“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates [enter the divine consciousness by the gate of your heart]” (Revelation 22:14)
“Lift up your eyes and see! Return to Me with your whole heart. Return…circumcise yourself to the Lord, remove the foreskin of your heart…wash your heart that you may be healed and saved” (Jeremiah 3:2-4:18)
You might be asking “How is it possible to wash and circumcise your heart?” The answer is: BAPTISM!!! Baptism with spiritual intention is not an empty, mindless ritual, but a life-giving sacrament. With intention and attention to Spirit you can transform, but with sacred ritual it is even more powerful. We can circumcise our hearts by removing the foreskin, the barrier we erect in our hearts to protect us from further hurts, wounding or pain. When we remove the obstacles to Love that we have constructed around the heart, the Light of Spirit is able to enter. It is necessary to move the boulder away from the door of our heart to be resurrected here on earth! Be a psychological Lazarus! To allow the light of the Holy Spirit into the gateway of the spiritual heart, we need to remove the wall that we have built, so God can clothe us in Light. We wash our robes by removing the barriers that keep us separated from God, becoming naked emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, so the Spirit can cleanse, purify, and clothe us with white light. “Hark! my beloved is knocking. Open to me, my love…I had put off my garment, how could I put it on?” (Song of Songs 5:3).
I could not sleep. Construction by my home to earthquake-proof a bridge was requiring three years of night work. It hadn’t been too disruptive so far, but tonight the warning sounds, piercing high-pitched horns of trucks going in reverse, penetrated through the night air into my bedroom like an unwanted predator….
I didn’t know at the time but the warning sounds were waking me up to announce the forthcoming baptism I would experience at sunset. This sacred ritual would serve to make me earthquake-proof and unshakable as well. The external warning tones in the night were a portent of the clarion call that is coming to each person on earth right now to change direction, cleanse, clear, purify, refine, and release all that is not the light of truth. Our hearts need to be washed to prepare our bodies for the coming earth changes. It is time to yield to the purification and refinement process, allowing the shaking of all that is not 100% God so only the unshakeable and unmovable will be left.
“See that you do not refuse him…for if they did not escape when they refused him who warned from the earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.’ Yet once more, indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain…be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…let us worship with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:25-29).
Remember that when Jesus died, there was darkness and an earthquake. The consciousness of Jesus, carrying the fullness of deity (Colo 2:9), descended to the depths of the lowest level of consciousness, before rising in ascension to the heights of the highest to fill all things. This act made it possible for all of humanity to also attain the higher level of consciousness. Let the consuming fire of God refine you and remove all the impurities and dross, leaving the pure gold of your higher nature. Wash your hearts so you may receive the “kingdom that cannot be shaken” the new heaven on earth that is coming and is now here! “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). The kingdom is still coming for those who do not believe it is possible, are still asleep, or have rejected this free inheritance. It is now here for those who have washed their robes and returned to live in oneness with God, as Jesus was one with the Father. Refine, purify, and be filled with the white Light of God and be ready: “white for harvest”.
First I was awakened by the warning horns of the construction vehicles in the middle of the night. After dozing off, I am awakened again as I hear my name being called. It is a male voice, and I sit up in bed trying to find the origin. There is no one physically there…….
Have you had a wake up call? Have you been warned by unwanted physical symptoms of the body, distorted emotions, mental unrest, negative thoughts, or life challenges? We are being called to heed the warnings. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray also that God may open a door to the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” (Colo 4:2-3). We are being asked to pay attention now more than ever, to what is happening not only in our life, but within our bodies. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding on to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you realize that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Cor 13:5).
Examine yourselves and see what is in your mind and thoughts. Are you in your limited ego mind or are you in the higher Christ mind? You can test yourself by examining your life. What is the fruit of your life? Are you experiencing the peace and goodness of God, or are you experiencing fear, anxiety, doubt, depression, or judgment? Your answer will tell you in which mind you are operating. You will also know your consciousness is resurrecting and ascending with Christ if you are seeing these things in your life: signs, wonders, and miracles (2 Cor 12:12). You will know by the fruit: an ego mind develops unripe, tasteless fruit; while the Christ mind develops ripe, juicy, loving, peaceful, joyful fruit! The tree (body) must be watered in the garden of the Lord to develop good fruit!!!
Are you identified with the ego or have you allowed the spark of your true divine nature to be seeded by God, watered, nourished by the light of the Sun, nurtured through focused attention, pruned, expanded, flowered, and bearing fruit? Are you a sturdy, well-watered, mature planting of God bearing fruit of the Spirit, or are you a weak, vulnerable sapling that can be easily wilted by the heat, or crowded out by the weeds around you? If you are planted solidly in your ego, separated from the Divine Light, it is time to transplant yourself into the Light of God. Allow yourself to be replanted in larger and larger containers as you grow and expand, able to hold more and more light in your body. Where are you planted? Are you rooted and grounded in Christ and the Higher Love? Are you continuously receiving light into your cells from the Sun of righteousness? Are you consciously intending to receive increased oxygen and new life into your cells by using the breath, ruach, Holy Spirit, as a connector of your body, mind, heart, and soul? Are you being watered daily with the Fountain of Living Water?
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away and every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes that it may bear more fruit…As a branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you LIVE IN ME. I am the vine, you are the branches. She who abides in me, and I in her, she is it that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you…bear much fruit…abide in my love…These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:1-11).
Are you feeling the higher emotion of Joy? If not, maybe you need to wash off the effects of living in the physical world, wrong thinking, generational inheritance of wrong beliefs, and the darkness of separation, by the Living Fountain of God!
I wake up before the sunrise. I go outside to commune in nature with God in the sacred inner chamber of my heart….
