09. Freedom from cravings

Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels.

 

In this and the following keys I will address some of the more obvious blocks that prevent you from being in the natural state of having God’s wisdom and love flowing through your being. As you will see, these blocks are very much human in nature, and we might consider them kindergarten stuff for a sincere spiritual seeker. Yet there is great value in going over them with me, for these human conditions have inundated the collective consciousness. Unless you have a deeper understanding of them, it can be difficult for you to free yourself completely from all remnants of them. And I might say that unless you do free yourself completely from them, you will not attain ultimate freedom. Indeed, many sincere spiritual seekers have become stuck at a certain level precisely because they have not completely overcome one of these basic blocks. Thus, it is time to let them go, for you cannot pursue the path to Christhood while being burdened by these toxins.

 In order to address the blocks, I need to give you some basic information. Some readers will already know this, but I need to make sure that all are on the same page. First of all, you need to have a clear understanding of your energy field. As you know from science, Einstein’s theory of relativity states that the world is not made up of two separate substances, namely matter and energy. Einstein discovered that everything is energy, and by doing so he broke down the barrier between mind and matter. Energy is a more fundamental element than matter, which proves that thoughts are more fundamental than matter. This one realization is the foundation for all of my so-called miracles. Science has consistently proven that the more fundamental elements have power over the grosser elements. For example, all matter is made of subatomic particles, so the laws that work at the level of these particles have a fundamental influence on what form anything in the material universe can take. 

Let me give a more visual example. You can carve a block of wood, and there are certain laws that guide how you work with wood, such as not cutting against the grain. Yet these laws function within a larger framework, namely the laws that guide how wood is formed at the molecular level. And these laws function within an even larger framework, namely the subatomic level, where pure energy is transformed into subatomic particles that can take on the form of any matter substance known on Earth. Do you see what I am saying? The same subatomic particles can form both wood, metal, water and air molecules. Thus, you see that all visible phenomena are created from a deeper underlying reality, which has a fundamental influence on everything in the material universe. Visible phenomena represent the level of effects, and the invisible reality represents the level of the real causes.

My point here is that in order to really change your life, you need to deal with causes and not effects, which means you need to look behind surface appearances. For example, as I said in the last key, many Christians traditionally seek to change certain types of behavior by suppressing them. Yet what I want is for you to go to the cause of these types of behavior and remove the cause – the beam in your own eye – so there is nothing left to suppress. And in order to do that, you need to know where the cause is located.

You need to understand that your total being – your mind – has more than one level. When you perform an action, it involves your physical body, your brain and your conscious mind. Yet you will never understand why you take certain actions by only looking at the brain and the conscious mind. You have no doubt heard the old saying, “Man, know thyself,” and the deeper meaning is that you – man or woman – must know all levels of your mind. You must take command over your container of self.

The basic understanding you need is that your mind is an energy field, and as such it is made up of energies that vibrate at different levels. In fact, there are four main levels of your energy field, which in some esoteric traditions have been called your four lower bodies. However, I prefer to call them the four levels of the mind. They are:

