1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
110B – No Power
Much better. (Editor’s note: Joel is referring to the audience’s response to his “good morning.”) The greatest pleasure that we get out of living is that which we get from and through each other. You know, it is literally true after you have gone along the spiritual path for a while, that the world has no pleasures to offer us, no attractions. And we begin to understand what the Master meant when he said, “My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth.” My peace. My peace. I have a meat the world knows nothing about. And we begin to realize that it’s true that the world has very little to offer us. Even though we may enjoy a show or an opera or a book, it isn’t the real lasting joy or peace that we can get from each other. And the only reason we can get it from each other is that we have arrived at some place in consciousness where we are not desiring something that the other has.
In other words, we are sharing whatever it is that comes through and not desiring what the other one has. No human element enters the relationship: no jealousy, no envy, no personal satisfactions. So the joy can come. But the Master had something like that in mind when he said to the disciples, “Could ye not watch with me one hour?” You see, in our relationship that same question will come up. Very often we may do things or leave things undone that the world itself can never understand, and for which the world would condemn or criticize or judge. Sometimes it is even true that we are tempted to judge or criticize or condemn each other. But you see, that really has no right to be in our relationship.
The reason is this. It is not impossible that any one of us will sin or commit some wrong according to the world’s standards, or even according to our own standards. We ourselves may at some time or other be tempted into a violation of what we consider not only the world’s standard of goodness, but even our own standard of goodness. But it is right there and then that we have the right to look to each other, not for criticism or judgment, condemnation, gossip, or rumor, but to have our hands upheld. And you may say then, “Well do you mean that we’re to condone each others’ wrongs?” No.
If you have understood the unfoldment of the ninth commandment, was it? “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” If you have caught a glimpse of what that means according to the spiritual interpretation of it, you will know that this means that we do not look upon each other as humans: not as good humans or bad humans; not as spiritual humans or unspiritual humans. That we have come to the place of witnessing, experiencing—revealing Christhood.
Now we’ll agree here and now with Paul, that we may not have fully apprehended, we may not be fully demonstrating our Christhood. Well that makes no difference. Forgetting those things which are past, we go forward toward the attainment of the full stature of manhood in Christ Jesus. And that doesn’t mean that even though we are looking forward to it and struggling toward it, that we may not still fall from grace. Any one of us may be afflicted with a disease, an accident, a sin, a false appetite. You see, the pressure of the world, world hypnotism, is very powerful, very strong, until such time as we do fully apprehend, that is make the complete ascension.
And so it is that on our spiritual journey we may fall from grace according to the world’s standards, according to our own. But if our own will not hold us up, if our own disciples will not stay awake with us one hour, to continue to behold our manhood in Christ, then how can we blame the world if it sets about crucifying us or tearing us down.
Now you see that we are a spiritual underground, without any question of that, because we are presenting to the world truth, in about the highest form in which it can be presented to a world in this and probably any other age. Not that this is the first time it’s happened, but it is happening now. All the way back in the Psalms you will find the prophecy that the Christ, when It comes, will be crucified. Isaiah is full of the predictions and prophecies of the crucifying of the Christ, the persecution of the Christ, and the Master himself acknowledged it.
Whenever truth is offered to the human mind, the human mind wants to crucify that truth, because the truth demands that the human mind die. Truth demands that we die daily to our humanhood, and that we be reborn of the spirit. Truth doesn’t promise anybody that you can go on being a good, comfortable human being. Truth doesn’t promise anybody that you can have a lot of money and a lot of fame and a lot of health and a lot of self-indulgence. Truth doesn’t promise anybody a life of ease in matter.
It promises a terrific struggle, a struggle between the spirit and the flesh, until the crucifixion. That is the final tearing down of humanhood, the final destruction of man whose breath is in his nostrils, after which comes a very barren period, a wilderness period in the tomb, a period of desolation. That’s why it is called the tomb. But after that three days, there comes the resurrection. And even in the resurrection you’ll carry around a torn body with you and maybe some torn reputations too.
But forty days of that, and there comes the ascension above every claim of the human mind. Then comes the pure spiritual life, in which the promises are fulfilled:
I will never leave you nor forsake you. I will lead you beside the still waters, in green pastures. My presence will go before you to make the crooked places straight. I have never seen the righteous begging bread.
You see, it is in that demonstration of our Christhood that there are no problems, none whatsoever.
Now, we agree and I’m speaking now not only to those sitting here in this room, but to all the students who are listening to this on tapes, and who may some day read it in print, that we are called upon by our teaching to go out into the world and witness sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, wars, spiritual wickedness in high places, and yet look through the appearance and say, “Oh no. I know thee, who thou art, the holy One of Israel.” If we can do that for the world at large, how much more must we do it unto each other, since it is we who are upholding this banner for the world. And if we are not united with each other, in each other, through each other; if we are not giving to each other support: spiritual support, mental support, physical support, financial support, whatever is necessary at any given moment, then we are not of that band of the spiritual brotherhood that is holding aloft the light of truth for the world.
Certain it is that your good will be evilly spoken of. Certain it is that on this path you will be accused of every crime in the calendar, and the higher you go in spiritual demonstration, the more mud the world will throw at you. And fortunate are you if those of your own spiritual household will not misjudge you or desert you, but will hold up your right hand, not only when you are innocent of any of the things that the world says about you, but even in those rare instances when you may be guilty.