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What Does God Want? (Part III)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 24, 2020 • 55 Comments
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All hail the power of Jesus’s Name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!
– Edward Perronet (1726 – 1792), from “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name” (1779)

For most of my life I saw Jesus as one of the founders of Christianity. The religion carries His name, right? And I have felt so betrayed by my childhood religion! Eventually, as I assembled all the ways in which the Christianity I love has been destructive, I also listed the ways in which Christianity has denied and betrayed the Lord’s teachings. But still, Jesus seemed to be partly complicit in what the religion had become. I had studied Christian history in college, so I knew that Christianity as we have it now had developed centuries after the Lord’s death. I understood the part that Roman Emperors had played in its creation. But to be frank, until recently I didn’t really know who Jesus actually was.

Then in February of 2015 my beloved guide came out to me to persuade me to write Liberating Jesus. And during that conversation I asked him whether Jesus had been human or divine. My dear Thomas is not given to hyperbole, so he stunned me with his ardent answer.

Thomas said that Jesus came to us from the highest aspect of the Godhead. He told me that God actually lived in a human body in the Person of Jesus.

Thomas told me other things as well, including the urgency that surrounds our separating the historical Jesus from the dying religion that still bears His name. He pressured me into channeling the book. And I ended up channeling the Lord Himself.

Christians have been calling Jesus the Son of God for millennia, without much considering what that means. For a Perfected Being to have lowered His Personal vibration sufficiently to descend from the highest aspect of the Godhead and enter a material body in order to live among us, develop insights about us, and patiently teach us how to better grow spiritually was an extraordinary act! And the fact that the fear-based religion that Constantine later founded and named for Jesus has little connection to the Lord’s Gospel message means only that it is long past time for us to separate His name from the religion that doesn’t follow Him so we can give Him a platform of His own.

The teachings of Jesus are all about the will of the genuine, eternal Godhead. Thomas tells us that those teachings as Jesus shared them two thousand years ago were spoken by the Godhead Itself; and furthermore, Jesus tells us that God is speaking through Him. He says, “the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are Life” (JN 6:63). And He says, “I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me” (JN 8:28). So it is indeed possible for us to learn directly from the Source what God wants!

Ours is the first generation that even can ask what God wants and find factual answers. Thanks to the specific intent of the Godhead that manifests our reality, the veil that has for so long been an impenetrable barrier between this material illusion and the rest of reality is being thinned enough for communication to become at least somewhat easier. And those who had agreed to enter lifetimes on earth and facilitate communication from this side are already here and are doing that now. It is no longer necessary to have faith in anything! For the first time in human history, now it is possible to Know.

So Jesus came to us as our Emissary from the Godhead. And what did He tell us that God wants? When we boil it down, there are just four things that Jesus taught about the Will of God that are big departures from the human-made commands of all the numberless imaginary gods that people have worshiped over ten thousand years:

