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The Goal of the Spiritual Path
The Goal of the Spiritual Path, from Jesus Speaking: On Embodying Christ Consciousness
Today, I want to offer some clarity about the goal of the spiritual path. First, let me ask you, Why are you on the spiritual path? Why do you want to become enlightened? Your answers are most likely that you don’t want to suffer, you want to be happy, or you want to get off the wheel of Karma. These are reason enough for your efforts, but they are not really why your soul is on the spiritual path. These are more like your ego’s or human self’s reasons for doing all the things you do on behalf of your spiritual growth.
What is your soul’s reason for being on the spiritual path? Your soul is relishing the experience of being in the body, so it is hardly in a hurry to go anywhere else. Your soul is also not concerned with suffering any more than with what you wore yesterday. This may sound callous, but to your soul, suffering is just another thing in life that comes and goes, like the weather. As soon as the suffering is gone, it’s gone.
Moreover, suffering serves the soul’s goal of learning, so suffering is not a problem to your soul for that reason either. Your soul’s most fundamental lesson as well as the lesson of the spiritual path is to learn how to live without suffering, so the soul accepts suffering as part of the plan. It also appreciates how efficiently suffering teaches what must be learned.
The soul is not concerned with happiness either, since that also comes and goes. Your soul has not incarnated for the fun of it, although life is often great fun. Your soul is in it for the experience, whatever that may be. It may be fun or maybe it won’t, but that isn’t important.
Experience is what is important to your soul, and life has plenty of that. No matter what happens, it is an experience, and a unique one at that. Your soul is a glutton for experience—all kinds of experiences—and earth is an excellent place for that.
Duality provides a wide range of experiences, both what you would view as good and bad ones. Your soul appreciates duality for the variety it provides, without a value judgment. There is no such thing as good or bad in the realm of the soul, or you could say that it is all good to the soul, because it all provides experience. Imagine if that was your perspective! Imagine how freeing that would be to welcome whatever experience you are having. That would be very enlightened of you!
Enlightenment is experiencing life as your soul experiences it: without resistance or evaluation, no good or bad, but all good. This is the goal of the spiritual path: to embrace life fully, to not sort it into good or bad or like or dislike.
The problem with such value judgments is that they all have “I” at the center of them. Evaluations are always from the perspective of “I”: “I like this. I don’t like that.” There is always an “I” that the preference is attached to, and that “I” is the false self. But to the soul or to those who are enlightened, life just is as it is, and however it is, is naturally accepted—no need for an evaluation, an argument, or a debate about it!
I’m not suggesting you go around saying, “I like it” about everything or even that it’s possible to feel this way all the time. As enlightened as that attitude is, others would surely question your judgment or even your sanity if you did that. Your human self is naturally not going to like a lot of things. But no matter. There is something else here that is in love with life just as it is. And that is what I’m suggesting you get in touch with.
I’m suggesting that you simply notice your human likes and dislikes when they arise and then just let them be. To be enlightened, your preferences don’t have to disappear, and they won’t as long as you are human. Your human self and its preferences can comfortably coexist with the true self, which is an aspect of your soul and in love with life just as it is.
Being enlightened doesn’t mean that you don’t have preferences or feelings. Being enlightened means that you are not only aware of the false self, but also the true self’s experience of reality and that you are more aligned with that than the false self’s. Being enlightened is a shift to your true self’s perspective, which loves and accepts your false self, its preferences and evaluations, and everything else.
Your true self has a loving relationship with your false self. It loves the experience of a false self as much as it loves everything else. It doesn’t need to get rid of or even suppress the false self. It loves having the experiences the false self brings to it, even the suffering and drama. But, once you are enlightened, you recognize the suffering and drama for what they are—something conjured up by the imaginary self.
As a result, when you are enlightened, suffering is difficult to pull off. Once you’ve seen a magic trick, you can’t be fooled by that illusion anymore, and once you’ve see through the illusion of the false self, it can’t cause you to suffer anymore. Only when you believe the illusion, can it do that.
Your soul enjoys having seen through the illusion as much as it enjoyed believing the illusion. To your soul, one experience is not better or worse than another; they are just different. All experiences are equal—equally loved and equally valued.
This is a dramatic shift of perception, a night-and-day shift. This is the freedom the sages and mystics speak about: freedom from suffering. But what becomes free is not your soul, since it has always been free. It has always viewed life as a wonderful and perfect adventure. You become free of the false self and its false perceptions—free to experience life as your soul experiences it. That is enlightenment.
The goal of the spiritual path is to strip away false perceptions and misunderstandings and make it possible to live as you were intended to live, as your divine self. Your ego causes you to misperceive and misunderstand life, and so, you strive for things that will never make you happy. When the lenses of perception are cleansed, your understanding changes, and so your life changes.
Those who are enlightened, or nearly so, enjoy life immensely because there is so much to be enjoyed. But they also don’t need a lot to be happy. They are happy with every little thing and happy with little. If they have a lot, they are happy with that. If they have a little, they are happy with that.
