by Joel S Goldsmith,

1953 First New York Practitioner Class


Now, in the sense that they would understand that, you wouldn’t even be telling them a truth. In the sense that we understand it, that God is not a power to be wielded, God is not a power to be used over something, in that sense it is true that God is not a power. But then, we understand that because of the many years in which we have been reading, thinking, such terms as “the non-power” or “non-existence” of evil in any form. And so we have no need of a God to overcome that which has no reality. By now we are prepared for that statement. And in the same way, I still wonder how it was that I made that statement to the doctor, that disease has no law, when if there’s anyone sure of the law of disease it must be a doctor. They’re dealing with the law of disease all the time. And this one evidently had been prepared and was able to accept it.. But others would surely be puzzled. Yes I have seen, I have known one, who right after that experience came over from the mainland to Hawaii, a doctor who has quite a large hospital, and studied with me over there. And his reception of the statement that disease has no law, shocked him because he specializes in tuberculosis, and he knows all the laws of tuberculosis, and they’re pretty rigid ones too, to the medical mind.

And so, we would be much better using less words to those who come to us for help, making fewer statements, and certainly less absolute ones. And rather, giving them the assurance of our cooperation in the realization of freedom and of harmony. Put their mind at rest, and then let the spirit take over, rather than occupy them with a lot of mental statements which they might believe are going to heal them, and which we know right to begin with isn’t. So, you say; “I have a cold”, and I say; “Oh no, it isn’t real.” And now, we’ve got a battle. You say; “I have a cold,” and I say; “Oh no.” I drop it. “Let me be with you.” And then there’s a let down, and you feel that; “Oh, isn’t that fine. They are going to be with me.” In what way are they going to “be with me”? Well, if they know a least bit about the spiritual truth, they know that it means you’re going to be with them in the realization of the true nature of being and the true nature of God. That you are standing by with them, with no fear for the outcome. How could you fear the outcome, having the realization of God? I suppose Jesus saw that, when his usual comment was; “Do you believe that I can do this?” The moment you can say; “Yes, I believe,” there’s a let down of fear. There’s a feeling of confidence in someone, really someone’s understanding. And so too, it is a good thing to give the assurance of your help, of the continuity of your help, of your willingness to help, and of your confidence in what you know. Impart that confidence, impart that assurance that you do know, and that your confidence in what you know, and then you have done all that is necessary. Are you implying that it works even with students well along the way? I get to a place once in a while where I reach out and ask for help. But, the Heavens, I don’t want anyone that I ask for help to come back at me with any metaphysical statement. I probably know them too, but they aren’t doing me any good. So I am sure that if you were to ask for help, that no one could make a metaphysical statement that you don’t know.

Now, there is an exception to that. Sometimes, a truth reveals itself instantly when you’re asked for help. And if your patient or student has some understanding, you might pass that on to them as an unfoldment that has come to you. That’s quite a different thing than just making up a statement in your head, or picking one out that you can remember and throwing it at them. That comes back to last night again. There isn’t anything in your mind that’s going to help anyone. But, if some impartation comes to you from the Spirit, then you can give it.

I have told this experience that happened to me in New York, where I was practicing here many many years ago, and I was practicing in Boston but coming down to New York for weekends to take care of the work here. And, this particular day, I had appointments every twenty minutes on the pad. And, at four o’clock in the afternoon I had a headache that made me think I was in a boiler factory, or that I had a boiler factory in me. And I had an appointment with this practitioner for dinner, and I called him at his office, and I said; “I will never make that appointment, unless you can give me some help. My head is pounding at me, and I have lots more appointments ahead.” And he said; “Alright.” I hung up the receiver. And that fast, there wasn’t a sign or trace of the headache. It was like the lifting of a shade, and there was a… It was a beautiful experience. So I met him for dinner, and I said; “Look, that was so wonderful and so sudden, I’m sure something must have revealed itself to you. What is it? What was behind that headache?” “Well,” he says, “you know, I really can’t tell you.” I said; “What do you mean, you can’t tell me?” “Well, it’s really deep, and I don’t think you’d be ready for it.” And; “Oh, well that’s good comedy, but now what is it? What – what are you afraid of?” And; “I just don’t think I ought to tell.” “Well alright then, let’s call the dinner off.” “No, if you feel that way about it, I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you exactly what came to me when you asked for help. I thought to myself, what does he think I can do about a headache?” Ah see, there was about as complete non-resistance, there was as complete a statement that; “I can, my own self, do nothing”. There was as complete an absence of “I” as you can possibly get, because it wasn’t thought up. It was spontaneous. You see?

Now, you may not believe it that very serious diseases, so called, can be healed in the self same way, if we can attain that same state of consciousness, or if we are living in that same state of consciousness. This man that I’m talking about was the same one who had had the automobile accident from doing protection work. So, he well knew that there wasn’t anything he could do, or anything that anyone needed protecting from. Now — and, incidentally his favorite way of healing was, in his office, when he had patience, he had a bronze elephant on his desk, and he would listen and listen and listen to these people tell their troubles, and he would say; “Is it true of that bronze elephant? I can’t see how it could be true of your body, your body hasn’t any more intelligence than this.” Of course, that statement won’t heal anybody; but that state of consciousness, that the body isn’t self-acting, that the body can not contract a disease, the body, in and of itself, is dead. The body responds to our state of consciousness. And that’s all there is to it. You can trace that any way you want from the toes to the top of the head. You’ll find you have no sensation in the body unless you yourself are responding. You yourself must be feeling. Your body can’t feel. You feel and that interprets itself, that represents itself in the body, and we’ve illustrated that over and over again. Touch a person’s hand and it’s meaningless. Touch the right person’s hand, and it’s dynamite. And that’s all there is to it.