  • FIRST. Loving and forgiving are God’s only laws. The most important statement in all four Gospels arguably comes when Jesus answers a question about what is the greatest commandment. He doesn’t name any of the Ten Commandments. Instead He says, “‘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). So should we then throw away the Law and the Prophets and replace all the old laws with just these two? Sure looks like it! And in the Old Testament, when someone breaks a law it is said that person is committing a sin and we see God decreeing a punishment. But even the concept of “sin” seems to be human-made. Jesus does sometimes use the word “sin,” but in a light, vernacular sense, as when He says to the woman taken in adultery, “Did no one condemn you?” She says, “No one, Lord.” He says, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more” (JN 8:10-11). He doesn’t seem to see any “sin” as punishable. Rather than prescribing the stoning and mayhem that were the Old Testament’s divinely-decreed wages of sin, He says, “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). Repeatedly Jesus emphasizes God’s command that we love and forgive, saying things like, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (JN 13:34). And when Peter asks Him how many times we must forgive the same wrong, “Up to seven times?” Jesus says to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (MT 18:21-23).
  • SECOND. Strictly Following the Teachings of Jesus Will Transform Our Minds. It is only very recently that we have come to understand that consciousness is the base creative force, and all our minds are inextricably part of one vast, eternal Mind. Jesus emphasizes three big consequences of that fact: (1) Our minds are extremely powerful. He says, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (MT 17:20). Also, (2) The transformation we are to seek is internal. He says, “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” (LK 17:20-21). And finally, (3) God wants us to relate to the Godhead individually and personally. He says, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (MT 6:6).
  • THIRD. The teachings of Jesus must not be incorporated into any religion. Jesus says, Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved” (MT 9:16-17). His teachings are the new wine. They are not compatible with any religion, and they must not be combined with one. Instead, He urges the clergymen who want to follow Him to share His teachings separately from all their religious work. He says, Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old (MT 13:52). And Jesus seems to despise religions! He says, “Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?… You hypocrites! Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men’” (MT 15:3-9).
  • FOURTH. We may continue to question and to learn. This is a very important teaching! Every religion is a fly in amber. Ideas that at first were new and exciting are soon immobilized by dogmas and rules, and they became unchangeable. But now Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (MT 7:7-8). We must have no dogmas! And beyond God’s few genuine commands, we are not even to have rules. Instead, each generation is invited to freshly ask questions and receive from the Godhead Its own ever more profound truths. Our relationship with God will be forever new.

So the genuine Godhead in the person of Jesus has assured us that God wants simply this:

Loving and Forgiving are God’s Only Laws

Strictly Following the Teachings of Jesus Will Transform Our Minds

 The Teachings of Jesus Must Not be Incorporated Into Any Religion

 We May Continue to Question and to Learn

Even in the twenty-first century, what the Godhead actually wants feels radical! God wants us to embrace what we last week called the third wave of human understanding, which is the realm of consciousness, or Spirit. And furthermore, these four directives from God are deeply intertwined. We will find that we cannot have just one or two, but for them to be effective we must embrace all four. What does that even mean? And how will it work? Let’s consider next week how we can at last begin to live the meaning and the message of Jesus. It is time to embrace the Lord’s Way….

Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!
– Edward Perronet (1726 – 1792), from “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name” (1779)

 

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55 thoughts on “What Does God Want? (Part III)

    1. Dear Ali, yours is a very interesting perspective! It seems to me that we are now finding that God actually demands of us much less than what the religions have always demanded, so you are seeing something that escapes me. Please help us to see what you see. Why does it now seem to you that God is asking too much?

      1. Just having to be in this dimension with untreatable psychiatric conditions like anhedonia and others. Not being able to leave this dimension without hurting my family and not being able to stay here with a healthy brain.

        1. Hi Ali. It does seem a lot to transform ourselves to love to the degree proscribed in a place where those guided by fear are the leaders. Those guided by love are considered weak .Our own brain chemistry may work against us. I hear certain breathing and meditation practices can change brain chemistry and even the physical structure.

          1. Dear Ray, you are perfectly right. Those who claw their way into leadership tend to be the most spiritually debased people, and their personal issues give us all even further stress. It is all very hard. But each of us has the power to choose to raise our personal consciousness vibration, and thereby to contribute to the raising of the vibration of everybody else on earth, which is literally the only way that we can make things much better for any of us!

        2. Dear Ali, I’m sorry. That is a tough life-plan! But please try to accept – as difficult as I know this is to accept – that we all plan our lives before birth with the help of our spirit guides, and we plan them specifically to get as much spiritual stress as we think we can stand so we will be able to grow spiritually as much as possible in one lifetime. None of these challenges are imposed on us by the Godhead. They are neither God’s will nor God’s command. They are our choice, and the perfectly loving Godhead gives us all the strength and love that we need to make the most of what we have planned.

