Original Iwihub.com transcript. Transcriber: Eunice Lee and proofread by Zane Maser.
Discovery of My Self
1962 Chicago Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
And so it is that you have now come to a place that makes spiritual living possible. You have now come to that place where you can identify yourself with your Source. You now realize that when you say, “I,” you are not speaking about five-foot-five or six-foot-one of flesh, that you are not speaking of white skin or a black skin, or of an occidental face or an oriental face. Now, when you begin to use the word, “I,” you are identifying yourself with your Source, which is God. You are identifying your Source with your Father, the creative Principle of your being, and now, now you can understand all that the Master revealed, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
Now, you’ve begun to understand that I the Father and I the Son are one, and I the Father is saying to I the Son, “I will never leave thee. How can I? You can’t divide one. One can’t be broken. One can’t be separated from itself. One is one, and therefore, I the Father will never leave I the Son for I the Father and I the Son are one.” And so, you’ll be able to say with Paul, “Neither life nor death can separate me from the life of God, or the love of God, or care of God. Therefore, what difference does it make whether I remain on this plane a little longer, or a little shorter, or make the transition to another plane? On this plane or that plane, I and my Father are one and making the transition cannot separate me from that life which is God, that love, that care, that protection, that oneness with our Source.”
Now, if you have come this far, you are ready for a great revelation. Listen to it. “Son,” and this is God speaking, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” You’d be surprised what this does to you. When you stop looking at your pocketbook or bank account to see how much you have, when you stop thinking in terms of where you’re going to get the next, you’d be surprised what this does to you in advancing you into the spiritual way of life when you commence to draw on a Source, which heretofore has been closed to you.
Just think, while you were living in the materialistic way of life, you have to depend on relatives, friends, parents, husband, wife, children, employers, business, investments, and, in the end, social security. Pitiful, pitiful, that anybody God created, God maintained, God sustained, should have to look forward to the end of their days to living on a pittance handed out not even for a good purpose. Oh, do you not see the horrors of that form of limitation when you stop to think that you are heir of God? “Son, all that I have is thine.” You are heir of God and thinking in terms of pittances.
Watch what happens to your own consciousness, to your own selfhood, as you get used to the idea that I and my Father are one, and all that the Father hath is mine, that the Father is my bread, and meat, and wine, and water, and all of this is within me. I don’t have to go to holy temples. I don’t have to go to holy mountains. I have only to do one thing. Abide. Abide in the Word, and let this Word abide in me. Morning, noon, and night, pray without ceasing. Abide in this Word. I and my Father are one. All that the Father hath is mine. I am heir to all the heavenly riches. Abide in this Word, and you have access to your spiritual Source. You have access to Infinity. You don’t have to ask favors of man whose breath is in his nostril. You don’t have to sell your soul for a livelihood. You have to get used to the idea. You have to make a transition from that materialistic, atheistic concept that says that you have to earn your living by the sweat of your brow or be dependent on someone else who is doing it. You have to come out, become separate from that atheistic belief that you haven’t got a Source, that you haven’t got a Father, that you haven’t got a contact with Infinity.
It takes a little while, because this involves a transition in consciousness from the materialistic basis of living to the spiritual realization that I and my Father are one, and all that the Father hath is mine. I am spiritually fed. I. You see, that word, “I.” This is the stickler. At first, you think of that figure in the mirror when you say, “I.” You’ve got to train yourself away from that in the realization, “No, wait a minute, I discovered I’m not in this body. I’m not in the feet, or the knees, or the stomach, or the spinal cord. I’m not in the brain. I am spiritual. I am incorporeal. I and my Father are one. I am hid in God. I live and move and have my being in the secret place of the most High.” Oh, you’ve got to break this contact that seems to confine you to a body. It takes a little time. You have to break this universal belief that really operates by hypnotism and makes you believe that you’re walking around in that body and that you’re a piece of matter. And you aren’t. You’re spirit. You’re consciousness. You are life. I AM life.
Another thing. I drill this into our students so hard that I wonder sometimes they don’t throw it back at me. “I am come that ye might have life and that ye might have it more abundantly.” That’s that word I again. Did you ever realize that that I that you so foolishly say is weak or old or sick, that that I is come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly? That all you have to do is live in that I and stop looking at the form. I. I and my Father are one. I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. And that I is come that I might have life and that I might have it more abundantly. Look to the I of Me instead of looking to the pocketbook, or the job, or the art, or the profession, or the husband, or the wife, or the parent, or the child. Look constantly unto this I. I am come. Not your parents are come to support you. Not that your husband has come to support you or your wife. I am come that you might have life. I, the very I you were searching for in your body and didn’t find there. That I is hid with the I that I AM, God. That I is hid with Christ in God, and that I is there for one reason that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.
This I that is one with God. Oh, don’t you see materially and materialistically, this can’t be true? It is only when you have gone from head to foot and found yourself missing that you can begin to say there is an I. There is an I that is me. There is an I. That’s the I that’s in God, and that’s the I that God is in. That is the I that is one with the Father. That is the I that is the Son of God. That is why the Master could say, “Call no man on earth your father.” I is your Father, and I is the Son, and these are one. And that I is come that you might life, and you might have it more abundantly. “Look unto me and be saved.” I. The I that is one with God. The I that is in God and the I that has God in me.
And then realize, “I am the bread of life.” And you thought you were that body. No. I am the bread of life. I am the meat, and I am the wine, and I am the water. No wonder you can’t locate that in your body. It isn’t there. That I that I am is in God. That I that I am is not only in God; it has God in me. It’s just one. The two I’s are one. You see, when Moses knew this truth, he graduated from being all that he had been before, and he became a leader of his nation, a liberator, a savior.
As you are learning now from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus Christ was ordained as a Hebrew rabbi in the order of the Essenes. And he lived to become the Christian savior through his revelation and realization of the I that I AM. When he awakened to who I AM, he was no longer a Hebrew rabbi preaching in the Hebrew synagogues. He became a worldwide savior. He became the life of your life, the bread, the meat, the wine of your being. He became the Messiah, not only the Hebrew Messiah. He is today the Christian Messiah, and he is being accepted even beyond the boundaries of Christianity. Why? With the revelation of I. “Thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me,” for I and the Father are one I. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Do you see the spiritual life begins, first of all, when you realize that you can’t see yourself in a mirror, that you are somebody called I and that that I is a very, very important being. So important it is one with God, the very Son of God, hid in God, and more than that, God is hid in you. I in the Father and the Father in me, for we are one. And when you begin to realize that identity of yourself, you are a Christian. You are an individual. You are a capitalist. You have all the capital of God. All that the Father hath is mine. To Abraham he said, or to Moses, who? One of the Hebrew prophets. “Look out. All the land as far as you can see, I give unto you.” He was speaking to me. God never speaks to a certain day or a date. God never speaks to a certain person in a certain place. When the Voice of God speaks, It speaks to His Son. Wherever the Son is, whenever the Son is, and that Son is you and me, and the Father is saying to us, “Look out there. As far as you can see, I give this land to you, because all that I have is thine.”