As a human if you were given your choice and the opportunity to improve the world and were given ten suggestions you would sit down for hours and mull it out and come forth with ten great ideas to improve the world. Spiritual perception tells you there is nothing that can be improved. You are living in the universe of perfection now and only your consciousness of spirit as your identity. Only the stone, the Christ consciousness, that I am the spirit of God and besides me there is no other. My spirit is the only spirit. And you have overcome the belief in a material world with material conditions, with material people, with material objects, with material powers, with material diseases, with material evils by coming to the understanding that only God IS. Only spirit IS. Only I AM. What is there besides spirit? Nothing! What is there to fear? Nothing! Why do we fear? Because we have insisted that besides spirit there is a material world.
We still have the brass and the iron and the clay, which Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar, is destroyed, broken by Christ consciousness. We have the secret of the Bible have we not? We have the secret that we ourselves have striven to find. And our turning to our own consciousness is to follow in the footsteps of those before us who have demonstrated that wherever there is an individual who has reached the level of the knowing, understanding, accepting, and trusting himself or herself to be a spiritual being living in a spiritual universe under spiritual law that individual walks free of the discords of this world.
Difficulties? Yes! But only to deepen the Christ consciousness, to strengthen the faith, to prevent the possibility of turning back into a material consciousness when it is seen through experience that the presence of Christ realized destroys the temporal kingdoms of the earth. No God is not with mortals and therefore I to be the child of God must recognize that neither I am with mortals. God is not in the human scene and therefore I, the child of God, cannot be in the human scene. I must live in my consciousness for that consciousness is the stone. It is the secret of secrets. It is the open sesame which lifts you out of a temporary life span into the realization now of a different life which is independent of the material world. It doesn’t depend on the material world for its food or substance. You are not living by bread alone.
Now the gap has always been that we are seeking God. And here comes another wisdom that says, “to seek God is not the way.” Imagine saying that to the world to seek God that is not the way. Why? Because the one who is seeking God is separate from God. And is not accepting God’s substance as their own substance. To seek God is the way of the mortal, the way of mankind. And in seeking God we have two-ness. In accepting God as your substance that I and the Father are one substance, we have one-ness—there is no stone in two-ness. The stone is this very one-ness. This stone is the Messiah. The saviour in your midst! I in the midst of thee am the stone. I am the secret of Daniel. The secret of Jesus! The secret of Paul! The secret of Joel! The secret of every prophet who heard the voice!
And as you accept yourself to be I and you of your own human self do nothing taking no thought, then you are letting God live your life. And that is what we are here to do. We would all find ways of changing this world. But God isn’t—God isn’t changing this world. Why do we want to change what God isn’t changing? So we learn the better way. The way of truth to see through the illusion of this world. And then we know why God isn’t changing it. You cannot change what is not here—you cannot change nothing. And we who would change the world and know not God, when we know God aright and learn there is no world to change then we are ready to let God live our life because there never was a mortal me. There is only the spirit of God. Do you see the crucifixion of the personal self that must come with the realization of the stone? That if I be the invisible Christ of God, I cannot be the physical mortal! And so he says, I tell you the great secret of life, God is not with mortals, take it from there.
It is very likely that no one really doubts himself or herself to be that spirit of God, that substance called the Christ—that very stone is an important part in the New Testament you see. When Jesus named Simon, Peter, he had been called the Christ by Peter and I called thee Petra the rock, the stone, the Christ consciousness which recognizes the Christ, the rock, the stone; the invisible truth of all being.
That is why we have a New Testament to bring out the new man, the new creature who recognizes that only the substance of God exists—no other substance. And our recognition of the all substance of God is the only substance, is really the recognition of omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. But is my substance and I am in oneness again. I need no words now, no thoughts. We have transcended the need for words. We have transcended the need for human thinking. We can abide in that deep well of silence, which is in the very center of your consciousness, and there my peace transforms that visible, tangible world of good and evil. Dissolving material substance lifting us into the realm of my Father’s spirit where there is no time nor space but only being where only God IS. And where the Son dwells in the Father motivated by the Father. Moving having his being in oneness with the Father under the Father’s love.
You will do that when you accept yourself to be the substance of God. And every time you find yourself not accepting yourself to be the substance of God, you are dividing go into pieces. You are saying God is no longer infinite. God is no longer all. God isn’t everywhere. For here am I and I am not his substance.
Even to hear these words today or read them in a book is part of the spiritual impulse that is coming through all of us lifting us out of our own false material concept of life. Lifting us out of this belief in a life span of a beginning in form, of growing in form and an ending in form. We are seeing ourselves as life and not sowing to the form. We are accepting God’s word. Because we can only take dominion over our world if we have a full understanding of the word consciousness, I am led to dwell there and to explain that it is necessary not to witness perfection in the outer world as we may have been doing but to witness perfection in your consciousness. You see all activity is directed to your consciousness. So that to give a specific example, if instead of going out into the world to correct a condition you go to your own consciousness, it is there that you consciously recognize that only spirit exists and spirit is perfect and therefore because perfect spirit is all that is there and you are conscious of that; nothing else can be there. You are not trying to do something about a material condition, you are rising above that temptation and resting in your consciousness to see that a material condition is hypnosis. Because the full realization is that all material conditions are hypnosis.
Now it isn’t that they are there to be changed, it is that they appear to be there. And we could probably spend several hours just reviewing how they appear to be there, but by now all of us realize that they are images of a universal mind sent through to our individual mind and we merely affirm without knowing why; and then outpicture these universal images, calling them the world.
Now your consciousness then is the place where you overcome the world. Whatever it is that needs overcoming is overcome in your consciousness of truth. And that is deeper than the affirming of truth with your lips. Now there is a place for that affirming, but it is only the beginning. You must then come to the place where you know, you accept, you feel that God is present and the presence is real and living in your consciousness. So that you are not walking this universe hoping to find God somewhere but are accepting the presence of God as the kingdom of your own being.
And this is the release from the darts of the world’s mind. You are in a new kind of stillness. A new kind of you. A new dimension of your own self. You are really in the place where you believe that what was taught on earth as the New Testament has a significance, which you trust, where you believe that the word of God was revealed. And that it says that the kingdom of God is within you. And when you rest there in your consciousness, you are one-ed and harvesting the infinite. All of the power of the infinite is flowing through infinite consciousness individualizing as your consciousness. And it is this knowledge of it and acceptance of it and trust of it and identifying as it which lifts you above every error that stands at the doorstep of your false human consciousness.
It does lead to miracles. It leads to miracles, which are not possible any other way. And so we have the miracle of Jesus walking out upon the water and saying to the storm, “it is I, be not troubled.” And the storm subsides. The very last wisdom in this chapter is if it happens in time and space—it isn’t there. How do you stop a storm? What power could you use mentally? Can you enter the mind of the storm and overcome the mind of it? What physical power can you use to stop a storm? No mind, no might, no power, but by my spirit yes. How? If you are spirit, if you have been willing to release the concept of matter, where is the storm? And so you find the storm is a concept that exists in the mind of man. Seemingly external, but where is it? It is the universal belief shared by individual minds. Did God put a storm there to swallow up an ocean liner? Then who put it there? Who has the power to put a storm there? You see it happening in time and in space and having accepted the illusion of time and the illusion of space everything that happens in time and space has a substructure of illusion.
And so the Master lifts us out of the illusion of time and space to show us that the only activity in God is in eternity, in infinity. And our fragmented concepts of eternity become time, of infinite become space. But we have removed ourselves from the reality and we are in a cosmic illusion of time and space and all that happens in it is not but a universal mind belief shared by the multitudes. Your own spiritual being must be seen in its wholeness, not in time, not in space.
And the two spiritual exercises that you will find very useful as an expansion of consciousness are: One, that as long as I live and function out of a human mind I can only function in the time and space which those who are enlightened have brought to the world as illusion. And as long as I function in a human form which entered into time and space and will depart from time and space I live in the dream which is not the life of God, I am not in God. I am not living and having my being in God. I am not acknowledging the Father in all my ways. I am not one with the Father and I am a branch that must be cut off. I must rise then out of a mortal mind and out of the mortal body. My consciousness of spirit is the way.
I must rise from mind to Soul. And the exercise of rising from mind to Soul is very simple. I take the Soul as the object of my meditation and I literally seek to release myself from the activity of the mind rising to a place where I do not control the activity—rising to a place that is beyond personal control where the Soul itself looks into the true universe. Where I become unable to think!
And that exercise rising to Soul in every way I know how and the other exercise of widening my understanding of my spiritual Self can never behold myself mentally as a form whether it be of matter or of light; but to expand beyond all known horizons and to see that spirit has an infinity which prohibits the possibility of beginning or ending in time or in space and I am that infinite spirit. And again this lifts me beyond the place where I control anything. I decentralize all attempts to control both physically and mentally. I release myself to my Identity.
And in these two exercises it doesn’t take very long before having release identity, as person, as mind, as body there is a new level of intelligence that enters and begins to assert itself. It is a kind of freedom. You have absolutely no personal responsibility of any kind at that level. You have no personal responsibility in Christ consciousness. The Father liveth my life. Christ liveth my life. There is no human self to have responsibility. There is a total submission to the higher Self. And the laws of omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence take over fulfilling the life of the Father. You feel this flow. You feel this release. You find the ultimate freedom. Laying down your personal life!
Now Jesus had gone so far in that direction that even his body appeared to be walking on the water, stilling the storm. But it was the consciousness of his omnipresence, which appeared walking on the water. It was the consciousness of omnipotence and the allness of perfection, which revealed that there was no storm there to drown any one. It wasn’t a revelation, a miracle stopping a storm. It was a revelation of the nonexistence of destruction of any nature, of materiality of any nature and of the only existence of spiritual perfection in all things wherever the spiritual consciousness is. He was revealing for one and all the perfect present kingdom of God where only the law of perfection is at work. We can accept this in this higher consciousness. It takes no effort whatsoever to accepts this. And this becomes part of your permanent consciousness.
Now take inventory and you will see that if you still cling to the belief that imperfection exists around you, in the world, and in your self in some way that these are thoughts that you entertain. And these thoughts can be removed. And you will find when the thoughts are removed, that that’s all the conditions you thought were there really were, they were nothing more than your thought and your thought is always denying that perfection is present. Always our thought is sense-based to deny the presence of perfection. And the senses are anchored in time and space. There is nothing you can experience with the senses that is not in time or space. And so as long as you are sense-based, mind-based, you are in time and space and that is the very essence of the great wisdom that if it takes place in time and space do not accept it as appearance value but search deeper into the realm of Soul.
Now does any one have a question from the floor about any of this that is disturbing them? It is important that you get it for this reason. It is the way to Christ consciousness and Christ consciousness is the way to freedom, to life that does not end. To life that is continuous in the Father’s perfection! These are no longer dreams for us. They are realities.
Now The New Horizon and the New Jerusalem, we cannot dwell any more in the letter of truth. In order for us to really appreciate the scope of those chapters, we must be living in the God experience before we come to those chapters. Because the God experience alone gives you the capacity to understand the fullness of the meaning behind these two chapters. That means for this entire week your goal should be to live in the knowledge that no matter what you see, hear, touch or smell or taste, no matter what you read, no matter what you are told, no matter what’s your good common sense tells you its happening in the world you must go deeper and accept that only invisible perfection can be present because spirit alone is living itself everywhere behind the complete human scene. And that you touch this spirit by your consciousness of it. And through your consciousness it merges into you and comes forth into visibility dissolving the imperfections that concern you. You must be living in that consciousness. The consciousness of the miraculous every present! The ever immaculate! The untouchable! The God universe that no one can see is all that is here functioning and there is no power on earth to prevent it from being here functioning now.
That is the universe I am living in this week. It is the universe we should have been living in these last twenty thousand years. We must come to the place where we are consciously living in that universe—that inner universe. That universe where we are not hypnotized by these appearances! And then from it comes the experience of God’s presence which gives you the courage and the understanding to walk in a completely different universe than this world is showing to us—right here and right now.
Then the chapter The New Horizon will not make your heart palpate or change the shade of your hair overnight. There must be a preparation for that chapter. For only the Christ consciousness in you will accept that chapter. Please read it and with your knowledge of Self let your self explain it to you, not the conscious human mind, but the invisible infinite mind. And don’t be surprised at what you hear.
Now for those of you who want to really prepare for that Christ consciousness which is on earth permeating those who are ready, you would read this next chapter in preparation and for the following week, this coming week, you would takes these wisdoms. A page in the morning, a page at night, a page in the morning, a page at night! If you have a job to go to give yourself ten minutes to type out the page take it with you put it in your purse, put it in your billfold. When you have your coffee break take it out and look at it again. Make it yours so that by the end of the day, you know the meanings and they have seeded out and opened up inside you and taken root and you have at least worked with them. And then let yourself accept them. For this is the Word.
When you have done this sufficiently, even though you may have already done this, you will be prepared to accept a new depth in that chapter, The New Horizon. And all of this is all about your being, your Self. The Self of you which can walk out on the water and say to the storm, peace be still, it is I, because that was you who walked out there. It wasn’t Jesus. It was the spirit of God. The spirit of God that the world calls Jesus, but you are the spirit of God as he was the spirit of God, as I am the spirit of God. And I, the spirit of God, must live in my spiritual universe or I am separated from it and moving through the Karma of a nonexistent world—the Adam dream.
All that you must find then and all that you must do is to dwell within your own consciousness. Your consciousness is where the issues of life are met, not in time, not in space, not in the outer. And you can make that consciousness a blackboard if you will and remember that one will write on that blackboard, the world or the Father. If your blackboard is written on by the world, you will experience conditions of the world. If your blackboard is written on by the Father, you will experience divine realizations. You have the power to stand there and in your consciousness alone to determine your complete universe to reject the world’s thought, to open, to permit only divine thought to write on your blackboard. And as you have the integrity to turn from all world thought consciously whether you are voicing it or the world through you, letting only the Father write on the blackboard of your consciousness, you will find your world transformed into the kingdom of God on earth.
We all have this power, this dominion and the only way we have dominion over land, sea and air literally is because land, sea and air is concept and spirit is the all that IS where land, sea and air appear to be.
I will read you the first wisdom in Joel’s words and ask you to weigh it in light of what has been heard today. “Begin your spiritual life with the understanding that all conflicts must be settled within your consciousness.” And the second, “There is never a conflict with person or condition, but rather a false concept mentally entertained about person, thing, circumstance or condition; therefore, make the correction within yourself rather than attempting to change any one or anything in the without.” And finally the third, “Acknowledge God as the substance of all that is.” One, two, three whoever takes these to heart will find that the wisdoms that are in the book can also come through your enlightened consciousness.
You have heard about the stone which the builders of this world rejected. But make it the corner stone of your consciousness—it is the miracle worker of life eternal. Now I regard the chapter The New Horizon as the greatest chapter in all of spiritual writing. I don’t know of anything that surpasses it or equals it. And so we cannot discuss it on usual terminology’s. I expect you to appear here next week, if you do, wearing your spiritual consciousness and not a human one. You will need it and so will I.
The Wisdoms today give us an opportunity to have a fairly comprehensive review of everything that has gone before in this book, “The Infinite Way.” We have studied Immortality, The Christ, The Soul, Our Real Existence, Prayer, Meditation, Metaphysical Healing. And now in the Wisdoms Joel has strung together a necklace of pearls. In the original “Infinite Way,” these pearls of wisdom did not appear. That is back in 1949 when it was first published. But through the years as these inner revelations accumulated, he gathered them together and put the most significant ones into a chapter. And so if you have the 11th edition you have the Wisdom of The Infinite Way in your book. These wisdoms are the revealed word of the Father through Joel. And as such they are not to be memorized but rather to be explored for they are the pathway to the God-experience which transforms this world into the realization of the kingdom of reality.
Now some of them may be puzzling to you, others may be clear. But one thing that is important to know is this. That no matter how clear a statement appears to you, it is the word of God and therefore infinite and you can never know the full meaning. And so you must constantly know to plumb the depths of these words and let them open up for there are many mansions in every revelation of God.
Joel says, “I am going to give you the real secret of life. God is not with mortals. Take it from there.” He elaborates on this to say, “that if you understood the significance of the statement that God is not in the human scene, you could lay down your life and pick it up again at will.” And this is a very perplexing statement. We go to Galatians to find some of the answer to these wisdoms. In Galatians we find a very strange statement (Gal.5: 6). It says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” All that matters is the new creature.
Joel calls that the Middle Path of the Infinite Way. Neither sin nor sinlessness, neither health nor lack of health, neither wealth nor poverty! He is pointing out that all ritual whether you do this or do not do this on the material level availeth nothing. And the middle path is the path that we follow between the infinite invisible reality and the visible world of concept. So that we live not in the world of concept, but rather between it and the infinite invisible in a state of consciousness that can bring forth from the infinite invisible its treasures into the visible. Not what we do on the physical plane but rather where the consciousness rests! And so the middle path of the Infinite Way takes us out of the material concepts of life revealing the spiritual reality of life and enjoins us to live in that spiritual reality through a special method.
That special method Jesus called to the attention of the priests and the elders of the church in his day. It is the basic message of all Christianity. You will find it in Matthew. You should hear it because it is the clue to the wisdoms of Joel. It is the clue to the Old Testament and the New Testament. And this passage is in I believe 42-44 verses of the 21st Chapter of Matthew. And “Jesus said unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?” The stone which the builders rejected! The same has become the head of the corner and this is the Lord’s doing. “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
Now the stone is the key to the teaching of Jesus. The stone is the key to the teaching of Paul; to the teaching of Joel! To the teaching of the prophets! And when you have comprehended the meaning of the stone, which the builders rejected but which has now become the foundation, the very corner stone of the teaching of truth; then you are on your way to walking out of the myth of mortality into the realization of your own true Self.
Now you first find this stone way back in Genesis. It is in the 49th Chapter. There is a description of Joseph and the stone is mentioned and that should be an important clue to you. We are going to Genesis the 49th Chapter 22:23 verses. This is the description of Joseph. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The arches have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel).”
Now in the 23rd Psalm, the shepherd, the Lord, which is the shepherd is the stone of Israel. The same stone that Jesus points out to the priests of the temple is the corner stone the builders rejected. He is referring to the builders of the temple at Jerusalem who were building an edifice made of physical materials. He was referring to all who reject the invisible stone for the visible material world. Now Joseph had this stone and because of it the bows of the arches did not penetrate his armor.
This stone you will find it in the Psalms and you will find it repeated exactly as Jesus said it—that it was rejected by the builders, but it is the corner stone. And then when you come up to the temple gate beautiful and you see the cripple raised by John and Peter, there is a great commotion and they are asked by the crowd to explain what had happened. And Peter explains “have you not heard about the stone?” Always we are being told that there is a secret meaning which when we posses that meaning; we, like Joseph, will find that the arrows of this world do not penetrate our armor. We, like Peter, can raise the cripple. We, like Jesus, can go forth to feed the multitudes and heal them and raise the dead.
Now perhaps the greatest story of this stone is in the work of the prophet Daniel. And so we go there for there is revealed the full measure of the meaning. We have the king of Babylonia five hundred and fifty years before the birth of Jesus and his name is Nebuchadnezzar and his dream terrifies him. He must have a meaning. He calls together his magicians, his soothsayers, his astrologers, every individual who can tell him the meaning of this threatening dream! But he has one problem. How will he know whom to believe? If he gets two different interpretations which shall he believe? And so like king Solomon he decides that he will believe the one who can tell him what he dreamed and then interpret the dream. And everyone backs away. Oh, we can read the stars but we can’t tell you what you dream, we can only interpret it. We are magicians, we are sorcerers, we are soothsayers, but you are asking too much, there is no man alive who can do that. And so he says cut them all to pieces, they won’t help me.
And this comes to the attention of Daniel. Now Daniel does receive permission to take the time to listen to his God. Daniel does find first what Nebuchadnezzar dreamed and second the significance of it. And now he comes to the king and says, “I have all the information you requested. Let me tell you what you dreamed and then let me tell you what it means.” And so we are in the court of Nebucadnezzar.
And now Daniel is saying to the king, “here is what your dream is all about.” Daniel 2:31-34. “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his tights of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces.” Now he has told the dream that occurred in Nebuchadnezzar. And he explains that this dream is about the four temporal kingdoms that are destroyed by the stone carved out of a mountain ‘without hands’.
By this time we know that Daniel is telling the king that there is an invisible power called Christ. And that when an individual has a consciousness of the Christ, he has the stone carved out of the mountain without hands, which destroys the material concepts of the world overcoming the world and releasing the full harvest of the infinite invisible. This revelation of Christ consciousness by Daniel in the form of what he called the stone carved out of the mountain without hands, is what Jesus later was telling the world was the way to the kingdom of God. But we have to go one more step in this Daniel story, because if you remember, Joel has pointed out to us that the next consciousness on earth which is now being formed in us is Christ consciousness, is Spiritual consciousness. And here is the biblical authority for it for those who must read it in a book.
Daniel now says to Nebuchadnezzar, “Foreasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it breaks in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” Dan 2:45. So according to the prophet Daniel, Christ consciousness would come to earth to smite the iron and the clay and the brass. And this refers to the material concepts which we all entertain.
Now the coming of Christ consciousness in you is a very unique experience. As you know you have been making the effort to see individuals as spiritual beings rather than material beings. And so if you made a valiant effort to do this you have at least reached the point where you can look at those who in some manner are not living up to what we would calls our own ethical standards; and yet we can look at them and say, “I judge thee not for thou art the Spirit.” But as you do this you will find that you have really gone no further than to trade a finite physical image for a finite spiritual concept. You still will find that you are looking at an individual and mentally saying you are spirit and you are translating the physical form into a spiritual form and imaging it is there as a spiritual form. Now that is all in the way of progress but it isn’t Christ Consciousness!
We must learn now to see an individual as a wholeness instead of a finite form of light. And you can start best by seeing yourself as a wholeness. We have not yet come to that place where we recognize our own whole being. To do this is an exceptional way to invite the activity of the Christ within you to reveal itself. Now you would go about it this way: As we sit here physically we know ourselves to be the Spirit and therefore we release the concept of physicality. But now remember that Spirit is not finite. Spirit is not limited. Spirit cannot just exist in a room. And so you release yourself from the belief that you are a finite being. You must see the infinite nature of your Spiritual Selfhood. Now that means we widen our concept at first, where does my Spiritual Selfhood begin? If I stop at birth or I stop at death then I have got a finite concept of a spiritual being between birth and death. So now I must lift the illusion of a physical birth and the illusion of a physical death because as Spirit I never become anything other than what I am. Spirit never becomes something else. As Spirit I am always Spirit.
Now remember the original statement, “God is not with mortals, God is not in the human scene” and if you knew the significance of this you could lay down your life and pick it up at will. Well we are doing it now. God is not in the mortal scene. But God is all and therefore the mortal scene is nothing but an objectified universe of concepts. And I am taking myself out of the mortal scene. Now I am releasing boundaries around what has seemed to be my life. I am releasing all boundaries of beginning and end. Letting the wholeness of my being live itself without my finite limited concept of it. I am laying down my personal sense of life opening both ends, the beginning and the ending, and seeing that I have no beginning in this place called time; in this place called space; in this substance called physical form. I am letting the Spirit be Spirit and entertaining no concept about it. I am expanding my horizon so that I can find no place where my Spirit begins, no place where it ends and no height where it stops and no depth where it stops.
We are releasing our self to that stone carved out of the mountain without hands. We are stepping out of the human thoughts of the human mind. We know that thought is automatic separation from God. Thought is the automatic separator from Self. Thought automatically conceives the material form in a material universe. But we are going beyond thought to find the stone carved out of the mountain without hands. We are going into a realm, which is transcending the mind. Getting out of human belief, concept, and finite thinking, because the finite thought can never encompass the Infinite truth. All human thought is divorced from truth. All human thought is destined to fail in knowing God. Only the stone carved out of the mountain can know God aright! Only Spiritual consciousness! Only your consciousness of Christ enables you to see God face to face.
Now as you dwell in this no-man’s land above the mind, thoughtless, you are laying down your life, your personal sense of self. And as you lay down your sense of thought, an awareness begins to rise within you that there is a universe all around you which cannot be perceived or cognized or discerned by the mind that you have just left behind. You are in that between area where not only are you not thinking but you cannot yet reach that new realm and you are waiting for the faculties of the Soul to assert themselves. And now there is a great missing link which you supply and which when you supply it, brings into perspective the invisible realm that your human mind could not discern. You are reaching within your own Being, not outside, but within yourself, into the kingdom of God. And now comes the realization that I am not seeking to find the Christ, I can never become conscious of the Christ that way, for Christ consciousness means, my realization that I am that Christ. It is I. That is myself. And when I am conscious that I am that Christ, I am that Substance, I am that Self which is one with the Father, then I realize that the stone carved out of a mountain without hands is my own Being.
And only when I am my own being consciously do the evils of the world dissolve. The substance of the Father is the substance of the Son. And the Son rests in God, in the substance of the Father. In God we become aware of the reality of harmony. In God we become aware of the reality of truth, the reality of perfection. In God we become aware of the perfect prayer. And we learn that prayer now is our inner vision of the realm of truth and the realization that no evil has ever been external to my Being. All evil that appears is never truly external to me. The only evil that is external is in my belief that I am not the spirit of God. As I realize my Spiritual Selfhood, I accept the infinite nature of being and there is no evil that can be external to infinity or internal in infinity. There is no evil that can be outside of Spirit or in Spirit. In my stone, in my awareness of Christ identity, of Spirit as the allness, of Spirit as myself, of Spirit as the self of my neighbor I have found that which keeps the bow of the archer from sending arrows to my heart. That which keeps the bullet of the assassin from my brain! That which keeps the diseases of the earth from my body! Always as I rest in the identity of Spirit as myself, I have found the hidden Christ. And as I dwell in this hidden Christ, conscious that it is I, this lifting of the I of the Christ as my risen consciousness, becomes the law of dominion over every material ill in this world.
Christ consciousness then is the secret of the Bible. It is the secret of all scripture. It is the secret of all truth. It is the secret of your identity. And only as you find the ability to accept the truth of your being as the invisible Christ of God, the Spirit of God, the Substance of God, will you then enjoy the law, the activity, the protection, the safety, the security, the love, the truth, the eternal Self of God as your own being. God is not with mortals. And therefore as long as we remain mortal in our concepts, God is not with us. It makes no difference if you study for the ministry and if you rise to a top spot, as long as you are a mortal in your belief God is not with you.
Daniel had these three who Nebuchadnezzar threw into the furnace. It did not kindle upon them. They too had found the stone because he was their teacher. And Joel has taught us all who have ears, who have eyes, who have in some measure caught this great faith of the Father that indwells us all, that the greatest revelation of scriptures are to show us that the human world in which we live, in which we experience the disasters and suffering is completely without reality. That we can walk through it. But to do it we cannot limit ourselves to our human intelligence, to our human mentalities, or even to our superior intellects. Rather, must we reach the great realization that, “I of mine own self can do nothing.”
Whether your problems are financial, emotional, physical or whatever nature problems take, again we are told, no, it’s not out there. That is the hypnotism you are falling for. You are going out into matter to change matter and that is praying amiss. Rest in your deep well of Silence knowing that your consciousness is your universe; that everything you are seeing out there is nothing more than a mirror of your consciousness; then you find you are on your way to the great truth that as you dominate this false human consciousness, you are preparing the way for the rising of Christ realization.
