Free Download PDF Daily Preparation tape 386B
1961 Waikiki Infinite Way Center
Joel S. Goldsmith
386B – Daily Preparation for Beginner and Advanced Student
Good morning…The young student, the beginning student of The Infinite Way must realize that there are specific principles which constitute the message of The Infinite Way, and that are really the reason for there being an Infinite Way. These principles if they are not understood and practiced, would leave The Infinite Way in the classification of a philosophy—just something interesting to read, and then to put up on the shelf. But The Infinite Way isn’t that at all. It is a practical experience.
You know that you have heard many, many times that the teaching of Jesus Christ is impractical, and that it could not be adopted to our modern way of life. And this seems strange when you remember that this impractical way of life healed the sick, raised the dead, provided supply to those who needed it; was able to still the storms; bring peace where there had been discord—and this is called impractical. But nothing in the religious history of the world up to the time of the Master had ever been quite as practical as his teaching. It was difficult, but it was practical.
And so it is that in our modern religion, that you also find that it is difficult, but also that it is practical. The fact that a religious teaching can bring healing of physical and mental ills; that it can lead to an increased sense of supply; that it can provide safety and security; the fact that it can bring an inner peace, an inner release from the major world’s problems, and even help in the solution of those problems, makes it practical. And, The Infinite Way is in that regard practical—but also it is difficult. It is difficult for the beginner, because there must be an understanding of the basic principles, and then there must be a practice of them until the student develops an actual consciousness, which makes it possible to let go of the strenuous work.
But then we are also faced with another problem that our advanced students very often forget—that the only reason they may be considered advanced students is that they know and practice those basic principles. There is a temptation on the part of advanced students to be so far advanced that they advance beyond the principles, and that’s when troubles come. Because, in the practice and the living of The Infinite Way, I have found that it is impossible to advance out of the stage of the beginner; it is impossible to advance beyond the understanding and practice of the original basic principles. And those who feel that they can outgrow those, or that they have advanced beyond them, merely succeed in advancing themselves out of The Infinite Way and its practice.
Now, the reason is simple. The Infinite Way has two basic principles that set it aside from other teachings, and that really make it The Infinite Way. And these two principles are these: first of all, there must be an actual consciousness of the presence of God attained; otherwise we are only in the realm of mental discussion, theory, belief, or knowledge. In The Infinite Way you are nowhere at all, as long as you are merely in intellectual agreement, or in a liking for the principles. You are nowhere at all, until you actually attain some measure of realization of the Presence.
Let us put it this way. There is an invisible transcendental Presence, and that means, if we may localize it for a moment, that means that right here in this room, even closer to you than in this room, “closer to you than breathing.” Now imagine that for a moment, right here in this room, even closer than that, closer to you than your own breathing, there is a Presence; there is a spiritual, invisible, transcendental Presence. There is an actual Spirit called “the Spirit of God” or, in Christian mysticism called the “Christ,” which is only another term for the individualization of the Spirit of God in man.
Now there is this Presence, and it is within you. And you do not have to go to mountains or temples for it; you can find it sitting here in this room, or in your own home, or a public library, or any church where you may find quiet and peace. Wherever you are, it is literally true that the place whereon thou standest is holy ground, and therefore wherever you are, you can come to the actual experiencing of this Presence that is within you. Not only you can, but as an Infinite Way student you have to.
You must in the last analysis, attain the awareness, the actual feel, the actual realization of a divine Presence within you. You will not be able to analyze it or dissect it; you will not be able to explain it to your friends or relatives. It is folly even to try to explain it to yourself. It is enough that you can experience it. And then by the fruitage of that experience, you will know that it is true.
There are many of course, you read this in the religious literature of the world, how many there are continuously fooling themselves, that they are experiencing the Presence—people who are having nothing more nor less than an emotional jag. The religious literature is filled with people who are victims of self-hypnosis, and who write the most fantastic things and experience the most fantastic things, and the only way we know that it is not a true spiritual experience is that there is no practical fruitage from it. There is no peace attained, there is no harmony attained, no health attained. None of those experiences that have come to the world, through the revelation of Jesus Christ, come to those who live on cloud nine, and do not keep their feet on the ground.
In other words, this experience when it is attained, immediately acts to set one free. Free from what? First of all concern, that is the first fruitage of the attainment of the Christ. It sets one free from concern. Problems may linger for quite a while, or problems may come and problems may go. Some problems may be solved through the activity of the Christ, yet other problems come to take their places.
But, this is the normal and this is the natural experience of life, until through the continued realization of spiritual identity and spiritual life and spiritual law, one may come to the place described by the Master “I have overcome the world.” But let us not believe that he uttered those words in the first month of his ministry. Because we find actually, that even after he was actively engaged in the spiritual ministry, after he was actually functioning as a rabbi, even after he was performing some of the miracles described in Scripture, he still had to face the three temptations in the wilderness. And they were serious temptations, as serious as any that we will ever experience.
Now, this means then that just like all existence is really evolution, all of life is an evolution. Study the history of the world, study the history of mankind, study the history of government, and you will find that we have been evolving from the state of consciousness of the caveman age; we have been evolving from the “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth age”; we have been evolving from the horrors of 19th century and early 20th century capitalism to the broader outlook of the later 20th century. You will see how religion has evolved from the hell and damnation days, to the religion of today. And so you will find that whether you search history, the history of mankind or the history of government or the history of society, you will find that this has been an evolving consciousness all down through the centuries, and it is still evolving.
And so it is that when the Christ, when the Spirit of God is first consciously realized in an individual, its function begins to operate. But it continues on the same evolutionary basis. In other words, it may start first of all merely to detach one from their fears, from their doubts, from concern about the problems so that the problems of life may be solved, quietly and peacefully and gradually, and without worry and fear, and being driven to the extremes of nerves. But gradually this activity of the Christ begins really to act as a leaven in our entire human experience. And we find that our human relationships with others begin to be more harmonious, more natural, more joyous; we find that our efforts, whether we’re in business or art or profession, become less arduous, less tiresome, and they actually become joyous, even as they become more fruitful.