“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?” – Part 9 of Series “Why Reincarnation?”

 

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
Revised 2005


Part 9 of Series
“Why Reincarnation?”

Throughout Old Testament times, God—channeled by the prophets—is depicted as pleading with the Israelites to remain faithful to Him. (Israelites, according to Fillmore’s metaphysical interpretation of the Bible, symbolize those who seek the Lord.) God promised repeatedly to lead the people into a “land filled with milk and honey,” if only they would follow Him. However, the world and its ways proved to be too much for the Israelites. They had forgotten who they were and seemed unable to remain persistent in their search for God and their true identities.

Although the arrangement of the Hebrew Bible differs, the Christian Old Testament concludes with the book of Malachi. The prophet Malachi channeled God’s pledge to his unfaithful people. Before the end of time on 3rd dimensional planet Earth, God would send the prophet Elijah to transform their hearts. “Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5) Malachi wrote this assurance, of the prophet’s return to Earth, hundreds of years after Elijah had ascended to heaven in a whirlwind of fire. (II Kings 2:11 – This whirlwind of fire is likely one of several biblical references to a space ship. This space ship beamed up Elijah. There is no death—only departure to another realm of existence.) Thus, the last of the Old Testament promises of God involved the physical re-incarnation of Elijah. This Old Testament theme of reincarnation set the stage for the events depicted in the New Testament.

The New Testament opens with the announcement of Jesus’ forthcoming birth. According to the Cayce readings, the soul of Jesus had been present throughout Old Testament times, as the personalities named Adam, Melchizedek, Enoch, Joseph, Joshua, Asaph, and Jeshua. Within the divine plan, the ministry of Jesus was to play a major role in our planetary evolution. During times of great planetary transition, an entire group of advanced souls enter together. Thus, we see Jesus accompanied by: his earthly father, Joseph (now the Ascended Master St. Germain), his earthly mother, Mary (now the Ascended Lady Master Mary), his earthly cousin, John the Baptist (now the Ascended Master Elijah), and his twin flame, Mary of Magdala (now the Ascended Lady Master Nada).

We see this same pattern occur during the 19th and 20th centuries as the New Thought Movement emerged. Charles Fillmore, the founder of Unity, knew himself to be the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote several books in the New Testament. Edgar Cayce knew himself to be the reincarnation of Lucas, the writer of the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Fillmore and Cayce were contemporaries and knew of each other. In prior lifetimes, the two of them had been contemporaries and wrote much of the New Testament. They reincarnated to unveil the deeper levels symbolically embedded within their writings—Fillmore, through his metaphysical interpretation of the Bible and Cayce, through his intuitive readings.

As we view these patterns, we learn much about the unfolding of the divine Plan, both for our planet and for each member of the human family. Life on this planet is never static. Life builds upon itself. Life moves ever forward, regardless of how many times we stumble, even when we destroy huge chucks of what humanity has accomplished. On the other hand, Ecclesiastes 3:15 reminds us, “That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is.” Underlying all the hustle and bustle of earth plane life is the ultimate reality of unity, tranquility, and love in which all things are already present. So even though, from a cosmic point of view, our comparatively short physical plane lives are much ado about nothing, the goal of reincarnation on this plane is to continue the work we began eons ago.

From the allegorical Garden of Eden, we set out to experience life on the plane of duality. We experimented and gained knowledge of good and evil (evil meaning living with our backs to God). We tested universal laws and discovered that we reap what we sow. In the process, we accumulated karmic debts stemming from the mistakes we made. We also created mansions in heaven filled with the treasures of good we have done. Reincarnation takes on significance when we view the unfolding of our lives as a continuous process in which we transmute the karmic debts and fill our heavenly storehouses with Good. At some point in time, we succeed in transmuting 51% of our negative karma. Light supersedes the darkness within our lower bodies and our karmic obligations are dissolved. Like Jesus, and the other Ascended Masters, we can then step off the wheel of physical rebirth and ascend to higher dimensions of existence, as an Ascended Master. Meanwhile, we need to take advantage of all the opportunities for learning that physical plane living gives to us. Growth is accelerated on the physical plane; that’s why our souls yearn to incarnate here.

