SESSION 7: LOVE, GIVING AND THE CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS
It is now the Christmas season so let us direct our attention toward Christmas. Maybe I ought to allow you to lead me into what you would like to hear about Christmas, or should I just talk? All right. Christ-mass, the day when the masses look toward Christ, when mass is held in reverence to Jesus.
When I interpret the Bible, it’s the way I see it, not the way I’ve read it or someone else has said it’s so. Christmas is related to Christ. Christ is not the man Jesus. Christ is the title of Jesus who has attained the Christ Consciousness. And I think if you separate the two, Jesus and Christ, you will far better understand the meaning of His words and the meaning of the Bible. When he says, “I am the way,” he doesn’t mean Jesus; he means Christ. So first I’d better explain what I mean by Christ and Jesus.
Jesus was a man who was born on this earth approximately 2,000 years ago, who through righteousness, or right-ness, rightly used the world to attain the Christ Consciousness. By so doing he showed the way to immortality that each and every one of us must take. We must die to death, that is, eliminate from our consciousness all thoughts of death and hold in its place only eternality and immortality. In order to show us, he allowed himself to be crucified so that he could prove immortality by resurrecting himself. He was a way-shower and dedicated and gave his life only to show us the way.1
Christ Consciousness is the consciousness that saves us from all this mess that we find ourselves in when we try to be worldly man. It is the attaining of the Christ Consciousness that saves us from all the horrors and miseries of the world. It is the Christ Consciousness that gives us liberation from all difficulty and leads us into our immortality. If we were to try to be Jesus, we would have all the trials and tribulations that he went through. However, when we become the Christ, by being Christlike and thereby attaining the Christ Consciousness, we eliminate all misery and have nothing but infinite joy.
So Christhood is a state that was attained by the man Jesus. He attained his Christhood before he was born and he came back to show us the way by example. And if you will keep in mind the meaning of these two as you read the Bible I believe it will make much more sense.
D: Do you think he is the Messiah?
S: He is!
D: Does he know this?
S: Yes. This was taught to him since he was very young, who he was and what was to be. But to announce such would be . . . they would be able to proclaim him crazy or a blasphemer. He tells them he is the Son of Man.
D: What does that mean?
S: He is, as we all are, sons of man and God. I cannot explain this very well. He is God’s son as I am God’s son, but his destiny is to bring light in a greater way than I could. He is closer to his final destiny than I am. I am so far off, but he is almost to the point where we all strive. He is the next closest thing to perfection.
D: If we are all the sons of God and also the sons of Man, what is different about him?
S: He has learned his lessons and he has followed his path to its completion.
D: So you think that this means he is perfect?
S: He shall be. It was his choice to come once again in order to give this light to people. He did not have to come back. (Cannon, 1992, p. 230)
Christmas is known mostly by the spirit of givingness, good will toward all men. Locked up in that word “givingness” is the key to all happiness. It’s in the spirit of givingness that we have and experience the greatest joy. If you’ll think back you’ll see that when you were giving, you were most joyous. “Love” and “giving” are two words that are synonymous. It’s in the spirit of givingness that the secret to joy lies. When we fully have that spirit, we want to give everything that we have to everyone we meet, and we have infinite joy. It’s so important. It’s in the spirit of givingness, not in the giving of things, unfortunately, because Christmas is a great time of gift-giving. People are giving, giving, giving. But it’s not in the giving; it’s in the spirit of givingness that the joy lies. The spirit of givingness is felt more around Christmas time by more people than at any other time of the year. It’s a wonderful thing. We should make every day Christmas. When we get full realization we do just that. There isn’t a moment in which we’re not wanting to give everything we know to everyone.
Q: You mean giving things, or giving of yourself?
Lester: Well, first let me explain givingness. If we give with strings attached, with reservations, with recriminations, there is little joy in it. But when we give freely we have the greatest of feelings. And it’s this constant spirit of givingness that is the secret of eternal joy. Now, the greatest thing we can give, as the Bible says, is wisdom, because when you give one wisdom you give one the method of attaining everything, not just one single thing. So, the greatest of all givingness is giving wisdom, is giving understanding, and is giving knowledge of this subject that we are interested in.
