TOPICS: People take statements to dualistic extremes – you must choose to ascend – cannot chose to leave earth behind if you have attachments – spiritual abundance – material abundance can set you free to focus on spiritual growth – all people should have this opportunity – the elite have more than they need –
Question: I know Father/Mother God wills to bless us, as their children, but wouldn’t it be better to live as simple and an impoverished a life as possible to remain as close a relationship as possible and to maintain our Christ consciousness?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
As I explain throughout this website, the real problem on planet earth is that people have descended into a lower state of consciousness in which everything seems relative. The effect of this relativity is that people tend to be polarized towards one of two extremes. When a spiritual teacher, such as myself, makes a statement, it is inevitable that some people will take that statement to the extremes. So when I said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter heaven, it was inevitable that some people would interpret it to mean that in order to enter heaven one should be poor.
This misinterpretation has haunted Christianity for many centuries and caused unnecessary suffering for many people. It has also been misused to justify keeping a majority of the population in poverty.
The reality behind my statement was that it is not the riches themselves that keep you from entering heaven. It is your attachment to riches that keeps you from entering heaven. Everything in this world is subject to the free will of the individual. If you are to be saved, if you are to enter heaven, you must do so of your own choosing. In order to enter heaven, you must leave the things of this world behind, and you must do so voluntarily. If you have an emotional attachment to anything in this world, your lifestream is not ready to permanently ascend to heaven. Your lifestream will have to come back to this planet to experience a certain aspect of life until it has fulfilled its desire for that aspect and is now ready to leave it behind.
That being said, it should be obvious that people have a tendency to develop attachments to their material possessions. The more possessions people have, the stronger the attachments tend to be, and this binds people more firmly to the things of this world. So if you can have riches without becoming attached to them, you can still make tremendous spiritual progress. If you cannot have riches without the attachment, then it is better to be poor. After all, what does it profit a person to gain the whole world yet lose the soul?
I said that I have come so that all might have life and that they may have it more abundantly. It is truly not my desire to see people live in poverty. My true desire is to see every human being experience the abundant life. When I say the abundant life, I first of all mean spiritual abundance.
However, I would like to see all human beings on earth have a material abundance which sets them free to focus most of their attention and energy on pursuing spiritual growth. In other words, it is not to my liking that so many people on earth live a life in poverty, which makes it necessary for them to focus most of their energy and attention on mere physical survival or making a living.
I would like to see a redistribution of wealth on this planet so that instead of having a few people, or a few nations, where people live in unnecessary material affluence, we could see every human being have the material necessities of life, such as abundant food, clothing and shelter. Every human being deserves to have enough material possessions so that the person has the option of focusing most of his or her attention on spiritual growth.
I can tell you that it is not to my liking that there are so many people in today’s world who have more material abundance than they could possibly need. It is especially not to my liking that so many of the people who have material abundance spend their lives on an unnecessary and never-ending pursuit of satisfying the desires of the senses and the ego. So many people are letting their lives be consumed by material, bodily or dualistic desires. Such people are truly acting with the consciousness of animals, who are consumed by the desires of the flesh. Some of them are very rich animals, but all the riches in the world cannot raise your level of consciousness.
It is your level of consciousness that determines where your lifestream goes after the death of the physical shell. You know the saying that “You can’t take it with you” and it applies to your material possessions. Well, you can take your state of consciousness with you, and it will follow you until you decide to change it!
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