Excerpt from 1957 Second Halekou Closed Class - Individual Discovery of Truth - 3
Master #193 - Tape 1 - Side 2
Now you will remember … our lesson the on 58th Chapter of Isaiah in which we learned that it's no good to sit around and say these things and pray these things but that you have to act them out. And so I learned by meditation and then by actual demonstration that the fullness of the Godhead is in me. That God has fulfilled Himself as my individual being and I can demonstrate it in proportion to my ability to live it. So that if I have but a few coins today and I accept this truth and am willing to part with one or two of them -- to share it with someone who has still less -- or if I have no coins but if I have merely this awareness of my identity and I'm willing to sit and pray or realize that truth for my fellow man, for my friends, for my neighbors, for my enemies -- if I'm only willing to know the truth if that's all I've got -- cast that bread upon the water.
Or if I can find some way to be a friend. If I can find some way of expressing forgiveness. If I can find someway of being more just, more merciful. In other words, if I can accept the Messianic message that, "Thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me." -- even though the invisible is greater than the visible -- nevertheless, "Thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me." And I can begin in any given moment to act out that way of life by loving, sharing, forgiving, cooperating, being more just, being more merciful, being more kind. If I can begin in some measure to do that I begin the demonstration of my harmony.
Be assured of this -- God has not created His own image and likeness and left it blank of anything. The image and likeness of God does not lack for anything. The image and likeness of God, God's own manifestation of Its own Being, hasn't got a lot of money and no health, or a lot of health and no money. The image and likeness of God hasn't got kindness, and justice, and mercy, but otherwise full of sin, sickness, and death. The image and likeness of God, or that I which I am, the Infinite Spirit Itself in individual manifestation and expression -- that is the embodiment of all that God is and I am He.
That is a revelation of truth but it is not a demonstration of truth. The demonstration follows the acceptance and acting upon of that truth. And sometimes it is a slow process after we have accepted that because remember to all appearances we're sick and sinning mortals. To all appearances we're aging and dying humans. And so we are always violating appearances when we accept the truth about our own being -- our own inner spiritual being. And so it is that we have to often have to close our eyes and realize this, "I'm not claiming Father, that a human being, a mortal, is divine. What I'm claiming is that a human being or a mortal must die to that seeming sense of self and realize that God Itself is Spirit but since God is all, God is infinite being even when it's individually expressed. I'm not claiming any truth for my mortalhood, my mortality, or my human identity -- I'm acknowledging that in this search for truth I'm attempting to die daily to my humanhood -- not spiritualize it. I'm trying to die daily to it -- I'm trying to surrender it in the realization that God is infinite being and constitutes individual being, spiritual being, incorporeal being, invisible being, the being that I am.
Then as I ponder that and receive that inwardly I begin to understand the nature of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Now do you know why it is said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" because that's what it means -- "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Do you know what it means when it says -- "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Why not just sit still for a minute and try to get rid of I? Just try to run away from it -- try to drown it -- try to get anywhere, where I isn't. And you'll see why it is also said, "If I make my bed in hell thou art there. If I mount up to heaven thou art there. If I walk through the valley of the shadow of death thou art there." Why? Because I am there. I am here and I am there and I am everywhere. "Lift up the stone and I am there."
And I is God. I is infinite being. I is Self completeness. And so we have in the message of the Infinite Way a whole teaching on the subject of Self completeness in God and its spelled with a capital 'S'. It doesn't mean that we humanly are complete or perfect or self contained or self maintained -- on the contrary, as human beings just look how we suffer and lack. But in putting off that selfhood and surrendering it and acknowledging that the I of my being can never leave me nor forsake me -- as I was with Abraham so I am with you -- I will never leave you nor forsake you. And then we come to that miracle, miracle, miracle teaching of Jesus Christ which is accepted wholeheartedly in the Infinite Way.
"I have meat."
No don't go to the city to get me any meat, "I have meat that ye know not of."
I am the wine of life. I am the bread of life. I am the resurrection. And that I will never leave me nor forsake me. And where I am, I is. For I is the true nature of my being, and I is my meat, and I is my wine, and my water, and my bread. I is the staff of life to me. I is my high tower, the rock on which I'm founded. I is my hiding place. I live and move and have my being in God -- in the I that I am. God is my fortress and I hide in that fortress which I am. God is my high tower. Nothing by any manner of means can reach me, assail me, or injure me, because I am and beside me there are no powers to do any injuring. For I alone is power. I is bread, I is meat, I is wine, I is the resurrection. And if we secretly and silently always lift up the I -- for if I be lifted up I shall draw all men unto me -- and if I lift up the I in me silently and secretly, for remember this, and I give you this again and again and again . . . never forget this -- this is Matthew, sixth chapter -- "Take heed that you do not your alms before men to be seen of them. Otherwise, ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." And don't think for a minute that that isn't a spiritual law -- that the good we do publicly, the benevolences we do publicly are of absolutely no value beyond whatever praise we get from man whose breath is in his nostril. But our spiritual reward, our spiritual recognition lies in the fact that there is an I at the center of our being that knows what we're doing, thinking, and acting. And It, It performs for us so that what we do in secret is shouted from the housetops.