This is February 10th, Sunday, 2013, and we are continuing our series of Uncomfortable Talks, uncomfortable to the human being, that is, because the human being must die. Yesterday we discussed the first chapter of Genesis and the beautiful experience that comes to us when we are able to stand still and behold that creation flowing out from the invisible pool of silence and forming itself, appearing as forms. We say we live in our consciousness, and we do. No illusion is ever externalized, so we either live in a human state of consciousness, which is divided in good and evil, in the belief in both of those, or we stand and behold as the Christ that expression of Christ consciousness, God consciousness flowing. And I just happened to notice in this Thunder of Silence by Joel Goldsmith, he says:
Every time that the thought comes to us, “I need this”; “I need that”; “I would like this”; “I would like that”; “I should have this”; “I should have that”; our answer must be,
“ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ – by effect, by creation [that false creation] – but by [my] Spirit, the [real] creator.” That must be a continuous realization …
Not continuous thought. He didn’t say that, did he? Continuous realization or continuous awareness: I live by this inner Spirit, which is why we suggested that we take one or two minutes out of every hour to remember.
That must be a continuous realization [he says] until we have overcome our desire for anybody or anything … in the external realm. We have to lose all desire for the visible in the realization that we live not by that which is visible but by that which is invisible …
You see, we are surrendering humanhood. We do not live by anyone or anything. We live by that invisible consciousness flowing.
… and then we shall find [he says] that the Infinite Invisible will produce in our experience the persons, things, circumstances, and conditions necessary to our daily life.
In the same way, every time we are tempted to think of some power – some negative, evil, erroneous power that apparently is dominating our life, rendering it futile and fruitless and which we want destroyed – let us smile at it [smile at it] as we realize, [again as we come into the conscious awareness] “No, I have no need of any power with which to overcome this discord. There is a God, even though I do not know what God is. [And] I cannot know what God is because It is beyond the uttermost comprehension of the human mind.
But elsewhere he says: You can know God as an experience, not as a comprehension of the human mind. And so you see, he suggests in this chapter called Beyond Power that we stop that archaic, age-old, centuries-old belief that we need a power to overcome our problems. Surely in yesterday’s talk you saw that or you felt that there is no power that we need to throw at our problem. We need to realize that the problem is world mind presenting a mental image. Now, the term is not important. Again, terms are not important. What is important is that you see that there is a fabric and that all appearances of good or evil are made from this fabric and that the fabric is world thought or mental images. Now you can use the term mental images, world thought, mortal mind, hypnotism, mesmerism, illusion, this world, Maya. It does not matter what term you use. Use the term you are comfortable with because you’re only using that term long enough to drop it.
You see, understanding has no meaning. It’s not a matter of understanding truth. It’s not a matter of understanding the world’s illusion or the illusion of a world. It’s not a matter of understanding that. It’s a matter of seeing through that. And this you don’t do with the mind. The mind, the human mind, is a tool of that very hypnotism, mental images, world mind. It’s a tool of that. Just as your sense of hearing is a tool of this physical body, so is the human mind a tool of world mind, world thought, universal belief – whatever term you like.
And so it’s not necessary to understand it at depth. It doesn’t take a great deal of understanding. Understanding is also a part of that world mind. You see, we have to tread in a place where the mind has no existence, which is why Joel stresses again and again, or the Spirit stresses, the Christ within you stresses that this pool of silence where the mind does not function – this is where you must rest. Beside this pool, beside this deep well.
So, we who are rising in consciousness must see that there is no need for power to overcome anything at any time ever. In this realm of no power, in your ability to relax to such an extent that you – well, it’s like looking at a lake, surface of a lake in the water, and there’s no breeze. It’s very still, and the surface is like glass and nothing is disturbing it. It’s just still, just silent. No effort. It’s effortless. Being, resting, is’ing. In that state of using no power, in that state where no power fills your being, in that realm of no power – God is living, being, is’ing.
And so he tells us what we learned yesterday is that in the second chapter of Genesis where we use power to overcome evil and replace it with good, that’s that state of humanhood that we must rise above, rise out of, we must drop. Now I’m not saying that you need to rise out of that today and never go back, because it’s not possible. You’ve been in there too many centuries. I’m saying and suggesting you drop it in these moments, these few moments of every hour and rest back in that pool of nothing, that pool of nothing the mind can get a hold of. That pool of silence and no power and nothingness. Out of that infinite nothingness the divine first chapter of Genesis, the perfect creation flows. And it’s nothing the mind can understand, so stop trying. Your understanding is not necessary now. Understanding was something that the mind, the world mind thought it needed. But you are in a place where you are rising above that mind into a realm of no power, into a realm of peace without end, into a realm of silence.
In Joel’s book Beyond Words and Thoughts, which is specifically how to rise into that pool of silence, he explains something in the chapter Truth Unveiled. It’s a very beautiful chapter. It’s one of my favorite chapters all time. It’s right next to The True Sense of the Universe which we read a little from yesterday and The New Horizon. I believe these 3 chapters have the entire message of moving from mind to Spirit. So let’s see if something in here presents itself.
First of all, yesterday we spoke of moving out of humanhood and into Christ Consciousness, and we said that Joel had made it, because he said “I finally made it. I no longer see humans anywhere, but I behold Christ everywhere.” He says, “I myself have beheld the incorporeal form of man dozens and dozens of times.” Now, so in moving from humanhood to Godhood or Christhood or being a beholder of Christ Consciousness forming that new creation, there’s an exact time we said when the transformation takes place. Now before we read this I wanted to read this from the Kailua study series on the chapter called No Power, which is where the editor pulled a lot from to write that chapter in The Thunder of Silence. But I wanted to read this to you. It says:
Whenever truth is offered to the human mind [and we know what the human mind is], the human mind wants to crucify that truth, because the truth demands that the human mind die.
What does that do to you when you hear that? Your human mind must die. Doesn’t it make you pause and wonder “how can I … how do I function without a human mind? Why, I’ve had one my entire life and maybe many centuries, most definitely many centuries. How do I function? How can I function? How do I go to work? How do I do the housework without a human mind? And I’m here to tell you that the struggle that the human mind has holding everything together in this balancing act and trying to balance plates on sticks by turning evil into good and a whole lifetime of this – that human mind really has no idea how to live without itself, does it? It can’t conceive of such a thing, so it hears this truth and it says, “Oh, poppycock! How ridiculous! You’re just hiding your head in the sand. What kind of philosophy is this?”
But I can tell you, and many of you know – maybe all of you know – when you step out of that mind even if only for brief moments and you find yourself in that place where God is happening, you find yourself being carried along by the rhythm of God and you find yourself in the right place at the right time, saying the right things, doing the right things, and all works perfectly and you find – well, I really can live without that mind running things. I’m not saying you’ll sit in the corner and stare at a wall. On the contrary, Joel says, and I found myself, the more you live outside of that mind and live as a beholder of Christ Consciousness moving things around the busier you are. So, again, let’s read it:
Whenever truth is offered to the human mind, the human mind wants to crucify that truth, because the truth demands that the human mind die. Truth demands that we die daily to our humanhood and that we be reborn of the Spirit.
And now you saw yesterday, you see reborn of the Spirit really means a whole new creation, doesn’t it? Taking place now in your consciousness, in that quiet temple. That’s being reborn of the Spirit. Beholding a beholder as Spirit forms Itself. So he says here:
Truth doesn’t promise anybody that you can go on being a good, comfortable human being. Truth doesn’t promise anybody that you can have a lot of money and a lot of fame and a lot of health and a lot of self-indulgence. Truth doesn’t promise anybody a life of ease in matter.
…[Truth] promises a terrific struggle, a struggle between the Spirit and the flesh, until the crucifixion. That is the final tearing down of humanhood, the final destruction of ‘man whose breath is in his nostrils’, after which comes a very barren period, a wilderness period in the tomb, a period of desolation. That’s why it is called the tomb. But after that three days, there comes the resurrection. And even in the resurrection you … carry around a torn body … and maybe … [a] torn reputation[s] too.
But forty days of that, and there comes the ascension above every claim of the human mind. You see – right at that point you rise out of the human mind and permanently dwell in your Christhood. And he says: Then comes the pure spiritual life, in which the promises are fulfilled: ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you. I will lead you beside the still waters, in green pastures. My presence will go before you to make the crooked places straight. I have never seen the righteous begging bread.’ You see, [he says] it is in that demonstration of our Christhood that there are no problems, none whatsoever.
All right, so he defines for us there that there’s going to be a terrific struggle culminating in a crucifixion and a place of barrenness, desolation, and forty days in the wilderness and then finally an ascension. Now that sounds like one heck of a battle. That sounds like the story of Armageddon in the Revelation, doesn’t it? Which is exactly how Herb interpreted it, if you remember from the Revelation series. It’s an inner struggle. All right, so – but yesterday we said that there are those who have made it. Yes, the path is narrow and few there be that enter, but I truly feel all of us hearing this talk can complete this transition.
Now in this chapter Truth Unveiled in Beyond Words and Thoughts Joel talks about his completing the transition, just a little. He says:
Always, since my first spiritual experience, living in two worlds has been difficult for me – living in that higher Consciousness and then coming down to earth, going back into that Consciousness and coming back down to earth – but never was it as difficult as in 1963.
Now remember in 1964 he passed on. So, what he’s saying here is what we talked about yesterday. There are two creations, two states of consciousness. One is humanhood, one is Christhood, and what he’s saying here is he found that it was really difficult to go into that higher Consciousness, to stand still in that inner temple and behold the incorporeal creation, which then appeared as forms in his experience as well as to those that reached out to his consciousness – standing there in that and then perhaps the next morning or that afternoon coming down into humanhood again. Going back and forth between the two was very difficult, but never as difficult as it was in 1963. He says:
That year marked another period of initiation for me, but, even though in 1962 I knew it was to be, I had no knowledge of its intensity, its length, or the nature of the message that would be revealed.
So he’s telling you that this is an initiation. And so all of us in this class, in this group, are being initiated. We are passing through an initiation. Moving out of mind and into Spirit. Moving out of humanhood and into Christhood. The terms don’t matter. It’s the awareness, the inner awareness. And why you’ve been chosen, I do not know. I do not know why I’ve been chosen. I only know there’s an inner burning, an inner longing, and I can’t stop. I can’t stop. So Joel says:
It is not unnatural, therefore, that that year should have revealed the higher unfoldment, the higher Consciousness. This you will understand as you study the work that came through during this period. [that is, in 1963] With each successive unfoldment, something was breaking through, leading to the teaching of going beyond words … [beyond] thoughts, … going beyond the mind. [Here we go with that human mind has to die.] This idea you will find in all the 1963 work, revealing the nature of life as it is lived when you go beyond the mind … beyond thoughts: beyond taking thought, beyond reasoning. [Beyond power!] This is the revelation of the nature of Sabbath and of Grace.
Now, I want to skip a little bit here over to the next page where he talks about what needs to happen.
On the spiritual path, we begin our journey by studying the truth, learning and practicing the truth. We never attain the goal [that is, Christhood] of realization, however, until we reach beyond the mind and its knowing of the truth to our becoming Truth: “That which I am seeking, I am!”
You cannot know truth or God with the mind. Give up. You’re reaching the place in your journey, in your initiation, my dear friends, where the mind cannot come. And Christ Jesus says, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now, but … later.” That was spoken to you centuries ago – and now this is later – and now you may follow, but you cannot bring the mind.
On the Mount, in a high state of consciousness, Moses realized I AM, and thereby became I AM. Yet, there remained still a sense of Moses as is evidenced by the fact that he spoke of himself as being slow of speech.
This is Joel pointing out that Moses has this higher state of consciousness, the first chapter of Genesis, Christ awareness, and yet he drops down into a human sense of Moses and says that he is slow of speech. So there are both going on, just as there are in us. We are in an initiation as was Moses.
The realization of I AM [in Moses] prevailed, however, and with that great illumination came such a height of consciousness that he was able to lead the Hebrews out of slavery to the Promised Land. Had Moses been able to crucify … completely the mortal sense of … self which still remained, he would have been able to enter the Promised Land, or heaven. [or Christhood] But he was bound [for a while] by a finite sense of himself.
Which later he overcame. Later it was crucified because in the Mount of Transfiguration there he and Elijah met with Jesus in the invisible, and all three had overcome that. Now, says Joel in this chapter Truth Unveiled:
Jesus, however, not only knew the truth but realized and became the Truth: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Nevertheless, a sense of Jesus, the man, remained, because he said, “I can of mine own self do nothing. … If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” This personal sense of self had to be crucified, as eventually it must be in all of us, or we will not ascend to the Promised Land, [or] the realization of our spiritual identity [of our Christhood].
Jesus’ realization of the need to crucify, or rise above, the seeming mortal sense of self, enabled him to make the ascension.
Now listen to this line – it’s very important.
The ascension is always the same: a rising above mind, above knowing the truth, to Truth Itself.
This is why I say in every meditation for it to be successful you must step out of the human mind. Bring no thoughts with you. Bring only awareness. Rest back in it. Relax. Rest. Be at peace. No power. Silence. Nothingness. Emptiness. Then into that vessel the Spirit moves over the face of the deep. You don’t move it. You don’t move. You are very still, like that lake, that crystal clear lake. No movement. And the wind of Spirit moves over the water, and there’s a ripple. That ripple is the birth of the new creation, the new consciousness, and I am come that you might have life and life more abundantly. And I, the Eternal, everlasting life, am come. So says Joel:
In many classes and even in some of the Writings, I have said that I did not understand the reason for the crucifixion …: why it took place or why it had to take place if it had to. It puzzled me, … [and] It was not until … 1963, when I myself went through the experience, [of crucifixion] that the reason and need for the crucifixion of Christ Jesus was revealed to me. [But] Somehow [because he didn’t bring a mind with him] Somehow, after that experience, the memory of it passed …, and I could not bring it to conscious recollection, [but] … later the entire scene was revealed to me again when I went through the experience of ascension: … rising above [the] mind [in] to Truth [or God] Itself.
Now there it is in plain English, my friends. Joel made it! He rose above the mind. Remember – the ascension is always the same – rising above mind into truth or God or Christ Consciousness or Genesis. And I went through the experience of ascension [he says], rising above mind [in] to Truth.
[And] This is what I saw: [says Joel] In Jesus’ statement, “He that seeth me seeth him that sent me,” he revealed … he had attained the goal of I AM. “ ‘I am the way’ – [I am the consciousness. I AM God.] … I and God are one.” And there is an experience in which he proved this: he took three disciples to what is called the Mount of Transfiguration, which again is [this] high consciousness, [above mind] and he revealed to them the Hebrew prophets who were supposed to be dead.
But, to his enlightened sense, [or in that higher consciousness] they were not dead, and he proved to his disciples that they were alive, and … they were with them there in form. [And] Whether he translated them into visible form or whether he translated himself and the disciples into invisible form makes no difference because it is the same experience. He translated: he demonstrated to his disciples the truth he later proved: “‘I lay down my life, that I might take it again’; I can walk into … [this] invisible realm and I can walk out again,… I am Spirit, I am the way.”
[And] Because of Jesus’ experience on the Mount of Transfiguration, I understand now that crucifixion was not necessary … . Enoch was translated without knowing death; Elijah was translated without knowing death; [and] Isaiah, also, may have been translated. Therefore, it was shown to me through Jesus’ experience on the Mount of Transfiguration … he could have been translated without knowing death, but … he chose to accept corporeal death in order to reveal to … [the] disciples that [even] death is not an experience, but [again] is an illusory sense [or a mental image] [which] … must be understood and seen through.
And finally he says at the bottom of this page:
This revelation is … proof of the message that there must come a rest to My people. There must come a rest from the activity of … mind: taking thought … fearing for our life, constantly knowing … truth in order to avoid some experience.
See – that’s not the way – you know truth over and over in your mind. No.
There must come a Sabbath, and in this Sabbath [now] we live by Grace.
See – not by thought taking, not by thinking of truth, but by that Grace which flows as that Spirit, that wind across the still lake.
… we live by Grace, [and]… then we do not know the truth, … [now] truth reveals Itself [in] us, and we become the Truth. It is not an activity of the mind: it is Soul revealing Itself.
You see? Everything all these years has been pointing to the ascension, to rising out of humanhood and into Christhood. Everything has been telling us – Joel has been saying all this many years that we must come out of the mind permanently and live in Christ Consciousness. And he says:
[This]… is the final tearing down of humanhood, the final destruction of ‘man whose breath is in his nostrils’. [And then comes a resurrection of this spiritual creation, the Son of God, the manifestation of God, Christ. And then the] promises are fulfilled. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” … it is in [this]…. demonstration of our Christhood that there are no more problems, none whatsoever.
Let us be still for a moment. Let us rest back in that invisible pool; deep, deep pool of Spirit.
Here at this point in your initiation you must leave the mind. Just drop it. It cannot help you anymore. You no longer need an understanding of truth, an understanding of God, an understanding of illusion. No understanding of principles is Spirit. The realm of the mind has been good to you perhaps. It brought you so far, but you cannot go farther with it. And so now drop the mind. Take no thought.
In this temple not made with hands, not made with mind, in this temple is your perfect Self. Spirit is its substance. Consciousness is its home. Stand still, very still. And I and the Father are One and the same. Behold, I make all things new. Behold, I come quickly. Behold spiritual creation.
In the mind you had tribulation. In the Spirit you find the Sabbath, this moment of rest. And I have been with you from the beginning; from before Abraham was, I AM. If you will stand still. If you will cease from thought, I will reveal truth here, now, flowing. And this is life eternal that you might know Me, your true Self.
On this path in this part of your initiation you will learn to rise above the human mind, which is the tool for world mind. You will learn to function by being a beholder of Grace forming Itself, and you will know truly Christ liveth my life. And to every image of the mortal mind you will know: “Be not afraid; it is I.” It is I. And you will not fight, you will not use power, you will not overcome. You will see through. You will see through by standing still in no power, in silence. You will see through as My creation unfolds before you. And you will live in, through, and by Christ consciousness.
And your willingness to die, to step out of the mind is the invitation to Me, Christ, and I will take over.
My friends, this is something you cannot explain to humans even if you would like to. They have no capacity to receive it. You who have labored long and hard – let us return to this chapter Truth Unveiled and hear it in Joel’s words, because I think they’re beautiful.
When you reach that place where, instead of searching for a truth, feverishly reading or studying to latch on to some truth, [when instead of that] you can relax and rest in the Truth – without taking thought, without [any] speaking … [without any] thinking – you can be a state of awareness, and then you understand the meaning of “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [or every movement] that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” You will then discover that every word, every feeling, [every movement], every emotion, … every thought that comes to you from … [that] deep withinness … is what you now live by. [This is] The Spirit within [which] guides, … directs … sustains … [and] protects. It goes before you to “make the crooked places straight.”
Our ultimate goal must be to live in, through, and as God. If we are not to do this, why did the Master teach, “Take no thought for your life” ? Life is meant to be lived by Grace, without … power [of any kind]. And again he says:
See what happens on the seventh day: [on the Sabbath] “In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” He was telling them not to go out [and] … get meat; but to rest in the Sabbath of I have: no words, no thoughts, no might, no power.
[You students who are going through this initiation] You students who are ready for the Sabbath must prepare for it by learning to rest back in this realization: “[I] Let my Soul take over instead of my mind.” Then every time you go within, something new and fresh will come forth. Of course – it’s a new creation. Behold – I make all things new.
In the consciousness of [this] Sabbath, [in this Christ Consciousness] you [do not have to] … go out and get meat, [because] … you have it. … [How do you have it?] By your recognition that you and the Father are one. [Says Joel]
For six days you have labored to study and to train yourself, and those “six days,” remember, are for most of you many, many years. But there [does come] … a rest to My people; there comes a Sabbath; and that is when you stop all your metaphysical struggling, [and] relax, … let Grace live your life.
Those … students [in this initiation] who have been listening and studying with the inner ear [for many years] … are now … entering that period of Sabbath when they can feel [feel] within themselves: “I [don’t] know any truth. I cannot live on … quotations … . The only truth I know is what is coming [forth from that deep well within]. … I am [now] living in [a] … period of unknowing, in which every day I go within to receive the manna for that day, [I] … listen for Thy voice.” …
“Thy Grace is my sufficiency …”
You see how beautiful this is, how beautiful. He says:
The Infinite Way takes you through the “six days” of labor – … thinking and knowing … truth, … searching for truth, pondering truth, meditating … truth – until [finally] you go beyond the activity of the mind … Finally, you come to … [the Sabbath] … [And] Every word that flows from God into your awareness becomes the bread, the wine, … the water. … [the] health, [the] strength, [the] vitality, and all … that … [is] necessary for your experience.
And so my dear, dear friends – as we walk through this initiation alone, yet not alone – I say to you that these moments of stepping out of the human mind – the world mind, the mental images of this world – and standing still in that pool; in that deep, deep universe within and beholding Spirit, the movement of Spirit across the waters – this is how you are made new. This is how you are transformed. This is how you are made a new creature. This is how you are lifted up to the place where Christ liveth your life. And this you can tell no man.
To him that overcomes this human mind, this taking thought, this thinking, Christ says, “I will give the hidden manna, and now we know what that manna is, don’t we? We live by it, the invisible movement of Spirit.
To him that overcomes the mind I will give the invisible movement of Spirit, and I will give him a stone, and on the white stone a new name is written, and that name is Christhood. And no one knoweth saving he that receiveth it. No one around you will be able to tell that you have received your initiation, that you have received Christhood, that you have ascended out of the mind into Christ Consciousness, into this deep universe, into My Kingdom. But you will know that you have received it. You will know.
Isn’t this wonderful? Passing … we are passing from humanhood to Christhood, from mind to Spirit, from images to the kingdom of heaven here and now. We are passing from intellect to Consciousness. We are passing from death to life. This humanhood that we thought was a life is death. Now we come into Life – Eternal life, everlasting life, Christ life, and this life will never leave you nor forsake you. And so we pass from humanhood to Christhood, right here, right now. We rest in the Sabbath. We rest on the seventh day and we behold the perfect creation unfolding before our inner eye.
This is Saturday, February 9th, and this talk is directed to the more serious students. We have a handful in our group now. We have 15, and it is assumed that each of us is serious about attaining Christhood in some measure in this incarnation, in this lifespan. In this experience on earth we are serious about demonstrating the fact that we’re not on earth, that we’re living in spiritual consciousness in our Christhood, and to that end we have made … oh, this will be talk number 10, and these talks have not been released to the public. This group of talks has not been released to the public, and so they have no idea what we’re doing. Even the website, Mysticalprinciples.com does not have a link to these talks. We are the only people that have heard them, and these talks point out principles that we should be living by, not principles that we should be discussing or principles that we should be pondering, although it doesn’t hurt a little bit to take it into meditation and ponder it that way, but not principles to be thinking about in the mind, but principles to be living.
These are the principles that Christ lives, and so if you would attain Christhood you must practice these principles such as leave your nets, which is leaving your trappings of humanhood, and such as surrender and surrendering to Christ consciousness. Such as to him that hath it shall be given, which is realizing that the only way to demonstrate your Christhood is by giving it away. So these are principles. All of these are principles, and we’ve had 8 principles, and 2 from older talks, so 10 principles. This is principle #10, and it’s going to be called Spiritual Alchemy, which means effecting a transition or a transformation through spiritual means. Now just to refresh your memory, let’s look at something from the Bible. I’ll get it … I’ll be right back.
And the first scripture goes like this:
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. [Whom Lord God had formed].
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
So, what we have here is someone called Lord God forming itself, and what do we know about Lord God? Lord God forming things out of dust, which is a way of saying forming things out of atoms, which is a way of saying forming things out of thought, which is a way of saying making mental images.
Lord God here is the mind, world mind! So we might as well read it how it is, which would be: And the world mind formed man of the dust of the ground, and the world mind planted a garden and brought forth the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
That’s the world mind making mental images.
Images of a personal life … your life if you’re living as a person right at this moment. If you’re John Smith or Doris Brown, and you’re thinking in terms of how much money you have in the bank and what you need to pay next week out of your funds, how much you will have left, or if you’re thinking about … well, I’m approaching 60 years. I’ve probably got about, oh, 12 or 20 left. Or if you’re thinking about … I’ve been pretty nice to that person, so I’ve got a pretty good relationship going and … if you’re thinking in terms of a personal life, or making you’re thinking I’ve been mean and I need to make an amends and say I’m sorry and get some flowers and candy and make up … you’re thinking in terms of your personal life.
In other words, you’re standing in the midst of this garden where world mind is forming out of the dust of the ground your entire existence. And it’s all taking place in your mind. You’re standing in the mind. Actually, it’s not your real mind, but it’s the world mind. It’s the mind thinking about the world, the world mind. Or you might prefer … the mind about the world, or the mind about the world’s business.
If you’re standing in that mind and you’re living that personal life, well I can tell you without a doubt I can prophecy that you’re going to run out of your money, you’re gonna run out of your strength, and you’re going to mess up your relationships. You’re going to end up bankrupt. In fact, the very world mind that forms these things out of the dust of the ground or out of atoms or out of mental images and convinces you that there’s evil and good in this creation, this very world mind is going to kill you.
And that’s what you have in the second chapter of Genesis.
Ah, but those of us in this group, we’ve decided … we don’t want to live in that universe. We know, we suspect, we have felt another universe, another Self, another life, or at least the possibility of another life. And so we turn to the first chapter of Genesis and the real creation, and this is the creation formed out of Consciousness, out of Christ consciousness, out of God consciousness. This is the real creation. And if you’re standing in this creation, you probably should be making some talks, and I’d like to hear ‘em. Because this creation was formed not by a world mind, a mind about the world, a mind concerned with the world. This creation was formed by God out of Itself. And it says:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. That means God created the invisible, but also the forms as which that invisible appears.
… And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. That’s the very first, very first thing – Let there be light. And so God expressed as light as the very first and real creation, and you, your identity, is in fact that light.
[And] God called the light Day …
[And] the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
I love this. This is the experience that I have every time I have a successful meditation. Every single time I have a successful meditation … every single time you have a successful meditation … you are standing in the first day of creation. You are witnessing the real creation because there is an experience within where the Spirit of God moves upon face of the waters. It’s a real experience. You become conscious of its movement. And if you stand there and don’t try to do anything other than behold this creation, it will form itself as your experience, and it will appear as forms.
