Levels of spiritual growth: from hell to heaven

TOPICS: Jesus taught the inner approach to religion – most people take outer approach – different levels of consciousness, from hell to heaven – spiritual self-sufficiency – some need to keep God in a mental box – connection to your higher self – why some reject all religion – growing away from the outer approach – internalized spirituality – discarding old beliefs as you mature – healing religious wounds from past lives – millions of people need to move to the inner approach – let go of the old – 

Question: I have such a problem listening to Religious TV programs or walking into a Church having to listen to a Minister or Priest speak in ways that sound so heavily laden with religious dogma.

I especially cringe when either I hear guests on a religious TV program or a member of a Church saying things like “I am so blessed by the comfort of the Lord” or “If it wasn’t for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…….”.
I have never been a religious person. These expressions are foreign to me and they cut deeply into my mind. Not always, but I often feel repelled by these expressions. However, I understand them and I have a compassion for these people who have the desire to express themselves in this way. I just cannot bring myself to saying these kinds of things. Perhaps it’s because of my aversion to how society has presented and still presents today the Christian faith with such hypocritical overtones. It is such a mystery to me why I find it so difficult to relate to the joy these people feel with their religious expressions. However, when I express myself Spiritually anything religious takes a back seat to the entire matter of being who I truly feel and think that I am. Spirituality is a matter of the Soul becoming deeply involved in my day to day life where Spirit meets the world of form. Whereas religion and religious aspects of life seem to be an outer manifestation of the dualistic mind. I am highly charged with Spirituality and I have had many Spiritual experiences as a result of my being faithful to the practice of meditation and doing decrees.
Then coming to the conclusion and realization that the askrealjesus web site was there to guide and propel me into far reaching profound wisdom and insights giving me the precise answers to the many questions I have always had is just the tip of the iceberg. I am truly blessed in realizing that I am witnessing and experiencing what I believe to be is Progressive Revelation. Please comment further on these matters that I have brought forth?

Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:

If you take a closer look at the New Testament, you can read between the lines and see that I often rebuked those who took a certain approach or had a certain attitude towards religion. I was in constant opposition to the religious authorities, I told people to do their alms in secret and not to pray openly. The reason being that I encouraged people to take a specific approach to religion, an approach which on this website has been described as the “inner approach.” You might also call it a mystical or spiritual approach. In contrast to the inner approach is what this website calls the “outer approach.” You might also call it a dogmatic, orthodox, rigid or even a fanatical approach.

It is the goal of all true spiritual teachings to raise people up to take the inner approach to religion. However, one must be realistic and admit that not all lifestreams are ready for this approach. It is helpful for spiritual seekers to recognize that the lifestreams who currently embody on earth are at different levels of the spiritual path. The spiritual path is a process which gradually leads lifestreams to a higher state of consciousness. You might consider the spiritual path as a staircase that leads from the lowest to the highest levels of consciousness.

The lowest level of consciousness is exemplified by the consciousness of Hell, in which you find lifestreams who want to get as far away from God as possible. The highest level of consciousness is that of lifestreams who want to get as close to God as possible in order to obtain union with God. Most lifestreams on earth are somewhere in between these two extremes.
One might say that the spiritual path is a process whereby the lifestream gradually reconnects with its own spiritual nature and its Christ self. Thereby, the lifestream attains an inner connection to the spiritual realm which empowers it to become spiritually self-sufficient. The lifestream’s spiritual beliefs and practices, including the lifestream’s self image and world view, will no longer be dependent upon anything outside the lifestream but on the lifestream’s direct inner experience of the spiritual reality. However, this growth process has many stages.

At the lowest levels of the path, lifestreams have no recognition of the spiritual side of life, including their own spiritual nature. They are so disconnected from the spiritual reality that they often deny the existence of God or anything beyond the material universe. Some of them recognize the existence of God but rebel against everything God stands for.

