Original Iwihub.com Transcript by Zane Maser
1958 Chicago Private “25”
1958 Chicago Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
So, in the end, we all have to give up our humanness. Every one of us have to give up all of our humanness—all of our human sympathies, our human pity, our human emotion—and begin to understand that we are being presented with pictures, presenting the carnal mind, presenting itself as form. If it doesn’t fool us with one form, it fools us with another form, and we have to awaken ourselves to see. That’s the function of this group.
That is the function of all groups like this to use that little pebble against the great big Goliath, but be sure that the pebble is so small that when I open my hand you can’t see it. It’s a stone carved out of the side of a mountain without hands. It’s a nothingness, and it’s a knowledge of nothingness. That’s what meets your cases, and that’s what meets the larger work. When you have capital and labor relations cases, it would be the same way. You don’t think of people. You don’t think who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s a very dangerous thing to sympathize or to have any emotion for either side. And, you won’t have any success either. You have to enter it with the idea that I’m not dealing with persons, or situations, or conditions. I’m dealing with again the fabric of nothingness, the fabric of the Adam dream appearing as pictures and then watch it fade.
Now, are there any questions you’d like to ask me about this?
“Joel, people have young men going to service and into the service. Isn’t that just an experience of humanhood?”
“It is. It is. That’s what I said that in the end we have to get over our emotion about that too. But that doesn’t really change the fact that it’s an undesirable situation. But that’s right, but they will have to be handled from the standpoint of the fact that they are pictures of carnal mind having only the substance of the dream, which is nothingness. Right-o.”
When you undertake this work as a daily work, don’t misunderstand me. You’re not to be groping around in your mind for some evils to overcome. When you do this work daily, the first purpose is to sit in meditation for realization of God, for realization of the Spirit, of the Presence. If you experience that Presence, the discords fade of their own nothingness. It is only when something intrudes itself upon your consciousness, or in the case of the subliminal perception, that you do, not every day, but occasionally bring it back to your conscious remembrance and look behind it to see what functions it and then nullify it. Don’t act as if this committee work were just going out to do battle against evil every day. That isn’t its function. Its function is to realize God and then whenever any picture of the mortal scene presents itself to handle it and always handling it as the fabric of the dream or nothingness, the arm of flesh, and then just bear witness to the fact that it’s destroying itself. We’re not a crusading committee, in other words.
“Joel, you said earlier that the healing almost takes place at the moment of contact.”
“No, wait a minute. No. I said that healing work, your treatment, if you want to call it treatment, takes place at the point of contact. Whether the healing is going to take place or not at that moment, we have no way of knowing. The healing may take place only after the tenth contact, or it may take place a year later. We don’t know when the healing is going to take place. We know when the work is going to be done.”
“When the patient contacts you.”
“When the patient contacts you at that moment is when the work is done. If this telephone bell rings and I pick it up and somebody’s asked for help, that’s when my work is done, even if I continue talking here.”
“But if the patient says, ‘We’re going to a different spot and will you help me while I’m away. You never, correct, we’re not to think of them and yet.”
“I don’t think of them, but if they come to my thought, that again is when they come. If I am confident that what has been presented to me is just the carnal mind presenting another picture, and that’s what happens when I get the call, and as far as I’m concerned the whole thing is dead and done. But, if an hour from now that case intrudes itself into my mind, if I think of the person again or the condition, or three hours, or eight hours, or every three hours, or every eight hours, I have to relieve myself in one way or another. In other words, I have to find my peace. Now, sometimes it intrudes so forcibly that I am compelled to go off in a corner somewhere and sit down, until I actually attain the realization of God’s presence, and so I’m completely enfolded in the Spirit and probably receive some assurance from within that all is well. But, that doesn’t always take place. Sometimes, I am forced to sit down and in a minute or two or five I get my peace. But, there are times when I will have to be a long time and go back at it several times before I ultimately attain that peace, which is a release.
That doesn’t guarantee that they’re healed either. It merely guarantees that as far as I’m concerned I’m healed. My work is done but there comes their ability to respond. Jesus said, “Do you believe that I can do this thing?” Well, of course, if you don’t, that’s that. Are you really opening yourself to this or have you got a little bottle of medicine around the side? Right. Are you really opening yourself to this or does the patient feel, “Well, of course, if it doesn’t work I can go to the hospital, and it isn’t going to cost anything anyhow. We have Social Security, you know.”
And so, you have to have to begin with a single-pointed mind when you enter this work, don’t you? The practitioner, as well as the patient. The practitioner can’t have fear, because the practitioner isn’t dealing with a person or a condition, so they know to begin with that they’re dealing with a nothingness. But, is the patient always ready to give up? No. Sometimes, the patient is a divided household, and we have cases like that, especially now with calls coming through the Orthodox Church where they’ve asked about 24 people to pray, and we’re just the 25th. And then, of course, if we say, “Yes,” well, that just means that 25 people prayed, and they got well but still no opening themselves to a principle, no opening themselves to a way of life. It’s just a sick person has been made well. That’s all there is to it, which is not really our ministry, is it?