It will appear as companionship. It will appear as supply in every form. Not just money. Money is one of millions of forms of supply. Standing outside on a summer day and having a cloud cross in front of the sun and giving you shade while you’re plowing your garden, and the shade cools you for a moment and there’s a little breeze – that’s supply too. The air that you breathe. Finding yourself in the right place at the right time. Trying to remember – where did I read that principle that Joel was talking about? Which book is it in – and reaching on your bookshelf and pulling down that book and opening it just anywhere and landing right on the principle you were considering. That’s supply. See, we tend to think of supply as money, and that’s so horrible to think of that that way.
Supply is every infinite form as which this light appears.
So – the Spirit of God moved over the face of the deep, the face of the waters. And God said let there be this and God said let there be that,
And [finally] God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over [everything].
[And] so God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
But I think they changed that. I think it was male and female created he him. Anyway …
And God blessed them, and … said … Be fruitful, and multiply … and have dominion …
Now you see what’s happening here in this first real creation?
God is expressing as light, and that light is forming itself as man and every perfect thing.
The entire earth, the real earth, the plants, the animals, the stars, the rivers, the lakes, the mountains, the deserts, the snow, the rain, the sun – and that light expressed as your being is given dominion – dominion over this creation. But what does dominion mean now? Dominion doesn’t mean that you move into the creation of Lord God and have dominion and start pushing things around and forcing your will, does it? No.
What does dominion mean? Dominion means God has given you the ability to enter your temple, your spiritual temple of the Most High, stand ye still and see the salvation of God.
Stand ye still and behold that perfect first creation as it expresses.
You are able to go within that temple, rest, and behold the Spirit moving over the face of the waters. And then with no idea whatsoever how that will form itself, you are able to get up from your meditation, do that work which is in front of you to do, and behold the light appearing as form needed in your experience or anybody’s experience who turns to you.
This is called spiritual alchemy. This is so far beyond living in a world mind creation that it’s called not human life anymore. It’s called Christhood. And it is what you are called to do as a serious student that wishes to experience Christhood. Now in this book Leave Your Nets Joel says it like this:
Reach into [the] deep pool [within] and feel the abundance, the gentleness, and the power of … [the] spirit, and let it flow; and when it flows it will come out as in a mold.
Now we can get down to brass tacks, and we can say intellectually that … well, God and the light really does not form itself into a mold. God, the light, just moves over the face of the deep and the mind interprets that as a mold, and that’s fine if you want to go there, but I’m not doing that today. I’m just pointing out the difference in the two creations and the difference in where you must stand and which life you must live and I must live.
I have said I want to demonstrate Christhood now, here, this time around and stop fooling with humanhood. That means instead of standing in this personal life and using my money and my supply and my health, my companionships, and moving this around and trying to succeed and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and trying to turn evil into good and now I’m sick so I gotta get well, so I go to the doctors. I get that going good. Ho, hey … here comes a bill I didn’t think of. Now my supply’s upset. I gotta pray some more principles … blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Trying to improve a personal life.
No. It’s time we stopped that. I mean STOP IT! Who are you fooling? Stop living a human life. Quit … at least when you catch yourself, STOP IT! But it’s much easier if you go to this inner temple and practice meditation several times a day. It only has to be for a minute or two, but it has to be long enough to make the contact, which means so you can stand still and see and behold the first chapter of Genesis, that spiritual creation happening live, right now. We behold the light forming itself or the light shining which later appears as form. So he says:
Reach into this deep pool and feel the abundance, the gentleness, and the power of that spirit, and let it flow; and when it flows, it will come out as in a mold. That mold may be money, home, companions, forgiveness, justice, mercy, kindness, or benevolence; but do not attempt to pour spirit into a mold, do not attempt to provide a mold in which to hold it.
Yes, the age of going within to demonstrate an automobile or a new job or a new partner or a new spouse or a new wife or a new husband or a new friend … that is over. Or even a new lung … that’s over. It’s over.
We go as the son of God. We go as the child of the spirit of God, and that child lives always, says Joel, and says our experience and says Christ – that child lives always as a beholder. You’re beholding the spiritual creation of Genesis. You thought Genesis was way back there in history somewhere far, far back, didn’t you? It’s not! Genesis is taking place in your consciousness the moment you drop out of humanhood and stand ye still. Stand fast and behold. Behold, I. I come quickly. That’s Genesis, and it’s an experience going on now in our consciousness – those of us in this group that are reaching or resting and beholding Christ. So he says:
Go to this pool, this infinite pool of joyous substance; [and] commune; feel it as it fills your consciousness, as it circulates within your being. [And] By this I do not mean a physical or an emotional feeling [when I say feel it], he says, but [I mean] an inner awareness of the divine. That is all! That is seeking the kingdom of God, and then the things, [the so-called things] are added …
But remember, it’s still – I’m telling you now – these are my words – it’s still the kingdom of God. It’s only appearing as things. You have the invisible spiritual creation, vibrant, alive. He calls it a pool. I like … the spirit moved over the face of the deep … so the face of the deep is a deep pool, I guess. But to me it feels like a deep universe. Anyway … it doesn’t matter what you call it. What matters is you become aware of it and its movement within you, and you can’t become aware of its movement if you’re thinking. You can only become aware of your thoughts about it, but to become aware of its movement, you must be still. And if you can’t do this, then you need to go back and read things like The Art of Meditation and Practicing the Presence and get this ability to meditate.
You must have this ability to meditate. It’s vital in order to demonstrate or to behold the Christ. You can’t do it just closing your eyes and mumbling a few words and standing there quiet for a moment. You must have this consciousness, what he calls an inner awareness of the divine. That is seeking the kingdom of God. And then the things are added because he says it pours itself forth, not as ephemeral nothingness or substance, but in molded form, and the mold is always fulfillment.
When supply of whatever name or nature comes out of the depths of [that pool of that] I, that spirit, that consciousness, out of the depths of … [that] Soul, when your life is lived in that … dimension of … spirit, there is never just barely enough, and … never too much. There is bounty, abundance, affluence, … because everything comes as the gift of God, and is meant for your use.
How can you know if you’re living in this dimension? When your entire vision is on your devotion and service to God and your expectancy is of God. Not of man, but of God. And when you understand that only in his Presence is fullness, only in the presence of this movement of Spirit is fullness. Not in the presence of a person or in the presence of a bank account. Only in this presence is the fullness of life and the ability to live, move, and have your being in that inner consciousness and that inner awareness … well, that’s how you know you’re living in this dimension.
And so in this Leave Your Nets in the chapter Inasmuch as Ye Have Done it Unto One of These the Least, he tells us how to bear witness to the first creation, the real creation which happens now. It’s a present thing! There no past in God. If God’s spirit moved over the face of the deep, then God’s spirit is moving over the face of the deep right now. And if you attune yourself with it within, you will behold that spiritual creation. Otherwise, if you can’t do that, then you’re going to have to go ahead and live your human life and have your three-score years and ten or twelve and … and die. And come back and live a human life again and experience the futility of it and turn within and say, “Oh God, isn’t there an answer?” and you’ll be directed at that time to the spiritual way of life and maybe you’ll take it up then.
Now … which creation do you want to live in? Which creation do you want to stand in? Which creation do you want to behold? You can struggle. I’ve done it! You can go out and get an education. I have degrees. I know how hard it is to get them. I’ve done it, been there, done that, and you can apply for a position and work yourself up into management. I’ve done that too. And you can try to save some money and put it away for future use, and you can direct your life in that way, and gosh – there’s so many things you can do now online. You can go to matchmakers.com or Christianmingle.com or whatever.com and find yourself the perfect mate that matches you perfectly, and you can go down to the local gym and you can get on an exercise program, and you can go ahead and get your body into perfect shape for your age, and the very next minute you can drop over dead and leave that all stuff unfulfilled.
That’s the nature of the human world mind creation, the personal creation, personal life. That’s the nature of it. It’s always a matter of turning evil into good, and it’s never ending! It goes on forever until it kills you. You have a brief vacation, and then you try it again. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired. I don’t want to continue to do that.
I want to see the living Christ and this perfect creation manifest itself and appear as form.
Not by telling it what I need, not by sitting down to try to demonstrate a thousand dollars, but rather sitting down with my attention completely focused on how do I experience this awareness of spirit within? And how do I rest in it with no desire of any kind, but simply an openness, a receptivity? A love really.
I can tell you there are times when I feel its movement that I can only say … I just feel within my being … I love you. I love you. It just bubbles up. I love you. And yet, I tell myself sometimes you’re so silly. You know this is your true identity, so you’re telling yourself that you love you? And yet, I still can’t help it. And sometimes I feel the Infinite say, “I love you” back. And sometimes I see it demonstrate that love.
And so there’s a love that flows back and forth, and sometimes I’m higher than that and I know there’s only I, and it’s a deep pool of Is’ingness, of Is’ing.
But it doesn’t matter. The point is that you go within whatever level you’re on and develop that ability to be still until you make contact, which is a funny way of saying until you come into the awareness and have the awareness of the living creation of Genesis happening right here, right now.
Now in his book Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture Joel Goldsmith has a couple of really beautiful things to say in his chapter near the back, which says: The True Sense of the Universe, which is another way of saying the true universe, because see, he lived in this spiritual creation. He didn’t live in a personal human sense of life, and he tried to lay down the principles as I am doing … trying to do … lay down the principles by which you and I could attain or rest back into this same sense of universe. So in this chapter he says something that you’ve probably heard … but see it in a new light.
God is the divine Reality of individual being. To avail oneself of the harmonious government of this Principle, [or the forms], it is necessary to drop all thought of human persons and conditions; lose all desire to improve humanhood …
You see, because the real creation cannot move into that personal sense of life, into that world mind creation. It can’t do it! They’re never joined ever! But rather, the world mind creation is dropped, and standing in the stillness you see these new forms appearing, and they’re not a part of the world mind. But he says that over here. He says:
… drop all thought of human persons and conditions; lose all desire to improve humanhood and let the Inner Self reveal [reveal] in Silence the harmony, wholeness and joy of real Being.
See, you become aware of Spirit. Now, he says:
[That which] Soul power – [or] that which we contact within ourselves – results in what appears to be [forms – ] health, harmony and wealth, but – now listen – these are not the same as that which is attained through attempts to improve [humanhood]. The harmony in our affairs which results from our contact [within] with our Inner Self, [our Spirit] or Soul, is the manifestation or expression of Spirit, [or spiritual consciousness], Life; and [this]is the “added things” which come naturally from the realm of real substance. [Then]Finite sense beholds these “added things,” or spiritual reality, as … material sense, or “things” and “person[s].” Well, that’s what we said before. [But] Spiritual harmony is not attained by seeking persons, things or conditions, …[we must take] no thought for these and seek[ing] only contact with the divine Reality …
All right, so on the next page he says:
Developing a sense of receptivity; learning to silence the senses – which is the tools that world mind or mind about the world uses – and gaining the ability to listen for “the still, small voice” … or feel the movement of Spirit … these are just words. The experience is the same. – this is the Way he says. Human thoughts – even good ones – will not help. So all your thoughts about spiritual subjects will not help.
It must be the conscious awareness of the movement of Spirit … or the still, small Voice … or the Presence of God. The terms he used are so unimportant. The awareness is what’s the important thing, ‘cause your awareness of the movement of Spirit, of the action of Christ – that awareness is what forms itself as this new creation.
So, he says:
It is a silent state of receptivity in which the Christ or Spirit of God is manifest as our individual consciousness. It appears principally as a “feeling” of the Presence, and [it] dispels the illusion[s] of sense for oneself or another.
In other words, this movement within yourself once felt, consciously realized … the conscious awareness of it within you … melts anything that the world mind, or mind about the world is doing. It just melts it and reveals new forms in its place. So … one more time. This is like the other chapter which I love so much, The New Horizon in the book The Infinite Way, because he says here:
… as soon as you have conquered the desire to heal or improve the material sense [or the world mind sense] of existence, the spiritual or real begins to reveal itself and unfold itself to you.
You see, you witness the birth of creation, the spiritual creation in your consciousness, and then it appears as new forms. Now listen!
Do not take lightly what I am saying. This is the Great Revelation; this knowledge will clarify for you the Master’s statement, “My kingdom is not of this world”; it will reveal to you the secret of John the Revelator, who beheld the universe which is not made with hands, – You see? – but which is eternal, as Consciousness appearing; Spirit unfolding; Soul revealing … .
In other words, the spiritual creation of Genesis 1. Now, now you understand – “My kingdom is not of this world.” Yes … yes. The spiritual creation, consciousness, the Light moving over the face of the deep, Spirit flowing appears as form, and that is not world mind, mental images appearing as form. One is a false sense of existence taking place only in the mind, and it’s a nothingness, and it doesn’t last. Very, very temporal, or temporary. But the spiritual creation keeps flowing and flowing and flowing and forming itself until your total existence is that of Christ consciousness, that of one who stands watching the Spirit form itself. Now he says to you:
The life of material man, the life of [material]… tree [or] … flower … [or] … animal [or mountain or lake or sunset] – this is not eternal Life; it is not the manifestation of the Life … [of] God; [It is not the manifestation of the spiritual consciousness]. It is a false, finite, mortal sense of life. [So] Do not attempt to patch [it] up … [but] … turn [away] from it and with your … [new] consciousness discern the Life …[of] God; “feel” through your cultivated spiritual sense … [the] divine energy of Spirit; become conscious in the Silence of your Soul … Let … divine harmonies appear as you disregard the evidence of sight and hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling.
Believe me – says Joel. Believe me – please believe me – this is the secret of secrets. This is Life eternal to know this truth. Truly Kings and Emperors would give their thrones could they but [know] … this one truth … and again, for the third time in this chapter he finishes by saying:
Only to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear can this vision become a living, vital Presence [within]. Only those who have heard what is said by “the still, small voice” and seen what is visible to the “windows of the Soul” can discern “the temple not made with hands” – [or] the universe of God’s creating.
Now over here he said: … John the Revelator, who beheld the universe which is not made with hands, but which is eternal … That’s what we’re doing as Christ. We no longer are standing in a personal sense of world mind and living that existence. We have come out, and we are coming out, and we are standing, resting beside this stream of consciousness, and we are beholding the original creation happening here, now, in this instant within. We are beholding a universe not made with hands, not made with world mind. Made by spiritual consciousness.
This inner vision, this spiritual consciousness, the Soul-sense, comes only in proportion [–in proportion –] as we accept and realize [this]… great secret: – one more time – the life of material man, plant or animal is not the … Life [of] God; it is … finite sense – the manifestation of mortal, material sense. Or world mind. This false sense of life must be put off, disregarded, [and] unvalued, in order that [we may stand still and] the real Life and its … [forms] may become evident and experienced.
And so that’s why we’re calling this talk today, we’re calling it Spiritual Alchemy, because … well … hang on a second. Let’s look this up in the dictionary.
Alchemy: A speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold. A power or process of transforming something common into something special. An inexplicable or mysterious transmuting.
You see – alchemy, spiritual alchemy, is taking this world mind, personal sense existence and transforming it into that spiritual creation appearing as forms. Be ye renewed, or “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Be ye transformed into that first chapter of Genesis, the spiritual creation, or Christ consciousness, by stepping out of a personal sense, a world mind, mental image existence. Even if you do this only for minutes out of each hour, it will become slowly, it will transmute, transform your entire existence. And Joel says there comes an exact moment, an exact minute, an exact time when It takes over and lives Itself. Then you have attained Christhood, and Christ liveth your life.
Now, Joel attained this. I can show you in his book. It’s not handy … yes it is … let’s see. In his book Consciousness Transformed, which is the same thing we’re talking about here, transforming consciousness from world mind to Christ consciousness. In that book he says: It’s not easy to stop seeing human beings, but I finally made it.
He made it. He made it. He stepped out of the mind which sees human beings and found the inner temple not made with hands which beholds Christ everywhere, which beholds that spiritual creation. He made it. And I can hear Rumi – the mystical poet, who was Muslim and who had a love affair with God in most of his poems – I can hear Rumi saying: The two worlds have become One. I made it! He was transformed. And Paul with his declaration: Ah, now I’m no longer blind. “I live, yet not I. Christ liveth my life.” And so he made it.
And so for those of us 15 who have gathered together – for some reason we have been led to this group – I did not seek a single one, but either the person asked me if I was going to start a group or the person’s name came to me as someone I should send an invitation. But I didn’t think up any of ‘em myself. Those 15 of us who are serious students who want to live as Christ consciousness must go within and become beholders of the Spirit as it moves over the face of the deep, as it moves over the waters.
And then we will behold in the minutes, hours that follow the living Spirit appearing as form, and that form always has exactly what you need because it always comes as fulfillment. And fulfillment for me might be where I am now, which is in the mountains and listening to the silent snowflakes falling. But fulfillment for you might be sitting next to the ocean and hearing the waves. And fulfillment for someone else might be walking out into the night sky in the desert and seeing billions of stars. But it will always come as fulfillment and in an infinite yet individual way.
But it won’t come if you’re running your own life. It won’t come if you’re living a personal sense of self. It won’t come if you’re planning and you’re plotting.
Now I’m not saying that going to school and getting an education is bad. I’m not saying that. I’m saying that if you live by this inner dimension, It will direct your paths. In all thy ways acknowledge It, and It will direct thy paths. So if you’re led to move into the academic world and attain a degree, it will be for Its purpose, not yours. It will manifest. Always It.
Now I have found that I gave up seeking any kind of a relationship. I just quit seeking, and as soon as I quit seeking, I had a vision in my inner temple of Mary Magdalene, and I didn’t know what that vision meant. But within days of that or weeks I met my wife, which is Madalyn, and she was named after Magdalene, and we’ve been together for 23 years and walking the same road. We both serve God and have God first before each other. And that’s why it works so well. And it works on every level. It works emotionally, physically. It works spiritually. In every level we match. And that was only after I gave up looking and according to her, in her story she was on her knees saying: “God, I can’t pick the right person, so I give up.” And then we were brought together, but that was Consciousness appearing as form. That’s why Joel says these are permanent then. These are not things that come and go like these mental images that world mind creates.
And so I invite you, all of you in this group, to step out of humanhood and find that inner place where you can be still enough to bear witness, to behold God’s infinite spiritual creation of the first chapter of Genesis, Consciousness appearing as perfect form. And this, too, is living as Christ, and this you must do. Thank you, and I love you – and God be with you as you practice Christhood.
Good morning, my friends.
I don’t know if today’s talk is going to be very long or not. It may be just only 15 minutes. I don’t know.
I wish I could just close my eyes, get that feeling of the Presence of the Christ, feel that inner humming, and transmit that through this talk. And then there would be nothing to say, because that’s the whole purpose of The Infinite Way is to bring the seeker to that point of contact, and then in a moment of resting, in a moment you think not, to that experience called communion, union with the I with God.
I don’t know how it is for you, and I might have mentioned this before, but if I didn’t I’ll say it now. There are some things that I hear, some things that I read, and even some things that come to me as a thought that stop me in my tracks. They short circuit my thinking. It comes to a stop. I don’t do it. I don’t even try to do it. But my thinking comes to a stop, and there’s an inner feeling that goes with it, and the only way I can describe it is an inner vibration, and I don’t mean a physical vibration either. It’s a spiritual vibration. It’s a high humming. It’s like when you take a pitchfork and you tap it and there’s that hum. And that’s the way this feels.
Something comes into my awareness … the written word, the spoken word … which is the word of God. I might read it or hear it or think it or receive it within, but when it comes there is this inner, there’s this moment of silence in which an inner vibration is felt. A hum, a spiritual humming. Not a noise. No … yet a hum. And I know that I must be still because there’s something about this that is going to be revealed.
And so when I say to you that some of these scriptures haunt me, I mean that they set up this feeling, and I know that there’s more to be revealed, and I must be still and let it come forth. And it may come forth in the next 5 minutes, 5 days, or even 5 months. I haven’t had one take 5 years like Joel did when he said he sat in the airport and received the words “Beyond Words and Thoughts” and wrote it down and wrote a little paragraph and nothing else came for 10 or 12 years. I haven’t had one like that. But sometimes … well, I’ve had many, many that come within a few days or a few minutes or a few hours.
And there’s two words that do that to me, have always done that to me. I can see them, I can read them, I can hear them within, and I have that inner vibration, and I know that they are from Christ. And those two words are “hidden manna.” They come from the Revelation of St. John 2:17, and it goes like this:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna …
There’s a lot there. That’s only half of the sentence, but in that half we have: He that hath an ear – That means if you’re able to be still within, if you’re able to listen, not with your mind, not with your physical ears, but on a higher level – if you’re able to listen, you’re able to be still and let it be revealed, then the Spirit says to you: To him that overcometh – if you will overcome – I will give you hidden manna.
And what is it that you are to overcome? Well, of course it’s not out here, but it’s within, and it’s everything must be laid aside so that you can stand there as an opening, a pure opening and receive something called hidden manna.
Now, this does not have anything to do with overcoming your bad habits. I mean, maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking or to stop eating meat or to – I don’t know –whatever your current beliefs are as a human. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to stop being so critical of your family members and friends or to save money. In one way or another you made a promise to yourself to try to overcome something, and well I recently made kind of a small promise to myself that if time allowed I would walk every other day at least a mile, and I’ve been keeping to that, except when it’s raining so hard I can’t walk outside without getting soaked. And in fact today I walked for a mile and then came back home and meditated and read a little and meditated again before starting this talk.
But all those are external, and as you know by now, the entire spiritual path is internal because you live in your state of consciousness which is within. So this ‘to you who overcome’ means something internal.
Now there’s another scripture which is Matthew 4:18, and it goes like this:
… Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And he saith unto them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
And they straightaway left their nets, and followed him.
Now, if you have an inner ear and you read this, perhaps you’ll see what I see, which is that Christ walking by the sea of Galilee means on the edge of your consciousness … sitting on the well as it were … sees two brothers, Simon and Andrew, Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother. Now that’s your body and your mind casting a net into the sea. You’re trying with your body and you’re trying with your mind to reach this Presence in your consciousness, and you’re failing. Affirmations and denials … they no longer work. You’re struggling with the letter and it doesn’t work. But there’s Christ on the edge, knocking. Says to you, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Or I will give you hidden manna. And in this analogy here, they straightaway left their nets, and followed him.
And there’s a book out which Joel said in the Kailua study series not very many people bought. It was not very popular among students, and he could tell that by its lack of sales. And his book is called Leave Your Nets, because that’s what Christ says to you. If you would overcome and receive the hidden manna, then you must leave your nets.
And your nets are nothing to do with the external. Your nets are your material sense of existence and your mental sense of existence. These must be laid down in order to receive the hidden manna, and now I will tell you what hidden manna means. It means for you to receive a new Self, a new Self, not physical, not mental, a spiritual Self, Christ. Listen to the rest of this quote in Revelation. Listen to the rest of the sentence:
He that hath an ear, – can you hear me calling? – let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; Listen, listen. Christ within you has something to say. To him that overcometh – if you overcome, if you lay down your material sense of existence and your mental sense of existence, and you stand there naked, [I will give you] to eat of the hidden manna, – That is, something else will begin to flow as your very Self, and [I will give you] a white stone, and in the white stone there’s a new consciousness.
No longer a material sense coupled with a mental sense. No longer Simon and Andrew. No. I will give you a new consciousness, and in the stone a new name written, – That new name is a new nature, a new being, a new Self. I will give you a new Self which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
No … no one with their material sense of self, their physical sense of self, or their mental sense of self can detect this invisible hidden Self. No one can detect it.
Okay … so now let’s read it again and see if you can see it now what’s being said in one sentence. Revelation 2:17:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
And so in this book Leave Your Nets speaking of leaving the material sense of self – physical sense of self, and the mental sense of self which are both in the mind, in this world mind, counterfeit self – if you give up that self and you stand there willing to be silent, not knowing what’s going to happen next, using no affirmations and no denials, simply saying, “Father, reveal the Self,” and standing still – if you do that you will receive the hidden Self. It will begin to flow. It will begin to take over. It will begin to be you.
And in this book Leave Your Nets by Joel there is a chapter, chapter 5 called Hidden Manna. And he has something to say about this hidden manna. And remember, this entire book was written so that those that are advanced past the letter and are ready to live by Spirit, by Christ, can leave their nets, can leave their humanhood and put on immortality and behold Christhood, the ascension of Christ. And so in this chapter he says:
You will not be able to enter the presence of God carrying your burdens with you. That means carrying your humanhood or your material sense or your mental sense, your affirmations, your denials. Anything by might or by power. None of that will help. You will not come into the presence of God carrying with you any desire for God to do something, be something, or get something for you. That’s very important, because if there’s a “you” going to God, that’s the “you” that has to die. And die standing still. And die right there so that you may be a beholder, a witness to Christ coming out of the tomb, the hidden manna. Says Joel:
There has to be a purification of all human desires in the realization of his grace. You must consciously make the sacrifice of everything external; you must surrender the past and [surrender] the future. Surrender every desire for person, place, thing, circumstance, or condition – even your hope for heaven.
The presence of God is within you, and it must be consciously realized, but it will never be realized by anyone who desires God for any purpose other than the realization of God itself. Everyone who has sought God and missed the way has missed it because he has sought God for a reason: for a healing, for supply, [for a] home, [for] happiness, or for some other thing. God cannot be attained that way. God can be attained only in one way: through a complete surrender of everything … Consciously let go … “I do not want to live by bread alone. I want my life to be lived ‘by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” Then you will receive the hidden manna.
Now this hidden manna, this white stone upon which is written a new name, this Christ – all these are terms. All these are concepts in the mind, and so throw them out. You are not allowed to bring any of these concepts inside. You are not allowed now, you who have decided to really leave your nets, are no longer allowed to live by concepts. You must find this hidden manna, this new Self, and if you have learned how to practice contemplation, if you learned how to do that maybe several years ago, maybe just last year – if you learned how to contemplate until you reach the place where the mind stopped all by itself and momentarily you were silent, and into that vacuum rushed the Presence and you felt something, what you felt was just a whisper of this hidden manna. Now the time has come for you to die. To lay down your life and to allow this hidden manna, this new stone, this new name to be revealed right here, right now. This new Self, this invisible Self, will live your life and make it its own life so that there is no longer a human being and a Christ presence, but only a Christ presence living Itself.
