Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
Judgment is an evaluation with the intention that harm be dispensed as punishment for some transgression, either real or imagined. Any such emotional intention establishes an attraction for similar harmful energy to be dealt to those who judge. It sets a karmic reaction in motion for getting back the same kind of energy that was given out. That is the meaning of the statement above. Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Where judgment implies punishment, discernment recognizes differences, such as good vs bad, or acceptable vs not acceptable, without emotional engagement. To discern whether or not a snake is poisonous does not judge the snake. To decide whether a person’s words or actions are abusive is not a judgment of that person. Discernment is using the ability to distinguish between that which may be beneficial as opposed to that which may be harmful.
For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)
Judgment has no mercy. Discernment has no judgment and is not concerned with punishment or retribution because it is not interested in an outcome.
Know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for God searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28: 9)
The word “Christ” is most often associated with the name Jesus as though it were a last name. But the word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos” which means anointed. In Hebrew the same word would be “Mashiach,” or Messiah. Since many of the ancient manuscripts were written in Greek, the word Christ became associated with the name of Jesus. Properly used, it should be “Jesus the Christ” as it has been translated in some Biblical versions of Matthew 16: 20.
The Christ, as it is becoming more correctly understood today, is not a person but a consciousness. The Christ Consciousness is the Universal Consciousness of wholeness, unity, and oneness. Since the Source of all creation is Infinite Potential without form or limits, the Christ Consciousness can be imagined as the “mind of God,” the original thought expressed by the Godhead that is most often called the “Father.” The “Son of God” can then be more easily understood as the Christ Consciousness since it is the first and most intimate manifestation of God the “Father.” This was the consciousness within the man called Jesus, enabling him to say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (John 14: 11)
The Christ Consciousness is a harmonious whole in which everyone and everything is included. As a Consciousness of wholeness and unity, the Christ Consciousness recognizes no separation, conditions, or limitations. There is no “us vs them” or “me vs you” because “me” is the same as “you” and “us” becomes identical to “them.” All is One thing, without separation, as pure unconditional love. The Christ Consciousness has no limitations and, therefore, is not limited to the man called Jesus. It is available to all who are willing to shed ego’s identity with selfishness and separation in order to take on the Christ Consciousness and become like Jesus.
The anti-Christ is most often thought of as a particular individual who is the personification of evil. However, this consciousness can take root within groups as well, particularly when it is aroused through a common belief. This can be recognized easily when people of the same mind act as a group to express their feelings of self-righteousness, fear and hate. The consciousness of the anti-Christ is the product of ego living in a world of duality, a world that is seen as a threat to its own existence. It separates that which it considers to be good from that which it considers to be evil. That which is thought to be good will provide solely for its own benefit and beliefs, while that which deters it from accomplishing its selfish desires, or that disagrees with its beliefs, will be considered evil. As the opposition to the Christ, it is a consciousness of separation from the Whole. It is disharmony and disruption, that which cannot accept the Consciousness of the Christ.
Everything is energy including the thoughts we think and the emotions we feel as a result of those thoughts. This energy has been referred to as “spirit.” We talk about “school spirit” and the “Christmas spirit” but what we are actually describing is the energy felt within ourselves. The Spirit, or energy within us, gives us life and is creative. When we have strong desires or intentions they will lead us to some creative action toward their fulfillment. The spirit in which we act can manifest as helpful or harmful, both to ourselves and others.
Ideally, energy flows throughout our bodies bringing optimum health and well-being that is sustained through a positive connection to Spirit. Negative emotional energy that is expressed severs this link and allows the energy of negative circumstances to manifest in our lives. When negative emotional energy is repressed it remains inside us blocking the flow of life-giving Spirit causing stress and dis-ease. The source of these repressed energies may be hidden in our sub-conscious mind but can be healed as opportunities arise causing them to surface. It is then that we can allow them to be, without giving them expression, instead lovingly accepting them as parts of ourselves that require healing, then releasing them by letting them go.
See also: Pain Release
While physical pain is more difficult to overcome than emotional pain, physical pain is often the result of blocked emotional energy that needs to be released. Several attempts may be required to become entirely free of the distressing emotion, but with each use of this practice, the emotional distress will eventually heal, and whatever triggered it will no longer have an effect.
A method for releasing emotional or physical pain has been given to us by many spiritual teachers, a few of the lessons have been provided below:
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~ RUMI
Instead of (avoiding our moods and emotions) invite them to come in and have a cup of tea. Yes, it would perhaps be better to offer it a Scotch-and-soda … because the idea is to encourage it, to invite it to be itself with a vengeance … for this is accepting its independence of the ego, that is, allowing it to behave as it wills … instead of denying it, we affirm it … to experience it to the full … for even the blackest mood has a profound meaning for us and is a blessing in disguise. … The point is not to accept it in order that you might pass on to a higher state, but to accept it because acceptance itself is that higher state.”
