Thoughts on Overshadowing

Thoughts on Overshadowing

A reader expresses difficulty in accepting that a master may occupy the body of a disciple or that the disciple would  share his body.

The divine possession does not involve the sharing of two personality vehicles. Remember we are not our bodies, but our bodies are vehicles that we use. Divine possession involves two conscious entities in one lower triad which is composed of one physical/etheric body, one emotional body and one mental body. All three of these bodies belong to the original occupant.

Any two entities can tune into each other’s minds and hearts through the Oneness Principle whether they be in the physical or out of the physical so long as they have soul contact.

Visualize the vehicle being a car instead of a body. Two people, Jack and Jim, are driving in a Lexus. Jack owns the car and has complete control over it. However, they are entering a neighborhood with many strange streets with which Jack is unfamiliar, but Jim knows very well. Jack decides that it would be more efficient to have Jim drive while in this territory. Jim takes the wheel, but since it is Jack’s car he can take it back any time he doesn’t like Jim’s driving. Jack can also decide to continue doing the driving and receive instructions from Jim as they move ahead. Everything is done according to the free will of the owner. He has to cooperate before Jim is able to exercise his will.

Reader: The two minds “become as one mind, intertwined and understanding each other”. However, I do not see how it is necessary for the other entity to occupy my physical body in order for this to take place.

I have never taught that Jesus vacated his body. DK mentioned this, but I think this wording gave a wrong impression of what happened.

It is always important to know truth wherever that truth lies, especially a truth that is centered around a true principle such as this one. You never know where that truth will lead you.

When scientists first started theorizing about atoms and how they may be structured many criticized them as speculating on useless knowledge. As it turns out our knowledge of atoms have lead to many astounding inventions and scientific finds.

Understanding the principle of Divine Possession is of extreme importance.


Because the Molecular Order cannot be established without it. As written in my book, it is the necessary link between heaven and earth that can connect the disciples to the living vine of which Christ spoke. Without this link the molecules will have no life and only be like other existing groups on the earth.

When Jesus was here, the divine possession created a link so the spiritual power of the hierarchical molecules could flow into the earthly molecule. One who is a part of the eternal chain must be here on the earth linked to a disciple in a physical body for the full powers of the new life to be manifest.

After the resurrection Christ dwelled in Peter’s body for a time to continue the link. This is why the Catholics believe the Pope is still sitting “in the place of the Son of God.” This was passed down through the ages like Chinese Whispers and now their understanding is corrupted.

Reader: I don’t believe the physical interpretation is true, and everybody else can believe what they want, but my experience (at least as I interpret it) tells me otherwise. I have previously gone into this in detail in my last two posts.

JJ: All are free to believe whatever they wish here as well as present their point of view within reason. It sounds like you are trying to prove a negative. You are saying that because you have not experienced a divine possession then this means it cannot happen. Because you perceive that your spiritual experiences did not involve two spiritual entities in one body does not mean it cannot happen.

The scriptures make it clear that the Dark Brothers can possess the body of another so if we believe that then we know that such a thing is possible. The Dark ones get all their knowledge of true principles from the Brotherhood of Light and then distort them. This means that if the Dark Brothers can have the experience of two entities on one body that the Brotherhood of Light can surely do it also if the need arises.

If one has the experience of the Divine Possession then he will know what it is. If a Master is in your body with you there will be no question about it. It will be as obvious as your knowing that your lungs, stomach and brain is in your body.

There are many levels of spiritual experience and when you go up a level or two words become inadequate. The description of Divine Possession will sound to one who has felt a spiritual endowment like something he has experienced, but they are very different.

I would describe it something like this. One person is basking in the light and heat of the sun and describes it to others.

A second person has a sun burning in its strength inside of him and feels the full intensity of the nuclear power.

The difference is like night and day, but the description may be the same for how could one describe what it would be like to have the sun within him and not be consumed?

A Divine Possession is a rare occurrence and only happens to establish a foothold of spiritual power upon the earth so the spiritual Hierarchy can extend itself to our plane so God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

Question: Does a person’s body have a literal door?

Yes. How do you think you got in your body if not for a door? How will you leave it at death if not through a door? Even in sleep our mental body leaves through a door in the head. And in demonic possession a door is carelessly open. When a person astral travels he leaves through a door.

If the two entities of light are sharing one body there is a blending of their Spiritual Triad which DK calls Atma-Buddhi-Manas (higher mind) The synthesizing of the two Spiritual Triads indeed causes the disciple to be in the Master and the Master in the disciple. The physical, the astral and lower mental are merely vehicles to use to reach our world, more than vehicles for sharing consciousness.

If a wayward individual and a dark entity share one body then the sharing will be only in the lower triad of the physical, emotional and lower mind.

Question: If Christ is not consciously manifesting in a dense physical body, what does it mean to be “in Christ”?

JJ: DK tells us that Christ presently lives in a dense physical body.

In general to be “in Christ” simply means to attain soul contact. A person does not need Divine Possession to be in Christ.

As I have said numerous times there are at least three interpretations that apply to every inspired scripture. Revelations 3:20 is no exception. The way you interpret it is one that is valid, but there are others.

Reader: Why could not this entire over-shadowing take place on the Buddhic or intuitive plane? If I remember rightly, that plane is not a plane of form, and if the interaction takes place there, why should it have to confirm to the rules of form?

JJ: The higher planes are involved but the connecting link is the higher mental plane which connects the higher and the lower. With this link the overshadowing entity can participate clear down to the physical.

While the Buddha is only in his etheric body the Christ is in the physical. DK says this:

“Christ and His disciples are known by many to be physically present on Earth and the Kingdom which They rule, with its laws and modes of activity are familiar to many, and have been throughout the centuries.”

“A truth hard for the orthodox thinker of any faith to accept is the fact that Christ cannot return because He has always been here upon our Earth, watching over the spiritual destiny of humanity; He has never left us but, in physical body and securely concealed (though not hidden), He has guided the affairs of the Spiritual Hierarchy, of His disciples and workers Who are unitedly pledged with Him to Earth service.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 604

Even though Christ is in a physical body he is not limited by it. He can fold it back into the spiritual and work from the Spiritual Triad or even be reborn again if need be. Or he can stay in the physical and work through the power of meditation.

“All things are possible with God.”

The reader seemed to think that the overshadowing strictly applies to the physical plane.

No one said it occurs strictly on the physical plane. The blending of minds extends to the physical plane.

There are three general categories of overshadowing.

(1) General contact to the spiritual internet through the Oneness Principle. Here the disciple can tune into principles and ideas from the minds of the Great Ones.

(2) A master brings a disciple into his aura and opens the door to access between the two for greater one on one communion than happens through the Oneness Principle.

(3) Divine possession. Here the master for a period of time will come into the body of the disciple to assist in accomplishing a certain mission. This has little to do with any new initiation and much to do with bringing about the will of God manifesting on the earth.

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ACIM Conversations, Part 22

ACIM Conversations, Part 22
Is Anyone Awake?

Student: I keep coming across fellow students who tell me that they have awakened from the dream, yet see no evidence they are any more awake than I am. How should I respond to such people?

Teacher: First, you need to decide whether or not a response would be helpful.

Student: And how do I do that?

Teacher: What does the Course tell you to do as far as decision making goes?

Student: I suppose you are telling me I need to check with the Holy Spirit.

Teacher: Exactly. And do you suppose the Holy Spirit will give you the same answer for each individual.

Student: I would think there would be different answers as some may be open to discussion and others not so much.

Teacher: Yes. Some interpret any questioning of their belief system as an attack, and any attempt to correct errors in them are fruitless. On the other hand, there are some who are open to discussions that reveal greater light and the Holy Spirit will give you a favorable nudge for them.

Student: I think there may be a third category, like the authorities who tried to entrap Jesus. He responded and put them in their place. Some people just seem to be asking for it.

Teacher: And even here you need to listen to the inner voice. Sometimes it will prompt you to respond and other times not.

