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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:

How to Make Love Your Default

 


How to Make Love Your Default

Greetings! This is the one you’ve known as Jesus the Christ. There is nothing here that isn’t God, the Oneness. What is conscious in you is what is conscious in God and in all life. The same consciousness is in everything. There is only one consciousness. This consciousness is right here, listening to this talk and experiencing whatever you are experiencing. That experience is God having that experience through your body-mind. God is that close!

Nothing is outside this Oneness, and you and everything else are it and not separate in such a way that you cannot know this. You can know your oneness with All That Is even as you exist within a human body. It’s just that what knows Oneness is not what you think of yourself as. What you think of yourself as is the false self, and it can’t know Oneness because the false self is just a concept, ideas about yourself. How can that know anything?

So, of course, the false self isn’t what experiences Oneness. And yet, you can and do experience Oneness. However, it isn’t accurate to call what experiences Oneness a “you,” since that implies that it is an entity separate from All That Is, standing apart from it. Such is the problem with language, which is inherently dualistic.

There is no “you” outside of the Oneness: There is no “you” at all; just Oneness. The “you” is simply a concept, a construct, designed to create the illusion that you exist separate from the Oneness. The truth is that there is only one thing here manifesting as everything. The same thing that created everything is manifesting as that everything-ness. This is nonduality.

But I want to talk today about duality—the separateness you experience as human beings and what to do about the suffering that often causes. Rather than experiencing your Oneness with others, you experience yourself as separate from them, and that’s what makes love so difficult for human beings. You don’t recognize yourself in others. The situation is like looking at yourself in the mirror but not recognizing yourself.

Your ego sees others as a challenge to its safety and autonomy, not as part of itself. Herein lies the problem. The ego doesn’t see others as itself; it doesn’t see the truth. So, it responds to others as if they were a threat or a challenge or perhaps a stepping stone to getting what it wants. This perspective is not the truth, but it’s the general experience of human beings.

Human beings must learn to love, and this is what you are learning throughout your many lifetimes. Although your natural state is love, your default is to not love, and that is the great challenge. Your brains are not wired to abide in your natural state but in the egoic state, at least once your ego develops, which happens very early on in life.

To overcome the default, you must learn to choose love over the default, and this is what I want to talk with you about today: how to choose love and what that even means.

Love is a choice, but it is only a choice if you’ve developed some awareness of your egoic self, some ability to detach from it and observe it. When you are fully immersed in and identified with your egoic self, as many people are much of the time, you respond to others and to life as your ego responds without questioning that response. You may even be unaware that there is another, more loving and productive way of responding, or you may be unable to make that more loving choice because the pull of your conditioning is so strong.

To their credit, religions encourage people to consciously make that choice, as do people within a society. When people are unable to make that choice, your only choice is to “forgive them for they know not what they do.”

At a certain point in your spiritual evolution, you develop some awareness and objectivity around the ego, which allows the possibility of choice. All of you are blessed to have reached that point, or you wouldn’t be interested in this message or even able to understand it. All of you have the ability to choose love instead of the usual egoic response, which tends to not be loving.

On your way to learning to be more loving, you must learn to forgive yourself and others for your transgressions. Forgiving yourself and others is mostly a matter of letting go of the memory of past transgressions and “re-membering,” or reconstituting, yourself and others anew in each new moment, not living in the past. The key to forgiveness is not bringing the memory of the past into the present moment but leaving the past behind, where it belongs.

Progress along the spiritual path is largely about learning to choose to go with your “better angels,” so to speak, than with your ego. What’s challenging about this is not that making this choice is so difficult to do, because it’s often easy to do. The catch is that this choice must be made continually if it’s to become your default, including and especially in moments when it’s difficult to love.

Changing your default from the ego to love is what the spiritual path is all about. Many of you may not think of the spiritual path this way. Isn’t the spiritual path about becoming enlightened, rising above human limitations, and walking on water? Isn’t it when you just glow and feel at peace, and everyone is amazed by your presence? Isn’t it when your problems disappear and you seem to get everything you want?

People don’t necessarily think of the spiritual path as a path of becoming more loving. People have other goals, other reasons, for being on the spiritual path than becoming loving. They want to stop suffering, they want to finally be content and happy, they want to feel good about themselves, they want to have special powers and self-mastery.

