1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
113A – Understanding the Body 5/5
If you accept the world’s concept of age and disease, that concept will know death, and nothing can save it. On the other hand you can bring about its death yourself in a painless way by outgrowing it. As you realize more and more the nature of the Word made flesh, you drop the mortal concept of flesh and ultimately find yourself with a diseaseless, ageless, and painless body. As you live in the conscious realization of God as the source and creative principle of your being and of your body, and as you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will die to the flesh through transformation. The body will show forth ever better appearance, youth, vitality, and strength. Outwardly it will appear as an improved concept. But it will not be. It will be your realization made manifest.
For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die. But if ye, through the spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Take the word consciousness there instead of spirit, If ye, through your consciousness of truth, do mortify the deeds of the body…. In other words, if you live by that which has externalized form, that is concept, that concept must die. For instance one who lives and depends solely upon money and the externals for his supply must eventually die for this is the “flesh that is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass.” Man shall not live by reliance upon matter, by form, but “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In his great wisdom, the Master teaches us that we need have no concern for anything that has outer form. Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. I am the bread of life. He that cometh to me shall never hunger … And he that believeth on me shall never thirst … I have meat to eat that ye know not of. That bread and that meat is the inner flesh that is in and of God.
In my Father’s house are many mansions, many states of consciousness, many embodied forms, and these will externalize themselves in infinite forms and variety of what we call flesh. Enjoy all good that comes to you, but do not cling to it or depend upon it. Be willing to see it come and be willing to see it go, always making room for greater unfoldment from within. The inner flesh is unchangeable, but it keeps externalizing itself in ever new, higher, finer forms. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” A transformation is taking place in your consciousness and it is breaking up the old patterns in order that the new life may come forth. This may be a painful process but the pain comes because of wanting to hold and cling to the old.
You must be willing to undergo that transformation of consciousness and let go your old thought patterns and body forms in order to emerge into the flesh which is seen and understood as your real, eternal, and infinite individuality. This flesh will continuously externalize itself in newer and finer forms of body and bodily functions, which will be the externalization of your higher state of consciousness.
Our work is not to get rid of the body, but rather to be clothed upon with a new concept of body. At some time we will all put off this outer envelope and step out into a higher heritage for we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God: An house not made with hands eternal in the heavens. Some will die after the flesh, and some will voluntarily lay down this form for a higher one that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Do you see now that it is absolutely necessary that we not ignore subjects like body and flesh and turn away from them as if they were something to be hidden or covered up or ashamed of, but must be taken into our consciousness and transformed until we see that body is the temple of the living God and then this outer form becomes more nearly like it in appearance. Now if I know that I am consciousness, then I know that that constitutes this form. Now I have no concern for body, and so if you pluck out an eye, the next one can grow again because you are not losing anything of immortality, only a concept of our existence.
And so it is, if I think that there is a me and that there is a God, I lose my demonstration. But when I know God is my being, my selfhood, my consciousness, then I know that I myself am the law or the life or the truth that appears visibly as my daily experience. Do you see that? It is right identity. It is when I realize that all cause is embodied in my own being, and that that cause is forever appearing as effect. Therefore effect can die daily in order that the new form can be formed and expressed and revealed.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.