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The Mysteries of A Course in Miracles, Chapter 18



The Mystery of Reincarnation

After I bought my first copy of A Course in Miracles back in 1980 and read the first few pages, I realized that this was a revelation of intelligence that was beyond the reach of a regular mortal channel. I immediately became curious as to whether it said anything about reincarnation, as this is a teaching I embraced that seems to separate the spiritual chaff from the wheat as far as recognition of truth goes. Since my copy had no index and I had no digital text to search, I had to plow through quite a bit to find a reference to it. The word was not found in the two main volumes which are the text and the workbook. Finally, I did find a reference to it in the small teacher’s manual under a section entitled, “Is Reincarnation So?”

I was hoping for more enlightenment on this topic, but instead the Course presented it in such a way that it could be accepted by those believed in the principle, but would not offend those who did not. Then, after digesting what it said, I saw that the author accepted reincarnation, but wanted to make sure the reach of the Course was extended to those who did not, as there are many sincere people who have not arrived at this belief. In my younger years I was one of those people.

This is the core of what it says about the subject in the one section that mentions reincarnation:

“In the ultimate sense, reincarnation is impossible. There is no past or future, and the idea of birth into a body has no meaning either once or many times. Reincarnation cannot, then, be true in any real sense. Our only question should be, ‘Is the concept helpful?’”

“It is certain, however, that the way to salvation can be found by those who believe in reincarnation and by those who do not.”

“For our purposes, it would not be helpful to take any definite stand on reincarnation.” M-24.1-3

As it does on many subjects, ACIM approaches reincarnation from an eternal perspective. Concerning the world as a whole it says: “The world you see does not exist, because the place where you perceive it is not real.” T-28.V.7

Logically then if the world does not exist, then reincarnation in the world would not exist either, even if we live a thousand or more lifetimes in time and space.

ACIM only accepts something as having a true existence if it is eternal and unchanging. It tells us that if a thing is not eternal and has a beginning and an end, then it will wind up as being something in the past which does not exist:

“Fear is not of the present, but only of the past and future, which do not exist.” T-15.I.8

It is indeed an interesting observation that once an event is passed, that it only seems real in our memories, and without those memories it is as if the past does not exist, but the present always does.

In each life most of us are born with no memory of previous lives and it is as if we had no past – or the past does not exist.

Since past lives belong to the past and the Course tells us the past does not exist, then reincarnation would be in that same category even though a past life may seem as real to us as memories of our parents when we were children.

The question the curious student may have is not whether events in this world are real in time and space, but what has happened in time and space?

As far as ACIM goes, all happenings in time and space are not real and a part of the dream. Even so, it is interesting to explore our history while we are here in the dream.

Who, for instance would not want to know how the Great Pyramid was made, who made it and its age? Or who killed JFK?. Then too, it would be interesting to uncover the truth about ancient civilizations like Atlantis, Lemuria and many other things.

Millions, or perhaps billions or trillions of years from now when the universe ends and the one united Son returns home, these types of past events will be of no significance; but for now as we explore the illusion in the dream state many past events are of great interest to the majority.

Helen Schucman, the scribe for the Course, put things in perspective:

“I saw my life represented by a golden line stretching infinitely backward and infinitely forward. There was a miniscule dip in the line which I recognized as standing for my present life. It was laughably tiny and barely noticeable.

“I clasped my hands in real delight.

“‘What can it possibly matter what happens in this little eye-blink of time?’ I asked myself, in happy amazement. ‘It seems too long and important while you’re in it, but in less than an instant it’s as if it never happened.’” From Journey Without Distance by Robert Skutch, Chapter Three

Compared to eternity, one life or many lives would be insignificant by comparison.

It is interesting that Helen was reluctant to accept the concept of reincarnation, but her resistance finally wore down after she was given numerous dreams and visions of past lives.

Here is one more from Skutch’s book:

“Especially affecting to her was her experience at Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.

“As they approached the actual area where the scrolls had been found, Helen abruptly stopped, visibly shaken. She stared at the opening of the cave, and suddenly burst into tears. Although Bill and Louis tried desperately to comfort her, she was unable to speak for almost five minutes. When she finally regained her composure, she spoke so quietly that the others had to strain to hear her.

“This is the cave,” she said in a tremulous voice; “this is the cave where I saw the scroll that said ‘GOD IS’.” None of the others said a word; there was nothing to say.

“A short while later, as they were breathing in the historical atmosphere of the Dead Sea surroundings, Helen began musing half to herself. ‘You know,’ she said, ‘something’s wrong with the water level. It’s too low; it used to be much higher.’ Bill, who took none of Helen’s thoughts lightly, opened a guide book he had bought when they had arrived in Israel, and began thumbing through it.

“‘Very interesting, Helen,’ he remarked. ‘It says here that at the time of the Essenes, the water level of the Dead Sea was a good deal higher.’ Everyone was silent, and finally Helen, visibly moved, remarked quietly, ‘This is the holiest place on earth.’”

It is quite possible that she was recalling a life that was contemporary with Jesus. Wapnick’s book tells of a message from Jesus about what appears to be from that time period:

“Your earlier acute problem in writing things down came from a much earlier [i.e., in a past life] misuse of very great scribal abilities. These were turned to secret rather than shared advantage, depriving the ability of its miraculous potential, and diverting it to possession.” Absence of Felicity, Page 239

This explained her reluctance to be a scribe in this life, but even though not perfect, she was the best one for the job.

In addition, Wapnick’s biography says this:

“in many of his personal messages to Helen, Jesus referred to her other lifetimes, in addition to the references to Helen’s past life experiences that came to her during the summer that preceded the beginning of the Course.” Absence of Felicity, Page 436

She also had several visions of past lives shared with Bill Thetford, who assisted her during the transcription process. In one life. that appeared to be ancient Atlantis, she was a Priestess and he was an assistant, similar to that with their work together with ACIM, and in another she was a priestess again in what seemed to be ancient Egypt and was expected to kill Bill, but hesitated and was executed herself.

Wapnick came to this conclusion in the biography:

“We have already seen in her letters to Bill, dating from 1965, that Helen did most certainly believe in past lives and their helpfulness in explaining, at least on one level, certain contemporary problems or conflicts.” Absence of Felicity, Page 435

That said, how about the text of ACIM itself? Outside of the one section that references the word “reincarnation,” does it give any other clues as to its existence in time and space?

The answer is a solid yes, especially when you consider the passages that only make sense when reincarnation is factored in such as this one:

“Just as the separation occurred over millions of years, the Last Judgment will extend over a similarly long period, and perhaps an even longer one.” T-2.VIII.2

The original before editing said the time period was “many millions of years,” so it is obvious that the separation and the return covers a very long time period.

If the separation and the return covers millions or billions of years, does it make sense that we who entered the dream would only spend a few decades immersed in it in a body? What would we be doing all those other millions of years?

Reincarnation is specifically mentioned and verified in the original UR text:

“Cayce’s whole approach put him in a real doublebind, from which he did not recover. When he spoke of a dream in which he saw his own rather immanent reincarnation, he was perfectly accurate.” UR T 3 C 29

The orthodox version also makes it pretty clear there is reincarnation, for it says point blank that “rebirth is man’s inheritance.” M-11.1

Such is each life; a seeming interval from birth to death and on to life again, a repetition of an instant gone by long ago that cannot be relived. And all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here and now.” T-26.V.13

Thus, we keep going through death and rebirth until we have lived in a thousand homes as stated here:

“We speak today for everyone who walks this world, for he is not at home. He goes uncertainly about in endless search, seeking in darkness what he cannot find; not recognizing what it is he seeks. A thousand homes he makes, yet none contents his restless mind.” W-pI.182.3

Indeed, it would take quite a few lifetimes to live in a thousand homes.

Then we have this benefit students receive from the teachers of the Course:

“Their (teachers) function is to save time. Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it.” M-1.2

This idea is repeated here:

“Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind. Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved.” W-pI.97.3

“The miracle substitutes for learning that might have taken thousands of years.” T-1.II.6

Saving us a thousand years in time would certainly include more than one life of less than 100 years, and the Course emphasizes that our progress is made through life, not death:

“Nothing is accomplished through death, because death is nothing. Everything is accomplished through life, and life is of the mind and in the mind.” T-6.V.A.1

The Course makes it clear that we must experience this world through rebirth until we accept the atonement:

“Nothing the world believes is true. It is a place whose purpose is to be a home where those who claim they do not know themselves can come to question what it is they are. And they will come again until the time Atonement is accepted” W-pI.139.6

Then after leaving the body at death, we are again called forth:

“While those as yet unborn will hear the call we heard, and answer it when they have come to make their choice again.” W-pI.98.4

If the Jesus of A Course in Miracles affirms the teaching of reincarnation, then you would think that the Jesus of the Bible would also. Many students and scholars think that the original scriptures had obvious references to reincarnation which were removed when the modern Bible was compiled. A famous church scholar and father, Origen, openly taught the doctrine of reincarnation and the pre-existence of souls. Interestingly, Bill Thetford recounts Helen Schucman identifying him as this third century entity in a past life in his autobiography.

Fortunately though, some of Origen’s writings remain, and censors were unable to scrub all subtle references to reincarnation out of the scriptures.

The most obvious one concerns Jesus’ comments about Elijah and John the Baptist.

In the days of Jesus many were looking forward to the fulfillment of the coming Messiah, as well as Elijah, who was supposed to come first to prepare the way.

The disciples of Jesus thought that he showed strong evidence that he was the Messiah, but one thing seemed to be missing. The Old Testament prophesies said that Elijah would come first. From their viewpoint, Elijah seemed to be missing from the equation. They referenced this prophecy:

“Behold, I will send you ELIJAH THE PROPHET before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6

They then asked Jesus that if he was the Messiah, “Why then do our teachers say that Elijah must come first?” Mat 17:10

He answered thus:

“I tell you that ELIJAH HAS ALREADY COME, and they failed to recognize him, and worked their will upon him; and in the same way the Son of Man is to suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that HE MEANT JOHN THE BAPTIST.” Matt. 17:10-13 New English

This is another powerful affirming statement from Jesus: “Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John…A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before my face, which shall prepare thy way before thee (This is a quote from Malachi near the prophesy of Elijah) Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven (Christ) is greater than he… For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, THIS IS ELIJAH, which was for to come.” Matt. 11:7,9-11,13-14

Now we can see why Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet. He was aware of his past lives, and he was quite possibly other great prophets besides Elijah.

Jesus certainly attracted a lot of attention when he began his work, and many people were speculating as to who he was. There were many who actually considered that he may have been one of the prophets born again. Jesus asked his disciples: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elijah, others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Matt 16:13-14

Notice here that Jesus did not refute this belief in reincarnation, but merely accepted Peter’s answer that he was the Christ.

The apostles evidently believed in reincarnation at the time that they were current disciples of Jesus: “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:1-2

We see here that the disciples thought that the man who was born blind may have had to suffer so because of a previous sin. In other words, they thought he may have committed sins in a previous lifetime that led to his present condition. Jesus pointed out that the man was a special case. He was not born blind because of sin, but so that the works of God should be manifest. In other words, the man came with a mission to glorify the works of Christ by the great miracle to his eyes. Jesus did not, however, say anything to indicate that the disciples’ belief in wrongful actions before birth was not a possibility.

