Author: Roberta Grimes

Living in the Kingdom of God on Earth

It is so hard to convey to you what living in the kingdom of God on earth will be like that we have spent a  few preparatory months in  sharing background information. There has been so much that you needed to know in order for what we say here to make sense that if you haven’t yet read all the linked posts, it might be good for you to do that now. Yes, all of humankind can arrive together at that glorious day when we will be united in love at close to the highest level of consciousness, and empowered to live in the kingdom of God whose process of arrival on earth the Lord first initiated two millennia ago.

We know now that all of this is true:

  • The only thing that objectively exists is the base creative force that we experience in a limited way as human consciousness.
  • Consciousness exists in a range of vibrations, from the lowest (fear and rage) to the highest (perfect love).
  • All human minds are inextricably part of that base creative Consciousness, so if even a few of us substantially raise or lower our personal consciousness vibrations, we will be minutely raising or lowering the vibrations of everyone else on earth.
  • The process of bringing the kingdom of God on earth therefore consists in raising the vibrations of as few as ten percent of the living population of this planet, which will powerfully raise the collective vibrations of everyone else on the face of the earth.

Last week we described the characteristics of those who already have achieved a substantial elevation of their consciousness vibrations. Such people are:

  • Happy. Whenever you meet anyone whose core happiness setting seems unusually high, you are dealing with someone who is more advanced spiritually.
  • Peaceful. They never seem to process events as threats to themselves, but rather they do what they can to address them with love; then they withdraw and allow the will of Spirit to prevail.
  • Humble. They have no interest in personal attention, beyond considering how they might use whatever attention might come their way in the loving service of others.
  • Very slow to anger. People who are vibrating higher cannot be near people who are angry. When attacked, they won’t fight back; but rather, they love and bless and withdraw.
  • Not interested in wealth. People who are more developed spiritually prefer to live simply. If they have more, they want to devote their own surplus to helping others.
  • Loving and supportive. Spiritually advanced people tend to think well of everyone, and even of those who want to do them harm.

Now here is one more important fact. Not only is it true that all human beings are part of a single Consciousness, but every one of us at the core of our being realizes this essential truth! So raising our personal consciousness vibrations consists most of all in jettisoning all the negativity that now weighs us down, and remembering who and what we are. Even with the consciousness of all humanity vibrating now in such deep fear that upper-level beings who are not in bodies warn that our survival as a species is at risk, you still can see that human impulse toward unity and universal love. Let’s mention here what may be its most tragic distortion.

The yearning to live in compassionate collectives seems modern to us now, but it may be as old as our species. Wikipedia defines socialism as “a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership of the means of production and workers’ self-management.” And Jordan Peterson, the Canadian clinical psychologist who wrote 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, says that we are “emotionally drawn to the ideals of socialism because it draws its fundamental motivational source from a kind of primary compassion” that is innate in all of us. He says that therefore the appeal of collectivist living “never will go away.” He is precisely right!

The earliest Christians carried out the first broadly known experiment in socialism. Their way of life arose in the afterglow of the Resurrection, and it preceded what they thought would be the prompt advent of the kingdom of God on earth. We are told that “all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:44-45).

But every modern effort ever made to form collectivist governments has failed to the point where it has had to be replaced, or else it has led to agony. North Korea and Venezuela are only the most recent examples of socialism’s failures. Even Israel’s noble Kibbutz movement sadly petered out. The failure of every effort ever made to create a benevolent mode of collectivism might prompt us just to shrug and accept the explanations generally given for these failures, which tend to revolve around economic inefficiencies and misplaced incentives. But no one really has a bedrock reason why socialism always fails. All the reasons given are just the sorts of things that would topple any system that never had been solid in the first place. There has to be a basic reason why no variant of socialism works, and we find it in reference to that first hopeful Christian collectivist experiment. We learn from its firsthand reporters that “the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). This experiment sadly failed as well, but only after Roman persecution and the tardiness of the kingdom of God’s arrival on earth sowed disillusionment in the flock.

The core reason why socialism fails is that human minds are not sufficiently developed spiritually for us to live in the selfless love and harmony that collectivism requires. I am not advocating for socialism! But the hunger behind its persistent appeal is an idealistic yearning for a fairer and more love-based society. As Dr. Peterson says, that primal hunger for spiritual union will never go away. And the only way to create a society that is based in love and kindness will be for us to so transform the universal human mind that all humanity will be, like those earliest Christians, beautifully “of one heart and soul.”

For the first time in human history, we have the power to effect such a transformation. And once the kingdom of God on earth arrives, perhaps even socialism might work! It seems likely, too, that the republican form of government established by the Constitution of the United States will at last operate in the free and egalitarian way that our Founders first envisioned it to work, once all Americans are more selfless and loving.

Please read again that list of the characteristics of people who are spiritually advanced. Then let’s think about some of today’s most pressing problems as all of us will be thinking once we live in the kingdom of God on earth.

Political Strife. With all Americans now thinking from love, every candidate in every party is campaigning on which of them can best work with people who hold opposing views. The most successful politicians are those who are most expert at taking solutions that were first suggested by their opponents and expanding upon them, perfecting them and helping them better appeal to all Americans. Then they implement these consensus solutions with such loving sensitivity that before long political parties have withered as the Founders had hoped they soon would wither. At last, universal comity prevails.

Economic Inequality. The gap between rich and poor in the world has become intolerable to the wealthiest among us. They have succeeded in building their own wealth. Now they want everyone to have that same chance! Many of them are inspired to devote the bulk of their private fortunes to the financial empowerment of everyone on earth, both to lend muscle to new ideas for the betterment of humankind and to create many more millionaires and billionaires. So they have formed a massive charity that works with business startups all over the world, both lending the initial funds and providing a program of education and expert advice that spurs an explosion of economic growth and greater economic equality worldwide.

Racial Inequality. Scientists have lately proven what we all know in our hearts is true: there is just one human race. And as Americans better understand what perpetuates our artificial differences based on skin color, we all come together to end those differences once and for all. From educational enrichment that starts at birth through reforms that end housing and economic inequities, the devastating after-effects of Jim Crow and the War on Poverty’s destruction of the black family are being ended with the sensitivity and love that have been missing all along.

Criminal Justice. The United States holds less than five percent of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated felons. A more awakened nation sees this situation as intolerable, so America’s criminal justice system is being taken down and altogether rebuilt. Now the emphasis is on in-community service, reparations, education, and counseling for all but violent offenders; and rather than the old corrupt system in which 97% of federal felons were coerced into pleading guilty, by law now every prison sentence of more than two years’ duration requires a jury trial criminal conviction.

Illegal Immigration. The United States gains strict control of its borders as it establishes a fast-track system in which a million visas each year are offered to properly-vetted immigrants from Mexico and from Central America. This nation also works with these source countries to help them build upon the economic and social model that Colombia now provides, and stem the need their citizens have been feeling to come north in search of better lives.

International Discord. There is no more international discord! With all the people of the world thinking more from love, and with fear and anger withering, the first-world nations are working in harmony to bring their level of freedom and prosperity to all the rest of humankind.

Best of all, this is just the beginning of what is going to be our much better world!

 

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Bringing the Kingdom of God on Earth

All the stresses and angers that now separate people, best exemplified in our rage-filled politics but extending into every cranny of our lives, are signs of human history gone dangerously wrong. It is hard for people whose lifespan on earth will extend for only eight or nine decades, and people who furthermore believe that modernity is a synonym for progress, to grasp the fact that our species is rushing headlong down a blind, dark alley. We are entranced with technological progress which enhances our lives, and with medical progress which lengthens our lives, while never once really grasping the fact that we are decorating an empty vessel. None of the scientific bounty of the past two centuries has made us one whit happier. Indeed, we are ever more plagued by depression and hopelessness on a worldwide scale. And this does not end well! We are being told now by beings not in bodies and living at the highest levels of reality that unless we can very rapidly change the course of human history, within just another two hundred years humanity will be reduced to a dying remnant battling on a ruined planet.

You and I are in the midst of an emergency without precedent! So we have spent the past seven months here taking weekly bites at this crisis and exploring the fact that our options for addressing it are limited. If you have come late to this series, please read at least the posts linked here, since otherwise you may think I am being unnecessarily alarmist! Among our worst problems is the fact that not only are our main sources of information – mainstream science and mainstream religions – entirely devoid of potential solutions, but they actually contribute to perpetuating everything that has gone so wrong. Now here is the solution in a nutshell.

