1961 Los Angeles Closed Class
by Joel S. Goldsmith
396A – Evolving Our Spiritual Capacities 2/5
The moment that it dawns in us that there is a creator or original source, and that whatever is created must be the offspring, the emanation of that; we begin to look around ourselves, and we, first of all, find nature; it may be in the form of trees or oceans or mountains or mines. And with our contemplation we become aware of the fact that nature, the world, is governed by laws. There are actual laws such as those that bring the tides up so far and no further; those that make the tides recede so far, no further—bring them forth again up on to the beach so far, no further. We become aware through contemplation of the fact that the stars, the sun, the moon, are always in orbit, always under some divine order or law. We begin to perceive perhaps, that apples grow on apple trees, and peaches on peach trees, and roses on rose bushes, and again we are aware of the fact that there is a law at work. We’re still contemplating; we are still contemplating the miracle of God and of creation and of law and of order.
So, as we continue, we realize that all of this that is taking place in the nature of creation, in the nature of unfoldment, in the nature of being governed by laws. A little light begins to dawn that all of this is taking place without any man’s praying for it, without any man telling God what to do about it, or when to do about it. We even find seasons following each other in regular order, and certain manifestations of seasons appearing to our vision, and no man is telling God about it. No one is praying to God to bring forth apples on apple trees, or to hold the tide in its bed, or to keep the sun and the moon and the stars in rotation. Perhaps we begin to learn a little about mathematics, and perceive the nature of the law in mathematics, and the fact that no one has thought to pray to God about this.
And so, with more and more contemplation, we begin to perceive the very nature of God, and see how wrong we have been in trying to influence God, in trying to move God to do our will. We begin to perceive the nature of God, and the nature of prayer reveals itself. And eventually, through contemplation, we find our own place in the scheme of life, and find that this creator or creative principle has sent us into expression, has sent us into manifestation. And right there comes another thought intruding: “Did God send me into expression, and then turn me loose, or is God still with me and I have been ignoring God? Is it possible that the God that sent me into manifestation is still here governing me as God is governing the tides and the sun and the moon and the stars? Is it possible that there is a God, leading me, guiding me, directing me, and that I have closed my eyes to that God, shut my ears to that God, and locked myself up within myself and thought that I can do it all? I can be a go getter, I can do this, or when I am in a tight spot maybe I can pray to that God to pull me out of it?”
With this you see, we begin to realize our own place in the scheme and realize: I need not pray to God to govern me. There is a God, there is that which sent me into manifestation, expression, that which caused me to be born. And right there scripture hits me right in the head, and said, “Did I not tell you, that I was with you before Abraham was, and that I will be with you unto the end of the world, and that I will never leave thee nor forsake thee?” And then I begin to say, “Yes, yes, the wise men of old, the spiritual seers knew this secret, they knew that this Presence is within me, and would never leave me, and that I could relax in it, rest in it, let it pick me up, let it guide me, let it direct me.”
And so you find, that through this contemplation, wisdom is being revealed to you from a source within yourself that you did not receive through education. This wisdom did not come through books; as a matter of fact you found that most of the books on the subject were wrong. Most of the books on the subject of God and prayer are wrong, erroneous. Let’s be generous about it and say, “Well, only 99 1/2 percent are wrong, and perhaps we will find a half a percent that are correct.” Of course, to find that half percent you may have to travel this whole world, because you won’t find them collected in any one city, not that many. Why? Because, from the time that this sense of separation came, this that made us accept two powers, this that made us accept ourselves as if we humanly are complete beings, this has developed our ego; this has stopped us from turning within to this inner self, this inner light, this inner wisdom. And so we’ve accepted our knowledge from books; we’ve accepted our knowledge from whatever external sources there were, instead of going within.
Now, through contemplation you see, you are led back through questions, to answers. You are doing the questioning, but the answers are coming from a source within yourself that is not your human self, something greater than yourself, or in the language of the Master, the Father within me. And the language of Paul, the Christ within me, I can do all things through Christ. I can do all things through the Son of God, I can do all things through the wisdom, the Spirit of God, the light which is within me—the light that is supposed to be without, but the light that is within.
I ask the questions in my ignorance, the answers unfold from within. And, you’d be surprised; these same answers—I mean true answers—will reveal themselves to you from within yourself, if you will ask the questions. Only, you must be a little bit bold, you must not fear to ask questions, and even pertinent questions and even impertinent questions. Don’t fear to say, “You know, I wonder if there is a God,” and start with that premise and go back and see where it leads you. Or, “Well, I must assume there is a God, from all that I’ve seen of the world, so at least I’ll start with the assumption there’s a God, but that I don’t know what God is and neither does anybody else that I know about; and see if I cannot find a solution unfolding, revealing itself to me. Why not me?”
Well, Abraham had it, Isaac and Jacob and Moses and Elijah, Jesus, John, Paul, Buddha, Lao Tzu. Why not me? What relationship do they have with God that I haven’t? Why are they more important in the eyes of God than I am? And I hardly believe they are. They made themselves more important to this world by the vision and the wisdom they have given us. They are more important to this world than a thousand of us. But they’re not more important to God than any one of us, for God is no respecter of persons. In the eyes of God, the Son of God is our true identity. We are offspring of God. Call no man on earth your father, for one is your father, the one in heaven. And that means your father, and my father, and Jesus’ father, and John’s father, and Lao Tzu’s father, and Buddha’s father. There is but one father, one source of life, one life stream, and it is pouring itself forth as our individual identity. And we never lose that individual identity, all that happens to it is that it becomes wiser, more spiritual in expression, more meaningful to the world in proportion as we recognize that that life stream, the source of being, is within ourselves. The kingdom of God is within you, know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God? Even your bodies; your body is the temple of the living God. And Paul tells us: if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are you children of God. And he is speaking to all of his listeners, whether they were Hebrews as in the beginning, whether they were the Greeks, the Romans, the pagans—to all of them he said, ye are the children of God if so be the spirit of God dwell in you.