Posted by: justbewhoyouare | April 21, 2011

ISN’T IT TIME TO TAKE JESUS AND YOURSELF DOWN OFF THAT CROSS?

Easter week for the world of Christianity means the time of celebration of the death and resurrection of their Lord and savior. However, it has become blatantly clear to me in recent times that this historical understanding of Jesus is not only inaccurate, but the very premise of the story is responsible for a victim mentality that is causing the perpetuation of untold suffering throughout the world.

In the very beginning humanity chose to believe in two illusions: 1) that we are separate from the divine, and 2) that we are flawed at birth. Nothing could be further from the truth and yet choosing these illusions has historically served us given what we came here to learn, which was how to be, while in human form, that which we truly are—unconditional love. And yet, an outgrowth of these illusions is a belief in the need to be saved from these so-called flaws, and this belief has been the primary reason why we have been creating drama and suffering for ourselves because it has never allowed the divine nature of humanity to be fully expressed. Instead, we’ve given ourselves all sorts of rules to live by which has kept the human spirit in check. It has also caused us to choose less than a desire to be fully alive.

When Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago he knew who he was, that at his core he was divine, and he also knew that everyone else was God also. And yet, he was aware that the consciousness he was living in was thick with a lot of heavy overlays, one in which no one understood anything about their true identity as divine beings having a human experience. For this reason, he no doubt knew that he was going to be murdered, but he never said he was going to die for you. Jesus wasn’t about taking responsibility for you—that was Apostle Paul’s idea.

What Jesus said is found in Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus was asked by a lawyer, “Which is the great commandment in the Law?” His response was “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” These words of Jesus summarize everything he came to teach. His first commandment was that we love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind. This means it is our responsibility to love everything about ourselves bar none because we are God also. This includes all our so-called flawed nature, which we have traditionally loathed. He said the second commandment was just like the first, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In other words, love yourself with all your heart, soul and mind (this level of love is unconditional—no strings attached) and then share this same unconditional love with your neighbor. This is what Jesus was talking about. First, allow yourself to become the love of God that you already are and then there’s no one you cannot love. Jesus not only taught this, he lived it. Choosing to live life in this manner is a choice to live life fully, without any agenda or need to control anything. When you make a choice to be unconditional, you’re making a choice to invest your full self into life. You hold nothing back.

However, we tend to be conditional with our love because we have fear of being rejected, fear we’re not good enough, and fear that we’re not worthy. These are the by-products of buying into a belief that claims we are separate from the divine and flawed. These beliefs actually reflect a loathing of life itself. We carry on from day to day afraid to express our true nature because we are literally afraid of life, afraid of God, which actually means afraid of who we really are. Consequently, we only invest part of ourselves into life. Meanwhile, this puts us smack dab into a victim mentality so that we are convinced we need to be saved from this dilemma. Deep inside we hope that despite our flaws, as long as we cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, we’ll one day make it to heaven. Such beliefs however run completely contrary to everything that Jesus was about.

The reason we find ourselves harboring such anti love-of-self beliefs is because even though Jesus taught us how to live fully by his own example, after his death his message became extremely distorted, in large part because of the Apostle Paul. When Paul was knocked off his horse on the way to Damascus he was given a vision of who he really was. Jesus opened Paul up to his own divine nature. This experience literally blinded Paul because such awareness about himself being divine was completely beyond his ability to comprehend. Until that moment he had contempt for anyone who was associated with Jesus and he had harbored much rage and anger towards himself and God. This internal condition evoked tremendous fear, guilt and shame when suddenly in the presence of such unconditional love. He couldn’t fathom how he too could have such love within him. Later, when he tried to make sense of what had happened, he shrugged it off as the light playing tricks on his eyes—not of the experience itself but of having been shown his own divine nature. Oh, he remembered the experience, but he chose to remember only the amazing love of Jesus he had experienced and discarded that it had anything to do with him. Because he was filled with so much guilt and shame he suffered tremendously and was desperately looking for something that would ease his weary mind. This was his primary motivation for coming to the conclusion that Jesus had died in order to save him from his sins.

