Responses to "Discover the Power Within You"
by Brad Jensen
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Copyright 1990, 1991 by Brad Jensen
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* A note from the author. *
Before you begin reading this, I'd like to take a moment
and explain what inspired these essays.
Recently I attended a class centered on Eric Butterworth's
book, "Discover the Power Within You".
As a part of the class, we were asked to write weekly
response papers centered on our understanding of the
ideas presented in that book.
During these assignments, I experienced many developments
and changes in my own consciousness.
Just the process of writing these brought many new and
useful ideas to light.
Eventually I started sharing the papers I was writing with
friends and relatives.
Not everyone will find these words new and stimulating, but
chances are there is something of value in them for you.
Some of you may even find some thoughts presented here, as
threatening or upsetting in some way.
Even so, trust in your own mind's ability to accept what is
good and useful for you, reject what is not, and grow in
Nothing has existence for you but what you share your love
with, to the degree that you give it presence and life.
"How Am I Like Jesus Christ"
I am like Jesus who expresses the Christ awareness, in the only way
that I can be, in thought.
The link between personal man and spiritual principle is meaning. It
is what ties together thought as it manifests from abstract law outward
to physical experience.
Like Jesus, I see outward circumstances not as the validation of my
life, but as the reflection of my inner life, expressing through
I believe as Jesus does that all of life is meaningful, each situation,
every idle dream. I no longer ignore God by believing in luck, coin-
cidence, or random chance.
I have stopped seeking excuses to condemn myself, but instead I seek to
take those aspects of myself that are out of harmony, and reintegrate
them in my total self.
I do this through love and unconditional affirmation of my life, as
I experience it within, as well as through my relationships with
I understand that I manipulate meaning through symbolism, and that
my firm foundation is in understanding universal or spiritual law.
It is through this I declare my responsibility for my total Mind,
and my willingness to grow through expressing greater wisdom and
I know as Jesus does that faith is nothing more nor less than the
firm understanding of spiritual cause and effect, and that this
causation both supports and determines physical causation and
It is in seeking the spiritual cause of each outward expression that
I turn my attention to that within myself that is the source of the
expression. I worship God through my willingness to express our
understanding as my own.
Jesus is willing to take universal principle and express it as a
personal relationship. I also understand that to share this awareness
with all the aspects of my being, both inner and outer, requires
me to include the quality of personality in it.
I am willing to give up seeking the approval of men (who represent
the outer consciousness) for the awareness of the Father, who is
the inner consciousness.
I am willing to fast from rationalizing and intellectualizing, in
order to lay ahold of the law, and claim my relationship with the
I have given up the need to have spiritual truth proven to me. My
existence and my ability to learn is proof to me of God's love
for me. I will not reject that love and birthright by seeking to
give my authority or power to choose to another.
Giving and receiving are the turning of the same wheel. Like Jesus
I set the wheel in motion myself, for each of us is complete and
the creator of our own joy by our willingness to express unconditional
I rest in my understanding of divine justice, knowing that as each of us
is a light, there is no need for darkness. I recognize that my aware-
ness of my need for growth is not indication of a lack, but rather
of a developing and unfolding perfection in my total self.
The true and honest picture of myself is to see myself as God sees me.
Looking outward, I see that God affirms the absolute value of each
individual, despite man's preferences and prejudices. Looking inward,
I dare to accept myself as I am, and express the Amen: Lord, I am
willing to change.
What About Evil?
To believe that evil exists as a force in the world is to believe
that in some small way God hates us. It is a rejection of faith
in God and is an assumption that universal law acts intermittently
Suppose for a moment that God did create a devil to torment us.
What could be his motivation in doing so? The idea that he has
done so to strengthen us in our love of God is nonsensical and
poorly thought out. It also directly contradicts Jesus'
teachings, both literally and symbolically.
Jesus points out that God is like a loving father, without the
limitations of an earthly one. "Which of you, if his son asks
him for a fish, would give him a serpent?"