Jesus gave us an interesting indication as to what was in store for his disciples. He said: “There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, and sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the WORLD TO COME eternal life. And many that are first shall be last and the last first.” Mark 10:29-31

Here Jesus talks about two periods of existence. The first he calls “in this time” or the period of our mortal existence in the dream. The second he calls “the world to come”. In the world to come, or the heaven of ACIM, we receive “eternal life”, but in this age (or period of normal earth life if we accept the gospel) we will receive “an hundred fold” of houses, at least a hundred brothers, a hundred sisters, a hundred mothers, a hundred children, and a hundred different lands or places where we will live. This prophecy cannot be literally fulfilled without reincarnation. On the other hand, Jesus knew that “in this time” or period of human existence we go through more than a hundred lifetimes, but eventually we would reach the eternal world at the end of reincarnation into time and space.

A point often overlooked in considering reincarnation is that all life and creation follow this principle of recycling. Just as rain falls to the earth, evaporates, and later falls as rain again, even so the recycling process of reincarnation is universal in time and space.

The Course tells us that it is a part of a “universal course” of which there are many “other forms, all with the same outcome.” M-1.4

Many of the teachings from the East are in harmony with A Course in Miracles, but just use a different vocabulary and phraseology. They not only teach the reincarnation of individuals, but of the earth, of solar systems and the universe itself. Some teach that the universe has incarnated many times, and the beginning is beyond the reach of memory.

And what does the Course say about the separation where time and space first began?

“Time really, then, goes backward to an instant so ancient that it is beyond all memory, and past even the possibility of remembering. Yet because it is an instant that is relived again and again and still again, it seems to be now.” M-2.4

Remember that an “instant” as described in the Course can refer to many millions of years. Here we are told that this instant of the creation of the manifested universe is “relived” or reincarnated “again and again and still again.”

Perhaps the one Son of God with many parts to the whole has been dealing with the illusion much longer than appears from a casual study of ACIM.

Other traditions teach that the Son aspect creates a material universe on principles of illusion and manifests in it to learn and grow in intelligence. Then they return home to pralaya, or the heaven of ACIM. Then after a cycle of rest, new Sons of God are manifest and the cycle is repeated, giving new creations an opportunity to experience time and space, sunsets, birds singing and the playing of games. Some call this physical universe the “playground of the gods.”

However one wants to look at it, one can be assured that Helen’s favorite, Shakespeare, spoke the truth when he wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 6

McCall Gathering 2000, Part 6

We each have one unit of energy and it’s important that we not deny these lower units. As soon as there is denial all sorts of problems are created. Denial is shown in handwriting. It’s shown in what we call retracing. A healthy M has no overlapping or retracing of the lines in the strokes. We have retracing when the line goes down and follows itself right back up. A lot of people are taught to write this way. People who write very neatly often retrace.

Audience: What about looping on the M?

JJ: Looping shows imagination. It shows expansion or an idea or thought. Any looping in any letter shows this. Depending on where the looping shows up demonstrates where the expansion is. For instance, a loop on a D shows expansion of critical thought. When people who have a loop in their small D’s are criticized that thought will expand in their mind. They’ll remember it being worse than the criticism actually was; the bigger the loop in the D, the bigger that expansion of critical thoughts. When you notice loops in someone’s D’s you need to be careful of how to talk with them.

You have three zones in handwriting. The middle shows social activities, the lower shows how you react on the material plane and the upper showing the spiritual abstract. The top loop on the L shows expansion of thought on the abstract. A big loop could show too much expansion where the average loop shows just enough abstraction. If there is no loop that would show a person similar to Spock. What he sees is what he gets.

Handwriting is one of the easiest ways to spot suppression. One of the troubles is, as we evolve, we tend to think we’re beyond this. “I’m beyond feeling this.” We enter a relationship and one person is letting their energies flow out to another person which may not be reciprocated and leaves you feeling possessive and jealous. Then the thought comes to you, “I’m an evolved person. I’m just as evolved as the next person and evolved people don’t feel this. They don’t feel jealousy.”

So you sweep it under the rug. As you do this you also end up suppressing the feeling. A person makes you angry but you think, “I shouldn’t be angry. I should be above being angry. I’m more evolved than this. I choose not to be angry at this person.” It doesn’t matter what you choose in that regard if your solar plexus is affected. You have maybe 70-80% of that energy floating around in there, circulating. Now that energy has been disturbed and you’re telling that energy that it’s not really there.

This energy is composed of lower life forms. “You’re telling me I’m not here?” they say, “I’m telling you otherwise. I am here.”

You need to remember that your being is composed of millions of smaller life forms. These lives gather together to create larger lives. Our centers are our greatest life forms outside our composite selves.

So you tell your solar plexus center that it isn’t there and it makes it clear that it is there, and you’ll find this out. It keeps things in motion. You’re offended again and pretend you aren’t really offended. It happens a third time and this solar plexus center, looking at the entity, says, “I’ll show him!”

It begins circulating more and more and more and more until finally it has so much energy in circulation that when you’re offended for the tenth time the energy is so powerful that you cannot overlook it anymore. You now have to deal with it. It’s so powerful now that you over-react. Now people are thinking, “She’s usually so calm. What happened? Is she insane or what?” It’s because that vital energy has been circulating and getting so powerful that now it comes out as explosive.

We need to let the energy out as it comes. If a person offends you, communicate that offence to the person. There are three ways to do it. You can say, “I’m angry at the person therefore I’m going to throw something at him.” That’s one way to do it. You can say, “I’m angry at the person but I shouldn’t be angry therefore I’ll deny it.” The third way is to say, “I’m angry at the person so I’m going to communicate it. Example: “When you said that, it made me feel angry.”

If you follow the third path the solar plexus center is happy because it’s been acknowledged. The feelings are really there and under control now. You feel better and the other person has to deal with that negativity now. He has to either deal with it or let it pass on through him. If he acts incorrectly then he will need to deal with that energy. But if they both are forgiving and by the power of forgiveness let the energy dissipate then no feelings are hurt and all will be well.

So, two people with romantic energy have one unit. To keep that one unit within themselves they need to keep balance of the lower centers. The lower centers are extremely important because they are the energy of our lower world and our personality worlds are important. They are the first steps of the ladder that take us to the spiritual world. If we aren’t taking care of the lower parts of ourselves then the higher parts of ourselves won’t open the door to let us in. If we don’t nurture and take care of and direct intelligently the lower parts of ourselves, which are actually composed of living entities that need nurtured, the door to the higher self will remain closed.

When we enter denial we find the door is closed, but because of our powerful egos, we’ll pretend the door is open. We’ll create our own little world, through the power of imagination, where we think the higher things are but the higher things won’t actually be there. We’ll think we’re there but we won’t be there. What we want is to get to the true reality.

Audience: JJ, what if we decide we don’t want to do that and prefer to live by ourselves?

JJ: If you’re not in a romantic relationship then there’s no problem with this type of energy. You’ve got one unit of romantic energy but it remains within yourself. There is only a problem when you begin a romantic relationship then all sorts of complexities enter in. Several people here are single so I’m glad you asked that. A lot of single people go in and out of relationships. I know several people here are headed in that direction right now. (laughter)

A lot of people are content being single. Maybe in your last life you consummated a relationship and decided you wanted to rest from relationships this life. That can happen. You might have decided to spend this life single. There is nothing wrong with that at all. There is nothing wrong with anything as long as you are following the direction your soul leads you. If you’re leading a single life and you’re comfortable and you feel that’s fine with your soul then you retain that one unit of romantic energy and it resides within you.

Audience: Couldn’t she also have her lower chakras open and still be passionate?

JJ: Yes, she can still be passionate. This has nothing to do with whether or not she’s passionate as far as how she uses her romantic energy.

Audience: So where is the romantic energy? Isn’t it in the sacral chakra?

JJ: It’s controlled by the solar plexus. You have 10 petals in the solar plexus. These different petals form what is called a lotus in the east. These unfold like lotuses. It’s like a flower unfolding. Each petal controls a different type of energy.

I don’t think the romantic energy is controlled by a petal so much as by the whole solar plexus as a unit. What you’re doing with the solar plexus when you’re having a relationship is that you’re radiating the romantic energy out from yourself to the other person. This other person, then, is radiating their solar plexus energy back into your center. So there is energy circulating between the two centers.

Audience: And if they don’t, that’s the energy that makes you unbalanced? If you send 70% and he sends 50% it leaves you unbalanced?

JJ: Yes, that’s 20% going off into space so you feel a vacuum because you aren’t receiving back what you’re sending. It leaves an emptiness. The more the imbalance increases the more emptiness is felt. In many ways a single person is in a good situation because they can be content with 100% of their solar plexus energy circulating within himself. It’s when the energy is pulled upon by another that restlessness begins.

Let’s say some guy moves in next door to a single content female. This guy is a totally dynamic person. He stimulates her like crazy and she says, “Wow, I never met a guy like this before.” All of a sudden it sucks some energy right out of her and the energy begins to circulate. Now she’s faced with a decision of letting more energy out and taking a chance. If she takes a chance she lets the energy circulate. If she hasn’t let any out in awhile it could be fairly scary. Maybe she’s led a very stable life and now tremendous instability is very possible. She would probably say, “I don’t know if I want this or not. This is a big decision.” For someone else who may have a new relationship every month it’s no big deal. (laughter)

First posted June 23, 2004. The Gathering took place June, 2000.

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The Mysteries of A Course in Miracles, Chapter 17


The Mystery of Relationships

My first read through the text of A Course in Miracles went pretty smoothly until about half way through when it started talking about the special relationship in quite a negative light.

In a nutshell, a special relationship, according to ACIM, is any relationship held by an individual where another person is seen as more special or the object of more love than anyone else. For most people, the spouse, one’s children or good friends are seen as more special in their lives than strangers or various irritating people encountered in life. In fact, most counselors and books on marriage advise one to make the partner feel special by going out of one’s way to do things for them that are not done for others.

It is kind of an accepted thing among humanity to go out of our way to make loved ones feel special. I’ve read a lot of spiritual-related materials and hadn’t read of any teacher criticizing the special relationship. Many recommend seeing God, Christ or merely the good in all people and treating all with kindness and a giving heart even if they are obnoxious, but I hadn’t come across any tradition demeaning the special relationship that would include marriage and children. Thus, when I encountered the Course’s teachings on the special relationship, I found that my open mindedness was put to the test. If it were not for seeing the high intelligence behind the author and the innovating teachings presented, I might have discounted the whole thing. As it was, I read on and considered all with an open mind and discovered that when all the various teachings on this are put together in the bigger picture, a path to happier relationships is revealed.

That said, let us look at what the Course actually says about the special relationship. Here is a quote that gives the flavor of its outlook:

“The special relationship is a strange and unnatural ego device for joining hell and Heaven, and making them indistinguishable. And the attempt to find the imagined ‘best’ of both worlds has merely led to fantasies of both, and to the inability to perceive either as it is. The special relationship is the triumph of this confusion. It is a kind of union from which union is excluded, and the basis for the attempt at union rests on exclusion.” T-16.V.6.