The first thing you need to be aware of as a student is all that would transpire if you were to be fully awake. Who is it that we can look to as the greatest example of enlightenment?

Student: I’m sure that would be Jesus.

Teacher: And are you aware that even he is not fully in heaven?

Student: No I was not. Do you have a reference on that?

Teacher: Read this:

Student: “Because my feet are on the ground and my hands are in Heaven, I can bring down the glories of Heaven to my brothers on earth.” UR T 1 B 40ab

Teacher: Now, why is it that he can still assist us?

Student: Apparently his consciousness extends to both heaven and earth for his feet are on the earth and hands in heaven. Interesting.

Teacher: The Course tells us why he must yet stay linked to us here on earth. Read this:

Student: “Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that led him out, and now will lead you out with him.”

Teacher: Why must a savior remain with us?

Student: So he can lead us out with him.

Teacher: This harmonizes with a promise he made to his disciples. He said: “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matt 28:20

Now read these two quotes that reveal why he is committed to stay and work with us.

Student: “The reawakening of every Son of God is necessary to enable the Sonship to know its Wholeness.” T-6.I.12 “Souls cannot rest until everyone has found salvation.” UR T 1 B 24a. 24

It looks like even Jesus or others who are awake will not be able to rest until all are awake.

Teacher: And this thought is reinforced in this next quote:

Student: If all His creations are His Sons, every one must be an integral part of the whole Sonship. The Sonship in its Oneness transcends the sum of its parts. However, this is obscured as long as any of its parts is missing. That is why the conflict cannot ultimately be resolved until ALL THE PARTS OF THE SONSHIP HAVE RETURNED. Only then can the meaning of wholeness in the true sense be understood.” T-2.VII.6

Teacher: Here we see that we are all integral parts of the Sonship and we must all return before we can completely comprehend the meaning of its wholeness.

Student: That is quite a statement. It appears then that no one can claim to be fully awake for the whole Sonship must return before complete wholeness is realized.

Teacher: But we can make great strides toward the Eternal World. The first major step is to attain the real world. Do you have a grasp of what that is?

Student: I understand it is some type of bridge between heaven and earth.

Teacher: Yes. The Course describes it as “a borderland of thought that stands between this world and Heaven.” T-26.III.2

It says “The real world is the second part of the hallucination time and death are real, and have existence that can be perceived.” T-26.V.12 “The real world can actually be perceived. All that is necessary is a willingness to perceive nothing else.” T-11.VII.2

Student: It appears then that anyone who claims to be awake has first learned to see the real world.

Teacher: And how many do you suppose there are who perceive it?

Student: I encountered a number who claim they are in heaven but haven’t heard any of them talk about seeing the real world which must come first.

Teacher: Read this – it gives interesting evidence that one is beginning to see the real world:

Student: “You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.” W-pI.15.2

Teacher: So what happens when you obtain real vision?

Student: You see edges of light around familiar objects.

Teacher: Take a look at that chair over there. Do you see light around its edges?

Student: No. I guess I do not have real vision yet.

Teacher: Now take another look. Tune out the chair and focus for about a minute. on the empty space at its edges

Student: (A minute passes) I think I did see some light but it’s gone now. Maybe it was my imagination.

Teacher: It will seem that way at first but keep practicing and you can see the light from the real world everywhere. It says: “The Great Light always surrounds you and shines out from you.” T-11.III.4

Student: Wow. That’s cool. I haven’t heard anyone talk about this before.

Teacher: And there is much more to see beyond that light at the edges, which anyone who claims to be at least half awake should be able to register. And this is just part of a first step in the awakening process.

Student: What else should I look for in one who claims to be awake?

Teacher: First let me say that there are degrees of wakefulness, for even Jesus will not be fully awake in heaven until you and I join with him. The first major hurdle is the realization that we are asleep in a world of illusion and need to wake up. The next step is to see the real world so we can at least perceive truth from error while we are in the dream. From then on it is a step-by-step process until we arrive at the wakefulness demonstrated by Jesus when he was here. Do you recall the story of John the Baptist when he was in prison and was not sure if Jesus was the Christ?

Student: Yes. He sent some friends to Jesus to ask him if he was the one who was to come.

Teacher: Perhaps if John had been A Course in Miracles student he might have asked if Jesus was the one who was to demonstrate being awake. When the friends approached Jesus he told them to spend some time with him and tell John what they saw which was: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Matt 11:5

Student: That should have been enough to convince anyone. If I recall John went to his death comforted that a true messenger had arrived. So, should I expect similar things from anyone who claims to be enlightened or awake?

Teacher: First let me say that any declaration of being awake is a sign of the ego at work. Did you notice in reading the gospel account that Jesus never declared himself as the Christ, or even a Christ?

Student: Now that you mention it I think that is true.

Teacher: What made people think he was the Christ?

Student: His works as well as his enlightened teachings

Teacher: Yes, and this is the only way a true messenger will announce himself. It will be through his words and works. Do you know of anyone in this age who has announced himself in this way?

Student: Can’t say that I do but have encountered several who have announced themselves using the ego’s method by just declaring themselves awake or enlightened. If you are correct all students I know have a long way to go for I do not see any of them performing great miracles as did Jesus.

Teacher: And do not forget the greatest miracle of all – the overcoming death itself. Even after they destroyed his body Jesus was able to bring it back to apparent life.

Student: It’s kind of amusing that many think that some Course luminaries have overcome death even though there have been no bodies missing from their tombs or appearing to friends afterwards.

Teacher: This idea of placing high profile teachers in the same league as Jesus overcoming death is quite common. Many spiritual movements have declared, with no evidence, that their founders or significant teachers were ascended after they were dead and buried. The truth is that they were overtaken by death just like everyone else.

Student: Is Jesus the only one in history then who has overcome death?

Teacher: No. There are a few but not many of their works are known to history. The Course mentions them once here:

“There are those who have reached God directly, retaining no trace of worldly limits and remembering their own Identity perfectly. These might be called the Teachers of teachers because, although they are no longer visible, their image can yet be called upon. And they will appear when and where it is helpful for them to do so. To those to whom such appearances would be frightening, they give their ideas. No one can call on them in vain.” M-26.2

Student: I must have read this but not registered it correctly. These individuals can appear to people after their death just as Jesus was reported as doing.

Teacher: Yes, and miracles also followed them but they didn’t receive the recognition as did Jesus, for Jesus had a mission to demonstrate power over death in a dramatic way so others could see beyond the illusion.

Student: That is encouraging that there are others besides Jesus. I can see though that I still have a ways to go as I have never been able to make the blind see or the deaf hear, let alone raise the dead.

Teacher: But you are much further along the path than others who believe themselves to be awake while they are yet in a deep sleep.

Look at it this way. Imagine a path going from point A to Point B. The first person thinks he is just a couple steps from his destination, but in reality he has taken a wrong turn and does not know where he is. The other person is 75% there, knows his true location and how far he has yet to travel. Which one has the advantage?

Student: The second, of course.

Teacher: Is the belief of the first guy that he is almost there helpful at all?

Student: No. His delusion is a great hinderance.

Teacher: Even so, it is with students who believe they are a step away from heaven but do not realize where they really are. Such an illusion will delay the awakening.

Student: I can see that I need to monitor my own progress so my ego does not lead me into that trap. I appreciate your counsel.

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Divine Possession

Divine Possession

A reader questions the validly of DK since he seemed to know more specifics in 1949 than 1957.

Alice A. Bailey died Dec 15, 1949 so there was no new information given out in the Fifties. Some of the materials were published after her death and the publishing and copyright dates do not necessarily reflect the dates the material was written. The last transmissions were in 1949. Concerning this DK wrote:

“This is the last Wesak Message which I intend to give you. In 1949, I shall have completed thirty years of carefully planned and meticulously outlined work; this work I undertook under cyclic law (related to the periodical giving out of the esoteric teaching) in order to aid humanity and the work of the Hierarchy, to both of which I happen to belong.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 631

The reader questions my teachings on the divine possession of Jesus with the Christ as DK seems to indicate that the entity who was Jesus stepped aside and let the Christ take over.

