My Way of Mastery discussion group met last Sunday to discuss Lesson 9 of the book. I’m finding Jeshua’s messages and insights to be particularly helpful in light of what I see as a “chaotic energetic swirl” that seems to have enveloped our world in the last several months.
At the end of Lesson 8, he reminded us that: “…I come not to bring peace to the world, but to shake it up so that those beings that make up the world can discover where true peace is truly hidden – within themselves. And where Heaven abides – within themselves. And where Christ lives – within themselves.”
In Lesson 9, Jeshua speaks of truly experiencing enlightenment. “Nothing can be said to exist – for you – until you have tasted the lived experience of it.” You can’t just nod your head and say, “Oh, yeah, I’ve felt it, I think, and nodded my head when others have spoken of union with God.” And then he asks: “Do you abide in a lived experience of these things?”
If your internal answer is “no” then he states, “…there must be something that you have valued other than enlightenment that you are insisting remains in place in your consciousness. What is it? Search it out, find it and decide whether you still want it.”
The group discussion focused on how much we distract ourselves with “worldly” things. Yes, I want to follow Jeshua’s suggestion to sit five minutes a day “as a Christ” but my mind runs headlong over cobblestone streets – as a distraction; or flies off into space to ponder the wonders there – as a distraction. My ego fears its replacement/destruction and throws up all sorts of distractions. I am amazed by the amount of energy needed to stay focused.
Recently, I’ve been reading a book by Adyashanti on The Resurrection of Jesus. Here is an ardent Buddhist student who is drawn to the story of Jesus’ life and the insights provided by his teachings. After he had been meditating and practicing Buddhist mindset for more than a dozen years, he attended a week-long meditation retreat that left him so restless he had to leave. But when he got home, a voice told him to go to his meditation center in his back yard, and as love poured into him through the top of his head, the voice said, “This is how I love you, and this is how you will love all people and all things.”
Despite this amazing insight, he later found that during group meditation, an entity he labeled “arrogant guy” would show up internally in his meditation and congratulate him on being “so much more advanced” than the other participants. He was aghast at this entity, and tried to wish him/force him/ignore him/love him away, all to no avail. Eventually, he was able to just “be” with the entity, which then dissolved away, but the lesson, I think, is this: Even if we become enlightened, we have to be vigilant, and we have to stay aware. And we must stay centered in our hearts. Our logic cannot find the way.
Jeshua’s message at the end of Lesson 9 is very clear.
“For what I specifically seek to do in The Way of Mastery…is the birthing of a multitude of Christs that dwell upon your Earth at the same time. It has never been done before!
Imagine a world with ten million awakened children of God – fully awake – not just as a belief or an idea, but who have mastered fear, who no longer live in doubt whatsoever, and who are busy creating universes that mirror perfectly the Kingdom of Heaven. Imagine it – if you dare!”
Then he suggests practicing for the next 30 days to sit for five minutes a day creating your world as a “Christ.” Just five minutes a day – how would I create my tomorrow? How would I envision a new universe if I would create as God? The opportunities are endless.