IF JESUS IS OUR WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 8 – LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

If Jesus Is Our Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?

Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

www.pathwaytoascension.com

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 8

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

HELPFUL HINT – Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s chart of the Divine Self is most helpful in understanding the entirety of your being.  It relates especially well to this lesson.

http://tsl.org/2009/10/chart-of-your-divine-self/

Jesus instructed his disciples concerning the manner in which we are to pray. “When you pray, enter into your inner chamber and lock your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret shall himself reward you openly.  And when you pray, do not repeat your words like the pagans, for they think that because of much talking they will be heard.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need, before you ask him.”[1]

Preparation for prayer entails turning our attention inward and focusing on the God dwelling within us, our I AM PRESENCE.  Prayer is a lifting upward of our thought energy, an elevating of our consciousness to the higher realms of existence.  The Psalmist described preparation for prayer, “I will lift mine eyes to the mountain from whence comes my help.  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”[2] Prayer, and its answer, is that two-way flow of energy between our physical self and our I AM PRESENCE.  It is to be done in secret and not with a motive of impressing others.  The power and glory are to be God’s alone.

In response to his disciples’ request, Jesus also taught us how to pray. We find the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6.  The chart of our Divine Self is an excellent visual companion to the Lord’s Prayer.  Embedded within this prayer is the formula for our transformation into the Christed Consciousness.  Let’s look at this formula more closely.

“Our Father ….” We are to address God as our Father.  These two words tell us who we are.  We are God’s children—all of us.  Because we are the children of Father/Mother God, we are child-gods learning through the human experience.  Jesus is our elder brother and we are members of one human family.  The Aramaic word for Father, Abba, signifies an intimate relationship, one that we often refer to as Dad.[3] According to Fillmore, Abba indicates a relationship of the “most tender of affections.”[4] Jesus is revealing that our relationship to God is to be one of tender affection and intimacy.

“Who art in heaven ….” Jesus taught “the kingdom of heaven is within you”[5] We are to pray to our Father/Mother God who is within us.  The kingdom of heaven within us is our I AM PRESENCE.  God has individualized within each of us and therefore, offers us the privilege of sharing an intimate relationship.  When we pray, we are not praying to a being separate from ourselves, who is far away and may not hear us.  We are praying to a Part of who we are—our I AM PRESENCE.  We are praying to the perfect Dad, the Dad who wants only the best for us.  Because the kingdom of heaven is within us, we are never alone.  We are never without unconditional love.  We are never without the means to fulfill our role in the Divine Plan.  Everything we could ever need can be found within ourselves.  Our task is to awaken to that fact.

“Hallowed be thy name.” To hallow something means to set it apart, with  reverence, for a sacred purpose.[6] Within the name is the numerical vibration on which every individual functions.  Our name reveals who we are at the core of our being.  To hallow God’s name means to set it aside for a special purpose in our lives.  We learn what this purpose is to be in the next phrase.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth.” We are to set God’s name apart as the guiding Light for our lives.  When we pray that God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, we are asking God to express through our earth plane lives as powerfully as in the higher dimensions of existence.  We are making the commitment to allow God to manifest, through our daily lives, in ways that demonstrate recognition of our true identities as a beloved Son or Daughter of God.  When we pray “Thy will be done,” we are surrendering our personal wills to the Divine Will.  Recall the Divine Self chart.  The physical part of us stands with hands open to receive, as the stream of energy flows forth from our I AM PRESENCE into our physical plane lives.  As we surrender to Divine Will, we do so knowing that our Father will bestow all things Good upon us.  There is no fear, no hesitation in receiving our Good.  The outstretched hands may also signify sharing our Good with the world.  We set apart the powerful energy, that is within the name of God, for the special purpose of assisting in creating heaven on earth and thereby, fulfilling the Divine Plan.

“Give us bread for our needs from day to day.” As we allow God’s energy to flow unimpeded into our daily lives, there is a constant supply of all we need.  We do not have to worry over “what we will eat, or what we will wear.”[7] We are to seek attunement with the kingdom of heaven within us and know that all our needs will be supplied before we can even identify them.  The chart of our Divine Self reveals we live within a capsule of white light that is connected directly to our I AM PRESENCE.  The God within us sees all of life, is unlimited, and ever-present with us.  There is no way we can experience lack, as long as we remain open to the influx of God’s abundant supply flowing to us from a source within ourselves.  We are never separated from our Good.  It is only our insufficient spiritual attunement that leads to experiencing lack or imperfection.

“And forgive us our offenses, as we have forgiven our offenders.” Because we have forgotten our true identities, this portion of the Lord’s Prayer has created much confusion.  In our spiritual blindness, we believe we are praying for God’s forgiveness.  God beholds each of us according to the immaculate conception of perfection with which we were created.  Because we made the freewill choice to experience the plane of duality, we are having continually to make decisions as to how we will live our lives.  We make mistakes and create pain.  But, the part of us that is God never changes.  God has no need to forgive us.  We must forgive our physical plane selves, for the mistakes we make while attending school on planet Earth.  Recall the chart.  The physical body is surrounded with the purple transmuting flame.  This flame is our source of forgiveness and it is ever-present with us.  As we allow the flame to transmute our negative thoughts, emotions, and actions, we are choosing to forgive ourselves.  Negativity is not a permanent energy.  It can be transformed, by the purple flame, into the pure energy of God.  Likewise, we are to view those who offend us in the same manner.  They, too, make mistakes while attending school on planet Earth.  We can just as easily transmute the pain, which we allowed our offenders to create in our lives, as we can transmute the pain we created for ourselves.  Failure to forgive ourselves, and others, creates pockets of negativity within our energy field.  These pockets clog the passageways to our reception of the constant flow of Good coming to us from our I AM PRESENCE.  Our spiritual progress hinges upon our willingness to forgive and transmute all mistakes made by ourselves and others.  We cannot move forward on the spiritual Path as long as our energy fields are clogged with negativity.  It is for this reason that forgiveness of self and others is of such paramount importance.

“And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Our I AM PRESENCE can only hold in Mind the immaculate conception of perfection with which we were created.  Since we possess the gift of freewill, it is up to us to be so closely attuned to our I AM PRESENCE that we will not enter temptation.  God does Its part by holding, for us, the image of our perfection. We must do the rest.  As we seek first the kingdom of God within us, we turn our backs to evil.  (Remember evil is turning our backs to God.)  We deliver ourselves from evil by choosing to hallow God’s name and power, by choosing to assist in creating heaven on earth.  The words “do not let us” sound as if we are asking God to prevent our entering temptation.  However, because we possess freewill, God has no power to intervene.  In the Bible, “let us” constitutes a command or fiat.  It is a powerful affirmation of what we intend in our lives.  With the words “do not let us,” we are stating our intention to attune to our I AM PRESENCE and thereby, overcome temptation and deliver ourselves from evil.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever.” With these words, we are affirming our intention to maintain a consciousness of the kingdom within ourselves.  From this kingdom will flow our abundant supply; it is the Source of all our Good.  We are affirming our intention to allow the power of our I AM PRESENCE to flow through us and to do the works God would have us do.  Jesus explained repeatedly, “I can do nothing on my own … whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” [8] We are to be the channels through which God finds expression on this planet.  The numeric value of our names reveal the ways in which God chooses to manifest through us.[9] (See Endnote below)  The power for all we do is to flow from our I AM PRESENCE.  To believe our personality selves possess the power to achieve our goals is to fool ourselves and to create scenarios in which we adopt false beliefs about who we are.  Likewise, the glory for our good works belongs to our I AM PRESENCE.  When a rich ruler called him “Good Teacher,” Jesus responded, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.”[10] In order to possess the Christed Consciousness, we must live as an outpicturing of our I AM PRESENCE, the kingdom of God within us.  All power and glory belong to this kingdom.