We are now called to self examine, be watchful, present, and seek the presence of God in silence and stillness so we can hear the still, small voice. We must be present, awake, and aware to be able to hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to start meditating and increasing spiritual practices such as prayer, devotions, contemplative bible reading, meditative walking in nature, conscious breathing, or journaling. Mind-body practices help you to direct your mind into your body, be present in your body, and guided to intimate connection with God, healing, and wholeness. We rise in awareness or consciousness by bringing the Spirit of God as the Light of God, into the body here on earth into every cell, raising your frequency and speaking the Word of God over yourself changing your vibration. Meditation on the Word helps your mind to rest in silence and stillness in the heart where you are able to commune with God in the secret place and open to receive the light into your cells, allowing your body to transfigure and transform. The mind needs to be trained to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” just as physical exercise strengthens muscles.
I enter the still, silence of meditation and receive a “knowing” in my heart that I am to be baptized tonight. I open my eyes and become present to the birds singing in the magnolia tree. I spontaneously take a deep, slow, full breath. I ask God for confirmation in the word. I open to “Some of those who are wise shall fall, to refine and to cleanse them and to make them white, until the time of the end…many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined…none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise will understand” (Daniel 11:35-12:10). “Blessed are those who wash their robes…I Jesus have sent my angel to you…The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’ And let her who hears say, ‘Come’ And let her who is thirsty come, let her who desires the water of life without price” (Rev 22:14-17). “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you…I will make the fruit of your tree and the increase of your field abundant…I will cleanse you from all your iniquities…this land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden…I will rebuild the ruined places, and replant that which is desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it…Behold, I will cause spirit to enter you, and you shall live…I will join you and Christ together so you may be one…she will no longer be divided…I will save her from backsliding…and I will cleanse her…I will bless her and set my sanctuary in the midst of her for evermore. My dwelling place shall be with her…then they will know that I the Lord sanctify hearts when my sanctuary is in the midst of her for evermore” (Ezekiel 36:25-37:1-28). It is abundantly clear….
“Instead of giving heed to myths or to commands of men who reject the truth. To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure [except their own man-made dogma and doctrines to keep control and power over those who follow men blindly rather than the Holy Spirit]; their very minds and consciences are corrupted [by their own false self]. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their deeds” (Titus 1:14-16). “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Romans 1:25). “Why do you pass judgment on your brother…Nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for any one who thinks it is unclean…do not let good be spoken of as evil…everything is indeed clean” (Romans 14:5-23). “You then who teach others, will you not teach yourself?” (Romans 2:21).
It is time to stop listening to well-meaning but flawed human voices, and go within and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is “the Spirit of truth…who will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that Jesus said” (John 14:17-26). Do not quench the Spirit. Do not focus on cleansing the outside of the cup and ignore the inside! Hearing the voice of God and divine guidance is found within. Everything that is not separated from God and the Holy Spirit, and is used with thanksgiving to God, is good and very good. Everything can be used for evil if that is one’s intention, even religion.
We must heed the warnings now to repent, which is better translated from the word “metanoia” as change your mind or turn and return to God through Jesus. A change of mind is a change in consciousness resulting in a changed attitude and perspective. Seek first the kingdom of God. It is time to repent as John the Baptist taught as a precursor to Jesus coming. Jesus also declared “repent”, or “change your mind” at the beginning of his three year ministry (Mark 1:15). We need to prepare for the upcoming Shift of the Ages by transformation by joining our spirit to the Holy Spirit of God, yoke our soul to Christ Jesus: renewal of our mind, heart and will; and our body becomes the temple of God where the Holy Spirit dwells. We renew our minds by putting on the higher mind of Christ, change our mind-set, and set our thoughts upon higher spiritual things. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK about these things” (Philippians 4:8). “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
We are now being asked to have a change of heart by changing our mind, thoughts, and beliefs. This is accomplished by changing our level of consciousness or awareness through our spirit united with the Spirit of God. We are being called right now to realize that the increasing darkness, wars, conflicts, disasters, divorces, enmity between the sexes, terrorist plots, child abductions, murders, and a myriad of other horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, is a call to CHANGE directions, change our minds, change our attitudes, change our hearts, and turn to the spiritual realms of our God and Father through Jesus the Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit sent to believers. The “signs of the end of the age…are but the beginning of the birth pangs” (Matthew 24:3-8). We ask our Father for His Son to be formed in us by the Holy Spirit, give birth to Christ within our heart and birth a new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells. We turn toward God, change our mind, remove all barriers, let Holy Spirit wash, cleanse, purify and refine your heart, and step into the kingdom! We are called to give birth and then become midwives for others!
“I am in travail until Christ is formed in you”
We are all being called right now to cleanse, wash, purify, refine, transmute and transform, transfigure by the Holy Spirit and pure, holy fire of God, the Water of Life and the Blood of the Lamb whatever is still in darkness within us, including the vast unconscious: the huge iceberg below the surface of our ordinary every day awareness. We cannot change of our own power and personal will. “I can do nothing on my own authority…I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (John 5:30). “Not my will, but Thy Will be done” (Luke 22:42). With the Power of the Spirit of God, all things are possible. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
We need to take the first step by turning away from the focus on earthly things: materialism, scientism, sexism, racism, animalism, elitism, and egotism and turn toward spiritual things: values, character, virtue, honor, excellence, purity, meaning, purpose, beauty, goodness, truth, freedom, justice, equanimity, love, compassion, wisdom, and higher understanding. “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me…union with me is easy, and my burden is light…you will find rest” (Matthew 11:28-30). We can start by changing our mind, and raising our thoughts to the higher thoughts of Christ-Mind of God. If this all seems impossible or difficult, remember we cannot do it of our own will power, it takes the Power of the Holy Spirit to rise to our higher self in Christ and Christ in us.
