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Message for the Week

Below is the audio and text for this week's and last week's channeled message from Jesus that was part of the Christ Consciousness Transmission (CCT) online meetings, which take place Saturdays at 5 pm Pacific time and Sundays at 11 am Pacific time each week. More info about the online transmissions is here. More channeled messages from Jesus are also available on our YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to here. To get notifications of new videos that we post, click the bell icon after you’ve subscribed.

The first message below is the most recent message:

What Is Happiness?

 


What Is Happiness?

Greetings! This is the one you’ve known as Jesus the Christ. I’ve spoken about happiness quite often, but it is an important enough topic to dedicate a message to. Of course, everyone knows what happiness is. You know what it feels like to be happy. However, I’d like to suggest that there are two kinds of happiness: the kind you are most familiar with and a more subtle, ever-present kind of happiness that comes from the simple joy of being alive. Not everyone is aware of this second kind of happiness, but since it is ever-present and always available, it seems important to get to know it, in this world where sorrow and suffering are so prevalent.

Little needs to be said about the kind of happiness that everyone is familiar with, but I need to point out a few things to compare and contrast it with the more subtle happiness of being alive. The thing that is most un-happy about the happiness that you are familiar with is that it isn’t always present. It comes and goes, often rather quickly. Furthermore, being happy in that way isn’t particularly in your control.

The reason it isn’t in your control is that getting your desires met isn’t in your control—have you noticed? This connection between desires and unhappiness, or suffering, is usually not acknowledged. People are convinced that the way to happiness is getting what you want, without noticing all the suffering their desires cause along the way.

People spend more time suffering and striving than they do feeling happy and at peace. This is because the state of consciousness humanity finds itself in is a state of ongoing desire. Nearly every moment of your day, the voice in your head is expressing a desire. It may be couched in the form of a preference or a complaint—"I like,” “I don’t like”—"but underlying those thoughts is the desire for something to be a certain way, usually some way other than the way it is.

It’s not your fault that you have such desires. This is how you are programmed. You are programmed to suffer, and thoughts about what you want and don’t want and what you like and don’t like are how you are held in that prison of suffering and endless striving. And rarely does it occur to you that this is what’s going on. Such is the nature of programming. It operates below one’s conscious awareness, in the background. It is the water you swim in as fishes.

But now you are aware of this. The jig is up! And, now that you know, you can’t be unaware of this. And that is also as it is meant to be. At some point, you are meant to awaken out of the programming, to see it for what it is, and to be in a new relationship to it. That new relationship is one of choice: You are aware enough of your programming that you can choose to follow it or not.

The happiness that you are familiar with is such fun, and you are meant to feel that good from time to time. It’s wonderful! It’s a blessing to have moments and days when you feel elated, when you seem to be walking on air, finally uplifted from the struggle and strife of the egoic state of consciousness, at least for a while. What a relief that is when your desires are finally met! Then, you can finally relax, and you find yourself enjoying life—enjoying everything. Life looks so bright when you are this happy.

Why is this? It’s simply because you like what is. You’ve gotten what you wanted, and now, you can finally be happy with life the way it is. If only this relief from suffering, this happiness, would last! But it never does. Eventually, the voice in your head comes up with other desires, complaints, and preferences, and you’re off and running, trying to get life to line up with them. What a task!

Trying to make life conform to your ideas and desires is impossible, and yet, so rarely do people realize this. Instead, they just keep going after their desires. Except in certain spiritual circles, people aren’t talking about the craziness of trying to make life fit their desires, but the opposite: They’re talking about what they want and sharing tips on how to get what they want. That’s the driving force in most people’s lives, which explains why so many people are exhausted and unhappy no matter how many desires they manage to fulfill. The rat race is largely about desire-fulfillment.

I need to add that there’s nothing wrong with going after what you want. The problem is that this is not what life is all about, and if you make it what your life is all about, you’ll never experience true happiness, at least not for long.

If going after your desires didn’t interfere with true happiness, I wouldn’t even be bringing this up. But if you assume that true happiness lies in getting your desires met, then why would you ever question this or look elsewhere for happiness? And that is the problem. Many never look elsewhere for a truer kind of happiness, and so they never find it.

If fulfilling your desires is your focus, you won’t often venture beyond the egoic state of consciousness, and that would be a shame because there’s much, much more to life than desire fulfillment. There’s another state of consciousness and another way of doing life that is driven and guided by a different set of desires that run deeper.

