Original Iwihub.com Transcript by Zane Maser
Christ Realized Precedes Treatment
1956 Barbizon Plaza Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
Up to now, there have been no secrets in Infinite Way work. Every thing that we’ve done has been done publically. Every thing that has been said has been said publically, until the week before last when we had three such meetings as we have here today in which we had the first secret that The Infinite Way has from the world. And, a good deal of what takes place today I have to ask you to look upon as secret and as sacred. Promise you it won’t be illegal.
But, it will be secret, and it will be sacred, because just as all teachers must teach milk to the babes and meat to those ready for it, so there are things that take place that we cannot go out and explain to the public at large but which in some measure you can do when the right time comes. For me, before I start, I say this that I ask that when you come here to this meeting that you make it 2:00 o’clock and not too long before 2:00. It isn’t that I forget at all our Seattle days when we were going to begin at 10:00 and finally got around to beginning at 8:00, and we were going to finish at 4:00 and got around to finishing at midnight. I haven’t forgotten those days, but I can’t have those days anymore.
If you look here and here, you’ll probably find confirmation of the fact that I’m taking care of 6,000 letters a month. Emma’s handling over 2,000 a month herself. I’m handling 6,000. That’s 8,000 between the two of us, and that doesn’t take in the correspondence in Beverly Hills at the book department, nor does it take in what goes out of London and South Africa. That’s another tremendous, tremendous pile of mail. The monthly Letter out of London is over a thousand letters a month—the monthly Letter—not counting the correspondence; and when I speak of our 8,000 letters a month, I’m not speaking of the 3,500 letters—monthly Letters—that are going out in the United States and Canada. That’s on top of this other; and, of course, the manuscript work is increasing because not only there are more books in work but the books that we already have in manuscript form are soon going to be prepared for publication and book form; and that’s in addition to new books that are being written, edited, gotten ready for publication. Some of them are already on the press.
Just imagine that right now “Practicing the Presence” is on the press in England. The 1955 Letters are on the press in England in book form, and in December the 1956 Letters will go on the press in book form and others that are in work. In addition to that, “The Fourth Dimension” has just come off the press again, and the book, “The Letters,” has just gone to press again, and “The Infinite Way” has just come off the press of its sixth printing, and “Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture” has just come off the press this last month for its seventh printing. “God, the Substance of All Form” goes to press next week for heaven knows how many printings that that has been through.
So, you can see that with that work and class work and lecture work that the days are gone when we can have interviews at any hour of the day or night, or that we can have hours and hours and hours of work as we had before. But, these are things I can’t say to the public. As far as they’re concerned, I’m just going to have to be one of these fellows whose head’s been turned by prosperity, and you can’t get to see me anymore; but, as far as you are concerned, you understand what is happening in The Infinite Way. Most of you have watched it even. Some of you saw it when it was only one book, “The Infinite Way,” just one, single, solitary book; and I know that there is one here at least, if not more, that knew me before there was even the one book. And, you’ve seen all this that’s happened, so I don’t have to make excuses. I merely tell you that the time is so filled day and night that the best help you can be to me is accept that fact and then fit yourself in with me and cooperate with me to the best of the ability.
Now, to get back to this work. 1950 I was told to stop work on October 1st and to do no public work until January 1951 or possibly March 1951. And February 1951, I received the next word, and it was told to have a class March 1951, and we did. But, the work that was to be given to me to do was postponed for another year. Then, it was postponed again, again; finally I was told not to even think about it until I received direct orders, and it was on the 12th or 13th of January this year when I received those orders to begin at once. And, I began this “new work” with Emma and Floyd—those were the two with whom I started this new work; and then Walter read about it up in the Stars, Walter Starkey, and he flew over from New York to Hawaii and joined us; and then a couple of local students came in, one of them some of you know, our Daisy Sugamura. And, so this new work was begun there, and it was quickly revealed that it was to be continued around the world. Now, I didn’t expect to go around the world. I expected to come here and then go back home. But, it didn’t work out that way; and so this work that was begun in Honolulu has been continued here and is going to be continued in England and Sweden, Holland, and then down into South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
This new work consists of three parts. And, it follows what we might call a revelation or an unfoldment. The experience we had this morning in class should be a fitting preparation for you to accept what I’m going to say. The world is suffering from only one disease—not many diseases, just one—and that one you may call “material sense.” If material sense is broken, we are all spiritual beings back in the Garden of Eden. We haven’t a fault. We haven’t a lack or a limitation. Every fault that we have, every lack, every limitation, every sin, every false appetite, every disease is a product of material sense. Without some measure of material sense, you couldn’t have any physical, mental, moral, or financial difficulty, which, of course, is pointing the finger at every one of us and saying, “Yeah, I’m guilty.” To some extent, every individual on the face of the globe has some measure of material sense and that material sense externalizes itself in material conditions—sometimes good material conditions, sometimes evil ones but always material ones.