Message for the Week
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The Soul's Plan from All Grace
The Soul's Plan from All Grace
Greetings! This is the one you’ve known as Jesus the Christ. The fact that Grace guides you on your journey within the Illusion is a sign of great benevolence and love. You have been given programming and free will to shape this journey. But, importantly, you have also been given a plan—a divinely inspired destiny—and Grace, the shaping hand of God, to deliver that plan and help you fulfill it.
This plan was developed by your soul with the help of nonphysical beings before you entered this lifetime. It includes lessons, talents, gifts, opportunities, and certain destined events and meetings with people with whom you have soul agreements. Your soul’s plan is a blueprint, but without the details spelled out.
The details are filled in by your choices and also determined by the circumstances in which you find yourself. For instance, if your choices led to you living in a particular city, then that location provides the setting, environment, and people your soul must work with to bring about your plan. These circumstances were not known by your soul prior to you being born.
Although certain things are predetermined before birth, such as your parents and your place of birth, how your life will play out and where is largely unknown to the soul. The soul has to play it by ear and arrange the opportunities, lessons, meetings, and other circumstances to fulfill your plan as best it can within the existing conditions. As a result, your soul must be in touch with you closely throughout your life, which it does through the Heart: the intuition.
Grace’s primary means for shaping and steering people’s lives is through the intuition, which works surprisingly well. People respond quite easily to their own intuition if their mind doesn’t interfere and also to intuitive nudges to do and say things for others. People quite naturally deliver messages to others, especially if the one delivering the message has no self-interest in the matter or opinions about the person the message is for. As a result, Grace often works through disinterested or unrelated parties: Someone unknown to you tells you something or does something for you that changes your direction or even your life. This happens all the time.
Fortunately, there are many ways your plan can be fulfilled. How that is done specifically is generally left up to free will, but Grace intervenes to bring certain opportunities and limit others. Grace is like a hand that puts certain people, opportunities, and information in front of you, which you can say yes or no to. If you say no to an important opportunity, Grace may provide another suitable one or arrange circumstances that help you see the benefit of saying yes to the original opportunity. Grace can be very convincing! It can make certain opportunities difficult to dismiss and certain directions difficult to pursue.
This hand of Grace, which arranges and prohibits certain events in your life and in the world, is more of a real force than you may realize. Although I would never suggest that people are puppets in relation to this force, there are strings on you that get pulled from time to time, although you can always go against them.
These strings are pulled by nonphysical forces. Their job is to manage the comings and goings in life in a way that keeps them moving in a particular direction according to everyone’s soul’s plan, the larger plan for earth, and the even larger plan for the Whole.
There is both free will and something controlling the unfolding of your life and life in general. You fit into a much larger picture, a much larger unfolding: a design. Your life has a design within the greater design. However, exactly how these designs unfold is in no one’s control because everyone’s free will is determining this.
The number of players affecting how things unfold is beyond imagination, as everyone on earth is a player as well as nonphysical players in other dimensions. Just think: Everyone on earth is a player in your destiny, and you are a player in theirs! It would be even more accurate to say that everyone who has ever lived on earth has been a player in your destiny, but even that doesn’t begin to cover it.
The larger game plan involves players you have never imagined existed, as the Whole within which this unfolding is taking place involves not only Earth, but also other planets within your universe and an infinite number of other universes and dimensions related to those. Fortunately, you don’t need to be aware of or understand anything other than your immediate corner of the universe. That is what you are here for—your particular life and experience.
This life of yours is being guided by extremely wise and benevolent forces. You are in good hands. The hand of Grace is eminently intelligent and wise, far beyond your imagination. And you are honored and loved so deeply, also beyond your imagination. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you only knew how treasured each and every one of you are!
If you don’t know how loved you are, it is more difficult for the hand of Grace to operate in your life. If you are very lost in the Illusion, in believing you are not lovable, not loved, or alone or abandoned by an uncaring world or universe, you won’t be able to take advantage of all the opportunities and abundance available to you. You won’t recognize or be willing to receive what is being offered.