This other way of doing life, of being in life, which is called being present or being awake, is so unusual that it’s often thought to be special and difficult to attain. However, although extraordinary and wonderful, this way of being is really very ordinary and attainable.

These deeper desires, or drives, which stem from your soul, or divine self, are meant to propel and guide your life, not the ego’s superficial desires, as expressed in the thought-stream. These deeper desires are felt and responded to naturally, without thought. Everyone has deeper desires, and everyone responds to them to some extent. They are felt as drives, not experienced as thoughts. If the ego’s desires aren’t your primary focus and motivating force, you will naturally follow your soul’s, or Heart’s, desires.

What does this have to do with happiness? When your actions are aligned with your soul’s plan and Thy will, you experience true happiness. This deeper happiness is your lodestar, and it’s quite different from the happiness that comes from getting your ego’s desires met. There should be another word for this kind of happiness, and many do use the word “joy” to indicate this deeper happiness, so I will use that word as well.

Joy is the subtle experience of your true nature. When you’re aligned with your true nature, you feel joy. This experience could also be called love or peace. These are all qualities of your true nature, different flavors or facets of the diamond of your true nature.

Unlike the happiness of the ego, joy is not a human emotion but comes from the realm of the Divine. You could say that joy is a higher octave of happiness, since joy stems from the subtle realm rather than the denser realm of the ego. Joy is a sign, or symptom, that you are aligned with your true nature.

Joy isn’t something you can or have to “get.” It’s already got you. It is you. You are joy. But joy is often obscured by putting your attention elsewhere. There are only two possible places to put your attention: the unreal mental realm or reality: what is actually real here and now, which includes the subtle world and the joy, love, peace, and other qualities of your divine nature. Therefore, true happiness, or joy, is a matter of giving your attention to anything but the unreal world of the mind, particularly the egoic mind, the voice in your head.

Can you do that? How hard is it to give your attention to the sky? The cars passing by? The wind as it blows your hair and touches your face? The love in your heart? The subtle nudges to do something? How hard is it to give your attention to the person in front of you instead of to your thoughts about that person?

Giving attention to what is real here and now isn’t hard, but you have to be aware of the value of doing this, and there is a choice to make. True happiness—joy—is a choice. It’s a choice about where you put your attention.

Many people consider the phrase “happiness is a choice” to mean a choice about what you’re thinking: Think positive thoughts instead of negative ones. That’s helpful, but positive thoughts are merely a bridge to joy, not the destination. Positive thoughts take you beyond negativity, but they don’t take you beyond the mental realm. And if you stay involved with your thoughts, you won’t remain positive for long, since it’s a very short trip from a positive thought to a negative one.

There’s another place where you can abide besides the mind, and positive thoughts can take you there. But once you’re there, you have to keep choosing to stay there. This “there” that you are choosing to stay in is reality. To stay in reality—to be present to it—you have to choose to give your attention to what is real, what is arising in the here and now besides thoughts and emotions. What you give your attention to are the sensations, sounds, sights, smells, tastes, intuitions, knowings, drives, inspirations, and qualities of your true nature that are arising in any moment. If you do that long enough, you’ll experience joy, and that joy will be enough.

This joy, this happiness, is satisfying. It’s simple, it’s subtle, and it’s always there. The goal of all your lifetimes is living in joy. This joy is the endpoint; it is Home with a capital “H.” It is the experience of just being present to life, of simply existing in reality just as it’s being experienced here and now.

The price you pay for joy is your attention, while the price you pay for the ego’s happiness is suffering. What serves you better? The problem is, the ego loves drama, including suffering. Yes, the ego loves suffering! It loves to play the victim— “Poor me!”—while the ego is both the perpetrator of suffering and the victim.

The egoic mind hurts, and it is hurt. Without the voice in your head in play, with it in the background, there is no hurting and no being hurt; there is just peace. But, as I said, the ego doesn’t want peace, and to the extent that you are identified with the voice in your head, peace won’t be of interest to you.

Nevertheless, there will come a time when you will want peace more than you want drama, and peace will be there, waiting for you, in the silence, where it has always been. Thank you for being here and being willing to experience the simplicity, peace, and joy of this moment. I am with you always.

