"The Inner Kingdom Consciousness™ Study Course was designed by Joel S. Goldsmith, and set aside with specific instructions. This work was not revealed to us until the late summer of 1997 when we found it in our office archives." - from www.joelgoldsmith.com
The course consists of a tape and transcript for which you will pay double the value of the recording. All of the tapes come from the general tape catalogue, but you will not be able to find out which numbers they are unless you buy the lesson. So, rather than pay $20-25 for a lecture, you will pay $45. The difference is that you will be sent a matching transcript which you have been charged $20 for.
One reason this bothers me is that I long ago brought the idea of tape and matching transcript to the office. It was around 1996 when I worked for them. I proposed this as an idea, suggesting that the transcript be helpful to students hard of hearing or who did not respond well to tape recordings. A fair fee, in my opinion, was around $5.00 per lecture. One lecture usually came to 9 typed pages. The Monthly Letter, at the time, was made of transcripts and was about 18 folded pages. The fee, $1.50. It seemed a bit unfair to charge so much more for a matching transcript of equal length.
It was at this time that the office and I parted company.
Do beware that if you own a tape that is part of the Inner Kingdom, you will be required to buy it again.
Before explaining my reservations about this course, I will underscore the fact that ALL of Joel's tapes are gems. Each and every tape contains the whole Infinite Way message, lessons on The Nature of God, The Nature of Prayer and The Nature of Error. (Joel teaches that every teacher must incorporate these in each of their classes.) So, any and every tape of Joel's is recommended. True, one has to know the principles sometimes to realize they are IN the lesson, e.g. when Joel talks about "nothingizing" he is using the Nature of Error. Nevertheless, all the tapes are of great value.
That said, The Inner Kingdom Course has been advertised as a very special course and new students to The Infinite Way are taught that it is something unique in the Infinite Way. Many think that when they complete this series, they know the message and have little more to do.
There are private, invitational meetings at Ropac's annual class just for these students; and it is implied thereby, that these are a special category of seeker. Many students have reported that these elite classes are no more instructive than the day class offered by Madams Ropac and MacDonald. Thus, the student is cautioned to not get mesmerized into thinking this is an advanced study with secret instruction.
In my teaching experience, it is a hindrance to think that The Inner Kingdom is ALL that a student needs to understand The Infinite Way. Far from it. (The secret nature of The Inner Kingdom creates a confidence/arrogance in the student that they know more than they do. This ultimately works against their progress.)
There are many other ESSENTIAL tapes to study. Many mentioned throughout this site. Joel did not keep things from his students. He shared them widely when it had to do with learning the principles. Joel's instructions for new students were to study the 1955 Kailua and 1959 Hawaiian Healing tapes before any other. This is on tape and it is an established fact confirmed by any teacher or practitioner who has been properly taught. Madams Ropac and MacDonald know this as well.
Further, students do not realize that by studying this course, they become the students of Ropac and MacDonald. It is to them they should go for teaching and healing as they study. It is not clear that this is the understanding. Since they invented the course, it is their consciousness that the student is connecting to.
Most importantly, Infinite Way classes are meditation instruction, tape work, lessons on the principles and how to live them.
For over a decade, we have been asking Ms. Ropac for proof of this discovery."We found it in our office archives." This implies a letter or document with Joel's instructions. Repeated requests to see a copy are ignored. It seems there may not be a document after all. Recently, a student reported that Joel "told" Sue to do this in 1997. This means the instructions were given orally and since Joel left in 1964, it also means that Sue receives channeled messages from Joel.
When the Inner Kingdom Course first began, we asked for a list of the tapes in it so that those of us who had many of the tape collection would be spared duplications. Ms. Ropac said that this was not possible. The list of tapes is only for the students in the course. Further, if you owned the tape already, you would have to buy it again. To date, this is still the case. The order page only lists the tapes by chapter number, not by tape.
For those of you interested here are the tapes we know about:
329, 227, 268, 269,270, 258, 259. (We welcome any other information you might want to share with other students.)
We can see that these are not new tapes, or tapes just discovered. These are tapes that are part of the original collection. In fact, some are from the '59 Hawaiian Healing series (268, 269, 270). And, 329 is called Inner Kingdom. So, there is really very little mystery except what has been created by the office. Again, how valuable it would be to actually SEE the letter by Joel that was "found" in 1997.
When a business is no longer run in an open and honest way, it becomes dangerous. The IW office has been reluctant to answer student questions about their creation of The Inner Kingdom and about many of the historical issues surrounding events of the past. Some of these include:
I am very familiar with this page, since I wrote it many years ago. At the time, I believed what Geri MacDonald told me, that Joel gave her these instructions. In more recent interviews with family members, it has come out that Joel never instructed Geri personally. Emma may have talked to her, but Joel was not her teacher for she was not interested in The Infinite Way at all during his lifetime.
The last instruction below is the most troublesome. I did not question this at the time I was told to include this, for I trusted that Mrs. MacDonald was telling me the truth. However, in the last 15 years since I produced this material for her, I have questioned the accuracy of this statement.
Any classmate of mine in a Will Hoff class will confirm that many, many of us meditated for hours with Will, a direct student of Joel's. Yes, new people to meditation should begin slowly with frequent short meditations throughout the day and we have lessons on how to do this. However, as we progress, our meditations can become longer and longer, without any problem. To limit the time is not only incorrect, but detrimental to a student's personal progress. Please, please do not follow step 7 on the Joel Goldsmith.Com website.
"7. We never stay in meditation for more than 10 minutes at a time. It takes a long time to be able to stay in meditation 10 minutes or longer."
When you decide upon a teacher (in this case, studying The Inner Kingdom makes Sue Ropac your teachers), that teacher's consciousness is what you are committing yourself to. This is why we only study with one teacher at at given time, use one practitioner at a time.
The teacher's consciousness is what teaches you. Often this is done in the silence, by impartation. Be sure that those to whom you look for instruction and depend upon for guidance come from the highest integrity and Christ Consciousness.