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Message for the Week

Below is the audio and text for this week's and last week's channeled messages from Jesus that were part of the Christ Consciousness Transmission (CCT) online meetings. 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.

The first message below is the most recent one:

The Goal of the Spiritual Path from Jesus Speaking: On Awakening to Love

The Goal of the Spiritual Path from Jesus Speaking: On Awakening to Love

Today, I want to offer some clarity about the goal of the spiritual path. First, let me ask you, Why are you on the spiritual path? Why do you want to become enlightened? Your answers are most likely that you don’t want to suffer, you want to be happy, or you want to get off the wheel of Karma. These are reason enough for your efforts, but they are not really why your soul is on the spiritual path. These are more like your ego’s or human self’s reasons for doing all the things you do on behalf of your spiritual growth.

What is your soul’s reason for being on the spiritual path? Your soul is relishing the experience of being in the body, so it is hardly in a hurry to go anywhere else. Your soul is also not concerned with suffering any more than with what you wore yesterday. This may sound callous, but to your soul, suffering is just another thing in life that comes and goes, like the weather. As soon as the suffering is gone, it’s gone.

Moreover, suffering serves the soul’s goal of learning, so suffering is not a problem to your soul for that reason either. Your soul’s most fundamental lesson as well as the lesson of the spiritual path is to learn how to live without suffering, so the soul accepts suffering as part of the plan. It also appreciates how efficiently suffering teaches what must be learned.

The soul is not concerned with happiness either, since that also comes and goes. Your soul has not incarnated for the fun of it, although life is often great fun. Your soul is in it for the experience, whatever that may be. It may be fun or maybe it won’t, but that isn’t important.

Experience is what is important to your soul, and life has plenty of that. No matter what happens, it is an experience, and a unique one at that. Your soul is a glutton for experience—all kinds of experiences—and earth is an excellent place for that.

Duality provides a wide range of experiences, both what you would view as good and bad ones. Your soul appreciates duality for the variety it provides, without a value judgment. There is no such thing as good or bad in the realm of the soul, or you could say that it is all good to the soul, because it all provides experience. Imagine if that was your perspective! Imagine how freeing that would be to welcome whatever experience you are having. That would be very enlightened of you!

Enlightenment is experiencing life as your soul experiences it: without resistance or evaluation, no good or bad, but all good. This is the goal of the spiritual path: to embrace life fully, to not sort it into good or bad or like or dislike.

The problem with such value judgments is that they all have “I” at the center of them. Evaluations are always from the perspective of “I”: “I like this. I don’t like that.” There is always an “I” that the preference is attached to, and that “I” is the false self. But to the soul or to those who are enlightened, life just is as it is, and however it is, is naturally accepted—no need for an evaluation, an argument, or a debate about it!

I’m not suggesting you go around saying, “I like it” about everything or even that it’s possible to feel this way all the time. As enlightened as that attitude is, others would surely question your judgment or even your sanity if you did that. Your human self is naturally not going to like a lot of things. But no matter. There is something else here that is in love with life just as it is. And that is what I’m suggesting you get in touch with.

I’m suggesting that you simply notice your human likes and dislikes when they arise and then just let them be. To be enlightened, your preferences don’t have to disappear, and they won’t as long as you are human. Your human self and its preferences can comfortably coexist with the true self, which is an aspect of your soul and in love with life just as it is.

Being enlightened doesn’t mean that you don’t have preferences or feelings. Being enlightened means that you are not only aware of the false self, but also the true self’s experience of reality and that you are more aligned with that than the false self’s. Being enlightened is a shift to your true self’s perspective, which loves and accepts your false self, its preferences and evaluations, and everything else.

Your true self has a loving relationship with your false self. It loves the experience of a false self as much as it loves everything else. It doesn’t need to get rid of or even suppress the false self. It loves having the experiences the false self brings to it, even the suffering and drama. But, once you are enlightened, you recognize the suffering and drama for what they are—something conjured up by the imaginary self.

As a result, when you are enlightened, suffering is difficult to pull off. Once you’ve seen a magic trick, you can’t be fooled by that illusion anymore, and once you’ve see through the illusion of the false self, it can’t cause you to suffer anymore. Only when you believe the illusion, can it do that.

Your soul enjoys having seen through the illusion as much as it enjoyed believing the illusion. To your soul, one experience is not better or worse than another; they are just different. All experiences are equal—equally loved and equally valued.