As you dominate the human consciousness, you are enriching your knowledge of truth; opening a way for truth to embed itself into your consciousness and to expel the false beliefs of the human mind which have been implanted there in your subconscious and conscious human mind. And every evil in your life regardless of its nature, regardless of the depth, regardless of how long it has caused you to suffer is but a thorn in your consciousness. You can turn within to your consciousness, resting in the quiet, in the realization of your identity. And as you rest in that realization that I am Spirit and therefore there is only one law for me, one substance for me, one activity for me and that is Spirit; you are approaching the perfect prayer: I am Spirit. My neighbor is Spirit. There are no conditions other than perfection in Spirit and you are recognizing that only Spirit—is. You are recognizing the omnipresence of God, the omnipresence of Spirit and that there is only one substance in the universe and its name is God, Spirit.
This is all done within your consciousness so that it becomes a conscious awareness of Spirit, deepening until you have a Spiritual consciousness, a Christ consciousness; that only the Spirit of God is. And now the faith comes forth to trust that Spirit. That understanding comes forth to know that only the perfection of Spirit can be there if only Spirit is there. You come to the realization that perfection is all that exists in the entire universe.
As I sat in meditation these words came to me, “the womb of Silence,” and with them it
was as if there were a tremendous silence, large and round, and this was the Womb out of which all creation came.* All creation was formed in this womb of Silence. There was
not a man, but there was a universe: the earth, the rocks, the trees, streams, seas, skies,
suns, moons, and planets-all this flowing forth as an unfoldment from this huge Womb of
penetrating, complete stillness-yet more than stillness: absolute silence, quietness.
It moves as if in a rhythm, and this rhythm not only forms it, but sustains creation with
everything in its rightful place. Looking out into this universe, you can see that there is
cold-snow and ice-in the north and warmth in the south, flowers and trees of one nature
in the north and of another in the south. This rhythm, the rhythm that is flowing from
that Silence, maintains and sustains creation beautifully, all in its order.
Eventually, man appears here and there on the face of the globe, also maintained by this
rhythm that flows within his consciousness. It is a flow of rhythm that maintains the
activity of the body, the organs and their functions. Everything seems to be responsive to
this rhythm, and all this rhythm is flowing forth from that Womb into form as grace,
beauty, order, peace. The relationship between all these forms is harmonious. We could
use the words “love” or “loving,” but there is no love or loving: there is only a naturalness of peace, contentment, and this is the rhythm in expression, the rhythm of the universe. Inharmony Results from Being Outside the Rhythm When anything goes wrong in our experience, it is because we are out of tune with this rhythm. We can observe the willow tree, how it moves with the breeze, almost flows with the breeze, and then imagine what would happen if it were to try to stand erect in that breeze or resist it. It would be broken. And so is man broken the moment he is moving outside the rhythm, outside the flow that brought him into manifestation and expression.
The rhythm from the Source maintains all creation in harmony, in law and order, and
whatever it is that permits us to move in a way of our own or with a will of our own, a
direction of our own, removes us from the flow of the rhythm, and then we are either in
opposition to it or trying to stand erect in the face of it. Every sense of discord and
inharmony that touches our experience is an evidence that we are out of alignment or out of attunement with the rhythm of the universe, and discord and inharmony are going to persist in our experience until we are once more spiritually, rhythmically attuned.
How to Return to the Rhythm
There may not be a possibility at this moment of explaining why or how we get out of
attunement, but the acknowledgment must be made that as a human race we are not being governed by the rhythm of the Spirit, the rhythm of the Silence. It may very well be that it is because we insist on taking thought: we insist on a way of our own, a will of our own, a family strictly of our own, instead of recognizing the oneness of all life. It could well be that we will come partly back into the rhythm by acknowledging that there is only one family and that we are of the household of God, thereby uniting ourselves with the peoples of all races, of all religions, and of all nationalities. Acknowledging the common fatherhood of God would in one way restore harmony.
Another way shows us the wisdom of tithing. But this practice must not be
misunderstood. This ancient teaching of tithing did not mean that if we tithed we could
expect some blessing. We cannot enter into any merchandising or bargaining
arrangement with God so that we give to per cent and He gives back 9o. But by tithing in
the sense of acknowledging our relationship, not merely to our own flesh and blood, but
acknowledging our relationship to all mankind, we place ourselves in the rhythm of that
relationship. In providing for others in addition to our own, we are not merely
intellectually acknowledging a relationship, but are living in the rhythm of it. We are in
the rhythm of our relationship to mankind when, first of all, we acknowledge that
relationship, and then act on it by making some measure of provision for others outside
our own flesh-and-blood household, our own religious household, or our own national
The Universal Relationship of Mankind
Must Be Acknowledged by an Act
Is it clear that to reestablish ourselves in this original rhythm it becomes necessary to
do it by an act? Intellectual knowledge is not sufficient: it must be followed by an act.
This is a commitment; this is an act of commitment. If we declare that we are all of the
household of God and then continue to live only for our own family, for those of our
own religion or our own nation, we are virtually contradicting ourselves and setting up a
friction, and our condition is then worse than that of the person who is ignorant of this
Once we acknowledge this universal relationship by an act of commitment, we must
enter into the rhythm and begin to act in some way that will commit us to the welfare of
those others outside the relationship of our home, community, nation, or church. If we
merely acknowledge our Christhood, instead of living out from that Christhood by an act,
we at once set up a conflict within our own being that is far worse than if we had never
heard of Christhood, because having heard of It, we must now live It. There must be an act of commitment in which we live as the Christ, and in order to understand that we may take such examples as Gautama the Buddha and Jesus the Christ, and witness the nature of the life they lived. It is not that we are going to equal their life. That, of course, can never be. Each of us is an individual, and we unfold individually. But at least we can see what is meant by accepting one’s Christhood, and then make a beginning by doing something, even if it is a very little “unto . . . the least of these my brethren,” so that this little that we do may continue to increase in scope, depth, breadth, and vision.
The Acknowledgment of the Christhood
of Our Fellow Man Must Be Expressed in Action
To acknowledge the Christhood of our fellow man is to bring forth another act of
commitment. Not only must I act out from the acknowledgment of my Christhood
insofar as the light is given me, but in the moment that I recognize the Christ of you, I
am then called upon to act toward you as if you were the Christ. As I bow my head in the
presence of the Master, so do I bow my head in the presence of everyone I meet.
Very often students wonder if their spiritual teacher is aware of the nature or the degree of their spiritual unfoldment or lack of it. They may be assured that it is as impossible to hide their degree of spiritual unfoldment from the teacher as it would be to hide from God, because there is a sign, and that sign is an act of commitment. Until the teacher observes that sign, he knows exactly how far spiritual development has proceeded. The moment he witnesses the sign of commitment, he knows that the student has gone over the hump, has reached a place beyond humanhood. But this is not until that act of commitment in one form or another is observed. It does not have to be observed physically. One does not have to be within thousands of miles of the student to know when the commitment has taken place.
Our Individual Consciousness Is the Judge
This brings us to an important part of The Infinite Way unfoldment. It is not difficult
to convince a person that he can get away with evil and be undetected by God, but we
could do away with all the prisons on earth if it were correctly taught that no one gets
away with anything because the judge is closer than breathing: it is one’s very own
The judge does not act as many people have believed that God acts, sitting with a
ledger writing down the good deeds and the bad deeds and weighing them against each
other. But rather it acts like the law of mathematics. As long as we keep putting two
times two together and getting four, three times three and getting nine, all is going well
within our mathematical kingdom. Nobody is being rewarded; mathematics is not being
rewarded, and numbers are not being rewarded. It is just that all is well as the normal
natural unfoldment of the laws of mathematics or science. On the other hand, if we put
two times two together and get five, we do not receive any punishment: we merely have
broken the rhythm of harmony. Nobody is being punished; the numbers are not being
punished, and arithmetic is not being punished. There is just the erroneous fruitage from breaking the rhythm of mathematics.
H20 is water, and as long as we keep putting H2O together, we get water, but it will not
be as a reward from God: it will be the normal natural rhythm of the divine order of
science. Try to put H1/2O together, and we do not get water (in fact, no such formula or
substance exists), but no one is being punished-not even the scientist who makes the
mistake. The rhythm has merely been broken. Violating Spiritual Law Breaks the Rhythm.
Every time we violate spiritual law, the rhythm is broken, and we violate spiritual law
every time that we do not acknowledge God as Omnipotence, Omniscience,
Omnipresence, and every time that we do not love our neighbor as ourselves. These are
the only two spiritual commandments there are. This is the rhythm of the entire created
universe including man. There is no way to violate the rhythm except to accept two powers: good and evil in the place of the omnipotence of Spirit; to accept a mind other than the mind of God; to accept a presence other than the presence of God. To do that breaks the rhythm. No one breaks it for us. As long as we are in obedience to acknowledging God in all our ways, knowing Him aright as the one and only Power, the one and only Presence, the one and only Intelligence, and loving our neighbor as ourselves, acknowledging the Christhood of ourselves, acknowledging the Christhood of our neighbor, and then acting out that love, “no weapon that is formed against [us] shall prosper.” If anyone tries to send a weapon at us, he destroys himself, if we know this truth.
On the other hand, the moment we violate these commandments, the law is broken, and
then whatever discord or inharmony comes we ourselves have set in motion. We have
done this by a violation of the only two commandments that exist in the spiritual
kingdom. What about stealing? What about committing adultery? Is it not clear that if we are honoring our neighbor as the Christ we would hardly be stealing from him or
committing adultery? Such acts would not come under the spiritual law of loving our
neighbor as ourselves.
The Rhythm of the Universe Provides All Things Necessary
There is a rhythm, and this rhythm of the universe makes each one of us an individual,
an individual completely governed and fulfilled by the Spirit of God, with all things
provided for us in accord with the need of every particular moment, so that we never
have to envy our neighbor, be jealous or lustful, because in the rhythm our own will
come to us.
This is what John Burroughs really said in his poem, “Waiting.” This poem is very
much misunderstood, and there are many persons who believe that all they have to do is
to sit and wait, and their own will come to them. There are those who have been waiting a whole lifetime, and it has not happened yet, because they are still in that human state of consciousness which is outside the rhythm of the universe. But John Burroughs was
speaking from the Spirit Itself, and since he was in the rhythm of the Spirit, he was
observing that our own will come to us and we do not have to seek it. We sit by the side
of the stream, and our own comes.
As long as we are in the flow of obedience to loving God supremely, acknowledging
the infinite I, the infinite Consciousness as the only Power, the only Presence, the only
Wisdom, loving our neighbor as ourselves, doing unto our neighbor as we would have
our neighbor do unto us, we are living in the rhythm.
Sitting in the silence, acknowledging the I of my being, acknowledging omniscient,
omnipotent Omnipresence is the way. This is the way of restoring harmony, but always
it must be accompanied by an act of commitment.
Silence Is the Womb of Creation
We must have our realization and our act of reliance. But then we cannot separate this
loving of God supremely from loving our neighbor as ourselves as if they were two
separate commandments. They are virtually two parts of one commandment. If we were
to acknowledge God but not love our neighbor as ourselves, our formula would not work. We must acknowledge the flow of this rhythm from the Silence that we enter which is the Womb from which all creation flows. The Silence that we attain within is the Womb, and out of this Silence within flows all creation as it is necessary to our individual experience.
With it flows the loving of our neighbor as ourselves. That comes quickly, but then it
must be acted upon. There must be an act of commitment, an “inasmuch as ye have done
it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto” yourself; or “inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these,” ye have not done it unto yourself.
We cheat ourselves by not doing unto our neighbor, for our neighbor is our Self. If we
are limiting our neighbor to our relatives, countrymen, fellow religionists, we are
cheating our Self, because it is only as we do unto another that we have done it unto the
Self of us.
The rhythm of the universe is made up of the acknowledgment of I as God,
Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and by an act of commitment. The loving of
our neighbor as ourselves is an act of commitment. There must be dedication and
devotion to this principle, not to persons, but to this principle. It should not make any
difference to us whether the Russians get the benefit of our benefactions or the Chinese
or the Cubans. What must concern us is our act of commitment to those outside our
family circle of nations, of allies, or of friends.
Consciousness Projecting Itself
Man shall live by the Word, not merely by bread. As we receive the Word flowing
from our consciousness through the Silence and perform an act of commitment that
binds and relates us to It, that identifies us with It, then we have come out from the rest
of the world and become separate. Our world is an emanation of our state of
consciousness. The higher our state of consciousness rises in obedience to the two
commandments, the more joyous, peaceful, and harmonious becomes the created world,
because the created world is a creation of our consciousness.
If we could see or feel that behind our head was this great Consciousness projecting
Itself, and then if we did not get in Its way by taking thought, this Consciousness would
flow in Its infinite form and variety, and there would be no limitation to our universe or
its harmony. It is only as we in some measure get in the way of this flow with that
personal sense of “I,” “me,” and “mine” that our universe is a bit less infinite than it
You may believe that you are following this Infinite Way of life by reading the books
or hearing the message, but I say that you are not, until you have arrived at the place of
an act of commitment. You may believe that you are under the law of God, but I say that
you are not, until you have brought yourself there by an act of commitment. You may
believe that God’s grace is going to take care of you, and I say that it is not, until you
have been brought to a place of commitment.
The Reason for Meditation
From this, you can see the importance of meditation, a meditation which is not a
stopping of thought, not a deadening of consciousness, nor an escaping from the world,
but a meditation in which the darkness or the silence is so great that you can look
through it and see the whole of infinite Consciousness behind you, ready to pour Itself
forth into your expectant inner ear as you invite It to “speak, Lord; for thy servant
You can almost feel that great, great area of Consciousness behind you, pushing and
pushing, sending Itself forth into expression through your consciousness, as your
consciousness, as the Word, as the still small voice, over and over repeating, ” I am come
that you might have life. I am come that you might have. Take no thought for your life. I
And then you say, “Ah, that is why I have hidden manna; that is why I have meat the
world knows not of. I have this I in the depth of this inner stillness and darkness, in the
depth of this inner womb of Silence. There is I. ‘Be still, and know that I am God,’ This is
the hidden manna. This is the meat the world knows not of. This is the manna that I must
keep sacred and secret, sharing only as those who come to me are ready.”
Do not think for a moment that you can turn to this rhythm of the Spirit just to have
your life made healthy, wealthy, and wise. There is no provision for that in the spiritual
kingdom. You turn within that the word of God may flow through you to this world. You
will be taken care of, certainly. “The way that provides not for the wayfarer is no way to
fare upon.” * This way of I does provide for us. But that is not the reason that we
*Mikhail Naimy, The Book of Mirdad (Bombay: N. M. Tripathi, 1954), P. 15.
The reason we meditate is that the kingdom of God may be established on earth as it is
in heaven. God forbid that we should want the kingdom of God on earth for us alone.
This would be very much like persons who buy bombproof shelters for their protection,
and then after the world has been blown up, come out and find that they are the only
people left on earth. Imagine what kind of a lonesome world that is going to be for them a hell on earth. Or it is like the people who are stocking their bombproof shelters with
food, and when it is all over they expect to come out and find that nobody else has food
except themselves. Can you imagine their being able to eat a bite of it?
The Illumined., Masters or Servants?
We do not meditate that we may find our peace, but that through us peace may flow to
the world. Moses did not receive his enlightenment that he might become a glorious king, but that he might go right down to the valley with his Hebrew people and suffer with them in bringing them forth into freedom. Guatama the Buddha did not receive his
enlightenment to be set apart on a mountaintop and bowed down to and worshiped, but
that he might walk the length and breadth of India, teaching disciples and establishing
healing ashramas. Jesus Christ did not receive his enlightenment that he might be set
apart from the rest of the world to sing hymns and play harps while the rest of the world
was in slavery. To no man is it given to be enlightened for his own sake. It has never
happened in the history of the world.
And yet there are thousands and thousands of people who are seeking enlightenment,
seeking illumination, believing that when they receive it they are going to be healthy,
wealthy, and wise forever after, all by themselves. No, let us have no such illusions. If
you are seeking enlightenment, you will receive it as long as you are not dreaming of it as setting you apart from the world or as making you a master on earth.
Illumination will make you a servant. Other people may call you a master, but in your
heart you will be smiling, “You call me master, but I know the extent to which I am a
servant. I know the extent to which I am called upon to serve. All the rest of the world
seems to be my master.” No, illumination does not bring fancy titles or robes, or a life of
peace set apart: it brings a life of dedication, of devotion, of service.
When the Master told his disciples to leave their nets, he was asking for a sign of
commitment, and if they received illumination from him it was only that they should
become “fishers of men.”
Read the story of the life of Paul and notice the whippings, the imprisonments, and the
hunger he endured in order to carry the message of the Christ to mankind. Examine the
lives of all the mystics and see the misunderstandings and sometimes imprisonments that were their lot. Illumination carries a price: leave the world, leave mother, brother, sister, and father if necessary for My sake. Be assured that if there is illumination there is an act of commitment to the entire world, not just to a sect and not just to a community. It is not merely setting up office hours three hours a day, three days a week. To receive illumination and dedication means an act of commitment to the world seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
God does not reveal Himself lightly, or for selfish purposes, or to those who would use
God. The pure in heart are those who understand the nature of the two commandments as constituting the rhythm of the universe, and in obedience to those two commandments, they are in attunement with the rhythm of the universe as it flows from the silence that they attain within themselves. “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Be still and know that I in the midst of you am God. Be still and let the rhythm flow from that Silence within your own being, and then follow it with the act of commitment that aligns you with the people of this world.
If anyone’s name is to survive as a spiritual leader or teacher, it must be that of an
individual who has come into attunement with the Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of all
mankind, of all men and all women and all children everywhere. It leaves no one out.
There is a Spirit in man, and it is to This that we attune ourselves, and then receive
fruitage as we attain the state of consciousness that enables us to make the act of
commitment. Whether it is to leave our nets, to sell all that we have to purchase the pearl, or to leave mother and father, there is an act of commitment that unites us with God and man.
This is the 16th of December 2012, according to the calendar on my computer. The Mystical Principles site has started up once again, and I thought we’d have a smaller group with just the more serious students. And how do you know the more serious students? Well, those are the students that may occasionally ask for some help but pretty much have sure footing in these principles and on this path. And so rather than making a human life better, they’re more interested in what are the principles? And that’s how I see a serious student. They’ve gotten past the place where they want a little better supply or a little better health or a little better companionship. Not that they don’t ask for help once in a while in those areas, but for the most part, they’re serious about the principles and more interested in what is the correct principle behind this? How do I practice it? Knowing that these other things are added things which come from the practice of the principles.
So, here we are and we’re a small group and I’m sure they’ll be some others joining us as the nudge comes. And this is a talk, this talk I’m making this afternoon that is going to be available to the small group. It’s not going to be available to the general public and I feel that in this smaller group, I can be a little bit more explicit, a little bit, well, we can talk about some things that perhaps the beginner might be shocked at. So let us just get right down to the nitty-gritty and see where we’re at, each of us individually and you can ask yourself too, while listening or reviewing, “where am I at with this?”
Now unless you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere, surely you are aware by now of the unfolding tragedy in Connecticut. What’s the name of that? Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty children and six faculty, I guess it is, gunned down, killed by an individual that it appears has a mental illness or had a mental illness because then he shot himself and if you’re like me and something like this happens, you ask yourself why or how? How could this happen?
Now, I hate to be brutal but we all read or hear in the news all the time about elementary–aged students in Afghanistan walking down the street and the religious zealots drive by and throw a bottle of acid in her face, permanently disfiguring her because she has the audacity to want an education and that’s perhaps so far away from home that we don’t, well, we’re sort of a few steps away from that and we kind of impersonalize it and don’t think too much about it. I’m sure we don’t agree with it and I’m sure perhaps our hearts cry out, “There must be something better. Surely, we must do something about this.” But it doesn’t bother us the same way as when a tragedy hits us in our own backyard. And so, when it hits close to home, if you’re like me, your thought goes to, “How could it? Where was God? God is Omnipresent.” We repeat that to ourselves. We read it in the message of The Infinite Way and in other messages. We read it in the Bible.
So, if God is Omnipresent, where was God standing while this this deranged person was shooting innocent children? We have to face this. We can’t just hide our heads under a rock. Where was God? How could this happen? This is, I’m sure, the very thing that these parents are asking themselves. I would be. But those of us that have been in The Infinite Way for any length of time, surely know the principles that answer this.
Let’s go to, well if you’ve read the articles or listened to the news reports out of Sandy Hook, then you know what a frightening experience that must have been. Now in contrast to that, listen to David in Psalms 91 and tell me what the difference is.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress. In Him will I trust.
And down a little farther:
A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. There shall be no evil befall thee neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Now, in The Infinite Way or perhaps in your own experience, you have learned or I have learned, that the secret place of the most High is the conscious awareness of the living Presence of God, here and now. And so if you dwell in the conscious awareness of the living Presence, the living Omnipresence of God, here and now, none of these things shall come nigh thy dwelling place.
Well, what happens if you don’t dwell in that? Well as you know only too well, you’re a human being or as Paul puts it, you’re in the flesh and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But you’re not in the flesh but in the spirit if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Turn that around and it says, if the Spirit of God, if the conscious awareness of the Presence of God does not dwell in you, then you are not in the Spirit. you’re not in the awareness of the Spirit, you are only in the awareness of the flesh and of course, if you dwell only in the flesh, he says, its death. So, if you dwell in the conscious awareness of the living Presence of God, then you are led by the Spirit of God and “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Alright, so what does this mean? This means you either have a conscious awareness of the living Presence of God and you dwell in the Spirit and abide under the shadow of the Almighty and none of these things come nigh your dwelling place or you do not have the conscious awareness of God, you only have the awareness of a fleshly existence, a material world, you only have a material sense of body, a material sense of life, a material sense of supply, a material sense of companionship, a material sense of power, a material sense of health. And so you’re dwelling in material sense or in matter or in flesh and of course the wages of that is death.
Now, ask yourself this: If Jesus Christ had manifested at that school or on the road in Afghanistan, walking beside that child, if Jesus Christ had sat down to tell a story to these children in that classroom and this boy had walked up, would he have shot all those children? Could he have shot all those children? And you know the answer; of course not.
Well, what makes Jesus Christ so different? How does he have the power to stop this? He doesn’t and he’ll tell you that himself “I, of my self can do nothing.” Then, what of him? What in him makes the difference so much so that when a man possessed with a demon walked up to him, he never made an attempt to do anything. The demon itself said, “Well, what are you going to do with us? If it’s okay with you, can we go into that sheep?” Now you know something similar would have happened. What do you want me to do? Lay that down and come over here.
Well, what is the difference? What is the difference between Jesus Christ and say, one of the teachers or the principle which was plenty brave? What is the difference? The difference is the conscious awareness of the living Presence of the Almighty God, here and now, wherever you stand. The difference is that Jesus, having the consciousness of Omnipresence, of the Omnipresence of God, anything and everything that entered that conscious awareness stepped into the Omnipresence of God.
But now take him out of that picture, no Jesus there, what happens? No one has anything except the material sense of existence and the drama unfolds as it always does, sometimes good, sometimes bad; sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrid. That’s the nature of life lived on only a material plane.
So let us go back here and see, If I want to abide under the shadow of the almighty, if I want to be covered by His feathers and let His Presence be my shield and buckler, if I want to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, even though a thousand fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, if I want it to not come nigh my dwelling place, I have to find a way to dwell consciously in the secret place of the most High, to dwell consciously in the conscious awareness of Omnipresence Itself. That is the secret. Or to be led by the Spirit which makes me Son of God, which makes me aware of Omnipresence.
Now, how do I do that? If so be the Spirit of God dwells in me, then I am in the Spirit. I walk in another dimension and I take it with me wherever I go, whether I travel to Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Hawaii, California or Connecticut or South Africa or China or New Zealand or Australia or Japan, I take the conscious awareness with me. It is my Consciousness and those that enter my Consciousness come under the shadow of the Almighty. Just as they do when they step into the Consciousness of Jesus Christ. So, they do when they step into the Consciousness of Barbara Christ or Bill Christ or Laura Christ or Linda Christ or Miranda Christ.
Whoever has that Consciousness becomes the sons of God. “If so be the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are ye the Sons of God” right? So, that’s why I can say you’re Barbara Christ or Jesus Christ or Linda Christ or Bill Christ and whoever steps into that Consciousness comes into contact with the Omnipresence of God. It is true, in the absolute, God is Omnipresent, but unless someone is consciously aware of that Omnipresence, God isn’t there. This is what started Joel on his search when he realized God is not in the human scene.
One person is a majority if they have the conscious awareness of Omnipresent God. One person becomes the son of God or Christ. One person becomes the only power in that consciousness or that room or that family or that town. Do you see that?
And so you have to be the difference maker in your community. You have to be the one, if you have children enrolled in a school, you have to be the one that going to that school, takes the consciousness of the living Christ, the Omnipresence of God, into that school. You have to be the one, that coming home knows that that consciousness stays there and goes with you wherever you go. That consciousness includes you and what you are aware of because it’s entering your consciousness and so you have to be the one that makes a difference in your community, by carrying the living Christ. You see that?
Now, here’s another principle: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.” See? We’re saying again, not what you can do physically. Well, we’ll just set up a bunch of barriers and put guards around and we’ll issue a proclamation or a law that nobody can carry any weapons in this town and we’ll do this, that and the other and make all these physical preparations to safeguard ourselves. We get all those in place and we feel pretty good about ourselves, we’ve made all these physical, material preparations and along comes a disease and wipes out the same children. How could this have happened? Because we were trying to save things by might.
Well, okay, so now we try on the other shoe and we try it by power. Let’s take a lot of positive thought, let’s give everybody a free psychoanalysis and let’s put in a lot of positives, a lot of positive thoughts and positive sayings. Let’s treat this town for the disease and make sure that we know that no disease has power and we’ll throw these truths at it and we’ll set aside a time to work on this and we’ll give it a lot of thought and a lot of energy and we will try by power to protect this community.
And sure enough the community doesn’t get any disease. Wow, we’re successful. But wait! A law is passed which affects the economy in that area and it’s devastated and people are laid off by the thousands. Nobody can find work and now they’re losing their houses; now they’re going hungry. But wait! We thought we had it fixed by power. No. “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.” It doesn’t say as many as are filled with physical abilities they shall be the sons of God. It doesn’t say as many as are filled with intellectual power and acuity and mental power, those are the Sons of God. No, it says you give both of those up and you’re filled with the Spirit and then you become the sons of God.
And so not by might, not by something you can do physically. That’s not an answer. Not by power, not by something you can think or reason out or come to a logical conclusion on or agreement with. No. That’s not the way either. The way is by Spirit, by My Spirit.
In other words, again, the answer, the only answer that God says is the right answer, is the conscious awareness of the living Spirit of God, the conscious awareness of Omnipresent God, here and now. So if you have this conscious awareness, you are protected. It’s promised. It’s promised. A thousand shall fall at thy side, ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee – thee.
Now Joel says here in his first talk of the 1955 Kailua Study Series, the very last paragraph:
“Eventually you are going to see it’s just as much of a sin to believe that there is power in good thought as to believe that there is power in bad thought. That was the original discovery that started The Infinite Way on its way when I realized in 1932, that a good thought isn’t any more powerful than a bad thought. Why? Because a good thought is just as human as a bad thought and a human thought isn’t power.”