I might explain it this way. If you give a man a meal when he’s hungry, he’s made happy for the moment and he’s satisfied. But three hours later, he needs another meal, and probably thousands of meals after that. So what is one meal that you give to him? Relatively little. However, if you give the man the understanding of how to produce a meal, he will never go hungry! You will give him the knowledge of how to always have all the food he wants. You will have given him sixty thousand meals! So, that’s the greatest givingness, giving understanding and wisdom.
Practicing this would be an excellent method of growth and I think, as a group, you’re ready for it. Give this understanding to everyone whom you meet who asks for it. It’s excellent in that it takes you out of your little self onto others. It’s an act of love. I’m suggesting that this givingness be taken on as almost a way of life from here on, to help others to get this understanding. It will help you to rapidly attain mastership and it will give you the greatest of all joys.
It’s good to give gifts. They should be given from the heart. However, I think we are all at the point where we can give much more than just things. We should try to give wisdom and understanding. Did I answer your question, Lil?
Q: This is only if we are asked?
Lester: Yes. If we try to help people who are not asking for it, we are just expressing our own ego. “I know something you should know,” you see? “I” talking down to “you,” trying to teach you something when you’re not asking for it, is just ego-expression on my part. So it should only be given when asked for.
Q: Is there a time when you become sensitive enough so that you do say things to people which they need, even without them asking?
Lester: Yes, there is. As you let go of your ego you automatically tune in more with others. The less your ego, the more you are attuned to others. You reach a state in which they don’t even have to ask. You’ll discover that some people who ask don’t really want help. Likewise, some people who say “I don’t want any help,” are really wanting it. It takes a little experience to handle situations like that. But it’s true that as we grow, as we let go of our ego, we become more attuned to others and we automatically help them. And we help at all times, no matter what or where the situation is. It could be the cashier in a market, or someone you meet on the street. There’s always a certain givingness that should be going on all the time. And it doesn’t have to (22) be only words of wisdom, it could be a kind word, an expression of love. It wouldn’t hurt to try helping others. That would be the greatest of all givingness. Any more questions?
Q: What is the second coming of the Christ? .
Lester: The second coming of the Christ is not the same as the second coming of Jesus. The second coming of Jesus will be the time when He returns and walks on this earth again in a physical body; and I believe it will be the body that He had the last time He walked the earth. The second coming of the Christ is when we attain the Christ Consciousness.
As a group, we are very fortunate in that we are close to Jesus. This was very evident the very first time we had a meditation when Jesus came into this room and walked around to almost everyone here. It was a very definite and a very important sign that, as a group, Jesus is very interested in us, is trying to help us with all the power that He has. That power is never given unless we are receptive to it. There’s no forcing it. He can only use His power when we open ourselves to Him. If and when we do, He is right there, ready and very capable. Just try Him. We need this direct connection with a master if we want to go all the way this lifetime. As I’ve said, it’s so difficult in these times to achieve mastership, that it is necessary to have this connection with a master, so that when we are ready to leave this plane he will assist us in getting full realization. There isn’t anyone in this room who cannot make it this lifetime, if he or she will just stay faithful to the path until the end. Everyone of us can make it this lifetime if we really want it.
Q: Will you define “making it”?
Lester: Christhood and full realization. “Making it” is becoming a master. What is a master? A master is one who is master over all matter in the universe, and who is master over his mind. A master is one who sees his own infinity right within him. A master is one who has undone all thoughts of limitation, who has ripped off all these sheaths of limitations and is free.
Q: And this we can do in this lifetime?
Lester: Yes, definitely! You must want it more than anything else. You must want it more than you want things of the world. And if you do, when you’re ready to leave this place, you’ll get the assist from the master that you look to and he will help you over. The way he will do it is this way: If you don’t make it before you die, you will make it at the time of your so-called death. When a person dies, all thoughts of this lifetime and all thoughts of prior lifetimes come up for review. The master identifies with us. He sees us as himself, and as these thoughts come up in our mind, it’s like they are coming up in his mind, and he, identified with and as us, helps us undo them. When they are totally undone, we are totally free!
Q: This is what we are doing every day when we say, “We’re not limited. I won’t accept this. I’m not this limited being.” Isn’t this what we should be doing all day long?