AMEN  – “a Hebrew word meaning certainty, truthfulness, and faithfulness.”    It also means “So be it.”[11] When we end our prayer with AMEN, we are affirming our faith that the answer is already present in our lives.  We are certain of this Truth.  “So be it” is our fiat, or command.  Prayer is not pleading for favors from a distant God.  Prayer is a means of co-creating with God—of bringing forth that which is already ours to claim, our rightful inheritance as a Son or Daughter of God.

The formula, for the Christed Consciousness depicted within the Lord’s Prayer, is one of recognizing who we truly are.  It entails abiding with continual awareness of the kingdom within ourselves, while turning outward to the world with arms outstretched in service.  The Christed Consciousness means being a vehicle through which our indwelling God can manifest freely and powerfully.

And, to God be the glory forever and ever.  Amen!

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The Light of God surrounds me,

The Love of God enfolds me,

The Power of God protects me,

The Presence of God watches over me.

Wherever I am, God is.

And, all is well.


[1] Matthew 6:6-8.

[2] Psalm 121:1-2.

[3] Jesus spoke the Aramaic language, thus would have referred to our Father as Abba.

[4] Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (Unity Village, MO:  Unity School of Christianity, 1931) 10.

[5] Luke 17:21.

[6] Dennis R. Bratcher, “Hallow,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

[7] Matthew 6:31.

[8] John 5:19.

[9] You may determine the numeric value of your name by clicking back to my Home Page and clicking on Numerology in the left column.  WWW.PATHWAYTOASCENSION.COM

[10] Luke 18:18-19.

[11] “Amen,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

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IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 7 – THE UNIVERSAL LAW OF GIVING & RECEIVING

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com 

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 7 of Series
“The Universal Law of Giving & Receiving”

We live within a created order that functions according to universal laws. Gravity is a universal law; the cyclic nature of the seasons is another. In order to live in harmony with our world, we must abide by these universal laws. Problems occur when we break or ignore them. These difficulties are not to be considered God’s punishment. They are, instead, the natural consequences of failure to obey the law. For example: If we ignore the law of gravity and choose to jump from a tall building, we naturally fall and suffer injuries or physical death.

Many universal laws are unknown to the general public. Memory of them is buried in the tomb of our materialistic society. Through the generations of adhering increasingly to the explanations of life supplied by the physical plane world, we have forgotten the universal laws that dictate the manner in which our lives unfold. Many of these laws are found in the Bible and the sacred texts of the other world religions. With the birth of quantum physics, scientists are now verifying laws that the ancient mystics taught thousands of years ago. Examples are: All of creation is one, interconnected unity … All of creation is energy vibrating at greater or lesser speeds … All of creation affects all of creation.

The Bible teaches that our lives are ruled by the universal law of reciprocity: “Give and it will be given to you.” (Luke 6:38) This law of giving and receiving is often called the Law of Prosperity. According to Webster’s Dictionary, to prosper means to thrive. To thrive is “to grow vigorously, to flourish, to progress toward or realize a goal.” How can we experience lives that are thriving or prosperous?

Of paramount importance is remembering the Source of all that we have, all that we receive, and all that we give. Charles Fillmore, in his book entitled Prosperity, offers a blessing that reminds us of this Source. It is also an excellent affirmation of the Law of Reciprocity and Prosperity.

“A Blessing for Offerings”

Divine Love, through me, blesses and
multiplies this offering.
The Father gives abundantly; I receive thankfully,
and give again generously.
This is the bounty of God, and I send it forth
with wisdom and joy.
Divine Love bountifully supplies and increases
this offering.
I give freely and fearlessly, fulfilling the law of
giving and receiving.
Thank you, God.

At the foundation of our being, we are vessels through which the energy of God seeks to manifest. The Source of all Good is God’s loving energy flowing through us. This flow of God-energy never stops. If it did, we would disintegrate instantly. We are, therefore, always receiving an abundance of love, prosperity, perfect health, perfect vocation, perfect relationships, and intuitive guidance. So, why don’t we know this? Why don’t we experience all of these wonderful possibilities in our lives?

Because we break the law of giving and receiving and thereby, create blocks to our life’s ceaseless flow of abundant energy. We dam up this God-energy by neglecting to give as we are receiving from God. Jesus taught: “The kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s chart of our Divine Self is an excellent tool for understanding this concept.

Divine Self Chart

http://tsl.org/2009/10/chart-of-your-divine-self/

This chart reveals our true state of being. The top portion represents the I AM PRESENCE or kingdom of God within us. This portion of Self is the reservoir for our prosperity. Everything we need comes from this God-Source. A stream of light-energy flows from our I AM PRESENCE into our Christ Self and continues flowing downward into our physical plane daily lives. We live within this capsule of white light that is connected to the kingdom of God within us. Each of us has a direct connection to God and to our abundant supply. This is who we are! It is the reason Jesus taught: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things will be given to you.” (Matthew 6:33) We seek the kingdom by allowing God to express through us; we seek righteousness by adhering to the universal laws. As a result, all that our Father/Mother God has is ours.

Because we have forgotten who we are, we create all kinds of barriers to the God-energy that is always available to us. We repeatedly look outside of ourselves to find the answer to our needs and desires. We forget our direct connection to the God-energy that will gladly supply all that we need. How can we tear down the barriers we have created that hinder us from thriving in every area of our lives? Let’s look at some examples.

All of us want to prosper economically. Physical plane laws teach us that we must work for everything we have. Universal law states in Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” What a difference! Physical plane law would have us work for a set salary, which may or may not meet our needs. Universal law promises abundance to overflowing, as we give. Of course, the attitude with which we give is the all-important factor. To give grudgingly creates barriers to receiving. Remember we receive as we give. The Apostle Paul taught: “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (II Corinthians 9:6-8) To give joyfully is to receive in abundance. But, remember the Source. We all receive from the God-Source. We must give, expecting nothing in return from the physical plane. Of course, God will use physical plane avenues through which to provide our abundance, but these avenues may have nothing to do with our jobs. God’s abundance is unlimited and can arrive at our doorsteps through undreamed of channels. To look to the physical plane for our abundance is to turn away from the true Source, the kingdom of God within us. In Luke 21, we find Jesus and his disciples observing the temple worshippers as they bring forward their offerings. “He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’” The widow contributed all she had because she knew the Source of her supply. She was not afraid to give all she had at the moment because she knew God would supply her every need.

We must give with a wholeheartedness that holds no fear, no resentment, no hesitation, no selfish motives, and that expects nothing in return. We must give, remembering the Source of our supply. Giving to a person or organization that will use your gift—to expand light and love on our planet—allows the God-energy to flow from you into the world. It removes barriers to your receiving a ceaseless flow of abundance.

Another example of giving and receiving can be found within relationships. How can we create a thriving relationship? The same laws apply to all areas of a thriving lifestyle. We receive exactly what we give. The challenge, we all confront, is that our lives are entangled with physical plane concepts and experiences. We find ourselves afraid to love, lest we get hurt one more time. We find ourselves filled with resentment, anger, and fear—all of which hinder our ability to give cheerfully within a relationship. Or, we may feel deprived or unfulfilled and seek to fill the vacuum in our lives by placing expectations on those with whom we are in relationship. In truth, we deprive ourselves. When we give love with strings attached, we receive love with strings attached. We create thriving relationships by remembering the God-Source within our being. As long as we maintain open channels for the flow of God’s loving energy into our lives, we feel totally loved. As we allow this unconditional love to flow through us and find expression in the way we love others, we will have thriving relationships. It is when we forget the Source, and its unconditional love, that we project love with strings attached.