This theology of Paul’s was nothing but an illusion he created in order to cope with all the emotional pain he carried. The last thing he wanted to do was take responsibility for being the creator of the way he was feeling. This is because he was addicted to blaming others for his suffering, whether it was Jesus’ followers, his parents, anyone who annoyed him, it didn’t really matter. Paul was very much like many of us—convinced people or things, or life’s circumstances, anything other than ourselves, are the cause of our suffering. Therefore, it was extremely convenient for him to dump his responsibility for loving himself onto Jesus. This took him off the hook, placing the burden onto his newfound savior. Now it became Jesus’ responsibility to somehow take Paul’s suffering away. Not only that, but this also now gave him a sense of purpose. “Jesus is Lord and savior, I need to go out and tell everyone about this.” This feeling of having a purpose made him feel righteous, which gave him courage to speak his truth despite any opposition.

However, his real motivation was to escape his responsibility to love himself, which means this entire scenario he was creating, of making Jesus his savior and then wanting to tell others about this was because he couldn’t deal with his emotional pain. Because he lacked love for himself, he desperately needed others to love and accept him, so when his beloved ideas about Jesus were threatened in any way, his pain was magnified. Rather than face the pain and deal with it, his response was to close down his heart all the more. This is why he became boastful and was so committed to preaching his idea about Jesus that he was willing to be flogged and imprisoned. Facing his pain was just way too frightening for Paul. In fact, it was not something he even considered because he actually didn’t realize why he was doing what he was doing. There were no psychiatrists around in those days that he could’ve gone to in order to get to the bottom of why he had such anger and frustration that was being triggered by his guilt and shame.

What this means is that Paul went from persecuting and eliminating people as a means of expressing his anger and frustration to righteously defending a belief in Jesus being his savior for the very same reason. The post-conversion Paul wasn’t that much different from the way he was before his conversion. As it turned out, Christianity followed in the footsteps of both the pre-conversion and post-conversion Paul. After the Council of Nicea in 325 AD chose only writings that supported their need to control, destroying virtually anything that smacked of heresy, Charlemagne was converted and the next thing you know the views of the church about Jesus were being forced on the masses and anyone who even remotely appeared to be a threat to their truth was persecuted and eliminated. Blood was righteously shed century after century in the name of Jesus, all in an attempt to maintain control. Even with the modernization of the world, to this day there is still a strong tendency for the church to reflect the post-conversion Paul, that is, to keep faithful followers under control. The same rules that Paul made up are still being enforced.

The heavy burden of guilt and shame Paul felt because of his actions made him feel like a miserable wretch, which caused him to come to the conclusion that he was the one who deserved to die but instead Jesus had died in his place, in order that he now could live without having to go through all that suffering. But Paul’s mistake was that he refused to accept that he too was divine just like Jesus. His theology was created because he chose to believe he was a victim of sin—a flawed human who needed a sinless human to pay a price that he personally felt he deserved. In his mind Jesus was that sinless human, who he believed was also divine—in fact, the only one who was divine. This was not the case at all. All humans are divine but in those days such a concept was extremely radical. Jesus died because his claims of being divine was a threat to the powers at that time, much like the authority today in any country that severely restricts the freedom of its inhabitants is threatened by even the slightest sign of discontent.

Jesus was an anomaly who stood out like a sore thumb. He let them crucify him because he was unconditional love. He had no need or agenda for them to be doing anything other than what they were choosing to do—that’s what unconditional love means—no agenda. He did not choose to run away out of fear. Instead, he loved his killers for who they were, not for what their actions were. He knew they were divine beings so alienated from this truth that they were severely threatened by him. That’s why he could forgive them. On the other hand, forgiveness was not something Paul could fathom, certainly not towards himself because he loathed himself. It was so much easier to use Jesus’ death as a means to avoid having to love himself. Believing that Jesus would take away his sins gave him hope that when Jesus returned, which he believed was imminent, he’d finally be free from his pain and suffering.