You said you agreed with The New Horizon that above this sense-life is a realm of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God, and you said you wanted to be the child of God, that you wanted to live above this sense-life in the realm of Spirit. “My ways are not your ways,” says God, and none of your ways will work now. And so … leave your nets. Leave ‘em, all of ‘em. First here in your inner chamber. Here, right here in your inner chamber is the place to practice this principle, the principle of leave your nets. Throw them down. Let them go. Hands off! No physical self. That’s a concept in the mind. Whose mind? Not this new Self, not the mind that is in this new Self. No … this is world mind. Concept is in the world mind. It’s a universal concept. It belongs to no one, and so … drop it.
And what about this mind that has all these concepts, this universal mind thinking thoughts about a world, about a structure, a structural universe. This mind also belongs to no one. It belongs to no one. And so … drop it.
Now there’s no physical self. There’s no mental self. There’s no self here. There’s only a vast emptiness inside, a quietude, a silence.
Stand ye still and see and receive the hidden manna, a new Self, an invisible Self, an infinite Self. Receive ye the Holy Spirit. Not for any reason, not for any purpose. Just to rest in My Spirit. Just rest in it. You don’t even have to know what it’s doing. I have ways ye know not of. Rest. Behold I, your new Self. Feel your new Self. Listen … your new Self utters Itself.
You may feel this inner hum, this inner vibration. You may hear my voice say, “It is I, be not afraid.” You may feel the Spirit moving over the face of the deep, but it is I, your new Self. Stand, stop, still.
I go before you to prepare a place for you, a consciousness for you, a body for you, a Self. Leave your nets and follow My guidance, My Spirit. I have come that you might have life, a new life, a hidden manna, a new Self, a Self that is everlasting.
Yes, to you who overcomes, to you who lays down a false sense of life, I will give you a new Self, a new consciousness, a new name. This is the initiation you waited for, you asked for, you prayed for. Now stand aside, and I will give you a new Self called Christ. And I, if I be lifted up in you, I will draw everything needed throughout eternity. This is the hidden manna, which no one knows except for you who receives your new Self.
No longer must you be concerned about a personal human self. There is none.
No, your only concern is to come here again and again to drop the nets, to turn within, to be still, be silent. No desires. Only a witness, as I, your new Self, reveal your Self to you. And I flow forth and reveal to you your new Self in hundreds, thousands, millions of ways. I am infinite. I can do this.
No … no human mind will ever understand the ways of God, and that human mind will give up and call them foolish. Foolishness! Who can receive a new self? Oh, come on! But to you who overcome in your inner chamber, in the silence, I give to eat of the hidden manna, your new Self lifted up. Now be still and feel the I.
And so my friends, if you do not have a copy of Leave Your Nets and you are serious about dying and being a witness to the birth of a new Self, your Self, the I … then it behooves you to get a copy of this book, Leave Your Nets, Joel S. Goldsmith. This is by Acropolis Books, and I think it’s $11.95. It was $11.95. It says here: Acropolis Books in 1998, so for $12 here’s a book on how you can completely leave your nets. I’d say that’s a perfect price, next to nothing. I suggest you get it, but you don’t read it the way you would read a novel. But before you open it, close your eyes and have a meditation and invite the Father to reveal your Self, and be still. Then open the book, begin at the first chapter, read the first paragraph slowly. See if you can see where it’s telling you how to die and how to awaken to your everlasting Self, your Self. And read along until you feel this inner humming, this inner vibration. Then stop.
There’s something there for you … Spirit is speaking. Look at it again. Now put it down. Now take it into meditation. Look at it a few times. I might say to myself “hidden manna.” What is that? Hidden manna. Father, reveal the Self. And then I am quiet. And something will come. Oh, I can’t say whether for you it’ll be the still, small voice or the inner higher vibration or the movement of Spirit across the waters or just your everlasting Self rising up, ascending. I can’t tell you how it will be for you, but I know that something will happen, and it will be your Self, your new Self, the hidden manna being revealed. And then you’re done. You’re done. Don’t go back and read anymore.
And then later in another meditation try it again. And if nothing comes, and if I sat down and said, hidden manna, hidden manna, and nothing new came, then I would open the book and continue where I left off, reading the next paragraph. Very slowly, looking … after my meditation … reading and looking … Where is this telling me how to die and how to awaken? Now … here. If you do that … well, I don’t see how you could get to the end of this book with all of that going on within before and after your reading … I don’t see how you could get to the end of this book with all of those inner experiences of your true Self and not be another Self. I just don’t see how you could do it.
So, if you don’t have a copy of this book, get a copy. If you do have a copy of this book, perhaps you might approach it the way I just suggested. Because this gives the precise instructions for leaving your material sense of self, your mental sense of self, dropping those nets, coming empty-handed and standing before the very altar of God, open, receptive, and bearing witness as the light of the Father shines, revealing to you a new everlasting Self.
As this Self begins to rise, you will find it much easier when confronted with a problem to no longer take thought, but like Joel, our friend, our teacher … you will be able to turn within with no thought, and this makes no difference whether you’re driving a car, swimming, watering the lawn, eating. Remember, he said sometimes it comes while eating? In the Kailua study series he said that? Your new Self will begin to express Itself without your asking, and in very strange and beautiful ways, just beautiful. You will become Christ consciousness.
People will reach out to you and before they get to the phone and before they write a letter, receive something from Christ. Because this new Self is an omnipresent Self, and as it rises higher and higher within you, you’ll find that while looking at the good things, the beautiful forest as I did this morning on my walk, or the beautiful little dog who likes to follow me from down the street on my walk and stays with me the entire walk … oh, half a mile one direction and half a mile back … and then goes back home. He just decided to join me, a companion. But I know this is God. Oh sure, it appears as the forest. It appears as the dog, but something in you will reveal this new Self in whatever direction you look, because there cannot be two. There can only be one, and I within you am that One.
And so, you will find that with no effort on your part, after a time, after a while practicing this within in your inner chamber, in your consciousness, it will begin to take over. Your new Self will begin living Itself, and when you look upon the errors, you will see one Self. When you look upon the appearance of good, also errors, you will see one Self. You will see one Self. You will have that experience of Paul. In that Self we live and move and have our being, and that one Self in us.“I am in the Father, and the Father in me.” Do you not know that, says the Christ? This is the truth of your new Self.
There are 12 people listening to these talks. Well now there’s 14. I expect 14 people to lay down their lives and sometime in the weeks and months to follow I expect … I fully expect there to be but one Self. One Self speaking, one Self hearing, one Self living, one Self being, and die that self.
I want you to know that it matters to me that you come into this awareness of your Self. Though I can’t do it for you, each and every one of you are lifted up in these meditations, and it is also my feeling that each and everyone are ready for this step. We may have studied only five or ten years, maybe even only two years, maybe 20, maybe 40 as in my case … but, this is not our first time. We have studied before and perhaps we just weren’t ready, and we turned like Lot’s wife back and turned into a pillar of salt. We turned back into a human.
Now, I feel certain each and everyone is ready. Leave your nets. You that have an ear … you hear what the inner Spirit says unto you now. To you who overcomes a material sense of self, a mental sense of self and stands still, I will give you to eat of the hidden manna. I will give you a white stone, a new consciousness, and in the stone a new name. A new Self I give unto you, which no one knows about except you that receive it. Come. Eat. The table is prepared for you. For you … I give you hidden manna. A new Self, Christ.
The subject for today, the principle of this talk is “No illusion is ever externalized,” and that’s a quote from Joel’s book A Parenthesis in Eternity and the chapter Reality and Illusion, which we’re going to cover this morning. And I feel it’s important, and I don’t know if you have the book, so if I read a lot of it, I apologize. I just don’t know any better way of getting the message across than to use the words that float out to describe the truth about reality and illusion.
All right, so let’s begin right at the beginning of the chapter. I have the book here. Mine’s all marked up. I don’t know how you do with your books, but mine get marked up. All right, now… the chapter is Reality and Illusion, and it’s very important because in it he explains that no illusion is ever externalized, and if you think of that, if you look at that, and again I repeat that some of these things really stick with me and they haunt me for a while, and that was one that did.
No illusion is ever externalized.
And the reason why it did is because so many times we hear the expression … well, this world is an illusion and this world is just not real and this world is a world of universal hypnotism and this world … but all the time that we’re saying that, we’re pointing to a world out here, and if we believe the statement which came through Joel that no illusion is ever externalized, then there is no world out here.
No world of illusion exists out here.
You’re not moving through a world of illusion, and if you see that illusion as taking place out here, you’ve missed the whole point. But he explains it better than I can, so let’s get into the chapter, and I’m going to stress parts of it. I didn’t want to stress it all, but as I read it again for the umpteenth time this morning, I found that I was underlining practically everything, so I’m sorry (chuckles). But we’re gonna look at this chapter. He starts right off with a bang. He says:
To recognize that we live in two worlds, the world created by the five physical senses and the world of Consciousness, is to bring ourselves closer and closer to illumination. Now, the five physical senses take place as we said in the brain, in the mind. So… to recognize that we live in two worlds, the world created by the [mind] and the world of Consciousness, is to bring ourselves closer … to illumination.
Now we have said that we’re going from the letter to the Spirit. Those are perhaps archaic terms, and so to put it in more modern scientific language, we are moving from the mind to Consciousness. And then he gives an example in our Bible. He says:
In the first chapter of Genesis, God made man in His own image and likeness, without any help from anyone. This pure spiritual birth, this immaculate conception, is God manifesting and expressing Himself and His qualities, Consciousness revealing Itself as form. This is [the] pure, unadulterated, spiritual creation, the immaculate conception of man and the universe, God, the infinite Life expressing Itself individually without any material forms, processes, or systems.
Now you notice he says up here one sentence before this that the first chapter of Genesis is Consciousness revealing Itself as form. Then in the very next sentence he says God expressing Itself individually without any material forms. And there we have the whole secret. There are two kinds of forms! There are two kinds of creation. There are two kinds of body. There are two kinds of whatever. One is the pure, immaculate, invisible form, and one is the forms as seen with the eyes and felt and heard and tasted and touched.
In other words, one is invisible form which you behold while you’re standing in Consciousness in that high mountain of transfiguration – you behold Consciousness formed. Or down here in the human mind you behold the mind and its many forms. You see? Which is why he gave us the Kailua talk, talk #8 I believe, on Flesh and Flesh. Yet, I will behold God in my flesh means in the invisible Consciousness formed. But all flesh is grass means the mental images.
And so no illusion is ever externalized. There is no illusory world out here. It’s all taking place in the human mind, and it gets worse than that. I told you these talks are uncomfortable.
So, in the first chapter of Genesis we see Consciousness formed. But …
In the second chapter of Genesis, God not only creates, but He miscreates, and because of His mistakes, He has to do it over and over again. … He “[forms] man of the dust of the ground,” [and] then, He brought forth woman from man’s rib, and finally He decided to bring [forth] man and woman … for the purpose of creation. … This man of earth, “the natural man” which is what the second chapter of Genesis is talking about, created by Lord God, which is mind, the human mind … is not under the law of God, [and] “neither indeed can be,” [in fact, it] is not a man at all: [it’s] a mythical creation of the human mind …
Now there you go. And so are you standing in the human mind, looking out and believing all these images are out there, or are you standing in Consciousness, beholding the one infinite spiritual body of God?
Now, let us turn the page. There’s nothing else underlined here. Let’s see …
If we could erase from our thought everything that we have [ever] heard or read about a person – We talked about this last week or the week before – If we could erase … everything [we’ve ever] heard or read – everything [and] every opinion that we ourselves have formed – and say, “Father, wipe all this away. [I’m] willing to start all over. Here’s a blank slate. Show me, Father. Show me this man as he is. Show me his … nature. Reveal him to me… If we could do that … we would find that by turning within with a listening ear, the truth would be revealed to us. In this way we would know him aright. The I of him would be born in us immaculately.
That’s how healings happen. Joel didn’t set out to heal. He set out to attain spiritual Consciousness, which is standing in Consciousness beholding the One. And when people came to him and said, “Would you help me please? I have a headache.” And he turned within and said, “Well, Father, I don’t know how … I can’t help anybody, and I can’t even change this picture.” So he stopped right there. Joel stopped, and in that silence, in that vacuum, in that listening he calls it, in that standing still in Consciousness he beheld and beholds the one infinite being. And that one infinite being and its form, because of his awareness of it, appears. And the person taps Joel and says, “Oh, thank you!” And Joel did nothing except stand still and behold.
And so, as we said a week or two ago: If you have love or fear or hate of anything in this world, then you’re loving or fearing or hating a mental image. Yes, even that includes your wife, your spouse, your partner, your husband, your children, your grandparents. Remember? And that’s kind of uncomfortable. That’s really uncomfortable. Yet, we are entertaining concepts which are within. No illusion is ever externalized.
All these people are not out there! I’m sorry! (chuckles). It’s true! No illusion is ever externalized. All of this is a creation of the human mind. Your entire world that you’ve been living in is taking place in the mind. You’ve never gotten outside of the mind unless through meditation you’ve stepped out briefly and you beheld the spiritual creation or Consciousness formed.
And so he recommends that you turn to God. Say, “I don’t know her. I don’t know him. Let me drop all those mental images now. What’s really here, Father? What’s really here? Show me. Reveal him, reveal her as they are.” And then in that stillness, if you attain that silence and the mind stops functioning temporarily, even briefly, only even for a glimpse, you will behold Consciousness formed, the first chapter of Genesis. See that? And so he says:
Are you beginning to see how much we all have accepted about God and about one another without any real knowledge? Or awareness, or recognition, or realization? All right … here we go …
The world that we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is the world the Master overcame, but [it’s] not a real world … Now you can’t say that and hang onto part of it. You can’t say, “well, it’s not a real world, but I like this. I’m gonna hang onto this part. I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s my best friend, and I like the way he does this and he does that, although he has some character defects which I don’t really like. You know, sometimes he overeats a little bit …” Now wait a minute! You can’t say this world is an illusion – hang onto part of it because you like it!
This is all or nothing. All or nothing. No illusion is ever externalized. So when he says here it’s not a real world … it’s a world formed by our sense impressions or by the mind … he is saying it’s in the human mind. There’s no world out here. It’s in the human mind.
What’s out here, what’s everywhere in and out is Consciousness formed. You’re standing in the kingdom, dreaming your life away in a this world that’s only internal and all the characters in it. Remember – this world is a stage and we’re all characters says Shakespeare? He wasn’t kidding. He wasn’t being just poetic. He was declaring the truth. ”Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Right? The world is a stage, and we’re all actors, all characters on the stage.
And so if you’ve fallen in love, isn’t that terrible to contemplate? Doesn’t it make you really squirm in your chair like it does me? If you’ve fallen in love, you have fallen in love with a mental image that isn’t even out there. Ah, but are you brave enough to face that and say, “Well, wait a minute now. Come on! I want to awaken. I want to awaken. Show me! Show me the truth, Father. What’s really here?” If you’re brave enough to do that, then … well … how did he put it? The I of them will be born in you immaculately. Which means you’ll have awareness of it. You’ll have feeling of it, and that is the eternal life that you can love forever.
Now, let’s read this paragraph uninterrupted, because I feel it’s important.
The world that we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is the world [that] the Master overcame, but it is not a real world: it is a world formed by our sense impressions, by the mind, by what we like or dislike at the moment. So it is that this world of the second chapter of Genesis, the world of a man created out of dust, [of a] woman created out of a rib, and [of] children created from the union of man and woman – this is not a world, this is a dream.
You can’t make it any plainer than that. You know, I don’t know how people read over these paragraphs in these pages in these chapters in these books and just go on down the street. I mean … it shocks the heck out of me! It makes my thinking stand still, which is what it was designed to do, I suspect. And in the stillness I have seen many things which eyes and ears have not seen. Now …
This world of sense impressions is not under the law of God.
Now doesn’t that make you kind of shake a little bit, kind of fearful? It did me the first time I saw it. Wait a minute, wait a minute! I’m living in this world created by the senses. I never get outside of my mind, and that world is not under the law of God. Anything can happen! Anything! I could get hit by a train tomorrow. Lightning could strike the top of my head. That person I love the most could die and never return. Yes, anything can happen. It’s a horrible dream. I don’t think it’s very nice.
Oh, there are nice parts to it. You can say, well, isn’t that rainbow lovely? Isn’t that bubbling stream nice? But tomorrow the rainbow becomes a hurricane or a tornado, and the bubbling stream becomes contaminated with ingredients spewing forth from a factory a mile away. Now, that’s not a world. Oh, and the woman that you love can run off with another guy. I mean … this is … you’re spending your whole lifetime … and I am spending my whole lifetime and all of us are spending our whole lifetimes believing that we’re living lifetimes!
And as he gets into this chapter, the whole point is to try to take one of the opposites and change it. Well, we’ll get into it in his words.
The world that we can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is not under the law of God, and yet this very world that we are living in, which is the kingdom, is under the grace of God when we see through the appearance to Reality.
And so I submit to you, here is the whole answer. All these books comes down to this. If you can see through the mind world and stand still, get out of that even for a moment, catch a glimpse of the world of Consciousness formed, of My kingdom of Spirit, of the Light, of the one Self, then you come under grace.
[So] In this world created by the senses, [the] unreal world of mental images, we are deceived by appearances because in “this world” … we are faced always with the pairs of opposites. [Unlike My kingdom] everything [in this world] has its opposite: up, down; health, sickness, life, death; wealth, poverty; good, evil; purity, sin; white, black; gain, loss.
There is nothing in the world of sense that does not have its opposite, and if we analyze [our] … experience , we will see that life is just a continuous effort – human life is just a continuous effort – to change one of the pairs of opposites into the other[s].
Haven’t you analyzed it? Haven’t you looked at this human life you were living and seen that you’re trying to change … you’re trying to get just enough supply or put away enough for retirement, and that’s trying to change lack into abundance. You’re trying to find the right partner, the right mate, the right spouse, right husband, the right wife, and that’s trying to change loneliness into companionship, or aloneness into companionship. Or you’re trying to go to the right doctor or find the right herbs or the right yoga positions or the right exercises or the right diet to make your health good, change it from bad health to good health. And we do this over and over and over. We try to find the right job. We try to find the right career. We try to find the right this, the right that, and always they’re changed from right to wrong. We’re in the middle of a job that we love and suddenly it gets worse. Somebody comes in there that becomes our supervisor that’s really horrible to work for. Now we have to leave that one and go looking again for the right … and a whole lifetime passes and – Bam! – 60 years are over. Ten or twenty more years, you’re dead.
You lived a whole series of mental images and never got outside and never stepped foot into My kingdom. Oh – you may have read about it. You may have read about it a lot, but you have no awareness of it. In the kingdom of God we not only do not have all these pairs of opposites, we do not have even one of them. We do not have life any more than we have death. Now, I think I’ve told you this, but if I did, I’ll repeat and if I didn’t, then listen.
In the kingdom of heaven we do not have life any more than we have death. Now you and I, we have been thinking in terms of the only life we knew, which is this individual human life. Right? And we read the words everlasting life, eternal life, and we think of this life going on, going forward. But in the kingdom of heaven we don’t have death, but we also don’t have life.
What? That’s right, that’s right. Well then, what is meant by the word everlasting life? What is everlasting life? This everlasting thing that is never changing, never changed, never born, never dying. It’s not alive, it’s not dead. What? Yeah … it’s not alive, it’s not dead. It’s something else. There’s a third choice. We don’t know what that is. We give it names. We say “being.” That doesn’t mean anything. What is it, Father. Reveal to me. What is this everlasting life? What is life? I don’t even know what that word means. You see? And I’m not gonna tell you what’s been revealed to me. You need to take that in your own meditation.
On the next page he says:
The kingdom of God is the realm of being. Isn’t that weird that I’m explaining things to you and it’s coming out exactly what’s next in the book, and I have no way of knowing. I didn’t memorize it. Anyway … The kingdom of God is the realm of being, … divine being – … not live being because life has its opposite, death; but being – possessing no degrees, amounts, quantities, or qualities. “The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” That’s another one that can haunt you. “The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” That means the bad weather, the bad relationship, the bad health, and the good health, the harmonious weather, the harmonious relationship, the harmonious supply – they’re both alike to thee who has seen through them. So he says:
In this world of the senses, there is good and evil, and there is [the] centering of attention on changing [the] evil into good. [But] In “My kingdom,” … we ignore the appearance [s] and seek to realize [spiritual] truth, to realize God’s grace, [and] God’s presence, [and] God’s power. The moment that we feel a conscious oneness with God, the appearance changes. [And now] To our human sense, the evil appearance now has a good appearance, [the] appearance of lack has an abundant appearance, [and] the sick appearance has a well appearance … But we are not fooled by the changed appearance. We know that in seeking the kingdom of God within, we are merely beholding Reality, or Consciousness formed. We are merely beholding Reality appearing. … We come face to face with God; [and] we see Him as He is, and we are satisfied with that likeness.
So you see, again and again and again what he did was not healing work. What he did was he shut out the senses. He created a vacuum. He said he has … in the Kailua study … he said I have a knack for resting. That means resting out of the mind and just waiting upon the Lord. Standing still in Spirit. Remaining silent and receptive to Consciousness. And then there’s the movement. Consciousness reveals itself, reveals Its form, and he said in the Kailua study, said Joel, I myself have beheld that spiritual form dozens and dozens of times. Remember? And catching the awareness of that, then the appearance changes and more of Reality, more of God appears.
Why? Because you live in your awareness. You’re not doing these tricks like waving a magic wand and healing somebody. You’re living in your awareness, and if you’re aware only of the mind and its images, then that’s what you see – good and evil. Sometimes good, sometimes evil. But if you’ve learned “not by might,” no physical effort, “nor by power,” no taking thought, but “by My Spirit,” by Consciousness revealing Itself, and if you’ve learned how to meditate according to the Kailua study series, chapter 10 and chapter 12, then you are beginning to catch glimpses of Consciousness formed. And when you catch glimpses of that … when you have awareness, not thinking or thoughts or ideas or theories … but outside of the mind, you catch a glimpse. You have an awareness of Consciousness, then it appears. And when you have awareness of only the mind and good and evil, then it appears.
You stand and you live and you move and you have your being in your awareness.
All right? So … now listen to this next part. This next part is so very important. This page and a half is the reason for this entire talk.
To understand the illusory nature of the finite world is to grasp the kernel of all mystical teaching … to understand the illusory nature and the fact that it’s not externalized … but if it is misunderstood, it can act as a deterrent to progress as it has in India which has one of the noblest spiritual heritages of any nation on earth.
Perhaps the greatest of all the Indian seers was Gautama the Buddha whose revelation of absolute truth was so profound that while there are other revelations equal to it, there are none which have surpassed it. [He] … had the full realization of the one [Self], … the one I which constitutes [the] Consciousness of the universe, and he [himself] understood and proved that the appearance-world is maya, or illusion. [And] Because of its fruitage, his message spread like wildfire across all of India.
Now the fruitage was his awareness appeared as harmonious being inside and out, his awareness of this. Like Joel, he had the awareness of the nothingness of the hypnotic mind, but he also had the awareness of the allness of Being, and resting in that awareness, people that came around him felt it and were lifted up, and some received healings and some received awareness themselves. And so the fruitage – that’s the fruitage. And because of [the] fruitage, his message spread like wildfire across all of India, but – listen to this, because many of us in The Infinite Way make this mistake:
… but his teaching of maya [or illusion] was [misunderstood]. The belief that the world is an illusion led to a do-nothing attitude, a passive acceptance of the evil conditions in the world. His followers failed to see [that it’s] not the world that is [illusion].
Before we do that, before we go there, I want to point out what he’s referring to. If you’ve ever seen pictures and photographs or talked to people from India and that part of the world who misunderstood Buddha’s teaching of maya and illusion, then you’ll hear such statements as, “Well, it’s just my karma. I can’t do anything about it. I guess it’ll just take 2 more lifetimes or 10 more, however many it takes for this karma to be lifted.” And so he says it leads to a do-nothing attitude, a passive acceptance of the evil conditions … and it does. I have a friend from India in Florida, another friend in Australia, and another friend – well, I call him a friend, but he’s the author of I Am That. I guess his name is … hmm … hang on a minute. I’ll look it up. I Am That, and his name is Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Anyway, he’s a mystic, and I have no doubt about the authenticity of his experiences because he explains things you can’t know unless you are experiencing I am That. But he also suffered from lung cancer because he chain smoked. He had a tobacco store, and he chain smoked, and he had cancer. And he says in there himself it’s just something the body’s going through and it’s no big deal. It’s an illusion … all the time talking about God and his very real realization of God. So you see, my friend in Florida, he does the same thing. He has a drinking problem. He also has deep experiences of God in his meditation, and his wife is saying, “You need to stop drinking! You have to stop. You have to take responsibility. You have to get a job. You have to do this. I mean … I’m supporting, I’m raising the kids.” And he’s going on with “Well, it’s just an illusion. It’s just an illusion. What’s the big deal? You should eat, drink, and be merry.” And then my friend in Australia says the same thing. This is an illusion. It’s just something the body is going through. It’s just karma. It’s the karma of the body. Don’t worry about it. You just attain your single focus on I am That.
Now – Joel says that’s a misinterpretation! He says that’s a misperception. So he says:
… his teaching of maya was misinterpreted. The belief that the world is an illusion led to a do-nothing attitude, a passive acceptance of the evil conditions in the world. His followers failed to see that it is not the world that is [an illusion]. The world is real … It has to be real. You’re standing in the kingdom. The world is real: the illusion is in the misperception of the eternal, divine, spiritual universe which is the only universe there is, and which is here and now.
You see that? Where is the illusion? Get this concrete! Get this … well, get this.
No illusion is ever externalized. Every time you catch yourself saying, “Well, that’s an illusion out there,” STOP IT! Correct yourself. No – this is mind. This is the human mind. I want to step outside of this. Father, what’s really here? You can ask that in your meditation. And when He reveals Himself, you’ll know that you’re standing in Consciousness formed in My kingdom. And so Joel says here:
Because of an illusory sense of [a spiritual]… universe,… the mortal scene appears as mortality with all its errors, whereas it is in reality [a divine kingdom], a divine universe. This world is God’s world; it is the temple of the living God; but when we see it with finite eyes and ears, … we see and hear … an illusory picture of the reality that is there. The illusion is in the mind that is falsely seeing the [kingdom as this] world: the illusion is never out in the world. An illusion cannot be externalized. An illusion is a deceptive state of thought, and it can take place only within a person’s mind, not outside [of] it.