Nobel Laureate Max Planck, the father of quantum mechanics, told us that consciousness is the source of reality. He said, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” And as was noted a couple of weeks ago in MIT Technology Review, a surprising recent experiment bears him out! What you and I experience in a limited way as human consciousness is the base creative force that continuously manifests this universe. Consciousness at its highest vibration is the Godhead, so it deserves a capital “C.” Here is some of what we know about Consciousness:

  • Consciousness is in the nature of a form of energy, and it vibrates according to what we experience as emotions. It is important that we understand how powerfully creative our emotions are! When we think hatred- or fear-based thoughts, we are creating negativity in our environment as surely as if we took a flamethrower to a standing forest.
  • At its lowest vibration, Consciousness is fear and every other negative emotion, while at its highest vibration Consciousness is perfect love. The more we strive to turn away from negative emotions and ever more perfecty love and forgive, the higher our personal vibrations will rise.
  • The lower its vibration, the weaker Consciousness is; while at its highest vibration the creative power of Consciousness is infinite. So your having nasty thoughts is going to be considerably less powerful than will be your sharing of pure love and light!
  • Every human mind is part of one Consciousness, not discretely but indivisibly. So for any of us to raise or lower our personal vibratory rate will minutely affect the personal vibratory rate of every other person on earth.

When taken together, these four points suggest something that experimental evidence supports: just a few people thinking in loving concert can powerfully affect events. British researcher Lynne McTaggart is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of using the power of minds joined together in love to, for example, bring down the crime rate in targeted cities or foster love between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East. Her experiments are described in her wonderful book, The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World. The great results that she describes are so astounding that they make you want to organize the entire world into groups right now and target every problem with loving mind-energy!

For each of us to raise our personal consciousness vibrations away from negativity and toward ever more perfect love is our first order of business. And it turns out that the teachings of Jesus are the simplest and most effective method for doing that. There can be no clearer proof that Jesus is a genuine historical figure who came from the highest aspect of the Godhead than the fact that two thousand years ago He gave us the only certain answer to the problems that you and I face today!

As Jesus well knew, and as we said last week, raising our individual spiritual vibrations is a matter of simple Consciousness physics. No need to learn to meditate or do yoga; no need to take classes or go to church, and no need even to worry about sin or to practice penance. This is not a matter of earning God’s approval, but instead it is as much a matter of simple physics as are the effects of gravity or the temperature at which water boils. The Gospel teachings of Jesus work efficiently to raise your own spiritual setting, and in fact they are the easiest and most effective method for achieving rapid spiritual growth ever devised. Those teachings may not take you all the way, but they can take you pretty far! If you will carefully follow the five-step process based in the Gospels that was posted last week, you can achieve real spiritual growth within months, and be stabilized at a much higher spiritual level in a single year.

I have received a surprising number of emails from readers since posting that five-step process, nearly all of whom were trying to find a way around their need to forgive everything. They said things like, “I can forgive but I can’t forget.” “He isn’t sorry, so how can I forgive him?” or “I have put it behind me. Why isn’t that enough?” All of which tells me that I was not sufficiently straightforward last week. As A Course in Miracles tells us, there is no order of magnitude to the miracle of forgiveness. Everything can be forgiven! Simply make and release those forgiveness balls all day, every day, until your lazy mind gets over the urgency that you yourself have instilled in it about panicking at every perceived wrong. And it soon will give up. I can promise you that! Your ne’er-do-well brother-in-law or the monster who murdered someone you love doesn’t care whether you forgive him or not, but your learning to forgive without reservation is the greatest gift that you can give to yourself!

The characteristics of people who are vibrating at a much higher rate are easy to spot. Without exception, these people are:

  • Happy. Whenever you meet someone whose core happiness setting seems to be unusually high, you are dealing with someone who is more advanced spiritually.
  • Peaceful. They don’t seem to process events as threats to themselves, but rather they do what they can to address them and quietly allow the will of Spirit to prevail.
  • Humble. They have no interest in personal attention, beyond how they might use it in the service of others.
  • Very slow to anger. People who are vibrating higher cannot be near people who are angry. When attacked, they won’t fight back; but rather, they love and bless and withdraw.
  • Not interested in wealth. Those I know who are more developed spiritually prefer to live simply. If they have more, they want to devote their own surplus to helping others.
  • Loving and supportive. I have never known a spiritually advanced person whose first instinct was not to think well of people, and even of those who were bent on doing harm.

Or to quote Jesus, “Do not worry … but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (MT 6:25-33). Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (MT 5:39). Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted (MT 23:12). “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (MT 6:19-21). Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return… Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful(LK 6:35-36). And “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (MT 5:48). Apparently the Lord wasn’t giving us behavioral suggestions when He said those words, but rather He was describing for us the way spiritually advanced people naturally are!

Jesus told us that if you will sufficiently raise your personal spiritual vibration in this lifetime, you will at your death be able to enter the highest vibratory level beneath the Godhead, which Jesus called the kingdom of God. But that is not the primary reason why you and I must make this effort now! Please read again the fourth property of Consciousness given above. Every human mind is part of one Consciousness, not discretely but indivisibly. So for any of us to raise or lower our personal vibratory rate will minutely affect the personal vibratory rate of every other person on earth. And for as few as perhaps ten percent of the world’s population to raise their spiritual vibratory rates will raise the spiritual vibrations of all of humankind enough to begin to bring the kingdom of God on earth. All those others don’t even need to know why they are feeling less angry now, why their first impulse is to want to help others, or why they are happier than they ever have been and they want all the world to be happy, too. The work of raising our personal spiritual vibrations is a matter of consciousness physics, and so also will be our work of raising the consciousness vibrations of all the people in the world.

As we have been saying, you and I know enough now that we really can begin to transform ourselves, and then we can reach out and help others who also want to transform themselves. And as we do that, all of us together will without any further effort be starting the process of utterly transforming every other person on the face of the earth. Now is when it begins! And those in Spirit assure us that if we each will only do our part, it won’t even take us very long. Let us look now at what it will be like when we are living at last in that much better world….

 

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Forgiveness and Love

Amazingly, this is the first decade in all of human history when we know for certain why the universe exists and why you and I are in these bodies. No mogul or king, no prophet through even the end of the twentieth century could have known what you and I know now. Had some of them known the truth, of course, human history could have been much better; but apparently that was all part of the plan. We come to earth to experience negativity so we can push against it and thereby grow spiritually, and Lord knows our history has been rife with negativity! In a reality without time, there are millennia now when people can incarnate into ignorance and pain in an effort to attain greater spiritual growth. And wonderfully, we are being told that at this point the plan is for us to learn how to elevate our personal vibrations to the point where we can raise the consciousness vibrations of this entire planet. We really can do that! Growing spiritually to the point where you and I need never come to earth again turns out to be an easy process.  

Another thing that no one knew before the twenty-first century is the fact that Jesus is historically real, but His mission was entirely different from what Christianity has been telling us it was.  And when we put together what Jesus taught with our fresh information about the nature of reality, we find that they fit together as well as if they had been one divine revelation. What I will share with you now is the easiest and most effective way to raise your personal consciousness vibration, to bring the kingdom of God on earth, to achieve greater personal happiness while here, and to make this your last earth-incarnation. It works so well that you can feel a substantial improvement within months, and you can achieve most of your spiritual development in as little as one year’s time! I have written an entire book on this topic, but for this series on the kingdom of God I will give you just a quick summary.

Understanding Our Task

What we are talking about is nothing less than transforming ourselves from the inside out. The way we think, the way we act, and every reflex that we ever have had: almost nothing can remain the same. The transformation required of most of us to materially raise our spiritual vibrations is so profound and complete that we must begin to think of the teachings of Jesus as mandatory! And He knew very well what He was asking of us. He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; transform your mind  and believe in the Gospel” (MK 1:15). Those Gospel teachings are the easiest and the happiest process for raising our personal spiritual vibrations ever devised! I will give you this process as discreet steps, but while the steps should begin in order, it isn’t necessary for you to finish one before you start on the next. In fact, the first step is likely to be an ongoing process for the rest of our lives.

1) Learn all that you can about the afterlife and the greater reality.

The more you learn about what actually is going on, the easier it will be for you to inhabit the fact that your life is eternal. And really knowing that changes everything! Instead of the old “life sucks, then you die” way of viewing the world that has tended to be humankind’s default setting, you will start to see your life as ongoing forever and fundamentally joyous. You will stop focusing on meaningless temporal pleasures and begin to live in an eternal and essentially non-material frame.

2) Begin an active gratitude practice.

As is true of learning about the afterlife, developing a strong gratitude practice helps to soften your mind spiritually and better prepares it for transformation. I urge you to begin right now to keep a gratitude journal. For at least the next three months, spend ten minutes of every day writing down one new thing that you are grateful for, and why. For the first month or so this is pretty easy! But eventually you will be looking for reasons to be grateful even for mosquitoes and train wrecks.

3) Understand and master your ego.

Your ego emphatically is not you! It is a fear-based gremlin whose only purpose is to make you frantic to protect your body and to protect your ego itself, and you will shed your ego when your body dies. So inevitably your ego is going to die, and it makes you frantic about that, too. I think the ego likely is useful in childhood, but as an adult you don’t need it at all! And your ego will fight your spiritual development, probably because once you grow sufficiently it is going to shrivel and fade. For example, my own ego terrified me with worries that growing spiritually was going to lead to my final oblivion. Doing A Course in Miracles with a study group through the extinction of the ego might be the best way to squash it, but simply understanding what the ego is and refusing to give it mind-space also can work. Every fear that you ever experience is ego-based. So every fear is groundless! You are forever God’s best-beloved child, and once you have internalized that fact you will laugh at your ego’s petty fears.