You see? “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.” Not by anything human, but only by Spirit and spiritual awareness, do you become the son of God, the child of God, that Consciousness that anything that steps into is protected. So you and your community have got to find a way to not use thought, not use any thought – good or bad. Not use any physical answer, good or bad. But only stand so still that you’re lifted into the awareness of the living Christ. Then that governs your Consciousness and everyone that steps into it and it does not come nigh thy dwelling place. Because if you’re led by that spiritual experience, then you are the son of God and if the son of God, then you’re an heir of God, joint–heirs with Christ to all the heavenly riches. You see?
So now let us start again, those of us who are serious students, and let us look again. What is the answer? How could such a thing happen? And the answer: No one had the conscious awareness of the living Presence of God. All were living by a material sense of existence. That’s not anybody’s fault, by the way. That’s the nature of “this world”. “This world” is made up of individuals living solely in a material sense of existence, of personal sense.
But you, you know now. In your community, you must be the one willing to sit down with this Kailua Study Series, one talk at a time, perhaps one paragraph at a time, like we saw today, until you have thrown off the letter which is a mental exercise and will not bring you the Spirit of God, thrown off the letter and moved and been lifted up by the Spirit. You, each of you, in your community, must be that one, lifted into the conscious awareness of the living Omnipresence of God and this you do first, in your meditations.
If you have not yet read and studied the Kailua Study Series, chapter ten, “How to Pray” and chapter twelve, “Experiencing the Christ” and chapter 23, “Experience of the Christ”, if you have not read those then, study them, live with them and practice them to the point of stepping out of the material sense of existence, stepping out of a mental concept and simply resting back until you feel the inner movement and are lifted into the conscious awareness of the living Christ, here and now. If you have not done that, then that’s what you need to do so that you can be the difference maker in your community, so that you can be the son of God on earth, so that you can have the Consciousness into which those that step into it experience a measure of the Spirit of God, a measure of the Christ, a measure of the shadow of the Almighty, of the cool resting place. You must be the Christ in your neighborhood, in your community, in your house, in your family, on your street.
You have said that you are serious about learning these principles. Well then, stop coasting. Stop coasting. If you have the conscious awareness, then do as Joel suggested and take little moments throughout the day and evening and perhaps one or two times at night, and just for three minutes, dwell in It. Because what you’re aiming for is the constant, conscious awareness of the living Presence, even while going about your daily activities. Sometimes in the foreground and sometimes in the background, but always an area of your consciousness is consciously aware. That is what you’re, what we are, walking towards.
And if you don’t and have not had the conscious awareness of the Presence of God, then perhaps you might want to pick up “The Art of Meditation” and read it again and put that into practice, because if you know the principles and are practicing meditation, the Christ must lift you up at some point, you must let go, stand still, and see and experience the living Omnipresence of God, if only for a moment.
This is the consciousness that makes the difference. Christ Consciousness, which is nothing really fancy, it simply means that you are consciously aware of the living Christ; you feel it, you know it, you see it through discernment.
And so my friends, there’s only eighty five of us right now. I’m sure there will be more as we move forward. Then again, we may go forward and have a little community of serious students, making a difference in their own communities. Let me know what you think, or what you feel rather, not what you think. I’m not interested in what you think. Let me know what you feel about this. Does it feel right to you? And if it does, then post a message, we’re all here together and let us know that this is something that feels right.
Again, you be the only one to which it is true that a thousand will fall at thy right hand and ten thousand at thy left, but it shall not come nigh thy dwelling place. The only one to which that is true is he or she that dwells in that secret conscious awareness, it’s the secret place of the most High because it’s the conscious awareness that nobody knows, saving he or she that received it. And it is the Consciousness of the most High, the living Omnipresence of God and so dwelling there, in that, it cannot come nigh thy dwelling place and you become a law unto your little community. Whithersoever thou goest, the conscious awareness goes and the Christ goes with you, as you.
I hope in the days and weeks and months to follow, that we can cover some more principles in a serious way and not be afraid to look at things that perhaps would be upsetting to a newer student. Let us see how we can die to an individual material sense, fleshly sense or intellectual sense of existence and come into the conscious awareness of the living Presence, right here and now, so that we may be born into this new awareness. We can’t wait for this to happen somewhere down the line for God to wave His magic wand and lift us up into Christhood. We can’t even depend on teachers to come to our neighborhood and give classes. This is an inner work that each of us must do. No one can do it for us and none of it can happen if we’re still working on “Well, how can I double my income or get the right partner, or improve my health?”
Again, I repeat, it’s not that we can’t occasionally say, “Hey, I need a little help here. I’m falling back into a material sense of supply and of course, it’s not working.” But as soon as possible, stop asking for that kind of thing and instead let us see what principles we’re missing. What principle am I missing here? How could this happen to me? What principle have I missed? And let us not be afraid to look at it. If you dwell in only the flesh, you are going to die. You can look for an experience that’s pretty bad because you have no conscious awareness and these things will come to your dwelling place.
On the other hand, if you’re fearless and you say, “Well, okay, okay, what principles must I practice?” And you take it in your hands and you say, “I’m going to use these tools. I’m going to find a way to be lifted up into the conscious awareness of the living Christ, here in my midst, as my midst.”
Then, for you, it won’t come nigh thy dwelling and you don’t know how or where that awareness of Christ is going to move you, into what community and into what action and into what work. But trust me, it’ll be something you’ve never dreamed of, you never thought of, because it won’t be of thought, it’ll be of the Spirit – If so be that the Spirit dwells in you, then you become a son of God.
Now, let us look at this first chapter of John because this is what we’re really talking about. It says:
“As many as received him, (that is, the Spirit) to them gave he power to become the sons of God….Which were born now, not of blood, (that is, not of the flesh), nor of the will (that is, not of the mind) nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwells among us, and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
And this is exactly what happens to you as you practice dying to material sense.
If you will let go of material sense of existence, if you will let go of a mind sense of existence, if you will stand still until you are lifted up into that quiet place where you receive the Spirit of God or the conscious awareness of the living God, then you become the son of God and now you are no longer born of the flesh. You’re no longer born of the mind. You are born of God and now the Word has become your flesh, the Spirit has become your experience and standing still, you behold His glory, that is the secret place of the most High, the only glory of the begotten becomes your grace and truth. This becomes your living experience and into this Consciousness, anyone that steps into this Consciousness that is not of God, cannot exist very long. It will run, they will flee from you, but they will not come nigh your dwelling place nor any that dwell there with you.
So can we answer the question now? Even if perhaps we don’t enjoy looking at it? Can we now answer the question? How could such a thing happen? Such a thing always happens where there is no conscious awareness of God. If there is only a conscious awareness of flesh, then you have good and you have evil which is what makes up flesh. But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom from good and evil both. Now you have neither. You have conscious awareness of the Omnipresence, the living Omnipresence of God, neither good nor evil, only God.
Well, I don’t know if I’m going to talk to you again before Christmas, which is in nine days (December of 2012). (Actually I will make a talk tomorrow, God willing, Sunday Dec 17th 2017).
A week from tomorrow will be Christmas Eve and Christmas day will be Monday. I hope you understand now what Christmas really is. It’s the birth in you of this conscious awareness of the living Christ and so I wish for all of you, all of us, a wondrous Christmas experience, so that we may see and know and believe and trust and feel the Omnipresence of the living Christ.
Let’s have a meditation for a moment….
Right here in our midst, in my midst, is the living Presence of Christ. Christ, take over this meditation. I am still. I am listening. I behold, I listen for, and I receive the Christ Presence.
And I feel the living Christ and I hear, “Son, thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine.”
My dear friends in Christ, Merry Christmas to you and God’s Peace to your Consciousness.
To Infinite Way students everywhere, in the States and abroad, from Soul to Soul, Spirit to Spirit, deepest greetings of Love, from the island of Kauai. Once more we meet, once more we share an opportunity to be one with the Father a a group and to learn from the Source, where we shall go, what we shall do, how we shall receive higher levels of our own true Being.
First I hope you can join with me in a statement of gratitude, to Lorraine Sinkler; I feel that all of us should turn to her and say, “Thank you Lorraine, for a job well done.” Through the years Lorraine has been and is a trusted editor of the Joel books, a trusted editor of his Monthly Letter, an outstanding teacher. She has been a source of inspiration to thousands of students all over the world, and I know that you join with me in saying to her, “Thank you for the job you are doing, and the job you have done, and the job you will do; you have our total genuine appreciation.”
Last April in Monterey the message of Divine flesh rang out loud and clear. Our transformation from human flesh that deteriorates and dies, to Divine flesh that lives under Divine eternal law, sprang forth like a bud in blossom. There were handshakes of joy, commitments, letters received from students all over the country saying, “I am with you all the way,” and since then we have all been living with the Monterey tapes and others, meeting individually with our Spirit and in groups and now we are ready—we are ready to witness the expansion of Consciousness that is necessary to nourish those blossoms into Divine fruit. We are ready for absolute Truth.
When Spirit speaks whether in a book or through your Soul, you have the pure gold tried in the fire. So when scripture tells you, your body is the temple of the living God, you are being given a priceless bit of information that should change your life. And we’re not going to be like the world, so self absorbed that it does not even read the Spiritual word of scripture. Your body is the “temple of the living God.” Now you know it is not speaking about your physical body is it? Then what body is it speaking about? It must be telling you about a Spiritual body, a non-physical body.
And when Paul tells you that “to be with God, you must be absent from your body,” is he not revealing the same thing, is he not saying there is another body, that you can be absent from this body in another body and in that other body you are present with God? Isn’t Paul revealing that every individual on this earth living in a human body is separated from the Source of eternal life? Must be if you have to be absent from the body to be with God. So we have four million, four billion people walking in bodies that Paul says are absent from God. Instead of being absent from the body they are absent from God.
And then look at Luke. When Luke tells you that Christ Jesus was born of a virgin, don’t we realize that he is speaking about another type of body; a body not under the limitations of time and space, age or human energy, disease, weather, material law? These three biblical statements are facets of one mystery that you and I have been brought together to face, to understand and to overcome.
If you are a dedicated Soul and thank heaven I know you are, who hungers and thirsts for the pure truth of God, we now have a sacred opportunity in our journey to Divine Sonship. We have been led by Spirit away from the world of effects. We have been led out of Babylon. Out of the confused creature existence that worships the human ego and lives in bondage to personal sense. We have elected to transcend human selfhood. To transcend human will. To transcend the human concept of body and life and to place our trust in the presence, the power, the will, the love, the substance of God within ourselves.
The gold we seek cannot be mined in the physical earth or in the physical body. It must be mined in the fire of Spirit. The fulfillment we seek, the salvation we seek, the survival we seek does not lie within our mortal body. So if we have come to this special series of classes seeking only the gold that is tried in the fire of Divine love, be sure Spirit will read your heart and the glories of heaven will be revealed unto you not 30, not 60 but 100 fold.
To the son of God nothing is lacking for, “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Your function, my function, is to be that son of God; not a dying temporary creature of human flesh. And our function individually and collectively as a group, is to learn from the Source how to surrender every human concept to our own Divinity. To exchange dying human flesh for living Divine flesh. To walk boldly through the material darkness guided by our own Spiritual light. To set Sonship with Source as the only acceptable goal and then to draw every breath of life, every action, every thought through the focus of that single minded purpose, knowing that the perfect path already is established.
For your Spiritual rebirth on this earth is already a fact and in that realization of it, together we will discover that our earth is transformed literally into the Heaven of God. We are walking through the fire of the earth by living in the fire of the Spirit. And we have only one guide – the will of God is our leader whether it appears through Christ Jesus, Christ Joel, or through the Christ of your own being, the will of God is your leader. The will of God is that you be transformed. There is no way to avoid that—the will of God is that you be transformed into the realization of the perfection that you are. That you may be, “perfect as your Father.”
None of us in our visible corporeal sense is perfect and our transformation then will be from the imperfect human to the perfect Immortal. The perfect Divine Self, the perfect Spiritual Being. The will of the world is that you remain in a mortal body until you die. Never mistake that. The world mind wills that you die. And this is the conflict that lives within each human being—the will of God that you transform; and the will of the world mind that you die.
And many so-called high initiates have often come on the reefs of disaster because they have been unaware of this conflict within themselves and they have fallen prey to separation from their own Divinity. We see it in high initiates in the bible. I think that Peter is a very outstanding example of the unconscious separation from God, that is part of the human heritage.
Peter loved Jesus. We know that he would have gladly followed Jesus anywhere even to death. We also know that Jesus was identified by Peter as Christ, the Son of the living God. And when it happened very strangely the Master was not content to leave Peter in the divided consciousness that speaks truth with its lips but does not follow through with its heart.
So Jesus charged his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus, the Christ. You say why? And the answer is, because they had not yet perceived the full scope and nature of what Christhood really means. And you can see the extent of their ignorance almost immediately after Peter declares that “Thou art the Christ,” in the 16th chapter of John starting in verse 21. Immediately after that incident Matthew tells us,
“From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples how he must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised again the third day.”
Then Peter took him and began to rebuke him saying,
“Be it far from thee Lord, this shall not be unto thee.”
Out of love, Peter, would use his own body to shield his beloved Master from the authorities. He would be a personal body guard for the safety of Jesus and anyone, anyone who dared to lay a hand on Jesus would have to answer to the big fisherman. What did Jesus think about this? Did this devotion warm his heart? Did he feel a deep glow of gratitude for this touching display of loyalty? Uh, uh, he did not! Instead Jesus turned and directly to Peter he said,
“Get thee behind me, Satan, thou art an offense unto me, for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that are of men.”
I guess Peter must have been quite shocked. Here was this extraordinary outburst from the man he loved. The other disciples must have been equally shocked to see Peter rebuked for wanting to protect the master. And I think the most amazing of all, even more amazing than the surprise of the disciples, is that teachers of the bible for 2000 years have walked past this episode. They simply haven’t bothered to explain it. They are completely unaware of the earth shaking revelation hidden in the inspired words of Jesus the Christ. Love had spoken direct from God to man and what Peter missed then what mankind misses now was given to the world by Paul when he declared:
“God does not dwell in temples made with hands.”
In that one staggering sentence he caught the truth that has evaded the human race from the beginning of time to the end of the 20th century. “God does not dwell in temples made with hands.” Be still with that a moment—please, “God does not dwell in temples made with hands.” In bodies made of human flesh. The Father within you is not within your human body but in that other body, the temple which is the temple of the living God.
And what is the big secret Paul is giving us? It is this: the incorporeality of Jesus Christ was not known by his own disciples. And it has not been realized by world religions or by science—the secret of incorporeality had been revealed to Hebrew prophets: to Moses, to Solomon, to Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel. It was revealed to Krishna and Gautama the Buddha. For truly every master knows his own incorporeality. But always the truth that we do not hear, the truth that is not spoken directly to our human mind is too explosive to reveal to corporeal sense. And always the idea of living in a body not created by the physical union of man and woman has been beyond the realm of human understanding.
And Peter in his innocence that Christ does not live in a body “a temple made with hands,” but lives in his timeless, ageless, deathless, incorporeal body of Divine flesh, in his ignorance of this, Peter wanted to protect Jesus from pain, from suffering, from death and for this act of devotion Jesus rebuked him. Oh, no, not because Jesus was unappreciative, but because the time had come to drop into human consciousness that there is another body, a temple made not with hands, a body that can never be destroyed and which never needs human protection.
Hold the silence! Feel the presence of that body revealed by the words of Paul.
Now why did we have to learn through Peter that Jesus is the Christ? And why did we have to learn through Christ that he lived in an incorporeal body that can never be destroyed? There’s only one answer. Because we also have such a remarkable indestructible, eternal body of Spirit. The same Spiritual body of Jesus is the body of you and the body of me; the body of the human race.
There we have the message taught by Jesus Christ. And it is the Divine function of The Infinite Way in this century, to teach every dedicated Soul how to find this incorporeal body and how to live in it free from world karma, free from lack, free from limitation, free from the threat of catastrophes, from sickness, from war, from nuclear missiles, from old age, free finally from the deception of death, the final enemy.
You might say that is a glorious purpose but are we fooling ourselves. Is this a pipe dream? Are we being trapped by another shinning promise, or, are we making a breakthrough that can liberate ourselves and those who follow us from bodies of clay that are enslaved by world ignorance?
“By their deeds ye shall know them.”
And within range of my voice there are hundreds of students who already have experienced a measure of the miracle of their own incorporeal body. Perhaps you are one of them.
When a young man falls four stories from the roof of a condominium and walks away from that accident alive and relatively un-bruised, you can be certain that the three Infinite Way students who immediately took him into Consciousness, discovered his deathless incorporeal body outside of world thought and they lived in that truth until Spirit released him whole, completely unharmed.
“By their deeds ye shall know them.”
And when another student was faced with immediate surgery for an internal malignancy or certain death and said to herself, “How can this be if I am the child of God?” and then boldly she walked out of the surgeon’s office without an operation. Again, you may be sure that she, her friend who worked with her in Spirit, and her practitioner, in the deep Silence of Divine Peace found her incorporeality and within two months when she returned to the surgeon for a check up he discovered the malignancy had vanished. “I really have no idea how this could have happened,” he said, and his patient turned to him and replied, “but I do.”
You see she had realized her own incorporeal body and I know some of you right now are saying, “So have I,” because you have. The marvelous truth is that in all Spiritual healings, recovery comes from the conscious or unconscious discovery of the One incorporeal body of infinite Spirit which is perfect as the Father. And if you follow Jesus through the Holy Land you will see the application of this potent principle liberating the unillumined who are held captive in a corporeal sense of body.
As the Silence envelopes us, it says enter now into your Secret Place and behind and above your thinking mind, let your Soul find you.
Questions: Are you corporeal or are you incorporeal? Are you flesh or are you Spirit? Are you temporary, born of the flesh or are you the Eternal child of God; never born, never dying?
Question: is your Spiritual Self a reality? Where is it? God is all, God is not corporeal, God is present and God is not corporeal. Is corporeality present if God is all? If God is present then is your corporeality present?
Outside the capacity of your five senses God is now, present, right here. Inside your five senses corporeality appears. Inside your fives senses God cannot appear because God is incorporeal and imperceptible to your senses. Inside the five senses of man only Jesus could appear as corporeal man; but outside the five senses of man, the eternal, incorporeal Christ, is present here now and always. There was no corporeal Jesus. The incorporeal Christ said so; where Jesus appeared incorporeal Christ stood. Where you appear, is there really a corporeal form, or, does the incorporeal Christ stand where you seem to be?
Your demonstration of Sonship, your transition, your salvation, your fulfillment, your survival, depends on your realization of two factors. First, that the incorporeal Christ-self of you is your permanent and only Self; that where your corporeal sense of body and life appear to be, your incorporeal Christ is; and second, only by practicing the Presence of your incorporeal Self and learning to live in it daily, can the light of Christ lift you out of dying flesh into Divine flesh; that is eternal, that is perfect as God, your incorporeal Source.
The repetition must be made now if you are not practicing daily the Presence of your incorporeal Self, you are remaining in constant separation from the Grace of God and from your own Eternal life. The pendulum is always swinging between corporeality and incorporeality. Choose one, the wrong one, and you remain in the mortal illusion, choose the other, the right one, and the Kingdom of heaven on earth becomes your habitation. You cannot be both Spirit and flesh. You cannot be both Spirit and corporeality and because you are incorporeal Spirit, the material illusion must bring you suffering until you awaken, until you refuse to live in the imitation corporeal life and body and turn to your real incorporeal Self.
In his rebuke to Peter, Jesus was ripping away the corporeal veil which contains the effects of duality such as: war, poverty, pollution, hunger, disease, all that; to reveal incorporeal man as your only identity here and now, and the ever-present incorporeal universe as the finished kingdom of God in which the Son of God, your only Self, now lives forever under Grace; while the corporeal creature which you think you are or once thought you were, continues in the dream of a struggling life stream sandwiched between the illusions of birth and death.
We have now the secret of life to flow with the will of God and because God’s will is no longer a mystery we may confidently release ourselves to the will which has been expressed to us and that will is for you to transform—transformation through the renewing of your mind by your Soul; transformation from the corporeal illusion that suffers and dies, into the incorporeal Self that already has overcome this world.
Again the will of God says,
“My kingdom is not of this world,” but, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,”
And then it says to us,
“flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
But seek it; and therefore we are told; do not seek the kingdom as flesh and blood but rather, seek ye first the incorporeal kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you.
Do you doubt any of this? Can we turn from this expressed will of the Father; can we say, “But I want to cling to corporeality, I want to cling to the concepts which are so beautiful in this world, so dear to me, so cherished, so close?” Or, can we accept the expressed will of God to flow with that will, to step out of the cosmic mind which is presenting corporeality to mankind, can we do that? Is this not the way that we overcome the sense of a body that needs protection against advancing age, natural disasters, germs, violence, inhumanity and the entire inventory of corporeal illusions that surround us?
The inner voice whether you hear it or not is saying to you, “I am your Self and you are incorporeal Being. You are the Soul of God; you are the Spirit of God; you are the incorporeal Christ of God, right here and right now.” Your salvation lies in your own hands by knowing the truth and when the bible teaches you that Christ is the identity of Jesus, it is teaching that there is no corporeal Jesus only the incorporeal Christ. And only the incorporeal Christ is standing there but that is not all, the incorporeality of Christ seen by human eyes as the corporeal Jesus, is part of an even larger secret, and that secret is, that all corporeality to God is an illusion and that incorporeality is the hidden identity of every man, woman and child who has ever walked this earth.
Be ye transformed from corporeality to incorporeality because God is no respecter of corporeality. This is the Divine will ignored by man and by the teachers of man and Spirit is bringing this universal error to our attention right this moment. By worshipping Jesus instead of the incorporeal Christ, religion has driven a wedge between God and man encouraging corporeal man to worship his external God. It cannot be done, it is impossible. No human being has the capacity to worship God.
“Have ye that mind which was [also] in Christ Jesus.”
You are the incorporeal Christ. How could you have the Christ mind if you are not the Christ? How can you be the imagine and likeness of God and be a dying form at the same time? How can you be standing on Holy Ground if you are not Holy your self? Your original Spiritual substance has never changed, for many life spans you have wandered through the corporeal dream seeking God and denying your own Reality; seeking wisdom and Divine guidance, unaware that your own incorporeal Christhood contains everything you seek and more. Now the instant you awaken from the dream of corporeal flesh the Christ who gives us light is seen as our own incorporeal Self which is made in the image and likeness of God and we are free of the illusion of dying flesh forever.
Fortunate we are that Christ did not rebuke Peter and let the matter drop right there. When Peter recognized Christ where Jesus stood, it was Christ who then replied,
“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
On the Rock of Christ, ah, but Christ is incorporeal not corporeal. And it is on the rock of incorporeality that we stand secure against the gates of hell, which are really the jaws of the world mind ever seeking to consume our false corporeality. The incorporeality of Christ who has overcome the world, still dwells among us. And is still saying to the Soul of every man,
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Once more the will of God is saying, “to follow Christ, you must reject the dream of corporeal flesh, accept incorporeal Spirit as your reality now, and this is the key to your Father’s perfect kingdom on earth as in heaven.”
Your move from corporeality to incorporeality turns earth into heaven, you cannot be both. And any individual living in a corporeal sense of life whether he be good or evil, moral or immoral is violating the will of God and separating himself or herself from the will, life, power, law, harmony, and Grace of the only creator. Relentlessly, to be sure that you hear the truth, Christ continues,
“Whosoever will save his life will lose it, whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
In other words, whoever lays downs the sense of corporeality for his own incorporeal Christ Self, will find his own perfect Divine Self. And this is the will of God, unmistakably.
Your obedience to it opens the unlimited resources of your Soul.
“For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own Soul, for what shall a man give in exchange for his Soul for the son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels and then he shall reward every man according to his works, verily I say unto you there be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom.”
Six days later Jesus revealed the greatest secret ever disclosed on this earth on the Mount of Transfiguration he showed three disciples that he did not live inside a finite human form. To their astonishment he revealed his incorporeal body which had no human boundaries he was saying to the world, “this is your body, live now in your infinite body of Spirit and for you the gates of heaven on earth will roll open to welcome you into the Kingdom of perfection here and now.”
Your own incorporeal Self is the way, The Infinite Way, the truth and the life and only in that Self can you fulfill the will of God your eternal Father and be as perfect as your Father wills you to be.
“My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you,”
for the peace that passeth the understanding of the human mind comes only to the one who lives as a living Soul.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall inherit the earth.”
And it is now time for every truly dedicated student of The Infinite Way to inherit the earth, to step apart from the world mind to incorporealize your environment; to incorporealize your child, your mother and father your brother and sister. To incorporealize your neighbor; to incorporealize your husband and wife; to incorporealize the human race. To accept the incorporeal Christ identity of mankind and daily to live in that acceptance and to demonstrate it by living works.
We are going to enter our own incorporeality very frequently during this series of tapes and in between all tapes you will be entering your incorporeality and releasing it into visible manifestation in this world. And through it you will be releasing the will and power of the Father wherever man walks.
On the other side of this tape we will go into a further discussion an expansion of our own incorporeality. And also, I have been instructed to set up a meditation group for all who walk this path in the United States and abroad, and the time will be 7:00 PM, California time and the subject will be given to you on the other side of the tape. But in order to prepare for the subject you must develop this capacity to do what we did at the beginning of this first side of the tape. We stepped out of the shadow into the Substance. Out of the form into Life. Out of the finite body into an acceptance and then an awareness of the infinite Essence of our own incorporeal Self; into our everywhereness.
And you will learn to establish this so well that you will not only apply it in the meditations that we will develop on the reverse side of this class but you will apply it to your life and you will see incredible results.
Let us hold the Consciousness. Let us thank the eternal Father for individualizing as our own incorporeal Self which is undivided from Source forever. Let us rest in this Indivisibility knowing I and my Source are one. I and the Father are the one incorporeal Self without division, and the power of one undivided Consciousness will lift you out of the mental realm up into the higher dimensions of Soul, Spirit and Christ; where Christ within becomes the expression of the Holly Ghost enforcing the perfect will of the perfect Father.
We thank the Father for this class; we thank the Father for bringing together those who dwell in the gold of the Father’s wisdom. We thank all who serve the Spirit; we thank all Infinite Way teachers, we thank all Infinite Way tape leaders, we thank all teachers in all movements throughout the universe; who dig deep into the mind of Spirit for the truth they bring forth. And we thank all those who walk the path of Spirit with one thought: to find the universal love of the Self which binds men with the understanding that prevents the follies and futilities that this world has witnessed through lack of its own Spiritual center.
We offer a universal thanks to the universal Father and together in oneness we walk onward and upward, to higher dimensions of our own Being, guided by the will, the love, the Grace, the wisdom, the omniscience of the omnipresent One which we acknowledge as our infinite Self. We stand still before the infinite One.
Let the Father speak to your Soul as it receives the Bread of Life.
One Self, One Eternal Being, without opposite – forever. I AM That I AM, and my fidelity to this Truth is the key to the Kingdom.
Blessings, blessings, blessings – eternally.
——- End of Side One ——-
The 1983 seminar in Orlando, Florida will take place on April seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven. The original dates given were April nine to thirteen, and that is incorrect. The correct dates for the Orlando seminar in 1983 are April 7th to April 11th – that’s the Thursday night, April 7th, immediately after Easter Sunday, which takes place next year on April 3rd. And so please make that correction on your calendar and be assured that when you receive your invitation in about two or three months, the dates will be correct – April 7th to April 11th, 1983 in Orlando, and of course we are looking forward to seeing you there and sharing a very special experience.