Paul made the whole thing up. He had all the capability to love unconditionally just like Jesus but he didn’t believe this. He felt he wasn’t deserving of, or capable of, a love like that. He never got over how he treated Jesus’ followers before his conversion. Despite all he went through to build followers of his truth, he took his guilt and shame with him to the grave.

Most all the religions have maintained throughout the years the belief that we are separate from God, imperfect, and in need of a savior, whether Jesus or some other form of taking us away from our suffering. This is why virtually all humans at their core continue to feel guilty and unworthy to this day. Religion in general is, for the most part, responsible for creating rules with the sole intent to control the individual because it has believed all along that because we are imperfect, we are incapable of keeping the set of rules they believe God gave us to follow. Because we can’t be trusted on our own to choose what’s best for us, religions concluded and we believed, that God gave us guidelines for how to live properly; guidelines that must be followed or punishment will follow. We’ve been led to believe God doesn’t 100% trust us to do the “right” thing, and along with this belief comes another belief—that we are not capable of trusting ourselves 100% either, and this is where we gave up our freedom—when we bought into such beliefs. We did this because, like the Apostle Paul, it was much easier to let someone else take care of us, protect us, and take responsibility for us. It gave us a comfortable feeling of being safe and protected.

Once we accepted this, we now needed to stay on good terms with this illusory God. Yet, believing that we are prone to disobey His rules created a great deal of tension within us. This tension makes it very difficult for us to trust God! This is one of the biggest issues I’ve been working on in this lifetime—trusting God. In other words, trusting myself, since I’m divine, that if I follow my heart, everything will work out. This is such a challenge because the things my heart wants to do aren’t anywhere on the list of the things I believed God wanted me to do because I believed God wanted me to suffer for His sake. And that’s where the problem with all the rules and the idea that we’re sinners who need to obey the rules comes in. It traps us into a box of rules and if your heart dares to desire something outside the rules, you create the emotions of fear and guilt. Without any such beliefs, there would be no such emotions. Unfortunately, these beliefs are ages old so they are deeply ensconced within our consciousness.

Many will disagree with this, believing if we were left to our own devices, we would destroy each other because, they believe, man is inherently evil. This idea comes from the central teaching of Christianity, which is that the heart is evil and will always deceive you. This is why it is drilled in that you have to follow the mind (the rules) because only there are you able to discern between right and wrong. But this is a smokescreen that was used to brainwash the masses into giving their power away to the church. However, this idea is ludicrous within the context of knowing we are all divine. It is a total illusion. In fact, the exact opposite it true. Your heart is where you are going to find true guidance from the divine. Your head will deceive you 100% of the time if it’s not connected to the heart’s desire because the mind can never really know for sure. This is why we’re in this predicament in the first place, because we’ve given the mind the authority to guide us. It’s why we’ve allowed ourselves to be controlled by religion, but the mind is not who we are. We are divine and the divine dwells in our heart. When one truly connects to the divine energy that dwells within them, they find joy and peace, because that is the natural state of affairs of the divine. When experiencing such peace, the very idea of harming or even using another for your own gain (which is what Paul did to Jesus) runs counter to your entire being. The truth is, as a divine being, man is actually inherently loving.

The belief that humans are inherently evil is a result of believing we are separate from God and comes from a deep fear that without our savior, we’re doomed. Paul contributed greatly to the creation of this mindset. He was convinced Jesus was his only hope of being saved from the deep agony he experienced on a regular basis (thanks again to his belief that he was a sinner and therefore, was in violation of God’s laws). His agony over a past that haunted him, and having no control over his bodily desires, nearly tore him apart on the inside, which explains why he wrote the following in Romans:

For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. (Romans 7:22-25)

These words tell us Paul believes his body is a slave to sin, but thanks to Jesus, he’s saved—so long as he remains a slave to his mind that is. In other words, so long as he continually reinforces within his mind this illusion that it made up. The truth is that he could’ve found the love he wanted right inside himself all along. He didn’t need Jesus to experience unconditional love. All he needed to do was choose to love himself unconditionally. And yet, his upbringing had already convinced him he was a victim and therefore, incapable of loving unconditionally. A victim cannot afford to love unconditionally—that would blow its game. This is why Paul was attached to this victim role, as are most humans today.

