From – God the Substance of All Form
By Joel Goldsmith
The Last Enemy – Part 4 of 5
Chap 7 – Overcoming the World
We have the opportunity of completely overcoming death in the sense of remaining right here on earth in our present form and in a continuing and progressive appearance of that form. I do not know whether or not it has ever been done, but there is the opportunity. However, that is not the important point. It is not of any more importance whether we stay here for two hundred years or two thousand years than it is important whether we go to New York or California or Europe. There is nothing important about where we live. The important thing is how we live and why we live. The important point is on what level of consciousness we are living. Are we living so that wherever we live, on whatever plane of existence, we are overcoming the body, we are overcoming the drag of mortality and materiality?
One of the last statements Jesus made was, “I have overcome the world.” But it was still Jesus saying it, while he was in the same body. “I have overcome the world.” We, too, overcome the world in proportion as we realize:
This body is not a power over me. I am the life and the mind, the intelligence and the directing power of this body. Not I, a human being, but I, the divine consciousness of Being, govern this body, this business, this home, this teaching, and this anything that comes within range of my consciousness.
In the degree in which we realize that divine Consciousness is governing us, in that degree have we overcome the world. Then we can walk through the waters or we can walk through germs or we can walk through war or we can walk through panic, and none of these things can have too great an effect or power over us because within every one of us is I, and I am the power that goes through every experience with us. Wherever we are and whatever the conditions around us, we find ourselves being daily fed and clothed and housed. If necessary, we find manna coming from the sky; if necessary, we find gold in the fish’s mouth; if necessary, we find the loaves and fishes multiplied. In one form or another, we find ourselves supplied daily with all that we need, whether appearing as person, place, thing, circumstance, or condition. But this is our experience only as we overcome the world.
Overcoming the world begins with our understanding of oneness, of our unity with God, with the realization that, inasmuch as “I can of mine own self do nothing,” all that is pouring through me is the life, the health, and the wholeness which is God.
Thus saith the Lord; Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth.
The moment we begin to realize that all that we have is of the Father, that it is universal, impersonal, impartial and, therefore, we have no copyrights or patents on it, we have opened our consciousness to its flow; and then that government takes over in our body, our business, our home, wherever we may be.
End part 4