Basically, this and other statements give a good description of a bad marriage. “A strange and unnatural ego device for joining hell and Heaven” is particularly graphic and even a somewhat humorous description for one who has gone through a difficult relationship.

As I read on, I found that the special relationship was not all bad and could be redeemed, but before we go there, let us present some of the reasons given by the Course why the special relationship can be a hindrance, and then what can be done about it. According to the Course, the big problem with the special relationship is that it is a substitute for God and His love.

“See in the special relationship nothing more than a meaningless attempt to raise other gods before Him” T-16.V.13

“In a sense, the special relationship was the ego’s answer to the creation of the Holy Spirit, Who was God’s Answer to the separation.” T-17.IV.4

So, we are to look to God and His Holy Spirit for completion, but this can be frustrated if we put more special attention on another person than we do on our true Source. As the Israelites molded the golden calf and made it more special than God, we can also fall into the trap of placing special people in our lives above our link with God. In simple language the Course is telling us to put God first above any person or thing in this world.

The Course tells us we have separated ourselves from God, and instead of seeking to return, we seek through special relationship that which we left behind:

“Hear Him gladly, and learn of Him that you have need of no special relationships at all. You but seek in them what you have thrown away. And through them you will never learn the value of what you have cast aside, but still desire with all your heart.” T-15.VIII.2

“The real purpose of the special relationship, in strict accordance with the ego’s goals, is to destroy reality and substitute illusion.” T-16.V.9

The basic flaw in the special relationship is that it introduces inequality in love. Instead, we are supposed to be like God and love all other beings equally:

“You cannot enter into real relationships with any of God’s Sons unless you love them all and equally. Love is not special. If you single out part of the Sonship for your love, you are imposing guilt on all your relationships and making them unreal.” T-13.X.11

And thus we have guilt associated with the special relationship, which seems to be a major reason for the negative descriptions of it.

“the closer you look at the special relationship, the more apparent it becomes that it must foster guilt and therefore must imprison.” T-16.VI.4.

“It is sure that those who select certain ones as partners in any aspect of living, and use them for any purpose which they would not share with others, are trying to live with guilt rather than die of it. This is the choice they see. And love, to them, is only an escape from death.” T-16.IV.4

Guilt seems to be just one of the negative effects of the special relationship:

“In looking at the special relationship, it is necessary first to realize that it involves a great amount of pain. Anxiety, despair, guilt and attack all enter into it, broken into by periods in which they seem to be gone. All these must be understood for what they are. Whatever form they take, they are always an attack on the self to make the other guilty.” T-16.V.1

When someone reads this, he may wonder why the Course speaks so negatively about guilt and other negative aspects belonging to the special relationship. After all, are there not a lot of people with positive and beneficial special relationships?

There are two key phrases in that last quote. The first is there are “periods in which they (the negativity) seem to be gone.”

Yes, many couples will have an enjoyable relationship for a few years and then all hell will break loose. They will either separate or continue together, merely enduring each other.

The second key statement is: “Whatever form they take, they are always an attack on the self to make the other guilty.”

This is interesting. The major problems in the special relationship are not caused by attacking the mate, but attacking oneself to evoke guilt in the other. How does this happen?

Lots of ways. Here are a few.

One partner says, “I do all the housework and what do you do? You just sit around, watch TV and drink beer.”

This person attacked herself by making her a victim and then attempted to make her mate feels guilty.

In another instance a partner may say, “I slave all day at a job I hate and you just sit around most of the day and can’t even get dinner ready on time.”

Again, he makes himself a victim and attempts to induce guilt.

These are stark examples, but many play little games that portray themselves as subtle victims to make the partner feel some unease with guilt. They say in different ways, “I do this for you and what do I get in return?” These games play out even in relatively stable relationships.

Guilt is a major barrier between humanity and the realm of Spirit. Guilt must be understood and released before the Son of God can manifest and return home. This is why the special relationship is discouraged and viewed with such negativity.

The trouble is that all of us have special relationships of some kind. They may be with a spouse, one’s children, friends, a car, a home, a job – virtually anything that the person is strongly attached to and shows special attention.

So, are we all doomed to stay in the illusion? It seems quite difficult to go through life without some sort of special relationship unless you are a yogi living in a cave.

And aren’t there a few people with peaceful relationships free of guilt?

Fortunately, the Course does offer deliverance from the special relationship composed of guilt and turbulence to one of peace. It calls us to make a transition from the special relationship, which it sometimes calls the unholy relationship, to the holy relationship.

To understand what is needed to heal our relationships we must understand the problem of limitation in the special relationship. The limitation is symbolized by the body: “The special relationship is a device for limiting your self to a body, and for limiting your perception of others to theirs.” T-16.VI.3

In the spiritual realm there is no separation. As Spirit you are merged as one with every other part of the life of God. This ultimate sharing is what the Course calls heaven. Unfortunately, “the body cannot be used for purposes of union. If, then, you see your brother as a body, you have established a condition in which uniting with him becomes impossible.” T-19.I.4

Our life focus seems to be limited to a body, but in this limited condition we have an internal desire to reestablish that heavenly union that we once had. Communication and sex are the best we can do in this direction with bodies, but all efforts fall short aptly described here:

“On this side of the bridge you see the world of separate bodies, seeking to join each other in separate unions and to become one by losing. When two individuals seek to become one, they are trying to decrease their magnitude. Each would deny his power, for the separate union excludes the universe. Far more is left outside than would be taken in, for God is left without and nothing taken in. If one such union were made in perfect faith, the universe would enter into it. Yet the special relationship the ego seeks does not include even one whole individual. The ego wants but part of him, and sees only this part and nothing else.” T-16.VI.5

This problem of separation caused by seeing ourselves in bodies is something which many are completely unaware. They assume that the highest union to be achieved is through physical proximity and vocal communication. A few sense there is more but know not how to achieve it.

We are very limited in our unions in our special relationships, so God has given us the Holy Spirit to assist us in removing them.

“Everyone on earth has formed special relationships, and although this is not so in Heaven, the Holy Spirit knows how to bring a touch of Heaven to them here. In the holy instant no one is special, for your personal needs intrude on no one to make your brothers seem different. Without the values from the past, you would see them all the same and like yourself. Nor would you see any separation between yourself and them. In the holy instant, you see in each relationship what it will be when you perceive only the present. God knows you now.” T-15.V.8

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to bring a “touch of heaven” into our special relationships. Since oneness and unity is the outstanding feature of heaven then that would be what He would seek to bring here:

“It is the Holy Spirit’s function to teach you how this oneness is experienced, what you must do that it can be experienced, and where you should go to do it.” T-25.I.6

When we follow our own wills while seeing ourselves separated through bodies, we create special relationships. They seem to add to us, but in reality, they diminish us. But when we call in the Holy Spirit, which links heaven and earth, we transcend the limitations off the body and share in the one mind that is from God. When this happens, our vision is extended to the whole and the special relationship is turned into a “holy relationship.”

“Reason sees a holy relationship as what it is; a common state of mind, where both give errors gladly to correction, that both may happily be healed as one.” T-22.III.9

This “common state of mind” can never be achieved by those yielding to the ego. But the Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son, and truth is seen correctly through its eyes. Two or more having the Holy Spirit in their relationship will “give errors gladly to correction” and all disagreements that occur in ego-centered relationships just vanish. Disagreements will no longer exist. Furthermore, we are told this:

“This is the function of your holy relationship. For what one thinks, the other will experience with him. What can this mean except your mind and your brother’s are one?” T-22.VI.14

This describes a oneness few experience, but it is the goal set by the Course and eventually will be achieved by all of us. Imagine being so closely linked to another that “what one thinks, the other will experience with him.”

Some have had this happen at high points in the relationship, but later drift back into the ego and live in their separate condition.

Jesus gave the key to making this sharing a permanent condition:

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:2-4

So, how is it that a little child is a key to entering the kingdom of heaven?

The child is humble and does not cling to the error of many preconceived notions. He is open to the idea that anything could be true. This is the outlook we must have to establish the holy relationship. All involved must be willing to turn all beliefs over to the Holy Spirit and then only go with those that He verifies to be true. When two people will do this and “give errors gladly to correction” they will share their minds as one and virtually enter the kingdom of heaven while still residing on earth, similar to Jesus in the Course who said, “my feet are on the ground and my hands are in Heaven,” UR T 1 B 40ab

“In this world, God’s Son comes closest to himself in a holy relationship.So do the parts of God’s Son gradually join in time, and with each joining is the end of time brought nearer. Each miracle of joining is a mighty herald of eternity.” T-20.V.1

It would seem that all seekers would jump at the opportunity for oneness and sharing, but the Course points out that there is a major obstacle in the way:

Around each entity is built a wall so seeming solid that it looks as if what is inside can never reach without, and what is out can never reach and join with what is locked away within the wall.” T-26.I.2

Then it gives the solution:

“You whose hand is joined with your brother’s have begun to reach beyond the body, but not outside yourself, to reach your shared Identity together.” T-18.VI.10.

“Alone we can do nothing, but together our minds fuse into something whose power is far beyond the power of its separate parts. By not being separate, the Mind of God is established in ours and as ours. This Mind is invincible because it is undivided.” T-8.V.1

“As we share this goal, we increase its power to attract the whole Sonship, and to bring it back into the oneness in which it was created.” T-5.II.11

If we have to “bring it back into oneness,” this would imply that we are currently not there yet, but this is indeed a goal to which we aspire. To achieve that goal involves sharing the mind of God with our brothers and sisters. This is also emphasized in the Course when it stresses that we cannot go home alone but must do all we can to take others with us.

“Together is your joint inheritance remembered and accepted by you both. Alone it is denied to both of you.” T-31.II.11

“How easy is it to offer this miracle to everyone! No one who has received it for himself could find it difficult. For by receiving it, he learned it was not given him alone. Such is the function of a holy relationship; to receive together and give as you received.” T-22.IV.7

It seems that everything connected with salvation and the holy relationship involves a spiritual sharing of the mind of God with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. For most, this higher sharing begins by working at their special relationships in hope of turning them into holy relationships. Based on what we have learned from the Course, let us see how we can make that happen.

Special relationships are created by seeing one’s loved ones as special, more deserving of our love and attention than others. On the other hand, the Course teaches that God loves all his children equally and does not favor one over another. We are supposed to incorporate this same attitude.

Does this mean we are supposed to dissolve our special relationships? It almost sounds that way in places, but it clarifies here:

“I said before that the first change, before dreams disappear, is that your dreams of fear are changed to happy dreams. That is what the Holy Spirit does in the special relationship. He does not destroy it, nor snatch it away from you. But He does use it differently, as a help to make His purpose real to you. The special relationship will remain, not as a source of pain and guilt, but as a source of joy and freedom.” T-18.II.6

“Your special relationship will be a means for undoing guilt in everyone blessed through your holy relationship. It will be a happy dream, and one which you will share with all who come within your sight. Through it, the blessing the Holy Spirit has laid upon it will be extended.” T-18.II.7

We do not have to end any of our special relationships. Instead, we turn them into holy relationships with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. The Course gives an overall picture of how this is to happen, but seems to leave the details up to us. This leaves some wondering how much specialness is allowed in dealing with your spouse, children and other loved ones. Is it wrong to give them birthday and Christmas presents beyond what you would give your neighbor or some guy you do not even know who is homeless? Are you supposed to go to your neighbor’s home and give his kids hugs and love so they feel as special as your own children?