  • The outer mind that is closely linked to your physical body. This is the mind where you make conscious decisions and take many actions. This mind is very much affected by the physical brain and your environment, and for some people their conscious awareness is limited to this mind. Yet most spiritual seekers have expanded their conscious awareness to go beyond this mind, which is why they are open to the spiritual side of life. One of the main elements of spiritual growth is to expand one’s conscious awareness beyond the physical mind, thus incorporating all levels of the mind and coming to know your full identity. Yet expansion is not enough, since it must be followed by purification of all levels of the mind.
  • The emotional mind. This is obviously the level of your feelings, and as you know, feelings are very volatile and can easily be pointed in this or that direction. The emotional mind is above the outer mind, and thus feelings are a very powerful force for controlling your physical actions. You have experienced that when certain feelings build in intensity, the compulsion to take a certain action overpowers your conscious will. People who are completely controlled by their emotions have very little self-control, and thus they find it extremely difficult to make progress on the spiritual path. The reason being that since the emotional mind is more fundamental than the conscious mind, seeking to consciously suppress feelings is an uphill battle. As a sincere spiritual seeker, you need to attain control over your emotions, and one element of this is to remove the energies that pollute the emotional mind. Another is understanding where feelings originate.
  • The mental mind. This is the seat of the intellect and your ability to understand the world. It is here that you analyze everything and can make more level-headed decisions. Ideally, your thoughts should lead to balanced emotions that lead to balanced actions. The problem is that the intellect is an analytical faculty, and I have already explained its inherent weakness. Thus, the intellect can find it difficult to know what is right, and this is what often plunges people into unbalanced emotions. They use the intellect to convince themselves that what they are thinking is right, which then gives them the belief that it is acceptable, necessary or unavoidable that they engage in certain limiting feelings. To overcome this pattern, you need to purify your mental mind from the energies and the dualistic illusions that prevent you from seeing that there is a deeper reality beyond the mental level—a reality that is not a matter of having the best intellectual analysis and argument.
  • The identity mind. This is the highest level of your lower being, and it is the seat of your deepest sense of who you are in relation to the material universe (Your spiritual identity is anchored in your I AM Presence and can be accessed only by your conscious self, not by any of the lower minds.). As the most fundamental part of the lower being, the identity mind has a major impact on every aspect of your life, yet most people are unaware of its existence and thus have no control over it. They uncritically accept the sense of identity that is put upon them as they grow up, which then forms the foundation for all of their thoughts, feelings and actions. If people’s identity is based on the consciousness of death, can their thoughts, feelings and actions do anything but follow? Thus, it is essential for a spiritual seeker to become aware of the identity mind and begin to purify it of all mortal elements.

We now need to add the fact that everything in the material universe is made from energy and that visible matter is actually a grosser manifestation of finer or more fundamental energies. Science has discovered how an energy wave can take on the form of a subatomic particle, even switching back and forth between a particle and a wave form. The implication is that beyond the material universe is a realm of finer energies – energies of a higher vibration – and this is, of course, what religious and spiritual teachings for thousands of years have referred to as heaven or the spiritual realm. My point being that the matter universe is created by lowering the vibration of spiritual energy, and thus this world is sustained only by a constant stream of energy from the spiritual into the material spectrum of vibrations. This flow of energy is replicated in the four levels of your mind.

You now see that the ideal state for a human being is that there is nothing to impede the natural flow of energy through the four levels of your mind. The spiritual energy flows from your Higher Being, your I AM Presence, and it first enters your identity mind. Here it is colored by your sense of identity, almost as if it passes through a filter. Yet if your sense of identity is based on your spiritual self, the energy flow will not be diminished but will simply be stepped down in vibration so it can enter the mental mind with full force. Again, the mental mind will color the energy, but if the images in this mind are based on the reality of Christ, the energy flow will not be diminished. It then enters the emotional mind, and if your emotions are pure, they will give the energy a positive direction that will be aimed at raising up all life. This will result in life-supporting actions that enrich both yourself and everyone else.

In the natural state, the energy that flows from your I AM Presence is stepped down and directed by your total being, and this happens in such a way that all life is enhanced. This is the form of life that I came to give all people by helping them reconnect to who they truly are. As I said:

 

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

 

When you express your spiritual identity through all of your thoughts, feelings and actions, you multiply the talents and thus God will give you even more creative energy. This is what gives you the truly abundant life.

So what happens when the four levels of your mind are polluted by imperfect beliefs and energies? Well, the natural flow is blocked and your creative power is limited. In reality, most of the energy that flows from your I AM Presence is blocked in your higher bodies and never reaches the level of the physical body, which means there is very little energy available for the person to be creative. In fact, many people have limited the energy flow to the point where there is barely enough to keep the physical body alive. Such people have very little energy left over to express their individuality, and thus they often mindlessly follow the mass consciousness.