Another example of giving and receiving is found in the maintenance of perfect physical, emotional, and mental health. Our society displays an almost total disregard for the honoring of our physical bodies as the temple of our indwelling God. On the physical level, we receive perfect health as we give to our bodies well-balanced and nutritious meals, regular physical exercise, relaxing play, and plenty of sleep. On the emotional level, we receive perfect emotional health as we give our emotions a regular diet of beauty in the form of creativity that expresses our unique talents, music that calms and heals, and love of our authentic selves. On the mental level, we receive perfect mental health as we give ourselves a steady diet of uplifting, inspired reading, transmute our error thoughts, and replace them by integrating affirmations of Truth into our lifestyles. As we give loving care to our physical, emotional, and mental bodies, we will receive perfect health in return. We cannot expect perfect health if we, instead, allow these bodies to become repositories of our lack of concern and negative feelings and thoughts. As we rid ourselves of negativity and lovingly care for our bodies, the God-energy has open access to flow through every fiber of our being, granting it perfect health.

Our Father/Mother God awaits the opportunity to fill our lives with all that we could ever desire. But first, we must open our lives to the unfolding of the universal law of giving and receiving. We must know the Source of our supply and be willing to cheerfully share it with others. The flow of giving cannot stop without creating barriers to our receiving. The flow of giving must continue from one person to another, one organization to another. To give where the money will be wasted or misused is to create barriers to our receiving. We must give with the motivation of assisting in the creating of a better world, both for the individual and for the planet. It is wise to give also to the source of our spiritual nourishment. To give in this manner activates the fulfillment of God’s promise: Give and I will “open the windows of heaven and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” (Malachi 3:10)

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked [or world], or take the path that sinners [those who ignore the universal laws] tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 6 – AWAKE FROM THE DEAD

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com 

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 6 of Series
“Awake From the Dead!”

Spiritual growth entails dedicating ourselves to a conscious and continuous effort to awaken to Truth. We do this through studying sacred texts—such as the Bible, the Koran, and the Upanishads—and integrating the teachings into our daily lifestyles. Sharing together within a spiritual community offers an avenue of mutual encouragement and sustenance. Another major means of integrating Truth teachings is via recognizing our error thoughts and transforming our thought patterns in accordance with Truth.

Our error thoughts create havoc in our life experiences. We may transform our lives by denying the error thought and affirming the Truth concerning our particular challenge. For example: One of the most prevalent error thoughts on our planet is belief in the existence of lack. We often limit severely our life’s expression by thinking in terms of lack. “I can’t afford to return to college and prepare for the vocation of my dreams.” Another error thought that cripples many of us is the belief in dis-ease or illness. “I have a terminal disease; therefore, I don’t have long to live.” We may be stating our present life experience; but it need not be a permanent condition.

An error thought is thinking that is not based in Truth. We think error thoughts because we have forgotten who we are. Instead of the Sons and Daughters of our Father/Mother God that we truly are, we think of ourselves in terms of our physical bodies and personalities, both of which are non-permanent. The allegorical story of Adam and Eve reveals that we chose to leave behind the innocence of knowing only the good and to, instead, experience life with a knowledge of good and evil. In doing so, we forgot who we are. Now, the majority of us are dead to our true selves. As a result, we experience life in terms of illness, lack, and belief in separation from God. We have forgotten that as Sons & Daughters of our Father/Mother God, we inherited perfect health, perfect vocation, and perfect abundance of supply for all our needs.

Jesus urged us to awake from the dead. He taught us: “Ye are gods.” The secret to transforming our error thinking is to recognize and accept the truth about ourselves: we are the child gods of our Father/Mother God. Thus, our present task is to wake up to who we truly are.

The biblical story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead illustrates this process. We find the story in John 11. Jesus and his disciples are in another territory when word comes to him that his good friend, Lazarus, is ill. Jesus responds by stating, “This is not a sickness of death, but for the sake of the glory of God.” Instead of rushing to Larazus’ side, Jesus remains where he is for two more days. Then, he embarks on the journey to Bethany, a small village near Jerusalem where Lazarus lived. He tells his disciples, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad I was not there, for your sakes, so that you may believe.” As Jesus and his disciples approach Bethany, Martha (Lazarus’ sister) runs to meet him. She greets him, “My Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Remember Jesus, the human being, spoke the words of his heavenly Father, not his own. Thus he affirmed, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me [“me” meaning the Father dwelling within Jesus and each of us], even though he die, he shall live.”

When Mary (the other sister of Lazarus) and the people meet Jesus, they are weeping. Jesus sees them weeping and is greatly troubled. The people believe in the error thought of death. He weeps because they know not Truth. He asks to be taken to the tomb. A large stone covers the entrance. Jesus asks that the stone be removed. Martha attempts to warn him: “My Lord, already his body stinks, for he has been dead four days. Jesus said to her, ‘Did not I say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted his eyes upwards and said, ‘O Father, I thank thee for thou hast heard me, and I know that [you] always [hear] me’ …. He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with burial clothes, and his face bound with a burial napkin. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him and let him go.’”

Charles Fillmore, the founder of the Unity Movement, taught interpreting the Bible on layers beneath the surface. It is on these hidden levels that we find much truth. Lazarus means in Hebrew “whom God helps” and affirms that God helps each of us. The stories about Jesus, our elder brother, illustrate what you and I are to be and to do once we awaken to our true identities. Thus, it is the God within all of us who speaks through Jesus. The Biblical stories are our stories; they depict the pathway we trod as we wind our way back to awakened consciousness.

Returning to the beginning of the story … Lazarus is ill. Jesus realizes that his illness is to be a means of glorifying God and awakening humanity to Truth. Because we all buy into the error thoughts of illness, deprivation, and separation, we become sick. We cannot live healthy lives while focused on error thoughts. We are what we think; thus, with our error thoughts, we create illness, lack, and suffering in our lives. Jesus does not rush to Lazarus in an effort to heal him. He understands that something greater is to occur. Likewise, the God within us has granted us freewill and allows us to learn at our own pace. Even though we may pray for healing, our indwelling God knows whether or not we are ready to be healed. It may take something more drastic to enable us to maintain the persistence required to give up our error thinking. If healing comes too easily, we tend to slip back into our old habit patterns. So Jesus waits two days before beginning another two days walk to Bethany. By now, he knows Lazarus is dead. Lazarus, symbolizing you and me, has continued in error thinking to the point of death to the expression of truth in his life. He is now buried in a tomb of materialism and non-truth. Jesus tells his disciples he is glad, for their sake, that he did not go immediately to Lazarus. He knows that as the disciples and the crowds behold Lazarus awakening from the dead, their understanding of truth will increase. Often, as one of us suffers and overcomes, those around us grow in understanding. Frequently, divine order unfolding has a greater Good in mind—far greater than the good for which we so impatiently pray.

As Jesus and his disciples near Bethany, Martha, Mary, and the people run to meet them. They are weeping. Jesus weeps in empathy for them. He, too, has experienced the difficult task of beholding Truth while living in a world ruled by non-truth.

