Questions and Answers from Joel

Many of us enjoy the classes in which Joel answers questions from students.  Sometimes the question is one that we ourselves might have asked.  Other times it is one that might not have occurred to us, but which we find interesting, and we are curious about how Joel will answer it.

On this page of our website, on the first and third Saturdays of the month, we will post a new question and answer from one of Joel’s classes or books.  We trust that you will find these interesting, helpful, and sometimes an answer to just what is on your mind.

You can access previously posted questions by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

Posted on 9/19/20:

This excerpt is from Recording 291B, from the 1959 New York Closed Class, “Prayer of No-Power.”  It is posted with kind permission from the Estate of Joel S. Goldsmith, which holds the copy protection on the recorded classes and the copyright on the transcripts. The full transcript of this recording is available at www.joelgoldsmith.com or by calling 1-800-922-3195.

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Q:  When tempted to indulge in negative thoughts such as antagonism and so forth, what is the best way to cope with them and nullify the effects?

A:  Well, I suppose the best way that I know of is to realize their source.  If you can think of carnal mind or mortal mind, without setting up an antagonist, I don’t know of any better way than that—to realize that these emotions that are being expressed through me are not mine; that is this carnal or mortal mind, which is not an enmity against me, but which is the arm of flesh, or a tempter.

And of course, if it is a tempter, we can say, “I’m not having any.”  You see, the most important part of The Infinite Way message is this:  When you are confronted with a false appearance, you do not attempt to refute it or combat it, or fight it, or overcome it, or argue against it, but you instantaneously recognize it as mortal mind or nothingness, the arm of flesh.

That is really the entire treatment secret.  It’s kind of an open secret—I mean it’s in all the books, but it is a secret among us.  That is it—the ability to look at the appearance with the unconditioned mind, and not judge that it’s good or evil, but have no judgment, and then it falls of its own nothingness.

The very moment that a mental defense goes up, you are in the second chapter of Genesis, and you have made mind and its thoughts a power, and now you’re going to fight them.  You are never going to win.  But the moment you recognize something coming into your thought, then without fighting it or combating it, which would mean without judging it, and recognize it merely as this universal mind projecting itself, and recognize that this is the devil that tempted Jesus, you can do the same as he did: “Get thee behind me, Satan.  I’m having none.”  That’s the only way I know.  Heaven knows it isn’t easy!

Previously Posted Questions and Answers

9/5/20:  All my life I have lived with a fear of some kind … and then it mentions different fears … and how can I overcome this?

8/15/20: Would you please explain the unreality of death and life eternal?

8/1/20: If God is present; if God already knows my need; if it is God’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom; then why am I not experiencing it? 

7/18/20: What is the difference, if any, between realization and illumination?

7/4/20: Please explain the term “the Christ” as it is used in our work.

6/20/20: How do we specifically annul the belief of heredity?

6/6/20:  How can I truly believe in medicines and [other] cures, and continue to [use them], secretly having a belief that they will ease and cure aches and pains?

5/16/20: Are trials proof of God’s care?

5/2/20: Please explain your statement “Realization is demonstration.”

4/18/20: Why do so many people who never think seriously of God or spiritual things find success and happiness and very often experience few or no problems?

4/4/20: Why is there so much sin, disease, death, and war on earth if there is such a God as is taught in the churches? Why are there crippled or stillborn children? 

3/21/20: Why should a person be “on the mountain top,” and then down in the depths?

3/7/20: Do we lose our identity when we return to God? 

2/15/20: Why is it that I have been studying for so long and achieved so little result? 

2/1/20: Please tell us something about the Transfiguration.

1/18/20: When we turn to God, when we are seeking divine guidance in our daily affairs, how do we know whether or not it is divine guidance?

1/4/20: Would you please explain in your own words this statement: “When we can look at a problem without running from it or struggling against it, this very problem ceases to exist”?

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