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Christians & ex-Christians Prove God Exists by Debunking Salvation: Science & Spirituality Reveal the Real Jesus Christ
- Intro to Christian Deconversions
- Original Message of Jesus Christ
- How Jesus Performed Miracles
- Jesus' Purpose vs. Our Purpose
- How We Connect with God
- Why God Can Only Create Good
- How God Perceives 'Sin' & 'Evil'
- How Salvation Became Dominant
- Advice for Moving Beyond Religions: Christianity isn't alone in increasing deconversion rates.
Common Stories - Hope Lost (or regained, depending on individual perspective)
- 7/28/17 Outlaw Pastor Rob Bell Shakes up the Bible Belt - CNN
Some say he's abandoned his faith. "I was telling them, 'Guys I'm finally getting it. This Jesus guy has never been more important to me in my life - but they were scared because I wasn't talking about it the way they were talking about it."
- How I Told My Family I Was an Atheist
My parents (Dad being a pastor), were intimately involved in my deconversion. I wanted desperately to keep my faith...
- Deconversion: Some Thoughts on Bart Campolo’s Departure from Christianity | Christianity Today
This essay has a dual purpose. First, it is meant to be a safe place for Christians who are questioning their religion to explore that unsettling notion. I was in the same boat for a while; and I'm very familiar with the uncertainty and even alarm some of you are going through.
Second, it is meant to soothe relations between Christians, Atheists and religious & anti-religious attitudes, in general - by providing rational arguments to often divisive debates about the most natural aspect of our existence: God.
This collective explanation simplifies our lives to make sense from beginning to end from a new (to us) Christian perspective. It should also restore [at least some] confidence in both God & Humanity by explaining 'the real' lost messages of Jesus Christ; and how science is starting to dovetail into some of them - including who & what we are.
It is chaos out here if you are an earnest seeker searching for spiritual truth. Maybe this world has Jesus' original story bent; and if you still want to believe in God - things like eternal life, unconditional love and free-will do actually exist. For example, Christian conspiracy theorists who insist that 'Jesus is actually Satan' or 'Paul is a false Apostle' need to read through this as much as any dogmatic Atheist or Christian. And quite frankly, it could be helpful for almost every religious person. I debunk a few non-Christian concepts (including Karma) that I didn't originally intend to debunk.
Many Christians who have lost their faith have wandered down other religious paths, seeking answers - and often become big proponents for Atheism. There are support groups for former Christian leaders, online communities of 'ex-Christians' and even contemporary, 'non-religious' Sunday assemblies for those who have rejected a religion but miss the weekly community fellowship of attending a service.
However, atheists are also beginning to move beyond atheism; and spirituality is now a topic that sells almost as well as self-help books - and can be as profitable. And, it seems as if everyone is an expert whose story is worth money. You will not find this 'book' below for sale anywhere. This kind of profound, potentially civilization-transforming information should be free, though I am parsing most of this into a blog for easier bites.
This Christian perspective has been around since before the official founding of this religion; but was buried - and has been coming out more over the past few decades in so many different ways. For those of us who are already coming to terms with it, this update is actually really exciting to share. A preview: life is supposed to be a lot better and more simple than we were taught - and God is far more directly concerned & involved with us than we thought.
How Most Christians Fall Away from Beliefs
Losing your religion is not an easy or fast process - nor do any of us set out to 'lose' anything. Most Christians are simply seeking answers to spiritual questions; and are looking for a way to validate their religion so that they can confirm it within themselves. That is certainly what I started out doing. It is seemingly by accident that we stumble across more questions.
This is another deconversion anomaly - many of us will tell you that we were led out of our religion (or altered harmful beliefs about it) by 'The Spirit' or Christ, himself. I would definitely be on that list.
Getting through all this information took over two decades; and much of the time, was scary. For a while, you feel as if your soul is in limbo while trying to re-find footing. But, you learn a lot about the reality of life, and how God guides us. And in my opinion, Jesus turned out to be way cooler than most of us were told.
If you've done research, some of this might be familar to you. But, I don't think I've seen anyone gather all the puzzle pieces we have found in one place; and put them together in a way that really starts to expose the big picture of our reality, yet - although, there are a few outrageous conspiracy theories that try. This isn't a conspiracy theory - no demons explained as aliens, etc. It is a 'normal' spiritual report based on the collective studies of your basic deconverting (and some not deconverting) Christian seekers.
A very good question...
Much of what Jesus was teaching has been misinterpreted largely due to overly-literal interpretations. There is even an old-new biblical translation many Christians are unaware of. However, there also seems to have been some state tampering, especially with the four gospels.
As concerning as anything else... if you have ever wondered why Christianity has been combined into a bunch of new 'christ-infused' hybrid belief structures (such as Christian Yogo or Christian Wicca) and outlandish conspiracy theories - the real message of Jesus Christ that people are just now discovering and 'playing with' is the main reason why. Actually, some of the many and NEW different kinds of conspiracy theories that developed have become quite ridiculous.
I've had some feedback from non-religious folks regarding what a turn-off it is for how familiar and personable I am with the word 'God' (and utilize scriptures) in here. That is because most Christians (current & former) are really familiar with thinking of God as 'a person'. This should all still make sense to just about everyone. Think of God any way you want - I do eventually get into the science.
Also, please take links with a grain of salt - some can take you off on a wild tangent that doesn't have much to do with this essay. I gleaned most of this information through discussions with other people who were going through the same thing; books (some of which I've recommended in here); and prayer (oh yes!) - as opposed to having any (in the beginning) handy internet links. At times, when I would go to search for a link that might back up a concept; I would think, "I'm not going to find anything on this." But, I was surprised how available most of this information was - it just needed to be collected and put into perspective.
However, there are many directions people can take things; and its so easy to get off track with information overload & argumentative forums at your fingertips. I promise you, Jesus Christ is NOT Satan; and Paul's message is just becoming as twisted (or untwisted, depending on your perspective) as Jesus' was. Neither was a bad man.
My journey was lonelier and agonizingly slow. I was limited about who I could talk to about what - and how. But, I was so tired of being spiritually jerked around; and was both determined & desperate to find the truth - so I took my time. In fact, the newest stuff I've included is only 1-2 years old to me. To minimize confusion, unless something really peaks your interest - I advise reading through this essay, then going back to further investigate links.
Similar Message as this Essay, Told Differently - A Lecture by Alan Watts on the 'Extremes' of Christianity & Atheist Mindsets
Mr. Watts is a former Episcopal Priest whose teachings are based in Zen. He paints both Western mindsets of 'only science-based' Atheism & 'salvation-based' Christianity to be two sides of the same mythological coin - one that insists human beings are nothing but 'unworthy' or 'flukes'.
- Proof that modern Christianity is tainted with paganism
Short, 2-minute video done by a Christian to update and inform Believers. It demonstrates one way paganism was forced into the very persecuted (at that time) religion of Christianity.
Why Question Christianity?
The similarity between Christianity and the pagan 'salvation' mysteries (Dionysus, Horus, Mithras, etc. - especially Mithras) so disturbed some early Christian fathers, that they had to resort to the most bizarre reasons to explain the similarity to the pagan cults. I mean, how many 'only sons of God', saviors and messiahs does God need to send down here to 'save' souls from 'sin'?
A very familiar-sounding prayer to the pagan god, Mithras:
Spirit of Spirit, if it be your will, give me over to immortal birth so that I may be born again - and the sacred spirit may breathe in me.
This is what the philosopher and satirist Celsus (170 CE) had to say: "Are these distinctive happenings unique to the Christians - and if so, how are they unique? Or are ours to be accounted myths and theirs believed? What reasons do the Christians give for the distinctiveness of their beliefs? In truth there is nothing at all unusual about what Christians believe, except that they believe it to the exclusion of more comprehensive truths about God". Source
Christian Leaders are Defending the Alarming Increase in the Acceptance of Christ as Consciousness
- Did Christianity Arise Out of the Mystery Religions | John Ankerberg
- Bishop Barron and the Evolution of Christ's Consciousness
A Catholic Bishop takes on some 'progressive' & heretic views within the blogosphere.
New Christian Perspectives
- Early Christian History / Movements: Gnosticism
- New Perspective on Paul
A current controversy among Christians.
- Christian Kabbalists Speak Out
New discoveries on the teachings of Jesus have led many into the ancient religion of Kabbalah - or Theology & Buddhism.
- Elements of Mystic Tradition: The “Lectio Divina”
Contemplative Prayer is as old as regular prayer; and is another form of meditation as practiced by Eastern Religions.
Two Versions of Christianity - the Older-New One is Increasing
Did you know there are now two versions of the religion of Christianity: the traditional version people are more familiar with that focuses on the salvation message (which can still be quite split among believers); and an older, pre-State version that focuses on the original teachings of Christ as the Kingdom of God 'being within' - as taught similarly by previous Holy Men throughout the ages as 'Christ Consciousness' being within.
Essentially, the major change in Christian belief is that Jesus Christ was another buddha in our world - one of many and not 'the only'.
This isn't a new Christian perspective. As long as this essay is (save it and take your time), it is actually very generic with absolutely no promotion of any religion - updated with science - and similar to what has traditionally & historically been known as early Judeo-Christian Gnosticism (which is similar to Buddhism) and a variation of 'Christian Mysticism' or Esoteric Christianity - and it finally exists more freely today than it has ever been allowed to exist.
But, heresy was often burned at the stake or otherwise persecuted. For example, John Scotus Eriugena was excommunicated; Meister Eckhart's writings were condemned; and the Quakers landed on America's shores with their 'inner light' heresy to escape religious persecution from the motherland. And those are just a few who survived. Other Saints were smart enough to keep their 'mystical' knowledge to themselves; or talk about it in very gingerly ways.
The extreme punishments that went along with heretic thinking is one of the main reasons why this version of Christianity is just now becoming acceptible - although, to be sure, many Christians today still consider this alternative Christian message to be blasphemy.
The proof of what Jesus was really teaching is contained within the red letters (just the words of Jesus) in The Bible. If you are a Christian, there is no need to look beyond it - plus, there are a few different ways to see that original message beyond this explanation. This is the way *I* first saw it; and I'll share other ways.
But, it is in this simple, freeing, ages-old spiritual message - along with amazing things science has been discovering - that we find the existence of God. It is also in this original message that we realize why Jesus the Christ was here to teach at that point in time: to free human souls from the bondage of paganism & poverty. And yet, paganism gradually replaced the foundation of his message.
Is The Bible 'The Word' of God: the Debate Among Christians
Ten Reasons Christianity is Far Superior to Any Other Religion - Look at how valued the concept of sin, and salvation from it, is the focus of this belief set.
Ten Reasons Why Christianity Makes No Sense - Realizing that debating the issues has crystallized the inability to reconcile even the most fundamental principles of Christianity.
What was the original message of Jesus Christ?
Many people have come to believe that Jesus Christ was a compilation of ancient characters - including the infamous Julius Caesar. But many of them also believe that there was 'one main person' he was based on. Perhaps you have heard of the Book of Q? In fact, the number of people who have re-written the gospels in an attempt to remove the inaccuracies throughout history is significant.
Nicodemus Comes to Jesus in the Night for Answers
Unless otherwise noted, all bible verses below are quoted from the King James version since that is the translation that many Christians respect the most.
John 3: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus said, How can these things be? Jesus answered, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."
Jesus Explains How to be Born Again to Nicodemus
The first paragraph in the bible passage above is what scares most people; because Jesus is saying that a person cannot enter The Kindgom of Heaven without being born of the spirit ASIDE from being born in the flesh - which is the easy part for us. We're just born - we don't have to do anything to be born in the flesh.
Most Christian denominations interpret this verse in a similar way, depending - such as, 'born in the flesh' and 'born of the spirit' can represent water baptism and saying the sinner's prayer, respectively. A person who says the sinner's prayer is essentially inviting the spirit of christ into their heart to be 'born again' by his spirit.
Another Really Good Question:
While I suppose being born in the flesh could be referring to baptism (a beloved pagan concept) - Jesus had not died and resurrected, yet. The sinner's prayer for salvation hadn't even been invented - and you will find it NOWHERE in The Bible.
Think about it... IF the sinner's prayer was so important for the salvation of souls; then WHY didn't Jesus give the prayer directly to his disciples to teach after he supposedly resurrected from the dead? He gave them the 'Our Father' - why would he not hand out something so simple if it was required for eternal salvation?
God supposedly gave the Isrealites the Ten Commandments in the form of stone tablets TWICE in order to make sure they didn't miss out.
Plus, remember why God & Moses had to go through the whole thing again - because the people were being bad and SINNING BIG TIME by creating the 'golden calf idol' to worship while Moses & God were on the mountain...
Why would God make eternal salvation mysterious and complicated for souls he supposedly created and loves unconditionally? Many Christians believe that salvation is a 'test'. But, there is absolutely no reason for God to create such chaotic confusion around a grossly fear-inciting concept as eternal damnation.
I mean, if God really loves us; and Hell really exists for eternal punishment - why didn't he go out of his way (like he did for the Israelites) to make 'the way' FAR more clear? In fact, he did... We're getting to that. :)
Being Born Again is both easy and not a requirement - in fact, marvel not!
