The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

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Mary has an ancient history in the collective psychic imagination of mankind. Only her names (Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Diana, Ishtar, Venus, etc.) have changed over the centuries while her archetypal reality remains the same. She is referred to as wisdom present in the moment of creation, as co-redemptrix, as all-powerful, as the counterpart of the masculine force within the masculine and feminine fields of energy that exist in an inseparable unity. As the goddess of the divine feminine energy field within us, she is the feminine dimension of the Self. She is the spiritual vessel in which opposites combine. In her, ego and Self become united. In the same way, Mary and Jesus are counterpart personifications of the essential Self. The virginity of Mary means that incarnation is about the conception and birth of a higher consciousness without the intercession or necessity of any human agency, i.e. ego. Jesus is the personification of this and is, thus, spiritually, the son of a virgin mother. She is what we are meant to become. ~ adapted from *Mary Within, A Jungian Contemplation of Her Titles and Powers* by David Richo

See also: The Immaculate Conception, Continuing Appearances of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and The Fatima Secret

The Meaning of Christmas

HolyFamily The meaning of this advent season – the birth of the child Jesus who became the Christ – cannot be explained except through the experience of each individual within their own life; for knowing about an event is very different from the wisdom presented by that event. You may believe what you hear, but your actions will rarely show that belief unless you have experienced that God so loved the world as to give His Son so we may know there is an advocate with the Father.

We have been told about that event in Bethlehem ages ago when Mary, that channel, had so dedicated herself to the service of God as to become the Mother of Love incarnate. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit because she had fulfilled all things that God had required of her by perfectly balancing the spiritual, mental and physical. Through her the world was shown that this was possible in the experience of any and all who also would make themselves channels through which the Holy Spirit of God (the Christ Consciousness as Love) might manifest. Know this had no beginning in the 2000 years ago, but it happens again, and again, and again!
There never was a time when there was not a Christ and not a Christ-mass, for to have a beginning, there must be an end. There is the possibility in every human birth of that entrance again of a god-man into the earth. The Christ may be born, not as a physical birth, but into the consciousness of a human being. The Christ Consciousness is a Universal Consciousness of the Father Spirit that is found by the opening of those channels within the physical body through which the energies of the Infinite are attuned, as in deep meditation. Those who draw nearer to the Universal Consciousness of the Christ come closer to the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces, or God the Father. This is what the man Jesus attained when he gave of himself to the World. Since the entrance of Jesus into the world, and his making it possible for man to find his way back to God, there has been and will continue to be, an increase of those who will follow him successfully. He will come again and again in the hearts, the minds, the experiences of those that love his coming. But those who think of him and become fearful because they know what his presence would mean, he passes by.
For God seeks all to be one with Him. And as all things were made by Him, that which is the Creative Influence is in every mineral, vegetable, and every individual activity, and is that same force called “God” – and It seeks expression! Just as when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. This was not as an activity from the sun, or light as shed from any radial influence, but it was the ability of consciousness coming into growth from the First Cause. The light became the light of men – mind made aware of conscious existence. That light came among us, showing us the way to find that same consciousness within self – for the kingdom is within, and when self is made one with those spiritual forces there may come the at-one-ment with God. For in truth, we live and move and have our being in Him.
What then is the purpose of everyone’s activity in the consciousness of mind, matter, and spirit in the present? That each may know itself to be itself while part of the Whole; not the Whole, but one with the Whole and still retaining its individuality; knowing itself to be itself, yet one with the purposes of the First Cause that called each of us into being, into the awareness, into the consciousness of itself. That is the purpose; that is the cause of being – and that is the purpose of Christmas. ~ Adapted from several Edgar Cayce Readings

The uniqueness of the Christ as Jesus was that God became conscious as an individual. This is why you are in the earth – not to become conscious of God, for you were that before entering the earth – but that God would become conscious as man, that God would become an individual. This is a transformation, an amelioration, the purpose for which Jesus entered the earth – to manifest the atonement (at-one-ment) with the Father. We have the hope that all minds and all souls will strive to be channels of God, that God may be manifested as an individual in each one of us. ~ (taken from the book, The Spirit unto the Churches)

God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. ~ (1John 4:15)

Christmas is about allowing God, as Love, to manifest in us.

HAVE AN ESPECIALLY BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus
The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus
The Meaning of Easter

Reincarnation

According to the Apostles’ Creed, Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. Edgar Cayce was asked what body, referred to in the Creed, will be resurrected? This was asked by those who believed in reincarnation – that a soul takes form in many different bodies in many different places and in many different lifetimes. Cayce answered that it refers to the physical body, the same body each individual had from the beginning and throughout the ages. Otherwise, he asks, how could it be individual? He further explained that when the unity of consciousness initially separated into individual beings, each being took on a shadow form (thought form) to provide for its individuality. Since each being had mind and will, it used the creative forces of which it was still a part, to create experiences that could feed or build a soul body. Once the soul enters the physical dimension it takes the matter it has drawn to itself to form another body. Although the physical body decays and dissolves, mind, being the builder, uses the vibrations the soul has accumulated to create a new body. What becomes of the body, he said, depends upon the choices that have been made. The destiny of the body, then, depends upon the individual. (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-86)

Because the soul uses those vibrations which it has experienced to build a physical body, an individual will find himself or herself in a body conforming to vibrations that produce health or infirmity, strength or weakness. This is where the balancing power of karma will have its effect.

