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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 Connect Soul to Soul

 


How to Connect Soul to Soul

Many people suffer from feeling a lack of connection. They feel disconnected from life, disconnected from themselves, and disconnected from God. This is the “illness” that is the ego. It feels separate and alone, vulnerable, and at the mercy of life. This is not the truth, and this lie underlies humanity's suffering.

People connect with each other in all sorts of ways: through the internet, by text and phone calls, at parties and community events, at work, and at home. Most people’s lives are filled with such connections, and yet, many still feel alone and disconnected. What people are yearning for is not just physical or mental connection. Being with people is often not enough to feel connected and can result in people feeling even more alone and separate. What people are yearning for is a deeper connection, and that is what I want to talk about today.

What does connecting with others mean to you? For many, especially women, it means sharing their emotions, particularly their negative feelings and pain. This often passes as intimacy, and it often does create a deeper bonding than more ordinary, less personal conversations. But what exactly are people bonding over when they share their unhappiness, fears, complaints, and pain? There is a word for this: commiserate. They are bonding over their misery. Sometimes commiserating with others brings comfort, but often it does not.

Sharing your misery with others—commiserating—is not as helpful as many assume. Often, what happens is—just as the word “co-miserate” implies—two people fall into the same negative state. Either one pulls the other into his or her negative state or two people who are in that state find each other. They don’t necessarily help each other move out of that state, which is what would be healing and what would bring true comfort.

These interactions often pass as and are intended to be offerings of solace or compassion, but more often than not, they devolve into reinforcing each other’s negativity. How can that be useful? Commiseration is the ego’s version of compassion, but in doing this, the ego is more interested in getting its negative perspective validated than in being helpful to another.

It’s no wonder that such interactions are not ultimately satisfying to anyone, although there is a “delicious” aspect to them because the ego loves drama and loves having its perspective validated. So many of the conversations the ego enjoys are stories of pain and drama. It’s also no wonder that this is what most movies and TV programs are about.

Such programs have little value and only reinforce the ego’s way of looking at life: “Ain’t it terrible?” the ego loves to conclude. Rarely, do you hear people getting together and proclaiming how wonderful life is, and this certainly wouldn’t do for movies or TV.

But you already know this. What you might not be as clear about is what takes its place. How do you connect with people soul to soul rather than ego to ego? For one thing, the connection doesn’t even have to be soul to soul; it can be ego to soul, and that will still be satisfying.

As long as someone is connected within themselves to the Truth, to Presence, then something magical happens! Even an egoic conversation can become enlightening because it’s bound to not remain on the level of ego, assuming the one who’s being present doesn’t get pulled in by the other person’s ego. So, that’s good news.

You are meant to help each other this way. True help and wise advice about how to live your life doesn’t come from people’s egos, although you might get some good advice about the stock market or how to do something. The most enriching conversations are ones that drop into a place where love, wisdom, and peace flow. This is what provides a true and satisfying sense of connection, and nothing else will really do.

So how do you get there? How do you have a deep and satisfying conversation and connection with someone? The answer might surprise you. You might assume that achieving this takes some special gift or talent, but it’s easier than you may think! The secret is to be quiet and listen closely to the other person. Just listen. Set yourself (the sense of “me”) aside and just be there without referring to your thoughts and opinions. The key is to listen to the person, not to the thoughts going through your own mind. Be with that person from Stillness, Presence.

It makes sense that this might be the answer, since being quiet and listening is the opposite of what the ego generally does, the opposite of your default, your programming. Your default is to give voice to the voice in your head, which is usually the ego’s voice. Doing the opposite of what your ego would do is a good tactic! It’s bound to bring you better results than following your default.

To not follow your programming, it’s often necessary to wait a moment and say and do nothing, since the ego’s tendency is to immediately speak or take action. The ego is usually quick to offer an opinion, give advice, talk about itself, or just chatter about nothing rather than experience quiet. Listening and waiting makes room for the possibility of doing something other than giving voice to your ego. So, the first step in going deeper when you’re with others is a very easy one: be quiet, listen, and wait.

What you’re waiting for is something deeper within you that wants to speak—your true self—which doesn’t speak as much or as often as the ego. Your true self, or divine self, doesn’t express itself as opinions, although it might offer helpful information. Or it might share a personal story that illustrates something that would be helpful. But unlike the ego, the divine self’s storytelling is for the benefit of the other person, not for the purpose of talking about itself. That’s a big difference!

This deeper sharing is not driven by the ego’s need for attention or to be right. It is clean, clear, and free of self and selfish motives. Speaking from this deeper knowing feels good, centered, and peaceful, while speaking from the ego feels tense and agitated. When the ego speaks, you feel contracted, even as you are trying to feel good about yourself!

The ego is always trying to feel good about itself, but it goes about it the wrong way. In a conversation, the more you try to get for yourself, the more contracted you feel, while the less self-involved you are, the more fulfilled and connected you feel.

When you’re giving voice to your true self, words come out of your mouth without having thought about them beforehand. You aren’t even sure what you’re going to say next, but you know that something is moving you to speak, and you trust that. When you’re done speaking, you feel good and so does the other person. That is how you know you’re connected to the Truth.

