Iwihub.com original transcript by Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser.
Prepare the Soil for Spiritual Seed 3/5
1957 New York Fisher Hall Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
Remember, we are not only Americans and Canadians. We are English, and we are Dutch, and we are Swedish, and we are South Africans, and we are North Africans, some in India and some in Australia. We come of all peoples, all colors, all races, but in our Infinite Way work, we have become one in a spiritual brotherhood, sisterhood—one in a spiritual bond. And the love is really Love, for in it we each retain and sustain our individuality, yet there is that inner bond between us that makes strife, theft, and so forth, an impossibility.
Now, if this is true with even a few groups of a dozen or two dozen, it is true of the entire world as a possibility. If it is possible for a dozen or two dozen people to live as individuals, each living their own life, maintaining their own identity, and yet with such a bond between them that they meet year after year after year after year without strife, then it must be possible for the world to live that way. And it is.
But here is the secret. Supposing I illustrate it in this manner. I have realized I and the Father are one. All that the Father hath is mine. The Kingdom of God is within me. Now in a measure, I have realized that. Undoubtedly, I can realize it in a tremendously greater degree, but in a measure at least, I have realized that; and because of that I need nothing that you have. I ask for nothing that you have. I require nothing that you have. All that the Father hath is mine. If by chance I have a need of any kind, I can turn within, feel that Presence, and in its due time, whatever it is that has to be in my experience appears, whether it’s in the nature of a person as friend, companion, associate, patient, student, publisher, banker. Regardless of what form of person, or thing, or activity is necessary, I don’t have to ask you for it. I can turn within and realize my oneness with the Father, with the Source, and then wait patiently, and it appears.
Now then, around this globe where I have taught, there are those individuals who have likewise attained that realization, so that they know now that they don’t even need Joel. They don’t even need a teacher anymore. They require nothing and nobody, because now they have attained an inner awareness. “Ah, thank you, I and the Father are one. The place whereon I stand is holy ground. My heavenly Father knoweth that I have need of these things, and it is His good pleasure to give me the Kingdom.” Remember, this is all from Scripture.
Now, do you not see that the moment I realize that even in a small degree, I never again have to reach out here as if I were trying to get something from you, and, therefore, you can come into my presence free, easy, comfortable. You know right well I don’t need name, fame, glory, because I have nothing to do with them if I had them. They’d probably be more trouble than my present anonymity is. You don’t know how comfortable it is to be able to go down to an airplane or into a hotel and nobody know you except as a person coming into do business and treating you just as an ordinary human being. It’s the most marvelous thing.
So it is that you come here, and you have the feeling he’s sharing with me. Whatever God gave him he’s sharing with me. He’s seeking nothing for himself, asking nothing for himself. He’s sharing. Now, can you imagine what would happen in this room if you could look around this room and say, “Oh dear ones, I don’t need anything you have. You need nothing I have.” Just think, each one of us in this room is consciously one with God, wholly dependent on the inflow from the Spirit within. Never again need I look to “man whose breath is in his nostrils.” Never again do I have to put my faith in princes. Never again do I have to believe that I live by bread alone when I know now that I live by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Well, you know, in the degree of your realization of that you can be like the Master’s disciples for whom he prayed not that they’d be taken out of the world that they’d be left in the world but not of it. Just think of being in a city like this and having the feeling that you need no one. You have a contact with the Source of all, the Father within you. Just think of being in a small town, a village, a hamlet, or a city of this size and be able to walk the streets with a smile on your face. “All that the Father hath is mine. Not by might nor by power but by the spirit of the Almighty.” You’ll never know until that minute happens what a relief it is to know that you’re not dependent on anything or anybody that exists in the realm of effect, and you know this is true at least in my case. It doesn’t drive you into the hills to be a hermit. It makes you enjoy the companionship of everybody that you meet on life’s highway. It makes no difference they’re a high degree or a low degree. If they’re on this path and have a trace of the spirit of God in them, you love to be with them. They’re your friends. And that’s what I found out that even in the city of New York that I really and truly thought was heartless, I found there’s as many hearts as there are people to walk around with them. But those hearts aren’t for people who are reaching out to get something from them. Those hearts are to be given free.
So it is, no one in the history of the world is going to find peace or prosperity or rest, until they find their contact with their own inner Soul, which is God. God is the Source of every bit of music that has ever been composed, of every painting that has ever been made, of every invention that has ever come to earth, every discovery. God is the Source of it, and God is the Soul of man, of every individual. There isn’t anybody who hasn’t been destined on earth for a spiritual purpose, and, of course, very few are fulfilling it, because this materialistic way of living without God, without the Word of God has forced everyone into activities of employment, which are fond to their nature. Almost everybody in every city is doing work that they do not enjoy, and the reason is that it isn’t creative. It isn’t original. It’s more or less drudgery, routine, monotonous, dull.