How to Heal the Mind

 


How to Heal the Mind

Greetings! This is the one you’ve known as Jesus the Christ. Because most people, including children, experience the world through the lens of their ego most of the time, healing is necessary. If you didn’t perceive the world through this lens but as it actually is, then healing would be unnecessary. You hurt yourself, in a sense, because you see wrongly, inaccurately, falsely. You misinterpret and misunderstand your experience or, rather, your ego does.

These mistaken beliefs, or conclusions, are the cause of people’s emotional pain, and this is what needs to be healed. Not surprisingly, these mistaken beliefs are healed, in large part, by seeing the truth, including the truth about how you’ve misinterpreted your experience. This misinterpretation is particularly common and devastating in childhood, when there is little understanding of life and a tendency to blame oneself when others around you are angry or unhappy.

Let me give you an example, a very common one. When a child’s mother is unhappy and under stress, this negativity and stress is absorbed by the child. The child is immersed in the negative, psychic atmosphere created by the mother’s egoic state of consciousness for as long as that lasts and as long as that child is in the mother’s presence, and this makes it difficult for the child to connect with his or her own divine nature.

Furthermore, the mother’s unhappiness and stress means that she rarely interacts with the child in a loving, playful, relaxed, and gentle manner. And because she is always in a hurry, she hurries the child. This not only creates stress in the child but anxiety, since this atmosphere implies that life is dangerous and difficult, because that is how life feels to the mother.

As a result, the child develops fears and a sense of helplessness, because the child is by nature relatively helpless, and that is made worse by having to depend on a mother who is afraid of life, struggling to handle her responsibilities, and unhappy. This is the child’s model for how life is and how to handle life. From these circumstances, the child draws many negative conclusions about life, which are stored in the subconscious and drive behavior going forward.

In this example, the child is not being abused, but if that is also going on, the child draws further negative conclusions about life and about himself or herself: “I’m bad, I’m dumb, I’m not good enough, I’m unlovable.” Not only is life not good and safe, but “I’m not good or safe.”

These are devastating conclusions. A child doesn’t have the resources to see life through a more objective lens, one that would include the whole truth of the situation. The child draws conclusions based on his or her limited perspective. The child isn’t capable of concluding: “Mom’s just tired and stressed out. This has nothing to do with me. Everything will be okay. I’m okay.”

These types of soothing—and true—thoughts don’t occur to a child. This broader perspective—the whole truth—is not something a child has access to unless an adult speaks this way to the child. Rather, it’s something a person learns (hopefully) as one matures.

Not only children, but adults come to mistaken conclusions that cause them to suffer needlessly. This happens all the time, usually without your awareness. When you’re feeling awful, you may not be aware that you caused yourself to feel awful because you told yourself something about someone or something that happened that wasn’t the whole truth, and you left out what might have allowed you to relax and be at peace with that person or event. It can be difficult to see the whole truth.

One reason this happens is that you learned to filter your experience through the mistaken conclusions of your childhood. So, if you concluded that you aren’t very smart, for instance, then you’re likely to interpret what someone said or something that happened as proof of that. The ego seeks to support conclusions that were drawn as a child in order to not be proven wrong. In this way, your conditioning tends to be self-sustaining.

Your mistaken beliefs are also sustained by becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. What I mean by this is, when you’ve concluded something about yourself, you behave a certain way toward life and toward others that causes life, usually in the form of others, to prove your point.

For instance, if you think you aren’t smart, then you behave as if you aren’t smart: You put yourself down, you don’t try challenging things for fear of failure, and you don’t reach for opportunities you believe are beyond you. This guarantees that you won’t be given the respect or opportunities you deserve because others are likely to take you at your word, and you won’t grow or learn as much as you could because you aren’t challenging yourself and practicing new skills.

The belief that you aren’t smart ensures that you won’t reach or stretch yourself any farther than your limited idea of yourself. You limit yourself, without seeing that your beliefs about yourself have limited you, not your intelligence, not life, and not others. Life fulfills your prophecy that you are limited by not being smart; however, the truth is, you limited yourself simply by thinking you were not smart.

This is not to blame you, for this is just how human psychology works, and these things are carried out below one’s conscious awareness. Part of any healing process is becoming aware of what you were formerly unaware of: bringing what is operating subconsciously into consciousness. This is why talk therapy can be helpful: You become aware of the mistaken conclusions you came to as a child, and this is empowering.

