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Joel S. Goldsmith

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Joel Solomon Goldsmith (March 10, 1892 – June 17, 1964) was an American spiritual author, teacher, spiritual healer, and modern-day mystic. He founded The Infinite Way movement.[1][2]

Early years

Joel S. Goldsmith was born in New York City on March 10, 1892.[3] His parents were non-practicing Jews, who were married in New York City in 1891. Joel was their first child. They had another son two years later, followed by a daughter two years thereafter.

In 1915, Joel's father became critically ill while in England and word was sent to the Goldsmith family to come for the body. However, according to Joel, his father was healed by a Christian Science practitioner in London.[3] From his early adulthood, Joel Goldsmith had many spiritual experiences. He was a healer. He spent many years in spiritual studies, reading original scriptures of Aramaic, Greek and Sanskrit origins. His first book, "The Infinite Way", was published in 1948.[4]

After serving in the Marines during World War I, Goldsmith returned to work in the garment district of New York City where he owned his own business. While on a return trip from Europe, he developed pneumonia. As was his father before him, Goldsmith was healed by a Christian Science practitioner who happened to be on board his ship at the time. In 1928, Goldsmith began to have strangers approach him on the street asking for prayer and healing. He had no religious training whatsoever, but these people were healed. To seek answers about this phenomenon, Goldsmith first entered the Christian Science Church and worked at Rikers Island prison as a First Reader. After 11 years, he left the Christian Science Church and moved to Boston, where he set up his own office. He later moved to California before World War II and maintained a successful healing practice there. In 1948 Goldsmith wrote the book, "The Infinite Way", which came to the attention of Willing Publishers. The title of this book also became the name associated with the spiritual message and work of Goldsmith, ref. The Taped Lectures of Joel S. Goldsmith 1950-1964.

The Infinite Way

Goldsmith self-published[5] his most famous work, The Infinite Way, in 1947 based on letters to patients and students, as well as The Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture.

The writings which followed were transcriptions of his lectures which had been recorded on the first wire recorders in the late 1940s. These were distributed from the Goldsmith Publishing. They were: The Master Speaks, The First, Second, Third San Francisco Lecture Series, Consciousness Unfolding, God the Substance of All Form, and Metaphysical Notes. These original books were later republished during Goldsmith's lifetime by publishers in various countries, making over fifty books.

As Goldsmith was approached by large publishing houses around the world to produce books of his talks, he enlisted the help of [6]

Goldsmith's insistence on "no organization" insured that his message remained a personal journey with leaders naturally evolving from new generations. There is no service, ritual, dogma, ceremony in the practice of the Infinite Way. Goldsmith students can be found in all walks of life, in all religions. Goldsmith's message is one that can be read and heard for a lifetime, always allowing new understandings to unfold in each individual.[7]

Goldsmith stressed contemplative meditation practice in his teaching. The method he generally taught was short frequent meditation periods throughout the day. Joel told his student of 18 years, Walter Starcke, that the main reason to meditate was that through reaching the inner silence one could hear the still small voice and receive its intuitive guidance.[8] His teaching also stressed spiritual healing through conscious contact with God.

After writing the work, Goldsmith expected to retire to a life of contemplation. However, the work prompted people to seek Goldsmith out as a spiritual teacher, leading to the extension of his career, teaching and writing.


Joel Solomon Goldsmith died on June 17, 1964, at the Piccadilly Hotel, Westminster, London W1, England. His body was cremated at Golders Green in London on June 18, 1964, and his ashes and effects were released to his widow, Emma Goldsmith, who took them back to their home in Hawaii. Both were interred in Sun City, Arizona.[9]


  • Beyond Words and Thoughts
  • Collected Essays of Joel S. Goldsmith
  • Conscious Union With God
  • Consciousness in Transition
  • Consciousness is What I AM
  • Consciousness Transformed
  • Contemplative Life
  • Gift of Love
  • God, The Substance of All Form (1949 edition)
  • Leave your Nets (original)
  • Living Between Two Worlds
  • Living Now
  • Living the Infinite Way
  • Man Was Not Born to Cry
  • Our Spiritual Resources
  • Parenthesis in Eternity
  • Practicing the Presence
  • Realization of Oneness
  • The 1954 Letters
  • The 1955 Letters
  • The 1956 Letters
  • The 1957 Letters
  • The 1959 Letters
  • The Art of Meditation
  • The Art of Spiritual Healing
  • The Infinite Way (1948)
  • The Master Speaks (original)
  • The Mystical "I"
  • The Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture
  • The Thunder of Silence
  • The World is New

See also


  1. ^ Ellwood, R.S. and Alles, G.D. (2007) The encyclopedia of world religions. Infobase Publishing. p 323.
  2. ^ Sinkler, L. (1992) The Spiritual Journey of Joel S. Goldsmith, Valor Foundation, ISBN 978-0-9629119-2-7.
  3. ^ a b Melton, J.G. (1999) Religious leaders of America: A biographical guide to founders and leaders of religious bodies, churches, and spiritual groups in North America. Gale Research. p 219.
  4. ^ Joel S. Goldsmith Family Archives 1948 to 2012
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  8. ^ Starcke, Walter. Joel Goldsmith and I: The inside Story of a Relationship with a Modern Mystic. Boerne, TX.: Guadalupe, 2006. Print.
  9. ^ Report of the Death of an American Citizen Abroad, Repository Name: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), NARA Series #: RG59-Entry 5166, Roll/Box #: 13, NARA Box Description: 1964 GL - JK

External links

  • Official website
  • Joel Solomon Goldsmith at Find a Grave
  • Acropolis Books Inc. Publishers of Joel S. Goldsmith's books
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