Joel S. Goldsmith

        Authentic Writings

April 1948    The New Healing,M1




By Joel S. Goldsmith

Spiritual healing is the result of the direct contact of an individual with the center of his consciousness. When we "touch" this place within our own being, healing naturally follows. If someone has asked for help, that one receives the healing.

No words, treatment, arguments, affirmations, or denials are necessary in spiritual healing. The only requirement is that we become still, that we silence the outer senses, and go deep within our being until we feel ourselves at the center of consciousness. Then a contact is made, a feeling within us becomes evident, and we know that the healing has been accomplished.

Many throughout the world are healing through pure Silence, without taking any regard for the name or nature of the sin or disease, or the name or condition of the one requiring help. Probably the attitude necessary for this healing consciousness can well be exemplified in the words of Samuel, "Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth" – and in an eager listening for the still small voice.

The letter of Truth is necessary to one's understanding of Reality, but not necessarily so to the demonstration of harmony in individual existence. The disciples of Jesus may not have known the letter of Truth, and yet they did beautiful healing work. This is because they were inspired with the spirit of God; they had touched the Christ in consciousness. When consciousness is touched by the Christ, that consciousness is illumined and is able to know Reality even when it cannot always voice it adequately or teach it.

Spiritual consciousness brings freedom from the corporeal or structural sense of existence. It no longer tries to patch up worn-out or diseased bodies, but drops this concept of body for the true idea. This higher consciousness is revealed in Jesus' great talk to his disciples as given in Luke 12:22-32. We shall quote in part:

"And he said unto His disciples,
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body,what ye shall put on.
"The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
"Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap;
which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them:
how much more are ye better than the fowls? ***
"And seek not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,
neither be ye of doubtful mind. 
"For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:
and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
"Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

It is this "take no thought" state of consciousness which must be attained in order to behold the spiritual universe where a finite material world formerly appeared to be.

Scientific Understanding

Spiritual healing is an accomplished fact in this age. It is done through the scientific understanding and spiritual discernment of Truth. A knowledge of the letter of Truth will do splendid things for us, but the spiritual consciousness itself does the mighty works today as it did in Biblical times.

To be healed of physical, mental, or financial discords is a simple matter if one finds a practitioner or teacher who combines a knowledge of the truth of being with a degree of spiritual awareness and is willing to "let go" and be shown the beauties of spiritual sense. It is not necessary in order to be healed that one do a prescribed amount of reading or attend a church, although it is true that many have been healed while reading metaphysical literature. Also there have been countless thousands of healings during church services and during lectures of a metaphysical nature. Whatever tends to spiritualize thought and to "unself" us makes us receptive to healing. None of these things should be done with the thought of being healed, but rather from the standpoint of gaining more understanding of Truth and the spiritualization of thought.

The practitioner must never accept the suggestion that the patient must do something in order to be healed. To the practitioner it must be clear that spiritual being is perfect and whole.

Spiritual healing is based on the understanding of the nature of God; on the further understanding of God and man (I and my body) as one; on the knowledge of the nature and character of error; and finally on the spiritual discernment of this truth of being.

Countless generations have looked upon God as a sort of superman – a personal Being or mysterious power. Many have thought of God as someone watching the goings and comings of mortals and punishing or rewarding – sometimes in accord with the individual's deserving; sometimes in proportion to the virtues or sins of ancestors. And, of course, this particular God sometimes answered prayer and more often did not. He was difficult to understand. How many have gone to churches for many years to earn some small favor, and then found only disappointment. God has often been praised for giving great blessings, only to be cursed later for withdrawing them. God has been prayed to, petitioned, pleaded with, entreated, praised and promised, and often to no avail.

The Revelation of Truth has explained the great failure of men in their search for God through its finding of God as principle, life, soul or mind. There is neither a far off God of whims nor a far-off divine mind. Truth reveals God as the universal mind, life, and Soul of the individual, you and me. We have no mind but God; no life, intelligence, love, law or being but God. God is the soul of you and me.

Realizing this truth, we immediately discern our oneness with the Father, and, therefore, we know why "all that the Father hath is mine" and "the place whereon you stand is holy ground."

God being our only life, we are eternal, immortal, immutable, indivisible from the whole. Divine Mind, our only mind, assures us of infinite intelligence, wisdom, guidance, direction. The soul of us being God, we must be pure.

The search for a power outside ourselves ceases as we realize our oneness with God. We rely more and more on the divinity of our own being to govern, protect, and maintain us. We learn to turn to the kingdom of God within us for all our needs, and in proportion as we stop looking to person, circumstance, or condition for our good, does the infinite good of God unfold from within our own being. No longer do we find it necessary to rely on any outside source for health or wealth, nor even look to a divine Love somewhere outside ourselves to meet our human needs. Divine Love is the very soul of our being. God is all. Yes, God is all. God is all the life, love, soul, mind, or spirit that I am. And my body is the temple of God. My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and, therefore, my body is full of health, wholeness and harmony. God is the Principle of my being, the law unto me and unto all my affairs. "I and my Father are one" and "All that the Father hath is mine." In ancient literature we find the illustration of this in the statement that "As a wave is one with the ocean, so I am one with God." This illustration is worthy of much thought. Any idea that reveals our oneness with God should be frequently pondered. In this understanding of oneness lies our individual salvation. Without some sense of this, we will always be seeking the aid of some personal or outside God or power, or we will be dependent on humans or human conditions.

