The Passion and the Resurrection
I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me. Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father?’ ” They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while?’ We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?’ Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”
I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.
His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:1-33)
Since the material powers cannot recognize the truth as it is expressed in the life and words of Jesus, those words and his presence are expelled from the temples and synagogues. Within these religious manifestations of spirituality there is not the capacity to facilitate seeing the spiritual, nor is there full embodiment of the spiritual.
The disciples will see Jesus later, when they have done the spiritual work. He will become part of their vision, part of the spiritual expression of the truth within themselves first. At that point in time their prayers and their requests will change. They will not seek objects or powers that relate to the material world. What will be given to them is spiritual and it will be expressed in their consciousness. Jesus will not have to intercede for them in the sense that they will have the proper perspective to see their own relationship to what is divine. The power and ability will be within them and as he said, they will do greater things than he did for them because it is their own transformation that precedes these powers and spiritual abilities. He could not and cannot do these things for them; they must do them through their own spiritual work, through their own transformation. His path has been shown to them, but it is through an inner sight that they will be able to see that path to illumination and oneness within God. Though they speak of this form of “salvation” to others, they do not yet understand the relationship of their “belief” or “faith” to that inner work. This is the reason that Jesus told Peter to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus spoke of the nourishment of the soul, not the nourishment of the body. Jesus had to tell Peter more than once. The representation of the story and the representation of Peter’s response condense multiple events into one episode. Jesus asks Peter to look beyond his love for Jesus because he doesn’t want Peter to objectify Jesus. If Peter only sees Jesus within a material context of what is divine, he will fall prey to the same problems that other spiritual seekers encountered before him. Peter’s spirituality will become codified, structured, and embodied in the same ways that the ancient religion of the Jews became a material expression in the world through a lack of understanding. In this form, the religion, the understanding of God, became fixed in material expression and became like the graven images of the ignorant.
This expression of spirituality has been conquered; this material world has been conquered by Jesus. Jesus refutes the idea that the understanding of God can be fixed in the temple or in the understanding of human beings.
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.”
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:1-26)
Jesus is shown to express that he was sent by God, and here we find another way that the event is seen and written through the eyes of a person in the early stages of spiritual growth. God is seen in a dualistic way, a way in which God, external to the world, interjects God’s will into the material realm. Spiritually we can see that “sent” actually expresses the natural state of love, the essence of love, so that out of love’s own being, out of God’s own being, love is expressed through the presence and actions of Jesus. Jesus asks that his oneness be reflected through and in the oneness of all beings. His prayer, the purpose, is to bring all beings into illumination.
The word “scripture” is used—and it shows a lack of understanding by those who wish to equate scripture with the actual expression (word) of God. The word of God and scripture as it is expressed in the Bible are not the same. Jesus lived so that the word of God would be fulfilled through him and in him, not so scripture or the text of the Bible would be fulfilled. This is just one way that we can distinguish between the intention of the biblical record and the actual events in the life of Jesus. Jesus was not subject to words or texts compiled based on religious and political determinations in a material world.
Through the love in Jesus we must understand that all of the love of God is focused on us individually and collectively at all times. As Jesus confirms, the material world is not a full representation of God. To know God, one must travel a path invisible to the material eye. Only by turning inward and attempting to access the spiritual qualities of our being can we properly start the journey and begin to recognize what it means when Jesus states that his love is in them. He embodies this pure love; this pure love continuously penetrates every human being so that God’s love is fulfilled. The most direct expression of this love is life itself. The love is within at the same time one exists within that same love. Love is at the same time the center of all being, and concurrently all beings are within that center. At this state of perfection the movement inward and outward are the same thing because all movement is intended to express love.
These things are sufficient to themselves, their own existence: love, truth, presence, and the condition of oneness. Everything happening to Jesus in this moment is an expression of truth and thus it is holy and sanctified. Truth and love are both expressed along with presence so that those who hear recognize that all moments in time—time as it is recognized at the material level—carry within them eternity.
Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” (John 19:10-11)
The power given from above is freedom. Pilate can express whatever he wishes because he has been given the same freedom as all human beings, but he only sees his power in a material context and believes this is sufficient to impress or intimidate Jesus. Pilate can turn toward God, or deny God. Pilate does not know God because he shows that he is unable to see the expression of God in the being of Jesus; he cannot see God in the moment. Jesus expresses this same freedom by saying that it is the faulty use of freedom that has resulted in his presence before Pilate; this is the condition under which he has been turned over. The sin is the inappropriate use of freedom.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord;” and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:15-18)
Because those who witnessed the passion of Jesus were bound in the material expressions of power, their ability to see was limited, as shown by the story of Mary’s visit to the empty tomb.
