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Did Jesus Teach Deliberate Creation?

Did Jesus Teach Deliberate Creation?

This month of March holds the date for the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches. Whereas many Christian leaders now refer to Easter as Resurrection Day (partly due to commercialization of the holiday), this day is a useful time to review the message of creation that many believe Jesus delivered.

Regardless of one’s spiritual or religious background, there is much to be gleaned from this spiritual teacher about our ability to transform the nature of our world. Some experts say Jesus was actually not just a miracle worker himself, but that he actually intended to teach us how to create our own miracles as well.

Here All Along

Although “The Secret” movie and ensuing best-selling book billed the Law of Attraction as a “secret” that was withheld from the masses over time, ancient records indicate otherwise. The Emerald Tablet, dated approximately 3000 B.C., is purportedly the first written text divulging the “secret” of deliberate creation.

Fast forward to the time of Jesus and thanks to new insights into old translations of ancient manuscripts, as well as recovered biblical books, we learn that his teachings were very much in line with what current science reveals about the nature of the Universe.

In the Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 2, for example, an unnamed scribe reports that Jesus says the power to change our world lives within us. This is in line with Law of Attraction teachings that our power lies in our vibrations, since we get what we feel. By changing what we feel, we change what we get. The power lies within, not through our power to make something happen in the physical world, but by learning to manage the energy that we flow from our hearts and souls.

In another example, early translations of the book of John say we should ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by our answer. Author Gregg Braden, in the “Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer,” interprets that to mean “for our prayers to be answered, we must transcend the doubt that often accompanies the positive nature of our desire.” The Nag Hammadi Library records a lesson from Jesus teaching that transcending that doubt allows us to “move mountains.”

The “be surrounded by our answer” instruction is in consistent the Law of Attraction wisdom to activate the vibration of what we want by acting as if; by immersing ourselves in the feeling of our manifested desire. Knowing our thoughts manifest, releasing doubt is crucial to manifest what we want. That’s what allows us to move mountains, whether literal or figurative.

Another schooling from Jesus is revealed in the original text of the “ask and you shall receive” passage. The modern and condensed version from the King James Bible says: “Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

But the original text (as reported by author Neil Douglas-Klotz in “Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus”) goes more like: “All things that you ask straightly, directly.. from inside my name, you will be given. So far you have not done this. Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer. Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness be full.”

This teaching could easily be interpreted to mean that what really matters is how we feel. (Which can actually be taken literally: our feelings become matter.) As Braden teaches, “We must first have the feeling of our prayers answered in our hearts before they become the reality of our lives.”

Loaves & Fishes

Author Todd Michael believes that a well-known section of the gospel of Matthew contains the technique of creating miracles, as laid out in twelve steps. His book, “The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle” postulates that the story of the loaves and fishes, when translated from the original Greek, reveals the steps Jesus showed us to create our own miracles.

Michaels argues that the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes (Matthew 14:13-23) is unique not just because this is the only miracle included in all four gospels, but also because Jesus performed this miracle twice. Michaels says: “It’s as if Jesus were saying, ‘Watch carefully and make no mistake. I will show this carefully for all to see, and repeat it – so that you will see how to do this for yourselves.'”

The twelve steps the author believes Jesus laid out for us are an instruction manual for full-fledged miracle creation. By revisiting the original Greek text and choosing slightly different meanings for complex words, Michaels translates Jesus’ actions into a clear process for deliberate creation. The process includes: Alignment, Asking, Visualizing, Gratitude, Acting as if, and Receiving. These steps are also central to the practice of deliberate creation.

Good Company

Many other spiritual teachers also share and embody the principles of creating reality. Tibetan abbots who have passed down their wisdom in high mountain monasteries for eons teach that feeling is the crucial ingredient in their prayers. The Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus taught us “As above, so below” – that our world is a reflection of who we are. The ancient Babylonians practiced these principles as well. You can find this information in the writings and stories of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This information is far from new. What we do with these instructions is up to us. Although teachers can show us the way, and we can read book after book listening to expert after expert, it’s meaningless if we don’t implement what we learn.

May this Easter awaken within you new inspiration to live the life you are called to. Namaste.