Posted by: Zane Maser | December 24, 2020

“THE EFFORT OF EFFORTLESSNESS”

The following paragraphs are quoted from the 1957 December Letter written by Joel S. Goldsmith, “one of the great mystics of the twentieth century.” These monthly Letters were sent to his Infinite Way students, and today the 1955 through 1959 Letters are published in the book, “The Heart of Mysticism:”

     “The solution of a problem, whether for ourselves or for another, is accomplished in proportion to the amount of effort we can bring to relaxing from effort. In other words, it is very much like waiting out a storm instead of going into it head on. It is a constant remembrance that ‘this too shall pass,’ and then sitting quietly, or moving about carrying on one’s affairs in the realization that whatever the name or nature of the ‘this,’ it will pass, not by any concerted efforts on our own, directed toward the achievement of some specific purpose, nor by human will or supernatural powers, but by virtue of the nothingness of this ‘it’ which we have been honoring by fighting.

     ‘This battle is not yours, but God’s . . .stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord.’1 This can only be described as the effort of effortlessness, the effort which is necessary to be quiet in the face of a storm or in the face of the discords of human experience so that these, too, may pass. These discords will not pass while we are fighting them, because the very act of fighting them makes of them a reality, perpetuating them in our consciousness. The discord or the problem has no externalized existence; it exists only as a mental image in our own thought, and as we retire to this inner sanctuary and wait, the storm passes.

     Afterwards, we learn that there never was a storm outside of us; the storm was within our own being. Outside, all was peaceful and serene. The very fact that our neighbors down the street have been unaware of this storm that we have been battling is evidence that it existed in us. It did not exist for them, because they were not inside of us. That is the only place the storm, the sin, the disease, the lack, or limitation has existence—within us. If we can become still enough, quiet enough, and if we can acquire some of David’s assurance of God’s grace, then this will also pass. Christhood [Buddhahood, Tao, or Krishna] is the recognition of this truth. The degree of our Christhood can be measured by the degree of quiet and peace that we can find while waiting for ‘this’ to pass.

     …In the tranquility of the Soul, spiritual awareness develops. Spiritual awareness is the realization of the nothingness of storms or problems.”

 


Other Mystical Offerings:

• Fluent Ease

• Effortlessness

Empty Boat Day

• Buddhist Story of Two Monks, Two Choices

• Patience Equals Tranquility

• Harmonization

• The Temple Of Silence

• Spiritual Silence

• Into The Silence


Endnote:

1. II Chronicles 20:15,17.


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Introductory paragraph and site post © by Zane Maser, 2020. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons and FreeIMG. Quoted material of Joel S. Goldsmith gratefully used from Acropolis Books, pages 756-8. All 2009-2020 rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial master and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my kind-hearted, generous husband.



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