          Why would we plan difficult and painful lifetimes? For the same reason that someone bright and ambitious would pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. From our beautiful eternal home, life on earth looks short, and it’s crummy here anyway but we can get a lot out of it, so if we are going to come here at all we want to make it tough and make the most of it so maybe we won’t have to come back! Just git ‘er done.

          It’s tough, but knowing that you are in it and the best way out is through it, you do the very best that you can with it day by day. You grow the most that you can! It is possible to make this your last necessary earth-lifetime. If you will send me an email, I will send you a PDF of The Fun of Growing Forever. And meanwhile, I’m sending you a hug.

          1. Dear Roberta. I was thinking about how we choose our lives. I also wanted to recommend a specific practice in The Fun Of Growing Forever. A gratitude journal has been shown to have positive mental influences as well as spiritual ones. Thank you.

          2. The “choosing my life” theory is just that – a theory. I’d love to know for sure that that is in fact the case. But somehow I doubt brain damage from antipsychotic drug use was in the script.

    2. Ali, you are right!!
      Jesus wanted to drop all our worldly preoccupations (for example social media presence, career, romantic relationships) and values (taking part on either side in usury, having ‘membership’ in a tribe, race, nation, political disposition, being anti-global warming). and follow just him and understand his teachings. yes, I think this is a huge expectation..

      1. Oh my, I have completely missed the places where Jesus mentions social media, usury, politics, global warming, and all the rest – even romantic relationships? – and all our social involvements, and insists that we spend all day every day trying to better understand His teachings. My bad! Please point out where He talks about these things or demands that we behave this way, dear Shola?

          1. Ah! Yes, Jesus tells us repeatedly that it is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, or Heaven (either term refers to the highest level of the afterlife, right beneath the Godhead). And indeed it is! Being wealthy is a great distraction; but even with wealth, it is not impossible for us to make spiritual progress. Jesus says that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy person to make such progress on earth, but in fact He is referring to a very narrow gate into Jerusalem called “The Needle’s Eye,” which is so narrow that camels can’t get through it unless they are first unloaded. The analogy is therefore perfect. A camel can indeed pass through that gate, but first it has to be stripped of what isn’t necessary and make getting through that gate a priority.

            Dear Ali and Shola, the point of today’s post is that the Godhead actually asks far LESS of us than does any religion ever known! We’ll say more next week about how God’s demands differ from the human demands of religions. It’s so much easier to live with God. You’ll see!

    3. Dear Ali, your objection surprised me and made me go through again the whole process of preparing this blog post. I am wondering now whether Thomas might have inspired you? I have come to see that the fourth of God’s laws is not a command at all, but rather it is an offer. I have now changed it to what Jesus actually says. It’s a very important change – more next week – thank you!!

  1. Roberta, I was tempted to tell you, “Well done for such a simple and surely true and complete summary,” but–no offense– this is surely God’s own summary as you told us. Religions are organized for multiple, and even competing reasons. They may all start from some aspect of morality, but inevitably become instruments of social, political, and financial power which have their own motivations typically in conflict with basic morality, with love for our Creator, and love for all of His creation.

    1. Dear Jack, as you know, I would never presume to do a summary of my own! And I have much less input into these posts than you’d think: Thomas always has the final word. As when he prompted Ali (or her guide) to jog me above, he finds a way to fix whatever I don’t get right.

      Yes, religions are always altogether human organizations, with all the imperfections that implies. And as is true of all human organizations, inevitably they always come down to power and money in the end. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get around that 🙁

  2. Hi Roberta, hi everybody!

    This is a powerful idea—that each generation must seek the Truth anew and not fall back on tradition and status quo. That is the exact opposite of religion!

    The thought that the next generation leads each previous generation and that the young have something to show and tell to the older among us is also in opposition to tradition. It is always about exploration and the new when the base Creative force is involved. 🦋

    1. Dear Mike, this is what I got wrong at first, and it is a biggie: Jesus doesn’t have God saying that we must seek new wisdom in each generation, but rather He tells us that we MAY. If we ask, we will get real answers. That is much more empowering, and it is frankly thrilling! After all, that is all that I ever have done in this field: I have asked questions. Lots and lots of questions! And I can testify that God’s promise is true, since every question I ever have asked has been well answered!!

