Original Iwihub.com Transcript by Zane Maser
Christ Realized Precedes Treatment
1956 Barbizon Plaza Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
Now, the opposite of this is true. The degree of spiritual consciousness always externalizes itself in spiritual demonstration. And, here in New York, you’re witnessing an evidence of it. At some moment of my unfoldment, a certain touch of spiritual consciousness reached me, touched me, unfolded within me, and from that moment on I began externalizing people who wanted spiritual awareness. In other words, I began externalizing spiritual friends, spiritually minded people, instead of sick patients or instead of human friends or human relatives. I began externalizing what we would call a “student body,” a student body of people all intent on spiritual unfoldment.
Now, if you are able or anything were able to take from me my degree of unfolded or realized spiritual consciousness, you would also take from me my student body. I couldn’t hold a spiritually minded student body five minutes after I lost spiritual consciousness. I might be able to have a student body, but they’d have to be people looking for material things in a material way or mental things in a mental way. I might be able with promotion or hocus-pocus to go out and demonstrate classes, or patients, or the sale of books but couldn’t do it spiritually. If I am to attract without advertising, without promotion, without human footsteps those to me whom you are accustomed to finding in our class work, it can only be done by the attainment of some measure of spiritual consciousness.
Now, in the degree of the expansion of that consciousness, I will demonstrate the degree of deeper spiritual realization in the students and may or may not demonstrate greater numbers. Numbers is really no testimony of spirituality. The Master seemed only able to demonstrate 12 who he thought advanced enough to be disciples. He only seemed to demonstrate 70 who were advanced enough to be named apostles. At the most, he had 200 who could go out and do some preaching. So, you see the Master did not demonstrate his spirituality in numbers but let us say in depth and degree of awareness in those that he attracted to himself. So it is with his message. He said that his message would never pass away, and it hasn’t. It may not have any followers. It may never have many followers, but the message will never pass away. And, as long as there is a Gospel of John, his message will not pass away, even if there isn’t one individual to demonstrate it.
In the same way, Lao Tzu could never have written down his teaching in any form that would be perpetuated, so far as is known to man, and yet his message has not passed away. There may not be any other, maybe a few to follow it, but the message itself is there. That represents the degree of spiritual consciousness of the individual who gave the message.
Now, follow this carefully. I could only attract to me my own realized state of consciousness; and before that spiritual state of consciousness could appear I could not have a spiritual student body. After it appears, I cannot be deprived of it. That is why our work knows no such thing as competition. That’s why it has to know no such thing as advertising, for the simple reason that it has nothing to do with the ways of men. It has to do with the ways of God.
Now then, what is the function of the developed, unfolded, revealed, realized Christ consciousness? To destroy material sense. To destroy material thought. To destroy material deeds, to destroy whatever that state of consciousness is that is responsible for sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, wars, thefts, murders, adulteries, and all the rest of the things that are included in Paul’s statement. See, all of those statements follow a material state of consciousness and are coincidental with it, but all of the other things—peace, joy, long-suffering, so forth—are the externalized forms of spiritual consciousness. Now, spiritual consciousness destroys material sense. So then, when through a “healer consciousness” you are relieved of a pain or discord, that isn’t what happened at all. The spiritual consciousness of the healer removed some phase of material sense from you and in removing the material sense the material manifestation disappeared.
Now, let no one believe that there is any human way of removing war from the earth; and I don’t care how many Leagues of Nations you have, or United Nations, or multiply them by 12 times 12, and you’re still going to have war. And, you’re still going to have depressions, and you’re still going to have volcanoes, and earthquakes, and tornadoes; and you’re going to have every manifestation of material sense. There is only one way to remove wars from the earth, collective and individual ones. There is only one way to remove sin from your consciousness or mine, or your patients or my patients, or students; and that is as spiritual consciousness touches receptive consciousness, material sense disappears. Now, it is true there are rocky states of consciousness and barren states of consciousness that do not readily yield to spiritual unfoldment, because their time has not yet come. But, our function is to plant the seed, knowing that wherever spiritual receptivity is there will be spiritual response. All right.
What is it that separates every man, woman, and child on earth from the same degree of love, harmony, and peace that we have in this room? Material sense. What makes for the peace in this room? The fact that nobody in this room wants anything of anybody else. If there were in proportion as there were material sense in this room, that material sense would be looking around to see what it could get from whom. In proportion as there is only spiritual sense in this room, every individual is saying, and thinking, and believing within themselves that their good has to unfold from God, not from man whose breath is in his nostril. Then, as we sit here, each one of us in an inner awareness that our good is an unfolding experience within our consciousness and not dependent on somebody else in this room, in that degree we are spiritual consciousness, and in that degree there is no material consciousness in this room. So then, if the spiritual consciousness is sufficient, each one in this room could empty out their pockets or anything else that the other may require and still not feel that anything was being taken from them. That is spiritual consciousness.
Now, when you have the realization that God constitutes your individual being, you cannot fear bombs, or bullets, or wars. When you achieve one iota of realization that God constitutes your being and your body, you can no longer fear disease, nor can you entertain evil desires. It’s a fantastic impossibility to desire evil while believing that God constitutes our body. Doesn’t mean we can’t desire human affection. It doesn’t mean that we can’t desire marriage or companionship and all the rest of it, but don’t ever call those things evil. Those things are human manifestations of a spiritual activity within us. Those things on the human plane are only evil when their purpose is evil, when their function is evil, when their object or aim is evil but otherwise companionships, relationships, all these things that we call human, they’re not evil. They’re good. They’re very good, as long as they’re prompted by the desire to share, not to get, achieve, take from.