Original Iwihub.com transcript, proofread by Zane Maser.
1960 New York “25” Practitioner Class Cont.
1960 New York Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
Now, this is what is spoken of in Christian mysticism as “Christ Consciousness” or “spiritual Consciousness.” It is spoken of in the Orient as the “Buddha Mind,” or in Japanese Zen, it is spoken of as “Satori.” When you have Satori, you have enlightenment. When you have enlightenment, you have that “mind that was also in Christ Jesus,” and that is not your reasoning, thinking mind. That is a consciousness, which knows that my mind and body serve specific purposes but not spiritual purposes. In other words, they do not function as spiritual activity. But there is that. It is the transcendental consciousness, and it is this which does our healing work.
And that is why, if the human mind was a spiritual healing agency, every one of our students would be healers, because just those ten tapes would be enough to teach us all of the letter of truth that we would need to know to give a correct treatment. And, there must be now thousands of people, students, who know those tapes and know the principles that are in them, but they’re not yet healing. And, the reason is that through the correct letter of truth, you do eventually make a transition from the thinking mind, to the transcendental, to the Spiritual. This is covered, I think, in the last chapter of “Living the Infinite Way,” where you will find some passages, which repeat statements of truth, and then says, “But don’t say it. But don’t say it.” In other words, “I am spiritual,” but never say such a thing or even think it. “I am that I am,” but never voice it and never even think it. “I am the child of God,” but never make such a statement. Never even think it. In other words, you must transcend thinking truth or speaking truth to being truth. And, the only human example that I can use of that to illustrate that is this: You are moral, but how many of you walk around declaring or thinking, “I am moral.” You are honest, but how many of you walk around saying, “I am honest,” or even thinking “I am honest.” As a matter of fact, when we find someone called “Honest Jim” or “Honest Jack,” don’t you know that we know that the reason they are called that is because they are the opposite? And, I’m sure that if your friends would talk to you and say, “Oh, I’m honest,” or “I’m moral,” that you would very quickly begin to doubt it and wonder why they were making such an assertion.
And so it is that since you are the offspring of God, and you know it, there is no reason under the sun for your ever declaring it or thinking it. Since I am that I am, there is no legitimate reason in the world to ever declare it or think it. The only time to voice it is in teaching it. And then, as I’ve brought out many times, only teach these higher revelations when you are sure that the student is ready for such an unfoldment. “Give milk to the babes, and meat to the strong.” But, if you say in teaching, in imparting, “Know ye not, that you are children of God. Know ye not, that your body is the temple of God,” you are revealing or imparting something. But, you’re not expecting your student to walk around thinking it and declaring it. And, of course, I can’t possibly figure out how any student can make declarations of truth to themselves, because all that such declarations would be would be forms of self-hypnosis or trying to convince yourself of something you weren’t really convinced of. And that has no right to be. If you can now accept that “I and the Father are one,” to repeat that within yourself “I and the Father are one,” if you can accept that, you need never again bring that to conscious remembrance, because it is the truth. It is established, and you must live it. All of the declaring of it will do no more for you than you witness in those who, in some teachings, use affirmations over and over and over again, and succeed only, in the end, in hypnotizing themselves and never really convincing themselves. There is no conviction to be attained through affirmation. The only conviction there can come is when your heart responds and accepts. That is the only conviction there is, and then you don’t have to go around saying, “I am honest. I am moral. I am loving. I am generous. I am philanthropic.” Doesn’t make sense, does it? No, we are to be it, not declare it, and not think it.
Now, there is a contemplative form of meditation, which in our work, we may use just as a preliminary to reaching the state of consciousness in which we are receptive. Now, when you are actively engaged in the practice, to any extent, you’ll find that the need for contemplative meditation lessens and lessens; because it is possible to sit down at any time, close the eyes, and be in the presence of God. But, I do realize that there may be times when that isn’t possible, and for the younger students, even the younger practitioners, it isn’t possible. They are not sufficiently active in the practice or study so as to actually be maintained in that consciousness. Therefore, contemplative meditation is legitimate in which you sit down and realize, “I’m not going to God for anything. I’m not coming to you, Father, for anything. I know that Thou art closer to me than breathing. I know that Thou art the all knowing, and I don’t have to tell You anything. I know that Thou art the all loving. In fact, I know that Thou art Being. Thou art Being all that I would have Thee be. Thou art doing all that I would have Thee do. Thou knowest my need, and his need, and her need. And Thou hast already provided cattle on a thousand hills. Thou hast oil in the ground before automobiles. Thou hast uranium in the ground when the dictionary was saying that uranium was a waste product of no value. Thou hast prepared for all things a million years before it was needed. Thou hast provided for me a million years before my need arose. And, therefore, I’m not coming to Thee for any such purpose. I’m coming to be only to tabernacle with Thee, to be consciously with Thee, to rest in the assurance of Thy presence.” And you see, with some reminders along that line or others—it’s always spontaneous—two, three, four minutes, and then it should be so possible for that inner conviction of God’s presence to be there that you can desist from any further statements of truth, or thoughts of truth, and get right into the spirit of God, and feel the spirit of God in you.