“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14; (NKJV)
“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” (Psalm 17:15; (NKJV).
Many sad, personal stories have crowded television news and radio stations, these days, filling our thoughts with darkness and fear, not only for the victims, but also reminding us of our own vulnerability. In our world, we have sickness, fires, floods, tornadoes, accidents, murder, and theft, just to list a few woes, and endless disasters.
So, most of us try to help ourselves, or someone else, whenever it’s in our hands to do so,. But, even then, human help often turns out to be too little, or too late, to do much good. And with the limitations of human aid, we often feel a sense of futility in even trying to fill the endless needs of the world we find ourselves in.
Yet, whenever human help seems so inadequate to meet the needs of the many, (or even an individual) there is still another way to rise above the effects of disaster, whatever form it takes. That way is to seek the spiritual path, which is always invisibly present to be activated. We activate the invisible kingdom of God by simply turning our thoughts away from the disasters and re-directing our thinking to this invisibly present, spiritual realm, which is always harmonious. This invisible kingdom of God is always harmonious because it is under the eternal laws of God, divine Spirit, rather than the seeming ‘laws’ of materiality.
The spiritual path is a path of thought. It is a thought-path that rises above and beyond our perception of reality as physical. When we take a mental step away from the material scene, and replace this material scene with the sense of spiritual reality, we have shifted our base of operation. This occurs because our own beliefs, positive or negative, rule the outcome of our human experiences. For, as Christ Jesus once said, ““Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8:13; NKJV).
Thus, when we turn and recognize reality as God’s harmonious, spiritual creation, (even though seemingly absent to the physical senses) we cast aside the false sense of physical causation. When this change in thought perception (consciousness) occurs, a healing change also occurs in the outer world of physical form, after our change in thought. The Word of God (spiritual reality) is revealed as dominating the outer world of physical causation, which was never the reality of existence to begin with.
Now, let me be clear on this point: there are not two realities, (one physical, and one spiritual). We only believe that we are both physical and spiritual creatures. Rather, there is only one, true Reality, and that one is spiritual. We are spiritual creatures (children of God) who exist in a spiritual, not material creation, for all eternity. We were never the ‘children of the flesh’…we only believe ourselves to be. We are first, last and always, the children (off-spring) of God, Spirit. We only BELIEVE we are also children of the flesh. But what we believe is at the root of our whole human experience; so, it’s to our own benefit to learn what the truth of being really is.
In this human experience (where we seem to be both material and spiritual beings) we are in a collective dream of materiality; and just like in a night-dream in our sleep, we believe our dream to be real. But, in that night dream we don’t even remember, or have an awareness, of our true self, fast asleep on the bed. And it is only when we awaken from sleep, that the dream vanishes and we find we were never in it.
So it is with the belief of materiality and fleshly form as our body substance. We only believe our body substance to be material. Then, believing so, we do everything we can to protect the fleshly form. But the physical body form is not the substance of our being. Our only true substance is spiritual in nature. The physical body form disintegrates into nothingness when the consciousness abandons it in the physical death process. The flesh disappears into nothingness. But since our consciousness cannot die, we do not die. We are always awake on a higher level.
In the resurrection from his material death on the cross, Christ Jesus was showing us an example of our true, spiritual selves. That’s what the Christ is all about…the Christ is the universal, spiritual identity of each of us. Jesus was the material-seeming identity that was here to show us the meaning of learning the Christ—our true, spiritual identity. The Christ is not a name; the Christ is our awakened state of being.
Jesus was the sacrificial one, who came into this collective, material dream of materiality (or finite being) to show that, as children of God, infinite Spirit, we cannot die. But neither do we stay in a limited, finite form. We awaken spiritually from the physical death process because we were never really IN the physical form to begin with. We were always spiritual beings, and Spirit can’t be entombed by matter.
Now, all of this relates to the many human disasters we are subject to in this material sense of being on this planet. For, when we begin to perceive even a portion of our spiritual being, we are on the right path to our protection from whatever may seem to be a great threat to our safety and well-being. For, in the kingdom of God, Spirit, there are no destructive forces to upset the eternal harmony of being. (EXAMPLE: See May 2014--last month’s article--on the deliverance of my husband and me, from a tornado in Mississippi just a few weeks ago,).
While the television and radio news might present one disaster after another on the dangers bombarding us every day, here is something to remember: Don’t get caught up in the beliefs of ‘no way out’, or ‘no help’ at hand. The kingdom of God has never left us, and we have never stepped an inch out of it. It only takes a step away in thought to remember that the collective belief of life in matter is a falsity that would leave God out of Its own creation And like the air we breathe in our human lives, the infinite Presence of God’s creation is present everywhere we are, or even believe ourselves to be.
Here is a shortened account from the old King James Bible Version, (which I believe is probably the most accurate biblical reference) of the delivering power of spiritual being over physical death, which occurred when Jesus’ friend Lazarus had physically died, and Jesus was called to save him:
After hearing of Lazarus’ plight, Jesus told those about him: “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.” (John 11: 11-17; King James Version (KJV).
But the account doesn’t end there. It goes on: “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, “Thy brother shall rise again.” Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:21-26; KJV).
Later, at the grave site, Jesus gives further explanation as to what is about to happen: Jesus said, “Take ye away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, “Loose him, and let him go.”(John 11:39-44; KJV).
At the time Christ Jesus entered into humanity’s history, mankind was worshipping idols of every sort: trees, animals, people, mythical gods and goddesses, kings, queens, oracles, Romans. It didn’t matter. Spiritual things were not easy to reveal to a more primitive time in humanity’s awakening.
As time moved on, churches of all types sprung up on the world’s stage, but this only brought more confusion to the general collective world consciousness, which had no unity of belief. Truth was a hard nut to crack. Those true prophets, who existed in almost every country, were often destroyed by their own people. That’s because the way to spirituality is like a soft, quiet breeze beneath the surface of the things, benefiting the few who will sit down and let it gently sweep over them, yet knowing that it is still ignored by the masses.
Now, in our century, more and more people sit in that breeze of divine Spirit. It’s better than riches, better than wars, better than all the material things we think we need in order to be happy. More people are awakening, now, even as the world population is growing. Spiritual things do not seem so other-worldly as before. We more easily and often speak of them, and share them. And the path to spirituality cannot help to grow wider, as it is perceived with new clarity, whatever those who cling to materiality still believe. For, as our Christly identities become more apparent to the general perception, (or collective consciousness of this world) the false sense of finite materiality will eventually disappear until our awakening, spiritual Self is fully awake. This is so, because falsities fall away when outgrown in thought; but Truth never dies.