Being 'born of the spirit' seems more complicated than 'born in the flesh' - until you consider: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
It sounds to me like we are not anymore in control of becoming 'born of the spirit', than we are of being 'born of the flesh'; and more importantly, Jesus INSTRUCTS us: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
We'll see why people who are not 'born again' are still part of things toward the end. (No, I'm not talking about reincarnation - you'll see an image with hands in handcuffs being 'set free' when you get that far.)
Jesus Reveals Who He Really Is to Nicodemus
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."
Who is Jesus including within the 'we' that he is talking about? Most Christians believe that he is talking about the Holy Spirit - The Trinity is yet another Christian concept founded in paganism. But, toward the end he says: "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."
Christ is ALSO 'in heaven'. His SPIRIT remains in heaven WHILE he is 'in the flesh' - "even the Son of man which IS IN heaven" - there is NO SEPARATION between Christ's Holy Spirit and the flesh of Christ. He originated 'as spirit' in heaven; and as such, remains connected to all that he is when he is here.
This is far more likely the original message of Jesus Christ, that we are 'just like him' - originating as spirit in heaven. There is much more about this 'Kingdom of God within' aspect of things in The Bible, below - plus, I did not include everything I could have about it. This is not a frivolously-obtained view; and I would really appreciate your patience.
Jesus having no sin nature distorts the purpose of his human 'example' & existence.
Nicodemus responds "How can these things be?" as if in COMPLETE surprise - in response to Jesus' wishy-washy 'wind bloweth where it listeth' explanation - because he was USED to the concept of sacrificing to atone for his human nature.
Jesus supposedly having no sin nature does not come close to resembling our human experience. Sacrifices to atone for sins was a pagan concept; and the people of this world had made considerable sacrifices to their various gods & goddesses throughout history up to that point...
Jesus is still being a little sarcastic here, but toning it down after saying, "Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?"
"NO MAN hath ascended up to heaven, BUT he that came down from heaven - EVEN the son of man...". You could also say 'including' the son of man. It doesn't sound like Jesus has been 'the only one'. It looks like Christ was trying to enlighten Nicodemus that pagan 'sacrifices' to atone for sins was a lie; and that WE can't get into heaven UNLESS we started out in heaven - just as Jesus did.
What is 'Awakening'?
- An Unexpected, Spontaneous Spiritual Awakening
A splash from this link contains a perfect description: awakening hands you the reigns to your soul.
Another way of saying that would be: we can't start out 'down here' in these physical bodies - and then make a way to heaven. Jesus is not trying to say that he is going to become a blood sacrifice to make a way for the impossible to happen. He was an example of what 'awareness' is; and what we humans are capable of becoming - by discovering 'God within' for ourselves, as he did.
Generally speaking, spiritual awareness is an easier-than-it-sounds process of both the physical-being and the god-being parts of a person finally connecting with or 'realizing' each other. Its like they are two separate 'vibrations' that need to come into harmony.
That god-being-part-of-us reference sounds fishy to many Christians & Atheists, alike. To put things into a simpler perspective, we humans in these physical bodies are 'the players on the field'; while our 'spiritual self' comprises our supporting staff of coaches & cheerleaders, etc. I will explain more about this mysterious part of us in detail.
Even after you 'become aware' - you are still on a journey. But, its like you've stopped walking and have upgraded to a bike, jetliner or some other version of transportation in between, depending on your individual experience. Jesus' experience seemed to be the equivelant of obtaining Star Trek's beloved starship, Enterprise!
As spiritual leaders, the 'masters of Israel' should have been aware of the SIMPLE spiritual reality of their existence. If religious leaders (not necessarily only Jewish ones) - had become unaware of who they really were; and who God was in relationship to them - then it seems like a pretty good reason why Christ might have been here at that point in time to teach - reminder, much?
Christos is The Way
- Bible Versions, Does It Really Matter Which?
Long-winded link talks about this interpretation (end) - sometimes Christ really was talking about himself in 1st person. He uses a couple word-specific variations. This is not 'proof', however - I could not find a good link, do your own research
Re-discovered Bible Translation & Interpretation
Christianity teaches that God is separate from us, with our 'sinful souls' needing to be reconciled to him. But, the entire way you see Jesus Christ, read the New Testament, and see the salvation message will change dramatically after you understand this next point:
John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
The Theosophy folks re-discovered this: if you go into the original translation of that scripture, you will find that Jesus does not refer to himself as a personality as being the way; but to the divine principle of Christ or Christos - (which literally means 'the way') within him.
Jesus Christ WAS God in the flesh teaching & demonstrating to other 'gods in the flesh' who they really were beyond the pagan lies they already knew: that they were REAL children of God - direct offspring just like him.
This 'christos' has different names in various religions, usually Christ Consciousness, Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven. It exists within the hearts of everyone - no 'belief in' anyone or anything, required:
Luke 17:20-21 “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Christ proclaimed this truth sarcastically to Pharisees who were harassing him - before he died - who did not and would probably never believe in him (sort of like, "Duh, you don't get the truth even when I flat-out say it!); because the controversies about 'the afterlife' and 'end times' ALREADY EXISTED.
Jesus is not talking about a kingdom within them that remains dormant until ‘his resurrected and ascended spirit’ enters them - we just read him say that his spirit is NOT separated from his body BEFORE he died.
Plus, Jesus is speaking in CURRENT TENSE; and he does it again - John 10:34 "Is it not written in your law, I said, YOU are gods?"
We're just like him. If that were not true, then nothing Christ said, did, taught or thought means anything: he would be like any other pagan god who claimed to be the only one to 'save' people from eternal damnation.
And this is the thing both Pagan & Jewish leaders were afraid of: Jesus WAS just like us as he claimed. How would the truth of what he was really trying to get across alter people's perceptions of themselves if they started to believe such a sacreligious message that appears to be 'against God'?
Various forms of paganism was the foundation for many of Rome's beliefs, laws and government structure, etc. They couldn't let people go down that route. Plus, they probably had a pretty hard time believing in the message, themselves.
- Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle
The new perspective on Paul which has completely reoriented Pauline studies.
Pre-Gospel Writers & Pauline Controversy
Additionally many people now wonder if the Apostle Paul was not talking about many of the same things Jesus Christ really was - in similar ways. There is much controversy surrounding Paul's teachings. There is also controversy surrounding just how many letters in the New Testament he actually wrote - 7 out of 13 is the generally agreed-upon number.
Q1: "When early (PRE-gospel) writers like Paul speak of their 'Christ Jesus', they do so in exclusively mythological terms. He is the divine Son in heaven, speaking through scripture, connected to the believer in mystical ways. Christ Jesus is the very substance of Godhead, pre-existent and the image of the Father... For all that Paul and others have to say about faith, no one ever raises the need to have faith that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God and Messiah. The very equation: 'The divine, spiritual Son = Jesus of Nazareth, recently on earth' is universally missing."
Both Jesus and Paul were executed for what they taught
Q2: "Instead, they speak of Christ as now present on earth (e.g., 1 John 5:20), sent by God as he has also sent the Spirit. (The Spirit and the Son are sometimes linked, as in Romans 8:9, Galatians 4:6, Phil. 1:19.) As the Pauline letters convey through the use of their ubiquitous phrase 'in—or through—Christ' (e.g., Romans 6:11, Ephesians 1:4, Titus 3:6), Christ is a spiritual medium through which God is revealing himself and doing his work in the world. He is a mystical force, part of and interacting with his believers; and he is God’s agent of salvation. All this lies plainly on the pages of the New Testament epistles, while beside it stands a void on the Gospel Jesus."
Quotes above from The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty.
Why was Jesus more-likely cruxified?
John 8 "And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed... But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God..."
The Controversy of Kabbalah
Jesus was probably cruxified for blasphemy from every pagan-religion's perspective - including Judaism, from whose temple in Jerusalem literally produced 'rivers of blood' from animal sacrifices. At that time, the Jewish religion definitely fell under the category of 'pagan'; and JEWS were the original followers & believers in Jesus' original message.
'Christ' has the same meaning as 'Krishna'; and his message wasn't new - simply misunderstood and/or rejected. Buddha would no-doubt have been cruxified if he had been in Jesus' place.
The difference between each of these holy men (and others) is that they were speaking to their specific audience through their own culture & ideals that they were familiar with. It is the most-probable reason why Jesus constantly referered to God as 'the Father' - because that was the way the communities he touched were used to thinking about 'God'.
It was a very pagan society from almost every direction; and Jesus was talking to people from their 'level of understanding' - as did Buddha and Krishna for their audiences, etc. I'll talk in more detail about this, later.
But, because of these new realizations about Jesus' teachings of the Kingdom of God 'being within'; his purpose is now often credited to fulfilling a different old Jewish Law than the original traditions the world is accustomed to...
Kabbalah is said to be the secret, mystical version of Judaism handed down thru Moses - and NOT for the general population.
Matthew 5:17 - Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
You will find much of this kind of teaching about the Kingdom of God in the Jewish Kabbalah. Jesus had this to say in the Nag Hamadi, found in 1945: "The Kingdom of God is inside you and all around you - not in a mansion of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift a stone and you will find me."
Did you know that there is a 'mystical' version of almost every religion? (Just as Kabbalah is considered to be the mystical version of Judaism.) It is as if there is a version that everyone can believe in; and a 'hidden' version that people who realize can discover and reach for.
In a nutshell, Christian Mysticism is another offshoot of the world's various - and yet VERY similar - religious mysticisms that are based on the internal concept of 'christ consciousness being within'.
There really is no way to know how intentional the twisting of Christianity was - especially since former ancient religions (ie. Lord Krishna's - coming up) also became somehow similarly-twisted; along with the fact that the salvation message probably became much more highlighted over 1500 years after Jesus' death during the Protestant Reformation. This is of course when people began to take The Bible more literally and as the literal 'Word of God'.
Christ came to FREE the minds of mankind - not lock us in a spiritual prison.
Paul is supposedly speaking, here. Keep in mind the new perspective about his teachings as you read this: Romans 8:1-2 "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus [your christos] has set you free from the [pagan] law of sin and of death."
Sin, death, hell and the deliverance from it through various rituals were all ancient pagan concepts. These are the things Christ came to free souls from - so that people could see themselves for what they really are: Human Beings, 'god in the flesh' just like him. The majority are not currently 'aware' that we are just like him, yet.
I know this infusion of information is overwhelming - and frankly, it is the tip of the iceberg. Most Christians reject sources beyond The Bible because of the ban on anything outside of it - and what it says about 'evil sorcery'.
The Bible was written in a very specific way so that believers would not seek out anything beyond it. But, there are 'good' & 'bad' alternative sources all over - in the same way that there are 'good' & 'bad' Christian believers and preachers, etc.
Stay present, build trust in listening to your entire being (your christos or 'kingdom of God' within). I'll talk a lot more about how to do that, later. But, we all generally-know how to listen and trust ourselves. You'll be able to tell what belongs and what doesn't. God is not afraid of our questions. He welcomes all hearts with perfect intentions, no matter how curious.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Seek Ye First...
Why You Can Trust Your Internal Guidance & Intuition
This is probably one of the most poignantly-missed things Christ taught about the Kingdom of God being WITHIN:
Luke 10: 5 & 6 "And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again."
NOTE: Jesus gave the above instruction to his disciples before he supposedly resurrected, ascended, then 'gave his holy spirit' to them in the Upper Room in the Book of Acts. Most people don't have a problem believing that the disciples were just like us. How the heck could THAT be unless the Kingdom of God being within - without the need for 'salvation' - is true?
Of course, Christianity has an explanation for this. In Luke 9, Jesus supposedly 'gave them power and authority' - similar to the way the devoted followers of both Theosophy and Lord Krishna came up with - if you want to go float around in the astro plane with them. Yeah, that's sarcasm - isn't it strange how other religions are so similar and yet slightly different than Christianity? Lord Krishna is much older; and his messages are no-doubt at least as twisted as Jesus' are.
Did you know that many previous holy men insisted that their words not be written down? (And most of them did not write them down, themselves - such as Jesus.) These religious misunderstandings that seem to be so easy to develop are no-doubt why.
What is Speaking in Tongues?
I mention this because MANY members of these types of 'spiritual projecting to achieve ascension' belief sets (such as followers of Krishna, various Masters or Theosophy, etc.) are former Christians - because they come to believe that projecting into the astral plane is the next spiritual step...
I mean, if you can directly connect to a spiritual master who is supposed to bring you the rest of the way home - that MUST be the answer if you've realized something is wrong with your current set of Christian beliefs, right?
Please be careful out there, peeps. I went to the edge and then researched further before jumping in with both feet. The initiation ritual that is performed for both of these systems seems to be no different than the Christian concept of being baptized in the holy spirit (another huge controversy within Christianity).
Any set of beliefs that insists you need someone or something else outside of yourself to save you is not the way.
How God Guides Us...
Back to Jesus in John 3: The first time I heard about this Kingdom of God stuff years ago, I had picked up a book about Kabbalah on a whim called, "God Wears Lipstick". It was pink and had a big, red kiss on the cover. I was just starting to peek beyond the bible a bit; and that part of the book's message really resonated within me - because this part of the exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus always seemed like so much more... This part of the conversation would roll around in my head like a marble.
I mean, WHY would Jesus tell Nicodemus to marvel not about being born again - a salvation concept that he had not provided, yet - and then later, go off about how every one that 'doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved'; AND, what about that 'wind blowest where thou listest' part?!
