How Our Blog Works

This is not a blog in the traditional sense.  I’m not voicing my opinion on politics, world affairs, or spirituality.  I’m not offering advice or trying to prove anything to anyone.  What I am hoping unfolds from this endeavor is a platform and a tool for exploring spiritual principles.

Any forum needs a few ground rules.  When Joel Goldsmith taught these principles he had definite instructions for his students to follow.  They were to approach this path through meditation.  They were to keep secret and sacred their comprehension of truth until they had a realization of the principle.  They were not to discuss truth or give opinions about a principle.  What they could share, once they had come to a realization of a truth, was their own experience.  That is what this forum is about.

I see this blog working in two ways.  First it is a place for me to post my insights into the truth.  These posts will be drawn from my teaching experience, from my travels, and from world situations where a spiritual perspective could be helpful in bringing peace, compassion and understanding.  The second way the blog can work is by providing a place where students can ask questions.  Often, in a class situation, when a student asks a question the answer that comes feeds the entire class.  If we see the world as our classroom, imagine how important your question could be.

So, if you have some new insight, a new take on something posted here, let me know.  If a post sparks a question, ask it.  If you’d like me to address some situation spiritually – to see how you can be in the world yet no of it, post that request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

15 Responses to How Our Blog Works

  1. June Rohla says:

    I look forward to learning how to use this tool and I thank you so much!

  2. john stephenson says:

    June, we welcome comments, or questions, or a revelation on truth that you might wish to share. John

  3. mitch delgado says:

    i am asking for the “realization of oneness” the ” I have”

  4. Lora says:

    I’ve been a keen student for over 30 years and am so glad to find this blog after just discovering your website and particularly enjoyed the talk by Virginia. Thank you so much.

  5. Maria in SF says:

    John,

    QUESTION:
    Can you please give us any tips on how we can effectively “practice the Presence” while watching a movie in a theater or a live theater production or while engaged in a long, in-depth conversation with someone who is / is not a truth student? Joel says we should always keep an attitude of inner receptivity to God no matter what we are doing, but I find it extremely challenging under the circumstances I’ve mentioned above. Is “intermittent” receptivity OK as contrasted with “continuous” (uninterrupted) receptivity? I’m afraid that if I tried to exert great effort to maintain continuous (uninterrupted) receptivity to God while watching a movie in a theater or engaging in a long, in-depth conversation with someone, that I would end up tuning in to the level of the carnal mind (the mental level) instead of God.

    Any light you can shed on this issue is appreciated !

    Maria in SF

  6. John says:

    Maria,
    One of the goals in living a spiritual life is to be in the world yet not of it. Being of the world is accepting the hypnotic universal belief that there is power in material good and evil. To be in the world but not OF it requires an experience of the omnipotence of God. If God is omnipotent, nothing else can be power. We are conditioned into accepting material power through our human birth, the evidence of our senses, and our ignorance of the spiritual dimension. Yet there is a spiritual dimension to every individual, and our spiritual practice is to let that spiritual nature within us to become fully operational. This requires a realization of the nature of God as omnipotent.

    You can think of this realization in the same way a mathematician realizes the meaning of a formula, or a musician realizes a new melody. In each case the individual brings into form or action something new. They rely upon a set of principles to do this. But these principles are so much part of their consciousness that they no longer need to recite the multiplication tables or practice the scales. When we reach this same level of consciousness spiritually we are constantly receptive to the Truth. We no longer have to recite spiritual principles because of our practicing the Presence over the years, we now have a consciousness of truth, and the operation of truth within us reveals the errors of this world and renders them inoperable to us.

    So, when being entertained, you may be moved by the emotion of a piece, or stimulated by the ideas presented, but you never lose your underlying awareness of God as omnipotent. You might even let yourself be frightened by a good thriller, but the depth of that sensation is shallow, and you know that there is no power to it. Being on the spiritual path isn’t a retreat from life, it is fully participating in life with the awareness of your oneness with God.

    When engaging with people, if you accept others as human beings with human problems and you react to those problems, you have accepted the dualistic belief that there is power outside of God. The moment you realize that that is an error you are no longer of the world and operation of world beliefs stop effecting you. Watching movies and television can be a great practice field for applying spiritual principles. If you cannot be hypnotized there, you can make the step of withdrawing power from the world.

    • Maria in SF says:

      Thank you for your perspective on the issues I raised !

    • Paul says:

      John,

      I sent you an email a couple of days ago after I came across the Aloha Mystics website. I just found this blog and am amazed and moved at your response to the question Maria in SF asked.

      Thank you so much for sharing your light. I will stay in touch by email and through the blog. Again, thank you.

  7. iman says:

    Joel Goldsmith was my first metaphysical teacher. And he’ll always be my teacher. I love love love what he gave us and the world. His words ring true to everyone anywhere who is prepared and who can hear – his words are Life, unfolding us infintely – form a boundless basis. And I love your words and your page and your offering to us. Thank you. iman

  8. Maria in SF says:

    John,

    A REQUEST

    Would you please “demystify” the message of the chapter “The New Horizon” in the book, THE INFINITE WAY? (I used to believe that this chapter was ONLY addressed to and reserved for the very, very advanced student; however, a recent re-reading of it gave me the impression that it is addressed to ALL spiritual aspirants on the Path, from the beginners, to those in the middle, and to those who would be considered advanced students.)

    Any light you can shed on the issues I have raised here is very much appreciated.

    Thank you !

    Maria in SF

    • Pam says:

      Is there so much difference between the “advanced student” and the “beginner student.” There is a reason all are drawn to the message.

      • John says:

        The only difference is in one’s perception of spiritual reality. The “advanced student” perhaps sees through the limitations of material concepts easier. The reality is that God is the substance of all, and everyone has the fullness of Being. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the (children) of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the (children) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every (person) that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

  9. Oneness says:

    Thank you for your words and guidance. I have been on the IW path for let us say a few years. I find more and more depth and so the walk continues.
    My question is if one is living with someone that continues to drink and medicate excessively and that appearance is constantly being presented to me along with abusive words and actions, how do I get though this clam/appearance?
    I believe I am learning deeper contact with the ONE, however the situation keeps me in concern.
    I impersonalisze and nothingize and I must still be holding onto a human denseness that does not seem to yield.
    Some advice please.
    Thank you.

    • John says:

      Often, even though we practice impersonalization on another, we don’t practice it on ourselves. If I am offended by another’s action, and I’m trying to change the other, I’m in the dream. If I accept a personalized self that can be offended, I am not one with God. To experience Oneness, we step out of the personal self into unconditioned Being. It is in that state of Consciousness where we are free from the effects of this world. When you go into meditation have no agenda accept the realization of the presence of God.

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