’s what you want, to be fed, loaves and fishes. No, no, no, I’m showing you a principle of supply. I didn’t feed you just to give you loaves and fishes; I fed you to show you the principle of supply.”
Now, it’s the same way, in our early stages of study we have come to one of the truth movements, organized or unorganized, for healing: physical, mental, moral or financial. That’s alright, that was legitimate. At that time, we didn’t know that God was a present possibility; we didn’t know that God could be met face to face. We’d probably been part of religious teachings which taught us that we’d be lucky if we met God after we died, and only then if we attained a sufficient measure of purity on earth. And of course, nobody yet has ever attained quite that degree of purity necessary for the experience, unless it was a man two thousand years ago.
Now, as we continue in our study we have healings, probably everyone in this room has had some healing or other through truth and if it was only a little healing of a headache, that was enough to prove that the presence of God was active, even in our human experience, here and now.
Actually, we should never have needed another healing after that. After that we should have said, “Well, now I know. There is a possibility of bringing God into our experience. Now that it has been proved to me, I’m going out and bring God into my experience.”
And, had we so devoted ourselves for some months or years, the day would have come when seldom if ever, we would have had to turn to someone for help. Oh, once in a while, everyone will have to do it under some stress. The Master did it when he asked the eleven disciples to stay awake with him. The Master must have expected it of his disciples when he was on the cross. It’s undoubtedly right that every one of us in some distress should feel free to turn to one another. That’s why we’re on the same path together. That’s why we’re spiritually brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers to each other. Spiritually we’re one, spiritually we’re of one household, and it’s absolutely right that in some stress we look to each other for help.