      1. But even the fact that we MAY is astonishing—especially considering that in most religious traditions we are not encouraged even to read Jesus’ teachings on our own.

        1. Yes indeed. Immensely powerful! All of what God wants is empowering, ennobling, and uplifting to each human being on earth. When you think of how – as you say – the religious traditions try to keep us from knowing anything but what the religions tell us, here is the God of all Creation giving so much power to each human being! And as I put this week together, it occurred to me that I have spent my whole life asking! And I have received the answers. Every time.

          1. If God really wants to empower and uplift each human, then the
            mystical concepts of a World Reset (the Zoroastrians’ Frashokereti, the Hindus’ Samvartaka, the Greeks’ Ekpyrosis, Christian (?) End Times, Ascension, etc.) that basically immediately changes the world for the better should be a reality.

          2. All of those mystical concepts say: At the end of a 25,900 year cycle, our solar system passes through dense energetic zones which feed into our Sun. This allows the Sun to release hyperdimensional light which activates all our DNA. This is what all prophecies foretell of the human being becoming light and attaining transcendent abilities, telepathy being the first.

  3. I think that the teachings of Jesus are based on common sense. He really doesn’t ask for anything outside of that, and in no way does he even hint at starting any kind of church or organization, presumably because he knew where that would lead. It would attract those who wanted political and financial power, and the only way they could attain that is through fear based religious When I was a teenager. I baby sat for a woman who paid $300.00 for an annulment of her marriage. When I asked why a divorce wasn’t enough. she told me that a divorce is just a legal document that is only for the laws here on earth, but she would still be married “in the eyes of the church.” However, for some reason, God would declare the marriage null and void if she forked over $300.00. One has to wonder what God or Jesus was going to do with the $300.00 – not only from her but from thousands of others who were stupid enough to believe this. Once politics and religion become intertwined, religion no longer makes any sense.

    1. Oh my dear Lola, all of this is so true! Back forty-plus years ago, when my sister had her Catholic marriage annulled so she could remarry in the church, it was a much bigger deal. She had to have a church lawyer, and I had to give an affidavit saying that she had been too immature when she had married the first time and even giving examples of her immaturity. But requiring so much pushes people out of the denomination, and they can’t afford that so over the years it has become easier and easier to get that precious annulment!

      1. I’m not surprised they made it easier, but I bet they still charge for it. It’s an easy way to make money, as all it amounts to is just a piece of paper. I had no idea there was such a thing as a church lawyer, but I’m guessing he had his hands in the pie as well

  4. How wonderful! Made me cry at the endless simplicity and loving kindness of these ‘rules’.

    I would mention one thing, in response to the lambasting of religion: not only “religions”, but all human organizations “are organized for multiple, and even competing reasons, …. start[ing] from some aspect of morality, but inevitably becom[ing] instruments of social, political, and financial power … in conflict with basic morality, with love for our Creator, and love for all of His creation”. Even medicine, of which the political corruption is everywhere, sadly.

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    1. I totally agree with you. The larger the organization becomes, the more corruption is seen. Just look at the pharmaceutical industry.

    2. Dear Sha’alah, I think this is a wonderfully profound insight! No matter what sort of organization it is, eventually they all devolve down into money and power games. And in doing that, they mostly or altogether betray whatever their original good purpose may have been! This is true of religions as well, which I think is one reason why God’s emphasis is on not forming organizations, having dogmas, or in any way creating a settled organization. That invitation for us to ask questions and get fresh answers forevermore is a big game-changer!!

  5. Hello Roberta,
    In Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
    To me, this blog post could fit that description, but wasn’t organized religion based on this premise? Also, is this different from Matthew 6:6? Should we gather together to pray to Him or pray in private?
    Thank you.