These are reasons the ego has for being on the spiritual path, but not the reason your soul is on the path. Ultimately, your soul wants to know love again, fully, as its descent into third dimension, into matter, was a loss of this knowledge, the sense of Oneness with all. You are here to learn to love—not to be loved, as the ego so desires, but to love—for that is the greatest fulfillment and reward, and the reason for your many lifetimes on earth.

The way to learn to love is to practice it, and it must be practiced in each moment. You could read a million books about love, but if you don’t practice love, you won’t be any closer to being love. You have to become an expression of love. This requires transforming the way you see life, which will transform the way you are in life. These teachings will help you transform how you see life—your beliefs about life—but you still have to choose to see life this way in each moment, and then love will flow from that.

If you’re not feeling love in a particular moment, then do something that will bring you to a place of feeling love and being an expression of love, a place of open-heartedness. Make that choice. It is in your power to shift your consciousness because it is in your power to choose love.

You might choose to stop a moment and take a few deep breaths or recite a mantra or an affirmation, such as “All is unfolding exactly as it needs to.” Even just repeating the word “love” or “peace” can bring you back into alignment with your true nature. Doing any of these things will break the mind-induced trance that keeps you apart from your innate loving nature.

Once you have landed in love (or peace or however you’d like to describe your true nature), then stay there as long as possible by continuing to simply notice but not get involved with the ego’s ongoing mind-chatter. When you falter and find yourself involved with the voice in your head and out of step with love again, then choose love again. It doesn’t matter how often you get caught up in the mind-chatter; just choose love again as best you can. This is the work.

At times, you might need to investigate how you fell out of alignment with love. What egoic thought did you just mistakenly believe? How did you get caught in the ego’s perceptions? In each moment, you have to be very observant and diligent about what you give your attention, or awareness, to. Ask yourself: “What am I giving my attention to?” If you give your attention to the voice in your head, which is the ego’s voice, the voice of conditioning, you can easily slip into identification with the false self, and then, there you are again, lost in negativity and self-centeredness.

When you find yourself there, all you can do is begin again and choose love in this moment. There’s always a new moment in which you can begin again and make another choice. It doesn’t matter what you’ve chosen in the past. All that matters is what you choose now. All your past mistakes are instantly forgiven when you choose love now.

Of course, you have always been forgiven “on high”; you only have to forgive yourself, which is really just letting go of the “you” who faltered. Forgive and forget—let go of—the false self, which is all of the thoughts about yourself, and you are back in alignment with the true self. What allows you to do this is a commitment to love now, to being loving in this moment. You are born anew, in a sense, in each new moment. You can always begin anew with a fresh slate by choosing love now.

As you continue to commit to responding to life with love, meaning with kindness, acceptance, compassion, and gratitude, as much as possible in your life, you will see the results of this, and then feeling love and being loving will become easier and easier. The more you practice being loving, the easier it becomes. This is how you make love your default.

There are a few things you can do to make love more available and easier to choose. The first thing is to meditate daily. The second thing is to practice giving love to inanimate objects. Sometimes giving love to things, especially things of beauty, is easier than giving love to human beings, since most people have many ideas standing between themselves and others that interfere with love flowing. So, practicing giving love to things is a stepping stone to being able to love others when it’s difficult to do so.

Give love to the sky, to the trees, to your dog, to the color red, to the noisy airplane, to the buzzing bees, to the ground that holds you, to the hands that do so much for you, to the air that sustains you. Give love to whatever is in your awareness. This love—this gratitude and appreciation for what is—is the secret to a happy life. You are given so much. Notice this and forgive and forget—let go of—what isn’t here and your desire for things to be different. Notice and love what is.

The practice of giving love will change your life, because it’s the opposite of what the ego does. The ego withholds loves and finds reasons for doing so: nothing is ever good enough. The ego notices the flaws in things and people, the imperfections, not the inherent perfection of it all. Giving love neutralizes and stops the ego in its tracks, and it develops your ability to see as God sees, to see the inherent perfection of everything.

