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Excerpted from Living the Infinite Way by Joel Goldsmith. Copyright 1961 by Joel Goldsmith. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"The mind yields from its intellectual base to its spiritual base, and God is revealed as a present possibility."

Joel Goldsmith, Living the Infinite Way, Part 2

The Bible is the Book of Life. When its teachings are spiritually discerned, it is filled with the very bread of life, the very water, and the very wine. As a book it is not our protection nor our security. Be assured of this: If we memorized the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we might still find ourselves "an hungered," sick, and lonely. Only as the Word takes root in consciousness can it come forth as flesh, as demonstration.

It is of little value, for example, to repeat the Ninety-first Psalm, and to think that because of continued repetition we shall be protected by its teachings. It is when we have fulfilled the requirement of the Ninety-first Psalm, by swelling in the "secret place of the most High," by abiding in spiritual truth, by living in the continuous recognition of God as the only Cause and creative Principle, that it becomes operative in our experience. When we dwell in this truth so that it becomes the very embodiment of our being, we no longer have any fear. The truth in which we are abiding, and which we are permitting to abide in us, becomes our fortress; it becomes our rock; and we come to a place in consciousness where we realize that this truth is our shield and buckler, our fortress, our very good itself.

Scripture plays a greater and greater part in our lives as its inner meaning unfolds and reveals itself. All Scripture must be interpreted spiritually in order to penetrate the depth of its message. Pondering and meditating on the Word will reveal its real meaning or essence, and then it "is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword." The mind yields from its intellectual base to its spiritual base, and God is revealed as a present possibility.

The written or spoken word is the least important part of our work. That which is not written or spoken is the real teaching.

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