Life on the physical plane is for our own soul’s growth. With our gift of freewill, we make the choices as to how quickly we will progress. We can choose to meander through life. Or, we can choose to embark—with clarity of intention—on the narrow Path that Jesus walked. Walking the narrow Path entails concentrated efforts toward spiritual growth. It means taking responsibility for our lives and for our spiritual progress. Because our planet is in the midst of ascending into higher dimensions of consciousness, all of us have the chance to ascend with it. In order to ascend at the end of this lifetime, we must make three major accomplishments: transmute 51% of our negative karma, fulfill our soul’s mission for this incarnation, and reunite with our Christ Self.

The gift of freewill gives us the choice–climb straight up the mountain (the narrow path of concentrated effort) OR meander up the mountain (taking as long as we choose).

To merge with our Christ Self means to live from the soul-centered level with the mind that was in Jesus the Christ. We achieve the Christed Mind by integrating Jesus’ teachings into our lifestyle. Remember, most of humanity categorizes Jesus as belonging only to the Christian religion.  Instead, Jesus, as one of the  Sons of God, came to show all of humanity the way back home. From God’s point of view, religion has nothing to do with Jesus. Religion belongs to earth plane, not the spiritual realms. So, when metaphysicians speak of achieving the Mind that was in Jesus the Christ, we are referring to a qualification that applies to all human beings. The Christ is a cosmic energy. We develop the Christed Mind via the intentional choice to live our lives in accordance with the universal laws and in full awareness of our true identity as a Daughter or Son of God. Reincarnation allows us ample time in which to achieve this goal.

We, as a planetary society, stand at a crossroads. Do we choose to take advantage of this opportunity for accelerated growth?  Or, do we choose to remain asleep to the true nature of our being? If we choose to move forward, we need to view the events in our lives through the lens of reincarnation. Mistakes, made during our sojourn on Earth, must be resolved on the physical plane. We can speed up the process by consciously resolving the issues that present themselves to us. Those persons who play major roles in our lives are the souls with whom we contracted to incarnate as a group. Within our group, each individual agreed to play a particular role as it relates to the resolution of our individual karma and mission. Consider your own family unit. Each member of our family-of-origin and the family we create, as adults, incarnated as our teacher, our companion, or both teacher and companion.

We may experience our teachers within compatible or difficult relationships. As we observe the dynamics within each of our major relationships, we can discern the lesson each agreed to teach us. Some lessons may be painful. Know that each lesson remains in our lives only as long as it takes us to successfully learn it. Forgiveness for the difficult situations comes easier when we remember that every person involved agreed to be our teacher. The lesson may be one of learning to stand alone, to be whole within Self. The teacher for this lesson may be a parent who dies or deserts us, or a spouse who abuses us. Either way, we are forced to cope with life on our own. To do so constructively is to learn intentionally the lesson. Example: Jane’s parents were both abusive alcoholics. Jane’s sister chose to engage in similar behavior and ended up dropping out of high school. Jane chose to stand apart, to be active in a church youth group, and to complete her education. Eventually, Jane was invited to move in with a caring family, where she lived until she married a ministerial student. Jane, by her intentional choices, stood alone and removed herself from an abusive home, to a caring home, then into her own home with a loving husband, with whom she had incarnated for the purpose of companionship. She and her husband have spent decades ministering to others through the church setting. Her sister wandered through life, from one trauma to another. Both made their freewill choices: one with a sense of positive direction, the other by allowing life to happen to her.

The more consciously we intend spiritual growth, the more quickly we achieve union with our Christ Self. Regular use of the Purple Transmuting Flame assists greatly in dissolving 51% of our karma. Release to the flame all negative emotions, such as anger, resentment, jealousy, envy, and failure to forgive self and others. Then ask to be filled with the love of God. Viewing life through the lens of reincarnation reminds us to respond to the major events in our lives with a sense of purpose and to use them as stepping stones to a closer relationship with our Christ Self and I AM PRESENCE. All of creation moves naturally toward resolution, toward healing, toward wholeness. Know that “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord”—in other words, those who love and abide by universal law. (Romans 8:28)

