THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHOOSING TO FOLLOW JESUS’ EXAMPLE OR PETER’S.
You may know the saying: "There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is death." It is actually more correct to say: "There is a way that seems right unto woman, but the end thereof is death of the soul." What is the way that seems right unto woman?
"Woman" is another word for the feminine aspect of every soul. As most of us know, every soul has a masculine and a feminine aspect.
The feminine aspect of the soul is the meeting point between the soul and the material world. The feminine aspect of the soul has the ability to tune in to the energies of the material universe, the energies of matter, or Mater.
It is the feminine aspect of the soul that enables the soul to be in the world. Yet consider how the soul can fulfill the commandment to be in the world, yet not of the world. The soul can fulfill this commandment only when it remains true to the masculine aspect of the soul and through that to the spiritual Self. While the soul is still in the spiritual realm, this is not a difficult task. The soul is not bombarded with the energies of the material world and it has a clear vision of its spiritual Self. Yet when the soul descends into the physical plane and even into the subtle realm of matter, the task becomes more difficult.
For the purposes of simplification let us stay with the physical dimension for the moment, where the soul is bombarded by the energies of the material world, and it becomes more difficult to maintain a clear contact with the spiritual Self. All incarnated human beings understand this difficulty from first hand experience.
So how can a soul be in the world and not of the world? It can do so only by maintaining the correct balance between the masculine and feminine aspects of the soul. For this balance to be maintained, the feminine aspect of the soul must remain true and obedient to the masculine aspect of the soul and through that to the spiritual Self.
The saying that man is the master of the house does not refer to a family on Earth, but to the fact that the masculine aspect of the soul is the master of the "household" of the soul. For this cosmically-replicated and healthy relationship to be maintained, the feminine aspect of the soul must be kept subservient to the masculine aspect. The difficulty in maintaining this task is that the feminine aspect of the soul finds it so easy to tune in to the energies of the material world and even to take on the energies of the world. As long as the soul remains true to the spiritual Self, this is not a detriment. It is a gift that enables the soul to fulfill its true role for coming into the material universe.
The danger is that the feminine aspect of the soul can become ensnared by the energies of the world, by the reasoning of the world and by the logic of the world. That logic, that serpentine logic, is the logic of separation from Spirit, separation from God. The feminine aspect cannot, in and of itself, see through this logic.
The feminine aspect cannot, in and of itself, avoid being gradually enveloped in this subtle logic of the world. Therefore, to avoid being lost in the ways of the world, the soul must be alert and maintain an uncompromising devotion to the masculine aspect within itself and via the masculine aspect to the spiritual Self. This requires constant vigilance and constant attention.
If a soul is not willing to maintain this vigilance and attention, if a soul is not willing to make the effort to maintain its connection to the spiritual Self, then it will gradually become enveloped in and ensnared by the serpentine logic of the world. If the soul begins to listen more to its feminine aspect than to the
masculine aspect, the soul will gradually, often without noticing it, descend into a lower state of consciousness, a lower sense of identity, in which it begins to see itself and the world as being separated from the Source, namely God. This is the essence of the Gnostic teaching about the fall of Sophia as well, of course, as the temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden.
So the path that seems right unto woman, or rather to the feminine aspect of the soul, is the path of separation from God, the path of an individuality separated from God rather than an individuality that is an expression of God. The path of an individuality apart from God instead of an individuality as a part of God. This is the path that nearly all human beings on Earth today have followed, and that is why they have fallen from the Grace of a conscious contact with the spiritual Self.
The Two Deadly Lies
What happens to a soul when it has accepted the serpentine logic that it can maintain its individuality even while it is separated from God? The soul will begin to walk the path of building a sense of identity, a sense of individuality, based on the core belief that it is separated from God. Over many lifetimes such a soul can build a very strong and very complex sense of individuality and separateness. It can also build a set of beliefs that makes the soul firmly convinced that this sense of individuality is real and that the path of building upon this sense of individuality, of cultivating the ego-self is the true path that leads back to God.
The first serpentine lie is that the soul will not die by eating the forbidden fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, namely the relative good and evil of the lower state of consciousness in the transitory, fallen universe. Yet the soul does die in a spiritual sense because when it begins to engage in this dualistic logic it loses its direct contact with the source of Life, the spiritual Self or God.
There are still in the world a very great many souls who have fallen but who either have not realized that they have fallen from Grace or are not willing to admit that they have lost their former divine estate. Yet most souls will eventually come to an inner recognition that they have lost something. They realize that something has changed from the days of the original Happiness and Freedom in the Kingdom, still stored in the memory of their soul, and that something is not right, not whole. At this point the serpentine logic uses the second lie in an attempt to maintain its stranglehold on the soul.
The second lie is that even though the soul has fallen from Grace, it can return back to God's kingdom without addressing and challenging the first lie. In other words, the soul does not have to admit that the first lie, the lie that it can build an individuality that is separate from God and still survive, is wrong.
The second lie states that the soul can come back to God by continuing to build upon and perfect the individuality that is based on separation.