If you honestly seek true understanding in a situation, will
you settle for egoistic rationalization? Of course not.
If your child needed to learn something, would you try to
teach him through fear, or love? Would you set yourself against
him, set stumbling blocks in front of him, dig a pit in
his way? Of course not.
"If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven
give good things to them that ask him?"
Nowhere in this image of God is there room for a Father
who looses torment on his child.
The concept of an active force of evil reminds me of the
classical paradox, can God create a stone so big he can't
move it? Those who believe in a devil have implicitly
answered this question yes.
Evil has often been compared to darkness. In this formulation,
evil is an absence of good as darkness is an absence of light.
We can say light exists and darkness does not, because light
is a measureable energy, the presence of photons.
Darkness is just a place where photons have not yet penetrated.
Perhaps we would have a more complete understanding of evil
if we saw it this way, as incomplete. Evil is incomplete
understanding, it is pausing on the journey to the truth.
If you go out into outer space, there is light everywhere.
Even the side of a satellite that is in shadow, is illuminated
faintly by the billions of stars. Only that area that is
completely enclosed by walls is truly in darkness. The rest
is only in shadow.
The universe itself is more than half full of light.
I believe that most of what we take as evil, is more like
shadow than true darkness. I believe that the love of God,
which is the true light of creation, is strong enough to
penetrate into the depths of every situation.
If we give ourselves a moment to let our spiritual sight
adjust to the experience we are in, we will see the love
of God and the gift of goodness that the situation has
Why would God give us stones instead of bread, serpents
instead of fish? He is too busy leading us into light, to
ever lead us into darkness.
A stone represents mind substance hardened by the application
of will power, or in other words, something that you have
already made a part of your permanent understandings. There
is no nourishment in it for your mind. God is continually
giving you new opportunities for learning, new challenges,
represented by bread.
If you hesitate in reaching for your new understanding, then
you are choosing the stone instead of the bread.
Some people have misconstrued the phrasing of the Lord's
Prayer to indicate the existence of an active force of
evil. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
But this misunderstanding comes as a result of forgetting
the true function of prayer, one that Jesus certainly knows
and affirms. Prayer is not meant to reform the thoughts of
God, but of man.
The Lord's Prayer is a spiritual snapshot of God, designed
to change our consciousness of spirit into a right relation
to God. Suppose you add one word to the statement, and
turn it into a descriptive phrase. "You lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil".
In other words, you are saying, "God, I understand that by
loving you, I center my awareness on growth, rather than
limitation, and commit myself to unconditional love of my
situation, and complete responsibility and understanding of it."
You love God by doing his will. His will is expressed as
spiritual or universal law. So by choosing your thoughts
to express according to spiritual law, you are choosing
the light of God, which is goodness, and the darkness,
the optical illusion of evil, evaporates in the fullness
Does evil exist? It exists for you as long as you continue
to pretend it does. Fortunately no one has the strength to be
this foolish forever.
What is Heaven and Hell
"Hunger in the Kingdom"
Many of us hunger after a truer understanding of the meaning
of heaven and hell. Even the metaphysical interpretations we
have taken in, are less than fully satisfying.
It is a good idea to turn to our source of spiritual sustenance
in the outer world, the Bible. Surely heaven, and how to enter
its kingdom, must be the most important topic covered in its
It would make sense in writing any literary work to put the most
important idea at the very beginning, and then develop and expand
on that idea in the following chapters.
This is how the Bible is organized also. The most important idea
in the Bible is contained at the beginning, in Genesis. The rest
of the Bible, through all of the prophets and to the last word of
Revelation, is a continuation of the same divine idea.
Many of us have come from a religious tradition that sees the
Bible in a certain way, and we are used to having blinders on
so tightly that we carry thru these assumptions even as we attempt
to interpret the Bible metaphysically.