According to Fillmore, Martha represents the part of us that defines life by what we can see with our physical eyes. Mary signifies our ability to be spiritually attuned when we so choose. Both greet Jesus, the healer, with the words, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Remember Lazarus is all of us. The error thought, ruling both Martha and Mary, is the belief that healing comes from someone or something outside ourselves. The people are weeping because they believe they are powerless in the face of illness and death. Even though the “Mary part of us” (meaning our ability to attune to Spirit) is willing and makes the effort, we automatically turn to something or someone outside ourselves to do the work for us. Mary and Martha depend upon Jesus because they perceive him as having powers they do not possess. Speaking for the Father within each of us, Jesus reminds them, “I am the resurrection and the life.” We have, within ourselves, the fulfillment of all our needs. Life resides within us. The power to heal nestles within us. Universal abundance permeates our being. The capacity to think Truth, instead of error, is inborn within us.

Jesus asks Martha and Mary to take him to Lazarus’ tomb. His tomb is a cave with a large stone covering the entrance. Caves are hidden within a mountainside. They are dark. Error thinking has created a thick wall of darkness around Lazarus. The large stone, rolled in front of the cave entrance, adds to the depths of this darkness. Escape, by physical force, would be impossible. Inside, Lazarus is wrapped in burial cloths, causing his physical hands to be useless. A burial napkin covers his face; he cannot see with his physical eyes. Lazarus’ physical being is immobilized. Life has been snuffed out of him.

As long as we focus solely on the physical plane and buy into the error thoughts that are predominant within our society, we are dead to life and Truth. We are truly, “dead men and women walking,” attempting to live our lives as best we can. We walk in the darkness of error thinking. And, because we have done so for eons of time, we are wrapped in burial cloths and napkins, unable to see the Light of Truth. The ways of the physical plane world snuff out our view of the life and light of Truth.

The only way out of our dark tomb is to follow the Light of our indwelling God. Within the physical cave of our error thinking, all is dark. We are bound and cannot see. But, we are also a “Lazarus,” whom God helps! Jesus, a Wayshower, asks to be taken to our tomb. He is “disturbed in himself” because he knows how difficult it is for us to see beyond the world and its ways. Our own faith must be activated. We must learn to live from the inside out. We possess the gift of freewill and must choose to face the Light. Not even our indwelling God has the right to interfere with the way we live our lives. And, yet, we lie in a tomb of darkness. How are we to escape?

Jesus, speaking for the God within each of us, asks that the stone blocking the cave entrance be removed. We must want the stone removed. We must be willing to release our error thoughts and focus, instead, upon affirmations of Truth. We must be open to the world of Spirit. And most difficult of all, we must surrender to the unfolding of divine order in our lives.

Once the people removed the stone, Jesus prayed a prayer of thanksgiving. He did not wait until Lazarus awoke from the dead. He gave thanks, knowing God had already answered his prayer. Jesus knew that he, Lazarus, and all of us are Sons and Daughters of God and therefore, have inherited all that Our Father/Mother God has created. In order to roll away the stone of darkness in our lives, we must recognize our true identity as child-gods. We inherited a kingdom in which there is no suffering or darkness. We must recognize that kingdom and its omnipresence with us.

Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The loud voice signifies the persistence and strength needed to let go of the world’s darkness and to come out into the light. When Lazarus emerged from his tomb, Jesus ordered the burial cloths removed. His command, “Let him go,” announces that Lazarus is now free of the burdens of the world. He is free to walk on Earth in the Light.

The loud call of Spirit is for you and me to come out of the darkness of error thinking in which we dwell. We are to allow the grace of God to remove the burial cloths binding us and then, walk freely in the Light. We can do so by releasing the error thoughts that imprison us and by permeating our being with the knowledge and integration of Truth! Spiritual help is available to us, just as it was for Lazarus. The God within each of us calls out with a loud voice, “Come out, my Child. Be all that I created you to be!”

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1John 10:34. According to the Edgar Cayce Readings, Asaph was one of the incarnations of the soul of Jesus. Asaph was appointed by King David to be his chief musician. When King Solomon dedicated his Temple in Jerusalem, Asaph was placed in charge of the Temple musicians. Asaph wrote Psalms 50, 73-83. Thus, Jesus speaking in John 10:34, is quoting himself in Psalm 82:6: “I have said, You are gods; all of you are children of the most High.” You might like to read Lives of the Master: the Rest of the Jesus Story by Glenn Sanderfur and based on the Cayce Readings.

2Many use this story of Jesus weeping to demonstrate that Jesus experienced grief over his friend’s death. Not so. Jesus deliberately made no effort to travel to Bethany until he could tell his disciples, “Lazarus is dead.” Jesus knew the divine plan. He weeps to see his friends and the crowd blinded to the Truth that there is no death. Because they are blind to Truth, they suffer anguish. Jesus weeps to behold how much we, his brothers and sisters, suffer because we have forgotten who we truly are.

3Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (Unity School of Christianity: Unity Village, MO, 1931) 397.
4Fillmore 427.
5Fillmore 427.
6Fillmore 398.
7Fillmore 398.
8Fillmore 398.
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UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 5 – I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com 

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 5 of Series
“I Have Overcome the World”

“These things I have said to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but have courage I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) How many times have we wished we could conquer, or overcome, the world’s tyranny over us? We may study truths (or universal laws) that, when integrated into our lifestyles, will render our lives filled with joy, peace, abundance, and love. But the gap between talking about universal laws and integrating the truth is wide and deep-seated. We feel hampered by the pressures of meeting physical plane requirements and by the firm grip with which the status quo exerts influence upon our thinking and behavior. How can we overcome the world? By studying and practicing these universal laws until they become second-nature to us. Meditating on the life of Jesus can be very instructive because he, as a Wayshower, demonstrated the integration of these laws into his lifestyle.

After he was baptized, “Jesus was carried away by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (John 4:1) Jesus spent forty days and nights praying in the wilderness, struggling with the temptations relating to his future ministry and how he would conduct it. The world’s standards, as depicted by the devil, would have him perform spectacular feats like turning stones to bread and jumping off the pinnacle of the temple. Palestine has very rocky soil. If Jesus turned all the rocks into bread, he could feed the poor. If he jumped off the pinnacle of the temple and allowed the angels to form a parachute around him, slowly lowering him to the ground, everyone would see how the angels care marvelously for us. He could commence his ministry with a big splash not soon forgotten. People would worship him and therefore, listen to what he had to teach. What could be the harm?

Jesus conquered the world’s standards by realizing that these marketing techniques would be ego-based spectacles. He would be drawing attention to himself rather than allowing God to manifest through him. How could he discern between his ego and his intuitive guidance?

Jesus was very familiar with the sacred texts of his time. He used the Scriptures as his guide in making decisions. Thus, while devising his techniques for embarking on his ministry, Jesus could compare his ideas with the scriptural teachings, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2) He, therefore, knew he could make no decisions that would deflect the people’s attention from God onto himself.

As we study the Bible, we find guidelines that assist us in making decisions. The world and its customs may be saying one thing, while sacred scripture states another. We can overcome the world by following biblical teachings and integrating them into the manner by which we approach earth plane life.

One of these universal laws is: “No one can serve two masters. For either you will hate the one and like the other; or you will honor one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth …. Therefore do not worry or say, what will we eat, or what will we drink, or with what will we be clothed? For worldly people seek after all these things. Your Father in heaven knows that all of these things are also necessary for you. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:24a, 31-33) Jesus performed his ministry, while teaching and trusting in this universal law. He and his disciples walked throughout the land of Palestine. Though Jesus owned nothing for himself—and could have viewed life through the lens of his own lack—he, instead, had everything at his fingertips. He chose to serve God while being unconcerned over acquiring his own wealth. His needs were richly supplied. Jesus’ great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, was one of the wealthiest men in the known world. Several of his disciples were well off financially. A group of wealthy women traveled with Jesus and his disciples, paying for the expenses. (Luke 8:3) Wealthy friends provided lodging and food. Whenever he needed a large room in which to celebrate a religious feast, a wealthy friend made one available to him. Even his seamless robe was a symbol of wealth, so much so the Roman soldiers threw dice to see who would get it after they had crucified him. Jesus walked the land, teaching and healing. God provided abundantly for him while he did so.

