Sterling sent me an e-mail writing as follows:
Help me out here. It seems to me that there is a large contradiction between this post here and other things you have taught.
Here you say that the "Christ" who overshadowed Jesus as almost a "possession" like experience, except with agency intact, was a separate and higher personage, namely the Father.
Elsewhere, you teach that the "Christ" essence for each of us is the "higher self" the "Kala within." And that our ultimate purpose is to bring ourselves in touch with that Christ within so that it is the primary governing power.
In my opinion, truth is a combination of these concepts, not one or the other as you have presented them in contradiction (unless I have simply misunderstood you).
I have not taught that it is one or the other, but the problem is that you are referring to two different principles that I have taught and seeing them as one principle taught with contradiction. There is no contradiction.
Principle One: The Christ Within
Even though there has and does live the Christ without (Christ who appeared in a physical body 2000 years ago) the very same scriptures that testify of his outer appearance also witnesses to the Christ principle which is within and available to us all.
On earth, those who are members of the body of Christ are those who "know the love of Christ" and are "filled with the FULNESS OF GOD" (Eph 3:19)... "until Christ be formed IN YOU." (Gal 4:19) "To whom God would make known what is the riches of glory of this MYSTERY among the Gentiles: which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory." Col 1:28
"LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS: who being in the form of God, thought it not mockery to be EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men..." Phil 2:5-7 "...That the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." II Cor 4:10
"God has now made (us) to share the very life of Christ." Col 2:13 Phillips
Here we see that the scriptures harmonize with some new age teachings that there is a Christ within.
The Christ within is much different than an entity who represents the Christ principle or office. The Christ principle is that which mediates between Spirit and matter or God and man. The interplay of spirit and matter is soul, or soul energy, and when we go within to seek the kingdom and contact this soul we contact the door which mediates between matter and Spirit. Here we contact the Christ principle. When this is accomplished it is said that we have the Christ Consciousness, which is a much different thing than being a Messiah or claiming to be Jesus.
Principle Two: The Office of Christ
The office of Christ is a much different thing than the Christ which is within us all.
Each of the three aspects of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has various offices of representation in hierarchical order throughout the universe. Even so, on a little planet of no great importance we also have these offices represented. He who holds one of these offices is the one deemed upon the planet to the best, most quintessential, representative of the essence of one of these three aspects of God.
Joseph commented on the appointment of the Father God of this earth as follows: "The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take [that] view of the subject, its sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods." DHC 6:476
Joseph also stated quite clearly that Christ is an office held by an individual on each of the worlds: "Jesus is one of a grand order of Saviors. Every world has its distinctive Savior and every dispensation its Christ." Women in Mormondom by Edward W. Tullidge; Page 192.
Many early Mormon teachers also referred to the Holy Spirit as an office: "It is not to be wondered at that men should be ignorant, in a great measure, of the principles of salvation, and more especially of the nature, OFFICE, power, influence, gifts, and blessings of the gift of the Holy Ghost." Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43 p.242
"He is one of the three characters we believe in, whose OFFICE it is to administer to those of the human family who love the truth. I have stated that they are one, as the hearts of three men might be one." Discourses of Brigham Young, p.30
"It had been revealed to them by the Holy Ghost, whose OFFICE it is to reveal that which is past, present, and that which is to come." The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p.114
Thus we see that early LDS teachings agree with the ancient, as well as the recently revealed wisdom from the East, that there are three great individual entities who head the offices of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
On other planets these individuals will be different entities than exist here, but the principle behind the three great aspects of God is the same throughout the universe.
As we bring our soul into alignment over our many life experiences we eventually come into unity with godhood, growing grace for grace.
No disagreement there.
Some, who have attained to the level of godhood through previous lives, choose to incarnate yet again (and again) to help others of the human family move forward in their progression. (I would guess that many at David's Outcasts fall into this category.)
Nevertheless, part of incarnation is the drawing of the veil and "starting over again" in a new body, overcoming as we have before, through the help of the overshadowing power of the Spirit of God, and coming into alignment with the purposes of God. Part of the love inherent in this act is that in so doing we know that we risk messing up and stepping out of our godhoodness because of choices made while veiled in the flesh. Yet our love for our fellowmen is such that we are willing to take such a risk in order to accomplish a particular mission for the progression of mankind. Furthermore, what makes our incarnation a "risk" like everyone else's is that we, like anyone else, will be given particular trials and tests of our faith to cause us to grow in areas where we've not grown before; still progressing, even though we have previously attained to a level of "godhood." There is still eternal room for growth even within "godhood."
Around this principle the scripture makes an interesting statement: "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection." D&C 130:18
As I have pointed out in my writings, the resurrection of KRISIS (mistranslated damnation) is really reincarnation. This being true, then, when we rise again in a new birth we take with us the accumulated intelligence that we had in our last life.
A person does not have the intelligence of a Master or God and then loose it in a future birth. It is true he may lose his memory, but not his intelligence.
Is there then a risk in coming back to the earth and what is the risk?
After we are reborn on the earth we spend the first 21 years of life reliving in miniature our entire progression as a human being. If you look back and examine how your intelligence and consciousness evolved during your youth this will give you an idea of how your progression has went so far. Did you make a giant leap between the ages of 15-16? That indicates that several lifetimes ago you had a pivotal life wherein you accelerated your growth. Near the age of 21 did you have a change of heart or direction? This would indicate a more recent line of progression you are working on.
We were not gods or masters in our last life and then in this one show little or no evidence of such high consciousness. The consciousness you had at the age of 21 is very similar (as a general rule) to the consciousness you had near the end of your last life.
Even so, we always have free will and even if one happens to be fairly far along the path he can make some bad choices which will direct his intelligence toward a destructive end. If he makes such a choice the person will still maintain high intelligence, but will place a cloud between his consciousness and the Spirit of God and this intelligence which he has spent such a long time developing will be used for pure selfishness and the person will be in danger of choosing the dark path.
Therefore, if one feels that he has not chosen the path of selfishness he can rest assured that the state of progression he is in at the moment is not at a lower point than it was in his past lives.
It is true however, that when we master a certain talent to the extent that more concentration on that talent will yield little progress then that knowledge will go below the threshold of consciousness and we will have an inward instruction to learn in a different direction.
Suppose you perfected musical talent in your last life. In this one you will be inwardly guided toward a new field - maybe science or medicine, for instance, so you can expand your horizon. But even with this shift of attention your basic intelligence will not diminish, but slowly unfold and grow.
Just as we have the Christ Consciousness within, even so we have a latent Father Consciousness which is our originating intelligence which is linked to the oneness of God. We did not have a realization of this consciousness in our ancient past, but have come here to develop it and then when we return to the higher spheres we will enjoy a reunion with the Father aspect with full consciousness awareness of who we are, the end of which will be great joy.
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