Joel’s Study Recommendations

To begin a study of The Infinite Way

In Chapter 11, “Spiritual Unfoldment through The Infinite Way,” in A Message for the Ages, Joel says:

Based on my own experience, I recommend that students begin their study with Living the Infinite Way, spend a couple of days on the “Introduction,” and then go on into the book.  Following that, the student should devote two or three days to the Introduction to Practicing the Presence.  Why those two or three days on the Introduction?  Because it provides a foundation, explaining to the student the object of the book, what he is to attain, why he is to attain it, and giving him a reason for all that follows.

To read books of this nature without knowing why or what the expected result should be is folly.  All that happens when a student merely reads a book without understanding of its purpose is that he has read another book which was very sweet and pleasant to read, but nothing has been accomplished.  After a few readings he should go back to the Introduction and ask himself, ‘Did I get out of the book what its purpose is?’  If not, he must go back again, because these books are not just to be read:  they are books that are to be worn out until new copies are needed. 

Then I turn students to The Art of Meditation and The Art of Spiritual Healing and from there on, into any of the books in any order.  I always bring to light that the books of The Infinite Way Letters, however, are as important as any books we have, if not more so.  [Note:  The 1955 – 1959 Infinite Way Letters are collected in the book The Heart of Mysticism.]  Here in every chapter the student is introduced to certain principles and their application, so that he can always go to those books and find working tools … No student is going to advance in the Infinite Way without an understanding of the foundational principles.  On the other hand, no advanced student is going to succeed unless he keeps going back to the basic principles.”

In the same chapter of A Message for the Ages, Joel recommends some foundational tapes:

The basic and foundational tapes and books are essential for the development of spiritual consciousness.  Among such tapes I can recommend ….”

268 – 271:  1959 San Diego Special Class
283 – 284:  1959 Lausanne Work
297 – 298:  1960 Santa Barbara
314 – 316:  1960 Denver Closed Class
333:  1960 Grand Rapids Open Class
334:  1960 Grand Rapids Private Class
335:  1960 Toronto Private Closed Class
342 – 343:  1960 Holland Closed Class
400:  1961 San Diego Special Class
422 – 423:  1961 Lausanne Closed Class
499 – 500:  1962 Holland Closed Class
503:  1962 Lausanne Special Class

All these contain the basic foundational points and the application of these principles to daily human problems – not the use of the application of God, but the use and application of specific principles to the problems of everyday living.”

In the 1960 Kansas City Practitioner Class, as well as in many other classes, Joel says that the major textbook of the Infinite Way is the book The Infinite Way.  This is a book of principles, and although it was one of the first books, Joel said that few will grasp it without a solid background.  He says that it is the “deepest” book.

To study healing work

Beginning in Hawaii in 1959 and throughout the remainder of 1959, Joel’s class work was devoted exclusively to re-introducing the healing principles of the Infinite Way.  He specifically recommended ten of the Hawaii classes as ones that have a thorough presentation of the healing principles:

247 – 248:  1959 Maui Advanced Work, Tapes 5 and 6
260 – 261:  1959 Hawaiian Village Open Class, Tapes 3 and 4
267:  1959 Hawaiian Village Closed Class, Tape 6

The Foundation of Mysticism provides edited transcripts of these important recorded classes, which Goldsmith later referred to as the most significant material available to fully understand the healing principles of The Infinite Way.

Joel also recommended this study program for the healing principles:

  • Study the 1959 Letters June through September for 6 months. (These can be found in The Heart of Mysticism.)
  • Read The Art of Spiritual Healing
  • Read Realization of Oneness (especially for more advanced work)

To understand protective work

In one of the 1959 Maui Advanced Work classes, Joel recommended that to understand protective work, the student should work with:

  • The Infinite Way Letter for March 1955 titled “Protection” [Note: this letter is in The Heart of Mysticism.]
  • Chapter 3, “The Truth That Makes Free” in Man Was Not Born to Cry
  • Chapter 4, “No ‘And’!” and Chapter 5, “Resting in Oneness” in Realization of Oneness

Later, in the 1960 Kansas City Practitioner Class, he also recommended for protective work:

  • Chapter 6, “Dominion over Mind, Body, and Purse” in Our Spiritual Resources.