God loves everything just as it is, however life is showing up. And that’s your task in this life: to love as God loves, to love everything just as it is, however that may be—for now, for that will soon change. Love reality. Love real life. Love the way life is showing up now. You can also love your imagination and even the voice in your head; just don’t abide there. Live in reality, in your body and senses, in the here and now.

The here and now is all you have, all that is real. That’s all anyone ever has: life showing up the way it’s showing up right now—take it or leave it. And that’s your choice. You can “take it” as it’s showing up by saying yes to it and loving it just as it is. Or you can “leave it,” reject it and be dissatisfied. That is your only choice, since not having life be as it is, that is, having life be different, is not a choice.

The only choice you have is how you’ll respond to the way things are showing up: lovingly or unlovingly, with gratitude or with discontentment, as God would or as the ego would. The ego gives you the impression that there’s some other choice, some other possibility, that life could or should show up differently than the way it’s showing up. But that’s a lie! It can’t and it shouldn’t.

Who is it that thinks life can or should be different than it is? The ego is not very humble. It sees itself as the center of the universe. It thinks life can and should be different than it is, according to its desires and perceived needs, and that is the source of suffering.

In order to be able to choose a loving response to life, two things are necessary: accept and allow. Accept what is—accept that it is the way it is—and allow everything to be as it is. Doing those two things makes it possible for you to open to the experience you are having and be fully in the moment instead of lost in your mind’s virtual reality.

And if you’re having difficulty accepting something about how life is showing up, then simply accept that you’re having difficulty with that and then accept that things are the way they are for now. Accept reality and let everything be as it is. That’s how you find your way back home to love. This acceptance lets you relax and keep your Heart open, which makes it possible to reconnect with the love of your divine nature.

Choosing love doesn’t mean you have to love or even like everything throughout time that was or will ever be. That’s a tall order! You don’t even have to like what you are experiencing right now; you only have to accept that you are experiencing it right now, for now, and the love of your divine nature for life will flow from that. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

How hard is it, really, to love the way things happen to be showing up right now—how the light is shining, how the table looks, how the sky looks, how the chair beneath you feels, how the refrigerator sounds? How hard is it to accept reality—your actual experience here and now, not the experience of the “you” that you imagine yourself to be in the virtual reality of your mind?

What’s hard to accept and what causes your suffering is the difference between your ideas about how you think “your life” should or could be versus the way it is. Your ideas about “your life” cause you to suffer and take you away from love.

For instance, if you have cancer, you don’t have to love the fact that you have cancer; you only have to love the experience of life that you are having in this moment. “I have cancer” is a story that keeps you from experiencing the fullness, beauty, and sacredness of this and every moment just as it is.

Love is your natural state. Without ideas about how life, particularly “your life,” could or should be, you can and do easily fall into the love that your divine nature has for life just as it is. Your natural state is one of love. You naturally are in love with life the way it’s showing up here and now. Life is a wonder, a marvel, a mystery, and a great gift.

Choose to love what’s in front of you here and now, for the alternative lacks any reward and serves no purpose. If opposing life got you what you wanted, you would all have everything you ever wanted. But opposing life gets you nowhere and saps your innate joy and love. It is fruitless to want life to be other than the way it is right now. It is fruitful to love life just the way it is right now.

When you truly and clearly see this, you are free, meaning free to love and live in love. This is your destiny, the goal of all your human lifetimes. Please do your best to choose love in every moment. Love is what my teachings have always been about because love is the nature—the essence—of this one consciousness, of Oneness. And love is what I and others like myself are sending you in every moment. Love powers the universe, and that is very good news! Please allow yourself to receive this love and allow yourself to feel it and be it in the world. Thank you for your dedication to the truth. I am with you always.

The Fear of Failure, Part 1 from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust

 


The Fear of Failure, Part 1 from Jesus Speaking: On Overcoming Fear and Developing Trust

As with the fear of poverty, the fear of failure tends to manifest in two ways: either by stopping people in their tracks and limiting them, or by driving them relentlessly to achieve material success above all else. Many of the most successful people, in the conventional sense of the word, are driven by the fear of failure and what that would mean to their self-image, their identity (the false self). Failure is so anathema to them that they go to great lengths to achieve the material success that they—their egos—so desire.

