The Practice of the Presence 2/2

And the secret name is I. I am neither lo here nor lo there; I am not in a body; I am not in a house; I and my Father are one; and I am omnipresent. And God’s grace shines in us, and through us unto all of this universe as a light unto those still, through ignorance, in darkness.

1959 London Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
276A – The Practice of the Presence 2/2

I… I am not confined to time or space—not any more than God is; for I and the Father are one; God is from everlasting to everlasting, and I am from everlasting to everlasting; for I and the Father are one.

I exist to show forth God’s immortality; God’s eternality; the infinite nature of God’s being; for All that the Father hath is mine; Son all that I have is thine; I and the Father are one.

I am not body; I am spirit. But I have a body, and it was given to me for my use and through it I show forth God’s handiwork—God’s government of body, God’s government of business, God’s government of home.

I, I, look from head to foot, from the feet to the head. I am not there, but I govern; I direct; I animate; I am not in body, and I am not body for I am I, and I am one with God; and I exist as God consciousness, as God life, God being—God being me, God the Father, God the Son—just one, not two, and I am.

Before Abraham was, I am; and I will be here unto the end of the world; and I will be with me unto the end of the world. Say that again, “I will be with me. I, the infinite immortal identity, will be manifested as this individuality unto the end of the world; and I…oh, oh…I am the bread, the wine, the water, the meat, the resurrection. This very I which is not confined in my body, this very I, which I am, no wonder I don’t have to take thought for food or clothing or housing; I do not have to take thought for I embody my good; I already am the bread. I do not have to demonstrate it. I already am the meat, the wine, the water. I do not have to demonstrate them. I am the resurrection. I do not have to be resurrected; I already am the power of resurrection. The power of resurrection is embodied within me, and therefore if you destroy this temple, or any part of it, I will raise it up again. I, the I that I did not find in my body; the I that I am; the I that is one with God—God the Father and God the Son. This I that I am embodies within Itself all that I shall ever need unto eternity, just as the seed embodies the tree… and the tree unfolds from the seed.

And so my life’s experience unfolds from the I that I am, and the potentiality of everything of which I shall ever have need is embodied within the I that I am. I need not fear man; I need not fear what mortal man can do to me; I need not take thought for man whose breath is in his nostril; I need not fear princes.

All of which I shall ever have need is embodied within the I that I am, which is one with God—one with infinity, one with eternality, one with immortality. My immortality is already embodied within the I that I am and it is unfolding moment by moment. And I shall keep on moment by moment, unto the very end of the world; for I will never leave me nor forsake me. I is the secret word; I is the sacred word; I is the word that should never lightly be spoken of; I is the word that should only be whispered, when in the very presence of God, in meditation.

This secret of the word I must never be taught by anyone to anyone until such time as they have shown, by their devotion to the search for God; until such time as they have given years, and have shown their readiness, and their preparedness for it.

True, true. Come eat and drink without money without price; and yet, sell all that you have for this pearl. Think on those two statements: sell all that you have for this pearl. It has no relationship to money; it only means that as you have received this secret sacredly given to you; after you have shown yourself worthy; after you have shown by your devotion, your love, your gratitude, your seeking and searching after God, you have been given the secret name, the sacred name.

So must you hold it secretly and sacredly within yourself; imparting it only unto the same sacred and secret conditions unto which you yourself have received it. You have earned the right to this name and identity by your devotion.

Demand of all others that this final word be not given, until they too have fulfilled, as you have. For remember this, those who can hold the word I, secretly and sacredly within themselves, realizing that this I is one with God; therefore is of the very nature of God in quantity and quality; and that this I is the source of your good. It is the source from which emanates your health, your harmony, your wholeness, your completeness, your perfection, your infinite supply, your integrity.

This is why those who come to you who are not happily married will never be until they learn that their husband or wife is this very I; and then in their presence you are in the presence of holy ground; in the presence of your wife, in the presence of your husband, you are in the presence of holy ground for the I of them is as much one with God, as the I of you, even if some of them do not realize this truth.

Spiritually, marriage means I and my Father are one, and in this divine union I find my wholeness, completeness, and perfection. In human relationships, the mystical marriage is enacted forth on earth as human marriage; and it is meant originally, that just as I and the Father become one, and not two—God the Father and God the Son one and not two; so in human marriage, it is originally meant that man and wife shall be one and not two—one in will, one in life, one in being, one in interest, one sacred wholeness completeness and perfection. But the tragedies of human life have in most marriages broken that relationship until people just come to look upon each other as two human beings. It isn’t so. A human marriage is the counterpart of the mystical marriage.

We begin to experience the joy of the spiritual union in human marriage, when we begin to understand that just as the place whereon I stand is holy ground so the place whereon my wife or husband stands is holy ground, for I and the Father are there.

And this brings to you now the full meaning of the chapter, “Love Thy Neighbor”, in Practicing the Presence. Now you’ll know that since I and my Father are one, you and your Father are one, you and I are one. There is only one I infinitely manifested; therefore all that I am, you are; all that you are, I am, for we are one; all that blesses me blesses you.

For me to give to you is like transferring my good from one pocket to another pocket in the same suit. For you to give to your family, to your friends, to your community needs; for you to give is to just transfer your currency from one pocket to another pocket in the same suit; for there is but one I and I am that I whether I am me, or I am you, or I am the grocer or the butcher, or the baker or the candlestick maker. I am he, and he is me; I am you and you are me—we are one. There is no such thing as lessening our good by giving, by sharing, because we give only unto ourselves for there is but one Self—I am the Self of me; I is the Self of you; I and the Father are one; and my conscious union with God is my conscious union with all spiritual being—you, he, she, it.

II and the Father are one; therefore I am of the nature of God; I am of the Spirit of God; I am of the mind of God; I am of the life of God; I am of the soul of God; and embodied within the I that I am is all that I shall ever need, unto the end of the world. I need not seek it, pray for it, demonstrate it. I need only abide in the realization of my true identity—Who am I? I and the Father are one, that’s who I am! I and the Father are one. I am the Father and I am the Son— one; and all that the Father hath is mine.

Where am I? Wherever God is I am—inseparable, indivisible because of oneness. One cannot be separated from itself; I cannot be separated from God; God cannot be separated from me; for God and I are one—inseparable, indivisible, whole, complete, perfect.

Why am I? To show forth God’s glory; to show forth God’s wholeness, God’s completeness, God’s perfection, God’s allness—that’s why I am. I was born to this that I might show forth God’s grace.

And so you understand this passage of scripture, Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty; where I am is liberty, freedom; for I am free not from anything, or from anybody, I am free in God. In my oneness with God, I am a state of freedom. As God cannot be bound, fettered, finitized, or limited neither can I, for I and the Father are one; all that God is I am. Within the I that I am is my infinite being; infinity Itself expressing Itself.

I must not look to man whose breath is in his nostril for anything; yet I must share with everyone as from God’s treasury; for I have access to infinity, because of my oneness with God.

And the secret name is I. I am neither lo here nor lo there; I am not in a body; I am not in a house; I and my Father are one; and I am omnipresent. And God’s grace shines in us, and through us unto all of this universe as a light unto those still, through ignorance, in darkness.

And so it will be until we meet again—many of us on September 29th.

Thank you for 1959.

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