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 5/1/21:

This excerpt is from Recording 173B, 1956 Portland Closed Class, “He Hangeth the Earth on Nothing.”  It is posted with kind permission from the Estate of Joel 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:  This question has to do with the practical application of what I said about having neither good nor evil.

A:  Everything that you see, hear, taste, touch, or smell exists as an effect.  And the moment you perceive that there is neither good nor evil in that effect, you lose your fear of it.  You can’t fear something that has no effect, any more than you fear a glass of pure water.  As a matter of fact, you not only can’t fear a glass of pure water, you can’t even love it.  You can enjoy it and benefit by it, but there’s nobody yet who ever fell in love with a glass of water, nor hated it, nor feared it. You just take it as it is for what it is, a glass of water.

Now the Master felt that same way about leprosy.  He didn’t hate it, and he didn’t fear it.  He certainly didn’t love it, but he went up and touched it, and showed by that that he had risen above the belief of good and evil.  He knew leprosy wasn’t good, but he also saw that it wasn’t evil; that it had no power.

So we have to do, with every form of sin and disease that appears before our gaze.  We have to be able to look at it and say, “Never again can I fear you; never again can I hate you.”  There is no power in that which is seen, heard, tasted, touched, or smelled.  That doesn’t mean that it isn’t useful.  Water is useful; food is useful; electricity is useful.  Loads of things are useful; many things are beautiful; loads of things are harmonious and joyful; but none of them have a power for good or evil, except such power as “thinking makes it so.” Now, when you agree not to think that it is good or evil, you will find it has no power.  When it has no power for good or evil, then you’ll find that divine harmony establishes itself in your experience. So it is.

The principle is that you are suffering from those things that you hate, fear, or overly love.  And when you no longer hate them, fear them, or love them, but treat them as they should be treated as a part of this universe, and each thing serving its purpose, then you will find that in one way or another, those things that should not be a part of your experience will be withdrawn from you, and those things necessary to your unfoldment will be provided for you. Then you have to watch yourself that after they’re provided, you don’t go around thinking they’re good.  They’re not good, but they are useful or beautiful, enjoyable, so forth.

Now, practice this principle in just that way. You can look around at your rooms, look around your home, look into your gardens, and begin to agree that whereas these may be beautiful and useful, they have no powers of good or evil within them.  All power is in God.  Only the invisible—only the invisible—is good; only the invisible.  If it’s visible, it’s neither good nor bad but sometimes useful, practical, beautiful, joyful, and so forth and so on.

This changes the entire nature of one’s life.  A person who realized that there’s nothing good or evil couldn’t steal, nor could they lie for anything, or cheat for anything, because there wouldn’t be anything that would have that much value to them, if it’s neither good nor evil.  If all the good is in the invisible, one would then abide in the invisible and let the invisible flow out into the visible.

Previously Posted Questions and Answers

4/17/21:  “Please explain the sleep that is needed, and how or when it becomes something to transcend.” 
4/3/21: “What is the actual state of man immediately following the change called death?”
3/20/21: “Would you please delve more deeply into the ways that we who are not practitioners, artists, or writers, can apply the principles of The Infinite Way in our daily lives at our offices?”
3/6/21: “Why don’t Bible promises come true?” 
2/20/21: “Should our bodies be free from so-called natural feelings?  If not, what place have they in our life?  How do we deal with them?”
2/6/21:  “Will one eventually rise above a sense of duality?”
1/16/21:  “The Father and I are one.”  This seems to be duality.
1/2/21:  “When contact within is truly made, shouldn’t one expect that to appear in improvement—better health, morals, government, at every level of consciousness?”

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