He mentions also elsewhere that it’s taking place only in the human mind, and there’s only one human mind, and I’ll leave that with you to look at deeper. There is only one human mind.
Now, do you see the principle? No illusion is ever externalized.
I’ve done some work in mental hospitals because I got a degree in counseling, and I used to go into mental hospitals, some of the state hospitals. I’ve been to Camarillo in California and other places, and the people that are there really believe what they tell you. If you walk up and you say, “Hi. My name’s Bill Skiles and I’m a therapist. I’m gonna run a group today.” You might get somebody very nice sticking out their hand and saying, “Hi. My name is Napoleon Bonaparte,” and the other hand’s stuck inside of their shirt, you know. Or you might get someone saying, “Oh, that’s very good my child, and my name is Jesus.” Now they’re living in that delusion in their mind, are they not? Yes, they are. Now, but so are you! You thought you were well and healthy. Ha-ha! Surprise!
You’re just as insane, which is why we have to be restored to sanity. We have to have a spiritual awakening and awaken out of the insanity of the illusion. So, the illusion, pinpoint it where it is is in the human mind and the mental images. When we said last week this makes you uncomfortable when you ask how close is the world mind, only to discover the world mind has been your mind, and you’ve been living it and allowing it to live as you.
Ah, but now here comes this person doing all these healings and the message is spreading like wildfire, and you get a hold of it and what is this … what is this all about? And you discover first: “Hey, I can apply some of these principles and turn lack into supply, and I can turn loneliness into companionship, and I can turn ill health or sickness into harmonious physical health.” And you think that that’s the whole purpose of The Infinite Way. Ah, but then you dig deeper and the years pass, and maybe these principles stop working as Joel says in the original book, The Infinite Way. They stop working.
Let’s see if we can find that. Hang on … Yes, he says in Our Real Existence:
The advancing student will gradually relinquish his attempts to improve humanhood or to improve beliefs in order that [the]truth of spiritual existence may unfold in his consciousness. You see that? And he says in Putting On Immortality:
The first years of … [a student’s] search are devoted to overcoming discords and healing disease through prayer to some higher Power … The day arrives, however, when he perhaps discovers [that] the application of truth to human problems … does not “work” or does not work as it once did … Eventually, he is led to the great revelation that mortals [only] put on immortality … as mortality disappears – they do not add immortal spiritual harmony to human conditions.
You see that? So, the day eventually comes when you have the great revelation – and hopefully you’ve had it – that you cannot add Consciousness formed to this human life. You cannot add Consciousness formed to the mind’s images! Stop trying! It never was what it’s about. In fact, he says here in Our Real Existence:
There is a constant warfare between the flesh and the Spirit … and maybe you’re experiencing that … and this will continue as long as we entertain any degree of corporeal sense. That is, material forms. If you have any degree of material forms – if you still see a he, a her, an it, a corporeal creation, then you’re going to be involved in this warfare, and … The attempt to bring Spirit and its laws to bear upon material concepts constitute[s] this war,… peace can only come when the structural sense of … universe and the corporeal sense of man have been overcome.
And Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” And in the Kailua study series, Joel says he did it in one fell swoop. Yes, he did. He stepped out of the mind concept and beheld the glory of the father. Consciousness formed. Again and again and again. Perhaps you’re called upon to do healing work. That’s good, because that means that you will have the opportunity to behold Consciousness formed.
Now back to Reality and Illusion … we’re almost done with it in A Parenthesis in Eternity. He says … I’m gonna read this paragraph again. It’s probably the most important paragraph you’ll ever read on illusion.
Because of an illusory sense of the universe … the mortal scene appears as mortality with all its errors, whereas it is in reality a divine universe. This world is God’s world; it is the temple of the living God …
Now, that’s all that’s out here. So if you ever see anything other than the temple of the living God, other than Consciousness formed, you are living in an illusion in your mind, which is the only place illusion can be. So …
This world is God’s world; it is the temple of the living God; but when we see it with finite eyes and ears, what we see and hear is … [an]illusory picture of the reality that is [really] there. The illusion is in the mind … falsely seeing the world [or the kingdom]: the illusion is never out in the world. An illusion cannot be externalized. An illusion is a deceptive state of thought, and it can take place only within a person’s mind, not outside it.
With our human eyesight we see a world constantly changing … All [of] this is an illusory picture in the human mind, but because there is only one human mind, [it’s] an illusory picture in your mind and mine. [And] Such a world has no externalized existence.
And neither do any of the people in that world! Neither do any of the corporeal forms, the material forms. He says over and over there is no structural universe, and we nod our heads and smile. Isn’t that spiritual, isn’t that nice, and then go live in a structural universe! What’s going …. LISTEN! OPEN YOUR EYES! HEAR IT!
We are aware of the world through our senses, but what the senses cognize is illusion, an illusion not outside the mind but in it. [And] To be able to understand and grasp this idea … is also to be able to grasp the idea that this illusion cannot be corrected [out here] … [That’s] why … prayer fails. … people are trying to improve [an] illusion which – he says trying to improve or add God to our humanhood in The Infinite Way – … [They’re] trying to improve [an] illusion which, if they succeeded in doing, would still be an illusion except … it would be a good illusion instead of a bad one.
[So] God is not in “this world,” – which is taking place in the mind.
Now he says there is a theory or a belief called pantheism which teaches that God is manifesting Himself as this world, and that’s not true. God’s not manifesting Himself as these mental concepts, which is why they can be smashed and changed and destroyed. He says if this were true, if this world were really a manifestation of God – now remember, this world is the world in the mind – there’s no “this world” out here. There’s only My kingdom out here.
THIS WORLD, THIS WORLD, THIS WORLD IS IN THE MIND, THE MIND, THE MIND.
[So] If this were true and [this world and the mind] … were a manifestation of God and made [in] the substance of God, it would be eternal …
People would live forever. You could drive your car; it would never wear out. You’d have trees forever. Okay?
But the substance of the forms we behold [are] not … that substance which is God … Right? That which is made is not made of that which doth appear. … and once we perceive that, we shall understand the true meaning of the word “illusion,” which is that our perception of what we behold constitutes the illusion.
So, this world is what? Perception! And perception in the mind constitutes the illusion. You’re standing in the Kingdom, living lifetime after lifetime in the mind. We’re not moving from letter to Spirit. We’re moving from mind to conscious awareness. We’re moving from mental images, thoughts, my thoughts to Thy thoughts. We’re moving from thinking to awareness of Consciousness formed. We are undergoing a transformation, a transfiguration. Now listen. Other than pantheism there is also one called theism. And that:
regards God and the world as two distinct substances … and he says: How impossible it would be for God, the creative Principle, to create anything unlike Itself.
So see … there’s not God and this world out here. You’ve got to stop that! You’ll never get out of it if you think it’s out here. So, he says:
The next question … is: What about this physical universe? [And] The answer to that is … “My kingdom is not of this world.” “This world” is the … [Adam] dream; this … world [is mortal concepts; this world is] mental projection[s]. When we recognize this and are able to close our eyes and realize – become aware, recognize, have the awareness of – I in the midst of us, [then] this body loses its sense of mortality – or corporeality, and I have overcome the world. See that? And [it] becomes what God’s world really is – harmonious and perfect.
And so he says: The truth is that God is Spirit, Consciousness, and therefore all that really exists is God formed, [or] God in manifestation.
So the world that you see with the senses and everyone in it is a world in the mind, and it’s illusion in the mind. If you can step outside of that even for a moment and behold My kingdom, then your awareness will be what you’re living. But he says you can’t do this with the mind because that’s the very one that’s hypnotized.
It takes spiritual discernment to know the things of God. So he says: Let us not look [out] at this visible world and call it spiritual, because we’re not really looking out on a physical world; we’re looking in at mental images of a physical world. So let’s not call it spiritual and let’s not call it a creation … apart from God. [Let’s] … cleave to the Middle Path which leads [back within our] … spiritual center where we can say, “Father, what is really here?” And we see the Christ of God. No human being can look upon physicality with his mind and detect Christ. Only the Christ can reveal the Christ.
When the Master asked, “Having eyes, see ye not? … having ears, hear ye not?” he was referring to …. spiritual discernment or Christ-consciousness. … if [you can] …look through the appearance to the Christ … the Christ ever-present, – or Consciousness formed – although not apparent to [your eyes, you will] be able to break the mesmerism – and when you break the mesmerism through your spiritual discernment, you will behold the spiritual nature even of a dying … person. Which is how Lazarus came forth. All right? We in The Infinite Way must learn to look through the appearance with inner discernment and there [behold] the invisible, spiritual child of God who was never born and will never die, eternal right here … now.
Miracles can be performed by the person who does not try to heal …
You see that now? Where is there to heal? You need to step outside of the images that say they need healing. You need to step outside of the belief that you can do anything. You need to step into this eternal silence, into a Sabbath from thought taking and allow God to reveal Itself. And so he says:
On the spiritual path, we do not try to change [an] external world … because there isn’t one! There’s only My kingdom out there. … We seek nothing of [the] world: we seek only the realization of [My kingdom]. …
When we see fruit on the trees, we are seeing the fruitage of an invisible life … and that’s what we want to become aware of. Remember in The Infinite Way … well … in the Kailua study talks he talks about in The Infinite Way discussing the orange tree in that chapter on supply and how not very many people that he has met in The Infinite Way have connected that up with the truth of being? Remember that? Well … here he’s saying it again because he must have had a profound experience looking at a fruit tree, because he discusses it a lot. So he says here:
When see fruit on the trees, we are seeing the fruitage of an invisible life, an invisible activity … and that’s what we have to become aware of … an invisible unfoldment appearing visibly.
We have to become aware of Consciousness formed, and this awareness comes to you first in your meditation, later with eyes open. So finally he says, to wrap this up:
When enlightenment has been attained, the temporal picture is recognized for what it is: maya or illusion. Then when we are faced with evil people … or erroneous conditions, we [don’t] fight them [and we don’t] try to get God to do something to them ….
We relax! Again he says he has a knack for relaxing. We relax out of the mind. We relax out of the body and we relax out of the mind, knowing that this is an illusion in the mind.
[And] when we awaken from beholding [the] mortal dream … we will see one another as we are … we will discover that our neighbor is our Self. Because we will see there is only one Self, and I am That Consciousness formed.
All this [will become] apparent to us, not through knowledge … but because we have developed a [deep] inner spiritual awareness … The object of The Infinite Way is to develop [this] spiritual [awareness]. …
The goal is attaining the spiritual vision, so that we can behold God’s universe … [we] can commune with Him, walk and talk with Him, live with Him … Okay?
The attaining of some measure of this spiritual vision is enough. It is an awareness that reveals that God is Spirit, that all that really is must be spiritual, and … There will never be any confirmation of this through our eyes because Spirit [or Consciousness] cannot be seen with the eyes. The eyes must be closed to … sense so that we can inwardly behold God’s creation. … it is a matter of attaining a depth of inner awareness, says Joel, an awareness that expresses itself not so much in words [or thoughts] as in feelings.
And feelings doesn’t mean emotions. It means intuition or awareness. I like awareness better than feelings.
Now do you see the principle today? The principle is: No illusion is ever externalized. Right? Now listen. A couple of things. A Hindu friend of mine sent me a poem from Shankara, which as you know – or maybe you don’t – but Joel really liked Shankara. And here’s the poem, and it came to me just today, which was really quite fantastic because, well, it’s just that there’s no way that he could know I was going to have this topic: No illusion is ever externalized, and yet, out of Consciousness formed comes this poem to us today. And it says:
When one sees the image of the world within him,
The world appears as if it is outside.
It is similar to his seeing due to illusion,
During the state of sleep,
… the one real fact appears as many different truths,
And he realizes, when he wakes up and sees the reality,
That he is really the one and only one soul.
Isn’t that beautiful? That’s just exactly what we were talking about. Just exactly it. And when you have that inner awareness, when you have the inner consciousness, the inner seeing and knowing and beholding of Consciousness formed, or My kingdom, then you will have that inner experience which is portrayed in the mount of Transfiguration. You see, the mount is a high level of consciousness in which you behold Consciousness formed, or the Body of God, or the one Soul, or the one Self. And here’s how it was explained.
And after six days, Jesus [took] Peter, James, and John … and bringeth them up into [a] high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Now … that was Matthew’s interpretation. Here’s Mark’s.
And he said unto them, – Jesus said unto them – “Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them [standing] here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”
And after six days [took them with] Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into [a] high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
And his raiment became shining, exceeding[ly] white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
You see that? Both of these people had that inner experience when Jesus took them up higher and lifted them high into Consciousness out of the mind – they saw the Body of Christ, and that’s your body. There’s only one Self, one Soul. When you’re lifted out of the mind of these many forms – which now you know aren’t out here – they’re only in the human mind. When all of that is released, if only even for a moment, you will experience the transfiguration and you will see Consciousness formed, the first chapter of Genesis. You will see the Body of Christ and you will see a face shining as the sun and raiment white as the light. This is what you will see, and you will be beholding Consciousness formed, the real creation, My kingdom, in which you stand now.
Now I had a similar experience, as I’ve said many times in my talks, when I attended Herb Fitch’s seminar in Avila Beach, northern California, and in that experience he was speaking on stepping outside of time and I was in meditation. I felt lifted up on a high mountain you might say. It was a high experience of Consciousness, and when I opened my eyes everywhere my eyes looked I could feel myself in that and that in me. I could feel that I am That, and the entire world, the entire creation was in my being, and I could feel it. But I could also feel that I was the only being appearing as all that. And so I lived and moved and had my being in the awareness of Consciousness formed. And since then it has happened in meditation many times.
Well, we’re out of time. This talk is gonna run out this tape, so just let me say the principle is: No illusion is ever externalized. And wrestle with that until you make some progress and come into the awareness of Consciousness formed, the perfect spiritual creation of God.
Blessings. [Silence] ..
This is the first talk of 2013, Sunday morning, January 6th, and it’s another Uncomfortable Talk. And if you’re not uncomfortable during this talk at some point, I’m pretty sure you’re not listening – not deeply listening. Because we’re going to discuss some things today that are uncomfortable. I don’t like them either. I don’t like to look at them. But I need to look at them. I must know the truth, and the truth will set me free. I cannot pretend, and quite frankly, I’m not sure where to start.
I will give you the name of this talk. The principle of this talk is: Why seek ye the living among the dead? And as you recall, that’s what the angel said to those that looked into the tomb and were trying to find Jesus Christ and his body, and it wasn’t there. The angel said: “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” And I’m afraid that when we’re practicing the letter of truth, that’s what we do. We seek the living among the dead. We try to demonstrate spiritual principles in our human lives, and it will not work. It does not work.
Now, before you sat down and started this talk, what were you thinking about? Let’s be honest with yourself now. Take a look, climb up here into the mind and see what were you thinking about? Were you thinking like me that tomorrow’s Monday and the children go back to school, and it should be quieter around here? Were you thinking about some chore you had to do today or thinking about returning to work tomorrow? Were you thinking about your body and how you need to go do some exercise or some walking or swimming, take some vitamins? Were you thinking about doing some yoga? Perhaps you were thinking about your finances and paying off those gifts you just bought. Or maybe you’re thinking of something you need to do around the house or maybe a repair.
All these thoughts are normal thoughts. Nothing wrong with them. Except for one little thing … what are these thoughts about? All of these normal thoughts are about the world, aren’t they? Things you need to do in the world? Maybe things you did in the world. And so these are thoughts about the world, about this world. And of course we know the scripture. We’ve heard it hundreds of times: “My kingdom is not of this world.” Now who’s saying that exactly anyway? “My kingdom is not of this world.” Who is saying that? Is that some man 2000 years ago saying that to 12 other men and to a handful of women?
Where is Christ? What is Christ? If you have discovered that Christ is the I within you, then you know that that I is saying: “My kingdom, my realm, is not of this world.” And yet, when we checked our thoughts a moment ago, all of them were about this world. What do we know about the Christ? If the Christ is not of this world, is the Christ going to have thoughts of this world? No.
The Christ does not function in this world. “There is no God in the human scene,” says Joel. No God in this world.
Then if Christ is not having thoughts about this world, who is having thoughts about this world? And that would be the mind that thinks about this world, or the world mind. Now, I ask you … how close is that world mind? Was that not the mind that was just functioning in you, the world mind … looking at the world and something of the world? In fact, the world mind while that was going on was functioning as you.
Let’s just lay it out there. The world mind was you. Because it certainly wasn’t the mind which was in Christ Jesus – you know – the mind that hears the still small voice. And that mind, that world mind takes a scripture or a truth and attempts to practice it intellectually. That’s known as the letter of truth. And of course it may get a comfortable little feeling, but it doesn’t demonstrate My kingdom, does it? Because it’s trying to pull spirituality and the spiritual kingdom into this world, saying: “Thy Grace is my sufficiency. Thy Grace is my sufficiency. Thy Grace is my sufficiency 300 times a day and thinking that by saying that many times it will produce a miracle out here. All this is the world mind.
Isn’t that something? The world mind has been living you and me and all of us. If we have thoughts about this world, concerns about this world, loves of this world, fears of this world, hates of this world … then you can be sure that you’re listening to the world mind operating your mind. So how close is the world mind? Wow! Pretty close! Therefore, the angel says: “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Why are you still looking at this world? Why are you still hoping to fix this world? Why are you still listening to the mind that speaks of this world? And why aren’t we listening to the Christ. Why aren’t we seeking the Christ among the living, which is deep within? Which is in Consciousness, not in world mind.
Maybe we don’t know how. Maybe we never learned. Maybe we thought that thinking about these truths was sufficient. But if we’ve been paying attention these last few weeks we know thinking and speaking and writing and reading and listening to truth statements are not the truth. Which is why the voice among the living says: “I am the truth.” And so we know we must come out and be separate from the mind thinking about the world, and we know we must be still. We must be silent so that the Christ in us can rise up. That same angel said: “He is not here. He is risen.” Stop looking in the tomb of the world mind and expecting Christ to function there. He is risen, and so you must rise out of world mind, and in the silence and in the stillness He is risen in you. Christ is risen and you hear its voice.
And that voice says: “[But] whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” And that is one of the scriptures that has really haunted me lately because it occurred to me the Christ of me is saying that the conscious awareness of Itself – my conscious awareness of the living Christ within rising up – is in me a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
But what is life? It’s not this form. It’s not this world. It’s not anything in this world. Life in not in this world because everything in this world can die. So that’s not life when he says springing up into everlasting life. Life existed somewhere before this form appeared, and after this form disappears life will still be somewhere. Life existed before this world. Before Abraham was I AM. Before the beginning I AM. And even unto the end and after the end of the world, I AM. So life is not this world or anything in it.
And so if I have a life in this world, whose life am I looking at? I’m looking at an artificial world mind personal sense of self, and it’s not life. Yet, the voice says within, “If you drink this water” … if you become consciously aware of I … “then it shall be in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” It shall spring up into a life that the senses have never known. When that world mind is silent something springs up in you, and that something is the life that I AM. It’s the real life.
Now, we’ve all heard this story, but perhaps it’s time to hear it again. It’s from Practicing the Presence, Chapter 4: The Infinite Nature of Individual Being. And it begins:
“There is an old, old story about a great spiritual teacher who knocked at the gates of heaven for admission into paradise.” That’s what we’re doing and have been doing. We’ve been knocking at the gates of our consciousness wanting to demonstrate Christ. “After some time, God came to the door and inquired, Who is there? Who knocks?”
“To this query, came the confident response,” “It is I.” [Oh, I’m] “Sorry, [I’m] very sorry. There is no room in heaven. Go away. You will have to come back some other time.” Is that not what happens when we try to demonstrate the Christ in this world in a human life, in a world mind life? We hear the same thing or experience the same thing. Go away.
“The good man, surprised at the rebuff, went away puzzled. After several years, spent in meditating and pondering over this strange reception, he returned and knocked again at the gate.” Most of us, if not all of us, have several years attempting to practice these principles and still we stand without in this temporary human, mortal dream life. So after several years in meditation he returned and knocked again. “He was met with the same question and gave a similar response. Once again he was told … there [is] no room in heaven; it[’s] completely filled at [this] time.”
“In the years that passed – now we have more years. It’s a long time to live in the letter, isn’t it? – “the teacher went deeper and deeper within himself” – you see where he went – deeper and deeper beyond the world mind to that mind which was in Christ Jesus.
“In the years that passed, the teacher went deeper and deeper within himself, meditating and pondering. After a long period of time had elapsed, he knocked at the gates of heaven for the third time. Again God asked, “Who is there?” This time his answer was, “Thou art.” “And the gates opened wide [and] God said, “Come in.” [Come in.] There never was room for Me and thee.”
And of course we read that and we, as a human being, living in this mortal mind, we read that and we think it’s kind of cute and we chuckle at it. Yes, that’s right. We might even remind ourselves “I and the Father are One,” but nothing happens. We have no real conscious awareness of this, this water that Christ has to give us. We don’t drink it. We stay in the mind.
In this same chapter on page 57, Joel says: “Let God be the only presence.” We read right over that, too, don’t we? We think it means that if I just walk around saying I and my Father are One, or I am the Life, or I am the Way, or I am the Truth, or I am the Bread … and repeat that to ourselves 315 times a day something will happen in our human experience. This doesn’t say that. This says: “The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” everlasting I. It doesn’t say it’ll spring up into a good human experience, does it? And so we see the world mind is the mind in which we live almost all the time, except that we have a little 5-minute or 10-minute excursion into consciousness and hoping to bring up this water, this wellspring of water.
Now we read this last week, but I want to point it out something to you. This is the New Horizon in The Infinite Way. Pay attention to how many times he says entire or intimates the word entire.
“The sense which presents pictures of discord and inharmony, disease and [health] – and now we know harmony, health, disease, death, life, a human life … all of these opposites are coming from the same world mind – is the universal mesmerism which produces the entire (that’s one – the entire) dream of human existence.” Now that means human existence is, or the entire human existence is a dream, does it not? Doesn’t mean just the bad. It means when we were thinking well, tomorrow I believe I’ll head on into work, but first I need to pick up a loaf of bread … it means all of that thinking about this world is a dream. It’s a dream, and if we act on it, then world mind is moving our body around, or world mind is moving its body, since this body is not our real body.
World mind is living here because we’re permitting it, because we’re acting on world thought. World mind says, “Okay, this is what you’re gonna do with the rest of today. You still have to get out there and clean up the yard and you have to run that errand and then you need to get home. You have to get dinner on.” And so on and so forth. All this is world mind. This is not the mind which was in Christ Jesus. Not listening to a still, small voice. You’re not drinking of the water within that springs up into everlasting I. You’re acting out world mind. So how close is world mind? World mind is you at that point, isn’t it? And so he says:
“The sense which present pictures of discord and inharmony, disease and death, is the universal mesmerism which produces the entire dream of human existence. (That’s one). It must be understood that there is no more reality to harmonious human existence than to discordant world conditions. It must be realized that the entire (that’s two) human scene is mesmeric suggestion, and we must rise above the desire for even good human conditions.” All right? “Understand fully that suggestion, belief, [or]hypnotism is the substance, or fabric, of the whole (which means entire, so that’s three) the substance, or fabric, of the [entire] mortal universe and that human conditions of both good and evil (that’s all of them, or the entire conditions) [have] no reality or permanence. [So] Be willing for the harmonious as well as the inharmonious conditions of mortal existence to disappear from your experience” … that’s what you have to do. That’s exactly what we’re talking about. You have to, “be willing for the entire mortal existence, good and bad, to disappear from your experience. (So that’s four) in order that reality may be known and enjoyed and lived.”
“Above this sense-life there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love” … Now that means above this sense-life. Where are the senses? The five senses are taking place in the brain. The brain is this world mind, this … yes, the brain is this world, the world mind. That’s where this sense-life is taking place, so above this is a “universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God living in the household or temple of Truth.” And now those that were standing not in this world mind, but above it in Spirit, in consciousness, in the awareness of everlasting I – they were able to see Christ.
They were part of the 500 that saw Christ after the resurrection, because they weren’t standing where they saw a dead body, which is all the world mind can see. They weren’t thinking about what am I gonna do with that body or can I take it away, can I clean it up? Can I do this, can I do that? No. They were standing above that world mind in Spirit, in consciousness. And there they were able to behold the living Christ. “He is not here. He is risen. Why seek ye the living [Christ] among the dead?” Well, that’s because I’ve never learned how to live outside of this world mind. So he says:
“This world is real and permanent: Its substance is eternal Consciousness.” Or we might say, everlasting I. Right? “In it there is no awareness of discords and no awareness of good.” Now there you have it. So … “The first glimpse of Reality – [or]the Soul-realm – comes with the recognition and realization of the fact that all temporal conditions and experiences are products of self-hypnotism.” So all temporal conditions might be the same as the entire human scene. Right? “With the realization that the entire human scene” (that’s number five he uses that word) – “its good as well as its evil – is illusion, comes the first glimpse and taste of the world of God’s creation and of the sons of God who inhabit the spiritual kingdom.”
So when you reach that state that is above the world mind and you’re standing in the conscious awareness of that everlasting I, or the living I, then you become consciously aware of that dimension and all who are in it, which is why you can commune with Joel, because he never died, and you can commune with Herb and you can commune with Jesus. And you could commune with Buddha and you could commune with Lao Tzu and you could commune with Shankara, Krishna. You can commune with these beings because they exist there.
“Why seek ye the living among the dead?” You will never find and never be able to demonstrate the living in something that’s not alive. Oh, now there’s a shock! Because it means that this world mind life that we allow to live us, is dead. “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” And again Christ says: “Let the dead bury the dead.” You come, come up higher and follow Me. And so I submit to you that this personal life that you’ve been living, that you’ve been thinking about is nothing more than world thought operating right there where you are.
