Introduction

The Revelation of God in a Human Being describes how an individual develops in consciousness from a lower, less aware state of being, toward greater levels of understanding, with the culmination being the full realization of God, or God consciousness. The first part of the book introduces a model of consciousness that has the potential to change the way you see yourself, the world, and spirituality. The different processes that we associate with consciousness and the mind—such as the ego, will, intellect, and imagination—are defined and explained in ways that may be different from the ways you previously understood the human mind. The book also evaluates the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from the context of his interior development and provides an example of a person who walked a deeply authentic spiritual path, and who through his life experiences and choices, was transformed. The final state of his transformation was, and is, oneness with God. Studying the material presented in this book is like being handed a set of keys that can unlock the mysteries of your existence and your purpose in this world. This process has been called self-realization, illumination, and enlightenment. The realization of this process is the revelation of God in a human being.

A full understanding of the human being prior to the time of Jesus was unrevealed, meaning that the truth about human beings as spiritual entities was not completely understood. This was especially true of the Judeo-Christian tradition where the origin of every human being, the origin of life in the being, the consciousness of the being, was seen as limited and separate from the creative source of life and consciousness. When a person exhibited special qualities of strength, understanding, knowledge, or wisdom, these things were understood as given by a power outside of the person. The spirit of God was thought to come down upon them, or to touch them in a magical way. In this manner all authority, wisdom, knowledge, and the ability to heal were thought to enter a person from the outside. The “evil” nature of human beings was a consequence of and a part of this same understanding of the person. All that was good and true, being outside the person, coming from outside the person, would move into the person, that is, into a place where goodness was absent. This limited understanding of the person did not acknowledge the interior condition of a person, did not acknowledge the source of life in a person, did not acknowledge the source or origin of consciousness that came with life, and did not acknowledge God’s presence in the person.

During the time of Jesus, the kings of Israel were thought to be anointed by God through the high priest in Jerusalem. The priest was the mediator of God’s will and the interpreter of God’s laws according to tradition. Authority rested with the priest in two ways: first, the person functioning in the role of priest assumed he held the authority by virtue of birth or position, and second, the people gave authority—sometimes unconsciously—to the priest. A special person was “anointed” to be king by the priest and this special person was therefore “God’s anointed” and recognized as having both spiritual and political (earthly) power given by God, who in their understanding existed outside of the person. This external recognition was ritualized and shown to the people in a manner to reinforce this perception. The people also participated in the ritual in ways that affirmed the perception that the priest held all earthly forms of spiritual authority. Many of the people chosen by the priests to take the role of leader and king—David, for example—did not grow and mature into an understanding of truth and spiritual power as these exist in God. The record of their experiences in scripture shows this lack of understanding and the calamity that was the result.

One consequence of these spiritual failures was widespread dissatisfaction with the religious and political leaders, such that people believed that a new Messiah, or Christ, would come to them. This is the reason many asked Jesus, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus understood the conflict that lay behind this question. He knew the authority, power, and truth that existed within every person because he recognized this same authority, power, and truth within himself. Jesus recognized that the true spiritual identity of every human being was centered in God. Jesus understood that the best way for him to reveal this true inner condition of human beings, so that others might have access to this wisdom, was to live as a witness to this truth. This exposed the way the world recognized authority, power, and truth, and created conflict between Jesus and earthly, material, forms of power. Imagine, if a person does not recognize that they are made from the essence of God, that God is within them, then another person who holds power through status and birth could manipulate and control them. Authority granted by the exterior, distant God, could manipulate, control, oppress, or coerce a person because of the inferior status of the person. All of this existed because people were unaware of the internal authority they possessed. External forms of authority, like churches or institutions, then, and now, do not acknowledge the internal authority, power, and truth of human beings. The internal authority held by each person potentially threatens the understanding of the human being held by others who consent to these earthly forms of authority. Individual forms of internally developed authority threaten the understanding that God has established all of the existing forms of social order.

Jesus destroyed the concept of the Messiah and exposed the false authority given to religious rituals and priests as they were understood. By living as he did, bearing witness to the truth, he became, he embodied, the Christ; he was the embodiment of the true origin of what it meant to be anointed—anointed with life, love, truth—and he expressed what it meant to be intimately connected to the source of life and consciousness through creation and birth. For those who functioned in roles of authority granted by external forms of earthly power, this represented chaos and destruction. These same people had no understanding of the natural order of God’s truth and love, and they could not understand how this would bring human beings into spiritual alignment. They did not understand that this internal ordering of a person would lead to the manifestation of the highest spiritual qualities in humanity.

Jesus planted the seed of consciousness necessary to understand the Christ in human beings through his life and teaching, and this understanding continues to grow and unfold in the consciousness of human beings. Each of us has the ability to recognize the true origin of our own being, the true origin of love and truth, and each of us holds within the gift of all life, love, and truth. This is the beauty embodied in the Christ child; the beauty found in the birth of every child, the light that enlightens every human being. This is the promise, the hope, and the redemption contained in every birth. This is the meaning found in the celebration of Christmas, though the understanding and manifestation of this meaning is often obscured in the same ways that the truth was obscured when Jesus walked the earth. Principalities and powers that live in the guise of spiritual authority try to interject themselves between the person and God, preventing a true understanding of the relationship of each person to God. Just as it was before, many who function in these roles do so with an incorrect understanding of the person.

Each person must find ways to access the authority found within, and Jesus is one such model for this process. There are other ways in other cultures and periods of history, but this book, The Revelation of God in a Human Being, was written for those called by the example of the revelation of God in Jesus. To follow Jesus, and to recognize that these other ways exist, does not diminish Jesus, his truth, or his authority, and does not undermine the function of what he reveals. Giving respect or offering to understand the spiritual experience of others, the revelation of God in others, does not alter the authority found in Jesus. To think this would be a spiritual error. Nothing is gained or earned by expressing false notions of exclusivity. To promote the exclusivity of Jesus would diminish the truth of the spiritual path and the revelation of God expressed in him, and would represent a diminished understanding of the freedom, truth, and love in the revelation of God that exists and is waiting to be found in every person.