“For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a PLAN for the FULNESS of time to unite ALL things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:9-10). “That he might reconcile us both to God IN ONE BODY” (Eph 2:16). “For while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be healed by his life” (Romans 5:10). “Put on the mind of Christ…put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:12-14)
Jesus brought the possibility of the kingdom of unity with God to earth more than 2000 years ago, but we individually must choose to enter as a humble child of God. We must make the decision to say “yes” to follow Jesus to the Cross, die with Christ and be raised with Christ and rise with Christ to live in God-consciousness, knowledge of God and his Glory. We cannot see above the level of awareness we are currently inhabiting. We are blind to all the levels above us. The higher consciousness is obscured, as if it were a cloud obscuring the top of the mountain. The Living Christ, the Holy Spirit can lift us up to the top of the mountain.
To see and enter the kingdom we must be born anew from Above of water and Spirit; become like a child before the ego takes over, trusting, pure, and containing the yeast of the Son of the Kingdom of God that can rise and expand our capacity to hold the higher light and gifts of the Spirit. If we allow Christ into any pain, suffering or challenges that are weighting us down, we can rise with Christ in consciousness. We can be resurrected while living here on earth. The kingdom of the new heaven on earth is obscured by a veil that lifts when we rise in consciousness to reveal the higher kingdom. Only Christ can remove the veil. Lift your eyes, turn towards Christ, surrender or humble your ego, die to the past with Jesus so you may be raised with Christ; made alive with Christ as he rules and reigns in you.
The key to moving through these so-called end times, that are really the beginning of a new age, is consciousness. How do you know at what level of consciousness you reside? The clue that reveals it is your feeling state. Shame, fear, and blame indicate a very low-level of consciousness. Joy indicates a very high level of Christ consciousness. “That my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). Experiencing the fruits of the Spirit in your daily life is a pointer towards a divine level of consciousness. If the predominant thoughts and feelings you express are love, joy, peace, harmony, patience, kindness, surrender, trust, and faith, the Spirit is fruiting through you. If you reach unity consciousness, you see only God everywhere you look: in nature, in all people, in all things in the world. If you don’t see God’s glory, His presence, you call His light, love and Spirit into the situation. We come to rest in God, “strive to enter His rest” through the Blood of the Cross that gives us access to the Throne of Grace and Glory.
We die to self in Christ, letting go of identification and attachment to ego or the false self. The ego must decrease so your true Christ-like self may increase (John 3:30). We come to Christ and willingly die to identification with our old self or nature to come alive with Christ and look forward with eager expectation to our resurrected, transfigured new body in the new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells.
“So it is with the resurrection of the dead [asleep, unconscious, unaware]. What is raised is imperishable…it is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body…the last Adam became a life-giving spirit [Jesus became the life-giving Christ]. But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual…we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven…[and] inherit the kingdom of God…Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep [those who awake, have the eyes of their heart enlightened, have their single eye filled with light so the body can be full of light: Luke 11:33], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet [we all get many wake up calls, the intensity of the challenges get more and more severe until you surrender and yield to God]. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead [unconscious, unaware, ignorant] will be raised imperishable, and we shall be CHANGED…God gives the victory” (1 Corinthians 15:42-57).
Wake up, let your identification and attachment to the old man/nature/name die, and choose to identify with the inner spiritual body: Christ within: the transfigured glorified body of Christ. “We are one body and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4). Enter the kingdom of the new heaven on earth and spread the kingdom by telling what Jesus has done for us and our new identity in Christ: bury the old nature, rise to the new spiritual nature, be healed, delivered, and set free your thoughts and mind from prison, and start seeing miracles, signs, and wonders. See the perfection of God: the goodness, truth, beauty, and light in the world, and help it to grow until the whole earth is able to transition into the new Christ age! Say yes! Be awed!!! The Holy Spirit can show you the Way, guide you, lead you, and teach you everything you need to know to make the shift.
Only God knows when the end time is; it is up to each individual to make a personal decision to turn to Jesus to be reconciled to God our Father. From attachment to the body of dust, transformed into a heavenly spiritual body, a light body in the image and likeness of God is by the working of the Holy Spirit and fire sent to believers. Only God knows when a critical mass of people will make the inner shift which will allow the outward shift. For now it is an internal shift, and only you can decide to yield to the Spirit. Now is not the time to be stubborn, hard-hearted, rebellious, and stiff-necked! Not all will choose to ascend with Christ, some will choose to stubbornly remain a man of dust, the old Adam. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:22). Jesus was the last Adam, the last man of dust, and the first-born of the new prototype heaven-on-earth human (1 Cor 15:35-57). Salvation is yours for the asking and surrendering to the working of God in you, through Jesus’ Blood, and the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.
“I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband” (2 Cor 11:2). We marry, or the two become one with God to enter the new heaven and earth as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy…had no wedding garment” (Matthew 22:8-14). Your ego cannot be in union with God because it has separated itself from the light of God and thus is clothed in darkness. The Bridegroom, God, has asked you to be his Bride, but many would rather remain clothed in darkness, rather than surrender the ego, humble themselves, and come to Jesus to be clothed in light, purify, refine, and make white in the Blood of the Lamb (wedding dresses are white!). “This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. for every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. But she who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that her deeds have been wrought in God” (John 3:19-21).