~ from The Meaning of Happiness by Allan W. Watts
By turning your attention to any emotional or physical pain, observing it and feeling its energy, the identification of the pain as being you is broken. Sustained conscious attention severs the link between the pain and your feelings, providing you with a process of transmutation.
~ from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Your unique personal vibrational frequency determines the quality of your life. By accepting the energy of your vibrational resonance and taking charge of it you can change your thoughts and emotions. A transformational shift will occur providing limitless possibilities. To liberate the feelings and beliefs that no longer serve you, fully embrace them allowing them to be released. This will bring freedom to the pure vibrational energy within. ~ from Panache Desai
Despair, pain and grief are held to be unpleasant and thoroughly undesirable. Dearest friend, take the lighted candle of your own faith, and enter completely into your despair. Be there. Look around. Let your self-remembering light that cavern, demanding nothing, expecting nothing. Rather than push away your despair, just say yes to it. If you say yes to your pain, then that pain is filled with Love. This is not something to think or merely perform. It is something to be. Say ‘yes’ in that despair-filled moment when you are able, and with your next breath say ‘yes’ again. And, if you are willing to allow the structure of despair to alter, you will observe it beginning to change. … Whatever your predicament may be, ‘yes’ will not solve it. It will dissolve it. ‘Yes’ is not obedience or acquiescence. It is an embrace.”
~ from Emmanuel’s Book III, What Is an Angel Doing Here? by Rodegast and Stanton
The practice is a three-step process of: 1) acknowledging what is going on internally during a distressing physical or emotional situation, 2) welcoming it, and 3) letting it go. … Close your eyes and feel the emotional and/or physical pain. Stay with the sensation for a minute or two, exploring how it feels in your body. After a minute or two, consciously move in the opposite direction, still working directly on the sensation. Relax, take a deep breath, and come down into your being. Soften inwardly. Open to the sensation of your own presence, and try to stay with that presence no matter what inner racket is going on. Keep returning consciously to that sensation of inner openness until you can feel calmness beginning to return. If you are patient and firm, it eventually will. The aliveness of your “I AM” presence, sensed directly in this way, will eventually heal any mental or emotional turmoil that temporarily preempts it.
~ from The Wisdom Jesus, Transforming Heart and Mind – A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault as provided in The Welcoming Prayer
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Christians tend to think of the Trinity as three “persons” and we see paintings that show three individual forms – one is an old man as the “Father” – Jesus is the “Son” – and a dove is the “Holy Spirit.” Common sense tells us that the Holy Spirit is not a dove but that the dove is a symbol or representation of something else. This is also true of the other two figures that artists used to help us conceptualize a Truth that is a central part of the Christian belief system.
God is said to be One but this doesn’t mean a single individual – it means a unity, a whole or “All That Is.” Within that unity there is diversity, and this diversity includes the spiritual dimension as well as the material or physical dimension. There are many dimensions as is pointed out in the Bible when it has Jesus saying that there are many mansions in his father’s house. Mansions or homes or houses are words that are more easily understood than dimensions, and such words are merely pointers to concepts rather than to actual physical forms. In the same way, the word “father” is more easily understood than “supreme being” or some other name that might help us to understand what God is. Language is always a hindrance when trying to talk about spiritual concepts because mind cannot understand what is beyond its limitations of the five senses. Understanding of spirit comes through a direct experience, or through intuition or insight. As the dimensions are experienced we can understand them as states of consciousness. Since we are conscious beings with complex nervous systems made for the purpose of experiencing, we have been given the ability to directly experience God. Mystics are those who have had such experiences. Some have been called saints. Many have described their experiences to assist those who also have the desire to find God within themselves.
The “Father” has been described by some as Pure Transcendent Being, Creative Source, Origin of All That Is, the Unconditioned and Unknowable. Also as a Nothing – which we can more easily understand as no-thing because the “Father” exists before things are created. There are no forms, no limits, no boundaries, no light in this state of consciousness – only a darkness in which pure awareness exists. It is Infinite Potential in more modern terms, like the potential energy in a battery that requires some form within which to work. This is the first phase or condition of our triune God – definitely not an old man up in the sky and not a “person.”