The world would have us believe that we must work for all we acquire. Jesus revealed that when we seek first the kingdom of God, our needs are met while we go about fulfilling our role in the divine plan. We allow the world to conquer us when we buy into the belief that we must seek first to support ourselves, then—if any time is left—perform the vocation of our dreams. It is a matter of deciding: whom do we believe? The world or the teachings of Jesus? When we seek first the kingdom of God while following our soul’s vocation, we can overcome the world and its influences.

Jesus exhibited another universal law that can be very difficult for us to comprehend and integrate into our lives. This law states: “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you that you should not resist evil.” (Matthew 5:38-39a) If we are not to resist evil, how are we to cope with life as we know it on physical plane? Two contrasting examples within Jesus’ life stand out.

First, Jesus frequently read the Scriptures in the synagogues, then expounded on them. When speaking in his hometown of Nazareth, he enraged the crowds. They proceeded to take him to the edge of a mountain cliff, plotting to throw him over it. Jesus paid no attention to them, passed through the crowds, and went on his way. (Luke 4:16-30) He resisted not evil by giving it no thought energy and walking away. It is important to note that Jesus did not allow the enraged people to have their way with him. He did not remain in the crowd and beg them for mercy, nor did he fight his way out of harm’s way. Instead, he permeated himself with the conscious realization of the Father’s presence. He so intently concentrated on the Good that evil could not touch him.

In stark contrast, Jesus’ crucifixion seems to be a time when evil overpowered him. He was arrested, beaten, and crucified. However, Jesus was still in charge. He did not resist evil; he submitted to it. He could have walked away. This time, allowing himself to appear to be controlled by evil was a part of the Divine Plan. Jesus explains, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.” (John 10:17-18) Jesus knew that humanity is so fearful of death that we can be manipulated by the threat of it. He knew there is no death. He was aware that it is our resistance that creates pain. Jesus agreed to allow himself to be crucified, in order to resurrect his physical body and to prove to humanity: there is no death. The only way we could be set free—from the authority fear of death holds over us—was for someone to prove, in a very concrete manner, that death does not exist. Jesus permitted evil to have its way over him in order to accomplish this higher goal. He overcame the world and emerged victorious.

His ability to do so was based upon knowledge of another universal law: “Like attracts like.” All of life is made up of neutral energy, which we qualify as positive or negative by the way we think, feel, and act. Our thoughts, feelings, and behavior literally determine the quality of the energy field surrounding us. Therefore, if we think and feel in predominantly negative ways, our energy field is permeated with negativity. Since like attracts like, this negativity magnetizes more negativity. A predominantly positive energy field attracts more positive. The positive energy has no kinship with the negative; it simply flows past it. In order to retain the quality of either positive or negative, all energy must be fed with more of the same; otherwise, the energy returns to a neutral state. Thus, we can repel negativity by concentrating on the positive. Take the example of Jesus and the murderous crowd in Nazareth. Had Jesus allowed himself to be afraid and to think in terms of being thrown over the cliff, his energy field would have magnetized the danger to him. Instead, Jesus focused on the positive in the form of God’s protecting presence around him and walked away unharmed.

Unity’s Prayer of Protection teaches us to think as Jesus thought. It is a very helpful prayer for children and adults. This prayer is a series of affirmations that remind us of Truth and can be made even more beneficial by visualizing the energy around us as we pray. I encourage you to use this prayer often.

The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is,
And all is well!

We magnetize our Good into our lives through abiding by the universal law of like attracts like. Affirmations assist in this process, but the real work comes in converting our conscious awareness from a focus on the negative to a concentration on the positive. In order to overcome the world and its influences, we must transform ourselves from the inside out. Affirmations remind us of the inner work that is our goal.

Taking a firm grip on our minds and emotions requires much self-discipline. It is an advanced spiritual art, but one that all can achieve. Look at the challenges in your life. Is there one that you would like to overcome?

Let’s take a challenge to our physical health as an example. First, remember that Jesus taught, “resist not evil.” The same law is true for dis-ease in our physical bodies. To resist the dis-ease is to focus our thoughts and feelings upon the problem. Instead, give thanks to the source of your dis-ease, expressing your appreciation for this opportunity to integrate Truth into your lifestyle. Then, visualize yourself possessing radiant health. Allow your emotions to feel the state of perfect health. Affirm perfect health. Whenever you are tempted to allow your thoughts to dwell on the dis-ease, practice self-discipline by instantly moving your thoughts from your dis-ease to visualizing and affirming perfect health. Our bodies have no choice. As long as we concentrate our emotional and mental energies upon perfect health, our bodies obey the command. Because like attracts like, the dis-ease withers away from lack of attention. (IMPORTANT NOTE: this example is not intended to encourage anyone to ignore professional medical assistance, change in lifestyle required, and a nutritious diet. These modalities are the way by which we implement actively the perfect health we are affirming and envisioning. As we progress into the 5th dimensional consciousness that Jesus exhibited, we will be able to heal the physical body with our thoughts. However, at this point in time, few of us possess this 5th dimensional consciousness.)

Via this method, we overcome the world and its challenges. We obey the teaching of Jesus: “If you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24)

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing that as you seek first the kingdom of God, the world is an open door. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8

IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 4 – JESUS’ APPROACH TO HEALING

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com 

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 4 of Series
“Jesus’ Approach to Healing”

The four gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing. Jesus’ approach to healing can teach us much about why illness occurs and how healing may take place.

In Matthew 8, a leper kneels before Jesus, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean. He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

In biblical times, leprosy was a highly contagious disease, requiring purification. Though Jesus could heal the disease, the man had to fulfill the rites of purification before a priest in order to be ritually clean. Rituals portray symbolically a greater truth or universal law. The purification ritual reminds us that no healing can be permanent unless we seek purification of the error thinking and behavior that brought about the dis-ease. That the ritual was to take place in the Temple, or synagogue, signifies that the God within the temple of our being is the Source of all true healing. As we turn inward and commune with God, purification and healing is available. In order to be lasting, all external modalities of healing must be accompanied by our own commitment to internal purification and healing.

I would caution all of us: dis-ease can serve many purposes, both in an individual’s life and in the lives of those within the family and community. In John 9, Jesus healed a man who was born blind. When asked who had sinned, the man or his parents, Jesus responded, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Before incarnating, this man had volunteered to be born blind in order to assist Jesus in his teaching ministry. Souls may volunteer to incarnate with, or confront a health challenge, so that others might evolve spiritually as a result of caring for or associating with them.

Whenever Jesus met someone who truly had faith in the healing process, he responded with enthusiastic praise. Faith plays a major role in healing. Once unwavering faith in healing exists, it is simply a matter of time. Again in Matthew 8, a Roman centurion came to Jesus, requesting, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress. And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed ….’ When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith ….’ And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And the servant was healed in that hour.”

