Jesus Steps Into His Purpose
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” (Matthew 23:1-15)
Every enlightened being, when coming face to face with the world, must make a decision about how to live in the world. While it is true that a being’s transformation benefits all human beings, there are intentions, thoughts, and actions that facilitate the transformation and advance the expression of compassion and truth. First—within the being—the being must reap the results of thoughts and actions, that is, they must experience the anxiety preceding the decision to act, they must learn to act with faith and courage, and then they must be willing to absorb the results of those actions. They will be second-guessed by critics, they will lament that their actions did not do more, they will come down from their “high” of purpose and decision to the low that is always experienced after defining moments. What is the next step in a process that peaked with the decision to act? A passive response to injustice limits the unfolding manifestation of purpose because it is rooted in inaction, lethargy, fear of being criticized, fear of failure, fear of showing commitment, and fear of the response. Passivity too often is aloof and detached from the world in a way that expresses apathy rather than compassion. Passivity can be expressed as truth without love. Passivity too easily becomes apathy based on a logical response: why should I act if nothing will be changed, because this is the way the world is? This is the logic of failure: that failure is sufficient to stop compassionate action. Those on “Moses’ seat” fear the loss of their position and find it safer to sit in judgment with their interpretation of the law as it exists, in its literal form, rather than seeking the fulfillment of the law according to the higher intention. This higher intention is rooted in an authentic search, a search that is characterized by questioning and responding to the difficult challenges in life, where every answer has consequences. It is possible to find a way forward in this ambiguous place, but action is required. Those in seats of power place the burden of the law on the shoulders of those below them, on the shoulders of those with less power who look to them for a way forward, and ultimately they enforce the law in such a way that it crushes the spirit of human beings. Answers are not found with people who raise themselves up above other human beings.
2014-213 There is a place and time on the path where everything that is good seems to have a beauty that is peaceful and calm, where in the silence and the calmness one can find or see into the present moment. It is much harder for human beings to see in the same way when there is violence, anger, jealousy or fear. There are things that come up inside the human being that feel like they cannot be controlled. People use the expression out of control, out of his mind or out of his head, but really there is much more going on than just the inability to think or reason. There is an overload of information and input into the body’s system, and there is a moment of shock where everything stops. A lack of attention, lack of feeling, emotional distancing, insensitivity, carelessness—all these things can grow inside of a person to a point where the person is unable to function, because all the information or all of the sensing has been cut off, including the ability to connect with another human being. We say this so that you are reminded that everyone can come to a moment of crisis from different directions. It can be from a lack of experience and dullness, or it can be from overwhelming experience and sensitivity. When this occurs, the antidote or the need of the being seems to be in the opposite condition: the one that is overwhelmed wants to calm down; the one that is in a stupor and dull feels like they need to wake up. But both of these conditions or variations are rooted in ignorance, because the being does not understand the true expression of their inner condition. It is always the inner condition that finds expression in the material. That is the direction that the life force and the will move, from inside to the outside toward expression. So when we talk about the spiritual journey of a person, the life that they are living, we are almost always talking about what is happening in their interior life.
2014-214 This is why it is so important to understand the anger and fear expressed by Jesus when he is in the temple, and when he is angry with the Pharisees and the Sadducees, when he fights with the priests and argues, he is fighting to get them to understand that it is their own inner condition that has produced the external law that has created conditions of exclusivity, conditions of insensitivity toward those in need of acknowledgment, and this is why he accuses them of creating children of hell, because of the ways in which the things they do affect the inner condition of human beings. It is very important that at the same time he talks about how they put themselves in positions of power and then use that power to keep other people out of the kingdom of heaven. Behind the power is the desire of self-preservation that has gone awry, that has gone to the extreme, such that it cannot see that every human being’s salvation is connected to every other human being’s salvation. This is why Jesus came back so many times to help those who are down or cast aside, to help bring them along, bring them to the same place, both spiritually and physically. The leaving behind of someone materially, where there is the exploitation of their labor or their time, without an effort to bring them to the same higher condition of abundance, is a severe karmic condition. This is why it is so important to teach awareness of the inner self, awareness of the inner connection to God and life, and it is why it has to be so constantly reinforced, even to those who already believe that they understand what self-awareness means, because true self-awareness recognizes the same self in other human beings. Understanding oneself, when it is spiritually grounded, becomes an avenue or a path of understanding others. It is true that Jesus was frustrated and angry, and it is true that he experienced fear. These things were necessary for his own awareness and understanding of how the awareness of others might be changed.
