TOPICS: Difference between ability to produce phenomena and true spiritual maturity – raising the self or raising the All – some mechanical laws of nature can be manipulated by the mind – a high state of consciousness means having overcome self-centeredness – some beings fell in previous spheres and had attained some mechanical mastery before they fell – they used it to set themselves above others – some of these lifestreams are now spiritual leaders and other leaders on earth – consider the teacher’s intentions – blind leaders take people to one extreme or the other –
Question: I have a question for Maitreya. In the book [Master Keys to Spiritual Freedom] you described those that have fallen to lower spheres as one sphere ascended and described that some of those that are here have a high spiritual attainment but a low state of consciousness. I’m confused about the concept of high spiritual attainment versus low consciousness. I wonder if you could clarify the difference.
Answer from ascended master Maitreya through Kim Michaels:
When a lifestream grows on the path, it will gain a certain attainment. This might be an attainment about how to control the physical realm, making use of the laws that guide this realm. This can give a lifestream the ability, for example, to manifest certain psychic or even material phenomena. You have seen examples of people who had psychic abilities or could manifest physical substances. Yet these people did not have true spiritual attainment.
So the real understanding here is that it is possible for people to have a certain attainment in terms of having mastery of mind over matter without having the corresponding attainment of the heart—which means that they will use that attainment only for selfless purposes. Meaning they use it to raise up the All instead of raising up themselves in comparison to others.
You see the difference—that there is always a risk that even though a person has attained some mastery over the material realm, that mastery can be used for self-centered purposes rather than being used to advance the greater Self that is in all life.
Added by Jesus 9-15-2007:
It is important for you to recognize the distinction between having an outer attainment and a high – inner – state of consciousness. As science has demonstrated, the material universe functions according to certain laws that are mechanical in nature. There are certain higher laws that have not yet been discovered by science, and it is possible for a person to attain knowledge of and some degree of mastery over these laws without having purified his or her consciousness of selfishness. So a high state of consciousness means having a low degree of self-centeredness, having overcome the illusion of the separate self.
In other words, mastery of mind over matter has a certain mechanical aspect, and one can attain a limited mastery that will still seem impressive to the average human being. Thus, one can produce “signs and wonders” without having the purity of heart that is a sign of a high state of consciousness.
What Maitreya is talking about in his book is beings who fell in higher spheres even though they had attained high outer positions in the societies of those spheres. Thus, they had an outer knowledge and attainment, but they were using it only to raise up themselves in comparison to the people instead of using it to serve the people and raise up the All. The reason being, of course, that these lifestreams had not overcome the duality consciousness, and thus still saw themselves as separate beings, set apart from the people—thus having the potential to take on the appearance of being better than the people. This meaningless comparison and value judgment is only possible for people who are blinded by duality.
Some of these lifestreams are still embodied on earth today, and some of them have attained high positions in society or set themselves up as spiritual leaders. When evaluating any spiritual teacher, it is important to consider the person’s intentions, and one measure of this is how the teacher displays his or her knowledge and/or abilities. Is this done to raise up the people or is it done to raise up the separate self? One way to evaluate this is to consider the following questions:
- Is the teacher displaying abilities in order to produce an effect that actually helps others or is it a “frivolous” display? For example, feeding the multitudes and healing the sick clearly helps others, whereas bending spoons or having ashes fly from your hands produces no beneficial effect.
- Is the teacher using an ability in order to illustrate that all have the potential to attain mastery of mind over matter, or is it done to set the teacher up as being above others?
However, discernment is needed even here, for it is quite possible to do something that is useful – such as healing the sick – while still doing it with an intent of elevating the separate self. This is proven by certain Christian preachers who seek to heal the sick in order to either make themselves seem special or to prove the superiority of their particular brand of Christianity —a version that is out of touch with my true teachings.
I warned about this in several statements. For example, in this quote I make it clear that certain activities can be taken by force:
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12)
In the following quote I warned against those who show signs and wonders in order to make people follow them:
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)
Finally, I warned against following those who set themselves up as leaders, but who are blind because they have not seen the essential truth of the spiritual path, namely that the separate self is an illusion:
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:14)
There is a ditch on either side of the road – what I called the broad way that leads to destruction – and this represents the two dualistic extremes. So by following the blind leaders who are seeking to elevate the separate self rather than letting that separate self die on the cross, you will be stuck in duality instead of following the straight and narrow way – the way that has no duality for it is a single line – that leads to Christ consciousness.
Copyright © 2007 by Kim Michaels