Where the Spirit of the Lord is
1956 Steinway Hall Practitioner Class
by Joel S Goldsmith
Too often, when you hear testimonies of healing, you would really believe that somebody turned to God and received healing. And therefore, you would think that the disease existed, God existed, the two came together and the disease disappeared. Nothing like that happened. What really happens is, the person who was ill entertained a sense of separation from God, an absence from God presence. And, either through their own endeavor or that of their practitioner, they became aware of the presence of God. And, in that awareness they lost the sense of separation, and lost the discords that always go with it. And that is why all of our students who do any healing work, are cautioned on this point; never be more grateful for a healing of cancer than for the healing of a simple headache. Because if you do, you’re falling into a trap. There is no such thing as the healing of a headache or the healing of a cancer. There is the attainment of God realization. And in the moment of attaining it, if you have a headache it will disappear, but if you have a cancer it will disappear, and if you have unemployment it will disappear, and if you are lonesome it will disappear.
So, the thing to be grateful for is the attainment of even a momentary sense of God presence. So it is, when expressing gratitude to a practitioner or a teacher, for Heaven’s sakes, don’t feel that one healing should call for more gratitude or more dollars than another healing, because you have a wrong measuring stick. Your gratitude should not be for healing, it should be because the practitioner has demonstrated to you the practicality of God realization; that God realization removes the discords of Earth. Of course, there is a point here that some of our students, who have gone through many classes, like to talk about among themselves. And that is, that when you’re entertaining God realization for the purpose of dissolving the discords of sense, you’re not really realizing that one of these days the realization of God is going to make you overcome the harmonies of physical sense too. You’re going to have to overcome a lot of the good things of Earth with God realization, because God realization doesn’t take away the ills of the Earth and add to you pleasures of the Earth. It takes both the ills and the pleasures, and gives you in its place spiritual joy, spiritual dominion, spiritual peace, spiritual harmony. I know that ordinary metaphysical practice is just giving up or exchanging lack for abundance, or sickness for health. And that seems to be a preliminary step in the message of the Infinite Way. It isn’t its goal, and unless you’re very careful, you’ll stumble into its goal, and find that a great many of the things you hoped to achieve through your spiritual study and realization, you no longer want and now have no use for. It comes. It comes. Because material sense is sometimes good, and material sense is sometimes evil.
And out of her great wisdom, Mrs. Eddy made reference to that in her writings, when she spoke of this as; “Sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.” “Sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.” In other words, a perfectly healthy body and mind may, at this moment, appear to you as something beautiful. But if you achieved it, what happens in the next minute? You start to get older, and you keep right on getting older until you’ve lost that beautiful health, or beautiful body, or beautiful wealth, or whatever the physical manifestation may be. Or, you attain that perfect physicality this minute, and have a bullet, or a bomb, or an automobile wipe it out the next minute. So, after you have achieved all of the physical perfection that you think you’d like to have, you sometimes find that you’ve laid up treasures where moth and rust corrupt. You’ve built up a good body, or you’ve built up a good wealth, and then find that you leave both of them behind you.
But, if you understand rightly the purpose of meditation, you will not seek, through meditation, an improved physicality, or an improved business, or an improved pocketbook. You will seek God realization. Then you will let God realization unfold in your experience in its own way. So that, when better health appears you won’t say it’s better health. You will realize that it is God realization being made evident to you. When you find your supply increasing, you won’t look at it and say; “My supply is increasing.” You will say; “My God realization is unfolding in deeper degree.” Then you will find health and wealth to be a permanent fixture. You will find life eternal. That is why, in these new wisdoms, you will find that statement; that eventually you must rise above health. It isn’t enough to be healthy. You must rise above health into eternality, where there are no pairs of opposites. Where there’s no youth or age. Very often, a person treating, praying, for a child will be willing to sit up day and night, and day and night, to restore that one to health. But let the patient be someone about 90 or 95 years of age, and it doesn’t seem so important anymore. And you see, that’s really losing the whole vision. That’s losing the whole vision. Because, we’re not interested in the child having 50 or 60 years of good physicality. As a matter of fact, we may be preserving its life only to go out on the battlefield. So that would be foolishness, if our whole aim were just to be sure that children got healthy, or young people. Our aim transcends that. We have to be just as faithful with those of 90 or 95, as we are with those of 5 or 9. And the reason is this; our concern is not turning sick humanhood into well humanhood. Our concern is revealing Christhood. A Christ is the individual entity and identity of you and of me, from the cradle to the grave. And one of these days, through that realization, we will be able to reach the higher years of life without losing our faculties, without becoming weak, without showing evidences of old age. But not merely by trying to turn sickness into health, but by trying to realize Christhood.
Now, this you do when you understand meditation correctly. Let us turn for a moment to the Psalms; Psalm 46. “God is our refuge in strength.” There it is right at the beginning, isn’t it? “God is our refuge, God is our strength.” You do not go to God for refuge, you do not go to God for strength. You go to God for God, and then find that in achieving God you have achieved refuge and strength. Does that clarify that? Because that is actually the secret of. if there is a secret, that is the secret of Infinite Way practice, Infinite Way living; to achieve God. Since, in achieving God we achieve our refuge, our fortress, our high tower. We achieve our strength, we achieve the health of our countenance, we achieve our supply. But we do it only through achieving God. “Therefore will not we fear, though the Earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.” God is this. God is the refuge. God is the strength. And it makes no difference whether the Earth be removed, whether your health be removed, whether your body be removed.
Regardless of what roars, regardless of what troubles you go through, regardless of walking through the valley of the shadow of death, regardless of making your bed in hell; if you seek and find God, then you will find that you’re in the midst of a river the streams whereof shall make glad. God is in the midst of her. “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, and the Earth melted.” Isn’t it simple? He uttered His voice, and all the troubles melted. The whole Earth. The whole of our inharmonies and discords, all that constitutes the second chapter of Genesis melted when He uttered His voice. It has nothing to do with you uttering your voice, or me. It has nothing to do with a practitioner knowing a truth. It has to do with the individual’s ability to hear God utter His voice. Now, when you go into meditation for one purpose, the achievement of God realization, the voice of God will be heard. It may be heard as a still, small voice, or it may thunder in your ears, or it may touch you on the shoulder with the lightness of a finger touch, or it may be an inner sense, or peace, or a smile that comes to the lips. It makes no difference.
The point is that the heathen raged, health raged, ill-health raged, poverty raged, all the troubles of Earth raged, but He uttered His voice and the Earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; is with us. It doesn’t seem possible until you have felt it. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Our refuge, not safety belts, not bomb-proof shelters, not investments; God is our refuge. And when you tabernacle with God, when you come to a place of actually innerly feeling God’s presence, which you do quickly when you go to God for God alone, when you have given up all earthly desires, earthly ambitions, earthly will, and retreated inwardly to; “I’ll be satisfied with nothing less than God Itself,” then you’ll find out how quickly it comes. But while we are using God as a way station to get something else, we lose out. “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the Earth; He breaketh the bow and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the Earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” The same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the same spirit that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead; that is our refuge. Call Him a Hebrew God if you like, call Him a Christian God if you like, call Him a heathen God if you like, but it’s the same God. And when you realize God, you’ll find it is the same God that has been known to every mystic in the world, whether he was white or black, yellow or pink, Jew or Gentile. It’s the same God once you meet Him in the centre of your being, although different people in different nations, in different era, have different ways of expressing or showing forth God.