Lorraine Sinkler : Brief Background
Lorraine came to The Infinite Way around 1949.
She was a school principal, well respected and responsible.
never married as far as we know, lived with her
sister, Valborg. Valborg was an English major and helped Lorraine
with much of the editing.
was devoted to Joel and his work.
Consider: Joel loved the Christhood of Lorraine
, saw it unfold and develop, saw her devotion and trusted her completely. Joel may have had temper outbursts over editing, but surely many decisions were simply following the publishers wishes (much more strict grammatically then than now).
Joel thought highly of Lorraine
Why then, did Joel write this to Lorraine?
Joel planned to dismiss Lorraine
after the trip to Europe.
We know that Joel argued with Lorraine
about only changing the punctuation and spelling of his transcripts when preparing them for publication.
Lorraine Sinkler Changed The Infinite Way Joel Taught
As you read the sections below, you will come to see that Lorraine
, with the help of her
sister and her
mentored students, has either deliberately or negligently changed the message in the ways noted. (We know this is not personal, it was not her
fault, this is Error, operating to veil the message, and so we know Lorraine
to be the Christ, in spite of the human actions.)
Teachers mentored by Lorraine
have been taught to teach classes selling their own recorded lectures with some of Joel's books offered on the side.
No Joel tapes are used.
I later phoned Lorraine
again to ask if I could share her
letter with those who had been part of my work for a long time.
replied, "I would be happy to have you share my letter with anyone."
taped comments about Horizons
(See more in section on Freedom.)
Here are excerpts from Lorraine Sinkler's
tapes regarding the proposed book, Horizons in Consciousness.
It was intended to be a record of the correspondence between Lorraine
and Joel over fifteen years.
Because students loyal to Lorraine
have been taught that the Infinite Way
is not Joel's unfoldment, his
"Spiritual Journey," but rather a label for a state of consciousness, an impression is planted that all students in the Infinite Way
are of equal consciousness.
Please note that Lorraine
reads the same letters to several classes, and continues to emphasize how this did not affect her
During these tapes Lorraine
read parts of the book to the audience.
Both the audience and the tape owner paid for this information, thus laws were ignored.
The passages here are brought to you free as a part of our historical study of The Infinite Way
From A Court Document:
"On February 3, 1967, Joel's widow, Emma and Sinkler
entered into a written agreement for Sinkler's
work on the monthly Letter.
Emma was to pay Sinkler
for her services.
Since Joel's death, Sinkler
has conducted classes on The Infinite Way
, using Joel's copyrighted tapes and writings.
Until 1978, Sinkler
sold Joel's tapes, which she
obtained from the offices of The Infinite Way
In 1978, she
began selling her
own tapes of her
lectures and The Infinite Way
In 1973 a book written by Sinkler
, The Spiritual Journey of Joel S. Goldsmith, was published.
The book included some of Joel's letters to Sinkler
In 1981 Sinkler
completed a second book, Horizons in Consciousness, a large part of which consisted of correspondence between her and Joel.
Tape 8101, 1981 Palm Beach, Side One
I find, Lorraine
, on the third reading as I said on the first reading that it is all Lorraine and very little Joel Goldsmith.
I find, Lorraine
, on the third reading, as I said upon the first reading that it is all Lorraine and very little Joel S. Goldsmith.
In spite of the law saying that the book could not exist, Lorraine
made it happen.
Reading the above transcript carefully, we see that Lorraine
takes us from the lesson of no organization, which we all know was a cornerstone of Joel's teaching, to the Infinite Way
being a collective consciousness (as opposed to Joel's consciousness) which operates with spiritual law.
Then we are told about the civil law which we must legally follow.
Yet, there is an added reminder that spiritual law has nothing to do with this world.
Do you see how this implies that we do not have to follow civil law?
It is also interesting to see how right after the explanation about how the publishing of a letter is determined by the author, Lorraine
reads letters from Emma and Geri.
The law is very clear and Lorraine
seemed to understand it.
I have personal experience reading letters from Joel to Lorraine
asking only for punctuation and spelling corrections.