The ascension of Jesus represents the final deathblow to the lower egoic nature. At the consummation of his life-story, Jesus becomes the Christ as his lower nature finally merges with the higher self. The ascension of Jesus is so important because not only does it teach us about the higher self, it teaches us that the ultimate goal is to be the higher self, to become our soul. As we become our soul the lower nature is essentially absorbed by our higher nature as consciousness expands. We don’t lose our individuality, but our individuality takes on new meaning as we realize our connectedness with God and the Universe. Even though we still function as individuals, we learn how to function as a collective as well. The perk is that we more consciously experience both worlds! The focus then becomes who we truly are, not who we think we should be. We are a light in the light of God. James 1:17 says that God is a Father of lights, and you are a light. And the key to understanding this concept is to realize that the quality of your light lies in the quality of your consciousness. God is the consciousness of the entire manifested universe, and your lower nature, driven by its selfish passions and desires, is but a tiny, limited, seemingly disconnected part of God’s consciousness. But your higher self is already one with it. As your lower nature merges into the higher self, you also become one with God.
Jesus put it to his disciples like this:
“Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but you see me: because I live ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my father, and ye in me, and I in you (John 14:19-20).
This Bible verse is metaphysical. The world, representative of the lower mind, cannot see the resurrected and ascended Christ. But Christ’s disciples, those who are in the way, shall one day be intimate with the Christ (higher mind) through a divine union of the lower and higher self.
When Jesus states, “At that day” he is referring to the divine union described in the Book of Acts, when the power imbued from on high (cloven tongues of fire) descended on the disciples in the upper room. This is the same thing as the kundalini experience. Jesus refers to this kundalini experience as the spirit of truth. We also know the spirit of truth as the Holy Spirit. If you read John chapter fourteen carefully, Jesus also says that he is the spirit of truth. Why? Because Christ, the higher mind, reveals the spirit of truth. That is why Jesus states he will send the Holy Spirit after his ascension.
“And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the spirit of the truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him” (John 14:16-17).
As we have already stated, the lower nature cannot know the higher nature, except through experience. This experience involves not just Christ or the father, but both.
“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John 14:23).
The way the scriptures are sometimes taught in church limits the true nature of this experience because God the father, Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit are made to be thought of as separate entities. But the truth of the matter is that there is one God who manifests himself through three manifestations. The father is the energy aspect of kundalini and the Christ is the higher mind (consciousness) that comes with it. The Holy Spirit is the truth of man’s nature that is revealed through the Christ that the Father has sent.
A look at the actual ascension
The ascension of Jesus is mentioned in three books: Mark, Luke, and Acts. In the literal accounts there are many contradictions. For example, In Luke’s account Jesus’ ascension takes place in Bethany after a meal of broiled fish and honeycomb in Jerusalem. In Mark’s account the ascension takes place in Jerusalem during the meal. In Luke’s account the ascension is sometimes called a “mini ascension” because it takes place shortly after the crucifixion and resurrection. But in Acts the ascension of Jesus happens after forty days. All this contradiction is easily cleared up when we realize the literal account isn’t important. It is the spiritual message that is being taught through each separate account.
“And he [Jesus] led them as far out as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and he blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-51).
If you’re use to discerning the esoteric nature of the scriptures, that phrase I have bolded above should stand out to you. Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth defines Bethany as:
Bethany: “A symbol of the…subjective state of consciousness on the higher mental plane in which the higher self dwells.”
Now notice how the Luke 24:50 says Jesus led them there. Of course he did. This is the esoteric message of Jesus and the Gospels in a nutshell. All disciples in the way will eventually be led to Bethany. But it is important to note that Jesus simply led them there. They weren’t ready to completely receive him yet until they had finished their work on the lower mental plane. Then Christ could return to them!
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14: 3).
In Mark’s account Jerusalem is emphasized as the place of Jesus’ ascension. We really shouldn’t view this any differently than Bethany. The reason the Gospels writers can give two seemingly contradictory accounts without being wrong is because Jerusalem has the same esoteric meaning as Bethany.
Jerusalem: A symbol of the soul-centre in the causal-body on the higher mental plane.
The account in the Book of Acts
In the Book of Acts the ascension happens at Mt. Olive, which the scriptures states is “…from Jerusalem about a Sabbath’s day journey.” This location also contradicts Luke and Mark’s account literally, but spiritually they are related. Mountains always represent higher states of consciousness, spiritual aspirations, and the highest ideals in scripture.
Now let’s break down the central message of the ascension which is well related in Acts:
“And when he [Jesus] had spoken this things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of there sight. And while they [the disciples] looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up…two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus , which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
Clouds represent the causal body. A cloud is emphasized as Jesus is taken up because the entire scene represents consciousness moving into the causal body on the higher mental plane. Now notice how the men in white apparel (angels – messengers of light) asked the men of Galilee why they were staring into heaven. Galilee represents advancement and progress in spiritual development. The angels are basically telling the disciples that to gain spiritual progress against the ego we cannot continue to gaze upward—i.e., look outside of ourselves, but we must realize the entire process happens within.
The words which I put in bold last prove this point. It says Jesus “shall come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.” The angles are simply emphasizing that the return of Christ is an inside job! There isn’t going to be a literal second coming of a man called Jesus descending from literal clouds. Jesus becomes the Christ over and over again ever time an individual, like you or me, steps into higher consciousness! Symbolically, Christ descends from the higher planes in each individual who accomplishes the passion and crucifixion of Christ within themselves. It would be literally impossible for the whole world to witness Jesus’ return if he came back the same way he ascended. The earth is round! People on the other side of the world wouldn’t have a chance! It was the Gnostics who used to have this argument with the some of the literalists church fathers of the 3rd and 4th centuries.
How the esoteric Jesus series helps you
Many people taught that 2012 was going to be an instant shift where in consciousness where the world would be instantly liberated from the lower mind. Despite this claim, things seem to be a lot worse. 2013 has actually been the start of a pretty painful year to a lot of my family, friends, and colleagues. But it is only this way to bring you to the next step. If you are one of the ones going through this pain, you’ll get through it. All of our problems are manifested through the lower mind. When your perspective about any given situation changes, so will the feelings you associate with those circumstances. What you once thought was the worst moments of your life can be the catalyst for your greatest triumph. The ascension of Jesus directly relates to this process because we are all on the path Jesus took. And although we might not all ascend in this lifetime, we are all still men of Galilee on the path to becoming the Christ. The passion and crucifixion of Christ is being played out in some of our lives right now as we learn to overcome the desires and passions of our lower selves so that consciousness can continue to expand. Whatever you are going through, embrace it and look forward. The dawn of a new day is always around the corner. If things seem to get worse, try and view it as the suffering that leads to obedience, just as Jesus did.
In the next post I’ll discuss more on kundalini and the tree of life in preparation for tackling the Book of Revelations. Until then, many blessings and much love!