Reflections

Kristina writes a weekly reflection which places the esoteric teachings into daily life. They are thought provoking and pertinent to 21st Century living. They focus on how we can express our I AM, our True Self, more fully in daily situations.

Introduction to The Seven Letters

“Towards the end of the Bible, between the Book of Hebrews and The Revelation, are Seven Letters. They are written by James, John, Peter and Jude. These letters are short and they are written to us, the people who are endeavoring to integrate a radically new consciousness, not just on the earth but in the whole Universe. Since the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ on the earth this Universe was so radically changed that not even the Gods were able to participate as they used to, and so they withdrew.

These were the Gods that guided the human race down the centuries until the time Jesus was born. Humanity depended on them for everything. Now, with the deed of Christ, humanity was left to their own resources. This is a great responsibility and it is up to each individual to discover their path. No longer led and guided by others, but, with an understanding of what lies ahead, stepping out with self-confidence.”

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And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen. By Silva’nus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God; stand fast in it. She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in Christ. I Peter 5:10-14

Peter finishes his first letter with a powerful blessing to sustain us in our work. He reminds us that we will only suffer for a little while, oligos, which means a short time and with a slight degree of intensity. It is good to be reminded of the fact that Jesus received into himself the Christ Spirit for all of us. We don’t have to go through what he went through but we do have to experience the intensity of it – briefly, as Peter is now reminding us. The way we are able to experience this suffering is through our I Am. In fact, in this way our connection with our I Am, which is the purpose of the crucifixion, is revealed to us.

Then the God of all grace, charis, which means to see the pure foundation of everything, which makes us graceful, calls us to experience eternal glory in Christ. We can only experience this if we are transforming our astral from its earthly character to its spiritual purity. Glory is mentioned often in these letters which points to its importance. As glory manifests in our being we begin to shine like a star. This is the glory of the self-born, the monogenes, which St John mentions at the end of his Prologue (John 1:1-14).

Through the firsthand experience of suffering, however briefly, we send a signal to the God of all Grace to “restore, establish, and strengthen” us. Restore, katartizo means to repair, to mend, to make us what we ought to be. Establish, sterizo, means to strengthen us and make us firm and stable. Sterizo is a derivative of histemi, which means to cause or make to stand – and as previously noted it is through our I-being that we have the ability to stand. Strengthen sthenoo, essentially means strong in one’s soul. Only when we are strong in our soul can we integrate and activate our I Am.

The final words of the blessing are, “To him be the dominion for ever and ever, Amen.” It is easy to pass over these simple words yet they contain important ideas which can sustain us as we participate in the development these Seven Letters are guiding us through.

It is easy to consider that “him” means “the God of all grace” but it could also mean those of us who are committed to the work and have the experiences Peter mentions. The word dominion is significant. Dominion in Greek is kratos which means power, might. Dominion also refers to the beings of the Spiritual Hierarchy above man whose task it is to keep the Universe in balance. They are continually rebalancing the effects of our lack of understanding of who we are and what our purpose is.

Sergei Prokofieff, in his book, The Heavenly Sophia, spoke of the work of the Dominions or Kyriotetes, quoting words of Rudolf Steiner – see page 35f. The Kyriotetes, in complete devotion immerse themselves in “the impulse to sacrifice something to the new world that is arising, to endow it with the sacrificial outpouring of part of their own beings. And what they thus give to the world can be defined as grace, as ‘the bestowing, grace-endowed virtue of true giving’ (quoting Steiner).” This is an eternal process, with no beginning or end. Amen – So be it.

The final blessing can be read as is, although we shouldn’t overlook the names Peter introduces: Babylon and Mark. Babylon means confusion and Mark means defense. We experience confusion as we develop spiritually, and it is our basic astral that is inclined to be defensive. If we can identify these in our development we will know “that this is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.” Again the mention of standing directs our attention to our I Am.

Finally, “Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in Christ.” Greet, aspazomai, means to draw to one’s self. This is an intimate experience unlike the greetings we speak mindlessly today when we say, “How are you?” Also, Peter is saying that when we greet ‘one another’ allelon, it is mutually and reciprocally. We do this with the kiss of love. Kiss is philema which means fraternal affection and the kiss is a holy kiss of love, agape, the highest love.

“Peace to all of you that are in Christ.” Peace, eirene, is the experience of inner peace regardless of what takes place around us. When our I Am is active in our soul, and the Christ Spirit begins to awaken, peace is a natural state of being. Then we will truly shine through the glory, the doxa, that we ourselves have created.

“Peace to all of you that are in Christ.” 

