TOPICS: The ego makes you spiritually blind – creates an alternate “reality” – are you teachable? – you need a teacher form outside your alternate reality – ask and you will receive – pride creates a catch-22 – recognizing that you need a teacher – recognizing a true teacher – you can contact God directly, but… – ONLY road to salvation is oneness with Chain of Being – master-disciple relationship – Jesus illustrated the master-disciple relationship – no person can single-handedly save the world –
Question from Kim: Jesus, I sometimes meet people who ask why we need the ascended masters. In fact, since I started doing this website, I have encountered several people who made one or more of the following claims:
- We can contact or experience God directly.
- There are no other beings between us and God, and we need nothing in order to experience God or unite with God and be saved or ascend.
- Ascended masters don’t exist but are figments of people’s imagination.
- Ascended masters are false teachers or impostors who are trying to get people’s energy.
- We don’t need a teacher or savior in order to grow on the spiritual path or be saved/ascend.
It has been my experience that such people are very convinced that they are right, and there is seemingly nothing that will convince them otherwise. In fact, several people have contacted me claiming that they were appointed directly by God to act as the one and only savior for humankind and literally save the entire universe. Some of them even wanted me to use my position as a messenger to promote them, validate them or help them start their missions.
Obviously, some of these people would say that anything you answer is false or unreal, since you either don’t exist or are a false teacher. So I am not bringing this up for these people’s sake but in order to help others understand why we need the ascended masters and why we need spiritual teachers.
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
This is an extremely important topic, and it is essential for all true spiritual seekers to understand the teachings I will give here. Understanding why you need a teacher, savior or intercessor is the ONLY way for people to avoid being trapped by the subtleties of spiritual pride. Let me start with a general observation and then comment on the specific points you raise above.
As I explain in my ego discourses, the essential problem with the human ego is that it makes you spiritually blind. The ego uses the dualistic logic of the mind of anti-christ to create its own world view, and it then elevates it to the status of infallibility. The ego literally creates a false identity, and once the Conscious You steps into that identity, it sees the world through a filter, like a person wearing colored glasses.
Once people are trapped in such a false identity and have accepted that it is ultimately real, they will be completely unable to see its inconsistencies and unwilling to admit its shortcomings. As I also explain in the ego discourses, the ego is always trying to create the impression that its salvation is guaranteed, and that is why it seeks to create these infallible belief systems. Obviously, the belief that you are absolutely right can only lead to pride, and many people think they are very spiritual, but they are simply blinded by spiritual pride. That is why it is impossible to reason with such people, and they are often unreachable even for the most experienced spiritual teachers. They are not teachable.
So why do you need a spiritual teacher—specifically a teacher who has risen above the subtleties of the human ego and spiritual pride? Because while the Conscious You is inside the mental box – the false identity – created by the ego and the forces of duality, you simply cannot see beyond that mental box. You cannot see God’s reality, the undivided truth of the Christ mind. Instead, everything you see is colored – often in subtle ways – by the dualistic logic of the mind of anti-christ, which will seem very convincing to you while you are inside the ego’s box.
Those spiritual seekers who are honest with themselves will know that there are many situations where they find it difficult to tell right from wrong or truth from error. They often wonder whether their beliefs or actions are right, and they often feel like it is impossible to separate reality from unreality. As I explain elsewhere, this magnificent confusion is actually far better than being trapped in spiritual pride, where you think you know everything and thus you don’t need a teacher. The reason being that if you ask, you will receive help from your Christ self and from the true spiritual teachers of humankind. True teachers are not inside your ego’s mental box, they are not blinded by your false identity or by spiritual pride. Therefore, they are your lifeline, your anchor point, your frame of reference, that will empower you to gradually increase your Christ discernment until you can see the reality that the teachers see.
In short, you need a spiritual teacher because the ONLY way to escape the subtleties of the ego’s mental box is to establish contact with someone who is outside that box. You cannot solve a problem with the same state of consciousness that created the problem. You cannot pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without putting on the wedding garment (Matthew 22:11) of the Christ consciousness. The ego will claim that you can do this, and many false teachers will claim that you can be saved by them or without a teacher. Yet the reality is that you can ONLY escape the illusions created by the duality consciousness by making contact with something outside the veil of illusion.
Unfortunately, the spiritual pride of the ego often creates a catch-22 from which people find it very difficult to escape. Once you believe you know everything and that your beliefs are absolutely true, it follows that you will think you don’t need a teacher. Therefore, people in this trap often cannot recognize a true teacher. To use a popular saying, “They wouldn’t recognize a true teacher if he bit them in the leg.” This is illustrated in the following quote (from John, Chapter 8), which shows that when I walked the earth, certain people could not recognize me as the Living Christ:
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Take note that these people did not even recognize that they needed to be set free, which is typical of people who are completely blinded by the pride of the ego. They think they are so special – in this case because they were children of Abraham, but there are a million of such “reasons” – that their salvation is guaranteed, so why would they need the Living Christ?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Again, these people could not see their own sin because of spiritual blindness, so they thought they were free of sin. Yet anything you do based on the illusions of anti-christ will enslave you in the ego’s mental box. And only the Son – as my often used symbol for the universal Christ mind – can truly set you free. Only what is outside of duality – because it forever resides in the Father’s house, meaning in oneness with God – can set you free from the illusions of duality.