- The Hidden Truths in the Gospels
An Eastern explanation of the concept of 'Christ Consciousness' from the perspective of Christianity and The Bible.
I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with this scene; because I could not comprehend the incredibly simple meaning of it due to my Christian beliefs before that book opened up my imagination - inspiring me to explore the topic of the Kingdom of God further, for myself.
This is also one way that the gospels could have been accidentally-misinterpreted by the time the texts of the bible were finally collected. As I said above, Rome's pagan leaders probably had a hard time believing in Jesus' original message, themselves. It would have been pretty easy for them to simply update the old pagan beliefs due to not being able to comprehend a different meaning.
Just so you know, that is how God will guide you - gently, casually. He does not push. I did not become a follower of Kabbalah. God talks in many ways. He is always with you. There is absolutely nothing to fear.
Despite controversy, many Christians deconvert into Kabbalah because it is based in the Jewish faith, just like Christianity is. It is semi-familiar and comfortable for them.
Kabbalah has the 'Tree of Life' system; while Buddhism and other religions talk about variations of the Chakra system. Both systems are human concepts that complicate things, further. I will explain the simplicity of both these systems, later.
John 17: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (Jesus is saying these things BEFORE he is supposedly crucified). And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me... before the foundation of the world."
While 'the man' Jesus may be a compilation of ancient characters; Christ IS a real consciousness that has 'come down from heaven as the son of man which is [also] in heaven'. That is the 'we' he is referring to in this scripture: "We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."
Nicodemus was probably somewhat familiar with other religious belief systems; and he may even have been more knowledgable than us - simply because he lived closer to the timelines of Lord Buddha, Lord Krishna and other Holy Men than we do. He may have even been aware of more accurate and/or lost messages from teachers that we no longer know about today.
There were several people previous to Jesus who claimed (or more commonly, their followers claimed) to be 'saviors'. And while we cannot say for certain who any of those people were - any more than we can say for certain who Jesus was; these 'Christs' also incarnated (Both Jesus and John the Baptist are on this particular list - in fact, some people believe that John the Baptist was 'the real' Jesus.) as the son of man which is [also] in heaven to become just like us.
The story of The Laughing Buddha is one that definately makes me think of a 'Christ Consciousness'. Supposedly, they don't really like to be made a big deal about while they are here; and yet, they make an impact wherever they go. Plus, they all seem to have similar dispositions and messages that were freely-given to the audiences of their day.
A Modern Salvation Message as Told by a Modern Master Through a Modern Parable
In this video at around 18:00-28:00, Mooji tells a parable about 'awakening'; and - all throughout, but especially the last 3 or 4 minutes - sounds an awful lot like the way Jesus described things within his parables, such has 'finding the treasure', 'the father' and the 'kingdom within', etc. Mooji's awakening involved a Christian mystic, so maybe that is why so many of his stories sound similar. But, it isn't just the story, watch this 'master' - listen to his tone, look how full of compassion his eyes are. Is he convincing to you as a genuine 'Holy Man'? Does his disposition not remind you of someone else's description - initials JC? :)
The Laughing Buddha's Last Words:
"Maitreya, true Maitreya
Reborn innumerable times
From time to time manifested among men. The men of the age do not recognize him."
Compare to Christ's words:
"We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."
Maitri is Sanskrit for 'loving kindness'. Psalms 63:3 "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee."
Christ and others like him have been here at times trying to show people these simple, spiritual truths - such as in The Sermon on the Mount. You will find more details about the difference between 'The Christs' and us past the video.
He probably also did miracles; and may even have cast out demons - yikes! However, Christ did NOTHING that he said WE are not capable of, and more. Additionally, through their various teachings, the Christs were probably trying to teach us to stand on our own and think for ourselves:
John 14:12 I (Jesus, the person trying to teach you) tell you the truth, anyone, who has faith in me (me = christos, NOT him, directly) will do what I (Jesus, the person who is just like us) have been doing. He will do even greater works than these, because I (Jesus, the person) am going to the Father (God) - JUST LIKE we will someday, also.
If all this is true, and Jesus didn't actually die for our sins to save our souls from eternal damnation... What was his real purpose here; and what really happens to our soul after our body dies?
Yet more patience required: first, if the Kingdom of God is within - what does that mean? Who and what the heck are we?!
We are Eternal mini-Universes of Conscious Energy - Models of the Big Kahuna Universe
Of course, the creation story in Genesis is a metaphor; and was considered to be that by many religious leaders before the literal age of Protestantism took the argument to new heights. More details about how God created the world, later - this is mostly about us. These images will come in handy, keep them in mind. Try not to let this part overwhelm you. God is small - said no one ever. :)
This is the shape of our Universe - an infinitely-in-motion donut. Many scientists doubt this theory because that would somehow mean that it has a finite space - an edge that we could eventually see or reach. But, it is a slowly, constantly expanding donut, with God / The Source being 'the center' - which is where his/her attention is focused: on the whole of the Universe.
We are each mini-representations of the original Universe, meaning: WE are the center of our own Universe - literally. Our body exists in the equilibrium between contraction and expansion - it is where OUR attention exists (see images). The entire bubble surrounding us is 'the rest of us' - the god-self part of us - that we can't see. It both flows through us and encompasses all that we are - totally emersed in the Consciousness of God or Universal Consciousness.
There is even a working scientific theory that Gravity - the very thing that holds our feet to the ground - is Consciousness. And since the discovery of Primordial Gravitational Waves, how far off does the theory that God created the Universe sound, now?
Each Universe, no matter how small, contains its own version of Source Consciousness - just like our beloved animals do. We can see that animals are 'life energy'; but they obviously experience life from a different perspective of consciousness than we do. A simpler one that doesn't do nearly as much thinking or imagining - but, is no less real or perfect for them.
This consciousness is our battery or life-force. We could not exist without it. We could not breathe - and we don't. Our body dies without it.
While civilizations have come and gone in this world - all of this 'universal action' is eternally, infinitely in motion. It never stops. (I'm just getting started with 'the science' - so, hang in there. After the video might be a good place to pause and absorb what you've read, so far. How does it feel to you? Why?)
A really comforting Near Death Experience of a 15 year old boy who describes what we are really like; and that we have nothing to fear after our body dies:
This movie on Quantum Physics is over ten years old; and people are still talking about it - including in the video, above. With as much advancement in this field as there has been - an updated version might be even more mindboggling.
This video is turning out to be far more relevant than I thought it would be when I originally wrote this article - I refer back to it often from this point. If you have time, I highly-advise watching it all the way to the end. It is not a time-waster.
Near Death Experiences (NDE's) are one place to get a sneak peek into the process of dying - expect them to vary significantly. I chose this one because it speaks to me the most; and does a good job of explaining some of the things I am talking about in here, better.
If you have done any research into NDE's - dying actually sounds kind of exciting. In the NDE above, this gentleman gives a beautiful description of 'everything he knew about everyone' and what it is like to 'go into the light'. I have also read that you can choose to go anywhere before you go into the light (and you don't even HAVE to go into the light), such as - visit your loved ones; or move forward or backward in our time to experience things like the future or historic events - or even travel the Universe.
This NDE testimony provides a beautiful metaphor of 'how we exist' in this life... It is as if the entire 'eternal, internal consciousness' part of us is focused on a book or movie. You know how it is when you allow yourself to become engrossed. Someone could walk into the room (and even talk to you); and you can be so focused on the STORY in the book, that you don't even realize they are there.
It is as if we are the main character in our own show; and we are both watching & participating in the experience - simply for the experience.
Jesus Feeds the 5000
Jesus & Peter Walk on Water
Matthew 14: And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
This NDE video is yet another source (there are so many) that claims we are more than just bodies - and that we are somehow both ONE (meaning, from the same Source & connected to each other) and extremely creative beings who create our own reality: no 'belief in' a god or religion is necessary.
If you can convince yourself to believe that you can move things telekineticallly with just your mind - you can. If you believe you can feed 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and some fish, you can. Do you believe you can walk on water?
On a spiritual level, if you believe that you can project your soul into the astral plane to have a face-to-face chat with Lord Krishna, you can. If your religion inspires you to believe that the Holy Spirit guides you in your life - it does. If you believe that wearing a certain type of crystal will heal you - it will. If you believe 'laying on of hands and praying in Jesus name' will heal you - it will, also.
Jesus often said to people he had healed, 'Your faith has made you whole." We can certainly receive help from others. In that case, they become 'co-creators' with us - but, we receive absolutely no help UNLESS we believe.
Most beliefs become real to us by thinking thoughts over and over. This is why they are so hard to unravel - we build them. In the case of Jesus healing people, all they had to do was watch him heal others; and they were easily convinced that he could heal them. The people Jesus healed were READY for him to heal them (see image of the woman healing herself by touching Jesus' cloak).
This is also how Jesus' disciples would have healed through their own christos within - by listening to his instructions (of course they had that advantage); and by watching Jesus - being influenced by his power enough to convince them of their own christos or power within.
Healing was not something the disciples were capable of doing until they could believe in the truth about themselves and everyone else around them. It took time, as it takes us all time - but, being in the direct presence of Jesus probably had a profound spiritual affect to accelerate their 'believing' capabilities.
In a nutshell, the most profound thing Jesus ever tried to do was help put our lives in perspective for us so that we could - again - see ourselves for who we really are: just like him and no different.
Another way that we create our reality is by 'attracting the essense of it'. Whatever we give the majority of our attention to through our thoughts and emotions will play out through our physical reality.
This is why we can 'attract' or 'create' a hard or carefree life. For example, if you think a lot about what an unworthy sinner you are; or worry about bad things that happen in the world - what kind of situations might manifest around you? Probably not ones that bring you much satisfaction or contentment.
Whatever you broadcast to the Universe through your thoughts and emotions is what you will attract to you. So, we attract the kinds of situations & people into our lives that support our beliefs. (This may not be the only reason for both 'good' & 'bad' things to happen to us - but, it is the main one.)
Election 2016: How did President Donald Trump DO that?!!
The way we believe is also why it may seem to us that some people are WAY too prosperous than we think they should be; while WE struggle to put food on the table. It doesn't have anything at all to do with whether or not you are rigidly following 'the right' religion; or how good you are being...
Successful people are successful because they BELIEVE IN themselves - some to the point of being obtuse about it. Donald Trump would be a good example: you can NOT tell that man that he is wrong; or that he looks goofy, etc. It isn't just that he 'won't admit it' - he literally REFUSES to believe those things about himself.
11/9/16, a post-election update: Trump WON?!! The entire world is shocked. I, personally, have some complaints about this election (who doesn't?); but from the objective perspective of this article...
Donald Trump does have an inordinantly-high amount of self-confidence; and he had many co-creators within his campaign, plus additional 'co-supporters' across the land. Votes were very divided; and some say Hillary Clinton won the popular vote - so, what does that say about America as 'a consciousness'?
We're divided. Trump will either become what America needed to help navigate us into a better world; OR we will discover he brings negative contrast that we don't want - and we can then eventually steer our way toward a potentially-better option after we have learned our lessons. Relax & breathe. Creating a decent utopia between primitive tribal timelines into all-inclusive, worldwide globalization takes time, ha!
The Water Cycle is the Best Representation Our Life Cycle
Streams, Pools, Lakes and Oceans of Life
When you start thinking about the things you WANT (not what you don't want), along with how you know you'll feel when you get them - instead of thinking about how things are; and how bad they make you feel - your boat will slowly start to turn in the streams of life.
Sure you still have to deal with situations - but don't allow them to 'dominate' your thoughts. Just deal with them the easiest and most logical way available to you. Listen to the Kingdom of God within you that speaks largely through your intuition and emotions. 'All' of you has a much broader perspective than your 'point of attraction' (your body). We'll talk in much more detail about how to listen to your inner-guidance system, later.
Multiple streams can flow together at a time; and there are an infinite combination of them for us to choose from - without us realizing it, at first.
We can cross over streams and/or hang out in them for a bit while we make course corrections. For instance, perhaps your neighborhood has the 'dark streams' of poverty and crime running through it... or, maybe you are currently in a stream that has manifested a fullfilling career; while at the same time, another stream has swerved in to manifest illness.
We Can Feel 'Like One'
We sometimes share streams with others; and they run into pools, lakes and oceans, etc. For instance, a family might be a pool, a community could be considered a lake; and an entire city could be thought of as an ocean - and yet, the diversity of various streams that swirl together into these larger 'points of attraction' beyond our single little ship makes things like cities, neighborhoods, teams, bands, cliques - and even families (as a group) - 'seem alive' - don't they?
If you've been to church during a really good sermon or worship service - you have experienced what these 'pools' feel like on a spiritual level. This is why it is very difficult to convince Christians (or any religious person, I would imagine) that there is no God. Because that is simply impossible for so many of us to believe. We KNOW what we have experienced; and are unwilling to let go of the obvious.
Have you ever been to a really good concert or sporting event (Go Seahawks!) where everyone got caught up in the excitement of what was going on - and you felt like you were on the same wave 'as one' with all those strangers (and our BFF's, even more)? Its the same thing.
