Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels.
Why do I talk about confronting fear rather than overcoming fear? Because you cannot conquer fear through a passive measure! It is not a matter of performing some magical ritual that will automatically make your fear disappear. Fear is the most devastating of all feelings because it paralyzes you, it makes you afraid to move, afraid to change. Thus, there is no measure you can take that will automatically remove your fear. In the end, you will conquer fear only through an act of will, and you are the only person who can release that act of will. In order to do so, you must make a decision. In fact, we might say that your fears all spring from an unwillingness to make decisions.
Take note of the deeper reality here. I have said that the consciousness of anti-christ embodies a duality, a built-in, inescapable contradiction. The consciousness of anti-christ is based on separation from reality, yet what is reality? Reality is that everything is created from God’s Being and energy. As the Gospel of John states, “Without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Thus, the underlying reality is that all life is one through its common origin from the Being of God and the Christ mind, the WORD.
The consciousness of anti-christ is separated from reality, and since reality is one, the consciousness of anti-christ cannot be one (or it would be part of reality instead of being apart from it). Obviously, this separation exists only in the minds of self-aware beings who are blinded by the consciousness of anti-christ, and thus it is ultimately an illusion. Yet anything created by such beings will – by its very nature – be based on two opposing and mutually exclusive polarities, which means that it cannot have eternal life. Its internal contradictions will break it down, which is what turns life into a struggle, a constant struggle to maintain that which is in an inescapable process of self-destruction. In a sense one can say that anti-christ is in contradiction to Christ, but it would be more accurate to say that anti-christ is in contradiction to itself. It is in contradiction to the state of Christ in which there is no divisions and thus no contradictions. Much more on this later.
My point here is that for each quality you find in the mind of God – the mind of Christ – there is a perversion in the mind of anti-christ, a perversion with two opposing polarities. When the Creator created the world of form, it had to start with an act of will. In order to change any aspect of your life for the better, you have to start with an act of will. For each step you take on the path of Christhood, you have to start with an act of will. What is the perversion of will power? It is a duality in which one polarity is the tendency to make decisions without considering the whole (selfish decisions, prideful decisions) and the other polarity is fear, the fear of making a decision, the fear of setting in motion a cause. Thus, fear is dangerous precisely because it paralyzes you and prevents you from taking the very first step toward change—making a decision to change! Fear causes you to do nothing, to postpone making a decision, to avoid any decisive actions.
Why are you afraid to make a decision? You are afraid because at some point in the past you accepted an illusion. One example of such an illusion is the belief that if you do not follow the dictates of an external religious authority, you will burn forever in hell. Yet on top of that original illusion, your ego has built another illusion, namely that you must never look at the original illusion, you must accept it as absolutely and unconditionally true. You now have a cumulative effect, for the second fear prevents you from ever looking at the cause of the first fear. Yet what is the key to overcoming the original fear? It is to recognize that it springs from an illusion. And how can you recognize this as long as you are unwilling to make the decision to look at the belief?
This is the central mechanism that makes fear a catch-22 that traps most religious people, and even many spiritual people, in a blind alley where they can stay for a long time. Take note of the reality of the situation. All fear is based on an illusion, namely one of the illusions that spring from the consciousness of death, the mind of anti-christ. An illusion is something unreal, meaning that everything that you fear is ultimately unreal. Once you see that the cause of your fear is unreal, your fear will fade away, for you simply cannot fear something that you know is unreal. The fear springs from the belief that what you fear is real and thus has some kind of power over you. Yet how can something unreal have any power over you, and thus why fear it once you see it as unreal?
The problem is that in order to see the unreality behind fear, you must examine the illusion that started your fear. And you cannot do that unless you overcome the second fear, namely the fear of looking at the illusion. And you can overcome the second fear only by breaking the spell and making the decision – through an act of will – to look at your fear, no matter what reasons you have for not doing so.
This is the catch-22. Fear is anti-will, so it paralyzes you by making you unable – or rather unwilling – to use your will power. Yet any quality from the mind of anti-christ can be overcome only by bringing the corresponding reality from the mind of Christ. So fear can be overcome only through will. Yet how can you release the will power that will consume your fear, when your fear makes you afraid to use your will? You can do so in only one way, namely by understanding how fear works and seeing that it is unreal. Thus, it is the truth that will make you free.
The medieval Christian church literally had the minds of most Europeans in a straightjacket for almost a thousand years. How could this be done? Because the church had created layers of fear that effectively prevented people from taking a rational look at the church’s doctrines. Thus, people were afraid to use their inner discernment to realize that some of the church’s doctrines were out of alignment with the reality of Christ—even though the church claimed to be the only representative of Christ on Earth. Do you think it strange that I – the Living Jesus Christ – should have to challenge the very institution that claims to represent me on Earth? I do not, for I know that the role of the Living Christ is to always challenge the established powers of the time.
Do you truly understand what I am saying here? I have been spending a lot of time explaining that the essence of the path to Christhood is that you come to see what you cannot see right now—so that you can overcome your dualistic illusions. I have now explained that fear prevents you from taking a look at your beliefs and assumptions, so is it not obvious that as long as you have fear in your being, you cannot freely walk the path to Christhood?
