Where the Spirit of the Lord is
1956 Steinway Hall Practitioner Class
by Joel S Goldsmith
“Put not your…” This is 146; Psalm 146. “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” Isn’t that clear? It makes no difference who the prince may be, even a prince of the church; spiritual teacher. Don’t put your faith there. Don’t put your trust there. These are only your way-showers, your guides, your instructors. Put your faith in God realized. You’ll never lose out. Speaking of this “princes” and the son of man, it says; “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Yes, it doesn’t make a difference how good his thoughts are, he and his thoughts both perish eventually. It is only when God uttereth His voice that the Earth melteth. “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made Heaven, and Earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth forever: Which executeth judgement for the oppressed: Which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners. The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind. The Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: The Lord preserveth the strangers; He relieveth the fatherless and widow. The Lord shall reign forever.” It’s the Lord that does it. It isn’t you or any truth you know. It isn’t the practitioner, it isn’t the healer; it’s the Lord. But the Lord doesn’t do it, actually, until the Lord is realized.
“Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.” “Acknowledge Him in all thy ways,” and He will give thee understanding, and strength, and presence, and power. “Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” The world has believed, for generations, that God will do these things. And it is for this reason that we have tens of thousands of churches on Earth dedicated to the false belief that God will do these things. And they keep looking to God for them, generation after generation, as each generation is lost. Whereas, it is God realized, God rightly known and understood; it is God as we face God in our inner being. In our literature, you’ll find it all spoken of as “God realized,” or “Christ realized.” God realized, is demonstration. Christ realized, Truth realized, is demonstration. You can know all the truths in all the metaphysical books in all the world, and achieve nothing. But, if one statement in any one of those books becomes a realized truth, it becomes a demonstrated truth. It is the realization that does it, not the truth. The Master said; “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” He might just as well saved a few words and said; “The truth shall make you free,” but he didn’t. He said; “Ye shall know the truth, then the truth shall make you free.” Now, I say to you; “You shall first know God, come face to face with God, feel God within you, attune yourselves to God, make God the goal of your life, then you will find that God realized is a presence that goes before you to make the crooked places straight.” God realized, is the health of your countenance. God realized, is the money in your pocketbook. God realized, is the new ideas, the new inventions, the new pieces of music, the new pieces of art. God realized, appears as outer form. But if you leave God in the stage of floating on a cloud, or an object of conversation, or a statement of truth, nothing happens. You have a cloud without rain. Now, all this goes back to just one thing. If we abide at the centre of our being for certain periods of the day, with but one goal; realizing God, coming face to face with God, to know God, to keep our mind stayed on God, eventually the click will come, the feeling.
“He uttereth His voice.” You’ll hear that voice. And then, without taking any further thought, you’ll find that the harmonies begin to appear in your experience, sometimes suddenly, sometimes slowly, sometimes gradually, but they appear. And you can recognize them, because they’re harmonies that you yourself were not responsible for. It was like you being in this room at this moment. My contact with God resulted in students being in this room. It wasn’t any human effort. It wasn’t any human advertising. It wasn’t any human thinking. It wasn’t any mental work. It was just a daily, consciously, living in oneness with God, and then all those who were attuned to this message were also picked up by the same spirit and brought here. No human effort did it. And so it is with the evening class. And so it is with the books and those who purchase them. God realization is responsible for all of it, not human footsteps. Although, when human footsteps appear to be needed, they are indulged. For instance, when it was evident there was to be a class, this room had to be provided. The theatre had to be provided for the lectures. Workers had to be provided for this, that and the other thing. Every human footstep has been taken. In other words, we do not ignore the facts of every day living. We do not ignore any of the processes of life. We say, and demonstrate, that a conscious realization of God brings forth harmony. Then, when something is given us to do on the human plane, we step out and do it. Whether it is typing manuscripts, arranging halls, traveling, or whatever it may be. If we were to just sit in a corner and dilly dally around inside with God, and ignore the outside world, that would be my idea of escapism. But if you really touch God, God doesn’t let you do it. Somewhere, recently, there is in the writings, that the very moment we realize God, we are given our mission, our work to do. A God realization brings a task to us; a task that is in the line of God work. But, you see, it must be a God realization. Otherwise, we just humanly decide that we want to do this, that, or the other thing, and then wonder why God isn’t supporting our efforts. Well, just the fact that we decide we’d like to be a practitioner, or a teacher, or a lecturer, or an author, isn’t really going to make it so. It is when God realization is achieved, that a direction comes to us, and we follow it out. And then we can say; “He performeth that which is given me to do. He raiseth up seed.” So that, if we need publishers, or if we need workers, or if we need dollars, they always appear. But that is because God inaugurated the activity, not man. Now, every time you have God realization, you’re bringing yourself closer to some spiritual activity. It may be the healing activity, the teaching activity, writing activity, or it may be some other form. Each one is given some individual way to express himself. That is why, in this work, there can never be competition. Never. Because each one of us is so individual, that God performs Its functions through us in individual ways. And no one could take you out of this room, but nobody could bring you in either, except God. But because you weren’t brought here by man, man can’t take you away. Do you see that? So it is with all of your good. The moment you are assured that God is in the midst of you, be assured that whatever talent you have will be yours forever.
