“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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OR

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.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

  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

 

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 9 – “Why Reincarnation?”

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 9

“Why Reincarnation?”

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.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

   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 9

“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 (Remember we are not talking about race here.) 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 achieve three major accomplishments: transmute 51% of our negative karma, fulfill our soul’s mission for this incarnation, and reunite with our Christ Self.

To merge with our Christ Self means to live from the soul-centered level with the mind that was in Jesus the Christ. We acquire the Christed Mind by integrating Jesus’ teachings into our lifestyle. Remember, human beings categorize Jesus as belonging only to the Christian religion. Jesus, as one Son 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 moved 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—the Hebrew word for Lord also translates as 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 will 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 God—thus, gods in the making.

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

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)

You can learn to interpret your own “Soul Map” (astrological natal chart) at:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/index.htm

Your “Soul Map” reveals life patterns formed in prior lifetimes, lessons your soul desires to learn this incarnation, your talents and purpose, and much more.  It is an invaluable tool for self-knowledge and spiritual growth.

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 8 – “Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 8

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

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.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

  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 8

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

 HELPFUL HINT – Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s chart of the Divine Self is most helpful in understanding the multi-dimensionality of your being.  The lower figure represents your physical body … the middle figure signifies your Higher Self/Christ Self/Soul … the upper figure is the I AM PRESENCE within you, i.e. God indwelling you.  The chart relates especially well to this lesson.

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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 going to my website:  http://www.pathwaytoascension.com/numerology.html

[10] Luke 18:18-19.

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

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 7 – “The Universal Law of Giving & Receiving”

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 7

“The Universal Law of Giving & Receiving”

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.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

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

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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.

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Divine Self Chart[i]

This chart reveals our true state of being. The top portion represents our I AM PRESENCE or the 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)


[i]   Explanation of the Divine Self Chart:  http://tsl.org/2009/10/chart-of-your-divine-self/

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 6 – “Awake From the Dead!”

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS AS A WAYSHOWER, PART 6

“Awake From the Dead!”

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.

Christ Walking on the WaterAmedee Varin, 19th Century

  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 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.
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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

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