How Streams Work and How God Communicates with Us
Streams can be 'good', 'bad', or anything in between - always bringing stuff meant to help us grow & develop in this existence. Remember the mini-universe model... It is through 'contractions' (which can be either good or bad) flowing through us that leads to the expansion of our soul.
This expansion is constantly adding to our soul; and we experience all that we have become in this life after our body dies. That is when we are capable of perceiving the reality of all that we really are.
God is PURE POSITIVE ENERGY (just like we are in our non-physical form) and can only read hearts. The physical aspects of our world - including human-born beliefs & religions - are only relevant to us. God isn't 'watching' and seeing like we see; nor does he have any use for our language, thoughts or actions. They ARE tools & toys for US to utilize, however - no matter how right or wrong we believe they are.
As such, God cannot tell whether our hands are folded properly; or if we are kneeling during prayer. God simply cannot tell the difference between the sincere worship of a Christian, Muslim or Hindu - or a crazed football fan, for that matter.
The Purpose of Streams
Most good & bad things that happen to us are related to our current stream(s); and have two main purposes:
1) To guide us into better waters (no one steers for us). The idea behind that is: when we feel bad, we will learn to re-orient ourselves towards feeling better - instead of wallowing in the misery like so many of us do.
2) They reveal the relational difference that exists between the perspective of your beliefs; and what your eternal-self really feels about any given topic. Meaning: the emotions that situations within our streams cause let us know 'where we stand' or 'how we are vibrating' in relation to how the eternal god-self part of us actually feels - both as an entire consciousness and on individual topics that we hold beliefs in. (Ie., the worse you feel, the 'further away' from the perspective of Your Source, you are.)
For instance, perhaps your life is going generally well - except you keep attracting people who steal from you, which perpetually-feels unpleasant. You have 'momentum' (usually because of thought habits or beliefs) built up around something that is 'off inside' and manifesting as stealing so that you can become aware that a 'shadow within' needs attention. It can be about something as simple as you having stolen a candy bar from a store when you were little (and have never stopped beating yourself up over it) - or it can be more complicated.
Emotions are Spiritual Indicators or Guides
We'll talk more about why bad things happen to good people, later. It doesn't have anything to do with people 'deserving' it.
But, things are so simple, its mindboggling... when we are happy, we are essentially in sync with what 'everything we are' is feeling.
On the flipside, any time we feel bad about ourselves or are angry about someone or something (any negative emotion about anything); that is our indicator that our inner being (christos - the god-self part of us) does not agree with our perspective - because God always looks for (and sees) 'the good' in absolutely everything.
Our eternal soul always maintains 'the truth' of every perspective that we have. Even things like abuse can be seen as 'good' from God's pure positive perspective. Someone who abuses is damaged and screaming for love & acceptance; and the challenge that the abused has to get past will cause them to 'become more' than they would have if they had not been physically harmed. Absolutely NO ONE can harm your soul. God keeps that safe - we'll get into why and how he does that.
We frustrated humans desperately pray for relief from our problems wondering why God does not answer our prayers... While not realizing that God is ALREADY DIRECTLY communicating with us through our body, soul and situations.
Jesus was naturally good; and it is our natural state of being, too.
How Our Soul Expands - the Good
Have you ever had happy emotions so intense, you felt like your heart would burst? Your soul is expanding!
It is easy to see why good situations happen: Joy, Love, Contentment, Good Health, Abundance, Fun and Harmony, etc., is our natural state of 'being like God'. We'll take as much of that as we can get, please!!
This was Jesus' natural state of 'being' - he made absolutely no extra effort to love or heal people. His all-inclusive, loving disposition was one of the things that was considered to be so unusual about him.
Essentially, Jesus healed illnesses by 'not believing in them' or giving them his attention - even though they existed; and focusing his attention on what he DID believe to be the actual truth about that person. The reason why we have a difficult time healing illnesses is because by the time we develop symptoms and realize we are sick - we've already got a bunch of momentum going in that stream. It is more difficult to make course corrections at that point.
Compilation of Spiritual & Scientific Teachers Explain How We Create & Perceive Reality Using Law of Attraction
The Science Behind Our Reality & An Experiment in Creation
As I've said, there are so many - teachers today who confirm our existence as I'm explaining in here: we are very creative, spiritual beings having a human experience instead of the other way around. This video (right) is a complilation of some current teachers explaining black holes, vortexes and how we create & perceive our individual realities.
Warning: this video packs a serious wow factor - but may not seem entirely clear until you get through the rest of this wordy - but (hopefully) clarifying from a Christian perspective - explanation. Also, 'the leading edge' will be mentioned; but the meaning might not be clear: it is a reference to us as human beings, being on the leading edge of this physical-based reality. That will be more clear later; but should help keep things in context for the video.
I'm not kidding, WE are CREATORS - here is an experiment: take a simple topic that is innocuous to you (one that you don't already have either a positive or negative momentum built up around; and that you don't usually encounter during a normal day) - such as lady bugs, sea shells or whatever.
Think about every little thing you can appreciate about that subject. Imagine yourself interacting with the item - for example, imagine yourself picking up shells on the beach; or hold an image of the object in your imagination - maybe do some picture searches online to get some inspiration.
Meditate on it, giving it all of your attention for at least ten minutes for a few mornings in a row; and also sporadically during the day, if you remember. Write about it if you don't like the idea of meditation. The point is to concentrate your focus on it.
After the first morning, sometimes - you will start to notice an increase in how often you cross paths with that subject during the day. It is mindboggling (and can get pretty funny) how many different ways the universe can find to bring that subject into your experience.
The Universe LOVES us and OFTEN goes out of its way to show it. It is the NATURAL, default state for wellbeing to flow FREELY to and through us. :)
And, by this time, after I've described how it works - you can probably look back on your life and see where you have indeed attracted either 'good' or 'bad' situations, people or things into your life that supported your beliefs - almost always, your 'creations' begin from persistent, rolling-thoughts in your mind.
This does not mean when we are born into unsafe or 'handicapped' situations that it is our fault because we started out vibrating at 'low frequencies'. We start out where & how we are supposed to start out. There is more to come (and varying reasons) about why 'bad' things happen to babies, children and 'good' people.
Realizing you are a creator requires RELAXING and altering sloppy thinking.
- Quantum Physics and Manifesting the Life You Want
"You see it when you believe it." So many of us will not believe UNTIL we see it and wonder why the things we want take so long to come into our lives.
The Most Maddening Lesson
The concept that we create our own reality can be a really frustrating thing for seekers to accept, at first - especially since it is so easy to look back in hindsight and see exactly how we got here. It is almost embarrassing, certainly undeniable and often funny.
Plus, we don't want to hear that almost everything that happens to us is pretty much our own fault. No, its my MOM's fault or my alcoholic husband's or the fault of politicians, etc. Things aren't MY fault... I have personally thrown things and smashed them against the wall.
For instance, it is very very difficult for me not to blame the religion of Christianity for the split between my mother and myself (another common story) - and I'm sure I'm not entirely there, yet. Some course corrections take more time than others.
The bottom line is, even though we may share streams - and even though we start out in the same stream as our mother/parents/family, church congregations, and friends, etc. - we don't have to stay in anyone else's negative streams - whether we live with them, or not.
We have control over our own thoughts & emotions. We are each the captain of our own ship - no matter what is happening to us, or going on around us. While this may seem like an impossibility for us to do, at times - we watch actors & actresses manipulate their emotions for us all the time while playing 'let's pretend' on TV and in movies. We have more control than we realize.
This is also why 'escaping' can be good for us - as a diversion or a plain 'ol break.
How Our Soul Expands - the Bad
'The good' in 'bad' situations can be a LOT harder for us to detect. It is related to both our goals of soul-expansion; AND the solution - meaning, every problem includes the inspiration or 'pushing off point' for its own solution, if we can both realize it and reach for it (as an individual or collectively).
For example, when we find the ROOT of a problem - such as holding something inside that needs to be released (resentment, perhaps); then we can use that knowledge to alter our course (by altering our thoughts & emotions surrounding it); and 'push off' towards healing the resentment that we have been hoarding.
Another way we can move beyond a bad situation is by finding the good in it - no matter how ugly it seems to be. Focusing our attention on the good, instead of 'the bad' can help us discover the path beyond it.
For instance, with regards to the situation with my mother, above: I can choose to focus on 'the bad' (and how that makes me feel) or 'the good'. Sometimes you may need to focus on the bad for a while and work your way up toward feeling better - just like a course correction on a ship takes a little time, and sometimes through rough waters.
But, I am currently comfortable thinking about my mother like this: I KNOW we love each other. And while we have always sort of irritated each other (we have opposite styles, ha!), we could also be quite the giggle twins. It is those times and that feeling of giggling with her that I try to focus on (and her smell which I will apparently never forget); because *I* know that mother/daughter bond is the real truth of our relationship - and the split between us is a silly situation that she happens to believe is very serious...
Her only daughter's eternal soul is on the line! That isn't an easy thing for a mom to be thinking about - and it is the thing that I still hold against the religion of Christianity: for inspiring her believe those things so erroneously & emphatically.
For People Trying to Resolve a Spiritual Division with Parents, this video has excellent advice.
And yet, no one can MAKE us believe (or unbelieve) anything... this is why excommunicating your unbelieving children (or whatever their 'sin' is) is really uncool. How does it make anyone feel? In hindsight, I would not have told my mother about any of this, except she was naturally in the loop when I began questioning. As my questions grew, and I started discovering things - and couldn't stop - that is when she cut me off.
However, I have absolutely no doubt (you'll see why, later) that our relationship is okay. It will heal naturally and with perfect timing - either in this life or later. She has her own christos that is helping her through her life experience; and I have mine.
Solutions are often (not always) as simple as letting go of the harsh things within our current stream that has made us 'sick' - such as, not being able to see ourselves as anything other than a victim, to be able to forgive a past abuser.
Forgiveness & Unconditional Love is easier than we thought; and is a HUGE relief for our soul - we'll get to that, eventually.
- The Healing Power of Laughter
How the Marx Brothers brought Norman Cousins back to life.
Also, an illness can be a good way to get our attention and/or the rest our body & soul has been craving. It can even be a way to get attention from others that we have been 'needing' - since God works through us via our christos. Plus, illnesses and harsh situations, in general, often bring opportunities to heal relationships - or even create new ones.
If a situation ends in death, then that is exactly how things are supposed to go. God does not see 'death' the same way we do... For God, bringing us home is a joyous opportunity of expansion for everyone concerned; and our soul is NEVER in disagreement with it: even if it does not feel that way from our limited human perspective leading up to it; or from the perspective of those we leave behind. However, once 'death' happens (we never actually 'die'); we can look back and see the perfect purpose of it.
In fact, since most of us have such a hard time understanding God's indicators; and he never forces his will or perception on us - death can often be the only way to bring us the relief that we have been so desperate for. God absolutely will NOT perform a miracle for us just because we think that he should. (Although many people DO still experience miracles as they believe - both within religious contexts and otherwise.)
The Difference Between Crowds of Jesus' Day and Us
Our purpose in this life is to figure out how to utilize what we know, in order to fix our own problems - so that our lives as both individuals and communities become less full of strife and more satisfying. We are creators, our job is essentially to bring 'Heaven to Earth'.
Jesus' healed people in LINES all day long. Most were simple folks who got to see 'miracles' happen right before their very eyes; and some of those people experienced one within their own body.
It was a different time with the majority being lost in the brutal vastness of Rome's many pagan religions and poverty. The people of Jesus' day were a different crowd in need of a serious spiritual infusion of Hope, Love and Understanding. Because for humanity to simply survive is not necessarily enough...
But, that isn't what the crowd of this day & age is in need of. We have plenty of Hope and every other good thing swirling around us. MUCH of the reason for that hope TODAY is due to past expansions mankind has gone through. And, as important... Jesus was called because of the desires of previous humans decades [at least, maybe even centuries] before his time craving relief & truth about themselves.
Likewise, probably since Jesus' last day on this Earth, believers and unbelievers alike have been craving the truth about this particular religion. It is finally perfect timing for us to realize & discover these things - everything is in place for them to unfold (various sciences, instant information accessibility for millions via the Internet, etc). While there has always been a handful of people who understood the truth (which is where our current spiritual revolution originated and slowly gained momentum from); we weren't ready or willing to let go of such profound beliefs surrounding death & eternity without at least some scientific evidence that ALSO resonated within us as being potentially true.
As such, we are essentially in a place to reap the benefits of others who have lived before us - while continuing to slowly expand, create and pave the way into all that mankind can become into generations still beyond.
Row Row Row Your Boat is a more profound song than we thought. Capt. Kirk and the boys do this song justice.
The Main Reason Why Our World is in Chaos
This is the main reason why our world is in chaos, because most of us don't realize that we 'co-create' or 'co-attract' this entire world all the way down to our individual selves, families and communities. And since we don't realize that we do this - or HOW we do this - chaos galore!
Its okay... supposedly the chaos is part of helping us to 'become' in this world.
Life is but a dream, and our hearts are boats in the stream... We had no idea what a profound song, 'Row Row Row Your Boat' is. The fact that it is sung in a round with voices 'streaming' into each other makes it that much more profound.
What Happens to Our Soul When Our Body Dies?
