TOPICS: Definition of a spiritual seeker – people often do not recognize supernatural experiences – religion often makes people overlook or deny inner experiences – rare to hear God speak to you in audible voice – spiritual experiences do not meet physical criteria – gnosis – people are learning to trust their inner experiences – the danger of external “proof” or phenomena – you are co-creators –
Question: How do I know my faith is not all in my mind? I read the bible daily, I attend mass and pray, yet I have never had a supernatural encounter with God. What do I need to do to get to the next level? Can I ever be able to hear his voice. Why does faith have to be uncertain. Why can’t God send us more signs so that we can be sure of what we hope for? It is especially difficult when loved ones die: to never be able to be 100% sure, if only God would let us see our guardian angels or our loved ones. Where am I going wrong. I thought that if you ask you will receive and if you seek you will find. How long does it take?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
Excellent questions that demonstrate why religion must be renewed to remain useful. If you are open to the teachings on this website, you are a spiritual seeker. There is only one factor that can make you a spiritual seeker, namely that you have had a supernatural encounter with God, a being from the spiritual realm or your own Christ self. A spiritual seeker is, according to my definition, a person who knows there is more to life than what he/she experiences in the normal state of awareness. And you can know there is more only because you have experienced a glimpse of that more. Consider a very important passage:
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew, Chapter 16)
Is it not clear that people in a normal state of awareness, what Paul called the “natural” man, could not recognize me as a spiritual master? My disciples did because they had received a direct inner experience that allowed them to feel a resonance between my Being and something in themselves, as I explain elsewhere.
So unless you had already had what you call a supernatural encounter, you would not even be asking this question. You would instead be an agnostic or a “good Christian” who was satisfied that you cannot know anything about God beyond what is stated in church doctrine. In other words, you would not be seeking a more direct experience of God unless you had already had such an experience. The question is, “Did you recognize the supernatural experiences you have had, or did you overlook them because they did not meet you outer expectations of what a supernatural experience should be?” And this is where religion comes into the picture, because so many people have allowed their concept of supernatural experiences to be shaped by a particular religion.
The key understanding that will help you move out of the sense of being at an impasse is that there are levels of supernatural encounters. Yes, it is possible that you can hear the voice of God talk to you in an audible voice. Yet this is a rare experience, and before you have it, you will have many more subtle experiences, where your Christ self talks to you as the still, small voice within, which is what many people call intuition. Thus, any intuitive experience, or “Aha” experience, is a supernatural encounter.
Based on what I explained above, you can see that there are two possible states of consciousness for a human being. One is what Paul called the dualistic mind or the natural man, the other is what he called the mind of Christ. If you are completely trapped in the lower consciousness, you either don’t think there is anything beyond the material universe or you don’t think you could experience it directly. Many Christians think that I could hear the voice of God because I was so special, yet they couldn’t possibly do the same. Therefore, they reject the gift of their Christ self, as I explain elsewhere. Yet your Christ self is the very key to going beyond the “normal” state of awareness and having a direct experience of the supernatural reality.
Many non-religious people are not open to the existence of the supernatural, so they reject the inner voice of their Christ selves. Unfortunately, many religious people, although open to the existence of the supernatural, think a supernatural experience must live up to certain outer criteria. Thus, they also reject the gentle voice of their Christ selves. In other words, many Christians look at my life and think a supernatural experience must be proven by some kind of physical evidence. One example of this is the Catholic Church’s process for recognizing a miracle or a saint. A saint is not necessarily a person who can produce outer miracles. A saint is a person who has produced the inner miracle to “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
In reality, a physical occurrence, even an occurrence that seemingly defies the laws of nature, can never prove anything to a person who is trapped in the dualistic state of mind. Many people saw me perform miracles, yet they were not convinced that I was the real messiah. Some even thought I used the power of the devil to perform these feats. My point being that throughout history many people have witnessed what we might call outer supernatural encounters, yet they were not changed by it. They ended up doubting their experiences, and thus their faith was not strengthened. So it is a simple fact that showing people a supernatural phenomenon does not give them faith.
Faith is an inner phenomenon, and it takes place in your mind. Therefore, you faith is always “all in your mind.” True faith must be based on an inner experience, meaning that all truly supernatural encounters are inner experiences. What I am saying is that even if I appeared before you in a tangible body, you would not be convinced I was real unless you also had an inner experience that only your Christ self can give you. In other words, the “flesh and blood” of an outer phenomenon cannot reveal truth to you.
Only the inner experience from your Christ self can give you true faith, the kind of faith that can move mountains and cannot be shaken by the forces of this world. True faith cannot be based on any outer, tangible proof but must be based solely on an inner experience that is beyond any proof in the material world. So one might say that for your faith to be real, it must be “all in your mind.” It must actually go beyond faith to what is called gnosis or inner knowing.
We now see that you need to let go of your expectations that a supernatural encounter must involve phenomena that can be detected by the “flesh and blood” of the physical senses. Therefore, if you want to rise to the next level of faith, you must let go of the expectation that your faith has to be proven through material means. You must accept that true faith must always come from within yourself. That is why I said:
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).
