1. Meditation: Its Function and Purpose
#424-1: 1961 Stockholm Closed Class 1:1
#263-1: 1959 Hawaiian Village Closed Class 2:1
2. Letting the Seed Take Root
#425-1: 1961 Stockholm Closed Class 2:1
3. Attaining the Christ-Mind
#424-2: 1961 Stockholm Closed Class 1:2
4. The Temple
#500-1: 1962 Holland Closed Class 2:1
#224-1: 1958 London Closed Class 1:1
#245-1: 1959 Maui Advanced Work 3:1
#550-1: 1963 Instructions for Teaching the Infinite Way 6:1
#438-1: 1961 Hawaiian Village Open Class 2:1
5. The Function of the Christ in Us
#499-1: 1962 Holland Class 1:1
#51-2: 1953 First New York Closed Class 4:2
6. What Have You in the House?
#426-1: 1961 Holland Special Class 1:1
7. Living Out from Conscious Oneness
#500-2: 1962 Holland Closed Class 2:2
8. Special Lesson on Healing Work
#405-2: 1961 Mission Inn Closed Class 5:2
#496-1: 1962 London Special Class 3:1
#211-1: 1958 Second Chicago Closed Class 1:1
#399-1: 1961 Los Angeles Closed Class 5:1
9. The Spiritual Kingdom Made Tangible
#499-2: 1962 Holland Closed Class 1:2
10. God Dominion: Not Man’s Domination
#444-1: 1962 Hawaiian Village Open Class 1:1
#400-2: 1961 San Diego Special Class 1:2
11. Unconditioning the Mind
#427-2: 1961 New York Special Class 1:2
#188-2: 1957 First Halekou Closed Class 2:2
#278-1: 1959 Manchester Closed Class 2:1
12. Spiritual Preparation for Peace
#536-1: 1963/64 Christmas/New Year’s Message 1:1
#55-1: 1953 Second New York Practitioner Class 2:1
#376-2: 1960 Melbourne Closed Class 2:2
Drawing its title from the biblical story of the prodigal son, The Journey Back to the Father's House explains that we have wandered away from knowing our true Self and our spiritual home in the kingdom of God within. We have immersed ourselves in the deceptions and illusions of the material world, and if we want a life of true peace and harmony, we must make the return journey. This is a journey which is accomplished within ourselves as an activity of consciousness.
Goldsmith says, "In any moment of your life, you can begin the journey back to the Father's house. In your human sense of life, you are a prodigal son. Each day you are using up some of your life – each day some of your strength, health, or wisdom is lessening in the human picture. That is the life of the prodigal." But, he continues, "The moment that you realize, 'Man shall not live by bread alone' or by the body, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, you are not living on your strength, your supply, your body, or the number of your years. Now you are drawing forth your life and abundance from the source."
But how are we to make this return journey? Goldsmith explains that we must attain "that mind which was in Christ Jesus," or the transcendental mind that goes beyond the mere intellectual understanding of the letter of truth to the full spiritual realization. He shows the reader how to make that transition by clearing out old concepts of truth, meditating faithfully, and continuously practicing and applying spiritual principles.
But, Goldsmith counsels, the journey takes time and practice: "Every truth heard or read that makes you feel it is truth, is a seed that is being taken into your consciousness. You can no more expect it to do something for you tomorrow than if you planted an apple seed today and expected to find apples growing in your yard tomorrow." The seeds of truth must be nurtured and fed until they are in full flower.
As we live with these seeds of truth and cultivate them in a receptive attitude, Goldsmith says, we are on the path back to the Father's house and to realizing our original relationship of oneness with God. This relationship of oneness is the pearl of great price that enables us to open out a way for harmony in all aspects of life to come forth from within.
[Note: The Journey Back to the Father's House is the collection of the 1979 Infinite Way Letters.]