It’s Easter time…a time that symbolizes death & rebirth. Christmas symbolizes the constant potential of the Christ being born into our lives, externally, and is heralded by gifts and angels. Easter, however, symbolizes the birth of Christ internally and is often heralded by betrayals, attacks, and judgments. The more healing, love, and forgiveness we can experience and share now, during times of personal crucifixions, directly determines the depth of resurrection into a new life we can expect to experience in the future.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus (who became the Christ), completed the Divine Plan for mankind’s salvation by completely remembering who he is/was. By this remembrance (and because we are all one), all souls shared in that remembrance.
This is why it is right and true to say that he is the messiah and savior of the world. All masters (including Ashtar, Mother Mary, St. Germaine, etc…) honor Jesus, who is now the Christ, as the “Master of masters.”
To accomplish this Divine Plan, Jesus had to go through the many things a human can go through without losing his inner awareness-which is quite a challenge. But the last few days of his life on earth are, in and of themselves, an incredible account of how we can all become the Christ, but it takes being crucified, resurrected, and ascended.
Lives of Jesus
Jesus was a human being who perfected himself enough to live and be the living Christ. He served as a template or example to us all and demonstrated how we too can reach the same level of awareness.
But again, he was a human being who had lived many lifetimes and learned from his mistakes in those other lifetimes. These lifetimes included Jesus having once been Joseph (who was betrayed by his brother Judah-who later incarnated as Judas-and sold him into slavery by his 12 brothers), Melchizedek (who was known as the “Prince of Peace” and the “Priest-King of Jerusalem”), Enoch (who is known in other cultures as Thoth and Hermes-the father of all metaphysical arts), and Joshua.
It was as Joshua that he was a warrior who once passed by the city of Jerusalem (rather than taking it over) because he feared his enemies there. Later, when he took the city, he first had the king of Jerusalem trapped in a cave for some number of days (with rocks rolled in front of the opening) AND then took him out and had him hung on a tree and left until evening. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Jesus himself was put through a similar ordeal-meaning that his own persecutions and murder arose from the need of his own previous actions to be cleared.
He was also known as Asaph (the minstrel of the court of King David). He was David’s adviser and co-wrote some of the Psalms with David-each of them also wrote their own Psalms. In fact, you can easily find nearly all of Jesus’ final words OR the comments made by others around him (while he was up on the cross) to be words directly out of Psalms.
For example, in both Psalms and the New Testament you can find references to the statement, “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me,” as well as “It is finished . . . Father, into your hands I surrender my spirit.”
More About Psalms
The shortest chapter in the entire Bible is Psalms 117.
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119.
The chapter in the center of the Bible is Psalms 118.
Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118.
Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118.
Add 594 + 594 and the answer is 1188.
The center verse of the Bible happens to be Psalms 118:8.
So…what does this special verse say? Psalms 118:8 “It is better to trust in God than to put confidence in things of this world.”
Jesus was raised by the Essenes (the most devout spiritual community in history), as were his parents and other relatives–including John the Baptist. He was six feet tall, weighed 175lbs, and wore a pearl gray/white seamless robe. His hair was long, reddish brown–even golden at times, and slightly curly. His eyes were blue/gray in color. He was sometimes stern, but also happy and had good humor. At his last supper, he participated in an ancient Jewish ritual of sharing bread and wine, which was a traditional symbol of “brotherly love.” This was consistent with the Gospel of John, wherein Jesus refers to his Apostles as his friends, and not merely students. The last supper closes with Jesus leading the others in dancing and singing the 91st Psalm: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” They also shared other spiritual songs/dances.
Pilot was warned by his wife, who was an Essene sympathizer, to have nothing to do with condemning Jesus to death. It is both ironic and tragic that the man (Barabbas) who broke God’s laws was released but the man who broke the laws of this world was crucified. Jesus was crucified at the age of 33 on April 3rd, 33AD. The crucifixion took place on Golgotha or Calvary-meaning the place of the skull.
The Crucifixion (Self-Inventory)
All changes involve some form of loss or death of the old (crucifixion) so we can resurrect and ascend to a new life. Easter symbolizes being born again-but born again after a death. And since it’s impossible to remember our God-self while under the control of our ego-self, we have to die of the ego-self before we can be born of the God-Self.
In the Book of Revelation, the first few chapters focus a great deal on what is commonly referred to as the “letters to the seven churches.” These letters symbolically represent our need to regularly do a self-inventory.
The Easter season is a great opportunity for us all to take an honest self-inventory of our life and see how we hold up to scrutiny-the internal and external voices that yell for our crucifixion. Therefore, it would behoove us all to use part of this Easter Holiday as a personal ritual for allowing the old self (and past relationships) to be criticized (critiqued) and crucified (ended). Then, we can allow the opinions of God to bring us out of the grave and resurrect us into a new life.Having people attack or criticize us is like being crucified, and Jesus taught us that when we are being crucified, we might sometimes openly answer some accusations against us. But even Jesus eventually grew silent against his accusers, because he knew that when others are insistent on condemning us, there is sometimes nothing we can do or say to change their minds.