Faith involves intuitive knowledge of Truth. The centurion was attuned to the Father manifesting through Jesus. His inner knowledge allowed him to believe, without a tinge of doubt, that his servant would be healed. The servant’s healing also serves as an example of distant healing. When we participate in a healing prayer circle, the energy we send to the names called goes to each individual. What that person does with the healing energy is his/her choice. The servant was ready to be healed, thus he received the energy—sent to him by Jesus—as the means of healing.

In Matthew 9, we have an example of Jesus forgiving sins (sins = error thinking and behavior) as a modality for healing. A group of friends brought a paralytic, lying on a bed, to Jesus. As they approached him, Jesus perceived that the man’s paralyzed body was a result of past or present life negative karma. The universal law—”We reap what we sow”—had manifested in the paralytic’s life. Jesus intuited that the karmic debt had been paid, that the man was now ready to receive healing. He simply said, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At that moment healing occurred. Then to prove, to the religious leaders observing him, that the Father within each of us has the power to forgive and heal, Jesus commanded the man to: “Stand up, take your bed and go to your home. And he stood up and went to his home.” This man had earned the right to be healed by paying off his karmic debt. How? We cannot be sure; very likely, by accepting and dealing with his physical condition in the most positive manner possible. His healing also served as an example to others. God’s grace is available to all of us as we sincerely seek to forgive self and others. Then, we must be willing to transform the way we live our lives, so that we manifest an outer expression of a true inner healing. Jesus commanded the man to stand up, take his bed, and go home. His friends were no longer to carry him. Instead, he was to assume responsibility for his own life.

An example in Matthew 15 is curious because Jesus appears to respond on the basis of prejudice. A Canaanite woman begs him to heal her demon possessed daughter. Jesus ignores her pleas, but she is loud and persistent. Finally, he speaks to her: “‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.”

In Bible metaphysics, a Canaanite individual symbolizes the material consciousness that seeks fulfillment solely on the physical level. Israel signifies those who seek God. (Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary) So what appears to be prejudice is actually Jesus’ recognition that to offer spiritual teachings and healing to one who is not seeking God is to waste the energy. When the Canaanite woman reminds Jesus that the dogs eat the crumbs from the master’s table, she is expressing her desire to receive from the Master, even though she had not previously sought God. Jesus recognized her persistence and the unfolding of a higher consciousness within her, and healed her daughter.

Persistence is often required of us. Persistence builds stamina, self-discipline, and the capacity to concentrate on lifting our consciousness to a higher level. This example also proclaims our capacity to be “our sister and brother’s keeper.” The Canaanite woman was persistent in seeking help for her daughter, who was helplessly possessed. The mother’s transformed consciousness served as the avenue through which her daughter was healed. It is the same for us. We can, by lifting our consciousness to a higher level, serve as an avenue of healing for those around us. And, when enough of us lift our consciousness, the critical mass will be attained and all of humanity will begin to perceive Light instead of darkness.

The last example is found in John 5. Jesus entered the pools of Bethesda. Many invalids sat around the pools, waiting for an angel to stir the waters. It was believed that the first person to step into the waters, after the angel stirred them, would be healed. Jesus perceived one man, ill for 38 years, was ready to be healed. He asked him: “‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat, and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.”

This man had been ill for 38 years. 3+8=11 or the number vibration of self-mastery. He was ready to be healed; however, a prerequisite for healing is the desire to be healed. Jesus could intuit that the man had accomplished his soul’s purpose in his prolonged illness. But, did he want to be healed? Wellness could mean great changes in his life. Chronic illness can provide many perks that the individual may not be ready to give up, such as the constant attention and caring of others. At least one staff member at Unity Village is very firm in asking each of his potential clients: “Do you want to be healed?” If the person hesitates and is not sure, the healing work is postponed until the individual is ready and can affirm unequivocally: “I want to be healed.”

Jesus recognized that healing is temporary unless the individual truly desires to be healed. While it is possible to be cured from one condition, the same will re-occur—or another will take its place—if the healing is not desired and if the person is not willing to make the necessary changes in lifestyle. In following Jesus’ command to take up his mat and walk, the man revealed through his actions that he was ready to transform his life. He chose wellness, not dis-ease, and set about integrating wellness into his lifestyle.

Our movement toward healing requires that we consciously make the choice to release the old way of life and embark on a new adventure—that of accepting wellness into our lives. Receiving a healing can mean that we must make an honest evaluation of our lifestyles and determine the factors that contribute to dis-ease. May we all love ourselves enough to make the changes needed to create an environment and lifestyle that brings about healing and allows us to maintain a state of wellness.

In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? …. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

We glorify God by caring for our physical, emotional, and mental health … by wanting to be made well and by graciously receiving a healing … by knowing that physical death is the ultimate healing—if the individual chooses that avenue of returning to spirit realms. Physical death, for that person, signifies the completion of soul work assigned for this incarnation. Once the soul’s mission is finished, we are freed to return home.

There is, however, another way. As we move into the Golden Aquarian Age, the multitudes have been granted the opportunity to ascend into the 5th dimension of higher consciousness without having to go through physical death. Planet Earth is scheduled to ascend to the 5th dimension; we are granted the choice to ascend along with it. We may do so by purifying our energy field and lifting our conscious awareness to the level of the Peace, Love, and Light that characterize the 5th dimension. Death will be no more.

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing that your healing comes from “the Lord [who] upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.”

Affirm: You, O Lord, raise up the eyes of all who look to you; and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is just in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:14-18

IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? PART 3 – JESUS WALKED IN THE PRESENCE

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com 

BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

Part 3 of Series
“Jesus Walked in the Presence”

Jesus taught his disciples: “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) What can we learn from Jesus’ lifestyle that will allow us to experience an abundant life?

Jesus often spent all night in meditation, communing with God. Meditating on a regular basis is an essential step in living a more abundant life. There are a variety of types of meditation. Those of you in healing touch, and similar modalities of meditative healing, are ministering to people while in attunement with Spirit. Some types of meditation strive to calm the mental, emotional, and physical bodies by chanting a mantra that clears the mind and promotes relaxation. Still others are focused on working for the planet in cooperation with our guides in spirit. The kind of meditation that sustained Jesus was one in which he attuned to our heavenly Father with the goal of being refueled, strengthened, and guided. The Psalmist refers to this type meditation: “I will lift up mine eyes to the mountain from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) This form of meditation includes learning to view life through the eyes of God: by listening to our intuitive guidance, reading and meditating upon a sacred text or devotional, and journaling. Its focus is upon our own individual spiritual growth and communication with our indwelling God. It involves the integration of our meditative insights into our lifestyle. Jesus—speaking the words of “the Father”—taught his disciples, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) Jesus set the example for us: meditate on a regular basis in order to eat the bread and drink the cup of our indwelling God. While in meditation, we are to find nourishment for ourselves—through the Father within.

As a result of meditating and beholding life through the eyes of God, Jesus lived his earth plane life in harmony with all of creation. He spent long hours teaching the crowds that followed him wherever he went. When his disciples grew concerned that no one had eaten for days and many were far from home, Jesus felt no concern. He knew universal law: there is no lack. We live and move and have our being surrounded with an abundant supply of all we need. It is as we meditate and learn to view life through the eyes of God that we come to know this fact. Jesus often grew impatient with his disciples because they seemed never to comprehend. Jesus knew that a few fish and loaves of bread could be blessed and given out in unlimited abundance. It is only as we think in terms of not having enough that we experience lack.