For example, it is easy to think of Genesis as an explanation of
something that happened long ago and perhaps far away. The
literalist thinks of the world being created physically in seven
days. (Can you see God sitting down after six days and saying,
"Thank Me It's Friday!")
Even as we rethink the seven days of creation as the develop-
ment of the structure of Mind, we may still think of it as a process
that is now more or less complete. "God created these seven layers
of Mind, and now we are here, and it's over."
But the true metaphysician sees the Bible in a greater Light. He
or she understands that the Bible is a description of each individual,
and that the Bible describes that individual now.
If the Bible is a spiritual work, then it is so because it describes
our spiritual existence. As spirit, we exist before the foundation
of the world and even to the end of the age. This means we are more
than Mind, more than even spirit describes.
The Bible, in describing us as existing in spirit, soul, and body,
is a timeless work. It is helpful in thinking of and using the
Bible to consider it to be describing your current state of being,
how your mind exists, now, in this moment.
The seven days of creation are the seven layers of your mind, the
light, and the I Am. They exist and operate in this moment and
in every moment of your being.
This Genesis picture is of what is occurring now, inside this
moment, from this beginning of a quantum of time, to its
completion in your understanding.
Now God is saying, let there be light. Now he is dividing the day
from the night. Now he is separating the waters by a firmament.
Now he is creating the plants and animals. Now he is creating
man, and giving him all fruit-bearing plants to eat, and every
animal to name. Now he is pronouncing it all good - that is -
In each moment, you are created anew.
There are philosophies today that take the new wine of metaphysical
thinking, and attempt to place it in the old bottles of original
sin and dualistic thinking. To the thirsty man, even muddy water
To think that there is a spiritual world, which is real and good,
and a physical world, which is illusion and somehow lesser, is
to falsely enthrone self-pity and self-delusion as spiritual law.
To think we have somehow offended God, and therefore are sentenced
to live on Earth until we learn to submit to his will, is to
fatally confuse guilt and grace.
We are here on Earth, in the kingdom of the heavens, because we have
worked hard for the right to be here. It is in this place that God
rests, not because he is tired, but because he wants us to grow
up and make choices ourselves.
Hell is the desire to escape from this responsibility. It feels so
bad because it is unnatural. Anything that goes against the Tao,
the way the spiritual laws work, cannot persist.
This explains why so many spiritual seekers are still unhappy.
They seek to have God be responsible for their decisions. They
do not realize that you "Let go and let God" AFTER you make the
value judgement of what you want.
The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Christ awareness,
the understanding that you are responsible for every part of
your mind. It is the willingness to take on this responsibility
that is the kingdom of the heavens.
Although they should know better, many metaphysicians take the
phrase "the kingdom of God is within you" to refer to a place,
even if it is a place within mind. They then unconsciously or
even consciously desire to go there, and preferably stay there.
But Jesus was saying that the "control of mind is within you",
in the sense that the innermost parts of your mind are already
functioning in this state of consciousness, and you can take
your conscious attention there to learn how to bring this
state of being outward.
The mustard seed mind picture is designed to show us that the
kingdom of God is not meant to be either hidden or analyzed into a
tasty paste, but to be planted in our outward awareness and
allowed to grow and develop until it becomes our greatest growth.
If you leave the kingdom of God within you, you are missing the
message of Christ. Bring it out and share it with every part
of your being. Break the bread and feed the five thousand.
Then no part of you will go hungry.
What is Non-Resistance
We are made of the love of God. It is the warp and woof of the
fabric of our lives. Yet when faced with a new challenge in our
understanding, our first reaction is often to come unravelled.
The movement that is change occurs solely on faith. If we seek
and embrace new understandings, no matter the form or outward
circumstances that surround us, then we have faith that our
will is God's will.
If we hesitate, procrastinate, and vacillate, then we are operating
out of faith (often unconscious) that what we want will be denied
us, or is bad for us, or is not God's will. We have faith at some
level that what we want shall not be.