4) Learn and practice prevenient forgiveness.

There is a big reason why Jesus emphasized forgiveness! Until you can forgive everything completely, you cannot love in the universal way that really raises your consciousness vibration. He said, Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also” (MT 5:39-40). Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return… Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (LK 6:35-36). “You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (MT 5:43-48). So we are meant to forgive everything, no matter what, as if it never had happened at all! In fact, the whole secret to substantially raising your spiritual vibration is learning how to forgive right now every bad thing that ever will happen in your life.

While we are in bodies, we can access only a limited part of our eternal minds, and these earth-minds have three characteristics that especially fit them for rapid learning. Our earth-minds are lazy. They seek and take the easiest course. They quickly adapt. So if we rearrange whatever used to be their easiest course, they will take the new route without hesitation. And they operate largely by habit. Just as they learn how to operate our bodies or use a phone and then perform automatically, so they learn what is a threat to us. And when they are triggered by any threat, they summon the ego’s fears and rev us up to do battle, even if that stimulus is only socks on the floor, being cut off in traffic, a pissy attitude from a twelve-year-old, or a dear friend’s unjustified behavior.

Who teaches our earth-minds what is a threat? Why, we do, of course! So it is up to us to change their programming. Forgiving things after they have set off our defenses always will be a battle, but we can re-program our minds to stop perceiving stimuli as threats by spending a few months forgiving everything. Just, whenever anything happens or is about to happen that you know will set you off, quickly gather it up with sweeps of your arms and form it into a nice, tight ball. Include all the people, too! Then with both hands push that ball away as you say aloud, “I love you, I bless you, I forgive, and I release.” Do this two or three times for each threat at first, until your irritation goes away. Until your mind accepts the fact that you will no longer react to its nonsense. You are the one who taught your mind to be irritated by your mother-in-law, so it is your job to kill that programming.

And yes, once you have transformed your mind you will find that everything is equally forgiven.There was a woman whose son had been murdered, and once his killer was convicted she began to visit this young man in prison. When eventually he was released, she gave him a home and helped him to make a new start. Only when I had transformed my own mind did what she had done for her son’s murderer seem to me to be the easy and obvious response.

5) Understand and practice universal love.

A Course in Miracles tells us that “special loves” are as counterproductive spiritually as are “special hates.” As Jesus says, even tax collectors love their own families! The kind of love that matters spiritually doesn’t single out a few people as our beloveds, but rather it reveals to us that even the worst dregs of humanity are completely beloved and sacred in God’s eyes. Every human being must become equally our own beloved!

Looking For Signs of Spiritual Growth in Yourself

I first put this all together a decade ago. So I have been your guinea pig, and I was an excellent test subject! It is hard for me to remember now the way I was back then, but if I think about it I can make myself blush. Times when I was cranky with my husband and children, and even prickly with my poor mother who refused to believe I knew what I was talking about so she fought her dying to the end. Competitive driving. Snapping at store clerks. Playing into the petty squabbles of friends. I wasn’t worse than your average American, but for sure I was no better! But then in the summer of 2011 I set out to apply what I had been learning.

I first noticed a change in myself about six weeks into my new forgiveness practice. Something happened that should have set me off, but I felt no irritation at all; I told friends at the time that it was as if there had been levers on the outside that people used to fiddle with and make me crazy, but they had been disconnected now. When people fiddled with them, I felt just softness and peace. Then soon after that, I began to notice that everyone around me was a lovely person! Even strangers on the street. I loved everyone! It turns out that once you get rid of all that ego-based ballast by forgiving everything, your spiritual vibration begins to rise on its own. And this change in me has been amazingly self-reinforcing. Over the past two years I have been subjected to tremendous deliberately-inflicted stress, but I have had no trouble forgiving and loving all the perpetrators. It has been seven years since I last had to form a forgiveness ball. Dear beautiful friends, this works! And nothing else works so easily.

Seeing things coming together now and knowing we are watching God in action is a source of such absolute wonderment that to deeply think about it puts you into bliss! It is said that when the Buddha achieved enlightenment, what he said was, “I am awake.” And now you and I have been given the power to awaken just as he awakened. The power to live all that Jesus envisioned. The power to transcend and then transform the world! The hour is late, but it is not too late. Next week we will begin to envision what it actually will be like to bring forth the Lord’s long-promised kingdom of God on earth….

God and Creation

It is amazing that deep in the twenty-first century we still don’t have good answers to humankind’s three most important questions. The scientific community has pontificated, and various religions have opined, but none of what any of them says feels right. Here is the sorry state of play, at a time when we really need to know!

  • What is God? Scientists beg the question by assuming no God, but the Judeo-Christian concept of a Big Guy on a Throne is no better. How can one God with human failings like anger and a reluctance to forgive have created this active universe full of an estimated one billion trillion stars, not to mention all the details of our planet with its seven billion people living complex lives? Those of us who study the greater reality have come to understand that the only thing that objectively exists is consciousness, and we assume that God is the love-based top, but how can creation really come from something so vague and vapory? No matter whose version of God we choose, if we are being honest we must admit that all of them are cartoonish and frankly inadequate to the task of being the omnipotent Creator God, and also the God Who hears every prayer.
  • Why does the universe exist? Or as the late physicist Stephen Hawking put it, “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? … Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?” Physicists have no idea, but again, our religions are no better. Some say the universe was created as a place of misery to be overcome, or perhaps as a place where God can choose a few people to save and send the rest to hell. Others point to the notion that a lonely God might have needed worshipers. If a genuine God exists Who created this amazing universe, then it seems to be an insult to God for us to assume that God created it for a trivial, a selfish, or a barbarically manipulative reason.  
  • How did the universe begin? And what maintains it? Scientists have discovered the Big Bang, by means of which they propose that the entire universe began 13.8 billion years ago by expanding from something the size of a pencil dot to its present great size and complexity. But they cannot meaningfully speculate about how and why the Big Bang occurred, nor can they say how it has managed to avoid either collapsing upon itself or blowing apart in all the intervening eons. They simply beg every question again by telling us that the fact that the universe exists and is stable means that its beginning and subsequent stability were within whatever might have been the range of possibilities. And we have to admit that the Christian creation notions are plain ridiculous! The basic Bible version tells us that something like six thousand years ago this universe was created in less than a week. Every creation theory is so unsatisfying that there might as well be no theories at all.

I set out half a century ago to understand my childhood experiences of light. I knew they had been real! So I spent my life studying the afterlife and the greater reality that includes this whole universe, and after decades I put it all together. At last it really did make sense! But I completed that work ten years ago, and still there was a big something missing. I understood it, but it didn’t feel real. I can see now that what I actually have spent my whole life searching for was satisfying answers to these three questions. And I further realize that it has been my residual Christian squeamishness that has put me through a further decade of floundering. It was only when we sat at the Lord’s feet and really listened to Him that I was able to trust Him enough to put together three daring evidence-based answers which, surprisingly, work pretty well together! My primary guide considers these answers to be sufficient to begin our better understanding, and he asks that I now share them with you. This is not an end to our seeking, but it does give us a sounder beginning.

What Is God?

I have been seeing references to the possibility that God is plural since I was a child. The old Hebrew word for God is the plural “Elohim.” There are hints at God’s plurality in the Old Testament, too; for example, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (Gen 1:26). When I was deep in reading old channeled materials as I began my serious afterlife studies, I found that all the advanced beings who spoke with authority to us through channels made it clear that they were speaking for collectives of hundreds or thousands of advanced beings. My guide, Thomas, has let me know that he is working with a collective, too. Mikey Morgan, living at the Sixth Level, insists that God is “the unity of pure love.” Advanced beings tell us that Jesus “came from the highest aspect of the Godhead.” And the teachings of Jesus are all about erasing the separations between people! It is clear that the farther we advance spiritually, the more we are drawn to work closely together, and it seems that working in collectives is pretty much the way all advanced beings roll. So now Thomas has flat-out told me that I must get over my Christian qualms and accept the fact that the Creator God at the Source Level of the greater reality is a Collective of Perfected Beings.

Why Does the Universe Exist?

The only sensible explanation for the existence of the universe that I ever have found is based in A Course in Miracles. I don’t have a searchable ACIM, but the explanation goes something like this: “Into the mind of the Son of God came a tiny, mad idea at which the Son of God forgot to laugh.” That idea was the possibility of separation, and Mind is so infinitely powerful and creative that immediately that separation happened! At once, of course, God ended it. But inside that infinitely powerful and creative separated bit, Mind already had manifested time and space and minutely divided minds. According to this explanation, what we are living in now is that long-ago mistakenly separated bit of Mind, and what is still going on within created time is the rescue mission that eons ago ended that very brief separation. Beyond time, we already are back in God, and we have been back in God for eons. What we are doing now within this artificial time is simply remembering what we are, and as we do that we become aware of being the perfect beings in the Godhead that we are eternally.

How Did the Universe Begin? And What Maintains It?