The next phase or condition is the “Son” which is one with, but distinct from, the “Father.” Like fog in air it has properties that the “Father” lacks. This is the Christ Consciousness, also called the Universal Consciousness or sometimes the “mind of God.” St. Teresa described the Logos or Creative Word, as it also has been called, as the expression or out-birth of the Father’s thought. It is where the Divine Substance first becomes apprehensible – it is a mediating principle. It is the expressed image of God and the “bridge” between the finite and infinite, between the individual and the Absolute. It is what we might call “heaven” where the potential of the “Father” comes forth as a spiritual expression of Wholeness and Unity. Fr. Richard Rohr calls this the “Cosmic Christ” through which God has “let us know the mystery of his purpose.” He says that Christ is not the last name of Jesus but the title for his life’s purpose. John Duns Scotus described the Christ as the very first idea in the mind of God, and God has never stopped thinking, dreaming, and creating the Christ. What the Christ means is the confluence of divinity and physicality, spirit and matter. When the material and spiritual worlds coexist, we have Christ. This Christ is not Jesus, it is a consciousness within Jesus that has the potential of becoming real in each one of us.
We never hear about “God the Mother.” During one of the early Church Councils Mary was made the “mother of God” but if we see God as the “Father,” without beginning or end, there is no mother involved. Here the assumption is that Jesus is God, but as Fr. Rohr says, “The historical Jesus has become the new monotheistic God – God the Father for all practical purposes. Until we saw Jesus we couldn’t imagine what God was like. We start with Jesus then we can move backwards to the Cosmic Christ who exists from the beginning.” The eternal birthing of the Cosmic Christ, or Universal Christ Consciousness, takes place within the spiritual body of what has been called the “Cosmic Virgin Mary,” and is the eternal spiritual birthing of creation. This is the Immaculate Conception, eternal creation through the power of Spirit, a virginal receiving of the potential energy of the Father making it substantial, just as St. Teresa said. This birth began in our physical world with the virgin birth of Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the personification of the Immaculate Conception, the womb of creation in which all things come into existence through the power of Spirit. Just as the Immaculate Conception gives birth to the Christ Consciousness, Mary gave birth to Jesus who is the personification of the Christ Consciousness, the spiritual form of everything that exists. Mary is the personification of Mother Nature and our mother, the intermediary between us and the Christ, just as the Christ is the intermediary between us and the Father. They are all one thing, blending together with no real separation except as a way to think about it.
Science tells us that everything is energy that cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes form. Energy consists of positives and negatives that interact to create atoms, molecules and compounds that make up our material world. We can apply this principle to the Trinity in which positive and negative forces “dance” together to create. It is within the womb of creation, which is the negative, feminine or receiving aspect, where the positive, masculine or giving aspects combine. It is a yin/yang relationship in which different phases work together to bring creation into being. It is within this womb that the Christ is birthed through the energy of Spirit. It is the spiritual basis of the incarnation of Jesus where two souls, embodied in human flesh, personified a spiritual Truth. It is within this “womb of creation,” which has also been called the “mind of God,” that three things become one, and it is impossible to separate them.
If we think of a flashlight we know that it has form as an outside that holds a battery and a bulb. The battery contains potential energy that does nothing by itself but requires some form in which to work. When a connection is made between the positive and negative poles, the bulb in the flashlight changes the potential energy from the battery to light energy that we can see. In the same way, the outgoing potential energy of the Father, as the Holy Spirit, is transformed within the womb of creation producing an Immaculate Conception, through which the Son becomes apparent as the Christ Consciousness, the Unity of creation. These are all one thing known as the Trinity.
When people have an existential experience of God, their consciousness becomes one with these phases of God. Everything is seen as a Unity of which the person is a part. Their individuality remains within the Unity as an instrument that reflects the image of creation back to the Father who exists at the core of our being.
Since 2012 many people have been experiencing difficult health symptoms. Depression is one that appears to be common. For those who practice some form of spiritual exercise, the symptoms could be the result of energy called kundalini. However, this is true even for those who do not practice, or even think about spirituality. In her book, Journey Through Transformation; A guide to mystical awakening, kundalini, emotional clearing and spiritual emergence, Kaia Nightingale explains that, of the 110 participants in her survey who felt they had a spiritual experience, 43% of them were not engaged in any spiritual practice, and 15% had no belief at all in spirit prior to their experience. The causes that triggered the experience were varied from such things as meditation, stress, and illness. The type of experience also varied among the participants and included everything from revelations to UFO sightings, all of which are described in the book.