Jesus, in a complete state of illumination, knows that Mary remains attached to his physical presence and for this reason tells her not to “hold on” to him. She must let go of him so she can focus on her own journey. Mourning for him, at the spiritual level, would delay her transformation. Jesus is revealed to her and in a few moments she glimpses into another dimension of life. His transformation, as it is seen from a material dimension or context, occurs with the passage of time, and consequently his words of instruction to her, yet it has already occurred within his being. Mary’s vision of Jesus expresses the beginning of the process of her own illumination. As one who took to heart his teaching, more has been revealed to her, and this is one of the reasons she is an early witness to the resurrection.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:29-31)
Jesus expresses his concern to the disciples because they have only seen him in a material context. Their belief has not reached the stage of internal embodiment. Those who have not seen, yet understand, have done the internal work necessary to “see” Jesus in a different context, a context that has been a part of their inward journey.
Outside of this internal, spiritual, context, the miracles and “signs” appear magical. Yet these abilities are the consequence of the spiritual illumination of Jesus. Some of these abilities were visible earlier, but now Jesus has entered into the fullness of his power, where he is seated on a throne of righteousness. In this position, or location, both within his being and without (the without being an expression of the material world), he shows new mystical powers, powers that can only be understood in a spiritual context. These powers are not described simply because they were not understood. The expression of the word of God, as it is expressed in the being of an individual, cannot be captured in a text that pretends to express the word of God. The reference to their quantity is an expression of the powers on multiple levels of consciousness and multiple levels of being. An action at the material level has multiple consequences in the many other levels of human consciousness. The life in his name is the life of purpose, the expression of love and truth, which coexist in oneness with life (energy) as it flows from God into every human being. This life is eternal life and as such is distinguished from life in the material plane, which is seen to exist only between the chronological occurrences of birth and death. The expression of eternal life is invisible to the materially conditioned mind.
2014-087 The revelation of God in Jesus occurs on multiple levels. Certainly there is the revelation of God within the person of Jesus, within his consciousness. And the change that that consciousness brings about is evident in his life and the lives of those around him. Then there is the circumstance where others witness this revelation, and his revelation is revealed to them. This also is the revelation of God in Jesus. But we have to be careful in establishing the boundary between these two forms of revelation: the personal revelation and bearing witness to the revelation, and the attempt to place that revelation in another human being. The attempt to place that revelation in another human being is far too presumptive and ego-driven to be effective. It is ego-driven first because the person who attempts this, attempts this out of ignorance. A person with a higher level of consciousness and awareness has more respect for the process occurring in another human being, such that they would never attempt to control that process in inappropriate ways. And this ignorance extends to the point where beyond the issue of respect, there is the simple failure to understand human spirituality in the person and how the process of change occurs. Ultimately, such attempts will fail in some manner, and force those who disseminate this kind of information, and those prone to listen to this kind of information to learn in circumstances that, for them, will be much more painful and difficult. You can be sure that any time willful ignorance and the ego go unchecked, it is only through pain, the pain of separation and humiliation, that the process can be stopped. And it is usually the higher part of persons themselves that subverts this kind of craziness.
2015-006 We wish to speak about life and death. First we will speak about life at a very deep, or what you might call a primordial level. There is the substance of the soul, and the substance, the essence of the soul, is the same as the substance and the essence of God. This substance is invisible to the human eye in the material world. This substance can be felt and understood through the effect that it creates in the life of a person. This substance has characteristics that can be described both like a liquid, and at the same time like a blanket. This matter, spiritual matter, can be shrunk or expanded. It can be folded, compressed, and altered in many ways, but the quality of this substance is pure awareness. This substance gives rise to consciousness in the form of what Jeffrey has described as the intellect. Now this substance is pure awareness and consciousness itself, but we are talking about the awareness of how it proceeds from the soul, and the intellect is very much like a mirror or a glass that reflects back to the soul. As the life force proceeds out from the soul into this intellect, the intellect is energized; you might say that it vibrates at a highly refined level so supersensitive that it can absorb anything it senses, such that it becomes one with the object that it’s sensing. This consciousness also senses, feels, or sees through the organs of perception in the body. As the life energy from the soul and this consciousness move into the body, the body grows at a very rapid pace. It energizes the cells and the cells divide, and the body forms according to the consciousness of the soul that is entering material reality. In the beginning, the intellect that proceeds from consciousness experiences the material realm in a very pure state. This consciousness, the same consciousness of the soul in its expression, encounters the mirror of its intellect, and this is where the intellect can misidentify or lose the source of its identity. The identity is lost in the reflection of the soul. In a sense you could say that the consciousness proceeding from the soul falls in love with its own image, and the feeling or the sensing of separation occurs between the image and the soul. Now the soul that is born into the material realm travels down the channel that Jeffrey has described as “The Map of Consciousness.” And as it travels down the channel into the body, it encounters all the realms of consciousness, the multiple reflections, the multiple identities, the multiple sensory experiences of the manifest world. These layers of consciousness are shared layers of consciousness, and the images, patterns, the karmic sheath at each level, as we have described, become part of the consciousness of the being. All of this occurs very rapidly on one level, and very slowly on another. The body, energized, changes and grows quite rapidly. The consciousness awareness of the soul in the body develops slowly. As the energy centers of the body are formed, the connection between the body and the consciousness is made.