We talked last week about the fact that what we think of as the past is just a part of Now. So it may not surprise you to know that the secret to understanding how the universe is created, and how it is so well maintained, is that God continuously manifests this universe in each micro-instant. Each present manifestation includes all of history, so it is simple for God to change the past. And God does that! This universe has been expanded, with galaxies and complexities continuously added, and then even a Big Bang was added too with all its related history, to ensure that we never will find an edge. The Collective has included enjoyable ways for us to study this increasingly complex history by, for example, creating a backstory for life on earth that is complete with fossilized bones and other bits of evidence. They even have gone to the amazing trouble of making matter mathematics-based. There is no other reason for the history and details of this material universe to be based in the human science of mathematics than to give us a way to study what is in fact an entirely Mind-created reality! Of course, there are glitches to be seen, such as the odd way that evolution stops and starts and the fact that nearly all modern species arrive in history together with modern man in a very recent geological instant. And scientists, still clueless about all of this, continue to trouble the Collective by trying to find ever more of Their little glitches!

This notion is not as mind-bending as it seems. Nothing much really changes from micro-instant to micro-instant, just as when Lego toy films are created not much will change from frame to frame. And some gradual changes can be automated. Occasionally we even might catch these changes in our history as they are happening! For example, many years ago I read an account by an astronomer who had trained a high-powered telescope on a section of sky where there was literally nothing. He left it there, and a year later he looked through that telescope again, and what do you know? That formerly-empty section of sky now held billions of galaxies!

So, how did this universe actually begin? We who were divided aspects of the Godhead caught in this micro-instant of separation found ourselves in an illusion of a time-bound reality that those of us who were vibrating highest were able to shape into a means for our rescue. With creation happening freshly in each micro-instant, there didn’t need to be much created at first, just matter and energy, time and space, and maybe a solar system with a minimal planet. Then as those of us who thought we were caught in this illusion of separation were better able to notice things, of course it was easy for the ever-increasing Collective of Perfected Beings Who were being developed in that tiny universe to make it ever more complicated, larger and with a more complex history. The billions of years of past universe expansion that now comes with each micro-instant of creation is in reality not old at all, but rather it is continuously new. All that really exists is Mind! And in fact, with gratitude to my brilliant software-engineer daughter, here is hot-off-the-press evidence that even working physicists may be coming to see that no objective reality exists beyond our own minds.

God as Collective is active in our lives by means of our beloved spirit guides. The Collective’s minions are as close to us as our own thoughts! And they work so smoothly with the Divine Collective that for the first time we can see that, yes, God truly does hear all our prayers.

It will occur to you that God as Collective may not be the Ultimate God. After all, Who was the God Who ended that micro-instant of mistaken separation? My guess is that your suspicion is right, and there is an even much greater God beckoning for us to achieve the perfection of the Godhead that we know, and then to continue on toward ever more glorious Everlasting Arms. But there is little point to our wondering about that just yet. For now, our task is to grow spiritually so we can escape this mistaken separation which actually ended long ago. Surely it is long past time for us to be learning and devoutly living a more spiritually productive kind of love….   

 

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Timeless

Scientists never make anything like the public fuss that they ought to be making about the fact that they cannot understand time at all. Apparently there is no scientific reason why time should run in one direction, why it should be constant and measurable, or even why it should exist; so pretty much the best they have been able to come up with is more scientific-sounding versions of the famous and perhaps apocryphal quote that is generally attributed to Albert Einstein: The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Physicists have concluded that the passage of time is probably an illusion, so in desperation they have of late turned to philosophers and other non-physicists to try to gain some further insights. They even talk about wishing they could do away with time altogether. Some physicists are eager to find a way for time to have existed before the Big Bang, but apparently for most of their theories to be right, that pre-universe time must have run in reverse.

Mainstream physicists’ core problem remains what it long has been. They assume that this universe is solid and stable; that it began 13.8 billion years ago in a physical event that we call the Big Bang; and that it continues to chug along as an independent machine. The fact is that time is just one of many fudge-factors that the Collective which is the only God makes use of as It creates this physical universe. The great Rupert Sheldrake very enjoyable discusses a few of these adjustments that are continuously being made in his famously banned Ted talk. It turns out that objective time as we think we are familiar with it does not really exist at all.

I first wrote about time five years ago, when I was freshly fascinated by past-life regression therapy and how it meant that in a more enlightened age we might be able to heal the world’s past. Two years later I addressed an emphatically non-particle-physics version of what matter-bound physicists call spacetime. I am surprised to see how well those blog posts still hold up! Let’s just bring them forward now to help us better understand creation and the nature of the material universe that we believe is all around us.

Scholars of the greater reality of which this material universe is a part have come to understand that the following things are probably or certainly true:

  • Time is not objectively linear. The implications of this likelihood are manifold and confusing! For example, such ostensibly time-related concepts as cause and effect may not be happening as we perceive them to be happening.
  • Matter and energy, time and space are holographic. So each unit (how ever you might measure that unit) contains all the information of every other unit. After more than a quarter of a century, Michael Talbot’s extraordinary The Holographic Universe  continues to look better and better!
  • Matter and energy, time and space are mind-created. Universal Mind is their foundation, and each of our minds is an undivided part of that universal Mind. This suggests that Mind may also be a hologram, and our superconscious minds likely are more powerful than we can imagine.
  • All our lifetimes are happening simultaneously, and they influence one another. Something like reincarnation does happen, but it happens outside of time. Early in my research I encountered the suggestion by a discarnate that we might consider ourselves to be like a bucket out of which each lifetime is dipped and back into which each lifetime is poured. A corollary of this simple understanding is that as each of us makes or avoids making spiritual progress in this lifetime, we affect for good or ill all our other lives, both past and future. The effectiveness of regression and progression therapy as a means of curing our present-life mental and physical ailments suggests this to be true.
  • All past and future events are happening simultaneously, and they influence one another. It was this mind-bending concept that so fascinated me five years ago, when I first wrote about time.
  • Experiencing time is optional for those that we used to think were dead. They can live on earth-time in order to more easily interact with loved ones still in bodies, or they might instead disengage from time altogether and spend earth-eons in bliss. They can opt into and out of versions of time as you might on earth choose your daily clothing.

Wonderfully, some scientists are beginning to talk about time in a way that is consistent with what the not-really-dead have been telling us is true. Bernardo Kastrup is a European computer engineer who has worked at some of the world’s leading research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). His upcoming book is The Idea of the World: A Multi-Disciplinary Argument for the Mental Nature of Reality. Not having read it, I cannot vouch for his book, but it does look to be an important step toward obliterating the entire notion that time is objectively real and linear! To give you a flavor of it, Dr. Kastrup wrote a blog post for Scientific American in which he said in part:

“There can only be experiential flow if there is experience in the past, present and future. But where is the past? Is it anywhere out there? Can you point at it? Clearly not. What makes you conceive of the idea of the past is the fact that you have memories. But these memories can only be referenced insofar as they are experienced now, as memories. There has never been a single point in your entire life in which the past has been anything other than memories experienced in the present.

“The same applies to the future: where is it? Can you point at it and say ‘there is the future’? Clearly not. Our conception of the future arises from expectations or imaginings experienced now, always now, as expectations or imaginings. There has never been a single point in your life in which the future has been anything other than expectations or imaginings experienced in the present…

“Let’s make an analogy with space. Suppose that you suddenly find yourself sitting on the side of a long, straight desert road. Looking ahead, you see mountains in the distance. Looking behind, you see a dry valley. The mountains and the valley provide references that allow you to locate yourself in space. But the mountains, the valley, your sitting on the roadside, all exist simultaneously in the present snapshot of your conscious life…

“You see, whether time flows forward, or doesn’t flow at all, or moves back and forth, our resulting subjective experience would be identical in all cases: we would always find ourselves in an experiential snapshot extending smoothly backwards in memory and forwards in expectation, just like the desert road…

“The ostensible experience of temporal flow is thus an illusion. All we ever actually experience is the present snapshot, which entails a timescape of memories and imaginings analogous to the landscape of valley and mountains. Everything else is a story.”

Brilliant. Dr. Kastrup’s book will be out on April 1st, and it looks as if he will be ripping the bandage off the scientific wound that is the false notion of objective linear time. In doing so, he brings us one step closer to what we now understand from those who are not dead after all is the actual nature of this material reality. There is one explanation of time that makes it possible for everything that Dr. Kastrup and I have said here to be true, and it fits with what we have come to understand with the assistance of a host of elevated beings about the nature of God, the nature of reality, and why this universe even exists. It all comes together and begins to make sense, even to these minimal minds that are all that you and I can access while we are still in physical bodies! Better understanding the illusory nature of time is the key to our finally making sense of how this universe came into being. Next week let’s take a peek behind God’s curtain….

