Jesus came to heal our spirits and to draw us closer to a collective spiritual awareness. He demonstrated that building an awareness of the spirit within enables us to be acutely aware of the misery and suffering of others and his compassion expressed itself in teaching people the route to liberation from misery. When he looked at people he saw their spiritual needs and their ever present desire to find out the truth.
The route to liberation from misery
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’
When we decide on pursuing an exploratory journey within to establish the truth we have to surrender to the act completely. We must enter the experience with humility and trust. It is an act that lends itself to leaning and relying on God, trusting him with your life and opening your heart to him. We cannot find enlightenment until we abandon the ego.
‘Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.’
A person does not seek a doctor unless they are aware and recognise the fact that they are sick. Repentance is a similar dilemma to illness. It is becoming aware of the unbearable physical and emotional burden that sin, impurities, defilements inflict on us. Repentance is the acknowledgement that complete healing cannot begin unless we stop inflicting more injuries; it is accepting responsibility for the part we play in creating misery for ourselves and others. Where there is no remorse, regret or recognition of fault there can be no healing.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’
Through self observation of respiration and sensations we develop qualities that are the result of acting through a balanced mind. We become the unassuming, the quiet, the peaceful, the humble, able to put the needs of others above our own. Those that have been icons of this teaching have been followed in droves, we must not make the mistake of putting them on pedal stools instead we must look up to them as role models.
‘Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy
Through self study we begin to hone the ability to release ourselves from compulsive reactions and storing resentment against others. We learn not to add to our store of negative energy but to deplete that which already exists by acting out of a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The idea of our father in heaven also being willing to forgive us when we are able to forgive others goes hand in hand with the fact that we attract positive energy, peace and harmony when we cease to defile our inner purity.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God’
Open your heart not your minds in order to experience the goodness of your heavenly father. Understanding the love and goodness that our heavenly father imparts takes experiential wisdom not intellectual wisdom.
‘Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called sons of God’
Acting out of a place of love and balanced mind promotes collective support, unity, oneness of mind and oneness in spirit. We create collective awareness of the spirit of God at work within us. We become joined in spirit as sons and daughters of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted because of Righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Hold your ground because it is not easy to profess a truth which is so at odds with reality experienced in the unconscious state of being.
‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.’
Your choice to live in the light may cause those following false doctrine to feel that their intellectualised wisdom is threatened. It is an unjustifiable fear working alongside a compulsion to protect the norm. Despite this you must be compassionate and patient in your dealings with them. Your path may be crystal clear before you, but once upon a time you too acted out of pain and frustration.