- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Acropolis Books, Inc. (October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889051365
- ISBN-13: 978-1889051369
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Beyond Words and Thoughts Paperback – October, 1998
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About the Author
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 in numbers. Today, a worldwide student body exists which continues to practice and preserve his work. More than thirty books have been compiled from his tape-recorded lectures and classwork including: The Infinite Way; Practicing the Presence; The Art of Meditation.
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pursuing the mystical life. Students of the Infinite Way
will find in its pages the vehicle for understanding the
"letter of truth" that propels the student into the
spiritual dimension of Oneness beyond all words and thoughts.
For some, it could very well serve as the breakthrough means
for breaking out of the crust of human consciousness into
the mystical realm of union in Spirit.
I have had spiritual insights reading this book . I love the simplicity of the wording and know that he is speaking the truth and has experienced what he is writing about. I read this book in the 1980's and got a lot from it then but get even more insights this time. I highly recommend this book but my all time favorite of his books is "A Parenthesis in Eternity.
His, initially, claiming that his first "God-experience" came out of the blue is disingenuous, to put it mildly. He owes a great debt to the many years of consecrated study, to the work, and to the "teaching" (see Goldsmith quote below) of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, a true mystic if there ever was one. It was the "teaching", the "principles" and the "laws" explained in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", by Mary Baker Eddy, that brought about his "God-experience", after he pleaded with the Christian Science practitioner to see and treat him because he was so sick (the practitioner usually reserved Saturdays solely for study, which quite impressed Goldsmith).
"This Experience brought with it no message, no words, no rules, nor were any principles given: there was just an experience that could not be described. Whereas in one moment I was like every other human being, in the next moment my body was well, and many undesirable human habits were gone. I found that a healing power was present and that I was on the threshold of a whole new life. The old life was dead; a new one had begun, but without a teaching, without any principles, without any laws-all this just because of an experience."
Goldsmith backtracks on his statement that "When you examine the lives of the mystics, you will find that that [God-experience] is what happened to them. Not one of them ever studied to become a mystic: each one had an experience, and that experience changed his life," when he writes later: "Probably without the reading that I had been doing in the Bible and the Christian Science writings, and without all those years from 1909 until 1928 in which I was breaking my heart and head trying to find God, the Experience might not have come to me." Probably? Definitely.
What it all boils down to is that, at some point, if one does not encounter a dedicated practitioner (as Goldsmith did) who is able to facilitate one's God-experience (and they are mighty hard to come by these days), one has to put down the books one is studying and have one's own God-experience. 🙏
If you are looking for a direct path to Truth, try Joel Goldsmith.
Similar to Christopher D'Orta who is still alive. He is also very good!