Faith is not something that operates part of the time. It is always
present. It is the only way that change occurs.
To be non-resistant is to recognize that God's will unfolds through
our will. It is to recognize that the outward circumstances of our
lives are temporary, that we are always leading ourselves on to
If we reject a learning experience because it seems unpleasant
or beneath us, then we are practicing resistance to the higher
self within us.
God only gives us what we ask for in thought. When we lack
understanding, the higher self arranges the opportunity for
us to develop that understanding.
Non-resistance is not a passive acceptance of our situation
or some supposed destiny. It is an active expectation of good,
it is a seeking of the spiritual clothed in the physical.
If we can say, "Spirit led me to this", that may be good. But
recognize that Spirit only leads us where we first ask to go.
It would be better perhaps to say "I am doing this", recognizing
and taking responsibility for the God in ourselves.
There is no such thing as a negative thought. Is it a less-than-
nonexistant thought? There are only thoughts we like the con-
sequences of, and thoughts we don't like the consequences of.
To worry is the ultimate form of resistance. It is to become
lost in thought, to deny our own value and ability to deal
with the present moment when it comes. The antidote is to
remember that we are made of the light of God, the eternal
flame of truth, and that no one and no thing can blow us
Non-resistance is not indifference to, but rather confidence
in the will of God.
To Whom Do We Pray?
Is God Principle or Personality? Does Anyone hear our prayers,
or are we just trying to cheer ourselves on?
We know that Abraham, the father of the Jews (who represent
spiritual seekers), worshiped the living God. He did this
because he realized that God existed in his awareness, and
his awareness was within himself. As he was living, he recognized
that God must be living too.
I always suspect those who say God must be this or God must be
that. Too often they describe the limitations of their own patterns
of thought, and nothing more.
For example, some people say that God never changes, because
God is perfect, and perfection is changeless. But they are only
describing the small circle that their dependence on words
takes them in.
They make the same mistake as a child who thinks that infinity
is a number like a million, only bigger. Infinity is a concept,
not a number, and a mathematician would be happy to tell you
that there are many different kinds of infinities.
Perfection is also a concept, in the same way that infinity is.
And there are many kinds of perfections. When we apply the concept
of infinity, we decide to stop counting the items because we
recognize the concept of limitation in the quality of magnitude
no longer applies to the situation.
When we apply the concept of perfection to God, we must recognize
that the absence of limitation in the quality of expression is
present. We can say God is in this and God is in that, and we
can say it until we have named every thing in the universe. But
we are no closer to God.
The perfection of God is that he is changeless and yet is the
source of all change. What is changeless is the universal law
We all agree there is God. We do not all agree what the nature
of God is or his relation to man.
Now some would say, what about the atheists and the agnostics?
They reject the concept of God, or say it does not matter. And
even some respected theologians say God is dead.
What about the scientists, who seem to worship dead matter?
They have the greatest faith of all.
Suppose for a moment you believe only in the physical universe,
complete and in itself. Your greatest concept of perfection
would be the entire universe, taken as a whole. Yet even the
most casual observation would tell you that every part of
the universe is changing every moment.
And by careful observation, you soon see that the process of
change occurs in cycles, and that principles seem to be in
action in every case.
This is the point to which the modern scientist has been
led by his powers of observation and the application of his
reasoning to those observations.
The scientist investigates the universe by assuming that there
is a principle behind every change, that he can learn those
principles by observation and reasoning, and that he can find
a way to apply those principles to cause the change he wants.
If we each had this degree of faith about our own existence,
what magnificent lives we would all lead!
The scientists' concept of perfection is that principle or
law applies in every situation. Nothing exists in the universe
we live in except according to the laws of that universe.
Those laws apply every place equally and without favoritism.
