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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 Awakening and Enlightenment?


What Is Awakening and Enlightenment?

from Jesus Speaking: On Embodying Christ Consciousness

Greetings! This is the one you have known as Jesus the Christ. The most important message I have for you, which was also my message two thousand years ago, although it was not understood then, is that I am no different than you. The Christ that I am, you are too. You have the potential to be a Christ. I am not the one and only son of God. Each of you is a son or daughter of God—equal to me. The only difference between us is that I have realized my God-nature more than you have realized yours. But the same God-nature is in both of us and everyone who has ever been alive.

The potential to be a conduit and expression of God in human form is what I am referring to when I use the term “Christ Consciousness.” It refers to the consciousness of Christ—the consciousness I represented as Jesus Christ—which is alive within each of you, although dormant in many.

When we talk about awakening, we are talking about awakening the Christ within—awakening your divine, Christ-like nature, which has never actually been asleep, but only in the background, while the false self, or ego, has been allowed to dominate. What has allowed this, of course, could only be the divine self, as it plays hide and seek with itself in this human life.

Christ is not a particular individual, but a state of consciousness: the enlightened state. A Christed-one, or “anointed one,” as is often how “Christ” is defined, is an enlightened human being. They called me Jesus Christ because I was enlightened, but many more before and after me have also been enlightened, as it is every soul’s destiny to become enlightened.

There is nothing special about the enlightened state. This may seem like blasphemy, since enlightenment is something every spiritually-oriented person strives desperately for. To say that Christ is within you is to speak the greatest truth and a simple one: the enlightened state of consciousness is already here in each and every one of you. It just hasn’t been fully actualized. This actualization has its own wise timing, and you are not in control of that timing, except that you can resist this actualization and, therefore, slow it down. But a certain readiness must be arrived at on the part of the soul before the awakening process is set in motion, and you are not in control of that.

The good news is that if you are aware of the phenomenon of awakening and you have a desire to awaken, there’s a very good chance that awakening is not far off. The seed of longing to awaken eventually bears fruit in this lifetime or the next, and anything that you do to support that matters and speeds your evolution along.

So, please don’t assume that awakening is for everyone else but you, especially when awakening is far more possible today than ever before. That is an assumption that will not serve you well. Assume that you can awaken, for indeed you will. And—importantly—you can awaken right now in this moment by simply being fully here in your body and senses instead of lost in thought. As I said, the enlightened state is not special, because it is right here.

Enlightenment is the full experience of here and now, without referral to your thoughts or feelings about it. When you experience this, you discover how very ordinary it is to just be here without all the thoughts and ideas your mind brings into life. You know this state because you were in a similar state as a child before you had words for things and before your sense of self had developed. You also experience it, if only briefly, several times a day. You already know Christ Consciousness. It is also called Presence.

If you imagine that Christ Consciousness is something extraordinary and mystical, you will miss it. It’s not a state that comes and goes, like a spiritual experience or an altered state of consciousness. It is your natural state, the underlying hum of your existence, where love, peace, and wisdom flow from.

In your best moments, you know what Christ Consciousness is. You just don’t know how to function in the world as that, but that is what becoming an enlightened human being is all about. It is about embodying Christ Consciousness, as I did, although even I did that imperfectly, since perfection is not possible while human.

You are meant to embody Christ Consciousness, as I did, which means living as love and peace in your interactions with the world. This doesn’t mean that you never have a human emotion, but that you don’t let these emotions dominate or determine your actions in the world. Emotions may arise and will undoubtedly arise at times even when you have reached or nearly reached enlightenment, but you will rarely act them out and certainly not for long before you return to Christ Consciousness—to abiding in peace and love.

Christ Consciousness is known by love, peace, compassion, acceptance, wisdom, discernment, clarity, integrity, strength, courage, faith, trust, kindness, inclusiveness, and goodness. All of these are signs of Christ Consciousness, and the absence of these qualities is a sign of not being in Christ Consciousness, which can only mean that you are in egoic consciousness. Christ Consciousness is attainable for anyone, even if only for a second or a few moments. The nearly enlightened or enlightened or Christed person, however, is someone who abides in that state for much, if not most, of the time.

Christ Consciousness is cultivated by behaving as a Christed human, which is always a choice. Anyone can choose to be loving and kind instead of unkind or indifferent to another. The more you choose to behave as a Christed human, the more the state of Christ Consciousness opens up to you and becomes the state from which you live. Behaving as a Christed human being is the bridge to becoming a Christed human being. Religious traditions have served people well by encouraging them to behave in such ways.

If you think you can become enlightened without behaving enlightened first, you have mistaken what enlightenment is. A person can have an enlightenment experience, but that doesn’t make that person enlightened. To know Oneness through an experience is one thing; to embody that realization and be done with one’s karma, which is what enlightenment is, is quite another. If someone’s behavior doesn’t reflect that realization, then that person isn’t enlightened, no matter how enlightened that person may feel or believe himself or herself to be. You are not in your last earthly lifetime—you are not fully enlightened—until this realization is embodied, which can take several lifetimes.

Please don’t let this talk of many lifetimes discourage you. That is what the ego would do with it, and you must not fall prey to that. Awakening, which can happen in this lifetime, is the most momentous experience of all in the soul’s journey. What happens after that is joyous and felt to be a gift—all Grace. Awakening is the end of suffering, so what is the hurry to leave earth behind? After awakening, you relish life and relish serving life, while you continue to be refined spiritually.

While you can’t do anything to make awakening happen, you can be awake in this moment or in any other moment by choosing to align with the qualities of your divine nature, your Christ nature. When you pay close attention to the thoughts in your head, you see that they do not have the qualities of your divine nature behind them. Those thoughts are driven by fear, a sense of lack, and the need to be superior to others, not love and peace. Your natural state is one of love and peace, and those are available by being very simple—by letting go of thoughts, especially fears, worries, and judgments, and just being here in this moment, stripped of all sense of yourself.

In this simple moment, what is, is all there is, with no one experiencing what is—just simple experiencing of the moment without any self-referencing, without referring back to a sense of “I” and how “I” feel about the moment. What you lose when you lose your sense of “I” is your evaluation of life.

When I suggest that you simply be in the moment, I mean be here without your evaluations and desires for the moment to be other than the way it is. The “I” is always discontent, always pushing for things to be different, always running away from the present moment into the past and future. When you stop doing that and just stay in your present moment experience, you land in Christ Consciousness, where there is nothing but love and peace.

Another way to think of Christ Consciousness is as your inherent goodness. The reason I’m so deeply loved by so many is that I represent the love that people so honor and crave. Why do they honor and crave love? Because it is built into them to honor and crave love. Love is your Homing device.

The problem with worshiping the love that is in me is that you may overlook the love that is in you. This love—this goodness—that you see in me is the same goodness that is in each of you. Notice the goodness in you—look for it. Notice how good you are or how good you wish to be, love this goodness, and express it in the world as much as possible and as best you can, and you will become a light in the world. This is your destiny, to become a light. Please feel free to call upon us to help you recognize and align with your innate goodness, and it will be done. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.

The Goal of the Spiritual Path


 

The Goal of the Spiritual Path, from Jesus Speaking: On Embodying Christ Consciousness

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.

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