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By Joel S. Goldsmith

Goldsmith explains the Circle of Eternity--the foundation of his method of mysticism--and tells find out how to go beyond the "parenthesis'' of our daily lives that falls among delivery and loss of life.

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Silence is the only form of spiritual prayer. True, we may use words and thoughts to lift ourselves into an atmosphere where we can be still, but the words and thoughts we are using are not prayer: they are merely aids to lift us to the heights where prayer can be experienced. " Whether it takes a day, a year, or many years, it is imperative to have those periods of silence until we do hear that still small voice within and feel the Presence and Its power. We do not have to go anywhere to find God: we carry God within us, not in our mind and not in our body, and yet the kingdom of God is within us.

That fulfillment may carry us off into a new country or into a new activity—business, artistic, professional, or social—because we have no way humanly of knowing the THE JOURNEY WITHIN 47 will of God any more than we know the ways of God. But God's will can work through us if we surrender ourselves and realize: Thy grace is my sufficiency in all things. I take no thought for the form in which that Grace should appear; I take no thought as to how Thy wiU should work in me, or Thy ways. I seek only Thy grace.

An activity takes place that goes back and forth, almost as if it were from me to God and from God to me—a gentle flow backward and forward, in and out. Then I know that the Spirit is with me. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. . " It is an actual experience of release. The third stage, that of conscious union with God, is the ultimate, and in this stage the personal or separate selfhood disappears. It is as if one were not aware of himself as a person, but as if only God Itself were there.

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