- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 11, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062503170
- ISBN-13: 978-0062503176
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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About the Author
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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Living the Infinite Way contains many references to the Bible, often with new and illuminating interpretations.
As with all of Joel's books, Living the Infinite Way stresses the importance of prayer and meditation, and serves as a great inspiration for the spiritual journey.
This is a small book, packed tight with mind-boggling TRUTH. It will open your eyes if you're receptive. It will change your life if you let it. It will answer some of the most deepening questions of your soul. It will leave you with new peace. It will set you on a beautiful, fulfilling road you never knew existed.
Living the infinite way means seeing everything with new eyes; with spiritual perception. It means giving up past indoctrinations and false teachings of God and man perpetuated through time.
My book is hardback, purchased over 20 years ago. It got me started on my own journey, which has been a reward I'll never give up. We can all live the Infinite way when we realize who and what God is. I recommend this book and all Goldsmith writings.
Gail Gupton, Author: The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth
I must mention I do not always agree with some of what the author writes, or find what he is writing problematic. On page 70 the author writes of a man who by all appearances was the victim of "..a great wrong, a great evil...for which he was not responsible." Then Mr. Goldsmith responds: "How do we know what was happening in the consciousness of the individual who was the victim? How do we know what he was attracting to himself? What was going on his mind to attract such an experience to him?" In the following paragraph he quotes the Apostle Paul, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The author goes onto to write: "If we have been accepting and entertaining material law as our basis of life, we are sowing to the flesh--to matter materiality--and we are bound to reap finiteness, limitation, and inharmony."(pg. 71)
So here's where I'm having a problem. Mr. Goldsmith seems to be asserting or strongly implying through his example of the man who suffered great wrong essentially brought it on himself. On page 72 he writes: ...we must make the acknowledgement , here and now, that some false state of being, some false state of act within our own being, has drawn this experience to us,...We drew it unto ourselves." If this is indeed true then what are we to make of, for example, the millions tortured and murdered during the Holocaust? Was each destined such an awful fate because each man, woman, and child was drawing it unto themselves? How about the college age girl in my hometown who one night after leaving work at the mall, was abducted, raped, and dumped in the countryside? Would the answer be the young woman was ..."entertaining material law.." as her basis of life and therefore was bound to attract such inharmony? How would such an explanation as that go down with her family? My main point of contention with this line of mystic reasoning is how can you reasonably prove that because we are not aligned with God it is our own fault that injustices befall us? How can we know what is going on in any one person's mind if she or he drew attracted a certain experience? It just doesn't make sense and that's the problem I sometimes have with Goldsmith's mysticism: its answer to some very complex issues such as widespread human suffering seem simplistic and a bit insulting to one's integrity.
I'd be interested to hear from other readers of Mr. Goldsmith about the point I've raised. Perhaps I'm not fully understanding what the author is saying or I'm misinterpreting what he's saying. Civil, polite responses would be welcome.
Despite my disagreement I do find much to appreciate in Mr. Goldsmith's works and would recommend this book to spiritual seekers. I'd also add, there are many, many other authors past and present who have written about Christian mysticism and it would be a good idea to broaden one's understanding on this topic.