While all of this may be difficult to believe, scientific research is proving it to be valid. Walter Semkiw, M.D. has written two books about reincarnation, Born Again, and Return of the Revolutionaries. The latter presents evidence–including photographs–that John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and numerous other American Revolutionaries have been reincarnated as the political and spiritual leaders of today, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Marianne Williamson, Shirley MacLaine, and others, in order to begin a Spiritual Revolution. He documents past life recollections of people with current photos along with those of their recalled past life person. He found that facial features, body postures, and hand gestures can be consistent from one lifetime to another. He believes there is an “energy template” or possibly a holographic image that the developing fetus uses to shape the body.

Another interesting facet of this research was the finding that individuals did not necessarily reincarnate in the same ethnic affiliation, religion, nationality, race or gender from one lifetime to another. Dr. Semkiw maintains that once it is understood that Muslim Palestinians may become Jewish Israelis, Protestants may become Catholics, Islamic terrorists may become Christian Westerners and Shiites can become Sunnis, and vice versa, then it will make no sense to perpetuate violence on one another. He states that, “When we see ourselves as universal souls, we understand that we are all brothers and sisters who are evolving together through lifetimes on Earth.” More can be learned from his article, Principles of Reincarnation or How Reincarnation Works, available on the website of the Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS).

More information about these concepts can be found in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.

Mind Is the Builder.

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God’s Mind is the original builder – a place of infinite possibilities, through which all things came to be. Within the Mind of God all things were conceived and brought to fruition. There, vibrations of spiritual energy condense into light, life-force, protons, electrons, atoms, and molecules, eventually reaching our dimension in which physical matter is produced.
Since man is the image of God, man’s mind may also conceive and bring forth material manifestations from spirit. In our three-dimensional experience, these manifestations begin as pure thought energies that form attitudes, desires, intentions, and motivations, eventually producing words and actions.
Waves of energy, like those of light and sound, are taken into the body through the mind’s windows of the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching/feeling). From these energies, received through mind, the soul’s body is formed. The soul’s body, which is composed of vibratory energies, is “built” through the energies continuously taken in through the mind.
That which the mind continuously “feeds” upon provides “food” for the soul. As the senses take in content, impressions are formed. Impressions become thoughts and thoughts become desires, intentions, motivations, and attitudes. Consistent motivations and attitudes become actions, and consistent actions become habits. Habits, or consistent ways of thinking and acting, form the personality and define who we are as physical beings.
Vibrations of energy, taken in through the senses, feed the mind, which in turn, feed the soul. You are what you eat in the physical sense, but what you become depends upon what you “feed” your mind. In this way, mind is the builder.
The positive power of the mind is emphasized in the beautiful, 30-minute meditation, “Asking for nothing, receiving everything,” available on our Meditations Page.

What Is Free Will?

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According to Theopedia:

Probably the most common definition of free will is the ability to make choices without any prior prejudice, inclination, or disposition – and specifically that these ‘free will’ choices are not ultimately predestined by God.

To make a choice “without any prior prejudice, inclination, or disposition” requires being focused on inner peace. This is often called the “vortex” by Abraham-Hicks and the “watcher” by others. It is a place within us where there are no preconceived ideas of an outcome. It is a choice in which action comes about FREE of emotions or thoughts.

The yin yang symbol represents the duality required for our three-dimensional existence. Without duality everything would be the same, without differentiation. Between the two extremes of duality there is a central balancing point in which opposites cease to exist. When we work out of this inner neutral center we are able to respond rather than react, accepting all things without conditions.  This is tolerance, patience, compassion, and especially love manifesting from the “still point” within.  Free will comes from this “still point” as willingness that is free from either extreme. 

Most often we exercise choice, which comes from the ego-mind instead of the center of our Being. Many of our choices aren’t even choices because they are habitual reactions that are expressions of ingrained negative emotions and experiences.  These are actions sourced from inner emotional turmoil rather than from inner peace.

We can choose to act at one extreme (positive) or the other (negative), but acting through free will is acting from neither. It is acting from inner peace through unconditional Love.

What Is Spirit?

AtomSpirit is energy.  Science has shown that everything is composed of energy.  In order to have a material effect, energy requires some kind of form, medium, apparatus, or body in which to manifest.  Sound waves need a radio device to be audible, television transmissions need a TV set to produce pictures and sound, electricity needs a light bulb to produce light, Spirit needs a soul in which to provide life, and the life energy, that is a soul, requires a physical form or body to manifest in materiality.  From the simplest of life forms to the most complex human body, all contain a soul, those of the lower forms have group souls, but humans have individual souls.

In the beginning, Spirit required some kind of form for expression.  This Spirit has many names, the most common of which is “God.”  This “Holy Spirit” is the source of creation, creation being the means through which Spirit expresses Itself to be made known.  The highest forms of all creation are humans, each of whom contain a soul that gives life through the Spirit within it.  There is only one Spirit of which we are all a part.

We are all familiar with spirit without actually being aware of it.  In addition to providing the life force within us that we take for granted, there are times when we actually are able to feel spirit.  One example is the enthusiasm called school spirit, team spirit, Christmas spirit, national spirit and such.  It is an energy within that is real and can be felt as part of the body.  Intentions, motivations, and desires are all part of spirit and, depending upon the direction they are given by will, may be classified as good or evil.  These are forces through which real consequences may be created in the material world, and that every human has the ability to direct.  In this way we are co-creators with God – a responsibility few ever consider or understand.