This is a dramatic shift of perception, a night-and-day shift. This is the freedom the sages and mystics speak about: freedom from suffering. But what becomes free is not your soul, since it has always been free. It has always viewed life as a wonderful and perfect adventure. You become free of the false self and its false perceptions—free to experience life as your soul experiences it. That is enlightenment.

The goal of the spiritual path is to strip away false perceptions and misunderstandings and make it possible to live as you were intended to live, as your divine self. Your ego causes you to misperceive and misunderstand life, and so, you strive for things that will never make you happy. When the lenses of perception are cleansed, your understanding changes, and so your life changes.

Those who are enlightened, or nearly so, enjoy life immensely because there is so much to be enjoyed. But they also don’t need a lot to be happy. They are happy with every little thing and happy with little. If they have a lot, they are happy with that. If they have a little, they are happy with that.

Like your soul, those who are enlightened enjoy whatever they create or co-create with life. This doesn’t mean they might not choose to create one thing over another, but however that works out, they enjoy that. Choosing still happens, often according to preferences, but there is no attachment to the results. Whatever happens is fine.

And what would be the point, anyhow, of feeling any other way? What would that get you? This is what is clearly seen when you are enlightened. It makes no sense to have a preference for the way life goes, because life will go the way it goes. What good are your preferences?

The idea that your preferences matter is one of the biggest misperceptions, or illusions, of them all. It doesn’t matter what you like or don’t like. Have you noticed? This only matters to the false self, which is all about likes and dislikes and couldn’t exist without them.

Your true self and your soul do not have preferences. They are not trying to get anywhere. This may seem to contradict the idea that life is a school in which the goal is to evolve. But both of these are true: Life is a school that brings about the soul’s evolution, and the soul doesn’t have a preference for how that comes about.

There is something beyond your soul that is pulling the strings, and the soul is happy with however those strings are pulled. There is a force greater than your soul, of which your soul is but an instrument. You can call this force whatever you like: God, Grace, the Divine, Source. Your soul and nonphysical beings like myself, angels, and others are but instruments of this loving force that is behind all life. This force is wise, and it is loving, and it has your best interests at heart. It can be trusted.

Your soul knows this, so it relaxes into life and enjoys the ride, whatever that might look like. Your soul also has no illusion of control. You may think your soul is in control of what happens in your life, but your soul is not the prime determinant, only a useful device for delivering the will of something unimaginably greater.

You are in good hands. You can relax and enjoy the ride. You can take your hands off the steering wheel and let the divine intelligence that created and expresses itself through everything do its work through you. It brings you the experiences you need, and you will naturally learn whatever you need to. This school of life is designed well. You can even relax about learning, since it would be impossible to not learn.

You are so blessed to be so close to the Truth now, to understand as much as you do. You are so much freer than most people, so much more ready to step into the next phase of your existence, one that is happier and more in love with life than you ever imagined possible.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for opening to divine Grace. I am with you always.

How to Stay in Presence in Conversations from In the World but Not of It

How to Stay in Presence in Conversations from In the World but Not of It

Greetings! This is the one you’ve known as Jesus the Christ. No matter how well seated you are in Presence, the level of ego in others and in the world, in business, in schools, and in other institutions and organizations, makes staying in Presence challenging. If you didn’t have an ego yourself, the level of ego in the world would be far less challenging. But egos activate other egos, and that’s the problem. The problem with being in the world, then, is a problem within you and not really with the world. And that is important to see. The world doesn’t have to change a bit for you to be in Presence, and from Presence, for you to have an impact on the world. You just have to learn to hold your own in the world.

One thing that helps is simply knowing that egos activate your own ego and that other people’s egos will try to pull you into their state of consciousness. Egos can’t help doing this. But you can help yourself stay in Presence by remaining conscious and aware while speaking and interacting with others.

Here are some of the things egos do to draw you into their world:

• Egos state an opinion to elicit an opinion from you, and then the debate is on! Egos love debating because they love demonstrating that they’re right or smarter than someone else, although their opinions rarely prove that. Egos need to be right, and for that, an opinion is needed. Opinions are also good for stirring up emotions and creating drama, which egos also love. The problem with opinions is that none of them contains the whole truth.

• Egos tell stories about what happened to them because those stories and the emotions they stir up give them a sense of identity: “This happened to me.” By retelling those stories, they get to keep their self-images, which the false self needs to exist. This same enjoyment of stirring up emotions can be seen in the news media.

• Egos complain. Sharing likes and dislikes is a favorite pastime of egos: “I like this,” says one. “Oh, I don’t like that,” says another. This passes as comradery, but what it really does is shore up the sense of “I.” Now you have taken a stand. Now you are somebody.