To be invited to your marriage feast you must let go of excuses, defenses, rationalizations, denial, and ignoring the still, small voice of your inner self prompting you to yield to the Holy Spirit to change, grow, expand and become one with God. You must let go of “caterpillar mentality: doomsday, apocalypse, catastrophe, death” and adopt “butterfly mentality: transformation, new life, freedom to fly to the heights”. You must let go of the hold the base, lower mind has on you. The negative ego, or false self, separates itself from God, and is defensive, argumentative, divisive, conflicted, ignorant, split off from the light, fiercely independent like a two-year old or teenager, short-sighted, biased, partial, fearful, doubting, anxious, selfish, lacking, limited, discouraged, disillusioned, cynical, bitter, resentful, blaming, judgmental, and everything that you hate in others and cannot see in yourself! Christ-Self, your reformed inner spiritual self, must increase in you and the ego decrease until it is entirely gone (John 3:30). We are being asked to allow the fire of transformation until there is only Christ in you. The yeast or leaven of Christ Spirit within your body grows and expands until the whole loaf is Christ!
“If the root is holy, the branches are also holy”
When you humble your ego, you sit in the lowest place. Like water, you seek the lowest point and then God invites you to come up higher. “When you are invited to a marriage feast, sit in the lowest place, so that your host may say ‘Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence” (Luke 14:7-11). You must first kiss the ground, prostrate your ego, allow yourself to fall like water to the lowest point, and God will be able to raise you as evaporation or steam to the heavens where your essence is spiritualized, energized and empowered by the Son and Holy Spirit. You are returned to earth in seeded clouds like new spring rain that nourishes and spiritually feeds all you come into contact with. Wherever God’s River goes, life springs up. If you let Christ wash your robes with the Living Water from the Throne, cleanse, purify, refine and make you white (filled with the white light of God) as snow in the Blood, take the gold refined by fire, the white garment and eye salve/anointing, let the King of Glory come in when he knocks at the door of your heart, intimately commune with Him and conquer unbelief, we are granted to sit with Christ on his Throne as He sits with our Father. Oh, the wondrous beauty of the view from heavenly places in Christ with our Father. You do NOT want to miss the view from the top!
“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).
I finally dozed off to sleep around 4am and wake before sunrise. I am wide awake; surprised since I have barely slept. I make my cup of french press coffee and walk out to the patio under the magnolia tree to do my spiritual practice: devotions, contemplative bible reading, and meditation. The message is obvious and clear: I am to be baptized in the ocean at sunset! I know it is true! I know that I know that I know!!!
There is no rational reason to be baptized again, as I was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran church. I remember being drawn to an announcement I had seen of summer ocean baptisms at La Jolla Shores Beach, yet convinced myself that there was no reason to go through the sacrament a second time. Yet there was a distinct knowing, beyond the faculty of reason, and I realized that it was not for me to know why, but to obey. I was to listen and act on what I was guided to do. I realized I needed to be faithful to hearing the still, small voice, and acting on the message.
Many are called, few will respond. “You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them” (Matthew 13:14-15).
It was clear in Daniel 11 and 12 “And now I will show you the truth…in those times a branch from her roots shall arise…with the strength of his whole kingdom, he shall bring peace…the people who KNOW God shall stand firm and take action. And those among the people who are wise shall make many understand…to refine and to cleanse them and to make them white, until the time of the end, for it is yet for the time appointed…those who acknowledge him he shall magnify…he shall come into the glorious land [consciousness]…many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined…those who are wise shall understand…you shall rest”
Baptism into Christ is baptism into His death; resurrecting into His Life; taking His Name above every name. Baptism by water is a cleansing, cleaning, clearing, purifying, and regeneration of the spirit and soul and body. The inner spirit is already perfect, whole, holy, and connected to God by coming to faith in and of Jesus; we are wholly sanctified by yielding and allowing Holy Spirit to change everything spirit and soul and body. We wake up, arise from the dead and receive the Light of Christ. We root and ground in Christ, grow through the growth that can only be given from Spirit into the full stature or maturity of Christ in us.
Jesus’ baptism of Holy Spirit and fire is the regeneration and refining by the fire of the Holy Spirit to purify the soul and body by the Son of righteousness that rises in us with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2). The messenger that precedes and prepares the way for Christ to return a second time and incarnate as the Spirit of God into every heart, is “like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify and refine them like gold and silver” (Malachi 3:1-5). This refiners fire burns away the dross and the old dead wood so there is a holy space for Christ to be formed in you. The “fullers’ soap” cleanses the dirt, toxic emotions, poisons of anger, lust, greed, pride or selfishness, germs, viruses of the mind and thoughts, and the layers of grime accumulated from living in a fallen world (fallen in consciousness from God awareness). The fiery baptism removes the impurities, like refining gold and purifying silver, that kept you separated from the One Source of life, our God and Father. “Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction” (Isaiah 48:10).
Baptism is death to our old way of life. Baptism is a new birth into our original divine blueprint of creation. Baptism by the blood of Jesus is our old Adamic blood replaced with the whole, perfect, healing blood of Jesus, our DNA replaced with the heritage or inheritance of Christ. In baptism we die to the false Adamic self and are raised into the true self that is one with God in Christ Jesus; a return to oneness and nonduality; the two become one new creature in Christ. “The former things are gone, behold, the new has come.”
Through our free will we had knowingly (conscious rebellion) or unknowingly (asleep or unconsciously) divorced ourself from our Maker. “For your Maker is your husband” (Isaiah 54:5). “I have loved you, says the Lord…my covenant is of life and peace…Has not the one God made and sustained for us the spirit of life” (Malachi 1:2- Malachi 2:15). “Yet we have left our first love; we have left our true Spouse. God says “I hate divorce” (Malachi 2:16). There is much discussion in the old testament about harlotry and adultery/idolatry which is loving other things (money, sex, power, etc.) more than God. The only way to really love your spouse, children, family, friends, and even enemies is through the higher love that fills you in Christ and Christ in you. When you are baptized with the deeper, more powerful higher Love of God, your ability to love and forgive is increased exponentially. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you! Through baptism you can be reconciled/remarried to our Creator, enter the marriage feast, and commence the honeymoon in the new kingdom of heaven on earth! “Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts…I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing” (Malachi 3:7). “Restore us to thyself, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew us” (Lamentations 5:21).