That is what God is for a scientist. An individual might
balk at applying that label to his conception of the operation
of the universe, but we can apply it for him. In its simplist
form, we can say the awareness of God is the recognition that
the universe operates according to cause and effect, and that
we can apply the cause and produce the effect.
Even the less disciplined mind of the indifferent agnostic
knows better than to drive his car off of a cliff. The law of
gravity is a perfect law that needs no judge nor jury.
The universal laws are always true, and we follow them to
the degree of our understanding and ability.
To some degree, this following takes place unconsciously. We
do not stop and think that air is necessary for our health,
that we need more air, and then take a breath. We believe as
The spiritual seeker takes the concept of God and expands it
to be more all-encompassing. He believes that there are laws
that underlie the physical laws, and that these laws operate
within himself as well as in the outer world.
He believes that he can investigate these laws thru observing
his own life, using the instrument of his own mind. He believes
he can apply what he learns, and increase the effects he desires,
and decrease the effects he does not want.
The scientist investigates physical laws with physical instruments.
He then builds machines that correspond to the laws he has
discovered. These machines do useful work for him.
The seeker investigates mental laws with his own mental instru-
ment, his mind. He then builds new thought patterns that take
advantage of the mental laws he has discovered, to do useful
work for him.
Our scientific revolution began because men dared to question
what everyone already knew. They admitted the possibility
that what they had already learned might be in error. They
applied a method of investigation to everything within reach,
and came up with new ideas that served them better.
The true spiritual seeker would be wise to follow this example.
If you would increase your spiritual progress, review your
own thoughts and behavior in the light of the spiritual
principles you have come to accept.
This then is the first part of prayer.
The scientist rejects prayer because he misunderstands it to
be seeking favoritism from the law. How could the principle
of gravity favor one person over another? What nonsense!
But a serious study of gravity and of motion led us to
rockets, which go up and never come down. We did not violate
gravity, but we studied to understand its consequences and
mode of action, then used our understanding to produce the
effect we desired.
We can do the same with our lives and our minds.
Are there principles that go beyond physical law to produce
consequences in our lives? This question is too important
to leave to another's investigation. Find out for yourself
by experimenting with your own life.
If you do discover mental or spiritual principle operating
in your life, and you want to increase your understanding
of this process, what can you do?
Set your thoughts to thinking about thought. Seek spiritual
cause for each effect you see in your life. Look for consistent
principle, impersonal law, acting through your mind.
We would be benefitted by seeing prayer in a new way. Rather
than seeing prayer as a certain quantity of thought, we could
see prayer as we see infinity or perfection, as a quality.
Every thought contains the quality of prayer, because it
reforms our thinking process itself.
If we recognize that the spiritual laws work from within
us, it would make sense to take our attention inward to
the point where those laws begin, to see and use the laws
at their source. This is prayer.
If we acknowledge and accept the operation of law, we
strengthen and accelerate its effect in our lives. This
is because we apply the same law consistently, without
changing direction. This is prayer.
We begin by pretending that what we desire has already
come to pass. This places our attention in the future, where
the operation of the laws begins.
We think in pictures, because that is the method of
communicating meaning to the inner part of our mind that
exists before words have their birth.
We pretend, because this is the creative aspect of our
thinking. It is inaccurate to think that you will be limited
in the future to what you have expressed in the past. Take
responsibility for the creative process of your thought.
This is prayer.
Many metaphysicians are stalemated by the question of whether
God has the quality of personality. Certainly we come from
God, and we definitely have this quality. Jesus called the
God of the Jews (who were so impressed by this question that
they refused to speak his Name) DaDa. Not a stiffly formal
Father, but DaDa (Abba).
How can the kingdom of God express fully in the physical
world that is so often ruled by the whims of the conscious
ego, without taking on the quality of personality?
To share your awareness of God with all the parts of your
mind, allow this awareness to be personal. Try it for a while
and see if it works for you. If it does, continue to use it.
This is prayer.