I think we can see that students can take this too far by looking at literal actions that can be taken.

Jesus had a major problem with wrong-headed literal interpretations in his day, especially concurring the Sabbath. The commandment said there was to be no work done on the Sabbath, and to the religious leaders, no work meant no work, so they devised hundreds of things that would be considered work that should not be done on the day of rest.

In the eyes of the authorities Jesus was breaking the commandment because he and his disciples did several things they considered work. To this Jesus tried to set them straight by enunciating the general principle which he followed. He told them, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

In other words, man was not made to be a slave to a bunch of silly rules around the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made to benefit humanity and improve their lives.

We can apply this same principle with relationships. Relationships are not made to be a chain around our necks, but to bring us joy and happiness. If we try to make numerous rules about what we cannot do if a relationship is holy, then we make the same mistake as those who criticized Jesus. Instead, like Jesus, we must look at the principles to be followed. If we do this, the details will take care of themselves.

So, what is the principle behind the Holy Relationship that should guide our thinking?

Basically, it is this. We are all children of God and of equal importance in His sight. Each of us must come to the realization that all people everywhere are just as important and deserving of love as those loved ones in the inner circle.

Does this mean that you do not fulfill your responsibilities to those close to you and spend all your resources helping strangers?

No. Each of us has assumed certain responsibilities toward assisting loved ones in the world. If everyone were to not fulfill them, the world would be in chaos. The truth is we can fulfill our responsibilities toward loved ones while realizing the equality of all the sons of God and helping others when opportunity presents itself.

If we interpret this equality idea too literally, then we would have to criticize Jesus for turning water into wine for a select few hosted by his mother at a wedding. Jesus did not go around to other weddings to make sure they also had wine, yet we know he understood the principle.

The state of mind necessary for the holy relationship is determined more by one’s thinking than an itemization of actions that need to be taken. When consciousness is in the right place, correct actions will naturally follow.

If one’s attitude is in the right place, how does one consummate the holy relationship by sharing the mind of God with another individual?

It is important to understand that this can only be accomplished by two or more people who are willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit rather than the ego. If a loved one is unwilling to accept the spirit of oneness, then the student must look elsewhere until one who is willing to share the mind of God is found.

When one finds the right individuals for the holy relationship, then the real work begins. In special relationships no two people can agree on all things. There are always disagreements that separate them. In the holy relationship there are no major disagreements, for all potential conflict is solved by the one mind through the Holy Spirit. At the beginning of the holy relationship this will take much effort, for no one likes to admit they were wrong in a disagreement. But if the two share with the Spirit together, they will resolve the differences and become one. Then as they practice the holy relationship, oneness will become natural and they will see through each other’s eyes without effort.

In the beginning of our marriage my wife and I did our best to create a holy relationship, but sometimes a pointed disagreement got in the way. To solve this problem, we felt that we needed to reconnect with the Holy Spirit through the remembrance of the love of God, so when we reached an impasse one of us would suggest that both of us meet at the kitchen table and look in each other’s eyes. Once the focus was established, we were to say “I love you” three times each, but it had to be said like you really meant it, not just the words. The strange thing was that by the time we had finished saying it three times the atmosphere completely changed. No longer did we feel any division or anger at each other, but instead we felt a great peace. And strangest of all we often could not even remember what we were arguing about.

Over the years we have had to use this less and less and now it has been a few years since this process was even needed. Now we rarely disagree on anything, except minor things like what to watch on TV, and here the problem is immediately solved by me letting her have her way.

Other times, especially in non-romantic relationships, there will be disagreements even with people who are spiritually sensitive. How do we achieve oneness so the holy relationship may be maintained?

Let us suppose that you have a friend or loved one with whom you are seeking a holy relationship. You have both invited the Holy Spirit into your lives to guide them, but you have reached an impasse and just do not agree on a certain point. What do you do?

The answer is quite simple. In prayer or meditation ask God for the Holy Spirit’s help to bring you to oneness.

“The very fact that the Holy Spirit has been asked for anything will ensure a response. “ T-9.II.3

“It is the Holy Spirit’s function to teach you how this oneness (with God) is experienced, what you must do that it can be experienced” T-25.I.6

“To ask the Holy Spirit to decide for you is simply to accept your true inheritance. Does this mean that you cannot say anything without consulting Him? No, indeed! That would hardly be practical, and it is the practical with which this course is most concerned. If you have made it a habit to ask for help when and where you can, you can be confident that wisdom will be given you when you need it.” M-29.5

To move the special relationship to a holy one merely involves bringing to the Holy Spirit as a guide and revealer. If you and your partner disagree, then place the two alternatives before the Spirit and ask about them. If you are both sincere as a little child, then you will both get the same answer.

For simplicity’s sake it is best to reduce the disagreement to the point where it can be solved with a simple yes or no. Which is the best answer, A or B? If A is closest to the truth, then both of you will get a yes on that, as the Holy Spirit is not divided against itself.

Those in the ego, centered on the special relationship, can never achieve oneness and unity, but if two or more dedicate themselves to following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, higher unity and sharing becomes a reality, and instead of feeling like you have given something up or lost something with a change of mind, the feeling will be one of gain, completeness, peace and wholeness, or holiness.

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 5

McCall Gathering 2000, Part 5

There is a lot of truth that the eyes are the window of the soul. Looking into another’s eyes really helps to share the soul energy. The first time I really felt love towards Artie was that moment I looked in the audience and saw her looking at me. Something was transferred through the eyes.

Here’s an example. If a man or woman has a spouse and they’re in love with him/her they wouldn’t dream of saying to a good friend, “Hey you want my spouse for a few days? You can borrow her if you’d like. It’s fine with me. When I get her back I’ll have just as much fun with her as ever.”

But when a man has a secretary and likes her he wouldn’t think a thing about it if he offered her to someone for a few days. She does a good job and gets praise for her work but there is no romantic relationship so sharing her for a few days is fine.

You can’t do that with a romantic partnership. It’s a totally different type of relationship with totally different types of feelings. In the romantic relationship there is just one unit of energy. Because there is just the one unit of energy within the romantic relationship it’s important that you keep that unit within the relationship. When you keep the unit within the relationship then the stability will be there and the soul will be there and the pure love will be there.

If you start seeing imperfections in the other person where, instead of sending 90-100% you begin sending less energy, pretty soon you hate him so much it becomes a negative 50! This romantic energy is totally different from pure spiritual love or friendship and when a person understands that there’s only one unit he can then see why all the master teachers through the ages have taught the importance of commitment in a relationship.

It’s a different type of commitment than a spiritual relationship. In a romantic relationship that which is good is for you two as a unit. In a spiritual relationship the energy is for the good of the whole no matter how big that group may be. So for the group gathered here so everything we do is for the good of the whole. There is plenty of energy here. One person can’t go grab it all for himself or one couple can’t grab it for themselves. It’s a universal energy that’s circulating.

Even though romantic energy is on the astral level it’s still important. Many new agers seem to discount anything astral, even thought many of them are astral bound themselves and think astral energy is spiritual energy. The astral and physical layers of energy play an important function just as do the higher spiritual energies.

Why? Because our evolution starts there. We have seven centers in our body; two in the head center, then we have the throat, the heart, the solar plexus, sacral and the base of the spine. These are lit like candles. The base of the spine is the source of your life energy and it lights the sacral which lights the solar plexus which lights the heart and throat and on up.

You cannot have the higher centers activated and unfolded without having the lower centers lit and unfolded.

Audience: What if when the higher unfold, you close the bottoms?

JJ: Then you create a blockage and it would not work properly. Here’s something I notice a lot among those who practice a lot of negative meditation. By negative meditation I mean one in which the mind becomes empty as compared to a positive meditation that contemplates a seed thought. A lot of such meditators are people that seem to deny their lower energies. A friend of ours who is into it never seems to get angry. I’ve never seen him get passionate about anything. When he speaks about meditation it’s the most boring monologue I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s all about details and not principles. He just about puts me to sleep. He’s a nice guy. I like him personally. His lower centers seem atrophied. He needs to explode with passion or something. (laughter)

You’ll notice the Avatars of the age, the ones who have really changed the world, their lower centers have been very active. Look at Jesus in the Temple. Look at Moses. He was so upset that he killed an Egyptian who was trying to whip a Hebrew slave. That’s how passionate Moses got.

Let’s look at some other great leaders. Alice A Bailey lists Abraham Lincoln as a great avatar. She calls him a racial avatar, one of the greatest we’ve had. When you read about Lincoln you hear that he was very passionate. He felt very passionate about the war and was beside himself with the incompetence of his generals. Then he looked at Grant for leadership. No one wanted him as head general because he drank too much and swore too much. He didn’t have a good reputation. The New York Times castigated him and told Lincoln he should fire him and get rid of him. Has the New York Times ever given good advice?

Lincoln didn’t listen to them. He said Grant had one thing that no general had. When it comes time to fight, he will fight. These other guys could write books on strategy but if cornered they wouldn’t fight. Grant will stand up and fight. Lincoln himself had to fight tooth and nail to get Grant and this led to winning the war.

When you read about Lincoln he was extremely passionate. When things didn’t go right he was very upset. He had his lower centers open and working.

The average person may have the solar plexus open 70% and the heart center open about 30% and the head center open around 10%. If we increase these to 80% and 50% the solar plexus is also continuing to unfold. As a person becomes more and more evolved, eventually his solar plexus is open 100%. So he has more energy circulating in the lower center than the thug does. The thug thinks he has a lot to control but the higher evolved person has even more to control. A lot of people don’t understand that. They think once the higher centers become active the lower are quiescent.

Let us look at the weight lifter. I haven’t worked out using weights since forever (laughter). If we had a weight lifter here he could pick up a 200 pound weight easier than I could pick up a 100 pound weight. That’s because he’s exercised. The person who is developing the higher centers is also developing more control and more power to control.

Even though his lower centers are open 100% with strong sex drive, strong passions, strong feelings and strong intensity, he’s developed the ability to lift those lower weights. So the thug whose solar plexus may be open only 50% has a harder time with that 50% than the disciple has with 100%. But the disciple has more energy in the lower centers to work with. So the people who tell you the lower centers are to be ignored, to be quiescent or to be neutralized, they themselves will usually have problems and will usually end up accomplishing nothing in their life for they ignore the drive and passion that comes from the lower centers.

If you look at the people who have accomplished anything in the service of humanity they’ve all been very passionate people. Look at John Kennedy for instance. He was very intelligent, a Democrat who inspired us with, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” Who has this attitude today, Republican or Democrat? Everyone still quotes it but no one believes it. Most people want to know what their country will do for them and to hell what they can do for their country. “What about my Social Security? What about my Medicare?” What about my prescription drugs? Everyone says, “What can my country do for me?”