 

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The Kingdom of God on Earth (Part IV)

The kingdom of God was the Lord’s obsession. He uses the term more than fifty times through all four Gospels, and He refers to “the kingdom of heaven” almost thirty times in the Gospel of Matthew. Since the terms seem to mean the same thing to Jesus, this is likely another translation glitch so to avoid confusion I will use “the kingdom of God” even in those Matthew quotations. While modern-day adherents of the fear-based Christianity that was shaped in those first-millennium councils continue to obsess about sin and the bogus idea that Jesus died to save us, we who seek to follow the Way of the Lord can read the Gospels more as they were spoken. And we soon realize that most of what Jesus said was instructions about raising our personal consciousness vibrations. We can see now that helping us all to attain the kingdom of God was the reason for the Lord’s whole ministry.

What Jesus called the kingdom of God is what we moderns call the Sixth Level, which is the aspect of non-material reality that is just below the Godhead. And giving us a spiritual gym where we can more efficiently raise our personal vibrations enough to attain that Sixth Level is apparently the whole reason why this universe exists! When Jesus says, “you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (MT 5:48), He means that literally. He says, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes (clergymen) and Pharisees (religious big-shots), you will not enter the kingdom of God (MT 5:20). “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter” (MT 7:21). “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (MT 11:11).

The kingdom of God is the highest consciousness vibration where elevated beings still are striving to raise their vibrations enough to join the Collective that is the true God.

This is a simple matter of consciousness physics! If you allow yourself to feel fear, anger, hatred, or any other ishy emotion, you lower your personal consciousness vibrations; but if you can avoid every negative emotion and make achieving more perfect love your focus, you will raise your personal consciousness vibrations. There are other emotional effects attendant on this process, but they don’t seem to need to be addressed until after the heavy-lifting effort of leaving all negativity behind has been mastered. So for you and me, our task is simple. From this moment and forevermore, we will always and in every instance, no matter how difficult it may be, altogether reject every negative emotion and practice ever more perfect love!

Contrary to what modern Christians believe, none of the teachings of Jesus on love and forgiveness can be seen as aspirational. Instead, they are the basis of the Way of the Lord, the core of what Jesus came to do, and the only thing about the Christian Bible that is worth the cost of its ink and paper. Methods for learning how to love and forgive that have been given to us by Jesus and by other sages down all the generations are everything on earth that matters! Without those teachings, nearly all of us will mindlessly reincarnate for a thousand more frustrating and mostly pointless lifetimes, turning on the wheel and making little progress. But if we will use those teachings well, we can begin today to get pretty close to achieving the kingdom of God in this lifetime!

When I began my afterlife studies, most researchers thought that exalted Sixth Level was not even material. Back then we called it the Causal Level, the place where what was in the rest of the afterlife levels was created; and we also called it the Mental Level, from which ascended beings would materialize to teach those living in the middle levels. It is only recently that we have learned that the Sixth Level is not only material, but it is also amazingly beautiful! And it is full of wonderful universities where those who have mastered perfect love are preparing to ascend to the Seventh Level and become part of the Collective which is the true God.

We don’t know much about what these ascended beings are learning, but we have hints. I recall reading decades ago an account by a woman who claimed to have attained this exalted level, and she told her family that she was learning how to create a living flower. She also said she was part of a group that was experimenting with creating new kinds of living animals, and she thought that was fun but she found it difficult. Mikey Morgan won’t say much about what He is learning in his Sixth Level studies, but he does say those studies involve the more advanced use of energies. To be frank, I never saw much point to any of these exalted classes until I came to see that God is a Collective of Perfected Beings! If we are preparing to become part of the creative force that continuously manifests this universe, then we had better learn the trade!

Once Jesus had taught us how we can attain the kingdom of God in the afterlife reality, He introduced a radical new idea. He said that in strictly following His teachings, we can bring the kingdom of God on earth! He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; transform your mind and believe in the gospel” (MK 1:15). And He said, “But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God” (LK 9:27). And “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst” (or “is within you”) (LK 17:20-21).

He told us that spreading the kingdom of God over all the earth would be a gradual process. He said, “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches” (MT 13:31-32). And He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (LK 13:20-21).

We now understand, as the Lord’s first listeners never could have understood, why a few people raising their consciousness vibrations would be sufficient to begin to raise the personal vibrations of everyone else on earth. The only thing that exists is an infinitely powerful energy-like potentiality that you and I experience in a dim way as consciousness. Every human mind is inextricably part of that base consciousness which at its highest level continuously manifests this universe, so the more of us who raise our spiritual vibrations, the higher the vibrations of all the minds now vibrating below the Godhead will become. Again, this is simple consciousness physics! Each one of us who commits to achieving the highest vibration we can manage on earth can bring us all just a little bit closer to the moment when everyone on earth is vibrating high enough for wars, anger, suffering, fear, hatred, and every other manner of human evil to be banished forevermore.

What are these Sixth Level beings like personally? When the Lord’s disciples tried to keep little children from approaching Him, He said the like of, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all” (LK 18:16-17). I have by now met a few spiritually advanced people, and I can tell you that even in old age they are surprisingly childlike. Mikey Morgan, too, retains that childlike simplicity and light, even as he perfectly answers the most profound questions. People in bodies who are sufficiently spiritually developed to approach the Sixth Level are invariably warm, mild, very loving, not interested in money or possessions, and closely focused on helping others. They don’t get angry. When they are attacked, they withdraw rather than defending themselves. They seem not to bear ill will against anyone, not even those who set out to harm them!

Even if a substantial number of people were to begin today the process of raising their personal consciousness vibrations, for us to begin to see an appreciable difference in the world would take awhile. The Lord was right about that! So for us to begin right now is urgent. We are told by those not in bodies that all the negative choices made by people on earth over the past few centuries, and especially the brutal negativity of the two great twentieth-century wars, have together so debased the consciousness energy of this planet that it cannot recover unless humankind will soon make some dramatic changes. My own guide, Thomas, has told me that we have another couple of centuries left before the earth will be a bleak and barren wasteland of cruelty and wars, poverty and starvation, and even the added hopelessness of an inability to reproduce without laboratory procedures that few will be able to afford. What horrifies me is that even now we begin to see these disasters unfolding! Human sperm counts are dropping sharply. Political infighting is rampant worldwide, and in too many places innocent people are pawns in their leaders’ power struggles. Thomas assures me that we can turn this around! But when we are talking about raising the consciousness vibrations of seven billion people, even a century or two is not much time.

In order for us to begin to envision that more perfect world of the kingdom of God on earth, there are three more areas where we will need to improve our understand of the greater reality. My own understanding is still developing, but I am being told that now is the time for me to tell you what I know, what I suspect, and how all of this impacts our spiritual growth. So over the next three weeks we will dip more deeply into Time, God and Creation, and Forgiveness and Love. Meanwhile, I hope you will be doing your own deep thinking! Please either tell us in the comments below, or perhaps email me through this website and share with me how you envision that much better future when we will at last be living in the kingdom of God on earth. Let us start to reason together about the most important issue that ever has confronted or ever will confront humankind. This unsuspecting world is ours to save!

 

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The Kingdom of God On Earth (Part III)

The destruction of the Lord’s first effort to bring the kingdom of God on earth was complete. The early Roman Church stamped out every form of Christian thought that did not conform to its fear-based dogmas, and it almost destroyed even the memory of those first three hundred precious years when Jesus had been a vibrant force for love whose teachings were devoutly followed.

Even the Lord’s words were directly edited by the First Council of Nicaea. The Council removed every reference they could find to reincarnation, reportedly because our believing we have just one lifetime was likely to make us try harder. They also added references to church-building, sheep-and-goats judgment, and end-times nonsense that are so different from the Lord’s genuine teachings that we can pluck them out easily.

What may be worse is that the dogmas laid down at Nicaea gave rise to errors that are now embedded in the Gospel words themselves. The earliest translations of the Gospels from Greek into Latin happened later in the fourth century, and they followed upon Nicaea’s ideas. For example, Jesus is frequently quoted as saying versions of “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (MK 1:15). But that is not what Jesus said! The Greek word for what He actually said was metanoeite, which means “transform your mind.” But the prelates who first translated that word from Greek into Latin were so steeped in Nicaea’s fear-based dogmas that they chose instead to use the word paenitentia, which means “repent” or “do penance.”

It is difficult to sufficiently grasp all the damage that  was done by this one change. Jesus had come to help us transform our minds, and had abolished the very notion of sin, but over the past seventeen hundred years the belief that He had told us to “repent” became such a fundamental tenet of Christian thought that even modern translations that are done from the original Greek use the flatly erroneous word “repent.” And this is true, even though it contradicts everything that Jesus actually said! Let’s look at three of the Lord’s core teachings that are starkly incompatible with the notion that Jesus sees us as guilty of anything for which we would need to “repent.”

Jesus Tells Us We Must Always Forgive, and We Must Never Judge

When Peter asked him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (MT 18:21-23). And if we  are broadly forgiven, then repentance is unnecessary. He said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned (LK 6:37). He told us straight-out that even God does not judge us. He said, “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father” (JN 5:22-23). And neither does Jesus judge us. He said, If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him” (JN 12:47). He spoke so strongly against every kind of judgment that it is horrifying to see how completely the early Roman Church made the false belief that God judges us its entire fear-based focus.