37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Here they cannot even see that even though they claim to be Abraham’s children, they are not behaving as Abraham because they seek to kill the Living Christ—which Abraham would never have done because he had the Christ discernment to recognize the messenger of the Lord.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
In their spiritual pride, these people now claim to have God as their father (is God or Abraham their “only” father?), but how can God be your father when you have left off oneness with God, the oneness that can be obtained and maintained only through the Christ mind? It is typical that those in spiritual pride will invoke an ultimate authority and will even claim to have the authority of Christ, being completely unable to see that they are trapped in the illusions and delusions of anti-christ.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Although I was fairly harsh here, I was actually talking to a specific group of fallen beings for whom I represented the last chance to recognize a true teacher before they would face the judgment on the last day (John 12:48). The “last day” referring to the end of opportunity for these specific beings—not to the end of the world as many Christians think.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Again, these people were so blinded by the illusions of their egos that they could not even understand my words. They could not recognize any truth in my words, because there was no element of truth in their beings with which my words could create a resonance that they could recognize with their intuitive faculties. Yet the fact is that there are many beings in embodiment today who are equally trapped in their mental boxes and thus unable to recognize a true teacher. Even if I appeared physically on the earth today, many of these people would not recognize me, as they will not recognize those who have attained some degree of personal Christhood.
Sadly, many of these people are leaders of Christian churches, but a fair amount of them are found in New Age or spiritual circles. The main characteristic that exposes such people is that they often have a greatly inflated sense of their own importance. Thus, when someone believes that he or she is appointed by some being with ultimate authority and has been given the mission of single-handedly saving the earth or even the universe, you know you are dealing with a person who is trapped in spiritual pride—and there really is NO exception to this statement. Why this is so will become clear as I comment on the points raised above.
Let me comment on the first idea, namely that people can contact or experience God directly. As explained elsewhere, the Conscious You is an extension of the Creator’s Being. Therefore, it is true that you can experience God directly, for the conscious self has the ability to project itself anywhere it chooses. Thus, when the conscious self realizes that it is an extension of the Creator’s Being, it can experience its own source, it can experience – at least in a glimpse – the Creator’s consciousness.
However, here comes a very important, but subtle, point. Experiencing God is something that is beyond words, images or concepts. Therefore, having a direct experience of God’s Being is NOT the same as having a verbal communication with God!!!
The importance of this statement cannot be overemphasized, and here is why. Your conscious self can experience its source, but the Creator NEVER communicates directly with any being on earth. The reason is that the vibration of the material universe is so far below the vibration of the Creator, that if God manifested its Presence in the forcefield of this planet – or in the forcefield of any individual being in a physical body – the entire planet or the person would be consumed by God’s light, or fire. When he was on the mountain, Moses experienced God as a burning fire, but this was not the vibrations of the Creator itself. God’s light had been stepped down – by spiritual beings in higher realms – to a level of vibration that would accelerate Moses’ mind without consuming him completely. That is why he saw a bush that burned with fire but was not consumed (Exodus 3:2).
As explained elsewhere, the world of form was created in stages. One sphere was set apart from the void, self-aware co-creators were sent into that sphere, and when their sphere reached a critical intensity of light, it became a permanent part of the spiritual realm. The beings who had attained mastery in a given sphere now helped co-create the next sphere, and the beings who were sent into that sphere were extensions of the masters from the previous sphere. In the very first sphere that was created, the Creator sent extensions of itself into that sphere. When they had attained mastery, they co-created the next sphere and then sent extensions of themselves into it. In other words, this Chain of Being started with the Creator and has been extended through all spheres, including the one in which you live.
The reason why people on earth are not guaranteed to be saved is that most of them have become trapped in the consciousness of duality in which they see themselves separated from their source. Ultimately, your source is God, but because you are an extension of the Chain of Being that reaches from the Creator to you, your source really is the entire chain of being, meaning all spiritual beings above you. Thus, the ONLY road to salvation or immortality is to attain oneness with your entire Chain of Being. People need to be saved because they have become separated from their source, so the only road to salvation is to overcome this separation. And when you do so, you will not only see yourself as one with God but as one with the entire spiritual hierarchy above you.
As I said, your conscious self is an extension of the Creator’s Being and thus you can experience the Creator directly. This experience really does happen through the Chain of Being above you, but an immature seeker may not be aware of this. Likewise, any communication from God to you happens through the Chain of Being, and again an immature seeker may not be aware of this. So it is possible that people will receive communication from above without realizing that it comes through the Chain of Being—which is the same as the ascended masters.
Yet as people raise their awareness, they will become aware of the Chain of Being and they will therefore acknowledge it, including acknowledging the reality of the ascended masters (or whatever name they use). My point is that if a person claims to be communicating directly with God and claims that there is no intermediary between that person and God, then that person is either immature or is making a false claim. I know there are people who will vehemently deny this, so let me give a simple analogy.
