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A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit #2

Jesus is love.  As such, He is the Christ.  Jesus no longer has the capacity to not love.  He has evolved beyond such.  The fact that He has evolved beyond the capacity to not love suggests that we, too, must eventually evolve beyond the capacity to not love.  I choose this path.

Right now, in our state of progression, that is not the case.  We maintain the capacity to not love.  As a matter of fact, we cling to it as if this capacity is the path to salvation; to eternal life.  No, we still have to choose to love.  Christ does not choose to love, He just loves.  He just is.  It is the very definition of His being.

How can we evolve to the point where we no longer choose to love, but love is simply our state of being?

I have spoken of this before, and as the days, weeks, months, and years pass; as I continue to learn; as the truth and perspective of the glory of creation continues to distill upon my soul; the truth of this continues to solidify.

We must strip ourselves of jealousies and fears.  We must free ourselves from the 4 C’s of the natural man; of the ego.  These 4 C’s?  As I’ve stated before – they are, progressively, comparison, competition, contention, and control.  Ultimately, we must realize that as long as we continue to seek to exercise control over the choices of others, we cannot be love.   This, the desire to control, is the grand, ultimate symptom of the ego, or the natural man.

Again, and as I have said before, this is the allegorical fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  These are all characteristics of the fallen man.  Even the idea of the “fallen” man, though, is allegorical.  We haven’t really fallen.  We are just at this stage in our progression.  We are only “fallen” in comparison to our destiny, our true selves.

We cannot make room for love as long as we seek to control.  The driving source of this desire for control is fear.  Fear of what?  Fear of death.  Fear of pain.  Fear of not being good enough – of being less (comparison is where it starts).  Fear of not being loved.

The manifestations of this desire for control?  They are jealousy, judgment, and guilt, in all their myriad manifestations – arrayed across a great spectrum from the most subtle to the most overt, and leveraged across that spectrum in a desire for power.

If we are to make room for love, we must first recognize these characteristics that stand in the way, and then we must begin to reject them.  Actually, we must first embrace them – love them – as and essential part of our progression.  By embracing them, by loving them, we can learn to understand them, and then we can love them right out of existence.  Ironic?  Indeed.  But if I hate them, I am simply continuing to foster the desire for control that is the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  No, I need to learn to love these things in myself, and in others, as part of my progression and as part of their progression.

I must have a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

I must stop fighting, and embrace.  I must stop trying to control, and encourage.  I must stop comparing, and competing, and contending, and be at peace. I must believe in the real teachings of Christ – the teachings that He condescended from His ascended, divine state to bring us, and to seal with His death.  To not believe these things is to deny Him, and to deny all that He did for us.  I choose to believe.

The atonement is not some magical event that took place in the garden and was sealed on Calvary.  The atonement is the essence of creation.  Christ taught the atonement throughout His ministry, and He continues to teach it to all who will listen.  The atonement is our inheritance, our destiny, the measure of our creation.

The atonement is at the heart of the allegory of the two trees.  The tree of life represents our becoming one with God, with each other, and with all creation.  The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents separation.

No, indeed, if we are to have eternal life, we must know God.  God is love.  We must know Jesus.  Jesus – the Christ – is love.  To know them, we must embrace them; we must embrace their creation.  We must not fight the fall, we must embrace the fall that we might ascend beyond it.  Fighting – resisting – only perpetuates comparison, competition, contention, and control – and leaves no room for love.

In short, we must have a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

The glory of this creation that we are a part of is beyond our current ability to comprehend.  But the more I surrender to it, then the more I understand that all the fear, all the stress, all the jealousy, and guilt, and judgment is totally unnecessary, and actually prevents us from knowing God; from knowing Jesus; from taking hold of the eternal life that we are already in the middle of.

Indeed, Jesus is love.  As such, He is the Christ.  Jesus no longer has the capacity to not love.  He has evolved beyond such. The fact that He has evolved beyond the capacity to not love suggests that we, too, must eventually evolve beyond the capacity to not love.  I choose this path.

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2 comments on “A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit #2

  1. Hi Scott. Thank you for these things you are willing to share. I agree that Christ is Love itself, but what are your thoughts about Christ also being Judgment and Mercy? Righteousness and Virtue? Knowledge and Wisdom? The Lectures on Faith teach of the perfectness of these qualities, attributes, and character of God. How do you believe these aspects of God’s Nature are expressed?