Jesus Tells Us We Must Love Even those Who Seem Unworthy of Love

He said, But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (LK 6:35-36).“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (MT 22:37-40). If we are made to feel so guilty that we need to “repent,” we cannot possibly love these unrepentant others as Jesus tells us we must love them.

The Lord’s Focus is On Teaching Us How to Transform Our Minds

Our need to bring the kingdom of God on earth requires that we now forget about sin and focus on transformation! So He came to share with us simple methods for adopting at our very core a kind of dynamic peacefulness that is possible only with the elevation of our personal consciousness vibrations. He said, But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two” (MT 5:39-41). “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (MT 5:43-48). Nothing short of transforming our minds can even begin to make us perfect!

The Christian Church created by Constantine the Great is anathema to everything Jesus came to do. But I don’t mean by that to say that Jesus failed. Since objective time does not exist and our incarnations are not linear, I have come to think that the intervening seventeen hundred years or so are meant by the Collective that is the only God to be a period when we can choose to incarnate in order to experience the severe negativity of domination by a fear-based Christianity. Now, however, the very free will that is essential to our being able to grow spiritually has allowed too many of us to choose fear and anger over love, so the consciousness vibration of this planet has sunk to what we are told by those not in bodies is a level from which it cannot recover without divine intervention. And therefore, late in the nineteenth century the Lord began His modern push to bring the kingdom of God on earth. We spoke last week about the start of that effort. Here, as Paul Harvey used to say, is the rest of the story.

No one who is in a body knows all of what is going on. There are a great many people now who are claiming that Jesus is in contact with them, and a number who have channeled books that they believe came from Jesus. I am not allowed by my guides to communicate with these people or to read their books, but I hear from many Seek Reality listeners who tell me about this or that writer or YouTuber whose work in this field is just like mine. I love hearing that! As Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into His harvest field” (MT 9:37-38).

Those who have not been in bodies for centuries lose their ability to communicate easily with the living, so it is understandable that the Lord’s first apparent attempt to reintroduce His Gospel teachings missed the mark. He led the team that channeled A Course in Miracles in the late Sixties, and while ACIM is indeed those same Gospel teachings, they come there in a form so advanced that it is hard to do much learning unless you commit to meeting with a study group!

So reportedly the team around Jesus decided in the 1980s to channel exactly the Gospel words but with Nicaea’s additions removed. I am told that they set out to find for this task what they called “a pure vessel,” someone who had never been a channel. And here is where, amazingly, your old friend Roberta enters the picture. I knew none of this at the time! I have told My Thomas by Roberta Grimesyou too often that I learned in February of 2015 that my primary spirit guide was once Thomas Jefferson, and I am apparently a friend of his over lifetimes who agreed to enter this body now so I could finish a few of the things that he didn’t manage to finish as Jefferson. One of those tasks was the writing of his thoughts on the teachings of Jesus, so Thomas had been preparing me to write his own take on the Gospel teachings. And of course I was not a known channel, so he offered me up to be used by the Lord. Apparently I filled the bill. But they needed to know that I could channel, so my friend who in his Jefferson lifetime had been so private that he never wrote a memoir, and he even burned all his wife’s letters and papers, then used me to channel his memoirs of his ten-year marriage that spanned the Revolutionary War period. My Thomas is the most beautiful thing that I will ever write. And the research and writing of it were so easy that I thought I was a genius! Sadly, though, I am not. Thomas is. My every subsequent effort to write anything that my precious friend has not supervised has been nothing but a rookie mess.

Apparently my having channeled My Thomas convinced the beings around Jesus to choose me, and according to Thomas they spent the next twenty-five years preparing me to channel the Lord. I was clueless! And of course when they felt the time had arrived for Jesus to channel His restatement of the Gospels, Thomas didn’t tell me more than that he wanted me to write a book about Jesus. And I flat-out refused. Who was I to be doing that? So then he nudged me to contact a medium, and four years ago this month he used her to break into my waking life. He told me who he was, and he convinced me that I had to write his Jefferson-era book about Jesus. He did not, however, tell me this book was going to be written by the Lord Himself!

Thomas began by channeling the first three chapters of Liberating Jesus. Then, late one afternoon the medium through whom he had first contacted me emailed to say that Thomas had just seized her briefly in a Walmart parking lot and said, “Please forgive the speed at which we are dictating, as your soul-ular self is working directly for the Master now, without benefit of the filters which would slow the transmission. And I hasten to add, you must please of course speak clearly should your physical suffer exhaustion.” I thought nothing of that until I woke up abruptly at two the next morning and rushed to my computer, and over two weeks an entirely different entity channeled the rest of that book. I tell the tale of how it was written in Appendix V of Liberating Jesus, so I won’t rehash it here. Suffice it to say that there has never been the remotest doubt in my mind that the Being who wrote that book is Jesus.

With the Collective’s many minions now deep in working to raise the consciousness vibration of this planet, we are assured by beings at the upper levels that the Lord’s work is unfolding according to plan. Jesus told us it will happen subtly, so don’t expect the kingdom of God to arrival on earth with trumpets blaring! Indeed, I suspect that it is going to be apparent to us just in retrospect. So, what would it be like for you and me to live in God’s kingdom here on earth? Let’s begin now to think about that….

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The Kingdom of God on Earth (Part II)

We are told by those that we used to think were dead that for more than a century there has been a major effort underway, being orchestrated at the highest levels of reality, to raise the consciousness vibration of this planet away from fear and anger and toward ever more perfect love. This goal should seem familiar to you. Those at the highest levels of reality – the Collective that is the only God – have recently re-initiated what is essentially the same effort to bring the kingdom of God on earth that Jesus first began 2000 years ago.

But why did the Lord’s effort to bring the kingdom of God on earth not succeed the first time around? Actually, it seems to have been going well for at least the first three hundred years. For example, the earliest Christians buried millions of their dead in tunnels beneath the city of Rome, the latest of which burials date to the early fifth century C.E. And in all the art in the Catacombs tombs there is not a single cross to be found! Instead, the symbols are peaceful ones: the fish, the dove, the vine, and especially the Good Shepherd who carries on His shoulders not a sheep, but a goat. What amazing evidence of the fact that the earliest Christians knew that Jesus had come to uplift us all, and even the least worthy among us! This gradual and gentle spreading of His Gospel truths may have been just what the Lord intended. After all, He said, The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (or “is in your midst”) (LK 17:20-21).

Jesus knew that because every human mind is part of one eternal Mind, it would not take much more than this single population working to raise their personal vibrations away from fear and toward more perfect love to begin to elevate the spiritual vibrations of everyone then living on earth. The transformation of the minds of His followers would begin the transformation of all human minds! As He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (MT 13:33). So we have every reason to think that for those first three centuries the advent of the kingdom of God on earth was unfolding precisely as Jesus and the divine Collective of which He is a part had intended that it should unfold. But then the Roman Emperor Constantine cast his eye on the Lord’s Christianity, and he had his brutal way with her. No less violent term seems adequate!

There were more than three dozen “heresies” stamped out by the early Roman church that had been strains of thought among pre-Councils Christians. Those different ideas had survived in peace because the Lord’s Way was emphatically not a religion! It required only that people learn to ever more perfectly love and forgive; and as Jesus said, “He who is not against us is for us” (MK 9:40). The fear-based notion that Jesus died for our sins was just one of many ideas in a widely varied movement, and it was harmless until Constantine the Great used his Council of Nicaea in 325 to begin to impose one fear-based Christian religion upon the world. A gentle and gradual movement that was spreading nothing but forgiveness and love would have been useless to an emperor. But a fear-based religion that carried the threat of hell for any who disobeyed? That was something he could use! Six more church councils followed that First Council of Nicaea, all called or presided over by emperors and ending with the Second Council of Nicaea in 787. So a false and fear-based religion was imposed upon the world by force at a cost of what is conservatively estimated to have been twenty-five million mostly awful deaths.

Our earliest evidence that a new effort had begun to bring the kingdom of God on earth dates to the late nineteenth century, when abruptly we began to receive much easier and more frequent afterlife communications. This step might have seemed necessary in order to begin to take down both fear-based Christianity and the equally false notion of atheistic scientism, and perhaps also to make it easier for people to understand why we need to choose love over fear; but no one knows for certain why we were suddenly being shown so much more of what was behind the curtain. And we don’t know why it took God so long to reject that false version of Christianity, although perhaps Constantine’s fear-based religion had turned out to be useful. It made this planet a tougher spiritual gym where more rapid growth was possible, especially for those who were nearing the end of their need to incarnate. Then from God’s perspective outside of time, perhaps it seemed by the 1840s that we had been given sufficient generations to ensure there would be incarnation-ready bodies for anyone who wanted to experience such an extreme degree of clueless negativity. The Collective that is God didn’t intervene until It felt the need to intervene so It could head off humankind’s greatest folly.

