The Lazarus Principle

The Lazarus Principle

The Question: Lazarus was not a master or a high initiate, but he experienced a great miracle in that his body was restored to health. What principle or principles were the cause of this?

JJ: There are a number of principles that can be gleaned from the Lazarus story, but there is one that is of paramount importance. It is very closely linked to the male-female principle itself. Whereas the male-female principle is one of the foundation principles of the universe, the Lazarus Principle is an aspect of it that uses the male-female energies to jump start creation itself.

To illustrate imagine a piece of dynamite with a fuse. Certain principles were applied to create this, but nothing happens until the fuse is lit. The principles involved in creating fire are necessary to light the fuse so the explosion can serve its purpose.

Even so it is with the male-female energy. It has unlimited potential. The Lazarus principle releases this potential.

That said let us look again at the story. Jesus is informed that Lazarus is dead. Instead of rushing to his side to revive him he continues his work for a couple days. Finally, he journeys to the gravesite and arrives four days after his death.

Martha approached him and said:

 “…Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

“Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” John 11:21-27

Notice the faith of Martha. She gave Jesus her faith three times.

[1] She and Mary sent for Jesus as Lazarus was near death. They believed he would heal their brother.

[2] After he arrived she expressed a belief to him that God would give him whatever he asked, implying she believed that Jesus could raise him from the dead.

[3] Then Jesus asked her for a final confirmation of her faith and she affirmed that he was the Christ.

Shortly thereafter he thanked God that he had been given the power to do a mighty miracle and he then uttered those great words: “Lazarus, come forth!”

Why did Jesus have this interplay with Martha? Was there a reason for it beyond something just circumstantial?

Yes, there was a great reason. Jesus understood the Lazarus principle, that the powers of creation can be manifest through the interplay of male-female energies. Martha gave Jesus a burst of female energy by giving him her complete faith in a very difficult situation. When the male receives this great faith he has a sense that he cannot let such faith go without results and he will draw from resources that are sometimes beyond human.

One of the greatest stories that illustrate this is the second Rocky movie.

Rocky’s wife does not want him to box again because she fears for his safety. He really wants to do this but the lack of faith from his wife bums him out and he is only listlessly preparing.

Then his wife takes ill and he spends days at her bedside. Finally, she comes out of her near coma. At this point he is so glad to have her back he tells her he will quit boxing for her. But then she catches his eyes and tells him there is one thing she wants him to do for him. She tells him to fight Apollo Creed and to win.

When the gong went off in Rocky’s head and the Rocky music started playing I felt very inspired just watching this. Because of the interplay of male-female energy through extreme belief you knew Rocky was going to triumph through this Lazarus Principle.

Here’s a story from the archives of my own experience with the Lazarus Principle.

This circumstance happened to me in a memorable way. Those of you who read The Immortal will remember that I first took note of my wife-to-be when I was teaching a class on handwriting analysis and looked at a sample of her handwriting and realized that she had the qualities that I had always looked for in a companion. Some time later she attended another class I was teaching. As I was preparing to give the lesson I looked down at the audience and noticed her eyes looking at me in anticipation of what I was going to say. There was something about her look that deeply impressed me. I felt from her eyes that she had great faith that I was going to feed her soul with wonderful knowledge and understanding.

I felt wonderful and terrible at the same time. It was wonderful that there was a person in the audience who expected great things of me, but it was terrible that my lesson material was just ordinary stuff and that I might disappoint her.

I paused a moment in thought and decided to trash my entire lesson and searched my mind for something better to teach. As I contemplated, a phrase came to my mind that I had not given much thought to in the past. The phrase was: “divine carelessness.” Something told me to talk on this subject and that is what I did.

As I taught the words freely came to me and as I delivered them I saw Artie’s (my wife’s real name) eyes widen and felt she was absorbing every word with joy. I felt as if there was no one else in the room but her and me. The discourse I delivered was beyond my normal ability and I found myself learning along with the students as I heard some original teachings coming from my mouth for the first time.

I have always wished I had a tape recording of that class because it was probably the most spiritual presentation I have ever made and after I finished I knew within myself that all souls were fed and were satisfied.

I won’t give all the details, but shortly after the class I took Artie outside to talk with her and she said to me a phrase I will always cherish: “You made love to our minds.”

Right around this time lightening struck us both at the same moment and we both fell instantly in love. I asked her if she felt something unusual.

She said she did, but wasn’t sure what this instant-in-love feeling meant.

I told her it meant we were going to be seeing more of each other.

Three days later I used divine carelessness and proposed to her even though we had never had one official date together. She weakly resisted, saying that things were happening too fast, but then said yes.

I was like Lazarus being revived into a new life.

Question: Why do you use the word “paramount” in describing The Lazarus Principle. Is it more important than others?

Actually, any principle can be paramount according to the situation. If you are trying to get a business going and have good investment capital, a good idea, but are not putting in the time and effort then the “paramount” thing is to put in the time and effort.

On the other hand, if you are putting in lots of effort and have a good idea, but have no money then the paramount thing is to get capital.

The reason the Lazarus Principle is paramount here is that Jesus had the Christ with him, he had faith, he had knowledge, but to activate the fullness of power he needed to light the fuse, so to speak, with female energy. This was why that after Martha showed faith that he could still help Lazarus even after he was dead for four days that Jesus asked for one more confirmation of her belief:

    “Believest thou this?”

Her affirmative answer activated the Lazarus Principle making it paramount to the situation. It is certainly not paramount of all principles for, as I said, it is a branch or aspect of the foundation principle of male-female energy itself.

In the miracle of Lazarus it appears that Jesus is thanking the Father for ‘hearing’ him (and presumably doing the ‘work’ of the miracle, as he would later do the miracle of resurrecting Jesus from the tomb after three days):

“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”  John 11:41-42 (KJV)

If the Christ did the ‘work’ and accomplished the miracle then did he (the Christ) need this ‘burst of female energy’ to accomplish that work?


The Lazarus Principle is needed in all male-female relationships whether it be Jesus-Martha Jesus (female) – Father (male) disciple (female) – God (male).

Why do you suppose God asks us to have faith in him? Even though God has all this power nothing much happens until we have faith in him as Martha has faith in Jesus. When the female aspect shows faith in the male aspect then magic happens. The Lazarus Principle is thus paramount to manifesting the powers of God upon the earth.

Jesus had to play the role of Martha in relation to the Father within and give the female aspect of faith to the male energy.

What was the principle taught in the resurrection of Lazarus? The paramount one is found in the faith and acceptance of the female energy toward the male which manifests a purpose that creates miracles. The Lazarus Principle was at work with the Father and Martha in relation to Jesus. This creates a conduit that supplied the needed spiritual energy.

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

April 20, 2007

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