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Joel Goldsmith (1892-1964), one of America's great mystics, spent his life lecturing on "The Infinite Way" -- his personally developed principles of spirituality. He is the author of more than 30 books, including The Art of Spiritual Healing, Living the Infinite Way, and The Thunder of Silence.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 8, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062503995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062503992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel S. Goldsmith (1892-1964), a monumental teacher of practical mysticism, devoted most of his life to the discovery and teaching of spiritual principles which he founded and called 'The Infinite Way.' After the publication of his seminal book, 'The Infinite Way,' in 1947, Joel traveled throughout the world as a teacher and a healer. Although Goldsmith's message was neither organized nor advertised, students of The Infinite Way increased as people from around the world shared his spiritual wisdom.

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I know a lot of sincere people who are very religious and yet they seem to be so unhappy and so unfulfilled. One even "confessed" to me, "Y'know, John, I believe in God, but I often wish that God was right here to help me go through with what I'm going through..."

I was completely shocked but then I remembered what it was like to believe in God and yet feeling like God was not around when I needed God. It wasn't because God wasn't there, it was because I had this belief that God's Life and my Life were two completely different things. It really blew my mind the first time I walked into a metaphysical church and heard this New Thought practitioner say with complete sincerity and yet with complete humility, "There is One Life and that Life is God and that Life is my life now..."

That simple statement brought tears to my eyes. I had been so brainwashed to think and feel and even act as though I was this completely unworthy, undeserving, sinner; that God the Living Spirit wanted nothing at all to do with my life, but all of the sudden I came face to face (or was it soul to soul?)with the beautiful Truth that my life was/is/and will always be the Life of God. It is what animates me, it is what heals me, restores me, renews me, and blesses me in every moment. To get to this point of knowing and feeling that God is Present as Presence, one must learn to sense this Presence, to feel it within every fiber of their being, and the only way we can learn to know that this presence is Present is to get still and when we get still enough to know and feel that this life is all around us and within us, we can be like the Psalmist and say from the depths of our soul, "Be still and know that I am God..."

Our "I AM" is God Itself.
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I love this book. It always calms and centers me. I have
learned so much here. Somewhere about pg. 58 or so, I was
able to overnight double my income/etc....due to the insights
of the author. Not about using God, but about understanding
how it all works. Basic concept was this: paraphrased...
"when I stop sitting at the feet of the Master waiting to be fed, and become the Master, feeding the unillumined, then I am
prospered."
Thy Grace is My Sufficiency. My consciousness is the
substance of my world.
Truth realized is Spiritual consciousness.
If you've found this review, you're probably ready for
Goldsmith...one of the most profound and aware mystics of
our century! Also read: Parenthesis in Eternity and
Thunder of Silence! WOW!
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I own this book as a hardcover, purchased in the early 1980's. It has been so well read and used that the binding has come unglued and the white lettering on the black spine is wearing away. What more can I say?

My book is marked up with highlighting which I would apply whenever I'd read something that caused the 'light' to come on. The book is full of Joel's meditations in Italics which, when contemplated on, will guide you into all Truth.

When my elderly dad was laying in a hospital one time (not an Infinite Way student), I took this book and read the meditations to him out loud by his bedside. He told me it gave him such a sense of peace. Is it no wonder? God IS peace and was right there with us, AS us.

I've also been told that Practicing The Presence, by Joel Goldsmith, is required reading for a number of 'metaphysical' courses in the United States and abroad.

If you're thinking of which book to start with, this will be a great beginning!

Gail Gupton, Author: The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth
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This is one of two books Joel recommends for students new to The Infinite Way. It is essential that all students are familiar with it and Living the Infinite Way. The principles of truth are so clearly stated, yet there is a depth that nurtures even an experienced student. Your meditation journey should begin here.
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This is my first review on Amazon, or anywhere else for that matter. I have been interested in spiritual growth for quite some time, beginning with my undergraduate major in Philosophy in the late 60's/early 70's. As I later discovered, I was not so much interested in the subject as in finding my OWN philosophy. Through the years I have spent much time investigating and learning about different belief systems and practices. The most useful to me were those originating in the East, primarily meditation (which I now teach) and yoga. The beauty of those systems is that they provide you with a systematic path towards what some call 'enlightenment,' or Christ consciousness, depending on your orientation. I am NOT talking about having intellectual 'knowledge' about spirituality, I am talking about the DIRECT EXPERIENCE of yourself as an aspect of God and as ONE with the universe.

But this is not to say that knowledge is unimportant, because that is certainly not the case. Knowledge supports and can hasten the spiritual growth that some of us are aiming towards. What Joel Goldsmith does is to present spiritual truth from a VERY high level of consciousness that, IMO, accurately reflects the 'letter of truth' of metaphysics. His interpretations of, among other things, the Bible and Jesus's sayings, can be challenging and a stretch but are spot on. I have found that the contemplation (which is different from meditation) of his writings has done quite a bit to speed up my spiritual growth, and I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any seeker (altho 'seeking' is unnecessary - we already know where the "Kingdom of Heaven" is - it's "within us" - we just need to clear out all that is keeping us from living there full-time). To follow-up on what another reviewer said, if I had to spend some time on a desert island and could only pick one book, THIS would be the one.
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