What Paul didn’t understand was that it was his reaction to the Law that caused him to feel he was a slave to it. He could have laughed at it and said, “there’s no way I’m going to be confined to someone else’s idea of what’s right for me. I’m going to follow my heart, not someone else’s rules.” With such an attitude Paul would’ve lived very differently. Of course, his father would probably have beat the tar out of him if he’d openly proclaimed this but regardless, any time we cannot take responsibility for our own creations, we fall into the illusion we are a victim of something outside us and therefore, have a need for salvation in whatever form—also to come from outside ourselves. The truth is that Paul was willing to receive floggings for his belief in Jesus, but had he, earlier in life, stuck with a commitment to not be controlled by anything outside himself despite receiving floggings from his father, he would never have allowed himself to be used by the Roman authorities to hunt down, persecute and murder Christians. This is a choice he could have made but he didn’t. And I can totally understand why because in those days, had he been that rebellious, it’s likely he would’ve not just been flogged, but killed. What happened to Jesus tells me so.

We can all relate to the desires of the flesh, yet we were all told God expects us to control them. We were told living in poverty is better than being rich (I Tim. 6:9-10). Paul told us it was better to be celibate then to marry (I Cor. 7:1,8). There are oh so many rules that religions have placed upon the human heart, keeping us living as victims. However, no one has ever understood where this mentality actually came from, nor has anyone understood what truly loving ourselves means. We’ve just simply maintained a victim mentality, allowed ourselves to be bound by the rules, and have reluctantly accepted this as our fate—and by the way, the beer companies have made out like a bandit as a result!

Now that we understand that Jesus was never about dying for our sins, that this idea was strictly Paul’s, let’s go back to Jesus’ two commandments, to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. Again, this means allowing yourself to become the love of God that you are and then there’s no one you cannot love. No one has ever really wanted to love unconditionally because, like Paul, we’ve all been addicted to our suffering and victimhood. This addiction comes from having a belief that Jesus came to take away our suffering, but only after we die. Christians accept that while we’re alive, life includes suffering. This belief says, that’s okay because one day we’re going to be with Jesus and that’s when there will be no more suffering. Meanwhile, as long as we’re alive, we don’t really mind if we suffer—that is, so long as it gives Jesus a good reason to smile on us. But since we are God also, the creator of our entire reality, this belief is actually the reason we continuously create suffering situations and then turn to Jesus in prayer, asking for it to be taken away or at the very least, asking for strength to be able to endure our self-created suffering. In addition, because of all the rules we feel bound by, we don’t allow ourselves to have too much pleasure for fear of what Jesus might think. So there is a holding back of our real nature to be fully expressed, which keeps us rather unauthentic because there’s a part of us that we know wants to be expressed but we cannot allow ourselves to be expressed in that way, because of fear of stepping over the boundaries of the law that we believe Jesus laid down for us. In the truest sense of the word, this is insanity.

What this actually amounts to is that we are not choosing life—not in the truest sense. I mean, to be fully ensconced into life. This is not allowed by our victim belief. If we need Jesus to save us then we also need to obey Jesus. And because we believe Paul was speaking for Jesus, we bought into his rules. And Paul was all about controlling yourself—keeping your desires in check (which by the way, is why getting rid of unwanted habits is such a challenge—because the rules demand that we push away such habits, which only causes them to return—this is the nature of energy). In addition, the very attempt to keep ourselves under control makes a statement to the universe that says, “I don’t really want to live life fully. I’d rather live life reserved so that everything is safe and orderly around me.” This is also a fear of change, a fear of life itself.