Recognise that a part of your mind lives and moves and has
its being in the place where the universal or spiritual laws
operate directly and purely. That part of you has the ability
to create anything you desire, when you make up your mind
and are ready to receive it. This is prayer.
To pray is to align the inner and outer parts of your own
mind in a manner that allows your inner thought to become
your outer reality. It is a communication of outer desire
and its transformation into an acceptance of the form of
expression that your inner good is able to provide.
When you accept the operation of the law, then your word
This is prayer.
What is Prosperity?
"Big whirls have little whirls, that feed off their velocity,
and little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity".
This chemical formulation applies to mind as well as to
physical liquids. Each thought is a miniature whirlpool in
mind substance. The larger, universal thoughts or divine
ideas occur in the superconscious mind. They are individual-
ized and particularized into discrete physical expression
in the densest part of mind, the physical level of conscious-
We can erect barriers in our outer consciousness that turn
the divine ideas aside, or cause their expression to be warped
and stunted. These barriers come from fear, anger, and
The consciousness that blocks prosperity is the consciousness
of lack. The affirmation that supply does not exist is
always temporary, because it is untrue. Sooner or later
you run out of lack, and you become desperate enough to
hope for some good.
The consciousness that permits you to experience prosperity
is wealth consciousness. It is recognition that the universe
contains every thing you need. The world is made of energy,
according to the physicists, and we only need to learn how
to release the energy trapped in matter.
I am prosperous, because I believe that the only permanent
truth is God, that I am made of God-stuff, and that the
world reflects my thoughts as a creator. I know that there
is no limit to substance, and that I am worthy to manipulate
and use that substance.
My wealth is my confidence that I will be able to see and
use the good in every situation, that I am an eternal
being, that beyond every thunderstorm is a rainbow, and
I will live to see that day.
One of the secrets of the universe is that everyone is
wealthy. You may have a wealth of prosperity, or a
wealth of poverty, or somewhere in between. But your
life is always full of something.
You can direct the big whirls in your mind by taking
hold of the largest, most all-inclusive ideas that
you can think of, and continually rethink them, adding
to their energy and power. You direct the smaller
whirls by examining each thought, and accept and
reinforce those thoughts that fit your larger idea,
and let go of and turn away from each thought that
Finally, do everything with a consciousness of your
own wealth. Feel rich while you do the dishes. Polish
your shoes as a reflection of your bright inner self.
Look for ways to let your wealth out into your
Self-confidence or self-pity: every moment you choose.
Confidence in your own inner self leads to prosperity.
The Law of Cause and Effect
What if there were a universe created without law?
Each event would be random, there would be no value or
opportunity to learn, since each event would be
unique and unpredictable.
There would be no evolution of individuals, no
evolution of the universe as a whole.
This is the Hell that many people live in today. They
believe that life is arbitrary and capricious, that
the best philosophy is to just keep your head low.
But this universe is formed according to law. Law means
"rule of action". We should stop and think about what
the existence of spiritual or universal law implies.
First of all, law is principle. It means each event that
occurs may be observed according to the principles that
operate to bring it about. As reasoning beings, we are
able to abstract from similar specific incidents, and
infer a general principle.
Second, law is universal. It does not operate in only
part of our lives, or inconsistantly. Constant law
operates in every situation, in every place within
the created universe, at each level of mind.
Third, law is knowable. The law is more than the words we
use to describe it, but we can understand it by its
operation in our life. We can create a mental model of the
principle and how it works, and use this model to predict
the consequences of any proposed decision.
Fourth, law is useable. We can act according to our under-
standing of the law, and apply the principle in any given
situation. We have the ability to place the law into motion,
through idea, emotion, and physical action.
We use the law of cause and effect by creating a desire,
following through with thought, word, and deed, and then
experiencing the consequence.
Karma is the law of freedom. Through experiencing the results
of our own understandings, there are no shortcuts, no one
is favored, and we can't kid ourselves about what we really
If you want love, give unconditional love. If you want to receive
the truth, then give the truth.