I believe I’ve covered this in some detail, but I’ll try and clarify.

First, the Brotherhood of Light do not ever use force that violates the free will of the individual. The only force they use is the attractive power of love, light and truth as a carrot to entice us to cooperate.

Any part that Mary played in the conception of Jesus was through her free will.

Divine possession is done through the free will reception of the disciple whereas possession by the Dark Brothers is often done through force.

Divine possession is the occupation of two entities in one body. I believe that this was the case with Jesus as evidenced in some of the words he spoke – “The Father is IN me etc.”

Also the scripture:

“If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I WILL COME INTO HIM, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me on my throne, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev. 3:20-21.

Here, Jesus is talking about the divine possession where the entity comes “into him,” even as happened between the Father and Jesus.

Perhaps you have a unclear idea of what divine possession is. It does not involve any loss of free will and the person who owns the body still has stewardship over it. Identical response is involved and a merging of the minds as if the two are one soul, yet still individual in their own right.

Did Jesus step aside, or was there divine possession? Both are technically correct. Normally, the two were in the same body with Jesus receiving from the Christ and speaking the thoughts in his own language. He spoke of this as follows:

“The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: But THE FATHER THAT DWELLETH IN ME, HE DOTH THE WORKS.” John 14:10

Then there were other times that the Master was speaking or doing great works when he stepped aside for a short time and let the Christ speak and act on his own. Even here there was not a complete vacating of the body, but more of a turning over the podium to an honored speaker. They were both always present in consciousness while they worked together.

Have you ever spoke under great inspiration and it seemed that the words coming out were not even spoken by you? It was something like this when Jesus stepped aside.

Question: Where did the phrase “divine possession” come from?

I coined this phrase. DK uses the term overshadowing, but describes several types of it. The divine possession is the most intense of the overshadowings and I use the term divine possession to differentiate.

Neither divine possession or the overshadowing principle is out of harmony with the true teachings on the atonement.

It is always important to understand the principles involved. This enables one to either harmonize the apparent contradictions or see flaws in the presentation.

All disciples eventually receive the divine possession as promised in Rev 3:10 and when this occurs in his (or her) life then he will know for sure about the principle.

“If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I WILL COME INTO HIM, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me on my throne, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev. 3:20-21.

Here, Jesus is talking about the divine possession where the entity comes “into him,” even as happened between the Father and Jesus.

Concerning my quote from Rev. 3:20-21 concerning Christ coming “into him” (the disciple) a reader points out that the rendition in the KJV of the bible is “in to him” (as in “in” (thru the “open door”) not “into him”.

The meaning is not changed. You are correct though, the wording is “in to” rather than “into.”

The entire phrase “I will come in” comes from the Greek EISERCHOMAI and appears 198 times in the New Testament. 124 of those times it is translated as “enter” or “enter in.”

The word “to” comes from PROS and is similar in meaning to the English “to.”

Interestingly EISERCHOMAI was even used in relation to demonic possession. We read:

“And the unclean spirits went out, and entered (EISERCHOMAI ) into the swine…” Mark 5:13

We have a number of examples of the two words used together. Here is one:

“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in (EISERCHOMAI) unto (PROS) them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” Acts 17:1-2

What did Paul enter in to? The Synagogue.

Did he surround the synagogue or speak to it from a distance?

No. He went into, inside of the building.

It is by no means a stretch of the imagination to assume that when Christ says he will come (or enter) into us that he is talking about the synagogue of our bodies.

As with other scriptures this has more than one meaning, but I maintain this is one of them.

One true principle that is taught in the Mormon Church is that the Adversary copies what God does and then distorts it toward his own ends. Even so, it is with possession. An entity of light and love can share the domain of a body as a guest. The Dark Brothers distort this and attempt to burglarize and force or trick their way in.

For a better understanding of the overshadowing and divine possession check out pages 207-213 in my book The Lost Key of the Buddha.

Question: What is the meaning of the tree of life?

The tree of life is quite simple. This represents the branches carrying the Spirit of God from the One Great Life down to the smallest life. The first step in connecting to this spiritual tree is soul contact.

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Here is a quote from the beginning of Chapter Four of the Reappearance:

“Today, the East and the West stand equally expectant. As we approach the theme of His work, it is essential that we remember that the Eastern Teacher embodied in Himself the Wisdom of God, of which human intelligence (the third aspect of divinity) is an expression; that through Christ, the second divine aspect was revealed in its perfection; and in Him two aspects, therefore, light and love, received full expression. It remains now for the highest of the divine aspects, the Will of God, to receive embodiment and for this the Christ is preparing. The continuity of revelation may not stop; and upon what other expressions of the divine nature may still later be revealed it is needless for us to speculate.

“The uniqueness of the impending mission of the Christ and the uniqueness of His opportunity consist in the fact that He is able-in Himself-to give expression to two divine energies: the energy of love and the energy of will, the magnetic potency of love and the dynamic effectiveness of the divine will. Never before, in the long long history of humanity, has such a revelation been possible.

The work and the teaching of the Christ will be hard for the Christian world to accept, though easier of assimilation in the East. Nevertheless, some hard blow or some difficult presentation of the truth is badly needed if the Christian world is to be awakened, and if Christian people are to recognize their place within a worldwide divine revelation and see Christ as representing all the faiths and taking His rightful place as World Teacher. He is the World Teacher and not a Christian teacher. He Himself told us that He had other folds and to them He has meant as much as He has meant to the orthodox Christian. They may not call Him Christ, but they have their own name for Him and follow Him as truly and faithfully as their Western brethren.” Reappearance of the Christ, Pages 62-63

Question: The last time Christ was here the emphasis was mostly upon the second aspect of Love/Wisdom. This time he will manifest (in addition to Love/Wisdom) properties of the first aspect of Will. Then he hints at the idea that Christ will strike a “hard blow” to the Christian world to wake them up.

It is likely that this hard blow will come through the Will aspect rather than Love, even though Love will be the motivating force.

Stretch your imaginations and ask yourself this. What teachings or actions could Christ present that would shock the Christian world?

Is it likely that the Christian world will accuse him of being a person lacking in love? Why?

A reader responded saying that Jesus observed the Law of Moses, which was in place last time, so he may just blend in with orthodox religion this time.

Actually, outside of celebrating the Passover, I can’t think of an example of Jesus following the Law of Moses. Nowhere is there any mention of him offering animal sacrifices. He discouraged the stoning of the adulterous woman according to the law. He was consistently accused of breaking the Sabbath. He even broke the law through his death for the law said that he who was hung on a tree was cursed of God and Paul said Jesus was hung on a tree.

Even though he did not observe the law in a traditional sense for himself he admonished those who believed in the law to follow their religion and sought to fulfill the principles behind the law through obedience to the law of love.

In fact, the religious people of his day were so concerned with his teachings that they accused him of attempting to destroy the Law of Moses. He argued, however, that this was not the case as he sought to fulfill the purpose of the law.

If a similar occurrence were to happen this time around, how would it play out?

  1. It would appear to the current religious authorities that Christ was not a supporter of orthodox behavior, procedure or even ordinances.
  2. Even though he would not be an orthodox member of any religion he would support people in following the good principles in which they believe.
  3. He would teach true principles in harmony with scripture, but out of harmony with orthodox beliefs.
  4. Last time he revealed greater light on an aspect of the Godhead which was love. This time he will reveal an aspect of the Will which is currently unrealized. This would create a lot of controversy.
  5. He supported new Piscean ordinances not mentioned in the Law of Moses such as baptism, communion, the washing of the feet etc. If he did the same thing again he would introduce Aquarian ordinances associated with air, spirit and mind rather than water and feeling.

The bottom line is this. If we look for the traditional Christ we will miss the real one for as it is written: “Behold, I do all things new.”

