Excerpt from the Infinite Way Letter of August 1955
By Joel Goldsmith
Freedom is not a condition of government—freedom is a condition of the Soul. Men in chains have been free; men have been free under slavery and oppression. Men have prospered in periods of depression and panic; men have survived war and flood and famine. When the Soul of man is free It carries him through Red Seas and desert experiences to the Promised Land of spiritual peace. As we turn to the kingdom of our inner Self, we find the reign of divine power in the outer world. As we seek peace within, we find harmony without. As we find freedom of the Soul, we experience the freedom of Grace.
Freedom is a quality of thought and condition, experienced only when attachment to the manifest realm is broken. Above and beyond the lure of mortal sense is the life divine, where one enters into one’s heritage of freedom. This is freedom to live in the world, and yet to be free from bondage to its attractions; to enjoy friendships, but not to be dependent upon them; to welcome money for the things it will buy, but not to be avaricious; to work, not merely to earn a living, but for the joy of it. To seek to raise the standard of our work, or to find a better way of doing the work at hand, brings freedom from drudgery, and eventually freedom from lack and limitation. To love our families and not be dismayed by their failings or too proud of their achievements; to stand back of the world and watch its comings and goings, its successes and failures, its loves and hates, and not be overcome or involved—this is freedom.