When you are lost in your fears and feelings of not being good enough, the reality you experience is a scary and limited one. You filter out anything that doesn’t fit your negative perspective. You filter out the positive in life and look right past or misinterpret the helping hands, kind words, encouragement, gentle nudges, and out-and-out gifts that life—Grace—is offering you. You fail to see the goodness in life.
When you are lost in the Illusion, nonphysical forces allow you to have that experience until you have had enough and are done choosing it, however unconscious that choice might be. Because they honor your free will, nonphysical forces will not interfere in your choices.
When you are lost, these forces still try to help you see the truth about your situation, but they can only do so much to help you as long as you aren’t asking or looking to them or to others for help. Without their help or the help of others, the primary means of awakening you from the Illusion is the suffering caused by the Illusion itself.
Here are some examples of how Grace operates in people’s lives:
• Your father’s friend helps you get your first job.
• You don’t have the money to go to college, but you’re able to get a loan. (Yes, Grace works through governments and banks too.)
• Your aunt gives you enough money to pay your rent for a few months while you look for a job.
• Your friend needs a roommate at exactly the same time you need a place to live.
• Someone offers you another job just when you were thinking of leaving your old one.
• You always wanted to go to Europe, and then a friend invites you to go along with her family.
• You read about something and realize you’d like to learn more about it.
• You have a health problem, and you run into someone with the same problem who has found some answers.
• You don’t know how to do something, so you search YouTube and find a video that shows you. (The universe provides! But sometimes you have to find your way to those resources, in which case you will be led intuitively.)
• A friend gives you her ticket to a concert because she got sick, and you meet the love of your life there.
These kinds of things happen in everyone’s life—often. How many have happened to you that you simply ignored or said no to or didn’t take full advantage of? Life is made of such opportunities. They come out of the flow regularly. This is life happening to you and for you.
Life is so benevolent that if you miss an opportunity that is significant to your plan’s unfolding, you’ll be presented with it again or with some other opportunity. Life says: “Okay. How about this then?” Grace allows you to make whatever choices you make, all the while presenting you with many possibilities to choose from. These possibilities and all the pointers to them from other people are the hand of Grace in your life. They are not random, meaningless occurrences but a meaningful part of a greater design.
That is not to say that everything that happens to you is part of your design. People have free will, and when they are choosing from their egos, the opportunities or suggestions they offer will not necessarily be aligned with your plan. Egos have their own agendas, which are only sometimes helpful to your plan. Out of the flow come both opportunities from Grace and opportunities from egos, whose free will choices affect you and may influence you in directions not in keeping with your soul’s plan.
The most problematic ego of all is your own. Your egoic programming has its own ideas about how life should unfold, how your life should look, what it wants and needs, and how to go about getting that. Your free will in the hands of your ego instead of surrendered to Grace is the greatest obstacle to taking advantage of what Grace has to offer.
Moment to moment, Grace presents its opportunities and delivers its “instructions” for how to live your life. If you aren’t aware that Grace is doing this, you may miss those opportunities or instructions, which manifest as intuitions and subtle inner drives, urges, impulses, and inspiration. If you are lost in your thoughts, which are your ego’s thoughts, about what you should do and how your life should look, you’ll miss how your life is actually unfolding—right in front of you. Your life is being given to you and being shown to you moment to moment.
Your life is happening to you on its own. But you are free to choose to try to create another life, one the ego imagines or fantasizes about, or one that someone else is living or seems to be living, like on TV. You can live inside your head, in your ideas about yourself and your life, or try to, or you can live the life you are being given.
You are given a particular life to live. You have quite a lot of choice within the life you are given. You even have the choice to reject the life you are given. But you aren’t given the choice to live a completely different life, someone else’s life. People suffer so greatly over not being able to have someone else’s life! They believe they can make their life be anything they want. When they discover they can’t, they are disappointed and angry with life and with themselves. But that suffering is unnecessary. Everyone can find happiness. When you live the life that is meant for you, you will be content. This contentment is how Grace rewards you for saying yes to it and finding your place in the universe. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.
