by Joel S Goldsmith,

1953 First New York Practitioner Class


From appearances you can not always judge, but from knowledge you can know. And so, your knowledge of the nature and character of everyone in this room would enable you to give assurance to anyone with any fear that no harm will come to them from anyone in this room. That’s from your knowledge. That’s not from appearances, thats not from guess work. That’s from your knowledge of the identity of each of us. And so, in your spiritual wisdom, a point of consciousness that you have attained through study and practice over the years, you are now looking out at this world and beholding it spiritually, not materially. You are beholding this universe as God appearing in infinite form and variety. It does not fool you that appearances sometimes testify to vicious forms of error. Your study, your practice, your change from material consciousness to spiritual, shows you the truth of the first chapter of genesis. You know that God is the only creative principle of this universe. You know that God made all that was made. You know that all that God made is good. And you know that the infinite nature of God being makes it utterly impossible that there should be any other form of creation except God appearing. Only God appearing IS.

All appearances to the contrary are deceitful. Now then, probably in the beginning of your metaphysical days, you made statements of this kind as metaphysical cliches. You have learned those statements and you have learned to declare them on almost every occasion. Witness a couple of automobiles cracked up in the road, and then say; “Oh, there are no accidents in divine mind.” As if making such a statement had any power. Were there the conviction of God as the only governing influence, no such statement could have been made. You would have just looked right through the appearance with a smile, knowing the illusory nature of what was appearing.

Now that we are free of the belief of mental causes for physical diseases, we don’t have to concern ourselves even with suppositional error, suppositional causes, or suppositional effects. We go right to the heart of the situation and abide in God as the law of all things, the principle of all things, as the creative and maintaining and sustaining influence. But, because we live and move and have our being in that consciousness, because we dwell in the secret place; if we live in that atmosphere of oneness, when we are presented with an appearance of evil, we don’t have to combat it or deny it. We can look right through it and smile at it. But we can say, to the ones still under the belief; I am with you. I will help you. I will be immediately with you. I will stay right by with you until you have the realization of freedom. Anything of an assuring nature, showing that two or three are gathered together in this realization. Showing that you are standing by in your spiritual wisdom. That is love. That is compassion. That is the function of the healer. But never to enter into an argument with the error or with the claim of error, or with the individual momentarily under the belief of it. There is something in law to the effect that a case doesn’t get into a court until the issue is joined; until there has been somebody to make a positive statement, and somebody to deny it. Then, you’ve got something to go to court with. And so it happens in this work. If somebody makes a statement of error and you make a statement of truth, you’ve got a good case now.  Now you can go to court and fight it out. But there isn’t any need for that. We don’t have to go to court with this work. There’s nothing to argue about and no one to argue with.

It’s just a question of truth and the awareness of truth, or a momentary ignorance of truth. It is for this reason that this work is more than gaining a knowledge of the letter of truth. This work is gaining a consciousness of truth . Gaining the actual spirit of truth, so that the healing work doesn’t become a lot of mental back and forth argument. It becomes a very calm clear realization of God. And that comes only with this inner feeling, this inner realization of God Being. Now, it is for this reason that I say, that if I say to you; “I am ill, give me help,” there isn’t any truth that you could declare about it that would be truth. Because there isn’t any truth about error. There isn’t any truth about error. There isn’t any truth about error. There is no way to correct error because error doesn’t exist.

All there is is the realization within you, and that’s the healing agency. The healing agency is the realization within you; of God. If you haven’t a realization of God, there is no real spiritual healing. To say the realization of God is what and why; no no. Just a realization of God is enough. There’s no what or why to it.  God is. If you ever have that realization that God is, you will not be too concerned with what God is, or how God is. Now… And yet, the realization of God will bring its own unfoldment. Teaching is quite a different thing. In teaching, you do need a reason for your faith. You can not say to the person in ignorance of truth; God is. No, they won’t believe you. That will not develop a consciousness of truth for them. We develop a consciousness of truth only because we have read so many books, and heard so many lectures, and had so many classes, and so many recordings. We have been at this so many years, that gradually we have developed a consciousness of God’s presence, God’s power. But that was developed by all of the things that we know, all the way back from Christian Science days, or Unity days, or any other days, right up to our present moment. All of that constitutes our present state of consciousness. Never forget that.

All of the truth that we know, all the truth we’ve read or heard, constitutes our present state of consciousness. And so it is with those who come to us. Just to say to them; “Oh God is,” is much like giving a college course to a grammar school boy. He wouldn’t know what to do with it. He has no power to assimilate it.  And so with us. The student who comes to us and is told; “God is,” or; “God is love,” has just no power to assimilate that, has no foundation for the acceptance of it. Because they are living on appearances, judging by appearances, have been taught always to fear appearances, or love appearances, or hate appearances, depending on whether they were good ones or bad ones. And so, a person in the sense of living in appearances, could hardly understand what we have to say about “God is”.

It is in the same way, that very often we come in contact with the medical thought, or the theological thought, and sometimes they have a very healthy interest in the subject, from what they have witnessed in their own experience; want to know more. And you’d be surprised how many times we block their interest by throwing metaphysical statements at them, that to us seem very clear. But they, with their background, can have no possible way of assimilating, of understanding, of digesting. And so, it becomes necessary to use wisdom and discretion in throwing advanced metaphysical or spiritual truth at those who have no foundation for them. The simplest language that we can use, and the simplest parables or examples that we can give as a foundation work to the beginner, will help build their consciousness. It would be a terrible thing to say to an ordinary religionist coming to us for the first time, that God is not power. You’d be taking their whole foundation away. The first thing you know, you would hear; “You’ve taken my Lord away.” Of course! You’ve taken their reliance. They are relying on something they call a power. And you say to them; “God is not power.” No.