Those who go within to find true confirmation of their faith are blessed because their faith cannot be threatened by any force in this world. Their faith has become supernatural and independent of any natural proof.
This brings us to a point that is important for the spiritual seekers of today. There is a progression in the spiritual life of planet earth. When I walked the earth 2,000 years ago, humankind had a lower level of spiritual awareness than today. I know that might seem hard to believe, but it is true. As a result of this denser state of consciousness, it was more difficult for people to recognize spiritual truth from within, meaning that it was more difficult for them to believe without seeing some outer proof.
In reality, very few people would have paid any attention to me if they had not seen physical miracles. So to get the Christian movement started, it was necessary to give people some physical phenomena that they could detect with their senses. This would demonstrate to people that there was more to life, and it was not easy for their outer minds to deny a visible miracle.
In today’s age, humankind faces a higher spiritual initiation, and one aspect of it is that they need to overcome all dependency upon outer phenomena or material proof. If your faith requires some material proof, it is not true faith. And in today’s age, people are meant to become spiritually self-sufficient, meaning that they cannot allow their faith to depend on anything outside themselves.
As a result of this, the ascended masters are no longer allowed to produce outer phenomena to the extent we did in the past. The reason being that experience has shown that if you give people a phenomenon, they will want more. And thereby many people become codependent upon the outer phenomenon, or the person producing it, instead of going within themselves. Remember my statement:
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke, Chapter 17)
In this age, people need to find the kingdom within them, because only by doing so will they become spiritually self-sufficient. And it truly is time for the spiritual people of earth to grow up and walk the spiritual path on their own. In fact, many spiritual seekers have deliberately chosen to walk a path, where they are denied any outer proof. They want to pass the test of building a solid faith based solely on inner experiences. This is one reason so many seekers reject formal religions, especially religions that base their legitimacy on miracles that took place 2,000 years ago.
One might say that many seekers don’t want their spiritual teachers to give them outer proof. So if we did give such proof on a widespread basis, it would be a violation of many people’s free will. My point being, that as a spiritual teacher, I often cannot give a person an outer supernatural experience, because the person’s lifestream does not want it. The reason being that it would prevent the lifestream from going within. One might say that if your outer mind thinks you need a supernatural experience in order to have faith, you can’t have that experience because it would prevent you from building true faith from within.
One might even say that the essence of the spiritual path is to overcome all sense that your wholeness as a spiritual being depends on anything in the material world. So consider the saying: “If you think you need it, you can’t have it!”
You see, in this age, people need to become aware of their true identity as co-creators with God. And when you are a co-creator, you realize that you create through the power of your mind. Thus, all the misery on earth is created through the minds of human beings, and it continues to exist only because people believe it is real. The key to bringing God’s kingdom to earth is that people must develop the faith that allows them to replace all human misery with the kingdom of God. And you can have that faith only when you find the kingdom of God that is within you. That is why the Bible says:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews, Chapter 11)
To co-create God’s kingdom on earth, people must have the rocklike inner knowing that all visible imperfections and suffering can be transformed by the light of God. And obviously, the visible phenomena of this world can never give you evidence of things not seen.
To give a more direct answer to your question of where you are going wrong, one might say that you are putting the cart before the horse. You think you are supposed to have faith, and you think that if you had what you define as a supernatural experience, you would automatically have faith. As I have tried to explain, that is not the case, and, in fact, your lifestream might not want such an experience. What your lifestream really wants is to attain Christ consciousness, so that you don’t need an outer proof because you know truth from an inner source. One might say that what you need is not faith but certainty, and that can come only from an inner experience. You must replace outer faith with inner knowing. Therefore, contemplate my statement:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
The kingdom of God is the Christ consciousness. So instead of striving to achieve a supernatural experience, use the tools on our website to attain a conscious connection to your Christ self. You can never find certainty in life as long as your faith is built on the sand of the dualistic, or natural, state of mind. You can find certainty only when your faith is built on the rock of Christ—and that rock is within you.
So you now know why God doesn’t give people more signs and wonders. I understand that when a loved one dies, you naturally have a desire to know if they are all right. Yet if you will study some of the books on near-death experiences and listen to the inner voice of your Christ self, you will always get the confirmation you need. Again, the religious dogma that denies reincarnation [see elsewhere for more detail] will actually prevent you from getting the inner knowledge that your loved ones are not truly dead but have simply moved on to a different mansion in my Father’s house.
My point is that if you want to move to a higher level of spiritual awareness, you need to look beyond the expectations that spring from your religious background and start listening to my voice in your heart. It is only in your heart that you will find what you seek and receive that for which you ask. If you silence my inner voice, you will push the supernatural encounter away from you on an indefinite basis. If you truly open your heart to your Christ self, the encounter can happen in the twinkling of an eye.
Copyright © 2004 by Kim Michaels