What is Healing?
My picture of healing is of bringing together, as the edges of a
wound, and of becoming one again. It is an overcoming of separation,
and the re-establishing of the unified nature of the body.
The word religion means to re-tie. It represents the overcoming of
the separation of spirit, soul, and body, and the recreation of
the Adam consciousness in man.
The Adam consciousness is the awareness of one's responsibility and
command, under law, of all of the being, all three parts of the
I believe the name of our group is Unity for an important reason.
It is easy to analyze each thought and action, break it down
into its component parts, and rationalize your way to conclusions
of how the world must be and should be.
But you must realize that your process depends on your preconceptions,
and if you depend only on reason, what you will have in the end is
just a self-fulfilling prophecy, one that may only reflect your
self-doubt and lack of self-worth.
The concept of Unity enfolds and overcomes the concept of duality
that is so prevalent in intellectualized spirituality. It is the
animating spirit that gives life to the thoughts, even the thoughts
of the self. I accept and recognize as true each thought, to the
degree that it affirms and acknowledges my present oneness with God.
As you resist your oneness, you lose track of your health. As
you seek to condemn the physical, you set your thoughts against
the inner thought of perfection. Your house is divided against
itself, and cannot stand.
To regain your health, you must start practicing the concept that
you are one with God. That means you must take on and affirm the
point of view, "I am that I am."
Each moment you are pretending your future. You can choose to
pretend your oneness with the Creator, and restore order to all
The Meaning of Easter
"The Greatest Parable"
Over the past two thousand years, millions of individuals have
studied the recorded words and deeds of Jesus Christ, and yet
we have no consensus about what it all means. Was he God, or
man, or both? Are we like him, or was he a special case that
we can never completely imitate?
He utterly transformed the world forever. He innoculated the
literal-minded masses with the microbe of metaphor. We live
in a world of symbology because of him.
By his example, we have been taught to transform our thinking.
He destroyed and replaced the complacent relation to God of
the spiritual thinkers of his day. Surely he destroyed and
rebuilt the temple of the Lord in the three days of his
death and resurrection.
What does this resurrection mean? To some, it is the proof
of God's ability to resurrect a physical body after death - but
usually those people who are so literal minded also believe
that Jesus was by nature different from any other man who
has ever lived, so it is not proof after all.
To truly understand Christ's message, we must use Christ's
method. His method is to speak in parables. Each story is a
picture that conveys an inner meaning. Certainly, if he
forsaw and directed his own death and resurrection, he planned
it as the greatest parable of all.
I believe that Jesus came to teach us how to change. He was
born into a highly structured society that had great spiritual
pride, and yet had been humbled by the Romans, who were much
more primitive spiritually.
By his condemnation, death, and resurrection, he showed us
the example of our own process of change. Through fear, we
surrender the inner understanding to the outer ego, and
try to kill it. Yet the idea that animates this change, the
principle, lives on.
We identify so much with our thoughts and their outward
expression, that we get confused. We think "If I change
what I think, then I will no longer be me."
Jesus, whose name means "conqueror", wants to show us
that the real self continues through the outer change. To
change what I think does not change who I am. When the
outer consciousness asks us, "are you the Christ?", the
inner spirit that integrates and loves the total self, we
can answer with Jesus, "I Am".
What Is Reincarnation
Though Jesus never stated that he was a reincarnation of Elisha,
he did refer to John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah,
who was to come before the Messiah, according to prophecy.
Each of us has to decide for himself, the degree of his
or her own acceptance of reincarnation.
My continually developing point of view, is that reincarnation
is the essential ingredient needed for Christianity to make
sense. If we do truly reap as we sow, then God is not mocked,
and the principles Christ declared are true for every man.