    1. Dear AC, this is a good question, actually! I think, though, that the answer is probably the same. Jesus directly tells us not to put His teachings into a religion, but to relate to God individually; and of course a religion would have a lot more than two or three gathered. I think He wasn’t giving us a minimum – “Get two or three together, and I’ll show up!” – but rather, He was saying that you don’t need a crowd, and it’s better to have just two or three people coming together in love to maybe read scripture, sing, and encourage one another. And the same is true of His suggestion that we pray alone: He is contrasting that with people praying loudly where others will see them and be impressed. I think it is essentially the same exhortation: your relationship with God is a private one, and you don’t need to (nor should you) follow a religion as part of it.

  6. Dear Roberta,

    When I read these words in the first point of what God wants— “‘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.” It hit me very strongly and ties in perfectly with what I was studying this morning about the heart brain coherence! In a nut shell, when you consciously focus on gratitude and find beauty in life all around (which to me sounds like loving God with all your heart through honoring all of his creation!) it amplifies the magnetic resonance of your heart and ignites the neocortex portion of our brains. When the heart and brain are in coherence, it activates almost superhuman potential. So by loving God, we ourselves receive direct benefit and it brings forth our utmost innate potential, accelerating spiritual growth 😀

    These two unrelated aspects connect beautifully and both presented themselves today. It’s beautiful synchronicity. I had to share because it just further solidifies that God knows what’s best for us and how powerful Love really is!

    I am honored to read and listen to these teachings and thank you from the deepest part of my heart in sincere gratitude for all of your work.

    1. Dear Natalie, thank you for pointing this out! There are several ways in which we can elevate our personal consciousness vibrations pretty effectively, and you have pointed out another one. To me, the easiest and most intuitive way is simply to follow the teachings of Jesus quite literally: I outline how that works in The Fun of Growing Forever. But this is in fact a mechanical process, as you point out: it simply involves using our powerful minds and their natural tendencies is very positive ways.

      And thank you for that last bit, my dear 🙂 I love doing this more than I can tell you, and to read that you are loving it too makes me so completely happy!

  7. first time writing for me. …… two things from old mystics I try to live by. …. “Love God and do what you like”. …… The other, a prayer ….. ‘ Dear God. Of all of thy gifts, give me thyself, for when I have you I have everything’. ……

    I look forward to your blog every week, have your books. Sometimes I wonder if my thinking is too simple.,( and I have had some forgiving to do in my life)

    1. Oh dear Grace, welcome! And please don’t ever worry that simple thinking is in any way lesser or deficient. Indeed, there is nothing simpler than the teachings of Jesus, and yet they encompass everything that matters!

      If you would like some help with forgiving, just send me an email through the green block and I will send you a PDF of The Fun of Growing Forever.

  8. I think that what Jesus is asking Of us, in order to embrace the kingdom of Heaven, is indeed a lot. I believe it is mostly our egos, our sense of being right and more important than others that won’t fit through the eye of the needle, and working with the ego in this life is no small thing for most of us. Doing unto others as we would have done to us sounds simple, but our understanding of ourselves and others evolves over time and is sometimes elusive as well, especially for overburdened and distracted camel Riders and all our robes. So, I agree that for many of us, a lot is asked. My beloved husband has recently passed, and I find that TRUST is a lot to ask
    but the doubt is just too heavy for my camel to carry. Perhaps for some, giving up social media, etc may be in order, who knows how those keys will apply in each of our lives? Knock, seek, ask, learn to listen…. Love makes life worth living, even as we are asked a lot.

    1. Dear Debra, I see your point. Vanquishing the ego is a very big thing! And raising your personal consciousness vibration is a gigantic thing. But I would argue that neither is a very difficult thing, provided that you attack them in the right way and you persist because they are such important tasks. We have talked about both processes here before – you might search in the contact bar at top right if you are interested!

