Original Iwihub.com Transcript
Transcriber Eunice Lee; Proofread by Zane Maser
1955 Honolulu Lectures
Joel S. Goldsmith
67A – Meditation on the Invisible
Meditation should be getting simpler for you and more especially the practical meditation that is not only a prayer but in metaphysical sense a treatment. You see, with each of these meetings, we have taken a specific subject for meditation, for pondering, for study, for cogitation, for reflection. And all the time that we are doing these things, we are not only meditating, we are not only praying, we are actually giving specific treatment, metaphysical treatment to problems—the problems of our own, or problems of those who look to us for help, or problems that touch the world. And that, of course, is our main responsibility.
The amount of good that we individually derive from our study or practice of the spiritual life is insignificant in comparison to what it is doing for the entire world. And those who achieve a certain amount or any amount, even a small measure of God realization, will tell you that the moment that takes place, their own life, their own problems become so unimportant that they no longer live or study for themselves, that the whole of their new consciousness is lived for the benefit of others and more particularly for the world.
You see we in this age have entered a new era—one that has never before been on Earth. There have been many, many eras of a spiritual nature. There have been many periods in world history where there were spiritual revivals. Where there were spiritual impulses and spiritual Masters on Earth, such as those periods that go back to the days of Lao Tzu, and of Buddha, and of Shankara, of Jesus, of Paul, of John, of Fox of the Quakers, of oh many others, the Bodhisattva of China who went to Japan. There have been many individual Masters who brought great, great Light to the world. But there has been no era like this one in which the people themselves, not merely the Masters, not merely the inhabitants of religious monasteries and seminaries and convents, have been interested in praying for the world. But where the world itself, the world of people are turning to God, to spiritual power for not their own benefit, but that great Light should come to the world, that the era of peace shall be established on Earth.
Now I do not mean by this that more people are going to church. On the contrary, I mean that more people are leaving the church for spiritual prayer than ever before. An illustration of this came to my attention last week. A medium size city on the mainland brought up the question in a newspaper editorial of how many prayer groups there were in the city, prayer groups not connected with organized churches or organized religions. Now the editor had a record, public record, of fourteen such prayer groups that had no church affiliations, yet that met at least once a week in private homes to take up the subject of prayer, and not prayer for themselves, prayer for world, prayer for the community, and so forth.
And the question was asked: how many more such prayer groups are there in the city and those who knew of such prayer groups were invited to write in. And it turns out that in this very small or medium size city that there are forty—forty prayer groups of people who meet in small groups in homes for the purpose of prayer, not less than once a week. And many of these prayer groups are made up of people who belong to churches and go to church on Sunday. Evidently they pray in large groups, but they evidently are not satisfied with the result of their prayer, since they have organized these smaller groups to meet not on Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and pray in their understanding.
One of the items that came to light was that one of these groups are men and women of the Methodist church who meet in a home once a week. And for ten weeks, they studied one of Emmet Fox’s book for their lessons on prayer. And for the next ten weeks, they had “The Deep Silence of My Peace” and “The Fourth Dimension of Life” for their subject of prayer.
Now that is what I mean that the people are turning today more than ever to prayer. Not merely to their church concept of prayer but to a higher sense of prayer wherever they can find it. Today, I had a letter from a city in Ohio telling me of how many groups had formed in this city and in some of the suburbs of this city, to study the writings of The Infinite Way and to say please to thank Don Blanding that he started it by his reference to “The Infinite Way” in “Joy is an Inside Job.”
Now just think. Out of anything, out of everything, comes this impulse to pray. Now whether they find it in “Joy is an Inside Job,” which wasn’t advertised as a religious book, or whether they find it in Emmet Fox or “The Infinite Way,” or something else, people all over this country and equally so, if not more so in England, are reaching out to something higher of a spiritual nature than they have ever known, and they are doing it not to pray for themselves. They are doing it to bring an era of peace on Earth and goodwill to men.
Another letter comes to me from Westfield, New Jersey, where Dr. Peale spoke to 4,500 people in the Sunday school, in the high school—3,000 in the auditorium and 1500 through loudspeakers in the gymnasium. Think of that, 4,500 people in Westfield, New Jersey, turning out of an evening to hear something about prayer, something about spiritual things, higher than they were finding any other place in their life. And, of course, he spoke to them that night on the two subjects of love in the heart and higher spiritual wisdom in the mind. And, of course, that’s helpful that he told them that there is no way to wipe out prejudices, bigotries, hates, national differences, and international differences, except through love in the heart and higher wisdom in the mind.
Now, as we take up specific subjects for meditation, prayer, cogitation, it is true that, on the whole, we have in mind meeting the individual problems of our existence, or our families, or our friends, and that’s perfectly legitimate. But you’d be surprised how quickly, as you touch the hem of the garment, that your individual problems are solved and then the larger sense of life comes into existence in which you become the Light of the world for the benefit of all those who are still in darkness—whether near or far, since there is no knowing the extent of the Light that touches your consciousness.