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 the right way to go beyond the "parenthesis'' of our daily lives that falls among beginning and loss of life.

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Then, tomorrow when his enemy becomes his friend, this procedure might be completely reversed: he might begin to pray for the enemy who has now become his friend and curse the friend who has become his enemy. God is not like that. God is not changeable as we are, and we must give up these childish concepts of God and grow into spiritual adulthood, not attempting to tell God what His grace should be or when, but resting in the confidence that His grace is our sufficiency, and- releasing ourselves from the absurd idea that we can reach some God who may, if it pleases Him, do something for us.

The sun, the moon, and the stars were certainly not given by God to the people of the earth as a reward for anything, nor were the silver and the gold, the platinum and the diamonds, the rubies and the sapphires in the bowels of the earth, nor the pearls and the immeasurable riches in the sea. All these are but the natural order of creation appearing in wondrous ways, but never given as a reward from God, nor withheld as a punishment.

When we do this, our very presence makes the Spirit of God felt, giving peace and comfort and uplift to others, not because we want to be a blessing to our fellow man, but merely because we have learned to be still and let God's power and grace flow without any help from us, without forcing, begging, or pleading for it, and without «ny thought that you and I are spiritual. There is only one Spirit, and that is God in the midst of us. We are dishonoring God if we think that He is withholding wisdom, integrity, loyalty, fidelity, justice, or harmony from us or from anyone else.

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