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The Eight Most Important Chapters in The Infinite Way Writings

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In Chapter 10 of The Contemplative Life, Joel named eight specific chapters for serious study saying, “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 us, including family relations, illness, and supply. “If you work with those specific writings;” Joel said, “apply them to the problems of life that come to you in your own experience or that of your family or your patients; if you work with them over and over, they will develop fourth dimensional consciousness.”

The Goldsmith Global Online Tape Group began a study of these chapters on March 17, 2018.  As we proceed through the chapters, we will post on this page the recordings we heard for each chapter as well as any additional study material.  The recordings will be available for listening at any time through September 30, 2018.

Introduction to the Study Program

The Recording We Heard as an Introduction

To begin our study, we heard Recording #453, Side 1, from the 1962 Mission Inn Closed Class, “Special Reference for Study and Practice,” in which Joel talks about the value of each of the eight chapters.  To view, print or download a summary of this class, click here.

1.  “The New Horizon,” from The Infinite Way

The Recording for This Chapter 

Since this chapter came to Joel in a dream, there is no corresponding class recording.  Joel said that he gave the lesson embodied in “The New Horizon” infrequently.  We chose recording #113, Side 2, from the 1955 Kailua Study Group, “The Secret of the Healing Principle” because in the class, Joel himself says that this class IS the message of “The New Horizon.”

To hear this recording, click here.
       (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 244047#.)
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here. 

Additional Reference Material 

Because “The New Horizon” is such an important chapter, we prepared some additional reference material with quotes from Joel about its meaning and significance.  This document includes:

*  A collection of quotations from Joel about the chapter “The New Horizon”—how it came to him, and the value he sees in it.
A listing prepared by Lorraine Sinkler of the recordings in which Joel addresses some aspect of the lesson in “The New Horizon,”
at least in some part of the class.

To view, print, or download this document, click here.

2.  Chapter 4, “God Is One,” in Living the Infinite Way

The Recording for This Chapter 

This chapter is based on one class that Joel gave during the 1953 New Hawaiian Series of classes.  It is recording #23, Side 2:  “God Is, continued.”

To hear this recording, click here.
       
(Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 336252#.)
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here. 

Additional Reference Material 

In the “Wisdoms of The Infinite Way,” which are included in the book The Infinite Way, there are several Wisdoms that focus on “IS.”  These beautifully complement our study of the chapter “God Is One,” and any one of them can be helpful as a focus for a contemplative meditation.  To view, print, or download a list of these “IS” Wisdoms, click here.

3.  “Protection,” the March 1955 Letter in The Heart of Mysticism

The Recording for This Chapter

No source recording for this chapter is listed in The Compendium.  However, the recording we have chosen to use is an excellent fit for the chapter.  It is recording #314, Side 2, from the 1960 Denver Closed Class, titled “Foundation of Our Day,”  and is one of several classes used as the basis for Chapter 10, “Dominion through Daily Realization,” in Awakening Mystical Consciousness.  

To hear this recording, click here.
      (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 360828#.)
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material 

1.   As we work to fully grasp some aspect of Joel’s teaching, it can be very helpful to consider many different quotations about that particular subject in order to discern the essence of the message on that topic.  In that spirit, we have prepared a collection of several quotations from Joel on the subject of protective work, should you wish to make use of it.  To view, print, or download this document, click here. 

2.  The chapter “Protection” is also available as a pamphlet from Amazon or DeVorss.

4.  “Break the Fetters that Bind You,” the October 1958 Letter in The Heart of  Mysticism  

The Recording for This Chapter

The recording that is the basis for this chapter is #241, Side 1, from the 1958 Maui Open Class, titled “The Practice that Makes You Free.”  

To hear this recording, click here.
      (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 386470#.)   
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material 

The chapter “Break the Fetters that Bind You” includes four contemplative meditations, which are designated in the chapter text by asterisks (*).  We have prepared a card with all four of these meditations that can be a helpful reminder to recall the essence of this chapter throughout the day.  To view, print, or download the card, click here.

