1959 Tuesdays at Halekou
Joel S. Goldsmith
255A – To Know Him Aright Is Demonstration 1/5
Good morning…This is the first of these Tuesday mornings here at Halekou, and like all of our work in The Infinite Way, it wasn’t planned this way; it evolved. Some of you know that in December and January, students were continually coming over from the Mainland. We had something over twenty in those two months for special study. Some would come for one week, and some for two, and some for three, and since I expect to be at home here at least until August, it is apparent that more will be coming each month. Three more are here with us today from the Mainland.
Naturally there are some students on this island who have been very serious students, very earnest students, for several years and some all the way back to my first coming to the island. And they too would like to participate in some measure of work, and so this idea of Tuesday morning evolved, so that the students from the Mainland can be with us and meet the students of the islands, and vice versa; and so that an opportunity can be created for the students in the islands who wish to take advantage of the fact that I am here for some time.
Now the nature of the work depends on you, not on me. How it evolves will depend one-hundred percent on you…If you will notice in our tape work the nature of the work changes with the nature of the student groups. In other words, each group or each city at a particular time brings out their need, or the fulfillment of their need. You will notice for instance that on the last trip to Australia, that in Adelaide, a class evolved completely “turning on” the nature of healing work—healing from the standpoint of the Letter of Truth, or healing by argument, and healing through Spirit.
When we got back to the Mainland, you’ll find that our opening class in Chicago had nothing whatsoever to do with this subject; it was pure mysticism—that entire first class. It was as completely different from anything that had ever gone before, as anything imaginable. Yet when we got to New York, the nature of the work changed so completely that listening to those tapes, you would hardly imagine that this was a mystical message. It was right down to bedrock on healing, and on treatment, and on living.
So it was that we arrived in London, and our first class was an open class, and you will find that it covered every subject that students of this work should know. When we got to Manchester, we were back into the healing work again. Now here was a section of the world, up in Northern England, where they had never before had a closed class, and therefore, their interest was in how to heal, and how to be healed, and what are the specific principles that constitute the message of The Infinite Way. We got back to London and here we’re off on an entirely new note, and the advanced class and the London Open Work is again far beyond anything that ordinarily is given in classwork.
So it is and so it will be with this work—if anything worthwhile develops from this work, it will be because you have brought it forth…I sit here only as a transfer agent. You are bringing your consciousness to this room for light, revelation, fulfillment, and I come as an instrument through which that which we call “God” can meet your need. Always remember that. I cannot meet your need—as a person; I cannot even know what your need is—as a person. But I can through my meditations be a transparency through which your need may be met, by the only one that can meet it and that is God!
When you understand that God is the reality of your own being, “that God is closer to you than breathing and nearer than hands and feet,” you will know that the only help that you can get from this work is from your own consciousness. And it is only because you have not yet learned to tune into that consciousness yourself, and be taught of God, that temporarily, you need a teacher or mediator; for the day must come when that will no longer be necessary for anyone.
Religious teachings, religious pioneers, leaders, saviors—these are only necessary in human experience, until men and women get back to the Garden of Eden, where they have their own individual contact with their Source, and can draw on It. It is only the centuries of human living in a sense of separateness from God that makes it necessary to have religious books, metaphysical books, and teachers, and teachings. Eventually these will all be done away with, because God is no respecter of persons. Every individual has the right to be God inspired, God taught, God supplied, God healed, or God sustained, and God maintained.
Let us see why this is not true at the present time. I mean that, at the present time, the world cannot turn itself to the Kingdom of God within and find the answers. You understand this in proportion as you understand the meaning of the word “God”. Now, it is that three letter word God that is at the moment separating you from your good. The reason is that the moment you think the word God, you think something erroneous, far from the truth.
In the many centuries that have passed, since this first sense of separation from God took place, the human race has sought something greater than itself with which to meet its needs. Back in the ancient days, that are now called paganistic days, they sought for a God, and they found gods—gods many. Now actually they hadn’t discovered God at all; they formed “concepts” of God. They entertained in their minds “ideas” or “thoughts” about God—mostly in accord with what they would like God to be. And out of that came these paganistic gods—one of which controlled beauty; and one the weather; and one fertility; and one prosperity; and so forth and so on; and these people looked to those gods to supply their human needs; whether it was for larger crops or larger herds or fish catches; whether it was for more rain or less rain, happiness, peace. They turned to these gods, and expected that these gods would supply them with that which they lacked.
Of course it didn’t happen, and so began the system of “sacrifices” culminating even in animal sacrifices and human sacrifices in order to get this god to do, or these gods to do what they weren’t doing; because of supplication and pleading and petitioning. So they went a step further, and began sacrificing.
Ultimately this evolved into forms of asceticism, in which people fasted; in which they gave up; in which they gave away their possessions—anything and everything in the world to placate this god or these gods, who weren’t performing according to that which was expected of them—hoped from them.
Eventually we come to the period of the Hebrews, when we have one God. But if you will notice the Hebrews looked to that one God for the self-same things that the Pagans looked to the many gods for, and they approached God in the self-same way. They sacrificed; they tithed; they tried to be good humans. What evolved was a paganistic concept of god again, in which god had two sides. He was a punishing god and he was a rewarding god. If you did evil, god punished you; if you broke the laws, god punished you; and some of these laws were just about as stupid as you can imagine—eating certain kinds of meat, or certain kinds of fish was enough to make god punish you; just like eating meat on Friday is apt to punish some people today.
Now because of these lack of answers, asceticism thrived in the Hebrew race, and fear of God became the dominant theme; not love of God but fear of God. You had to fear to do wrong, because of what God would do to you. Now, the god of the Old Testament isn’t any more God, than the god of the Pagans or the gods of the Pagans. This also is a concept of God, a nationalistic or racial concept of God—the god who punishes; the god who rewards; so forth and so on.