Now I know that there are floods and avalanches and storms all over the country, and that many of you are applying the knowledge that you developed and the capacity that you developed throughout the years that we have worked together. I’m thinking particularly of seventy-nine when we worked on weather – weather control, weather awareness – and I’m thinking of those of you who have done so nobly on volcanoes up in Oregon. You should know by now that we are not helpless against weather. You may recall Joel’s superb record on the Hawaiian Islands, that during the ten years of his habitation here, there was not one destructive tidal wave in the sense of taking human life. I’ve received only moderate feedback so far from the savage floods and storms that everybody seems to be experiencing across the country right now. One individual in northern California told me that the destruction of homes on his hill is immense and said thanks to his Infinite Way understanding, his home was relatively untouched. Check back to your 1979 “Mystical Tapes” when we really had some beautiful group meditations, and be prepared Spiritually for any natural disaster that the cosmic mind wants to throw at you. You are not helpless, and I know I need not tell that to many of you.
We have our goal rather clear and specific, defined by the Spirit. We are shaking off the dust of corporeal existence. We are awakening from a hypnosis that has enslaved mankind for centuries. We are following instructions given by Spirit, and we are entering our own incorporeal Self which dwells in the Kingdom, right here, right now, and which is as perfect as God. We’re walking out of the twoness of mortality into the oneness of Immortality now, for we trust our Father, who has said to us,
“Flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God, but it is My good pleasure to give you the kingdom if you believe that the incorporeal Christ is in the midst of you and is My Son.”
Do you believe the incorporeal Christ in the midst of you is the Son of God, that It is you? Our faith in God and in the expressed instructions of God give us the courage and wisdom and the joy to respond to the love of God by entering a sacred Silence where the Spirit may sanctify our Soul with the power of the Holy Ghost moving invisibly on the waters of Divine Peace.
Beyond your thinking mind now, beyond the mind of the world, beyond the activity of a human brain, let Divine thought bring you the sweetness of inner peace until a Presence is felt, a silent understanding is born, a feeling takes form in words unspoken. On the threshold of your virgin Consciousness, your own inner Identity comes into your awakened Soul. You can feel, know, experience I, and that I is the I of you which says:
“I AM, and God is everywhere. I – I am your everywhere Self, and I am the only savior you need. I am real. I am always here. I am always in the NOW. The moment you step out of time, out of corporeality, here I am. Through every prophet, I have spoken, and now to your Soul, I speak, for whoever knows ME as the incorporeal Self of mankind, also knows My Father, for I am the incorporeal Son of the ever loving, every present, ever perfect incorporeal God. Do you feel My Presence? Do you hear Me? . . . For I am you and whatever I am, you are. I am the incorporeal Christ, and I speak again and again to the Soul of man throughout the world. Some hear, and some do not. I always seek to enter your Soul Consciousness to teach you how to live now, here in the finished Kingdom of God; how to walk without making footprints in the sands of time; how to overcome the cosmic concepts of a human body that ages, of human heartbeats that fail. Ever I am lifting you from the corporeal illusion into the blessed realm of Selfhood as the eternal Son, which you always are, always have been, always will be.
Now, you need patience, you need trust. You need to know that in your Spiritual Identity you exist everywhere. That is not known by your senses, but everywhere with infinite Spirit, you are – without blemish, without a trace even of a human past, for that existed only in the dream of the cosmic shadow called world mind. Learn to trust I, your everywhere Self, always present, always free, always unblemished, always the only you. In this trust, I will come to you. I will be your power and your life. I will teach you how to see with incorporeal eyes, how to hear with incorporeal ears, and I will teach you how to transfigure. I will show you the Life that never dies. I will bring you into Oneness with perfect Reality – all around you, though it seems to be to man, to be the past, the present, and the future, I will show you the forever, perfect NOW.
But that is not all. Remember that even as I leave your consciousness, you never leave mine. Again and again I will return to you, blending with you until you have the confidence to know that I am always present, even when you do not feel my Presence, and then let your senses release their finite, temporary, mortal belief in form. Your confidence will increase, and you will find that the words of the Father always have power, until your own capacity to relax in those words, in your everywhere Spirit, which is incorporeal, will enable you to let the grave clothes of corporeality dissolve into the mist of a forgotten dream.
We are resting now, contemplating our true Identity. You are the Light. The Father says so. But you are not a fraction. You are the Light of the world. Your Light is everywhere behind what is seemingly the world. Open your consciousness now to this essential Truth, and within your Self gently speak the words that you must learn to trust every single day, every single hour, every single minute of every moment that you continue to walk in a corporeal appearance. These are the words:
I am the Light of God. I am the everywhere Light of the world. I am not finite form, nor do I exist inside finite form. The Light of my Spirit is the substance of the Kingdom of God here and now. I am that incorporeal Light, the Light that ever was, that ever will be. This everywhere Light, which I acknowledge to be my Divine Selfhood here and now is the transforming substance that takes corporeal me out of dying flesh into the permanent eternal perfect image and likeness of my Father, into Divine flesh that can never die.
This Divine substance, this Divine Light of my incorporeal Self is the nectar of the Gods. It is the living Word that expresses and manifests the perfect will of God always invisibly present waiting to be released into visible form; and in that perfect will is contained my harmony, my fulfillment, my peace, my joy, my love, my integrity, my cooperation, my service, my understanding, my health, my purity, my sharing – all this is now in my true Identity, and as I rest in It I am cleansed of karmic debts. I am prevented from building new karma. I am guided past the tempting illusions of corporeality.
I am now awake in Self witnessing invisible Reality, where every need already is met without asking. I rest in the finished Kingdom of my own incorporeal Self – the Light of the world – and though I see them not with human eyes, the treasures of my eternal Life are flowing forth in the rhythm of God, glorifying the perfection of the Father in all things. I rest. One infinite Consciousness knows Reality. In my incorporeal substance, I am now One with my eternal Source, which is All, which knows All, which maintains that Allness beyond the power of this world to interfere.
All this is permanent Truth, always available. This will become permanent Consciousness as we practice. This advanced level of our work is being given now for all Infinite Way students who have carefully applied Infinite Way principles to their daily life, and who have found it within their power to make a commitment to living in Spirit, through Spirit, as Spirit. To these dedicated Souls, obstacles are always opportunities – opportunities to know Identity and to watch the obstacles of non-identity dissolve in this Soul Consciousness.
We know now that the path must always get narrower before it gets wider, and we are prepared to face every situation from the focus of Identity and never to be drawn out into non-identify. In order to break corporeal hypnosis, we must put forth a faith that passes understanding if we are to attain the blessed peace that also passes understanding, and it is for these disciples of Divine wisdom that Spirit is now bestowing the gold – tried in the fire. Absolutely nothing is being withheld, and Spirit is saying to you:
“You have paid the price. You have sought the Kingdom faithfully, and now your own incorporeality – your own incorporeality – is revealed to you as the key to paradise. Please use that key wisely. Treasure it forever. Do not put it in a drawer of your mind and then forget it, and never assume that the key can turn the lock by itself. It needs your active, conscious cooperation. Abide in Me, and I in thee, and you will bear fruit richly.”
Before you experience your incorporeal body walking on water, before you witness the perfect incorporeality of mankind, you will have to incorporealize your environment, your job, your family, your government, your daily activities through the discipline of your mind. You cannot be both corporeal and incorporeal. You cannot use your corporeal will and live incorporeally at the same time. Get that. You cannot use your corporeal will and live incorporeally at the same time. You must have a total discipline of your corporeal sense and its relationship with the world, and this is attained by living in your Identity, which enables you to find Truth and to maintain it in consciousness in the face of all the sense evidence to the contrary – prayerful silence in the midst of both the storm and the sunshine. You’ll find that you’ll be following the Master, who was always in a state of prayerful silence. Frequently – these periods of Identity cannot be overstressed. The secret of your own harmony and your healing power is your constant ability to remain in the perfect NOW, which is unconditioned, instead of being trapped into passing moments of forbidden fruit – or material images.
We think of Jesus often as praying before healing physical victims, but he was always praying before and after. He would pray right after a healing. One day after sunset, after rebuking unclean spirits and releasing the mother of Simon’s wife from a fever, and then healing an assortment of other diseases, we’re told in Mark that,
“In the morning rising up, a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place and there prayed.”
At another time, after multiplying loaves and fishes for about 500 – 5,000 actually – 5,000 people, Jesus sent his disciples away and
“he himself departed into a mountain to pray.”
You see, constantly, before and after his might works, he was taking nourishment from his incorporeal Self, which is one with God, and he was prodding his disciples to follow his example. You would always hear him say,
“Come ye yourselves apart into a desert. Rest a while.”
He would always counsel them, and then we know now that the desert place was not a geographical place. It was the symbol of the secret knowledge of Divine Selfhood, where material thought does not exist, and where material powers are nothingness.
So if you’ve been waiting for Spirit to guide you in your major life decisions, please now put into practice the principle of Incorporeality. It goes together with Grace. Instead of waiting for God to show you if you should change jobs or mates or cities or whatever you think you want to change, try to rise above the temptation to accept the problem as the world mind is presenting it to you. Come up higher. Come up to the finished Kingdom of your own Incorporeality, where there is eternal harmony, where there is no human thought to confuse or to distract you from the will of the Father, and rest in your Incorporeality, outside your sense of body, outside the belief in bodies anywhere in the world, in the incorporeality of the universe, in the incorporeality of mankind – rest there. And when the inner release comes, and you know there are no bodies anywhere – only one universal Divine Self, which is incorporeal – in that illuminated moment, your Divine Self will perform the miracle that no human thought can do.
I, your incorporeal Christ-Self, I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all power of the enemy; and nothing – nothing shall by any means hurt you. Did we remember that through the storms and the floods? Were we in the Identity which knew this to be the Truth? I, your incorporeal Christ-Self, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh into the Father. Only through your incorporeal Christ-Self can you release Divine Grace into visible manifestation. I, your incorporeal Christ-Self, I am he that liveth and was dead. Behold, I am alive forever more, and I have the keys of hell and of death.
Today, the power of those inspired words is as great as ever – as great as when the disciples heard them 2,000 years ago, but these words must be Spiritually understood. The speaker is I Christ within you, but there’s only one Christ. That Christ is never in your human body. The Christ of Jesus must be the very same Christ of you and of everyone, for that Christ is universal, incorporeal, and it really says, “The universal, incorporeal Self of you is alive forever more, and it has the keys of hell and of heaven, for I, the Christ of you am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I give unto you all power over the enemy.” And that enemy is the world mind, which creates the illusion of the flood, the fire, the storm, the avalanche, and of all the suffering endured by corporeal, mortal man.
Now let’s put it to work. In October of 1980, in the Self Surrender series, many of us meditated for the American hostages held captive in Iran. We meditated in a different way – not with the idea of getting the hostages back to the United States. Instead we went into the finished Kingdom of Reality, knowing that here in the finished Kingdom of God, of living Spirit, there are no hostages – that no hostages have ever been captured in the Kingdom of God, and that nothing is here but the Kingdom of God. There are no mortals in this Kingdom, no hostages – only the one, infinite Son of God, and in our quiet we saw the Truth of one God, one Life. Simultaneously we realized the illusion of the entire hostage picture. What we may not have realized is that we were then accepting our own Incorporeality, and the Incorporeality of the hostages, and the Incorporeality of their Iranian captors; and during these daily meditations together, we lived outside the concept of human body, outside corporeality. We lived in the Kingdom of Incorporeality, and, lo and behold, within two months – after a stalemate of over one year – the deadlock was broken. The boys were on their way home.
Something was learned during that series of meditations, and what we learned is that the return of the so-called 52 hostages was merely the Spiritual Truth of no hostages, no corporeality realized in consciousness now readjusting the visible world to conform to the invisible Truth. We had no hostages to bring back. We simply knew the Truth, and the Truth expressed as freedom. The Truth was the incorporeality of man and the universe and the power of that principle never varies.
Now we have the Polish crisis. To our visible eye, freedom is being stifled, blood is being shed, nations are taking sides in other troubled areas appearing in the world, revealing that corporeal man always seeks to dominate corporeal man, and that the strong always oppress the weak; and always the only solution sought is material power, but we have a function now.
During the next two months, we have an opportunity to apply our principle of Incorporeality to the Polish crisis. So I want to join with you every night in knowing the spiritual Truth about the Polish situation. Let’s set 7 pm as our time – California time 7 pm – and I’m selecting that because it seems best for everybody. That would be, I think, 8 pm in Texas and New Mexico, judging from 7 pm in California. That would be 9 pm in Chicago, 10 pm in Florida, and I think, also, that would be possibly 11 pm on the eastern coastline. And then we here in Hawaii would join with others around the world – in England, Thailand, or wherever there is a student listening to this message – we’d be at 5 pm, and countries outside the States would tune in to 7 pm California time to make their, to set their time, so that we are all on one uniform time. And you see that gives 7 pm as a, sort of a basic time that doesn’t keep New York and Florida up ‘till 4 am in the morning and gives everyone a good spread so that we can all be in unison and yet awake, alive, not so tired that we cannot enter the fullness of Being. So I’ll expect each of you to check your area time against 7 pm California time, and let that be our norm.
Now, the first part of our meditation at 7 pm California time will be your own Incorporeality because without it, you have nothing to offer. When you realize that your Life and your Divine Selfhood are not encased in corporeal form, then you’re prepared to expand your knowledge to the Polish picture; so that’s our beginning. You are Incorporeal, and we’ll have to enter a meditation now in order to run through what we are going to do for two months.
We are quiet. Your Consciousness should be telling you:
I, Divine Self, I do not live in human body of flesh. I am everywhere. You must feel this.
You must let yourself extend to your everywhereness, wherever God is.
I am one with God. I am the incorporeal essence of God. I am the Light that always shines, the eternal Substance that is undivided, the infinite Substance of Life, which is God Itself. This Substance, I am; and there is no other Life or Substance in the Kingdom of Reality.
You must establish the basic Truth that you are not in a finite, physical form. You are Spirit without opposite. You are the everywhereness of Spirit, which is undivided. This is your Divine Self now and forever. No other self exists, and when that realization comes to you, you are prepared to expand your realization to the Polish crisis. It may take 10 minutes, 15 minutes, but if you practice during the day, you will find that when you come to the 7 pm meditation – maybe 8 pm your time, or 9 or 10 or 11 – when you come to that meditation, you will have an easier accessibility to your own Divine Selfhood.
We’ll assume that you have spent this time to reach this inner realization, that you’ve put in during this meditation your 10 or 15 or even 20 minutes of realization of Self, and now It is flowing. You’re not in human thought. The senses are not magnetized to the world. You feel the Substance of Being. Now, the second part of the meditation: Banish everything you know and read or hear about Poland. Banish it!
God is not seeing the mortal dream. What is the spiritual Truth about Poland? What is the incorporeal Truth about Poland? In this second phase your meditation now extends the Truth of your own Self to the Polish people. There are no human bodies in Poland. Only the Spirit of God is there. That Spirit is indivisible, and, therefore, It is the very same Spirit that you are. It is your everywhere Spirit, and your everywhere Spirit is where man sees a physical Poland. Are you the everywhere Spirit? Can Spirit be divided? Does Spirit have an opposite? Live in this Truth, for the Truth you live by will manifest as freedom. Only your Spirit – the Spirit of God – is where Poland seems to be, and in the deepest silence, let this Truth liberate you from the world picture.
I am the living Light where the world sees Poland – there is no other. When Spirit registers this awareness within you, it’s like a light shines on. It’s like a voice says, “It is done. It is finished.” There is an inner realization, a glorious feeling of, “Yes, it is so.” Oh, and you can count on that inner realization when it comes. Wait for it. Be patient. If it comes, and when it comes, and only then, let it simmer on the burner of your Consciousness. Sit there and sip it, and then slowly extend your realization to Russia.
Is the illusion of a corporeal body any different there? Is there a corporeal substance in Russia if you are the everywhere Spirit without opposite? Is your Self absent, or are you still everywhere? Can your Spirit here be divided from your Spirit in Poland or in Russia? No, it cannot. You are living now in the finished Kingdom of Spirit everywhere, where only the image and likeness of God is. You are living in the incorporeal universe which exists without opposite, where man sees a corporeal Poland and a corporeal Russia. You have turned the government of the invisible universe over to God by removing all division, and,
“the Father who seeth in secret will reward thee openly.”
What will happen in Poland? What will happen in Russia? Humanly we could speculate, but that would be trap. It would bring us right back into a human thought and out of Spiritual Truth and out of Spiritual power. Much wiser to let the Holy Ghost released by your realization make its own invisible adjustments from the inner-most sanctuary of Truth.
Seven pm California time every night. There will be from two to three hundred students entering this experience with you, all knowing the one Self. Possibly one-half hour can cover the entire meditation, the various steps of it, and if you feel the power and purity of Truth within you, stay a bit longer within ‘cause some of us will remain for at least 45 minutes, even an hour; and the double purpose of this series of meditations is that while your physical sense of body is sitting in a room, your incorporeal Self will roam the world mind dissolving its pictures from Warsaw to Moscow, and will reveal to you why God says,
“The glory I had with you before the world was, is still mine.”
Don’t anticipate what will happen. Do it. Let the Father reveal the will of the Father in you.
Now this principle – this very same principle applying to Poland and Russia – can be and should be practiced on all levels of your life – business, family, art science, emotions, community, classroom, what have you. The ingredients are always identical – incorporeal Truth, the honesty to not try to turn the Truth to personal advantage, or to influence the Truth in any preconceived human direction.
We are breaking the barriers of sense, moving only in the will of God; and the adventure of sharing this Infinite Way with you is beyond words, beyond thoughts.
From Incorporeal Self to Incorporeal Self, Soul to Soul, Spirit to Spirit, Love in the highest, Grace be with you during the Eternal New Year.
Soul to Soul, Spirit to Spirit — Good morning.
The name of this talk is Death or Life. But it could also be called, ‘Choose ye this day, life or death.’ And those two words kept coming and coming to me this week; death and life, death and life. I was drawn to investigate further. I was drawn to contemplate, ponder what these words mean. I know they don’t mean what we have been taught. I know they don’t mean the concepts that we have of them.
So I went to that temple within to receive guidance and I was led to this book and to that Scripture and this talk today is going to be what came out of that; dead or alive. Take a moment and become still and take no thought. Let the message resonate with you and just listen and we’ll see what we can see.
We are going to start with something I found in the book, ‘The Mystical I,’ and it really says in four paragraphs what has taken me seven or eight talks to try to get across. See if you don’t hear it, those of you who have listened to the previous talks, see if you don’t hear it in these four paragraphs from ‘The Temple Not Made With Hands.’
There is within every person the Christ-Self, the real Self, the I. On the spiritual path, the goal is the attaining of conscious union with that Self.
And those two words, ‘conscious union’ mean precisely what it is that we have to do. We must have the conscious awareness, the conscious living awareness of being at one with that Self, with that real Self. We must have the inner conscious feeling of oneness with that Self.
On the spiritual path, the goal is the attaining of conscious union with that Self, or the attaining of the realization of the Christ as our identity.
The feeling of conscious union with the Christ Self is the realization of the Christ as our identity. This must be a conscious perception, a conscious experience. That’s probably the word we need more than any other. It must be a living experience. Having thoughts about this is not what we are talking about. That is only a step toward the experience. So having thoughts about our Christ Identity, our real Self, is not enough. Reading the words in this book may cause you to ponder and have thoughts about it, but that’s not enough. That’s a start that is what would be called the letter of this particular truth. We must go farther, we must have the Spirit. And here we have the two words showing up. The letter killeth or leads to death, but the Spirit giveth life – dead or alive.
This requires a “dying daily” to the human part of us, the outer part, and being reborn as this true identity; “dying” to the limited sense of self and being reborn into or as our perfect Self, the Christ-Self.
These words that we use here, these words that he has spoken, which have been written down; ‘into’ and ‘as’; they are important words. We die to a limited sense of self and are reborn into or as our perfect Self, the Christ-Self. See, this is a living experience. But let’s read this through and then we will get into it.
On the other hand, if we can overcome the human self, if we can “die,” if we can put off that human self with its belief in good and evil and awaken to our true identity, then we are through with patchwork, through with demonstrating some good today and wondering what we will have to meet next year.
Within each of us is the perfect Self that has never fallen, has never left heaven, (That again is another line. I am trying to read this straight through but I can’t make it.)
Within each of us is the perfect Self that has never fallen, has never left heaven, and therefore can never gain heaven. It is already a state of heaven.
Those two lines, one and a half really, are just remarkable. They can be taken into meditation for a year or two. They are pregnant, they are full of life. So let’s say them again.
Within each of us is the perfect Self that has never fallen, has never left heaven, and therefore can never gain heaven. It is already a state of heaven.
Already we have established in just two paragraphs and one and a half lines, that there’s no tomorrow heaven and no human being is going to be resurrected into heaven. But rather the human being is going to be put off so that we may discover our Self that is heaven; a state of heaven.
It is already living the perfected life, the spiritual life, the Christ-life that can never be crucified, can never be resurrected, and cannot ever be ascended. It already is the perfect Self, the son of God, or the Christ within us. It has been called “the hidden manna,” the “pearl of great price,” the robe of immortality.
This son of God is you; it is I. Actually, it is our Self, and we do not patch It up; we do not demonstrate for It; we do not heal It; we cannot even make progress with It. We can, however, bring to light in our experience this perfect Self, our Christ-Self. But in order to accomplish this we do not go into meditation with the idea of meeting an outside problem, for our spiritual goal (this should be our goal) is not developing a self that has no problems, but “dying” to the self that has them.
Do we see the difference? We are not trying to demonstrate spiritual principles so that our human self can have no problems. We are not trying to make a perfect mental image called a human self. But rather, we are to die to the self that has them. And here we have that word again, “die” – dead or alive. Die to live. These words are repeated over and over and over, particularly in the book of John, which we are going to get into in a little bit.
But here, Joel has summed up what I have been wanting, hoping to get across in the last seven or eight talks, which is that we must put off mortality and put on immortality. That’s another line that has the entire kingdom of heaven in it; it has the entire path, the entire Way. It has I in it because I am the Way. We must put off mortality and put on immortality.
Let us take and go into the Scriptures and see what we can see, with this idea of dead or alive. We’ll start with John, Chapter 10. We’ll just read a little bit of it, starting with verse 7.
Then said Jesus unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Remember, Scriptures have nothing to do with ‘out here.’ Scriptures have to do with within. This is an inner experience. This is the I within your Consciousness speaking to this outer self, speaking to you really. And it says ‘I say unto you, I am the door,’ and so there is a door within you which leadeth unto life. ‘All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.’ We read a moment ago in the ‘Mystical I’ that we must die to the human self and awaken to our true identity. And here our true Self is calling to us, is speaking to us and saying, ‘I am the door.’ All the identities you have ever had, age after age, before now, were thieves and robbers. Why? Because they stole from you your true identity. As you lived in this outer human identity and identified with it, you came to believe that is what you were. And that leadeth to death. There’s the word again. That identity out there leads to death. In fact that identity out there is dead. It is the walking dead.
But there is an identity within, a real identity, the Christ Identity, that spiritual I of you. Of you, it belongs to you, it is you. That I, that identity leads to life. Which makes one wonder what life is? Particularly if you thought this out here is life. So the I of you says, ‘I am the door. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers. I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture,’ or nourishment, or maintenance or sustenance or life.
If you find your true identity and if you enter into It in your meditation and drop this outer mental image or sense concept or human identity, if you enter into It, in the silence of your being and have communion with It, then you can go in and out and find life. The thief, that is the human identity, now this is your Self talking to you, so let’s put it that way, the human identity cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, in other words it leads to death. But I, your true Identity, am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly. So this inner Spiritual Identity leads to life. Whatever life really is or should be.
So that was the first thing that came to me in connection with this dead or alive, death or life. And then, as I read along, I came to Chapter 11 and I know we have all heard this story as far as the raising of Lazarus from the dead, but let us look at this a little differently now. Let’s look at this as if this is an internal experience, as if this is our true Self speaking to us.
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
When Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
So they are seeing a man who is sick and Christ is seeing the same thing he saw back here a few chapters ago, which we had a class on, the blind man, he is seeing another opportunity for the glory of God to manifest itself. All of life is that Infinite Divine Consciousness manifesting Itself, glorifying Itself. That is what Christ sees. That is what you are in your true identity. That’s all that can be seen. It is the walking dead that sees these other things; blind and dead. But then the Christ of our identity said that, said it outright. He said to one of us, “Follow me.” And we said, “Well, I can’t, I have to go home and bury my father.” And he turned on him and said, “Let the dead bury the dead. Come and follow me.” This was his true identity telling him, “turn ye and live.” There is that word again; life, dead, dead or alive, death or life.
Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
Now that is a pretty interesting thing to put in there, don’t you think? He loved him and so as soon as he heard that, did he hasten to go there? No, he loved him and yet he stayed two more days still in the same place where he was because that inner Self is not looking out at these pictures as if they are real. There is no life in them, they are dead.
Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again.
His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
The editor in this Bible has down there, ‘sunlight,’ which shows really the unenlightenment of this editor because that is not what he meant at all. If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. And “I” am the light of this world and I am the light. So walking in the day means walking in the light that I am. And if you walk in the light that I am you don’t stumble, no one can stone you.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
That should have given us a clue right there; “light in him,” not sunlight.
These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
And now we are entering into this story and it is not an outer story. This is an inner experience. And this might be your true identity speaking to you and saying you are asleep.
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death:
You see? If you are sleeping to your true identity, you’re dead. I’d like to be a little more kind and gentle than that but here it is. If you are sleeping, if you are unconscious of your Self, your real Self, if you are just a human being walking around, you are dead. So the resurrection is coming out of the grave and into your true identity, consciously, consciously.
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
And this is the Christ of your being, this is your true identity and it might just as well be saying, “Bill is dead, Mary is dead, Dennis is dead, Laura is dead, Chris is dead. It might just as well be saying that outer human identity, no matter what its name is, is dead — Death and life, death and life.
We have it so backwards as world thought always does. This that we see and had thought was life is dead, is death. Then what is life? That is what we need to meditate on. What is life? Over and over and over, the Christ of our being, the Christ within us says, “I am the Life. I have come to give you life eternal. I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly.” If this outer thing, this outer picture, this mortality, must be put off, this dead life must be put off, what is life, what is life eternal? And if you have an inner realization of this, you’ll say to yourself, “My God, I don’t even know what life is. What is life? What is it?”
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
Now we will skip forward a little bit here. I believe this next paragraph, or I feel, I have an inner feeling—I feel that Chapter 11, verses 23, 24, 25 and 26 are probably one of the greatest secrets given to us about life. We’ll start with Chapter 11, verse 21.
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
And here it starts:
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Here is another mis-perception, misunderstanding of the world mind, of the dead mind because it always has things placed in duality. Everything it looks at it sees through the eyes of the glass darkly, or duality. And so it is saying here, well I know that he’ll rise again one of these days, sometime off in the future, well, the last day, during some resurrection and so Martha is seeing a human being, a dead person being resurrected. And yet no such thing has or ever will happen. No human identity will ever be resurrected. The human identity will only die.
Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, (He turned on her immediately.) I am the resurrection, and the life: (Now here’s that word—life) he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
So the I of you, your spiritual identity, says to you, right now, “There is no future resurrection, the human being will never be resurrected. I am the resurrection, I am the life and if you experience Me, though you were dead, yet shall you live.”
