Explaining the spiritual catch-22 that all people are in and how to solve the enigma of free will through complete honesty
Honesty is the foundation for true healing
Thus I tell you, my beloved, in order to restore true healing, we must begin with a solid foundation. And thus, of course, we must begin with the first ray of the will of God. And what, then, is the quality of the first ray? You may think of it as the will of God, you may think of it as the power of God. But how about another quality: honesty.
Honesty, my beloved. Is that not a quality of the first ray? Is it not an expression, then, of the will of God and the power of God? For you see, my beloved, what is the core of honesty? Is it not oneness with the will of God? For truly, God is the ultimate honest being—for God cannot hide anything from itself.
You may have heard the old question – asked by the linear mind – “If God is almighty, can God create a rock so big that God cannot lift it?” Well, my beloved, God is One, so God cannot create anything that is hidden from itself—and thus the honesty. For my beloved, consider the very core of dishonesty. It is the belief that something can be hidden, that it is possible to say or do certain things while thinking something different within. As indeed, the serpent, to Eve, portrayed itself as the liberator, come to set her free from the shackles of the command of the spiritual teacher in the garden. And thus, you see – right there – where the foundation of disease is laid—in the dishonesty, in the illusion that something can be hidden.
And then, consider honesty and my previous message of your free will right to have any experience you want, to enter the theater of life and put on any costume that you desire to experience, my beloved. Do you see that there is nothing wrong, sinful – or whatever you want to call it – in trying on many different costumes on the stage of life. This is what God has given you a right to do.
Yet, my beloved, when you begin to create the belief that you are trapped in a particular costume and that some external force is preventing you from moving on, well then, dishonesty enters the picture. Why do I say dishonesty? Because when you consider this from a realistic perspective, you realize that God has given you complete freedom to try on any costume you like. God does not force you to try on any costume whatsoever. Which means what, my beloved? It means that you, yourself, you are choosing which costume to put on.
And thus, when you build the belief that you have not chosen your current situation – that your situation is not the result of your own choices, past and present – well then you put yourself in a situation where you are trapped in what we have called the catch-22. For you see, my beloved, when you imagine that some external force has put you in your current situation, well then, who can set you free from that situation? Logically, it must also be an external force, must it not? And that means, then, that you have given away your power to change your situation. You have put yourself in a passive mode, my beloved, of waiting for some external force to do it for you. And thus, you have done what you also have a right to do—you have given away your free will to an external power.
Again, my beloved, God has given you free will. You have a right to do this. You have a right, as Maitreya explains in his book, to decide that you no longer want to decide – to make the decision that you no longer want to make decisions – and therefore create the graven image that there is some external power that is ruling your life.
Beware the subtlety of free will
And you see, my beloved, the serpent will whisper in your ear that you have a right to create that role, that costume, and to try on what it feels like to be dis-empowered. And from the perspective of the linear intellectual mind, it will seem that the serpent is right. But the subtlety here, my beloved, is that when you do give away your power, then how can you step outside of the costume? How can you just leave it behind and walk away from it? Do you see, the subtlety?
One cannot necessarily say from a linear, analytical perspective that the serpent is wrong. But you see, God has given you complete freedom and does not limit your choices. You may try on any costume, but no matter which costume you take on, God accepts you for the being that God created as an extension of itself. Which means that any time you desire to put off the old man and put on the new man in Christ, the new man in Oneness, well then God will welcome you with open arms. So God does not limit your freedom to take on a costume or to take it off again.
But do you see that the serpentine logic does indeed limit your freedom? For when you accept the lie, the illusion, that some external force – such as the angry God in the sky who has caused you to be born in sin – has precipitated your situation, well then you cannot simply believe that you can just take off the costume, put off the old man and be reborn and become a new being in Christ. And so, while God has given you power and the freedom to exercise that power, the serpent and the serpentine consciousness aims to take away your power.
And of course, I, as the representative of the Will of God, will say that the overall will of God is that you exercise your free will, create any experience you want, so that you have an opportunity to learn. And thus, that is why you have the potential to separate from oneness and to believe in the serpentine lie and to follow that false path, the downward path, of separating yourself further and further from oneness.
This is your right. I champion it. But my point here, my beloved, is that it is not in any way, shape, or form the will of God that you should suffer or be stuck in a limited sense of identity. It is not the will of God for you, personally, that you should become less, in the sense that you see yourself as less than the pure Being that God created.
The Alpha and the Omega of healing
So you see, there is an Alpha aspect of the will of God, which has given you complete freedom of choice. And there is an Omega aspect of the will of God, which desires you to use your freedom of choice to become MORE, not less.
And so, what is the lesson, then, in terms of true healing? Well what is true healing? It is self-healing!
For what is the purpose of life? It is the growth of the self, the growth of your self-awareness, my beloved. Which is the entire purpose for the world of form. Where you might start out with a very localized sense of identity – being identified with some material form, such as your physical body – but yet, no matter how limited that identity might be, you have the potential to grow in self-awareness until you reach the consciousness of the Being out of which Being you are.
Yet this growth is self-growth. It is not forced upon you by God. For self-growth cannot be forced.
And thus, the beginning of true healing is indeed when you recognize that you have chosen to separate from Oneness. [Thus,] the reason why your physical body or your mind needs healing is that you have made choices that limited yourself, rather than expanding your sense of self. You became trapped in the illusion, whereby you have come to see yourself – not as a spiritual being who has temporarily taken on a particular role and costume in the drama of the material universe – you instead think that you are trapped in this universe, trapped in a particular role. This then, is giving away your power to heal yourself.
How can you exercise that power? Well, my beloved, when you truly understand free will, you recognize that it is free, completely free, my beloved. God has given you a will that is completely free. Which means that as you can choose to take on a particular costume – no matter what that costume may be like – you do, at any moment, have the complete freedom to separate yourself from the costume—to just take it off, to let it drop from you, to let the old man die and to be reborn in a new sense of self. This is recognizing the power that God has given you. And thus, you recognize that it is the ego and the false teachers, those in the serpentine consciousness, who are seeking to take away your power by making you believe that you either are that costume, that role, or that you cannot simply just take it off.
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