On the deepest level within, your cellular structure responds to this unconscious (but very real) statement by supporting it (for your body is in service to you—you are its master, it obeys you). When you are trying to keep everything under control and thus, running from life, your body supports you in this quest by breaking down. Your cells will reflect your choice by limiting the amount of energy they have since every day you limit your expression of the life that you have given yourself as the creator. After all, this is the command you’re giving your cells when you choose to keep your life under control. This interaction between the anti-life beliefs within your subconscious mind and your cells is going all the time without you realizing it. Your cells are then slowly breaking down in support of your choice to hold an anti-life belief and with a long term continuation of this belief in needing an outside savior and therefore, a willingness to endure suffering as a victim of life’s circumstances (with a mindset that says, “that’s just the way it is—it must be God’s will), it eventually shows up in the body, coming into your awareness with some form of disease. This doesn’t happen over night.

When this happens you are of course, baffled because you feel you’ve been such a good Christian. You ask, “Why me Jesus?” but get no satisfactory response. Oh, your pastor or friends will comfort you, and you will even comfort yourself to a degree by reassuring yourself that it must be God’s will, but part of you is not satisfied, which wears down your energy and can even cause a crisis of faith. “Where is God when I need Him?” This is happening because of having bought into the illusion of being separate from God, being an unworthy sinner (flawed at birth), and believing that Jesus is going to eventually get you into heaven. So what do you do? Well, your beliefs leave you no choice but to maintain your faith while suffering with a disease. The truth is, you literally created the disease as a sort of way of putting a convincing icing on the cake to an already faithful existence of serving God, all in an attempt to earn God’s approval because with a belief in being unworthy, you can never really know for sure whether you’ve actually paid enough dues to earn a place in heaven, so why not throw more suffering into the mix just for good measure. Believe it or not, this is what more often than not, is psychologically behind the emergence of a disease because you are the creator.

My dad was a great example of this. No one could deny that he was one of the most faithful and giving persons when it came to being in service to his Catholic faith. He spent his entire life in service, as a Cub Scout master when I was a kid, and later as a volunteer at the food pantry, part of the Catholic Social Services. He attended Mass and took Holy Communion faithfully, raised a family of ten, putting them all through parochial schools. And in the later years of his life, he increased his attendance to Mass to nearly everyday. He never boasted about any of this. In fact, he just quietly fulfilled his duties. And when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he became the most loyal husband there ever was. He kept her home as long as he possibly could and when he finally had to put her into a home, he went there everyday to feed her a meal. Yes, my dad was a standard for what it means to be a faithful servant to Jesus.

However, despite all this, he contracted cancer and had to go through several Chemo treatments. He lost his hair and his energy was drained. Even then he still continued with his commitment to serve the church as much as possible. In addition to cancer he had a few heart attacks, one required four stints to be placed in his heart, and all of this wore him down. Eventually, when my mom died after several years with Alzheimer’s, this took the wind out of his sails and he was dead within four months. The truth is, on a deep level within his being, dad was the creator of all this. On the deepest level of our being, we all choose how we want our body to die. It doesn’t have to be painful but it so often is because of deep-seated beliefs that we carry without realizing it, beliefs that are anti-life, beliefs in the need to suffer in order to earn a spot in heaven.

Now, because we have historically been so stuck in the victim mindset, what my dad went through is very common. It happens to many and when the rest of us see it we can’t help but wonder why. “Why my dad of all people dear God? You know he was the most loyal of sons. Did you feel I needed to see him suffer so I’d know how much you loved him? Or did you want him to suffer so you could finally absolve all his sins once and for all, finally making him worthy of heaven? Or what? What was the reason he suffered?” There’s a need to know the answer to such questions but there is never a satisfactory answer because any religion that teaches we are separate from the divine cannot provide an answer. But I knew. I saw my dad for the amazing divine creator that he was. I loved the divine in him. And my compassion for him was to allow him to choose that which he wanted. And I knew that his need to be in service to God which included his need to suffer, came from a feeling of being unworthy at the deepest level of his being. There was a time when I shared this same unworthiness and need to sacrifice myself for God. It was an attempt to earn God’s approval. He never felt he was good enough. And this is what kept him from being content with the now moment rather than feeling he always had to be doing more.