When we die, we remove our attention from this realm of suspended belief to return to the fullness of our natural state of being. Essentially, we read the last page, close the book - and probably fall into that between-worlds feeling for a bit until we re-adjust to our real lives again - JUST like we do at the end of any good book. The NDE video above describes this general process very well.
Incidentally, we also supposedly 'return to our natural state of being' every time we fall asleep. Sleeping is the best break we can take. Naps are good!
How does our body stay alive if we remove our focus from it for a while? We don't completely remove all of our focus; and our cells each hold their own consciousness or battery to continue the work THEY were born to do - until its time to stop. That is when we remove all of our focus from our physical body.
Where Evil Comes From
Sometimes, the transition between this physical life and our non-physical one can seem really scary - you may have heard of NDE's where people have experienced things that resemble 'Hell'. It can be easier or more difficult from our current perspective based on what we believe about death.
Note that, EVEN IF a person experiences 'Heaven' in the beginning - their beliefs can still play a role. What have you been taught? Are you looking forward to heaven? Do you believe there is a hell? Have you been bad to fear it? Does the concept of evil scare you?
Pslams 23: Fear no evil.
A reminder: evil did not even SORT of scare Jesus. He knew exactly who he was, where evil comes from, and how to deal with it.
Matthew 8:16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word (GO! or Rockma!), and healed all who were ill. Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. [You can plainly see it within me.] Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. [Through their Kingdom of God or Christos within.]
The nutshell version: our beliefs create/attract streams of both evil and illness - not that 'demons' or demonic activity isn't real as we are experiencing them, just like real illnesses that Jesus healed became obsolete. It depends on the stream that we have been navigating in, as to how real evil can become for us. It can affect us temporarily into our transition from this life until we become fully aware of ALL of our awareness. It doesn't take long. Supposedly, it can be not quite instantaneous.
In other words, we can no more bring evil into our afterlives (or experience it) - any more than we can experience sickness - simply because we don't have a human body to experience those human things, anymore. At the point of our transition from this body, our 'suspension of belief' in this world falls away; and we regain the full perspective of our actual reality.
It becomes IMPOSSIBLE for us to continue to believe that evil exists to harm us. We can see it for being the tool that it really is - and even appreciate it. (Another really HARD spiritual lesson to learn as a human, ha!)
Everything that happens to us is for the purpose of our soul's expansion: both good & bad stream through us (re: mini-universe model); with only 'the good' (which is the only thing that actually exists) - causing the expansion.
I don't know about you, but that sounds extremely powerful, to me. I'll actually talk in more detail about how & why God does that, later.
“Whatever plane (or stream) our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development (or our body dies) we perceive that during the stage through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings.” The Secret Doctrine
The better relationship you have with the non-physical part of yourself - the easier the process of dying will be for you. NO ONE ends up 'in hell'. We'll see WHY no one goes there when we get more into our navigation system; as well as WHAT are our treasures in heaven!
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The Difference Between Christ and Us
The most unusual thing about Jesus (and the other Christs that we know about) was that he chose to care for and about people beyond the norm. Most spiritual teachers both past & present teach NOT to worry about your neighbor or anyone else. God is looking out for them; and everything is working out the way it is supposed to – no matter how sick their bodies or their lives seem to be.
Jesus taught people to turn the other cheek - so that we don't fall into the trap of getting caught up in someone else's bad attitude or 'darkness'.
Essentially, other people have their stuff to go through; and you have your's... Let God do his job so that you don't accidentally become entangled in something that isn't your's, etc. This is really good advice, generally speaking; because most of us are not here to participate in this life in that way.
However, Jesus was a teacher who chose to share what he knew with superstitious people who probably didn't believe very good things about themselves - and, helped those (often desperate) people where they needed it. He died for doing that, simply because of what/how people of that time 'believed'.
Jesus could easily have lived a rich, healthy, long life - but, he was HAPPY to come play with us; KNOWING how it would affect and expand the collective consciousness of all mankind.
The ONLY difference between 'Christs' and us - is that we have not returned to The One, yet. Our spirit is NOT 'completely in heaven' at the same time we are in this existence. Our soul is not 'complete' (or 'awakened', 'realized' or 'aligned', etc. - many different words are used to describe this concept) - to fully become one with The Creator, yet.
However, neither are we EVER disconnected from Our Source.
Christ is simply a soul that has completed ALL of its life lessons to 'become one' with The Source of God (or at least, closer than most of us ever have). And since he started out JUST LIKE US, he is able to return to us in a way that God himself, cannot. Christ HAS to be born into a physical form that contains his christos - just like us - in order to physically interact in this plane of existence, just like we do.
Original Source and Creator of ALL Life & Universes = 'God'
- The shocking discovery about evangelical Christianity that I made after becoming a father
I used to be a staunch evangelical. Then I adopted a child and realized how much I had suffered
The One cannot leave the confines of the indigenous realm, so Christ - and OTHERS LIKE that soul who have also figured out how to spiritually reconnect - is how God experiences and takes part in their existence: through their 'christos'.
He does the same thing with us 'disconnected humans', but we don't realize it. We BELIEVE that we are disconnected from God when we are NOT. No matter how undeveloped our souls may be; there is a part of us that is ALWAYS connected. We are as much 'Sons of God' as Christ is, and we always have been. We are NOT 'adopted' or 'saved' as Christian Theology dictates.
This is the way we are created, to experience lives that The Creator cannot. This is ALSO WHY reincarnation is IRRELEVANT. Whether it exists or not is completely beside the point. It will take however long it is supposed to take for your soul to 'return to God' completely - according to however long he/she decides it is going to take.
Would you have it any other way?
We are meant to become Companions of God - just like Christ and others like him already are. When you think about it, it is really nice of The Christs to pay us earthly humans a visit every once in a while - or any attention, at all.
Why would they?
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Unconditional Love - Embracing Both the Good and the Bad
Because they are ONE with GOD and GOD is LOVE. God loves ALL of his creation, it is IMPOSSIBLE for him to hate any part of it. (The NDE video above explains this very well.) And, as 'lowly' as we humans supposedly are - we are as much a concern of God as the Christ's were when they were where we are now.
This is the biggest and most difficult lesson for EVERY soul in this experience to learn: how can God love absolutely EVERYTHING about ALL that he/she has created? As mere humans, we cannot BEGIN to fathom what Unconditional Love means to God. So many people of various faiths strive for it as if it is something we can completely comprehend and achieve. Most people can't, and God does not require us to while we exist in this earthly realm BECAUSE we DO feel disconnected when we are here. That is part of the experience.
Sure, Jesus gave us the golden rule that tells us to do unto others as we would have done to us, etc. But, who do we have the most difficult time loving unconditionally?
OURSELVES. Christians (there are other religions & cultures that do this in various ways) are especially 'programmed' in this life to judge themselves as much (and more harshly) than others - for much smaller offenses. For instance, I've seen Christians 'accidentally' tell a little white lie; and feel so bad about it afterwards that they practically became suicidal.
This is because most Christians are taught that every time we sin, we nail Jesus Christ to the cross all over again. Guilt, much?!
Just trust me on this, for now... Christ does not want ANYONE feeling guilty over anything concerning him. You don't understand sin: "they know not what they do". That isn't what his death was about.
Many ugly people may actually be very loving beings - but don't remember. It is like we are given a serious case of amnesia when we're born. Our memories are erased for a reason (watch the NDE video).
How else would a 'god' experience something like the innocence of a child - without forgetting they are a god and actually becoming a child? How else would an omnipotent, non-dual, all-inclusive-male-female being experience the difference between being male and female - or any of the fifty bazzillion shades of grey in between?
How can a generically-loving being actually experience 'falling in love' or the humiliation of betrayal? What about the victory and defeat of competition? What about that joyous feeling of decorating the house for Christmas? And what about 'that thing' that happens to you - as a human - when your favorite song comes on the radio?
As omnipotent as God is, its really quite profound when you realize that God 'can't do' any of those things in his pure positive energy State of Being... He can only experience them in his own God-way through physical beings he created 'in his likeness' - through us, and every other 'eternal mini-universe' or living thing that possesses consciousness. Yes, including animals.
It is EASY to Love Unconditionally - or at least, it should be.
As 'one' we are all part of a whole - sort of like cells in a body. We mirror each other, as much as we hate to admit it. The people that we dislike or love the most are exactly the way we would be under the same circumstances and born with the same disposition, etc. Once you realize that, it is so much easier to stop judging people, forgive & LOVE them - and their quirks. :)
Our 'amnesia' gives us a sense of being a singular human in this world. It may actually be rather difficult for us to experience what it is like to be an individual - to this extent - outside of our earthly realm of suspended belief.
So, reminders or 'a light through the thick fog' about love are a good idea because we humans can really get confused about things, right? How hopeless would this life be if we really thought this skin that we have to live in every day was IT?
There are times when we have all felt like we are more than the sum of our parts - big, like that would fill up a room.
What Did Christ Teach About Love?
Matthew 5 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?"
Matt 25: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
The REAL Message of Christ and what happens to people who are NOT 'born again':
This is why Christ said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
Because we each 'are who we are'; and we CANNOT CONTROL our spiritual destiny as Christianity (and other religions) insist that we can. The best thing you can do for God in this life is to LIVE your life to the fullest according to your OWN conscious and life experience as those things grow and develop in you.
You ARE [an expression of] God; and you WILL return home when you are ready - without condition:
BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY GOD KNOWS HOW TO LOVE!!!!
New Reasons Jesus' Death Was Included in the Bible
Many people have come to believe that the story of Christ's death, resurrection and 'salvation plan' for humanity was included in The Bible for one of two reasons:
1) The man we know as Jesus may actually have died in the way that has been described - simply because that was a common way for rebels (religious or otherwise) to die in those days. However, he did NOT DIE to SAVE anyone from their 'sins'. Again, sin & sacrificing were pagan concepts.
There is really no way to know for certain if this was an intentionally-deceptive storyline twist; or we humans of the future have misinterpreted things this drastically over time. See again, the alternative interpretation above on, "I am the way the truth and the life". It is a very subtle variance, and an easy mistake for anyone to make - even during the founding of the religion - trying to translate from one language into another.
2) The death/resurrection/salvation part of the story may have been plagarized from previous accounts as a spiritual metaphor - not necessarily to deceive anyone. This is where that belief might apply...
Awareness is Resurrection
Did you know that only 5% of our cognitive activities (decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour) is conscious; while the remaining 95% is basically on auto-pilot being generated in a non-conscious manner based on previous learning since we were born? Source
The Kingdom of God
How We Connect with God
It is said in many religions in various ways - although it is often ignored - you are the closest to God when your attention is fully-present 'in the moment' - when your mind is focused; and not wandering away through various forms of 'escapes'. Thoughts that stay in the present are naturally unconcerned about the past and not worried about the future. (And not feeling insecure at all because you LOVE yourself and everyone else, unconditionally. :)
When we begin to accept ourselves 'as is' and 'remain present', we are essentially starting to realize our character in this life; and 'make it real' within the various streams that we exist within: we are 'resurrecting' or 'awakening' to directly participate with much more conscious intent.
'Connect' the physical and inner/god-self parts of you - allowing your non-physical self to flow through your physical self like the 'stream' that it is (see 'we are mini-universes', above).
ALL of your intentions, attention & energy STAY present with you (in your body) - allowing your soul to experience the waves of your emotions no matter how good or bad they feel, using them as your navigation system.
Btw, there are lots of non-religious folks (and religious ones) who do this 'staying present' stuff, naturally... And are no doubt wondering why I'm talking about it as if it is something to strive for. Cheers to you! :)
It is a relaxing, 'go with the flow' experience - not a struggle. Let go and let God... It is your ego that is filled with all kinds of beliefs consisting of worries and fears that keeps us from 'letting go' and trusting our natural intuition and instincts - and, it keeps us from sensing these indicators, clearly. For instance, sometimes we are picking up someone else's 'indicators' and we don't realize that it isn't our's.
We are familiar with what it feels like to remain present... When we do things like play a musical instrument; or our mind gets lost in something with all of our intent, especially in a highly-focused, almost obsessive way - we are 'naturally' staying present in the moment; and we are also creating with our entire being - a very good way to create.
Also, you are no longer helping to create and/or magnify problems - your's, Humanity's or anyone else's - by obsessing over them. Thinking about and imagining the solution to problems puts you in a better place to help and CONSCIOUSLY-create solutions (see Creation 101 above).
Escaping vs Experiencing
By all means, take in the occassional escape. We have this ability for a few reasons: 1) so that we CAN escape and relax because this life can get so hard; and 2) so that we can participate in our lives, communities and cultures - reading books; or hanging out with your friends to watch a concert or see a movie, etc.
Of course, we can also stay completely present during events with others - or allow our minds to sort of 'flip to auto' (while often wandering away). The difference is our focus: either 'escaping' or 'experiencing' - and yeah, it can be a varying mix of both.
We are here to create and experience life, not heaven.
Some souls find it easier to stay present than others do - and some moments (such as happy ones) are easier to stay present in.
It isn't a constant thing, and it is not meant to become a constant thing as some religions claim. Sure, there is a 'nirvana' that can be reached - but, why would you want to be in that headspace so often while you are here? When your body dies, there is Nirvana or Heaven.
The Ego is a Tool
It wasn't even a constant thing for Jesus. In fact, being varying degrees of 'disconnected' IS a tool: Jesus ALLOWED himself to be tortured and nailed to a cross; when he could probably have 'thought' himself to The Bahamas by that point.
