Original Iwihub.com transcript. Proofread by Zane Maser.
Meditation and Its Function
1961 Stockholm Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
So, eventually, in our meditations, we sit down, and we begin. There’s a problem out here—health, supply, the nation. And, because we’re in meditation and we’re going to God, we would like this problem solved. We would like to see it dissolved. And so, we say to ourselves in meditation, “Father, what is this? What’s the solution to this problem? What is the solution to this problem?” And, as we meditate, again something within us reminds us, “Fear not, I am with you. Fear not, they have only the arm of flesh. Fear not, my Presence goes with you. Fear not, this could have no power over thee, except the Power came from God, for God is the only Power. Do not fear anything or anybody.”
Ah, ha, this comes right into mind. Do you remember it? Jesus, Jesus coming to the ship in the storm. “Fear not,” he says, “fear not, it is I.” Right in the storm, “Fear not, it is I.” And, do you know, in this meditation, sometimes with your problem staring you right in the face or waiting to do it when you open your eyes, sometimes in this meditation it’ll come to you like this, “Fear not, it is I. I, in the midst of you is the only Power. Be not afraid. It is I. Do not fear any appearances. Do not fear man whose breath is in his nostril. Do not fear what man can do to thee. I am in the midst of thee. Trust thou in me.” And, in our meditation that way, the word of God comes. Truth comes, and then we find that when we start out again on our living the problem has a way of dissolving. It has a way of dissolving, because in that meditation we receive the assurance that there are not two powers battling against each other, but that this Power that is within me, the kingdom of God within me, is the only Power. And, therefore, even if I look out and see a “Pilate,” an enemy, even if I look out and see a sin or a disease instantly the word of God comes to me and says, “Be not afraid, it is I. I am with thee. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” And then, the fear dissolves; and when the fear dissolves, really, the whole picture dissolves.
Now, you see why meditation is the foundation of our work. You could read these words of Scripture in the Bible. You could read them in metaphysical books, spiritual books, mystical books. But, they have no power there. The only power they have is when you’re in meditation going within to your Source, which is right within you, and then receive the word of God do you find Its Power. Then, you’ll find that the armies of the aliens just disappear. They dissolve. They fade off the face of the Earth.
So it is, the kingdom of God is within you is the basis and the secret. And then, since the kingdom of God is within you, you must learn to go within and “acquaint now thyself with Him who is within you” and learn about His function in your life. Learn about the nature of God, so that never again do you fear punishment. Never again do you fear separation, because Paul summed it all up in this, “Neither life nor death can separate me from the love of God.” And, he could have added to that, as the Master did, “Not even my sins can separate me from the love of God, because His rain falls on the just and the unjust.” And, in that recognition, I find myself free, not only of the punishment for sin but the desire for sin. Meditation sets us free from the fears and the dangers of this world and brings to light divine Harmony, divine Grace, the grace of God.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very, very much for listening to this, and I hope those of you who would like to know more about this will join us again in our meetings tomorrow and the following nights.