Warning sirens, hearing my name spoken in the night, two colliding universes that formed a big exclamation point in the sky (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/15/colliding-galaxies-exclamation-point_n_927407.html), followed by an email that said “Dear Yvonne, Baptism!!!”, angry caws of Ravens by day, a dead bee by my meditation chair, a dead bird on the patio, an increase in sirens and emergency vehicles around my home, an increase in disasters and earth changes, and a deep childhood trauma coming to light from the darkness of my unconscious to be healed, were all signs I noticed in the day or weeks preceding the baptism. As the darkness in the world is rising, as the increased light of God is returning to the earth (increase in solar flares, sun activity, strange celestial events, prophesy of end times and birth of new age), it is time to turn to Jesus, repent, return to the Father and receive the Spirit of God. The increased light is making the dark darker and light lighter. The worst of the dark is rising, as the best of the light is being revealed. It is time to be reconciled with our God and Father through Jesus the Christ sent to save, heal, deliver and set us free.
“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them…blow the trumpet and warn the people; then if any one who hears the sound of the trumpet (or trucks incessantly backing up with horns in the night!!!) …will turn…and heal or save her life…how then can we live?…Say to them…turn from your old way and live; turn back to God, turn back [from your mistakes, missing the mark, false self, ego, pride, greed, selfishness, seeking for personal power, lust, anger, guilt, shame, unworthiness, evil, darkness, resentments, bitterness, enmity, conflicts]…and you shall surely live” (Ezekiel 33:1-20). The renewal from the old way of negative thinking, defiled body from not speaking the truth, unhealthy habits, conditioned negative patterns of doing and being, identifying with the false self, and acting from the divisive ego that is separated from our Maker, uncleanliness from missing the mark, scattered energy from fluttering here and there without the solid foundation of Christ, will lead to the new Way of unity (Ezekiel 36: 16-24). A sacred ritual such as baptism, when enacted with the power of your attention and intention elevated to the spiritual level, is able to not only cleanse the outside of the body, but the inside as well! Taking a shower can be a mindless external action, cleansing only your outward body, but when infused with intention and attention to Spirit, or it can become a daily refresher of your baptism and a renewed purification, and reconnection to God.
“I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from your idols I will cleanse you. A NEW HEART I will give you, and a NEW SPIRIT I will put WITHIN you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my SPIRIT within you…You shall dwell in the land [divine consciousness] which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you…make you abundant…make the fruit of the tree and increase of the field abundant…I CLEANSE you from your iniquities…you shall be REBUILT…this consciousness that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden…fortified…you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt your ruined places, and REPLANTED that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it” (Ezekiel 36:25-36).
Baptism, with attention and spiritual intention, can replant you in the new garden of Eden and allow you to flower and fruit as the tree of life watered by the River of water of life is restored within you. Christ becomes your roots, your body becomes the transfigured body of Christ, your mind is replaced with the higher mind of Christ, your heart is replaced with the agape unconditional loving heart of Jesus, and your being is made one again with the Father. The valley of dry, dead, lifeless bones within you comes back to new life through the prophesy of Jesus fulfilled in you. You receive a new birth, a new divine nature, and the original divine blueprint made in the likeness and image of God. “He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, set me in the midst of the valley [in the midst of all of my problems, trials, challenges, suffering, tribulations, pain, traumas, wounds, hurts, darkness, or scars], it was full of bones…Son of man can these bones live? Behold I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause new flesh to come upon you, and cover you with new skin [the light of God], and put new breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord…Behold, I open your graves, and raise you from your graves and I will bring you home into the land of divine, heaven on earth consciousness. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your grave [unconscious] and raise you from your graves [unconsciousness, asleep, or unaware], and I will put my Spirit within you, and you will live; and I will place you in your own land [god consciousness]…you shall no longer be divided [into ego and true self, or divided heart and mind]…I will heal you from backsliding in which they have missed the mark, and will CLEANSE them…they shall all have one shepherd…I will bless you and set my sanctuary in the midst of you for evermore. MY DWELLING PLACE SHALL BE WITH YOU…my sanctuary is in the midst of you for evermore” (Ezekiel 37:1-28).
I intentionally dress in an all black outfit to represent the darkness before the light of a new dawn. It is a funeral for my old self. I make a list of all of the mistakes I have made, the ways that I have missed the mark, hurt or blamed others, including myself or God, or out of ignorance did things that resulted in shame, guilt or regret. I surveyed my life and made an inventory of mistakes, regrets, misunderstandings, and willful rebellion. I made a list of the people I needed to forgive for hurting me, including those I blamed or judged as wrong. I prayed and asked to let go of the past. I asked for cleansing and transforming of my atoms, cells, body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit. I surrendered everything to God. I placed the list in the fireplace, lit a match and watched as the paper ignited and burned to ash. I knew that out of the ashes of my life, the new Life of Christ was about to rise. From the burial ash, my life was about to resurrect. “Jesus is the first-born from the dead…I am buried in baptism in which I am also raised with Christ” (Colo 2:12). I was committed to giving my whole life to God and to surrender my will to the greater Will of God. I get in the car and begin to drive to the beach singing spiritual songs and praising God….
Baptism is refining through fire and washing your robes so that you may be granted the right to the tree of life and enter the city of God, the new Zion, the new heaven on earth, by the gates/seals opened by the Lamb of God in your body (stay tuned for my next blog on the seven gates). The union of the fire of the Son (in the natural the sun), with the salt water of the ocean, combined with the Power of the Holy Spirit, is detoxifying, purifying, and transforming. With spiritual intention and attention in the moment, we become aware of the subtle and not so subtle changes that transpire when we choose to turn and surrender all to God. The more awake and alert you are, staying present in the moment, the more you can open, allow, and receive all that God is wanting to give you! As the end of this present age nears, now is the time to do your individual part to add to the changes needed within each person for the knowledge of the glory to cover the earth and a new heaven and new earth to manifest.