The ego is behind the fear that fuels the drive for money and success for its own sake. Others who aren’t gripped by the ego’s fear of failure may be equally driven, but by their Heart, to fulfill their soul’s goals. For them, material acquisition and the idea of “being successful” is not what drives them, but a passion to fulfill what they came here to do.

There are two kinds of success. One is the obvious financial and material success: success in the eyes of the world, in the eyes of the ego, essentially. To accomplish this, you must get the things the ego values, such as power, respect and recognition from other egos, and wealth and the material trappings of wealth. These all ensure more of the same: The rich get richer, as they say. That’s one kind of success.

The other kind of success is what those who aren’t as driven by their egos seek. They follow the mysterious and subtle urgings of the Heart, which move each of you to accomplish what your soul set out to do in this lifetime, for which the ego is often a stumbling block.

The pursuit and fulfillment of your soul’s plan is accompanied by true happiness, fulfillment, love, and a sense of wellbeing. There may or may not be the usual material comforts, but often these are also present, since happiness, love, and fulfillment make for a very attractive state and naturally draw to you support and opportunities that advance your life in practical ways.

Your definition of success really matters! How you define success determines what your life will look like and what kind of success you’ll achieve. If you define success in the way the ego does, you’ll go after that kind of success, and your other choices will be in keeping with that goal. For instance, you’ll want to form relationships with others who can help you climb the ladder, with those who’ve already gained some wealth and power. In relationships with the opposite sex, you’re likely to choose partners who will enhance your image and standing with those who’ve already made it. Usually, those you attract as partners are also interested in success, or at least your success. “Birds of a feather flock together,” as they say.

If material success is your focus and the focus of those around you, it will be less on other values or goals. And your goals will seem like the “right” ones, since no one around you would contradict that. And from the soul’s perspective, that’s fine too. There’s a time for everything and a time for pursuing the ego’s goals. If that’s where you’re at, then you and everyone around you will be learning the same lessons and having similar experiences in regard to materialism, success, and happiness.

Those who go after material wealth and power are looking for happiness, and they expect to find it in success. But is it there? What most discover is that success alone isn’t enough to make them happy. When you attain a goal you’ve been working toward, there’s a certain kind of happiness that’s experienced: a relief and a big yippee! That always feels great, but that feeling never lasts for long before the old sense of still needing and wanting more or something better arises from the ego.

True happiness is different than that exciting, temporary happiness. It is deeper, more satisfying, and more true, meaning it doesn’t come and go. Happiness is central to being a human being. Perhaps the deepest desire, besides simply surviving, is to be happy. That’s also why people want to be loved. To love and be loved is to be happy. Beyond survival, happiness is what everyone is seeking.

The voice in your head, the ego, pretends to know what will make you happy and how to get that. But the voice in your head is actually what makes you unhappy, largely by stirring up desires. Wanting something you don’t have doesn’t feel good. Desires make you discontent with life as it is.

Then the voice in your head provides you with solutions to the desires it’s created: “You need more money. You need a better body. You need a relationship. You need a more expensive car. You need to move.” Its strategies are endless, but they never get you what you really want. They never result in true happiness—in contentment.

The ego doesn’t actually want you to find true happiness, so it sends you on wild goose chases. The ego’s job isn’t to make you happy, but to keep you running from one desire to another. That’s how it keeps you involved with it. It also uses fear to keep you involved with it: It convinces you that you’ll be unhappy—a failure in life—unless you follow its suggestions and get what it says you should want. It uses the fear of unhappiness, the fear of failure, and other fears to get you to listen to it.

Those who seek success for success’s sake are running from the fear of failure. They are afraid that they will be a failure, when, in fact, no one could ever be a failure. “I’m a failure” is just a thought in someone’s head, not anything real or true. “Failure” is just an idea, nothing to be afraid of.

And we have to ask: A failure in whose eyes? Those who are afraid of being a failure imagine that others are judging and assessing them according to some standard, and they don’t want to come up short. Their own imaginations are scaring them and causing them to suffer. They learned this as children. They were assessed in school and assessed by parents who expected and demanded success from them.