When you’re connected to the Truth and speaking Truth, you’re connected to Source, to God. And when you connect others with the Truth, they feel connected to God. That is where a true sense of connection comes from—from both people being connected to their true nature. Connection comes from this feeling of Oneness with another, the recognition that your essential nature is the same.

What do I mean by being connected to the Truth? Mostly, I just mean that you’re connected to the present moment; you’re in the here and now and noticing how you’re being moved to speak and act in that moment by something other than your thoughts. That’s all. You’re being true to the moment, true to life and the role that life wants you to play. This is a different way of being! Life is pulling your strings—not the ego!

Life has always been pulling your strings. Life has always been unfolding life and, specifically, your life in a certain direction, and you are either moving in that same direction or not. It’s your choice. You may not be aware of that choice, but you have a choice to open to life, listen to what it wants from you and play that role, or listen to the voice in your head, the voice of your ego and conditioning, and play that role. Either way, it’s fine with life, but one way will be much more pleasant and beneficial all around. That’s what I’m pointing you to when I suggest that you align with the Truth.

You can feel life’s movement—its will—within you, if you give it half a chance to be noticed. It’s easy to know what the ego would do and say—that comes through the voice in your head loud and clear. But how your soul, or divine self, wants you to move and speak is less obvious and will be missed if you don’t tune in to that and try to ascertain what that is.

That’s why being quiet and listening and waiting is so important. If you don’t do these things, your true self’s wisdom, love, compassion, and joy won’t have a chance to be expressed by you. And it’s expressing these things that draws you closer to others in a meaningful way.

As long as you are connected to your ego, you will never truly connect with others. Only if you are connected to your soul, to the Truth, to Essence or Presence, will you connect with others in a meaningful way. Connection starts there, with your own connection to God.

If you feel connected to God, connected with the truth of the moment and, therefore, acting as an instrument of God, your actions and speech will cause others to fall into alignment with God. They will enjoy being close to you because you bring out the best in them by reflecting to them their inherent goodness.

By offering something of true value to someone, such as compassion, peace, love, or wisdom, you will connect more meaningfully with them than when you are trying to get something from them. And the only way this can happen is if you are full and content within yourself—if you’re truly not needing anything from them. That is only possible if you’re connected within yourself to the source of all happiness and peace.

The reason there’s such a lack of connection in this world is that people are connecting with others to get something for themselves. This will never lead to a true sense of connection. But, of course, unless and until people are connected inside to the Divine within, they will seek connection outside themselves in this way.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all else will be given unto you.” Become full and complete within yourself by connecting to that which fulfills and completes you—your divine self, your soul—and you will attract to you what you need. And you will need very little. This needing little is a very attractive place!

I hope you understand that there’s nothing you have to do to connect with Source, with God. You are always connected to God through the spark of God that resides within you. How could you not be? You only have to become aware of this connection, and from there, your connections with others can blossom.

All I can do is point you in this direction and explain what stands in the way of it. When you are in the presence of others, listen inside yourself for that “still, small voice,” and that will help them connect with their own deeper knowing and love as well. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.

A Practice for Being Present

 


A Practice for Being Present

I want to talk with you today about being simple and give you a practice that will help you be more present and enjoy life more.

Simple is not something the ego generally aspires to, since it implies less of something—less stimulation, fewer things, less activity—less of what the ego likes. “Simple” seems like a loss or lack of something, and the ego is programmed to want more, to go for more.

That’s the ego’s point of view, but the ego doesn’t see clearly. It doesn’t see the whole picture, and it doesn’t know the pleasures and joys of less, the joy of being simple. So, that’s what I want to point out today, because joy often resides in less, particularly in less mental stimulation and less activity, not in more thinking and doing, as the ego assumes. That’s what I mean by simple.

Because joy is inherent in life, in every moment, joy exists even in the simplest moments, when not much is going on. I would even argue, and am arguing, that joy is more present, or at least more available, in simple moments than when a lot is going on.

Joy is the experience and expression of your true nature, which is why it is always available. Who you are—your true nature—is always here (how could it not be?). So, joy, love, peace, acceptance, compassion, and wisdom must always be here, or at least available. And that’s true.

These are part and parcel of the gift of life. Life comes wrapped in these gifts. Life is inseparable from the experience of the joy, love, and peace of your true nature. However, these subtle, inner experiences are often covered over, or obscured, by the illusory world spun by the voice in your head and by too much ego-driven activity.

It’s as if you live in two worlds: the world described by the voice in your head, which is the voice of the ego and conditioning, and reality: how life really is. The world described by the voice in your head seems complicated, scary, tense, and problematic, and it is consequently full of drama and negative emotions. Reality, on the other hand, is simple. It’s not scary, not tense, not problematic, and free of drama.

What makes reality simple is that it is uncomplicated by thoughts and negative emotions. Unlike the mind’s virtual reality, reality is primarily a sensory experience and a deeper knowing of what to do or say and when to move or speak. Reality is also where you can experience your true self and the gifts it has to offer, which are not available in or through the mental realm.

