LIVING STILLNESS

There is a perfect passivity which is not indolence. It is a living stillness born of trust.

In this effort of ours to bring into manifestation the good which we know belongs to every child of God, it is when we get beyond the point where we try to do it all ourselves, and let God do His part, that we get the desires of our heart.

After we have done our part faithfully, earnestly, we are told to “stand still, and see the salvation of God which He will work for you.” [Exodus 14:13]

God delivers when fully trusted–perfectly, fully, even beyond anything we have asked or thought; adding good which we have never dreamed of, as though to give double assurance of His favor and love to any who will trust Him.

We must learn that the time of help coming to us is not our part, but God’s. We do know that in all the accounts in Scripture of those who realized God’s special deliverance from their troubles–from Abraham going forth to sacrifice his son, down to when Jesus put out His hand to save the sinking and faithless Peter, and even after this in the experience of the Apostles–this invisible Power came to hand just at the right time always–never a moment too late.

The promise is, “The Lord shall help her, and that right early;” [Psalm 46:5] or as the Hebrew reads, “at the turning of the morning,” which means just the darkest moment before dawn. So if, in whatever matter you are trying to exercise trust in your Father, the way keeps growing darker and darker, and apparently the help goes further and further away instead of coming into sight, you just grow more peaceful and still than ever, and you may know that the moment of deliverance is growing nearer for you with every breath.

 – H. Emilie Cady
excerpts from “Trusting and Resting,”
Miscellaneous Writings, 1915.


It is good that a man should both hope
and quietly wait
for the salvation of the Lord
Lamentations 3:26

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusteth in Thee.
Isaiah 26:3

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BEYOND WORDS

God is who He is, whether we have words for Him or not.

I don’t want words to hold me back from complete knowledge and life in God. They are a tool–a help–a reminder (“re-mind-er”), but are incomplete references to the Essence of the Creator.

Nevertheless, words must be used to build concepts, understanding, inspiration beyond themselves. One of the most powerful words in the Bible is “light.” – mjd


The power that causes light to shine within the electric light bulb is part of the electric light. In fact, although that force itself [electricity] cannot be seen, it is just as really a part of the electric light as the wire and the glass that made its framework. The spiritual force that flows through us is the “breath of God” breathed into the “dust of the earth” of which our frames are made. It is the Eternal Being dwelling for a moment in a house of flesh.

“Ye are the light of the world,” said that amazing Carpenter whose light still shines down through the centuries. This is literally true. We are the electric light bulbs through whom the light of God reaches the world. Thus we are “part God.” This does not belittle God, any more than it belittles the sun to know that a square of sunlight on the floor is part of its infinite and eternal shining.

Knowing then that we are part of God, that His life within us is an active energy and that He works through the laws of our bodies, let us study to adjust and conform ourselves to those laws. When we do this with understanding and common-sense, we can speed up the natural healing forces of the body.

 – Agnes Sanford, The Healing Light, 1947.


[Jesus said] While you have the Light, believe in the Light
–have faith in it, hold to it, rely on it–
that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with light.

Whoever sees Me sees Him Who sent me.
I have come a light into the world,
so that whoever believes on Me may not continue to live in darkness.

… I have not come to judge
and to condemn
and to pass sentence
and to inflict penalty on the world,
but to save the world.

Amplified Bible: John 12: 36a, 45, 46, 47b

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SABBATH

As we meet with problems of every nature–conflicts, enemies, hatred, persecution, injustice–we no longer try to reach out to remove them either physically or mentally, but we rest in His word. We rest from all power, and God works the miracle.

When we have rested, when we have become still, and when we have permitted the Spirit to permeate mind and body, a Something greater than ourselves goes before us and prepares the way for us: The enmity and and opposition dissolve… In a complete Silence, with no attempt to use God, use Truth, or use a power over anybody or for anybody, something takes place within us that dissolves the problems of life and makes the way one of joy and fulfillment.

The only effective and potent weapon against the powers that would destroy the world both physically and mentally is the Silence which comes of the conviction that there is a Something that created this universe and is responsible for maintaining it unto eternity–it is the ability to relax in Silence and let that Something perform Its function.

In that quietness and confidence, we find our strength and peace.
That is our Sabbath.

 – Joel S. Goldsmith, “The Still Small Voice”
The Thunder of Silence, 1961


How precious Your thoughts are to me!
How powerful, God, their results!
Psalm 139:17

The Bible in Modern English. Fourth Edition
Translated by Ferrar Fenton, 1906

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INFINITE SOURCE

In understanding God as the Source, there is nothing that we are spending–not strength, years, wisdom, substance, or life-force–because it is not ours to begin with. It is all pouring through us as we call upon it from an infinite Source.

Had we been taught from the beginning the lesson that the Master has so plainly given us of our true relationship to God–that it is not our life that is being lived but God’s life; it is not our strength that is being used, but His strength; it is not our understanding or supply that is infinite but His; and that we are but the instruments through which God pours His life forth to glorify Himself–we would long ago have realized that it is our function to live, not as ailing, aging human beings, but as the image and likeness of God, drawing upon God for our daily wisdom, strength, and supply.

So, whatever we show forth in the way of spiritual harmony, let us take no credit for it, but realize that through us God is showing forth His handiwork, God is glorifying Himself as our form, as our wisdom, and as our grace.