By Way of the Christ

Spiritual healing is more than the knowing that Mind governs the body, and more than the conforming to some mode or method of mental practice. Spiritual healing begins only when faith in material and mental means has been overcome. In place of mental power, we need spiritual sense; in place of reason, we find the intuitive faculty; and over and above all is consciousness of the presence and power of the Christ. This arrestive statement is a call to students of metaphysics to rise higher in their demonstration of the healing ministry until they reach the point in spiritual understanding which enables them to heal without mental argument, through the Christ Consciousness.

To understand treatment or healing through silence or the unspoken thought, it must be clear that God, divine mind, is the revelatoroperating through the Christ Consciousness. It follows that God does not need the help of our spoken word, since the Word itself is His and is without material voice or sound. The Christ Consciousness, which is Truth, needs no audible expression in order to know or make itself known. “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.”

God and His creation is one—and this one is forever perfect, complete, harmonious, immutable, immortal, spiritual. No amount of declarations will ever change the perfection and eternality of the Divine mind. Mind and its manifestation is one, inseparable and indivisible. We need not, therefore, be concerned about man or conditions, time or place, body or mind, as long as we know that God is ALL—infinite, eternal, and all inclusive.

Mind (God) is all-knowing, therefore, not subject to beliefs of any nature. It never needs correction or the application of Truth, because it is Truth. Divine mind, which includes all of mind's ideas, is untouched by mortal thinking or believing.

Let us then abandon the attempt to declare truths, and rather let Truth declare itself to us, through us, and as us. In the silence of our consciousness God will pour His healing message into our understanding—not always audibly or visibly perhaps, but in thoughts from the Bible or metaphysical writings; sometimes in Light; at other times in the consciousness of His presence and power. If at times nothing seems to be “coming to us”—even so, the Truth is, and we need do nothing more than to know this, to know that Truth is, is present, is power.

When we know that God is good, we are including in that statement the truth about ourselves, our problems, our conditions, because included in God are we ourselves and all that concerns us.

Healing is not accomplished by our thoughts, by right thinking or by our declarations of Truth. These may sometimes be the channel through which healing is realized, but for spiritual healing, it must be understood that God, Mind, Love, Principle, Truth, alone reveals the harmony of being and body. We need not tell Mind any truths—it is itself all Truth. We need not attempt by thinking to change a condition of body or mind, because the Divine in us already is perfect, complete, harmonious, and is always painless and free. We need not affirm that Love is fearless—Love is fearlessness itself, and even our human fears cannot alter the fact. Our declarations do not make Principle operate for us—Principle is eternal in its operation.

What Must We Do?

Then what must we do in order to receive the Light that results in what we call healing? We must listen for the “still small voice.” We must trust the truth that Mind, being perfect, its manifestation, its creation, must be equally so, and, appearances to the contrary, we will not see Lazarus as dead, or the blind man as blind, or the accident as happening, but in all things we will know that harmony is. And we will stand fast.

What if in the silent moments no thought comes to assure us? What matter. The work has been done just as truly, perhaps more so than if we made declarations, or stated truths endlessly. We are not doing the healing, and Mind needs no words for its operations. The earth was created by the Word, but was it an audible Word? Who heard it? If, however, thoughts do come slowly, or in a pouring stream of Truth, from that inner Self to our outer consciousness, we have seen God “Face to face,” we have heard His angel, we have talked with Him on the mount.

We need more faith in God, in Truth, as a living Presence and Power. This will enable us to let go of our mental work and rest more in the Christ Consciousness, in the calm sweet assurance of the perfection and harmony of God and His infinite manifestation, of the completeness of Mind and all its ideas, of the peace and joy of Love and its reflection. The health, wealth, Life and Love of God is forever present in the idea, man or body. That which is perfect in Being, is perfect in manifestation, because Mind and its manifestation is one.

The ideal treatment, therefore, is to establish in our consciousness the at-one-ment which Christ Jesus knew in the realization that “I and my Father are one.” When we realize this point, we lose all fear and doubt. In this consciousness, we truly say with the Master: “I can of mine own self do nothing, but the Father within me, He doeth the works.”

Rising above the sense of self as a personal practitioner with a personal patient, we enter the Christ Consciousness that says: “He that seeth me seeth Him that sent me,” and therefore, “The things that are impossible with men are possible with God.

Argument does not heal. It is the Christ (Truth) in consciousness which heals. The affirmative state of consciousness is one which, without mental effort, establishes at-one-ment with God.

The dawning of the Christ confers a state of consciousness that is a state of Grace. The state of Grace is that state of consciousness that has come to recognize that divine Love does not have to be used as a greater power to destroy any lesser power. It knows that no lesser power exists. God is the only power. It is the state of consciousness that needs no denying of error—it is the perfect state of consciousness.