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Infinite Way Is Not Absolute

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Is The Infinite Way An Absolute Teaching

A woman once asked me, “Allen, what’s the difference between Joel Goldsmith (Infinite Way) and the Absolute?” Because they make similar statements, it’s easy to think they’re the same. They are not. In his seminars, Joel often said, “The Infinite Way is not an Absolute teaching.” I think the man knew what he was talking about. Still, inquisitive minds want to know what makes them different. What distinguishes one from the other?

Can You Detect The Difference

Below are two excerpts. The first is by Joel Goldsmith from his book The Infinite Way. The second is by a former student of Goldsmith and the most well-known author of the Absolute – Marie Watts. These contrasting excerpts point to one major difference between the two.

[Excerpt #1 – Goldsmith]

On Awakening in the morning, and preferably before you get out of bed, turn your thought to the realization that ‘I and the Father are one … Son … all that I have is thine … The place where thou standest is holy ground;’ and then let the meaning of these statements unfold from within your own Consciousness. Gain a conviction of your oneness with the Father, with Universal Life, the Universal Consciousness.”

[Excerpt #2 – Watts]

All that is manifest, all that is active in You or as You, all that appears as Your experience is known to the All-Knowing Mind. This is the only Mind that exists and functions as Your Mind, now, this instant. Nothing forms itself outside or apart from this Mind. Nothing exists contrary to the uninterrupted activity of Perfect Mind. There are no opposites, no conditions, no comparisons in the One Infinite One, All.

Starting Point Or Stopping Point?

Do you see the difference? I once handed a pamphlet of the Absolute to a metaphysical minister. She read a paragraph or two, closed the pamphlet and stared at it. I knew the cogs of her brain were turning, searching for a genial response. Finally, she blurted out, “What can I do with this?” – a typical first-time response to the Absolute.

In the first excerpt, Goldsmith gives a procedure to follow. In the second excerpt, no procedure – just Revelation of Truth. This second excerpt is a fine example of the Truth that unfolds as a result of following the procedure of the first. A book of the Absolute is light on procedure and heavy on Revelation. In fact, some books of the Absolute give no procedure at all.

Let’s say you’re digging for gold. You are loaded down with shovel, pick and gold pan. In your back pocket is a concise guide to gold digging. You follow it to the letter and strike gold. The digging is the procedure. Yet, the procedure is worthless without striking gold. Gold is the “goal.”

The Infinite Way is unmatched in procedure, but it’s worthless unless you strike gold – Revelation. Too many people seem to love the procedure and stop there. They boast about the long hours spent in meditation. They pat themselves on the back for giving it so many years. Yet, they forget that procedure is the starting place, not the stopping place.

Many books of the Absolute seem to have no practical value to those who stop at procedure. However, as soon as they keep digging and strike gold (Revelation) it all comes together. “Allen, now I get it. No procedure is necessary. Before, I thought you were crazy.”

Know this, reader. There comes a time in your spiritual practice when there is less procedure and more Revelation. And ultimately, there is a point when no procedure is necessary. It must be this way, for God Is All.

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Joel Goldsmith On Problems

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When You Are Confronted With A Problem Turn Within

Let it be clearly understood that the wisdom of man is not sufficient to give anyone the specific truths adequate to meet a problem. When you are confronted with specific problems, whether your own or somebody else’s, you cannot rush around looking for a memorandum of some recording you have heard or some passage in a book you have read to remind you what truths you are supposed to know, because, even if you found them instantly, they would not be too helpful.

All truth is given to us from God, and if you want to know the truth about anything – the specific truth – you do not have to go to a book to find it. Turn to God within. There is a specific truth for every problem, and the abiding place of that truth is in your consciousness. Your consciousness is the place where every bit of truth is found.

There Is A Specific Truth For Every Problem

“The kingdom of God is within you.” There is nothing for which you could seek that you cannot find within yourself. When you learn to receive the answers, you will find that you are given a truth, a specific truth with which to meet every problem because there is a specific truth about every problem which will be revealed through turning wholeheartedly to God and in meditation seeking Him alone.

The question often arises as to whether or not God knows anything about our problems. Probably not, but when you go within asking, “What or where is the bread of this day?” the answer may come, “I am the bread, the wine, and the water.” Or if you should ask what the truth is about a particular situation, you might hear the words, “I am the truth.” The problem of the organs and functions of the body may be uppermost in your mind, and then the truth may reveal itself in this way, “I govern the organs and functions of the body. Life governs the organs and functions of the body. Organs and functions do not govern life.”

Problems Are Opportunities

There are stages in our experience with problems. The first period is when we have a problem that to us is a very real one, and we turn to a practitioner, teacher, or teaching for help in solving that problem. The second stage of our unfoldment is that stage in which a problem becomes an opportunity.

Jacob had reached that stage when he wrestled with the angel all night long and would not let him go: “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” It is when we are at that point that we, too, say, “I don’t want this problem to pass until I have seen the spiritual light that dissolves it, and which, in dissolving this problem, will dissolve all the problems which may be developing tomorrow or next year.”

Suppose that we do have a problem of disease? Suppose that we are meeting with lack and limitation? Why be concerned and why struggle as if we must get rid of those problems when our function is to prove the nothingness of them? Therein lies the secret. If our function is to prove the nothingness of all the appearances that the world calls discord, then why should be we concerned when the opportunity comes to us to prove their nothingness, first to ourselves and then to the world.

 

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