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Joel S. Goldsmith - Spiritual Healing the Infinite Way

Updated on March 30, 2014

Man is Not a Healer

Joel S. Goldsmith told the story of his life to a friend in letters written to her in 1957-58. Strangely, he told his story in the third person as if writing about someone else. He wrote about the events that led to his spiritual awakening. Immediately following his "awakening" he displayed the ability to heal physical symptoms in others. How did this happen?

One day he is an ordinary man and the next day he is a healer. He did this without long years of preparation or spiritual study. He was a salesman. He became a healer without knowing any prayers. The answer is that it was done through him. He writes that it came to him very, very clearly - as clear as if a voice inside was saying to is not a healer.

A Curse in Miracles (ACIM) says something similar, "A therapist (healer) does not heal. He lets healing be."

Looking for God

Joel S. Goldsmith writes, "I can go all the way back and hear my mother saying, I know what's wrong with you, Joel. You are looking for God. I said, Mom, how can you say that? I don't even know if there is a God. Oh, but I know that you are looking for God."

In 1963 he wrote, "My life has been told in two Bible passages: "My kingdom is not of this world" and "I have meat to eat that ye know not of." At no time have I known pleasure, or profit, or success in "this world." There was no interest in school except in the reading of books."

We get the picture of a successful man as the world views success. Yet, this was a man who found no joy in his outward success. In the opening pages of his book, The Art of Spiritual Healing, he writes:

"Advances in medicine will not eliminate the need for spiritual healing because, even with 100 percent success in physical healing, I do not believe that such healing will ever succeed in revealing man's Soul to him. That will be the function of the practitioner of spiritual healing. Man will find that even when all physical, mental, moral, or financial discords have been eliminated there still will be an inner unrest. Man will still not be at peace with himself."

"No one will ever be completely whole until he finds himself at home in God."

The Awakening

If Joel S. Goldsmith was looking for God all his life, he found him in Detroit. Here is the way he tells the story:

"What must have appeared outwardly as a very mediocre life was passed with no deep drama and certainly no light comedy until That Day when, in meditation with an acquaintance, the veil was lifted, and I entered another world, actually another state of consciousness.

I was taken sick in the city of Detroit, went to a building that was filled with Christian Science practitioners, found the name of a practitioner on the board, went up to this man's office, and asked him to help me. He told me that it was Saturday and that he didn't take patients on Saturday. That day he always spent in meditation and prayer.

To this I said, "Of course you wouldn't turn me out looking the way I do," and I really was looking bad. "No, come on in."

And I went in, and he permitted me to stay there two hours with him. He talked to me of the Bible; he talked to me of truth. Long before the two hours were up, I was healed of that cold, and when I went out on the street I found I couldn't smoke any more. When eating my dinner I found I couldn't drink any more. The following week I found I couldn't play cards any more, and I also found that I couldn't go to the horse races any more. And the businessman had died. "

- From The Spiritual Journey of Joel S. Goldsmith, 1992, The Valor Foundation

That's the story. Two hours that changed his life forever. The following is his simple explanation of what took place during those two hours:

"A transformation had taken place. Where had it taken place? It had taken place in my consciousness, not anywhere else, not outside. It was the same individual whose whole thought had been on business and pleasure. All of a sudden his whole thought was on God and healing, the same individual, only with a transformation such as took place in the experience of Moses, a realization of true identity, an experience that must have taken place in the minds of many others before and since."

- From The Spiritual Journey of Joel S. Goldsmith, 1992, The Valor Foundation

The First Healing

Thirty-six hours after his spiritual experience in Detroit, a woman came to him to ask for healing. Joel closed his eyes and asked for God's help. That was all. He says that the woman was cured of alcoholism. The next day a man came to him and the experience was repeated. While his eyes were closed and nothing appeared to be happening, the man touched him and told him his pain was gone.

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) helps explain why Joel S. Goldsmith didn't need to know how to pray and why nothing appeared to be happening when the healing took place, "The Holy Spirit (Universal Purpose) is the only Therapist (Healer). He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfill His function. He needs no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to your for help, and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere."

Thus began a lifetime of remarkable physical healings by a humble and remarkable man. He came to believe that real and lasting healing comes only when a man finds God. We need to learn only how to communicate with a power greater than ourselves.

The Infinite Way

Joel S. Goldsmith would later establish an independent movement known as the Infinite Way. The Infinite Way is a mode of consciousness. He came to understand what he called "Christhood" as the perfect attainment of full conscious union with God. The Infinite Way is a blueprint for the attainment of this God realization and teaches that as we experience increasing awareness of being with our source, or God, pain, suffering, and disease cease to exist.

There are literally thousands of stories from students who have experienced a mystical union with God by following the Infinite Way. The Infinite Way has no organization and no congregations according to the expressed instructions of its founder. He never accepted fees for his healing work. Today, the Infinite Way continues to operate without fees or dues.

Goldsmith's published works include The Art of Meditation (1956), Practicing the Presence (1958), The Art of Spiritual Healing (1959), Conscious Union with God (1960), Living the Infinite Way (1961), The Thunder of Silence (1961), A Parenthesis in Eternity (1963), and Leave Your Nets (1964).

For any further information you can e-mail The Infinite Way office:

Healing the Sick

On a personal note - I first heard of Joel Goldsmith in a book called Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard. Here is the quote:

You could say that a great spiritual healer, like Joel Goldsmith for example, must have gotten in touch with the idea that people think they're guilty or unworthy in some way, and that the way to healing is through forgiveness.

The quote is from a chapter called, "Healing the Sick." The book itself helped me understand not only healing, but the idea of joining with God that Joel Goldsmith taught.


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