Now is the time to take off your old clothes: shame, guilt, unworthiness, anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, enmity, conflict, separation, divorce, distorted and negative thoughts and emotions. Separation creates darkness in your body and life. “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” The Light of God has no opposite. Only sin and free will can separate our body from the Living Source: the Creator of heaven and earth. The good news is that you also have the free will choice to return to God and be re-lighted! To be re-lighted is a delight! When we delight in God, we receive the desires of our deeper spiritual heart (Psalm 37:4). Reconnection with God returns the Light, Love and Spirit of God to your life. It is time to get naked before God emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and have the willingness to be vulnerable, open, and authentic with God. Pour out your heart to Jesus and repent. Wash your robe in the Blood of the Lamb and put on the new garment of the light of Christ. The tree of life in the garden of Eden has been guarded and protected by cherubim and seraphim until we are able to let go of the old tree of the knowledge of good and evil, let go of duality, divisiveness, conflict, splits, scattered energy, separation and enter into oneness, unity and new life with the Spirit of God by receiving the glory Jesus received from His Father so we can become perfectly one (John 17:20-27).
I am eating yummy barbecue on the beach with my fellow believers, palm trees gently swaying in the breeze. The sun is shining and a sense of anticipation is in the air. As we turn to worship closer to the water’s edge, I notice the clouds have created an overcast sky. As I begin to sing with the woman playing praise songs on the guitar, I look up to see an opening in the clouds above the water. The shape is a triangle creating a spotlight effect on the surface of the water. I continue singing and as I look upward again, there is a dove shape opening in the clouds. I smile. A third time I am inspired to look up and a huge winged, downward facing dove shape has opened and the sun is streaming onto the water like diamonds! I tap the person next to me and we both marvel with awe and wonder at the beautiful sight. As we start to walk toward the water, the horizon is filled with rays of God light, uniting heaven and earth.
I walk into the ocean. The minister begins to pray. The Spirit of God begins pouring into the top of my head like the rays of light that are punctuating the horizon…..
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. He has delivered me from the dominion of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom I am redeemed and forgiven”(Colossians 1:11-14).
Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan. When he came up from the water the Holy Spirit descended on the top of his head, rested and remained. The Spirit sent him into the wilderness for 40 days and nights to be tempted by satan. When he was able to withstand the greatest temptations: pride, fame, and using power for selfish reasons by speaking the Word of God, he was fed by the angels and returned to start his ministry of teaching about the kingdom of God, healing, delivering from bondage, and setting people free. Baptism can be our rebirth, an initiation into wholeness, freedom, complete in Christ and oneness with God. For me, I needed a clear delineation from the past mistakes, wounds, traumas, attachments and identification with the world, and my complete surrender to God’s Higher Will; a new start, new slate, committed to Christ; a new creation.
“Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the FIRST-BORN of all creation…he is the beginning, the FIRST-BORN from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent…through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on heaven or earth…he has now reconciled in his BODY of flesh in order to present me holy and blameless and irreproachable before him” (Colossians 1:15-22). Christ’s body is the church (Colo 1:24). “The mystery hidden for ages and generations is now made manifest to his saints. To them God chose to make known…the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is CHRIST IN YOU…with all the energy which he mightily inspires WITHIN” (Colo 1:26-29).
After the fire, energy, power, and Life of the Holy Spirit had flowed through and in me, the minister took my hand and I surrendered my entire self, body, mind, emotions, soul, spirit, and life to God. I yielded myself backwards to be immersed in the salty ocean water. I decided I would not hold my nose shut as I wanted the charged salt water to have free rein in me, holding nothing back from God. In baptism, I willingly fell backwards to yield myself into the arms of the sacrificial Love of our eternal Father. I surrendered all control and personal will to trust the higher Divine Will of God our Father.
I came up from the water with a joy that is beyond description. I threw my arms around the minister and the hug was captured on film by a lovely woman on the beach. My face was not visible in the picture, but the ministers face was transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Later, when I looked at the pictures, the Spirit made sure I noticed the difference in the countenance of the minister before the baptism and after. I was flipping through the pictures on the internet and when I got to the hug picture, I was unable to click to the next photo and was unable to exit the page. I noticed, paused, and looked closer at the photo. My disappointment in not having a picture of my face coming up out of the water, was transformed into awe and wonder when Spirit showed me the effect my obedience, listening and acting on its instruction, had on others. Maybe this was another reason I was guided to La Jolla Shores…..
The effect of washing and purifying the heart and conscious union with God is a transforming light, love and Spirit that ripples out to all we meet. I have received the mystery in baptism, both water and fire, ocean salt water cleansing within and without, the sun of righteousness (Christ the Son), and the fire of the Holy Spirit. “As therefore I received Christ Jesus the Lord, so LIVE IN HIM, rooted and built up in him and established in faith” (Colo 2:6-7). Faith is the substance and assurance of hope, and the evidence of the unseen. I have been in the presence of the invisible God and I have felt the substance of hope, the direct knowing of the presence of God, the glory.
“In Christ the fullness of deity dwells bodily, and I have come to fullness of life IN HIM, who is the head…I was buried with him in baptism, in which I was also raised with him…made alive together with him, having forgiven me, canceled the bond which stood against me with its legal demands…He disarmed the principalities and powers, triumphing over them…let no one disqualify you…hold fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together, grows with a GROWTH that is from GOD” (Colo 2:9-19).