2014-215 Each day, when a human being encounters the smile of recognition or just a short glance that says, “I know you,” or the word that is the word that you share in greeting, these are the matters of great spiritual value because they say that “I know myself, and because I know myself, I can know you. Because I can feel myself, I can feel you. Because I can listen to a part of myself, deep inside, I can listen to you. Because I can be silent and patient, I can trust your silence, and I can wait.”
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.” You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? And you say, “Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.” How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it; and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it. (Matthew 23:16-22)
The sanctuary that makes everything holy is the human being and the human body. Sacredness comes from within, flowing out and becoming manifest in the person and in the person who acts authentically. Within the sanctuary of the being is the throne, and the individual has the power to reserve the seat of power for God and anything that represents God within the being. It is from this seat that is at the core of life and love, where truth resides, that all becomes manifest. Those whom Jesus questions have found physical “thrones” to sit upon and their physical appointments set them above others as if to convince those present that they are also spiritually elevated. He reminds them that it is not what sits on the altar that makes it holy, just as their position in the seat of Moses does not make them holy. The whole being—what is within and without— determines holiness. What comes out of their mouths defiles them.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.” Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:23-39)
The weightier matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faith— guide the values and principles that express the intention of the law. These things are embodied in the being as a result of justice, mercy, and faith, not because the rule has become hardened and hammered into place through the intentional neglect of others. The result is the emptiness and desolation experienced by those who come looking for comfort and rest only to find their burden has increased through the misapplication of an ancient inflexible law that has been maintained by beings just as inflexible and hard. The weight of the law, the fulfilling of the law is through love, through justice and mercy, through faith that all goodness will prevail beyond the earthly circumstance of human beings.
Jesus reaches this moment in his journey, and instead of shrinking into passive acceptance he steps forward, willing to take action, willing to take the consequences of his actions, and willing to voice the truth that others are afraid to express. Every step forward is a step toward death for him—physical death and the elimination of karma that was spiritually confining—because the earthly powers that surround him will not tolerate the truth of what he exposes. Those seated in positions of worldly power see his actions as contrary to the order of human law and social structure, and they ignore the ways these human laws distort the perception of God’s presence and the spiritual reality that also surrounds every being at every moment in time. Those too consumed with power are insensitive to the higher frequency of universal law as it is found in the building blocks of the universe. They can only reject what disturbs their system.
In these moments Jesus expresses the fullness of Stage Six in his spiritual growth: faith is abundantly expressed, both within him and in the expression of his understanding that faith is one of the weightier matters of the law. He has surrendered to the higher needs of those around him and he has rejected base needs that are concerned with physical security. After the events and through his experience, he will be transformed by the elimination of karmic patterns that had the potential to limit his ability to heal and inspire those around him.
Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” He said to them, “It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but at the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” (Matthew 19:3-12)
2014-217 There are many times when Jesus was asked a question and he gave answers, and sometimes the answers may have seemed strange or unusual. But these are examples of the times he goes deeper into the spiritual meaning of a person’s life. When he was asked about divorce, he said that divorce was allowed when there had been infidelity. The question was asked in relation to human laws enacted in a material context. Fidelity was seen in a physical context. Now the easy thing to look at was the relationship between the physically separate man and woman; however, we must see the relationship between the man and woman as one of purpose, spiritual purpose, where each helps the other fulfill the purpose for which they came into the world. And while they are faithful to that purpose, they are together. When they no longer have the same purpose, then it is no longer necessary for them to remain together. This can also be seen in the context of the union within a single human being of the masculine and feminine sides of their own nature, and where the two joined together form a more complete person, that is, wholeness. But it is easy to misapply the lesson of which he spoke when it is only considered in the physical sense of the relationship between a man and a separate woman because Jesus also talks about how “a man shall leave his family and a woman shall leave her family and they will be joined together by God, which is love, and therefore what love has joined together, let no one tear this apart.” This is because love is central to the expression of the purpose of a human being, especially love that is a regenerative love, or love when it joins together the two parts and a third—when God is called into the relationship. This is linked to Jesus saying, “when two or more are gathered in my name, God is there also, I am there also.” And the same is true when a man and a woman, the masculine and the feminine, come together. There is the generation of what is greater and transcendent and produced as love and produced through love.
2014-218 Now human beings are very creative and often seek ways to avoid the fulfillment of their purpose. And this is where separation from what love has joined together can be a karmic difficulty for human beings. Immediately after speaking of this kind of love, Jesus tells those who would hear, if they are willing to hear, that there are eunuchs by birth, eunuchs who have been made so by others, and eunuchs who have been made so by their own choice. Jesus chose the example of the eunuch because the eunuch is a symbol of the subordination of the regenerative power of males, and remember that Jesus lived in a male- dominant society or culture and in an epoch when there was a strong patriarchal expression of the divine. Yet in his example, he takes away the dominant male character, the regenerative male function, which is also the characteristic of the male that expressed dominion or domination over the feminine. The three forms of the eunuch that he describes can be considered as different stages of life for a person who has had this dominance removed. This form of dominion can be removed by God, where the male-dominance is never present from birth. Then at another stage, there is the situation where the regenerative power is taken away by others, where the male has been made a eunuch by the actions of those with power. Then there is the stage of life where the choice is made, where the human being becomes the author of their own story, and here the male subordinates and takes away his own power, and in this case, the choice is made so that a greater purpose may be fulfilled.
2014-219 There were those during the time of Jesus, especially those in power, who feared whatever was different, whatever did not fit into what was perceived to be the norm. What was normal in the eyes of human beings was so narrowly defined that it could not find all of the ways that God might be expressed in the world. The dominating concept of God in the patriarchal system was similar to that of a dominant male, a king, and the dominant male using all of his organs of perception and regeneration as tools of dominance over those around; and therefore in the temple, which represented the human body and the dominant concept of God at the time, those who did not fit this dominant paradigm were rejected and not allowed to enter. One of the ways that this was expressed was the separation of the men from the women at the temple, with the women kept away from the center or the Holy of Holies, as it was called. Jesus was challenging this male-dominant paradigm by calling out those who would bar the entry into the temple of those who did not fit the dominant male-patriarchal paradigm. He was saying to those around him that the purpose of a human being can be regenerative, no matter if the physical limitation is from birth, from others, or by choice. He explained in very few words, very symbolic words, that the virile-dominant, patriarchal paradigm of God had to be modified, and therefore, the eunuch by birth, or the eunuch by choice, or the eunuch who had been made so by another human being, must be allowed to enter because it is in the entering into of Holy of Holies, that all forms of human life find their expression both in and through the divine. The act was symbolic of entering into the most essential part of the human being, the temple of the body, the essence of a human being that is so intimately connected to God. Over time all of these understandings of human behavior and purpose, most especially all of those that are accepted and given through love, must be part of the divine paradigm and are found within God’s presence.