Service to others is another marvelous way to balance our karmic debts. Often, the situations in our lives requiring us to serve—while asking nothing in return—indicate our soul’s choice for balancing karmic debts. The universal law of giving & receiving is exact. We can spend entire lifetimes learning to balance the two energies. It is important to our soul’s growth that we learn to give and to receive. Both ends of the equation—”give and you shall receive”—must be experienced with equal ease. “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.” (Luke 6:38)

Reincarnation offers us the chance to fulfill our soul’s mission. This mission is selected very carefully. Our soul plans a mission for each incarnation that will enhance its own growth into wholeness. We can attune to this mission via listening closely to ourselves and to the dreams that have been with us for a lifetime. Each zodiac sun sign possesses a basic mission. The numerical vibrations of our names reveal a mission. “A mission” means whatever it takes to lead our souls into a sense of wholeness. To fulfill our mission, we must learn to live a soul-centered life. A soul-centered life leads to the mind that was in Jesus the Christ. It means surrendering our personal wills to Divine Will and adhering to universal laws in such a way as to live life as Jesus lived it.

Reincarnation is God’s grace giving us repeated opportunities to awaken and to return to the “land filled with milk and honey”—The Promised Land of full consciousness. Our true home is to be found on the 5th dimension where Truth, in its entirety, can be known, where we know we are truly Sons & Daughters of Mother/Father God—thus, gods in the making.

May you be blessed as you journey on your Path to the Promised Land.

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
“As they were coming down the mountain [of Transfiguration], … the disciples asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased.’ … Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:9-13)

ADDENDUM – CLUES TO YOUR SOUL MISSION GRANTED BY:

YOUR ASTROLOGICAL SUN SIGN:  http://pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm – click on your Sun Sign.  (If you do not know your Sun Sign, click on each sign until you see the span of dates that includes your date of birth listed just under the name of the sign.)     

YOUR DESTINY NUMBER:  http://pathwaytoascension.com/numerology.html  – instructions for figuring your destiny number by using your name are here.

YOUR RAY:  http://pathwaytoascension.com/sevenrays.html – If you do not know your Ascendant, simply use your Sun Sign to learn on which of the 7 Rays you are functioning.

We are all unique individuals and will tend to unconsciously use more of one energy than another; however, you should basically see that your Sun Sign, Destiny Number, and Ray indicate in general your Soul mission.  For example:  My Sun Sign is Aquarius, my Destiny Number is 8, including my married name of Detweiler, and my Ray is the 5th.  I can see the story of my life as I look at the 3 indicators. 

You should resonant to each indicator and to the Whole formed by functioning on the 3 Parts (or indicators).

 

 

 

 

 

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?” – Part 8 of Series “Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
Revised 2005

Part 8 of Series
“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

HELPFUL HINT – Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s chart of the Divine Self is most helpful in understanding the entirety of our being. It relates especially well to this lesson. This is an excellent meditation tool and I strongly suggest ordering a poster or wallet size card.

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.”

Preparation for prayer entails turning our attention inward and focusing on the God dwelling within us—our I AM PRESENCE (the radiant top part of self depicted in the Divine Self Chart). 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.” 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 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. Integrating this prayer into our lifestyles prepares us for ascension into the 5th dimension. 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 cosmic human family. The Aramaic word for Father, “Abba,” signifies an intimate relationship, one that we often refer to as “Dad.” According to Fillmore, “Abba” indicates a relationship of the “most tender of affections.” 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” 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 self, 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 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. 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. It is for this work of creating heaven on Earth that our Galactic Family and Ascended Masters are now making themselves known. They come—in love and peace—to assist and guide us.

“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.” 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 that 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 continually making 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 self 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 transmuting 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 self—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 self 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. (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 allows us to experience the consequences of our choices, thereby learning to choose the good. 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. Once we achieve this capacity, we are ready to ascend into the 5th dimensional consciousness and to embark on our journey into the higher spiritual realms of existence.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever 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.” We are to be the channels through which God finds expression on this planet. The numeric value of our name reveals the ways in which God chooses to manifest through us. The power for all we do is to flow from our I AM PRESENCE. To believe our personality self possesses 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.” In order to possess the Christed Consciousness and to ascend, 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.” AMEN also means “So be it.” 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 and our personal ascension into the 5th dimension—depicted within the Lord’s Prayer—is one of recognizing who we truly are. It entails abiding with continual awareness of the kingdom within self, 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!