Like your soul, those who are enlightened enjoy whatever they create or co-create with life. This doesn’t mean they might not choose to create one thing over another, but however that works out, they enjoy that. Choosing still happens, often according to preferences, but there is no attachment to the results. Whatever happens is fine.
And what would be the point, anyhow, of feeling any other way? What would that get you? This is what is clearly seen when you are enlightened. It makes no sense to have a preference for the way life goes, because life will go the way it goes. What good are your preferences?
The idea that your preferences matter is one of the biggest misperceptions, or illusions, of them all. It doesn’t matter what you like or don’t like. Have you noticed? This only matters to the false self, which is all about likes and dislikes and couldn’t exist without them.
Your true self and your soul do not have preferences. They are not trying to get anywhere. This may seem to contradict the idea that life is a school in which the goal is to evolve. But both of these are true: Life is a school that brings about the soul’s evolution, and the soul doesn’t have a preference for how that comes about.
There is something beyond your soul that is pulling the strings, and the soul is happy with however those strings are pulled. There is a force greater than your soul, of which your soul is but an instrument. You can call this force whatever you like: God, Grace, the Divine, Source. Your soul and nonphysical beings like myself, angels, and others are but instruments of this loving force that is behind all life. This force is wise, and it is loving, and it has your best interests at heart. It can be trusted.
Your soul knows this, so it relaxes into life and enjoys the ride, whatever that might look like. Your soul also has no illusion of control. You may think your soul is in control of what happens in your life, but your soul is not the prime determinant, only a useful device for delivering the will of something unimaginably greater.
You are in good hands. You can relax and enjoy the ride. You can take your hands off the steering wheel and let the divine intelligence that created and expresses itself through everything do its work through you. It brings you the experiences you need, and you will naturally learn whatever you need to. This school of life is designed well. You can even relax about learning, since it would be impossible to not learn.
You are so blessed to be so close to the Truth now, to understand as much as you do. You are so much freer than most people, so much more ready to step into the next phase of your existence, one that is happier and more in love with life than you ever imagined possible.
Thank you for being here. Thank you for opening to divine Grace. I am with you always.
What Are You Giving Your Loyalty To?
What Are You Giving Your Loyalty To?
I want to focus on a particular question today, which will help you discover what really matters to you. The question is: “What are you giving your loyalty to?” This may not be something you often think about, which is what makes it a good question. If you don’t examine this, you’re likely to fall into old habits and patterns of making choices that don’t serve you.
Loyalty, as I am using this, is attention plus energy and time. What you are loyal to is what you give your attention, energy, and time to. It may be helpful to take stock of what you are loyal to on most days. What you’re loyal to will determine your experience of life and also what you’re creating in life, for your good or to your detriment.
The choices you make each day matter. They determine your experience of any moment, and they shape your life. They lay the foundation for what you’ll experience going forward. Let me give you an example. If you exercise every day, that becomes part of your experience of that day, and it supports the creation of a healthy and strong body going forward. If you don’t choose to exercise regularly, that leaves times for other things, which define your day and to some extent your future. For instance, maybe instead of exercising, you read books. Then, those books will be your experience and affect your life going forward. How you spend your time matters! Every choice has consequences.
My point is that you create your current and future experience with every choice you make. In essence, the only difference between you and another person are the choices you make each day, including what you choose to believe and how you relate to the voice in your head.
These are some of the most important choices. What you choose to believe surely determines your current and future experience. Notice that I said your beliefs determine your experience of the present and your future experiences. That’s primarily what beliefs do: They determine your experience of reality, whether you are happy or not, because they determine the lens through which you view life.
This, in turn, determines and possibly limits what kind of opportunities life brings you and whether or not you take advantage of them. This is why it is said that your beliefs create reality. However, it would be more accurate to say that your beliefs create your experience of reality—your inner experience—and that affects the choices you make that help shape outer reality. I say “help” shape reality because there is another hand at work shaping reality, and that is the hand of Grace: Thy will.
What you believe is really important, and yet, many people are not that aware of what they believe or aren’t consciously making choices around that. Most people accept certain beliefs without questioning them, even though beliefs are so important. It’s as if people don’t believe that beliefs are important. But it’s easy enough to see how very important they are.
Many people are sleepwalking through life. They believe things without questioning them, and they make choices without thinking. They’re operating on automatic, which means they’re letting their default—their programming—choose for them. The problem with this is that the programming is faulty.
Letting the default choose for you is not freedom. So many live as if they’re imprisoned by their conditioning, except they don’t realize they’re imprisoned. They live as if they have no choice to behave differently than their programming. Their conditioning is determining their experience of life and what they’re creating in life, and they don’t even realize it. They’re free to choose differently, but they aren’t exercising that freedom.
This is where loyalty comes in. What are you being loyal to? In other words, what are you giving your attention, energy, and time to? What are you falling in lockstep with? What are you following? Loyalty is often about loyalty to a leader or to a principle. What leader are you following? What principles, values, or beliefs are you following?
