Vastation: Jesus Becomes the Christ
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
In his last hours, his healing presence was available to anyone open to his love. His words were enough to bring enlightenment and awareness to any soul. His calm and resolve were ever present. Jesus was fully immersed in God-realization, and there was little differentiation still present in him. The differentiation that remained was sufficient only to keep him in proper relation to God and subject to the laws of God as an expression of the will of God. Every element of divine order was present in Jesus. In this state of being he was able to forgive, no matter the physical or material circumstances he was subject to in the moment. All he had to do was turn his thoughts in the direction of forgiveness, and anyone with a heart open to his presence was healed.
Every event that occurred was in fulfillment of the purpose to which he aligned himself in God. His final surrender was complete vastation.
From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Matthew 27:45-54)
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark 15:33-39)
No one walks the earth without using some form of the ego to navigate through our awake portion of life. In Jesus, in his last moments, the remnant of earthly awareness, the remaining connections to the manner of sensing the material world, were severed. He was transitioning to a transcendent state of being, moving through realms unknown to human consciousness, so the human remnant was surrendered. The physical manifestation of sound was confusing to those who heard him speak as he accepted and surrendered the last part of his earthly being to God.
The final remnants of any material individuality or separateness from God were removed. He had been emptied and purified through what appeared to others as violence. In Jesus was complete devotion and surrender to the process of death. Love was and is his state of being, and all requirements of his incarnation were fulfilled on the cross and he became the Christ, the Messiah, the Way.
2014-052 We now wish to speak of Jesus on the cross. Jeffrey has been meditating on an understanding of vastation—the emptying and the purification that occurred on the cross. This might be described in several ways, and we wish to describe some of those ways now. The first way we wish to describe it, speaking metaphorically, is like a union of heaven and earth in the body and the consciousness of Jesus. Most people who study the endocrine system and the seven spiritual centers in the body think of the energy as entering below the spine and rising up through the different centers to the crown of the head. While this is true, it is not the full picture. There is energy also that pours over and flows down from the crown of the head to the base of the skull, to the throat to the chest, to just below the diaphragm. So this is how we would say that the earth, coming up from the base of the spine, and heaven, coming into the body to the crown of the head and meeting in the person of Jesus, accomplishes the merging of heaven and earth inside of the physical body and the spiritual body of Christ. In order for this to occur at the highest spiritual level, the spiritual body must be almost completely empty, with only a remnant remaining of the conscious mind, so that the whole being, even on the material plane, can use its freedom to be turned in proper relationship to the Godhead. So the emptying, in one sense, is an emptying of all the preconceived notions of how this meeting takes place—all preconceived understandings of the being, the soul, the spiritual body, the ego, the gradual discarding of all the patterns and scripts; attachments, desires, all flow out and away. So this is the emptying portion. But the being, as it rests in this state, is completely whole. So the emptiness represents only a portion of the whole being, because the level of awareness, the level of attentiveness, is very high. So we might also say that the body—the physical body and the spiritual body, where heaven and earth have come together— this body is full of consciousness and awareness, and that the vibration of these two bodies is very high. The sensitivity is very high, and this all contributes to the purification of the being. All seven spiritual centers are cleaned. The representation of these spiritual centers in circular objects, if pictured, would be on fire. This is a purifying fire. Some beings would experience this sensation as a spinning inside the cavity of the body, where the spiritual body rotates at ever increasing frequencies, and eventually the fields around this body become manifest in a material form. This process burns away all karma and leaves the being visible in the material world, conscious of all worlds, present in multiple worlds. The purification of the body leads to the transcendent body, and the sense that the body has ascended or been raised above the physical plane. There are a few who have seen this body and the image of Christ that the body contains, and this is the representation that was recognized as the resurrection.