Original Iwihub.com Transcript by Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser
Freeing Ourselves from Universal Claims 1/6
1958 London Advanced Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
I know that you do understand this, but I give it to you, because you will have occasion every single day of your life to remember what I am saying to you.
The temptation in our work is to try to improve the human scene. We see a sick person, and our first, normal reaction is to want to see them well. We see an unemployed person, and the very first thought is of how we can bring about employment. We see a poor person, and the first thing that comes to us is how to bring supply to them. We see an unhappy person, and our first thought is how to bring happiness to them. And if we persist in that, we will fail in our ministry.
It is for this reason that even though you perceive what I am saying to you, now, tonight, that you will be under the same temptation tomorrow to violate it, and the next day, and the next day, and you never will outgrow it. Never until the end of your days on earth will you overcome the temptation, at least once in a while, to automatically, in giving treatment, unconsciously desire to change the appearance into its opposite.
Now, that is natural to you, and that is natural to me. That is natural undoubtedly to Jesus Christ, or otherwise he would not have had to go away forty days to the mountaintop to renew himself. He would not have had to go away from his disciples every once in a while to renew himself, because the only renewal that we ever need is to break the mesmerism of appearances. That is the only reason we ever have to pray. That is the only reason we ever have to commune. That is the only reason we ever have to go away to be still. There is no other reason.
We are already beyond the temptation of stealing. We are already beyond the temptation of committing adultery. We are already beyond the temptation of lying, or cheating, or defrauding, so we don’t have to go away to the mountaintop to pray about those things, but while we are not mesmerized by those forms of error, we are still mesmerized to some degree with good humanhood. We are not easily tempted into the bad side of humanhood, but we are easily tempted towards the good side of humanhood, and, of course, the good side of humanhood is only the opposite of the bad side and in the end can be just as bad as the bad.
So it is that first of all, when we sit down to help ourselves or others, our first realization must be, or at least one of the realizations must be, I am not trying to change sick matter into healthy matter. I am not trying to change a little matter into a lot of matter. I am not trying to make unhappy people happy. My aim in this meditation is to realize, behold, and demonstrate the Christ. In other words, demonstrate Christhood of your being, of my being, his being, or her being, and that is why we are never attempting to get something or to get rid of something. We are never attempting to draw something to us or to force something away from us. Our entire ministry is Christ realization.
Now, you in your true identity, and this means he, she, or it, in their true identity is the Christ, is the offspring of God, now, and there is nothing you or I can do to make it so. It already is so. God already is the life of individual being. God already is the soul, and the spirit, and the mind. God already is the integrity of every individual. That is established in the beginning before Abraham was, but, it is not manifest, it is not visible until one, and one with God is a majority, until one individual can sit in silence and realize the Christ, spiritual identity, true identity.
Now, of course, the Christ will never take form in your mind, so that you won’t see perfect man. You will only realize, or understand, or feel Christ. Christ isn’t visible to the eyes, audible to the ears. Christ can’t be touched with the fingers, or smelt, or tasted. Christ is really what you and I are—incorporeality—a state of divine Consciousness. That is what we are. That is not what we appear to be to each other. Looking out through the eyes, we behold a finite concept, a limited concept, a material concept of that which actually is.
The only way that I can describe this to you is to tell you that if you were to show me one of these 100,000 pound masterpieces of painting, which are sold so often in Christie’s, it would mean nothing more to me than some colored paint on canvas, and I probably wouldn’t give you ten pounds for it so far as value is concerned. It wouldn’t represent more than that to me, because I have no awareness of what you would call painting, none whatsoever. It’s entirely different if you were to show me bronze, ivory, wood, tapestry. There, the situation would be different. I might see a 1,000 pounds in something that another person may not see ten pounds in, because I do perceive the nature of those things, which I don’t in a painting. In the same way, without a music appreciation, you may hear the most glorious piece of music in all the world and beg somebody to turn it off before it breaks your ears.
So it is with this. We look out with our eyesight, which means with our limited, finite senses, and we are looking at God’s masterpiece—you. That’s God’s masterpiece, his own offspring of his own being, His own Self made individually manifest, and beholding it without spiritual apprehension, we say, isn’t this worthless. Do you see that?
Now, with your eyes closed to all appearances, and with the realization that it makes no difference who has called you for help, someone with the deepest dyed sin for all we know, someone in a physical distortion beyond description. With eyes closed and the remembrance, “Father, I’m not trying to change this picture. Give me Thy grace to behold him as he is. Awaken me out of this mesmeric dream so that I do not judge by appearances. Let me see him as he is, and I will be satisfied with this likeness. Here indeed is the Christ of God, the very spiritual offspring of divinity. Grant me Thy grace that I may see him as he is, that I may see the situation as it is. Reveal Christ where there seems to be a human being.”