Infinite Way Letter
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 1 of 7
At this stage of our unfoldment the time has come when we must relinquish our old theological beliefs and come to understand the nature of God. This I give to you: God is! God is good! God is omnipresent! The allness of the presence of God, in Its infinite goodness, power, intelligence, wisdom, and love, is present—here, where you are and where I am. “Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.” None of us can make it so, and none of us can present its being so—it is so! God is!
Is it not foolish to believe that God will do something for you that He might not do for your neighbor; or that God will do something tomorrow that He is not already doing today? There is no reason to believe that God is withholding your good, and therefore it is useless to go to God as if you were seeking to influence Him to do something that He is not already doing. In order to avail yourselves of the abundant flow of good, and bring it into your experience, it is necessary to open your own consciousness to the receptivity of the presence, power, and activity of God.
We must not seek to obtain God’s goodness. Instead, we must agree that God’s goodness is embodied within us, that the goodness and allness of God constitute our very being. This is beautifully stated in the words of the beloved poet,
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate’re you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness;…and, to know,
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.
Paracelsus: Robert Browning
Many people believe that they are seeking companionship, and because they are lonely they often ask for help, but that really is not what they mean at all. They are seeking companions. If it were companionship they desired they would not have to ask for help, because companionship is not something outside their own being! Companionship is within you and, instead of looking to someone else to express it, you must express it!Start with the understanding that companionship is a quality of God which is embodied within you and begin to express it, right where you are. As you open out a way for companionship to flow you will find many opportunities will be given; and the companionship that flows out from youis the same that comes back to you.
In like manner, where will you find integrity, loyalty, and fidelity if you do not already possess these qualities within your own being? Never permit yourself to look to another to express these qualities. Each man’s life is his own, and whether or not he wishes to express these innate characteristics of his higher nature is his own affair, but since no one can hurt you by any lack of integrity or loyalty the injury is to the one not expressing them. Even if someone were to deprive you temporarily of something that is rightfully yours, be assured that you will not be hurt by the loss, and your good will continue to unfold.
Just as you do not look to anyone for companionship, integrity, loyalty, or fidelity, do not look to anyone for gratitude. Expect it of no one, but rather look for gratitude within yourself—express it, and watch it return. “Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.” It is a spiritual law that the good that comes into your experience is the reflex action of the good that flows from you. The love, companionship, friendship, co-operation, and understanding that you express from within is the substance of the bread of life that you cast upon the waters, and it comes back to you abundantly.
In a degree, each of us is withholding these qualities with which God has imbued us. If you will watch a little child you will find it spontaneously expressing love, trust, faith, joy, playfulness—the very things we would love to have in our own hearts. But human experience has built a shell around us, and we keep these inherent God-qualities all bottled up inside. Because someone has injured us, we hold back for fear that all the rest of the world will do the same, and as the years pass each of us withdraws more and more, withholding a little love and friendship here, a little faith and trust there, until we become nothing but a prison-house for these splendors of God, and we are afraid to let them out. Why that reserve, that holding back? We are children of God, all equal in the sight of the Father. White or black, Jew or Gentile, we are all one in Christ Jesus. God has constituted His qualities as our own being, and when we understand that, we do not have to go to God for anything necessary for our unfoldment and fulfillment. Our work in life is opening consciousness to the inflow and outflow of this spiritual Presence and Power. We must re-establish that joyful trust and love with which we were endowed as babes—that trust and love which holds out its little hands, even to a stranger—so that we can express it to the world, letting that which comes back be the abundant return of that which we have cast upon the waters.
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