But this understanding is not enough. Many people are aware that they don’t think highly of themselves or that they have other negative beliefs, but that doesn’t necessarily change how they feel. Awareness or understanding is only the first step in healing. The next step is to heal those negative beliefs, and what is central to that is seeing the whole truth, not only becoming aware of the ego’s mistaken beliefs, but also including the divine self’s perspective.

Here’s how you can know what the whole truth is: The whole truth always feels better than part of the truth or a lie. As I’ve said so often before, the truth brings relaxation and peace, and love flows freely from that. The ego, the voice in your head, speaks only part of the truth, which is why it feels so bad.

The voice in your head tells you that you are limited and flawed, which is true, of course, and it judges others in a similar manner. It points out the negative without pointing out the positive. The ego leaves out half of the truth. That’s what I mean by a partial truth. The ego labels and pigeonholes people without acknowledging the Divine in them. The ego overlooks the Divine shining through life in miraculous and beautiful ways, and it is the Divine that heals.

The ego doesn’t just traffic in partial truths but out-and-out lies. A partial truth is a lie, and that is problematic enough, but much of what the ego says is blatantly untrue, and it’s important to see that. Partial truths are especially tricky to see, but even blatant lies are hard to see for one simple reason: You are programmed to believe the thoughts that run through your mind.

It’s important that you realize this, because this realization is your key to freedom. Examine your thoughts and see how unhelpful, unwise, and untrue they really are. If you don’t see this, it will be difficult to detach from the voice in your head. You’ll think you need to pay attention to the chatter that goes on in your head, and you don’t.

The remedy for the lies and partial truths that the voice in your head tells is seeing that they are lies and then reframing those thoughts. Reframing is another word for seeing those thoughts through a broader lens, taking a more inclusive view, by stepping back and zooming out. Reframing is a way of healing your negative beliefs by including the whole truth.

For instance, if you have the thought: “I really blew that,” that judgment, like all judgments, is a story, a partial truth. It may be true that you didn’t live up to some ideal, some idea in your mind, or you didn’t do your best, your mind’s idea of best. The implication is that this means something about you (e.g., “I’m stupid, inept, not good enough”), which would be an incomplete and, therefore, inaccurate conclusion.

The bigger truth—the whole truth—is that it was what it was, and now it isn’t anymore. It’s done, it’s in the past, and there’s nothing left but to carry on and know that you have learned from it. How can you not learn from something? This is being kind to yourself, and it’s also the truth. Notice how this truth allows you to relax and be at peace.

The self that you are trying to mold and perfect an image around doesn’t exist. That is also the truth. The ideas you have about how you should be or how you could be are just ideas. You are as you are, in any moment; and it was what it was, in any previous moment. And in another moment, that will be different.

There is no static self that exists. Who you think you are is made up of ever-changing, although somewhat consistent, thoughts about yourself. And your running story of yourself and your life is just made up. You made it up in your head, and then you suffer over it when it doesn’t live up to your ideas and dreams. This is the false self.

If you don’t want to suffer, you have to stop thinking yourself, your false self, into existence. You have to stop creating and reinforcing your false self through thought, and you have to stop believing that you are the false self.

You have to see the whole truth: You are a spark of God masquerading as a human being. Realizing this is the ultimate healing. You are healed when your false self is healed, and the false self is healed by seeing that is doesn’t exist and never did. All the false self ever was, was thoughts about yourself. Just thoughts, and thoughts are not real. Your divine self is what is real.

To get to this realization, you might have to do some healing work that includes telling a more positive story about yourself. Replace the negative thoughts about yourself with positive ones. Then, your false self will be much closer to the truth of your divine nature.

Your divine self has only positive qualities, so the more you recognize those qualities within yourself, the more easily you can align with your divine self. The truth is that you are divine. You are made of love. You are compassionate. You are courageous and strong. If you weren’t these things, you couldn’t express love or compassion or courage or any of the other qualities of your divine nature—and you can and you do!

If you include these qualities in your self-image, you will be seeing the whole truth about yourself. Yes, you are flawed, imperfect, and you make mistakes—everybody does—but you are also capable of great goodness, kindness, courage, strength, and wisdom That is the truth that must be included.

That is how the false self is healed, by seeing the whole truth about yourself. You are both human and divine. You are both, not just human, not just flawed, not just struggling. Forgive your failings and acknowledge the whole truth about yourself. Love heals. Recognize the love inside yourself, and you will love yourself and love others, and you will be happy. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.

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