Their parents were probably afraid of failure and striving frantically for success themselves. They only wanted what they believed was best for their children. Or perhaps their parents were failures in the eyes of other egos and therefore in the eyes of their child, and the child’s ego doesn’t want to suffer that fate. The point is that the fear of failure is established in childhood by an over emphasis in the child’s life on material success. To a child, this can make success and failure seem like a matter of life or death.

What are people actually afraid of when they are afraid of failure? At the root of the fear of failure is a fear of not surviving and, secondarily, a fear of not being loved. But what, actually, is failure? There is actually no such thing as failure. It’s just one more concept. It’s unreal, intangible, an imagination, a fear.

What does failure look like to you? What does failure mean to you? What does it mean to your identity if you fail? Does it mean that you are a failure? You are stupid? You are incompetent? You are foolish? The false self doesn’t like to be seen in these ways. And it’s only the false self that can actually be these things. Your true self is free of all labels, all imaginations and stories. Your true self just is. It isn’t any thing.

The truth is that failure is part of life. It’s built into life. It’s how people learn. It is impossible for people to not fail—and often. If you’re learning the piano, you hit a wrong note. If you’re learning to read, you stumble over a new word. If you’re becoming a long-distance runner, you lose to more experienced runners. Failure is part of the process of becoming successful. Failure is necessary to success. You can’t have one without the other.

If you don’t have a stomach for failure and if you take your mistakes personally, that is, if you think they mean something about you (“I’m a failure”), you won’t get past square one in becoming good at whatever you are doing. Those who perform the most successfully are also the ones who’ve failed the most, because that’s what it takes to perform well. You persevere through the difficulties, the failures, and learn from those failures. It’s what you learn from failure that makes you a success in any field.

The same is true of material success. Those who make this their primary goal persevere through difficulties, hold to their goal, and do whatever it takes to achieve it. It’s the “do whatever it takes” that can be problematic if other things that make for true happiness aren’t also valued. But that’s all part of every soul’s lessons.

Once those lessons are learned, the soul chooses more wisely and is no longer fooled by more superficial values and goals, such as pure materialism and power. This is a stage all souls go through, and they tend to go through this stage with other souls who are at a similar stage in their evolution.

Chances are your goals are more substantial, less superficial. You want to be happy or free or more loving, and some success along the way would be nice too. Some of you might limit yourselves, however, by being afraid of failure, and instead of going after what makes your Heart happy with all your might, you shy away from taking risks or doing what you would really enjoy because you’re afraid you’ll look foolish or not succeed. So, you stay in your comfort zone. Such fear of failure can be debilitating and can cause depression and, at the very least, reduces one’s happiness.

Fear of failure can be a self-fulfilling prophecy: What you fear becomes a reality, simply because you feared it. This is true of all fears, and here’s how this works: If you’re afraid of failure or of anything else, this fear can paralyze and limit you, because it takes away your courage, confidence, and ability to persevere. Fear creates a debilitating inner climate, a negative outlook, which makes it difficult for you to achieve not only your ego’s goals but, more importantly, your soul’s goals for this lifetime.

Those who succeed and are truly happy have confidence that they can achieve their goals, are willing to persevere and do what it takes regardless of the difficulties they encounter or so-called failures on their part, and have the courage to follow their Heart, their true passion, what they love. Fear takes away people’s passion, their brilliance, and saps the juice out of life. This passion, brilliance, and courage is your true self, your Heart leading the way in your life. If you don’t listen to it and follow it but listen to your egoic mind instead, there’s little chance for true happiness.

You are meant to be happy! The Father wants this for you. That includes being happy with your life, with how you spend your time, including how you make your living. If you’re afraid to try something new or different because you might fail at it, then that may keep you from discovering new talents and enjoyments you didn’t even know were there.

The soul likes to explore new things. God likes to explore new things! If you keep yourself from trying new things, you might miss out on what you’re really good at, what you might really love, what makes your heart sing.

Failure is not shameful, but it is a shame, in a manner of speaking, to not experience life as fully as you might because you’re afraid you won’t do well at something or that others will laugh at you or shun you. What keeps you from trying something you would love to do, if anything? What are you afraid of?

If this is your issue, then it’s very important to ask these questions and examine your answers carefully. These are the ideas that may be holding you back from greater happiness. They are just ideas. Fears are just ideas, and ideas are only powerful if you believe them.

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