I am brand new; a purified holy temple of God where the Holy Spirit resides. Christ and the Father are on the throne in my heart. I am reconciled body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit with Abba Father through the Lamb of God. I and the Father are One. I am now freed from attachment to the duality of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and am partaking of the tree of life in the new garden with all my growth coming from God. I am a branch on the Vine of Christ being tended and lovingly cared for by the Vinedresser who prunes anything not of Christ from my life.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you will also appear with him in glory, NOW HERE ON EARTH…you have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator…Christ is ALL, and IN ALL” (Colo 3:1-11).
Baptism raises you from death to new life. The ruler of this world has no more power over me; in Christ he is crushed under my feet. Christ Jesus now rules and reigns within me.
“You must no longer live in the futility of your mind; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in you, due to your hardness of heart…the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be RENEWED in the spirit of your minds, and put on the NEW NATURE, created after the LIKENESS of GOD…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…be imitators of God…walk in love…let there be thanksgiving…for once you were in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is GOOD and RIGHT and TRUE)…when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light…AWAKE, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light…be filled with the Spirit…make melody to the Lord with all your heart…Christ is the head of the church, HIS BODY…Christ nourishes and cherishes your body…a man shall leave his [earthly] father and mother and be joined to his wife [Christ as Bride] and the two shall become ONE FLESH. This mystery is a profound one, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church [which is our BODY, the temple of the Holy Spirit], let each one of you love your BODY as Christ, and respect Christ within your body, as your body. Children, obey [listen and act] and honor your Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father in Christ, for this is right…that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 4:17-6:3).
Put on the full armor of the light of Christ Jesus; never remove the armor of God.
“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called…eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit…one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all…to equip the saints for work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we ALL attain to the unity and knowledge of the Son of God [Christ and all of us who wake up, cleanse, purify, refine, wash, turn, and become one with Christ as sons and daughters of the living God], to mature humanhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…speaking truth in love, we are to grow up in EVERY WAY INTO HIM who is the head, INTO CHRIST, from whom the WHOLE BODY, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love” (Ephesians 4:1-16). “Now to him who by the POWER at work WITHIN US is able to do far MORE ABUNDANTLY than all that we ASK or THINK, to him be the glory” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Baptism is new life, a new divine nature; baptized into the resurrected, ascended, glorified Christ, oneness with God, consciousness beyond time and space, living in the Spirit Realm, seated in heavenly places with Christ.
There is a wake up call right here, right now, to TURN, REPENT, change your mind and return to Jesus to be reconciled with the Father. We are being called to change in baptism from the false lower self that is limited in understanding or wisdom, to the Way, Truth and Life that Jesus brought to earth.
We are being called to change! “Bring me back that I may be restored, for thou art the Lord my God. For after I had turned away I repented…how long will you waver…for the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman protects [leads or compasses] a man” (Jeremiah 31:18-22). We are being called, and especially the Brides of Christ, the Wife of the Lamb (Rev 21:9b), are being called to “stand, look, and follow the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…give heed to the the sound of the trumpet [the warning to purify, refine and make white]” (Jeremiah 6:16-17). Now is the time for women to take leadership roles in inner spiritual transformation which is the ancient, hidden, feminine way. “The Spirit and Bride say, ‘Come…take the water of life without price” Revelation 22:17. We are asked to guide humanity to Jesus, the Living One, to wash, cleanse, purify, refine, turn, repent, change your mind, transform, take all thoughts captive, transmute negative to positive, and to wake up to the truth of who God is, who we are in God, and what he has done once for all. Our part is to come to Christ. We are not our egos, bodies, thoughts, emotions, roles, careers, religion, or differences. We are sons and daughters of the Most High, made in the image and likeness of God with divine natures and the expansive consciousness of God. What is impossible with me is possible with God and NOW is the time to turn and reconnect with our Father through Jesus. The world NEEDS each of our deeper divine natures. God needs us to return to Him and be restored on the inside, so the outside physical world can be transformed. Spiritual transformation is an inside job. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and we will see it manifest in the physical world and in personal experiences.
As I get in my car, soaking wet and sandy, I am enveloped in a warmth that is not of this world. I feel myself enfolded in the tender, comforting, healing warmth of divine love. I am being touched with the love, joy and peace of Christ. I feel so ALIVE, yet peaceful; joyful, with an ease and grounded expansiveness. The taste of salt is in my mouth and it reminds me that I am now seasoned with the Salt of God. O, taste and see that the Lord is good! I am the salt of the earth, preserved, tasty, seasoned, full of flavor and life, and saved from spoiling! I drive home feeling content, satisfied, and fulfilled. I am full to the brim with God!
I change into a swimming suit and walk joyfully down to the ocean to do something that I had previously feared: going in the ocean in the dark. I let the nurturing water of the ocean hold me in a loving embrace. Walking home I am safe, secure, and resting in the heart of Abba Father. I shower and put on all new white clothing. I toast the Beloved with a glass of celebratory champagne. As I watch the bubbles rising in the flute, I am reminded of the rising of consciousness when yoked with Christ. I melt into my bed feeling relaxed, held, complete, whole, and totally in love and loved by Christ, my Physician, my Lover, my Spouse, my head, my heart, my spirit, my body, and my life….
