Original Iwihub.com Transcript by Zane Maser.
1958 Chicago Private “25” Continued
1958 Chicago Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
I think I’m going to take a few minutes to tell you and those who will hear these tapes something that undoubtedly must have come to the thought of some of you, and that is the “how” of the “why” now of this Infinite Way functioning, so that you will know what’s in my mind and then you also know where you yourself fit into the picture.
As you know, when The Infinite Way started—we’ve heard this many times—I did not believe that it was going to be, in fact I had no idea, the thought never entered my mind, that this would be anything like an activity that would interest anybody but myself. I thought of it only as the book having come out of my own experience, “The Infinite Way” book, and I had really planned on retirement, because having left the Christian Science movement, and the Christian Scientists having delightfully left me, I thought, that most of them anyhow, I thought that I would have this beautiful office in Hollywood; and I would come there every day about 9:00 and stay until 4:00 or 5:00, have people drop in who wanted healing, and if some of them wanted to buy this little book and learn how it happened.
I ordered a thousand copies of it. They printed 2,000. We were going to store one of the thousand, because I didn’t think it would ever be needed, and we did. We put it out in the garage, and every weekend we went down to Desert Hot Springs or Palm Springs in the winter time, and in the summer we’d go up to Santa Barbara. And that’s how life was going to unfold, because I was then an aging man, you know, ready to settle down, not that I felt aging, but at least I really thought that was the end of a very active career. Whereas you see, it was the beginning of a new one. And then the invitations to teach and the invitations to lecture came, and it spread.
Now, at that time, I paid for the publication of the first edition of “The Infinite Way.” I never had to pay again for anything that Willing published. He was only too happy to publish, but I didn’t want him publishing anymore after he had done the first few things. And so, when we had first, second, and third San Francisco lectures, I paid for those. And when we had “Metaphysical Notes,” “Unconsciousness Unfolding,” and all those, I paid for those and then sold them; and the money came back, went into other things, and still this was nothing but you might call a little individual activity. And, I was kind of shocked when the first invitation came to go to Portland, Oregon, and then to Seattle, and then to Victoria. And that was the beginning of all this.
So that the unfoldment has just been a steady, progressive one and a continuously enlarging one that gradually took in England and then Holland, and so on and so forth, Africa, Australia, India. But all the time that this was developing, there was really nobody a party to it but myself. If I had to have some stenographic work done, I just hired somebody wherever I happened to be, and they did it. When it was done, it was done. I did most of my correspondence by hand, and so I didn’t have a permanent secretary after “The Infinite Way” work, and here and there I’d have help for a while and then drop it. And nobody, nobody was associated with me in the work at all. I was just a lone person traveling around, and the whole office was in my handbag.
Well, then, the tape recording began, and it really began up in Portland, Oregon, with a young man who seemed very promising and very eager to get into the work; and he was my first associate, the first one who I looked to, to do something that I myself wasn’t doing, and that didn’t work out. The first thing you know, we parted company. And there I was with a few master tapes and nothing to do with them and no way to handle them, and that was how Emma came into the picture through helping me with those tapes; and that gradually built itself from one $100 machine, which she owned, and a $100 machine that I bought; and it’s grown to these present proportions. And her work has grown with it, so she became really the first person to be actively associated, in an active way, in this work.
Then, when the letter department came, I didn’t want that. For more than a year, I kept refusing to have a “Letter.” Students kept writing from all over, many of them remembering the old days of my weekly letter, which went into the book, “The Letters.” I kept refusing, because it meant having to have someone to work, and I wasn’t accustomed to having someone work. I was just accustomed to traveling alone and doing my own. But, as long as Emma was doing tape work, she said, “Well, I’ll take over and do the letter department, too, for you.” Well, that seemed very reasonable to say, “Go ahead in your spare time.” But, by that time, you see, another branch of work comes in—money. The money was coming in for tapes. Money was coming in for a letter department, and so we had to have a money department. Well, Emma still had some spare time, so she took over the money department; and by that time with books, royalties and all the rest of it, we had to have an income tax department, and so I got the income tax department. And then, I began traveling Europe, and somebody had to take care of the checkbooks and pay the bills. And so, Emma came in to take care of that.
Now, along about that time came these opportunities for publication, and Lorraine came into the picture. And Lorraine came, and one thing after another; first, just to do the editing of a book, and then it was just the editing of another book; and then, all of a sudden, the letter department was on the market again for editing, and Lorraine got the editing of the letter department. And so, it was a question of the same thing happening with Lorraine that happened with Emma, one thing after another, one department after another, then the reading room; and so now we had a staff.
Well, as this machinery got complicated—the tape machinery—and we began having these great big $1,200 machines installed. Now, we had to have an electronics man, and so a third member of the staff was added, and that was Dick Hughes; and he began functioning in that department, because we’re out in the island there. We can’t get parts. We had to start manufacturing parts for the machine, and that’s where Dick came in, in his spare time.