2014-220 Now in these things that we have described, there is also the karmic pattern that we have expressed to you earlier: the three stages of karma. And this also is represented by the eunuchs in the story because there is that karma which comes through birth, where the being learns to throw off all of the cultural, all of the family-generated understandings of the world and the being must step into freedom. This is representative of the first stage of karma. The second stage is represented by the eunuch who has been made a eunuch by others. Here it is the playing out of relationships where the being accepts the role of victim, but in turn also creates victims through their own behavior. There is a responsiveness and a receptiveness in relationships that generate karmic conditions. This is represented in the second stage where the being has not only overcome the cultural and family- generated karma, but goes deeper into a personal understanding of how karma is generated and how purpose is expressed. One must overcome this perception of being “made so by others” and take full responsibility. Accountability belongs to God. And then in the third stage, where the being is responding to the karma generated by past choices, the being works to overcome all self-generated and victim-forms of karma, all cultural forms, and all forms introduced to the being through the birth into the material realm. This work benefits all human beings. Now it is through the choice and the subordination of male-dominance in this example that there is the possibility of the transformation of energy into what is spiritual, and the raising up of this spirit-generated energy to the higher good and to higher forms found in the expression of love. By entering into the temple, symbolic also of one’s inner being, Jesus is proclaiming that access must come to those who follow this path, who have subordinated all attempts at dominance, suppression or oppression; then there is the transformation of the being who has acknowledged the presence of God. And as he said, “This is for those who can hear and are willing to hear.” He expressed this in such a way that those who are on this path would hear and remember this lesson and seek to explore the ways that these expressions of human life, in the ways they are manifest, those who would be curious and explore, would find important keys to understanding the true nature of God and the essence of God. One must remember we are speaking of purpose-filled behavior in all of its many forms.
2014-221 In those things that seem to express only the norm, especially when these are used to create a code, defining what is normal, these express the tendency to see a limited version of God, a god that is defined by the fear of human beings, rather than God who is a participant with human beings who are co-creators, beings who overcome the physical limitations that they have inherited or been given. And they overcome these limitations through accepting their purpose, raising the energy and their understanding to a higher plane of responsibility and existence.
2014-222 There is sometimes the confusion of the material world and a perception of this limited view as being what is natural and what is nature. But the true power of what is natural and what is nature is far more expressive than this limited view of God. The true nature of human beings, the true nature found expressed in all forms of life in the material, is an expression of vast potential and diversity, of changing forms, of variations, of a creative power whose limits cannot be defined or even held by the human mind. The human mind, if trapped, sees but a fraction of the wholeness that is present. It is the natural progression of human beings to grow and live beyond limited forms of regeneration in the physical realm so that their attention may be turned to forms of spiritual regeneration. This change in expression and purpose is necessary so that the full capacity of the human being, the full capacity of the soul, with all its power and ability, can be expressed.
2014-223 As is necessary for the human being, everything will come down to the freedom in which a human exists and the choices made. To live according to a passive acceptance of the world is to deny the full creative power that is found within human beings, and this would deny the importance of the freedom to choose and how freedom contributes to the development of the being. Human beings must find ways to ensure that acceptance of things as they are does not become a passivity that fears making choices and pursuing actions that generate the experiences necessary for the soul to grow and embrace all of its power. Once the choices have been mastered, then spiritual regeneration accelerates and spiritual growth culminates in illumination. All of these things show that the being has embraced a capacity to grow, to regenerate, to creatively express the life force and love and truth that is found in God. Then, at that point in time, all forms of expression become spontaneous and synchronistic. They are purposeful. And it is through this spiritual power, this directing of the life force and the will, that all of these powers come together because of the circumstance of freedom, and the context created by the choices made in freedom to express the love that is God. And with the expression of love, one must also give the gift of freedom to everyone who is met and in every relationship. This mirrors the freedom given by God. In the context of the stages of growth, we find that the being is able to give this freedom in this fashion is in Stage Seven. The embodiment of this giving and the initial stages that express this freedom are embodied in Stage Six. The ability to see the choices, the ability to understand, the ability to create one’s own story, especially as it is generated in the earlier stages, comes into its fullest expression at Stage Six and leads into Stage Seven. In these stages there is the full acknowledgment of God, and everything is properly attributed to God within the being.