When the now moment isn’t good enough, you’re always looking outside yourself for salvation from it—because it’s not good enough. So you want something, anything, to come along and take you out of this not good enough moment. And when something wonderful does come along, you revel in it, but only for a short time. It’s not long before a feeling of potential loss creeps in. This feeling says, “this is nice, but soon it will be over.” So even the wonderful feeling isn’t good enough. And it causes sadness when it’s over and there’s the feeling of wanting to re-create it so you can feel good again. Then you continually look back to the past in an attempt to re-create it in the future so you can finally enjoy your now moment. Yet, should you succeed in re-creating it, it’s still not good enough because it doesn’t last. You cannot hang onto any experience. The belief in being a victim in need of salvation creates this dilemma—this illusion of life never being good enough which causes a need to always look outside yourself for something better. It’s truly anti-life.

My dad’s father died when he was nine-years-old, so he grew up fast and never really had a father figure. So, he was always looking for it and like most of us, he turned to a faith in God, believing, or more accurately, needing God to love and accept him. And the truth is, the divine did adore everything about my dad—everything. But, like the Apostle, my dad could never accept this. He wanted to, but with the belief that he’s a victim of sin in need of salvation, he could never really be sure, so he always felt a need to do more. There are countless individuals on the planet who act out of the same need for salvation, individuals of all kinds of faiths, not just Christianity. And humanity as a collective are tired of it because this kind of being in service to God but meanwhile, having to suffer anyway is no longer any fun. We’re tired of heaven being promised later as long as you’re a believer and faithful and do good things, and all the rest. We want to experience heaven now.

There’s actually nothing authentic about living life this way because it’s all based on a lie. You are God also. You don’t need to be saved. You have never sinned. The divine in you adores everything about you. There is no law that says God needs you to be a certain way. Paul made this all up and the church bought into it because it supported their desire to be in control. There is a much easier and more fun way to live—but it requires that you choose to live life fully. But you have to choose to stop creating all the drama and suffering for yourself and since you are the creator, to do that you have to give up your victim mentality that you’re a sinner in need of salvation. In other words, you have to give Jesus a break here. You have to let him off the hook. In fact, you need to save him. You need to take him down off that cross, and even more importantly, you have to take yourself off of that cross and choose to begin living life to the fullest without any restrictions on your spirit because your spirit wants to soar like the eagles, if you would only allow it.

By doing this, you begin to realize you don’t need all that suffering and drama. You really don’t. You just thought you had to go through it for Jesus’ sake—or for your sake to prove you’re worthy to get into heaven. But that is all an illusion and you don’t need it—unless you still enjoy it and then by all means, continue. I won’t stop you. With great compassion and acceptance I will honor you as a divine creator for the choice that you are making.

When you choose to be the creator of your life, you realize that heaven is now. There is no heaven later because there is no later. This now moment is all you have. And what is heaven anyway? It is a state of joy and appreciation. So you choose to be joyful and to appreciate this now moment, no matter what it looks like. After all, you created it. Can you appreciate your own creation? You don’t need to wait for Jesus to take you into heaven. Heaven is now!

I must warn you however. To take responsibility requires letting go of all those so-called sins you believe you’ve committed. What is sin anyway? Traditionally sin has been defined as that which causes us to be out of favor with God. We do indeed have aspects that keep us alienated from being aware of and thus, actually experiencing the divine within us. I call these emotional aspects and we tend to allow ourselves to be victims of these aspects. Admittedly, it is so much easier to be a victim but it’s no fun at all. But you can’t let these aspects go while harboring a victim mentality. Without honoring and accepting them, which means having compassion for yourself for buying into the illusion of needing to be saved in the first place, your aspects will always wreak havoc on your emotions. Having total compassion is standing in the shoes of the divine because the divine adores all these aspects of you. It doesn’t see any sin—humans made that idea up. Nor does it judge you.