Sure, Jesus started out still having compassion as he was hanging up there - as noted by his conversation with one of the thieves next to him. But later when he says, "Why have you forsaken me"... He was probably having a pretty difficult time 'believing': as in, maybe things were getting pretty tough; and he could not 'feel God's presence' with him - even though as evidence by him saying this, he seems pretty certain that shouldn't be possible. (It isn't possible. In reality, our soul can't 'separate' from our body until we die.)
Any time we feel abandoned or lonely - ANY time - we are actually lonely for 'all that we are'. We humans often look to others to fill that void; but the best relationships happen when both people feel secure & accepted within themselves.
This perception of being abandoned might have happened so that Jesus would not be tempted to heal himself and escape toward sunshine and greener pastures during his most difficult moments. Essentially, he was in a significant state of soul-expansion.
The body and the soul ALWAYS work as a team whether the body is aware of the soul, or not. The soul simply operates from your current 'perspective of belief' WITH you. We're not puppets; and we are in the game of life together for NOTHING but FUN. I know that sounds 'off', at first... I will explain, further. Jesus was 'playing a hero', here; and he was doing an incredible job! If it seems to you that I am making his death into an insignificant detail, I'm not.
The ego acts like a valve, allowing the stream of our broader perspective to flow through us based on 'what we believe' - is it barely a drip, a trickle, flowing freely or gushing? It will vary based on 'what you are allowing'.
Learning how to 'control the weather' - through our thoughts & emotions - within our mini-Universe so that the ego can relax and let the stream flow freely through us - no matter what is going on around us - is supposedly a very-doable trick. However, we are not required to master it as Christ had it mastered. Most of us are still children at play. :)
We never make a 'wrong choice'. Any choice we make is where we will experience life from - complete with all the various rewards and/or consequences - because we are explorers on a frontier.
God is our Baseline
We are here to explore situations, feelings and emotions that God cannot, will not and absolutely REFUSES to experience - because he/she is our baseline, keeping us eternally 'untouched' by whatever ugly things we might go through while we are focused here.
'Baseline' is a concept used in many systems to determine 'variance' against normal or expected results. My favorite definition: the return to an original state.
God can only attract 'the good' in our lives because it is all that really exists.
A Different View of Genesis. Charles Fillmore has written a few books from alternative Christian perspectives that make sense
- Mysteries of Genesis by Charles Fillmore - Complete Text
Little-known translation of Gen 1:1 By periods God created that which produced the Suns; then that which produced the Earth.
We are God's Sons & Daughters:
How We Create - Based on God's Original Creation Story
Legends, even Christianity's creation story - tell variations of why God created this kind of existence: because he/she was the 'only one' and wanted an EQUAL companion. God became lonely, so excrutiatingly lonely. Who knows how long God may have been in that state? God was miserable...
This 'agony' created DESIRE to no longer be alone - negative emotions have a profound purpose in our lives to inspire all kinds of desires and repulsions within us - which is one of the ways we figure out both what we want, and do not want, to create.
God was ecstatic with the first glimmers of creation; and the many souls (or sons of God) made 'in his image' - because God was (and is) happy to no longer be alone - plus, now there is US to explore and experience all kinds of various lives and types of existences with. God's fun levels pre-creation and post-creation are dramatically different.
Based on this original creation formula, agony (or any negative emotion) causes desire to expand the soul until it can realize how to create the desire. Desires that are born out of 'bad' stuff, always end up 'being good' - sort of like a bouy will always re-orient itself out in the waves no matter how rough they are.
To simplify that, when someone is mean to us - we desire them to be nice. When we are mean - we desire ourselves to be nicer, etc. When we're poor, we 'wish' we had more money - and theoretically, we eventually create a way to get it. Desires from negative emotions are the INSPIRATION from which more 'good' is created.
This is the same concept behind how 'bad' streams are meant to not only help our soul expand - but guide us into 'good' waters.
Why God is the Source of Both Good and Evil
Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (or 'let evil happen', depending on translation): I the LORD do all these things."
How can God who is supposedly made of LOVE be the origin of both good & evil?
You can't 'form light' unless you also 'create darkness'. God is light, there is no source for darkness - there is only the absense of light. Darkness or evil cannot exist except within the boundaries of places God has created for 'the dark' to be able to exist - like the Universe, and specifically for us, this planet we call Earth.
And this is the choice we make as humans every day: are we choosing light or the absense of it in any given moment? Either choice is okay because we have REASONS for making those choices. Its why we can't make a wrong one... Perceptions are part of our ever-expanding personal identity.
How God Creates 'Only Good' - Agony vs. Desire
Extracting the good out of our existence isn't really an effort that God makes. Its just inevitable.
An extreme example is a person who kills another (because of an obsession or their perspective of circumstances) - and succeeds. The murderer is later often full of regret, hating themselves and desiring to be a better person. And even if they are not, God knows their heart, and knows why they have no regret.
Our hearts are completely exposed to God because we are a natural part of Source. Being 'just the Universe' (no small feat) without human hangups has its advantages: no human perception, no human judgments, no human knowledge of our ideals beyond 'how things feel'.
Also, God can't look back - never ever - not even long after we refuse to let things go. Its not that God doesn't want to 'keep bad stuff', he is literally INCAPABLE of keeping it.
Because 'evil' or 'sinful' stuff isn't real to God; and they are only temporarily real to us for this purpose: the emotions that developed because of it - that caused your soul to grow & expand - ARE real. That's what matters to God.
If a person's heart is completely dark, God knows why they 'believe' the way they do about themselves: through reading the lifestory of their emotions. The reason people do bad things or 'turn bad' is NEVER EVER EVER because the person was 'born evil'; nor has that soul become 'too evil' to not eventually be able to return to their natural state of being at death.
Really, think about it again... Do people 'sin' when they are HAPPY and content within themselves? (Refer also to the heading above, 'How Streams Work and How God Communicates with Us' - along with the next two headings after that, for a reminder of the specifics on what emotions are for and how they work.)
What Human rules & beliefs are really for: Humans.
What a victim gets out of any situation is different than what an offender gets. And, being a creator means that we can turn ANY situation around. And some prisoners (and victims who don't die) DO exactly that.
Remember, we don't have to remain in ugly streams... We have the option to 'expand' during this physical life; OR later, after our body dies. Because we are Creator-Captains of our own ship, we always have choices - we just need to realize it.
Many Christians worry that this message means 'go ahead and sin'... But, absolutely NO ONE is born wanting to 'be bad' when they grow up. It simply doesn't 'feel good' - it isn't our natural state of being. Plus, dealing with the consequences of murder (or whatever) in this life is not a generally-pleasant thing.
Murderers still 'pay' one way or another - either through their own judgment, the judgment of society, the chaos of circumstances that can develop around those things - or, a combination. God certainly isn't conveying to us that WE should not utilize the tools we've come up with to maintain order among ourselves.
Frankly, our Human rules & beliefs are as much a part of helping to create the stories that make up our lives to cause the expansions of our souls - as anything else. However, discovering ways to keep people from becoming so twisted in the first place - should maybe become one of mankind's top priorities.
We're All Born Naturally and Completely 'Connected' - Then Duality (and expansion) Begins
Why are humans born as dual beings with both a temporary ego and an eternal soul?
We are born as dual beings with both an ego and a soul. Our ego is the 'new' part of us; and starts out kind of like a character sketch for a novel. It develops, grows and gives us an identity during this temporary life; while our eternal soul-self creates a story based on it.
Another way to look at it - the ego could be thought of as thread, and the soul a needle. Any number of metaphors could work to describe how imperative one is to the other. You need both thread and a needle to weave a tapestry; and our lives are meant to be just that: creations.
We are all born PERFECTLY 'connected' with our Source from day ONE - and more importantly, we REMAIN perfectly connected throughout our lives.
While our body may not always be born perfect; and we are not always born into perfect or safe situations, there is a reason for that: 10 times out of 10 it has to do with the original intentions that the soul - as an entire being before they were born - set forth in order to eventually cause a certain level or type of expansion.
About Karma... Nothing to do with Reincarnation OR Past Lives
Yes, we can CHOOSE to come into this life with mental, physical and/or environmental handicaps; but its not like you might think. We don't have a menu with a list of specific options to choose from before we're born. We set 'intentions' based on what we want to accomplish in this life. Then, our eternal self attracts situations into our lives that try to accomplish those intentions - and they can manifest in all kinds of surprising ways.
For instance, people born with their sexual orientation flipped around from the physical sex of their body - probably didn't choose to 'be gay'. It is far more likely that they intentionally chose to put themselves in such a mentally-convincing situation that would make it difficult for them to entirely conform to the 'norms' of this world for any number of reasons.
This is what Karma is all about... Our eternal soul-self maintains the 'intentions' that we established before we were born; and doesn't swerve from them - no matter how far from our intentions we manage to get.
Karma stubbornly holds onto things important for our intentions (and often reminds us of them) - no matter how confused or buried in the realities of this world we happen to become. (That is why emotions work the way they do - to let us know how close or far away we are from the life we intended to create while 'being' here.)
Karma is one of the hardest things for us Humans to come to grips with... We often ask ourselves, "WHY would I choose to experience this situation or get close to that manipulative person", etc. Karma is pretty much its own animal. While things are happening to us and around us for a reason, we don't have to understand the reasons in order for us to benefit from them (usually without us realizing it).
Early childhood handicaps are often spiritually-based; and part of a co-creative situation of expansion with parents, family & friends, etc. Along with setting our intentions, we also 'choose' our parents and general life paths before we come into these lives. Parents also choose their children; and we come into 'co-creative agreements' with each other. Our familial connections (and every other close connection we develop) are INDEED eternal.
Yes, we love each other that much (as eternal beings) - to become each other's biggest human supporters and/or 'pains' in this life, ha! The NDE video goes into this; and there is much more info about this 'pre-choosing' aspect of things out in Internetland. Try not to let this subject become a diversion for you, some people can really get wrapped up in it. We don't need to know every little detail about how every 'engine' in our life works. This is all you really need to know about it.
We are NEVER in danger of 'losing our soul' NOR of being 'eternally punished'. We're NOT BAD (we're NOT bad children, we're NOT bad parents, we're NOT bad friends & neighbors, NOR bad stewards of the land or governments) - we're temporary human bodies with eternal souls going through experiences in this physical world. That's it. :)
The Best Things in Life Are Free
YES! We Have Treasures in Heaven!!
Matthew 6:20-21 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
These 'good parts' of our lives that Source attracts & maintains for us will stay with us forever after our lives are complete in this existence. These are 'the treasures' that God keeps for us in heaven.
In fact, when we are free from these physical bodies - we will know everything, again (see NDE video); and our minds will 'work like God's'. People who have passed on no longer see you in the limited way they did while they were here. They see who you really are, as God does. Being 'non-physical' is very different for us from the way we experience life in this limited way, now - but, how else would the story 'seem real'? (Another link to the NDE video above if you haven't seen it, already.)
What changes when you practice 'staying present'?
No matter where you are in this learning process, it is highly-likely that your life will slowly become more fulfilling - while building momentum as you become more familiar with being connected to all that you are. It is an integral, understated part of you that will grow stronger as it is used and 'worked' like a muscle.
Staying in the moment is actually kind of hard to do, consistently - try it. All kinds of thoughts are always trying to pop into your head to take you elsewhere. But, as you begin to 'practice' as often as you remember; and stay in the present for as long as you can each time - it will become easier and second nature to you.
As you gain experience with staying in the moment, you will notice that when some offensive thought comes into your mind, you will begin to automatically reject the ones that your 'true self' does not want to become a part of you. Eventually, unwanted thoughts come at you less often. You also begin to distinguish between your thoughts and other static you may be picking up on.
And don't get hung up on things surrounding Chakras or the Pituitary Gland, etc. Your connection, no matter how 'undeveloped' it may be with The Source of God is DIRECT, just as Christ's is. Religious rituals are human concepts. While some of them may be 'stepping stones' to help you realize some spiritual thing - they are not 'the way'; and you don't need them, anymore.
Do you need to know how any system in your body works - digestion, circulation, etc. - in order for them to work? They just work - and they did long before humans became aware of their anatomy.
The Meaning of Sex!! ;)
The only thing that is nice to know, although not imperative - is that the Solar Plexus is the organ that processes your emotions - just as your eyes process sight, and your ears process sound, etc. This is why a heartache literally feels like your heart is aching; and joy feels like you are getting ready to take flight.
Also, sex was designed in this existence to be both extremely pleasurable and the means for creating life for good reason: a sexual climax is so SWEET because that is a taste of what a fully-realized / complete / aligned / awakened soul feels like when it connects to Source. And, when you are lingering in the afterglow... heaven for a while, literally.
God did not leave us down here without that profound reminder.
Some of you will just have to trust me on this point (or not)... A sexual orgasm feels exactly like the same experience as 'being baptized in the holy spirit' except without the sex - plus, orgasms aren't usually powerful enough to make you start speaking in other tongues. Well, close maybe, ha! There is a plethora of information on the spiritual aspects of sex if you are interested in digging through piles of stories & research about it.
