1961 San Diego Special Class Photo By Inez Soares
Joel S. Goldsmith
400A – The Essence of The Infinite Way Part One 1/4 ,
The first thing that you notice about an Infinite Way class is the meditation. Not merely this minute of meditation before we start, but wherever possible, another meditation later, and more especially the meditations that take place before we come together. That is, while you are sitting here for the quarter hour or half hour before we start, and then more especially, my meditations, which take place some part of every hour, and at periods for many hours day and night, throughout the time of our lecture and class work. And the reason for that is this: There is an invisible presence and power within us, within each one of us. This presence and power is within each and every individual on the face of the globe. It has been within everyone who has ever been on the face of the globe, but because of the centuries of false religion, this presence and power has not been available to mankind, so that we have lived as branches of a tree, cut off and withering.
In other words, we have lived by our own power. We have not lived as not by might or by power, but by my spirit, but we have rather lived by might and by power, by physical might and by mental power. We have not lived in the secret place of the most High, we have lived in armament or medicines or other material and mental forces and powers. We have lived by bread, but we have not had the benefit of living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is no one’s fault. This all took place 1700 years ago when the Master’s revelation was removed from the teaching world.
Now, as you can prove individually, and later on collectively, we do not have to suffer the evils of this world. We can be free of at least ninety per cent of the evils of this world, even in the present day, and eventually the world will be free one hundred per cent. If you were to make a careful check of the households of families who have lived as very earnest serious students of Christian Science, of Unity, of some of the New Thought work, you would find that these households are at the very least 80 per cent free of the discords of the world. In my thirty years, I have known thousands of families who have brought up children without children’s diseases, who have brought up children without bringing into the world a juvenile delinquent. I have known thousands of households in which there was not one alcoholic or drug addict, and certainly I have witnessed in thirty years how few of these families have been subject unto mental institutions, although the public records would make us believe that almost every family is represented there.
I know by these thirty years of close association with Christian Science households, Unity households, and New Thought households, that it is possible in this very age and at any time in this last thirty years, and certainly even before that, to live in some measure free of the limitations of human sense. As a matter of fact, it was my joy to witness the ten years of the depression and note the amount of families living the metaphysical way of life that were not touched by the extremes of lack and limitation that touched so many of the households of this country. In the same way, if you were to examine the war records, you would discover how many injuries, wounds, deaths were not suffered, or how few the disasters, in the households of those who were abiding in spiritual truth. These records are available.
Now, there is an answer to this, since we know that God is no respecter of persons, we know that God will do no more for a metaphysician than for an non-metaphysician, so it has nothing to do with God, and it has nothing to do with favoritism, and it has nothing to do with what church you belong to or do not belong to. It has to do with just one thing: Whether or not you are abiding in the word and letting the word abide in you. It depends on whether or not you know the nature of error, that is the source of error, and how to handle it. The Master, in his entire ministry, made it clear that one of the most important words in scripture is the two-letter word, “ye.”
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. If you sow to the flesh, you reap corruption. If you sow to the spirit, you reap life everlasting. If you dwell in the secret place of the most High, none of these evils, the snare, the pit, the fall, none of these will come nigh your dwelling place. If ye abide in my word and let my word abide in you….
So you see that whether or not you become free of the discords of this world will have nothing to do with a religion, a religious teaching, or a religious teacher. It all has to do with “ye.” There are enough religious teachings of truth. There are enough religious teachers of truth so that at any time that any of us makes the decision that we will sow to the spirit, that we will abide in the word, be assured of this: the teacher and the teaching will appear in the form necessary to us at our immediate state of consciousness.
Q: Now, would you discuss the meaning of “abide in me, and my words abide in you” as in “if ye abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it will be done unto you?
A: And so let us start right there. If ye abide in me… let my words abide in you. This means, if you abide in truth, if you know the truth, then the truth will make you free. But this knowing of the truth cannot be just at a moment when faced with a discord or disaster. It is folly to believe that we can pick a truth out of the air just in a moment of need and then wait for the next disaster to come before reaching for another one. This is making an aspirin tablet out of truth. To abide in the truth means to live in the truth, and you don’t live for an hour. Living is a lifetime activity. You live 24 hours of every day. Therefore you must live in the truth, you must abide in the truth and let the truth abide in you 24 hours of every day. Dwell in the truth. You can’t dwell any place for an hour. Dwelling is a lifetime job, just as living is.
Now, the question is, what is truth and how do we abide in it? And there of course you have certain statements or principles which have been revealed as truth, and these are the principles we abide in when faced with any contrary appearance. Now to understand this, you must understand that we are dealing with a world of lies. For instance, the truth is that God is spirit, and God is infinite, and God is power. Therefore, God is infinite spiritual power. Therefore, there can be no other power. Now this is the truth. But the lie, the appearance, the tempter that we meet every day is that weather is a power, that the stock market index is a power, that the economic level is a power, that infection and contagion is a power, that epidemic is a power, that the evil that exists in the minds of men; tyrants, politicians, whatnot, that this is power. This is the temptation, this is the tempter, this is the lie, this is the appearance with which every single one of us is faced, including Jesus Christ in his ministry, when he had to face the tempter in the wilderness and had to face the tempter in Gethsemane, and had to face the tempter in the poverty and in the disease and in the deaths of his followers.
Now, granting that these temptations exist, these appearances which we call discords, inharmonies, evils, to know the truth means that wherever these negative or erroneous appearances touch us, whether we see them, hear them, taste them, touch them, or smell them, our immediate realization is: God is spirit, God is power. All power is spiritual. There is no physical or mental power. Then, by this knowing of the truth, you have nullified the appearance, you have nullified the belief in two powers, which is the source of that appearance. Remember, we can go back if we like, and discover the original source of all evil in the world. The religious world has ignored this, for reasons of which we have no knowledge, because it dates back so far, but I’m sure most of you, especially those of you who have had a church training, have been taught that the source of evil, the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, had to do with sex, that the fall of man had to do with sex.
And I may state to you right now, definitely and positively and absolutely, that there isn’t and never was a word of truth in that. The Bible itself is authority for the fact that the source of evil is accepting the belief of two powers, eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of two powers. And the moment you accept two powers, a good power and an evil power, you are automatically expelled from the Garden of Eden. And therefore, at the moment of your conception, at that very moment, if you had been in Eden before, you were expelled in that moment because the universal belief, accepted by your parents, in two powers, operated as your consciousness. And you came into this world accepting the belief in two powers, and from the time you were an infant you were brought up with “be careful of this,” and “watch out for that,” and “this is good for you and this is bad for you,” all based on the original source of evil: the belief in two powers.