Infinite Way Study Practice
July-September 2002

The following study practice is designed for those students who already have at least some background with Joel Goldsmith's Infinite Way teaching. My first recommendation would be that you go to the source text or tape where these messages are presented and listen to the original instruction.

Adapted From Joel Goldsmith's 1956 Portland Closed Class
"The Garden of Eden -- Neither Good Nor Evil" Tape

People who begin to practice meditation are often compelled to try to stop their thoughts in order to attain peace. However, the Infinite Way practice of meditation recognizes that to arrive at the realization of that which we are seeking there are steps we must first take. One of the primary messages of the Infinite Way concerns recognizing the illusory concepts of good and of evil that persist in our consciousness. If you or I are holding on to any ideas in our mind as to good and evil qualities of persons, or places, or things we will not go very far in our search for Truth through meditation. The analogy of the Garden of Eden spoken of in Genesis tells us that mankind's downfall occured when he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, once we begin to imbue anything with a quality of good or evil, we have immediately fallen from Grace and are then forever confined to the human or mortal realm in which God does not exist. And here we remember that when we speak of God we are speaking of the very substance of our own consciousness. So in succumbing to concepts of good and evil we are actually denying the very essence of who and what we really are.

In the Infinite Way practice then our goal is to begin releasing these false concepts of good and evil through a daily practice of turning within and asking for the Inner Vision of our Being to see our world aright. Joel Goldsmith has provided a wonderful lesson which anyone so inclined can follow and which has the potential to bring us back into the Kingdom of God spoken of in Genesis Chapter 1. Joel gives concrete examples of how to begin changing the false concepts that are holding us in a sense of separation from our harmony within. Take the following tape transcript passage from The Garden of Eden -- Neither Good Nor Evil into your consciousness and decide for yourself whether this method of contemplative meditation is one that you can embrace.

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