Lester: Yes. We should continue it until the end of all thoughts. We should not be limited by anything or any thought.
Q: But this is jumping so far. I’m interested in being able to walk down the street without getting mad at the fellow in front of me.
Lester: I’m trying to show you the entire way. What I’m trying to do is to give you a map that takes you all the way. I’m not saying, “Bob, be this today,” But I think if you have a map that shows the entire route, you can take it all by yourself. You don’t need to have people like me say this to you. Once you’ve got the map, all you need to do is to follow it. I’m trying to give you a complete picture, a complete understanding of what full realization is and the way to accomplish it. And it’s a very difficult thing to do because you’ll never really know what it is until you attain it.
Q: And the ego is simply the feeling that I am not this.
Lester: Right. The ego is a feeling that I am a separated individual, separated from the All and I need a body and a mind to be separate.
Q: That “I” is limited?
Lester: Well, if I have a body and I have a mind, I have thousands of limitations; I have to feed the body, take care of it. I have thoughts. My feelings are hurt. This goes on and on and on. Realize what you are. You’ll see that you are not the body, you are not the ego. Discover what you are and be infinite.
Q: Can Jesus save us?
Lester: Jesus doesn’t save, the Christ Consciousness saves. We should believe not in Jesus but believe as Jesus believed. When we make an effort to attain the, Christ Consciousness, Jesus helps us to realize it. Jesus is always available to anyone who asks and is receptive to His help. You may and can contact Jesus, to the degree you actually accept the fact that you can. Were you to accept that you could talk to Jesus in a physical body, then you would meet with Him in a physical body. If you can accept meeting with Him in a vision or in a dream, then you would meet with Him in that manner. If you can accept Him as a presence ,then you will feel His presence and receive His support. It is all up to you.
This Session was recorded in Los Angeles, December 16, 1965
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1 Dolores Cannon’s Jesus and the Essenes is based on multiple interviews with a subject under hypnosis who remembered being one of Yeshua’s teachers. The crucifixion isn’t as simple as the way Lester describes it, because it cannot have been Yeshua’s wish to die that way.
There are two major problems with Christianity. First is that it was founded on hatred of “the Jews,” which Paul and his followers referred to as swine. Paul claimed that Yeshua had renounced Judaism. This wouldn’t be so bad if they had said that his life and teaching were universal, but instead they claimed exclusive rights over his name for their own anti-Jewish religion.
The second problem with Christianity is the deification of Yeshua. This doesn’t need any elaboration.
Yeshua seems to have been born without the craving that is the cause of the arising of a mind, and my belief is that the Essenes invited him to return to earth when he no longer had to. The Essenes had prophetic abilities and could not have helped but foresee the destruction of Israel; they most likely hoped that the Messiah would be able to avert this disaster. But by proclaiming, through Yohanan and others, that Yeshua was the Messiah, the Essenes helped to bring about a premature end to his ministry. The few teachings that survived were preserved in a heavily redacted form by a religion that “gentilized” him and claimed all Jews were accursed.
I don’t believe that Yeshua’s crucifixion could have been avoided as long as he was what he was. In a sense he was wiser than his teachers, because he knew that the earth is the realm of heaven and always has been: there is no separation between the two. It is not only unnecessary to make earth more like heaven, but any attempt to change the course of events will fail.
That said, Lester has said on different occasions that a master can help one to “undo the mind,” as he calls it. There is no doubt that Lester is a master, and that even now he will help anyone who asks for his help. What he means by “undoing the mind” is the same thing Christians mean when they say that Christ will take on one’s sins. Sin is every thought and feeling of one’s mortality that is held in the mind–and not just from this life. Memories are held on to because they are attached to feelings such as craving, fear and shame. Whether the master who helps one to undo all of these thoughts and feelings is Yeshua, Lester, Shakyamuni or the Self, that help is both real and necessary.
Cannon, Dolores (1992). Jesus and the Essenes: Fresh insights into Christ’s ministry and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Bath: Gateway Books.
Levenson, Lester (1993). Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Phoenix, Arizona: Sedona Institute. ISBN 0-915721-03-1