1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
113A – Understanding the Body 4/5
Now the Master’s entire message and mission was to teach us that we are the children of God. “I and the Father are one … He that seeth me seeth Him that sent me.” And he was careful to include us in this relationship with God because always he said, “My Father and your Father.” The Master knew that his teaching was of no value if it set him apart from the rest of the world. Of what value would his teaching and example be if, literally, he was something that God sent to earth for the purpose of teaching something that we were unable to live up to? “I came forth from the Father and am come unto the world.” And therefore we also are immaculately conceived and ours is the birth and mission of the children of God. We are not mortal flesh, as we seem to be. The mystery of Godliness is the realization of God incarnate as your individual being and mine. God manifest in the flesh, which means that God constitutes individual selfhood; that God is the life, substance and very form of our true being.
Since God is the life of your being, you have no Godliness of your own, no integrity, no purity, no loyalty or fidelity. “Why callest thou me good, there is none good but one and that is God. Whatever your capacities, abilities and qualities may be, they are of God and not of yourself. Be not wise in your own conceit. In this realization you gradually begin to lose the sense of personal selfhood and to indulge less in the personal I. As you consciously live with the idea that God constitutes your being, and that God is responsible for your supply, your activity, and success, more and more you realize that the responsibility rests upon God, then it is that you turn to the source of all good, the creative principle, the Father within, that God may reveal Itself and Its plan. Everything has its basis in the invisible appearing visibly and tangibly. And as you begin to comprehend that fact, you will see that creation is an act of an invisible principle, visibly manifest: God incarnating Itself as manifest form—not the form you see with your eyes, but form. The Master’s words were, “And call no man your father upon earth, for one is your Father which is in heaven.” God is the creative principle of this universe appearing as infinite form and variety, manifesting Itself visibly as individual being. And therefore, the mystery of Godliness lies in knowing that God is your selfhood. God is your self.
The subject of flesh or body has always been a puzzle to the world. And great perplexity arises on this point. Where do flesh and body fit into the spiritual scheme? Even in scripture we find statements such as: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God … There shall no flesh be justified in His sight … No flesh shall have peace … All flesh shall perish together. For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die … All flesh is grass … The flesh profiteth nothing. On the other hand we find such statements as, Yet in my flesh shall I see God … I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh … All flesh shall see the salvation of God … Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. And the greatest Scriptural passage on this subject: The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
In order to understand the subject of flesh and body, we must understand the meaning of the seemingly contradictory passages, which are not contradictory at all. They are no more contradictory than when we read in The Infinite Way writings that God is the only power, and then as we advance in consciousness we learn that God is not power.
When you ask, “What is power?” The answer is, “God or Spirit is power.” But it is not meant in the sense that God is a power over something, circumstance, or condition. In other words God is the only operative power in consciousness—God is law. Spiritually the word flesh means embodiment or body. Therefore, God becomes manifest as flesh, as form, as individuality. The word flesh can be used in thought as for instance a law of natural science such as gravity. The law of gravity was discovered when a scientist observed that every time an object was dropped or permitted to fall into space it gravitated downward toward the earth and thus the law of gravity became flesh. It has taken form in consciousness. And the law of gravity, which has always existed, now has a tangible body. It always had a body because it always existed as an operative law, but now it has another body—a body of knowledge, awareness in our consciousness. It becomes tangible; it becomes embodied within consciousness.
In the same way the laws of aerodynamics and electricity have always existed. And because they always existed they had form or flesh; they existed as the word, the invisible and unknown law; intangible, unwitnessed, until one day these laws took form in the human mind. Long before the first airplane flew or the first bulb gave forth light, it had become flesh. It had taken form, it had become concrete, was witnessed, evidenced, and manifest. From then on all that was necessary was to externalize it in another form of flesh. The moment man knew about electricity and electric light, it had form, body, then when he brought it into the external it had that what we know as form and body—the form and body that we behold. But you see there must have been form and body in the mind of Edison or in the mind of Ford or the mind of anyone else. So with art or music, it has form in the artist’s or composer’s consciousness, definite form and sound and beauty. And then outwardly it has another form when it appears as sheets of music or paintings or sculpture. Do you see the difference here?
We are dealing now with the fact that we are embodied in the mind of God as spiritual form. Then we appear outwardly in some concept of form. And that concept is changeable; that concept is destructible, because it is finite. Those of you who remember the model T-Fords and now the V-8’s can see how the outer form or concept changes, but the principle of automotive engineering is the same. The principle is the same. The only thing different is its outer form. We have the same with everything there is. Whether we send messages through wires or messages through air, the form in the mind is the same. It takes outer expression as wire or outer expression as going through air. Do you see the difference now?
Spiritually, the Word would be God. The unmanifest becomes manifest as the Christ or Son of God, and it is now a manifested idea in consciousness. And so Christ, the Son of God, is our invisible being and this is its visible evidence. You and I individually including our form is the visible outward evidence of our invisible Christhood. We exist in the bosom of God as Christ. We appear on earth as the Son of man. We are the self-same Christ externalized as form, individuality, the finite, because we change, not merely from infancy to adulthood, but we change as to quantity and quality.
This is the relationship between God and your infinite, eternal, individual being. God is your selfhood. In the mind which is God, you are flesh manifest, evidenced, witnessed. You are God incarnate; you are form; you are individuality. Thus it is that all those who have ever lived, who now live and who will live, exist now in the flesh, in spiritual form and integrity, eternality, and immortality. And it is of those whom we read, “Yet in my flesh I shall see God.” In my spiritual consciousness, individuality, “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.” In other words, we in our spiritual identity, we can know God. We can be as Gods. We can think it not unseemly to do the works of God in our spiritual identity, which we are, regardless of this thing here, which we are in our inner being.
Now, the word “flesh” as it is referred to in scriptural passages: “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God … there shall no flesh be justified in His sight … no flesh shall have peace,” can be translated into the word “concepts.” These earthly and human concepts will never be spiritual and they will never reveal God. That body which is observed by the human sense is not body. It is a universal concept of body; it has no existence except in the mind. The body is the Word made flesh, but because the physical sense has intervened, all you can see is the concept of body. That concept must die. Even the concept that you entertain of yourself must die for that concept can never know God. As you entertain a concept of yourself as man, as effect, as sinful, as sickly, as human, that concept of yourself must die until you become aware, “No, I Am that I Am” and that is what I Am. When that realization comes your old concept of yourself has died. You have fulfilled Paul’s statement: “Ye must die daily. You must be reborn of the spirit.” That concept must die. Even the concept that you entertain of yourself must die, for that concept can never know God, it can never know reality.
It is only as you refrain from judging by appearances, and through a transformation of consciousness: Be ye therefore transformed through the renewing of your mind. Let God define what you are and who you, are that the answer will be, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” In reality you are the beloved son, the Word made flesh. But that flesh is an infinite individuality and an infinite body that is eternal. In this spiritual realization of your individual embodiment, you can truly say, “Yet in my flesh I shall see God.” Flesh beheld through the senses is our concept of our real identity. Flesh apprehended spiritually in meditation is our spiritual form, not only of body but of being. God in individualizing Itself as your being and mine has been made flesh, evident, tangible; the Word became flesh. That which you behold with the senses is the world’s concept of flesh. That concept is changeable and it must die either through acceptance of the world’s judgment and belief of age and disease and death, or by a transformation of consciousness. The decision lies with you. “God has no pleasure in your dying. Turn ye and live.”