  9. Dear Roberta,

    If you never write anything else, this column today would be illuminated in my heart. (Btw, certainly not saying your prolific work on this most important subject is unnecessary! To the contrary – pardon my hyperbole:-)

    As I read through the many thoughtful comments here, I recalled a very important day in my life. I’ll apologize in advance for its length, and try for conciseness…

    Something traumatic happened to me when I was 5. Caveat: It was only traumatic for a little girl away from her very ill mother who’d almost died recently from suicide attempt: Nothing violent or untoward occurred. I was simply terrified that it could happen again if I left her side. This particular day, I had gone to summer day camp and tried to run away for home – comical, in a way today – and, of course, they found me.

    After I’d finished crying to the teacher about my fears, I was kindly led to a vacant room to compose myself and was absentmindedly staring at a giant illustration of Jesus. It’s a very familiar image to most of us: Jesus sitting with His arms outstretched towards a bunch of little children who are running to see Him. At that moment, I had a clairaudient experience, hearing the following six words, ‘I will always be with you.’

    To most 5 year-olds, everything is miraculous – yet nothing is. My response could be characterized as blase. Though we lived near the zipper of the Bible belt, our Mother was bohemian and agnostic: God was only good, hell was invented and she dismissed any other notions as cruel superstition. Also, I’m fairly certain I’d never been to church apart from an Easter egg hunt. So, in my kid mind, I’d heard that before so l replied, ‘I know, I know – you love the little children.’

    What happened next was the game changer: With authority surpassing the sentence I’d just heard with my ears, but delivered telepathically, the following statement ‘came through’:

    “I will always be with you. People will say many things about me, but unless it’s love, it isn’t me. I will always be with you.”

    Over a half century later, I still recall the impact it made on me. People have suggested this was impossible, that it must’ve been my guardian angel, guide, etc. In other words, the notion of Christ taking time to comfort a very worried child was a fantasy at best.

    It bears telling that when I got home that day and told Mother, who’s no fan of religion, that, ‘I met Jesus in day camp’, she did a double take before asking what they were teaching. I told her, no, it wasn’t them, it was HIM. Years later, she said, ‘I am not sure if I would have believed it coming from anyone else.’ That’s not to say I never told ‘fibs’ or was a perfect kid. Not by a long shot. She just explained that my entire demeanor changed – that I was no longer hysterical about leaving home.

    Would I have still loved Jesus all this time if that didn’t happen to me at that tender age? I wonder. After all, this was segregated ‘Dixie’ – many of our neighbors professed to love Jesus while using racial epithets in everyday conversation. (Our mother and her family spoke out against racism and our grandparents were charter members of Common Cause.) That other Jesus – the itty bitty mean one of cruel fiction – might have loomed large, but wholly ceased to exist next to the force of love in His words to me that day. (Btw, I’d be obstinate, indeed, to insist it was Jesus sans proof, but I will say those words came from a much higher part of the astral realms and not my own head.)

    Have I led a life that honored Him? Let’s just say I grimace when I think about that life review we behold when it’s our time to cross over. It’s never been about damnation because I took Him at His word: It’s only love. When I focus on that – and forgiveness – and try to carve away thoughts and behaviors that aren’t in those columns, it’s the best I can do/be.

    As for those who believe God hurls lightning bolts and one way tickets to the frying pan, I am so sorry. And that life review we get later according to thousands and thousands of NDEs? I don’t know how others feel about it, but a pit of fire starts to look good compared to experiencing every unkindness I’ve dished out or the many times I was slow to forgive. Does God require our suffering? No. If we suffer, though, en route to self awareness, it’s another story. Maybe those emotions are like growing pains. If pain at our own actions create change for the better, were closer to Him by default.

    Lastly, one of my sisters thinks I’m susceptible to events like I just described because of my early childhood NDEs and one I had at 19 where I saw our great grandfather with his childhood dog.