When it comes to doing our own self-inventory, if we do find ourselves falling short of having an impeccable outcome, our job is to “change what we can, accept what we cannot change, and to know the difference.”
If you take an honest look at yourself-pros and cons-how do you feel you score? Would you grade high, low, or in the middle? Now before you reply, consider EVERYTHING about yourself. This means you should consider rating yourself from 0-10 in subjects such as parenting, or as an employee (or employer), a lover, a friend, a neighbor, and so forth. Also, consider this: if you were told by a doctor that you would pass away tomorrow, is there anything you own in a journal, on your computer, or in your possession that you might find embarrassing or worth being ashamed of? Is there something you own that you would not want others to find? Is there something you have ever done that you wouldn’t want other people to know about?
Remember, the deeper you go into these seemingly unbearable issues (crucifixion and descent into hell), the deeper you will go into your healing (resurrection) and your ascension (new life).
When it comes to my own personal inventory, there are two primary issues I have in this lifetime:
- First of all, I would love to have had more success in keeping my kids “safe enough” from a few people/events that have had a huge impact on their lives and still can cause them to experience life-threatening problems.
- My other primary issue is not so much what I have done or not done to or for others…My biggest issue is actually that I have always taken this “spiritual stuff” very seriously-sometimes too seriously. Several times per day, every day of my life, I do my best to keep an eye on my thoughts, words, and actions-always doing my best to do the right thing. It’s as though I imagine God itself is watching or Guiding me, which is something we should all practice-although maybe not to this extreme. For me, the outcome is usually in the form of making good decisions that are helpful and often manifests as miracles for those whom I meet. As a young man, it is what made me choose not to do drugs and so forth. Today it manifests as my giving as much love, affection, education, and time as I can to those who come to me for help. But it can also make people (including myself) feel hurt if/when they don’t like what I can or cannot offer. This hyper-conscientiousness even made me choose to refrain from having more than a few close friends, as it would feel irresponsible to allow people close if they wanted or expected more than I could offer. In fact, anyone who tries to get close to me for the purpose of having personal time usually ends up more frustrated than satisfied.
The Resurrection (Making Amends)
After taking a self-inventory, we have an opportunity to make amends (apologizing in person when possible and appropriate or praying the apology when not possible in person). This includes changing our behaviors when it’s appropriate to do so. It doesn’t matter if what your accusers say is true. What matters is that if anyone authentically feels even an ounce of hurt or confusion was caused by us, it’s worth it to apologize and offer amends.
Jacob, father to Joseph (past life of Jesus) was father to twelve sons. However, he was at odds with a brother (Esau) who was out to kill him. But when he decided to face his fear and make amends by returning to his brothers village, he had a vision wherein he met an angel and demands blessings. The angel says “NO” and tries to depart but Jacob (who’s a pretty tenacious guy) will not release him. So the angel, to prove Jacob’s unworthiness of Divine Blessings, reminds him of his past mistakes, but Jacob still persists. So the angel strikes him on the hip to weaken him, which is symbolic of hitting him in the root chakra to remind him that he is a “fallen” and flawed human-not worthy of receiving God’s blessings. But Jacob still persists, which impresses the angel enough to cause the angel to give him a new name-Israel (which means one who wrestled or contended with God and became victorious). Israel’s sons become the fathers of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Jacob then called the place of his victory-Pineal (which means in Hebrew, the face of God). Jacob eventually became John the Baptist (who heralded in the first coming of Christ) and is actually alive on earth now and is known as John Pineal (who is here to herald in the second coming of Christ-which is an internal experience).
So, like Jacob, let’s face our fears and note anyone who we might have hurt, in any way (on purpose or by accident), and then slowly and thoughtfully write, say, or pray the following to them:
“To everyone I’ve ever known (and even to those I’ve never met): If for any reason you have felt hurt or confused by me in any way (intentionally or unintentionally), please hear and absorb the following from my soul to yours:
Please forgive me!
I forgive you!
The Ascension (The Rewards for Self-Inventory and Making Amends)
Remember, we can only ascend as fully (into new consciousness and a new life) as we have allowed ourselves to resurrect (make amends). And, we can only resurrect as fully as we have allowed ourselves to be crucified and brought into the tomb of our inner selves. This ultimately means that the heights of our resurrection and ascension are proportionate to how we choose to respond to being crucified (criticized, condemned, etc.).
IN THE END, the purpose for these tests is for us to remember our true identity-the Light that God created us to be. Instead of running away or remaining buried in the tomb of criticism, we can instead, learn to face our demons and accusers with God standing with us on our behalf.
Then, allow all voices, from others or self, to be replaced by only ONE, that looks at you, your life, and all your good efforts and says, “You are My beloved child in whom I AM well pleased.” AMEN!