Let us imagine that a modern person becomes convinced that he is a descendant of Christopher Columbus, but he denies that there were any generations between him and Columbus. In other words, he claims to be a direct descendant of Columbus and rejects the family tree that shows the generations between himself and his distant forefather. Obviously, people would think this is a silly claim as you cannot be a direct descendant of a person who lived 500 years ago. Well, it is equally silly to claim that you descended directly from God or that you communicate directly with God without going through the “generations” that preceded you in the Creator’s continual expression of itself in form.
Let me give another analogy. The pages of this website are stored on a computer in the United States. A person in Australia can access the website and bring it up on her screen. Yet that computer is connected to the server through a complicated link of wires, hubs and servers that relay the information. In other words, the information does not go directly from the server to the persons computer but must follow a path through the network of servers that makes up the internet. The person does not see this, but if the person claimed to be receiving the information directly from the server without any intermediary, one would have to say that the person was ignorant of reality or was deliberately making a false claim.
Let me say this even more directly. The ONLY road to salvation is to attain oneness with your source, but as a human being on earth, you cannot attain oneness directly with the Creator. The reason being that the intensity of the Creator’s light would burn up your entire lifestream. Thus you must begin by attaining oneness with a Being who has risen above duality and attained immortality, but who is not so far above you in vibration that its vibrations would erase your identity. And then, when you have attained this first stage of oneness, you can move on to attaining oneness with the next link in your personal Chain of Being. And ONLY after you go through each of the links in the chain can you attain the fullness of God consciousness.
This is what has been called the master-disciple, or guru-chela, relationship, where a student attains oneness with the teacher and thereby attains the same state of consciousness as the teacher. This is the time-honored method whereby ALL beings who ever ascended have attained their immortality. There simply is no other way. Claiming that you – as a person on earth – can sidestep this process and attain oneness directly with the Creator is ignorance. It might be the willful ignorance of spiritual pride, but it is still ignorance.
Hopefully, this should have addressed all of the concerns listed in the question. The ascended masters do indeed exist, and we do not need anything from people on earth. However, because we know that people are extensions of the greater beings out of which we too are extensions, we naturally want to help people overcome their separation, which is what I called spiritual death. We want to give all people the same spiritual life – the sense of oneness with the Chain of Being – that we have attained.
Yet we also know that people can attain this ONLY by becoming one with us in the master-disciple relationship. Many Christians do not understand that I came to illustrate this relationship. The reason is that because of the idolatry built around me, I was elevated to the only son of God, and thus the church could not acknowledge that I had a master above me. Yet my personal master, or guru, was and is Lord Maitreya, and I often referred to him as my Father, for example when I said, “I and my father are one” (John 10:30).
When I won my ascension, I became the next guru in the Chain of Being, which is why I could say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). This does not mean that people have to become members of an outer Christian church, but it does mean that no one can ascend from earth or communicate with God without going through the spiritual office I hold for this planet, an office that is under the office of Maitreya and the Chain of Being above us, which includes the Office of Lord of the World held by Gautama Buddha.
Thus, if a person claims to be communicating directly with God and at the same time denies the existence of the ascended masters, you can know with absolute certainty that the person is either immature or is deliberately making a false claim. There really are no exceptions to this, for while a teacher may not talk about those above him, no true teacher will deliberately deny that we exist. In other words, some true teachers will not mention us, but no true teacher will denounce us.
Concerning the people mentioned in the question who believe they are communicating directly with the highest God and that they have been appointed to single-handedly save the universe or perform some other feat of cosmic significance, these people are simply so trapped in spiritual pride that they are unreachable. Their egos have created the ultimate dualistic illusion in an attempt to prove that their salvation is guaranteed. There literally is NO other explanation, as no member of the ascended masters would ever claim to be single-handedly saving the earth or the universe.
We truly work as part of a team, which is why I said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19). Because we are above the delusions of the ego, we know that no single person can ever save this planet. If that had been possible, do you not think that Krishna, the Buddha or myself would already have saved the planet? And if the planet was saved, do you think the things you see in the daily headlines would still be happening?
Take note here that I am not saying that a person cannot receive communication from God. Yet if it is genuinely from God, then the person or the communication itself will acknowledge the Chain of Being, as in this example. Unfortunately, those who are lost in the ego’s illusions can think they are communicating with God while in reality working with an impostor in the emotional or mental realm. It may be impossible to convince such people that they are wrong, but I hope those who are open to this website will now avoid following such false or delusional teachers.
The simple reality is that the ascended masters are not some external beings who are seeking to force or manipulate you. We are part of your own higher being, your Chain of Being. It is only those who are lost in separation who will see us as enemies or deny our existence. Unfortunately, even some ascended master students fail to overcome the sense of separation and still see us as above and beyond themselves. Coming into oneness with us is truly the ONLY key to coming into oneness with your own higher being. What I said about myself applies to all ascended masters, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9). Stop following the many lawyers who reject us, for we are the key of knowledge:
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luke 11:52)
When you have the key of knowledge, you affirm the oneness of all life, as above, so below.
Copyright © 2007 by Kim Michaels