Original Iwihub.com transcript, proofread by Zane Maser
Attain That Mind First
1961 London Private Class for “25”
Joel S. Goldsmith
The major concern for us is how to meet the problems that confront us. The principle itself is clear, and, heaven knows, I’ve witnessed enough of the fruitage in these years to know that the principle is absolute. That we do not always bring about the fruitage that we desire doesn’t change the fact that the principle is demonstrably true. Just the same as the fact that there are still automobile accidents and airplane accidents, and this does not change the fact that the principle of automotive engineering and the principle of aerodynamics is absolute. And yet, the results aren’t always what we would have them, and you might say that it isn’t because of the wrongness of the principle. It may be that there’s a defect, a man-made defect, in the machinery, or that there may be a human element involved. And so, I always say with this principle, too, that the principle itself is perfect, but there is a human element in the application of the principles, of the living of the principles, and, therefore, in the results or fruitage.
And so, it comes down to this that since the principle is absolute and any lack of demonstration has to do with our understanding, our awareness, or our consecration, or devotion, or our application of the principles, then, of course, that makes the major point one of approach. The principle must ever be that all evil is impersonal, whether it appears to us as a person, or as a condition of a person, or whether it appears to us as a storm at sea, or a threat of war. The evil itself is the impersonal belief in two powers, universal belief in two powers, mesmeric belief in two powers, which really becomes a state of hypnotism. Recognizing this truth meets the vast majority of the claims that we find in our work. In other words, much more than half of the fruitage in this work comes only through impersonalization and nothingization—the ability to impersonalize the evil and to grasp within ourselves that if it isn’t of God, it can’t be a power. And yet, there is the fact that greater things must yet be done than anything that has been done.
In my experience, I find that much of the success is determined by my approach to a particular problem, case, whatever you want to call it. First of all, we must be careful that we do not believe that there is a formula that we could learn that would meet all situations. We must be very careful that we do not ever accept the belief that something that worked for us yesterday will necessarily work for us today, because nothing is further from the truth. The nature of this work is really spontaneity. The nature of this work is whatever degree of inspiration we can bring forth from within. Our work will never prosper or be successful, just because we know certain truths and can voice them or think them. That will not do our work for us, because this is not a mental approach to life with mental forces and powers overcoming lesser ones. This entire principle is one of realizing truth, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It is realizing truth, but truth is not something that’s written in a book. Truth isn’t something that can be read. Truth is an impartation that comes from within our own being, from the depths of our own being. And, it comes principally from those who have attained some measure of the fourth-dimensional Consciousness. That is why it would be impossible to give any of our books or all of our books to somebody on the purely human level of life and expect them to bring out any fruitage. It just couldn’t be done. It isn’t that kind of a path.
The whole purpose of our writings is exactly the whole purpose of Scripture. There are no magical formulas in Scripture. There are no words or statements in Scripture that perform miracles. The purpose of Scripture is to acquaint us with the truth that will develop for us a new consciousness, a rebirth, enable us to die to our form of beliefs. For instance, when we are told in Scripture, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” we don’t expect that scriptural passage to demonstrate supply for us. We don’t expect that to go out and bring in money. Now, take that passage right now in your thought and see what it is you expect of it. What do you expect of that passage? “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Now, what do I want that statement to do for me?
There’s nothing in it that would indicate that it’s a miracle worker or that its purpose is to go out and bring in loaves and fishes. What is its purpose? And, of course, you will ultimately see that here is a refutation of the material sense that we have entertained about supply. Mainly, that we do live by money. We do live by income. We do live by investments. We do live by salaries. That is the human sense of life, and there isn’t any one of us that isn’t continuously facing that very problem. “My need is money. My need is a home. My need is security. My need is some savings.” And, as long as we are in the human sense of life that is the very fact that we must all face every day. Just as we must face the fact every day—we won’t usually face it until we get up toward fifty—but from then on we face it every day that it’s getting closer to three-score years and ten, and what lies ahead? Now, anyone who says that that thought never entered their mind I haven’t met yet. It is a thought that enters everyone’s mind the minute the gray begins to show, and that is natural to a human being; because to a human being, it signals the approach of the end of life, and that is the greatest tragedy there is in the human world.
So it is then that if we are to be faced with such problems as that—age, money, years—and there is no answer to any of them materially, what is the answer to it? And the answer that has been discovered is spiritual consciousness. The answer to every problem is spiritual consciousness. There isn’t a problem of life that cannot be solved with spiritual consciousness. How do you develop spiritual consciousness? There we have it. The purpose of Scripture, just as the purpose of our writings, is to develop that consciousness.
Now, when we take a statement like, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” the effect of that statement, as you take it into meditation, is to take your mind completely away from taking thought for what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, or wherewithal you shall be clothed, completely taking it away from that and lifting it up to an apprehension of some spiritual message, the ability to receive some spiritual message. Now, the human being doesn’t receive spiritual messages. The human mind can’t receive them. The human consciousness can’t receive them. It is only as consciousness begins to be transformed. You have it throughout Paul—the transformation of the mind, the renewing of the mind, dying daily, and being reborn. It is only as human consciousness lessens and divine consciousness increases that we begin to perceive spiritually or discern spiritually that we do really live by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. That it is the substance.