Sitting in the dark this second
Sunday morning in a row with the electricity in the neighborhood
going off and on; so far four times this morning, I took into my
mind the intention to find something to share with each of you that
I could post fairly quickly to this page and yet something that will
be beneficial to all who read this message. I have always felt
a kinship with Joel Goldsmith even though I have never met him
personally. He transitioned into New Life in 1964 long before
I had an interest in spiritual healing. A woman friend of mine
in Portland, Oregon gave me his book "The Infinite Way" in
1977. It was the first of many books on spirituality and
spiritual healing I have read. His work, however, although not
always meeting with my agreement has always touched my soul. I
am sharing the following from his book "The Infinite Way"
(page 35) and personal instruction to Geri McDonald:
These are principles all teachers and
practitioners follow and teach to their students (those who teach
from the Infinite Way).
Make yourself comfortable. Sit erect, with your spine straight, your
feet firmly planted on the floor, your hands relaxed in your lap,
and breath normally. There is no mystical or occult reason for this,
it is very simple, when your body is perfectly comfortable one is
not conscious of it. Take a breath and count to four. Breathe in and
out four or five times counting to quiet your mind. Breathe
Next repeat silently or audibly, "I turn within to the Christ
of my own being". If thoughts enter, repeat this phrase. Always
go into meditation by yourself. Never let another lead you into
will never be able to stop the mind completely. If human thoughts or
concerns enter, do not fight them. Relax, let the thoughts come and
then let them go. As you practice, this interference will subside.
Now, move to the subject. "What is God?" You are not
interested in another's concept of God; you are interested only in
asking "What is God?" and receiving the answer from God.
The kingdom of God is within you, so the answer must come from
within your own being. Sit quietly and ask, "Speak Lord, thy
servant heareth, or "Father, I am here, speak."
Assume a listening attitude as if you were waiting to hear the
answer. Thoughts may come. Think about God as the source of our
being and all this is, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient.
Someday, while meditating and pondering this idea, "What is
God?" realizing now the nature of prayer, you will suddenly
find that you cannot think anymore; you have come to the end of
thought about God and prayer. Then you will sit there, quietly, at
peace, no more thoughts, no more questions, no more answers, just
peace. Thoughts will be quieted, the inner ear will open and a long
deep breath like a sigh of relief or a sense of release will
probably come to you. It is as if you were escaping from something,
as if a burden were dropping off your shoulders. It will appear in
many different ways, and when that release or relief comes you will
be so full of the Spirit that you will get right up and do the work
that lies ahead for the day, or perhaps some work that has been
neglected. With that release will come divine wisdom, divine
guidance, and divine strength, for this reason, that deep breath,
the click or release, was a God experience, the actual presence or
activity of God in your consciousness.
never stay in meditation for more than 10 minutes at a time. It
takes a long time to be able to stay in meditation 10 minutes or
And so it is!
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