So this is an inner experience that must happen to us. Furthermore, he says:
Whosoever liveth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
This is your Identity talking to you, your real Identity speaking to you now. The Christ within you is saying, “Whosoever liveth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Well do you? Do you believe it enough to bend every effort to die to self so that this Christ Self may rise up? Because it is only Christ that is resurrected and it is not really resurrected, it is just that when the human self dies, the I is lifted up and comes into expression. It was there, as Joel said, it is never resurrected, but it appears to be resurrected. No human being is ever resurrected but our true identity, our Christ Self comes up out of the tomb and we have life and life eternal. So what is this life?
She said unto him, Yes, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the son of God, which should come into the world.
And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come and calleth for thee.
Some of the people said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
I like this. This is sort of telling us that Jesus who was that Christ Identity, full blown, in conscious communion, walking this earth, groans in himself because he sees how the walking dead believe that they are humans. Now he sees the reality of them which is all he can see. But he also sees where they are stuck believing that they are humans. So he can look and he can see someone who has a withered arm and he can realize that that picture is not the reality, and seeing the reality he could say, “What did hinder you? Stretch forth thine arm.”
And here he is seeing a whole crowd and people that, well it says he loved Mary and Martha, he is seeing people suffer by believing that there is such a thing as death and so he groans within himself. I think this is sort of the same feeling when he looked at Jerusalem and said, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered ye together under my wings, even as a mother hen, and ye would not.”
And so he cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Now remember this is a story to tell us about the raising up of our Christ Identity; the dying of self. This is an internal experience. And so this human person is in a cave with a stone on it. That’s pretty much what it is when you are in the world mind. You’re in a dark cave and there is a glass darkly.
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.
And so Christ says to us, “Remove that glass darkly.” Of course, Martha, who is the walking dead, says, “Oh, he has been dead for four days and by this time he stinketh.”
Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
The world-mind always has excuses doesn’t it? “Well I can’t do this. Well, I can’t die right now, I have responsibilities. I can’t die right now, what will my family think? I can’t die right now, what will happen to me?” Well you just might find life and life eternal.
So they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Now here, the Christ of Lazarus is bringing Lazarus out of his human identity and into his real Identity, into life, whatever life is.
And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.
Here he is coming out of the grave and yet he’s still bound hand and foot and his face bound about with a napkin. That is pretty much how we get here, isn’t it? We’re ready to find this thing called Eternal Life and we hear the call, we hear our Christ Identity within us and it says, “Come forth.” So we rise up but we are still bound. But that is okay, because our Christ Identity says “Loose him and let him go.” When God speaks the earth melts. In your meditation, the Christ of you, as you commune with It says unto this glass darkly, “Loose him and let him go. I have come to set at liberty the captives.”
You have been called to the feast. You, hearing this talk, have been called. If you understand this, if you can feel what is being said here, you are being called. And you are being called to lay down your life. “He that loses his life shall find his life eternal.” “He who loves his life in this world shall lose it. But he who hateth his life in this world shall keep it” unto life eternal.
In order to discover what life is, over and over in this talk we have said, what is life, what is life? We know this out here, well, Mary Baker Eddy said, “Mortality is a myth,” so we know this out here is simply a myth. Your human identity, all of it, bad or good, is a myth. So we that hear this message are being told to lay down that life, put off mortality, die. As Paul said, “I die daily,” and so daily, some part of the human identity must die because that is the walking dead. That life is dead, it’s dead now. It is not going to die sometime in the future. It is dead now. There is no God in it. ‘The natural man receiveth not the things of God,’ because the natural man is dead.
Yet, in your inner meditation, your Christ identity, the I of you, is calling to you, inviting you to the feast, to lay down that dead identity and in its place receive life eternal; a life that is your true identity, your Christ identity, your perfect Self. There is another Self and that Self must rise up and live through you and walk through you and talk through you and live as you. And in your meditation you move into this Self and this Self moves into you. ‘Abide in Me and let Me abide in you.’ This is your true Self calling.
You, as a human being that is, the human being cannot resurrect the Christ. The human being has no idea what life is. So the answer to the question, “What is life?” is an individual experience of that life. As you die to this false self, this human identity; in your inner chamber, in that temple not made with hands, you will begin to have an experience, a living experience of eternal life. And that life will reveal Itself. That life will live Itself. ‘I live, yet not I, Christ liveth Itself.’
So your true identity, your true Self, your Christ Self, your real life will rise up and lift Itself up. ‘I am the resurrection,’ when you die. I will live you. I will reveal life eternal as a living conscious awareness. Not a word in a book, not a lecture, not a statement, not a belief, not a concept, not an idea; a living conscious awareness of something called eternal life; your eternality – your eternal Christ life.
And now listen to what I feel is one of the most beautiful statements I have ever read and it is from ‘Leave Your Nets.’ And this is your true identity speaking to you.
I, the Lord, have called thee. Why do you think you are here on earth? Because I, the Lord, the Divine Consciousness has called itself into expression as your individual being.
So your true identity, the Divine Infinite Consciousness has called Itself into expression as your individual being. This is what we are being called to do. Lose your life and find your life eternal as an experience, an internal experience. Stand ye still and behold the Christ resurrected, living where you are.
‘I am the resurrection. I am the life. He that liveth in me shall never die.’
And so we are instructed to choose death or life. And this is the reason for Christ coming to you. Now you must make the choice within your being, in the secret inner chamber of your temple not made with hands, choose ye.
Do you choose death or do you choose life and life eternal? Turn ye and live for I have come that you may have My life, life everlasting. I am the life. I am your life. Come, come. I give you My everlasting life.
Our function in this class is to delve into the higher mysteries. You may find that less and less we’re not going to discuss any personal problems. We’re not going to be concerned about the world not created by God. And that may be very difficult for some but it has to come. There has to be a time when we stop asking God heal of this and heal me of that. There has to be a time when we’re no longer saying “God you withheld this from me and you withheld that from me”. There has to come a time of acceptance, not of seeking, but of acceptance and this concerns the higher mysteries, the above universe, the universe right where the visible universe seems to appear.
Today, it will be well if you can learn what makes an image. Well you have one image called the world and in it are many images, all part of the same image. So we want to burst that bubble today. So that some of you who have been living in the mind universe, trying by the power of your mind to find some kind of peace, some kind of tranquility, some kind of solution will discover that you’ve been living in the wrong universe, and in the wrong body, and in the wrong century, seeking in some way to improve God’s perfect universe because you’re unaware of it.
We see Jesus on his feet, hands and knees, and he’s washing the feet of Peter. Yes, the Master seems to be washing the feet of a student. And this is drawing the curtain to the inner mystery of Christ within Peter. This is drawing the mystery into visibility by telling you and telling me that if you wish to walk in the universe of God, instead of the kingdom that is this world, not of the Father, but of the sense mind you too will have to wash your feet. Not only yours, but the feet of the world. You’ll have to see that the Master is revealing the secret of His great work is not His personal ability but His capacity to say the only me here is the inner Christ. There is no human me. I wash the feet that walks upon the earth. I am dissolving in my consciousness. I am recognizing the inner Christ of Peter. And in so doing the inner Christ of every man, woman and child on this earth and I who seem to be the Master, am but the servant of this inner Christ.
Therefore, when thou seest me, thou seest the activity of the inner Christ not of the man and the inner Christ that I glorify as I walk this earth is the inner Christ of Peter, the inner Christ of Bill, the inner Christ of Mary, the inner Christ of everyone who walks this earth. And therefore, it behooves Bill, it behooves Mary, it behooves Betty, it behooves Herb, it behooves every individual on the face of the earth to get on his hands and knees which is the surrender of human-hood until in that yielding of self, the invisible self, is brought into activity in the visible experience world.
My own self, I can do nothing. And as long as I continue in the effort, I will fall into the image world. While I’m under the belief that I am loving God supremely, I am actually accusing God, condemning God. Condemning God for the evil He leaves on this earth, accusing Him even of creating it.
Now you know that condemnation has by now become very small in your consciousness. You can see the thief without accusing him. You can see the corruption in government without accusing. You can see many facets of the imperfect human life without condemnation. And probably, you pride yourself upon it.
What we don’t realize too often is that we are condemning God. We have risen to that level where we do not condemn our neighbor but instead we condemn God. How? Take the crusader. I don’t mean back in the medieval times. I mean today’s crusader for good. For improvements. How do we improve anything except by recognizing that which needs improvement and therefore what have we said? We have said there are two creations. God’s creation which we will accept as perfect but there’s also a creation that needs improvement. And so we are going to crusade for the improvements. And we’re stuck with two creations. We’ve fallen into the trap of believing that God is aware of these things that need improvement in this earth. And He’s doing nothing about it so we’re going to do it. Of course we’re in the human consciousness. We’ve fallen into the trap of human images.
Most of you have never heard what I’m about to tell you. It’s about this world of images and what it makes it so. There’s a process in photo-engraving where you make a photograph of any object or person. And then in order to reproduce that, let’s say in the newspaper, you make a photograph of the photograph. And when you make a photograph of the photograph, you put a filter or a screen between the object or photograph and your camera. So now you get a new photograph of the photograph, this one is filtered or screened. So that the photograph is broken down into all kinds of little dots. And then you photograph this on to metal and you put an emulsion in the metal and then you put acid on the emulsion and finally you get these dots to be raised up and after it’s photographed, the dots that have been raised up of the original photograph broken into dots are raised up. Than you put ink on the surface of these raised up dots and you turn the metal over and you print on the newspaper. You print those dots. And every time you pick up a newspaper and look at a face, you’re not aware of it. You think that’s Richard Nixon, that’s Chou En Lai, that Jon Mitchell, that’s John Lindsay. And every time you look at these photographs in the paper, you’re looking at nothing but little blobs of ink that are separated. They’re really little dots. And in about one inch, there at least thirty -six hundred to four thousand little dots. That’s really what you’re looking at. Your eye doesn’t know it. Your mind doesn’t know it. You’re looking at dots but you think it’s John Lindsay, Richard Nixon and really there’s just as many dots to make a Richard Nixon as to make a John Lindsay.
You can take the same dots and rearrange them and make a hippopotamus. You can make an elephant. If you rearrange the dots you can make anything that is on this earth. You can make a battleship, spacecraft. In other words, your eye doesn’t see the dots. But if you take just a normal magnifying glass and look at any photograph in a newspaper, that’s what you’re going to see. Hold it there just until, raise it up and down until you see, “why it’s only made of dots. And I thought it was a man’s face.”
The face is the image formed by the dots. But all that is on that paper are little black dots. They’re all identical. Put a few more on one side and you’ll get a cluster out of them. A few less on the other side and you get what seems to be a lighter tone but they’re all the same black dots.
When I do this privately and give a magnifying glass to somebody may look and see the dots. There’s so much pride that they haven’t noticed it with the naked eye. And that’s how we all are able for fifty years to read the newspaper and never known that we have never seen a photograph. We have seen dots that appear to our human eye as faces and things.
And then you can take this right to your television screen and it’s the same process. On the television screen, you’re looking at electric dots. Dots of electricity. But you cannot see the dots. And as the electric moves, you see the movement of the dots but you don’t know it’s the movement of electrical dots. So you say the horse is running. It isn’t running, there’s no horse there. You’re looking at electrical dots to simulate a horse running. No horse is going to run out of that screen. It’s an image on the screen and the method is electrical dots, so fine that no human eye can see them. And so you get the forms. Now you go to the motion picture house. There’s a giant screen and the same thing happens, dots. They are still electrical dots. And you can have Cleopatra and her barge draw up, you can have the complete spectacle of Rome and it’s all made with electrical dots, electrical dots that to the human eye appear as images called people doing things.
Now these processes are human inventions. The Father does it much more subtly. When you come to the human scene, you find that the same process is going on around you. But now the dots are points of light, so fine that they have fooled the greatest religious and intellectual and scientific teachers of the world. Points of light and you watch these points of light move and you call them living forms. They are the very same process in a more sophisticated way for He hangeth the earth on nothing.
Now what you are looking and calling forms then are points of light moving. You’re seeing the tree grow up but you’re not. You’re seeing the slow motion of points of light below the level of your perception. You see the horse run on the track but you’re not. You see boys go out to war on battlefields but you’re looking at points of light. And when that cannon roars and the boy falls down and that blood pours, you’re looking at points of light. You know you’re not looking at God’s creation. And there are not two creations. What are you looking at? You’re looking at point of light in the cosmic mind. Wherever you look, on this earth, that is all you will ever see. Points of light.
You cannot find one thing on this earth made by God. Not one. And that is important. And however revolutionary it may seem, to the human mind, it was a necessary step to the revelation of the allness of God. In the eternal life, that comes into the experience of all who know God aright.
Now what you’ve been looking at and calling forms, people, things, places, conditions, are points of light in a cosmic telecast. And it has its purpose and that purpose was explained to you in the Bible but we walk by.
In these points of light you see the dying soldier. You see the accident on the freeway. You see the long inventory of disease and disaster not created by God. You’re looking at the image world of the mind. And often accusing the Father of putting it there. Why did you do this to my daughter? Why did you do this to my son? Why don’t you change this and change that? But the Father doesn’t change this and change that for the simple reason that the Father does not see what you are seeing. The Father does not look at points of light in motion seeming to us as real conditions of a real world. The Father is not dreaming. The Father is awake. The dream of mortality is where we see these points of light.
Fortunately, we have them. They have a grand purpose. You have thought that everything wrong in your life couldn’t possibly be attributed to you. As a matter of fact, we discovered that most of us are pretty good human beings. And then we say, well if I’ve been so good, why have I been completely isolated from happiness, health, abundance, the things and joyful relationships that a child of God ought to have. Why am I besieged by this endless parade of things that I have to keep solving? When does the day of solving stop? When can I relax and say at last I’ve made it? And then suddenly there comes another problem. Out of nowhere. And it has a name. And yet in spite of all, you’ve been reading your Bible. You’ve been listening to tapes. You’ve been as faithful as you know how and as dedicated. Some put in as many as twenty hours a day and still have things turn up that you would think after all this time and effort and dedication would be impossible.
And so we go back to the story of the wheat and the tares.
Nobody plants weeds. You never planted any weeds. You certainly wouldn’t do it intentionally. And neither do these men in the Bible. He planted wheat. But it wasn’t long in season when there was wheat and tares, wheat and weeds. Couldn’t figure it out. He hadn’t planted the tares. So he went to his friends and they told him well what really happened of course is that your neighbor down the way who you had an argument with last month, he got even with you. While you were asleep, he planted the tares. And so asleep, this man got weeds in his farm. And asleep, we get problems in our consciousness. The tares, planted while the farmer was asleep, are the beliefs planted in you below the level of your conscious awareness. Meaning in your sleep.
You do not know what the world mind is broadcasting into you. You haven’t the vaguest notion. How could you? You have a certain level of consciousness. If something comes in, in your unconscious, how can you be conscious of it?
And so seeds are planted, seeds of belief. And the only time you become aware of them is when they grow up into form. And you can then look up and say, why did I get arthritis? Why did my business fail? Why did my marriage prove such a disaster? Why this, why that, why the other? You’re only seeing these things on your screen of your consciousness now as images, broken homes, broken marriages, broken bodies, but they began in the unconscious level where the world mind planted in you a seed. And each seed planted in you must become a visible experience. That visible experience, you then give the label, this is what I’ve got but you haven’t got that at all.
What has happened is that from the invisible of your consciousness, a seed you did not know was there has grown into a tree and if now dropping fruit. And that is in your visible world. The image world is where you have seen the fruit of the tree of good and evil. And that fruit is very un-tasty at times. And it grows because the seeds of belief in your consciousness are there unknown to you. You did not know they were coming in, you did not know that they were growing up, you did not know about them until you began to suffer. The cause did not begin in you. The cause began in the world mind.
And so, a very intelligent, infinite mind has provided you with a screen, a television screen called world. And from the invisible of your consciousness, you automatically project the quality of your consciousness. You project into the world of images the fabric of your own consciousness. And when you label it this or that, you’re really saying this is the nature of my invisible consciousness. Because be sure of this. It isn’t someone else’s consciousness appearing on your screen. The problems you manifest are nothing more than your consciousness turned inside out like a reversible raincoat from the invisible to the visible. That’s what this world is all about. A place where you can project your consciousness.
And then looking at the world of images, you can go back to your consciousness which is the land in which the wheat and the tares are growing side by side in duality. And finally you come to the realization that there is no thing in this world which does not begin first in an invisible world. There’s no child in this world that doesn’t first begin in the invisible. No tree, no seed, no fruit, no flower, no anima. No animal, vegetable, mineral or human begins in the visible. They begin in the invisible. And everything in this visible has its beginning in the invisible. That’s what we all have in common.
And therefore, if we would live only in the visible, we would continue in the world of effect, never going into the cause of things, which is the invisible. And what is the cause of this image world that you live in? Your world is your consciousness. My world is my consciousness and whoever is in this world is really in their own consciousness made visible. And so this is where the effects are, in the world. That’s the television screen where we can pick up what’s right or wrong in our life. And now we go back, go back into the invisible, into our consciousness. Because there, we’re going to find what’s happening to make our visible world of good and evil. It is there where we’re going to determine a way of dominion over the outer world of experience.
Now we look at our consciousness and we see that it’s subject to two forces. We’re no longer dealing in the world of problems. Because if you meet a problem in the effect world of problems, you are never going to get to the cause of it which is in your consciousness. So in the invisible of your consciousness you discover that your consciousness has been fed by the wrong life stream, by the world mind. And that has brought forth the first birth, you, the image you. Your consciousness has brought forth the image you have called yourself. And your consciousness which has brought forth this image has not been able to see reality directly. Because between your consciousness and reality, between your consciousness and the Divine, there is the world mind, the glass darkly. And you’re looking at the Divine through the glass darkly of the world mind and just like that photo engraving process I told you about, you’re trying to make a photograph of the Divine with your human consciousness. And there’s a filter or screen between your human consciousness and the Divine and so you break the Divine down into little dots. Little dots of light and then your consciousness projects these dots of light into the world as the image called you.
These little dots of light, you know by now, are the atoms identified by science. Little dots of light. Little worlds of electrical energies so placed together that they look exactly like you. And you call those little worlds of atoms you, not knowing that is the image cast forth onto the screen of time and space by your consciousness. And that it is your consciousness where you must live and you must learn to tune out that world mind which is between you and the Divine to let not the dots, not the filtered light come through but the direct Divine light of the Father. And there’s a way to do it. And the way is, the only way that is prescribed by those who have done it.
You’ll find that when your mind, your consciousness has developed the capacity to be a vacuum that it no longer receives the filtered light of the world mind. It is closed to the filtered light of the world mind and it becomes a clear plate of glass, crystal clear glass. And just as Jesus walked through a wall that was only there to the human consciousness the Divine walks through the world mind and through the clear crystal glass of your consciousness by-passing the activity of that world mind which breaks things up into little atoms, coming through the crystal-clear glass of your consciousness which has been purified of thought. And that Divine light is no longer separated atoms, no longer separated dots of light but is the fullness of the Father. The wholeness of the Father, not little points of separation. And all that was missing out here in the image form in the world of this human experience was nothing more than gaps of light which the Divine now brings through. You become a living embryo in the womb of the Father.
That new Spiritual womb of silence is really no different than the womb you inhabited as an embryo before you became an imaged human self. We really duplicate that condition. No mother has consciously fed the child in her womb. No embryo has consciously said to the mother, “feed me.” It’s an automatic process. It happens.
And when you have found the crystal-clear consciousness of silence, the vacuum of no thought, when you have been able to put away the thousand and one human concepts that cram the brain, when you have been able to accept truth, Divine truth, and have reached that place where the mind is at peace, then you are like the embryo. You are no longer saying to the Father, give me, this is what I want, this is what I need, this is my will, that you fulfil my will here, but rather you are resting in the womb of infinity with trust. Wanting nothing, needing nothing, seeking nothing, just like a child in a mother’s womb.
That Spiritual embryo is the method in which you defeat the world mind. As long as you have a thought, an idea, a plan, a scheme, a will, a belief, or an acceptance of anything in this world that you consider real, you’re not ready for that womb. You still have housecleaning to do. To be a womb in the Father’s, be it an embryo in the womb of the Father, you must be the pure at heart, willing, to seek nothing of good and nothing of evil in the dream of mortality.
For the Father is Source and the Source is pure and that pure being which is the Father is the essence of your being. And you must be fed by the essence of your being. Not something else. You rest in the conscious awareness that the pure being called the Father is here as my life.
And I, even past the point then, of saying “Speak Father, Thy son heareth,” but rather, there is no you to say that. You go past that point and you see the real meaning of what Samuel said. He had so purified himself that there was no Samuel there. And then the Christ within Samuel said to the Father, “Speak Father, Thy son heareth.”
When you hear the words within you, it is Christ saying this to the Father who is greater than I. These words are the sign that you have stripped yourself of the dream. Not that you have said them humanly but that they have been said within you by the Christ to the Father. And now, the revelation of oneness takes place.
In your silence of humanhood, there’s no place for the world mind to go. You are not a receiver for the world mind. It can plant no tares in your consciousness. It can plant no seeds in you that will become tomorrow’s problems. You are still. And now the essence of being, not broken into little dots of light, flows through your stillness. And the Father feeds the son as the mother feeds the child in her womb. This is soul feeding.
I am the bread and the real substance that feeds you as a Spiritual embryo is the essence of God. The substance of God, the will of God, the power of God, the love of God, all become your hidden manna, your meat the world knows not of. You are fed by the Divine. There’s nothing more to do. The feeding takes place. And now this is what you image forth into the world as a better body, a better mind, a better life, a better demonstration. You are glorifying the Father. You are not saying to your mother, feed me this way or that way, here’s what I prefer. You’re saying to the Father, let me have your food. I’m silent to the food of the world.
And the food of the Father is His own being. All that I have. The very life of the Father flows through you. And so essence flows through your purified consciousness and becomes image formed. The outer form then is manifesting the qualities of the new substance. And the new substance is pure wheat. It isn’t divided. It isn’t good and evil.
Now the purification which enables Christ in you to say to the Father, “Speak Father, Thy son heareth” is the working in the invisible in your consciousness to consciously turn it away from the duality of the world mind.
In other words, you tune in by tuning out of the world mind. You tune out of the world mind to tune in for your Divine feeding. The you of you is forgotten in the image world. That’s going to be the result of how well you’re fed in the inner.
And if you’ve learned your lesson properly, you don’t let that outer image self tempt you to fulfil its ambitions, its will, its needs. You are out of the image world. You are working on the level of consciousness.
Now this is the meaning of washing the feet. I, stand before you, washing your feet Peter. I am showing you that within you is a consciousness which is pure. And it is the actual life of God. And I am serving that life of God in you and in myself and in everyone I meet. Letting that life live itself through my conscious awareness of its Presence. Keeping my consciousness on that life, not on duality, not on a denial of the presence of that life but rather on the presence of that life.
Now some of you, have been involved in worldwide movements to do good in this world. And have thought that you were really doing good. But you haven’t known that you were working in the creation that is not the creation of God.
What can you find in a Divine creation that needs improvement? You’ve been working in a world of images. You’ve been working in a world that is not your Father’s kingdom. And even when you succeed in it, all you can do is change an image in the world that’s not your father’s kingdom to a better image. And it is still not your Father’s kingdom when it is a better image.
Whereas, the way of the Father is, is there a place now where I am not? Why not purify your consciousness of the belief that there is a place somewhere where I am not? Instead of trying to correct the world of images, the world of images isn’t to teach you that you need correction, it’s to teach you how to purify your consciousness of the belief that you’re not in the kingdom of God. As long as in the world of images you see something wrong, you are not accepting in your inner consciousness that this is the kingdom of God. That’s the purpose of the world of images. As long as you can see imperfection out there, you must face it with the knowledge that that wasn’t created by God. And if you still think it’s real, you have invented a second creator. Who could put the imperfection there if there’s no other creator? Who could take God’s perfect creation and make it imperfect? So as long as you’re still improving things, you miss the point.
The things that you want to improve don’t need improvement. The consciousness that put them out there needs improvement. That doesn’t mean someone else’s consciousness. That means yours. Because the things you see out there are your consciousness made visible. Whoever else sees them, that is their consciousness made visible.
Our function is to purify our consciousness so that we become aware of God’s kingdom here on earth. And to clarify the picture then, you have a perfect Divine creation here and now and there is no other. You have a perfect Divine being, an infinite being, not divided into little, finite beings. And that infinite being is the life that we call God. And that is the only life there is. While you are dwelling in the inner consciousness, to tune out the world mind, you must tune out the belief that there’s another life here besides the life of God. Where would it be if God is infinite? If this house that we’re sitting in now were infinite, could you ever be in another one? If God is infinite, could you ever be outside of infinity? If you’re always in infinity and God is life, you’re in infinite life. Where does it divide? Where does this infinite Divine life become anything other than what it is? So we come out into the imaged world where we see four billion forms instead of knowing the one life.
We are talking now in words and you are hearing these words. And it is your belief that you’re hearing them from someone sitting up in the podium in front of you. I like you to realize that isn’t what’s happening. You’re hearing them inside your own self right now just as I am hearing them inside myself right now. That’s where you’re hearing them. We’re both hearing at the same fountain. Although it appears that someone outside of yourself is talking to you.
Every experience in your life is an experience within yourself that appears to be an external one. You cannot have an external experience. There is no such experience. Every such experience is a false belief. Whatever you see, you see in yourself and think you’re seeing it out there. Whatever you taste, you taste within yourself and think you’re tasting it out there. Your complete experience is within. It appears without. Because it’s simultaneous, you can’t catch it. But that’s how it’s happening.
Usually, mortal mind in you is talking to or hearing mortal mind in someone else. Or Divine mind in you is hearing Divine mind in someone else. Or a mixture. A shadow of Divine mind. Always your experiences within and you’re thinking its without.
And so I want you to do this. Take an individual in the outer world and see if you can catch this idea. That that individual that you think is out there is within yourself, within yourself just like a little tv screen within yourself. And see that individual within you on a little tv screen. And now let that person talk and what’s happening? They’re talking within you in the tv screen. No matter what they say or do, that’s within you on a little tv screen. And if you saw that same person on tv, and they complained to you about a problem, you would look at the tv and say, why that’s just an image on a tv screen. That’s precisely what this world of images is. Every image is on an inner tv screen of your brain which you think is out there.
And those of you who can dwell with this awhile will begin to get the idea that your dominion and your purification of consciousness is to see that every evil in the world is nothing more than a little tv screen inside your consciousness that is broadcasting a lie, an untruth and made you believe it was external when it couldn’t possibly be in the creation of God.
When you reduce the images of the world into this little tv screen, you will find the whole world is on this little tv screen. And you will find, if you don’t let it get off the tv screen, what can keep your consciousness knowing its only on an inner tv screen, it can’t be real out there because God didn’t make it. If you can never let it get off that tv screen, you’ll find you’re beginning to feel the message of dominion. And I don’t care what you have out there in the world, if you won’t let it get off this little tv screen inside, you’ll have caught part of what the Master was teaching all the time.
To the man on the cross, standing beside him, about to be crucified like Himself, I will take thee today into paradise. To the bond servant, of the centurion, go thy way, he liveth. Why? All that was in the inner little tv screen that lie about the Father. The allness of God is the rule, the law, the fact. Where is there a thief then on the cross? In this little tv screen then in the mind. Catch it at that level. Don’t fight it out there. It isn’t necessary. Don’t fight Pilate out there. It isn’t necessary. Catch it inside because it’s coming through there at the same time as you see it outside. Everything has to come through your consciousness before it can appear out there to your consciousness. You catch it at the level of its happening in consciousness, you’ll see the nothingness of it. All evil in the world is in the human consciousness. That’s the only place it is. It isn’t in the world, it’s in the human consciousness. There is no world. There is only the kingdom of God.
