TOPICS: God forsaken Jesus – crucifixion a symbol – people can rise to Christ consciousness – build a new sense of identity – accept yourself as individualization of God – the illusion that you can act without God – giving up your most subtle sense of identity –
Question: I have heard two versions of what was stated on the cross. One is “Why hast thou forsaken me.” The other version is that that was an error. Which is correct? If you did say it, why did you say it? And if you didn’t say it, what was said.
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
I did in fact speak words very similar to the biblical quote “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” There are those who find it difficult to accept that I should have felt forsaken by God. They have come to believe that I was the only Son of God or that I was God incarnate, and therefore I should somehow be perfect. If I was God incarnate, how could I possibly feel that I had forsaken myself? If I was the only Son of God and therefore perfect, how could I possibly feel that the Father had forsaken me?
These ideas are based on a lack of understanding of my true mission. I did not come to earth to demonstrate that God is perfect and human beings are imperfect (why demonstrate the obvious?). I came to demonstrate the path whereby an imperfect human being can rise to the perfection of the Christ consciousness.
The entire sequence of my life and crucifixion is meant to be seen as a symbolic illustration of the process of rising from the lower state of consciousness to the Christ consciousness. An integral part of this process, as I explain throughout this website, is that you must let go of your false sense of identity as a mortal human being and accept a new sense of identity as a son or daughter of God.
As you begin to walk the spiritual path, you gradually begin to build a sense of contact with your Christ self. Through your Christ self you also gain contact with heavenly beings, members of the ascended masters, who serve to assist you on your spiritual path. During this process, it is easy to begin to rely on these teachers and to take them for granted. This is not necessarily wrong, but in the end the lifestream must be able to walk the last steps of the path without any help from a source outside itself.
The basic law of this universe is the Law of Free Will. To fully rise out of the lower consciousness and enter the kingdom of heaven, which is the Christ consciousness, you must make a completely free decision to take that last step. To take the last step, you must let go of any and all attachments to the lower state of consciousness and to the things of this world.
Your spiritual teachers can give you much assistance on the path in terms of enlightenment and encouragement, but they cannot and will not make choices for you. You are the one who must choose, and you must do so on your own.
My life and crucifixion was an illustration of this path. You will see that I had contact not only with my Father in heaven but also with ascended beings. I constantly relied on this, and I constantly felt that the Father would answer my every prayer. Yet on the spiritual path there is always the risk that the tool that is meant to set the lifestream free can become a crutch that holds the lifestream back on the path.
There is always a risk that the lifestream can become codependent upon a tool outside itself (an outer teacher) instead of the tool inside itself (the Christ self). Therefore, in the end every lifestream must face the final initiation. That initiation is often called the dark night of the soul, but should technically be called the dark night of the spirit. A lifestream can receive much help from outside itself to walk the path, but in the end the lifestream must take the final step entirely on its own. In other words, when the lifestream faces the final initiation, all outside help is withdrawn.
Therefore, the soul literally feels that God has forsaken it. My exclamation on the cross was simply a vocalization of what my soul felt at that very moment. Not only was I hanging helpless on the cross, put there by the forces of this world, yet I suddenly felt left alone by the forces of heaven.
Once you understand that this initiation is an integral part of the path, you do not have to be frightened by it. Once you understand what is coming, you can prepare yourself. The simple fact is that you must choose to take the final step on your own. How can you take that final step? The key is to understand what the spiritual path is all about.
When your lifestream created a false sense of identity as being separated from God, the lifestream began to build the idea that it is acting on its own, that it is the doer. As the lifestream climbs the spiritual path, it begins to realize that it is not separated from God, and therefore it truly can do nothing on its own. The lifestream has free will and the lifestream can act, but it is acting by using God’s energy. This is expressed in my saying, “My Father works hitherto, and I work.”
The last initiation of the path is to finally and fully let go of the illusion that the lifestream can act without God. This requires the lifestream to let go of the illusion that God is somehow outside of or separate from itself. Take note of my ministry. I talked about my Father in heaven. Obviously, when you see God as being somewhere in heaven, you see God as being outside yourself. This is the final illusion that you must shed before entering the kingdom of heaven. You must realize that you are not separated from God because you are an individualization of God.
Take note of what happened to me on the cross. Up until that point, I had firmly believed in and relied on my Father in heaven. Suddenly, that support was withdrawn from me, and at first my soul felt confused and left alone. That is why I cried out in agony. Then I followed the momentum that I had built during my entire mission of withdrawing from the things of this world and going into the innermost regions of my lifestream.
There I finally recognized the illusion that makes people think they could possibly be separated from God. I realized that the idea that God could somehow be outside myself is the essential illusion of this world. When I saw through this final illusion, I did, as the scriptures record, give up the ghost. What I truly gave up was my false sense of identity as being separated from God, as being different from God.
The unfortunate effect of the idolatry that has been built around my person for these past 2,000 years is that so few people can see me as an example. Therefore, they fail to see that my mission, including my crucifixion, was meant to illustrate the path that they too must follow. My entire purpose for speaking in this age is to help people see beyond that illusion and to truly see the meaning of my command, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” If you truly love me, follow in my footsteps. Be willing to walk the path that I walked.
Take note of my saying, “He who is willing to lose his life for my sake shall find it.” The true meaning is that he who is willing to lose the false sense of identity as a mortal being separated from God shall find the true life of the Christ consciousness.
Please note that I am not hereby saying that everyone has to literally be nailed to a wooden cross as I did. Again, the outer events of the crucifixion were symbolical of the inner, spiritual path. However, as a lifestream puts on personal Christhood, it will go through a process of being condemned by the forces of this world. The key to successfully completing this spiritual crucifixion is to surrender your mortal sense of identity, and all of the attachments that go with it.
Let me also say that you do not have to die physically to win your Christhood. My death on the cross was a symbol of the death of the lower consciousness, the false sense of identity, the human ego. Ideally, a lifestream should be willing to let this ego die so that the lifestream can attain Christhood while still in a physical body. In other words, you don’t have to die to become the Christ. But you have to be willing to die, meaning that you are willing to let go of all attachments to the things of this world.
Copyright © 2003 by Kim Michaels