1964 London Special Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
564A – That Spirit Within 1/4
Good evening…And here we are back again in London to start a program of three weeks, and the great question is what will we get out of this three weeks of work? And the sad answer is that we will get no more out of it than we put into it. It is sometimes disheartening to realize that we cannot just read some books of truth or hear some lectures or classes and then all of a sudden find ourselves free of human problems. There is a little more to it than that. There is a great deal more to it than that. Probably the question most frequently asked is why do we individually and collectively have as many problems as we do from the cradle to the grave? Why is it since we’re not really terrible sinners, why is it that we have so much of sin and sickness, lack, limitation, wars on the face of the globe? Things for which we do not seem personally responsible—why, why has this happened to me? Or why has this happened to this very wonderful woman who never sinned; who has always been so kind and loving? Or why has this happened to this nation or that nation?
The answer revealed in the message of The Infinite Way is this: That we are that natural man spoken of by St. Paul. The natural man who receiveth not the things of God, is not under the law of God, neither indeed can be, knoweth not the things of God, for the things of God must be spiritually discerned—not intellectually read or talked about, not intellectually studied but spiritually discerned. And one does not spiritually discern with the mind, but with a spiritual faculty which in most of us is lacking until it is developed. And this is briefly the story of error, of evil, on the face of the globe. Because it has been revealed throughout all times, and it has been proven throughout all times that as men and women have become spiritually endowed, have become spiritually awakened, the problems of living begin to dissolve.
We are faced then with a situation of this nature: We came into this world seemingly not of our own accord. We came in the only way in which we could be brought in, and therefore, we are not responsible for this material sense. We are not responsible for Adam and Eve having bequeathed us a belief in two powers. We are not responsible that we are not born with a spiritual faculty. But, since this is the situation, something must be done about it; and we are the ones who must do it. It cannot be done for us.
It has been believed for the last two thousand years that because Jesus Christ died for us that we would be freed of our problems. Only it hasn’t worked out that way. Our problems still go on—individually, collectively, nationally, internationally, on a worldwide basis.
The Master revealed that ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free, and right there he revealed for all time, that it is not a question of whether or not someone dies for our sins. It is not a question of whether Moses was so spiritually endowed that he could lead his people out of Egypt into freedom. It is not a question of how spiritually developed Isaiah was or Elijah. It is not even a question of the sainthood of Christ Jesus or of John or of Paul. The question really is you and me, and what we are going to do about changing our status from that of man of earth to that of that man who has his being in Christ.
What are we going to do about changing our status from the natural man, the human being who is not under the law of God neither indeed can be, who receiveth not the things of God, the blessings of God to the status of being a Son of God, heir of God, joint heir with Christ to all of the heavenly riches? This is a transition that we individually must make and by an effort. By such a great effort that the Master cautioned us, few there be that enter. The way is straight and narrow and few there be that enter. And he spoke from experience. He knew from teaching, from preaching, that the multitudes are ready to listen. They are all eager to hear that which will take them out of their troubles, and they are willing to be fed, and they are more than willing to be healed, but they are not ready to act, to do, to consecrate themselves, to dedicate themselves. And so it has been through all ages.
There have been mystics in every age, and every mystic—oriental or occidental—has taught the same message: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. Thou shalt seek Me until you find Me. Thou shalt do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Thou shalt forgive seventy times seven. Thou shalt pray for thine enemies and for all those who persecute you. Ah, but you see, this is a call to action. This is not a preaching. This is not a teaching. This is a call to a dedicated action, and each one of us must individually do that which has been given us by the great masters of all time.
Now one of the greatest lessons taught by the Master is very often overlooked, probably because of its simplicity, probably because of the difficulty of fulfilling it. I know of course that there are many here this evening who are new to The Infinite Way writings and not familiar with our mode of practice, and the reason I know it is that there was not the complete silence for ten or fifteen minutes before I came to the platform that would have been, had you all known one of the principle revelations of this message. And that is that you cannot receive God while the mind is active and busy with speaking and thinking and doing. Scripture reveals clearly that it is in quietness and confidence that we receive God’s grace. Scripture reveals that we are to be still. Be still and know that I, in the midst of you, am God.
Now to you who are not familiar with this work, let me tell you that it has been revealed in the work that the kingdom of God is within you, and that God is closer to you than breathing, that the still small voice is within you, and just imagine this for a moment: When he utters His voice the earth melteth—the whole earth of error. And therefore in order to bring harmony, healing, wholeness, all that may be brought about through the word of God, to bring this into our experience requires periods of absolute stillness, quietness, an inner peace, and above all a listening for that still small voice. Now just think for a moment: the still small voice of God is within you and closer to you than your breathing. Closer to you than your own lungs, closer to you than your own heart, but if you are to receive the word of God through that still small voice, you must have periods of listening for it because it does not shout above the noise of your thinking or your talking.
When you hear this voice in the silence it thunders, but that is because of the surrounding silence that it appears to thunder. Actually the thundering is in a whisper. Sometimes you become aware of it as a whisper, but often it does come thundering through your consciousness, but no one outside of you hears it. That thundering is only by comparison to the silence in which it is received. Therefore, if you have come on the spiritual path far enough to believe that God is the answer to human problems, that only God is the final answer to human problems, that it is true what the Master revealed, that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. If you have come far enough to believe that, then you will have to make up your mind to receive that word.