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Principles of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and One Power
1956 Vancouver Private Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
Last night we took up the very important point of the nature of God, and I brought to your attention that unless we really know the nature of God we are handicapped in knowing how to pray; and prayer is essential, because prayer is our contact with God. Prayer is the means whereby God’s Grace, or God’s Love, or God’s Benediction is released into our experience.
You will remember that if, if you abide in the Word and if you let the Word abide in you, then you are one with God, and you shall bear fruit richly. But, if you are not one with God, if you do not abide in the Word and let the Word abide in you, then we are taught by the Master that we are as branches that are cut off and withereth.
Now, of course, the main thing that comes to our attention is how, how do we abide in the Word. How do we let the Word abide in us, so that we may experience this flow of God into our experience and thereby bear fruit richly, in other words, prosper, enjoy spiritual Grace, and all of this includes health, harmony, wholeness, completeness, perfection, infinite good. Well, the search of the Master’s teaching reveals this that in order for us to abide in the Word and let the Word abide in us, we must follow some of the things, which he has given to us as the Laws of God.
For instance, one of the very important points given to us by the Master is forgiveness. Now, it is something to which we pay, as humans, we pay very little attention in life. Once in awhile, when we’re in the mood, we can forgive somebody for some offense, but mostly we are storing up indignation or resentment at someone, or some event, or some experience. And by not cleansing ourselves of these emotions, we withhold forgiveness, and in withholding forgiveness, we are withholding the Love of God, for forgiveness is one of those qualities of God.
And so it is that it becomes a very important part of our prayer to turn in thought to whoever it is or whatever it is that we have held in un-forgiveness and begin to forgive. Well, of course, there are times when the thought is bound to come to you, “Well, up to this point, I can forgive but don’t ask me to forgive this person or don’t ask me to forgive for this offense. That is going one step too far.” There is always a way of getting around that and still bringing the power of forgiveness into your experience. When you come to a place where you cannot forgive, you can at least turn to the Father and ask the Father to forgive. And that takes it out of your hands entirely.
The point is whether you forgive or whether you pray that God forgive it is all the same thing. For in the end, it is God’s forgiveness that counts. The main thing is that forgiveness be entertained in your thought often, so that you are sure that you’re not storing up anything within you that could act as a barrier for the Grace of God to come into your life. Remember this, that any discords, any inharmonies in our experience represent some barrier against God’s Grace reaching us, some barrier that we are erecting either consciously or unconsciously. And when we begin to let forgiveness flow, we are letting God’s Grace flow.
So, it is up to us to learn the lessons of forgiveness, to practice them, and in all events to be sure that we’re praying as the Master did, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.” This takes the burden of guilt of holding someone else in condemnation off of your shoulder.
There’s another word, and in your Maclean’s magazine of very recent date, there is a strange article by a doctor in which he points out that gratitude will heal most diseases. Metaphysically, we have been taught the power of gratitude and now Materia Medica comes along and finds gratitude also to be a great release. But the point there is, too, what is gratitude, and are we capable of it? Well, if you would look at the human race as such, you’d say, “No, that’s beyond their powers. You can’t expect gratitude from a human being, and, if you do, you’re going to be disappointed.” That’s not quite true, if you understand the nature of gratitude.
In my mail this morning was a letter from a lady asking for help and saying that, “When I stop having to spend money for these particular things, I will be able to express my gratitude to you.” Now, of course, she had a wrong sense of gratitude, because in her mind, money and gratitude or paying money and gratitude were synonymous. And as a general thing, they have no relationship to each other at all, although there are times when money can be a symbol of gratitude; but to tie them up together in that way is just wrong, because gratitude goes far beyond money. As a matter of fact, gratitude may be misunderstood, and a person may be thinking of gratitude for the wrong thing.
Now, let me explain that to you. If you are thinking of gratitude and money together and you ask a practitioner for help for a headache, you might well believe that paying a dollar or two dollars to be freed of that headache would be expressing ample gratitude. In fact, that would be quite liberal for a simple headache. On the other hand, if the healing were of cancer, you would feel that if you took your last dollar and went into debt for some beside, that that would be a very small payment, a very small token of gratitude for that healing. And in both cases, you would be wrong but completely wrong, because gratitude in spiritual healing has no relationship at all to what was healed, for that isn’t what you went to the spiritual practitioner for.
Spiritual healing can only take place through the realization of God. Spiritual healing can only take place when an individual has so dedicated themselves to spiritual living as to be a transparency through which God can act, so that when the Spirit of God comes through an individual, it is the same Spirit of God that heals the headache as heals the cancer, and so the gratitude should be the same in either case. You weren’t being grateful for the healing of the headache. You weren’t being grateful for the healing of the cancer; at least you have no right to be. Your gratitude was for a living witness that God is available on Earth today as It was 2,000 years ago, and how could we be more grateful for the presence of God in one case than in another.