As lifestreams begin to climb the spiritual staircase, they will eventually come to a point where they decide that they no longer want to deny God’s existence or move away from God. At this point the lifestream has a strong and valid need for an outer religion. Such lifestreams are no longer moving away from God, but they are not ready to even consider the possibility of union with God. Therefore, they need an image of God that is very orderly and keeps God at a safe distance. They need to feel that their relationship to God is based on a set of firm rules. In a sense, one might say that they have a need to feel that they are in control, and they do that by putting God in a mental box.

Because the lifestream has not yet attained inner attunement with its Christ self, it is not able to get truth directly from within. In other words, the lifestream cannot recognize a spiritual truth on its own. That is why lifestreams at this level cling to an outer religious doctrine, and this explains why they often become very rigid in their approach to following a certain doctrine and a certain organization. At this level, the lifestream literally has a need to feel that as long as it belongs to a certain church and believes all of its doctrines, it will inevitably be saved. While this belief is not entirely correct, it does have a legitimate function in terms of giving a lifestream the stability it needs to mature further.

As a lifestream matures, it will gradually build a stronger connection to its higher self, its Christ self. In the beginning, this will manifest in the form of intuitive insights and spiritual experiences. Such insights and experiences will show the lifestream that there is something beyond the material universe and therefore also something beyond the religious doctrines and dogmas found in this world. The lifestream will realize that no mental box can contain the infinite being of God. As the lifestream begins to explore and strengthen its intuitive connection, it gradually matures until it begins to rely more and more on this connection and less and less on outer doctrines.

What happens to many lifestreams in this process is that they can go through various birth pains in terms of letting go of the old approach and fully embracing the new, more spiritual approach to religion. In other words, some lifestreams begin to intuitively sense that the outer religious doctrines are not entirely true or infallible and that they cannot give you a complete understanding of God.

If lifestreams do not understand the process of spiritual growth, they might reject all religion or a particular religion. While this might be a necessary stage in the lifestream’s growth, it would be more constructive and beneficial if the lifestream, instead of rejecting religion, would recognize that the problem is not religion itself but the outer approach to religion. It would be especially helpful if the lifestream would recognize that the outer approach is valid at a certain level of the path.

A lifestream who is maturing could then simply accept that it is time to grow out of this approach. Such a lifestream could then leave the outer approach behind with much less pain. The lifestream would also avoid seeing itself as being in conflict or opposition to those of its brothers and sisters who have not yet reached this level of maturity. In other words, instead of going into a battle with those who still take the outer approach to religion, the lifestream could focus on its own spiritual growth and thereby make faster progress on the path.

As a lifestream matures, it will begin to realize that it needs to move away from wearing religion as an overcoat. The lifestream realizes that the true goal of religion is to attain a higher state of consciousness in which you directly experience the spiritual reality. Religion, or rather spirituality, has now become an integrated part of your being instead of an external force. At lower levels, a lifestream will often approach religion with a sense of fear or obligation. As it matures, the lifestream approaches spirituality as a natural and highly stimulating part of life.

At this point the lifestream begins to realize that a culture based on the outer approach to religion can be in direct opposition to attaining this inner experience. Therefore, the lifestream might need to distance itself from this culture of wearing religion as an overcoat. It needs to attain true spirituality based on experiences coming from within itself.

In the process of maturing, many lifestreams go through a stage in which they have to reject the religious culture based on the outer approach. This is understandable, and once again it can be a necessary stage in the lifestream’s growth. However, the lifestream could make the process far less painful by realizing that the culture based on the outer approach is simply a product of a certain level of consciousness. The lifestream can then realize that it is now moving beyond that level of consciousness. So instead of placing itself in opposition to this culture, it can embrace the higher state of consciousness and thereby embrace the inner, spiritual or mystical approach to religion. Instead of feeling like the old culture still has a hold over it, the lifestream can surrender all attachment to this culture and freely move into the spiritual approach to religion.