JFK was very passionate. He didn’t control all of his passions but he is an example of a person who is obviously evolved yet had very intense passions. He’ll probably need to come back in another life to get them all under control and directed more intelligently. As I read about his life I could see that he did control most of his lower passions. He had a problem with some things, especially sex but a lot of that might be attributed to his father’s teachings and example.

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 – 1973)

First posted June 21, 2004. The Gathering took place June, 2000.

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 4

McCall Gathering 2000, Part 4

Audience: Back to where you said you could reconnect if you could get rid of the barriers…if you remove them you can see that perfection in each other again. My first question is how do you get some permanence there? If you see perfection for thirty seconds then it’s gone again…is it that triangular energy and the soul is involved?

JJ: Something Artie tried to do, and I posted this on the list before…Contrary to popular belief that we get along perfectly all the time we do have our little arguments now and then. Sometimes it gets pretty intense until one of us thinks it’s gone as far as we want it to go and we need to re-establish the contact. We have a table where we sit down. The one with soul energy drives the other to the table. (laughter) We sit down and look into each other’s eyes and say, “I love you” three times. Usually by the third time it works, unless we’ve had a really heated argument.

Sometimes I say to her, “I love you.” She replies, “I love you” gruffly. I say, “That doesn’t sound like you mean it. Say it like you really mean it.” To make this work you need to say it three times like you really mean it. When we get to the third time sounding like we really mean it, even if we don’t really feel like it what do you think happens?

Audience: It’s a surrender? The barriers are removed?

JJ: Yes, the barriers are removed and we see the Christ in each other again. The funny thing is sometimes we cannot even remember what we were arguing about.

Audience: How do we know this barrier between us and this person is just a barrier and can be removed, say drinking alcohol. I don’t like this person drinking alcohol so I can create that to be a barrier when it’s not. Or it really could be a barrier and a reason to get away from this person. How do I know if it’s a barrier to be removed or an inspiration to be removed?

JJ: If it’s time to move on from that person you may have soul contact and you’ll feel an inner communication that the time has come. If you’re supposed to stay with that person, even though there are a lot of problems you should get a feeling like you’re supposed to work it out. If you feel that feeling the thing to do is to make it as close to soul contact with the other person that you can, to remove the barriers. But if for instance, the person is beyond redemption and you come to the conclusion that the only thing to do is to move on, then move on. Don’t delay, just move on. That will probably be the best thing.

Oftentimes a relationship will be difficult but you have something to learn from that relationship so your soul will want you to stay in it. You’ve gone into that experience and as long as you’re there you might as well learn from it. The thing to do then is to remove the barriers. If the other person refuses to remove barriers with you it’s important that you still remove your personal barriers with him or her. When you remove your barriers your love energy will be very stimulating to him. Sometimes it will make them worse for a period of time. If you send love and it’s not given back the person can actually become very agitated and become more abusive. But don’t let that stop you. Continue to be harmless. Continue to remove your barriers to the soul. Continue to be open. It will either make the person self destruct (laughter) or else he will change. He will not stay the same. He will either change for the better or the worse.

Audience: It gives you a choice point. The person will say I’m not going to change so you know where you stand.

JJ: No matter how perfect your relationship starts out you’re going to have things to work out. You’ll see perfection when you have that falling in love feeling, especially if it’s a fast romance. When this happens the person can do no wrong but eventually you’ll have a lot of data implanted that creates barriers. You need to sit down and remove the barriers. Use the “I love you” thing or whatever but sit down and remove them so you see the perfection in each other.

Audience: So JJ would it be true to say that if I were a perfect person I would be able to love without barriers people on the street and people all around me. I would use discernment so I wouldn’t get in trouble. But my family, my cousins, my sisters and all the people in my life, I would be able to remove the barriers with them and be walking around in love all the time.

JJ: Romantic love and spiritual love are two different things. You have one unit of romantic energy. If you’re in romantic love with two people at the same time each of them gets 50% as you’re trying to share. Spiritual love is different. I can spiritually love everyone here 100% but I can only romantically love with 100% of that energy with one person. If I try to romantically love two people then this 100% is divided. One person may get 60% and the other 40%. Romantic energy is a totally different type of energy. It’s important in romantic relationships to keep the energy focused.

We’ll talk about that more after our next break but before the break let’s do an experiment in the sharing of spiritual love. Each one of us will go to each person in this group. We will say there words:

“I love you through the soul with the pure love of Christ.” Look into that person’s eyes then have the other person say those words back to you. Give that person a hug then move on to another person. Everyone do it with every person in the room. Call the person by name as you say it.

The group does the exercise and then says the Song of the 144,000 together

JJ: It’s nice to focus on the group. None of us are perfect and we all need stimulation once in awhile. Except Xavier, I think he’s perfect. (laughter) I always pick on Xavier. I called him the god of the galaxy awhile back and never did get a response on that. Actually I know one guy who thinks he is the god of the galaxy.

Okay, concerning romantic relationships everyone has one packet of energy. When two people fall madly in love with each other they share that energy close to 100% or maybe 80, 90, 100 and the other person 80 or 90. They share it back and forth. Rarely is it exactly the same but sometimes when they first fall in love it’s close to 100%. When it’s close to 100% they feel really good about each other, especially if it’s approved by their souls and it’s the right thing for them to be doing and if it’s a learning experience, then the energy gets really good, close to 100%.

Then they begin to see faults in each other and drift downward. The woman doesn’t dress right or whatever or prepare his food right or something silly. It’s often the silly things but when you start adding them until you get about a dozen little things you don’t like, it adds up to a big thing. These percentages begin to go down. Once it goes down to 60 or 50 percent this guy then has 40% of his romantic energy just drifting off into open space.

So he’s at work and there’s a cute little secretary over here. He has 40% drifting off. She psychically picks up that’s he’s open for something to happen. So she gets friendly with him and she starts picking up this 40%. She kind of likes him because she doesn’t see all his imperfections that others see because he’s on his best behavior. She doesn’t know all the nasty little things he does so she sends him maybe 80%. He sends her 40 and she sends him 80. All of sudden he’s getting more than he’s sending and he’s a pretty happy man. He’s getting 70 from his wife and 80 from the secretary so he’s getting 100% energy sent to him with excess radiating off.

The wife is sending 70 and only getting 60 from him so she’s got a negative 10. She feels a little empty because she isn’t getting as much energy as she’s sending out. He’s got an extra amount of energy because the secretary is flooding him with 80%. Now he has to either let the energy bounce off and continue to accept the same amount of energy from his wife or maybe absorb some of the energy.

He looks at his secretary. She isn’t always complaining about how he doesn’t pick up his underwear like his wife does so he begins returning the energy. He returns 80% to her and all of a sudden this relationship with the secretary is going really hot and heavy.

This only leaves 20% to send to his wife. Now instead of getting the usual 60% she’s getting only 20% so 50% of her energy is bouncing off and creating an additional vacuum for her. She’s getting the feeling that she’s giving and giving and getting nothing back. Something is wrong. She will suspect that maybe he’s having an affair with someone because of the change in the energy. She’ll feel it.

When people feel this, they have two lines of approach. They might think it is just the imagination and sweep it under the rug thinking they shouldn’t be jealous. They might get over reactive and play detective and spy on him. In this case he’ll get madder than ever feeling she has no faith in him.

He goes to work and the secretary starts looking better all the time so he gives her 90%. She’s getting even more now so she returns the 90%. Now the wife is down to almost nothing and is complaining like crazy about him.

The Wife says, “You don’t love me anymore. There’s somebody else.” She starts driving the guy away now because she’s very upset due to feeling this void in energy. It finally reaches a point where the guy and the secretary have an affair. The guy feels totally revitalized.

The secretary feels revitalized for awhile but then he feels guilty and thinks he should try to patch it up with his wife. He gives her maybe 50% now. The secretary is still giving 90% so about 40% or her energy is going into a void so she begins to feel a vacuum now. She asks, “When are you going to leave your wife?” She starts sounding like a nag to him since she’s feeling a vacuum. This guy is experiencing some turbulence now having problems with both relationships.

He can’t really explain why. He thinks he hadn’t gotten to know the secretary well and is now realizing she’s a nag just like his wife. Most often he’ll wind up ruining both relationships. Because he doesn’t understand the balance of energies he’ll probably repeat the same problem again if he marries the secretary. He may very well meet a new secretary or associate and hear the same complaints that he heard in his previous relationship. This process keeps repeating itself.

Spiritual energy is totally different. It doesn’t matter how many are included. We went around the entire room and everyone felt the spiritual energy that was shared. Did you notice that when you really looked into the other person’s eyes that you felt something go back and forth between you?

First posted June 17, 2004. The Gathering took place June, 2000.

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 3

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JJ: We have the inner spirit where the truth lies. The soul is basically a doorway between the physical reality and the spirit. The soul doesn’t exist where physical reality doesn’t exist because the soul is the interplay of spirit and matter. Spirit and matter interplaying produce soul. Soul is that energy of interplay. It’s like a doorway, so soul contact is that point in between or as it’s written esoterically it’s the point where land, water and air meet, which is neither wet nor dry. It’s that mysterious point that is a doorway between the physical reality and the spiritual reality.

To get to the spirit you have several layers to go through. What we need to do as a group is to remove these layers in all of us. If we could remove these layers we could make a spiritual contact, one that is so valid that we would all realize a contact has been made and a spiritual flow has been established.

The spirit doesn’t actually know anything. It’s an inner consciousness that’s beyond form and all knowledge is connected with form. If you think of anything you know, it’s connected with form. Your car has so many horsepower. If your car had no form, horsepower would be meaningless. Our car is gold in color but if we had no form, gold would be meaningless.

What the spirit can do is to recognize truth. It recognizes it rather than having a mind that holds all the truth so to speak. It’s an illusion that all truth is within because there is no truth within. All that is within is the ability to recognize truth. The truth is really without.

Audience: How can that be? If the truth isn’t within me how can I recognize it?

JJ: Because spirit has the ability to recognize truth because spirit interplays through soul with matter and it recognizes all things transpiring in all worlds.

Audience: So truth would have to be presented to me then for me to be able to recognize it.

JJ: Right but you can present it to yourself using imagination, visualization, reading books, discussing ideas. Have you ever been searching for something then something just hits you? “Yes! Why didn’t I think of that before? That is just so true.’ It just hits you. Has anybody had that happen? We’ve all had that happen at least a few times. That’s because you remove the walls, at least temporarily. When the wall is removed, that truth is run by the spirit and when it’s run by the spirit, the spirit vibrates. When it vibrates you get that feeling, ‘Yes! I can see it. I just know that that’s true!’ There may be no way to prove it even using normal logic but when it’s presented to you it just seems so right.