Now what we’re at today, today at this moment is something that comes only from years of dwelling with it. Until suddenly, it announces itself to you. And you possibly may have sensed something along these lines at one time or another but you’ll discover your dominion is to be able to look at this world and everything in it and bring it right back to this little television screen inside your consciousness maybe one inch big if you want to visualize it, just a little one-inch screen and whatever its complaining about its nothing but a little TV broadcast coming from the world mind. That’s the place to say sorry. The Father didn’t bring you into this world. Is this of God? Or is this the world mind? It’s not of God you know if it’s evil. Where is it? Who created it? No one. It’s just a television broadcast and if you leave it on it’s gonna project itself. It’s going to demand attention.
Now in the purification of your consciousness then you’re saying to these broadcast from within which have appeared to you as images in the world without, get thee behind me. God is a pure being. God is the essence. Is there another essence, is there another source? Can anything formed of that essence be less than that same essence? How can you dilute the essence of God? You can’t. How can you change it? You can’t. How can you pollute it? You can’t. How can you poison it? You can’t. How can you kill it? You can’t. How can you give it a disease? You can’t. Then what are you giving these things to? To nothing. To nothing, whatsoever.
The essence of God is omnipresent. You simply have been fooled by a world broadcast within yourself which makes you think it’s out there. And don’t think for a minute that I’m trying to build a picture as a sort of a comparison or an allegory or a symbolism. I mean it factually. What isn’t created by God cannot be out there. And by reducing it to a little broadcast within yourself you’ll find you can throttle it at the level of conscious acceptance or conscious rejection. You can throttle it. And turn your mind, your consciousness to the Presence of God. And watch out, that little fellow inside begins broadcasting the truth.
Every world image, regardless of its name, is an inner telecast that you are receiving which seems to be out there. We’re all wired to the same world mind and we all receive it almost simultaneously. It’s no different than six billion tv sets. In your home you get it. In someone else’s home, they get the same thing. Here, you’re getting it right inside yourself at the same time as they’re getting it inside themselves. And that’s what makes everyone see it, more or less, the same.
Don’t meet it out there anymore than you would go to a television set in your home and smash it because you didn’t like the face of somebody on it. You wouldn’t heal anything on a tv set screen. Get it right here at the level of the tv and see the nothingness of it. That’s all it is. The Bible calls it the arm of flesh. Christian Science calls it the mortal mind. Others will call it universal mind. Others will call it Maya. Some will call it hypnotism, mesmerism. But the nature of it is that it mesmerizes you by appearing to be out there when it isn’t. And why does it come through you? Because you have also accepted the image of you as a reality, instead of knowing that you are a living soul.
Now in our rebirth, out of this image, we’re not going to throw the image away. It’s very useful. But we are going to live in the consciousness of the Presence of God. So that in our soul feeding, we are one with the One; That the one essence can flow into form instead of the duality of the world mind, so that we’re not divided in the essence, so that the substance forms us.
The Father who is greater that I, It is the essence. And I am the form of that essence. And the form of that essence that I am is the infinite Christ. The substance of the Father flows as the infinite Christ. And you find your Spiritual form which is not little pieces of light held together by magnetism which is independent of the images of the world, independent of the flood and the fire, independent of world conditions. Why? Because world conditions only occur in the image world; where the image form appears. And we must learn to walk through these images, right through these images by that consciousness which opens itself to the pure essence and that’s the essence due the work.
Now how are we going to do that? How are we going to open our consciousness to the essence of Being to overcome the false dominion of the world and its two powers is going to constitute all of our work. The real freedom will only come as we learn to look at the world of images knowing what it is so that we fear it not, so that its false powers mean nothing to us, so that we can consciously walk in oneness.
In the acceptance that God is pure, and that purity which is infinite, is the purity of my own being. That purity overflows and overflows and overflows throughout its kingdom as myself, my being and I can live in my pure being. Independent of the image world which has been necessary to lift me and my consciousness above the level of duality. Those images, those weeds, those tares have been very important to me. They have helped me locate the unconscious belief I have entertained. I have seen those beliefs as images. Now I see them not as images but as invisible beliefs and now I can watch them and reject them and turn my consciousness to the Father. And rest in oneness.
Now for three or four, five of these sessions including the second half of this, we’re going to be developing our conscious awareness of the Presence of God. We have been given all of the weapons we need to do that. Nothing has been withheld. Let’s have a little rest, quiet and then we’ll have a short intermission.
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Generally, we take quotations right out of the book here you know and we discuss them but before we go into that this week, I’d like to do something else. I’d like to suggest something you may not be doing.
You’ll notice that at the bottom of every page, wherever there’s a Biblical quotation, the editor has taken the time to tell you where this quotation comes from. If its 2 Chronicles 3, they don’t just give you the quotation, they tell you where from. All the way through, you have these quotations. In the text, and on all the original letters, some of the quotations were not annotated at the bottom. In the book they are. And so let it not go unnoticed. In fact, to call it to your attention, what I’ve done then is I’ve taken little cheat notes, just jot it down, all the quotations from the Bible in this Chapter and where they’re from. And the reason we’re going to discuss them today instead of quotations other than Biblical ones is that I’d like you to develop this habit of reading.
Our basic purpose is to overcome the false mortal sense of matter. And as you try to do that with your thinking mind, you’re going to find failure is inevitable. These little words from the Bible are the way you do it. You get hold of them just as hard as you can and you study them and you find that the words of Christ are the only way that you can overcome the belief in matter.
In other words, your consciousness is at a crossroad. There’s world mind life stream entering and here’s the Divine life stream entering. You got the wheat and the tares. And to keep out the world mind, you must have truth in consciousness. So that every lie of the world mind that hits your consciousness hits a truth which nullifies that lie, rejects it, turns it away and sends it back. So that it absolutely has no power in your consciousness to stay there or to persuade you or tempt you that you’re in an imperfect universe.
Truth in consciousness.
Now what truth should you put in your consciousness? You know a better truth than the words of God expressed through the Christ? What good are my words? What good are the opinions of any human being? If I go not away, how can the Comforter come unto you? The Comforter is Christ in you. The words of Christ in you are the truth in consciousness. And until you can hear Christ in you, you must take Christ in the Bible because that was Christ in Jesus. That was Christ in prophets, that was Christ in Moses and Christ in Joel Goldsmith.
But basically Christ in you is your goal. And to lead you to Christ in you are the words of Christ out here in the Bible. You see those words were put there for that purpose to lead you to Christ in you. And how can you then ignore those words? Or even read them quickly and say, oh yes, that’s true. That’s not it at all. These aren’t words to remember, these are words to be fed into your soul. Not to remember with your mind. These words fed into your soul become a living Bible and the world mind approaching you is unable to penetrate to defile or maketh a lie.
The seeds of evil are falsity, of disease and disaster that are presented to you by the subconscious mind at the unconscious level of your mind are placed there by the world mind but there is no consciousness in you to receive them. And you do it all without effort. You do nothing. You do not concern yourself with world mind. You concern yourself with truth in consciousness.
A very interesting thing happened. An individual said to me, a very fine student, one who has caught the meaning of the Word; “Do you believe,” he said, “that its possible I’ve come to a realization that only the Presence of God is here. Is that possible?” Now that’s a mighty important revelation, Only the presence of God is here. But the question was, Is that right? And I had to answer, “this way it was right when Jesus discovered it. Didn’t you believe him? Did you have to prove it to yourself? Did you have to waste fifty years to prove it when it’s the Word of God given on this earth? What are we waiting for? Are we going to spend more lifetimes proving the words of the truth?” Of course it’s the truth but it was the truth two thousand years ago when He said it and it was the truth thirty- five hundred years ago when Moses said it, and when Isaiah said it:
“Is there another God beside me, I know not any? I am that I am. There is no other. I and the Father are one because there is no other.”
Isn’t that the revelation of the allness of the presence? That the only presence here is the Presence. Only the Presence is present.
Why should that come as a great surprise to us when its been in scriptures all this time? And think of the time we could save on the effort and suffering and the tribulation if we could simply say Christ said it, I don’t want to prove it. I want to live by it. I’m not gonna run around with the mind trying to spend fifty years to find out if it’s true or not. I could spend that fifty years living it out.
That’s why these quotations from the Bible are so vital. You don’t have to prove them. Are you going to prove that God told the truth? They’re given to you so that you can trust them now. Before you can hear them within yourself, they were given to you out here in the Bible for you to hear them there and say Amen. So be it. Now that Word of the Father spoken through Christ in the Bible becomes your shepherd. You follow it. You believe it. You act with total faith in it. And it’s going to lead you to the Comforter within yourself. There’s no other way to find the Comforter within. First you accept the Comforter without. Listen and you’ll see what I mean.
Take this one from Deuteronomy. And this are all out of the first chapter called Pure Being. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy might.”
Now, we’ve heard that five million times. But we don’t understand the meaning of loving the Lord. You can tell by the things we do and say that we don’t love the Lord.
To love the Lord, our God means to accept a perfect God. A perfect God doesn’t make anything imperfect. When you accept imperfection, you’re not loving the Lord, thy God. You’re doing the very opposite. You’re saying, the Lord, my God did not create a perfect this or a perfect that. And that’s what the meaning of love was intended to counteract, this human tendency. With all thy heart, mind and soul. It’s the total acceptance that only God is. There’s nothing but divinity. There’s nothing but Divine substance. There’s nothing but Divine life. That’s how you love the Lord, thy God.
Humanly, you might love somebody and say I love him, but he’s kind of a dunce when you get down to it but you couldn’t do that about God. To love the Lord, thy God, is to accept the infinite perfection of God, to accept the total nature of God. You cannot love the Lord, thy God and deny the perfect nature of God in any way.
And so the minute you found an evil on the earth, you are denying the nature of God. The nature of God is to be all knowing. When you found an evil, you were saying God doesn’t know about this evil. Or even worse, you’re saying here’s the evil and God does know about it but God is not doing something about it so I will do it. We will form a movement to do this thing that God isn’t doing. Because that’s what God wants us to do. Now you know that’s wrong. If God wanted it done, why would God ask you to do it? Why wouldn’t it have been done? And it has been done. It has been done perfectly. And your acceptance of an evil that you are going to counteract is your un-knowledge or lack of knowledge, your ignorance of the nature of God. There is no evil for you to counteract. Your belief that it’s there is the way you are not loving the Lord, thy God with all your heart, mind and soul. You’re denying the presence of God where you have found the evil. You’re denying the omnipotence of God where you have found evil. You can’t say I believe in God’s nature being omnipotent but God isn’t doing something about this condition.
Now omnipotence would have done something about that condition before you discovered it so what have you discovered? You have been fooled by sense images. They’re very real to you. So real that they make you not love the Lord, thy God. They make you deny the omnipotence and omnipresence of God and the omniscience of God, the qualities of God. And so you have God permitting somebody to poison His people. You have God permitting somebody to pollute His atmosphere. But it isn’t His atmosphere. That’s why you think its polluted. Because you thought it was His atmosphere, it isn’t. If it were His atmosphere, how could anybody pollute His atmosphere if God is omnipotent. It would be impossible. How can anybody suffer disease of any kind if God were omnipotent?
So what you’re saying then is that I have this thing, God is not omnipotent. Or you’re going all the way with the church message that God is punishing you or him or her or that stillborn baby, God was punishing that stillborn baby, too. And God was punishing that mongoloid and that imbecile and that one and that one and that one. Ridiculous of course. There’s nobody to punish. There’s only God being.
To love the Lord, thy God, then with all thy heart, mind and soul means to accept that there’s only God being.
Then who are you? I and the Father are one. One being. Then who is sick? The image you have conceived of yourself because you were asleep and the world mind planted an image in your mind. And that mind being very versatile, a perfect mirror of the world mind, it showed it forth as a perfect reflection of the lie. A perfect xeroxed copy of the lie. And you parade around and you say, I’ve got this. Where’s God? Why isn’t God taking it away from you? Why isn’t God making you better? The simple reason is God has already done just that. God has already made you a perfect being. And so be perfect.
Love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart by rejecting every idea however it may seem total that you are sick or suffering or lacking or anything of that nature. It’s a lie. It isn’t loving God. It’s that understanding that to love God means to understand the nature of God. You cannot love what you do not understand. The nature of God is perfection in all things. The nature of God is one. One body. There’s only one body. And it isn’t sick. There’s only one substance. It isn’t sick. There’s only one life. It isn’t sick. What is sick? Nothing. N-o-t-h-i-n-g is sick. That all that can be sick is nothing. And if you persist in thinking that the image is something, it can be sick. Because when you have an image that you think is something, that is what idolatry is all about. Now you can take a dumb piece of stone or a dumb piece of wood and pray to that. Or you can take a dumb image and pray to that. Or you can go to the kingdom of God within you and you find you don’t have to pray.
The consciousness of the Father is your consciousness. The acceptance of that consciousness where you are as present, alive, alert, intelligent, all knowing, all powerful is your guarantee that right now, here, I am on holy ground. God is right here. The omnipotence of God is preventing any possibility to that perfection from being less than itself. The all- knowing mind is perfectly patrolling its kingdom right here.
You’re accepting yourself to be the essence of God. This essence being pure, perfect, forever. To love God is to accept that that which the Father is in essence, I am and therefore I am pure, perfect forever. You can’t love God and not accept His substance to be your substance. That’s the meaning of love fulfils the law. You’re accepting God to be your substance, your very being. And then all of you that is not God, get out of here. Get out of the mind that is not God’s mind. Get out of the body that is not God’s body. Get out of the life that is not God’s life. There isn’t God life and your life. There’s God life, the essence, the perfect essence being your perfect life. The one you’re living in that you think is imperfect is fiction. There is no such life.
And that’s the meaning then in Deuteronomy.
And that’s why when you come across a passage of the Christ, you must not remember it. You must take it into your consciousness. And dwell with it.
Now if we were to go to this chapter or this book in twelve easy lessons, we would have a fine memory course. You can’t take the word of Christ that quickly. You’ve got to abide with it.
I must love the Lord, my God. I must accept the Lord, my God with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul. There’s nothing left that I’ve got to accept with. Now how can I accept anything else. There’s no room except to accept the Lord. In other words, accept the allness of God.
You see that change in consciousness that begins to demand of you? What else am I accepting beside the presence of God? That’s got to go. The images out here are going to keep knocking at my door needing help unless I get into this change of consciousness which recognizes only God is present. The only presence on this earth is the presence of God. Only the Presence is present. Only God is present. Deny it and you’re not loving God with all your heart, mind and soul.
So instead of remembering the quotations, remember the Christ of your being spoke it through Moses. And so get back into your invisible consciousness. Take these phrases, dwell there with these phrases. Explore them. Let them communicate to you. Open them up like a fan and examine every word. Spend time with them. They will become your inner Bible. And then when you have fanned them out and let them speak to you, be still. And they will speak again in another tongue. In that stillness, they will be planted as seeds in your consciousness just as the seeds of the tares were planted by the world mind. And let the light come to you again. It will find that in you is the truth which nullifies the lie.
And out there in the image world, you’ll find the Divine beginning to express in those images in your world. The uninterrupted flow of the substance of truth in consciousness opens up the capacity of your consciousness to receive the living substance from the Father. The soul feeds you. The mind responding to soul no longer projects the duality of the world mind. You don’t have to think and think and think and plan and plan. These words will do it for you if you will live with them, not in your mind but deeper. They will take you to the above universe. They are the messengers. They are the way that the Way-shower uses to take you out of mind into soul. And so that’s why we’re discussing them this carefully this time.
Every time you see a footnote, say Luke 15:27, if you pass it by, don’t pretend to yourself that you read that chapter. You didn’t. You read it like people read but not like students of Spirit. And that’s why we don’t read five books and say I read five books of Goldsmith or I read them all. We don’t do it that way. We sip, we cogitate, we contemplate, we commune. We let these phrases become an intricate part of our being. We let them rejoin the Christ within who uttered them in the first place.
You see these words and the Christ of your being are inseparable. They have never been divided. And they return to the source which is Christ in you and if you follow them, you’ll be led right to the Comforter within you. Continue in my words and you shall know the truth. These are my words and they will lead you to the Comforter who is the fountain of all truth. And you’ll find, you take dominion over the world of images. Yes, even over the physical form.
Don’t think that we have just walked by and closed our eyes to the things that trouble us. We haven’t done that at all. We’ve simply learned a better way to eliminate from our lives those things which are not of God. We’re not blind to these things at all. We’re so aware of them that the complete dedication of the message is to lead you out of this Egypt of the world mind in which diseases are, in which problems are. We’re not unaware of their presence in the world of images, that’s all it’s filled with. But we don’t have to live in them. We have an invisible paradise and as we start to love that paradise, we see why the Father is greater than I.
Remember the tumbler in this chapter and the glass. The glass is the substance of the tumbler. One is the form and one is the substance. The tumbler is the form and the glass is the substance and Joel used that to point out the meaning of the Father is greater than I. I, the human self out here is the tumbler, the Father is the glass.
Translated Spiritually, the Father is the essence and the Christ if the form. The essence becomes the form. And they are one, they are not separated. So the Father and I are one and the Father is greater than I. I am the essence of God made into form. What form? Not this visible form, into the form which is made of essence. The essence of God is never visible. So I am Spiritual form, formed of the essence of God and that is my name.
And if you listen to a world broadcast, and you look at me, you would see a world broadcast and you would sense that I am physical form and you would believe it. And you would think that I am out here as physical form and you will be listening to the false broadcast. I’m not out here as physical form and if I look at you, you only seem to be there as physical form. You are the essence of God. That is your name. That is your substance. And the form of you is formed of that essence and it isn’t the form that my eyes can see because my eyes are also part of the false broadcast. My very senses, are part of the false broadcast. My very physical being is that false broadcast made into visibility.
But inside, in my Divine consciousness, loving the Father supremely, I can shake off the mortal myth. And you can shake off the mortal myth until you realize that you are standing in the presence of God every moment of your life. And that presence is the essence of your being. Honor it. Love it. And everywhere you look, accept only it. Not the pollution, not the poison, not the disease, not the lack, not the limitation. Do not honor them by believing that the image world is real. And come back to the mind that was accepting them as real and see that the mind which accepts them is also part of the image world. That little brain which is aware of that which God did not create is nothing more than an image. It too is part of the world broadcast.
All of this is to lift us out of the level of human mind into the acceptance of this words which are the words of truth and we steadfastly hold to their truth instead of the truth that the human mind tries to bring to us. Why, because the truth of the human mind is this inner flow from the world mind and we catch it at that level. But we’ll box around it and look at it right inside there and you could see why you could say to Pilate that there’s no power. Pilate was just a television broadcast to Him. Can you fear something on television? Put a box around it and look at it. That’s what the world mind is broadcasting to you all around you. It has no power. It can’t step out of the box. There is no other power than the power of the One. The essence of God is where the power is and nobody is pushing that power aside.
Now then you have the power of that essence which is Omnipotence. And so there’s nothing that can enter that can be powerful over Omnipotence. There’s no other power. There’s only the power of good, of perfection and the broadcast fools you because it comes out sometimes so close to home that you think it’s real.
Now these phrases become very meaningful and potent as you see that they’re not just sentences written by an author. They are the word of substance. You can trust these phrases.
And you can look at whatever you see and know that because God is present and God is the power, that power is maintaining its own essence right here. I am perfect now as my Father and nothing in the world can ever change that. Nothing. There can be a lot of broadcast, a lot of images saying that I’m not but nothing can change the fact that I am as perfect as my Father. Never less, because the tumbler is always made of the qualities of the glass. And the child of God is always made of the qualities of the essence of God. So I cannot be less than my Father. Or if I think I am less, then I am not loving God supremely. Because who is there to be less if God is one. What other one is there to be less? How can you be less than God if God is one? I and the Father are one. There’s the secret in so many ways.
When you and the Father are one in your consciousness, you are accepting His statement. Not you’re going to become one. His secret was learning that I and the Father are one. Now you could spend another fifty years to prove it or you could simply say I and the Father are one.
Now, what about me is unlike God? Whatever is, is not that one. This arm isn’t like God, it can’t be my real arm. This brain isn’t like God, it can’t be your real brain. Your body isn’t like God, it can’t be your real body. You’re out in the image world. Use that image to its advantage, for its purpose. Wherever it is imperfect, take yourself back to your invisible consciousness. Now out here, there’s arthritis. In your invisible consciousness, there must be a belief in arthritis. You see that. There must be a belief there or it couldn’t be out here. This out here body is the mirror through which you see your invisible consciousness. And the belief is in your invisible consciousness. Now why waste time out here with liniments or with electrical heating. There’s relief. Get rid of the belief down here. How do you do it? That’s what these words are. Do you believe in here that you can have arthritis or do you love the Lord, thy God with all you hear, mind and soul. Do you love the essence of God, do you accept it as your essence? Does it have arthritis? Can it have arthritis? No, but it is my essence. All right, take this too and sit there until you accept that essence and not the conscious belief that you can have arthritis because the you that can have it is saying I’m not that essence.
You see how you come down to the point where you’ve got to face it. I’m either that essence of God or I’m accepting myself as something else. And as long as you’re something else, you’re in the world. And the world is not God’s creation. And you’re asking for trouble, a greater and it could come upon you, and a greater one and a greater one and a greater one because the one and only sin is not knowing and believing and accepting and trusting that you are the essence of God and therefore the mind which denies it is a liar and you will not listen to that mind but you will listen within yourself. For I and the Father are one essence. Today, now, this minute, forever, before Abraham and after the world.
Continuous essence of God is your name. You can be no other. Every word then is to make you consciously drop every belief that denies who you are.
In Mathew 5:48, “Be perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven, is perfect.” And there’s the statement that God is perfect. God is perfect. 5:48 Mathew.
But God is the substance of your being as revealed also in “I and the Father are one”. Now how can you be imperfect, if you’re one with the perfect God? To go on believing you can be, is to deny the truth. You suffer from the lie. You cannot be imperfect and whatever appears to be imperfect where you are is a lie. The suffering isn’t happening. The pain isn’t happening. It’s happening in this distortion of image. Get out of the image, back into the consciousness. The consciousness as received as seed or a tare, a lie below the level of your knowledge and now it’s showing forth as an imperfection.
But use the truth in consciousness. God is perfect. I and the Father are one therefore I and perfection are one. How can imperfection and perfection, it wouldn’t be perfect if imperfection could enter it. I am perfect.
Now why am I not experiencing that perfection? Because I haven’t quite accepted that God is the only creation, the only power, the only substance, the only law and I must do it again and again and again in consciousness until something springs up inside me, a great knowing. This isn’t something I have to make happen. It’s the isness of being now.
Let’s conclude today’s class now with a meditation, letting the fullness of what we have learned permeate our being.
Spiritual Healing is a difficult thing to achieve. Yes it is a difficult subject to grasp, and to come into a realization of. That is why Joel repeatedly said that the students did not want to study this, they preferred to hear about the beauties of God, Oneness and I-Amness and all of that. However, he also stated that without an intense study of error, there will be no healings and perhaps that is why we see so few good Infinite Way practitioners almost 67 years after the printing of The Infinite Way book. It was for this reason that Joel suggested, any serious student should make this study a top priority.
To me, the more simple I can keep it, the better. When I am faced with a problem, mine or someone else’s I do not want a lot of convoluted ideas that I have to wrestle with, I want it short and sweet and simple. However, I only achieved that through the years of wrestling with this topic of error. I had more difficulty than perhaps others because I did not come up through any metaphysical movement, and words like, “mortal mind,” “carnal mind,” and “world thought,” meant nothing to me; I just could not get a feel for them at all.
But I persisted in my study, reading everything I could on the Nature of Error according to the Infinite Way principles, and eventually, I sent to Arizona for all the tapes on The Nature of Error that I could find,, dozens and dozens of them. In short, I made it an intense study for several years.
From there, I discovered (after hearing it over and over again on the tapes), that study was not enough. The only way I could come to realization, was to take a few more years and practice and practice and practice on the many appearances that were brought to my doorstep, mine as well as others. I discovered that it is only in the understanding of the Healing Principles and then in the consistent applying of them to different problems, that the Healing Consciousness is developed. There just is no other way. But I had to know how it works, I just had to, it would not leave me alone.
Now, with all of that as a background, I will tell you how simple the principles are, but one will never know this just by reading them, or thinking about them.
Joel stated that we could take any term we liked, any term, so long as it meant “nothingness,” such as, hypnotism, mesmerism, mental image, appearance, world thought, universal belief, and so on, and that freed me to find terms which would work for me, terms which I could feel a sense of rightness about. And I finally settled on a “mental image” in thought.
Here are the steps I take in meditation:
First, when I am presented with a problem, a disturbance, whether mine, or someone else’s, I recognize it as a mental image. It is a mental image, a picture appearing to the human mind, it is not my mental image, it is just “a” mental image appearing in the human mind. That’s the way for me, it is Impersonalized. That is something I can feel, a mental image coming to the mind.
Second, this mental image has no God Substance, God, that which I feel within my Consciousness in my meditations as a Presence, God is not “in” this mental image. There is no God in it. Therefore it is without God Life, God Substance, God Presence, God Power. It must be only a wispy, mental image, with nothing behind it, nothing in it. In short it is a Nothingness. Therefore, there is no answer to it and I must turn away from it, right now.
Finally, I close the eyes and turn my attention to God. God is Omnipresence. I know this, because of my years of experiencing It over and over again. God is Omnipresence. God is the Invisible Life, Substance of the universe, yes, this is a Spiritual Universe, and God is it. So what am I doing here in meditation then? I am getting quiet so that I may “feel” God. I am resting back in the inner knowing that God’s Grace is my sufficiency in all things. I am relaxing, so that I might “feel” the movement of that Spirit through my Consciousness. A deep breath comes to me and I relax even more so and rest back and wait upon that Spirit of God. I simply am still and I wait.
Suddenly, there is an inner movement, “I feel the descent of the Spirit,” I feel the actual Presence of God move in and through my being. There is an inner release. I can “feel” it each time it happens. And I know, I just know, that God is.
It is not a belief, it is not even a thought, it is an actual awareness of Spirit, of Omnipresence, that sets me free from the fear of a mental image. And I feel the release from any mental image and I feel the Grace descend. It is a real experience.
Then I know, Bill didn’t know any truth with his mind, Bill was absent and God was present. It was Grace that set me free. When that Presence comes into my awareness, the mental image dissolves. He uttered his voice the earth melted.
I do not know how the Spirit melts the mental image, but I don’t have to. I just know that when the Light shines the darkness disappears, over and over again. Awareness trumps mental image. Awareness melts thought! Say it anyway you like, I know it works!
And so, I open my eyes, and in some way that seems natural, the problem disappears.
In the minutes, hours, or days that follow, the problem will fade away completely. I don’t do it, I don’t make anything happen, I just watch, wait, remain a witness as the problem disappears.
So that’s as simple as I can make it.
However, that simplicity has taken years to arrive at, because I had to find the words that felt right for me, the terms. I had to try and practice with the problems in my life. I had to experience, failures and successes. I had to put in the weeks, and months and years of practice. And no one in heaven or on earth would do that for me.