    Thank you to anyone who read this and especially you, Roberta. Although it was a signature phrase from an old comedy, The Blues Brothers, I really do believe you’re on ‘a mission from God’. Keep well and blessings always.

    Brett

    1. Dear Brett, thank you for sharing that wonderful story from your heart! If you had asked me who had spoken to you (and to me, and to my mother, and to almost everybody else it seems), I would say it was your spirit guide, but in fact it really doesn’t matter. There is only one Being, all are part of it, and our guides are happy to be mistaken for Jesus, just as Jesus is happy to be mistaken for them. There is no separation at all!

      And dear Brett, all of us are on our own missions from God. I think you realize that. Thomas volunteered me for this, and doing this work for you is my joy, but each of us is empowered and encouraged to do – in our own unique way – what Mother Theresa called “something beautiful for God.”

      1. Hi Brett and everybody! I will second what Roberta said about the voice being, perhaps, that of a spirit guide or a member of the guide team (as we have discussed elsewhere, our primary guides have teams backing them up). I am no expert in guides and guide teams, but my own beloved guide has shown me that whether the message comes from her, the team (I have had input from other members of the team, all of whom, apparently, know me all too well forever) or the Master Himself, it is indeed All One, as Roberta notes. My guide has shown me that the gospel text in which Jesus says, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” refers not to church building, but to the collective of spirit and human beings whom the Mind of God comprises. So guide, team or the Godhead itself, it is the same message: “I will always be with you!”

        This is an empowering message indeed!

        1. Thank you for this, dear Mike! While we are in bodies, we are used to thinking about individual beings. We do seem to be individuals! But those who have been in spirit for awhile are used to thinking of all spirits as part of one vast, interconnected whole, so to think of this or that person saying this or that thing is meaningless to them. And by the sixth level, many of them are working in vast collectives. They are happy to have one speak for all and as a part of all. People here do find this pretty surprising and hard to adjust to at first!

    2. Hey Brett,
      Thank you for relating your deeply spiritual events, I took them to heart because they felt so authentic and inspiring.

      I can relate to Jesus speaking to you, as I had one experience of Him speaking to me too. And it felt like nothing else on earth.

      As I am now able to connect (somewhat imperfectly) with my Guide in Spirit, I know what she feels or sounds like. When Jesus spoke once, a few years ago, it was entirely different.

      I’m nudged to feel that if Jesus picked up the phone to you and spoke to you, then He did. Perhaps it happens that in the unseen realm of consciousness, the phone He spoke through was actually conscious as well. It could well be that the phone that carried the message was your spirit guide, but the message was from Jesus himself.

      Just a thought..🙂

      1. I understand what you mean, dear Efrem. I was told that I was about to channel Jesus, and then I experienced a Being of extraordinary power, entirely unlike anything else that I ever had seen or imagined. There is no mistaking Him.

        1. PS to Brett, It was not my intention above to argue that your wondrous experience wasn’t a direct encounter with Jesus. My point was that we are all guided by God and He speaks, is speaking, to us every day. Whether we hear His direct voice or through any of infinite channels.

  10. Natalie, I’m so glad you mentioned the heart/mind coherence! Mark Macy, whose afterlife research has been so illuminating in my own life, exhorts meditation practice like this – similar to Heart Math® – and, for now anyway, it requires a lot of brain power to focus on the heart. Hopefully, this’ll become easier in time. It sure does help when I see reminders like yours about just how powerful love is. Peace to you. Brett

    1. Dear Brett and Natalie, since I have been an abject failure at meditation – simply don’t have the patience – I can only marvel at those who can do it! And I am another Mark Macy admirer. His pioneering work with electronic communication was a revelation.

  11. This post was so insightful that I actually took notes! I am going through a period of rapid, yet extremely challenging, spiritual transformation, guided by Roberta and many other incredible souls on this Earth who also are bold in proclaiming God’s true message of LOVE. Of course, it is very challenging to love perfectly, buy I now realize that this the only thing worth seeking in this world. God bless you Roberta for your unceasing energy and magnificent writing. I can hardly wait for next week’s post!