2015-007 Now, death can be described as the reverse of this process, where the consciousness withdraws from the material into each successive layer of consciousness as it recedes back to the soul. Eventually there is a separation of the energetic centers of the body, and the life force withdraws at the same time the consciousness withdraws. Now we must remember that there is a shared consciousness at all times, on multiple levels. So the soul, if it has reached high levels of consciousness in its ability to manifest physically, can watch the process unfold during birth, and can also watch the process unfold during death. For the person who is bound in the lowest levels of material consciousness, the journey back to the awareness of the soul occurs or begins just below the conscious mind, so that the first experiences after death are like the experiences of human memory. The images, the manifest reality, the energy, the content, is opened, spread out before the consciousness, and experienced by the consciousness as it recedes through each level. As the soul moves to the layers below the awake mind, to the cultural unconscious, there is an experience of the same symbols, the same energies, found in the consciousness of those who share the same culture. In these first two stages after death, if the soul and the consciousness are underdeveloped, this is the area of consciousness where great fear is encountered. There is much darkness. There is a feeling of being in a muddy or a dense environment. This is where the soul, in some ethnic traditions, experiences parts of its own being and parts of other beings that are in a state of mourning, fear, anxiety, anger, and full of attachments, unwillingness to let go. There can actually be sensory experience, and the withdrawal of the sensory experience is frightening until more subtle levels of consciousness begin to function, and the soul and the person retain a sense of being. The experience of this process is slow to the consciousness of the soul, but rapid in the expression of the material. The body, lifeless, without the life energy flowing in, rapidly cools. Because the sensory capacity remains as the person’s life energy recedes, this is why prayers are so effective in the soul’s journey. The soul hears the consciousness of the energy of prayers, or senses this experience in multiple ways. Sometimes it is an experience of light or warmth, and sometimes there is sound. These experiences vary by the individual. As the consciousness recedes further from the body, the soul experiences either more darkness or more light depending on the stages of consciousness that were activated during life. The more the deeper levels of consciousness are activated during life, the more light, or the feeling of light, the experience of light, is present in consciousness. If the patterns of karma run very deep, the strands or the attachments are held tightly, and it is almost as if there are lines and hooks that hold consciousness in the darker realms of lower consciousness, and there is a stagnant or non-sensory-like experience of stillness and stuckness. This feeling of being stuck is usually accompanied by great fear, and if the fear and attachment is great enough, the attachment can actually pull the soul’s awareness back into the material realm. All of this occurs within the consciousness of the being.
2015-008 Now this is the overview that we wish to give so that we can describe the Passion of Jesus. If we were to see a picture of his consciousness, all the layers of consciousness would be compressed, almost to the point of disappearing. The life force would be so strong that you would see in a picture a deep cut into the awake mind, a channel very wide and broad. There is a specific effect of this penetration of consciousness into the material being. It is so powerful that it’s as if all of the lower levels of consciousness of the being are pushed out into the material realm around the expression of the soul that is in Jesus. And here is the effect: the death experience for Jesus is experienced in the material realm, in the form of the people and the consciousness of the people around him, so that instead of all of the content of personal and cultural consciousness being an interior experience, it becomes, for him, an exterior experience. It is physically manifest in his vicinity around him, so that you see in his passion the symbol and the material manifestation all occurring at once, for him, so that his ability to let go of life in a material realm is part of his experience of being nailed to the cross. His fears are manifest in front of him and in the people around him. He sees them and experiences them as if they are another person, and the people around him, because their consciousness has been matched with what is necessary for his own soul’s experience, are physically manifest for the purpose of revealing his awareness. In the earlier temptation of Jesus, the appearance of the Devil, or Satan, or however one wishes to describe this entity, it is in a dream state or an altered state of consciousness. By the time Jesus is placed on the cross, all of that dream state he experiences in the material state, such that when he opens himself on the cross at the moment of vastation, the consciousness of God, and the merging of the consciousness, is immediate. There is no transition, there is no withdrawal, there is no muddy, sticky realm of attachment or hungry ghosts. The awareness of God, the consciousness of God, is penetrating him so powerfully it is as if light is coming through his eyes. These are the kinds of images that are described in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation. These experiences of light and multiple forms of light, that can be described like jewels and fire, are the consciousness of the being as it is merged with the consciousness of God.
