Original Iwihub.com transcript, proofread by Zane Maser
1962 “25” Private Group Master
Joel S. Goldsmith
We are meeting here for the purpose of uniting in our “25” group, world work. And, as you know, we already have several tapes that give the full and complete story of this work, the nature of the work, the principles that govern this particular work, so that what I will say this morning will be in the nature of carrying it a step further. Let me start it this way. When we undertake the study of The Infinite Way, it must seem to be a difficult subject, one not easy to encompass; and the reason is that we are always hitting up against more and more principles. Every time we read a book or every time we hear a tape, there are more and more principles; and we wonder if we’re ever going to get to the end of it. As a matter of fact, it isn’t quite that way. There are not many principles revealed in the message of The Infinite Way. What seems to make it so involved is that each principle requires so many different ways of hearing and reading before we actually attain the consciousness of it.
For instance, one of the major principles of The Infinite Way is the nature of God. Now, God, as revealed in The Infinite Way, is not to be found in the religious literature of the world. The God of The Infinite Way is a very strange God, because It is a God that we cannot pray to for anything, because our God is not withholding anything; and, if It is not withholding anything, It can’t give anything. And so, right there, we find ourselves in trouble. That’s all there is to that particular principle. There is no God to pray to for anything, because God is not withholding anything. But, if you think that anyone can possibly understand that without a year, or two, or three of thinking of it in a hundred different ways, you’re mistaken. In other words, you might today begin to think of the sun up in the sky and realize that the sun doesn’t give anything. The sun is shining, and it is manifesting both warmth and light. It isn’t giving it, because it wasn’t withholding it. It is an eternal state of Being, of Is-ness. And so, you can see that to pray to the sun for light or for warmth is nonsense. Eventually, you get to see that this is the truth about God. God is a state of infinite, divine Being; but God is always Being, and, therefore, there is no way to influence God to be more of God. Even God can’t withhold Its Godliness.
Ah yes, but another facet of God is that God is Law. Everything that functions in the kingdom of God functions under divine Law, whether it’s mathematics or music, whether it’s art or literature, whether it’s the sun, moon, and stars. Everything that has emanated or everything that is an expression of the consciousness of God is under spiritual Law. Therefore, in our understanding of the nature of God, we not only have to see the Is-ness of God, but now we have to see the lawfulness of God. Oh, we can go on for a month and point out that God is Spirit; therefore, the only Law must be spiritual. That God is life; therefore, there must be eternality, and there’s no possibility of death. You can go through The Infinite Way writings and spend months just on the nature of God, but this is not because there are a lot of principles to learn. There is only one principle—the principle of the nature of God. But, there are hundreds of facets of that nature, and it is in studying those facets of nature that eventually give us the consciousness that we can rest back in God instead of praying to God.
In the same way, our next principle is the nature of error. But, once you have comprehended the nature of God, you don’t have any error to comprehend or to understand, because there cannot be an infinity of good and evil; and, therefore, you come to the fact that error must be illusory in nature. Or, as we follow the nature of God and the nature of error, we come to the realization of the impersonal nature of good and the impersonal nature of evil; and so we are still on the subject of God and error—just those two principles. But, think how many different ways we are approaching the subject in order to develop an actual consciousness where we come to the point of “resist not evil.”
Now, until we come to that consciousness of “resist not evil,” we are not in the practice of The Infinite Way. As long as we are using a power of God over sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, we are not in The Infinite Way practice. We are only in The Infinite Way practice when we have arrived at the state of consciousness that does not fight error or that does not try to get God to do something to error. We still haven’t moved away from the nature of God and the nature of error, but see how many ramifications, how many facets we go through to arrive at that consciousness. And, therefore, it is right to say that for the young student this is going to be a very difficult path, because they must overcome every bit of belief or understanding that they ever had about God. They have to lose the God of the Orthodox Church. They even have to lose the God of the metaphysical world. And, they have to come into the awareness of the God that is, into an awareness, an actual consciousness of the nature of God; and then, of course, they have to violate every teaching that has ever existed, whether in orthodoxy or in metaphysics as to the nature of error until they see that error is not personal. That if you see a man stealing, you cannot call him a thief, because it isn’t the man. It is the carnal mind—this ignorance of the nature of God, this ignorance of the nature of error. So that whether a person is sick, or whether a person is in sin, or whether a person is in poverty, it is still not their fault. It is still not an evil within them. It is still the impersonal, carnal mind, the arm of flesh, which we recognize to be nothingness; because it does not have its source in God. Evil cannot have its rise in God. God is too pure to behold iniquity. God is Love, not hate. God is Life, not death. God is Wholeness, not limitation.
And so you see that while it may take the student two, three, four, five years of very dedicated study before they actually come into a consciousness of the nature of God and a consciousness of the nature of error. Nevertheless, when they’re all done, they still will have attained only those two major points.
Now, along with that, they will have learned something else. Without setting out to do it, they will have learned the nature of prayer, because automatically the understanding of the nature of God stops a person from asking God for something, or demanding something of God, or trying to influence God, or bribe God. And, this alone sets them off on a whole new angle of prayer, because the thought must eventually come, “How, in Heaven’s name then, do I bring myself under God’s Grace?” Well, in those two, three, five years, they’ll find a dozen different ways before they eventually get to the ultimate in which they realize that you’re never going to get under God’s Grace through words or thoughts. You’re only going to get under God’s Grace when you have gotten past words and thoughts and have gotten to the place where you just sit in a state of receptivity, until you feel the presence and power of God upon you.