Infinite Way Letter
February 1956
By Joel Goldsmith
Part 3 of 5
Spiritual Preparation

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13: 3-9
When the message of The Infinite Way was given me, as the result of many years of healing work, meditation, and inner spiritual unfoldment, it was also revealed that this message could not be entirely intellectually imparted; that the import of The Infinite Way could not be grasped by the mind alone, but that there must be a natural or developed spiritual consciousness before a true response could come forth. Many times did I try to impart the message to students close to me before the soil had been sufficiently prepared, but in every case I witnessed that the seed withered and died, and there was no spiritual fruitage.
Then, as the call came to lecture and teach, it was given me to prepare the soil for the truth of The Infinite Way. Just as I spent sixteen years in the healing work before The Infinite Way was written, so that no word of it need be changed—so have I now spent ten years in preparing consciousness for the Word which springs into flesh—the Truth which appears visibly as harmony, joy, peace, and life eternal. By means of the Writings, the Tape Recordings, and the Closed Class work, consciousness has been prepared for receptivity to the Word. Five years ago, when what we call “the Middle Path” was given to our students in class work, the way was prepared for the next step—realization.
To those who may now or hereafter become students of The Infinite Way, these writings and recordings will provide the necessary enrichment of consciousness—the necessary preparation of consciousness—so that the Word embodied in the message may be grasped, realized, and lived. To The Infinite Way students of today, the time has come to leave your nets—to give up even the most cherished beliefs of the past, and consciously enter The Infinite Way. With the help of those students who already have received this light, I will devote these coming years to your full awakening. Many of you are prepared, by virtue of the devotion given to study, meditation, and practice, to fully understand and demonstrate “the Middle Path” of The Infinite Way.
Because all spiritual teachings, and many mental teachings use the same language—the same words, God, Christ, Truth, Spirit, prayer, many students have not found the pearl in the message. Because meditation is not easily achieved, many have given but lip service to this great attainment. Now we must awaken! We must rouse ourselves to the understanding that regardless of what we have done heretofore, and no matter how much we have studied, meditated, or practiced, we have but prepared the soul of consciousness for the planting of the Word of Truth. This planting we must do—so that God, Truth, may give the increase.
As a first step, I urge that students read and re-read as many of the Writings as possible; that they hear again and again the Recordings available to them; and that they hold themselves attuned inwardly that the Word be revealed. In the work of 1955—the Kailua Series of recordings, the Monthly Letters, the Chicago and Seattle Special Classes—the way has been prepared for the coming year. In 1956, the monthly Letters, class work, and in the new Writings that will appear (including the new American and British editions of The Infinite Way) the Word will become clearer and clearer, thereby leading to the point of realization.
Remember this always—it is not sufficient merely to turn to God for physical healings, for greater supply, home, companionship, or other forms of good. This is but a preliminary step, often necessary to placing our feet on the spiritual path of life. In our earliest days of study it is well if we discover a God at hand, available in all our human affairs, ever ready to heal, save, reform, and enrich. However, this is but the infant stage of spiritual unfoldment. Most of us have been spiritual infants, and some have remained so. Others have advanced to spiritual youth and have found an inner communion with God, have discovered the actual presence and power of God. Through meditation, many have maintained a constant intimate relationship with God. Most people can remember the happiness and pleasures of human youth, but that cannot be compared to the glorious youth in the spiritual kingdom.
Out of all the world there are relatively few who have been born into spiritual infancy. The orthodox religious world is just becoming aware that there is such a realm as a spiritual kingdom on earth, and it is providing new spiritual infants. Most of the metaphysical world is still in its spiritual infancy. The Infinite Way begins our spiritual life as a youth, and leads us to maturity in Spirit. Those who come into the realm of The Infinite Way will be led from infancy to youth, and then, through spiritual unfoldment, to maturity.
In two years, divine Grace has carried me to Europe three times—twice around the world, including a great and grand experience which carried me six thousand miles from North to South Africa and more thousands of miles to Central and East Africa. God’s grace has enabled me to speak the Word in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, and Africa, and finally, to carry it to India. God’s grace has given us American and British editions of the Writings, as well as translations in Dutch, German, and Braille. Imagine! All this in just twenty-four months! God’s grace has prepared every step of The Infinite Way, has blessed and prospered its activity, and provided receptivity to its message. God’s grace has been the source of 1955’s year of preparation; at every step the Voice has been in my ear with directions for each day, and assurance of what lies ahead. Indeed, in the spread of The Infinite Way we have witnessed the proof of the message. Think you that anything but the grace of God has done this?
Let us see now what things God’s grace has prepared for us in these coming years, which are so important in carrying the orthodox world into metaphysical infancy, and developing the infants into spiritual youths. To those who have been faithful to themselves in study, meditation, and practice, this should be a year of great spiritual realization. The time is ripe for those students of The Infinite Way who have attained a measure of youth, to attain maturity—and that time is now! Prepare—be alert—the grace of God will carry you through to fruition.
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