How does this happen? Well, if you take God’s energy and use it for selfish purposes, you are obviously not multiplying your talents and thus God has no return current that can be multiplied. You are limited to a certain amount of energy that enters your identity body. As you adopt selfish beliefs – meaning beliefs based on the mind of anti-christ that sees you as a separate being – you create certain blocks in the four levels of your mind. 

To give you a visual illustration, compare the flow of energy to the flow of electricity coming into your house, the house being a symbol for the conscious mind. Now imagine that someone sneaks in and hooks up an electrical device to your power line before it enters your house—and that there is only a fixed amount of electricity coming to the house. One device might not make a noticeable difference, but as more and more devices are plugged in, there is not enough power to run everything in your house, so you are forced to shut something down. Furthermore, the devices that are plugged in before your house do not produce any useful output. All of the energy going into them is consumed by their own internal functions and there is nothing coming out that is useful to you or the world. The devices are simply spinning their wheels and producing heat that makes your house too hot for comfort.

My point being that the blocks in the higher levels of the mind are like devices that continually consume energy. As you become increasingly selfish, more and more of the fixed amount that enters your lower being is used up by your internal divisions, thus being blocked from flowing through you. As a result, you use up internally what should have been expressed externally to enrich yourself and all life. This is essentially the process behind what psychologists today call clinical depression. However, it can also lead to all other psychological imbalances, including a constant state of agitation, which is caused by the excess energy that makes your energy field an unpleasant place to be. The symptoms can be varied, and this can account for most psychological problems.

How do you break this self-reinforcing spiral? You do so by purifying the four levels of your mind from the energies that have accumulated there. And to do that, you must also overcome the dualistic beliefs that caused the downward spiral to start. This is the subject of this and the coming keys.

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Now for another piece of basic information. As you might know, there is no record of my activities between the age of 12 and the age of 30. The last record of my early life is this: 

 

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luke, Chapter 2)

 

The next record of me is when I appear at the wedding in Cana, turning the water into wine (John 2:1). So what did I do in the meantime? Well, some assume I worked as a carpenter, others that I apparently did nothing, simply sitting around waiting for my mission to start. These assumptions are based on the mainstream Christian idol that says I was God incarnate and thus had to have been born already perfect. Yet is it not more logical to assume that in the 17 “missing” years I was not simply passively waiting for my mission to start but was doing what I said I was going to do, namely being about my Father’s business? And what does that mean? Well, if I knew I had a mission for God, does it not seem logical that I was doing everything possible to prepare myself for that mission? In other words, I was walking the path of Christhood by studying and applying whatever spiritual teachings I could find?

The reality is that I did indeed engage in a pilgrimage of seeking out various spiritual teachings and teachers, and this journey brought me far and wide, from Egypt to India and Tibet. Many Christians vehemently deny this, but they do so because they fail to realize that I did not grow up in the Christian mental box in which they have grown up—there was no Christian mental box at the time. Thus, I was not a Christian, and if you want to put a label on me, you would have to say I was a mystic or a universal spiritual seeker who sought truth wherever it could be found. I knew – as all true mystics do – that God cannot be confined to any of the mental boxes – religious or otherwise – found on Earth. Thus, I knew that in order to prepare myself for my mission, I would have to find the universal spiritual path that runs like an unseen thread behind the world’s outer religions. In fact, I knew that my immediate mission was to teach that path to the Jewish people—and beyond that to all.

During my spiritual journey, I studied – among others – the philosophy of Buddhism, which has many profound teachings and practical tools. In fact, some people have found parallels between my sayings and the sayings of the Buddha, which is not a coincidence. Partly because I did study the teachings of the Buddha and partly because we both drank from the same universal fount of truth. So what I want to do at this point is to introduce a teaching from esoteric Buddhism that relates to the topic of the blocks in your mind.

 

NOTE: The rest of this dictation is available in the book: Master Keys to Personal Christhoood.

 

 

Copyright © 2008 Kim Michaels

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