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The Art of Spiritual Living

Introduction to the Book

On December 7, 2019, we began a study of the book The Art of Spiritual Living.  

Joel Goldsmith wrote many books about the principles that constitute the message of the Infinite Way.  In The Art of Spiritual Living, he focuses on how we can bring those principles into every phase of life – health, supply, business, home, relationships – and experience their transforming influence. “Being able to live the spiritual life,” he says, is dependent upon your knowing, first of all, that God is your selfhood and the selfhood of everyone you meet, and then knowing that the Father within you knows your need.  You must know that it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom, and you can rest and relax in that assurance.  When you have that assurance, you are really living the spiritual life.”

With each lesson in spiritual living, Goldsmith drills down into the deeper meaning, as when he says, “The basis of all spiritual living is that I and the Father are one. But if we leave out any individual anywhere, we are losing our demonstration. We cannot say, ‘I and my Father are one,’ and then omit anyone else. It may be difficult at first to look around the world and as we recall a few names and faces, say with disbelief, ‘What? You, too, are one with God?’  No, judging by appearances; but in truth I and the Father are one is a universal truth.”

The Art of Spiritual Living lays out a clear choice between living humanly and living spiritually. Goldsmith gives the reader extensive instruction on how to live spiritually, from rising in the morning to retiring at night by anchoring oneself in the spiritual principles and practices of the Infinite Way message.  Using interesting and sometimes amusing stories from his own experience, he illustrates the practicality of spiritual living and shows how it can shape every aspect of life and bring peace, harmony, and freedom.  “All scripture is agreed that you must abide in Me and let Me abide in you. You must live, and move, and have your being in God, and you must let God abide in you.”  This is the art of spiritual living.

The Art of Spiritual Living is the collection of the 1977 Infinite Way Letters, which were based on based on classes given in 1960, 1961 and 1962, when Joel’s work was focused on raising up the Christ in his students.

You can purchase the print book from Amazon, DeVorss, your local bookstore, or even from online secondhand booksellers such as abebooks or ebay, which often have used books in good condition at discounted prices.   You can purchase the e-book from Amazon or Apple.

Our Approach to Study

We are studying this book, chapter by chapter.  For each chapter, we will hear the recording that was the source material for each chapter.

Once again, with the gracious cooperation of Sue Ropac at The Infinite Way Office, we have obtained permission to post the recordings that we use during our study program.  As in previous study programs, after we hear the recording for a specific chapter at both a morning and an evening tape group session, we will post that recording in the Study Center for ten weeks.  While the recording is posted, you can listen to it any time, day or night, at your convenience.  Any classes posted as “additional offerings for study” will also be available for ten weeks.  We are most grateful to Sue for the permission to post these recordings.

Since the chapters are practically transcripts of the class, there is no need for chapter summaries for this study program.  From time to time, we will post additional offerings for study to complement the chapters.

We look forward to taking the journey through these inspiring and practical lessons with you.