 – Joel S. Goldsmith, “I Say Unto You”
(chapter on the Sermon on the Mount)
The Thunder of Silence, 1961


You will know them by their fruits.
Matthew 7:20
The Bible, Revised Standard Version


The father replied, ‘My dear son, you have been with me all the time and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and show our joy. For this is your brother; I thought he was dead—and he’s alive. I thought he was lost—and he is found!’

Luke 15: 31-32
From the parable of the prodigal son.
– J. B. Phillips, translator
The New Testament in Modern English
Revised Student Edition, 1972

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REVELATION

The search for God is not easy for anyone, and when the revelation of God does come, it is something so entirely different from what was expected that if a person is honest he will have to confess that it is beyond his understanding. Only after finding corroboration for what he himself has discovered as it is presented in a thousand different ways through the spoken and written word and then living it for years and years, does it ultimately register.

 – Joel S. Goldsmith, The Thunder of Silence, 1961

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HEART of REALITY

We are familiar with two ways of dealing with the nature of things: (1) the method of observation and exact description from the outside, the spectator method, and (2) the method of vital experience–discovery of reality by living your way into the heart of things.

The more one knows in terms of exact description, too often the less is the feel of the reality of the significance of life. … The windows of the soul suffer “black-outs.” … The process of description, ruthlessly carried through, entails reduction and the stripping away of everything that will not submit to description and explanation. We end, therefore, with a reduced world, a reduced man, and greatly reduced hopes and aims and aspiration.

As soon as we live our way into the heart of the realities we need for creative life, the sense of frustration is over and there is a hole in the sky and free water to swim in. … Nobody who has truly fallen in love has any doubt of the intrinsic value, the infinite value, of love. It is its own evidence, its own excuse for being.

What is true of love is just as true of God and the world of spiritual realities. There come high moments when we find ourselves where we know we belong, when the Beyond is here and the Yonder is present. These eternal moments take the soul to the very heart of reality. Many times I have found my way home in the dark because my feet felt the road when my eyes could not see it. There is Something in us, deeper than hands or feet, that finds the way to the Central Reality, and when we arrive we know it.

The goal of life is not a code or a law or a fixed creed–it is a flying goal, with an ever new Beyond.

 – excerpts from Rufus M. Jones
“The Eternal Significance of Life; Entering into Life,”
The Radiant Life, 1944.


Be perfect [complete, whole], therefore,
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48
The Bible, New International Version

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PERFECT CREATION – PERFECT PSALM

There is a short simple Psalm–the twenty-third, written by an ancient Palestine shepherd in shepherd’s pictorial language, which through the centuries has impressed almost all types of minds as a picture of life that belongs in the list of perfect creations.

… the Psalm presents the three periods, the three stages of life through which we pass. It begins with the naïve, child-minded stage of life, when everything is provided, without care or worry or anxiety, or any sense that life is a difficult affair. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He leadeth me in green pastures and by level brooks.” There is only one short period of life like that for any of us, when everything we need comes to us without any sense of the strain of providing, when we are surrounded by loving providers and the supplies come to meet the needs.

Then comes the middle stage of life… There are hills to climb, and dark deep valleys with frightening shadows to be passed through. … and only by slow and patient experience we discover step by step that our Shepherd-God is with us in the dark and shadowed valleys. … He anoints us with His oil of gladness and our cups–and our saucers too–overflow with more than enough, with a glad surplus for others.

This brings us to a third and wonderful stage. Through the struggle with the deeps and the heights, and the consciousness of Presence through it all, we acquire a new kind of faith, very different from that naïve faith at the beginning. It is now a faith, robust and virile, founded on experience, tested in the dark and on the mountain hillside, in the face of difficulties. We can look back on the guided journey–the rod and the staff, the table and the oil–and we can look forward with the assurance: “Surely goodness and mercy now shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.”

[After the first two stages] comes the third calm stage of rightly formed and settled character which has come to birth through the battle with stern issues of life. … issues are settled and the forged anchors hold. We have banked the assets formed in the moral struggles of the past and they, with God, are for us forever.

(The) third and wonderful stage of life may be called “secondary instinct,” or subconscious processes. This is the stage of achieved skill, when one hits the mark of his aim with the sureness of instinct, but with the wisdom of slow and painful acquisition. We write without knowing how we do it. … We play the intricate and complicated opus on the piano or the violin with swift movements which seem to come from beyond the steering process of the mind. The perfect performer can never explain how he does it any more than the centipede can tell “which leg comes after which.”

One can quietly fall back in confidence on acquired skill and say with the Psalmist, surely this gift from above shall be with me all the days of my life.

This perfect Psalm fits every stage and every level of life, and what I have been saying about the deep and hidden processes of life-formation are at least implied, if not explicitly expressed, in the beautiful Psalm of the ages.

 – excerpts from Rufus M. Jones,
“The Height of Life,” The Radiant Life, 1944.


STANZA 1.
My LORD attends;–I shall not want;–
He lets me rest in verdant fields,
He leads me by the pleasant brooks,
He brings me back, my life refreshed,
To skip with joy, and praise His Name.

STANZA 2.
Though I may walk through Death’s dark Vale,
I fear no hurt, for You are there,
Your rod and staff direct my way.

STANZA 3.
You spread my board before my foes,
With flowing cup have oiled my head.
Kindness and mercy follow me,
On every day I live;
And in the LORD’S house I shall dwell,
To lengthen out my days.

Psalm 23
translated by Ferrar Fenton
The Bible in Modern English, Fourth Edition, 1906

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