Heretofore, we have lived in a world that screamed, “You do have not enough.” Our economic system has been based on gross materialism. If we were not continually purchasing one product after another, we were informed the economy was headed toward a recession. We reacted just like the disciples: we began to worry, to save for a rainy day, and to hold back on our sharing with others. When the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people from the countryside into the villages, so they could purchase food, he answered them: “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” His disciples answered much as we would—in terms of lack: “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” Jesus responded: “Bring them here to me. Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:16-21) Jesus beheld the five loaves of bread and two fish through the eyes of God. He knew they simply represented the abundance available to all of us, instead of the insufficient amounts in which the world would have us believe. Living consciously in the presence of God allows us to view life as Jesus did.

Jesus could walk on water as well as on land. This ability can be ours too. One of the disciples, Peter, walked on water for a few steps, until he became frightened and lost faith. Jesus caught Peter by the hand and led him back to the boat, while rebuking him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31) On numerous occasions, Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith. “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember ….? Do you not yet understand?” (Mark 8:17-21) He expected his disciples to follow his example; he desires the same of us. He gave us a clue as to why we fail to do so: we lack attunement to and faith in our indwelling God. When we meditate within the loving presence of God, we know all things are possible. It is when we focus our attention outside of ourselves and upon the world’s explanations of life that we fail to walk on water, or to perform the seemingly impossible.

Jesus was attuned to the angelic beings. He knew God’s mission for the angels in relationship to Earth humans, as explained by the Psalmist: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12) He also knew how to communicate with those angelic gods in charge of all facets of nature. On at least one occasion, Jesus and the disciples set sail for the opposite shore of the Sea of Galilee. A violent storm arose. Afraid of capsizing, the disciples called to Jesus, who was asleep. Aware of the angelic beings in charge of the wind and water, Jesus simply spoke to them, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:39-41) Once more Jesus grows impatient with the disciples because they were unable to maintain a level of faith that would enable them to communicate with the nature gods.

Why would Jesus be impatient with his disciples’ lack of faith? Jesus was conscious of his mission—to show us the way back home to knowledge of ourselves as Sons & Daughters of God. He taught: “the one who believes in me [the Father] will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) (Remember: Jesus speaks the words of the Father while serving as a physical plane example to us.) So far, his disciples were having a hard time developing faith in themselves as Sons & Daughters of the Father and therefore, in their capacity to demonstrate all the works Jesus performed. We are no different. We lack faith in ourselves, in our true identity as a Son or Daughter of God, and in our capacity to achieve all the works Jesus executed.

How could Jesus perform these works? He spent hours in meditation and communion with his indwelling God. He knew God was within him and that he was within God. There is no separation. Thus, the works that one part of the family of God can do, all can perform. He yearned for us to understand this teaching. According to Edgar Cayce, Charles Fillmore, and the Ascended Masters’ teachings, the soul of Jesus spent eons of time attempting to awaken Earth humans to their former level of attunement to God. When we grow impatient with divine timing and order, think of the eons of time Jesus and other Ascended Masters have sought to rouse our consciousness to the realization of who we truly are. Divine timing and order is not slow; we are!

Jesus walked in the presence of God. He knew that even when danger appeared on his path, he was safe from harm. Only when he chose to allow himself to be arrested, beaten, and crucified could harm come to him. He was in full control of his life. In the gospel of Luke, we find Jesus in his hometown of Nazareth, reading the book of Isaiah to those gathered in the synagogue. When he interpreted the reading, the people were enraged. “When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” (Luke 4:16-30) We have the same protection available to us. It is a matter of focus. Do we give attention to the danger and our fear? Or, do we call to the God within and hold our concentration on our own god-power to escape all harm? Like attracts like. Jesus had faith that God’s omnipresence within and around him served as a protective shield. No harm could come to him. Had he reacted with fear or anger, he would have attracted his enemies to him and likely been hurled over the cliff. Instead, even though the people surrounded him, he simply walked away; for he walked in the presence of God.

Jesus constantly listened to his intuitive guidance. In so doing, he could stay one step ahead of those who tried repeatedly to trick him into expounding what the religious leaders could consider false teachings. On one such occasion, Jesus healed a paralytic with the words, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” A group of religious leaders sat nearby, watching. In silence, they pondered the healing. But Jesus knew their thoughts. “When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?” (Luke 5:17-26) Then, instead of attempting to trick Jesus, they sat in awe of him. We possess the same intuitive powers. We can use our intuitive insights to help us in comprehending the true motives of those with whom we must deal. We can avoid being caught up in the confusion around us. We can discern what is right and good for self and loved ones. We are not defenseless in a world that has been filled with terror. By following our intuitive insights, we can walk in the midst of enemies and not be harmed. We can literally become invisible to the enemy as did Jesus when he avoided being thrown over the cliff.

What did Jesus show us about walking in the presence? He revealed how to walk through life with ease, knowing that God’s presence enfolds and provides for us far beyond our needs. There is no danger; there is no lack; there is no vulnerability for those who love the Lord—i.e. universal Law—with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. We have inherited the right and privilege of living a charmed life!

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing that you walk within the omnipresence of a loving Mother/Father God. Meditate upon your Divine Self—your true identity. As you go about your daily life, know that an impenetrable shield of White Christ Light enfolds you.

Your Divine Self

http://tsl.org/2009/10/chart-of-your-divine-self/

IF JESUS IS A WAYSHOWER, WHAT DID HE SHOW US? – PART 2 – THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”

Part 2 of Series
“The Journey of the Soul”


Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
www.pathwaytoascension.com


BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST.

If Jesus is a Wayshower, what did He show us? He revealed the journey of the soul through numerous incarnations. How do we know Jesus incarnated multiple times?

Throughout the Bible, reference is made to a Book of Life (Malachi 3:16 and Revelations 13:8 are examples). Metaphysicians call this book the Akashic Records, an energetic recording of life that could be considered the universal archives. We all tap into the Akashic Records on an unconscious level. Doing so is how we remember what we’ve learned in prior lifetimes. Some individuals, like Edgar Cayce (the most scientifically documented intuitive in the world), possess the conscious capacity to attune to the Akashic Records and share with us the information found there. Glenn Sanderfur, author of Lives of the Master: The Rest of the Jesus Story, took the information given through the Cayce Readings and researched it further. He studied ancient legends, historical records, and many of the earliest writings discovered during the past century. The information Sanderfur unveils, concerning the lives of Jesus, is correlated with stories that were widely accepted as true in the ancient world. The personalities assumed by the soul of Jesus are listed in accordance with the Edgar Cayce Readings and Sanderfur’s own research.

Since the biblical personalities who possessed the soul of Jesus can easily be researched in the Bible, we will focus on them. As stated in the 1st lesson of this series, Jesus was one of the Sons & Daughters that agreed to come to Earth millions of years ago as a spirit being. Our involution into the atmosphere of Earth is considered the 1st creation story in Genesis 1. Eons later, souls took on the physical bodies described in the 2nd creation story found in Genesis 2. Physical bodies allowed them to reside in the lower vibrations characterizing the 3rd dimension or physical plane. The narrative of Adam and Eve eating fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil is the allegorical story of the Sons and Daughters of God choosing to sojourn on the plane of duality, where they would be conscious of making freewill choices and experiencing the consequences. With time, some of the Sons & Daughters of God forgot who they were and lost consciousness of their unity with all of creation. They believed themselves to be simply their physical bodies, separate from God, and powerless when confronting the challenges afforded by the plane of duality. Jesus, as one of the Sons of God, volunteered to return to Earth in an effort to awaken humanity to our true identity.