When Christ came 2000 years ago he was totally absorbed in the second aspect of Love Wisdom. To demonstrate this he taught, acted and worked with this energy which operated as a magnetic force rather than one that radiates. This magnetic force is illustrated in his statement which reads: “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me.”

He was also described as the “Lamb of God.” Now a lamb is a meek and submissive animal that no one fears because of its harmlessness.

In that life the “turn your other cheek” and “love your enemies” approach to making change would seem very pacifist by today’s standards.

The point to keep in mind though is that the Love Wisdom or Second Aspect is only one out of the Great Trinity. It was an important time and place to emphasize it to the exclusion of others but the other aspects will not always be excluded by any master.

This is hinted at in the Book of Revelations, a book which reveals future cycles. In it, after the lamb had been slain, Christ is called “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” Rev 5:5

So we have the pacifist loving Christ represented by a lamb which is slain and then called a lion and later one who “doth judge and make war.” Rev 19:11

In other words, we have a Christ who worked almost exclusively with the Second Ray 2000 years who is emerging later as one who eventually wields the Will-Power-Purpose of the first ray and acts with the power of a lion.

Does this mean he will be a war monger when he comes?

No, he will still use the Love-Wisdom energy to the maximum amount that can be received, but it does mean that the visible Christ we will see will be the Lion of the Tribe of Judah rather than the slain lamb.

When he comes he will make war in righteousness, but it will not necessarily be a physical war with weapons. A war he will definitely wage will be one against the ignorance and illusion of the world. Because this will be done with first ray energy it will create quite a stir and people as a whole will be strongly divided either for or against him.

The Christian world will have difficulty in seeing him as the Lord of love because of the conflict which will seem to follow after him. On the other hand, the non religious secularists will have as difficult a time, or even more so, depending on the politics of the time.

In chapter four DK makes an interesting statement. He says:

“Let us look for a moment at the erroneous interpretations given to the Gospel story. The symbolism of that Gospel story-an ancient story-presentation often presented down the ages, prior to the coming of the Christ in Palestine-has been twisted and distorted by theologians until the crystalline purity of the early teaching and the unique simplicity of the Christ have disappeared in a travesty of errors and in a mummery of ritual, money and human ambitions. Christ is pictured today as having been born in an unnatural manner, as having taught and preached for three years and then as having been crucified and eventually resurrected, leaving humanity in order to “sit on the right hand of God,” in austere and distant pomp. Likewise, all the other approaches to God by any other people, at any time and in any country, are regarded by the orthodox Christian as wrong approaches, as being practised by so-called “heathen,” and as requiring Christian interference. Every possible effort has been made to force orthodox Christianity on those who accept the inspiration and the teachings of the Buddha or of others who have been responsible for preserving the divine continuity of revelation. The emphasis has been, as we all well know, upon the “blood sacrifice of the Christ” upon the Cross and upon a salvation dependent upon the recognition and acceptance of that sacrifice. The vicarious at-one-ment has been substituted for the reliance which Christ Himself enjoined us to place upon our own divinity; the Church of Christ has made itself famous and futile (as the world war proved) for its narrow creed, its wrong emphases, its clerical pomp, its spurious authority, its material riches and its presentation of a dead Christ. His resurrection is accepted, but the major appeal of the churches has been upon His death.” Reappearance of the Christ, Pages 63-64

Here he calls the gospel story “an ancient story-presentation often presented down the ages, prior to the coming of the Christ in Palestine.”

Does this mean that the life of Christ, or one like him, has “often” been presented during the “ages” of thousands of years before Christ in Palestine?

How much detail do you suppose was presented in ancient times?

Do you think it was possible that Jesus was aware of these ancient stories and attempted to play the role of savior?

Do you think that a number of scriptures are partially fiction or symbolic designed to present true principles?

“He who ceases to learn cannot adequately teach.” Unknown

Nov 30, 2004

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ACIM Conversations, Part 21

ACIM Conversations, Part 21
The Key to Health

Student: Another teaching where there is strong disagreement is over how a Course student should handle health problems. Some think we should just get our mind right and we’ll always have good health and not need doctors, medicines or needles, and others and others think that orthodox medicine is fine and in harmony with the teachings. What are your thoughts on this?

Teacher: To understand how to put the teachings to the best use you have to understand a core approach that is used by the Course which is this. It always presents the ideal, and even though that ideal may be lifetimes beyond the reach of the average student and difficult from our view, it presents it as if it is easy to attain. For instance, have you noticed that the path to waking up is talked about like it is the easiest thing in the universe?

Student: Yes indeed. Sometimes I feel like I must be missing a lot or I would be completely awake by now.

Teacher: In fact, the Course makes is sound like it is beyond easy. Read this:

Student: “When the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; ‘I need do nothing.’” T-18.VII.5

Teacher: So, how easy is it to do nothing?

Student: It should be a piece of cake.

Teacher: Yet many thousands have devoutly studied the course. Do you know any who have fully awakened and returned to heaven?

Student: Some may think they are awake but haven’t seen any disappear into heaven the way Jesus did. I also do not see anyone performing miracles as he did.

Teacher: What does that tell you about the presentation by the Course and the reality of attainment?

Student: It presents the ideal as if it is easy, but for us who are asleep waking up seems difficult.

Teacher: And the strange thing is that when all is said and done it is easy. Have you ever jumped out of a plane before?

Student: No.

Teacher: Imagine that you are in a situation where you have a parachute on and are all ready to jump for the first time. You are told that it will be easy. All you have to do is to jump out of the plane and pull the chord when you are part way down. How easy would it be to jump that first time?

Student: I think I’d be really frightened. Even though the mechanics are easy the fear is difficult to overcome.

Teacher: And that fear is amplified for those seeking to wake up. We have seen many parachute safely out of planes, but we can’t fine one associate who has fully awakened.

Student: Good point. So, what does this have to do with handling modern medicine?

Teacher: The point is that the Course presents the ideal before us concerning health but achieving this for the student is easier said than done. And what do you suppose the main obstacle would be?

Student: Perhaps it is the same as jumping out of a plane – fear.

Teacher: Exactly right. Read these words given to Helen:

“I am repeating here a Biblical injunction of my own, already mentioned elsewhere, that if my followers eat any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. This is what Cayce could NOT believe, because he could not see that, as a Son of God, he WAS invulnerable.” UR T 3 C 39

Here Jesus was referring to this scripture concerning believers:

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:18

Now if someone offered you a drink you knew was poisoned what would prevent you from drinking it even if you were familiar with these words from Jesus?

Student: I admit that I would be afraid that my faith was not strong enough.

Teacher: And why do students not refuse modern medicine when the Course says you do not need it if you are in your right mind?

Student: I guess many are afraid they are not in their right mind.

Teacher: Correct and the Course repeatedly teaches that illness is caused by misguided thinking from the mind and has nothing to do with the body. Read this:

Student: “Only the mind is capable of error. The body can act wrongly only when it is responding to misthought. The body cannot create, and the belief that it can, a fundamental error, produces all physical symptoms. Physical illness represents a belief in magic. The whole distortion that made magic rests on the belief that there is a creative ability in matter which the mind cannot control.” T-2.IV.2

Teacher: The Course repeatedly refers to all healing treatments that deal directly with the body as magic. What does it say that this mistaken magic rests upon?

Student: It says it “rests on the belief that there is a creative ability in matter which the mind cannot control.”

Teacher: And what does that mean?

Student: It means that there is a mistaken belief that the body can create an illness or be subject to healing that is independent of mind.

Teacher: And does modern medicine have anything to do with treating the mind?

Student: No. It just treats the body with physical agents as if the body is only subject to them and not mind.

Teacher: For those who are afraid they are not centered enough in mind to heal the body the Course offers this advice:

“If you are afraid to use the mind to heal, you should not attempt to do so. The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing. Under these conditions, it is safer for you to rely temporarily on physical healing devices, because you cannot misperceive them as your own creations. As long as your sense of vulnerability persists, you should not attempt to perform miracles.” T-2.V.2

Who does it say should rely on orthodox medicine?