    When you say you are learning to be at peace and give a definition of what it is to fight (comparison, competition, contention, control), WHO were you fighting? Yourself? God? Others? Everyone, everywhere? Are you saying Christ would have us not fight anything or anyone? Because fighting, in your understanding, is to try and control another? So how do we make sense of things like human trafficking, pedophilia, all forms of abuse, addictions of every stripe and color, corruption in government, murder, etc.? Is there truly an Evil we are opposing in this world? What do you mean by “to not love?” Is Love the same as acceptance and approval?

    What if John wanted us to understand when he wrote “God is love” that we need not ever have Fear because we are always assured of His Love? Basically, I am trying to understand who Christ is to you. Is this a balanced love, or a willy-nilly-do-as-you-please Love until you finally figure it out? Like, God is sitting on His Throne, shaking His head saying, “Well, they have their agency.”

    Sorry for all the questions! I sincerely hope you can see where I am not understanding. To put it succinctly: This Christ you speak of sounds a bit off balance. I do believe God Is Love, but I also believe He expresses that Love through judgment and justice, which is not all that pleasant to experience. We have great tendencies to be stubborn, ignorant, and cause much harm, which I believe need correcting if we will receive it. But I want to hear your perspective.

    • Lori, I love your questions. Thank you for asking them. Judgment and mercy? I think the first thing I would say is that I personally am looking for an ascended state of being. I have asked Christ to help me “become love”. Where this leads, how it manifests itself, in this life or the next, I don’t know, but I have faith and I trust. I trust in the creation. I trust in Christ, and in His teachings. That trust is not perfect – the sermon on the mount is still hard to live – but it is the great sermon expounding the ascended state that I seek.

      It’s funny that people seem to jump to what you describe as “willy-nilly-do-as-you-please love”. Other descriptions are “Hippie love”, “New Age”, and “Kum Ba Yah” love. That’s not love. That’s selfishness. It can be, of course, but in this ascended state, I won’t (don’t?) need commandments to tell me what is right – to describe righteousness. The 10 commandments? Well, duh! Really? If I still need to be told those things, then I’m not ready to receive Christ’s love, nor to give it.

      Mercy is not necessary when there is no punishment. And I don’t think there is punishment. There IS reality. The universe is the creation of God, and it exists according to order – and if we respect that order, we reap the benefit of joy – which is the purpose of the creation (Men are that they might have joy). Part of that order is the oneness of all things in God (John 17). If we choose to act and think in ways that separate us from God and from each other, we rob ourselves of the joy that is our inheritance. That is what we like to call punishment. Christ doesn’t do that to us. We do it to ourselves. Thus, if there is no punishment, there is no mercy. Just as love is Christ, mercy is Christ. It’s just inherent in Him, and it is inherent in our relationship, our oneness, with Him. He doesn’t give it – it just is.

      God very much DOES respect our agency – above all. But I think the idea that He has laid a trap for us…give us our agency like giving us enough rope to hang ourselves…is our own fabrication – a fallen view of creation – born of our desire to control our destiny through our knowledge of good and evil. That view is the way we view others. We desire that, if we’re going to be “obedient” (that’s another concept that fades into nothing when we love), then everyone else must be obedient. After all, it’s not fair that we should “sacrifice” (like obedience is sacrifice?) while others seem to get away with their “willy-nilly-do as you please” life. So, we desire justice, but it’s not necessary. It’s irrelevant. Do I love, or do I not. That is all that matters. What someone else chooses doesn’t change me – except that I may sorrow for their choices.

      The horrific behaviors that you describe above – human trafficking, pedophilia, etc – those are all symptoms of this 3rd density state of existence. I don’t think there is truly an evil god that goes by the name of Satan – but there might be. But how do we negate Him and any power? His power comes as a result of our fear. There is no fear in love. Evil has no power when we love.

      Now – I have said before – I do not claim to have mastered these things. But I am trying to promote the idea that, if we are to ever have Zion (however that manifests itself), if we ever hope to experience this ascended state of being, we must begin to think that way. Will there be justice, or judgment, or the need for mercy in Zion? I think not. It will be another state of existence – and ascended state, and this is the type of thinking, behaving, striving, seeking that I am advocating.

      So, Lori – I would relish the opportunity to discuss further. I don’t claim to know all things by any means, and I don’t have to be right. I only have to believe, and seek to live my life according to that belief. I offer what I do as an invitation for your consideration, and certainly not in any attempt to control and manipulate.

      Who is Christ to me? Have you read my posts “The Nature of Christ”, or “The Essence of Divinity”? I think they pretty well describe it, and they’re fairly recent, so they reflect my thoughts as they have evolved so far.

      Again – thanks for your comment.

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