You can’t get to reality and its gifts—love, peace, and joy—by thinking. And, paradoxically, you can’t access wisdom, which comes through the intuition, through the mind either. You can only get to reality and these gifts by dropping out of the mind and its world of imaginations, beliefs, opinions, dreams, desires, fears. The exception to this is that you can experience joy, peace, or love by thinking about a loved one or a time when you felt joy, peace, and love. However, most of your thoughts are not about love but about negative experiences and feelings, and that’s the problem.

If you are willing to be simple, you can experience reality and its gifts, including wisdom. Willingness is key because that’s often all that stands in the way: Most people aren’t willing to stop thinking and doing and just be long enough to experience the joy, love, and peace of just being.

By being simple, it’s true that you lose something: What you lose is your false self and, along with it, your fears, your problems, and the desires you suffer over. In losing the false self, you gain so much more! But unless you spend some time just being, you won’t realize how much can be gained from just being.

To reap the benefits of just being, you often have to stop all doing and involvement with thoughts for more than a few minutes. The catch is that most people aren’t able to remain detached from their minds even this long. Most people have been “practicing” being engaged with their thoughts all their life, and they haven’t learned how to disengage from them and stay disengaged for extended periods. This, of course, is what meditation teaches you.

I’m going to share a practice with you that will help you experience the simple joy of your true self. It is essentially a practice for becoming more present and experiencing Presence. It will take about ten minutes to do this on your own before you reap the benefits. It’s something you can do anywhere and anytime. Here are the instructions, so let’s do this now together.

With your eyes open, choose an object to focus on. It could be a tree or anything of nature or something manmade that you find beautiful or attractive for some reason, perhaps just because of its color.

What’s important is that you are choosing it; you are choosing to give your attention to it. This is an act of love, to choose to give your attention to something. Can you feel that? Can you feel that that choice comes from attraction to and love of that object? Just sit with that subtle feeling of love briefly. (pause) Notice what this feeling of love is like and where you feel it in your body. (pause)

What is it that is attracted to and loves something? That is your divine self. It loves everything. And in any moment, you can become aware of what its particular focus is in that moment—what it’s loving in that moment. This is always happening: Your divine self is focusing on and loving something. But usually this subtle experience is quashed or not noticed because you’re giving your attention to some thought, something in the mental realm.

It’s fine to give your attention and love to your thoughts. You (your ego) are free to do that. But giving your attention and love to thoughts exclusively leaves out so much, particularly your real, here-and-now experience and all the joy, love, and peace that has to offer. The point of the practice I’m introducing you to today is to help you be in real life in a way that brings you more joy, love, and peace.

To return to the practice... Again, bring your attention to the object you’ve chosen and experience the subtle flow of love flowing to it. Notice the pleasure your being has in attending to that object and flow of love. This flow of love is pleasurable. Most people feel this pleasure in the center of their chest, in the spiritual Heart.

Now ask yourself: “Who or what is this ‘you’ that made this choice? How did it land on that object? Who or what did that?” (pause) This is a great mystery. This mysterious chooser is who you really are. It moves and chooses without thought preceding that movement or choice.

Now, just to experiment, allow your attention to move freely. Don’t force it or try to hold it anywhere. Just allow it to move as it will and just notice that. It might land on something else in your visual field, or it might land on a sound or a sensation. Notice how quickly your attention, or Awareness, lands on one thing after another. It moves around so rapidly that it can be difficult to keep track of everything it’s taking in. Just notice this for a few moments. (pause)

This natural and pleasurable movement of attention from one thing to the next—a touching lightly on one thing after another—is what your true self, your being, is always doing when you’re at rest and even when you aren’t. But it’s especially easy to see that this is going on when you are at rest. As a kind of meditation, you can watch your attention move from a sound to a sensation to a sight to a thought to an intuition to another sound, and so on. You are simply noticing whatever you are aware of but not getting stuck anywhere.

You (or your ego) might be saying, “What’s the big deal”? And your ego would be right that this is no big deal to the ego because there’s nothing in this for the ego, and your ego surely won’t encourage you to spend time noticing the subtle movement of Awareness in life, which is essentially what you are doing in most types of meditation.

But doing this is a big deal in terms of realizing the deeper nature of life and of who you really are. And most of you, I’m sure, are quite interested in that. The ability to notice life from this deeper Awareness rather than through the lens of the ego is the key to joy, peace, love, and wisdom. Tuning in to this simple experience of looking and sensing what Awareness with a capital “A” is taking in, in any moment is the experience of your divine self, and there’s great, although subtle, joy in this experience. This is also the doorway to the intuitions and wisdom that will help guide your life.

Becoming aware of what Awareness is taking in is a new way of being in life. Your being has been doing this all along, but usually without enough awareness on your part to impact you. If you practice being in life this way, this will eventually become how you are in life. You will discover that you have never needed all the thoughts that run through your mind. They have only complicated your life unnecessarily, not improved it in any way.

Begin living in a new way. This is the way human beings will relate to life in the future. It is where humanity is headed in its evolution. You can be the forerunners, the ones who help everyone else evolve in this direction. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.

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