How to Heal Part 3
Joel S. Goldsmith
Adelaide Closed Class, 1958.
Now today it was brought out that the secret, one of the great secrets of our work, is the fact that the entire responsibility for our life’s demonstration is based on your individual consciousness or mine or his or hers. In other words, the kingdom of God is within and how much you demonstrate depends on you and upon no one else.
You can have teachers, and you can have saviors, but in the end you have to walk into harmony on your own state of consciousness. I said to you that the Indians, the Hindus, have only a life span of 29 years; the Americans have it at 70 odd years. I don’t know what the other nations have. And that in each case it wasn’t God that had anything to do with it. As far as God is concerned we are immortal and we can demonstrate immortality. But in the degree that the Hindus do not know the Truth they will have less of a harmonious Life’s demonstration than others.
In the same proportion then, God is not a part of the human scene and if God were, there wouldn’t be a discord in all of the world. As far as God is concerned, an airplane blows up, lightning strikes a man on horseback, wars take place and millions of innocent youth are destroyed. None of this; none of this does God touch. It goes right on, right on. People fill the churches praying, praying, praying, the wars go right on, the diseases go right on, and the hurricanes go right on. And the Scripture explains that. It explains it so clearly that the question needs never be asked, “Why do these things happen?”
If you dwell in the secret place of the most High, they do not happen. If you abide in My Word and let My Word abide in you, they do not happen. So when they do and to those to whom these things happen, you can safely say, “ Scripture says you were not living in the secret place of the most High, you were not abiding in God and letting God abide in you.” You may have believed you were. You may have been brought up with some kind of religious teaching that made you believe that you were religious. But it doesn’t make it so. There’s only one Truth.
Do these things come nigh my dwelling place? Do I bear fruit richly? Do I receive all of that which Scripture says it is my Father’s good pleasure to give me? If not, the religion isn’t true. Your understanding of it is not true. And the result is you are not living in the secret place of the most High, you are not abiding in the Word and letting the Word abide in you, for Scripture is clear these things do not come nigh your dwelling place. They do not come nigh the dwelling place of those who live in accord with the Scriptural teachings.
Now, you don’t believe that until you come to some of the metaphysical teachings, which demonstrate to you that the moment you understand them and practice them, your life begins to take on a more harmonious pattern. Then you see that by your changed way of life, your changed understanding, the harmonies of God do begin to come to you in better health, more supply, and happier relationships. Then you do perceive eventually that whatever lack of demonstration there is in your life or mine is the direct result of some phase of our own existence, which is not yet at one with the Divine. In other words, we are not yet completely In Tune with the Infinite. We are not completely at one, consciously at one, with God. Oh, in our true being, we are. In our true being, we’re in Heaven. That’s not much consolation to the person who is wasting away with disease or poverty.
In our true being, we are the man who never left Heaven, and therefore, we don’t have to return to Heaven for we have always been there. That’s no consolation to you or to me when we are going through our human sufferings. The fact is that in our human
hood we are a sense of separation from God. Our entire lives represent a sense of separation from God, and the way that Paul describes that is; “if so be the spirit of God dwell in you, then do you become the child of God.” Before that you were a mortal. You were finite. Before that you were the son of man. But, if so be the spirit of God dwell in you, then do you become the child of God.
There are some very interesting things right here in Romans. For what the Law could not do in that is was weak through the flesh God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh. But they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit, for to be carnally minded is death but to be Spiritual minded is life and peace.
Now, do you have ask any more questions as why there are wars, famine, sin, disease, death, destruction. You don’t if you have accepted the Christian faith, for now you know that as long as there is a carnal mind, as long as you are acting after the flesh instead of the Spirit, there is death and destruction; for be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace because the carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, now mark this; they that are in the flesh cannot please God. That is all the answer in the world to anybody who wants to know why we have sin, disease, death, lack, and limitation. To be carnally minded, to live in the flesh is the reason and the result. And while we are living in the flesh, we cannot please God. That is, we cannot be in tune with the Spirit and spiritual Law and spiritual Life.
Now the question that opens itself is this: what does this mean exactly? In what way have we been living in the flesh? Since this doesn’t refer to sinners, this refers to the entire human race, even the good people. How have we then been living in the flesh to the extent that we have brought all these catastrophes upon ourselves and the human world is still doing it, even the good humans? And I give you the answer from the demonstration of my own life and the Infinite Way.