Student: It says those who “are afraid to use the mind to heal.”

Teacher: Yes, those who are afraid and have a “sense of vulnerability”. Can you give me an example of someone in this situation?

Student: I’d say just about everyone including myself. I got the Covid virus a while back and I’ll admit that I didn’t have enough faith to just rely on my right mind to take care of it.

Teacher: The Course almost makes fun of those who do depend on orthodox medicine. read this:

Student: “Think of the freedom in the recognition that you are not bound by all the strange and twisted laws you have set up to save you…You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death.” W-pI.76.3

Wow. I do not know of anyone who never takes pills or gets shots.

Teacher: And why do we rely on these remedies? Read this next passage for the answer:

Student: “If you are afraid of healing, then it cannot come through you. The only thing that is required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed, and cannot heal.” T-27.V.1

So, it appears that we take orthodox treatments because if we do not, we become afraid and the fearful cannot be healed.

Teacher: Now read this next one that tells us why we resist healing:

Student: “Lack of faith in the power that heals all pain arises from your wish to retain some aspects of reality for fantasy.” T-17.I.3

Teacher: A while back you mentioned that there are things you want to accomplish with your life. Just about all have aspects of life here that we are attached to and this can interfere with healing. Like I said the Course presents the ideal and the path seems simple as stated here:

“Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees any value in pain.” M-5.I.1

Student: Yes, it would seem easy to let go of one’s value of pain but I’ve heard it said that there are subtle values we attach to sickness.

Teacher: The Course seems to support that idea for it tells us this:

“Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay,” W-pI.136.7

Student: The choice has to be subtle indeed for I do not recall choosing to get Covid.

Teacher: We’ll end this discussion with a quote that leads us to universal healing. Read this:

Student: “Love cannot suffer, because it cannot attack. The remembrance of love therefore brings invulnerability with it.” T-10.III.3

Sounds like the Beatles were right. All you need is love.

Teacher: Love takes us to the ideal and eventually the ideal becomes the reality. The time will come that each of us will awaken to our invulnerability and let go of our fears concerning the body. Then we will have no need for the magic treatments that the dreamers think they need for the body, which is really controlled by the mind.

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UFOs and 1947

UFOs and 1947

A reader questioned my statement that no one was reporting being visited by Aliens before 1947

On hindsight a handful of possible UFO sightings were made before 1947, but after the first one was nationally reported in 1947 (by Kenneth Arnold from Idaho) then the number of such sightings increased a hundred-fold. In other words, when people’s imaginations were stimulated, their imaginations created more sightings.

A while back there was a group in Boise who would meet weekly and always see UFOs. I was curious so one week I went along with them. We all looked up in the sky for a while until one of the group said “there’s one,” pointing her finger at the sky.

I looked up and said, “That’s not a UFO, that the planet Venus.”

The group seemed downcast after I spoiled this sighting and saw nothing while I was there. When I left I felt that if I did not correct the lady that the whole group’s imagination would have been triggered and they would have seen all kinds of things as they usually did.

Then another time there was a guy who led a group to UFO sightings who claimed to be able to call them down and talk with the captain of the ships telepathically in the process. I never did get in on this bunch.

Reader: You say that people from other planets fold their bodies up into the spiritual in order to transcend the speed of light, but they can only do this with their own bodies. They can’t transport other things like seeds and animals for which they would need ships. Well that explains why the Avatar of Synthesis can’t manifest physically- we’ve been visualizing him with clothes on! lol 🙂

They have the technology to do this with their ships also and all that is within them.


What makes us so special that, out of all the trillions of planets in the universe, advanced lives would want to pay attention to us for the purpose of stimulating our growth? What’d they do, draw from a lottery and it just so happened to be earth’s lucky day?

JJ: I never said that we are one out of trillions. I said that planets with advanced technological life is fairly rare. There are still quite a few in the galaxy, but it will take a lot of searching for the SETO program to find another like earth. The ones that do exist will eventually populate the neighbor worlds. We will cross the ocean of space and find new worlds occupied by natives just as we crossed the ocean on the earth and found what we saw as primitive people.

Reader: What was so special about the year 1947 that people started reporting seeing UFOs at that time but not previous? Why not 1847?

JJ: This was shortly after the development of the atomic bomb. Neighboring lives are paying more attention to us, but the sightings also stimulate the imagination creating many false sightings and contacts. Many are also deceitful, looking for attention.

Reader: What would be the purpose for etheric beings visiting humans while they’re in a quasi-dream state?

JJ: Most of these instances are imaginary, but the ones that are not are probably for research of some kind.

Reader: Do crop circles have anything to do with the UFO phenomenon? If not, what causes them (the unexplained kind, not the man-made kind)?

JJ: I’ve not sought the answer to this, as it is a low point of interest to me. If I had to guess I would say they have nothing to do with UFOs.

If ETs are using these to communicate with us they are doing a poor job for no one I know has received a usable message from them.                                                                                               

Reader: If humanity blows itself up before this coming cycle of flooding or where the oceans rise, then what’s the difference, when the Earth will inevitably be changing through the coming ice age anyway, and if we are not prepared for it, then we are history?

JJ: An ice age would not destroy all life on earth just as it did not last time, but it would surely make life uncomfortable for some. In fact there are many parts of the earth that would remain tropical. It is estimated that in the United States most places north of about where I live in Boise would be covered with Ice.

This would include cities such as Seattle, Chicago, New York as well as most of England. The interesting thing is that global warming caused by human intervention may actually make the ice age a little more palatable or possibly negate it.

There are lesser and greater ice ages. Some have come so quickly that it has frozen mammoths so fast that they have undigested food still in their mouths.

I do not expect the big earth changes in our lifetime, but we must prepare so the lights of the not-so-distant future can be salvaged.

The big advantage of the gathering in our time is that we have an opportunity to lay a foundation for a system that emphasizes the spiritual while maintaining maximum individual and group freedom.

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)

Nov 24, 2004

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ET Intervention?

ET Intervention?

A reader comments: “If our awareness of our visiting ET neighbors can help solicit their mediation in keeping us from blowing ourselves off this planet, then an understanding of who they are theologically is invaluable. Furthermore, if some of the ET neighbors hanging around have malevolent designs on us, viewing us as mere chattel for harvesting and slave labor, using our world governments to exercise such control over us, then soliciting the assistance of the benevolent faction would be appropriate, to level the playing field.”

JJ: I do not see any physical ETs as being in on a conspiracy to control the earth and they are not in cahoots with the government, but the Dark Brotherhood is in this system and some are cooperating from other systems. These operate through subtle communications and influence and not as ETs, except as impersonating them if it serves their purpose.


Reader (written 2004): “If our planet is slated for wipe-out in 2012, by an asteroid on a fixed course, for example, and life will be as impossible here thereafter as it is on mars now, and an escape is necessary, then it seems that soliciting benevolent ET assistance in preparing for some sort of exodus would be prudent.”

JJ: Our planet will still exist as is after 2012 though there will be points of tension. The main thing we have to fear is ourselves and disciples need to work with solving problems more than expecting the end of the world, or being saved by ETs.

Reader: “My theology does not see the earth becoming permanently uninhabitable after 2012. I do believe that the earth will be transformed, and that 2012 could be a purging event that does the trick.”

JJ: The transformation will be one of slow and steady progress (with a few spurts forward and backward) rather than a giant purging that leaves only the spiritual minded left.

If there is a giant World War III then many of the good and bad will be destroyed leaving a mixture of the good and bad left over to struggle for power again.

Reader: “All things physical have a spiritual counterpart, and vice versa. The earth went though a physical baptism by water with the flood of Noah. It will go through a physical baptism of fire in the days not far ahead – in our lifetime, I believe.”

JJ: The real baptism of fire is very far into the future, but we could have a minor one before the new age.

One of the problems with prophesy is that the visionary will often see far into the future as if it is the present and write about it as if it will happen tomorrow. When seeing through the cycles of time it is difficult to predict in real time when events will manifest. The visionary must descend to his concrete mind anchored in time and put everything together.

