When we go to business, when to go to any task, it is with the realization: He performeth that which is given me to do. He perfecteth that which concerneth me. It’s an acknowledgement that I can of my own self do nothing, but the Father within me is doing the works.
And at lunch time and at dinner time we are again acknowledging God, even to go for a glass of water is to acknowledge that this has been given to us by God’s grace, and whatever benefit it has in our system must be part of God’s grace, because man surely had nothing to do with the qualities of water, except recently to spoil it a bit.
Now, when we make a practice of this, when we keep our mind stayed on God in this way throughout the day and night, when we acknowledge God as the health of our countenance, as our safety and security, as our all, it is only a very few days can pass until you find within yourself an inner peace, at least more peace than before, and perhaps even a greater assurance, because by now you have acknowledged so often the reality of God in your human experience, the presence and power of God that comes back to you from within you. The assurance—you’re right. I am with you. I do go before you.
You receive some kind of an assurance that stops a great deal of your anxious thought, concerned thought, worried thought, fearful thought, because now you are entertaining God consciously within you, and it is an impossibility to walk up and down the world with God consciously with us and fearing, or doubting, or hating, and so it is then that this practice of God gives us something of an inner peace.
Now when we sit down we will find that the mind is not as rambunctious as it was before. Now it is more subject unto us so that when we sit down and commence to contemplate God’s grace, God’s availability, God’s presence, it only takes a very few moments of that contemplation until inwardly thought really quiets down—sometimes only for a couple of seconds, but that couple of seconds can be recaptured several times, and as you continue then in both practicing the presence and meditation, you will find that eventually this inner peace will remain with you for as much as a minute.
Of course it doesn’t have to be a minute—one second is enough to transform anyone’s life, but you do eventually come to the place where in your meditation, after you have had your few moments of contemplation, that there comes a momentary pause, an inner stillness, for a few seconds, or a minute, then you can get up and go about your work.
Now, it is for this reason that when you are introducing this subject to anyone that the first book to recommend to them to start out with is Practicing the Presence. The second book to start out with is The Art of Meditation, and after that, of course, they can follow any order that suits their own unfoldment. The main thing is that every individual live their lives in practicing the presence of God and in meditation.
Now, to live without the practice of the presence of God, to live without the continuous acknowledgement of God’s love, God’s grace, God’s life, is really to live the life of the walking dead, because even life is only death when it’s separated from God.
As you will find, and as some of you have already found that once you are consciously living with God, once you have brought God into conscious living with you, so that your mind is stayed on God, you will find that a whole new dimension of life opens to you. It will never again be a life separate and apart from God. It never again will be the branch of a tree that is cut off and withereth. You are a branch of a tree that is cut off and withereth unless you have God consciously in your consciousness.
When you have God consciously in your consciousness you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you and you are a child of God. When you have the truth of God’s love, God’s life, God’s omnipresence, God’s omnipotence, God’s omniscience, when you have that dwelling in your consciousness continuously, you are dwelling in God continuously, and those who dwell in God, none of these evils of the world shall come nigh thy dwelling place.
But you must remember that your consciousness is the connecting link between you and God, and God absent from your consciousness makes of you a branch of a tree that is cut off, but your consciousness imbued with God, your consciousness filled with God has the indwelling Presence, has the Spirit of God dwelling in you, constitutes the Spirit of God dwelling in you, and now you are consciously living in God.
Then when you sit down to your meditations you will find that it does not take you long to have an inner response, and this inner response means—it’s really a signal; it’s a signal announcing God’s presence.
Now this is the point that above all others that I would like you to carry with you because it really is the capstone of this week’s work—and this is literal truth that I’m going to speak to you, this is not symbolic, and this is not poetry. This is a fact.
You do not need money for anything. You do not need food, and you do not need clothing, and you do not need transportation, and you do not need companionship, and you do not need a home, and you can instantly stop taking thought for any of those things. When, in your meditation, you feel this inner response, this “something” that lets you know that God is on the field, you have attained your entire goal of life. After that you have nothing left to seek, to work for, to strive for, or to think about.
The reason is this—the presence of God, consciously realized, is your bread, your meat, your wine, your water, your dwelling place, your safety, and your security.
Once you have the consciousness of the presence of God you never need concern yourself about any other proposition in life. Everything is added unto you. Everything is performed for you. Everything is done for you.
You—well I’ve quoted to you Saroyan’s statement, “I don’t feel that I’m living my life; God is living my life and I just go along for the ride,” and this is about as well as it can be explained except in Paul’s language, I live, yet not I; Christ liveth my life.
There is a complete relaxing from effort. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not a complete relaxing from work. I’m afraid that once you have the conscious awareness of the presence of God you’ll have to do as the rest of us do. You’ll have to work double hours. There’s too much given us to do to accomplish it in one eight hour day, so most of those who attain this usually work sixteen hour days.
You will never be short of work; so don’t think that this means that when you acquire God you just have nothing to do but look at the landscape. You have work to do but you have no anxious thought.