2015-009 Now those around Jesus see these things and experience them in a dream or a visionary state, but this is true only for those whose consciousness has been raised to the level where their inner being is open enough to see this occurring in the spiritual realm. That is why these visions can be blinding and disorienting to the material being and the manner in which the being functions materially in the world. So we see the descriptions not as historical events in the world, but the person who reaches a state of revelation of God experiences these visions internally, just as they are described in the books of Revelation and Daniel, and also the beginning of Ezekiel. This is why they are sometimes called the vision of death or preceding death, because they represent a change in the state of consciousness of the individual whose dualistic concepts of reality die. The ego experiences a death. And this is why when a person emerges and wakes from these visions, the physical being is both weak and vulnerable, and the sense of being within the person is of complete humility. The energy of a person, in a sense, has been wrung out, and in some ways, the body, the consciousness of the being, reforms. If the experience of the vision occurs multiple times, this wringing out or burning out as it is sometimes described, this process of cleaning out or purification of the soul, as the soul proceeds from its own essence, attachments are broken or weakened. The burning light of consciousness as it proceeds into the being can burn away karma.
2015-010 Now sometimes the awareness and consciousness of the lower realms is expressed as fear, and this requires some explanation. The material mind experiences this type of consciousness—fear—because fear overwhelms the senses and the awake mind in such a way that the fear cuts off awareness, and it cuts off any understanding, and the immediate experience of shock forms like an aversion within the being. It’s like a sharp withdrawal, a sharp pushing away. The bodily experience of shaking and trembling is actually a vibrational mode that is dissonant with the life force and energy in the body. The consciousness of the being fears this experience and calls it death, even though it is not really death. But the experience, and the aversion, are so powerful that this can actually induce physical death; hence the expression, “frightened to death.”
2015-011 Now at a higher level of consciousness, this sudden instant emergence of awareness is an acute hypersensitivity or supersensitivity of consciousness. But the greater awareness in an individual open to this kind of vibratory change creates the same trembling in the body, the same physical response as fear; yet because there is an openness, the resonance of the vibration matches the higher vibratory levels of consciousness, and the being opens up rather than shutting down. This instantly expansive awareness, this illumination, again is depicted by the bright and fiery jewels of the eyes, as if light comes from inside the being and penetrates into every pore and interstellar space in the body, such that the illumination and radiance is blinding to the human eye. For many of those who see this transformation in another being, their senses are so dull, they see a dull transparency in the being, a sort of liquid appearance. This is because their awareness is not high enough to see the other light and energy at the same vibrational level. But the blinding light that is often described is an interior experience of light for the person being illuminated.
2015-012 When we look at Jesus, there are stories that present him as a transparent or transfigured entity, then there are those that present him at a higher vibratorial level—you might describe this as partially ascended—yet he speaks to those around him expressing to them their level of consciousness, and reminding them that his full ascension will occur. But as they are not at the level of consciousness to see, his image fades and recedes from them, as if it were a material manifestation that disintegrates before their eyes. There are a few who see the ascension in the form of a light, but this also eventually recedes from their sight. Those who see these visions later see them emerge as if they are in a material realm, but these visions occur within the being and are shown to those people as an expression of their growth in consciousness. The transition of death for Jesus, as it was seen by those around him, was an expression of the final stages of the illumination of all conditioning and karmic attachments remaining as part of his experience as a human being. All of the things in his experience became a material manifestation, and their dissolution, even the experience of those around him, are forever eliminated from his consciousness.
2015-013 Now, for those who have raised their consciousness to an understanding of his teaching and his ministry, his being, the truth of his witness, his process helps them in the formation of the ideal, and becomes like a companion on a spiritual journey such that it is always present and available as the consciousness is opened, and the awareness of the consciousness of the person experiences multiple levels of awareness that exist within. The opening of the channel of the being, the vulnerability of the being, the manifestation of the weakness, the physical weakness of the being, all of these things are held and protected by the ideal, such that the growth in consciousness of the being is experienced in a way without fear, without withdrawal and aversion. The manifestation of truth in any form can be embraced where the vibrational level of the being moves in resonance with the higher vibratory levels of higher consciousness, greater consciousness.
2015-014 Now even though we have given this description, we must remember that the life energy that is expressed, the consciousness at its highest vibratory level, is love. All of the things that have been described can be experienced through love. All of the knowledge that comes, all of the wisdom that comes, comes through love, such that the purpose of a human being is opening up to the knowledge of love within, and the expression of love in all thoughts and actions and intentions. As the consciousness expands, and grows or unfolds, then love is able to penetrate more fully all forms of material reality experienced by the person. If the being wants to accelerate the karmic process, break out of the conditioning of the mind, change the patterns that bind the soul to material reality, then love is the requirement.