To understand human relationships

In the 1960 Kansas City Practitioner Class as well as in many other classes, Joel recommended that to understand how to have harmonious relationships, we should study:

  • Chapter 5, “Love Thy Neighbor,” in the book Practicing the Presence
  • Chapter 11, “The Relationship of Oneness” in the book The Art of Spiritual Healing

 Important chapters in Infinite Way writings

In Chapter 10 of The Contemplative Life, Joel recommended eight specific chapters in the writings that all serious students of the Infinite Way should study intently and know well.  He says:  “In order to build a consciousness of truth, all Infinite Way students should know the following passages as well as they know their own names.”  Later he said that these chapters are of paramount importance to the serious student because they contain the answers to almost every individual problem that can be brought to the student, including family relations, illness, and supply.

The titles of these chapters are listed below together with the tape(s) (if any) on which the chapter is based.

  1. “The New Horizon” in The Infinite Way
    There is no tape that corresponds to this chapter.

 “God Is One” in Living the Infinite Way 

  1. Tape #23-2:  1953 New Hawaiian Series, Tape 4, Side 2:  “God Is, continued” (have)
  2. “Protection” in The 1955 Infinite Way Letters (in The Heart of Mysticism)
    There is no tape that corresponds to this chapter.
  3. “Break the Fetters That Bind You” in The 1958 Infinite Way Letters (in The Heart of Mysticism)
    Tape #241-1:  1958 Maui Open Class, Tape 1, Side 1:  “The Practice that Makes You Free”
  4. “Contemplation Develops the Beholder” in The Contemplative Life
    Tape #369-2:  1960 Maui Work, Tape 4, Side 2:  “Contemplation Develops the Beholder” (have)
  5. “Introduction” in Practicing the Presence
    There is no tape that corresponds to this chapter.
  6. “Love Thy Neighbor” in Practicing the Presence
    There are 8 recordings that go with this chapter:

620A:  1953 Second New York Closed Class
620B:  1953 Second New York Closed Class
108:  1955 Chicago Private Class 2 (no specific side cited)
125:  1955 Kailua Study Group 16 (no specific side cited)
17:  1952 Honolulu Closed Class 4 (no specific side cited)
15A:  1952 Honolulu Closed Class
617B:  1952 Second Seattle Closed Class
618B:  1952 Second Seattle Closed Class

  1. “The Relationship of Oneness” in The Art of Spiritual Healing
    There are 13 tapes that were used to prepare this chapter:

612B:  1951 Second Portland Series
608B:  1951 Second Portland Series
1004A:  1952 First Class of 1952
1004B:  1952 First Class of 1952
68A:  1954 Honolulu Lecture Series
68B:  1954 Honolulu Lecture Series
69A:  1954 Honolulu Lecture Series
69B:  1954 Honolulu Lecture Series
70A:  1954 Honolulu Lecture Series
49B:  1953 First New York Closed Class
48A:  1953 First New York Closed Class
51A:  1953 First New York Closed Class
240B:  1958 First Maui Lectures

Working with Bible passages

In Chapter 9 of the book Living Now, Joel recommends a practice for working with Bible passages.  He says:

At one time, when giving class work in Portland, Oregon, we conducted a series of noon meditation meetings for six days. Each day after our meditation the students were given one Bible passage to be held consciously in thought, pondered, and spiritually worked with for twenty-four hours until we met again. The fruitage of that week’s work will certainly not be forgotten by me, and I am sure that there are others in Portland who will long remember the effect in the experience of many.  Here are the passages used for those six days:

First Day

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

Second Day

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”   (Luke 4:4)

Third Day

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  (Isaiah 26:3)

Fourth Day

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:27)

Fifth Day

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”  (Isaiah 30:15)

Sixth Day

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.”  (John 4:31,32)

After you have read these passages, I suggest that beginning with Monday you take the first quotation for the first twenty-four hours, the second one for the second day, and so on for an entire week. Repeat this for three or four weeks, and see if your consciousness has not risen at least a hundred weeks in just a few.”