Any spiritual experience can be either joyful or frightening, especially when it is not understood. The energy within each person opens doors to parts of the psyche that have been hidden from consciousness, and when they are suddenly released, disturbing consequences follow. If there is some deep-seated emotional content such as fear, anger, grief, or anxiety, it may be raised to a conscious level resulting in stressful emotional turmoil. Even those who have an understanding of the way in which these openings occur can be unprepared for the actual experience. While the experience itself will generally be of short duration, trying to make sense of it may keep the mind engaged in fear and stress.
Some of the symptoms of a spiritual awakening described in this book include: sensitivity to crowds, colors, foods, and noises; pain, eyestrain, headaches; involuntary movements; skin sensations; heat in various places in the body or throughout the body; time distortions. Remedies are provided for internal clearing and grounding.
Unfortunately, as pointed out by Kaia Nightingale from her own experience, many gurus have no knowledge of how to deal with difficult spiritual awakenings. The medical profession is of little, if any, help since there is no physical cause for the symptoms and people are often referred to a therapist or psychologist.
This is an excellent book but it is not intended to replace the need for prudent care with the help of a physician. Symptoms always should be ruled out as having a physical cause before suspecting them to be spiritually related.
Many additional resources for information about the difficulties of a spiritual awakening are also provided in this book. It can be purchased online at amazon in print or electronic format.
A few online sites are included here for immediate reference:
Spiritual Emergence Service – http://spiritualemergence.net/
Spiritual Emergency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/se/resources/senciis.html
Kundalini Awakening – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/types/kundalinitype.htm
Spiritual Competency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/lesson5.html
For the early Christians, “the Father” God was that highest, unknowable and unreachable God. Therefore there was much meaning for them in the message of John 14:6 where Jesus is quoted as saying that, “I am the *way*, the truth, and the *life*. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” For them it meant that there was now a direct connection between them and the highest God.
When we think of consciousness as *life* force and the medium through which we gain perception of our world, we can also understand that our world view has continued to expand over time because consciousness is expanding. When our view of God the Father is seen as the unconscious part of ourselves (the Kingdom of God within us), where infinite possibility exists but is not yet created, then we can get an idea of the *Way* in which Jesus, through a perfectly harmonized human consciousness of Love, brought consciousness into the unconscious Source that was previously inaccessible. In this way, Jesus made God accessible to humans so that each of us, through a consciousness of perfect Love, could become one with the infinite Father God. This is the meaning of enlightenment, realization, and the Biblical passage:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.” (John 14:8-12)
TIME AS ONE TIME (taken from SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann)
As a way of gaining some understanding of the unity of time, we refer to the explanation by theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku. On the internet’s YouTube he talks about Time and explains the idea that all of time, as we know it, exists at once. According to Dr. Kaku, there are many different frequencies of time existing together, and the time of which we are aware is only one of those frequencies. We experience just one particular time because our consciousness is “tuned in” to the vibratory force of three dimensions. It is much like tuning into one particular television frequency to watch a single program while there are many other programs broadcasting simultaneously. This “tuning” is called sympathy by Dale Pond who explains that sympathy is extremely important to us because without it we could not hear sounds or see objects. We act as “receivers” of vibrating waves coming from the environment and, because of our sympathy with them, we are able to translate these vibrations into comprehensible objects and sounds.
Dr. Kaku’s explanation directly relates to Cayce’s statement, given many years before Kaku’s, when he said that “all time is one time,” and also that, in our material plane, time is dependent upon the “rate of the vibratory force” as it is set into motion. Cayce was in agreement with Kaku when he told one individual that “all that is has been, and all that is to be has been already.” And to another person Cayce said, “You are already in eternity, your soul has been there since the beginning.”
Meher Baba explained that, since there is no time in eternity, everything that has happened, is happening, or will happen, has already happened. This is because there is no past or future in eternity, only the everlasting present where everything came to conclusion with the initial urge of the Creator to begin creative activity.
Even Eckhart Tolle agrees as he asks:
Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the Now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the Now? The answer is obvious, is it not? Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future – it will happen in the Now.
Have you ever seen a child’s book that lets them make up a story by offering different choices? Such a book is Journey Under the Sea by R.A. Montgomery. The book description is:
This book is different from other books. You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story. There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result. Now enter the mysterious and beautiful world of Atlantis… YOU may be famous, you might decide never to return to the earth world above, or you may not get a chance to make that decision. Whatever happens, good luck!
This is much the same idea as our concept of time. We have many decisions to make and the ones that we choose are the ones we experience. All of the other possibilities are there, but we just don’t get to experience them. Mind boggling isn’t it?
For more information like this, read SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann
In order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.
The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”
The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.
From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.
As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.
The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.
For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.