I see a new heaven on earth kingdom ruled by the King of Glory, the beautiful golden light, clarity of vision, goodness, miracles, signs and wonders. Will you stand and join me in seeing it too? Will you join me in the awe of the majesty and wonder of our Creator? Will you join me in returning to God through Jesus, laying down your ego in humble submission, opening and yielding to The Higher Power, letting go and letting God be God in you? Will you wash your robe so you can access the tree of life? Will you join me in the spiritual intention to allow God to remove the blockages or walls you have built up in your heart? Will you remove the barriers to God’s Love, cleanse, and clear all obstacles to being one with God? Will you allow the refiner’s fire to burn away all that is not 100% God within you, transmute all negative or distorted thoughts, and rise with Christ from death to life? Will you begin to see the face of Christ in everyone you encounter? Will you change your focus to seeing the good in life? Will you change your mind-set and attitude? Will you begin to be who you really are? Will you let go of your negative core beliefs that tell you that you are unworthy or undeserving? Will you allow God to fill you with the light of God and clothe you anew with the Light garment that is your inheritance? Will you say “yes”?
“You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants…for behold the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the stormwind…those who sanctify and purify themselves will go into the garden…for I know your works and your thoughts and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see my glory, and I will set a sign among them…for the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me” (Isaiah 66:14-22).
Let the feminine aspect of God, Wisdom of Christ, the inner, hidden abundance of Spirit flowing freely within the body, and the masculine aspect of God, Power of Christ, guide and sustain you in these uncertain times. “Rejoice with HER, and be glad for HER, all you who love HER; rejoice with HER in joy, all you who mourns over HER past loss; that you may suck and be satisfied with HER consoling breasts; that you may drink with delight from the abundance of HER glory. For this says the Lord: Behold, I will extend prosperity to HER like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall suck, you shall be carried on HER hip, and dangled upon HER knees. As one whom his MOTHER COMFORTS, so will I COMFORT you; you shall be COMFORTED in the new heaven on earth” (Isaiah 66:10-13).
“Christ is both the Wisdom and Power of God”
The Holy Spirit is the COMFORTER, the counselor, the guide, the advocate, the teacher, the One who can help you remember what Jesus taught while he was on earth, the nurturer, nourisher, rebirther, destroyer of all that is not God by the holy fire, the anointing oil, the seeing eyes, and the One who searches even the depths of God!
“God has revealed to us through the Spirit. for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor 2:10). “The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings [baptism], so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted it is for your comfort and healing; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort…Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in sufferings, you will also share in our comfort” (2 Cor 1:3-7).
We suffer until we learn to rely on God instead of ourselves. We suffer until we invite Christ into our suffering and we rise into joy, peace, comfort, and all-encompassing love. Baptism is a sacred ritual that represents this shift from Adam to Christ.
“We were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead; he delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again…not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God…that you might have a double pleasure…in God it is always YES!” (2 Cor 1:8-19).
Say yes to being cleansed, purified, refined and made white as snow! Say yes to be comforted by the Holy Spirit in this uncomfortable world. Live a brand new life. Live “en Cristo”: inside the shared energy and light of Christ (Richard Rohr).
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come’ And let him who is thirsty say, ‘Come’, let him who desires take the water of life without price” (Revelation 22:16-17).
Come and be baptized with the living water. Come and be baptized with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Come and be baptized into the Love of Christ and fill your new glorified body in Christ with the new wine of transformation. Return to the image and likeness of God, “Then God said, ‘Let us make humans in our image, after our likeness…so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…it was very good” (Genesis 1:26-31). Put on the mind of Christ. Put on the light body of Christ Jesus. Put on the goodness of God.
Come out of the world mind and put on the higher mind containing the higher thoughts of Christ in God. We are all just one thought away from heaven or hell. Our inheritance is the kingdom of God and his righteousness within you. Baptism can hide your life in Christ and allow you to live a surrendered life, resting in wholeness, freedom, oneness, and joy!
“After my awakening, my Redeemer will raise me up; and in my body I will see God, I myself shall see, and eyes behold Him who is my friend and no longer a stranger” Book of Common Prayer “Where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). where Jesus, the great I AM, is in consciousness, in awareness of God and his glory, there you may also be now!
The day after the baptism, as I meditate under the magnolia tree, a hummingbird hovers in front of my face as if deciding whether to extract nectar out the invisible flowering of my crown. And on my walk to the ocean, a beautiful butterfly plays with me on the path, then sits still and slowly opens its wings so I can admire the full beauty of its glory….
The next day I find out that the day of my baptism was the 5th day of the 9th wave on the Mayan calendar, representing the destruction of the old way…and also the same day in September as my initial baptism in the Lutheran church.
God is Love!!!
“Behold, I will send you Elijah [reincarnated as John the Baptist] the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will TURN the HEARTS” Malachi 4:5
I may never know exactly why I was called to be baptized in the ocean on a summer evening, but it is not for us to ask why, but to obey when we are led. Obey means to listen and act as you are inspired by the still small voice of Spirit. “Yield yourself to the Lord and come to his sanctuary” (2 Chronicles 30:5). Release, let go, surrender, yield, open, and receive! “You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
“The Lord will guide me continually, and satisfy my needs in parched places….and you shall be a watered garden…whose waters never fail” Isaiah 58:11 “Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life” Proverbs 4:23 “Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters…incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live” Isaiah 55:1-3 “And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters will fail not…you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth” Isaiah 58:11-14 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” Isaiah 10:1 “The angel of his presence healed me; in his love he lifted me up” Isaiah 63:9
As I drive to the baptism, I turn on the radio and I hear the words of the song “I Am New!” My soul is being serenaded from God’s heart. One last sign to give me ultimate assurance that I am following inner guidance in the footsteps of Christ. I smile….
The mystery is that Christ is in you, as you! “And the two shall become one” The two, you and Christ, become one person! I must not be silent about the truth that Christ is in you: this is Love!…watch for the signs, wonders, and miracles (2 Cor 11:11 and 12:12)! Urgent: It is full time NOW for you to wake from sleep, night is gone, Day is at hand. Put on the armor of Light. Put on Christ (Romans 13:11-14). The truth will set you free!!!
- 6 Ways to Experience the Christ in You (clarkruss.wordpress.com)