Original Iwihub.com transcript. Transcript by Maria Inez Soares and proofread by Zane Maser.
1952 Second Seattle Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
True Identity 1/5
This is Joel in the second Seattle class. And the subject of this lesson is: “True Identity,” True Identity.
Unless we really know our identity, we will forever be just mortal, material beings seeking to spiritualize ourselves or perhaps even merely add material comforts to those we already have. In the recognition of our true identity, we begin to understand the good of the spiritual Kingdom.
Naturally, the transition from human selfhood to the realization of the divine nature of our being is not a simple study, not a simple or easy task. But rather, in this search for God, our intent and our purpose is such that, if this building burned down, we would put up a tent and have our class in it.
There’s only one way really and truly to find God, to experience God. That is to long for it with our whole heart, and soul, and mind, and body, so that we would travel thousands of miles to experience it; that we will fight the elements to reach it; stay awake nights, if necessary; put our hearts, and minds, and bodies right into this thing, because anything less than that will not reveal God.
Be assured of this: God is not standing around just waiting for a casual invitation to come in. It is knock, seek, search diligently, and without that there is no way to find God.
Let us now read from Isaiah [parts of Chapters 43 and 44]:
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior. Fear not, for I am with thee. I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, give up; and to the south, keep not back. Bring my sons from far and my daughters from the ends of the earth; even every one that is called by my name, for I have created him for my glory. I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he. Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed when there was no strange God among you; therefore, ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who shall let it? Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. For your sake I have sent to Babylon and have brought down all their nobles and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; and now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”
“Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen. Thus saith the Lord that made thee and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee. Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, and thou Jesurun, whom I have chosen; for I will pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground. I will pour my spirit upon thy seed and my blessing upon thine offspring. And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the watercourses. One shall say, I am the Lord’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord and surname himself by the name of Israel. Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel and his redeemer the Lord of hosts. I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid. Have not I told thee from that time and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
This afternoon we took the experiences of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus and show that whatever the need of the moment, fulfillment came. That in showing forth the experience of Moses bringing the cloud by day, the pillar of fire by night, manna in the wilderness, water from the rock, the power to divide the Red Sea; in showing forth the experience of Elijah in finding cakes baked on stones, the ravens bringing food, the still, small voice assuring him of seven thousand of those who had not bowed their knees to Baal; in showing forth that Jesus was able to feed and heal the multitudes, I brought this point to light, emphasized it, so that we shall never forget it that in each of theses experiences it was the consciousness of the individual—the consciousness of Moses, the consciousness of Elijah, the consciousness of Jesus—that appeared as the so-called miracles.
Had there been no Moses with the Hebrews, there would have been no such miracles; had there been no Elijah, there would have been no such miracles; had there been no Jesus, there would have been no healing or feeding of multitudes. In other words, it took the recognition of an individual. It took the recognition of at least one person aware of their true identity. Moses using the term “I am that I am,” Jesus using the term “I and the Father are one,” each prophet, each saint, each savior, in the realization of their true identity, of their Oneness with this infinite Source of good, that individual became the prophet, the leader, the savior, and showed forth through their consciousness of this truth these miracles.
Probably in those days of the Hebrew race, the followers of Moses thought that he alone was empowered from on high to perform these miracles, and I am sure that there were many in the days of Jesus who thought that he was some special character set aside from all others with a gift from God to perform miracles.
Now, of course, the “Truth Movement” of today is based on the revelation that whatever was possible to Jesus, or to Moses, or Elijah is possible to you and to me, always, of course, in proportion to our consciousness of the truth of our identity.
Jesus presented that to us in this wise by affirming the fact that these so-called miracles were not personal gifts. He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing; the Father within me doeth the works.” And then referring to the Father within me, he also referred to “your Father and my Father,” and even said, “Greater works shall ye do.” In other words, Jesus made it definitely a matter of a Universal Principle. That is why he rebuked his followers at one point when he had fed them, multiplied the loaves and fishes; and the next day, as they followed him across the sea seeking to be fed again, he reminded them, “I fed you yesterday. What seek ye today?” He would have never rebuked them had it been that he alone had the power to produce this miracle, because it would have been the most natural thing in the world for them to have come to be fed again. He rebuked them, because he knew that he had shown them a principal. Now, it was up to them to understand and utilize this principle, to bring this understanding to bear upon the need of the moment, and thus bring forth their own miracle.