If you step back from the situation, you will see that the process of spiritual growth requires two things. All growth is a form of self transcendence. For example, as your body grows during childhood you will outgrow your clothes. The pants that fit you at the age of 10 will no longer fit you at the age of 15. As a natural part of growing up, people throw away the clothes that no longer fit. It would be extremely helpful for people on the spiritual path to realize that this is what needs to happen in their consciousness. As you mature on the path, some of the beliefs that seemed completely valid to you at a lower level of the path will no longer fit your current level of maturity. Therefore, they should be discarded as unceremoniously as old clothes.

What often happens is that a lifestream becomes attached to certain beliefs and finds it very difficult to let them go. This is especially true of religious beliefs. If a lifestream was brought up in a particular religious culture, it can be very difficult for that lifestream to let this culture go. Yet if the lifestream could adopt the attitude that as it rises to a higher level of the spiritual path, it should naturally discard the ideas, beliefs and cultural influences of yesterday, the lifestream could spare itself much pain and discomfort. This does not necessarily mean that you have to physically distance yourself from your former culture. You can still live in such a culture and maintain your family ties. You are simply seeing through this culture to the universal spiritual path that runs behind all of the world’s religions.

In that respect it would be helpful to recognize that even if you have not grown up in a religious culture in this lifetime, your lifestream might still have certain wounds from living in rigid religious cultures in past lives. For example, while I fully understand some people’s aversion to certain religious expressions, the aversions show that such lifestreams have wounds from past lives. It would therefore be beneficial to look at these wounds, use appropriate psychological techniques to uncover the cause of them and then resolve them once and for all. As I said, by adopting the attitude that growth requires you to discard the beliefs that no longer fit, you can make this process less painful.

There are currently millions of lifestreams in the world who are in the exact same stage of development as you so beautifully describe in your letter. They have come to a point where they need to free themselves from the outer approach to religion and fully embrace the spiritual or mystical approach. Yet many of these lifestreams still have certain wounds or attachments, caused by the outer approach and the culture that springs from this approach.

It would be helpful for such lifestreams to realize that while the outer approach is not the ultimate approach to religion, it is simply a necessary part of a lifestream’s growth. In other words, there are still millions of lifestreams on earth who need the security and comfort they get from the outer approach to religion and a culture based on that approach. When you recognize this fact, you can make peace with the outer approach to religion and with the people who yet need that approach.

You can simply allow them to do what is right for them at their present level of evolution. You can then fully embrace the fact that you are no longer at that level, and therefore you do not need the outer approach or the culture based on that approach. You can then consciously work towards fully letting go of this approach and all of its beliefs and expressions. You can quickly come to a point where this culture no longer influences you. You simply believe and let believe. You allow people to be at their level of consciousness, and you fully embrace your present level of consciousness and allow your lifestream to grow independently of other lifestreams.

You see, people who take the outer approach to religion are absolutely convinced that they are right, that their religious beliefs are the only true beliefs and that all who do not believe what they believe are going to Hell. The reason being that these people need the security and comfort they get from this belief. Obviously, as you will see throughout this website, I do not agree with this belief. You will also see from the New Testament that I had moved beyond that belief myself and that I encouraged others to do the same. If my disciples had taken the outer approach to religion, they would never have become my disciples. They would have remained orthodox Jews, firmly convinced that the outer approach to religion was the only road to salvation.

My entire purpose for my website is to encourage people to move beyond the outer approach and take the inner approach. Nevertheless, I fully recognize that many lifestreams are not ready to do this. So I have no intent of exposing, confronting or ridiculing people at this level of the path. Instead, I focus on encouraging the lifestreams who are ready, giving them the tools they need to come up higher.

So again, simply accept that your lifestream has matured to a higher level of the spiritual path. Embrace that level and let go of the worn-out clothes – the beliefs and the culture – that no longer fit you.


Copyright © 2003 by Kim Michaels