A Parenthesis in Eternity: Living the Mystical Life by Joel S. Goldsmith

By Joel S. Goldsmith

Goldsmith explains the Circle of Eternity--the foundation of his method of mysticism--and tells tips on how to go beyond the "parenthesis'' of our daily lives that falls among delivery and dying.

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I do not ask for silver or gold, nor for the good or the peace of this world. 1 ask only that this "My peace" be upon me. Then I wait for those few minutes of inner communion, and again I have prayed the prayer of a righteous man because I have sought nothing but that which is the divine right of even-one: God's grace and God's peace, not only for me, but for all those who may be led into the realm of my consciousness. Contemplative meditation, practiced faithfully, leads to a moment of silence in which all words and thoughts are stilled, a silence so deep that we become a transparency for the still small voice to speak to us.

What difference does it make how this is expressed? The meaning is clear, and when our footsteps have been directed to a spiritual path, inevitably we shall arrive. The ancients who discovered that within themselves was a Something recognized that whatever it was they had touched was not out floating around in the air, nor did they have reason to believe that it was up in the sky. They sensed that there was a Something indwelling—a Something with a capital "S," Something that had a voice, Something that could impart, Something that could reveal, and so they learned to be attentive.

28 A PARENTHESIS IN ETERNITY mind struggles to get God instead of to let God, while all the time the gentle Presence envelops and enfolds us. We cannot make God do our will, but that does not leave us hopeless. Rather does it give us added courage and strength because we know there is no need to reach God in order to sway, influence, or persuade Him. When we leam that, we will realize that instead of releasing God, we have released ourselves from finite concepts of God, from our ignorant superstitious beliefs about prayer, and from the paganistic belief that we know more than God and have more love than God.

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