Original Iwihub.com transcript by Sebastian Pigott, proofread by Michael Collie
The Fruit of the Art of Meditation
1957 Chicago Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
I would like, between tonight and tomorrow, those of you who have this “Practicing the Presence”, that you read this chapter “Love Thy Neighbour”, because I would like when we come together that we be even more united than we are at this moment in the realisation that I am you and that you are I. And the reason is this; to break down the sense of duality in this experience, you must eventually come to see that there is no law of evil operating against you, but you must also come to see that there is no law of good operating for you. That actually, I; that infinite, invisible, divine presence within us, is the only power, and it doesn’t operate for us or against us, it operates as our very being. It is our selfhood.
The power of good, the presence of good, the power of God, the presence of God is our real identity. It isn’t something outside that acts for our good, nor is there an evil power outside that can act for our destruction. Scripture says; “I create good and I create evil”. In the sense then that I realise one infinite identity, and that God manifests as the Son of God which you are and which I am, in that realisation then I have broken down the power of good and the power of evil and in exchange I have taken on immortality or divine sonship.
You see, the Infinite Way is not really a message of exchanging our human evils for human goods. It appears so to many, more especially to those with a metaphysical background that are accustomed to thinking in terms of giving up the evils, the lacks and limitations, the errors and sins of our experience, and turning around and enjoying abundance or enjoying health or peace and harmony. In the earliest experience, actually that happens to us on our path in the Infinite Way. The first experiences we have, appear as the overcoming of evil, the overcoming of discord, the overcoming of ill-health, the overcoming of lack, the overcoming of unhappiness, the overcoming of hate, envy, jealousy, malice, and it would appear from that, that that is our goal; just the overcoming of those and the substituting of an abundant supply and an abundant health and so forth and so on. Actually this is a temporary stopping place on the path to spiritual awareness. It is a beautiful place to be, when you first find some of your sins leaving you; hates, animosities, jealousies, intemperance, violence, lack, limitation, sickness, and to feel the greater sense of human health, human virtues, human supply, but for those who linger there too long the Kingdom of God is lost for a long long time, because very quickly it must become evident, more especially to those of us who look upon Christ Jesus as the greatest, or one of the greatest Spiritual revelators of all time. To us who look upon him in that way, we must go back to his message and note that he says; “My peace give I unto you, but not as the world giveth give I unto you.” “My Kingdom is not of this world.” And when you stop to think of those passages, you are really up against a period of deep spiritual meditation and contemplation until you discover the meaning of those words. You will find then that he didn’t consider a sufficiency of money, or a sufficiency of health, as anything to do with the Kingdom of Heaven. He went further into the realm of “My Kingdom” and “My Peace,” and then you’ll realise what was meant by; “We can’t know the things that God has stored up for those who love God.” You can not know the things that await the person who can glimpse the Spiritual Kingdom and realise what is meant by just those short passages; “My Peace”. “My Kingdom.” “My Kingdom is not of this world.” My peace. Not as the world giveth, no no no. My Peace. Spiritual peace. And then you will find that there is a state of being that transcends not only the evils of this world, but it transcends the good of this world and shows you a good that the human mind can never dream of, the human mind can never be aware of. And our neighbours who have not yet penetrated this inner kingdom, will never even know what we have discovered or be able to enjoy it if you could show it to them, because it takes a spiritual capacity to be able to enjoy the things of the spirit. The human mind can’t do it and the human body can’t do it. “The things of God are foolishness with man.” “The natural man receiveth not the things of God.” And only when you rise, not only above the sins and diseases of the natural man, but when you rise above his virtues and his good, then do you begin to perceive what the Kingdom of God is like. You remember that the Master spoke of this in the sermon on the mount, when he said that; “Your goodness must be greater than that of the scribes and the Pharisees.” Well as a matter of fact, there wasn’t any good greater than theirs in those days, because of all the Hebrews they were the strictest in being good. They would no more desecrate a holiday or forget one; they would no more break one of the laws of the Hebrew church or the Hebrew teachings. They were sticklers for absolute perfection in the carrying-out of the Hebrew teachings and yet he said, your goodness has to be greater than these. What is the goodness that’s greater than that? It is the goodness that we find when we transcend just being good in the sense of the ten commandments goodness, or obedience to legal laws. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.