Whether you are aware of it or not, you’re following something, so it’s important to be conscious of what that is. Without that awareness, you are at the mercy of your conditioning and you’ve forfeited your power to choose.
Some people don’t want to do the work of consciously choosing. It takes awareness and will to choose something other than the default. The default is the path of least resistance and, therefore, the easiest choice. However, following the default is rarely the best choice.
Take that in: Following the default is rarely the best choice. What a predicament! The human condition is such that the default and the easiest thing to do is not the best choice. No wonder people lead such unhappy lives—they’re making poor choices! They’re being loyal to a false master, a poor master.
The reason this master is such a poor one is that this master—your programming—lacks wisdom, in the same way that a computer lacks wisdom. Like a computer, you are programmed with information; but unlike a computer, much of your programming is not true, partly because your programming is outdated and partly because you’ve been programmed by other human beings who lack wisdom or basic knowledge.
A computer that’s been programmed with false information isn’t much use. And if you don’t know that computer has been programmed with false information, that computer is worse than useless; it’s dangerous. It can cause damage—suffering. Your faulty programming is the cause of your suffering. Or, rather, believing your faulty programming is the cause of your suffering.
Wisdom resides in the Heart, not the head. This is counterintuitive because it seems like your ability to think is your saving grace. You rely on it. It sets you apart from other creatures and has allowed you to manipulate your environment to your advantage. Your ability to think and reason is extremely useful.
However, your intelligence is just a tool, just as your body is a tool. The important question is: Who or what is using this tool? What is using your intelligence, your rational mind—the ego or something wiser?
Your rational mind—your ability to think and reason—is a God-given gift. It’s a reflection of the greater intelligence that created you. This ability to reason is not part of your programmed mind, however. Your conditioning and other programming, including the ego, belong to a more primitive aspect of the mind that is not rational, objective, or wise. This primitive part of your brain is often in conflict with the rational part of your brain. I’m sure this is quite apparent to you.
So, you could say that there are three aspects to your intelligence: the conditioned, or programmed, mind; the rational, or reasoning, mind; and wisdom, or intuitive knowing.
The conditioned, or programmed, mind is the domain of the ego, and the ego is part of that programming. The ego is the programmed sense of being separate and apart from All That Is. The ego is the faulty software you’ve been given, and the ego’s voice is the voice in your head. It is largely fear-based, and the desires it generates and the actions that come from those desires are designed to assuage the ego’s fears.
The rational mind is the hardware, the functional computer. The rational mind can be used by the ego to get the ego’s desires met, or the rational mind can be used by the Divine to accomplish the Divine’s intentions and plan. The rational mind is neutral. As I said, it’s a tool to be used by the ego or the Divine.
Wisdom, or intuitive knowing, comes primarily from beyond the brain. It is the voice of the Divine, which attempts to guide each person’s life but is overruled at times by the predominance of the voice in the head.
To return to our question: What are you giving your loyalty to? As always, the issue is who is controlling the body-mind? Is the ego at the helm or the divine self? The ego is the master of most people’s lives but not entirely. The divine self has its say, often without any conscious awareness on the person’s part. The divine self manages to steer most people’s lives in the general direction it intends in spite of their allegiance to the voice in their head.
The difference is that someone who’s following their intuition moves more effortlessly in the soul’s direction and experiences less suffering overall than someone who’s following the voice in their head. Although the ego doesn’t prevent most people from fulfilling their soul’s plans, it causes a lot of missteps and unnecessary suffering along the way, even in the midst of plenty and great Grace.
To be free and happy, you have to become aware of where your directives are coming from—the voice in your head or divine wisdom. To the degree that your loyalty is to the voice in your head, you will make poor choices and suffer, and to the degree that your loyalty is to your divine wisdom, you will be happy and not suffer.
This is a nice, neat formula: Follow your inner wisdom. But the problem is that to do that, you have to go against your default, and many don’t know what that means to give their loyalty to their inner wisdom. How do you live this way? This seems mysterious and impossibly vague. But it isn’t!
Each of you already follows your inner wisdom. Every time you do or say something you feel good about, you’re following your inner wisdom. That happens a lot, especially for those of you on the spiritual path who are making an effort to be more conscious of your choices. For many of you, making such choices is already natural and automatic. More and more, you are consciously choosing what to believe and how to behave. You notice your judgments and negative thoughts, choose not to act on them, and make another choice. When you do this, you are being loyal to the Truth, to the Divine within.
The Divine within you is your own natural goodness. When you are loyal to goodness, you feel good. Choosing goodness could even be considered a formula for how to behave. Oh wait—isn’t that what you’ve been taught: “Be good!” Yes, it is, because the knowledge that goodness is good and goodness is the path is encoded in you more deeply than any other programming you may have.
The “still, small voice” of goodness is always whispering in your ear, if you are willing to listen. Be loyal to that, and you will be truly happy and at peace. I wish you all the peace and happiness of your divine nature. I am with you always.