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Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:1-4

Peter begins his second letter with a deep blessing to all those who have experienced what he has experienced through his relationship with the Christ-ened Jesus. He speaks with great respect and love for all those whose faith, pistis, which means knowledge, is at the same level as the disciples who are writing these letters. They are of equal standing, isotimos, which means equally precious, equally honored. Isotimos comes from the words, isos, meaning equal in quantity or quality; and time, which means value, honor, reverence.

Those who have this relationship with Christ Jesus are both servants and apostles. The word servant is doulos which means slave, one who is devoted to another disregarding of their own interests. This would mean that they don’t allow their ego to come into play. It is interesting to consider that the words “servant and apostle” have a contrary meaning. The servant or slave is bound, and the apostle, apostolos, which means to allow one to depart that he may be in a state of liberty, is free.

These words are addressed “To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:” The key word here is righteousness which is something we all must work on continually. As previously mentioned, “Righteousness, dikaiosune, means justice which involves a series of adjustments in our ideas so that they reach a balance; they don’t lean one way or the other. We have to make these adjustments to accommodate our spirit in our soul. Our spirit has a level of purity that challenges our soul’s habitual bias. The adjustments are necessary so that our soul and spirit can work together.”

This righteousness is supported by “our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Savior does not mean we can sit back and be saved. Savior, soter, comes from the word sozo which means to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction. This will only happen for those who are of equal standing, those who have a firsthand experience of Christ as did these disciples.

Peter then reinforces this by saying it will be experienced by those who have knowledge of “God and of Jesus our Lord”. Take special note that “Savior Jesus Christ” has now become “Jesus our Lord”. The word Lord, kurios, means owner, he to whom a person or thing belongs, and it refers to our I Am. We belong to our I Am, each incarnation is an expression of an aspect of our I Am. When we have this knowledge, epignosis, which means precise and correct knowledge, we also have grace and peace. Then we are not moved by things that can disturb us, we assert greater control of our soul’s activity; our feeling, thinking and will are under our direction.

This is a “divine power”, theios dunamis; theios is a general name of deities or divinities as used by the Greeks and is spoken of as the only and true God which is the trinity of Holy Spirit, Christ, and the Father. When these become a power, dunamis, within us, our spiritual being is enlivened and in balance. Dunamis are the Spirits of Motion who balance the movement of the air and clouds in the atmosphere. This divine power “has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” This life is zoe. As previously stated: “There are three words for life: bios, psuche, and zoe. Bios is physical life, psuche is soul life, and zoe is spiritual life. Zoe is a living force not bound to the physical.”

This gives us a sense of the changes that take place within us as we work with our I Am and the Christ Spirit. This divine power is within every human being, and as we become aware of it, it gains inner mobility. Then the glory, the doxa, shines in our soul and we participate in excellence, arete, a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action.

We can be assured that what is promised by the Divine Beings of this Universe will take place. They will not be granted as a matter a course, they will be granted to those who have “a knowledge of him.” In this way we “may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion”. We should not be judgmental when we observe corruption and passion in others, we should see the anti-forces at work which people have not been able to resist. This happens because they do not engage with their I Am. The antidote is for us to set the example in the way we live our lives. We should never underestimate the power, the dunamis, which shines from us as we express ourselves through our Higher Self and awaken the presence of Christ within us. This may not always be well received, but we can be confident that it will have an effect – in this life or the next.

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For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:17f

These words speak about the ultimate sacrifice. To sacrifice our life … and to be able to sacrifice requires that you actually have something to sacrifice. This sacrifice is not that of a soldier fighting for his country, or a quasi-martyr suicide bomber. This is the shepherd giving his life for his sheep. This is about the gentle and good shepherd and the pure and innocent sheep.

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John 20, Food for the I AM 1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; 5 and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7 and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. John 20:1-10 RSV

We know that Christ had to die, but in many of the events surrounding his death choices were made. All through John 18 and 19 we see these choices, especially by Pilate and certainly by the Jews. When an event occurs without choice John writes “this was to fulfil the word”. With this in mind let’s have a look at the morning-after story when Mary and the two disciples visit the tomb. They make many choices.

Let’s say that Christ represents the I AM that must die. The Bible also tells us that a seed must die. A thoughtful person knows that a seed carries within it forces for the future. It is formed by a plant, it actually causes the plant’s death, then it rises again as a totally new plant (not cloned from the old one).

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Reflections of the Seven Christian Initiations in the Gospel of St John, September 2003 – May 2004

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Read John 19:23- 42 After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.” A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 19:28-30

When a person or a thing dies we are told that it no longer exists except as ashes or refuse. Close scrutiny reveals that the opposite is true.

