Ascended Master Mother Mary, May 18, 2007 through Kim Michaels.
Sometimes it is indeed necessary for you to ascend a physical mountain, in order to realize that you did not need to ascend the mountain because you can find it all inside yourself. Yet there is nothing wrong with ascending the mountain in order to come to that realization. Yet there is nothing wrong with going halfway or not going at all. You see, whatever you have to do on the outer to be able to surrender the outer, it is fully acceptable.
But I wish to impart to you – and I wish I could inspire you to impart to the world – that the essence of the spiritual path, the essence of salvation, is precisely to overcome the inner condition that makes you think you have to fulfill an outer condition. And when you realize that – when you fully realize it – then you can let go of the outer conditions. You can be reborn of the Spirit.
Did not Jesus say to Nicodemus (John 3:5), that in order to enter the kingdom, a man must be born of water and he must be born of Spirit? Well, following an outer path is the process of being born of water. But when you come to the point of realizing what I have just explained – that it is not the outer conditions, but it is letting go of the inner conditions – well, then you can experience the total surrender – the unconditional surrender – that brings about the rebirth of the Spirit, whereby you can suddenly accept who you are. And when you accept who you are right now, then you can let go of what is unreal instead of holding on to it.
Do you understand the very subtle psychological mechanism that comes into play when you accept the serpentine lie that in order to enter God’s kingdom you have to be acceptable to God—and what determines whether you are acceptable to God is whether you fulfill certain outer conditions defined in this world by some institution or teacher or even by your own ego? When you believe that in order to be saved, you have to fulfill these outer conditions, well the psychological mechanism that comes into play is that you cannot fully accept that you have these conditions. You cannot, as Jesus has said, take ownership of them.
And when you cannot take ownership of them, you cannot surrender them. For you cannot look at them squarely and say, “But this is unreal. And I no longer need to carry this with me. I no longer need to accept this condition or to accept the belief that caused me to accept whatever illusion I have carried around for a long time.”
So when you think the path is about fulfilling outer conditions, it becomes impossible for you to look at your own imperfections, to look at your human condition and say, “This is unreal, this has to go.” Instead, you do what so many people in the world do. They ignore the beam in their own eye. And either they focus all attention on the splinter in the eye of another or they focus on the outer path, saying that if only I give so many Hail Marys and light so many candles or walk up a mountain barefoot and put myself through this or that pain, then God will have to accept me, even though I have not let go of the conditions that keep me – in my own mind – outside the inner kingdom.
When you come to that realization – that God accepts you for who you are right now – then you can say, “Well if God can accept me even though I might look at myself as being an imperfect human being, well then certainly I can accept myself.” And the reason why you should be able to accept yourself is precisely this: God has given you free will. And what that means is that God has given you the right to enter this world and to create a certain world view based on whatever conditions you have chosen to accept. And God has set up the universe as a mirror, to mirror that view back to you, so that you can create for yourself any experience you desire.
You must choose to let go of your conditions
Do you see that God gave you free will? God has given you the right to create the experience that you are having right now—because you have free will. And God accepts that you have a right to create your present experience. But my beloved, when you realize what the path is all about, you realize that you can let go of the experience you have right now at any moment. When you realize that, number one, it is unreal; and number two, I have had enough of that experience. I don’t want it anymore. I don’t need it anymore. When you come to that realization, your path will take on a new meaning. Your life will change because you suddenly realize that all of the outer conditions are unreal, and they cannot keep you outside the kingdom unless you allow them to do so by continuing to accept them.
This is precisely what the world wants you to do. The world wants you to continue to accept these conditions that you have come to believe and that the world still believes: your family, your friends, your society, the world at large, your priests. They want you to accept the conditions that they accept. For if you do not, you disturb them in their belief that they could not change themselves, that they don’t have to take responsibility for their own lives and their own salvation. For they can just wait for Jesus to appear in the sky or wait for some miraculous apparition by Mother Mary or wait for Saint Patrick to come back in some chariot of fire to lift up the people.
This is why there has always been idolatry of the saints and the sages who have stood out from the crowd. For by elevating us, it gives people’s egos an excuse for saying, “They were special so I cannot do what they did.” But if you will honestly look at my life as Mother Mary, what was so spectacular that I did in that lifetime? I gave birth to a child. But have not many women done so? Surely, he was at times a difficult child, but certainly other children have been a challenge to their parents. Some of you would probably admit that you challenged your parents in many ways. And some of you feel that your children have been a great challenge. So why was I so different?
If there was one thing that I would want the world to learn from my lifetime as Mary, it was that what was special about me was my willingness to surrender—to surrender everything, to flow with the inner prompting that came from my higher Being. Ah, you say, but did I not have an angel appear to me and tell me what to do? And yes, but how do you know how that apparition took place? For I can assure you that it was not the version that Hollywood has come up with in their ever-accelerating quest to do better than the latest movie and to have more special effects or more violence.
This is again the idolatry of the world that wants to create these conditions. For your ego is born of conditions. Your ego seriously and truly believes that it could not survive without conditions. Which is true because the moment you let go of your conditions, your ego will have no hold over you. Neither your ego nor the prince of the world will have anything in you. So your ego does not want you to surrender because the more conditions you have, the more your ego has control over you and the more comfortable your ego feels.
There are many people in the world who have become so identified with their egos, that they are so comfortable in having created this very neat little box for themselves, where they feel they have everything under control and their lives are so ritualized, and every morning they get up and they do the exact same thing. And they go to work and they come home and they watch the same shows on TV and everything is ritualized and regimented. And yet if they were thrown into a new situation, an unexpected situation, they would disintegrate. They would not be able to handle it.
You see in your own lives that you have been willing to come away from your comfortability, to find the spiritual path in whatever form and allow it to change your life. The only true difference between those of us who have ascended and those who have not ascended is that we were willing to surrender – gradually – all of our conditions. We were willing to die daily (1Co 15:31), as Paul said, to have some of our conditions die every day. And we kept doing this over and over and over again, until there suddenly was nothing more to surrender because we truly had been willing to lose our lives for the sake of following Christ.
This is an excerpt from a longer teaching. You can read the full dictation HERE.
Copyright © 2007 Kim Michaels