Even in this truth there is sometimes some illusion. Let’s say you’re progressing from a certain point and this point is pretty much as close to truth as you can get. When you’re at the first point you have a decision to go this direction or that direction or another direction. (Pointing at blackboard) This still has some illusion in it but it’s the right direction. There are still things that aren’t 100% true because you have a distance to go to get to the real truth. But that decision takes you into a completely wrong area and if you make that decision you’ll need to go that way then come back and start all over. If you go other ways, you’ll need to come back and eventually wind up at this point. (JJ: drawing on board)

When these three directions are run by the spirit, through the soul, the spirit and your accountability, you may receive a vibration. The vibration doesn’t mean a decision is 100% true but it means you’re headed the direction to the truth.

An acquaintance, a while back, told me he joined the Catholic Church and he just felt 100% sure that was the right thing for him to do. He felt a very strong presence and he just knew he was supposed to join the Church. For him there was something in the Catholic Church that he was supposed to learn. That thing in the church that he had to learn was a step to take him to the goal. He probably had a couple more steps first.

His soul may have told him that but if one of us had the same impression we’d think, ‘Join the Catholic Church? The church has all sorts of wrong things in it and I don’t believe in confession or transubstantiation or any of those things.’ The soul or the spirit may not believe in it either but for him it told him it was the right direction to head in. Then, after he learns what he was supposed to, it is quite possible his soul will tell him to leave the church and move on.

Your soul will confirm to you if you’re either headed in the direction of the truth or going to a point of truth. It vibrates when the truth is being approached.

My book, The Immortal, is presented as a combination of fact and fiction. A lot of people write to me and say that they know the book is 100% true because it registers with their soul. The book is not 100% true. The principles in it are true. The direction of the book takes people in the direction of a truth. Their soul will vibrate and they’ll feel that vibration and misinterpret it and believe it’s 100% true. They don’t care what I tell them. I’ve had a guy chew me out for saying it’s a combination of fact and fiction. People have chastised me for that! They can’t understand why if there is anything in the book that is not true, why did they receive the vibration of truth.

This is why. It’s because it takes them from here to here. (drawing on board) Once they are here they can see the next step. That’s why many people feel the spirit going through the soul saying “yes”.

What we want to do is to remove the barriers because this is what happens. Suppose you have these three decisions. These two take you way off the path but this one takes you in the best direction. You have three decisions. One takes you toward spiritual closeness. These others take you away from Spirit. The wrong direction is often something you really want to be true. Let’s use relationships for an example because it’s something we can all relate to. We’ve all been through relationships.

You meet a person, very intelligent, attractive and funny. Let’s say you want to have kids and this person doesn’t want to have kids. This person is Catholic and you’re an atheist. That would create a lot of problems. But she’s really attractive and now you have this decision. He meets another person who is very mental in a lot of ways. You agree a lot philosophically. This person isn’t very attractive but would be an interesting person to spend time with.

This last person is really the best choice because the philosophy matches up. The others are attractive. This one isn’t a real knockout but is a good stable person who will pay the bills and you can see eye to eye on most things.

So there are three choices to decide between. The astral based person will generally go with the attractive person because he has a lot of desire. ‘So what if she doesn’t want to have kids. I’ll change my mind because she’s so attractive. It’s not logical but I’ll figure out the logic when the time comes.’ He has this tremendous pull to make this wrong decision. Later he may realize the other person was the person the soul really wanted for him but now he doesn’t want to hear that because he’s really attracted to this person. In this situation he overrides the soul and listens to the feelings. Soon he feels so great that he convinces himself it is fate to follow his feelings.

This really happens. Relationships are so difficult because the falling in love feeling borders on the soul energy. A lot of people believe there is one special person out there for them. They think they met the person because they feel love but that’s an illusion because you can do that with any other person in the world if you let down all the barriers between you.

You fall in love with a person because you’re attracted to him. That attractiveness brings down the barriers. It isn’t that you make the contact then the barriers come down but it’s that the barriers come down then you make the contact.

If you’re person A and you’re working with person B as friends, why don’t you fall in love with this person? Maybe you don’t like the way she dresses. Maybe you don’t like her visible features. These are all barriers between you and the other person’s soul. If these barriers were to be removed you could look at that person and fall in love.

Audience: Can you remove barriers at will?

JJ: Yes you can remove the barriers.

Audience: But I can’t remove your barriers, right?

JJ: No, you have to remove your own. If you remove your own but the other guy doesn’t, you’re still blocked from full sharing.

Audience: But if I were to remove my barriers would he fall in love with me because he could see me?

JJ: No, if you remove your barriers, you’re likely to fall in love with him but he won’t necessarily fall in love with you.

Audience: If I removed my barriers I would fall in love with him? Oh I get it. Then I’d have soul contact.

JJ: Yes. You’d open your soul to him but there wouldn’t be an interplay. When you have two people like two atoms and they both remove the barriers then there is free interplay. If only one person removes the barriers there is energy going one direction but not the other. This person has an attraction and the other person tries to avoid it. If the two people were to remove barriers instantly the soul energy can flow.

To trigger the romantic energy the astral needs to be let in. Between two people like us in this room, if we remove the barriers the spiritual energy can flow. A lot of people don’t want to fall in romantic love with everyone but they do want to fall into spiritual love with others.

If you’re opposite polarities and remove the barriers and you let the romantic energy flow that can happen. If you don’t want romantic energy to flow, if it’s dedicated to one person, then the spiritual energy can still flow.

Different kinds of barriers need to be removed. What are the barriers?

Audience: We’re talking about barriers to the soul?

JJ: We’re listing barriers to soul contact.

Audience: Beliefs.

JJ: Conditioning is part of that. Belief is okay if there is truth within it, right?

Audience: Belief is still part of personality.

Audience: Judgment.

JJ: There are two categories of judgment. There is a positive type of judgment and a negative. The negative judgment is what I call a limiting type of judgment. A father says to his son, ‘you’re never going to amount to anything.’ That’s a limiting type of judgment because it has a bad effect on him. The positive type of judgment is what we call discernment. We use discernment to judge the right path to take which is a positive use. The negative type of judgment is to put a person in a box because of who you think he is.

Another type of judgment is like and dislike. For instance, you may not like a person’s perfume. That type of like and dislike as a means to make a choice is rather crazy as well. If that means you don’t like the person and you’re not going to gain anything from them then that judgment is standing in your way.

Let’s look at what happens when two people really do fall in love. Oftentimes two strangers will meet and all of a sudden chemistry will strike. The guy may be a serial ax murderer or something but this poor little gal doesn’t know that. He comes off with all kinds of charm so she lets down her barriers. The ax murderer lets down his barriers and they’re both being extremely charming. Neither one of them are making any negative judgments about the other. When they look at each other what do they see? They see perfection.

When two people look at each other and see perfection, they will instantly fall in love. In that moment when they see perfection the spiritual flow will circulate. If they are opposite polarities centered in the astral then the spiritual energy will bring romantic love with it. If they’re committed to someone else they’ll just have a spiritual experience.

It reminds me of when Artie and I fell in love. I was teaching a class and was going to talk on a certain subject. I don’t remember what it was and I looked at the audience and there she was looking at me. She looked at me with such anticipation in her eyes like she thought I was the most perfect person in the world.

I had my speech outlined but I thought it wasn’t good enough for what she expected. So I trashed my prearranged subject and talked about the first thing that cane into my head. I spoke about divine carelessness. It was the best class I’d ever given in my life. She really pulled it out of me. We pretty much fell in love that instant I looked in her eyes because she saw perfection in me. When she saw perfection in me, what I was going to give her wasn’t perfect so I threw it out and gave her something much closer to perfection.

Audience: Isn’t that infatuation though?

JJ: Infatuation is more astral. When there is soul energy involved, you’re contacting a real energy. This can even happen with an ax murderer. What happens is real because you see perfection in that person in that instant and that person saw perfection in you. When that happens there can be a tremendous sharing. You don’t have to be perfect for it to happen but it is a real thing. What creates infatuation is like when a rock star comes into town. It’s usually a one way thing. The rock star comes to town and you idolize him and you’d go to the end of the world to get his attention.

But it’s different with two people touching the soul, they’re very imperfect people but they see perfection within each other. This causes the circulation of energy and is real. They may interpret it wrongly. They may think each other is perfect in everything they do. As they get to know each other they might learn one of them only changes his socks once a week or doesn’t use deodorant. These are barriers that get in the way. By the time they have a list of about a dozen flaws they’ll wonder what they ever saw in the other person. But they fell in love because for that one instant, they saw perfection. But when you get to the point where you have these flaws tabulated and he’s got twelve things wrong and she has twelve things wrong, these twelve things are now barriers so there is no soul contact and no circulation of energy. They can’t understand why in the world they ever felt the way they did and believe they can never feel that way again.

But they could. All they have to do is to forget. To negate these twelve things they don’t like all they have to do is look at each other again, see the perfection within and they’ll fall in love all over again. It can happen in thirty seconds if they’re willing to drop those barriers, those twelve little things.

He watches football too much. Forget that he watches football. She goes away for the day and doesn’t have dinner ready. She doesn’t pay any attention to me. This is a barrier. Drop all these barriers and only see the perfection and instantly the soul energies interplay all over again just like they just fell in love.

Audience: So when I need him and I think I see perfection in him how do I know I’m not mentally constructing…

Audience: I’d like to say something before you ask that question. I may be able to answer that question. Let’s go back to Artie in the class, then the pop star and his comment about infatuation. Infatuation to me is a mental construct that says, ‘This person has something that I think they have. I’m open and I’ve put them in a certain position so that position is an infatuation. It’s registered and picked up or whatever happens but to me what we’re talking about is a mental construct of what I want that person to be. They’re not that. I want this ax killer to be something else. Where we get stuck is seeing perfection is because I have a mental construct about it. So I want it, that’s the thing I want.

JJ: Here’s me, here’s Artie and here’s our soul (writing on board). All souls are one in the ultimate reality. If we saw perfection in each other we could have a circulation of soul energy. That would feel really great even if we were totally wrong for each other. The soul will also recognize when you are right for each other. If you are right for each other it will add an additional down flow of energy to create a triangle of energy which is more powerful still. When you have the triangle circulating you’ll have the feeling that this is right. When you have the energy circulating between you two you’ll have a great feeling but something may feel not quite right about it.

Audience: And it ends. Which is the mental construct.

JJ: Before I got married I met this gal who I was really attracted to. When we dated there were no barriers and there was great energy shared. We both felt really wonderful in each other’s presence. I kept having this nagging feeling that I wasn’t supposed to marry her and it wouldn’t go away. It bothered her too. She came to me one day and said, “I prayed about you and God told me that I’m not supposed to marry you.” I told her, “I’ve known that all along but I’ve been trying to ignore it.” She got a real definite answer from her soul. She gave me a wake up call and I went along with it.

Later, in my relationship with Artie, the energy circulates in a triangle. There is a feeling that is more powerful still and it’s amplified. The energy circulates and you know that person is right for you.

First posted June 13, 2004. The Gathering took place June, 2000.