Among God’s earliest targets in this modern-day effort to bring the kingdom of God on earth were physicists. As we neared the turn of the twentieth century, clockwork materialism remained in place in a reality that is in no respect solid, to the point where Nobel Laureate in physics Albert Michelson said in 1894, “It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles have been firmly established and that further advances are to be sought chiefly in the rigorous application of these principles to all the phenomena which come under our notice.” Even the great Max Planck, another Nobel Laureate and the father of quantum mechanics himself, said in 1924, “When I began my physical studies [in 1874] and sought advice from my venerable teacher Philipp von Jolly… he portrayed to me physics as a highly developed, almost fully matured science… Possibly in one or another nook there would perhaps be a dust particle or a small bubble to be examined and classified, but… theoretical physics approached visibly that degree of perfection which, for example, geometry has had already for centuries.”

To shake up this scientific materialist complacency, the Collective did two things at once. It initiated a new age of much better communication between the living and the not really dead; and It also channeled in to the minds of Dr. Planck and a few other physicists the wonderfully disruptive theory of quantum mechanics.

What strikes me most profoundly is the way that God-as-Collective has been acting even in a clear emergency with an extraordinary respect for human free will and dignity! Everyone who comes to earth with a commission from the Godhead does so voluntarily, and it is through these willing minions that nearly all the work of the Collective is done. God works in the world with all the love and patience of a host of perfected Beings Who once inhabited bodies Themselves. What a sublimely beautiful process this is!

But of course, when the scientific community was forced to react simultaneously to the twin challenges of quantum physics and very good evidence that the dead in fact survive, it chose to deal with the first while altogether ignoring the second. This stonewalling by the scientific gatekeepers of any evidence that the universe is not matter-based and random has gone on now for more than a century. Apparently it is going to end only when God decides it must end.

There is a lot that we still don’t understand, but for the first part of the twentieth century the Godhead seems to have watched Its work unfold while avoiding further interference in the affairs of humankind… until we used nuclear bombs in warfare in August of 1945. This was apparently what God had been working to prevent, and its suddenly happening seems to have been a wake-up call that might have been unique in human history. Insofar as we can tell, four initiatives were begun at once:

  • The decision was made that we will never again be allowed to use nuclear arms in warfare. If you wonder why it hasn’t happened in the three-quarters of a century since Nagasaki, despite the fact that nuclear armaments have proliferated and human crankiness abounds, you should know that we have been told that God is preventing its happening. There are anecdotes about missile tests in which an unexplained missile would turn up out of nowhere and shoot down the missile being tested, but my hunch is that this work is happening mostly at the level of many human minds.
  • A renewed effort was begun to demonstrate to the world what actually is going on. The floodgates of broader information began to open in the fifties and sixties, and late in the seventies they opened wide! Most of what afterlife experts are telling you now is an accumulation of many bits of information that have been permitted to us by the Godhead. If it had not been God’s perfect will that we figure all these things out now, we would still be as clueless as people have been clueless through all of human history.
  • Many more minions began to parachute in. There is no time where the Collective is, so the first of this new wave of minions were born in the thirties and forties. And we continue to be born today, these people who have promised to assist in the work of raising this planet’s consciousness vibration and bringing the kingdom of God on earth. I may be typical. Apparently I am my primary guide’s comrade through many lifetimes, and I had promised him that I would come in and do some specific things that would help him put a true finis to his lifetime as Thomas Jefferson. That effort was still in the planning stage when the call came, and we answered it! We made a life-plan for me that included efforts to complete his work, and we overlaid it with this plan to help the Godhead that now consumes my life. I had to come in at a certain time and in a place that we could use, so I was conceived out of wedlock by a couple who had no soul-group connection to me and I was born just one year after the Nagasaki bomb was dropped. I ended up a female, which might have been just whichever fetus we could get because Thomas still seems to be a bit squeamish about my gender!
  • The decision was made to freshly introduce the Gospel teachings of Jesus to the world. Of course, for this to happen requires that the fear-based Christianity of Constantine the Great’s dreams must at last be euthanized, and we see this actually ongoing now at the level of billions of human minds. Our task is just to nurture the love of Jesus and His Gospel teachings, saving the baby as God discards the bathwater.

The Lord’s Gospel teachings on love and forgiveness and raising our personal vibrations sufficiently to bring the kingdom of God on earth are needed now more than they ever have been needed before! And those of us who have closely studied the Gospel teachings are delighted to report that the way things are getting a lot worse now was actually predicted by the Lord. He told us the advent of the kingdom of God on earth would be a time of great tribulation. So, how can we make it from here to there… ?

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The Kingdom of God on Earth (Part I)

Some who have been reading this series have told me they were eager to see how I was going to describe the advent of the kingdom of God on earth. And I was eager to see that too! I was game. I boldly set fingers to keyboard, but then I realized there were a few more things that you and I should talk about first. As Jesus tells us in the Gospels, if we hope to bring the kingdom of God on earth we must first get rid of all fear-based religious ideas, and we probably will need to escape every religions-based notion altogether. For certain, we will need to replace that judgmental and cranky human-made God with the perfectly loving Spirit that Jesus reveals to us in the Gospels. If you haven’t read those three previous blog posts, please do that before you read this one so we can explore some further truths together!

As I have sought a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Gospel message, I have developed a habit of checking the work of various Biblical scholars; so this week I looked at how Christian scholars have interpreted the Lord’s Gospel words about the kingdom of God. To be frank, what I have seen confounds me. Surely someone in two thousand years must have considered the Lord’s Gospel words to be important in and of themselves? Yet every interpretation of the Lord’s teachings I can find that talks about His bringing the kingdom of God on earth has been built on and mixed with Christian religious ideas. No one ever seems to have tried to hear those words as the earliest followers of Jesus heard His words. No one has sought to understand what was in the Lord’s mind as He was speaking them.

The only way what all these Christian scholars are doing could make any sense would be if God and Jesus had planned out the details of modern Christianity even before Jesus came to earth. But that would be inconsistent with a lot of what the Lord says in the Gospels! And if He came to start a new religion, why did He never through four whole Gospels come out and plainly tell us that? Instead, He spoke against religions! And there was no recognizable Christian religion for hundreds of years after His death. Furthermore, we never can forget the fact that the multitudes who are not actually dead now tell us in the strongest terms that every Christian dogma is plain nonsense. They insist that the death of Jesus on the cross has never made an afterlife difference for a single human being. (That fact is so well established by now that perhaps it is time for us to engrave those words on a coffin-lid and finally inter the old Roman Emperors’ human-made and sadly fear-based Christianity?)

So indeed it may be, dear wonderful friends, that you and I are breaking new ground. Amazingly, we are among the first people in two thousand years of history to seek to sit at the feet of the Lord and hear His Gospel words without a beliefs-based overlay.       

How did Jesus Himself believe that the kingdom of God on earth would look? As Jesus was just beginning to teach, “He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.’ And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He said to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (LK 4:15-21).

This Gospel passage is astounding! Here Jesus lays out right at its start what He sees as His public mission, and to do it He uses words that had been written eight hundred years before. Words that clearly He had chosen to read before He ever entered that synagogue. Nowhere does He talk about our sinfulness, or mention that He was planning to sacrifice Himself in order to redeem us. No, we can have no doubt that He was focused from the start of His ministry on bringing the kingdom of God on earth!

So, what can you and I tease out of these words that we hear this unknown young man speak as we sit in that synagogue long ago? He is quoting scripture, so we realize He might not have meant every one of those words, although I suspect that He did mean them all. Let’s look more closely at what His words might have meant to Him as He was saying them:

  • Jesus considers His earthly mission to be the fulfillment of Hebrew prophesy. Whether this was literally true – whether Isaiah in fact had Jesus in mind – matters less than does the Lord’s wish that His work be seen to be the next prophesied step in the advancement of the Jews’ spiritual history, and perhaps also of the spiritual history being planned by the Godhead for all the world.
  • He intends to aim His teachings at the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed. (Different words are used in the various translations.) Here is a recurring theme throughout the Gospels: Jesus repeatedly reminds us that the one who is least on earth will be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven, and He urges us to help the less fortunate.
  • He intends to end wars and strife. When Jesus talks about proclaiming “release to the captives,” He is talking about releasing people being held in captivity against their will, but not criminals in general. That comes later. In His day, raids by enemies could lead to enslavement far from home, and a “release of captives” likely would accompany the advent of long-term peace and stability among the nations.
  • He intends to facilitate physical healing by the power of our minds. Healing the sick, the lame, and the blind is a constant theme of the Lord’s ministry, but what is less often noted is the fact that He keeps stressing to those He heals that it is their own minds that have effected their healing!
  • He intends to end earthly judgment and punishment. It follows from the fact that Jesus replaced the Old Testament rules with God’s Law of Love that He meant to end the concept of sin.  No longer is a given act to be seen as violating any law, but rather now it is the motive of the actor that matters. You can break every law, and if you do it all with no motive beyond the pure love of God and of your neighbor, then you are sinless. So Jesus has come to set free everyone who has been oppressed by all those human-made laws. He means to open every prison door!
  • He plans to unite all of humankind. His invocation of “the favorable year of the Lord” is generally seen to be a reference to the Biblical Year of Jubilee, when Israelite slaves are freed, debts are forgiven, and we all celebrate together. Above all, Jubilee means the shedding of as much as we can of all the various ways that life on earth erects barriers between people.    