How to Tell When You Are Ego Identified from In the World but Not of It
How to Tell When You Are Ego Identified from In the World but Not of It
Greetings! I am the one you have known as Jesus the Christ. It isn’t that difficult to tell when you’re identified with the ego. There are certain telltale signs. If you can recognize the ego in a thought before you identify with that thought, that’s even better. However, many thoughts that appear quite neutral have the ego driving them and hiding in them, and those might still catch you up.
Identifying with thoughts that have little ego in them is not much of a problem. Believing a thought that has a lot of ego in it is another story. Those types of thoughts, if not obvious to you, will be obvious to others and likely to trigger their own egos. For example, if you were to say to your partner, “I ended up being right about that,” your partner just might agree with you, even though your ego is getting the best of you in that moment, albeit subtly. Only the ego cares about being right and will use any opportunity to score a point. But if instead of that you said, “You really blew it,” those words just might start a fight in which your partner points out all the times you “blew it.” Those words have much more ego in them.
The tone of the voice in your head and of your own voice when speaking to others and the language used has a lot to do with whether a statement activates your ego or someone else’s. Thoughts or words that are emotionally charged, such as “You really blew it,” are bound to elicit negative feelings, much more so than a more objective comment. This applies to your internal self-talk as well. If you say to yourself, “I really blew it,” that has a much greater chance of making you feel bad and for longer than “I ended up being wrong about that.” What you say to yourself and how you say it really matters.
Many have learned over the years to talk to themselves more kindly and objectively, and that keeps the negative ego in check. You can train the voice in your head to be more positive, neutral, and friendly by not listening to or identifying with it when it’s negative and unkind. If you work with it, the voice in your head can become more benevolent. But you don’t need that benevolent voice either. You don’t need the voice in your head at all.
The most obvious sign that you’re ego identified is emotional reactivity and negative feelings, such as fear, anger, hurt, jealousy, envy, or hatred. When such feelings arise, you’ve become your ego, even if only briefly. The more you engage in the thoughts that produced those feelings, the longer those feelings will last and the more powerful a hold they’ll have on you.
The strength of your negative feelings is a measure of how strongly, and possibly how long, you’ve bought into a belief or story. Those feelings, in turn, convince you there’s a reason to feel that way—otherwise why would you feel that intensely? The answer is, you feel that way because you believe your thoughts, not because your thoughts are true. Your feelings convince you that your thoughts are true, even when they aren’t. People don’t realize that their thoughts are what make them feel the way they do, not circumstances. The ego uses circumstances to create feelings by telling a story about those circumstances, and that story makes you feel bad.
If, for example, you believe the thought “I’m going to be homeless,” you’ll feel terrified. Those feelings of terror convince you that becoming homeless must be a real possibility, without realizing you feel alarmed because you believed that thought, not because that thought is true. The mind just makes things up. It doesn’t have a crystal ball.
The strength of a feeling is a measure only of how strongly and frequently you have believed a thought, not of a thought’s veracity. Any thought that’s entertained frequently will seem true because it will produce feelings that make it seem true. Furthermore, if a thought is entertained often enough, it will become habitual, and the resulting feelings will become habitual. For example, if you give angry thoughts your attention, you’ll create a habit of thinking those thoughts. Then your anger will also become habitual and easily and automatically triggered.
People do this with grief as well. As normal as it is to grieve over a loss, many magnify and extend their grief unnecessarily by focusing on sad thoughts and returning to them repeatedly. Then thinking such thoughts becomes habitual, and the feelings become habitual. Eliminating this pattern from the neural circuits will take a concerted effort to discontinue the habit, as it does with any habit.
Negative feelings are the most obvious sign the ego is in play, but you can also assume you’re ego identified whenever you feel contracted. This manifests as a sense of contraction in your body and feeling tense, tight, stressed, restless, out of balance, irritable, annoyed, or dissatisfied. You might feel on edge, like you want to pick a fight. Or when the contraction is extreme, you might feel like giving up or curling up in a ball. More often than not, negative feelings and a sense of contraction go hand in hand.
