Vector8 Journals

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Real Work

"For infinity, the only worthwhile enterprise of a warrior is freedom. Any other enterprise is fraudulent." (Don Juan, The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda)
I believe there is only one work worth doing: to live as Spirit. Living as Spirit is the purpose of life, which demonstrates that life is Spirit and Spirit is freedom.

Ask many people what they want out of life and they say they want to be fulfilled, happy, be loved and to manifest wealth so they are free to enjoy life. But the human idea of freedom comes at a price. So you have a wonderful house but it comes with a mortgage, bills, rates and other living expenses. If you can afford it, you could hire others to help run the house, which gives you more stuff to worry about unless you don't mind of course. That is not my idea of freedom.

You want a nice car to get you around. Again a car has to be maintained as they have not been created to last or that might be your belief. Is this freedom?

What about running your own business? It feels wonderful having control over your affairs. Let's say your business expands and you have to employ others to help with other tasks, and before you know it you're worrying about how to sustain your employees etc. That is not my idea of freedom.

The many jobs humans have created, and continue to create, are Mickey Mouse jobs? Ostensibly, these jobs are to give us the freedom and fulfilment we dream of but often it is the reverse. Two days ago I watched a documentary about a couple whose daughter has been missing for many years, presumed dead. They’ve been inspired to set up a trust in their daughter's memory to protect others from going through what they had, and to support those who have had similar experiences. The dad showed different tools they use to teach young kids how to protect themselves from attacks. While I can understand the couple's intent, the work they have created is based on fear. If you're going around thinking of how to protect yourself, it means you believe in a reality of attack and violence. On the other hand, you could go round knowing the truth that Love is the essence of the Universe and see what happens. This is one example of what I mean by a Mickey Mouse job.

Other Mickey Mouse jobs include insurance companies based on fear; medicine based on belief in illness; the law based on fear; and many many others.

The human reality of freedom is like a free email account with Gmail. They promise you lots of storage space but you end up attracting so much Spam that it's not worth it. I have had to revert to using my Yahoo account with less Spam.

What is the real work? How do you know what it is? There are many on the spiritual path right now, who call themselves "lightworkers" who believe they are here to teach, heal the sick, raise the dead even, just like others before them. Some say they are following people like Jesus' instructions to his disciples which states:

"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." (Matthew 10: 7-8)
When these words are interpreted literally, of course people are going to do exactly that, after all, there are many sick and dead people. But the same Jesus says:

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6: 63)
Jesus is speaking of the truth of reality which is spirit and when his words of spirit are understood and accepted as Truth, they come to life and become one's life. Thus, when Jesus speaks about healing the sick, he is speaking about those who have forgotten that they are joy and love, not sickness in body; when he talks about raising the dead, he is speaking about reminding the "walking dead" passing off as life that they are eternal Life; when Jesus talks about casting out devils, he is talking about letting go of false beliefs in sickness, suffering and death. Naturally when one accepts one's nature as Spirit, the body and one's affairs are made whole and will appear to human eyes as healing, being raised from the dead and having your needs met.

Jesus' words of spirit are demonstrated throughout his ministry. When Jesus tells a man to follow him, the man tells Jesus he needs to bury his father first. Jesus says "Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." (Matthew 8: 22) If this is interpreted literally you wonder how the dead can bury the dead when they are already dead. Jesus is saying that when one identifies oneself as a human or mortal, you are a walking dead. He is telling us to walk in the Spirit, to follow the path of Truth, not of human beliefs.

When Jesus first hears that Lazarus has died, he says "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." (John 11: 11). But when his disciples take him literally he clarifies, in their own level of understanding, that Lazarus is dead. He then wakes up Lazarus from his sleep, which is experienced in human terms as being resurrected from the dead.

In another example, a "ruler" asks Jesus to heal his daughter who is almost dead. By the time Jesus gets to his house someone tells the ruler not to bother Jesus as his daughter is dead. Jesus tells the mourners that the girl is asleep. The mourners think Jesus is mad and they "laughed him to scorn." But Jesus knows that death is another form of sleep where one is dreaming one is dead. He ends up waking the girl from that sleep.

So as we can see from the examples, Jesus is speaking of the spirit as he knows we are spirit. Jesus stands for eternal Truth that is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus, who knows life is eternal, will not send his disciples to raise the dead as life does not know death; he will be speaking error. Jesus knows that we are already perfect and will not send people to heal the sick. Truth can only speak Truth. This is why Jesus' ministry is one that is always reminding others of their spiritual nature, "waking" people out of their "sleep."

I'm sure the young girl the biblical Jesus "raised from the dead" eventually died because she hadn't reached a level of understanding where she knew herself as immortal life. Even Jesus' disciples, who had walked with him and later had their own ministries, died, because they also had not accepted they were immortal life. Perhaps they mastered death in other lives.

The real work is to demonstrate that we are Spirit. No one can do the work for you; each of us has to do the work of realisation for ourselves.

Instead of wanting to manifest wealth and riches, maybe we should realise the abundance that we already are which manifests as life.

Instead of every man and his dog wanting to heal, maybe we should realise that we are already perfect and let perfection be made manifest as wholeness.

Instead of wanting to do great works like raising the dead, maybe we should relinquish the belief in death and realise that we are Life.

Instead of wanting to teach others the truth, maybe we should realise that we are Truth.

Instead of wanting to bring more love and peace into the world, maybe we should realise Love is all there is.

I believe my only job on earth is to remember that I am Spirit and to live as Spirit. "Any other enterprise is fraudulent."

Light and Love,

Related article about someone being resurrected from the Dead: Death and After