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 2

McCall Gathering 2000, Part 2

The third type of contact is of the mind. The fourth, for lack of a better word, is called spirit. Spirit communicates to the mind then the mind reflects to the astral. When it reflects to the astral on the person who is polarized there, he will not be 100% accurate because he receives it reversed. The mind is capable of reflecting the spirit but if the mind is cut off from the spirit then it is left to logic alone which rarely deals with all the information and often comes up with wrong conclusions. Spock is somewhat cut off from the spirit because he isn’t a real intuitive. If he gets an intuitive flash do you think he would trust it? No, because it isn’t logical. So, if the mind is cut off from the spirit then the ancient saying is true that the mind is the slayer of the real.

What do you suppose that means? How can the mind slay the real?

Audience: The mind is logical so it has its own rules to evaluate Each mind has its own logic and each see only certain aspects of the problem because it’s under the influence of the personality. If we use logical rules to deduce answers we add in influences from past thoughts and feelings. It’s like we digest something great and analyze it but if we were to look at it from afar we’d see we put into it what we think is reality. We go around with it.

JJ: Yes, what we put in the box to begin with is it. The mind holds our foundation beliefs. For example, if you’re going to drive your car to the store or let’s say you’re going to just drive your car down the freeway for one mile. Do you think you can set your steering wheel so precisely that you can let go and it will go straight for a mile down the road?

Audience: You must live in Texas! (laughter)

JJ: You can’t do it. You go a few feet and need to redirect your steering wheel on a regular basis. You can not start with a foundation powerful and accurate enough in direction to go straight for a hundred miles. You cannot start accurately enough to get anywhere, but this is what the person who is centered in the mind believes. He thinks he can get from here to there with no corrections. It’s impossible.

So the guy centered in the mind may think that his foundation beliefs are so inspired by God and wherever he gets his information from is so accurate that he can drive from here to there in a straight line. What happens though is that he starts driving and he gets off track. Pretty soon the truth is revealed and he is way off base. But he’s been logical. He’s followed his foundation beliefs and they took him down here then here then here and he ended up way over there. (Using hand gestures) He thinks this is the logical place to be because he started out right and followed his reasoning.

So if you present him with truth about where he is and tell him it’s real he’ll say, “No, no, no, this is real. I started out here.” Man was born in sin and because man was born in sin he’s becoming more and more sinful so now we need to repent like crazy. You need to repent.” He started out with a foundation belief that was wrong and he followed it with a logical sequence and a very logical mind and ended up way off track.

My brother in law, who is now passed on, was a nuclear physicist and very intelligent but whenever I argued theology with him he’d bring in ‘the devil made me do it’ and that type of thing. We’d get into a weird territory following a logical sequence starting with his foundation beliefs about the devil. They’d lead him into areas that would make you wonder. He’s so intelligent in physics and things of that nature but when you talk about certain doctrines he winds up on strange paths.

The point is that you cannot steer a car so accurately that you do not have to steer it while it goes. It must be steered with new, fresh intelligence on a regular basis or it’s going to miss its destination, at least some of the time.

The mind is the slayer of the real because the foundation beliefs are not accurate. Our foundation beliefs right now are inaccurate. They’re may be more accurate than they were last year but still, all of us have certain things in our foundation beliefs that we’re not prepared to change. Unless we’re prepared to change them with intelligence coming to us through spirit and soul contact to correct us, we’re going to end up at the wrong place.

Take my brother in law and let’s say we’re talking about physics now instead of theology. Maybe we’re talking about the speed of light. On this he’s good. He starts out with good foundation beliefs and he’s willing to follow the text books and latest discoveries so maybe we reach the correct destination on this subject. He’s allowing for it because he doesn’t need to get permission from his living prophet to get here. When we talked theology he had to get permission from his religious authorities so he couldn’t change his mind on that. But on topics like physics, he’s open to the latest discoveries so maybe he can arrive at a point of truth.

The point is that most of us have certain things that are wrong in our foundation beliefs. We have to be open to correcting them on a regular basis. It’s not important that you correct them all in any particular lifetime. What’s important is that you correct the ones that come up. There will always be one or two major corrections that each of us will need to realize in a lifetime. If you haven’t done one yet in this lifetime you probably ought to do some introspection and find out why you haven’t made a correction yet. Search out your foundation beliefs and examine them. It’s important that we remain flexible. The only way to change our foundation beliefs is through inner contact with the spirit.

A person in the astral nature or even centered in the mind can change certain beliefs if some authority tells him it’s alright. Most people are subject to some outside authority. If a person is a scientist he will have certain circles of associates that he trusts. They will make known to him the guidelines of acceptability. If someone outside of his circle tells him something he may not even consider it but if an authority in his circle tells him he will.

The disciple reaches a point where he leaves behind outside authority and goes inside. When on the inside the person is torn between the astral and the spirit. We must be able to reach the spirit to get to the truth or we’ll be deceived. Oftentimes one foundation belief is wrong and we base other ideas on it. If a guy has a foundation belief that man is born in sin maybe that’s replaced by the idea babies are born perfect and they don’t need any guidance or anything because they’re perfect the way they are. That’s replacing one wrong foundation belief with another wrong foundation belief. That happens quite frequently.

On the other hand, it’s better to replace one that’s wrong with another one that is wrong than to do nothing. Remember the parable about the four guys in the book? Who were the ones in the worst shape? Those who couldn’t make a decision. The guy who made the wrong decision went to hell, but he at least learned how to get out of hell or to change hell. Even though he chose a path that seemed undesirable, he still learned from it.

Off and on a person may get some impression and go haywire and join a Jim Jones type cult and everyone will think he’s out of his mind. Actually, he’s probably making some progress. He’s joined the cult but pretty soon he’ll get burned in the cult then what will he do? He’s gotten burned by religion and now he’s burned by this cult. Maybe he becomes an atheist and doesn’t believe in anything. This may be a step ahead for him because now he has to rely totally on the mind. He leaves behind some of his foundation beliefs. Then as an atheist the mind slays the real. The solution to life still evades him.

He follows his foundation beliefs which take him down one wrong path until it reaches a dead end and he thinks ‘this can’t be the answer’. So he goes back to point zero and heads another way and reaches another dead end. He does this back and forth, back and forth until finally he becomes extremely frustrated. He thinks, “Now, I’ve renounced God and relied on my mind and time and time again I’m frustrated. There must be a better answer than what I’ve come up with so far.” Then he begins to open himself up and as he does that he begins to get communication. He begins to think maybe there is something out there, a higher self or something and opens up to new ideas. So being an atheist, in many cases, is a higher state of evolution than being a staunch religious type.

In order to move ahead we need to move out of the astral thinking where everything is reversed. We have to move out of that reversed thinking so we can move into the world of spirit. Only then can we know truth from illusion.

Audience: Why do we need to go thru the astral first? Why is that so?

JJ: When we talk to anyone whose base is on the astral feeling nature they can’t accept reasoning that is not in harmony with their feeling nature. Alice A Bailey and all the great teachers tell us the astral is something we need to master before moving on. If you are under layers of water and oil you have to go through the water first before you can penetrate the lighter oil. That’s just the way it is.

Audience: So you’re saying the astral is reversed from the logical side?

JJ: Truth is reversed and distorted by the astral. The astral is like a mirror that reflects what is poured into it from the higher realms. There is a divine purpose in reversing them. Can anyone guess the purpose of the reversal?

Audience: To make things more confusing. (laughter)

JJ: It does that. It’s an answer that I bet no one will get. There is a purpose in everything and there is a purpose in the reversal.

Audience: To make you want to move on?

JJ: You’re getting closer. What do the Mormons say is the reason we come to this earth?

Audience: To prove ourselves, to gain a body, to gain exaltation…

JJ: To gain what else?

JJ: I’ll write it down. Experience, we’re here to gain experience.

Audience: So if I feel something is true, that’s a feeling so isn’t that astral?

JJ: Think of all the things where people go into in the world of experience because they have strong feelings. They wouldn’t have done these things if they hadn’t had strong feelings about it and had just thought about it.

Audience: Give me an example.

JJ: Like falling in love with someone. This person is totally wrong for you and if you go by your mind you’d think ‘I’d never marry this person in a million years!’ But if you go by your feelings which reverse everything you think, ‘I want this person and I want him right now!’

Audience: I got it, I got it. (laughter!)

JJ: So you’ve had that happen. The mind would look at the experience and avoid it like the plague. But the astral reverses everything and makes a completely undesirable experience look very desirable. Why do you suppose that’s in the plan of God that undesirable experiences look desirable so we’re led into them?

Audience: So we’d learn something from it.

JJ: Exactly. If we didn’t have our astral nature that reverses everything and makes the unattractive look attractive we’d never do anything. We’d be thinking, “no I don’t want to do that. I might lose if I did that. Kids are work. I don’t want to gamble on that.” You wouldn’t do anything. Your astral nature reverses everything and makes it look really great to have kids even though they can be a lot of trouble once they get here. It can make it look really desirable to marry the guy who just sits around watching TV and drinking beer all the time. You think, ‘why did I marry him?’ Your astral nature says he’s the greatest guy on the earth. You gain experience and from that experience you gain wisdom. How many here have been through a rough marriage? Did you learn quite a bit from the bad marriage? You could learn more from them than from good marriages in some ways. (laughter)

Rick, you’ve been through a couple turbulent relationships. Did you learn something from them?

Rick: Yeah.

JJ: Now if you had analyzed it and seen it clearly would you have gone through it?

Rick: No.

Audience: It seems like you learn not to follow your impressions. You learn not to follow the astral but to think about it first.

JJ: As you progress you learn to think first before you act. I’ve taught that we go through approximately a thousand lifetimes. For about the first 700 of them, or maybe the mystical 777 that some use, we gain experience.

Audience: So do we make the same mistake over and over and over?

JJ: For many lifetimes we do make the same mistakes again and again, but finally we reach a point where we learn our lessons and shift our attention to the mind and finally to soul and spirit.

Audience: When you go through the experiences the astral self would lead you to, eventually you learn not to listen to the astral self. Then you listen more to what the mind tells you or what the intuition tells you.

JJ: Right. You spend 80-90% of your lifetimes learning what not to do. In the process you’ve learned a lot. When you go through an experience and you don’t learn from it then your soul puts you into a position where you go through the experience again but with more intensity. So if you’re kind of thick, like I am sometimes, the soul let’s the astral nature take you into its place. You don’t learn anything from it and think, ‘boy that was a crazy time. I’m never going to do that again.’ But then you do it again.

You marry the same type guy or gal again. For instance, the woman marries this guy who beats the dickens out of her, she leaves him but then she marries another guy who beats her worse. She leaves him then meets a third guy who almost kills her then finally she wakes up thinking, ‘I need to change my ways or I’m going to wind up dead.’ She finally learns. She has to repeat the experience with greater and greater intensity until the pain gets so bad that the person will listen to the reasoning of the mind.

Audience: One thing I think you learn in these relationships is not so much who you should marry next time or who you should avoid but you learn something about yourself. When you fall in love with somebody you don’t really love that person yet because you haven’t known them long enough. You love the feeling they gave you and you love the reflection that love gave you. You’re projecting your love onto that person so it’s really all about you. It it’s the wrong person you realize it and learn things about yourself. Why was I attracted to this person? Why was I attracted to someone who would treat me this way? What is it about me that I’m seeing here? What lessons am I learning about myself? You learn about yourself and once you learn that you can move on to be treated better because you’re treating yourself better.