The opposite of contraction is feeling peace, ease, contentment, relaxation, gratitude, joy, and a sense of being in the flow or being lost in what you’re doing. These are the hallmarks of the divine self. If you aren’t feeling this way, you’re involved with the ego to some extent. The degree to which you are ego identified is the degree to which you lack peace and contentment and feel dissatisfied and ill at ease.
You are always receiving feedback from your divine self about how aligned you are with it. It tells you through a sense of contraction or expansion and through positive and negative feelings whether or not you’re in ego and just how much. The divine self is always communicating with the human self and doing what it can to bring the human self into alignment with it, while simultaneously honoring your free will to choose to be ego identified.
Being very present to your energetic, emotional, and bodily experience will tell you just how identified you are with the ego. Once you realize you’re ego identified, you can get curious about how you got caught. What thoughts were you thinking? What beliefs or self-identities were you believing? Do you want to keep feeling this way? When you have enough awareness to stop and ask these questions, then you have a choice: go back into identification or become more present.
The antidote to the suffering caused by ego identification is to turn your attention away from the thought-stream to your present moment experience: what you are seeing, hearing, feeling, and sensing physically and more subtly. Doing this will bring you out of the mind and back into your body and senses. This is where you want to stay, because the body and senses are a doorway into Presence, into Christ Consciousness. From there, life is experienced very differently.
Whenever you drop out of the mind into the body and senses and into Presence, the reward is peace, contentment, gratitude, love, and joy. The trick is to stay in the body and senses long enough to drop into Presence and then to stay in Presence long enough to get enough of a taste to want to stay there. The more familiar you become with Presence, the more the voice in your head loses its attraction.
Finally, another clue that you’re ego identified is the subtle pleasure you get from being right, feeling superior, being selfish or unkind, complaining, judging, blaming, or doing any of the other things the ego pushes you to do. On some level, it feels good to be bad. Saying what the ego wants you to say provides some pleasure, some satisfaction. At the very least, the pressure to say it is relieved once it is spoken. The ego’s way is the path of least resistance. As such, it is often irresistible.
However, the pleasure you get from indulging the ego is a double-edged sword, because feeling superior, being selfish or unkind, complaining, judging, blaming, and doing the other things the ego does to get this fleeting pleasure ultimately doesn’t feel good and doesn’t have good results. You feel bad about yourself when you do things that make others feel bad. This is the meaning of “Whatsoever you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done to me.” What you do to others, you also do to yourself:
When you judge others, you are also hurting yourself, because you can’t be judgmental and be happy.
When you are unkind to others, you are also being unkind to yourself, because you can’t be unkind and be happy.
When you don’t forgive someone, you are also harming yourself by holding hatred inside.
Whenever you are in ego, you not only hurt others, but also yourself. That’s how people learn to not be in ego. This lesson is built into life, and it is how life brings you back home to love.
Being at peace, being content, and being loving and in harmony with others is what feels good. The ego takes you away from this peaceful state, from what you really want. Becoming sensitive to how you’re getting pleasure from hurting others and also hurting yourself when you’re doing that will help you make another choice.
It would be easy to conclude that thoughts are a problem. But only when thoughts cause you to lose touch with your divine self are they a problem. Your relationship to thought is what changes with spiritual progress, not so much whether thoughts are running through your mind or not. As you disidentify with your thoughts, the thought-stream becomes increasingly quiet and neutral or benign. You can and may still be involved with some of your thoughts and even speak them, but you won’t believe them to the degree you once did.
When you don’t take your thoughts, especially the “I” thoughts, so seriously, as if they were personally true, they lose their fascination along with their bite. Then they can just be there, like the clouds or any other thing that belongs to this world of form. Thoughts are part of life as a human being, and once the truth about them is seen, they’re no longer a problem. Thank you for being here. I am with you always.