• Egos judge others. Egos love to talk about others, often under the guise of sharing information and insights or trying to understand or fix other people. However, within such conversations is generally an agenda on the part of the egos to prove themselves right and superior to others.

• Egos love to give unsolicited advice. While pretending to be helpful, advice is often a type of opinion and serves to position the one giving the advice as right or superior. Although wisdom coming from Presence might appear at times to be advice, usually those receiving such wisdom can tell the difference between that and the ego’s advice, and they respond accordingly.

These types of communications are red flags pointing to the ego. From Presence, there is only clear seeing of this, compassion for the human condition, and acceptance for this being the way it is. Any judgment you have around these things is just more ego to be noticed and have compassion for. Others are the way they are, and in that moment, they can be no other way than that. The same goes for you as well.

The best approach for dealing with egoic communications is to listen quietly without chiming in with your own opinions, judgments, advice, stories, or complaints. This will keep you from getting pulled into the thought-stream that’s coming out of other people’s mouths. Just notice what’s being spoken without identifying with it, without agreeing or disagreeing with it. When you’re noticing from a place of neutrality, equanimity, and compassion, you know you are in Presence.

The funny thing is, the less you say in most conversations, the nicer you’re likely to seem to others and the nicer you’re likely to actually be. The impulsive need to speak is almost always the ego, as it pushes forward to get some need met by the conversation: to be right, to be seen as smart, or to gain approval. Curtailing that impulse to speak keeps the ego out of the conversation and gives Presence a chance instead.

By being quiet, you are making space for Presence in the conversation, and people will feel that. Then speak only when you’re moved to speak by Presence. Just as you might wait before answering an email, waiting a moment before speaking will help you stay connected to Presence and make it more likely you’ll express Presence instead of the ego when you do speak.

Here are some tips for staying in Presence when you are having a conversation:

• Notice what others are saying and where it is coming from—the ego or Presence.

• Notice what your own thought-stream might be producing in response to theirs.

• Keep your attention on what you’re experiencing in the here and now, on the aliveness in your body and on your sensory experience.

• Stay seated in what is noticing. Stay with what is aware.

• When you’re speaking, be attentive to how much ego is in what you are saying, particularly in your “I” statements.

When you say “I,” notice what that’s like. Can you hear the ego? Can you feel it? Your own Presence is what’s able to know this. Being identified with the ego feels tight, contracted, and icky. The more identified you are with “I,” the less good you feel about yourself and the stronger the need is to defend yourself, be right, and be special.

Those who have very little identification with the ego have difficulty even saying “I” because that seems so false. So if you have a hard time saying or believing “I” or believing what you’re saying after you say “I,” that’s a very good sign. It means you aren’t very identified with the false self. Noticing that you believe what you’re saying to different degrees, even as the words are coming out of your mouth, is an excellent practice. Eventually you’ll be left mostly with words that come from Presence.

The degree to which you believe what you’re saying is the degree to which you are identified with the false self and also the degree to which Presence is there, since Presence is what notices identification. The more ego, or identification with thought, there is, the less Presence there is; the less ego, or identification with thought, there is, the more Presence there is.

The word identification gives the impression that ego identification is either happening or not: You are either identified or not. But rather than being black or white, there are many shades of identification, just as there are many degrees in which you believe something. You may believe, or be identified with, a thought just a little or completely. Those are two very different experiences of thought and two very different states of consciousness. The egoic state is one in which you believe your thoughts without question. The enlightened state is when you no longer believe your thoughts.

Talking about yourself can be a slippery slope: You may start out not identified at all with “I” and end up more identified than you’d like. Limiting how much you say at any one time will make it less likely that your ego will step in and take over. Both conscious and unconscious people often start out speaking in equanimity and aligned with love and good intentions, but then the ego slips in and inserts its point of view, and the emotions—the clouds—begin to roll in. State what you want to say briefly, and then stop and let others speak. Find out what they have to bring to the flow of conversation.

Being present to others stands a chance of bringing others into Presence with you. Presence is not only good for you, but for everyone. So although egos can activate your ego and get it going in directions you don’t want to go, being in Presence can activate Presence in others and help turn the world around, one person at a time.

Your conversations and interactions with others will change dramatically once you begin living more from Presence. One of the ways they’re likely to change is that you’ll lose interest in being with those who are deeply invested in their egos and uncomfortable or unfamiliar with Presence. Your friends just might change, but that’s okay. Other people will take their place, or you’ll simply enjoy more time alone or with your loved ones. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.

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