Reader: “I cannot help but think that that baptism by fire will require every bit as much of an escape vehicle as those who survived the flood of Noah had an escape vehicle – complete with seeds and animals to repopulate the earth after the baptism by water.”

JJ: Of much greater concern (in the category of natural calamities) for the immediate future is the coming ice age – though the release of excess CO2 may reduce its effect. The earth has one about every 11,000 years and one is due soon. Some think it will begin anytime. I think it will start within 150-200 years. This gives us some time to prepare for gathering the lights into floating (as well as possible airborne) cities on the oceans where they will be out of harm’s way of this and other earth changes.

Reader: “So also, I would think that there will be an escape vehicle humungous in scope, to repopulate the earth after its baptism by fire. Some individuals may be spirited elsewhere, transplanted. But I would think that the ideal fate of our group evolution would be to stick around here and repopulate Earth. I cannot fathom that such a feat could be accomplished without the assistance of advanced ET races willing to assist.”

JJ: It is up to the Hierarchy of the earth to guide and save us. If we destroy ourselves then we will have to start over. It is unlikely all human life will be destroyed even if we do our worst. If this were to happen we could then be reseeded or stimulated by the Brotherhood from other systems.

Reader: “What about the cities that were taken up – Enoch, Salem, Melchizedek – with a return slated after the earth is cleansed? Was the purely a function of a divine miracle moving people and soil? Where did they go? Or were there ET races involved in those transplantations, moving a whole society from this planet because they had transformed high enough spiritually?”

JJ: I believe the city of Enoch was not physically taken into heaven. The truth is indicated in this scripture: “And he beheld, and lo, Zion, in the process of time, was taken up into heaven. And the Lord said unto Enoch: Behold mine abode forever.” Moses 7:21

Notice that it was through “a process of time” that the city was taken into heaven. If a large land mass were merely removed and translated this would have been a quick occurrence. Why did the ascension of Zion take a process of time and why is it called God’s “abode forever” if it is only a terrestrial order?

The answer is that the people who resided there achieved spiritual liberation and either died or ascended to the spiritual city of the New Jerusalem which John tells us in Revelation is God’s abode. Those who find the Heavenly Jerusalem have found the city of Enoch.

After a period of time when all the lights of the city died or ascended then it seemed that Zion was no more or it had fled and only the telestial order of the dark and dreary world remained.

Reader: “Did they (Ets) have a Jesus Christ in their past history? Did they have a Moses? Did they have a Noah? An Adam? A Joseph Smith? A latter-day David? An anti-Christ? 666? How ubiquitous are these motifs in the progression of civilizations elsewhere in the universe?”

JJ: Each Earth-like planet with intelligent physical life will have inhabitants going through a similar process of evolution to ourselves. A handful in the galaxy are ahead of us in technology and consciousness, many are behind us. In saying this, one needs to keep in mind that there have been past universes, galaxies and solar systems where previous humans achieved relative perfection and mastery of the physical worlds. However, in this round of creation human evolution is yet young in the universe. Our Elder Brothers from a past round are now our Gods and tutors.

The earth is one of the few physical planets which has received extra stimulation from liberated masters of past creations.

The inhabitants of each planet eventually receive soul contact and one in particular will master Soul and Spirit to become an example to all of the Christ consciousness and thus attain the position of Christ on the various worlds. Many humans have similar experiences and also different ones in the course of their evolution, even so, do the races of the various planets. In the end (of their evolution) they all learn the same lessons and come to the same conclusions.

Reader: On a general progression chart, how far along are we in relation to the Extraterrestrials involved heavily with our planet? 1st grade? 5th?

JJ: If, by Extraterrestrials you mean all people living on the various planets whether they fly in spaceships or not the answer would be we are in the top 95%.

If you are only talking about ETs in ships which include those in the etheric matter then our state of progression is much lower by comparison.

Reader: “What sort of technologies can they bring to us as we engage them? Health remedies, energy solutions, transportation solutions, pollution remedies, spiritual teachings?”

JJ: “Virtually none. The progress we have made is due to our own efforts and the efforts of the Masters to assist us. The current crop of Masters have all come from this earth or been here for some time.

An exception to this is after times of great destruction there will be assistance in seeding the earth for renewed growth and there may be some truth to the idea in circulation that we have recovered some crashed UFO’s.

There is one great truth from the Star Trek series and that is the Prime Directive. The great lives in the universe have learned that the less they help the better is the end result and the more profound is the learning of the various people on the varied planets.

One of the dangers we face on earth, because of the little assistance we have received, is that we now have the capacity to blow ourselves back into the stone age but not the maturity to insure we will exercise the proper self-control move safely into the new age.

With a little luck we hope to move into a new age of peace and avoid an end of the world scenario that so many accept as our fate.

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned.”                                                    

Thomas H. Huxley (1825 – 1895)

Nov 25, 2004

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ACIM Conversations, Part 20

ACIM Conversations, Part 20
Time in Heaven

Student: I’ve been thinking about the Course’s teachings on time and having difficulty in understanding it.

Teacher: What’s the problem?

Student: It seems to teach that time does not exist in the eternal world for it is just an illusion.

Teacher: You’re only partly right for time does exist in heaven. There are, however, two ingredients of time that exist only here in this world. What do you suppose they are?

Student: If I recall correctly, it says the past and the future do not exist in heaven.

Teacher: But it does say that an aspect of time does exist in heaven. What would that be?

Student: Would that be the present?

Teacher: Yes. the Course makes this definite statement: “The present is the only time there is.” W-pI.164.1 Here, read a couple more quotes:

Student: “The present is before time was, and will be when time is no more. In it are all things that are eternal, and they are one.” T-13.VI.6

“The only aspect of time that is eternal is now.” T-5.III.6

Teacher: So what aspect of time exists in the eternal reality?

Student: Now, or the present.

Teacher: So time does exist in heaven and it is called the present. Here is what it says about the past and the future: “Fear is not of the present, but only of the past and future, which do not exist.” T-15.I.8

Then it makes this interesting statement: “time itself involves intervals that do not exist.” T-2.VII.5

Student: Wow. No past or future and no intervals between them – that’s what I have a hard time getting my mind around. I’m glad you pointed out that the aspect of present time will still exist in the eternal world, but still have difficulty understanding what that would be like.

Teacher: First let us examine what creates time as we know it here. The Course gives a very interesting clue when it tells us that our time is made from intervals. In other words, it is always measured in an apparent movement from the past to the future. This movement is measured in seconds, minutes weeks, years etc. So, time as we know it, consists of a conscious registration of short intervals, like seconds, merged into greater intervals. This creation of the passing of time is called a trick or an illusion by the Course.

Student: Why would our time be called a trick?

Teacher: Because real time is in the present and an interval of consciousness skips over it so we never see the real now. Instead, we register the interval which is a leap from the past to the future which only exists in the dream.

Student: That’s pretty deep. So, what would happen if we could see the true present?

Teacher: This world of form would disappear for everything here is created by motion through time. In the present we would see the eternal world which the Course says is something that cannot be put into words.

Student: So, what would be the difference between living in this world of time and the eternal present which I believe the Course calls timelessness?

Teacher: One of the main differences is this. Everything created in time has a beginning and an end. Everything dies here. Everything created in the present time is eternal because no intervals between past and future exist.

Student: What I do not understand is this. It is said God created me. So, wasn’t there a past time before my creation and another one afterwards?

Teacher: There was not an interval between the past and the future because you were created in present time which was all the time there was.

Student: I do not understand the difference between before and after in heaven and before and after creating something here.

Teacher: Read these two quotes that should be helpful:

Student: “Time (past and future) does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis.” T-1.II.4

“The miracle entails a sudden shift from horizontal to vertical perception. This introduces an interval from which the giver and receiver both emerge farther along in time than they would otherwise have been. The miracle thus has the unique property of abolishing time to the extent that it renders the interval of time it spans unnecessary.” T-1.II.6

Teacher: Time in this world corresponds to the horizontal where you travel from the past to the future. To what does the vertical correspond?