Consider this text in John 12 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:23-24

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Reflections on the Eightfold Path of Buddha in the Gospel of St John, June 2004 – December 2004

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Read John 5:22-30 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:22-24

As the Father is about the will, the Son is about thinking. Judging is no longer cosmically impelled; our judging now arises through our personal thinking. This thinking must be rigorous. A reason for errors of judgement is that thinking is not carried through to the end. It is so easy to jump off the train of thought prematurely. Early conclusions are so tempting, not to mention the time that they save. Lucifer always encourages us to take the easy way out.

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Reflections on the Twelve Disciples using the Gospel of St John, January – December 2005

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Nathanael – Two – Imagining

Philip found Nathan’a-el, and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathan’a-el said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathan’a-el coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathan’a-el said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathan’a-el answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” John 1:45-51

Nathanael represents one of the most misunderstood human abilities, our Imagination. In reality, Imagination extends our consciousness into another dimension. It is a spiritual faculty which does not rely on our physical brain nor does it have a mystical element. Through it we penetrate the veil which separates the physical and spiritual worlds. At this point our abstract thinking dissolves and we see into outer forms to the spiritual truth that sustains them. This can begin simply by looking at a plant or tree that droops towards the ground in a sad way, or a flower that lifts its head to smile at the sun. This imagining connects us in new ways with the outer world.

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Reflections on the Signs in the Gospel of St John, January – July 2006

Water to Wine – One – Changing Feeling into Thinking

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On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11

This series of Reflections will explore the so called signs in the Gospel of St John. These signs are also associated with miracles performed by Jesus after he was baptised by John the Baptist. If we take the life of Jesus as a blue print for our own spiritual development, we can use events such as these signs and miracles as a barometer of our progress.

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Reflections on the Nine Beatitudes using the Gospel of St John, August 2006 – March 2007

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1.4 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We can look at each of the nine beatitudes in terms of the Christ-ening of the nine parts of our being; physical, etheric, astral and then the three soul and three spiritual regions. If we apply the first beatitude to our physical body we will find clues about how our I AM is enlivened in our body.

Our physical body is the most fully developed part of us. The physiology of the human being is a marvel. The way our skeleton, muscles and skin hold and protect our organs in a life giving way is truly wondrous.

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Reflections on the Book of Revelation, April 2007 – April 2010

SoulSecretPOD-001The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near. Rev 1:1-3

We can read and contemplate the bible in many ways. We should certainly take notice of the literal meaning of its stories. This becomes a most difficult task when we read the Revelation to John. The imagery is shocking, mystifying and bizarre, especially when we place it outside ourselves. It more closely resembles our dream life rather than our waking life.

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Reflections on Who is Jesus, What is Christ? May 2010 – October 2016

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The Bible can only be fully understood when we have a detailed knowledge of the makeup of the human being. We can only have this understanding through our own personal experience of ourselves which we have applied and tested in our own lives throughout the day. When we are able to experience that we are beings of body, soul and spirit we then come to the point of experiencing ourselves as beings of soul and spirit which occupy our body much like we would occupy a car to transport us here and there.

If we can grasp this truth and actually have a personal experience of it, we can then approach the possibility of our soul and spirit entering repeatedly into different bodies at different times in history. This could be compared to upgrading the model of our car from time to time. There is a passage in the Bible that could support this idea of reincarnation. When the Jews heard that John the Baptist was baptising they sent their representatives to question him about who he was; Christ, Elijah, or the prophet?

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” Jn 1:19-22

Why would they choose Elijah from all the possibilities? Furthermore, they knew that Elijah was long dead? It is possible that they recognised traits of Elijah’s in the Baptist or perhaps they had the spiritual vision to see who had been in the past. So if he was Elijah in a past life why didn’t he affirm this? To answer this question fully we need to consider in some detail how and why we enter into different bodies at different times throughout history.

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To Journey Back November 2016 ongoing

This is the story about a man who has just died. In the afterlife he is tracing the life he has just lived backwards. It is a life review, step by step, from the moment of the last breath back to the moment of the first breath, to re-experience every thought, feeling, and action and interaction he had through his life.

He remains connected with his close friends and, as he sees what they are doing in the days after his death, he understands more deeply the relationship he had with them. He also sees all the activity surrounding his death, which he was not aware of when he was alive.
More and more people who have had a near death experience are reporting that this is the experience we all have when we die. At some point in their after-life experience they decided to come back and continue living their current life. We have much to learn from them, not only for when we die, but for how we can live our lives on this earth more meaningfully.

If we can have a real experience of what happens when we die it will assist us to meet the end of our own life with more awareness. Our journey forward will then be a great contribution to human evolution. I hope you enjoy this journey.

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