So Jesus began His work by proclaiming that His mission was to transform humankind. He intended to create a world in which all these wonderful outcomes would unfold together! This is the result that Jesus expected His teachings to produce: this is how He foresaw the kingdom of God developing as it overspread the earth. He told us we should pray for it, and in that same prayer He revealed that the kingdom of God would be God’s will done perfectly on earth. He said that we are to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (MT 6:10). And again He said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter” (MT 7:21). He thereby further emphasized the fact that it is only our obeying God’s will that can bring the kingdom of God on earth. And what is God’s will that we are to obey? He lays it out repeatedly, through all four Gospels! This may be the best example:  

“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (MT 5:39-48).  

It is clear from what He says in the Gospels that Jesus expects the almost immediate advent of the kingdom of God on earth. “Now after John (the Baptist) had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; change your mind and believe in the gospel’” (MK 1:14-15). Of course, theologians dispute the fact that Jesus meant that literally. They try to retro-engineer Christianity back into the Gospels, even though the formal religion began long centuries after Jesus died. And there can be no doubt that Jesus Himself intended to begin the process of bringing the kingdom of God on earth right now. He said, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it” (LK 16:16). He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; change your mind and believe in the gospel” (MK 1:15). He even said, “But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God” (LK 9:27).

Jesus came to us directly from the Godhead with the mission of bringing the kingdom of God on earth in the decades after His death, and He gave to His mission everything He had! So why did it all go so wrong? We’ll talk about that next week.

 

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The Genuine God

The question of whether there is an Uncaused Cause is settled. Not even the most closed-minded scientist disputes the fact that the universe exists, so clearly something must have caused it! But scientists refuse to take seriously what seems to be the next big question. When pressed to identify the Uncaused Cause that brought forth the universe out of nothing, their answers more or less boil down to “Nobody knows and shut up.” Or as the great Rupert Sheldrake sums up the attitude of scientists toward the Uncaused Cause, “Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.”

But something brought the universe into being! And for the first time in human history, we are close to discovering what that Something is.

Human beings always have believed in a force that was greater than ourselves. In association with some of the earliest stone tools are works of art created by people who were living on the edge of survival. What else but a mix of fear and awe could have inspired so many primitive people to expend the vast time and energy that must have been needed to make this art? Then, perhaps twelve thousand years ago an amazing temple was built at Gobekli Tepe, in what is now Turkey. For me, the most extraordinary thing about Gobekli Tepe is the fact that stone-age people built this amazing place, and then one day they buried it. Our relationship with our gods has always been tempestuous!

Modern afterlife research has demonstrated that each of us is densely connected with Spirit. Each person has the constant help of beings who are not now in bodies, and we can assume that this spiritual aspect of the human experience goes back to our beginnings. As the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Surely this spiritual connection must be why we always have had the sense that there must be an unseen force! Our impulse toward God may be the central fact of the whole human experience.

Every modern version of God is as human-made and bogus as was all that art created by stone-age primitives. None of our present Gods can factually address our deepest questions, so our yearning to know the real God remains. I have often talked about God here  as I have tried to better tease out from the afterlife evidence what more we can learn about the Uncaused Cause that is the genuine God. Today let’s try to deepen our understanding just a little more.

 A Bit About the Greater Reality

It is impossible for us to understand God unless we have some sense of the reality in which God operates. The greater reality is not only stranger than what we have been imagining, but it is stranger than we can imagine! I can give you in this limited space only what I hope will be sufficient highlights to provide a frame in which we can deepen our search for the genuine God.

The greater reality is everything that researchers have been able to determine exists, but apparently it is not all that exists. It may be twenty or more times the size of this material universe, although both time and space do not exist as constant factors in most of reality so we are talking only relative sizes. The greater reality is composed of what we experience to a limited extent as human consciousness, and in fact what we are calling consciousness turns out to be the base creative force that manifests all that exists. So what we experience as consciousness is the substance and source of the greater reality. Consciousness is the Uncaused Cause! Researchers are coming to accept this fact. Many of us now capitalize the word Consciousness, or we shorten it and refer to the Uncaused Cause with words like Source or Mind.

The consciousness which is all that exists is a kind of energy. Like other forms of energy, it vibrates. Its vibratory rate ranges from the lowest and weakest, which is fear, to the highest and most powerful, which is perfect love. So what we experience in a limited way as emotion is the essences of that base creative force! God is the highest vibration of a consciousness that includes us all; and since there is no objective time, you and I are eternal by definition.

Getting rid of that cranky Christian God has been such a relief for me that it has taken me years to realize why even this better understanding of God still feels so unsatisfying. God is perfect eternal love! We live in God forevermore! But Consciousness-as-God still somehow feels as inert and impersonal as a plush puppy. And knowing that Consciousness is the base creative force allows us to explain how the universe is created, but it doesn’t tell us why.

A Bit of What We Know About Creation

 The Creator is the created. Consciousness is all that is or was or ever will be. This material universe is a subset of consciousness, which means that consciousness creates time and space so it cannot be affected by either. I have been working for years to try to ferret out the implications of a greater reality in which objective time does not exist! For our dead friends time is optional, and learning how they view time has confirmed our supposition that in reality time does not exist at all. The implications of this fact are boggling. If anything now exists, it always exists. The past might change as easily as the future. So creation didn’t happen “long ago,” but instead creation is happening in each micro-instant. The great physicist Max Planck said, “We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.” Yet again, he is exactly right.

Researchers have found bits of evidence that creation is a continuous process, and once scientists take an interest I am sure they will find many more. For one example, we are told that the universe’s stability depends on a number of forces remaining constant, and scientists assume that therefore these constants must be forever constant. But Rupert Sheldrake, a meticulous researcher, has discovered that some of these so-called constants are in fact adjusting minutely. So the universe exists and is stable because consciousness manifests it in each micro-instant. What we see as the material universe is in the nature of a thought.

Something the Bible and the Dead Suggest About the Genuine God

Everything the Bible says about God refers to the human-made religious God, but we notice a few hints here and there that the genuine God might be a collective. For example:

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (Gen 1:26).

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:6)

This would mean nothing, except for the fact that we know that advanced beings work in collectives. One of their number will speak for them, but that spokesman never acts alone; instead, he represents thousands of beings who have become so spiritually advanced that they can think and act as one. Even my primary guide, Thomas, when he met with me through a medium so he could badger me into writing Liberating Jesus, made it plain that he was working with beings who included Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary. So I find it arresting to find Jesus saying things like, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works” (JN 14:10). So Jesus plainly told us that He was a spokesman? He often referred to God as “the Father,” perhaps to soften his primitive listeners’ fear of their religion’s cranky God; and of course, He never could have told them He was representing a collective because they could not then have conceived of the kind of God that I will suggest to you now. Jesus tells us repeatedly that “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (JN 4:24). But “God is spirit” is like “God is consciousness,” is it not? It feels vague and impersonal. And we know that God is neither….

Suspecting That God is Us

Mikey Morgan is a sixth-level being who last lived on earth in the 1600s. He took a brief additional lifetime that ended in 2007 so he could speak to us in modern terms with the assistance of his mother, Carol, who has never studied any of this. It took me years to accept that Mikey is genuine. But I have seen him rapidly answer hundreds of questions much better than I could have done, and he never makes a mistake. At this point, he is almost the only person I still trust to help me answer the biggest questions. When I asked Mikey for his definition of God for his book, Flying High in Spirit, and he said, “God is the unity of pure love and all that exists,” that planted a seed in my mind. He and I had not discussed God in the intervening three years, but I asked him the question again this week. Here is what he said, word for word: “God is the Unity of Absolute Pure Love which is Infinite. The Collective or Source of all that exists.

Very early in my research I began to encounter statements from upper-level collectives that told us the seventh level is the Source level, where God is. Eventually there was a belief among researchers that entering the seventh level would be optional, and it would mean personal extinction and merger with the Source. We even called it “the second death.” When that notion began to freak me out – why try to advance, if it would mean my extinction? – my primary guide said to me, “You will never lose awareness. You will have God’s awareness.” Thanks to other communicators and to beautiful Mikey, we now know that what Thomas said is true: the awareness you are experiencing now is eternal. We also know from Mikey and others that the Source level is by no means the top of what you and I can aspire to achieve. Mikey tells me our spiritual growth is “infinite.” Consider my mind to be officially boggled!

I am now convinced that the genuine God is a collective.

I have asked Thomas to take this notion away, but instead he has reinforced it. And since this idea first occurred to me, I have found so much evidence for it that I have been slapping my head repeatedly. For just one example, we have been told by some of those not in bodies that Jesus is “from the highest aspect of the Godhead.” What else could that mean?

My dear friends, the Uncaused Cause, the Source of everything, and the only eternal God is an infinitely powerful collective of people who have achieved the highest spiritual vibration. I will have more to say soon. For now, this seems to be enough!

 

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