Another original Iwihub.com transcript. Thanks to Eunice Lee for making the transcript and for Zane Maser to proofread it. The beautiful photo is from Inez.
Our Infinity through God 1/5
1952 Second Seattle Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
Again, we have the second Seattle series, and our subject tonight is our infinity through God. Perhaps you are wondering how it is that I know in advance what the subject is. Actually, I didn’t know the subject before the lesson began. It so happened that there were so many discordant noises on the original tape that I am remaking this tape, and therefore, I know now that the title is “Our Infinity through God.”
We have taken a drastic, a radical step in that we have removed our basis from the outer realm to the kingdom of God within our own being. In doing that, we have moved over from the material sense of life to the spiritual consciousness of life. In doing that, we have turned to the mystical or the spiritual approach in which we realize that it is in our at-one-ment with God and because of our oneness with God that we find our good.
We do not find our good, because we are good or because we have great understanding, but because we have great spiritual power. We find our good only in our oneness with God, since God is the only good. God is the only wisdom. God is the only strength. God is the only life. Our realization always must be that since God is infinite good, since God is the divine wisdom of the universe, the infinite intelligence of the universe, since God is the only love operating in the universe, and since we are one with God and all that God has is ours, then we find our infinity, our eternality, our immortality in God.
In scriptural language, that is called finding our freedom in Christ, or finding our freedom through Christ, or finding our freedom through the awareness of our spiritual identity, not through our personal power, not through our personal understanding, not through our personal knowledge, but through our spiritual heritage as children of God, joint heirs with Christ in God. As we turn from the sense of seeking our good in the outer realm, we also come to a new place in consciousness wherein we find that this power within our own being is not only the source of our good but, because of the infinite nature of this power, it is the only power, and beside it there are no other powers.
And note this that in the material sense, in the ordinary human sense of life, you are dealing with two powers. In religion, it is called God and devil, in philosophy good and evil, in metaphysics immortal and mortal, but in the spiritual realm, once you have acknowledged the kingdom of God within your own being, you are through with the findings in the world. You are through with battle. You are through with using great powers to overcome lesser powers. Once you have come to the agreement of deriving your good through God, that is, finding your good through Christ, you also come to a place where there are no battles. There are no problems. There are no opposing or evil forces in the world. This perhaps is the most radical step that we are called upon to take.
Since everyone has some particular belief or faith in God, it is only a step toward giving up of all faith and all dependence in the outside world and placing the full dependence upon God, but it is a much more radical step to take, to say that having found God, I have found that which is the only power, the all power, and now I find no reason to fight other powers, battle them, or overcome them.
Let us for a moment turn to Luke, the tenth chapter of Luke. The Master had sent the seventy out into the world and said, “Behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves, carrying neither purse nor script nor shoes, and salute no man by the way,” and so forth. And now the apostles returned, and the seventy returned again with joy saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” And he said unto them, “I beheld Satan as lightning falls from heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this, rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
And here we have the principle, the principle of healing in The Infinite Way. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you, but notwithstanding that, do not rejoice in your power over these. Rejoice only that your names are written in heaven.
We have interpreted that in this wise. Since these ends are not power, since they have no real existence, since their only existence is that some universal belief, which we entertained, why rejoice in a power over a non-existent enemy, over an enemy that has no power?
It is as if we should dream at night that we are battling serpents and scorpions, and now waking out of the dream and find that we were never battling serpents and scorpions but a dream about them. We would, of course, never believed that we had been given power over scorpions and serpents, but rather that in the awakening, we had found ourselves in harmony, in wholeness, in completeness, where there were no such things operating as evil forces. So then, awake thou that sleepest, and Christ will give thee light. Awake out of this dream or belief in two powers. Awake out of this dream or belief that we are battling error, either in the form of men’s thoughts or in the form of things. Whether or not our enemies appear as thoughts or as things, it is a very little moment, once we realize that they are not really enemies, that they have no power. The enemy is our conviction of a presence and a power apart from God.
Once, and this has been proved in our entire ministry, once we have come into a slight awareness of the great truth that there are not two powers, that we are not battling infections and contagions and cancers and consumptions and germs, but rather that we are awakening to the great truth that these so-called serpents and scorpions are not really dangerous at all, that the lion and the lamb can lie down together, that we can go peacefully to sleep, even in the presence of so-called disease, finding that there is no power in these appearances. Then, we understand the statement, “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In other words, rejoice that you have found your identity as children of God. Rejoice that you have awakened into your heavenly consciousness, and in heaven there is no sin. There is no disease. There is no discord. So once your names are written in heaven, in other words, once you have awakened to your true identity as children of God, living and moving and having your being in heaven, in divine consciousness, you are in a state of consciousness in which error loses all reality, all form, and all power.