That’s the tomb in which you’ve been buried, standing there watching world mind live itself. And that’s the tomb in which you will be buried if you don’t climb out of that tomb. And how do you come out of that tomb? Joel gave us the way in his Kailua study series, and I know you know it. But listen again. Maybe you’ll hear it a little differently. He says: “Achieving that state of consciousness” (and that’s the consciousness where you are come out of the world mind life, and you live out from the living waters, the everlasting I, the immortal Self).
“Achieving that state of consciousness begins in this particular way. First, because the discords and inharmonies of our existence are the most irritating to us and therefore announce themselves more forcefully to us, in those moments we will now train ourselves to resist the temptation to deny or affirm or think thoughts, even good ones.” Because we know that’s all in the realm of mortal world thought. “But we will give ourselves an opportunity for the Christ to announce Itself in us and through us, and if necessary to engage that mind while waiting for Christ, we will take any one of the Christ messages that begin with the word I, such as “I will never leave you nor forsake you” or “Thy grace is my sufficiency.””
“Anything, anything that reveals our awareness of the fact that there is a Christ, and that if we give it an opportunity it will come into expression.” You know, “I have hidden manna. I have meat to eat the world knows not of.” That’s if you have to entertain this world mind because it won’t shut up and you’re trying to get still and create an opening through which the everlasting I can manifest, can be, can express, can reveal itself. And so to attain this state of consciousness where the everlasting I is living itself, he says first you meet the discords in this new technique where you don’t meet it with any words or thoughts, where you meet it just with silence. Then, he says, “eventually as I said you will go through this same procedure when you witness the harmonies of life. When you witness a beautiful sunset you will also turn and open a way for the Christ experience to come so that you can rightly see the sunrise and sunset as it is, or the mountain scene.”
You see that? In the beginning we start with the discords because they press upon us. And so the world thought life discords pressing upon us, and we don’t want them, and so we find after passing through the letter of truth – which takes years and years – we return again in our consciousness, so we knock at the gate and Christ within says, “Who’s knocking?” And if we are still, all that we can say is, “Thou art” or “It is I” or “Flow, Father. I am listening. I’m still. I’m nothing. Reveal Thyself.”
And then in that, the door opens, and he says, “this will ultimate in the activity of the Christ being a constant experience,” because after we learn to do that with the so-called discords and inharmonies, now we also have to do it when we catch ourselves saying, “Oh, isn’t that beautiful!” Wait a minute … what am I looking at? I’m still looking at world thought. What’s really here? I don’t know. Well, let me go within. Be still. Let me allow Christ to reveal itself here. And so we learn to do it with the discords, we learn to do it with the inharmonies, but then we also start to practice this same thing with the harmonies.
Oh look! A check came in the mail today for $1500! I didn’t even know that the government owed it to me, and yet there’s a check, a tax refund. Wow! Isn’t that wonderful! Yes, God’s grace. Wait a minute … what am I doing … what am I doing? This is world thought again trying to color this as something good, but this is not what it seems. What is really here? Let me turn within. Close my eyes for a moment. Father, reveal Thyself. And I listen. Always, always, always I’m creating that opening. I’m creating that opening with the discords, with the inharmonies, with the good things, with the loving things, with the abundant things, with the beautiful things … I am creating an opening with either one, because the good and the bad … well … look again. This is the directions.
Be willing – you hearing this – “be willing for the harmonies as well as the in-harmonies to disappear from your experience in order that reality may be known and enjoyed and lived, [because] above this sense-life, there is a universe of Spirit governed by love,” and so do you want the kingdom, the Spirit governed by love? You want the conscious awareness of the living waters, the everlasting I? Then you must dissolve both the good and the evil of world thought. And this you do by not participating in it anymore, by constantly turning within.
And so now listen. Eventually, as I said, “you will go through this same procedure when you witness the harmonies of life, when you witness a beautiful sunset,” says Joel. “You will turn also and open a way for the Christ experience to come so that you can rightly see the sunrise or sunset as it is or the mountain scene. This will ultimate in the activity of the Christ being a constant experience,” not one achieved or attained at certain moments of the day or night when you sit down to meditation. No, “it will now be a constant state of being so that at any time necessary it’s only necessary to blink the eye and the activity of Christ will be realized. But it isn’t even necessary to do that.”
“The time eventually comes,” and I talk about it in all of the writings … there comes a point of transition. NOW LISTEN! “There comes a point of transition where you pass … you pass from living your own life to having your life lived for you and through you, where you become nothing more than an instrument for the divine experience and you go where you’re sent and when you’re sent, and you have no will of your own and you have no wish of your own, no desire of your own, and you have no supply of your own, and you never even have health of your own. There is always an It, a Christ, that is living Its own life, and you are going along for the ride.”
So there comes eventually a point, an exact point of transition, where you pass … you pass away. This mortal world thought life passes, and this everlasting I lives Itself where you stand. There actually comes, as it did for Joel, an exact point where you pass. This mortal life, this sense-life, this seeing good and evil, this world thought living you passes. It passes away. It dies. And in its place there is a resurrected Christ living. He is risen! And now everlasting I lives Itself, and I am the Bread and I am the Way and I am the Life.
Everlasting. I looked it up. Everlasting means in the old sense … today we think it means everlasting from this point forward, but in the old sense it meant no beginning and no ending. Everlasting was everlasting. No beginning also.
So this life that had a beginning is dissolved at a certain point and everlasting life takes over … that life that has no beginning and no ending, that life that existed before this world thought life was formed. That life that will exist after this world thought life is dissolved. No beginning, no ending, and no interruption. You never come back to living a world thought life.
Now this Christ within you, if you haven’t had the conscious awareness of it, it is because you’ve been listening to world thought, which is pretty easy to do since it’s operating as the human mind, your human mind. But if you can become still, if you can listen, if you can practice with the bad … so-called bad and the so-called good things … this turning away and listening and not trying to think a statement of truth, but listening, then you will be fed the bread of life.
“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and [broke]and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.” And this is, of course, after the resurrection. These two gentleman had not risen out of world thought. It was still functioning them and they’re walking along discussing Jesus’ body and how it was crucified and it was buried and maybe it’ll rise and they didn’t even know that they’re focused on world thought. They thought they were being spiritual. And right in their midst is the living Christ, and they didn’t see it. But when they became still and it began to teach them, it took them through the letter until they reached that point where we are – tired of the letter.
After years of meditation he came and knocked again. “Who’s there?” Who are you? And he fed them bread, and their eyes were opened. “Thou art.” And they knew him.
This is your resurrection. This is your transition. Come out of the tomb. “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Come up here into another realm. Come up here and see the living. Come up here into the Christ. Open the gate. Come into heaven.
You must rise in consciousness. You must be lifted up, and as our friend, Jacob, told us last week: It is God in us that must do the lifting. You’re totally and completely at the mercy of your own inner Christ. No one can do it in this world. No one can do it that is world thought formed, not even your world thought formed, which is your human life. This must die. “A corn of wheat” must be buried, “but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit.” If it’s buried … if you stand in your inner chamber, then you bringeth forth much fruit or you bringeth forth a wellspring of water springing up into everlasting life.
Now we’ve heard this before too, but let’s listen with a new ear, shall we?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”
Now we understand what the Word is, don’t we? It’s that living water, that everlasting I. Before the beginning, I Am. And so the Word was God. This I in the midst of you existed before the world mind formed this human life. And this Word, this everlasting I … “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” And so this invisible everlasting I made all things, and anything made such as the world thought form was not made. It’s an imitation. It’s not everlasting. “In Him was life; and the life was light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” This light, this everlasting I, shines in consciousness, but living in world thought life, we are unaware of it. We don’t see it. We don’t feel it. We don’t know it. We’re the dead. Right?
And now let’s skip down here a little bit: “… the true Light [which] lighteth every man that cometh into the world. [And that light] was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” See? Nobody could receive that. Not for a long, long time. Years and years.
And a third time he returned to the gates and knocked. “Who’s there?” To you comes that response now. “Who’s there?” And are you able to receive Him? Are you able to say, “I am nothing. Thou art” and stand in that or rest back in that? Are you able to stand in the infinite invisible nothingness that you cannot comprehend and simply know “Thou art”?
Because if you can, here’s what will happen. “[But] as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” … or experience his nature. So if you can receive that everlasting I, then you will be given power to come out of the world thought form and stand as a Son of God, “Which [are] born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
You see, there comes an exact transition, an exact point of transition in which you are born of God. You’re reborn. “And the Word [is] made flesh, and [dwells] among us.” It’s at that point of transition, the Word that existed before the world thought form and that will exist after the world thought form is passed or dissolves, that Word is made flesh if you can receive it. If you are one who has come to this point after thousands of years that you can receive this – difficult as it is – uncomfortable as it is – if you can receive it, you will be born of God. You will become the Son of God. You will be the Word Itself made flesh, full of grace and truth.
And so today’s principle is: Why seek ye the living among the dead? Come up higher. Come up higher and seek the living in the realm of the soul.
“Above this sense-life, he says, there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God living in [this] household, [in this] temple of truth. This world is real and permanent: Its substance is eternal Consciousness. In it there is no awareness of discords” and no awareness of good. “Now, in this moment of uplifted consciousness, when you’re standing in it, “you are able to see yourself free of material, mortal, human, and legal laws. The fetters of finite existence [begin to] fall away.”
“We glimpse the unlimited boundaries of eternal life, infinite consciousness, everlasting I. The experience at first is [going to be] like watching the world thought form disappear over a horizon and drop down from before us. There is no attachment to [it], no desire to hold onto it – probably because to a great extent [this] experience does not come until a great measure of [your] desire for the things of “this world” or this world thought has been overcome.”
“At first you will not be able to speak of it. You will have the sense of Touch me not, for I [have not] yet ascended.” No, I’m not up here permanently … not yet, but I know, I know it’s coming. For now “I am still between the two worlds, so do not … make me speak of it because it may drag me back. Let me be free to rise; then when I am completely free of [this] mesmerism, this world thought form, when I am standing in everlasting I, I will tell you of many things … eyes have not seen nor ears heard.”
And so … “The first glimpse into the heaven here and now is the beginning of the ascension for us. [And] the ascension is understood now as a rising above the conditions and experiences of “this world,” thought life where you behold the “many mansions” prepared for [you] in spiritual Consciousness [or] – in the awareness of Reality.” And finally at the end of this it says … this is the I speaking from that realm … it says:
“I am breaking the sense of limitation for you as an evidence of My presence and My influence in your experience. I – the I of you – am in the midst of you revealing the harmony and infinity of spiritual existence. I – the I of you – never a person, never a personal sense of “I,” – but the I of you – am ever with you. Look up.”
And so we are promised from one that went before us that made this transition, that rose above the world thought form and rose into the everlasting I and rested there and reached that point of transition where it took over and Christ lived, we are told from one that has completed that: This is the way! Follow me. Walk in this way.
Start with the meeting of discords with the mind which was in Christ Jesus, not with the world mind, and then go on to meeting the harmonies, the opposite side of the world mind, with the same silence, with the same consciousness of Christ … awareness of Christ, and nothing else. Don’t meet it with a thought from that thought mind … meet it with the silence, with the awareness of Christ. And then through the practice and the continued practice, we will come again to the third visit where we knock within ourselves, and the Voice says: “Who’s there?” and we’re able to say, “Thou art.” And we will reach that point of transition where Thou, I Christ, the living awareness, the everlasting I, will live where we stand.
And so are we ready? Are you ready to come out of the tomb? To seek the living among the living? Are you ready to die? Are you ready to make this point of transition? I think you are. I feel you are. I know I am. And so let us resolve to walk this way, to follow that Me which has laid it down before us.
“[But] whosoever drinketh of the water that I within shall give him shall never thirst; [but] the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” And I am the life, so springing up into everlasting I Am.
We thank you, Father, for this hidden path that the world does not know about. Even the world that has read your words, because the world read them while standing in world thought. We thank you that Thou has lifted us out of that world thought where we may hear the word and witness the Word made flesh.
My friends, I love you, and God speed in your journey.
We are continuing our series of talks. I guess we could call them The Uncomfortable Talks, and today’s is going to be called “Seek Incorporeality.” Now we discussed in previous talks how we look out with our five physical senses and see only images in thought, and then we love or we fear or we hate these images and never see the reality. And I know it’s uncomfortable to think that you’ve been living with someone for 20 or 30 or 40 years and never seen the reality of them and perhaps only loved an image in the mind. Yet, if we would see reality, if we would come up over this world, if we would stand in the heaven of here and now, we must be willing to be transformed by the renewing of our mind … that is, by the renewing of our vision.
Now we need to discuss incorporeality, and I know that’s kind of perhaps difficult to conceive, but I don’t want you to conceive of it. That’s not going to help. What we need is the conscious awareness of our own incorporeality and then the conscious awareness of the incorporeality of all life. And so we’ll look at Joel’s chapter in the book Beyond Words and Thoughts called Chapter 10: Incorporeality: God, Man, and Universe. It’s probably the best chapter ever on giving you hints on how you can go about catching a glimpse of incorporeality. We are also going to look at the Kailua study series, Chapter 7, called: [Understanding The Body]? And we’re going to look at our good friend, Jacob Boehme, our German friend from the 1500s and 1600s.
Okay, so let us get started with this chapter in Beyond Words and Thoughts, which should tell you something right there. That you’re going to have to go beyond words and beyond thoughts. Now, he says:
“… incorporeal God cannot give birth to a corporeal man, only to incorporeal man. [An] incorporeal man has no physical structure … therefore in [your] meditation, prayer, and treatment, those on the mystical path must remove from thought the image-man, the corporeal man, the man who has physicality because that man is not the man of God’s [creation]. For this reason, prayer, which … is [the] communion between God and man … can never take place between incorporeal God and corporeal man.”
And we know that, well … elsewhere I remember Joel saying that when you sit down to do healing work, you must first eliminate the patient and then you must eliminate yourself, and what is left can receive the word or commune with God. You remember that? Remember him saying that? And so you see, whenever he sat down to meditation he eliminated any corporeal sense of self and any corporeal sense of another. Then, standing in his own incorporeality – which is the one incorporeality of all life – It revealed Itself to his awareness. He became aware of it as a present reality, and he did that in every single meditation. And he says here:
“If I look out at a group of persons with my eyes, I can be aware only of corporeal man. The “natural” part of me, the five physical senses, can be aware only of the five physical senses of you. If I am limited to that consciousness, however, I have no right to be a metaphysical practitioner or [a] teacher, and I have no right to claim to have attained any degree of the mystical consciousness.”
And so do you see how he is saying here that if I am dwelling in a natural mind with five physical senses and I’m looking out, I can be aware only of the five physical sense self of you … or the corporeal sense of you, which is nothing? Do you see where he says that in order to have the mystical consciousness we must step out of that? Here I am living in a five physical sense of self, looking at you saying: “I love you,” a five physical sense of self.
All of this is taking place in the realm of mental images, and God didn’t create any of it. You see the depths or the heights we have to attain? We must die to all that even if it’s painful to let it go. We must rise into mystical consciousness where we become aware of a real incorporeality of ourselves and others. So … he says here on the next page:
“The point is that each of us is in part a physical being (that’s the five physical sense self); each of us is a mental being (that’s the thinking self); and each of us is an incorporeal, spiritual being, and the reality of us is that incorporeal, spiritual Selfhood which is born of God.”
And so you see – not by might, not by a physical sense of self can you do anything or help anyone. Not by power. Not by any mental sense of self can you do anything. But when all of that is stopped and you’re standing in a cloud of unknowing, then the incorporeal self of them, which is your incorporeal self, which is the incorporeal self, can reveal itself to your awareness.
“The other part of us (he says) is that creation described in the second and third chapter[s] of Genesis, which was made, not by God, but by mind, by the mind of man, by what is called … Lord God.”
“If I am to acknowledge God … I must acknowledge incorporeal God, and that means not only that I cannot embrace [It] in a figure or a form … I cannot even embrace It in a mental image. [And] I dare not even name it …”
See … he’s instructing us to go beyond words and thoughts if we would know our partner, if we would know our spouse, if we would know our child, if we would know our parent, if we would know our sibling, if we would know our neighbor, if we would know our friend, if we would know our enemy, if we would know our beloved – then we must be willing to set aside the creation of mind. Yes, it’s kind of sad, but I may have been in love with a creation of mind which was not made by God, which means it has no real existence other than a universal series of concepts. Well, then what am I to do? I can’t sit down and just think – well, here is the Christ. That doesn’t help anything. That doesn’t give me the awareness. That’s using the mind. I have to do something … and he says here, the answer is:
“How you can ever embrace in your mind what omnipotence and omnipresent mean? You cannot! Therefore, release all concepts; let them go. Do not try to understand God. Do not try to embrace God in your mind.”
“[Well] how, then, are you to know God aright? Ah, (says Joel) that you can do. You can know God [aright]. God is. Then let God define itself. … [And] so you come to the realization ( he says) that in the final analysis you cannot know God with [your] mind, but God can announce Itself to you. God can say, …“I will be with thee to the end of the world. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.””
Yes, he says:
“All you will ever know about God is the word I,” and how do you define I? Can you define it? Can you define your incorporeality? Can you put it in a box? Can you explain it? Explain your incorporeal I, would you please? You can’t! You can’t. And so if you are willing to stop using the senses and stop using the mind, first in your meditation, then the incorporeal I of the universe, of yourself, of herself and his self – will announce Itself. It will reveal Itself. It will move into your awareness, and when that happens to you, “you have reached that state of consciousness where you are ready for the mystical life,” he says.
Now, “this is the reason, (says Joel), it’s been possible to write or cable me from any part of the world and be healed before the message reached me [physically, because] I have recognized my incorporeality. I have recognized that I am not in a body: I am speaking through the body, but I am not in the body.”
And I have a little note here in the margin: As per Kailua, Chapter 7. Let’s go over there now and see what that says, because I made that note some years ago. It says: The body is the Word made flesh. Now let me explain to you. When you sit still and attain that silence and know that your mind – with your senses and with your mind you cannot know the reality of your spouse of your partner of your beloved, and when you are willing to sit still … Father, reveal Thyself. What is this Word made flesh? Then into your awareness will spring an incorporeality, an incorporeal self, an incorporeality of I, and you won’t be able to explain it or pin it down in your mind, but you won’t be functioning in your mind at that point … you’ll be in mystical consciousness, resting in the awareness of the Isness of incorporeality.
And so he says here in Chapter 7:
“The body is the Word made flesh.” That is the body that you experience here in this meditation. The incorporeal body, your real body, your real Self, and your spouse’s real Self, and the real Self of all life – that is the Word made flesh. “But because the physical sense has intervened, all you can see (with your eyes) is the concept of body,” and so you look out at incorporeality, and the mind shows you a concept of that incorporeality which is called your spouse, your love. Now, I’m not saying that you can’t love that. I’m saying that if you love the concept, then you’re loving that which God did not make, and Joel tells us repeatedly: In the mystical path you cannot love, fear, or hate that which is appearing. But in your meditation you can go beyond that. You can commune with the incorporeality being that is your spouse. And that you can love with all your mind, heart, and soul and being. And that automatically … automatically when you are loving that with all your heart, mind, soul, and being – it automatically manifests as loving action out here. It’s automatic.
So … in Chapter 7 he says: “[The] concept must die.” Well, that’s pretty plain, isn’t it? The mental concept you have entertained all these years of your spouse, your son, your granddaughter, your mother – that mental concept must die. It has to die! You can’t go beyond it until it does. When it dies, simultaneously there’s a resurrection of the incorporeality of them, which is the resurrection of the incorporeality of you. And so, “Even the concept that you entertain of yourself, (says Joel), must die for that concept can never know God. As you entertain a concept of yourself as man [or woman], as effect, as sinful [or] sickly [or healthy or wealthy], as human, that concept of yourself must die until you become aware: “No, I Am that I Am,” and that is what I Am. When that realization comes your old concept of yourself has died. You have fulfilled Paul’s statement: “Ye must die daily. You must be reborn of the spirit.””
Now, do you see? You see the point to which we’re leading here in this group? We have said we want to live in Christ Consciousness. Okay fine … here’s the way. Concept of the Word made flesh. Your concept of the invisible incorporeality … you have been loving that concept, or in the case of an enemy, perhaps fearing that concept. But they’re all concepts, and they must die including the concept you’ve had lo these 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years of yourself! That concept must die because that concept can never know God. Your physical sense of self, which is the concept of your own incorporeality, is not your own incorporeality. It’s a concept, and it cannot know your own incorporeality. And your concept of mind and all the concepts that are in your mind also must die, because a concept in the mind is never going to be incorporeality, and so to think that you can think of Christ or visualize Christ or draw a picture of Christ in your mind – even if it’s a beautiful picture – it’s not Christ – it’s not the incorporeality of I.
So this must die too, and it must die in every meditation from now on. If you’re sitting down to help someone, as he said, first you must eliminate the patient. You must eliminate a physical sense of them and a mental sense of them in order to be so still that you can wait on the Lord to reveal the incorporeality that is there. And once you’re eliminated them, then you must eliminate yourself, says Joel. I of myself can do nothing. I of myself am nothing, and so now I let the concept of a physical self or the concept of a mental self … I let that go.
And now I stand still, and if God doesn’t reveal incorporeality, I can go no further. This is the point at which I leave the letter and enter the Spirit. This is the point in which I leave the mind and enter the awareness or consciousness. This is the point that I leave behind mind and I rest back in infinite consciousness. And if I will do this repeatedly until the experience comes, I will have the experience of incorporeality. And then the person that reached out to that consciousness touches their own incorporeality, the reality of them, and they say: “Wow! I feel better. Thank you.” But concepts have improved over there. You know the reality is still the incorporeality, and so you’re not buying the fact that they’re sick and you not buying the fact that they’re well. You know you have touched – you have the awareness of the incorporeality of them.
And so he says in Chapter 7:
“That concept must die. Even the concept that you entertain of yourself must die, for that concept can never know God, it can never know reality. [It can never know incorporeality.] It is only as you refrain from judging by appearances.”
Remember … Judge not by appearances – means quite a bit more, now doesn’t it? It’s quite a bit deeper than “don’t believe what you’re seeing with your eyes.”
“It is only as you refrain from judging by appearances [or from standing in the mind], and through a transformation of consciousness: Be ye therefore transformed through the renewing of your mind. [and] Let God define what you are and who you are, that the answer will be, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.””
It doesn’t mean that you’ll just think that. No! Thinking that has never done anything for you. It means, you die to the concept of a physical sense of self. You die to the concept of a mental sense of self. You stand still in consciousness, naked as it were, with nothing to lean on. No props. And you ‘wait upon the Lord’, and as he says here: You “let God define what you are and who you are.” Then comes the living awareness: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Then comes the living awareness – “the Father and I are One.” Then comes the living awareness – the Word is my invisible flesh. My incorporeality.”
And so he says:
“In reality, you are the beloved Son, the Word made flesh. But that flesh is an infinite [invisible] individuality and an infinite body that is eternal. In this spiritual realization – [that is – spiritual discernment] of your individual embodiment – you can truly say: “… in my flesh I see God.” And so now comes the admonition which we heard over the years many, many thousands of times, now it means something, spoken from God within yourself. Spoken from God as your invisible Self, it says to the senses and to the mind: “You, be still and know I am God.” And so the incorporeality of you reveals itself to your awareness, and you become aware of what you are.
Now, our friend Jacob says it this way … and you have to realize these words were written in 1500, 1600, so you have to – probably in the early 1600s, so you have to listen with spiritual discernment in order to see that he is saying exactly what Joel said, and he says:
By means of the introduction of the divine will, man becomes reunited to God and reborn in his … nature. He then begins to die relative … to the selfishness of the false desire[s](in him) and to be regenerated in new power. There is then still [attached] to him the carnal quality, but in the spirit he walks with God, and thus there is born within the earthly man of flesh a new spiritual man with divine perception … and with … divine will, killing day by day the lust of the flesh, and by divine power rendering the world – i.e., the external life – heavenly, … causing heaven – i.e., the inner spiritual world – to become visible in the external world, so that God becomes man and man God, until finally the tree reaches its perfection, when the external shell will drop off, and it then stands there as a spiritual tree of life in the Garden of God.
This imbibing of the “Elixir of Life” no man can accomplish by his own [mental] power. All he can do is to render himself receptive for the divine power. The rest is done by the Spirit of God.
Now you see that? You can feel the consciousness is the same. He is saying that you are reborn, regenerated. You walk in the Spirit with God and you have divine perception or spiritual discernment which reveals to you the life heavenly and causing heaven … the inner spiritual world – to become visible in the external. In other words, as you become consciously aware through this rebirth of your own incorporeality, it then manifests itself where before there was only concepts. But he says you can’t do this yourself. The mind can’t do this. No man can accomplish this by his own mortal power. All he can do is to render himself receptive … See? In meditation, in your attitude, and the rest is done by the Spirit of God. And so he’s in agreement with Joel that the Spirit of God is what brings to your awareness incorporeality when you step out of a personal sense of self or a mind sense of self.
Now to continue in Incorporeality: [of] God, Man, and Universe, Joel says:
“In one of my deeper meditations, when I was in full awareness of the incorporeality of my Self, I saw that I could incarnate as a male or a female. That is because I, God, is neither male nor female. There is only one I. … You have never had a beginning. You cannot coexist with God and have a beginning or an ending. You have always lived … you have always lived somewhere, but you may not have lived in the part of the world where you’re now living.”
So, this incorporeality that you must become aware of, this has always existed. Before the mind formed this concept which you thought was your life, you existed in the invisible. And you exist now in the invisible. In fact, you never left the invisible, and when this concept dies you find yourself standing again in the invisible incorporeality of I, your being, the Father’s being, all being.
Now I say to you this: When your day of passing comes, if all you have is a physical sense of self and a mental sense of self, and you’re standing in that as it dies, then you will experience death, will you not? That will come to an end. But if you’ve already died to that, if you’ve died to that false sense of self, then, well … you’re already standing in incorporeality, watching the concept dissolve. And in fact, in fact … if you have died to this physical sense of self, if you have died to a mental sense of self, and if you are standing in your own incorporeality, feeling it with full awareness of it, then what is there to die? When that moment of passing comes, you step out without leaving any of you behind. People may see their concept of you die, but for you there will be no death. You’ll be standing in your eternal life. Right?
