1961 Waikiki Infinite Way Center
Joel S. Goldsmith
388A – For the Advanced Student – Living the Truth
Good morning…Next Sunday I’m going to be over on Maui with our students. And the Sunday following, which I believe is March 12th, I will be back here. We’re going to use these two Sundays, to take up work of—I don’t like to use the term “advanced nature,” but I have to. But I’ll use it in this way: that when we are living purely along the materialistic line of thought, and start on a path of this nature, we are of course, beginners. After the light has begun to dawn, and we begin to perceive a universe beyond this one, something that the Master called My kingdom which is not of this world, then we may be said to going into a higher state of consciousness, and that’s what we mean by advanced. An advanced student or an advanced teaching is merely one that includes those who have reached or have attained some measure of awareness of this other kingdom.
There are barriers that we meet as students, which act to prevent our spiritual progress. And it is these that we must learn about, and then overcome, in order that we may take progressive footsteps on a spiritual path. The most, or rather the deepest barrier, is this one that represents our ignorance of what constitutes an enlightened consciousness—what constitutes a means of attaining enlightenment. And this is what I want to talk about at this moment.
I would like you to see that, as humans, we are living in a mental universe, not physical. The physical is only the out-picturing of the mental; it’s really a mental universe, and in that universe we are governed by two powers—the power of good and the power of evil, and in this universe as humans, we have no control as to whether or not our lives will fall into the lives of good or the lives of evil; the lives of health or the lives of sickness; the lives of accident or the lives of freedom from accident. And yet, there is a definite and a specific way of determining which these shall be. And even if we do not in this lifetime accomplish one hundred percent of freedom from the discords of human existence, we do at least avoid eighty percent of them, and sometimes more. And this, as you know, is a worthwhile attainment in and of itself.
I would like you to see for a moment how this mental universe affects us, without even our awareness of it. And I would like to use for an example, a very simple one that showed up in the prints this week. We have on the market many different insect killers, and among these are some that are intended to eliminate mosquitoes. Now I know that we do not credit the mosquito with a great deal of intelligence. As a matter of fact the only intelligence I give them credit for is that he can find me always—regardless of where he is or I am, we get together. He has a mental antenna that just reaches me. But beyond that I haven’t seen much evidence of intelligence in a mosquito.
And yet, we were told in this article this week, that every few months the manufacturers of these mosquito remedies, have to change their formulas—put different chemicals in them, because the mosquito builds up an immunity to the drug and doesn’t respond to it. But the strange thing is this: the mosquito is killed dead with that drug. He has no immunity to it, but he provides an immunity for the next generation and the next generation. Think of that, he himself is destroyed with this drug. But the next generation less so, and the next generation less so, until in six or eight weeks the drug that was able to kill his ancestor of just two months ago, no longer is effective on the newborn mosquito that knows nothing about what happened to his great grandparents.
Do you see that there is a mental activity going on? Well, the same thing applies with penicillin. An individual, who gets a shot of penicillin today, gets a shot that totals more than every individual combined got who received shots in the first year that it was on the market. Why is this? And they tell us that we build up an immunity to it. Who builds up the immunity? Not the person who received the shot, they may never receive another one, but all of his neighbors and friends. Because he received a shot, his neighbors and friends build up an immunity. And his children and grandchildren build up such an immunity, that the doses have to be multiplied and multiplied and multiplied, until eventually they’ll probably have to do away with that particular drug and find another one. In other words, there is a mental process going on behind the scenes.
Now, this mental process is sometimes good and sometimes evil, and we ourselves know nothing about it until it strikes. We may wake up one morning and find ourselves healthier than we ever were in history and wonder why. Or, we may find ourselves afflicted in some way with some illness, that has come out of the blue, and we wonder why. And all of this has to do with this “mental operation,” which is really a universal malpractice, it is not personal, not any more than the drug to the mosquito, or the immunity from the drug, is personal. It is only because there is this impersonal universal mental activity, which is sometimes good and sometimes evil.
Now, when you come to a study of this nature, you learn that there is a way by means of which you can avoid very nearly all of the effects of this universal pressure, universal mental hypnotism or malpractice. The first step you would learn in the message of The Infinite Way is that this source of evil, this source of error, is completely impersonal. And therefore, you would never use the words “I” or “he” or “she” when speaking of evil or error, because there is no such thing as an evil person. There is no such thing really as a person that embodies evil—either in the form of sin or disease or lack. It is all an impersonal activity, which operates personally and individually because of our unawareness of its nature.
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Don’t hurry by that quotation, just because you think you’ve heard it so many times that you know it. You really do not know the significance of that statement, and the chances are that on this earth you never will fully know the depth, the meaning of that statement, because it really means what it says: that whatever discord, inharmony, whatever erroneous experience touches us—it is because we did not know the truth that makes us free.
Now, knowing the truth is an active work; it is not a passive work like reading a book, it is not a passive action like hearing a lecture or a talk or attending a class. Those are the passive aspects of knowing the truth, but they are not the knowing of the truth that makes us free. The knowing of the truth that makes us free is a conscious act of the mind—a conscious knowing of specific truth.
Now, one of these specific truths that must be consciously known is that evil, error, of any name or nature, is impersonal. And therefore, whatever inharmony or discord you are associating with yourself or another—you must instantly and quickly be alert to realize this is impersonal; this is not a person; this has its source in an impersonal mental activity or malpractice or hypnotism, whatever term you like—carnal mind. But you have to be sure that you do impersonalize it.
For instance, you have all kinds of disease in the world in the form of epidemics. And surely you must know that there is nothing personal about whether a disease hits you or whether it hits your neighbor or whether it hits your child. It isn’t selecting us because of a fault of our own. That theory has long since been discarded when we examine the amount of good people there are in the world: seriously good people, religious people, honorable people, people who would have no thought of violating the Ten Commandments, and yet they’re subject to the same diseases, the same fears, the same errors as those who we recognize as being humanly in violation of those same Ten Commandments.