"Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” (John 4:6-15: New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
When Christ Jesus and his disciples walked the Earth, they often spoke in symbols to the crowds in order to help their followers understand the spiritual principles being taught. For example, the ‘water’ at the well that Jesus spoke of was really signifying the eternal life-force that exists within each child of God. This eternal life-force is within our very existence. But in the false, material sense of reality, this true identity (our spiritual identity, or Christ identity) is hidden beneath our finite, material sense of body, mind, and soul. In other words: under the spell of finite materiality, we don’t realize that our true identity is our spiritual, ever-lasting Selfhood (our true body, soul and mind).
When Jesus was speaking of the ‘living water’ “springing up into ever-lasting life”, (see quotation at top of article) he was certainly not describing our fleshly bodies or material brains (which we erroneously believe to be our minds.) Our material bodies will never spring up into ever-lasting life. These temporary body-forms serve us in this mortal, human experience; but they are not immortal forms. The material substance of these earthly bodies do not continue after the physical death process; for when we are done with them, they disintegrate into dust.
It is only our spiritual body, soul and consciousness that continues to exist forever, because only the spiritual substance of all things in God’s creation continues. So, while in this temporary material experience, it helps to realize that death isn’t the end of anyone. By his resurrection from the physical death process, Christ Jesus demonstrated that right where the material forms of identity seem to be our reality, in actual fact our human experience is only a temporary span of time to play the part of a material mortal. Beneath the material sense of reality sleeps our everlasting, spiritual consciousness (the Christ Consciousness) which is our connection to the God-mind within all creation. When fully awakened spiritually, the collective Christ Consciousness remembers what came before the Adam dream-state of finite, material existence.
So, why do I say speak of a ‘Christ Consciousness’ when Jesus was the only Christ? Because this is where many miss the fact that Jesus was really called, “Jesus, the Christ”. The term, ‘the Christ’ is the universal symbol for all of God’s spiritual children. Just as it was ‘Jesus the Christ,’ another could be called, ‘Nancy, the Christ’, or ‘Tom, the Christ’ because “the Christ” is a universal title, not a name. The Christ is the spiritual title for all God’s spiritual off-spring, but never for the temporary, fleshly mortals we seem to be, but are not.
As long as we miss this nuance, we’ll never reveal, to ourselves or the world, our own spiritual identity. Instead, we will keep believing that the flesh is our identity and our material name is our real name, when it is not. Our real name is ‘written in heaven’, but we’ll know it when we fully awaken out of the temporary illusion of materiality.
This was shown, quite clearly, in the Bible, when St. Paul said, “…he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:15-17; (KJV). (My underlining emphasis).
It is not the finite, Adams or Eves of humanity, but rather, those who ‘put on’ the ever-lasting Christ as their identity, who are awakening out of the sleep of materiality. And just as our night dreams fade with the morning sun, so do the illusions of materiality fade with our spiritual awakening. Once we begin to awaken to our true Selfhood as God’s everlasting spiritual children, safe and sound in our heavenly environment, our spiritual memories will return. In other words, when we awake to our heavenly reality before we fell asleep in the dream of materiality (often termed, the ‘Adam dream’) our memory of events before we fell asleep will also return.
If anyone doubts this, here’s something interesting that Jesus told his disciples, once, when they were rejoicing over their own success in their ability to heal the sick that came to them: Jesus told them: “…do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10: 20 (NKJV). My emphasis
Here, Jesus was telling humanity that the spiritual knowledge of healing was for anyone who earnestly pursued it. The disciples were pursuing it. The disciples were learning it at the Master’s hand. With his own healing ministry, Jesus was demonstrating, for all humanity, the spiritual healing he and his disciples were practicing. And this spiritual healing phenomenon was working its way into the false, material sense of things. In other words, the divine, healing truths they were practicing were bringing the healing element from the spiritual dimention, we call heaven, into the human belief system.
In our daily, human experience, we often think that spiritual realities don’t matter much, especially in our busy, more complicated, material world. We sometimes cling to the past because the past seemed to move slower and have less stress. So, material beliefs and situations seem to be more important, while spiritual things can often seem whimsical and out of reach. The material often appears to be the substance of things, while the spiritual seems to be the shadow of things. But, ultimately, that assessment gets the cart before the horse.
It is my belief that in the end of the material experience, when we pass away, we leave the false, material body behind us, and it returns to the nothingness that it was. We all know that. And, with the false, temporary fleshly form, we also leave the false sense of a finite life behind us. Shedding the finite physical form, we don’t need the limited, five physical senses anymore, because our spiritual sense of all things returns to our cognizance, and we awaken to learn that we never were trapped in a finite, material form. That was just the false, sleeper sense of ourselves.
It is also my belief that when we fully awaken from the false, material sense of being, our true, ever-lasting spiritual Self remembers who we really are: God’s forever children, whose substance is spiritual, not material. Yet, we won’t forget those whom we loved in our temporary, earthly experience. For, since there is no death that can permanently take from us anyone we love, neither is there any pain of parting, nor loss of time, nor lack of eternal harmony.
But here’s the kicker, as they say: When we are fully, spiritually awake, we will also realize that the spiritual kingdom of God had been invisibly present with us, all the time…it was just invisible to the limited, material senses. At any time, we could have turned our thoughts to our Oneness with divine Spirit, and we would have been delivered from whatever grievous, human situation we encountered.
When we don’t believe that, however, we interfere with God’s divine deliverance toward us. Our divine, spiritual deliverance doesn’t manifest in the material scene when we don’t, mentally, invite it in. And we don’t invite it in when we don’t trust it. And our lack of trust shows us that we are still fearing some power opposed to God, which breaks the first Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods (powers) before me.”
That is why faith is paramount to our deliverance from our human woes. Without faith, we have no trust. Without trust we miss the spiritual, mental message that comes from within our Christ Consciousness. God doesn’t withhold good from us. Divine Spirit is trying to converse with us from within our deepest, spiritual consciousness.
But, we must listen for that inner-voice of infinite Spirit. And when we do, this biblical passage speaks to those who do trust the divine ever-presence and love for each of us: “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV).
Thus, trust in God’s invisible presence and love for us opens the door of the Christ Consciousness that lies deep within us all. But no one can exist in a mental state of fear and trust at the same time. While in fear, we sabotage our own delivering thoughts that come to us from the universal Christ Consciousness within. While in fear, we don’t heed, or perceive, that inner, spiritual direction trying to unfold in our thoughts.
Of all the things I have discovered in my own human life experience, learning of the universal Christ Consciousness, within ourselves, is a leap into the beginning of wisdom. We must listen for the delivering thoughts that come to us from this inner, spiritual consciousness. And the way will come, when we open the mental door and shut out any doubt and fear.
Elijah the Prophet was praying about the rebellious people who were against God when he heard that inner voice from Spirit within saying, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19: 11, 12; (NKJV).
Here God was revealing to Elijah that God, Itself, was with Elijah and the children of God; and all the power of the Almighty came to Its children as a “still, small voice” from within themselves, not from any worldly presence or power. The mental voice of God was not weakened by any material, world power. The divine, infinite Spirit, we call God, has all the power there is, anywhere, in any dimension of being. So, basically, the message to Elijah and all his followers was to just trust that invisible presence, no matter what threats boasted themselves in the material realm.
God never abandons his spiritual children (and we’re all those children.) For, all the grief, pain, lack, hatred, and any other evil that ever pretended to exist within our material sense of the world…all these evils, were never a match for the Almighty. And they still aren’t.