For Barbra Potter Bleecker on her Ordination 1/17/98 Edward J. Jeffs

From: “EDWARD JEFFS”

 

My Lord

Perhaps I was you,

We met on the walks of ourselves,

You were a nice old man,

And I was another flowered being,

You were just God, and a lover,

And somehow we held hands

As we journeyed into the souls

Of others, you knew everything

And I who knew nothing,

Held your hand and became you,

And you became others.
For Barbra Potter Bleecker on her Ordination

1/17/98 Edward J. Jeffs

OH PRECIOUS ONE THAT DWELL WITHIN

Mindful

Every day
I see or hear
something that more or less
Imbues me with delight,
that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over in joy,
and acclamation.
I am not talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant — but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, precious one, I say to myself, how can you help
but grow wise with such teachings as these —
the untrimmable light
of the world the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made out of loneliness?

ONENESS…JOEL GOLDSMITH

I began the study of Mysticism with Joel Goldsmith in 1980 and have let the wisdom of his mystical teachings become a way of life for me.

Oneness is a cardinal principle of The Infinite Way, a oneness which is so basic and all-inclusive that it cannot be side-stepped with any “ands,” “ifs,” or “buts.” There cannot be that One and some other power, presence, cause, law, substance, or activity. Yet, how many persons are there who unquestioningly acknowledge one Power and in the same breath give power to something completely contrary to the nature of that one Power, thereby setting up a lesser power to be overcome by a greater one? But “Oneness” means what It says: One. This eliminates the possibility of anything other than that One having existence except as a mental concept. This simple principle of One is so expansive and all-inclusive that it can include life from every aspect.
Because G-d is the All-Power, there are no other powers. Because G-d is the All-Presence, there is no other presence. Because G-d is All-Wisdom, Infinite wisdom, It is instantly available and need not be enlightened.
Second, but equally important, is the word ”as”: G-d appearing as individual being and as the spiritual universe and all that is therein. There is nothing outside of or beyond that One, that One which is infinite, unlimited, pure Consciousness, the substance of all life. That One appears as the many, but always the essence and quality of the One are the essence and quality of the many.
And the final word — “is.” G-d is; Grace is; harmony is; perfection is. How much good we shove away from us in our conviction that good was or has been our experience, but is not now present; or how often do we believe that some good may come to us in some future time or state! But all the Reality that exists, exists now. There will never be more of G-d than there is now, never more of good, wholeness, abundance, perfection, infinity than at this moment. As we live in this moment of is-ness, the next moment unfolds as a continuity of Grace.

THE INFINITE WAY IS MY WAY AND MY PATH

The INFINITE WAY is my way, my path~~

Perhaps The Infinite Way can best be described in Joel Goldsmith’s own words as “a God-experience.” This experience is a touching of that Center within which for generations has been buried’under a life totally centered in the outer; it is discovering that in that Invisibility within there is Something greater than anything in the visible world; it is knowing with an undeniable certainty that there is a Power and a Presence within each and every person that is the All-Power and the All-Presence.
With this conviction, it is possible to walk up and down a fear-torn world with confidence, courage and assurance, knowing that you do not walk alone, but that this indefinable Presence goes with you. It is That which cannot be described but you can feel Its tug as you turn to It–sometimes in utter helplessness–and find It within your own being.
While an extensive literature setting forth the principles of The Infinite Way has evolved, these books are not the real Infinite Way. True, they are about The Infinite Way and its principles and they serve as guides to those who earnestly desire to enter into this new-old relationship of oneness with the Source of all life. They invite those who hunger and seek after the God-experience to come to the feast, helping to lead them to the experience of God. Each person, however, must enter on his own, for this is an individual unfoldment.
This God-experience is possible to anyone. Every person, no matter who he is–the saint rolling in ecstacy or the derelict in the very depths of degradation–has this Presence within him. Then, why are so few aware of this wellspring of life within? Because they are too busy shadowboxing, making a living, seeking companionship, climbing the social ladder: empty shadows, when all the time within them awaiting their recognition is the Substance of life, fulfillment itself. As Goldsmith says in The Art of Meditation:
Is there a path that leads to God realization, a path that can be trod here on earth? Can it be achieved here on earth? The answer is Yes. Not only is there a way of accomplishing this objective, but there is a short cut. That short cut, so simple and yet so very difficult, is to perform a bit of mental surgery on ourselves and cut away all our desires. Let us take a good sharp scalpel and cut out of ourselves all desire for a person, place, thing, circumstance, or condition. Every desire must be cut away in order that only one remains: to know Thee, whom to know aright is life eternal.
Pure Mysticism. The Infinite Way is pure mysticism, but not mysterious and not impractical. It is a complete reversal of the materialistic way of life which is based on the belief that there is only a limited amount of good and that in order to attain a portion of that good it is necessary to struggle, to wrest it from those who have it, a struggle which results in cut-throat competition and war.
To follow the mystical way is to recognize that everything you have need of is already within you, within your consciousness. Do not look outside: look within, and you will find all that makes life worthwhile. If the whole world should collapse, a conscious awareness of the Presence within could build it anew, if . . . Yes, there is an “if,” and that “if” is: if you are resting in the Presence and relying on It instead of on some tangible thing out there that can so easily be swallowed up in a personal or international holocaust. The mystical way is a practical way because it puts an end to the strife that comes from trying to get something out in the world. Instead, it centers one’s attention on how to release the Infinity locked up within.
It is a recognition of the essential worth and dignity of every individual, because within each and every one is this same Presence to be acknowledged and respected: God appearing as. This makes every person important, every person unique, with a special purpose and function in life–not just a cog in a machine.

PEACEMAKER

Peacemaker~One who has the ability to say “peace” to the turbulent waves of thought and have them obey.
A peacemaker is one who reduces TO peace and harmony all the thoughts of strife, anger, and retaliation in his own mind. The ability to say “peace” to thoughts, and have them obey, entitles one to oneness of the Most High.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be one with G-d.”
(Matt. 5:9)

MINDFULLNESS

Mindfulness is a part of living. When you are mindful, you are fully alive, you are fully present. You can get in touch with the wonders of life that can nourish you and heal you. And you are stronger, you are more solid in order to handle the suffering inside of you and around you. When you are mindful, you can recognize, embrace and handle the pain, the sorrow in you and around you to bring you relief. And if you continue with concentration and insight, you’ll be able to transform the suffering inside and help transform the suffering around you.

AWARENESS…

Our awareness cannot be passive. Can you imagine Omniscience being passive – not in full, active awareness of Itself? That of course is an impossibility. And because there is just One Being, One Presence, One Mind, WE ARE THAT. You Are That; I Am That.Therefore the”That” which we are is continually CONSCIOUSLY CONSCIOUS – CONSCIOUSLY AWARE. Therefore we must have God Awareness CONSCIOUSLY HAPPENING in our minds at all times – otherwise it is as if we are NOT aware. It is only our non-conscious, or non-ALIVE awareness, of Truth that appears AS the raft of limitations and troubles we find ourselves experiencing individually, collectively and worldly.