Now, the day is coming, because it is just beginning for me, that sometimes, when a problem is presented, there is an instantaneous feeling of the Spirit, the Presence at the same instant, and I know that Joel is right when he said, “through practice,” we will someday be able to meet problems with just a smile. It is true. And although that has only just started, and still most of the time requires effort on my part, this effort is the way to someday come to absolute effortlessness in spiritual healing.
But you can see, the amount of work this involves and as Joel said, we don’t want to do it, we want to look at picture magazines rather than put forth the effort.
Well there you have it, over 40 years experience in a few paragraphs.
Love to you,
I have been asked to speak a little bit about the Silence and this talk is going to be called The Non Power of Silence.
We are told again and again that no matter what problem we are facing, no matter what situation we are confronted with, the answer is to rest back in the Silence; the answer is to attain the Silence. But this does us no good if we do not know what the Silence is or how to attain it.
We are told that during our meditations, through the process of contemplation, we reach the place where thoughts are no more, and that right there is where we will find the Silence.
But what is the Silence and what is meant by the non power of Silence? Let us see if we can’t remember some of the clues that we have been given. We will just take a look at a few of them.
“I come at a moment ye think not.” Now this “I” refers to the Silence; “I come as a thief in the night.” “Be still and in the stillness know that I AM God.” Be sill and in the stillness know that I Am; that I Am that Presence. Be still and in the stillness know the Silence. “Take no thought.” “Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit.” “Stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
What is Silence? What is this Silence and how is it obtained? Let me read to you something that came through on this subject a couple of years ago as I was driving along. Suddenly the Silence hit me and I had to pull over and write what came to me.
What is silence? Is silence an absence of sound? No, for I have felt the Silence while walking on a noisy, crowded avenue. Is silence an absence of thought? No, for Silence has come upon me in the middle of a movie theater even while focused on the action of the movie. What then is silence?
On a warm and lazy day, while lying in the grass and looking up at the sky; the clouds come and then move out of sight, yet the sky remains. An airplane appears and then is gone, a bird flies by and still behind all this the sky remains.
Turning the gaze inward, a thought comes and then disappears, a feeling floats by and then is gone, yet behind all this the Silence remains.
My child, you have learned to still your thoughts in order to become aware of the Silence within. Yet, I would not have you cling to the practice which led you to your inner Silence, but rather, rest in the inner Silence to which you were led. It is Silence from which you sprung forth and Silence to which you shall return, but in truth, you have always existed as the Silence. A lifetime appears and then passes away, and another, and another, yet, Silence is undisturbed.
Infinite, Eternal, the Silence of your Being, even now, beckons you home. It is the Silence of your Being that is the real “hidden manna” and now know this: I have given you a white stone, upon which is written a “new name”; Silence is that name. And no one knows saving him that receiveth it. Your real name is Silence. You are the Silence from which all Life flows. You are the Infinite Silence Itself.
At all times, in all places that appear to you, learn to rest back in the Silence of your Being; commune with that Silence, feel that Silence, know that only the Silence is Real.
Oh dear one, have I been so long a time with thee and thou hast not known Me? Know Me now, the Silence of your Being. Trust Me, I will never leave you nor forsake you, for in Truth, I AM you.
My Peace, I give unto you, My Peace. Rest now, in the Silence of Being.
We call this the non power of Silence. Not by might; not by physical might, nor by power; not by mental power, but by Silence.
The only demonstration you ever need to make is this Silence. And let us see if we cannot discover together this morning what Silence really is.
As we said, Silence is not an absence of sound. You may rest in the Silence in the middle of a crowded room. And so an absence of sound is not Silence. An absence of thought is not Silence. You may be working diligently on a financial problem, perhaps you are balancing your check book or calculating your taxes, and Silence may steal upon you. And so an absence of thoughts is not Silence. If an absence of sound is not Silence and an absence of thought is not Silence what is this Silence which is so very, very important?
It is in the Silence that God happens. God functions in the Silence. So what is it? “Not by might, nor by power, but by Silence are ye saved.”
In our contemplation, when we are looking at scripture or looking at truth, thinking about it; we are focusing our attention on the truth. Momentarily, perhaps we may have forgotten whatever problem we are confronted with and when we reach the end of our contemplation, we rest back and it is there, at that moment that Silence descends upon us. And again there may still be thoughts but they do not affect the Silence — the Silence affects them. There may still be sounds around us but they do not affect the Silence — the Silence affects them.
Hear this clearly; know this fully, because this is what the Silence is:
When you reach the Sabbath, that inner state of rest, you have ceased from all struggle; you have ceased from all power, whether the physical power or mental power, you are at rest. And when all power ceases, Silence announces Itself. Silence takes over. Silence reveals Itself.
The key is no power of any kind. That is why you can be driving your car on a busy boulevard and Silence can come upon you; because in that moment, within your inner being, you have ceased to struggle, you are exercising no power.
In his book “The Thunder of Silence”, Joel Goldsmith tried very, very hard, very diligently to reveal the secret of no power; which is the secret of Silence. And he said that for years to come, people would not quite understand that book. And it has been approximately 43 years and still people do not understand that book. But it is a comprehensive book about non power and the secret of non power.
It is our natural inclination to fight and struggle with whatever problems we have. Even when we discover that we cannot meet a problem on the level of the problem. Even when we begin to discern the answer won’t come in a human way and on a human plain. But we continue to turn within and try to use God power. We feel that if we can just say the right prayer, then our problems will be met. We feel that if we can know the right truth our problems will dissolve. So we look in the books and we search franticly for the truth that we are to know. And maybe we find one that worked for someone else and we repeat that truth over and over in our minds. It was not the truth that met that persons problem, it was the Silence to which that truth lead; for that person, on that day, in that place, that truth allowed them to relax and rest from all power and any attempts to do anything. And in that surrender, in that Silence, God revealed Itself and of course the problem disappeared.
We cannot expect to use a truth over a problem. And somehow we need to learn how to not bring the problem into our meditation with us, because if the mind is struggling with the problem, then this Rest cannot come over us; this Silence cannot happen.
It is just like the man who went to an enlightened master and asked him how he could know about God. And the master said it was simple really, just go home and get quiet and don’t think about monkeys. Well the man said, “I can do that, that’s easy.” And he went home and he got quiet and he thought to himself, “Now I am just not going to think about any monkeys.” In fact he was not going to think abut the hundreds of monkeys he had purposely… and here we go. Soon, there were monkeys in his bedroom and there were monkeys in his living room and there were monkeys in his mind; monkeys everywhere! There was no place where monkeys did not exist. And he found out how difficult it is once the mind gets hold of something. And that’s what we are talking about.
It is the monkeys — the problems that we are dealing with, the problems that we are confronted with, when we bring them into our meditation, we cannot reach the Silence. Now the non power of Silence is what we are talking about.
In every human approach we are taught to use power and it is deeply ingrained in us. We are taught from our earliest years how mankind with their ingenuity conquered the lands. How they conquered the wilderness. How they built great cathedrals and monuments. We applaud anyone who through sheer will and determination overcomes a personal set back. Almost everywhere we turn; we are taught that the way of this world is power. We have examples of one nation conquering another nation. We have examples of the stronger person dominating the weaker person. And if that weaker person turns around and becomes strong within themselves and overthrows the mighty, well we applaud that in this world. We use a medicine that is stronger than the bacteria that we are fighting and there is a cure and we celebrate that. Everywhere in this world is the use of power and it is our natural inclination to think of monkeys; that is, to think of power. And when we go into our meditation, we also want to use power, but this is the one area in all areas where power will not work. This is the one area where we need to discover the non power of Silence.
When we sit down to have our meditation and these problems come to mind, we are not to struggle with the problems, we are not to try to throw them out, we are not to try to grab hold of the mind and make it become quiet. Because remember, an absence of thought is not the Silence.
The Silence is an absence of power, of any kind. Silence is an absence of power. And that is what Joel tried so hard to get across in that book “The Thunder of Silence.” God, we say, is all-power, omnipotence, and there again comes a misinterpretation. When we conceive of all-power, we conceive of a power that overcomes all lesser powers. It is our conditioned mind in this world. But that is not what – God as all power – is. God is one, one Presence, one Being, one Life and God is the only Presence, the only Being, the only Life. So what would that power be a power over? In order for God power to be a power over something else, there would have to be two powers; there would have to be two beings and two presences, but there is only One. And so there must be another way to see Omnipotence; all-power.
In our meditation, we give up the struggle to change anything out here in the world of pictures that we see, or in here in the world of thoughts. When we give up any attempt at struggling to change things, then we are approaching the non power of Silence. So let us look at this in this manner:
You can pick whatever problem is confronting you right now. Here is a picture of a material problem and I am learning that I do not have to exercise physical power to change that. So I can stop struggling physically, and I am going to try to attain this Silence because I sense there is an answer here. I close my eyes, and I relax, and rest back, as much as I can, and here comes the thoughts about that problem. But I am not going to exercise any mental power over that thought. And so, for right now, this moment, I am not going to use physical might or mental power of any kind. “Let the heathen rage, what is that to thee?” I am going to rest back, as in a day of Sabbath; no work today, no physical effort, no mental power — just rest. And I am going to do what we did when we started this talk; I am going to look at those scriptures that remind me to rest:
“There remain a rest to the people of God,” because no power is required. “Put up thy sword,” because no power is required. “Take no thought,” right now, your thought is not required. So do not rush in and try to manhandle this problem. Your effort is not required.
If no power is required, then what am I to do? “Be still and know,” with an inner experience, that “I” within you, am God. “I” am all power. But My power I use only to reveal Myself. In a moment that ye rest from all power, I reveal Myself.
When I reveal Myself, all pictures dissolve. In the light of My Presence all problems disappear. You rest in the Silence and receive my Grace. Silence is not an absence of sound, and Silence is not even an absence of thought. Silence is an absence of power.
Here, in this resting from all struggle, in quietness and confidence, God is alive and fulfilling Itself. Now, I will let God.
I never could use truth, because that would be trying to exercise a power. But I can rest and allow truth to use me; Spirit to use me, God to reveal Itself through me. This is the way of non power; “resist not.” My Grace I give unto you. My Peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, giveth I unto you.” Not through power, or struggle of any kind. My Peace I give unto you in this second of non power, in this Silence.
And now let us rest. There is nothing to do, nothing to become, nothing to struggle with. We rest in the non power of His Peace. And in this Silence, “The stone is cut out of the mountain without hands;” without physical hands; without mental hands. In the Silence, God forms Itself.
The whole secret is in the non power of Silence. This is how you receive your inheritance in the Silence of your Being.
This non power of the Silence can be practiced and lived anywhere, anytime, in any situation. Let’s practice this non power of Silence more and more as the days go by. Let’s remind ourselves that it is not necessary to know any specific truth. It is not necessary to hold any specific thoughts. It is not necessary to go away to a mountain or seaside village. It is not necessary to go into a temple, or a mosque, or a church, or a holy place. We can turn within, in our inner temple, and in resting from all power, resting in the non power of Silence, of Spirit, we can be beholders as that “I” makes all things new. And the place whereon we rest, is the Holy place of God.
When you sit down now with a problem at hand, remember that you are not going to think your way out of it. Remember, as quickly as you can, you are going to practice the non power of Silence. And anything that helps you remember to, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” The moment ye struggle not, “I” am come. Anything that reminds you to rest, remember that, and breath deeply, and rest.
Silence is a state of being. And in this state of being, in the non power of Silence, the allness of God flows through and we see miracles appear. We see an infinite amount of love. We see His abundance. The Silence has come that you might have life and life more abundantly, not a life of struggle. We come to see that we are not going to make continuous demonstration after demonstration after demonstration. We are going to attain the Silence as our very own being. So that if we are walking, talking, eating, or sleeping, Silence, and the non power of Silence, will be what we are; an open doorway for Spirit to function Itself. And this will become a continuous state of Consciousness. It has to, because it is what we are. And we are becoming acquainted again with who we really are.
Silence is your name; your hidden name, trust It. It moves in a way you know not of, and none of us will really ever know how this works. But we will see by the effect that it does in fact reveal Itself. And we shall be satisfied with that likeness.
In all places, at all times, in any situation that confronts you, or any situation that excites you, remember this secret of the Silence of the Most High. Remember the non power approach of Silence. Remember the answer is closer than your breathing, nearer than your hands and feet, and drop all struggle; cease ye from struggle.
The Silence is known when the human mind is at rest. Not when the human mind doesn’t have a thought, but when the human mind is at rest; when there is no attempt to use this Power. In that resting, in the Silence, this Power uses you.
Then shall ye be ordained to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to reveal Eternal Life. And then, shall ye be My disciples.
This is your inner secret; that you are a disciple of Silence and that you practice the non power of Silence. This is the way; “I” the Silence, am the way.
It is “I” be not afraid. I go before you, I go with you; I am you — Silence.
We are discussing the third dimension of humanhood and how to live in it while you are functioning out of the fourth dimension. If we look at the lesson, not as an isolated chapter here and an isolated chapter there, not even as an Old Testament or a New Testament, rather as a living lesson about a living God, and that you actually are the Adam, and that you actually are the Christ that came to Jesus. And the period from Adam the first man, to Christ Jesus that first man coming into the realization of Self, represents the same period that you must go through in order to fulfill yourself.
You come into a world and to all visible eyes, to all visible knowledge you bring nothing into this world. And yet that is one of the first truths that we learn, that we bring something into this world. We do not come in empty-handed at all. We find much evidence of that in such lights as Chopin, for example, who at the age of two, or Mozart was it, at the age of two, had this tremendous musical talent? And we learn that you do not come in starting as a beginner. You come in with your consciousness, the consciousness that you had before this particular experience you had and now you come back with a higher consciousness, or perhaps a lower one, if you walked in the wrong direction.
And then, when we look at Jesus we see that this man who walked the earth blessing the world around him had at an early age a capacity far beyond his elders. And we see there that neither did he come into this world then, for the first time. Actually, I had been wondering about this. What were the incarnations of Jesus before he appeared as that which was called the son of God.
I had a little light on it, if any, when a book came across my attention, and it was the Edgar Cayce
book on the incarnations of Jesus. And we find, according to Cayce, that Jesus actually was Joseph in Egypt. Jesus was Enoch. Jesus was Zend, the father of Zoroaster. Jesus was Joshua. And according to Cayce, Jesus was Melchizedek who came to Abraham and revealed the power of one who had never been born or died.
Now whether you give credence to these or not, the fact is that consciousness which walked the earth as Jesus, was not born one day and suddenly appeared, any more than a leaf on a tree on a tree suddenly appears without having been born within that tree first. And so it was, going back, “before Abraham I am,” he said, and this was Melchizedek, the Christ mad manifest as man. Coming through the famines of Egypt it was Joseph, the enlightened one who as able to bring them food.
Always, you are seeing symbolism that he who is in the Christ Consciousness is without lack or limitation. So, Adam the first man, unknowing of his True Self, goes through the various experiences in the Bible, passes out of the picture, but now he returns. And he returns again, and again, and again in a new face, a new body. Ultimately, his name is Jesus. But now there is something new. This Jesus has discovered the mysteries of life. He has walked through the divided consciousness which every man walks through. And now he emerges as the One Consciousness. And this Consciousness walks the earth free of the divisions which we all face.
But man doesn’t understand Jesus, and so man worships Jesus the man. Man worships the very man who says, “why do you call me good? Don’t call me Lord, Lord. Don’t love me, and worship me, but do what I say.” The multitudes followed him because they wanted healings. They said, “there’s been no greater on earth than he. Let me touch him.” But did they want his message? Repeatedly, they came back for another healing; but his words, his meanings, what he symbolized, what he was teaching, was lost.
We’re not losing that today. His teaching is crystal clear. There are two consciousnesses on this earth. One is the true of you, one is the false of you. And although you may feel that you would like a nice comfortable way to find God, Jesus left it very clear to us that there is no easy, comfortable way to find God, unless you want an abstract God to whom you can pray and say, “Dear God I need help,” and then wait for that help whether it comes or not. He said, if you want a God who is a living God, not an abstraction, there’s only one way. He said, “You must make my flesh your flesh, and my blood your blood.” And this meant a total reliance on the True Consciousness, not the false.
When you simmer the message down to a few words, Jesus was teaching us to get out of this body before it’s buried. He was teaching us that this body in which we walk, is a blend of the false and the true. And although it’s a very difficult teaching at this point, we must learn to look out at the world and see something quite different than what our eyes usually see. We see people, we see forms, we see friends, we see enemies.
He said, “I’m sorry, if you want the kingdom of heaven you must have a completely new way of looking out at this world. You must look out with a single eye. And the single eye does not see as you have been seeing. And many of the examples that he demonstrated were to show you the difference between the divided consciousness and the single eye. Take the withered arm. Now he’s in the temple, a man comes in, his arm is withered. The Pharaoh Caesar there, oh, this is great for them. They’re going to witness Jesus possibly breaking the law. They couldn’t like anything better, because it happens to be the Sabbath.
This man with the withered arm is supposed to have been a stone mason. And in an accident this occurred. He never could get rid of this withered arm. And now on a Sabbath he comes to the temple and says to Jesus, “Heal me.” One of the great institutions of Hebrew law was you don’t work on the Sabbath. So they’re waiting gleefully. What’s he going to do? And this is where you and I must see that what he did was a major teaching. He recognized no human Sabbath. This was a man-made law even though Moses had handed down this law. In fact, Moses stood idly by while one was stoned who broke this law. And now this institution, which was reverenced throughout the Hebrew kingdom, he, the great teacher, was about to break.
And the reason he did it is simple. They thought it was illegal against the Hebrew law, against the law of God, to heal on a Sabbath. And he taught a higher law. It is against the law of God to witness a withered arm. There is no such thing. The reason he could witness that there is no withered arm is because he had within himself eliminated the second consciousness. There was no two consciousnesses there. There was not a divided consciousness.
And I think it’s important that you see the meaning of a divided consciousness. It will also show you a different person than the one you usually see. Take yourself. We are all a divided consciousness, every one of us. There is in us only divinity. And yet, in spite of it, this divinity is obscured by the imitation of divinity, the imitation divine image, the human image. This human image is composed of two forces. Your divine spiritual Self, and the passage of the world mind with it’s impression of your divine Self, over this divine Self, makes the two consciousnesses. You are composed now of Divine Consciousness, which is your Self and of the universal consciousness which is the world imitation of your Self. The fusion of these two makes the form. And when you look out, although you see a form, you’re seeing the fusion of the Divine Consciousness and the universal belief about that Divine Consciousness and that’s the form you’re looking at.
It’s your form, your neighbor’s form your child’s form, your parents form, your husband and your wife’s form. You’re looking at a level of consciousness which appears as form. And just for mathematics sake we’ll say that one degree of Divine Consciousness is coming through and ninety-nine degrees of world belief is coming through. And that’s the form in front of you. And someone may be a little higher and have two per cent of Divine Consciousness coming through and ninety-eight per cent of world belief.
But everywhere you’re looking you’re not seeing what is there, you’re seeing this fusion. And it’s important to learn to look at every form with the realization that what is there is not what is appearing. What is appearing is mostly world belief in form. But we are to do exactly what the first Adam was here to do, and eventually did. And that is to come into the realization that the tree of life which is Divine Consciousness and the tree of good and evil which is world belief, have merged to create the appearance of man called Adam. And Adam doesn’t know it. And each of us is that one who doesn’t know it.
And so, we are here to lift the degree of divinity that comes through and to decrease the degree of universal belief that comes through. So that ultimately you’ll be ten per cent divine and eighty per cent universal belief. Then twenty and eighty, and seventy and thirty and so forth, until you reach that point where Christ is born, a place where you become aware that the Divine Self is my being and now I must erase through integrity to myself that degree of which shows forth as me. You’re recognizing that the universal forms we see are nothing but universal thought out-pictured. And yet, when divinity is understood and sown to within, as we build an inner consciousness, not in the sense mind, but an inner consciousness, this slowly releases the degree of world belief that is showing forth as our form puts substance into our experience.
Now, Jesus had accomplished all this. So by the time the man came forth with the withered arm he was looking at a form as the world sees it in divided consciousness, an imperfect form, a form composed of largely, world belief appearing as a man with a withered arm. And the degree of Divine Consciousness that was present in the man was minimized. And all around him those who would say you cannot work on the Sabbath were perfectly content to accept the reality of this evil.
But he was teaching that my Father worketh hitherto. Right here where these Pharisees sees the withered arm, where the world consciousness accepts the withered arm, there is also the Christ Consciousness, the single eye, which does not accept the possibility that there is darkness where God is. Now we have the Christ Consciousness looking at the withered arm. It says, “I’m not going to give you another arm, I’m not going to trade arms with you, I’m not going to discuss logic with you, I’m not going to teach you anything, I’m not going to have a discussion with you, I’m not going to go through all the Mosaic law and teach you about the Spirit, but rather I will sow directly to the spirit of you recognizing, as we all must come to recognize, that the withered arm is not there. It is world belief formed. Stretch forth thine arm.”
Now you will say why, if all he said was stretch forth thine arm, did the man stretch forth his arm then, and why couldn’t he have done it before? So let us take a telephone conversation as an example. Now you are speaking on the telephone here to your friend in Chicago. Now, there’s nothing that your friend in Chicago can hear except what you say from this side of the phone here. If you speak loudly, he will hear it loudly. If you say “hello,” he will hear “hello.” Everything you do here will come out there, but nothing can come out there unless you do it here.
And you have that same privilege in spiritual consciousness. Whatever was in the consciousness that looked at that withered arm had to come out in the individual who had the withered arm. Now see the invisible connection between Jesus as if he were on the telephone; but his thoughts are on the telephone, not his words. His consciousness is on the telephone, not his words and he is knowing the Truth. And the Truth that he knows goes over that telephone and appears in Chicago just as his voice would. The truth that you know goes through your consciousness into the consciousness of the one who has come to you. And that truth in your consciousness becomes the truth in the consciousness of the other individual. And because the truth is that there is no withered arm, the withered arm disappears. It’s just like a telephone connection. It’s one consciousness, not communicating with the other consciousness, it’s the consciousness appearing there as that same consciousness, because there is only one invisible consciousness, God Consciousness.
Now, this was mystifying. How could a withered arm disappear? This was some kind of chicanery. But the teaching was that God is not abstract. You don’t pray to God in heaven. You recognize God as present everywhere, perfect now. Finally, it would take us another five thousand years perhaps, individually, if we worked without the inner revelation of Spirit Itself, to learn that he was teaching right then and there that the fourth dimension of consciousness is always present wherever you are. If you are a Pharisee and cannot see it because you are in divided consciousness, you will call it a miracle, or witchcraft. But if you have the single eye which knows the fourth dimension of consciousness is here, now, you will also know something else. We have been trying from the fourth, to live in the fourth while in the third. And now you must come to the place where you see there is no third dimension of consciousness. It simply doesn’t exist. It is the false consciousness. It is the illusory consciousness. The third dimension of consciousness cannot exist.
All that you see in the third dimension of consciousness has no reality. The world that you see is the third dimension of consciousness. But the fourth dimension of consciousness, which is Christ invisible, is the only consciousness that is present here today. We may bring the illusion of a third dimension of consciousness, we may bring a withered arm, we may bring a defective ear, we may bring a defective eye, we may bring a defective back, but these are from the divided consciousness, the two that are in the field; and one must go. There cannot be two masters serving in your consciousness.
Now, to do this you cannot live the life you’re accustomed to. The change is significant, and quite revolutionary. The change requires the knowledge that you cannot ever honor the third dimension of consciousness without separating yourself from Reality. In you are the two levels of consciousness, the one true and the imitation of the truth. And now, your only responsibility on this earth is the second consciousness that is within you, the human, the mortal, the limited, the one that moves in time and space.
When you were taught to impersonalize, up to this moment our impersonalizations have been incomplete. We have not really learned how to impersonalize. But we’re reaching the point now where however difficult, many of us are prepared to accept a hard truth. Now you will find that if you can accept that you are comprised of only divinity, there is no other self than your Divine Self, you must know, therefore, that whatever appears as imperfect in your life must be a lie. And that lie comes about because your Divine Self is crossed by world belief and this out-pictures as the imperfection or the lie, which up to now we more or less have accepted, even though we had learned it wasn’t there.
Now you must impersonalize four ways. And I’d like you to remember these four ways, for the power in them is very great. The world around you isn’t happening. It seems to be. This may not mean much to you at the moment, but there will come a time when the non-happening of that around you will suddenly steal into your consciousness in a very unique way. And that moment of Truth will be hastened if you will follow these four steps. When you impersonalize, well let’s take a specific case, let’s take that withered arm. Let’s take a withered arm that’s confronting us right now as a case at hand. We will impersonalize first, time. There is no time in Spirit. There is no time when a withered arm could have happened, there is no time in which it can exist, therefore there is no time in which a person can be suffering from a withered arm. You’re beginning to see that time is part of the false consciousness. So you remove time from your belief. Now you remove place. You impersonalize place. There’s no place where a withered arm can be. There is no place in Spirit. Place is finite. Place has boundaries. There are no boundaries in Spirit. We remove the belief in time, we remove the belief in space.
We are impersonalizing time and now space, and now we are impersonalizing person. This that appears before me as withered arm is but the fusion of the Divine with its overshadowing of the world belief. The Divine is not matter. The Divine is not physical. The Divine is incorporeal, the Divine is all. The shadow of form is world belief formed. We impersonalize person. We impersonalize material being. We impersonalize material form. We are removing in our consciousness the belief in time, place, and material form. And finally, our fourth impersonalization is the removal of the belief in material condition.
There is no time, place, form, or condition in Christ Consciousness. To us, that’s a slow learning process. To the one called Jesus it was an instantaneous knowledge born of all of the incarnations in Truth, leading up to the final, total realization of the Divine Self, the single eye looking out only at the perfect universe. This cannot be. All that stands there is the perfect invisible Divine Self mis-perceived.
Now when you impersonalize time, place, person and condition, you’ll find that you’re left with a great hollow. That hollow is the removal of the universal world beliefs. And it’s the beginning of a very strange new kind of stillness, a stillness that may even ache a little bit. Because in this stillness it isn’t just the stillness that you bring about by saying I’m going to still now, this is a stillness that falls into a new groove. This is a stillness in which the world is still. All around you is a vast, almost infinite stillness and you’re somewhere in the center of it but not very clearly defined, you’re even part of the stillness.
You’re breaking the dream. You’re breaking the dream of the divided consciousness which has presented to us a self that is born and must die, a physical being. You’re crossing out the third dimension of consciousness which never existed as reality, and you’re coming into the recognition that only the God Consciousness exists. Only the fourth dimension of consciousness exists around you, nothing else. And if this becomes your experience you never forget it. You’ll remember it sufficiently so that as you walk through this world you will know I am not walking in the third dimension of consciousness at all. It isn’t here. It’s the myth. I am consciously in the fourth dimension for that is my name. I am the fourth dimension of consciousness. I am the Spirit. And the material world which was born of the divided consciousness loses its potency, its validity, its power to mold you, its power to cause you fear, concern and anxiety. You recognize the non-presence of the third dimension of consciousness called mortality.
This vast stillness becomes an insulating factor. Nothing can enter this stillness. It is a stillness you have never experienced except through the realization that all that exists is the Divine Self. And then, all evil on the earth, for you, has no meaning. It is just something you see but it is not morality, it is not ordained, it is not upheld, it is not part of the experience of the Christ Consciousness. “In him is no darkness at all.”
