Original Iwihub transcript by Zane Maser
1956 New York Laurelton Hotel Closed Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
And, the final evening of our class again. I’m sure that some of you have recognized that in many ways this has been an unusual class. This class is as different from our past classes as you can imagine. And, probably one reason is that when our class work began in March of this year, an unfoldment was given to me that while it followed exactly the principle of The Infinite Way came in, shall we call it a different “facet,” a different way, a different mode of expression and one that was very forcible, powerful. And, that unfoldment went around with me to the class work in England, Holland, Sweden, down into South Africa, and across to Australia; and in Australia during the Melbourne class, we had another powerful experience, and with it came an unfoldment of the nature of God as I.
You will recall that the word “I” is used by the Master to indicate a presence that is within each one of us. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Before Abraham was, I am with you. I am with you unto the end of the world.” Always, you will notice that word I. Again, you will notice, “I have meat ye know not of.” I can give you water, living water. I am the bread, the wine, and the water. In Orthodox religious teaching that is given to us as if that I that Jesus was talking about was Jesus, a man; but in the light of our understanding today, you’d know that if he had ever meant that that we would be hopeless today, because Jesus isn’t anywhere around. So, we’d be left without the bread of life, and the wine, and the water. We’d be left without that presence that goes before us or that remains with us unto the end of the world. And so, we have to look further, and as we do we know that he was speaking about that which he called “the Father within me,” my Father and your Father.
But, study the scriptures and see how many times he used the word I, and then you will understand that this I of which he speaks is right where you are. If you make your bed in hell, It will be there with you. If you mount up to heaven, It will be there with you. If you walk through the valley of shadow of death, It will be there with you. If you walk through the flames, they will not kindle upon you. If you walk through the waters, you will not drown. Always because I am with you, and as long as you can bring to your conscious remembrance the word I, you will never be alone; and not only that but you will understand him when he says, “I and the Father are one.” And, all you have to do right now silently within yourself repeat that word I, and then remember I and the Father are one. That very I that you declare and the Father are one, inseparable, indivisible, always present where I am, always present where thou art. In the past, in the present, or in the future before Abraham was, I was with you. I will be with you unto the end of the world. Joel won’t be, and Jesus won’t be, and neither will John or Paul, but I will be with you unto the end of the world. And, your conscious remembrance of that I will remind you of Moses, that which changed him from a shepherd to a spiritual leader of a whole nation of people, a whole race of people. I am that I am. I am, and remember that that made him a leader of people.
And, if I told you in previous classes when Solomon was building the temple, there was a password that was to be given to all those who helped in that work, and on possession of that password they would be enabled to travel any part of the world they wanted and work and receive master’s wages. Not anything less than a master’s wages, just by possession of that secret word; and that secret word is I am, and everyone who knows that word I am can travel any place they want and find employment at a master’s wages, find safety, find security, find peace, find harmony; but first they must find I at the center of their being. They must learn to dwell with I. They must learn to praise It, to be grateful for It. They must learn to live with It as a living entity. It must become closer than your mother and father, or sister or brother, or husband and wife. That I at the center of your being you must feel so humble in Its presence, because It is the presence of God that has been planted in you since before Abraham was. The very presence and power of God has been established in you since the beginning before Abraham was; and that presence and power of God is known as “I in the midst of thee am mighty.” I. Now, under your breath to yourself repeat it. I. I in the midst of you am mighty. I in the midst of you will never leave you nor forsake you. Withersoever thou goest, I will go. That is why that passage in Ruth and Naomi is considered one of the most beautiful in all the world.
Now, what is it about those very ordinary words that makes it such a beautiful passage? “I will be with you. Withersoever thou goest, I will never leave thee. Bid me not to leave thee. Withersoever thou goest, I will go.” And, that’s the truth. Wherever you are in the valley of the shadow of death, I am with you. And, if you mount up to heaven, I am with you. And, if you make your bed in any temporary hell, I am with you in sin, in disease, in lack. I am with you, and the recognition that I will never leave thee nor forsake thee will lift you out of any temporary discord or inharmony and reveal to you your rightful place, your rightful estate, your rightful relationship with God.
But, don’t look for a God afar off. Look for a God that is closer to you than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. What is closer to you except I? I is the only thing that’s closer to you than breathing, nearer than hands and feet; and I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Withersoever thou goest, I will go. I will be all things unto thee. I am the bread of life. I am the wine. I am the water. I am all these things. I in the center and that’s why you must be humble in Its presence. We must not use It as if to glorify your humanhood and made you a god. It doesn’t make you a god. It makes God safely anchored in the center of your being. It makes you the child of God, the offspring of God. It makes you subject to the government of God. It gives you a God at hand, not to be worshiped in holy mountains or holy temples but to be worshiped in spirit and in truth right where It is within you. That is why the Master said that when you pray you must go within. Close the door. Leave everybody outside. Leave everything outside. Go within and commune with I.