Now let’s see if I can find this other part I wanted to read. Okay … we go back over to Chapter 7 here in the Kailua study series, and he says:
“Our work is not to get rid of the body, but rather to be clothed upon with a new concept of body,” or I like better … a new awareness of body. [And] “at some time we will all put off this outer envelope and step out into a higher heritage, for we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God: An house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” That’s what we just said. “Some will die after the flesh, and some will voluntarily lay down this form for a higher one, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.”
Now, you see that? We here in this group have the opportunity to lay down this concept voluntarily here, now. Step into an awareness of incorporeality, of an incorporeal Self, of an incorporeal Supply, of an incorporeal Life, of an incorporeal friend. We will find incorporeality. All right?
Now … back over to the book, Incorporeality: [of] God, Man, and Universe.
“Do you understand the point to which I am leading? (Joel asks). You will never do good spiritual healing work until you attain the inner awareness, not the thought or the belief or the faith – but the inner awareness of the incorporeal nature of man’s being. The only image there is of God is man. God appears as man. But since God is incorporeal, man is incorporeal. The fact that man has a corporeal body does not make him corporeal. The fact that he travels in an airplane does not make him an airplane. And the fact that he uses a body does not make him a body? Man himself is the same incorporeality that God is, because they are One, not two. It is God Itself that is living man’s life. “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”
All right? But this must be an inner experience, first in your meditation and later with eyes open. So I put in the margin here some years ago: Joel is telling us in each meditation we must drop the structural life of man including patient and including our self. Then comes the awareness of the truth of being, or incorporeal being, and we rest in that, and healing follows.
But what is it really? Is it really healing? No. We know better now. As he put here: “A higher concept appears.” That incorporeality dissolves the false concept of self and reveals a little more of the reality, and we call that a healing. So Joel says, “to live mystically you not only must live as I, but you cannot teach or heal except as you recognize that you are I, whether it’s sitting on this side of the table or the other.”
Now … “watch the difference, (says Joel), when you begin to accept not only the incorporeality of God, but the incorporeality of man. Then everyday that you live you become younger and stronger because the more of incorporeal life you use, the more you have. You are dealing with an incorporeal God manifest as an incorporeal man. You are living, moving, and have your being in the conscious awareness of this.”
That’s the key word – the conscious awareness of this. You have the conscious awareness that God is your incorporeal being. God is your incorporeal body. First in your meditation, later with eyes open. And you look at your spouse, your child, your mother, your father – you have the conscious awareness of the incorporeality of their being, which is the incorporeality of your being. “But – says Joel – if you are a human being who has nothing more than a physical body and a mind, then of course what I’m saying to you cannot make sense because you have no capacity with which to receive it.”
And so in this ministry or in the spiritual life you must have this additional faculty of discernment, or none of this can make sense, which is why the wisdom of God is foolishness to man. You go out there on the street and say: “Hey, hey listen Mr. Mailman! Did you know that you’re invisible being and all this walking around here is just a concept? And he’ll probably say … well, that’s fascinating and scratch his head and walk away. Or … in Mr. Jacob’s time, the Church said: “Why this is heresy!” and wanted to burn him at the stake. At any rate, they have no capacity with which to receive it because they haven’t had the experience or the awareness of it in meditation.
And Joel says:
“I had a [really] hard time with business. (He says): I ended up as broke as anyone has ever been [because]… I was trying to live in a corporeal sense of supply and … demonstrate incorporeal supply, and it cannot be done. To attempt it is to tear yourself to pieces!”
You understand what he is saying there? He is saying this word, this silly little word, incorporeality – a lot of syllables. It must become – we must have this spiritual discernment, this inner capacity, or the Father within must reveal to us the incorporeality of our being, of our mate’s being. The incorporeality of our supply. The incorporeality of our health, our life. The incorporeality of our beloved. We really must step out of corporeality into incorporeality. So he says:
“We’re carrying forward the unfoldment of the incorporeality of God into the incorporeality of man, the incorporeality of body, and the incorporeality of supply.” Now… “you must know that all supply is incorporeal, (he says). When it appears visibly, we attach a corporeal sense to it, but it’s [just] as present now as it ever will be (in the invisible). As it manifests, we attach a corporeal sense to it, but it does not necessarily have to be that way.”
“Many persons, in moments of spiritual discernment, have witnessed the incorporeal form of man. I, too, have beheld the incorporeal form hundreds of times, because when a person is in the Spirit, that is all he can behold.”
Now that should tell you right there that as you live and move and have your being in Spirit, the only thing you can behold is the incorporeality of those coming to you or those appearing to you.
And so I repeat again where we started: We must be willing to let go of the concept of person and in its place stand still until the incorporeality of them is resurrected in our consciousness and comes out of that tomb. Then, when we see, when we behold, when we are consciously aware of the incorporeality – this then is what we can love forever with all of our mind, heart, and soul. And by seeing this, it then begins to manifest, and Joel said he did this hundreds and hundreds of times. Sometimes with eyes closed, sometimes with eyes open.
So he says:
“Unless you have the spiritual vision (not the mental thought, not the belief – but the spiritual vision) that can perceive beyond the physical senses and see the incorporeal man and woman, see fruits and trees and crops all as incorporeal, even though you entertain a material sense of them, (well – unless you can do that) the crippled man is going to stay crippled …”
“The metaphysician who has not succeeded in the spiritual ministry,… in healing persons or demonstrating supply or bringing forth… [ fruit] has failed because he has had an incorporeal God called Spirit, and he was trying to make It manifest corporeally. And there is no corporeal creation. Now I have that triply underlined. There is no corporeal creation. It is we who entertain a corporeal sense of an incorporeal creation!”
See – we entertain a concept of the invisible. We entertain a concept of incorporeal being, and we love the concept and not incorporeal being. But you are to have no other Gods before me.
So he says:
To know God aright you must be unknowing, but to know man aright (or to know your spouse aright) you must be equally unknowing. [And] to know supply aright you must be unknowing. You must never deal with corporeality in your spiritual ministry. … The fabric of life, which is consciousness … is incorporeal.” Although it appears as corporeal form, it is really incorporeal form. So if you focus on the concept appearing as form, then of course you’ll have to go through the loss of that concept. But if you focus on the incorporeality and the incorporeal form, the word made invisible flesh – ah, this then is eternal and you will – well – “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
“Rising to mystical consciousness in prayer and treatment means rising into incorporeality. You must begin (says Joel) with an incorporeal God that you cannot see, hear, taste, touch, smell, or think. Be sure of that last point: you cannot think it. You can know God aright as long as you are not thinking … [But] if you stop with incorporeal God, your ministry will bring forth only the fringes of … healing. The moment you have incorporeal man and you drop his structural appearance, you will stop trying to reduce fevers and lumps. You will stop trying to arrest the aging process, because incorporeal man has none. He was never born and he will never die; he was never born, [and] he cannot age.”
“When you have that man as your ministry, you must have healings.” And when you have that One, that incorporeal being as your spouse, then you must have love, an eternal love. You must have companionship, an eternal companion. You must have – well, more of that incorporeal being appearing as healings.
“This is the ultimate truth ( says Joel). There is nothing left to teach. You cannot go beyond incorporeality. You cannot. You have to ( you – each of you hearing this) you have to bring forth incorporeality out of your consciousness, bring forth incorporeal man out of your consciousness, incorporeal body and incorporeal supply.”
Do you see the importance now of why we should seek incorporeality? See the purpose for this talk today? This is a very important principle, incorporeality. And so I suggest that you look at that chapter in Beyond Words and Thoughts, Incorporeality: God, Man, and Universe. I suggest you review, perhaps listen if you have the talks, otherwise read the talk in the Kailua study series, Chapter 7. The talk is called: Understanding the Body, and I suggest you go into meditation and ask that the Father within, or the Presence, or the Christ – whatever you call it – the I of your being – reveal incorporeality to you.
Now, let us be still for a moment and see if there’s anything else to say.
I of myself am nothing. Yet, there is an incorporeality here. Let it reveal itself.
This is again one of those sayings that surely comes from “I have more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now,” and perhaps now we’re in a way of spiritual discernment where we can bear it. And so you see, the way to eternal life is now in your hands. You can lay down the concept, all of these concepts willingly. You can step right out of the concept, right out of the mind that entertains concepts and stand still, and the Christ of your being will lift you into an awareness, a consciousness of your own incorporeality, which of course, is the incorporeality of all being. And that’s all there ever was to the practice of spiritual healing. Simply to recognize this that I am seeing is a concept, and the one seeing it is a concept, and now I let that go and stand here, and I am still, and I would know the incorporeality of God. And then stand there or rest there until incorporeality reveals itself to you. And when incorporeality reveals itself to you and you stand in it and you feel the humming of it, you feel the movement of it, you feel the vibration of it – it melts the concept, and It Itself takes form.
And so it’s up to each of you individually to decide: I will die to these concepts and step into my own incorporeality before I leave here. I will do it right here, right now, perhaps in little ways in my meditations at first, yet greater and greater as I go along until I can stand in my incorporeal Self, in my own incorporeality. In the incorporeality of I, I stand. Or in the incorporeality of I, I rest. And behold … God makes all things new. And standing there I never have to taste death again.
And so I wish for you a whole new, happy new self – an incorporeal Self which you can tell no man about, but which you can experience and love with all your heart, mind, and soul and rest in, and it will never leave you because it is you. I wish for you this whole new incorporeal Self.
This morning we’re going to take a look at the principle: The Father within me, He doeth the works. Now I know some folks have reported being uncomfortable with these recent talks, and I’m sorry to say that today’s talk is not going to be any better. The Christ said: There are many things I have to tell you, but you cannot bear them now − some 2000 years ago. And we now, 2012 years later, surely we must be ready to hear them even if they do make us uncomfortable. So we’re going to take a look at this principle and how we might practice it and how we might live it and how we might let it live us.
Recently someone online thanked me for the website and sent me some documents which contained quotes from the German man, Jacob Boehme (Bay-meh is the way it’s pronounced. I looked it up. The dictionary says it’s Bay-meh). Jacob Boehme from the 1500s and 1600s – 1624. He lived until 1624. Anyway, this was the shoemaker if you remember. All he did all day was repair shoes, and yet he had some mystical experiences, and because he localized them and put them in writing, the church at the time became very upset and wanted to burn him at the stake for heresy. But that never happened and he lived out his normal life. Close to the end the church became roused up again and he had to leave for a little while, but he came back within the year, and it is said he lived a normal life. He had a wife and he had 4 children, 4 sons I think it was, and he was a shoemaker, a shoe repairer.
Jacob Boehme … and he said this: (Listen carefully today. Put on your listening ears. Listen with your soul – that’s me talking, not Jacob. I want you to listen to what Jacob has to say, because it’s the Christ speaking in and through Jacob).
“No man can make himself a child of God. But he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God.”
Now that means surrender, doesn’t it. It means being in a state of complete obedience or receptivity to God. So again:
“No man can make himself a child of God. But he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God. Then will God make him his child. He must be dead to all sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.”
And you can see that’s all about surrendering and being receptive, isn’t it? Now we all know that Jesus said, Jesus Christ said: “I can of mine own self do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” Does that not again seem like standing still and being a witness?
Now in the Kailua study Joel goes into more detail. He takes this principle and he …he puts flesh on it. He expands it, and he does so in our modern language. He says this … and again, I remind you to listen.
Now, the point that I am making is this: (This is the 1955 Kailua study series. This is chapter 12, and it is called Experiencing the Christ. It’s one of my favorite all-time chapters. And this is, we’re starting on second paragraph of page 10). All right…
“Now, the point that I’m making is this: In being aware of the discords of human existence, instead of drawing on this head for your denials and affirmations, instead of drawing on your head, on your thinking, on your [memorization] of truth, now [I want you to] stand stock still, and let the Father give you the necessary truth for the situation. Because [this] is the way I have to do it when I’m called upon for help. I can’t turn to a single soul. [I can’t turn to] any memorized statements from my writings. Because if I thought they had power I’d just let them do the work. No. I never go back to draw [on] anything in [the] writings or anybody else’s writings, [not] even from Scripture.”
“When I am called upon for help [for any problem], I sit down in an atmosphere of expectancy, if I have to sit down. Sometimes I’m walking or [I’m] out here under the trees. Sometimes I’m at the table eating. But I am so in [a state of receptivity] a receptive state of consciousness that regardless of what presents itself to me, I wait for the Father to give me the answer.”
And Christ Jesus said: “The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
And Joel says:
“I wait for the Father to give me the answer. I don’t rush into speech. I don’t rush into answering letters on my desk. I read them and I sit down and I listen, and if the answer isn’t there, I put the letter aside until later that day or that night or tomorrow. But when I answer a letter, it has to be the Father answering.”
The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. It has to be the Father answering.
“And so it is, when I am asked for help, you all notice my attitude. It’s always one of listening, and then if I have anything to say,[I say it]. Now this is to bring you (you that are listening today) to the point of experiencing the Christ. You experience the Christ every time a discord or inharmony appears to you, and instead of you making a statement of truth or thinking a thought of truth, thinking a truth, you just turn within and wait until something comes to you. It doesn’t have to come in words. It doesn’t have to come in thoughts. Eventually you will discover it comes in just a feeling of release, and you know all is well.
That is the experience of the Christ, and that is the point I am trying now to see if all of you can embody. The method?”
What’s the method? Well, what does our good friend Jacob say? “No man can make himself a child of God. He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God. Then will God make him his child. He must be dead to all false sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.”
And furthermore, Jacob says: “It’s not that I know these things, but God knows them in me.” You see, Jacob has discovered it’s useless for him with his mind to know truth. God must know truth in him. “Listen, he says, oh blind men. You live in God and God is in you. If you live holy, that is, in obedience and surrender and receptivity, then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.” You see that? That’s what he says.
Jesus Christ says: “I can of my own self do nothing. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
Paul says: “I live yet not I; Christ liveth my life.” Is that not the same thing? I live – yet not I. Christ liveth my life.
And Joel says: “Do not engage in any controversy with any error. Stand still.” And the highest to aim for is to take no thought and wait for the Father that dwelleth in you to doeth the work. “If you must think a thought,” he says, “at least think something that has nothing to do with the problem.”
Let’s say someone presents to you a problem: “I have a cold.” And then you, if you must think something, you can think: “I have meat the world knows not of.” Well, that has nothing to do with it! Yes, exactly. “Anything like that,” says Joel, “will do. Anything like that will keep thought occupied so that your thought isn’t directly meeting or responding to or refuting the problem.”
Do you see that? And that gives the Christ, or the Father within, an opportunity to come to you in experience. You see that? He is adamant that you take no thought in regards to the problem. So if someone presents to you with a problem: “I’m experiencing lack – can you please work on my supply?” is how they usually say it. You will turn within, take no thought, and wait for an experience of release, which lets you know that God Is – and God is Is-ing. If it doesn’t come right then, you do this again in an hour or two, and again and again until it does come. And when that release comes and you know that God Is and God is Is-ing right here omnipresent, then you’re done. The work is done. You didn’t do it – you bore witness to this experience.
Now if you’re not there where you can wait upon the Lord, if you really must take thought, then take thought on something that has nothing to do so you’re not meeting the problem. See – we’re not allowed now to live on affirmations and denials. Yes, they worked in the past and we used them quite a bit. No more. Not if you would experience the Christ. If you want to stay on the level of affirmations and denials, you’ll discover they no longer work.
You must come up higher to be the living Christ.
You must put aside childish things. And so when a problem is presented to you, you are not allowed now to deny it and say: “This has no power. It’s not a part of God. God never made it.” Those are denials, and you’re not allowed to do that. Because if you do that, you’re relying on a mind, a human mind, which is supposed to be dying daily. And if you rely on affirmations and say: “Only God is present. God is Is-ing right here. God is the only presence, the only power.” Again, you’re trying to meet this problem which is being presented to your mind on the level of the mind.
And Joel says – what? …”You can’t meet a problem on the level of the problem?” Where is this problem? You have it in your mind and you’re trying to meet it with the mind, whether denials or affirmations. And this part is supposed to be dying. You’re supposed to be dying to a material sense of self. You’re supposed to be dying to a mental sense of self. So why are you trying to use the mental sense of self to meet this problem? You see the dilemma don’t you? Joel’s trying to lift us up higher in this Kailua study series.
Jesus Christ was trying to give us the principle to come up higher. You can almost see him saying: Come up higher … come up higher. Let the Father doeth the works.
And Jacob, our good friend Jacob, in 1620 is saying: You must be dead to all sense of self … standing still, not using the mind, and then will God in the Christ live in you.
See, we’re in agreement. And what is the goal? Really … is the goal to heal someone? Is that why we’re practicing these principles? No. That’s just sort of a fringe effect, isn’t it?
The goal is to live as Christ.
The goal is to die.
The goal is to experience: I live, yet not I, Christ liveth my life. Christ liveth in me.
The goal according to Jacob is: If you live this way, then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.
And so the goal is to enter Christ consciousness really, isn’t it? That’s the goal. That’s the path we’re walking. To die to self, a false sense of self and awaken in Christ consciousness. And Christ consciousness is the spiritual awareness of Christ or God everywhere, omnipresent.
Now, we said that today’s talk may make us uncomfortable. And now we enter the part where that uncomfortability might take place. You see, we have all for many years desired to meet problems with spiritual principles and watch them dissolve, and we took joy when that happened. But along comes our good friend, Jacob, who says that you must be dead to all false sense of self. Then only will God in the Christ live in you. And along comes Paul who says: “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.” And Jesus Christ says: Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? And that’s also true of you?
And our good friend, Joel, spells it out without any reservations. Here’s the pure truth – like it or lump it! This is the truth. And so now listen – really, really listen. He says if you do this with the problems that are presented to you, if you take no thought, if you stand still, that gives the Christ an opportunity to come to you in experience.
“Later on,” says Joel, “you will follow the same method with all of the harmonies, because once you have achieved the slightest degree of success in meeting discords, the next thing that will present itself to you is this: If you look at a 12-, 15-year-old child and think how beautiful, how sweet, how innocent, how nice – your thought will rush ahead a little to 10 years from now or 20 or 50, and you’ll say: “Oh, this just a temporary good. This pure, innocent, sweet, clean, healthy child is going to be a doddering old woman or a sinful man.””
“Do you see what I’m getting at? Because you know right well that the human good of this moment won’t remain. And so you will learn to follow the same principle, same practice when you see youth, health, vitality, wealth. You will learn to look right through it and not rejoice in it, but clear your thought in the same spiritual way and stand still so that the Christ can show you the truth about what appears even as human good. Just as you want Christ to reveal the truth about a discord and an inharmony, you had better … you had better want the Christ to reveal the truth about good human appearance, or it’s only a question of time when it’s going to change to bad human appearance.”
“The nature of all human good is to become evil, isn’t it? Youth becomes age. Health becomes sickness. Strength becomes weakness. Abundance becomes lack. And so forth. And finally, life becomes death. That’s the history of the human world. By first training ourselves with the evidences or appearances of discord and inharmonies, to close our mind to that picture and permit the Christ to reveal the true nature of being, we then prepare ourselves for the next step, and the next step is to look out at beautiful trees, beautiful plants, beautiful animals, wonderful youth, beautiful sunsets, mountains, and be able to not think good thoughts. But wait patiently for the Christ to reveal the truth about them.”
Now … that is exactly the same as: He must be dead to all false sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.
That is the same as: Henceforth know we no man after the flesh. I live, yet not I. Christ liveth my life.
That is the same as: I of myself am nothing. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.
Do we not see that the next step that we have to take, we literally have to unsee the entire world in which we thought we were living. We have to allow the Father within to doeth the works. Again, Jacob says to us: “No man can make himself a child of God … he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience or receptivity to God, and then God will make him His child. He must be dead to all false sense of self, and then God in the Christ will live in him.”
Do you see this? We have said for years maybe that we want to live as Christ. We want to be instruments for Christ. We want to experience Christ consciousness. Now that Christ consciousness says to us: You must die completely to all false sense of self everywhere. Well, this seems okay when we’re meeting discords, doesn’t it? Oh yes, this is – this is good. Yes. I can – I can stand still and God reveals Itself where the discord appears to be, and the discord dissolves and I become aware of God everywhere.
Ah – but now Christ says: You must know this truth about the harmonies and the good of human existence. You must turn and look at your spouse, your partner, your wife, your husband, even your son and daughter, your grandchild, your parents – you must be able to look right at your spouse whom you love, and recognize – this is an appearance. It’s just as much an appearance as that inharmony. I have not seen what’s here. I am in love with a mental image. A nice image … but still an image.
What is the truth here? I must turn within with the same principle. I can of mine own self not see what’s here. I can bear witness. I can stand still. I can be receptive. Father, what is the truth? And then wait … wait. Take no thought. Don’t try to put something there with your mind: Oh, this is a child of God and God is here. No. You cannot meet the harmony either with the mind.
“No man can make himself a child of God. He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience or receptivity.”
“We prepare ourselves for the next step,” says Joel, “which is to look out at beautiful trees, beautiful plants, beautiful animals, [a wonderful spouse, beautiful partner,] and be able to think no thoughts about them. But wait patiently for the Christ to reveal the truth.” You see? We have to give up all our childish toys, even the good ones. We in this class must be willing to go to any length to awaken to Christ consciousness, to awaken to Christ everywhere. We have said that like Jacob we want to live in God and experience God living in you. We want to live this spiritual life so deeply that then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look there will be God.
That’s what we’ve said we wanted. Well … you cannot have that and hang onto humanhood. Not your humanhood, not her humanhood, not his humanhood. In order to stand or rest in Christ consciousness you must die to all false sense of self. Now Joel says, “there is no literature in all the world, ancient or modern, that reveals this truth. There is none. Search for it and see if you can find it. There’s no literature, ancient or modern, that reveals the way to attain Christhood.” And he means in specific, exact instructions like he’s giving today.
So … do you want to lay down your life, or are you going to be like Peter? “I will lay down my life for you!” Will you, Peter? “Will you lay down your life for me?” Most of us say that, but like Peter we won’t really give up all false sense of self because we’re enjoying him too much, we’re enjoying her too much.
This is not for the fainthearted or the weak. Narrow is the path, and Joel tells us again how to do it: “Stand aside. You don’t refute appearances. You don’t enter into a mental argument with it. Stand aside and realize: “I am the way.” You say – that’s meaningless! Good! … says Joel. The more meaningless it is, the better. So let it be, because we do not want through the power of our thought or reason to meet a situation – but through the Christ. Remember that statement.”
“We do not wish even through reason to meet a case, but through Christ. The Christ which passeth all human understanding.” You see that? You can’t have this experience of the Christ when you’re taking thought because the Christ is hidden. It’s hidden. And you can’t experience the Christ … well … do you really think you can experience the Christ when you have your eyes closed in meditation and then open your eyes and look lovingly and longingly at her? Where is the Christ then? You’re looking lovingly and longingly at her or him, and now the Christ is hidden. You’ve gone back into a mental image. You’re living in humanhood. It’s good humanhood, but Joel says we reach the place where we have to take that step.
“He says Christ is the activity that takes place in your consciousness when no thinking is going on.” And I might add – no human feelings either. “Oh, he’s so precious, my little grandson!” What are you looking at? What are you looking at? Yes, it is true Joel says you lose some of the good things in life, but what you gain more than compensates for it when you are able to see Christ everywhere. When you are able to like Jacob says – when you are able to –when you yourselves are God and wherever you look, there will be God.
I will lay down my life for you, Christ! Will you? Will you lay that down too? Will you lay down her and him and it? Will you lay down not just the inharmonies, but the harmonies as well? Will you let God within doeth the works? Will you let God reveal what is really there? Can you be Christ part of the time and human part of the time? Do we not reach this jumping off place where we have to go for broke, where we have to say: “I’m willing to go all the way. I may not be real good at it yet, but I’m willing to go, and I’m going to start practicing. I’m going to start seeing not just the discords, but the harmonies as well as nothing, or nothingness. I’m going to stand still, stock still. Not think any thoughts of truth about it. But wait … wait upon the Lord.”
And if you wait upon the Lord it is said, “you will mount up with wings as eagles.” Eagles, of course, are symbols for messengers of God because they fly up high close to God according to Native Americans. Do you want to mount up and be the instrument for a message of God? Then you must wait upon the Lord.
We talked about it last week and the week before. Waiting on that movement, and the Spirit breathed over the face of the deep. I love that. That’s exactly how it feels, but that feels that same way not just releasing the discord and standing still, but also releasing the harmony and standing still. This must be a constant state of consciousness, or as our good friend, Jacob, puts it: “He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God,” which is what Jesus Christ was living when he said: “I can do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works, and I bear witness to that.”
Yes, and that’s what Joel says here is pretty much what was just said.
“When you [can] come to that point of absolute humility where Jesus found himself when he said “I can of mine own self do nothing.” When you come to that point of absolute humility, you will stand still in thought with your ear wide open, your inner ear, waiting and giving God the opportunity to come out into expression, [and that] is when Christ will have the opportunity to fulfill Itself in [our] experience.”
You see that? We can’t make it any plainer. But what we have to know now is to complete the picture, it has to be in all of our affairs. Yes, even with sweet little Johnny. Even with lovely Madalyn. You see that? Even with that beautiful mountain range. Even with the wonderful sunset. Even with those billions of stars.
Joel told us many years ago we have to convert the entire, this entire – well – this world has to be reinterpreted into omnipresence, and you don’t do the reinterpreting. You stand still.
Remember … he told us. He told us even in this part we’re reading here up above where he, well – let’s see if we can find it so we can use his words. If you remember, he was standing before the bed of someone that was dying and nothing would come to him, and he didn’t think any thoughts. He just stood there speechless. He knew the guy was going to die if something didn’t come. And he says, “I can assure you you can keep out the Christ by speech and thought. All the recitation of nice metaphysical statements, even Scriptural promises – those are hindrances to the activity of this invisible Christ. Unless they come forth spontaneously as the activity of the Christ, just as they did as I stood at that man’s bed in the hospital, standing there in a state of receptivity. Then the Voice said: Man does not live by bread alone.”
Now remember – he was on an iron lung, the man, and the words that came from within when the Father did the works were “Man shall not live by bread alone,” and Joel understood instantly … that’s right, that’s right. We don’t live by breath. We live by Christ. It’s Christ. It is I. Be not afraid. And instantly the man signaled for the nurse and they took away the iron lung and he left the hospital a couple days later. Remember? That’s what he’s saying.
