Now in the same way, the Master says the disciplines are fearful, because he hasn’t eaten lunch. Shall we go to the city and buy thee some meat? No, I have meat the world knows not of. What meat did the Master have? The Word of God was his meat and his substance, the Will of God, the life of God that he has. And so, when your patient or student says, “shall I borrow some money to get past this experience? Or shall I steal some money to get past this experience or…?” No, no. Don’t go anywhere for anything. Remain where you are and acknowledge I have meat the world knows not of. And if you are patient, you will find that everything you need will work its way right to your doorstep.
Only acknowledge that you have no lack, for to him that hath not shall be taken away even the little that he hath. And the moment you say I have lack of health, lack of vision, lack of spirit, lack of supply, even the little that you have you’ll find fading from you. But to him that hath shall be given. Therefore, acknowledge I have meat. Whether you’re speaking of health, whether you’re speaking of inspiration, whether you’re speaking of companionship, whether you’re speaking of supply, declare, “I have meat. I am the bread of life.” Not I need bread. Not I need companionship. Not I need supply. I am the bread of life. All that the Father hath is mine. I am the bread of life. I am the wine of inspiration. In other words, I include, I embody, I embrace within my very self the meat, the wine, the water, the every thing of life.
By living in this consciousness, secretly and sacredly, always remembering the Sixth Chapter of Matthew: “Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them. Otherwise, ye have no reward of your Father, which is in heaven. Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may have the glory of men. Verily, I say unto you they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth that thine alms may be in secret and thy Father would see it in secret Himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
And now I say this to you very, very, very emphatically. Right here within my own being is the Father within me. And this Father knows what thoughts I have. This Father knows the meditations of my heart. This Father knows whether or not I act from a standpoint of purity, or self-interest, or hypocrisy, and let me never believe that I can fool Him.
We as children, we were taught that there is a God sitting up in heaven with a great big ledger. And on this side are all our good deeds and on this side are our bad deeds. And later I learned to ridicule that but now I know it’s true. Only it’s right here. There’s where that heavenly Father sits, and he’s got that book. I can’t fool him, for it is said unto me that “as ye sow, so shall ye reap.” And if we think that we can get away from that we might as well believe we can get away from all the law and the prophets as taught by Jesus Christ and other great spiritual mystics who have revealed to us that in here are the issues of life, and they’re decided within us.
So it is, when you pray, pray within you, commune with the Father within you, but do it in the same sense that you would as if you were praying openly to some grandiose figure of God. For doubt not that you are being heard and answered. Now once you get used to this idea of the relationship of an indwelling spirit, Father, or Christ, you learn to mold every thought and deed in accord with Its Will.
So it is then, when you pray in secret, I and this Father within me are One. And all that the Father hath is mine. It is my gift; it is my inheritance; it is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom. And therefore, I need not look to any man whose breath is in his nostril. I need not look to anyone for reward, compensation, gratitude, cooperation, affection. No. No, all that the Father hath is mine, and my heavenly Father knoweth that I have need of these things, and it is his good pleasure to give me the kingdom.
And as I abide in that, then it is that through others my good comes to me. It isn’t from them. The Father is using them as an instrument, the same as the Father is using me. Whatever benefit you get from my being here, you are not getting from me. You are getting from your Father, because it was to your Father that you turned for light. And it is your Father that is answering in this way, and I am merely an instrument through which your prayers are answered. Long before you knew there was an Infinite Way or long before you knew there was a Joel Goldsmith, you were praying for truth. You were praying for light. You weren’t praying to me, and you weren’t praying to the Infinite Way, you were praying to God, and it is God that is answering your prayer, and I just happen to be an instrument.
But, you don’t need me and never have and never will. For as long as you keep looking to that Father within you, as long as you have need of a teacher, that teacher will appear. As long as you have need of a practitioner, the practitioner will appear. The minute you personalize it, and say “oh no, it’s you.” Then the Master will say, “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you.” So, remember this, that we who come to you and serve in some capacity, we represent God’s answer to your prayer. And so it will be that if one doesn’t come, another will, and the day will come when you will need no one except this realization of the Presence within your own being.
Now, this is the truth you must know about your Self, but then this is the same truth that you will know when those come to you for help or healing. Always you will know that I—they—and the Father are One. And you will know their fullness and their completeness. And you will know it silently and secretly. And you will know the same truth, even if you know their human history, even if you know humanly they are sinners, even if you know that humanly that they are nasty and mean. That will not change you, because you will be speaking of them in their true identity and in their true relationship, and you will not be judging by appearances. For one thing the Master cautioned against was judging by appearances. Always judge righteous judgment.