The divine has nothing but compassion for all of you, even for what you would consider to be your worst traits—the most unlovable or unforgivable aspects of you. The divine understands why you created them, why you felt the need to act in such ways. The divine understands that you’ve just been having an experience all along. Sometimes the experience is fantastic and sometimes it sucks. Sometimes you’re loving and sometimes you hate. The divine understands this about you and honors you for making all choices. It doesn’t judge any of it. The idea that God judges was made up by humans who were alienated from their true nature of being divine and who thus felt the need to judge in order to cover up the pain that comes with such an illusion.

Stepping into the divine’s shoes is to allow the divine to meld with you—all of YOU. You choose to have compassion for all those aspects of you. You take responsibility for them. You don’t expect Jesus or anyone else to do it for you. You choose to love you no matter what. Can you truly love yourself no matter what? Life isn’t about what you choose to do, it’s about choosing to love yourself no matter what—no matter if you have money or not, no matter if you are accepted by others or not, no matter if you find that perfect relationship with another or not, no matter that none of your dreams have ever happened, no matter that you’re angry about all this or not, no matter that you’re sad and lonely about such a situation or not, no matter if you’re jealous about others success or not, no matter if you hate yourself or not, no matter what—you choose to be with yourself and to love yourself. You accept and allow all of you—all that you are, including all these aspects. This is self-love, and it’s also loving God—same thing. This is the greatest commandment that Jesus was speaking about.

Loving and accepting yourself begins with the breath. Breathe in the life force energy that exists everywhere. Allow it to flow up to the top of your head and out. Allow it to flow all the way down your body and out through you toes. Feel this life force energy as it flows through your entire body. Feel the tingling in your hands and feet. Feeling this life force energy puts you in touch with the divine, which is who you really are. This is the beginning of connecting to your soul and this is going to allow you to begin feeling compassion for everything about you, even those aspects of you that you loathe.

When you’ve honored all your aspects, whether they are hurting, angry, jealous, bitter, sad, resentful, depressed, or whatever—ALL of your aspects, then you can’t help but love everyone else because everyone else also has these aspects. We all carry within us both the light and the dark energies. You feel compassion for them because you’ve loved yourself first so you understand why others carry these aspects, and you can empathize.

The divine in each of us wants to be fully expressed without restrictions. This means the divine wants us to open up our hearts and begin loving everyone unconditionally—starting with ourselves. This is the age of the New Energy. It’s the beginning of a new era for humanity in which we are moving out of the control of our minds and into being authentic through living from our heart. It is a time in which we will choose to make heaven now, no longer waiting until after we die to finally experience it. A choice to get in touch with the divine within you is a pro-life choice. Thus, this is even the beginning of the end of disease because when we choose life our cells will support this by coming fully alive and healthy. It is time to take both Jesus and yourself down off the cross. We can do this by letting go of the two illusions that we have all been stuck in: 1) that we are separate from the divine, and 2) that we are flawed at birth. This involves letting go of our victimhood and our need to be saved. Making a choice to do so is making a choice for life—to live life to the fullest.

Easter is a time when Christians look to Jesus’ resurrection as a symbol of hope. He ascended into heaven and we hope that one day we to will be taken up like that. But Jesus was resurrected because he understood that he was divine and chose to live as a standard of unconditional love. He mastered loving everything about himself. So if we truly want to ascend into heaven in the same way Jesus did, we have to follow in his footsteps by taking responsibility to love everything about ourselves. Breathe in the life energy and allow yourself to a channel for the unconditional love of the divine.

*This post is also a transcript of a radio show I did on April 20, 2011. To listen to the show, go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mastering-true-love/2011/04/20/a-belief-in-a-need-to-be-saved-is-a-choice-against-life

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  1. Can’t explain with words all the things that I felt and enjoyed!!! Thank you my sweet friend.

    I’ll send the translated version maybe tomorrow or on Monday. And on Tuesday I’m taking it to my “spiritual group” for reading. I’ll keep you posted.

    • Maribel, it is indeed an honor to read your words. I have no words either to share when I think of what effect these words may have on others. All I know is that my soul speaks and I write it down. If you and your friends and others benefit from these words that is a precious gift for us all–indeed for the consciousness. Love and Blessings to you dear friend…:)


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