1961 Los Angeles Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
398B – The Resurrection, Part Two
As you follow the message of The Infinite Way you must remember that you are not to believe me, you’re not to take my word for anything. This isn’t that kind of a teaching. We do not have anybody who is an authority; nobody that has to be accepted, believed, or followed. The principles that are set forth are the direct result of revelation and unfoldment in my experience, and they have been proven true. Before a book was published, I had sixteen years of healing work to prove that everything is truth that is in these writings. But this is no sign that you must accept them, or believe them, and in fact believing them can be fatal to your demonstration. I don’t believe in believing. I don’t even believe in having faith. I don’t recommend having faith in God anymore than having faith in me.
We must rise to the realization which is demonstration. And these principles that are set before you will either bring out from you, “Oh that’s what I’ve always believed. Oh that I can agree with. Oh that is mine,” or as one man said, “This man stole this book from me if I had written it.” I like that; I would like everybody to feel that way, that I took these words right out of their mind. Because those who do feel that way have no belief and they have no faith; they have the understanding which is demonstration. If any of these principles disturb you, you have the opportunity of putting them into practice, trying them out, and seeing how far you can go with them. There’s no more use in calling them wrong because you don’t believe them or understand them, than there is any reason to call them right just because I said so. The point is that you either feel instinctively and intuitively: “This is the Christ; this is the truth, the Son of the living God,” or else it raises a conflict within you, and you then have the opportunity of putting the message to the test, and seeing how far you can go with it.
Now, having said that, I would like you to know that in carrying out the principles as far as we have tonight, that what follows may seem even more radical than what I have said up to now. But the same thing, either you will respond from within and say, “Yes that’s it,” or you will have the opportunity of putting it into practice. You’ll remember I said that “God doesn’t care for the human race.” And I know that that sounds shocking. I know it was shocking when that was revealed within me. It was on that very point that I was led to seeking spiritual truth. But when I saw man’s inhumanity to man, when I saw the wars, and the depression, and the slavery in some parts of the world, how could I help feeling that God isn’t caring much about this thing that’s going on. But later when I read scripture, I found that they knew this same truth thousands of years ago. It says in the 91st Psalm: A thousand may fall at your left and ten thousand at your right. And later on Jesus said, “If you do not abide in the word and let the word abide in you, you will be as a branch of a tree that’s cut off and withereth and dies.
So you can see very well that God isn’t caring much about the branches that are cut off. God isn’t caring very much about those who do not abide in the word and let the word abide in them. God is not caring very much about those who do not dwell in the secret place of the most High. To those who dwell in the secret place of the most High, none of these evils shall come nigh their dwelling place. But to the others, a thousand others and ten thousand others, and millions of others, and billions of others, these evils will come nigh their dwelling place.
So it is we learn this principle: that until the Son of God is raised up in you, you are a mortal. And as Paul confirming all of this, Paul says, “You’re not under the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
Remember that Paul is addressing us when he says, “You’re not under the law of God, neither indeed can be.” But he goes on to say, “If so be the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are you the child of God, and if a child an heir, and if an heir, joint heir, to all of the heavenly riches. Remember that if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you. What does it mean: Spirit of God dwell in you? If you abide in the word and let the word abide in you; if you dwell in the secret place of the most High, or as the Master says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Therefore, if you are living, not by flesh, not by money, not by fame, not by fortune, if you are living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, if you are keeping the word of God alive in your consciousness you are dwelling in God, and God is dwelling in you. The word of God is dwelling in you, and you are dwelling in the word of God, then you will bear fruit richly. Then the evils of this world will not come nigh your dwelling place and you will be able to say, “That in some measure, the Son of God has been raised up in me. So that I am no longer a worm in the dust, I am no longer totally mortal man, I am no longer that man, that creature Paul calls him, creature who is not under the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So that, the whole essence of the message of The Infinite Way comes down to this: there is a word of God, which is revealed in scripture, and is revealed in some of our mystical writings. This word of God you must live with, you must, as the Hebrews used to teach: have it in your forehead, bind it on your arm … put it on the gatepost of your door. In other words, keep this word of God alive around you, so you can see it and hear it all of the time. Then you are abiding in the word, and the word is abiding in you, and eventually this raises up the Son of God in you. And then you are heir of God, joint heir to all the heavenly riches. Then you can say, “the Spirit of God or word of God dwelleth in me, and none of these things shall come nigh my dwelling place.”
So then, acknowledge that as a human race, living an ordinary human life, we are the creature spoken of by Paul, not under the law of God, neither indeed can be. We are that individual spoken of, or that eleven thousand spoken of in the 91st Psalm who will fall, and we are that individual of whom the Master spoke, who is a branch of a tree that withers and dies. But, in the moment that we abide in the word and let the word abide in us, in the moment that we let the word of God dwell in us, in that moment do we become the child of God, child of God, heir. Then we are under the law of God, which isn’t a law, we’ve come out from under the law, now we are under grace. Now we live not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit that is within me, this Spirit of God that dwells in me, this word of God. We don’t have to take conscious thought for our life; we don’t have to direct our life by conscious thinking. There is a something within us that Paul says liveth my life; something that goes before us, something that always inspires us, illumines us, and that something is the Son of God which has been raised up in us.
Now, one of the things that constitutes the word of God is the realization of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. Don’t pass over those three words lightly, spend a month on each one of them, until you have an absolute inner conviction that where I am God is; that there is no place for me to be separate or apart from God for I and the Father are one. Also, there is no time or place in which I can be in danger, for God being Omnipotence there is no other power; because of Omnipresence there can be no one endangering me or threatening me or harming me, for God’s presence is the only presence, whether it appears as you or me or he or she or it. Omniscience. There’s a word you can spend a year with. When you understand that word omniscience: all wisdom, all knowledge, you’ll say, “How have I ever wasted time telling God what I need or what I would like? How have I ever wasted time talking to God when I should have been spending my time listening to the all-knowing mind, listening to the infinite intelligence of the universe, listening for that still small voice.” You can’t hear a still small voice while your mind is clamoring. The mind has to be still and know that I in the midst of you am God, and then listen to that I within yourself, listen, listen, listen. Suppose it does take a year before you hear it; a year isn’t very much out of the million years that we have to live. I suspect now that it’s just something over a million years, and I lived already nearly a million, I’m sure it’s going to be many more millions.