Student: I guess that would be heavenly time, the present.

Teacher: Yes, the present, vertical time of the holy instant has no forward and backward or past and future, so switching to this abolishes time as we know it, as mentioned in the quote. In vertical time there is no past and future as we understand them.

Student: So there is just up and down, but no forward and backward.

Teacher: There is just up, speaking symbolically here. In this world we think of time moving forward but in the eternal world there is not movement as we understand it but something the Course calls extension. As we enter vertical time creation happens by extending upward in an eternal present with no horizontal past or future. So, when you were created in the present you were created with no past or future and it was as if you had always been and always will be, except there is no “as if” in heaven but only IS.

Student: That is interesting but still difficult to understand.

Teacher: We are told that there are many things we can question and receive and then understand here, but this one is beyond our understanding unless we experience it. I will give this illustration that may help. Picture God and the universe as a circular balloon that has always existed that is being blown up and expanding. There are always under creation, new molecules of air (Sons), being added so the balloon is always expanding. See this as never contracting or changing shape but always creating and adding new molecules that identify with the whole and each other. The only thing that changes is expansion for it says, “the present saved to quietly extend into a timeless future.” W-pI.110.4 You might want to read this quote next:

Student: “What is timeless is always there, because its being is eternally changeless. It does not change by increase, because it was forever created to increase.” T-7.I.7

Teacher: So, why is heaven called changeless, even though there is expansion or extension?

Student: That is interesting. It says because it was forever created to increase.”

Teacher: So it appears there is change but because the change is always occurring one could say that the process is changeless.

Student: Reminds me of the statement that the more things change the more they stay the same.

Teacher: Yes, you could say that the more the universe expands the more it stays the same because the process does not change for real creation “extends the present rather than the past.” T-13.IV.9

Student: So instead of moving from the past to the future, as we do here, in heaven we move from a present to an extended present, but we are always in the real present. Is that correct?

Teacher: Yes. Here we are never in the real present except in those times we enter what the Course calls the holy instant. In the eternal world the present is all there is. It calls this state “timelessness.”

Student: You’ve helped me get a sense of real time but I also sense that I do not grasp it completely.

Teacher: No one in this world does. Have you noticed that when you sleep at night that times seems to flow differently?

Student: Yes.

Teacher: And do you also notice that your awareness of this world and what it is like does not exist there?

Student: Yes again.

Teacher: And do you also notice that some of your thoughts and experiences in the waking world are imperfectly reflected in your dream world?

Student: Yes, sometimes almost insanely.

Teacher: And finally, do you notice that your dream self has no awareness of the difference between its reality and your waking reality?

Student: Yes. I think one would wake up as soon as that awareness came.

Teacher: You are correct sir! And the fact that we are still here in this world tells us that we are not yet reached full awareness, but because we are talking about it and trying to understand tells us something. What would that be?

Student: I would say that our rough understanding that we are in a dream and that there is another world indicates we are on the verge of awakening.

Teacher: Yes. That may still be sometime ahead, as we measure it, but most of the dream is behind us, which the Course said took millions of years to materialize.

Student: I can see that I may not be ready to awaken for there are still things I want to do with my life.

Teacher: And sometimes you have a dream that you want to continue and not wake up for a while.

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Spiritual Progression and ETs

Spiritual Progression and ETs

Our LDS friend said he believes that the earth will shortly be transformed and raised to  a higher spiritual plane.

The LDS, as well as most Christians, believe that there will be a great spiritual change when Christ comes. Either the earth will be changed into a paradise like Eden (after great destruction of the wicked) or the righteous will be taken to some paradise after the earth is destroyed where the wicked burn in hell.

This will not happen as expected (and the future will bear me out on this) but there is a seed of truth in part of this.

If the disciples of the world do their part then the earth will be turned into an Eden compared to what it is now or 2000 years ago when the predictions originated. In fact, the quality of physical life is an Eden today in the wealthy nations compared to life 2000 years ago. Imagine transporting one of the disciples of Jesus into our age and taking him to supermarket where he could buy products and produce from all over the world. Then take him for a ride in a car and plane. Next take him home and show him how you cook on an electric stove and in a microwave. Finally settle down with him and watch a football game and movie on TV.

This disciple would be amazed indeed and may feel he has entered a paradise beyond that which he imagined existed.

But, if we do not blow ourselves up first, this is just the beginning. A couple hundred years of additional progression will make tremendous progression so eventually all the world can have relative abundance and become a paradise compared to times past.

The question is:                                                                                                             

What about the great spiritual difference that is supposed to come when Christ comes? Aren’t we getting worse spiritually rather than better?

It is an illusion that humanity, as a whole, is deteriorating spiritually rather than progressing. Those who think so are not examining the evidence of history.

Let us look at the practices of ancient Israel who were more advanced spiritually than their neighbors.

After they conquered their enemies they often completely destroyed all the men and took the women and children as wives or slaves.

If they had a disobedient child who did not behave it was within the law to kill them to eliminate the problem.

Killing gays as well as witches was commanded.

If someone disobeyed the Sabbath they were to be put to death.

Having sex with your daughter and polygamy was no big deal.

Women were seen as property and had few rights.

Now this was the condition of the righteous. The neighboring countries were much worse. They sacrificed children to idols, and tortured their victims with much more cruelty than the Israelites, who merely killed their enemies.

Up until a few hundred years ago all wars were wars for conquest where the winner sought the property and land of the conquered. This changed in the 20th century. In World Wars One and Two all the democratic winners wanted was for the subdued nations to behave themselves. After World War Two we left West Germany, Japan and Italy much better off than their original state while not stealing their land or taxing them. Later we did the same thing with South Korea.

This is unprecedented progress for humanity.

DK makes the interesting point that the Red Cross, that we take for granted, is an organization that could not have existed just a few hundred years ago. This and other benevolent organizations can only exist today because of the advance in the spiritual consciousness of humanity as a whole.

Now admittedly, there are always a minority of the human race who are of a low spiritual order and are capable of as great of atrocities as the worst of them from the past. Saddam Hussein grinding up dissidents in a meat grinder or dipping them in acid for entertainment is a good example. But, overall, humanity has moved forward spiritually, not backward.

That said, the progress continues and when Christ comes again he will take the most advanced of humanity and teach them. These will be the seeds of the new race, the sixth root race or the consciousness of the terrestrial or paradisiacal glory. This sixth root race will be gathered and synthesized out of all the races and is more related to consciousness than it is physical features.

It will take thousands of years for this paradise through higher consciousness to reach its apex as it spreads throughout the earth. As this consciousness progresses there will be a great increase of communication with the lives in the higher ethers and the spirit world.

Then, several million years in the future the final race will appear which will be the divine hermaphrodite, the merging of male/female energies. This will inaugurate the celestial consciousness of the earth where the inhabitants will seem like Gods compared to humanity today.

Question: If ETs are so advanced then wouldn’t they be far ahead of us spiritually and be in touch with angels and divine spirits?

Remember this. Cortez and his men were much more advanced technologically than were the American Indians, but which were more advanced spiritually? Cortez gave them cheap beads. They gave him precious gold. They shared, he plundered. Even so with ET’s. It is entirely possible that many of them are not that spiritually advanced – unless they have mastered the spiritual technology necessary for interstellar flight where they can materialize or dematerialize in the physical. This takes a high degree of spiritual evolution to accomplish.

It is not the job of ETs to teach us or to save us. This must be accomplished by humanity itself and teachers who evolve from humanity. Those who are expecting a fleet of spaceships to show up and save us from ourselves are deceived. Before there can be any public interplay with ETs we must first reach a much higher degree of spiritual progress. If we get in a crisis, we must fall back on the teachers of the race guided by the Spiritual Hierarchy of Christ and his disciples.

