There is a communion, then; there is no communion from us to God, God needs no knowledge that we have. God needs no requests from us, and certainly, God needs no demands from us. But we need receptivity to God, we need an awareness of God, we need a companionship with God, we need to hear the still small voice because Scripture tells us, “He uttered His voice and the earth melted. He uttered His voice and the earth melted,” the still, small voice. God isn’t in the whirlwind, God isn’t in our thinking, God isn’t in our pleading and imploring, God isn’t even in our praying and sacrificing.
That’s all part of Jesus’ teaching. He tried his best to stop the Hebrews from sacrificing, thinking that they were pleasing God. He tried his best to stop them from praying up to God, and to sit and listen to God, and go within in the silence and the inner sanctuary, not out there in the magnificent temple. In the secret place, in the inner sanctuary, “Close the door where man cannot see you, and tabernacle with God. Realize God. Feel God within yourself, and then you have contact with God. And when you have contact with God you have all there is. Can’t you imagine what it’s like, morning, noon, and night, to know that God is here, closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet, and that we can turn within and close the eyes, and almost instantly feel a response within, an assurance within.
“Lo, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” “Before Abraham was, I am with thee.” “I will be with thee unto the end of the world.” “Fear not.”
“If you go through the waters, you will not drown; if the flames kindle upon you they will not burn. Fear not, I am with you. I will never leave you. As I was with Abraham, Jacob, Moses, so I am with you.”
Well, when that begins to come into our experience then you’ll know why He said, “I am the bread of life.” That very I that says, “I will never leave you,” is also food, and inspiration, and the waters of life. I can give you waters that bubble up into life everlasting. I can. That “I,” that speaks when we have developed the listening ear. That “I,” that speaks when we have learned to go within in secret, in silence, and realize where God is. God is neither lo here nor lo there, not in holy mountains or in temples: the kingdom of God is within you.
Well, you see, then, that none of this is difficult. It is difficult to attain, it is difficult to bring to fruition; it isn’t difficult to know what the principle of life is, that’s just as simple as what I have said to you. But the attaining of it is a little more difficult, and not too difficult otherwise none of us would ever accomplish it. We accomplish it in this way.
First of all, we have scripture to study. Not merely to read because it has been read in churches now ever since the Book was first printed four hundred years ago, and reading it out of books is of very little value. Pondering it, meditating on individual statements, seeking out the hidden meaning, the inner meaning, this is really the Word, this is the Bread of Life.
Through my own experience I have learned that all of this becomes simple if we learn how to meditate because meditation enables us to find a quiet place. It can be in a church if there is one handy enough to us, and it is empty enough of people; or it can be in our home: anyplace where four, five, six times a day, we can sit down for five, or six, or seven minutes. Or three minutes will do if there isn’t more available at the time, and in those few minutes go within with some of these Bible passages, and then sit quietly for an extra minute and then get up and go about one’s work. This repeated four, five, six, seven times in a day or night in a twenty-four hour period, will lead to the experience of thought eventually quieting down and a response coming from within. And when it does, that response is from God.
Now the most wonderful part of all of this, is this: you don’t have to make your demonstration of harmony or good every day, or every week, or every month. You only have to make it once in your lifetime. For after you have made your contact with God it never leaves you nor forsakes you. Then all you have to do is your daily periods of meditation for renewing this communion, renewing this conscious relationship with God. You see, it is literally true that from the beginning of Time, I, and my Father, are One. This is your relationship with God. You are One with God and you have been One with God ever since the beginning of Time, before the beginning of Time, actually. Before Time began. Now, nothing has ever disturbed that relationship. You have never been able to commit a sin grave enough to separate you from God. Because cannot be separated from Himself. God is indivisible, and that is the only Self there is. Therefore, God has never been separated from Itself, which means, from you. But, just as you may have some money in the bank somewhere and have forgotten it; you may own a piece of property somewhere that came to you a generation ago and you may have forgotten it. So it is, through our human experience we have lost sight of our Oneness with God, and there has sprung up in us, not a separation of God – that cannot be.
You cannot separate God from yourself anymore than you can separate glass from this tumbler. Glass and this tumbler are one. You can break it into a thousand pieces but you couldn’t separate glass from tumbler, glass and tumbler are one. And God and you are one, and God and I are one, and nothing can break that relationship. But we can, as we have as human beings; they call it in Scripture either the Prodigal Son experience, or the Adam and Eve experience, makes no difference which symbol you use: it means a sense of separation sprung up in your consciousness. And whereas before you were in the Garden of Eden, one with God, heir, joint-heir to all the heavenly riches, in the next breath through a sense of separation, which you entertained, you are now outside of Eden and you earn your living by the sweat of your brow. That is all that has happened to us that has made us humans: a sense of separation has sprung up in our consciousness.
Now, through our return to the spiritual path we are breaking down that sense of separation and coming into a conscious union with God. We are at one with God, but now we are coming consciously into the realization of that oneness and that is abiding in the Word and letting the Word abide in us. When we are one with the Word, we are one with God. When we are one with God we are one with the Word. And to be One, we must be consciously One.