Iwihub.com original transcript by Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser.
Prepare the Soil for Spiritual Seed 5/5
1957 New York Fisher Hall Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
185B Prepare the Soil for Spiritual Seed
Most of the sins that we commit are not sins in the worldly sense of the world, but they are the sins of omission and commission that separate us from our good, because our consciousness, our awareness, our mind isn’t open to the good that’s around us. This world is filled with good, but if you shut your mind to it be assured you’ve shut yourself out from it. This world is full of God, but it might just as well have no God as far as you are concerned, unless you open yourself consciously to that God. It will not thrust Itself upon you. Unfortunately, there is a very common belief that all you have to do is wait, and God is going to do something. No, no, it isn’t that simple. Everything that happens to you for good has to happen to you through an activity in your own consciousness, and the way to bring it about is to open yourself to the realization, first of all, that God is. It isn’t necessary that you, at the moment, concern yourself with what God is or how God acts, but it is necessary that you realize that God is.
The second thing that you have to realize is that God is “closer to you than breathing and nearer than hands and feet.” That if you were to make your bed in hell, God would be there. That if you walked through the valley of the shadow of death, God would be there. Whether you were in sin, and remember this, the experience of the Master proves that it makes no difference whether it’s a woman taken in adultery or a thief hanging on a cross, the Kingdom of God is right there waiting to lift them up by acknowledgment, by acknowledgment. The very moment the thief on the cross acknowledged the Christ and sought redemption, the Master says, “I will take you into heaven with me tonight.” The very moment that the adulteress turned to the Master, she found her forgiveness and her opportunity to follow the spiritual life.
There’s no waiting. There’s no going to hell first and sitting in a fire. Forgiveness is instantaneous with the desire for redemption. I don’t mean merely the desire to escape punishment but the desire to find this inner Self, this inner Life, this inner Christ, this inner Tao, this inner Emmanuel. Call it what you will. Messiah.
Now, since no one can do this for you, not your parents or your children, not your ministers, or even your practitioners or teachers, they can only point the way. That is why Christ Jesus is called a Wayshower. He showed the way, but he said, “You must walk in it.” So it is, each one, each one must open their own consciousness and begin to contemplate these passages of Scripture.
Now, I called attention to this many times before. There are little aids to this published. One is called “Runner’s Bible,” and I think another is “Bible Texts,” and the bookstores have them. And in them, you will find passages of Scripture, which if you know them as you’ve heard me voice them, you will bring to your conscious remembrance whenever something in the nature of a problem or discord faces you, and you will answer it with that Scriptural verse.
For instance, if I were in financial lack, I would have such a passage as, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” and I would abide in that until that mesmerism of lack were broken. Or, I might remember another passage of the Master’s, “I have meat the world knows not of.” And, so every time I would think, “Oh, I haven’t money, or I haven’t food, or I haven’t clothing, I’d think no, but I have meat the world knows not of. I may not have the world’s meat right now, but I have a spiritual meat greater than that, a spiritual wine, a spiritual water, bread, the staff of life. I am the bread of life. I am the meat, the wine, the water.” And I would dwell in that until that spell was broken. It might be disease. It might be disease, and then I’d have to remember some other passage. “My heavenly Father knoweth my need for help or for harmony or peace,” and I would abide in that until that spell were broken.
And so it is that I would make the Word of God, these Scriptural passages, my bread, and my meat, and my wine, and my water, until I really felt the flow come inspirationally from within. I call this “priming the pump,” and for a while, it’s a very necessary thing that we prime this pump, that we consciously think a spiritual truth as a refutation to the immediate problem. But, you’d find that if you were faithful to that for a few weeks, a few months, that pretty soon when a problem comes up, the answer would come to you instead of you thinking it, and then that would lead to the final stage where you never had to think of a truth. Truth would always—the Word of God—would always flow in you and through you and start to be a blessing to others.