The higher planes of our own world affect us, but the fanciful other universes and dimensions has about as much direct effect on us as the Andromeda Galaxy presently has on your consciousness – which is negligible.

All lives wherever they are working are on their next step in progression just as we are.

Question: Who are they (the ETs), theologically?

Who are we? The answer is the same.

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Nov 25, 2004

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The Mystery of ETs

The Mystery of ETs

A reader asks about ETs and how they fit in the scheme of things. I have written a few things about them in the past, but have not put a lot of attention on them.

The main reason for not putting a lot of attention on them is that we humans here on the earth are responsible for our progression and the direction we take as a people and planet. ETs in space ships have no immediate mission to help us along or interfere with our destiny.

That said I will give you a few of my beliefs about ETs. They may or may not be true.

Physical self-conscious life dwelling on the surface of a planet with technology more advanced than ours is rare in the universe. The only ones capable of interstellar flight are members of the Brotherhood who have transcended physical reality and are capable of taking physical matter to the higher ethers where the speed of light can be transcended. When they reach their destination, they can recreate themselves on the physical plane and have interplay.

The Brotherhood only travel in spaceships when they have cargo that needs to be transported. Such cargo are various types of seeds and vegetation animals and other types of life for which to seed certain planets.

When taking a cargo is not necessary then an advanced member of the brotherhood can merely travel in his spiritual body and be born amongst us.

Then there are other times he may share a body with a willing disciple, using his eyes and ears as a way to explore our world.

Nature made the stars so far apart to prevent the interference of one system with another until they developed the spiritual technology to transcend space. When this technology is developed then the beings are responsible enough to not unduly interfere with other planetary lives.

The Dark Brotherhood on other planets can, through meditation, create etheric vehicles that are capable of reaching earth, but they are unable to descend to the physical once they get here. They are able to commune with their disciples on the earth who have a sympathetic vibration.

Even though the earth is the only planet in the solar system with physical life on its surface, it is not the only one with intelligent life for many planets have life in their higher etheric bodies. We are ahead of many sister planets because we have had more stimulation from advanced lives.

Every planet with a molten center has life either on its surface or its interior.

The gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn have lives that are gaseous and unlike anything science has imagined.

Even though the earth is the only planet with physical life on its surface, it is not the only one with intelligent life. On each planet there are other spheres made of the higher ethers and there intelligent life exists. There are many more self-conscious beings on the higher ethers than there are on the dense physical. The conditions for life on the physical plane are very demanding whereas on the higher planes the right conditions are more plentiful.

There is always rejoicing in a solar system when the conditions are met for self conscious physical life because there are opportunities for growth here that are not available elsewhere.

You’ll note that in many sightings of UFO’s the person will state that the ships made maneuvers that seemed impossible in physical reality. Some report a ship moving at incredible speed and then coming instantly to a full stop or a sharp turn that defies the laws of physics. The reason for this is the ships were not physical, but made of etheric matter and the chances are they came from this solar system rather than outside of it.

There is a lot of misinformation about ETs and UFOs. About 99% of what we hear reported on them is either not accurate or just not true.

There are three main reasons for this:

  1. The orthodox reasons given by the government – mainly people making mistakes in observations.
  2. People tend to manifest that which they believe. Before 1947 no one was reporting being visited by aliens, but after a few sightings were reported, and many started believing in ETs then the power of this belief manifested much illusion around the subject. The power of belief mixed with desire causes many to see visions of ETs which they mistake for reality.
  3. People mistake etheric vehicles for physical.

You’ll note that in most stories of visitation they are awakened from sleep. In many cases they are still asleep but are having an experience in a quasi-dream state. Sometimes it is real contact with etheric beings and other times it is their imagination playing tricks on them.

An LDS reader expressed disappointment that his religion doesn’t teach anything about ET’s.

Actually, I’m sure you are aware that life on other planets is taught in the LDS scriptures so the fact that there are ETs out there should already be incorporated to a degree. Here are several LDS scriptures pointing this out:

“And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.” MOSES 1:29

“But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.” MOSES 1:35

What is not taught in the LDS scriptures is anything about UFOs, but even if they do exist it doesn’t change much. Any ETs would be much like us traveling through a series of lifetimes until liberation is achieved.

Question: How do ETs fit into the spiritual plan?

Each planet with life has a Hierarchy within a greater Hierarchy of a solar system. The God who is the head of this earth is the Ancient of Days and is a disciple of the Solar Logos who dwells in the Sun in refined matter in a state of livingness incomprehensible to humans. Our star system is one of seven systems composing a greater Hierarchy. The head of this greater system is so advanced he is merely called “The One About Whom Naught Can Be Said.” The reason he is called this is that his consciousness is beyond the reach of even the Masters. All they can do is register his influence and know of his existence.

Contrary to popular belief, the Spiritual Hierarchies in the universe are created from the bottom up rather than the top down. In other words, once you go so far up you will discover new Hierarchies in the process of creation. How far above The One About Whom Naught Can Be Said does the reach of Hierarchy extend? This is not given.

Hierarchies which exist on a fairly equal basis cooperate with each other. For instance, the Logos of Venus and Earth are closely related for our Logos came from Venus. Significant sharing goes on between the various planetary hierarchies.

The Hierarchies of our solar system have a close connection with the system of Sirius. The planets around Sirius do not have advanced humans in the dense physical, but the system has a very advanced brotherhood in the higher ethers. This Sirius Brotherhood of Light is in a system of a sun many times as brilliant as our sun and shares its light and intelligence with our hierarchies.

All this has nothing to do with ETs as the world sees them, but they are extraterrestrial nonetheless.

Any ETs who have advanced technology would be under the hierarchy of their native planet and would be subject to working out their liberation just as we are.

Question: Is there any truth to the  channeled information out thee concerning galactic wars?

Most of what you hear about galactic war and federations is from unreliable channeled material who got their inspiration from Star Trek.

There is no such thing as an intergalactic war. There are over 200 billion star systems in this galaxy alone and not with advanced enough humans who are close enough together to even war among themselves on the physical plane. The current universe is young yet and when we explore other solar systems, we will find that most of them have been untouched by any federation and are waiting our assistance in their development. The inhabitants of this planet are one of the seeds of the galaxy which will sprout and grow to other systems.

The only real federations in the galaxy are the two brotherhoods who are not connected in the dense physical.

Question: What role do ETs play in the formulation of earthly theology?

The ET in a spaceship has little or nothing to do with earthly theology. Theology and doctrine has been developed through earthly lives who have contacted their souls or higher lives connected with this earth.

Question: Do the various population centers of the various ET races have isolated heavens where the departed spirits between lifetimes reside, or is there commerce between them?

Normally between lifetimes entities will dwell in the astral and mental spheres of their own planet. Each person has a ring-pass-not that they cannot pass because of the limitations of his consciousness. Those with higher consciousness may visit other planets within our system but sometimes outside of our system.

Question: What about the “hellish” post mortality experience that some who have lived horrible lives experience? Is there commerce (interaction) between the hells of the various population centers of the galaxy?

Not for the normal hell where the person is condemning himself and punishing himself with guilt. However, both the light and dark brotherhoods have overcome the problem of guilt, but by using two different methods. The Dark Brothers have seared the conscience with a “hot iron,” as the scriptures say, and the Brotherhood of Light have transcended guilt through understanding the Love of God, or the Atonement as taught in the scriptures. Thus do the advanced Dark Brothers have their own brand of liberation (which is temporary) which allows them some interplanetary contact in the lower ethers.

They do not see themselves as being in hell because they are not suffering with guilt. Even so, they dwell in a kingdom of shadows with no glory from the light of God.

Question: Can I choose to incarnate on a different planet in my next life?

Where you incarnate is associated with your ring-pass-not which keeps you in a system until you learn the lessons of that system.

Question: Is it conceivable that advanced beings from ET races occasionally incarnate in our civilization to help us accomplish certain things.

Yes, a certain number do this and is happening with increased regularity.

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” David Brin (1950 -)

Nov 22, 2004

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