5.  “Contemplation Develops the Beholder,” Chapter 8 in The Contemplative Life  

The Recording for This Chapter

The recording that is the basis for this chapter is #369, Side 2, from the 1960 Maui Work, titled “Contemplation Develops the Beholder.” 

To hear this recording, click here.
      (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 565270#.)  
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material 

1.  “Am I Reading or Am I Studying?”  Joel emphasized the difference between reading a chapter and studying it.  In this resource material, we review Joel’s comments and suggest one study method that has been helpful to us, giving an example of how we used it in studying “Contemplation Develops the Beholder.”  To view, print, or download this document, click here.

2.  Joel often spoke about Lao Tzu (6th century BC), the Chinese spiritual master and presumed author of the classic Tao Te Ching.
This wonderful story from Lao Tzu illustrates the detached attitude of a “beholder” that Joel teaches in this chapter.  To view, print, or download the story, click here.

6.  “Introduction” from Practicing the Presence

The Recording for This Chapter 

There is no recording that was used as source material for this chapter, so we have chosen one that closely aligns with the message in the chapter.  It is #476, Side 1, from the 1962 Princess Kaiulani Open Class, titled “A New Form of Practice.”  

To hear this recording, click here.
      (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 664506#.)  
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material

In the Introduction to Practicing the Presence, Joel says that the secret of all successful living is consciously practicing the Presence of God, daily and hourly.  He also says that students always ask the question, “How do I practice the Presence?”  The additional study material for this chapter provides extensive quotations from Joel’s writings and recordings that answer that all-important question.
To view, print, or download the material, click here

7.  “Love Thy Neighbor” from Practicing the Presence

The Recording for This Chapter 

Practicing the Presence was first published in 1958, so the source material for the book was limited to the class recordings made before 1958, and eight (8) different classes were used to prepare this chapter.  Since only a small part of each source class was used, no one of the individual classes fully reflects the message of the chapter.   However, later in his ministry, Joel gave some classes that presented a more complete picture of the message in “Love Thy Neighbor.”  The class we have chosen is one of those.  It is recording #390, Side 2, from the 1961 Maui Work, titled “The Mystical Life through the Two Great Commandments.”

To hear this recording, click here.
       (Note:  The recording is also available for listening by telephone.  Call 1-641-715-3900 and enter extension 839246#.)
To purchase this recording, click here.
To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material

1.  Joel’s Comments about Chapter 5, “Love Thy Neighbor” in Practicing the Presence
Again and again, Joel told students that this chapter, “Love Thy Neighbor” was extraordinary.  This document presents some of his comments about the chapter.  To view, print, or download this document, click here.

2.  “How Can I Practice Loving My Neighbor Spiritually?”
This document includes an excerpt from one of Joel’s classes in which he gives students a very practical way to raise up the Christ in another.  To view, print, or download this document, click here.

8.  “Relationship of Oneness” from The Art of Spiritual Healing

The Recording for This Chapter 

Once again, this chapter used excerpts from many recordings—thirteen of them—as source material, so no one of the recordings fully embodies the message of the chapter.  We have selected another recording that captures the essence of the chapter more fully.  It is Recording #506, Side 2, from the 1962 Capetown Class, titled “The Spiritual Bond.”  This recording was used as source material for Chapter 5, “The Spiritual Bond” in The Gift of Love.  

This recording will be available on July 28th for listening at any time.
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To purchase the transcript for this recording, click here.

Additional Reference Material

The essence of this chapter reflects a theme that is repeated throughout Joel’s work: “My oneness with God constitutes my oneness with all spiritual being and idea.”  Joel says that this statement represents one of the highest statements of spiritual truth, “one which will bring you nearer the realization of heaven on earth than any other.”  He calls it a true “pearl of great price,” and he explains it beautifully in the book Conscious Union with God, in Chapter 13, “Mysticism.”  This document provides an excerpt from that chapter.

To view, print, or download this document, click here