There is one of the greatest joys in this work. Not what it does for you, but how quickly you realize that by entertaining these passages of Scripture in your consciousness, that others are coming to you and saying, “I feel a peace when I’m with you,” or “I had a pain, and it left me,” or “I was in fear, and now I feel confident.” And you’ll at first begin to, “Well, what did I have to do with it?” But I can tell you what you had to do with it. These truths dwelling in our consciousness become the blessings or benedictions to those who come to it.
That is what is the meaning of the word, really, “darshan.” You may know that people came to Gandhi for his darshan—meaning for his blessing. People go to the river Ganges for its darshan. That means for its blessing. Always all over the world, people go to what they call a holy man or a holy woman for their darshan or blessing. Well, we have a counterpart of that in our Occidental world. How many of you have gone into the office of a metaphysical practitioner and felt that peace descend on you, which was their consciousness radiating out to you? How many of you have known people who were students of whether it was The Infinite Way, or Christian Science, or Unity, one of these teachings that kept you close to God? How many of you have known people who were students of that and longed to be in their company, and enjoyed being in their company, and found comfort in their company? What was it about them that was different? The Word of God entertained in their consciousness.
So it is, the message of The Infinite Way is a message of living by Grace, and there is no way to live by Grace, except to live in and through this Word, making the Word of God so much a part of your consciousness that ultimately it takes over your consciousness, and you don’t live in the world’s influence anymore—that is, fears, hates, envies, greeds. You’ve come to that place where you yourself realize, “I and the Father are one, and all the Father hath is mine. Now I need no one.” And in the moment that you realize that, you have become a blessing to everyone within range of your consciousness, because everyone wants to be set free from a dependence on person, on place, on thing. Some of them can’t. They just can’t. They’re going to depend on you, or you’re going to depend on someone else, until something comes and breaks that spell, and nothing’s going to do it. Nothing’s going to do it, except the Word of God. And the Word of God in a book won’t do it. It has to be the Word of God entertained in your individual consciousness, and kept there, and held there day by day.
That is why those who make a study of Scripture, not from the standpoint of Bible history or Bible stories but from these principles, or who abide in these spiritual writings, inspirational writings, eventually attain a state of inner peace; and it’s that state of inner peace that becomes their supply, and their health, and all of the good in their experience.
Any teaching that takes you back to the Kingdom of God is a good one. Any teaching that will encourage you to keep the Word of God in your consciousness will benefit you. Not having a blind faith in some far-off God that is going to perform a miracle for you. No, no, no, but some activity of truth in your consciousness, which is to transform your experience. It’s an individual responsibility.
Now, to those who are truly seeking for a way out of the maze of human living, I would like to say that the best way to accomplish it is to find as many periods in a day or night as you can—two, three, four—to steal away to a quiet place in your own home, or a neighboring church, or a center, and get quiet. Get calm inside, bringing that calm to yourself by reassuring yourself with God’s promises, with the promises of Scripture, and then finally settling down, even if it’s only for one or two minutes, into a quiet expectancy, as if you were waiting for something within you to talk, to reassure you. It may not at first, but if you persist in it, you will eventually find that that little moment of expectancy is like a vacuum into which rushes this thing that’s deep down within you and just begging to be let loose.
That was why Browning could say that truth is within ourselves. It’s not to be found outside, and you can’t admit it into yourself. You have to open out a way for the imprisoned splendor to escape. Just think of it. The imprisoned splendor, the Kingdom of God is within you, and you can’t go out and search for it. You can open out a way for it to escape, and the best way to do that is to learn, first of all, to put more and more of your faith and confidence in these Scriptural promises. Keep them active in your consciousness. Then develop these short periods—one, two, three minutes at a time—of just inner expectancy and then go on about your work. Whether or not you have a result, that’s of no importance, any more than if you practiced piano today and can’t play Bach tomorrow. That’s not important. The important thing is to keep practicing until the faculty comes.
And so it is, keep practicing the Word of God. Keep your consciousness alive with these tremendous promises. They’re more than promises. Jesus wouldn’t have just voiced promises, neither would any of the Hebrew prophets. They had something more to do than voice promises. They knew that what they were promising was the very Kingdom of God Itself for those who could accept It, and you’ll find that in those books. And so it is.