Now we’re all working towards this stillness. And one of the great mystifying things about it is that even at this moment the human mind cannot acclimate itself to the drastic change that is required of it. Even at this moment, no matter how strange it may be to hear that I am an incorporeal being, the mind does not really know what that means. The mind cannot make its adjustment. It cannot be sudden, it must be gradual. It must be a slow daily sowing to the spiritual Self. If you try to hurdle this in a night, or a year, or five, you find it is too awkward, because you’re going to come to a place that you’ve never been in, a place that I’d like you to recognize now. You’re going to have to see that when somebody gets on the phone to call you, that it isn’t happening. It isn’t happening.
You’re going to have to come to a place however startling where you learn that you are not breathing. It isn’t happening. Your heart is not beating. It isn’t happening. Nothing that you think is happening is happening in Spirit. And when you come to this zero it won’t be because you heard somebody say it or read it in a book. But at least you’ll be alerted to the fact that when it does happen in your experience that you’re not going crazy. When you know that you are not living as a human being with a breathing lung and a pumping heart and a thinking brain, you’ll be very sane. More than any man who walked the earth before Jesus. For when he came to that realization he was the first born. And, believe it or not, we are all going to come to that realization before we step out of the mortal mode.
When you practice the allness of God you do so without the realization that that means the nothingness of me. Now we must learn to practice the nothingness of me. That is the only way you honor God supremely. At first, it’s a dark, dark night. You realize then that in impersonalizing time, space, matter, condition, leaves you without a human selfhood. It leaves the world without a human selfhood. That is why there is a great transition of consciousness from Adam to Christ Jesus.
The giving up of a belief in a human selfhood is impossible to a person who has not been touched by the Spirit. And even those who have been touched by the Spirit find that they want to cling to that human selfhood. It’s all they know. They don’t mind clinging to it if they can just get Spirit to function in their lives. But more and more, and more, the Master impresses upon us, there’s no place you can stop if you want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The narrow gate is total reliance upon the Spirit, the complete willingness to drop all belief in a mortal universe, a material universe, this world.
I can’t say how many among you at this moment want to live that way, but it’s necessary at this time for those of you who want to live that way to know that there must come the moment when you can see the nothingness of your human self. Down to the point where you know you’re not breathing. And after you’ve tried it you might even say, we’ll that wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Something new happened. A new dimension of me was born when that happened. That’s what you might say.
You might see then, what is the meaning of being re-born into the Spirit. This is how the false, second self is slowly dissolved to reveal the immaculate nature of your being. We are sowing to the immaculate which cannot be blended with anything else. There can be no degree of human-hood in the immaculate. And so incarnation after incarnation has to precede before there can be an immaculate conception, and in that immaculate conception one consciousness was the only one left on the field. There were two, and one was taken away. Jesus then walked the earth as the undivided consciousness. And the powers that he manifested are the powers of the undivided consciousness. The power to witness perfection where the world sees a withered arm, is the power of the undivided consciousness that is available to all of us who want to walk through that narrow gate.
Now, “eating of my flesh and my blood” means not of the universal world belief, but of the Divine, fidelity to the Divine of your being, standing still to the world that come through you as opinions, beliefs and appearances, concepts. This narrows us down. It narrows us down to such a point that we, too, find the meaning of the three temptations in a new way. We were told to forgive seventy times seven. And now we see it isn’t a demand of us to be kind and compassionate at all. To forgive seventy times seven meant to look out there to see that all that’s there is Divinity. There’s nothing big hearted about it, it’s the recognition of Reality. There’s no one there to forgive. And there’s no one here to do the forgiving. All that is present is the fourth dimension, Divine Consciousness. Fidelity to that, was the purpose behind the teaching ‘forgive seventy times seven.’
Now when we go to Jesus, we find that he lived in fidelity to the highest possible truth on this earth, that there is naught but God. He recognized no divided consciousness even in himself. And we must learn to do this. When the tempter says ‘withered arm,’ we must say to the tempter, “Who told you so?” When the tempter within us says, “You’re getting old,” we must say to the tempter, “Who told you so?” When the tempter within us says, “My daughter is growing up and I have to watch her very carefully, or else she’ll become part of the new ways that I don’t like very much.” Then you must say to the tempter, “The only daughter I have is the true Consciousness of God within myself.” And that is the consciousness of that which you call “my daughter.” I recognize only the Divine Consciousness. And that is my daughter. There is no person there. There is no beating heart. There is only the Spirit. And this is the immaculate conception of a daughter.
Always, we are doing what the world cannot do, what no mortal mind can do, what logic will not do, we are translating the human scene. We are rejecting the tempter which says there is Divinity, there is Spirit, there is God, but there is also mortal being. And you know, it’s very difficult to see, perhaps, but Jesus had already rejected the idea that there was Jesus. He had rejected the idea that there was God and Jesus. It was his overcoming of the belief that my name is Jesus, and that I am Jesus, which enabled him to witness that there is no withered arm.
If there was still a Jesus in his consciousness, the miracles that he was able to manifest, to witness, would have been impossible. He had to remove the belief in the divided consciousness which says, “There is Divinity and me.” And he couldn’t be pantheistic and say, “God is my being even though I am in the flesh.” He couldn’t say, “That tree out there is Spirit.” He had to know that the tree out there isn’t there. But Spirit is there. He had to know that the man with the withered arm wasn’t there, but the Spirit was there. He had to know that Jesus wasn’t there, but Spirit was there. And we have to know that we are not here, but Spirit is here. And then when we know that we are Spirit, we’re ready for that tempter. The tempter will then say to us, “Prove your Spirit.” And if you know your identity to be Spirit, you will say to the tempter, “to whom shall I prove it? There’s naught but Spirit. Or, “show your great powers.” Well to whom shall I show these powers?
You see, the tempter is the world mind in you. That which you have called your human mind is the tempter. And it’s always challenging you to show your spiritual power. And whom shall you show that spiritual power to, this non-existent world mind? All there is, is your Spirit, everywhere. My Spirit knows no boundaries for my Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God, whom shall tempt the Spirit of God? Is there another to tempt?
And so the temptation comes from non-existence seeming to be existent. The rejection of the temptation is the rejection of that which is non-existent. There is no tempter. The tempter is as much an illusion as water on the desert. And when you accept the tempter and wish to show the tempter your spiritual power you might as well show that spiritual power to a mirage on the desert. And so the revelation of the rejecting of the tempter three times by Jesus, is the revelation that there is only one Self. There is no other to do the tempting. And no other to be tempted.
There is only one Being and that one Being is always I AM. Impersonalizing is a very nice word for crucifying. When you crucify time, place, person, conditions in person, you are meeting the tempter, the world mind which has presented time, place, person, and condition to you. And you are saying to the world mind, my integrity to the one Self of my being, to the undivided consciousness, has now reached the point where I can stand firm in the knowledge that I am not two, a divine and a mortal, spirit and matter, son of God and a human being. I eat only of the blood and the flesh of the invisible Christ. I walk in oneness in the realization that only the One is present. I’m not making withered arms disappear, I’m recognizing their non-reality. I’m not making cancers disappear, recognizing their non-reality. Not making the problems of this world disappear, recognizing their non-reality, we’re getting behind the scenes to recognize that God is all and in him there is no darkness at all.
And our work is to banish in us the thoughts, the beliefs, the seeds of concept that accept another life, another power, another activity than perfect Divine activity. There is no other. The acceptance of another is the acceptance of a divided consciousness. Now the mind begins to be very uncomfortable in that everything that it accepted could be understood by it, and if it did something it would do it because it understood. But now it reaches an area where it is very uncomfortable. It doesn’t want to hear that I’m not breathing. It doesn’t want to hear that I’m not a mortal being. It wants something understandable. And at this stage you will find that whatever is understandable to the mind is untrue. If it’s understandable to the mind, beware of it. It isn’t the truth of God, because there is a place where the truth of God is very upsetting to that mind. It’s telling that mind when you impersonalize, you impersonalize yourself too. Get rid of yourself. You don’t know Truth. You’re just the world mind appearing in an individual as an individual mind. You’ve been the cause of all the trouble these many thousands of years.
We begin to see that this mind is what folds up when we leave this plane and when we return we can’t even remember we were here because it wasn’t a mind at all. If it was a mind it would remember. All of our sense mind is lost. The only thing we gain during this lifetime is that degree in which consciousness frees itself from the world belief that is in us. So that right now, perhaps, if you’re two per cent Divine and ninety-eight per cent human, you might return three per cent Divine, having made one degree of progress during your seventy, or eighty or ninety years.
But the world consciousness is changing, and the degree of progress we have made in the past is not the degree of progress we can make in the present. It’s possible today, right here, in the kingdom at hand to dissolve the world consciousness in this incarnation, provided you’ve been touched deeply enough to make your dedication without compromise. For instance, had you been caught in the temple with this withered arm requesting help, in the presence of the higher priests, some lesser man might have compromised. He could have even said to this withered arm, “Well, I’ll meet you outside, we’ll talk about it later.” Or he could have said, “Come back tomorrow.”
But in our commitment to Truth alone, we don’t say, “come back tomorrow” or “I’ll meet you later.” We meet the lie now when it appears, and wherever it appears. We meet it because we must be true to Self. We must find Self. We must overcome the unself that is the false, the limited, the one who is not my eternal Being. And we find that is only a shell called the false consciousness. As soon as it is met by the Truth, its falseness is revealed. When there is no Truth in your consciousness to meet it, it continues and takes over your life. If you could shear away, at this moment, all of the falseness of your being, you would no that there is no place where you are not.
Now, if you think this is difficult, be sure it will become more difficult. It will become so difficult that there will be a place where those who faint will want to turn back. And that is the place where those who have been touched are anxious to go. The place where the dark night of the soul truly begins is where you let go of the world consciousness within you, and with all total reliance on the invisible Self, leaving all weapons behind, all reason, all logic, all fear, all doubt, you entrust yourself one hundred per cent to the Self you feel you are, which is not living in this time or in this space, or in this body, or in this condition, and you see the shell that had pretended it was you.
This total rejection of the false self is necessary before the real Self can shine through. There is a totally different Self waiting the reveal Itself to the one who rejects the false self completely. And that complete rejection will come about as you practice the impersonalization of the false self in all qualities. If you thought your intelligence was limited, impersonalize that, it isn’t. If you thought your lifespan was limited, impersonalize that, it isn’t. If you thought your capacities in any direction were limited, impersonalize that, it isn’t true. God is unlimited in life, in capacities and intelligence, and I and the Father are one Spirit.
Remove all boundaries on every limiting factor of your life in your integrity to Self. Remove the belief that a boundary is real. Remove the belief that you walk in a space. Remove the belief that you walk in an aging form. Remove the belief that you walk within a limited period of time. These are all conditioned beliefs. The moment you do this, it is astounding how clear it becomes that they are nothing more than concepts. The whole world of concept begins to peel away. The onion skins of belief are removed one by one or ten by ten. Your mind begins to race with the possibilities.
There is another Self. And that other Self is the undivided Divine Consciousness, the fourth dimension, which is all there is right here and right now. And there’s a way of accepting that and letting it reveal Itself as you accept It. The way is to reject all that comes to you in the third dimension. Stand still. Reject it. Reject the arm and you’ll find it easier to reject the withered arm. Reject the back and you’ll find it easier to reject the arthritic back. Reject the material self before it becomes a problem and you’ll find the problem will have no reality.
The limit for which you learn to reject this world is limitless. It is the total rejection of the reality of any event in this world. Until you’re walking in the knowledge that nothing is happening. Absolutely nothing is happening. And then you know that all that is happening is Spirit Itself, maintain Itself, being Its perfect invisible Self, everywhere. But that is I. I’m not apart from that Spirit. That Spirit is called our Father. The Father is of the Spirit and that Spirit, our Father, is my Self, your Self, his Self, her Self, Jesus’ Self, the withered arm man’s Self. That is all there is, one infinite, invisible Spirit. And you can feel it because you have dropped from the false consciousness, the divided consciousness, and the vacuum of this great stillness is filled as the wisdom of the Father flows forth. Then you know what no mind can know. It has been transcended. The knowledge you have then is not of a mind knowing Truth, but of Truth knowing Itself.
This is a strange Self that we’re discussing, and we’re discussing it with minds. And those minds are all really the non-mind. But the experience transcends all discussion. And in that experience is the germ of light, self revealing, which brings to you a conviction. This new experience outside of form, outside of mind, outside of time, outside of place, this is the first awareness of My Spiritual Being. This is the Divine Self I feel. It is like nothing I had imagined. It has nothing personal. It has no place to hang Its head. It is not a material being. It is a completely new kind of Being. No man is suspected. It is God’s Self, being Itself. And it is Itself right now whether we come into the realization of it, or not. It is the only Self. It is the universe. And It’s imitation has been that which we have accepted up until the time of the kicking of the Christ within brings to us the realization that there is a higher me, a Spirit.
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We’re looking at Isaiah 43. Jacob had proved himself. He had reached the point of working to eliminate the false consciousness, the intruder. He had wrestled with it, and now the voice within is speaking through the prophet Isaiah, and this is really the tree of life in you. This is the Divine Self in all of us saying, “I will say to the north, give up. And to the south keep not back, bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth, even everyone that is called by my name, for I have created him for my glory. I have created him, yea I have made him.” This is revealing the identity of I as your identity. Not the form you think is you, but the Spirit of God that is you. “I have made him for my glory.” In other words, I am the substance of your being.
That which you call your being is the substance of God Itself. “Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together and let the people be assembled, all among them can declare this.” This is the household of Spirit being assembled. All know the truth of Being, that I am the Spirit of God. “And show us former things. Let them bring forth their witnesses that they may be justified or let them hear and say it is true.” This is speaking directly to that of you which can say, Amen. Yes, I know, for that voice is my voice. But look, ye are my witnesses said the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He. Before that there was no God formed. Neither shall there be after me. I even, I am the Lord, and beside me there is no Savior.
Now, this Spirit which is God, saying, beside me there is no Savior, is obviously the realization in Jesus which enable him to say, “Why callest thou me Lord. Lord? Why callest thou me good? I speak not my doctrine, but his that sent me. I of mine own self can do nothing.” He’s revealing the non-reality of Jesus, isn’t he? He is accepting that beside me there is no Savior. He is revealing that he is the Spirit of God. That there isn’t a Spirit of God and Jesus, there is the Spirit of God seen through human eyes as Jesus. And there is the Spirit of God seen through human eyes as you, and that is the point.
When you accept that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of you, you have come to that realization that the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Jesus which he accepted. And then you are not in the divided consciousness. Now because he had accepted this, because he had died to self, because he could say now all that stands here is the realized Light of the Father. Then he would appear, and he would say to the withered arms, stretch forth thin arm, and it would stretch forth because there was no Jesus there anymore say this. There was no divided consciousness here looking at a divided consciousness there. There was one Consciousness, one. “I am the Lord thy God and beside me there is no Savior.”
There was only one who accepted this. And so, they said to him, “How do you do all this? What’s your big secret?” Well, you can read it in Isaiah, and that’s my secret. But if you don’t want to read it there, or don’t understand it, I’ll repeat it for you. So there are many places here where he repeats it for us. My secret is that there is no me, there is only the Father. I have died. I’m not here. And if you know my name you’d know that I am Christ. Who is Christ? Christ is your Self. But you haven’t died to Joe Smith, and Frank and Harry. You’ve still got a second consciousness. “Ah, come on,” they say. “Tell us the real secret. You’re only spoofing.” In fact, they did worse than that. They chased him all over the hills and said, “heal me, heal me, heal me.” And he did. No sooner had he done it when he went away to pray. Here he was to teach them about God within themselves, and that was the last thing they wanted to know about. The wanted the healing.
Let’s look at some of the passages where he give us the secret so that we indelibly know that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ did not occur as it is seen in the Bible. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ occurred when he died to self before his mission began. That’s the real crucifixion. What you see in the Bible is the visible crucifixion which is the result of the real crucifixion three years earlier. The real crucifixion of Jesus is three years before the physical crucifixion. When Jesus knows I am not Jesus I am the invisible Spirit of God that is the crucifixion. And it makes possible the visible crucifixion.
When you and I know my name isn’t Herbert, my name isn’t William, my name isn’t Frank, my name isn’t Ruth. I am the Christ of God. And when this is an experience called crucifixion, you’ll walk in the same appearing form. But later, three years later, or ten or fifteen, you’ll find there’s no death possible, because that crucifixion is also the first resurrection. It isn’t earned lightly, it’s earned by fidelity to removing the false consciousness, because the only thing that’s going to die is the false consciousness. When that’s removed, what’s going to die? What’s going to get older? What’s going to be limited? All that is remaining is the Christ Consciousness.
And that’s why, that’s why this is a difficult teaching, because if it were a simple one, we’d be much too satisfied, and we would not reach that level which is resurrection. There’s probably very few places in this world where you can be presented Truth without tarnished half-truths. And if we were to watch this class dwindle down to two, this would still be the way this class would be conducted. There must be that uncompromising dedication to the complete Truth that He showed when He would not accept at any moment anything on this earth unlike God as real.
That must be our consciousness, you see. Anything on this earth that is unlike God cannot be real. Anything on this earth that is material is not Spirit. That must be crossed out in your consciousness. The best way to do that is to cross out the consciousness itself which entertains ideas that things unlike God can be real. And the death of that consciousness is the birth of the Christ Consciousness. And that birth, that birth which the world celebrates on the 25th of December, in your consciousness that is life eternal. It is the removal of all that is unlike God in you.
And remember, after Jesus had removed all that was unlike God in him he was still visible to the world, the world still saw the form. We still walk in a form when we have removed that which is unlike God from our consciousness. But the form we walk in is only and optical illusion. It’s the illusion of the world mind shared by all because all are part of the world mind.
When the illusion dies the reality doesn’t die with it. The reality doesn’t reincarnate. The reality doesn’t feel pain. And though we make experience many dark moments in our pursuit of this reality now, those dark moments are nothing compared to the dark moments we eliminate which would occur in a false human consciousness. You can even see pain now as an illusion if you carefully look at it. You know your arm has no intelligence. The arm doesn’t know anything. You know it doesn’t have any capacity to know it hurts or doesn’t hurt. The arm can’t make up its mind to do something. What is the pain in an arm? It is your mind planted in such a way in your body that it announces, “I pain,” and we say the arm hurts. Or the mind plants itself in the foot and says, “I hurt” and we say the foot hurts. But the pain isn’t in the foot, it isn’t in the arm. The pain is never in the body, it’s in the mind. And that mind, transcended, has no capacity for pain anymore.
We know that Jesus didn’t suffer on the cross. There wasn’t anybody there. Do you know how Isaiah died? Did you read the Apocrypha, the way Peter died with his head down so that he wouldn’t seem more important that Jesus with his head up? They took a wooden sword and they cut Isaiah in half with it. It says he was sawn in twain. And while he was sawn in twain he was looking up. What is the meaning of all this? Is it to show us that these men could absorb great punishment? Do you see it as to show us that they were not there? That false consciousness that I am living in a form had already been crucified. And when the visible, physical crucifixion took place of Isaiah, Peter, Jesus, there was nobody there. There was no consciousness there. There was only world belief appearing. The Self had already been found, and was lived in. And that’s the hard way, to find the Self, and to live in the Self and only in the Self.
And so, you see, there’s a Self that you are which is independent of the form, and that’s the reason we see these strange crucifixions, to teach us that there is a Self totally independent of the form, a true Consciousness. God being all, God being the only Consciousness, you can be sure that God Consciousness is not in a crucified form. To come out of the false into the true is to come into the realization that my consciousness and God Consciousness are the only one Consciousness there is. And then the mind that finds pain in its own foot or head or something has been overcome. It’s the false world mind appearing in us as the pains we feel. You see how sublime this teaching really is? It is showing us the false suffering of mankind, the false hates, the false laps, the false fears, and the part we don’t like to hear, the false lives.
But we have to take the bad and the good and remember we weighing these things with a mind that is not the Christ mind. And when this mind has been transcended, the great teaching that came down through the ages culminating in the birth of Jesus through Mary, and then the release from the false consciousness of the adult Jesus, and his walking in the Spirit on this earth as Spirit alone. All of this did not take place yesterday. For the Spirit that was released as the only consciousness is right here. It has never existed two thousand years ago. It knows nothing of those years. It has ever been Itself. That Spirit, which is your Spirit, has ever been a now Spirit. It walks the earth now and there’s on one else on this earth but that Spirit. It’s the false consciousness of us that does not know this and therefore, cannot let itself dissolve into nothingness so that the Self that I am alone stands where the world sees me.
There are moments when you can almost feel that Self. And then you realize why all power is in you. All health is in you. All life is in you. There is nothing else but that Self. Only your false consciousness of another Self brings about the ups and the downs of this world. You see, that false consciousness, then, is this world, and the Spirit realized is My Kingdom. Now there’s a place in John where Jesus gives us this quite clearly. I think it’s 14:10. I want you to look at it with me. It’s his answer to “how did you do it?”
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
No self then other than the Father’s Self. And that no self other than the Father’s Self is the living consciousness that is there. It would be impossible for that Consciousness not to reveal healings. Jesus couldn’t withhold a healing. When you entered that Consciousness you entered the Light. And your darkness disappeared because you were in the Light. There wasn’t any person healing. There was merely Light realized, walking the earth. And when you touched it as the woman did with the blood problem, she just touched the Light and darkness disappeared. In him is no darkness at all. And when you realize that this Light that you touch and darkness removes, is the only light of your being, the only reality of you, you can see that the darkness of life is the second consciousness which has no existence.
We’re crossing out the second consciousness, the breathing consciousness, the heart-beating consciousness, the thinking consciousness, and letting that stillness reveal that the fourth dimension is here, at hand, the kingdom within. Jesus then, should represent to you, your finished Self. Your undivided consciousness walking this earth would accomplish exactly what he did. Your undivided consciousness is ready to anything that was demonstrated through the undivided consciousness called Jesus. Another way to call it is the inner consciousness, the within consciousness, the Spirit consciousness. But there’s no other consciousness. All consciousness must be Spirit or be an illusion. Can you feel that? There’s no other consciousness but the Spirit Consciousness? He did.
Now, the temptation then, is to believe there is another consciousness, there is another power, there is another mind, there is another substance, and all of these are from world belief, conditioned mind. Do you see how you cross the zero point in your own experience before you emerge as a spiritual child again? You must cross the zero point. That’s why it’s the narrow way. The zero point is where you are unborn in order to be born. You cross out of third dimension into nothing and begin in fourth dimension as a child again without any pre-concepts, with no knowledge and your Father within leads you just as a child is being led.
There was something interesting came about this Father within. You may feel it, as it came to me. It was when I requested some information on why I, being the Spirit, should be conscious of my body and not someone else’s body in the same way. I don’t feed your body, I feed this body. But if I’m Spirit why do I have a partiality toward this form instead of someone else’s form. I wanted to know more about that. And the answer was that we’re given a body for a reason, even though it may be illusory. And that is that we may begin to see that we have only one responsibility in this world. We must become apparent to this body. We must become the mother or the father of this body. It must become the child. And if you, for example, had a child to take care of now, who let’s say was seven or eight years old, and the child went to school, you’d have to arrange your day in such a way that you would be available when the child needed you. You would have to teach the child. And your whole life would revolve around what that child required, as well as your own personal needs.
Now you must realize that your body is your child. And out of it must grow a new you, a new you that trains this child. And this new you is your Self. The child is revealed as someone who needs training to learn who it is, what it is, and only as you take this child in hand to train it, does that new you come into realization. Now this child wants to do something, but the new you must tell this child, “No, this is the way.”
And so, this training of this new Self, arising out of this form, this new higher Self which trains this child. And you become that higher Self, that’s where your Self is realized. And you’re overcoming this child, disciplining this child until it no longer wags the dog, until it doesn’t run off doing what it wants, it’s responsive only to this higher Self. And slowly, the higher Self having trained the child, the higher Self becomes conscious of Itself. You find that higher Self can now drop the illusion of the child and realize that it functions completely in God, walks in God, thinks in God, lives in God.
If you haven’t reached this place where this form and this mind of you becomes the child of you, the higher Self doesn’t begin. Instead, this remains yourself when it actually isn’t. Out of this must grow the higher Self, just as out of the seed must grow the tree. And that’s the first way you become aware of your higher Self. Adam was your name on this earth before, but it was your false name. Christ always was your name but Adam didn’t know it. So Adam reincarnated again and again, and again until this moment when Adam appears as you. But Christ is still the name that you ever were, and now Christ must show Adam. And then in Adam is born the Christ realization and Adam is revealed as the Christ. And one stands on the field and the other is taken away. Christ stands revealed as your Self.
Adam lives revealed in time, space, body, mind, condition. Christ sees through all these and when you crucify time, space, body, condition, with that nice, friendly word called impersonalization, then those things which the mind finds difficult now will become easier and a new order of intelligence will creep in. The senses are like petals. Nobody sees the invisible power that opens the petals of a flower, or closes them, but they open and they close in spite of the absence of a visible power. Your senses can be that way. In this level of consciousness they have opened up. You can consciously fold them back. You can take the sense of vision and know that it can fold back just like the petal of a flower. Your take the sense of hearing and fold it back easily like the petal of a flower. You can go through the five senses until all of them are folded back like a flower.
And you will find those five senses were your intelligence in this level, and when they’re folded back quietly, you’re intelligence is no longer confined to this level. You’ll find there is a level outside of this intelligence, a level under this intelligence, and all levels begin to flow because the infinite becomes your consciousness now that the petals of the senses are folded back. In that moment you become no longer a finite intelligence or a finite experience, or a finite being. The illusion that the five senses have opened in a limited degree of consciousness is overcome and all of the infinite flows through you. That’s why we rest the senses so frequently. It takes us out of the limited consciousness. It opens the way for the fullness of your being.
Now the Light steals through with a new wisdom, a new teaching, a new idea, a new release. You become aware of the light that exists outside of your limited consciousness. You want more of it. You know, finally, you are poor. You’re poor in your life that exists outside your limited consciousness, and you seek it. And this opens you to more and more of that Spirit till I announces, “I am thee.”
Now, I find it necessary to impersonalize just about everything in this world and the more often you do it, the more often you will open yourself to the infinite consciousness instead of the limited, finite, five sense consciousness. It’s a luxury to sit back, to know that there’s only one Master. And that Master is the infinite Self. And It is present. It is all that is here. Only God, the infinite Self, Divine Spirit is here.
I reject all else and rest in that. And I don’t have to have something happen right then. That can be erasing karma and the lifetime seventeen centuries ago. And the next meditation can erase some karma of a lifetime twelve centuries ago. You won’t know about it right away, but the untruth that is erased will prevent the compounding of that untruth. And suddenly one day all of these meditations seem to take fruit and root and something in your present immediate experience that was undesirable is removed. Because you got way back to the seed of it in all the previous meditations and now the world mind in that particular sequence in you has been blocked, dissolved, some more of the onion skins peeled away, some more of the light can come through the absence of the density, the new consciousness.
The Spirit that walked as Jesus was very careful to point out that we’re not trying to change our concept of religion at all. That Spirit was showing that there is no such thing as religion in the Spirit. Spirit knows nothing about religion. Spirit is perfect. Spiritual realization is not improving religion. Spiritual realization is to know that only Spirit exists. There is no person to have a religion. Jesus created and formed no religions, and made it clear, we don’t want to take this religion and patch it up. We don’t want to take an old garment and put a new patch on it.