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1Matthew 6:6-8.
2Psalm 121:1-2.
3Jesus spoke the Aramaic language, thus would have referred to our Father as Abba.
4Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (Unity Village, MO: Unity School of Christianity, 1931) 10.
5Luke 17:21.
6Dennis R. Bratcher, “Hallow,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.
7Matthew 6:31.
8John 5:19.
9Luke 18:18-19.
10“Amen,” Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 1985 ed.

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 we live out the Lord’s Prayer in our daily lives, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” (Psalm 23:5)

 

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?” – Part 6 of Series “Awake From the Dead!”

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
Revised 2005
Part 6 of Series
“Awake From the Dead!”

Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

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.
9Fillmore 398.

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 2 of Series “The Journey of the Soul”

“If Jesus Is A Wayshower, What Did He Show Us?”
Nancy Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
Revised 2005

Part 2 of Series
“The Journey of the Soul”

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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!

 

 

 

 

“FOR THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS COVERED THAT WILL NOT BE UNCOVERED….” (LUKE 12:2) ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL WHO FEEL THEIR PERSONAL LIVES ARE BEING TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY THE FLOOD OF REVELATIONS NOW EMERGING INTO THE LIGHT

“FOR THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS COVERED THAT WILL NOT BE UNCOVERED….” (LUKE 12:2)

 ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL WHO FEEL THEIR PERSONAL LIVES ARE BEING TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY THE FLOOD OF REVELATIONS NOW EMERGING INTO THE LIGHT

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Although Jesus has historically been assigned to the Christian religion, he is actually one of the Ascended Masters now working closely with Earth Humans and our ascension.

 

“When a large number of people had gathered together so that they trod on one another, Jesus began to say to his disciples first of all, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing that is covered that will not be uncovered; and hidden that will not be known. For whatever you have said in darkness will be heard in the light; and what you have whispered in the ears in the inner chambers will be preached on the housetops.'” (Luke 12:1-3)

Jesus incarnated on Earth at the beginning of the 2000 years cycle called the Piscean Age in order to prepare Earth humanity for the present glorious transition into the next 2000 years cycle–the New Aquarian Age of Love, Peace, & Abundance for all people that is to characterize our NEW EARTH.

Jesus knew of the Divine Plan that was/is unfolding on Earth. He knew that our planet and its inhabitants would be ascending to a higher dimension of consciousness … that in order to do so, “there is nothing that is covered that will not be uncovered; and hidden that will not be known.”

The Divine Plan is perfection unfolding. In order for humanity to evolve, all the darkness that has held us in bondage and fear must be brought into the Light … made known from the housetops … forgiven … and released. No hidden pockets of dark energy can survive the Brilliant Light of Perfection.

We are presently living in the midst of the flood of darkness relating to all facets of our lives on the plane of duality (good and evil) being brought into the Light. This flood of darkness that has been hidden behind the scenes of what we have considered life as we know it can be extremely painful and unsettling. We may feel that our lives are falling apart … that the foundations of all that we have believed and for which we have worked are crumbling beneath our feet. We may want to resist … to cling to what has heretofore been meaningful in our lives … to lash out at those who are uncovering all that has been hidden. We fear what may happen to us without the old, familiar foundations on which to stand.

Jesus knew we would react to the flood of darkness pouring forth into the Light with angry and fear. Thus, he warned us. Chaos precedes creation … we have to clean out every corner of our present world in order to create our NEW EARTH. Earth humans have allowed the teachings of Jesus, and many other great Teachers, to become polluted with darkness. We have built our houses–the foundation of our lives–upon sand. And now the chaos is revealing this fact to us: we built our worldview on sand.

“And whoever hears these words of mine, and does them not, is like a foolish man who built his house upon sand. And the rain fell and the rivers overflowed and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell, and its fall was great.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

Jesus taught us who we truly are … we chose to ignore his teachings … or at the very least, to take the easy route built on sand and to accept the false teachings of those in positions of authority without doing our own research and independent thinking.

