Vol. 11 No. 51 - Jesus Christ - December 22, 1968
The Nativity of the Christ within the Soul
My Brothers and Sisters in God,
Though they draw nigh unto me with their lips, if their hearts be far from me, they cannot walk in my footsteps or receive the proffered gifts of God—regeneration, resurrection, and ascension power. The gap between the drawing power of dramatic attachment whereby men are thrilled at my victorious life experiences and the desire to go and do likewise <1>—the action of putting upon themselves the garments of the living Christ—is very wide. Men must not only seek truth, but they must also be truth. They must not only praise truth by vocalized expression, but they must also praise truth by the action of the heart in outpicturing (manifesting) the dramatis personae <2> of Christ reality.
As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood within the fiery furnace for their faith <3>—as I appeared within that furnace, the fourth figure of Christed magnificence, seeing to it that not a hair of their heads was singed—so the young disciple in his day can take his stand of cosmic faith, perceiving in the myriad life forms around him the hand of infinite grace.
Take dominion over the earth, be fruitful and multiply <4> is a command that is given not only to the flesh, but also to the Spirit. God is the Spirit, and the creative essence of the eternal Father manifests in the domain of nature and in the structures of stars and atoms. His Spirit is compounded into a communicative whole by being, by consciousness, by bliss and joy in consciousness, and by missioned reality. For thereby the soul understands the divine mission and, committing itself into the hands of God, goes forth unafraid to do my will.
As the struggle for God realization upon the planetary body goes on, as nature continues to be affected by mankind’s thoughts, as the mass consciousness continues to suffer the delusions of the senses, and as the struggle for self-cognition manifests in individual hearts, we who stand as elder brothers to the planet continue to exert the pressure of our hearts’ light to the children of men to assist them in achieving that same sense of integrated wholeness that we manifested in our lives.
Step by step the children of men move forward. Often the grounds of realization that they tread are not the grounds of attained action. Men know more than they do, and they continue to suffer the results of their failures to appropriate in faith the God ideals that are released to them within their minds and consciousness. Conscience itself is a banner which, when lowered through the acceptance of lesser standards, leads the souls of men through darkened tunnels where hope is dimly perceived. Thus, the search for freedom by young souls seeking a means of emancipation from bondage often leads to greater bondage.
The traditions of society falling far short of the expression of God ideals hold yet a greater hope for every son of God upon the planet than the disorganized, libertine expressions of art and music that magnetize men to fetishes of darkness and hide their light under a bushel <5> of personal freedom that but conceals a mound of dead men’s bones. <6> We who seek to raise all of life, to elevate the soul, and to bring men into contact with the great universal reality which has been the forte of every avatar down through the ages understand how the magnetism of personality and the fusion of ideas leap from person to person spreading darkness rather than light. Thus, large masses of people become infected by the pressures of astral chaos until the Earth herself literally reels to and fro because of the scattering abroad of what is in reality sheer hypocrisy.
Men say they abhor violence and vow that they cleave to higher expressions of truth. Let them know and understand, then, that all who will follow truth in its transcendent state must tether themselves to the law of harmony and love. You cannot bring forth with your mouth protestations against violence and then seek to take heaven by force. <7> The greater the humility in the soul, the greater the possibility that an individual will achieve within a given lifespan.
When John the Baptist came preceding my mission he said of me, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” <8> This is the way for man to attain—to decrease the power of the personality and the ego, to diminish its aspects within the individual realm, and to increase the power of the Christ, of the light, and of the universal consciousness so that the tender threads of divine reality, of soul reality, can be spliced with the aspirations of the lower self. Men and women often do not take into account the fact that when they are reconnected to the regenerative powers of the universe, there is a healing period during which the fragile connecting skeins can easily be sundered once again.
In the early day of the soul’s awakening to its divine reality, it must be carefully cherished and the contact revered. Unless this be done the fragile nature of the contact, once broken, can plunge the soul headlong into darkness. I urge upon all, then, the maintaining of the divine sense, the sense of spiritual gratitude for each opportunity afforded the soul to expand, the sense of contact with the spiritual hierarchy, and the sense of unity of the many souls involved in serving the Godhead upon the planet. Whereas all are not the head and all are not the feet and the members of my body are many, there is a pervading sense of unity that runs throughout the whole, that flows into the universe and comforts each part with the comfort of the head. <9>
I remain and I stand through the ages as the advocate of the Father’s love. I make real to men, who could not otherwise see, the things of the Spirit. I open the eyes of the blind. I heal all the diseases of men. I remain the advocate for both simple and wise, and to each I give the needed grace for his freedom. The earth needs strong men—men who, having consciousness and life, will understand that that consciousness and that life are doorways, membranes between the highest octaves and the earth over which can be conveyed the messages of those educators of the Spirit who will teach and mold the soul until it is able to develop such a sense of overpowering victory that no human circumstance can conspire to take its crown.
Whereas many rejoice at my nativity, the greatest rejoicing is the rejoicing of the nativity of the Christ within the soul of the individual. When an individual can feel the passions of the rebirth of the living Christ within the manger of his own heart, when he can feel the kindling of the divine flame there and realize that reintegration has begun, he will have taken a great step towards wholeness.
I come this year, as every year throughout the whole round of manifestation, to bring good cheer to the souls of men.“Be of good cheer; it is I” <10>
All this I AM within you,
Jesus the Christ
1. Luke 10:37.
2. Characters or actors in a drama, Jesus’ admonition to those who would become the Christ references the activity of fulfilling the roles of the many men and women of faith who have outpictured the pageant of the Christ throughout the ages—even before his embodiment as Jesus. Not just one but many players in the cast make up the body of God upon earth. As disciples of the Christ as he appears in all men, we must recognize his qualities wherever they are revered and exemplified in lives of service and dedication. Then it is our role to go and do likewise.
4. Gen. 1:28.
5. Matt. 5:15.
6. Matt. 23:27.
7. Matt. 11:12.
8. John 3:30.
11.. Rev. 1:16.
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