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Merry Christmas

Jesus as deliberate creatorOne of my favorite Christmas songs is Alex Lifeson’s Little Drummer Boy, not just because it’s a unique rendition, but because I love the idea of a little boy realizing he has a valuable gift to give after all.
I also loved the perspective offered from a friend last week who said she’s not buying presents for family this year, because after all – it isn’t their birthday, it’s Jesus’ birthday.
That sounded very right to me. And here I’d picked out presents for everyone but Jesus.
So on today’s dog walk in the quiet canyon today, I wondered what gift I might offer on Jesus’ birthday.
I felt sort of like I imagine little drummer boy did, inadequate to offer anything valuable.
And then I remembered Michele Woodward’s email to me today, where she told me my superpower was positive influence.  (Thank you, Michele.)
I doubt Jesus needs any positive influence, but it did occur to me I could share some highlights from his work, via Abraham:

Happy holidays to everyone here who makes this journey such a delicious adventure.
Thank you for being part of my world, and merry Christmas!

  • December 25, 2011

Did Jesus Teach Deliberate Creation?

easter-lily.jpgI originally wrote this for a different audience, but thought I’d share a condensed version here since it’s Easter weekend and a logical time to review the message of creation that many believe Jesus delivered.
Did Jesus teach deliberate creation?  Whereas some believe Jesus was a miracle worker, others suggest he intended to teach us how to create our own miracles as well.
The Lost Message
Thanks to new insights into translations of ancient manuscripts, as well as recovered biblical books, we learn that the teachings of Jesus were very much in line with what current science reveals about the nature of the Universe.
In the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 2, for example, an unnamed scribe reports that Jesus says the power to change our world lives within us.  This is in line with Law of Attraction teachings that we get what we feel.  The power lies within, not through our power to make something happen in the physical world, but by learning to manage our energy.
In another example, early translations of the book of John say we should ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by our answer.
Author Gregg Braden, in the “Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer,” interprets that to mean “for our prayers to be answered, we must transcend the doubt that often accompanies the positive nature of our desire.”  The Nag Hammadi Library also records that Jesus taught transcending our doubt allows us to “move mountains.”
The “be surrounded by our answer” instruction is consistent with Law of Attraction wisdom to activate the vibration of what we want by acting as if; by immersing ourselves in the feeling of our manifested desire.  Knowing that our thoughts manifest, releasing doubt is crucial to manifest what we want.  That’s what allows us to move mountains, literal and figurative.
Another message from Jesus is revealed in the original text of the “ask and you shall receive” passage.  The original text (as reported by author Neil Douglas-Klotz in “Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus”) goes like: “All things that you ask straightly, directly … from inside my name, you will be given. So far you have not done this.  Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer.  Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness be full.”
This teaching has been interpreted to mean that what really matters is how we feel.  (Which can actually be taken literally: our feelings become matter.)  As Braden teaches, “We must first have the feeling of our prayers answered in our hearts before they become the reality of our lives.”
Loaves & Fishes
Author Todd Michael believes that a well-known section of the gospel of Matthew contains the technique of creating miracles, as laid out in twelve steps.  Michael’s book, “The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle” postulates that the story of the loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-23), when translated from the original Greek, reveals the steps Jesus showed us to create our own miracles.
The twelve steps the author believes Jesus laid out for us are an instruction manual for miracle creation.  By revisiting the original Greek text and choosing slightly different meanings for complex words, Michael translates Jesus’ example into a clear process for deliberate creation.
The process includes: Alignment, Asking, Visualizing, Gratitude, Acting As If, and Receiving, among others.  These steps are also central to the practice of deliberate creation.
Good Company
Many other spiritual teachers also share and embody the principles of creating reality:

  • Tibetan abbots have passed down their wisdom for eons teaching that feeling is the crucial ingredient in their prayers.
  • The Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus taught us “As above, so below” – that our world is a reflection of who we are.
  • The ancient Babylonians practiced these principles as well.
  • You can find this information in the writings and stories of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This information is far from new.  What we do with these instructions is up to us.  Although teachers can show us the way, it’s meaningless if we don’t implement what we learn.
May this Easter awaken within you new inspiration to live the life you are called to.  Namaste.

  • March 22, 2008