In order to discern Truth, the teaching must conform to the unconditional and everlasting DIVINE LOVE OF OUR MOTHER/FATHER GOD. There are NO EXCEPTIONS, FOR ANY REASON.

2014 marks a year during which Earth Humans are awakening … clearing the pockets of negative energy manifesting as lies and unspeakable atrocities perpetrated upon them … and beginning the process of building our houses on rock–on Truth!

“And the rain fell and the rivers overflowed and the winds blew and beat upon that house; but it did not fall, because its foundations were laid upon a rock”– the ROCK OF TRUTH!

 For awhile, our lives may feel chaotic and shaken to the core. That’s how standing on foundations of sand feels when confronted with hidden truths that have impacted our personal lives.

The Good News is that we are waking up and realizing that we must build our foundations … our worldview … upon the Rock of Truth.

In the words of Jesus: “If you abide by my word, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth, and that very truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

REQUIREMENT FOR ABIDING BY THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS: WE MUST KNOW WHAT HE TAUGHT … NOT WHAT THE AUTHORITIES TELL US HE TAUGHT.

 

WHO AM I ACCORDING TO JESUS?

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/who-am-i-according-to-jesus/

 

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER – A SERIES

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/getting-to-know-jesus-as-a-wayshower-introduction/

 

 

 

 

 

HOW CAN ANYONE BEHOLD THE LOVELINESS IN NATURE & STILL BELIEVE THAT A GOD OF SUCH LOVE INCLUDES VIOLENCE AS A PART OF THE DIVINE PLAN FOR HUMANITY?

HOW CAN ANYONE BEHOLD THE LOVELINESS IN NATURE

&

STILL BELIEVE THAT A GOD OF SUCH LOVE INCLUDES VIOLENCE

AS A PART OF THE DIVINE PLAN FOR HUMANITY?

Nancy & Twin Flame, Uriel

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CREATOR GOD FREELY AND LOVINGLY GAVE HUMANITY PARADISE!

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THE STORIES OF VIOLENCE WERE DEVISED BY HUMANKIND AS

A MEANS OF ENSLAVING WITH FEAR!

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GO TO HELL & SUFFER ETERNAL PUNISHMENT!

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WHY WOULD WE ACCUSE OUR LOVING MOTHER/FATHER GOD

OF SUCH HORRORS?

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LOVE IS ALL THAT IS!

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JESUS CAME–IN LOVE–AS A WAYSHOWER
LET US GET TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER!
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INTRODUCTION & 10 PARTS SERIES

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 10 – “The Power of Love”

                                                      

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 10

“The Power of Love”

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

In the early 2000s, I wrote a series of lessons to help Christians, and others who choose to use Jesus as an example of an individual demonstrating the Christ Consciousness, to get know him as a Wayshower.

As many know, whether or not Jesus was actually crucified has recently become a hot topic of discussion.  Truth—in 2014–is pouring out, shocking many and pulling the rug out from under others’ worldview.  However, for many, whether or not the Roman government actually crucified Jesus is of less importance than their rejection of the theological reason for that crucifixion as stated in orthodox Christian teachings.  The orthodox reason is that God sent his Only Begotten Son to die on the cross to save a sinful people, whom He would otherwise sentence to eternal punishment in the fires of hell for their sins.

I, and countless others, rejected this theological viewpoint decades ago.  Since Jesus is regularly proclaimed as Savior/Redeemer and therefore worshipped as such, many Christians were left in limbo without a Wayshower to guide them through the stormy waters in which they found themselves once they stepped outside the orthodox box.

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  It is for this reason that I am re-posting this series of lessons … one a day for the coming 10 to 12 days.

 BE SURE TO READ THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES FIRST:

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/getting-to-know-jesus-as-a-wayshower-introduction/

Part 10 of Series
“The Power of Love”

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

During Jesus’ ministry, the religious leaders attempted frequently to trick him with their questions. In the above scripture reference, one of the scribes asked, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus turned the question back to the scribe, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The scribe answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus responded, “You spoke the truth, do this and you shall live.”

God’s gift to each of us is eternal life based upon our capacity and willingness to live a life of Love. A Jewish scribe was required to know religious law, to interpret the scriptures, and to teach the people. Intellectually, a scribe was highly educated and could speak truth. Many of us know a portion of truth as it is taught in the surface words of the Bible. However, as we see in this biblical story, knowing truth is not sufficient. Jesus commanded the scribe: “Do this and you shall live.” We must DO LOVE.

Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore, taught that each of Jesus’ 12 disciples signified one of the 12 powers possessed by humanity. Ascension involves the development and/or refinement of each of these powers: life, elimination, order, strength, wisdom, love, power, zeal, imagination, faith, understanding, and will. (Charles Fillmore, The Twelve Powers) Learning to integrate these 12 powers into our lifestyle requires dedication to spiritual growth. The intellect can study and talk about these powers; however, it is their integration that grants us eternal life. We must DO THE 12 POWERS. Part 10 of this series concentrates on the power of Love as Jesus, a Wayshower, revealed it to us.

The Greek word translated “to do” means “to make, to undertake, to bring about, to produce.” We often hear the comment: “I’m tired of doing; I just want to be.” This statement is often an expression of weariness due to our hectic lifestyles; however, it can lead to confusion. The Greek work translated “to be” means “to exist, to live, to be available, to be present with.” In effect, be Love, so you can do—or bring about—acts of love. Jesus’ words and life demonstrated the importance of being love and doing acts of love, being faith and undertaking acts of faith.

The scribe quoted the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Who is this God? The God indwelling each of us—our I AM PRESENCE. To obey this commandment means to love God with all that we are.  Love of God is to consume our lives. Love of God, self, and our neighbors is to leave no room in our heart for hate, revenge, jealousy, or resentment. During this incarnation, our love for God, self, and others is to be the guiding light on our soul’s journey. There is to be no room for self-serving or harmful behavior. We are to saturate our minds with thoughts of love, leaving no room for clinging to victim-hood or negative thoughts. The greatest commandment leaves room for neither compromise nor exceptions. TO BE LOVE IS TO DO LOVE.

Why would being and doing love be the criteria for eternal life? A very helpful book, Twelve Powers In You, by Williamson and Knapp, gives a practical answer to this question. Each of the 12 powers are linked to specific parts of the physical body. The power of Love is centered in the heart, which means it is also related to blood circulation and to the organs that work to purify the blood—the liver and spleen. Our immune system is greatly impacted by our ability to express love. Blood pumping through the heart is the physical foundation of life. Love manifesting through our physical plane lives is the foundation for eternal life and good health. Medical studies are revealing a link between love and the immune system: those who are involved in a loving community tend to be healthier and to live longer, the benefits of loving a pet is now evident among the elderly, and the rewards of participating in a career that we love result in people working far beyond the normal retirement age. Love plays a major role in the healing of self and others. Researchers have found that persons—who feel loved and supported—have fewer blockages in the arteries. On the other hand, impediments to our release of the love energy within us can create clogging in our circulatory system. Dr. Knapp, a medical doctor and co-author of Twelve Powers In You, believes the key to healing any circulatory disorder is Love. As we love God with all of our heart and with all of our soul and with all of our strength and with all of our mind, we ensure good physical health and eternal life.

The scribe asked another question of Jesus: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered with one of the most familiar of biblical parables, yet one of the least understood in terms of integrating that understanding into our lives. Think of those persons we are taught, by our society, to hate and fear. Consider the words of the Peace Song: “With God as our Father, family all are we.” Who is our neighbor? The answer is radical. Our neighbor includes those we are taught to hate and fear.

In the parable, an unidentified man is traveling, likely on foot, from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way, he is beaten, robbed, and left by the roadside to die. The dilemma within the parable encourages us to assume that the man was Jewish. Traveling along the same road, three persons see the injured man. These three persons represent three possible responses to the question: Who is our neighbor? They denote our own conflicts as we debate within ourselves how to respond to a member of God’s family – our neighbor. I use Williamson’s interpretation, as found in Twelve Powers In You.

A priest is the first to arrive. As he passed by the dying man, the priest thinks to himself: “I will pray for him, but I don’t want to get involved. I choose to maintain my high consciousness and see everything as perfect, not look upon this man’s troubles.” In that moment, was the priest being love? Doing love? Or, was he creating a blockage in his arteries by hiding behind what sounds like a statement of truth: “I want to concentrate on the good and see everything as perfect, not focus on the negative and look upon this man’s injuries?”

