1952 New Washington Series
Joel S. Goldsmith
7B-1 – Questions and Answers Including Supply, Tithing, Giving
This is Joel conducting the New Washington Class Series. Good Afternoon.
We are at that place, a program, when it becomes necessary to take inventory, to look back on the last few lessons, and bring ourselves up to date in preparation for another step, and we usually do that through questions and answers to find out if we’re keeping pace with our unfoldment.
Heretofore we have asked that those questions be written, and in the future that will be again, but I forgot to announce it, and so today we will have questions from the floor as we come to that.
Q: And the first question that I’m going to bring up is one that was asked me, and that is why it is that some of these discords and inharmonies come into our experience. For instance why an intelligent person should all of a sudden become insane, and of course the same question would be why a normally healthy person should all of a sudden become ill.
A: Well now, in the psychological approach to life or the mental science approach to life, the answer would be to look into the thought of the individual and find where the error lies, what kind of wrong thinking they are doing, what influence is taking place within themselves.
From our standpoint that would be incorrect. Our basis for the explanation of any form of discord or inharmony that befalls us is basically that original sense of separation from God that symbolically took place in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, when they believed that they were creators, when they believed that they were something separate and apart from God, and started to live lives of their own.
Now, with that as a beginning, each of us has accepted the belief that we have a life separate and apart from God and that we are living it, and that we have the power of choice, that we have the power of good and evil, that we have the power to be good or to be bad. If we’re bad we have the power to reform. If we’re good it’s because we naturally are that way. All of these beliefs have sprung up and we have accepted them.
If we are bright we’ve accepted the belief that probably we inherited some of our brightness. If we’re not so bright probably we inherited some of our dullness or perhaps we’re just naturally that way, and in the same way it is accepted that some people are just naturally ill, just naturally weak constitutions, others are just naturally strong as if each had a life of their own, and in one case it could be good and one case it could be bad. That is the basis of humanity. That is the basis of human kind. That is the basis of our entire human experience.
And so, when we come to that question of, “Why has this person who has been so good all their lives all of a sudden become bad? Why has this person who has been well all of their lives become ill? Why is this person who is so brilliant mentally now become insane?”
Probably you remember that Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the greatest minds, one of the greatest intellects of all American literature, and yet, the last couple of years of his life were lived in insanity, and Walt Whitman, certainly one of the greatest minds of any age in American history spent the last ten years of his life in a wheelchair, an invalid, and the question is, why is this? And the answer is because these people have accepted the belief of a selfhood apart from God, which means this: that they believe they have a mind of their own, a mind that is subject to outer conditions like accidents, strain, over use, over taxing, or that they have a life of their own which also may be weakened by over work or strain or labor or too much exercise or sports or games.
It is in the same way that a person believes that their business can be good or bad. Why? Well, it’s my particular business and right now it’s bad, or it’s my particular business and now it’s good, and of course, as long as there is a sense of “my” business, it will be bad, and it will be good. It will have its ups and its downs.
Only in proportion as we accept the great truth that God is the mind of this universe, God is the mind of man, God is the mind of animal, vegetable, and mineral, God is the only intelligence, God is the only soul and the only life, God is the only Spirit and the only substance, and therefore, perfection is all that exists.
Now, here is where we are apt to lose our principle: If we look out at this world from effect and try to think back to cause we can’t do it. In other words, if you look up here to see what I am, all that you can see is so much height and width and weight, and you must judge by that, or you may have met me one day when my mind was full of other things and I was quick or sharp or indifferent, and you judge by that, or it may have been the other way around, and you met me on a day when I was feeling particularly good, and had plenty of time, and you judge me by that. In other words, looking up this way you are judging by appearances and you cannot see me as I am. You can only see me as I appear to be at some given moment.
Now, let us take the spiritual way of looking and find out what kind of fellow I am, and the thing to do is to go back and say, “Who made him?” The answer is, “God is the only Father/Mother.” Oh! God. Yes, and God is his mind. Well, he must be very intelligent. God is his life. Well, he must be ageless. God is the very love of his soul. He must be very loving. Ah, as you start to analyze me now from the standpoint of God being the all and all of my being, see what a different appearance I present than if you were to look up here from the front and judge me by my clothing or my body or my face or my expression. Do you follow that? Because let me tell you how important this is—that it’s the secret of the healing work.
Without understanding this no one can do spiritual healing, because all spiritual healing is based on this: that no matter what you may appear to be it has nothing to do with your true being, and the only way we can arrive at your true being is to go back to That which produced you, which sent you forth into expression, and see what nature and character, what qualities and quantities It incarnated in your being, and then what do we find?
God manifests Its intelligence as yours. God inculcated Its qualities of love as the love of your being. God incorporated in you the harmony of Its being and of Its body and of Its form. God has imparted to you all of Its nature, character, and quality, and that’s what you are, and that’s all you are, and that’s all you ever have been. Now this knowing the truth about you as against judging you by appearances constitutes the healing ministry, the spiritual healing ministry. There is no other way to do it.
If a person were to look at you and say you need more kindness or more love or more generosity or more understanding; they would be seeing lack and limitation in you which does not exist, and thereby they would lose all power to heal you.
It makes no difference what you appear to be to human sense. The only reason you appear to be that is because you yourself have accepted the belief that you are a selfhood apart from God and that you have qualities of your own, quantities of your own, activities of your own, intelligence of your own, loves of your own.
Now, you have no power to give love or to withhold it. God is love, and God is infinite love, and therefore God expresses love—nobody else. You never do. No one ever expresses love.