Whew. This was written a bit like a rant. It felt kind of intense to write. If you have ever looked to Jesus as a role model, you might enjoy this one.
Be responsible! Be able to respond with and through conscious awareness of your inner-centered, silent knowingness. Practice Knowingness moment by moment. Anchored in your inner-harmony, have the courage to face your own thoughts and actions.
I don’t know if working with the Guiding Thoughts prompts me to think in certain ways, or if I am pre-disposed to certain ways of thinking and the Guiding Thoughts just reflect what I am already, naturally doing. But I do know that, especially lately, the Guiding Thoughts have been making me think more deeply about thoughts I (seem to) already be having.
For example, I have been thinking really hard about conscious cooperation with the Divine. Understand this: Jesus was able to change water to wine, multiply loaves and fishes, heal-on-demand, walk on water, raise the dead, and shrivel a fig tree. He was able to cooperate immediately, when and as he chose, with the Divine. The Divine responded to him when he asked. It was not as though he had to repeat affirmations to himself, or “gear up” in consciousness, or try to make these things happen. He gave thanks, spoke the word, and he received that for which he spoke the word. I don’t think Jesus even asked. He just spoke the word, and knew it would be done.
Jesus embodied this Guiding Thought. He was completely responsible, in the whole cause-effect sense. He was both cause and effect. And he knew it. He knew it so well, that he could could simply speak the word and life responded to his direction.
The mind that was in Jesus, the Christ is also in me, and in you. We can do this too. We can be fully aware of our connection with the Divine; we can understand who we are, when we recognize our relationship to the Divine; we can Know the Divine within us, as us, consciously.
I can get so caught up in “how little I know” (“the wise one knows that s/he doesn’t know”); I can get so caught up in feeling myself to be a puny human, both in the name of humility. But the mind that was in Jesus, the Christ is also in me, and in you. What is humility in the face of the Christ mind? A Course in Miracles addresses this several times, throughout, and is reflected in this quote:
Of your ego you can do nothing to save yourself or others, but of your spirit you can do everything for the salvation of both. Humility is a lesson for the ego, not for the spirit. Spirit is beyond humility, because it recognizes its radiance and gladly sheds its light everywhere. The meek shall inherit the earth because their egos are humble, and this gives them truer perception. The Kingdom of Heaven is the spirit’s right, whose beauty and dignity are far beyond doubt, beyond perception, and stand forever as the mark of the Love of God for His creations, who are wholly worthy of Him and only of Him. Nothing else is sufficiently worthy to be a gift for a creation of God Himself. (Chapter 4: The Illusions of the Ego)
I also think the popular Marianne Williamson quote gets at one layer of it: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Only, I would not say I am afraid to Know my Christ mind. Rather, I am learning to Know my Christ mind–and my ego’s sense of humility (which keeps me ego-bound), is something I need to evolve past.
I have wanted to be like Jesus since I was a kid. And I believe Jesus, when he says, “all of this, and more than this, shall you also do”. I Know that the Christ mind is within me and within you. I Know we can have a conscious relationship with the Divine. I Know we can give thanks, speak the word, and cooperate consciously with the Divine. But I have not yet brought that Knowing, that faith, into my experience of life–which means (perhaps) that I don’t Know–yet, part of me does.
There it is. If you were wondering why I do these Journeys…that’s it, in a nutshell.