“Now we can heal wherever there is a receptive consciousness. We can reform. We can redeem. We can renew. We can regenerate. But only in one way, and now you know the truth of being. Now that you have the letter of truth, and you have to keep reminding yourself of it – when you’re actually living about your business all the rest of the day: Don’t think thoughts! Keep yourself receptive to an inflow of thoughts so that it breaks through into your consciousness, and thereby you have the experience of the Christ.”
“Now eventually, as I said before, you will go through this same procedure when you witness the harmonies of life, when you witness a beautiful sunset you will turn also and open a way for the Christ experience to come so that you can rightly see the sunset as it is or the mountain scene as it is. This will ultimate in the activity of the Christ being a constant experience, one not achieved, one not attained at certain moments of the day or night, as when you sit down to meditate and then the other 90 percent of the time you’re back in this humanhood, this human state of consciousness. No, no – it will be a constant state of be-ing, so that at any time necessary you can blink the eye and the activity of Christ will consciously be realized. But it isn’t even necessary that that be done.”
Now listen. “The time eventually comes” – this is for all of us, and hopefully you’re still listening – listen. “The time eventually comes, and I call that in all the writings a point of transition where you pass from living your own life to having your life lived for you and through you. Where you become nothing more than an instrument for this divine experience – and you go where you’re sent and when you’re sent, and you have no will of your own. No wish of your own. No desire of your own. You never have supply of your own and you never even have health. It is always an It that is living Its own life, and you go along for the ride.”
He says, “we engage our minds while we wait, and by refraining from taking a statement of truth or thinking truth, the Christ announces Itself.” And so this transition is what Jacob means when he says: Listen, oh blind men. You live in God and God is in you. If you live [this] holy [way], that is … waiting upon the Christ … then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.
And Christ Jesus says: “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? I can of mine own self do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
And our friend, Paul, says: “I live, yet not I. Christ liveth my life,” and henceforth I know no one after the flesh. I know only God. I know only Spirit everywhere.
Now … we must take this step. It’s a hard saying, bitter in the belly, yet we must take this step. The principle is: The Father within doeth the works. This must be our experience not only with the inharmonies. Not only do we stand still and become beholders as God reveals Itself where the inharmony was appearing; now we must take the more difficult step and stand still even while eating or walking or swimming or driving and allow God to reveal Itself where the harmony appears. In this way the entire human scene is transformed into Heaven here and now. But it means you have to let go of some of these cherished mental images, doesn’t it? Yes, sir – it sure does. Yes, ma’am – it sure does.
I will lay down my life for you, Master! Will you lay down your life for Christ? Will you? Yes, this is the point of transition. This is the point where Christ liveth our lives in all of our affairs. This is the point where we completely die to any false sense of self as Jacob told us, and God lives in us and we see God everywhere. Christ lives Itself.
Let us be still for a moment and see if this completes today’s talk. Father, you doeth the works. I stand still and listen.
And so I wish for you, all of you – a new Self. As in our human world 2012 turns to 2013, I wish for you that you step out of that and into the flow of eternity in which Christ liveth Its life. Not by might. You cannot make the change yourself physically nor mentally with any statement of truth that you think. And it’s really not about meeting problems by being still and letting Christ consciousness speak.
It’s really about meeting this world in its entirety with nothing but silence and allowing Christ to reveal God’s omnipresence, or the Isness of God. Not evil, not good. The pairs of opposites must go. On this path in this new Consciousness the pairs of opposites cannot exist. You cannot have evil anymore. Ah … but also you cannot have good anymore. You can only have what God reveals as Its Isness.
I will lay down my life for this Isness. Well, if this is true then you know what you must do. Completely die to the world of opposites and be reborn into a new awareness of whatever Christ, the Father within you, reveals as that which Is, as that which I Is.
Blessings to you my dear friends. May we rest back in the Oneness of Christ Consciousness and see the heaven of here and now. Thank you so much for drawing this forth today.
Well, I just finished my walk for a mile and here in the mountains there is no level ground, so you walk up and you walk down, and you walk up and you walk down, but it was a beautiful walk. The birds were out. The sun was out. Although it was only 24 degrees out, it was still quite nice. I walked past the creek and heard the water running and looked at the little waterfall and looked up at the deep blue sky and it was peaceful.
Last year my wife got for me a very wonderful shirt. It is flannel on the outside and fleece on the inside, and it is warm, so I’m able to take those walks and everything is warm except my ears, which I’m working on. Going to get one of those hats with the flaps that come down and hopefully Santa will bring it to me in a couple of days and I’ll have my ears warm as well when I go out on these walks.
But anyway, I went out on this walk and during the walk I was thinking of a principle, and the principle is “surrender.” Now I don’t know if you know much about surrender or how important it is. I know Joel has a chapter in A Parenthesis in Eternity called Self Surrender, and in that chapter he talks about the new students feeling that they should mount up in the seventh heaven and have servants and students and all sorts of things. But he points out that the opposite is true: The higher you go, the more of a servant you become. And so, self surrender, he says, is very important.
Now I had a man tell me back when I was 22 and he was 80, he said to me: “There will never be a time when we don’t have to surrender to God. We will always have to surrender.”
And I wasn’t too keen on that idea, in fact, when I was 19 years old and searching for God and searching hard for God, trying to find God, and I couldn’t find him anywhere. I had read The Art of Meditation and perhaps The Art of Spiritual Healing and Practicing the Presence, and I tried to meditate. I tried to pray, but I couldn’t feel God anywhere. And so for all intents and purposes, it was as if God didn’t exist.
Oh, I had a concept of God, and I believed in that concept, but I didn’t have any experience, any feeling, any conscious awareness of the living Presence. But I tried. I really tired. And eventually after a year and a half of hard labor I became so frustrated, so angry at myself, feeling I must be a failure and angry at God – why was he playing hide-and-seek with me? And then I started to wonder: “Maybe there is no God. Maybe these people are calling it God, but it’s not really God. And I just … I just was so frustrated … and perhaps that’s not a bad place to be, because you remember in several of the books, in many places in the writings Joel talks about having to get rid of every concept of God we ever had in order to experience God, and that that can be a painful process, and it was for me.
And eventually at the height of the frustration, when I felt I could take no more, I just broke down one night at two in the morning – three in the morning. I lived in Pasadena, California in the County of Los Angeles, and I sat out on my front porch steps in the middle of the city, and the dam broke. I just … I just started to sob, and I cried out to the universe and I said:
“God – Jesus – Buddha – Christ – anyone – anywhere – I’ll do anything if you just show me how to live.” And I meant it from my longest toenail to my longest hair on my head – I would do anything.
And see, something happened to me at that moment, because I became teachable. Up until then I was full of the letter of truth, and I mean full of it: I could quote it to you and spout it off at any moment and often did – sometimes when people didn’t even ask! Of course, that didn’t win friends and influence people, but … I knew the letter backwards and forwards, and yet – I knew nothing about God. Nothing. Zero. Was not even sure God existed. But when I cried out to the universe, when I cried out to God: I’ll do anything if you just reveal yourself really is what I meant; if you just show me how to live.
Well, at that exact moment in time, that split second I realized I did not know anything in spite of all the letter I had memorized … and I became teachable. Inside myself I became receptive for the first time, and although I didn’t feel anything sitting there on my front porch steps, in the days that followed all sorts of remarkable miracles began to take place because inside myself I had surrendered.
I surrendered a personal sense of knowing the truth. My understanding of truth I surrendered. I had no understanding. My prayers I surrendered. I had no prayers. No prayers were left. Just an emptying out, just a surrender. And when that kind of a vacuum is created, we all know if by no other means but by reading, we know that when you create a vacuum, God happens.
God is constantly Is-ing, and that is perhaps the only truth that we can say is absolute. God Is.
Yet, to experience the Isness of God, to experience God Is-ing, there must be a complete surrender of self, of a false sense of a personal self. And then into that vacuum rushes the living Presence of God. The living Presence of God was always omnipresent, but never felt until the vacuum, until the surrender.
And so in that state of surrender, standing in that unknowing, God began to reveal itself in my experience. And miracle after miracle after miracle took place.
And then something else happened, and that is – the personal sense of self slowly took control again and took back everything and started to try to run things. Well – that’s my money, so I’ll invest how I want to. Well – that’s my marriage, and I’ll direct it the way I want to. Well – that’s my career, and I’ll – and so on and so forth. So a personal sense of self exerted itself again, and although I thought at the time of that surrender on my front porch steps, I thought: “Oh, I’m so glad that happened and I never have to do that again” – it turned out that my friend was right. There will never be a time when we don’t have to surrender.
Now I told you that a little while after this … I told you in the last talk that my wife left me, and she did. And while I was there alone, again another surrender, a deeper surrender took place in which I asked God to take all of me … all of me.
I realized that the scripture: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” was an act of surrender.
Not by personal, physical might – because that personal, physical might is nothing. And not by personal, mental power – because that, too, is nothing. But in the surrender of that and the standing still from that, My Spirit functions.
And then, too, I began to realize Joel’s right. If we only know within ourselves that God is omnipresent, if we only bear witness to God, then we only have half of the package. That’s only half of it. We have to have the total package in order to have what he calls the demonstration to which we are entitled – or to which we can have – is the way he puts it. We rob ourselves of that complete demonstration if we only have half the package.
And so the complete set of principles are:
When I recognize the nothingness of a personal sense of a material life, and I recognize that a personal sense of mind thinking thoughts of truth, or the truth as I understand it, is also nothing, then I surrender a personal sense of self, a personal sense of physical life, a personal sense of mental life, a personal sense of truth – the truth I understand – that must go too. A personal concept of God. God as I understand God. That must go too.
In the practice of the principle of bearing witness to the nothingness of self – of a personal sense of self – a surrender happens. I surrender out of that personal sense of self. I surrender it, and standing there still – standing there naked – standing there open and receptive – God Is, and I become aware of God Is-ing.
One of the most beautiful scriptures to me is: “And the Spirit of God moved over the face of the deep.” I love that because that’s how it feels. When you stand there in complete surrender or rest – rest in complete surrender from a personal sense of body or mind or life or truth or being and surrender. Then just like this moment, the Spirit of God moves over the water and you feel it. You become consciously aware of it. It’s a living thing.
It was there before, but you weren’t. You were inside of a personal sense of existence. But when you see the nothingness of a personal sense of life, you surrender. You stand still. You watch. You bear witness to the nothingness of a personal sense of self and standing still – “Behold – I come quickly.” The Spirit moves over the face of the deep. There is a flowing. There is a presence. There is an invisible spiritual Being moving, and you feel it…you feel it. You are conscious of it. And now you are practicing the second half of the principle: Bearing witness to God in action.
So there’s two parts: You bear witness to the nothingness of a personal sense of self. You surrender, and in the surrender, in that attitude of resting from a personal sense of self, the Infinite Invisible Self moves through your being, reaching right up through you out into the world.
This principle of surrender is very important. After my wife left, while I was by myself I was lying down to sleep one night. I wasn’t yet asleep, but I wasn’t awake – I was in that in between stage, and lying there peacefully in the state of surrender, I heard a voice, an internal voice. It wasn’t the mind…of that I am certain, but the voice said this:
“God needs no prayer. God already Is. Man needs prayer in order to let God Is.”
And so startling was that that it woke me up, and I jumped out of bed and ran for a piece of paper and a pencil, and I wrote that down, and now of course, it is in the book Steps to Mystical Experience, but it became the foundation for my life of prayer: God needs no prayer. God already Is.
See, most of us pray to God for this or that or the other. Send me health. Give me wisdom. Give me that, give me this. Take away this, take away that. But God needs no prayer. Not that prayer, because God already Is.
There is nothing you can do to influence God. Who can influence, or what can influence the Infinite? One thing alone … and it doesn’t influence the Infinite … it simply provides an opening – and that is surrender.
God needs no prayer. God already Is. Man needs prayer in order to let God Is.
And so you see, I discovered that night Paul’s injunction that we must pray without ceasing. I never knew what it was until that night. I used to think: “Wow, how can we pray without ceasing and do our jobs at work every day? How could I possibly pray without ceasing and be attentive to my wife? How could I pray without ceasing and do a good job with the children? How can I pray without ceasing and even drive my car?” And I didn’t understand it for a long time, but you see, prayer becomes now an act of surrender.
Prayer is an act of surrender. Again, we are told that we don’t know how to pray. The Spirit makes intercession, but the Spirit makes intercession when you surrender. So … I discovered how to pray without ceasing, and that is by practicing throughout the day, and if I awaken in the night, staying surrendered.
Now Joel tells us and told us in the Kailua study series that at least 12 times a day we need to pause for two or three minutes and just invite God: Father, reveal Thyself, or anything else that reminds us just to rest, just to be still, just to surrender. And then pause and wait one minute or two minutes and see if we feel that movement … if somehow or another the Presence of God reveals itself or flows through our being.
And – if it does – well, it’s a beautiful thing. We open our eyes and go about our business. And if it doesn’t that’s okay too, he says, because he points out that the goal is what? You remember? The goal is to create a consciousness that is consciously aware of the living Presence of God and has an area of consciousness set aside for listening. In other words, this act of surrender must be a continuous act of surrender.
So we pray without ceasing. We take the Kailua study series seriously, and we practice 12 times a day. Joel says he practices this 30 or more times a day. I used to wonder how could he possibly sit down for an hour or even 15 minutes of meditation and heal or work on 300 cases of the flu in a day, and now I recognize that’s not what he did. He didn’t do that. He practiced praying without ceasing. He practiced these moments of listening so much so that his consciousness became constantly open to that movement of Spirit, of Christ within.
And I have found that even while driving my car a part of my consciousness can be listening, can be surrendered, can be open, can be receptive. The first time I became aware that I was doing this was way back when the movie Star Wars came out, and George Lucas did an excellent job with that movie. And I was watching the movie. I took my 8-year-old son to see it, and we were enjoying – I was enjoying the movie: C-P3O and R2-D2 and all the characters and robots and whatnot and Han Solo and his Wookiee – remember?
Well, I was enjoying the characters and not even thinking of anything in particular, and all of a sudden I felt a flooding of the Presence in the middle of the movie theater, in the dark movie theater. And I pulled my attention within myself at the speed of light because I wanted to know what was going on! And when I pulled it within I realized, I recognized for the first time ever that while I was watching the movie, totally caught up in the characters, an area of my consciousness was praying. Some part of consciousness was surrendered – there was an opening.
And so I had inadvertently not even known that I was saying: “Father, fulfill Thyself. Thy Will be done” and watching the movie. And the answer came – I was flooded with the Presence. So I discovered from that, that Joel did not sit down. Sometimes he sat down, but more often than not he even says in the Kailua study series he could be out swimming and at the same time praying. He could be mowing the grass and praying. He could be eating and praying. Because an area of consciousness was surrendered … was open … was receptive … was still. You see that?
And so praying becomes an act of surrender. It’s an attitude of surrender. An altitude of stillness and silence.
The principle we’re looking at today is surrender and how vitally important it is, and so Chuck was right. There is never a time when we don’t have to surrender – or – I would say it this way now: There is never a time when we don’t have to be surrendered.
And I also discovered that – you know, I used to get into some trouble and then stop and say “Uh oh! What happened!” and then I’d walk back through my day, sort of take myself a little inventory of my day and walk backwards until I could see – “Uh oh! Look … there. I…I went after that again instead of trusting God, or I forgot that God was on the scene and I wanted to fix that, or whatever the problem was.
And I used to say: “Now how did I do this again! I’m tired of doing this. There must be a better way.” And that’s when I discovered, or reinforced the idea: If I stay surrendered, then I don’t have to confront these huge problems that make me surrender. I don’t like to feel pain or uncomfortable, and so I look for ways that I can practice principles and not have to end up that way. I know they say … and I’ve been hearing all my life … that pain is the touchstone of growth.
But my experience is you don’t have to wait until you’re in pain to grow. You don’t have to carry that touchstone around with you. You can grow just as much out of love as you can out of problems. And I know this, because love of God will motivate you to stay surrendered in order to stay close to the experience of this movement of Spirit. Once you love that with all your mind, heart, and soul, that will motivate you to stay surrendered – to pray without ceasing. To continually have an area of consciousness that’s listening for Thy Father’s voice.
All right…so it is a complete package, and there’s two parts to one experience. And the first part is, as he says in the Kailua study series: Bearing witness to the nothingness of error. Or let’s just call it like it is – bearing witness to the nothingness of a person or a personal sense of self.
It really is nothing. It really is. And when you see it where you stand, when you see the nothingness of a person or a personal sense of self, then the surrender happens. You surrender. You stand still and you bear witness to God, to God Is-ing. Joel says: “Is alone overcomes the world.”
Now he didn’t mean Is and you helping, and he didn’t mean Is and your praying, and he didn’t mean Is and your personal view of truth or your personal understanding or your personal knowledge of truth. No. Is alone overcomes the world. That’s a complete sentence.
And so we surrender and bear witness to God Is-ing, and the Is alone dissolving the world and a personal sense of self. Every time we surrender and the Is happens – we become aware of the Is is a better way of saying that, because the Is is already Is-ing – but we’re not aware of it when we’re in a personal sense of life.
Surrendering the personal sense of self and seeing its nothingness and standing still before the lord, we become aware – consciously aware of God Is-ing, and that Is-ing dissolves a little deeper this personal sense of self. And standing there in the cloud of unknowing, the Is reveals itself. So do you see the importance of surrender and the principle of surrender?
All right, let’s have a little silence now. [Silence]..
I surrender this personal sense of self that I thought had wisdom, understanding, knew truth. All it had was a letter – a letter of truth – and the letter of truth kills because it’s nothing, and this personal sense of truth is nothing.
And so I surrender. I stand here still … empty … open. Father, reveal Thyself. Reveal God Is-ing. And now I wait.
And sometimes there is the movement of Spirit across the water, and it reminds me of when I was on Lake Michigan real early one morning before I started my boat. I looked out across the water and it was smooth as glass. Smooth – not a movement at all. Very, very still. And then very slowly there was a few – yes – a … a light breeze blew across my face, and I looked and there was a tiny ripple moving in the water, across the water. And sometimes it feels that way – the movement of Spirit.
And you may feel the Presence in another way, but this Presence that you feel is the only Self that’s here. You are not aware of it when you’re living as a false self, a personal sense of self. When you surrender that and stand still, the real, infinite invisible Self reveals Itself and moves Itself and lives Itself and is Itself.
And so we pray without ceasing. We surrender unceasingly. We train ourselves to have an area of consciousness that is always open to the Divine impulse.
I found this in the original book The Infinite Way, and it’s the very last chapter. I don’t think it was here in the beginning. I think he added it when he added The New Horizon. And this chapter is called: The New Jerusalem, and I’m going to read it because it’s only two pages … two pages and a little bit, a few lines, and I want to read it to you because in it you can feel – I can feel – we can feel – Joel’s surrender. You can actually feel it.
And so listen. Be still and listen. Just close your eyes. Surrender any personal sense of this chapter you thought you knew and listen. Listen for the surrender.
THE NEW JERUSALEM:
The former things have passed away,” and “all things are become new ….”
Now you see, that’s just what we’re talking about. In this surrender, the recognition of the nothingness of a personal sense of self – and the subsequent surrender – in the standing still all things are become new. This invisible Spirit reveals a new Self, a new kingdom, a new being, a new life.
“Whereas I was blind, now I see,” and not “through a glass, darkly,” but “face to face.” Yes, even in my flesh, I have seen God.
And that’s the experience of surrender. As you surrender, in that moment of silence, into that silence God pours Itself.
The hills have rolled away, (and the hills are a false sense of self). The hills have rolled away, and there is no more horizon, but the light of heaven makes all things plain.
Long have I sought thee, O Jerusalem, but only now have my pilgrim feet touched the soil of heaven.
And if you surrender daily, if you feel the movement of Spirit, then your feet are touching the soil of heaven.
The waste places are no more. (He says). Fertile lands are before me, the like of which I have never dreamed. Oh, truly “There shall be no night there.” The glory of it shines as the noonday sun, and there is no need of light for God is the light thereof.
See – you don’t need a personal sense of understanding. You know you do not have to know any truth anymore? Think of that … this personal sense of mind that had to know all this truth – NO MORE … No more. I surrender the personal sense of self, a physical, material self, and I surrender a personal sense of mind, a personal sense of mental truth, a personal sense of the letter. I don’t have to know any truth anymore EVER with the mind. No, no … no – for God is the light thereof, and in the surrender of a false personal sense of self, the invisible Spirit flows through me, and I am the truth it declares. I am the truth. Bear witness to me.
I sit down to rest. In the shade of the trees, I rest and find my peace in Thee. Within thy grace is peace, O Lord. In the world I was weary – in Thee I have found rest.
In the dense forest of words I was lost; in the letter of truth was tiredness and fear, but in Thy Spirit only are shade and water and rest.
And see – in a personal sense of truth – which is the letter of truth – there is tiredness and fear, and it doesn’t work. You can repeat it over and over and over as vain repetitions, but it doesn’t work. There is still a personal sense of self practicing a personal sense of truth.
Oh! No – no – no! We are to transition into Christhood. That’s what this group is about. And so – in the surrender of that self, in the standing still – Thy Spirit reveals itself, and it is shade and water and rest.
How far have I wandered from Thy Spirit, O Tender One and True, how far, how far! How deeply lost in the maze of words, words, words! But now (after the surrender) am I returned, and in Thy Spirit shall I ever find my life, my peace, my strength. Thy Spirit is the bread of life, finding which I shall never hunger. Thy Spirit is a wellspring of water, and drinking it I shall never thirst.
And do you recall Jesus sitting on the edge of the well and the lady there, and he said: “If thou knewest the gift and who it is that I am, and if you would have asked, I would have given you living water, and you never would have thirsted again.” Remember? This is the Spirit that sits on the well of your consciousness, waiting for your surrender. And that’s how you ask. You don’t ask with your lips. You ask with an action, and that action is … surrender. In the surrender of a personal sense of self, into that vacuum God Is-es, and you become consciously aware that that Spirit is moving over the face of the water.
And so he says:
As a weary wanderer I have sought Thee, and now my weariness is gone. Thy Spirit has formed a tent for me, and in its cool shade I linger and peace fills my Soul.
That’s exactly what happens. My Peace floods your being.
Thy presence has filled me with peace. Thy love has placed before me a feast of Spirit. Yea, Thy Spirit is my resting place, an oasis in the desert of the letter of truth.
And if you have lived on the letter and in the letter – and by a personal sense of self and a personal sense of truth, then you know what that desert is like. Ah – but in the principle of surrender, I will lift you up, and you will feel this Spirit. You will feel My Spirit, and you will find the resting place, and you will be filled with the living water.
In Thee will I hide from the noise of the world of argument; in Thy consciousness find surcease from the noisomeness of men’s tongues. They divide Thy garment, O Lord of Peace, they quarrel over Thy word – yea, until it becomes words and no longer the Word.
And see – the words are what you now surrender. Any personal understanding must go. In the silence, in the stillness, in the surrender – the Word becomes flesh and you see it, you feel it. Yes, Thy Word becomes flesh.
As a beggar have I sought the new heaven and the new earth, and Thou hast made me heir of all.
How shall I stand before Thee but in silence? (and in surrender). How shall I honor Thee but in the meditation of mine heart?
Yes, not in the meditation of mine head. Not in the meditation of what I memorize. Not in the meditation of a personal sense of self. No! No! Surrender … surrender, and in the silence the heart is felt. And the Spirit enters the heart.
Praise and thanksgiving Thou seekest not, but the understanding heart Thou receivest.
The empty heart. The surrendered heart Thou receivest.
I will keep silent before Thee. My Soul and my Spirit and my silence shall be Thy dwelling place.
Yes, your surrender will be the dwelling place of God Is-ing.
Thy Spirit shall fill my meditation, and it shall make me and preserve me whole. O Thou Tender One and True – I am home in Thee.
Yes, it shall make me and preserve me whole, or holy. Do you, dear one, wish to bear witness to the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among you and dwelling in you and as you?
Then surrender … surrender.
Surrender that which you thought you knew. Surrender a physical sense of self. Surrender a mental sense of self. Surrender a mental knowing of truth. Surrender in the recognition of the nothingness of a personal sense of self and stand still, trying to do nothing physically, trying to do nothing with the mind. Just stand still and be receptive. And in this stillness, the Spirit moves over the face of the deep. The Word becomes flesh and dwells in you.
This is the true meaning of Christmas. This is the Christmas I know is within you, and I recognize is yours by inheritance.
And so, my friends, this is the principle of surrender. Always. There will never be a time when we don’t have to surrender. Always we maintain a certain area of consciousness that is open, receptive, silent, and surrendered. Into this, God pours Itself. The invisible Isness of God, and that Is transforms the world into the living manifestation of the Word made flesh, and Christ is born again.
Blessings, and all my love.
Bill: Good morning.
This is January 19th 2020. We are continuing our study of the book Leave Your Nets, by Joel Goldsmith. We are on chapter 13, “The Inner Vision,” and there is only three more chapters, and one of those is two pages, so we’re about to wrap it up in the next few weeks.
Chapter 13, “The Inner Vision,” it begins like this: “You have come to that point in consciousness where you are seeking for what the world calls the intangible. When you came to a spiritual teaching, you knew in advance, or soon learned, that you were going to obtain nothing in the external realm.” I know that somewhat disappointing, we’ve been talking about that recently. This book is for advanced students, students who have gone beyond the place of wanting better fish and are ready to leave their nets entirely and follow Christ; the Christ within you.
So, he continues: “What you were seeking was the invisible, that which cannot be seen, heard, or known. And yet, you were seeking to be able to see, hear, and know just that. Through that seeking, you are coming to know that which is unknowable, see that which is invisible, hear that which is inaudible. And on this Nothing you now live. He “hangeth the earth upon nothing” – nothing that you will ever see, hear, taste, touch, or smell. But of this, I am sure, if you are persistent and faithful, the day will come when you will feel It, see It, hear It, and know It, even though there is no It to see, hear, feel, and know.”