2014-224 (Can you comment about Jeffrey’s dream? [Jeffrey had a dream where he saw a herd of bison while his father was driving the two of them to work. They were driving in the dark, on a rough, old road. He pointed out the bison to his father, but his father claimed they were not bison. Jeffrey saw a light behind the car, from a fire maybe.]) Jeffrey is entering a very powerful stage of his life, and he needs to understand when his concept of the father is driving his process. And though he would not like to admit this, there are times when the representation of his earthly father and the need for dominance becomes the means by which his vehicle is driven. Sometimes Jeffrey feels this because he feels the need to take control of his life, and take over with the kind of strength and dominance within himself that he feels must match his understanding of this same expression found in his earthly father. But these attempts at dominance are often ego- generated. And we have a battle between egos, between Jeffrey’s ego and the ego of the earthly father, within James—ego versus ego. Now, Jeffrey knows and has known that this is not his path and it is not the way to use his strength. Because using his strength in this way channels his spiritual energy into ego-directed effort, but it is not his role to become so passive that he accepts the conditions that exist. The path out, or the path into the way out, however he might like to see it, is not fighting against the paradigms constructed by his father or by others, but simply by pursuing his own purpose. Here is where the choice is for Jeffrey: any power held over him or where he feels oppressed, is dissipated by the choices that are made to fulfill his purpose. We can see the same thing in the life of Jesus, except that Jesus was not trying to overcome the influence of his earthly father, Joseph. He was battling greater powers, greater earthly powers found in the forms of governments and armies, institutions and spiritual hierarchies constructed in ways that dominated the lives of human beings. Jeffrey sees these same things and this is at the root of his desire to fight these institutional manifestations and structures, these systems of prejudice or systems of oppression. And yet there is the knowledge and understanding within him that it is ego versus ego, structure versus structure. It is a path of purpose that finds its way through these structures that weaves in and out of systems without becoming enmeshed in the structure of the system to where the structure dominates the choices or diminishes the path ahead. In essence, he is creating his path in the same way that Jesus created a path and became a way for others. So we see the bison running parallel to his life, running parallel to his vehicle, and he recognizes the shape and form of the spirit of the bison. And he sees the light that causes them to move, that helps them run, that infuses them with life and energy. And he tries to tell the father, the earthly father, what it is, but the earthly father doesn’t see it. The father continues to drive along the man-made road that is subject to corrosion, corruption, decay, all of which become like potholes on the path that cause one to stumble or break down. Yet, just as in the dream, the life force and energy of the bison run in the wild and create their own path, and they can cross the road, can run through the woods, can run in darkness, but the energy and power within, this primordial energy, needs to be joined with Jeffrey where his choices and direction and purpose tame the wildness without diminishing the spiritual energy. The haphazard direction of the beasts is brought into fullness where the primordial energy is married to the freedom in the person that is aligned with God and finds full expression in the abundance of God.
2014-225 It might be said, or should be said, that within this whole paradigm for Jeffrey is the fear of death, especially the death experienced by his earthly father, and the fear that he might also experience a similar death that is both sudden and early. But these circumstances have already been avoided through his effort and his work, and the horizon has been pushed out in this life for the fulfillment of all those things necessary for greater growth and illumination. When he is faced with these things and he sees these things, he can feel the grip and the struggle that ensues with his ego and his fears. He will come to know more fully that it is in the expression and the pursuit of his purpose that he finds the greater choices in life and that he can move out of this old paradigm, and he should trust because he has successfully overcome this many times and in many ways already in his life. He has the power to continue and he will find ways to embody this fearlessness so that he roams in the world like the bison, and his power churns the earth and creates a path where no path appears to exist. Others see the wide-open expanse, the hills and the sky, and they shrink back and they have small lives because they are afraid to roam. But the bison and the buffalo are always running to the horizon to see and know and express their true nature in freedom.