    1. Oh my dear Dawn, you make me smile! Clearly your guides are doing glorious work in leading you to teachers who will resonate the most with you, and you are doing the initially difficult but soon deeply wonderful work of growing spiritually. Eventually you are likely to find yourself drawn to helping and teaching others. And I’m sure you will do it beautifully!

  12. Dearest Roberta and everyone,
    What an amazing blog this week. Beautiful in the heart-recognition sense of it. Elegant in its delivery of the essence of things via such simplicity. People’s comments too, are so enthralling that I’m doubly grateful for the whole gift that I have been given.
    🙏🏼🌅❣️

    It is said that in a world of lies, speaking the truth is a brave and revolutionary act. Hence it follows that in a world of so much non love – of so much power and money hunger and the dogma that perpetuates it – becoming beings of love is a brave and evolutionary act.

    How audacious, how radical, is the Transformative Jesus and all of us with Him, in a world so bent on staying in the same old rut ?

    For that fact alone, I’m loving all this. Yet I’m feeling one more wondrous thing: Our Jesus meets us where we are at. If we seek the deep questions He is there. If we just enfold ourselves in the blanket of His love, having a more simple faith, He is there with each of us. Even in going through those horrible things along our life path, when we feel at our worst and least worthy of His love, He is right there.

    His love is like that. And if we start to make our decisions based on how they serve love, don’t we become like that ?

    1. Oh my dear Efrem, I’m sorry about my delay in responding. This week has gotten away from me! And what you say here is so perfectly lovely. You grace us with your presence. Thank you!

      And your saying that our speaking the truth and going all-in for love is a revolutionary act has got me thinking. Would it even have been possible until now for us to have shared these revelations that are fully two thousand years old? It really wouldn’t have been possible, would it? When the church was powerful, what we say here would have gotten us burned at the stake. And until the start of this century, nobody knew enough about how reality works to have been able to make sense of the Lord’s Gospel teachings and how they have the power to raise this planet’s consciousness vibration away from fear and rage and toward love. Until this insane year of 2020, perhaps we wouldn’t have realized that our vibration was in such desperate need of being raised! No, the more we consider it, the more we’ve got to admit that our going public with this knowledge at any time in history before right now likely wouldn’t have resonated. But it does seem now that perhaps it might! And there can be no greater joy than this, the simple sharing of the Lord’s Way with a world in desperate need of it.

  13. Hi Roberta. I also got a little misty eyed from the power and simplicity of this post. It almost felt like being at that big conference table with you and Thomas, with Jesus doing the bullet points like a mind blowing power point presentation. The four points you make are like the four sturdy legs holding up that table. I also love that you weren’t afraid to turn on a dime and make that change to the fourth point, almost like reaching down and sticking a coaster under one leg of the table because of a slight woble. 😁 That is the sign of a real seeker of truth, or as you like to put it, reality. The change feels like an improvement, more in line with free will.

    1. Oh my dear Scott, of course I can turn on a dime! These truths are gigantic, a revelation from God that is desperately needed right now, and I am the world’s most imperfect communicator! I myself am the weakest link in this, and don’t think that Thomas doesn’t keep me very well aware of that fact. He needs to know that whenever I get something wrong, he can let me know that and I will make the change. And I need to know that he won’t let me screw up 😉

  14. Dear Roberta, hi everyone.re: planning/choosing our lives: some recall this. Some are told by trusted Spirit Guides. How we got here is less important than how we get back. This blog gives us the Way.

    1. Dear Ray, I love “How we got here is less important than how we get back.” So very true! Thank you for your kind words about this blog, but of course what we are realizing now is that following the teachings of Jesus really is the most effective way for us to grow spiritually. I am excited for all of us to find ever more joyous ways to raise our personal vibrations and truly begin to uplift the whole world!

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