Whatever business you have, whatever activity you have, whatever joy you have, it is yours forever. Man can’t touch it. If man ever stepped in to touch something that God placed, the fingers would drop off. That is why some things are misunderstood. That is why it is believed that some people suffer from malpractice. They may be, but it’s self-malpractice. They’re trying to interfere with God’s kingdom. And when they try it, they get their fingers burnt. Nobody, nobody, can ever step between you and your maker. You will realize God in the inner world, your good will unfold in the outer, and you’ll find you have no competition. You know, it took a couple of very wise business men to discover this in the business world. I think throughout all time, wherever you find Macy you’ll find Gimble. They just won’t let themselves be separated. They don’t acknowledge competition. Where one is, the other is. And they each draw crowds unto themselves, and the crowds of one benefit the crowds of the other. And so it is, it’s true on the business place. And it’s true on the spiritual plane, that what is yours is yours. No man can take from you that which is yours by spiritual right. And that is why we have very deep lessons on that subject, in our tape work, in our previous classes, on the subject of supply. Our supply, individually I’m speaking, consists of the bread that we cast upon the waters. The bread that I cast upon the waters returns to me. The bread that you cast upon the waters returns to you. Heaven help me if I reach out my fingers to touch your bread. And Heaven help you if you reach out yours to touch mine, because God will not have it so. I cast my bread upon the waters, and that is my supply. It returns to me with butter, jam, and sugar. And latterly, I even enjoy American cheese on it. But be assured of this; my supply isn’t what you cast on the water. My supply is what I cast on the water. If I don’t loose it, it can not come to me. Because, nothing can come to me from the outer world. If it did, that would be a form of communism; dividing up that which already exists in the world. But actually, what I cast on the water, that is the supply that comes back to me. And God does not permit anyone to interfere with that. If I withhold, then of course I’m withholding my own bread. And if I lack, it is nobody’s fault but mine. I just haven’t cast enough bread out on the water, to return to me all doctored up with good. Now, there are many ways of casting bread upon the water. Only one of them is by spending or giving out money. The others are spending ourselves, giving ourselves; in service, in devotion, in integrity, in whatever forms of spiritual good may be given to us. But be assured of this; that the person who isn’t spending, who isn’t giving, who isn’t sharing, is not casting their bread upon the water, and they’re just leaving none to come back to them. And their troubles arise from the fact that they look to their neighbor for their neighbor’s bread. And it’s a bitter bread. You know that as well as I do.
Those who have to accept the bread of charity don’t like it. But those who are compelled to give the bread of charity don’t like it either, because it leaves a sense of incompleteness. It leaves a sense of imperfection. It’s as much as to say; my brother is the same heir of God that I am, and I’d rather have him wake up and receive it from God than from me. Meantime though, because it is right that we help our brother in their lack, we do it with love. But the greatest love we can give, is to reveal to them that they are joint heir with Christ in God, even as we are. And, that the secret of their getting, is the secret of giving.