The Power of Life
Nancy B. Detweiler
The 12th and last quality/power required to achieve Higher Consciousness is LIFE. Life means more than simply existence.
Quoting Fillmore in LET'S KEEP A TRUE LENT: "Life is a phase of Being, the expression of which manifests as animation, activity, and vigor. The consciousness of eternal life places one in the stream of life that never fails. The whole race needs a spiritual quickening of the life principle; its origin is in the Divine Mind. Life is the gift of God. To think intently about life is to quicken it into action. To Jesus the God presence was an abiding flame---a flame of life everlasting that He felt in every cell of His body making Him more and more alive, cleansing and purifying Him until He became every whit perfect. By mastering carnality, Jesus opened the way for all men to attain eternal life. During our higher realizations of Truth we are often conscious of this abiding flame working in and through us."
Study the Divine Self Illustration ... focus on the bottom figure ... man/woman living on the physical plane. There is a three-fold flame in the heart area extending from the top figure, God within us. This is the flame of life.
MEDITATION: Close your eyes and focus your attention on the heart area. Visualize soft white light flowing down from the God within you >>> into your heart and enlivening the heart flame....... Visualize this soft, shimmering, white light radiating outward ... permeating every cell in your body ... granting each cell renewed life and vigor............ AFFIRM: "I AM the Flame of Resurrection blazing God's pure Light through me ....... Now I AM raising every atom ..... from every shadow I AM free ............ I AM the light of God's full presence ........ I AM living ever free ............... Now the flame of Life eternal rises up to Victory." (Divine Self Illustration and the affirmation are taken from Elizabeth Claire Prophet's book, ACCESS THE POWER OF YOUR HIGHER SELF --- a book I highly recommend.)
Jesus incarnated to show us how to ascend into the higher realms of spirit. Contrary to religious teachings, he did not come to "do it for us." Instead, we are to increasingly take on the qualities of a child god by following Jesus' example. Because we presently live on the plane of duality and depend almost exclusively upon our five physical senses to experience life, Jesus gave us physical plane examples---through the major events in his life---that we could see with our physical eyes.
In John 10:17-18, Jesus explains why he will choose to allow himself to be crucified. "For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again." Jesus allowed himself to be crucified to show us that there is no death ... life is eternal. He showed us that resurrection to life eternal is possible while being in the physical body.
As unbelievable as this last statement may be to some people, we who are living on Earth at this point in time have the opportunity to lift our bodies as well as our minds into the higher realms of spirit. We can choose to ascend during this physical plane lifetime. How do we achieve ascension while in the physical body? By lifting every cell in our body ... every thought in our mind ... every emotional feeling into the higher consciousness illustrated by C.W. Leadbeater's Illustration of the Enlightened One.
As Jesus prayed for us in John 17:17, 21: "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth..... As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us." AMEN ... AND SO IT IS!