Without reincarnation, both theologians and the common man
have had to resort to absurdity to explain God's creation
If God has created us to live a sinless life, or else spend eternity
in hell, then God is like a small boy who tears the wings off
of insects. Who among us can live a life without blame?
If one in a billion attains it, I am amazed.
Faced by the guilt of having placed a vicious face on God,
different sects have confronted the problem by variously
declaring that priests can forgive sin, or that once you
declare your faith in Jesus Christ, you are saved forever.
Both of these ideas are so absurd that they must be
swallowed like camels. They are beyond faith, because
even faith follows spiritual cause and effect. These
thoughts are attempts to patch over the absurdity of
our limited earthly views of God.
Those who hold to these thoughts are like the man who
told Jesus, "let me go home and bury my father." They
have made tradition their God, and must value everything
by how they think it sounds to the neighbors. They have
buried the Father, under the weight of their limited
perception of God.
They have separated themselves from Jesus by making him a
special case. There is no sense in attempting to imitate
Jesus unless he is exactly as we are. If you only take
Jesus literally, then you ignore his example of teaching
through parables, and you have turned your back on his
gift for you.
When asked how to pray, Jesus said, "pray like this", and
gave us the Lord's Prayer. He said, pray as I do. What
good would it do us to imitate him, unless we truly are
as he is? If we are in the same relation to God that
Jesus is, we must be as he is.
And in a sense, isn't the entire set of four Gospels a
form of prayer? Over and over, Jesus says do it this way.
Put on these thoughts, and reform your relationship to
Jesus stated very plainly and directly that we would do
greater things than he had done. If we are to do so, we
need more practice. The only way to get more practice
is through more time on earth.
A physical scientist will tell you that every particle
of matter in the cosmos has existed since the beginning
of the world. It may have changed from energy to matter
and vice versus several times, but the total of matter/
energy is conserved. Only the form changes.
If even the physical universe is eternal, is it hard to
believe that we who experience as mind, are also eternal
When we say God must be this, and God must be that, we are
not describing the limitations of God. We are describing the
limitations of our ability to conceive of and accept God.
If we accept the all-encompassing love of God, perhaps we
can accept that he has given us all eternity to find and
develop our true nature as his image and likeness.
When we look around us, we see constant change of form.
Every plant and animal, as well as man, changes in a
constant process of evolution. The change of child to
man is not random: no one grows smaller and younger.
The child goes through many days, and many changes of
awareness, to become the adult. He does not remember
all these days, even as we forget our earlier lives,
but the influence remains. And though the child may
look nothing like the man, and may have many changed
attitudes and feel very differently about himself, yet
he is the same individual.
If we do decide to believe in reincarnation for the
time being, until we can prove or disprove it to ourself,
then how can we apply this promise that we can be
as Jesus Christ expects us to be?
To make Christianity come alive in you, take each thing
Jesus said about himself, and pretend it is true about
yourself. Pretend it is you saying it to and about your
If you have the courage to do this, you will find Christ
Jesus himself told us, "Seek and you shall find". Do not
accept anyone's limitation of what you are or can be.
Find out for yourself, within yourself.
There are some powerful ideas presented in the above essays.
You might want to read them several times, giving them at
least several days to sink in between readings.
After writing these words, I read them daily for several
days, then once a week as I wrote the next paper. I
think they became stepping stones for me in the changes
I continue to make.
These are my own thoughts. I offer them to you freely.
To the degree that these ideas make sense to you, and
you use them, you are creating them in your own mind.
If they are of no use to you, then forget about them.
If you are wanting to get the greatest good out of
them, then share them with others. If you received this
as printed text, you could xerox them. If you received
them on diskette, then copy the disk for someone else.
Most of all, if they are useful to you, then use them.
If you will look, then you will find. Each of us is
personally connected to God. Not through someone else,
or even through some idea. You are made of truth.
If you would like to respond, please send your comments
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Brad Jensen,PO Box 470385, Tulsa Ok 74147.
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