Original Iwihub.com transcript. Proofread by Zane Maser.
Meditation and Its Function
1961 Stockholm Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
Now, you can hear people all over the world saying how much they love God, and you know right well they’re liars, the same as I do. Nobody loves God that fears God. Nobody loves God that believes that God can strike them dead. Nobody loves God that believes that God can bring them a disease. Nobody loves God that believes that God can punish. That’s all a lot of nonsense. People are not even telling themselves the truth. When you love God, it is because you trust God more than you trust your own mother and not before. Not before. You wouldn’t love even your own mother, if you thought she had the power to strike you dead, or to give you a terrible disease, or cause an awful accident, or make you lose your mind. You wouldn’t even love your mother under those conditions. And, I know you can’t love God. Love for God comes when you know that God is Love; and in Him there is no hate, no punishment, no unforgiveness, no human qualities like that but only the divine quality of love, forgiveness, joy, raising up from sin, raising up from disease, raising up from death, never pushing down.
Then, there comes a love in the heart, and you really can say, “I love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, because I have no fear of God. I have no questions about God, what God will do at any moment or under any circumstance, because I know God is Love. And, God is in the midst of me. Love is in the midst of me. Love prepares the way for me. Love supports and maintains and sustains, and when I make mistakes, as humanly I must do, it is God that forgives, God that raises up, God that says, ‘Go and sin no more, neither do I condemn thee. Thy sins be forgiven thee.’” Who but God could voice that to us? Could man forgive us, if man didn’t have God in his heart? And, if man forgives us, be assured it is only the God in his heart that causes him to forgive us.
Do you think that you can forgive those who have done evilly unto you or to yours? Be assured that you can’t, unless it be that you have God in your heart, and God can say to you, “Neither do I condemn.” Then, you can say, “And neither do I.” And, when you hear God say, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” Then you can say, “Yes, I can forgive, for all that the Father can do I can do by His grace, by His love. His love in me enables me to do. Of myself, I can do nothing. If I bear witness to myself, I bear witness to a lie, but by knowing that the Father within me doeth the works, the Father within me forgives. The Father within me heals. The Father within me raises up. The Father within me says, ‘Even if you have fallen down seventy times seven, there will still be another opportunity to go forward.’” Then, you know how to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and you feel that love coming right back to you within you. These are the thoughts that go through our minds in meditation and thousands more like them.
One of the greatest teachings ever given to us by the Master was the teaching of one Power—the fact that God does not have a power directed against Him or a power that He has to overcome, but that God is the all Power and the only Power. Now, in our religious teachings this has not been brought to us, because we have been taught to think of God as some great power that, under certain circumstances, can overcome evil powers. He doesn’t do it very much in this world, but at least we’re taught He can. But, the error of all of that is this. The Master never taught that God overcomes evil powers. The Master taught that evil has no power. He was able to say to Pilate, the great temporal power of his day, “Thou couldst have no power over me, unless it were given thee of God.” The Master was able to say to a crippled man, “What did hinder thee? Pick up thy bed and walk.” The Master was able to say to a blind man, “Open thine eyes.” And, never once did he ask God to do anything. He recognized God’s Allness by recognizing that nothing else had power.
So it is, then, that there are times when we go into meditation, and we are confronted with something that to us is an evil power. Now, as you know, there are times when it’s some form of illness. There are other times when it’s some form of lack, or limitation, or bad business. There are times when it is something concerning our national or our international life. But, remember, it wouldn’t be threatening us at all, unless we believed that it had power. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t even be paying any attention to it. It would be like we are at this moment in this room. None of us is sitting here praying that God do something to some evil person. We’re satisfied there are no evil persons in the room, and, therefore, we are not bothering to look around for any great powers to do something. We are recognizing that there’s only one Power in this room. That’s Love. Love brought us together. Truth brought us together. Love of Truth brought us together. That’s the only power there is in this room. No one in this room hates anyone else. No one in this room is envious of anyone else. No one in this room wants anything of anyone else. We are here only for one purpose, and that is to praise God, to love God, to understand God, to come to know God, to share with each other whatever of God’s grace we have. So it is, then, that we are acknowledging that in this room there is but one Power, and that is the Power of Love and of Truth, and there are no other powers.