Audience: So is that still the astral leading you into that then? If it’s not the reverse of the teaching experience would that still be the astral leading you there?

JJ: If you’re coming to wrong conclusions that are against logic it is. Here’s another situation that happens with our parents. Say your dad is a carpenter and wants you to be a carpenter also. You go along with it and you’re a carpenter. You don’t like being a carpenter but you do it anyway. You’re unhappy and very miserable. Your next life puts you in the same situation again. This time your Dad shovels manure and has a job that’s even worse that you want to do even less. But your Dad wants you to do what he does again. Maybe you just go along with it again and don’t rise above the astral then maybe in your next life your Dad is on a bomb squad. If you follow in his footsteps you’ll probably get blown up so maybe you really don’t want to do that at all. You’ll eventually reach a point where you decide to think for yourself.

“My Dad wants me to follow in his footsteps but I’m going to make up my own mind.” When you reach that point you’ll move on to a new lesson. Your astral nature will take you into experience after experience that you wouldn’t have had if you were using your own mind. If you were using your mind and didn’t want to be a carpenter, you wouldn’t be one. When you’re in the astral nature you don’t do what’s logical and you don’t do what seems to be in your best interest. You do things that are against your best interest but they lead you into some very interesting experiences and you learn a lot more through your progression of this series of lifetimes. You learn a lot more going into these experience type of situations than you would if you used more logical decision making.

Eventually we reach a point where we want to break loose from this. When we do we need to find the next step in communication. As we evolve we begin to use our minds and fall upon the mind then we find out that our minds aren’t accurate either. They’re accurate if they have all the facts correct but they never have a solid starting point. The starting points are always imperfect. We never have all the facts. We’re always uncovering more information all the time. By using only our minds we can never start where we will arrive at 100% truth.

First posted June 6, 2004. The Gathering took place June, 2000.

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McCall Gathering 2000, Part 1


McCall Gathering 2000, Part 1

The following is a transcript of the first Keys gathering held in June 2000 in McCall, Idaho, recently transcribed.

Here is the first installment.


I’ve probably gotten more requests to speak on soul contact than any other topic so that’s the topic for tonight. Does anyone here care to explain what soul contact is? What would you say?

Audience: An Inner knowing.

JJ: Okay. There are different types of contact that people experience. What are the different types of contact outside of normal communication? Normally we talk together and we communicate reasonably well. There are also a lot of things not said that are communicated. What’s the next step up in communication from the physical level?

Audience: Intuition? Premonition?

JJ: Let’s list them in no particular order then we’ll discuss them and put them in order. (writing on the board) What else is there?

Audience: ESP? What is the question again?

JJ: What are the usual types of communication beyond normal physical speech?

Audience: Is it something like a host of coincidences that make you late for an appointment that had you been on time you would’ve been in an accident?

JJ: Synchronicity is the term for that, but it’s a different subject. It doesn’t pertain so much between a person and another person. It’s more like events that go on around you.

Audience: Fourth dimension visitation? Ghosts? Angels?

Audience: When you say soul contact does that have nothing to do with the outside environment? It’s something inside of you. It’s beyond reasonable and usually is irrational and doesn’t make sense as we know it because we can’t understand it in our physical bodies as things usually make sense.

JJ: Like an impression that doesn’t make sense at first but then it makes sense later on? Have you had that happen?

Audience: Yes, more than once.

JJ: It might happen more and more as you trust it. Let’s call this instinct. (writing on board)

Audience: Are you talking about communicating between people or yourself and your soul?

JJ: Between you and anything else, another person, a flying saucer, a master or whomever.

Audience: Say you’re driving along and all of a sudden you get a message that you need to get home. That sort of thing? Impressions?

JJ: That’s another word-impression.

Audience: You might get an impression to do something. You’ll listen to it depending on whether or not you’re comfortable with it.

JJ: Impressions are usually not vocal. It’s usually not a voice in your head. But you get an impression telling you what you’re supposed to do. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong. Sometimes it’s real and sometimes it’s based on other things. We’re going to talk about getting impressions and contact that you can really trust as being reliable. We probably all know people who get impressions about things that aren’t correct. All over the internet people are predicting doom about twice a year. It never happens. I’ll make this prediction. When we do have a major international problem, no one will have predicted it. (laughter)

Audience: Is there any truth to when you get an impression the more likely that it’s real is proportional to how it’s something you don’t want to do? Is there any correlation in that?

JJ: When you get an impression to do something you really don’t want to do, that’s a sign you’re not making it up. When you make up your impressions it’s usually going to go along with something you already believe in. For example, you meet a really good looking guy and say, “Oh man, my soul tells me he’s for me!” Or, “she’s really a knockout.” The personality is talking to you and your soul is just playing along. Suppose your soul told you to marry someone you didn’t even like, that’s something you’d never consider doing on your own so maybe you need to pay attention to that. (laughter)

So we have intuition, different forms of ESP, and instinct. Let’s start with the lowest. The lowest is instinct. (writing on board) Our instinct is our animal nature. Animals are very instinctive. We’ve heard about the swallows returning every year to Capistrano. Instinct is basically a computer program that’s built in the make up of living entities. It produces, with incredible accuracy, things we need to do as a species to preserve ourselves or make ourselves more comfortable and so on. Animals have a lot of things built into them. That’s one of the reasons some new-agers are claiming that animals are more intelligent than humans. They’re so instinctive. That instinct carries over into the more primitive people. The tribal type people are very instinctual. The pygmies and various tribes living in South America, etc rely on instinct because they are fairly new souls to the human kingdom. They don’t have nearly as many lifetimes under their belt as many people in civilized countries.

What happens as a person grows out of instinct and begins to develop his emotional nature, or the astral part of himself, is that he begins to lose his instinct. It appears that he loses it but he doesn’t really lose it. It’s called going below the threshold of consciousness. All the instincts of the animal kingdom are built into us. We have everything the animal kingdom has and everything the tribes in Australia, the pygmies, the tribes in South America have. We have them all but they appear to rarely be displayed by us. We have them all within us because in past lives we developed all these instincts.

We evolve by using that key word ‘attention’. We make a decision and place attention on that decision. Once we’ve learned instinct and everything about it we want to move past it and develop our emotional body. We shift out attention from instinct to the emotional nature. When we shift out attention off instinct, everything dealing with instinct goes below the threshold of consciousness because our attention is no longer on that. It’s still there just like everything you learned in fifth grade is recorded in your computer brain. You can go back using regression and recover a lesson a teacher gave you twenty years ago, word for word. It’s all still there in your computer brain but it’s below your threshold of consciousness because your attention isn’t on it. If you would’ve listened to that teacher twenty years ago and kept your attention on that lesson you’d still have it in your threshold of consciousness. Because you did not do that, because it wasn’t important enough to keep your attention on, it goes below your threshold of consciousness. Yet it hasn’t disappeared. Everything you learn in your life is still there. Within you are all the instincts that the animal kingdom has ever had, and primitive man has ever had, it’s all within you and can be retrieved anytime you put attention on it. It can be brought back anytime it’s needed.

But right now, as a person moves to develop his emotional nature, he puts his attention on developing the feeling side of himself. When he does that, all the instincts he has learned go below the threshold of consciousness. People may feel like they aren’t very instinctual anymore but they have it and just don’t have a use for that right now. They don’t have a use for it right now because they’re developing something else.

Most of civilized humanity right now, probably about 90%, is currently centered in the astral, emotional, feeling nature. That’s where most of mankind is. This has quite a number of divisions to it.

We do get impressions through our astral nature. The trouble with the astral body is that it is a reflector. When you look in the mirror do you see yourself as you really are or something else? What sort of an image do you see?

Audience: Reversed.

JJ: Right. You don’t see yourself as you are when you look into a mirror. Your image is reversed. The astral takes impressions from the soul and it reverses them. So when we’re in the astral, emotional consciousness, it’s very difficult to get the truth because everything is reversed to us.

Have you ever seen two emotional people argue with each other? Have you ever seen them reach an agreement? I watch a lot of crossfire type stuff on TV. Oftentimes you’ll see a person who is very mental and is arguing from a logical point of view but he’s arguing with someone who is very astral and is arguing from his feeling side. It’s becomes clear that the astral person has everything upside down. Maybe one of them will quote some survey that’s pretty black and white but to the astral person the survey means nothing because he feels the truth is a certain way. The facts don’t mean anything to this guy. The only thing that matters to him is what he feels to be true and he argues from that point.

The guy who is centered in the mind gets frustrated because he presents polls and data and facts, like Spock on Star Trek. The other guy is like Bones on Star Trek. I like Star Trek because it’s so representative of the different stages of evolution. The original one is much more so than the more recent versions. The Klingons were the instinctual types. Next was Bones. He was very astral and emotional and got upset over everything and chewed Spock out even though Spock was being logical. Spock was very logical and detached from his emotions almost completely. Then there was Kirk. He was a totally different brand of guy. How was he different from the others?

Audience: His emotions were ruled by his mind.

JJ: Yes, his emotions were ruled by his mind but he went beyond the mind.

Audience: He was intuitive.

JJ: Right, he was intuitive. He said something on one episode that sort of amazed me. He was presenting a plan. Spock said the plan was not logical. Kirk responded, “When you go through school to become a Start Fleet Commander they look for intuition. One thing a person needs to have in order to be a commander of a ship such as this, is that he must be able to make decisions based on intuition. I know the solution I’m presenting to you does not seem logical but when it’s all over and the solution seen, you’ll see then that it was very logical.”

Spock said, “What you’re saying is not logical but since we’ve been through this a number of times and in the end what you present always is logical even if it doesn’t appear logical to begin with I’ll go along with it.” In the end Kirk’s intuition always turned out to be logical. I’ve enjoyed those three divisions on Star Trek because they represent the three divisions of humanity so well.

Bones represents the astral. He’s very emotional and makes his decisions based on emotion. If it’s a logical decision but logically it doesn’t feel right, Bones will go with the emotional decision and Spock will go with the mental decision.

As we go through the astral nature everything is reversed and this creates a big problem for us, for most of humanity is on this plane. It’s one of the reasons prophet Isaiah said, “Behold people call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isa 5:20 Isaiah saw this, thousands of years ago, that everything was reversed for the majority of people. To begin with spiritual contact is reversed to a great degree.

When a person is polarized in the astral plane, the impressions he receives will usually be wrong. Some of the impressions he gets might have a correct direction because many of the impressions contain enough truth within them to convince him that he’s on the right path but oftentimes the impressions are reversed.

When you look in a mirror, even though the image is reversed, it’s close enough to looking like you that you don’t say, “That’s not me. It’s the reversed me.” You don’t think that when you look into a mirror. When a person in the astral nature gets astral impressions in reverse, they are close enough to reality that he doesn’t usually question it. It seems real just like the reverse you in the mirror seems real and you don’t question that. Matter of fact, that’s the only you that you ever see. You don’t see how you really are so you identify more with the reverse you than the real you. If we were to see our unreversed self it would seem sort of strange. So this is the problem of the astral nature.

June 5, 2004

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