You will also begin to realize what your 'intuition' is saying to you, more clearly. And, because we see ourselves as individuals; we may each hear something different than someone else will hear in a seemingly-similar circumstance. This is why judging others has to go.
Additionally, we may FAIL at clearly-hearing what our 'divine inner self' is saying to us. Messages can get lost in translation; and/or we can 'be bad' (use our ego/free will) and reject what our instincts are telling us. In this case, we are simply learning a lesson or going through an experience. But, how many times have any of us ever regretted ignoring that nagging voice in the back of our mind?
One last thing about staying in the moment... another 'spiritual fad' that has probably always been around - is that other demonic entities, alien beings, 'thought forms' - or souls detached from their bodies - can become attached to your spiritual essense.
However, if YOU are inhabiting your body, there is no room for anyone or anything else. Any 'attachments' you may have will eventually leave because they are not being fed; and because they don't get to have any fun. 'All of you' is now doing all of the driving; and you are not sharing the wheel. :)
Prayer & Meditation
If you become overwhelmed, and 'staying present' becomes difficult for you - go ahead and talk to Christ - even when you're not overwhelmed and 'just because'. Having the option to do that can be a lifesaver - if for no other reason, than prayer has the potential to bring us grounding comfort when we need it the most. Remember Jesus said that he was everywhere 'in spirit'?
Prayer can be as simple as talking to yourself; and is a good way to 'give stuff back to the Universe' that you don't want - thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. Sometimes negative ones cling to us just because we need to release them.
Spiritual things are simpler than we thought. If you are putting a lot of thought into something; and you're getting more confused - you're thinking too much. Blow all your thoughts & emotions into an imaginary balloon - let it go and drift away. Take a nap, go for a walk or whatever works best to help you reset your mind... Then, start over fresh, later.
Sleep & Meditation are both really good ways to slow the 'momentum' of negative and/or obsessive thoughts.
- What is Meditation? | World Community for Christian Meditation
In Christianity this tradition of contemplation, the prayer of the heart or 'apophatic prayer', became marginalised and often even sometimes suspect. But in recent times a major recovery of the contemplative dimension of Christian faith -and prayer
A very sweet & simple beginner's intro to mindfulness meditation
What is Meditation?
Meditation should be no more complicated than prayer. Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God." It is an easy, quiet, personal spiritual exchange of love, appreciation (do you know that God appreciates YOU being 'down here on the leading edge' AS MUCH as you appreciate God?) - and sometimes knowledge between you and your christos.
It is normal for meditation to last ten to twenty minutes. Even a few seconds can help. Many spiritual teachers today teach new meditators to begin with a minute or two at a time - perhaps speckled throughout the day when you think about it. Relax and 'just be' for as long as it feels natural or good - letting any intrusive thoughts just float by like clouds; but don't let them touch you.
As meditation becomes more familiar to you, you'll begin to experience subtle communications with your entire self; and you WILL KNOW that it is 'you' and NOT some questionable 'evil spirit' or whatever. It will feel like the most natural thing... In your daily life, you are constantly sending information to your eternal self; but meditation teaches you how to 'receive', also: be still and know.
You'll learn the most mind-boggling things about yourself. Those 'thoughts' (heard, seen or an 'impression') will naturally touch you in the most perfect way that you need - they won't float away like clouds. This 'communication' never gets old, and is a huge boost for us every single time it happens: realizing that it is natural for our eternal, 'true self' to know us so completely; and speak to and through us so personally is an experience beyond description. In fact, the first few times you experience it - the jolt of surprise (and delight!) may very well knock you out of your relaxing meditation. :)
Bible Verses About 'Living Water'
- 10 Bible verses about Living Water
John 7 "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me (the christos within) and drink... from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water." I can personally tell you from my perspective of spirituality that this is absolutely & amazingly true
From Krishnamurti, Meditations,1969 - "Meditation is one of the most extraordinary things, and if you do not know what it is you are like the blind man in a world of bright colour, shadows and moving light. It is not an intellectual affair, but when the heart enters into the mind, the mind has quite a different quality: it is really, then, limitless, not only in its capacity to think, to act efficiently, but also in its sense of living in a vast space where you are part of everything.
Meditation is the movement of love. It isn't the love of the one or of the many. It is like water (see 'LIving Water reference, right) that anyone can drink out of any jar, whether golden or earthenware: it is inexhaustible... This meditation cannot be learned from another. You must begin without knowing anything about it, and move from innocence to innocence."
Asking & Receiving in Meditation
Got a burning question you want guidance on or an answer to? Meditate in silence while gently holding the question in your mind. When it 'feels right', release the question and sit quietly in an attitude of acceptance. I have always received a response - but have never experienced anything more profound than a strong impression, a few words, or a glimpse of a vision. A glimpse was all I needed.
Other people report entire, clear visions or dreams - or even entire conversations with 'themselves' or even other 'beings'. It probably depends a lot on what you are up for. With all of my past spiritual experiences, I am more of a suspicious sort - so I don't reach for that stuff. Only do what you are comfortable with. YOU control absolutely EVERYTHING about the experience. Your christos will only guide you in a very natural way.
And, as you already know, there is NOTHING that you can EVER say or do - nor anyone else - that will separate you from the love of God. He loves you, dearly. That is one of the things Christianity taught you that it got RIGHT.
Moses' Egyptian influence is beside the point. God will use anything we believe or perceive to cause our expansion.
- To Die For The People: A Kabbalistic Reinterpretation Of The Crucifixion Of Jesus
Published for Catholic Priests to correct commonly held beliefs among both Christians & Jews.
Why do Christians believe their souls need to be saved, to begin with?
Continuing with Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3: Jesus is giving Nicodemus a glimpse into his future: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him [his message of the Kingdom of God or Christos within] should not perish, but have eternal life."
It should also be noted, that Nicodemus helped bury the body of Jesus (this is another conspiracy theory, but it is kind of a fun one) after his death. He had obviously been moved by the conversation he had with Jesus...
Remember, many exChristians (and Christians, believe it or not) now attribute Jesus 'messianic presence' as fulfilling the different old Jewish Law of Kabbalah (this is Jews for Jesus?!!) Essentially, the man we know as Jesus the Christ had to become a martyr in order for his message to expand beyond his life and 'become known' into other consciousness's alive in this world - and into generations beyond. And, that original message was:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world... that he gave his [not only] human-begotten ['awakened' 'realized', 'aligned'] Son [who is just like us]; that whosoever believeth in him [the Christos within] should not parish [through untrue pagan beliefs] but have eternal life" [that many don't realize is already theirs].
"For God sent NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him [their Christos within] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the [Christos being within] name of the only begotten Son of God. (We will see how Jesus became 'the only' Son of God in a bit...)
Even Christians Have Different Views About The Gospels
- What are the Gospels? The Gospels were thought to be biographies of Jesus.
Comment Debate: diehard believer calls the author out on his 'liberal farce'. Scary reply: Does it also bother you that some of the letters attributed to Paul were not written by him or that the book of Isaiah was written by three different people?
- Testament of Jean Meslier: Purpose and Message
Jean Meslier (1664-1729) served as a Catholic priest for 40 years, but after his death was discovered to have written the very first book-length philosophical essay promoting atheism.
Jesus 'Saved' People from Pagan Beliefs Meant to Diminish Their 'Light'
"And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
This 'condemnation' is referring to pagan religions: the deeds of men were 'evil' - and they don't come into the light because 1) they are not AWARE that they have their own light; and 2) they are AFRAID of the punishment that they believe is coming to them. Eternal or even temporal retribution is a decidedly human construct.
"But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Essentially, when you realize who and what you really are - and that you are perfect exactly the way you are (and are continuing to expand)... you WANT to 'stay present' and 'come into the light' more to integrate with 'all that you are' - then, your deeds (creations) may be be made manifest 'in God'.
Alan Watts backs up parts of this essay from his view: lecture on the history behind The Bible
This video has the potential to help put things into even better perspective for you. Alan Watts is good at explaining spiritual things from our Western perspective. He is a good bridge with a very disarming disposition. As he talks, it can sometimes feel like he is gently defusing bombs - oftentimes with humor. Alan agrees on including the miracles within the story of Jesus as I have - because they have been normal throughout history; and the entire concept of 'Universal Law of Attraction' (that has so many spiritual teachers explaining things so many different ways) can be summed up in a few words: "Just imagine you are God - you could have anything you want!" According to Alan, God is 'the player of all the parts'; and becomes so absorbed in the role (as any good actor) that he/she becomes it - until 'realization' or 'awareness' happens. While full-awareness often takes place after our physical body dies, variations of it can happen earlier to anyone anytime anywhere - like falling in love. Religions don't matter.
Where did The Gospels come from?
The Roman Emperor Constantine is credited with proliferating Christianity when he supposedly became a convert. However, some significant changes were made to the religion shortly after he embraced it; and there is much controversy surrounding the purity of his motives.
Did you know that the Gospel of John (and moreso, the Book of Revelations also credited to him) are considered by many to have 'gnostic' origins; and that many Christians today still believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John actually wrote the books of the New Testament that are named after them?
They didn't: "None of the gospels are eye-witness accounts of Jesus' life; and, they are all written in Greek and not in the native tongues of anyone who met and followed Jesus."
For the first three hundred years, or so, pockets of Christian survivors stayed hidden; while secretly writing and trading manuscripts among themselves, even between cities & countries. (This is the time when Paul was traveling and writing letters.) They had been persecuted from the founding of their religion until 313 AD when Christianity finally became legalized across the Roman Empire - so, early Christians were USED to having to keep the message of Christ 'under wraps'.
Perhaps if Christianity had stayed an underground religion, we might have more of those original manuscripts available to us.
There are actually a few really colorful conspiracy theories that outline 'how Christianity became pagan': The Apostle Paul did it! Or, the Romans created Jesus to deceive the Jews; or the Jews created Jesus to deceive the Romans, etc. - plus, the 'Illuminati' are in there, somewhere. Whatever changed, Christianity became the state religion of ALL of Rome in 380 AD before it split.
In 325 AD, the famous Council of Nicea was held. The doctrine of the Trinity was declared to be the official doctrine of the Pauline Church, and one of the consequences of this decision was that out of the three hundred or so Gospels exant at the time, four were chosen as the official Gospels of the Church (because there were 'four corners' of the Earth). The remaining Gospels, including the Gospel of Barnabas, were ordered to be destroyed completely. It was also decided that all Gospels written in Hebrew should be destroyed. An edict was issued stating that anyone found in possession of an unauthorised Gospel would be put to death. This was the first well-organized attempt to remove all the records of Jesus’ original teaching, whether in human beings or books, which contradicted the doctrine of Trinity. (Muhammad Ataur-Rahim, Prophet Jesus of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 40) Source (There is more than one source of this information - research.)
Where did Jesus Christ come from and why create a religion around him?
No one really knows where Jesus came from or what his real name was - although, you will find many theories out there. One of my favorites is that Jesus was Cleopatra & Caesar's son, Caesarian.
It is really interesting what people have come up with - and almost all of those ideas are real possibilities, especially since Jesus was probably a combination of people.
But, since early Christians were so persecuted; and yet, the religion of Christianity was becoming part of religious culture even BEFORE the first council - the most popular theory is that Jesus was a person who was plucked from an earlier time when people still had the memory of him and/or his teachings with them; and many of his teachings were added to the state religion of Christianity because they were the most recent spiritual teachings raging across the empire.
Christianity was declared illegal at one point in time...
Many people have come to believe that the earliest Christians held the original 'beliefs' surrounding Christ; and were a sect of people who were probably almost completely eliminated because of them.
Christianity was declared to be an illegal religion (remember the lions?); and all of Jesus' disciples - with the exception of John - were likely martyred for their original teachings. Even Paul who came later; but is considered to have lived around the same time Jesus did - was martyred for his spiritual teachings.
For these and many other reasons, early Christian history has been an astounding puzzle for Historians, Archeologists, Linguists and Theologians to piece together.
Discovery & Documentary by a Roman Catholic Priest
The Imperial Cult
The Imperial cult was inseparable from that of Rome's official deities, whose cult was essential to Rome's survival and whose neglect was therefore treasonous. Traditional cult was a focus of Imperial revivalist legislation under Decius and Diocletian. Christian apologists and martyrologists saw the cult of the Emperor as a particularly offensive instrument of "pagan" impiety and persecution.It therefore became a focus of theological and political debate during the ascendancy of Christianity under Constantine I. The emperor Julian failed to reverse the declining support for Rome's official religious practices: Theodosius I adopted Christianity as Rome's state religion. Rome's traditional gods and "Imperial cult" were officially abandoned. However, many of the rites, practices and status distinctions that characterized the cult to emperors were perpetuated in the theology and politics of the Christianized Empire. Wikipedia
A Unifying, State Version of Christianity
Whatever the case... Tossing the 'other Jewish Law' of Kabbalah aside (if they even knew about it); and making Christ the 'only Son of God' and 'Savior' of both the Jews and the various pagan 'gentiles' - using ancient prophesies about a messiah from an already-established monotheist religion - gave them a believable foundation for this new state religion designed to UNITE people across the Roman Empire.
The older Jewish religion gave Christianity validity; while this new religion united pagans into one increasingly-manageable mass (or risk execution - neat option).