As long as you are afraid to take a look at your illusions, how can you come to see them as illusions? Thus, one of the first steps on the path to Christhood is to become aware of fear and its paralyzing effects, so that you can build the understanding that empowers you to make the decision to confront – and then dismiss – all of your fears. Your ego hides behind your fears, so the only way to fully unmask the ego is to remove the fears so there is nothing left behind which the ego can hide. And doing this must start with an act of will.
The American president, Franklin Roosevelt, once said in a speech, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself!” That remark was inspired by the Ascended Host, and it is very important that you understand the reality behind this statement.
I have said that the two main players in the drama of your life are your conscious self and your ego. I have also said that all fear springs from an illusion, meaning that it is unreal. When you put these statements together, you get the following teaching.
Your conscious self is that part of you which is real in an ultimate sense, which means that it came out of God’s Being and it was designed according to God’s perfect vision. Only that which is created from God’s Being has ultimate reality. In contrast, your ego was created by your conscious self after you started becoming blinded by duality. Thus, your ego is created based on the consciousness of duality and its illusions, meaning that your ego is ultimately unreal. It has only a temporary existence, it has no life in it. In fact, the ego can stay alive only as long as your conscious self feeds it life energy by believing it is real and identifying with it.
As I have explained, human beings on Earth have forgotten their true identity and have become blinded by the consciousness of death. The consciousness of death is based on the illusion of separation from your source, and because everything is created from God’s Being and substance – what Mother Mary in her book calls the Ma-ter Light – separation is truly unreal. Yet because of free will, it is possible that self-aware beings can co-create from this state of illusion.
When you co-create based on the consciousness of death, the consciousness of duality, you will inevitably create something that has two opposites. You might recall that when the Serpent tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, it said:
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis, Chapter 3)
The true meaning is that the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” is a symbol for the duality consciousness, which is – as Maitreya explains in great detail in his book – an inevitable companion of free will. It is God’s intent that you – and all other co-creators – should use your co-creative abilities within the overall vision and laws of God, whereby you will magnify all life, causing all of creation to become more. Yet because God gave you free will, God had to give you the option to go against God’s law. And here comes a subtle mechanism that I need you to ponder.
God’s vision is that all life should grow and become more. God’s laws are set up to ensure that no self-aware co-creator ever needs to experience lack and suffering. Thus, when you co-create within God’s law, you will never experience the conditions that many human beings consider a normal and inevitable part of life, namely limitations, loss and suffering. Why did I say that I am come that all might have life and that they might have it more abundantly? This does not mean that I will give all people the abundant life. The true meaning is that I am come to help people realign themselves with the vision and law of God – which he has written in their inward parts, meaning their higher selves – so they can co-create the kingdom of God instead of continuing to co-create the kingdom of lack.
When you use your co-creative abilities within God’s law, you can only magnify all life, which means that you will not only enrich your own life but also the lives of all other people on Earth. The whole becomes more than the sum of its parts, which means that there is abundance for everyone. When you use your creative abilities outside of God’s vision and laws, you will inevitably create lack, which means that the whole now is less than the sum of its parts. The logical consequence is that there is no longer abundance for everyone, which leads to competition for limited resources. This inevitably leads to a state where some people have – through deceit or violence – taken from others to the point where most people live a life of lack and suffering and a small elite live a privileged life of affluence.
I will later explain this point in greater detail, but I want to plant a seed in your mind. When you create within God’s law, you affirm the oneness of all life, meaning that there is no conflict between you and other people. By raising yourself and becoming more, you are enriching the whole. You are creating from a state of oneness with all life and with your source, which is what I confirmed when I said, “I and my Father are one.” When you step outside of God’s law, you step into a realm that is based on separation from the source and separation from other parts of life. In this realm of separation, there cannot be oneness, meaning that instead of oneness, there is a state of division, separation and duality.
The logical consequence is that this realm of duality is characterized by opposites, which is what is truly meant by the expression “the knowledge of good and evil.” When you are in oneness – innocence – you have no knowledge of duality, for you think only in terms of oneness. When you lose that innocence, you inevitably become blinded by the consciousness of death, in which everything is seen as being dominated by two opposite polarities, such as life and death, good and evil. And when everything must have an opposite, abundance must have an opposite, which means that lack and suffering suddenly become possible. This opens the possibility of a downward spiral that causes people to create more and more lack and suffering.
The inevitable conclusion is that humankind has collectively co-created all of the imperfect conditions you currently find on Earth, including all lack and suffering. These conditions were not – as many religions claim – created by God, thus they are neither God’s will nor God’s punishment. Although these conditions were created by using God’s substance, they were not created in alignment with God’s vision and God’s laws. Thus, they have only a temporary existence, meaning that they are ultimately unreal.
NOTE: The rest of this dictation is available in the book: Master Keys to Personal Christhoood.
Copyright © 2008 Kim Michaels