Now, that’s quite a statement there, isn’t it? You will feel, see and hear It and know It, even though there is no It to see, hear, feel, and know. So, what is It? You can’t see It, hear It, feel It or know It, but you can see It, hear It, feel It and know It. What does he mean? I have to stop and ask myself that sometimes, when I’m reading along, and not just take everything for granted, that I understand it. I have to take it into my inner closet and contemplate it, until realization comes.
If you were to say to your neighbor: “God is very real, and right here, and I feel It!” and he were to say to you: “Show It to me! Where is It?” You can’t do it, because there is no It to show him. And yet, you commune with It, you feel It, you know It, sometimes you hear It and see It. This is an inner awareness that your neighbor doesn’t have. So, even though you feel It, there is no It that you can show your neighbor. Very strange, isn’t it? We live this life on, in the fourth dimension.
And so, he says: “What was it that separated the followers of the Master from all other Hebrews? These people saw something in the Master, they felt something in their association with him. They knew what the Master meant when he told them: “Take, eat; this is my body.” They knew what the others could never understand.” Why? Because they had spiritual discernment. They were able to discern the Spirit. And if you follow the directions – and most of you have, and some of you have for many, many years – if you follow the directions that were laid out, which is that you begin with the principles in the book Living the Infinite Way, and then graduate to Practicing the Presence, and start really practicing that presence, the best you can throughout the day and at night if you awaken. And then you add to that The Art of Meditation, and you learn to contemplate these principles, these scriptures, and that leads you to a place of stillness. Suddenly, you experience something that’s not of this world. You ask yourself: “Did, was that it?” And as you become more proficient at meditation: “Yes, that is It,” the It that you can’t show anybody. And so the promises: if you practice the presence, and you add meditation and you get to that place of stillness, eventually you will have the experience of It. And that’s really what the Infinite Way promises: once you have the experience of It, you shall be taught of It, of God. And so, that’s nothing external. It doesn’t promise anything external. It promises It.
“When the Master walked the earth after the Crucifixion, it is said that only a few more than five hundred people out of all the thousands who had walked those roads saw him.” And so you, who have been doing this for quite some time, have developed spiritual discernment. Yes I know, some of you came here and had it already, but for most of us we had to develop it through these steps, through steps to mystical experience.
But now, here we are, lo, these many years later, and we have the discernment, so that we are able to discern Spirit: It! And here, after the Crucifixion, he says: “Think of that! Out of the thousands in Jerusalem, only five hundred saw him! Those five hundred saw what is invisible and intangible to human sense. They saw what human beings can never see.” That’s why you can’t show It to your neighbor; It is omnipresent, but your neighbor has no spiritual discernment, has not learned to discern It, has not come up through the principles – and maybe some of your friends and students are in the same place.
And, that’s something else that comes to you, once you are able to discern It, you know who has it and who doesn’t. You are able to discern, in a, let’s say a small group of people, as you listen and watch, you are able to discern who has It, has the conscious awareness of It, and who doesn’t. And you’re able to know: well, this one here has only the words, but that’s okay, that’s where I started. And through practice, this one will also come into the conscious awareness of It. But this one here already has the conscious awareness of It, and is learning that they have to leave all, and follow Me. Ah, but this one here I can tell, this one has left all, inasmuch as is possible here on this plane.
Alright, so, discernment, you are able to discern the Spirit and the spiritual. “We, today, who have touched even the hem of the Master’s robe [which means, even the outer edge of Christ consciousness, because the robe is consciousness] require nothing that the world can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. [Okay, so if you’ve touched even the outer edge of the Christ consciousness, you no longer require that which the world can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell] In a world threatened with atomic bombs, those of us who have tasted one drop of spiritual life, love, and truth are not out looking for bomb shelters or for cabins in some remote place. And why? Because we feel an invisible security, an invisible safety, which is that impregnable safety and security that can be found only in God.” That’s pretty… pretty amazing, if you have It… I’m thinking of that couple in England, when [during] the second World War, had the conscious awareness that they were standing in the secret place of the Most High, that is in Christ consciousness. And so, while others were hiding in bomb shelters, they were out walking around with the bombs falling. And they never got hit. Never! Because they walked in a different universe, didn’t they? They walked with the spiritual awareness, and they were able to see through the bombs falling.
All around them, explosions going on! They were able to see through that, and discern It in their very presence as Omnipresence.
Aright, so: “Self-complete in God [that’s what this entire book is about, we are], self-complete in God, we walk the earth enveloped in an eternal bomb-proof shelter. We dwell “in the secret place of the most High.” Is there such a place? Is it a place at all? Or is it the consciousness of God’s presence [or the conscious awareness of God’s presence]?” So, there’s nothing magical about this. It won’t work for you to walk around repeating formulas. It won’t work for you to walk around repeating prayers. Even the prayer that begins with: ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.’ Such as spiritual prayer as that, will not help you, if you only have the words, or the thoughts about that prayer. But, if you have learned to take that prayer within, even while you are walking around, and contemplate it, to the point of resting back in it, then you will have the discernment of It, and you will step right into a different universe.
So, the secret is not words and thoughts about truth. ‘The secret place of the most High’, the secret is: conscious awareness of the truth. It’s not thinking about truth, it’s feeling and knowing truth, it’s discerning the Spirit everywhere. When you have that consciousness, than yes you have safety and security forever. And this is beautiful.
“Is it not true that none of the evils of this world shall come nigh the dwelling place of those who live in the awareness of God’s presence? [Yes, if you live in the awareness, not the thought.] That awareness is more powerful than lions and adders, [more powerful] than all the ills of human experience.” Now, listen to this, please! This line here is worth your weight in gold, when you demonstrate this line: The conscious awareness of God, or Spirit “is greater than all the evils of the world.”And I change that, just now, earlier I my meditation this morning with the rest of you, I change that to: My conscious awareness of Spirit is greater than any evil concepts in the mind. In fact, I dropped the word evil, because it’s also greater than any good. So: My conscious awareness of Spirit is greater than any concepts in the mind. Because we know now that the ‘this world’, which contains good and evil, are universal concepts in the world mind. And what breaks the hypnotism, Joel says? The conscious awareness of God. Remember, we stand a little to one side, and watch, as the stone is cut out out of the mountain without hands, without mind.
This is so marvelous! If you see this work, you’ll never doubt it again. You may not be able to obtain it every time you sit down in meditation, but more and more you will. And the day comes, when it becomes your permanent dwelling place. You are always discerning Spirit, where the world sees good and evil. And so this line: The conscious awareness of God is greater than any concept in the mind is the whole secret. That is the secret of the secret place! And if you follow, you have It.
“Any spiritual teaching is a revelation that a state of spiritual awareness, [or] God- consciousness, is greater protection than a bomb shelter. [Yep!] An awareness of God’s presence is a greater remedial agency than medicine, manipulations, or surgery. It is strange, but it is true.” Again, I caution you, please don’t do as some people have done and watch your son or your daughter or even yourself become sick, become ill, and gradually deteriorate until you give up the body, while all the time thinking you know the truth, and repeating statements of truth, over and over. No, no. It’s much better if at some point you say: ‘Okay, alright, I was not able to demonstrate that, so I’m going to go to the doctor and get better, so I can come back to my studies, until next time, if there is a next time, I can demonstrate that.’ You see? That’s far more wise than just sitting there and pretending, while your child has to suffer. No, I think it’s much better to take the child to the doctor and say: ‘Well, do what the doctor says’, and see the child bet better, and than say to yourself: ‘Well, I missed my opportunity there, but I’m going to study harder, I’m going to, maybe get with a practitioner and find out what I missed, so I can demonstrate that, so I can have the conscious awareness of God, which is greater than any manipulations, medicine or surgery.’ You see?
This require self honesty, and I know it’s difficult for some, because we know all the words, we have it memorized, we can pass a test, but we don’t have the conscious awareness. We have the thought, and it’s a beautiful thought, but it does not heal. So, we say to ourselves: ‘Well, I’m safe, I’m in the secret place of the most High.’ And we repeat the words, over and over: ‘I’m in the secret place. I’m in the secret place. I’m in the…’ and the bomb falls right on your roof ! [Laugh] Oops! No, that’s not the way to do it. I know we start that way, because that’s the only way you can start is with words and thoughts. But if you’re still doing that, and only that, after ten years, twenty years, you’ve missed something. And, for goodness sake, don’t be so prideful that you can’t ask somebody: ‘What did I miss? I missed something. Help me!’ And then the two of you can get together and the one that has progressed further down the road can say: ‘Well, this is what I discern.’ And help you to go back, practice what you didn’t practice, until you do have this discernment. It’s all within you, this entire thing, and it’s all about the conscious awareness of It. Okay?
“At this period of our experience, [and he is speaking to all of you that do discern It] we are being told to leave our “nets.” Think of it! We are told to leave our material means of making a living, and follow what? Follow Me! In other words, we must let I be our food, our protection, and our healing agency.” And now you know what I is – I is It – and when you are able to discern It, you can follow It! Your conscious awareness of It, of this wonderful spiritual Presence, is greater than any mental concept which comes your way. And if you will not be afraid of the concept, and not battle it, if you will rest back in your conscious awareness of It, of the spiritual Presence, It will break the illusion, It will dissolve the concept. And you will say: ‘Oh, wow! I’ve had a healing!,’ but hat’s not true! All that’s happened is that It dissolved the phony concept. I guess we could say in this modern age: The concept is fake news! [Laugh] Right! And so the Spirit, the conscious awareness of the Spirit dissolves the fake news! You see? That’s wonderful.
So. You know there’s a paragraph in what they call the ‘Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,’ that says exactly this principle. Many people believe that AA and AA meetings are nothing but a group therapy and a group support, and that’s not it at all. That’s only because they have seen the way that Hollywood displays it. But Hollywood is wrong. It’s really a spiritual path and it has the same principles that we do. The Infinite Way and AA has the same principles. You have to dig for them, but they’re all there, because they’re both based on the scripture from the Bible. And so, in AA it says it like this, it says that: “We turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.” And it says: “When we sincerely took that position, that surrender, all sorts of remarkable things followed: we have a new Employer[that’s a capital E], a new Employer, which is God. He provides all that we need if we keep close to Him and perform His work well. So, being all powerful, he provides what we need.” That’s exactly what this says.
We must follow Me! And in that surrender, in AA, they follow Me. Whatever word you put on it: It, God, capital S- Self, Christ, Buddha Mind, Enlightenment, Spirit, Omnipresence, I, It. If you are surrendered and following It, well, it says in AA: “When we are established on such a footing, more and more we become interested in seeing what we can add to life.” Yes! Less and less we become interested in ourselves, more and more but we become interested in what we can pour out. You see that? These are the same principles. The secret, right there is the secret of abundant living; it is the secret of supply. We surrender, we follow It, and we pour out from within. And so, it’s right there, in the middle of that ‘Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.’ And it’s right here, in the middle of the Leave Your Nets book of The Infinite Way. We must let I be our food, protection and our healing agency. Yes, we must follow Me. These are the same principles.
Alright, so, on the next page it says: “Throughout his entire ministry… [Oh, I wanted to read something before that, let me get back here]. Every move that the Master made throughout his three-year ministry is a lesson in complete reliance on That of which the world knows nothing. [Yes, it’s a complete reliance on It] Throughout his entire ministry, [Christ] lived in his Self-completeness in God. When the Disciples wanted to get him something to eat, his answer was, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” And to the woman at the well, he promised living water. From where? He had no bucket, but he didn’t need a bucket, because the water he was talking about was invisible: no one could see it, hear it, taste it, touch it, or smell it.” You see? He was talking about drawing on It, that no one could see, hear, taste, touch or smell. That It, which is invisible, is Reality.
“How does anyone know that these things exist? How can anyone have confidence in such intangibles? Ah, there comes the secret! [And] There comes the division! If you cannot feel an inner rightness about this message, if you cannot feel an inner confidence in a “medicine” that you will never see, hear, taste, touch, or smell…if you cannot come to a place where you believe that “I am come” that you might be fulfilled physically, mentally, morally, and financially, then the thing to do is to leave this work for a season. Go back to the world of material sense until a greater degree of awareness comes, because if you seesaw between the two you will only tear yourself to pieces.”
Yes, so… that’s quite a… quite a suggestion by mister Joel, isn’t it? If you cannot feel rightness about these things. Right? If you cannot come to the place where you believe “I am come,” he says then, you need to turn back to material sense, and live in material sense a little while longer, because maybe you’re just not ready. Now, if something in you is aghast at that, and you do not yet feel, you’re not able to discern Spirit in your midst, but you want to. Well, that’s not the same thing! That’s just saying you need some more practice, you need to practice the principles as they are laid out; not as you think they are, but as they are laid out. This is different, this is someone that cannot even feel the rightness of it, just feels: ‘Oh, whatever!.. Sure!.. Yeah!.. Whatever!..’ That person is not ready. They need to turn back to material sense and go ahead, enjoy it. But for you and I that are fed up with material sense, and we’re ready for a spiritual way of life, we’re ready to leave our dependency on persons, places and things. We are ready to leave our nets and follow this inner Something that we can’t show to anybody, but we know we feel It. Well then, you and I in that boat, we’re ready to row to the shore of spiritual fulfillment. We’re ready to follow Me.
On the next page, he says, “It is really up to you.” [It’s really up to you] This work has an appeal only for those who are able to respond with some measure of love, trust, and confidence.” Now, in the very beginning, I did not have love, trust and confidence. [Laugh] I had a feeling, a feeling: ’This is true, I can’t, I don’t know why I know, but I can feel it. Now, I don’t have the conscious awareness, I just have the words and the books. I have a very keen intellectual understanding of it, but I’m not feeling it.” And so, the big realization was that I did not have the conscious awareness, and so I had to surrender at a deeper level. And when I did that, I began to experience Spirit, within and without, and all around! And I came to see: ‘Ahhhh’… (sigh of relief) And now at that point, I was three years into my study, at that point, I had love, trust and confidence. Before that, I had a struggle between the flesh and the Spirit.
So, he says: “The question now arises as to whether this message registers sufficiently within your own being for you to say, “The Christ must be my sole reliance.” At one point or another, you must leave your “nets”; you must give up every material approach to life and see life from a spiritual standpoint, and then as your faith in the infinite invisible grows, you come to understand that He that is within you is greater than he that is in the world, and that He performs that which is given you to do.” Yes, you come to see that your conscious awareness of It is greater than any concept in the mind: good or evil.
“So you turn, not because somebody tells you, you have to have faith but because of an inner conviction. Nobody can give you faith. That is something that springs up within you, and when it does, you know that your faith is not in the visible realm, not in the I of your teacher or the I of your leader, [your faith] is in the I of your own being.” Yes, you come to a place where you’re no longer relying on the consciousness of your teacher. Oh yes, you may enjoy his or her talks, you may enjoy reading some of his books, but you’re making the transition from being dependent or relying on the books and the talks, to relying on It, your own conscious awareness of Spirit. You’re still able to enjoy talks, and books and tapes and seminars, classes; you’re able to enjoy all that. However, now your reliance, you’re leaning on your own conscious awareness. You see? ‘If I go not away, the Comforter cannot come unto you.’
Those that clung to Joel after he left, well, their… their spiritual giant left and they had nothing else to cling to. But if they had been practicing the principles, at some point, they latched on to their own conscious awareness, and then the Comforter came, and they were able to say : ‘Ah, now I understand that scripture. I would have forever been leaning on him, if I hadn’t, if he hadn’t left and then I had to lean on the Holy Spirit.’
“You begin to understand the meaning of a reliance on a completely invisible Thing, so invisible that if the rest of the world knew what you were relying on, it would think you had lost your mind.” My own mother one time said to me: “Why…You’re not even human.” Smart-alack that I was, I said, ‘Thank you!’ But that was not probably very nice. [Laugh] I probably should have been a little but more gentle.
“It is a divine Wisdom that lifts a person to such heights that he can say, “Yes, I have left all to follow the Invisible, the Christ, the Master within me. I have left all to follow the vision, the vision that the man in the street has never seen and never will see.” Again, please do not make the mistake, before you have the inner awareness, before you have spiritual discernment for real, and quite your job and run off and think you’re going to be a teacher, or a guru, or sit in a cave somewhere and meditate. Do not shirk your human responsibilities. When you’re called, if you are called, you’ll know the difference, and you’ll have to obey. But again, all your needs will be provided for. If you do this just as a human being, because you have, you’re able to pass a test on these truths, a written test, but you haven’t yet discerned, you’ve only thought, then…well Joel said he had to be rather stern with some people and shake them up and go knock on their door and say: ‘What the heck are you doing?’ [Laugh) So, yes, follow Christ, don’t make a move until you know it really is Christ, and not your fanciful thinking. Okay? I never opened my mouth for thirty years after my first spiritual experience. Thirty! And Joel says elsewhere: ‘If you can avoid teaching, do it!’ [Laugh] He says: ‘If you can avoid it, avoid it!’ But, of course, we can’t when we’re called, we just can’t, it has to come out.
Alright, so, “the Master clearly stated, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.” [Alright, so] It may be true that to your sense of things your life and well-being are dependent on external aids or resources, but you will never find your spiritual sense of life while you are leaning on these material props. There are some, it is true, who have given the Infinite Invisible their entire faith, reliance, and confidence, and have not yet had their problems solved. There are some who have thrown their entire weight on the spiritual side of the scale, and who, for some reason, have not yet had the full measure of their release [And I know many of you are in this place that he is describing]. To them, I can only say: Be patient! Be patient! Let the Christ work in you and through you to your final and complete redemption, and it will come about.” Now, Christ never asks you to step on the water, until you’re ready. If you try before you are ready, you’re going to get very wet. [Laugh] But if you wait, if you’re patient until it really is the Christ, you can walk on the water.
“Leave your “nets!” [He says) Stop fishing for material fish and material remedies, and material ways of earning a livelihood, and follow Me. [And that’s what I’m talking about: stepping out on the water]. In the Master’s teaching, one statement stands out above all others. If you wish, you can leave [all] the others alone, but remember this: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Trust that I at the center of your being. Cling to that one thing or the equivalent of it: God’s grace. The grace of God in you is sufficient for you.”
What is the Grace of God? Now, what is it? Now, think! Think! If it’s true – and it is – that your conscious awareness of Spirit dissolves any and every material mental concept, then it follows that when you have the conscious awareness of Spirit, and you rest in It, It functions you! And you say: ‘Wow! This thing came to me, it just came from out of the universe, this opportunity’; ‘Wow! I just, I ran into somebody, and I never knew that they were studying the same thing I was, I am.’; ‘Wow, I went to the library, and this book almost jumped off the shelve, and it’s exactly what I needed!’; ‘This talk is exactly what I needed to hear right now!’ This is Grace functioning you, and it happens through your spiritual discernment.
So, “Trust that I Cling to that one thing, God’s Grace. The grace of God in you is sufficient for you. Cling steadfastly and whole-heartedly to the truth that His grace is sufficient for you: His grace, nothing out here, just His grace. It will come. It cannot fail. It will come, and it will be [right on] time.”
Alright, so, Grace has always been available, but we didn’t know it. We thought we had to struggle for our living out here. We became Adam, we became the prodigal. Now, we’re on our way back home, and home is ‘the secret place of the most High’, and the secret is: the conscious awareness of Spirit, and standing or resting in It. Then, Grace begins to function you. It flows, It flows, there’s no asking, it just flows through you and It forms Itself as your experience. And, here we thought we had to build a life, but that was a temple made by hands, by mind, by concepts of good and evil. Now, we’re living in the fourth dimension. We’re living in an entirely different universe. We’re still here, right here, but it’s a different universe. It’s a universe of Spirit, governed by love, peopled with children of God; that’s what Joel calls it in The New Horizon.
We stand still, we rest, we don’t have to work that hard. We rest back in the Presence, and we’re consciously aware of Spirit, of It. We feel It, we hear It, we see It, we know It. Now, we know It ‘alrightly,’ and It flows forth, and gives us that wellspring of waters springing up into eternal life, life everlasting. This is the It that we follow. This is the It that we can’t show to anybody. We must remain silent and secret. This is ‘the secret place of the most High,’ this is the secret consciousness of the most High, this is the secret of the most High, and you’re giving It for free.
He says: “You will never lose out because Spirit is the true reality of being. This material sense of existence is only a false sense of the great glory that is in store for you when you have caught the inner vision that can perceive the Christ where others see only Jesus, when you can perceive the Spirit where others see only matter.” And there you have it! That couple walking around while bombs were raining down, they saw Spirit, where someone else saw only matter. This is the secret folks! This is it!
“As you catch one little grain [conscious awareness] of that great truth and rely on it, the second will come, the third, the fourth, and the fifth. It may be a slow process, a very slow process. [He says) It was very slow with me, and it may be slow with you; but it is a very sure one, and a wonderful one when once it is achieved. When the Master said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” he was appealing, not to common sense [not to the mind], but to the inner vision of the Disciples. [Yes, he was appealing to your spiritual discernment, your conscious awareness of Spirit] Only those who have that inner vision can obey.” And, I wrote down here: Can you? Do you have that inner vision? Do you have the conscious awareness? Have you found the secret, the great secret? If you have, well then you’re my brother and my sister and we are all one in Christ. I you have, then you are blessed beyond all humanity.
God has decided that it’s time for the second coming of Christ. And the second coming of Christ is not a man floating down in the clouds, the second coming of Christ is this inner conscious awareness of Christ. Here, in the United States, oh, down in South Africa, over in Australia, up in New Zealand, over in China, Paris, England, France… well, that is Paris [Laugh], Paris, France, Japan, Canada, everywhere… Egypt… everywhere, even Israel, Mecca… everywhere.
We, one here, one there, one there, one there, we are awakening to the Christ, the Christ Omnipresence. We are coming into the conscious awareness of Omnipresence, of It. This is the Christ – in earth as it is in heaven – appearing. Not localized in one man teaching in the Holy Lands, but appearing here, there, everywhere. Joel called it a circle of Christhood around the planet. And, it is. It is, because it is the same Christ, whether recognized here in North Carolina, in the mountains, or whether recognized in Australia on the beach. It is the same Christ, and all of us who are attuned to It and are allowing to flow out and form Itself, it is transforming the world into My Kingdom.
It may seem very slow and if it’s not… It may seem as if it’s not getting very far advanced, when we look at the troubles in the world, but remember, we’re not talking about that material sense of universe, we’re talking about a new universe, right here, that many of us are walking in. If only for moments at a time, we’re walking in this new Jerusalem, new heaven, new earth, we’re walking in a new universe. And this new universe – remember – dissolves a material sense of the universe, individually and universally. Those of us who are doing this now, we are the advanced guard, so to speak. We are bringing this through, this new universe. It’s quite a… quite a task! Yet, we volunteered for it before we came. We are bringing through this new universe. We are transforming, through the renewing of our minds, and our minds are renewed through the conscious awareness of It, of Spirit, of the spiritual universe, the new spiritual universe.
And many of us are senior citizens, and as we pass out of this experience, I can tell you this: the next generation born, will be born into this awareness. We are doing the work that is transforming this world into My Kingdom. They will be born, thousands upon thousands will be born into this conscious awareness of It. In other words, they will be born into a new universe. And the day will arrive – and we will see it, because we have found eternal life – the day will arrive, when the old world has passed away, and there is no memory of it. That’s what it says in Revelation. John saw this a long time ago – and yet, only a moment – because he is walking in It, the new universe. And, so, eventually, everyone will be born into this conscious awareness, everyone will be born into this new universe, a new heaven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem, a new Self, a new universe. And, there will be nothing left here of the old, only the new Christ Consciousness. And you are helping bring that through, and I am helping bring that through, and this is the mission that Christ has for us, who have decided to ‘leave our nets’. Think of it. It’s wonderful! It’s glorious!
And yet, if your neighbor asks to see It, you can’t show It to him, or her. [Laugh] You can’t show It! But inside yourself now, in these moments of silence, there is nothing to say, but : ‘Thank you Father, Thank you!’ Yes, and the Father says: ‘You have not chosen Me, I have chosen you. You are to help bring through Christ Consciousness in earth as it is in heaven, so that heaven and earth are one Spiritual universe.’
Now, let’s have a moment of silence. ‘Thank you Father. Thank you. Bring through the Christ. I listen, I discern, I watch… Christ.’
Just think, when we first approached The Infinite Way, probably we wanted a healing of a cold, or maybe an increase in our income ‘cause we couldn’t make our bills, or maybe we wanted a healing in our relationship, because we weren’t get along with the other person. We wanted to settle for so little! [Laugh] Having no idea that the I that was calling us, was calling us so that we could transform the world.
I had an old fellow tell me one time: ‘This world is the kingdom, when you see it right.’ And I have read Joel say: ‘This world is the kingdom.’ Yes, it is! When we have the spiritual discernment to see It. And when enough of us has the spiritual discernment to see It, It will dissolve everything else, and only It will remain. And we will walk in the kingdom of heaven, for ever.
We will not lose our individuality. We’re never swallowed up. We will find ways to express individually this Christ Consciousness, whether is it as artist, poet, farmer – a farmer that learns to grow in a spiritual way, imagine, eating only food that was blessed, only food that the farmer recognized Christ within. Wow! What a world! What a universe! What a Father that has given us that mission, to bring through the Son, or the pure expression of the Father, or Grace. There’s almost nothing you can say, it’s so overwhelming. Except, Thank you.
Rest back, bear witness to It, the living Christ.
This is the 16th of December 2012, according to the calendar on my computer. The Mystical Principles site has started up once again, by request, and I thought we’d make it a limited number this time instead of inviting just the general public. 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 the 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 that, this talk I’m making this afternoon, that is only 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.
And 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 Psalm 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 principal 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 a 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 the 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 that 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 material, physical 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. And 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, 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 which is, “Experiencing the Christ” and chapter 23 which is called, “Experience of the Christ,” if you have not yet read those, studied those, 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. This is the [3rd] talk, maybe the last talk. 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, 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 Omnipresence, 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. Whither soever 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, or the Spirit, 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. 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 begotten of the Father, full of 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 it will not come nigh your dwelling place nor any that dwell there with you.
So can we answer the question now? Even though 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 liberty 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). Let’s see, that’ll be a week from Tuesday. And then Christmas Day would be Wednesday I guess. I don’t know if I’ll talk to you before then, but I hope you all 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, Christ. And I feel the living Christ and I hear, “Son, thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine.”
My friends in Christ, Merry Christmas!