It really looks like they very cleverly and creatively (a really brilliant feat, when you think about it) re-created Christianity in such a way - through Jesus; and by peppering in a modge podge of spiritual concepts from popular pagan religions - that most every diverse religious person of the day, no matter where they came from - could accept and believe.
The people just needed to 'have faith' along with proper instruction from church-appointed Popes & Priests from the new holy book, The Bible.
They even created a way for followers to proliferate this 'good news' by ordering them to tell others who had no knowledge of it, yet. This is why so many Christians are incessant about 'witnessing' and converting others - because Jesus supposedly commanded (these scriptures look to have been added in later) his followers to do so - again, before he died.
What is the Book of Revelation Really About? Hint: Its not about a looming apocalypse or Jesus' Second Coming...
- 4 Big Myths on the Book of Revelation - CNN Belief Blog
People have clashed over the meaning ever since it was virtually forced into the New Testament canon over the protests of some early church leaders...
- What Does The Book Of Revelation Really Mean?
No academic interpreter of Revelation understands the book as a roadmap for the future, much less as telling contemporary Christians that these are the last days...
And they needed to HURRY UP about it, because the apocalyptic warnings in the Book of Revelations were going to be coming true ANY DAY NOW - and people's souls will be LOST if you're not brave, courageous or zealous enough to convert them. It will basically be YOUR FAULT if you do not succeed!!
While Christ may have commanded his followers to proliferate a message - what was it, originally? Are you SURE it was that he was going to become yet another 'die for you' 'only son of god' savior of the world? To date, the world has at least sixteen similar saviors that we can count; and I've seen people list over thirty of them. Many of these holy men have the same virgin birth story including visiting wise men; similar death/resurrection stories; and very similar sayings and messages.
Proof of God!!
If there was a 'real' Jesus; and there had been no controversy surrounding him - then we human souls would never stop looking to him for our own 'salvation'.
The fact that there are so many similar messages like the one Jesus was actually teaching - spread around the world through varying timelines and tailored toward the unique perspective of each ancient audience - proves the existence of a God or 'Universal Consciousness' as much as any scientific theory.
Archeology & The Essenes: an Aboriginal Judeo-Christian Society Before Christianity Split from Judaism.
Notice this Archeology Professor's attitude toward Paul. It is common among many Christians, now - and its so sad. While probably most of what he has proposed is true; and James & Paul may very well have been enemies - that doesn't mean that the spiritual essense of their teachings were much different. As I said above, what if Paul & Jesus messages were THE SAME and 'the pagan church' got it wrong? Still, some Christians have managed to explain this perspective away.
What Might Our World be Like Today Without a Pagan Version of Christianity?
The reason why Jesus' message was eventually twisted with paganism lies within the beliefs that original pagan founders had surrounding spiritual things. Meaning: Christianity's deceptions probably didn't start out to be intentional. It looks like they based it on what they knew; and what they were capable of believing.
When we think about 'how ideas evolve' among us, there almost needed to be a pagan-christian religion in between the extremes of both 'wild' religious views - in order for humans to eventually be able to move from their 'believable' version of God to the more realistic and less harmful one that we are finally beginning to discover and embrace.
It has even been speculated that if humanity had embraced the original message of Christ during his time; our world today might look an awful lot like the ancient Jewish sect of Essenses - and they were an even more strict & radical version of Judaism than what we are familiar with, today.
To everything, turn, turn, turn...
Separating their harsh religious beliefs surrounding rules and regulations from the concept of 'the christos within' throughout history might have become an almost impossible feat - BUT, they were probably the people most accepting of Jesus' message in that location during his time.
God reveals things in perfect timing. The pagan version of Christianity has definitely had a purpose in this world as all religions do.
When is God's Kingdom Going to Manifest on Earth?
The Kingdom of God is within... that means that it has always been here for as long as we have been populating this planet; and it has been slowly developing and expanding for ages. Stop looking toward the sky for it. Luke 17:20-21 “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
What do you think?
Does the above explanation about the 'real' message of the Christian Christ seem like a possibility to you?
Advice for Continuing: Navigating Spiritual Forks in the Road
My apologies for the long-length of this article; but because of the many conspiracy theories that perpetuate so much confusion in the world - regarding both religious 'god' concepts and even 'alien' ones - I feel compelled to give some advice for navigating through the spiritual muck.
While these last videos (including the two most poignant ones at the very end - God has a wonderful sense of humor; and we could use some, now) may seem to be on completely opposite ends of the spectrum - they are not. I see our 'reality' as a dream. We each play the character in the dream - until we wake up. And even then, it isn't like we stop playing the character, right?
But, many of us reach a spiritual fork in the road; and things start to change, slowly at first. Perspectives about spiritual matters begin to change. When we get to that place, it is decision-making time:
- Stay at the fork in the road (even for a while until you get your bearings). There are many communities that people have built around those 'forks' - and, they will tell you that they are as nice as anyplace else.
- Turn back to re-commit and re-embrace the safety of past belief structures.
- Explore other paths; and maybe even decide to commit to one of those, instead.
- Decide to continue on, research and create your own spiritual path.
No matter which path we end up taking - most of us also end up taking on more responsiblity for our own lives and spiritual selves. Move at your own pace. It took me twenty years to come to these para-conclusions; and I've only really been comfortable enough to write about them, fairly recently.
A Gentle Warning on the Universal Law of Attraction
Clearing Up LoA & Karma
This is a good example of how to discern your truth as I am attempting to explain it (in the left column) - this is 'giggling guru' Teal Swan. She has most things correct in this video - but as is often the case, not all. For instance, it is highly-unlikely that the Law of Attraction (LoA) is being replaced. That is probably wishful thinking on her part - because it seems like a founding principle that the entire Universe, including all of its dimensions, are based on.
Still, we can agree on other things. Teal does a wonderful job of explaining how reality works with the LoA - along with a major misconception, using her own circumstances. Its very helpful. The LoA may sound like an exersize in 'thinking right'; but it is so much more complex (and easier for us!) than that. Many people who become aware of the LoA have a blame-game going on similar to the one many Christians play about 'sin' - and it is just as harmful. Teal will also explain the updated concept of karma. It is no longer about 'sin mentality from past lives' that many thought. Also, her advice at the end for navigating through life is excellent and backed up by many spiritual teachers, today.
Listen for Your Personal Spiritual Truth
There are different kinds of spiritual teachers - including different kinds of Christian teachers; and sometimes people can get hung up on them in a similar way as we do celebrities. I have made it a point not to rely on any 'one' teacher because almost all of them teach from their human perspective or they are 'channeling'. That doesn't mean that nothing they have to say is accurate, its just that it is difficult to tell between when someone is stating a belief or a fact.
Learn to listen to your intuition. When something resonates within you, you'll know what comments you are hearing to be 'true for you' and which ones are not. At first, the process of learning to listen to your inner guidance can seem chaotic because we've got so much stuff in our heads.
But, when something 'resonates' - that isn't a head experience. It feels like a 'vibration' or a 'strum' in your gut - often accompanied by a tickling rush of 'goosebumps' (or 'godbumps') on your skin, but not always. You've felt that feeling before, so it is familiar to you. The spiritual community calls it a 'personal knowing'. Every time you feel that strum, pause to recognize it, appreciate it and learn from it. 'All that you are' is communicating with you and it feels amazing.
In fact, if you have felt that sensation while reading this - going back to those places might be a good next step on your spiritual journey; because something within those comments spoke to you or 'inspired' you. That doesn't mean what has been said is true for you 'word for word', but there was something... take another look under those stones.
Mooji puts absolutely everything into perspective...
From 3:00 in this video, Mooji starts reading from a book someone brought; and this conversation just keeps getting funnier and funnier as it continues - it is basically an exploration of the verse, Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Maybe it will help some people get things into perspective. Note while listening: their word for God is 'Shiva'.
One more video of Mooji... I do not 'follow' this Master, but he reminds me an awful lot of what Christ might have been like in my mind's eye. There are a couple of 'rebel masters' out there - and he is one - that are a bit beyond religions. Sadhguru would be another one - his teachings are not based on any religion at all; and he will tell you that he hasn't studied them.
As I've said, there are many different spiritual teachers; and the reason why I become more interested in one as opposed to another has always had to do with whether or not their message holds my interest - including, how they are delivering their teachings. Some really seem to drag on and are too boring for me.
But, Mooji is one slow-moving teacher I can feel a resonance with - even though it can take a while for him to get through his points. (Mooji says he doesn't teach - he 'points'.) Even during lulls, I feel at ease and don't feel impatient for him to go on. That doesn't mean that you will necessarily 'resonate' with him, as I do - this is to point out how to listen to yourself to find spiritual teachers that 'feel good' and are meant for YOU.
Final, Potential 'Truths' (even about aliens) from a Different Perspective
During your expanding spiritual explorations, you are likely to come across the name of spiritual teachers, Abraham-Hicks - teachers of Law of Attraction (LoA); and how our imagination & emotions play a big role in our everyday lives. They have been around for about thirty years, now; and believe it or not, BOTH Atheists and Christians (and other religions) can be found in their seminars.
There are many different LoA teachers to choose from. I think most people, regardless of belief-set, consider the LoA to be a spiritual or life 'accessory' - depending on how you want to view it.
But, Abraham & Esther are special. Keep in mind that the perspective of a 'soul collective of infinite intelligence' (Abraham) is often different from a human experiencing these things. For instance, Abe's response to Teal Swan's warning video I pointed out above, about the Law of Attraction, might be to learn to appreciate the contrast (and bad people) as they do. This video is really good (warms up at 5:12 to the end), on how Source sees 'sinners', violence & why it happens - compared to how we view them. Like I've said, we're not bad. It also goes into detail about how & why our emotions are so incredibly important. If you watch only one Abraham video in here, make it this one.
Why All 'Beliefs' Lead to Salvation...
As you can imagine, we humans have asked Abe everything you would want to ask 'God' - although they will tell you that they are NOT God, just 'another part of Source' as we all are. I have heard them say that they DON'T know how all this started. They 'think' it started with two itty bitty particles, but don't have information back that far - meaning, they don't know anything about a 'directly-conscious' decision from 'a being' to create this existence.
I hope it is obvious, in between the science I have included in this essay - there is also much I have pieced together within my own imagination from my personal experiences, former Christian perspective, and 'what I think I have discovered' about God. (Probably similar to the way Christianity was created.) Your spiritual story may turn out to be similar or drastically different. It simply doesn't matter.
If the Source of All is as expansive and inclusive as we have been led to believe, it makes sense that there is so much diversity of lifeforms and beliefs JUST within our one little planet - and who knows what else is going on in the Universe? I mean, really... you can use logic to explain just about every wonky perspective we humans have ever come up with. That is its power AND its flaw.
What Might Jesus Christ Say to His Followers, Today?
Are Aliens & Demons the Same Thing?
For instance, the topic of aliens has become twisted with many New Age spiritual teachings, and even Christian ones - ie., replacing 'demons' for 'aliens' or CERN bringing demons through from another dimension to create the apocalypse, etc. Interestingly, it should be noted that many people claim aliens can be either 'good' or 'bad' - as, it seems, everything else is about our existence.
In the first half of this video (to the right) another Christian asks Abraham about Jesus (the response is powerful - a splash, "He would like you to remember that you were born as LIQUID LOVE!"); and in the second half, someone asks about 'the good' aliens. Its a two-birds-with-one-stone thing; and may help you decide if its a teaching you want to continue with or not.
An end nugget: "Source tunes itself to see the good in everything, and so can you. It is diverse, and the basis of love beneath all things. It exists within every people, place, religion, political party, etc. It isn't trying to get you to stop being that and start being that..."
It can take a few moments for Abraham to 'warm up' - like shortly after 4:38, when it seems like the discussion is over. I highly-advise listening all the way to the end. Often, Abraham's 'endings' are the most potent part. When listening to Abe, it helps for me to remember, the word vibration = emotion, create = attract.
What else is out there for humanity to discover about our mangled or hidden past?
And, just to add a little more seasoning to the pot... I've also heard Abraham say that there is evidence of the truth about Jesus in a cave (or caves) in Spain - for those of you who are adventurous explorers interested in getting to the bottom of this controversial topic.
If you're curious about Abe's other new & radical life commentary, this is what they have to say about death - brace for laughter, their perspective isn't the same as ours. There is supposedly nothing to fear, as the NDE video above also claimed.
Or, stuff like Earth's ancient history (from 1992, there is also a little 'predicting' that we have already gone through, here - and includes a believable explanation of where the current symptoms of global warming are coming from); Earth's BRIGHT future; common issues such as parenting (really good!); harder personal life challenges - or even odd things such as their opinion of the 2016 US Presidential Election (turns out they love both Hillary and Donald the same - how is that possible?!! ;) - search YouTube for 'Abraham-Hicks' plus whatever topic you are curious about. They have a knack for helping us focus the stories of our lives into perspective.
If the NDE video & info above is semi-correct, this is just one way we 'play harmlessly'. God exists in the wholehearted beliefs of these beautiful people.
Currently-raging Spiritual Ideal
Be MUCH more selfish. 'You' comes first. Helping others will come naturally and with perfect timing:
When we heal ourselves, we heal the world. When we change ourselves, we change the world. When we love ourselves, we love the world.
Or, what about this video? What do you think? Does God 'directly' get anything out of stuff like this - from performer, judge or audience perspective?
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