One of the earliest biblical personalities of Jesus was Enoch. Although the Bible says little about Enoch, three ancient books, Enoch I, II, and III are attributed to him. Jesus also incarnated as Melchizedek, the King of Salem who blessed Abram with the bread and wine upon his return from a victorious battle. Both Enoch and Melchizedek simply disappeared from Earth. Genesis 5:24 describes Enoch: “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.” In other words, Enoch ascended without experiencing death. In Hebrews 7:3, Melchizedek is described: “Without father, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.” Enoch and Melchizedek remind us of the capacity that is ours—that of becoming so purified and filled with light that we can descend and ascend from Earth plane at will. They reveal the unity of the physical and spiritual dimensions. There is no need to experience death. We all possess the aptitude to ascend, by raising the vibrations of our physical bodies so high that they become invisible and move into the higher dimensions of consciousness.

According to Edgar Cayce, Jesus found that taking on a physical body at will—as Enoch and Melchizedek—did not give him the degree of rapport needed in order to guide humanity back home to full consciousness of ourselves as Sons & Daughters of God. He realized that he needed to experience life as we do. So he began to incarnate into physical bodies that vibrated at a much slower rate of speed. As he did so, he began to stumble and make mistakes too. Thus, we can trace his soul’s progress through a series of lifetimes as seen in the Bible.

As Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, he retained an ability to prophesy through his dreams and his interpretations of others’ dreams. However, Joseph angered his older brothers by sharing his dreams of being in a position of power over them. His brothers took revenge by selling him to a caravan of men traveling to Egypt. Joseph maintained a positive attitude through all the challenges he confronted, including years of unjust imprisonment. Finally, using his intuitive attunement to God’s instruction, Joseph interpreted correctly the Pharaoh’s prophetic dreams. As a result, he was released from prison and promoted to a position second only to the pharaoh of Egypt. Joseph’s wisdom enabled him to save the Israelites and Egyptians from starvation during the seven years of famine, prophesized by Pharaoh’s dreams. When Joseph’s brothers journeyed to Egypt to purchase grain, they were filled with fear when they realized he now had the power of life and death over them. Joseph’s comforting words to his brothers may also comfort us when we encounter challenges that turn our lives upside down. “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land for two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 45:4-8)

The life of Joseph teaches us that divine order underlies all of life—that divine order (or God) works out all things for the highest good. Joseph’s story reveals that God knows our needs before we do and makes arrangement for their fulfillment far in advance. All of creation moves naturally toward harmony and well-being, regardless of outer appearances in the present.

Years later, Jesus incarnated as Joshua, assistant to Moses. He traveled with the Israelites as they fled captivity in Egypt and remained with them throughout the forty years in the wilderness. Because Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land, Joshua led the Israelites in the battles that allowed them to move into Palestine. The biblical narrative depicts God fighting on the side of Joshua and the Israelites. Even the sun and moon stood still in order to assist Joshua. Historical records of this period reveal few battles, other than with warring tribal lords—a common occurrence in the ancient Middle East. The total devastation described in the Bible is not found in the ancient secular records of this time. Most of the battles Joshua fought were the same battles we wage—with our lower selves. A vital part of our spiritual journey is the requirement to purify and conquer all lower desires and negativity within our energy field. These are the enemies that must be destroyed without mercy. When the Bible depicts God as fighting, it is revealing through the symbol of “battle” the way in which God’s loving presence enfolds us every step of our way back home. Often the people grew discouraged and turned to other gods, representing the various idols we have in our lives, such as money, power, and status. We often turn from God, as we place more importance on the acquiring of money, relationships, and whatever else distracts us from our spiritual path. Joshua taught: “… revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness …. If you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve …. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm.” (Joshua 24:14-15, 19-20) What does this mean?

We can walk on only one path: the narrow path our soul would choose OR the broad path our lower personality nature will choose. Spirit is very patient and allows us to meander along the broad path for as long as we choose. However, once we embark consciously on the narrow path back home to our true identity as Sons and Daughters of God, we suffer whenever we make a wrong turn. God is not punishing us. Instead, our soul is guiding us along a very narrow path, bordered on either side with the sharp rocks of the world and its glamour. To make a wrong turn entails pain, because we stumble over the rocks. Our soul’s guidance can take many forms and even appear extremely unjust. Take the example of the biblical Job and all the seemingly unjust suffering he endured. The end result was Job’s enlightenment. Humanity continues to make the choice to awaken spiritually through suffering as long as we fail to walk intentionally and consciously the narrow path to enlightenment.

Joshua reminded the people that God can be trusted. “You know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one thing has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you; all have come to pass for you, not one of them has failed.” (Joshua 23:14) We, too, can trust in the unfolding of divine order. As we live in accordance with divine law, we come to know perfect health and prosperity in all areas of our lives. Then we, too, enter the Promised Land that is the Kingdom of God within ourselves.

The soul of Jesus broadened his physical plane experiences by incarnating as Asaph, a musician appointed by King David to oversee music in worship. He sang at the dedication for Solomon’s Temple, the first to be erected in Jerusalem. Several of the Psalms are attributed to Asaph: Psalm 50, and Psalms 73 – 83. We can catch a glimpse into the mind of Asaph by reading these Psalms. According to the Cayce Readings, Asaph was also a scribe and wrote additional portions of the Old Testament. Wisdom literature was very popular during the time of Asaph.

The last Old Testament personality of the soul of Jesus was an incarnation as Jeshua, a high priest of the Temple who had been exiled to Babylon. When Cyrus of Persia captured Babylon, he allowed Jeshua to return to Jerusalem—accompanied by those Jewish exiles who chose to return home—and make plans for the reconstruction of the Temple destroyed by the Babylonian army. This lifetime, the soul of Jesus was a peaceful warrior leading his people back to Jerusalem.

We can see that the soul of Jesus sought variety in his earth plane experiences. We do the same. Diversity assists us in achieving wholeness. We incarnate as male and female, rich and poor, in leadership roles and in more creative, reclusive roles. Every lifetime offers us the opportunity to develop new skills, to recall and enhance prior lifetime talents, to experience the more intuitive, nourishing nature of a female and the more assertive, intellectual nature of a male. The ultimate goal is balance and a sense of wholeness within self—androgyny.

With each lifetime, we create future experiences. For example: Jesus, as Jeshua, refused to accept the offer of the Samaritans to assist in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. This refusal resulted in lack of sufficient workers to do the job and the rebuilding project had to be postponed for another twenty years. Later, during his incarnation as Jesus, one of his parables tells the story of a kind Samaritan assisting a wounded man lying on the roadside, after two Jewish religious leaders ignored him. (Remember Jesus, as Jeshua, was a high priest.) Jesus also chose to travel through Samaria and to teach the Samaritan people. At that point in time, Jews did not speak to Samaritans and traveled around the territory of Samaria. When Jesus requested a drink of water from a Samaritan woman at the well, he broke the rules. Jesus had to transform the prejudices toward the Samaritans that he exhibited when incarnated as Jeshua. Our lives are also filled with opportunities to atone for past life mistakes.

Finally, during his lifetime as Jesus, he once more achieved the consciousness that allowed him to become a Wayshower back home to our true inheritance as Sons and Daughters of God. The soul of Jesus, incarnating in multiple physical bodies, gradually regained all that humanity lost when we chose to experience the plane of duality. Now, it is up to us to follow his example the rest of the way home.

UNITY’S PRAYER OF PROTECTION
The Light of God surrounds me,
The Love of God enfolds me,
The Power of God protects me,
The Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
And, all is well.

BENEDICTION
Go forth, knowing that “from the beginning to the end, thou knowest me, O Lord, for thou hast formed and laid thy hand upon me.” (Psalm 139:5)
You are never alone!