“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra; the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91; New King James Bible Version).
Material existence is a constant dance between good and evil. We may experience an extreme ‘high’ in the morning, only to feel the lowest of ‘low’ by evening. This dynamic exists because we really don’t know what this human, fleshly condition is all about; nor do we know what it isn’t about.
We start out as an enfant, knowing only what we observe, feel, and have been taught by others around us. That’s what we know…just what we’ve experienced. We don’t actually know the ‘why’, or even the ‘right’ of anything. We just know what exists in our memory since infancy, piled on with all sorts of indoctrinations that are supposed to make sense of this whole, material state of being. One biblical reference describes this murky sense of being as: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12; King James Bible (KJV). And we know what darkness does to our sight; it obscures it dramatically.
So, we suffer from all sorts of dilemmas. Why not, when we have so few answers to our questions? Material existence itself is a huge dilemma; but is there any way to find a path out of all the questions that have no answers? Yes, there is. It is to realize that mortal, material existence is a state of self-deception, and it is not our true Home.
The deception of finite materiality isn’t to be understood; rather, it is to be mentally risen above. It is a false state of mind and a false sense of being. It is the false sense of being separated from God, our Creator, when we are not.
Material so-called reality is a collective dream-state, which is symbolized in the Adam and Eve story of the biblical Old Testament book of Genesis. The whole story of this dream-state first tells us that Adam fell asleep. Then the biblical account continues about all the descendants of Adam and Eve. But never does the story say that Adam, nor any of his descendants, ever awakened from this dream of finite being, despite the generations who followed Adam, which includes all of us who are still experiencing this finite state of being in our own human experience.
So, you ask yourself, ‘how can this be true?’ How can the billions of people who populate this false, material sense of time and space, including our world and our universe, be merely part of the ‘dream’ of Adam’s creation?
Ponder this: Does a night dream, even rarely, make complete sense? No. But there is a reason for that. The reason is that, in sleep, we are in a lower level of conscious awareness. Our sleep-dreams are thoughts that are meandering around our lower state of consciousness, which doesn’t’ even know we are sleeping. And, oddly enough, that lower consciousness is where the whole, charade of finite being, (with all its good and evil ‘realities’) also plays itself out.
When spiritual awakening begins to occur, God’s true creation, invisible to the material senses, becomes clearer in thought. Gradually, such thinking unfolds more and more spiritual truths to our daily lives. Our spiritual perception broadens. We begin to perceive the invisible dimension of divine Spirit, God, in sharper contrast to our materialistic thinking. We also begin to comprehend the reality of our own true, ever-lasting spiritual Selfhood…our own Christly identity, as the sons and daughters of God, rather than as fleshly mortals. Our fleshly sense of ourselves finally fades from our sense of identity, until we are fully awake to our spiritual identity.
Upon awakening from the collective ‘dream’ of material existence,, we recognize that the so-called ‘human race’ was never God’s true, immortal, spiritual children, at all. Nor is the kingdom of God a physical place. We begin to realize that when Jesus the Christ said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21; KJV) he was referring to our innate, Christ-Identity (our spiritual sense of our individual selves) despite the finite, materialistic collective false sense of things we had been entertaining.
By mentally accepting materiality (the ‘dream’ or mental state of life in matter) we’ve also accepted the collective, false material sense of ourselves, from which we must spiritually awaken. Therefore, we must awaken from this lower, collective sense of existence in order to remember who really are: God’s immortal off-spring. As we gradually awaken to our ever-lasting spiritual reality, our deeper memory begins to return. Then we can comprehend that we are Spirit’s off-spring—not the children and descendants of Adam, never trapped in a finite physical form, never ruled by the carnal mind.
This is the crux of what Christ Jesus was trying to bring to sleeping humanity; for the way home isn’t found in the material illusion of creation. Rather, it is found in our deepest remembrance, back within our deeper consciousness, (our innate, spiritual consciousness, the universal Christ Consciousness) just awaiting our sleeping self to awaken.
And, in our awakening to our spiritual selfhood, we will perceive that our safety is, and always was, in God, Spirit’s, everlasting kingdom, always present with us, but hidden beneath the finite, material sense of things. And in our higher, spiritually-enlightened Self, we discover that we already are eternally safe, sound and forever whole in the realm of the all-inclusive, infinite spiritual Kingdom of God, never trapped in a finite body form, never separated from our loving Source and Origin, but forever safe and sound.
This is the reason that Christ Jesus didn’t stay dead. He was not the fleshly identity called Jesus; that was his material-sense identity. Instead, beneath the material form, he was always one of God’s ever-lasting children, who was showing us the truth of our own being. That’s why Jesus kept saying to the masses, ‘follow me’ (See New Testament Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John; KJV). That’s why Jesus also said, before his ascension, “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17; KJV).
Jesus came into the material dream of life in matter to show us that we aren’t what we seem. We aren’t, and never were, fleshly beings. Instead, we are the sons and daughters of God, who have pre-existed before we fell under the collective spell of material being, and spent time in the collective Adam-dream…the human experience, (where we seem to be finite, fleshly creatures.)
But there is always good news in the kingdom of God, and here’s the good news concerning our human experience: All we have to do is awaken from the “deep sleep” that fell upon Adam. (See Genesis 2:21; KJV.) For God’s children (off-spring) cannot die…ever. We each shall awaken, when ready, from the Adam dream of having been separated from our Creator, when no such thing ever occurred. For, as the Bible tells us, we “live, move, and have our being” in God…infinite Spirit (Acts 17:28 to semi-colon). In this temporary, material sense of ourselves, however, we simply do not detect God with the false, material senses.
So here’s the spiritual truth that everyone will one day perceive: From the start, human, material existence has always been an illusory, mental dream state that we all share. (We’re all swimming in the same pond, so to speak.) We are experiencing one, general consciousness level. We all live in the same material-mind set. This is what is called the ‘carnal mind’. It is the material sense of reality.
Yet, no matter how good, or bad, our individual, human experiences have been, here, in this finite dream-state, the whole experience was, and still is, a ‘dream’. This human experience of life in finite, material form is a lower level of perception, from which we shall all awaken, when ready. Remember that whatever and whomever God has created cannot die. Neither can we be sick in mind or body, poor, or lacking in any other good thing created by God.
So, don’t cling so hard to the physical sense of yourself. It was never the real You to begin with. Pay attention to what Christ Jesus has tried to demonstrate for everyone in this troublesome material sense of existence: that life is deathless and God is good. Jesus was showing us our spiritual Selves, in contradistinction to the finite born-to-die sense of material being.
There is a You (your spiritual identity) that has always been safe in God’s forever kingdom. This You cannot be separated, for one instance in time, from our divine Source and the divine Love of God. This You is the eternal one, and this You has never left home. Like Dorothy in the story of the Wizard of Oz, we never left home. We only spiritually fell asleep, and dreamed that we left home.
But neither our physical births, nor physical deaths in this material sense of reality, were ever real. For, no one is a Creator, but God. And no one and nothing can ‘kill’ anyone, or anything that God has created. Do you think Christ Jesus went through that material experience of physical death because he couldn’t avoid it? Of course not. He knew what he was doing. It was his spiritual mission to publically die in the physical sense, to show struggling humanity that there is no death for anyone, in reality. He was showing us that physical death is not a permanent condition for any of God’s children, or creation. Jesus was showing us ‘the Christ’…our spiritual identities. Our immortal, spiritual Selves are always alive…we just aren’t always awake!