1960 Seattle Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
309B – Coming Into the Awareness of Spirit 3/5
Be assured of this: Every serious truth student can be a healer, and they can be a healer to whatever degree they themselves determine. Remember, I do not say that every man, woman on earth can be a healer, because I don’t believe it. It is only those whom God has chosen, that means whom God has led to the study of a spiritual and metaphysical teaching. The others are not yet ready, not only for reading, certainly not for understanding what they read. And then definitely not ready to put the time and effort into the practice that is necessary.
But all those who, like you, have been led to such a message as this, and the other messages that you have enjoyed and studied before. The years that you have put in in your study, the days and weeks and months that you put in now with these specific principles, must result in the development of a healing consciousness. And when I say that to what degree depends upon you, I mean to what degree you wish to read, meditate, ponder, treat, until you have developed your consciousness.
Certainly you may give thousands and thousands of treatments, and not see enough fruitage in the beginning to warrant your continuing. But then, that’s what happens to all of us. We all have to stick through the difficult days until we are immersed in the Spirit and the Spirit in us. And the principles so certain, that we never lift up our thought to fight an evil or a discord; that we never strive to overcome or remove. But that with every erroneous appearance that is presented to us, we immediately have an inner recognition: the carnal mind is not power; that which is not of God is not power; that which does not emanate from God has no law of God to sustain it. And then remember, that just because you declare this truth it won’t make it so. It is only as this truth becomes so much a part of you that it is your very consciousness, that it then becomes so. In other words, the reason the Master was the greatest healer was he had the greatest degree of evolved spiritual consciousness.
So it is, wherever you have found a consistently good healing practitioner, remember it is because of their degree of evolved spiritual consciousness. And where you find those who heal a little bit now and then, you are finding those of lesser evolved spiritual consciousness.
And that doesn’t mean that anybody heals everybody. There you will find a subject that takes years and years and years for understanding: Why it is that all of us are not healed of all of our troubles, all of the time; why it is that no one of us has ever been able to accomplish the healing of everyone who sought healing. There are many reasons for this, some of the fault let me say, is upon the practitioner, for this reason, that if a practitioner could rise to the absolute zenith of Christ consciousness, the chances are few if any would be left unhealed. But, that’s the rub.
Discuss the meaning of “within” as “the kingdom of God within.” You see, this is the difficulty of which I spoke in the beginning, that if you could know all of the words, it still would be meaningless unless you had the power of discernment. “Within” doesn’t mean within anything; it doesn’t mean within anybody. It is a word that is used to take our attention from where it was before the Master used the word within. God was thought of as up on that cloud where Moses went; God was thought of as in heaven; God was thought of as something that had to be attained or found or discovered or reached either in a holy mountain or in a holy temple. But the Master was trying to bring God down off of the cloud and make God “closer to you than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet,” and yet not inside of your body.
Solomon said that his great temple in Jerusalem could not contain God. As big as it was, wonderful, holy, and dedicated, it could not contain God. How then can your body contain God? And so we can only understand the word within as meaning within and without, up or down, filling all space but not confined or localized. And yet, not separate and apart from us.
Now there’s only one way you can understand that, and that is to say the word I. Within yourself, say the word I. Now that’s where God is. Now where am I? Well you know that the human body has been operated upon from head to foot, and nobody has found man inside of it. So the question is, “Where am I?” Well wherever you find I to be, you will find God. But someday you’ll discover that I am not in my body and never was, and you’ll discover that you are not in your body and never were, but you will find that wherever I am God is, for we are one and not two.
Therefore, try not to get tripped up by words, semantics. Try not to get tripped up by these meaningless discussions on the meaning, but develop your spiritual sense so that you know instinctively and automatically what is meant in esoteric language, so that you know instinctively that God is never to be localized or finitized.
And these are quotations: There is a sin unto death. Is there an unforgivable sin? The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Is it possible for a soul to die? Do you not see that this is all a matter of semantics? This is really … what would you call it? “Straining at gnats and leaving in the elephants,” or something like that, because, is it not clear that there can be no unforgivable sin?
In all of the Hebrew teachings, there are only two major sins. One is murder, and the other is adultery. Humanly, neither one of these are forgivable in Hebrew life. They are still not forgivable among Hebrew families. They are the two sins that can never be tolerated.
And yet, Moses was a murderer, he did kill a man. And yet, he became the leader of the Hebrew race, the liberator, the savior, the greatest figure until the Master. So that evidently God didn’t hold him in unforgivableness, or he would never have been the one to have attained the greatest height. And the Master with the woman taken in adultery said, Neither do I condemn thee. Well I can assure you if those two sins were forgiven by the Master, or by God, there is no unforgivable sin.
Then to what do these Bible references have meaning? They have meaning to the interpretations put on them by local ministers, minor prophets. In the same way that church people today are told things by their ministers and their priests that are definitely not true and not even a part of their teaching, but it helps them at the moment to maintain discipline. I remember one such case, when a priest, a Roman Catholic priest, told a couple who had been kept from attending Mass one Sunday, that there was no possibility of their being forgiven, that they would have to be in—wherever it is—for several thousands of years for that one offense. And if it happened a second time, it would probably be totally unforgivable. And it caused both of them to leave the church, instead of, as he thought, drive them with fear into it.
And so it is I’m sure that many of the things that have come down to us in religious literature, represents just a temporary remark of someone trying to enforce some discipline, because no one of mystical enlightenment has ever taught unforgivable sin.