A Levite follows close behind. In biblical times, the Levite was a priest in charge of administering religious law. He, too, ignores the dying man, thinking to himself: “If he got beaten and robbed, he must be reaping the result of his negative thinking or behavior. So, why should I help?” In that moment, was the Levite being love? Doing love? Or, was he clogging an artery to his heart? Restricting the flow of love from our spiritual heart (the etheric heart chakra) to others restricts the flow of blood to and from our physical heart.

Neither the priest nor the Levite disliked the injured man. He could have easily traveled to Jerusalem, from Jericho, in order to worship in the temple where they served. Possibly, they had seen him in the temple and recognized him. They passed by simply because they did not want to get involved with the problem at hand. They wanted to be love, but failed to do love.

The third person to come upon the dying man was a Samaritan. At that point in time, intense hatred existed between Jews and Samaritans. Jews considered Samaritans—who were also descendants from the 12 tribes of Israel—inferior and impure because they intermarried with persons of a different religion. Samaritans were not allowed to enter the temple in Jerusalem. Most Jewish travelers went around Samaria rather than be in the company of Samaritans. A Samaritan coming upon an injured Jew had reason to keep walking. If he had been the one lying by the roadside, the Jew who hated him would very likely allow him to die.

Regardless of the racial hatred toward him, this Samaritan strives to be love, to do love. He responds from the heart with compassion; he sees the dying man as his brother, not his enemy. He chooses to be fully alive by expressing loving kindness. He touched the man with love, not repulsion, as he bound his wounds and lifted him to his own donkey. He was present with the man as he walked beside the donkey. The Samaritan was love. When they arrived at an inn, the Samaritan undertook the care of the injured man. He spent the night being present with him. The next morning, he gave the innkeeper enough money to pay for his continued care, even promising to stop by on his return trip and pay any additional expenses incurred. The Samaritan acted out love with no thought of return. Were the two men to meet again in Jerusalem, the Samaritan knew the man he had assisted would enter the temple and leave him standing outside—forbidden to enter. The Samaritan knew he would not be invited into the man’s home, nor would he be allowed to share a loaf of the Jewish man’s bread. To share bread with another was a sign of trust and friendship. Jews and Samaritans could not be friends. The Samaritan knew that even though he had loved, cared for, and befriended this Jewish man, he would be considered unfit to worship with him or to eat with him. Love knows no such limitations. The Samaritan chose to be love and to do love.

We have heard the saying: “Love is not love until you give it away.” If we fail to give away our love, we end up blocking the good in our own lives. Rather than cling to fear, resentment, and hatred; rather than accept society’s teaching that “they (those differing from us) are our enemies,” we are to BE love and to DO love. Love has the power to heal both self and others. Love, as the eternal life-giving force, must flow in a never-ending circle—from God > to us > and out to others. Love—flowing eternally—removes the blocks to perfect physical health, strengthens the immune system, reveals our Good, opens the passageways to communication with those who are different, and shows us the path to worldwide peace and familial love. Love is the greatest harmonizer in the universe.

During this time of planetary upheaval and transition into full consciousness, we have the opportunity to use our power of Love to calm the forces of destruction within nature and to stop the devastation of wars. How? By loving the instruments of destruction, we can neutralize their harmful potential. Love is the greatest power in the universe.

Jesus, as a Wayshower for the power of Love, neutralized the harmful potential of a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:22-24). Every facet of nature possesses angelic overlords. Jesus knew this truth and spoke to the angels within the storm. He commanded them to be calm; they obeyed and stilled the turbulent waves. Jesus demonstrated the power of Love by speaking from his stance of Being and Doing Love.

Love is all that is. As we lift our consciousness to a higher plane, we can know that what appears to be destruction is, in reality, paving the way to a greater Good. That greater Good is that all of us come to know the tremendous power in which we live and move and have our being—the power of Love.

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 in peace, knowing that the Kingdom of Love is within you.

“Love is my ability to know oneness with all and to desire that good comes to all. Love is my ability to share, to draw together. Love heals, harmonizes, renews, prospers, and unites.”Twelve Powers In You

 

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