Original Iwihub.com transcript. Transcriber: Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser.
Discovery of My Self
1962 Chicago Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
It probably will not surprise you to know that you are not in your body. This you must already know, because surgery has been conducted to such an extent in most countries that if you were anywhere within your body, some surgeon would have discovered you, but no surgeon has ever discovered you through surgery. No surgeon has ever found you inside of your body, and there’s a good reason. You aren’t there. You are not confined to your body, and you could establish this for yourself within two or three moments. You might, this very moment, look down at your feet and ask yourself if you are down there. And I’m sure you’ve gotten a very quick response, “Heavens no, don’t look for me down in my feet.” And so quickly go up to your knees, and up to your waist, and up to your chest, and up to your throat, and on up to the very tip top of your head, and ask yourself if you are there. And the answer will come back just as quickly, “No, don’t look for me in my feet, or in my stomach, or in my spinal cord, or in my head, for I am not there.” Now, you have the beginning of the mystery. Where am I?
It doesn’t make any difference where you are at this moment if you have discovered where you are not. If you have discovered that you are not in your body, you have made a tremendous step forward on the spiritual path, because, since you are not in your body, it cannot take very long or much reasoning to establish the fact that, not being in the body, you must be out of the body; and being out of the body and invisible, you are most likely incorporeal and spiritual, that you are not made up really of the parts of the body but that you are something other than body. And now when the question comes up, “How do I seek for the kingdom of God within myself,” at least I know I am not seeking inside of this body. I am not seeking anywhere inside of this body, not even in the brain. I am seeking within myself, and I myself am not in this body.
The next answer will not come so quickly. It will take a while for you to realize that since you are not in this body that the nature of your life must be that of consciousness, awareness. Then, you will begin to understand why it is that the kingdom of God is within you. It is within your consciousness. It is within your awareness. It is within your being. It is within that part of you which knows there is no part of your body that knows. There’s no part of your body that is aware. Only consciousness or awareness constitutes your Self.
Now, with this, you have made, well, actually, you have made the biggest stride into spiritual living that you can make for a long time to come. Once you have lifted yourself out of your body, once you have lifted your identity out of your body, once you have come to the point where you can go up to a mirror and look in it and say, “Thank God, I know now that I’m not there.” I can look myself in the mirror and acknowledge that isn’t me. That is my body. I am not there. I am invisible. Then, you will begin to understand the great Master’s teaching, and until you do understand the great Master’s teaching, you will not get far on the spiritual path.
Do you realize that the Master said, “Call no man on earth your father; there is only one Father, the Father in heaven.” Do you see why the Son of God must be spiritual being, spiritual entity, spiritual identity, incorporeal being, invisible being? Do you see why the Son of God is never seen walking the earth, even though you are that Son of God? You are never seen by anybody. You are absolutely invisible. Only your body is visible but not you. You are hid with the Father, and that is why Scripture can reveal that God is a fortress and a high tower, and we are in that fortress. We are in that high tower. We are hid with Christ in God.
Now, you can look at the mirror and say, “Oh, I was looking for this to be it, and I thought this in the mirror was me. Now, I know I am not inside of this form. I am that which governs this form, yes. I am that which moves around by means of this form, yes. I am that which may be identified by this form, but I am not this form. Oh no, I am not this form. I am in the bossom of the Father, and the Father is in me, because we are both in heaven. We are spiritual.” God the Father and God the Son is One and that One must be your spiritual identity. That One must be your divine Sonship. That One must be that part of you which was never born, that part of you which can never die. Do you remember Paul saying, “Neither life nor death can separate me from the love of God?” Do you see that there is a me; there is a me, which is inseparable from God? There is a me that is inseparable from the love of God. There is a me that is inseparable from the life of God.
Begin to get acquainted with your Self, and you’ll begin to understand you and the ancient Greeks over the great temple. “Man, know thyself, and thou will know God.” That’s what it says. “Man, know thyself, and you’ll discover God.” Why? Because I and my Father are One, not two. One. And in discovering myself, I find the God with which I am One, not two. One. One life. One love. One substance. One being.
Do you see why the materialists can’t find this? The materialist looks in the mirror and says, “There am I.” On the spiritual path, you search yourself from foot to head and from head back to foot and say, “There am I not.” And then you understand that I am hid with Christ in God. I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. Doesn’t make sense if you look at me materially. Only makes sense after you have searched yourself from head to foot and discovered that I am not there. Wherever I am, I begin to understand Scripture. I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. I and the Father are one. I am in the secret place of the most High. Did you realize that in the 91st Psalm it is revealed that, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, none of these evils will come nigh his dwelling place?” Ah, but you cannot dwell in the secret place of the most High if you are dwelling in your body, or dwelling in your mind, or dwelling in your investments.
It is only when you being to realize that word, “I.” I am not in this body. I and my Father are one. I am hid in God. I dwell in the secret place of the most High. I am in God and God in me. This gives to us a new identity. Perhaps for this reason in Scripture, as soon as an individual became aware of the spiritual life, his name was changed. Always a new name is given to an individual. Why? Because in his old name, he identified himself with his body, or he identified himself with his ancestry. You see Simon was identified with the name, Simon Bar-Jonah, Simon the son of Jonah. But, the moment he realized his spiritual identity, his name was Peter. He’s no longer identified with his human ancestry. He now takes on the name of his spiritual ancestry, “The Rock.” The Rock. Grounded on the Rock, God, Spirit.
So it is that every character in Scripture, as soon as he realized his spiritual nature and identity, changed his name, and he was known by a new name. And in some of the Eastern religions, that is still practiced that as soon as an individual attains the awareness of their spiritual identity, they drop their family name; and they take on a new name identified with their spiritual life. And you will find that that’s what happens to you. You begin to lose pride of your family name, your family heritage, the very moment you begin to realize that your real heritage, your real identity, is in God, that you are of the household of God, that you are in fellowship with the children of God; and inwardly you, too, take on a new name. Very often, I say most frequently, you do not use the name publicly, because for the sake of human society, it is better that we not violate the ideas and ideals of most people, but inwardly you do realize your Self with a new name.