There are many people on Earth who are still so ensnared by the first lie that they either cannot or will not see and acknowledge that they have fallen from Grace and therefore need to return to God in order to Live. Yet in this day and age a growing number of people are beginning to realize that they must make an effort to return to God. These people realize that they need to find a path, a systematic process, that can lead them back to God.
While people are still asleep, there is no danger that the forces of this world will lose their control over these souls. Yet when people awaken to the need to find their way back to God, there is a real hope that the dominating forces of this world might lose control of these souls. If these people discover the true Path and diligently follow that path, they will make it back to God. Therefore, the second line of defense built by the forces of this world is the illusion of the false path, the way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.
The false path, the left-hand path, seems right onto a human because it does not require the soul to confront the choices that caused the soul to believe in the first lie. The false path makes it seem like the soul was never really wrong. It was either the victim of forces beyond its control or God really wanted the soul to fall, or there was a good reason why the soul fell, or any number of other reasons that make it seem natural and unavoidable that the soul fell into a lower state of consciousness and so also spiritual imprisonment.
The false way seems right unto a human, or rather to the fallen human consciousness, because once the soul has built a false sense of identity, a sense of individuality based on separation from God, the soul knows no other sense of identity or individuality. The human self, the ego, springs from the sense of separation, so it can never see anything wrong with the state of separation. Therefore, as long as the soul listens to the ego or to false teachers, the soul does not understand that the only true individuality is that of being an individual expression of God.
So the false path makes the soul think that it can make its way back to God by building upon its false individuality of being separated from God. This then gives the soul a need to find an outer path, an outer organization, an outer belief system, which makes the promise of an automatic salvation or ascension. This includes the new age notion that all of humanity and the planet is soon going to ascend.
This is a false notion. The promise of these false teachings is that as long as we believe in the right doctrines, follow the right outer rules and belong to a particular organization, movement or philosophy, we will automatically be saved because God simply has to accept us into the kingdom of Heaven. Both the bulk of the new age movement and that of the traditional religions largely subscribe to this lie: the new age version is that the planet is ascending so all mankind must also ascend, and the christian version is that the christians will be saved by Jesus as long as they believe in him.
The False Path
Throughout history the vast majority of spiritually and religiously-disposed people on Earth have followed the false path due to their belief in the lie. Even many so-called spiritual teachers and leaders have followed the false path and have promoted the false path. Such teachers often did not deliberately mislead the people.
They truly believed in the lie that we can somehow perfect or elevate the false sense of identity, the pseudo- or ego-self. They believed that we can attain salvation and make it back to the kingdom of God without overcoming, transcending and leaving behind the sense of separation from God and so also the sepatate ego-self.
They were of the opinion that the sense of being a separate ego-self could be maintained on the true Path and even retained once back in God's Kingdom.
This lie is still today as persuasive for the majority as it is pervasive in the world. It is so persuasive that even many souls who have been engaged in spiritual practices for lifetimes still have not seen through it. They truly believe that they are following the true spiritual Path, and they use all manner of outer signs or inner experiences to reinforce the illusion that they are following the true Way and that they are moving ever closer to God. Some of these souls are making spiritual progress in various ways, but they still have not challenged the fundamental problem that makes it necessary to return to God, namely the fact that they have fallen from Paradise and still chose to see themselves as separated from God.
Although there is a spiritual path that takes a soul gradually towards a higher state of consciousness, there comes a point where he gradual path can lead us no further. There comes a point when we must take a leap of faith into the arms of God. We cannot make it back to God as long as we see even the slightest distance between ourselves and God. What does it mean to be in God's Kingdom? It means being one with God, being an individualization of God, even being God in embodiment. It means accepting our true Identity as a son or daughter of God.
The Mistake of Peter
When Jesus walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, his main purpose was to demonstrate the true Path that leads back to union with God. The same path of union has been demonstrated and taught by all true spiritual teachers and mystics. Many souls have been students of such teachers, yet most of them have not understood the very core of the teaching. Such students can sit at the feet of a true Master for many years and still not understand the lie of the false path. They can look at the true teacher and recognize that he is a true teacher, yet in their hearts they cannot understand or accept that the only way to follow the teacher is to become themselves what the teacher is.
A perfect example of such a student was the disciple Peter in Jesus' day. Peter was a sincere student. He attained a certain level of discernment and this allowed him to recognize Jesus as the Christ in embodiment. When Jesus said, "Upon this rock will I build my church," he was not referring to the outer person of Peter. He meant the inner ability to recognize the Christ, to recognize the true Teacher.
Yet despite the fact that Peter was a sincere student with some attainment and discernment, he was not willing to walk the true Path of Christhood. This is the symbolic teaching of why, when the test of consecration came to him, he denied Jesus three times. Peter thought that although he recognized Jesus as the Christ and saw him walk the path that leads to the death of the ego, the false sense of identity, he did not have to walk that same path. Peter reasoned that he could maintain his individuality as being separate from God, as being separate from Christ. He reasoned that he could still make it back to God by following Jesus' outer teachings instead of following the inner path of overcoming the false sense of identity and winning back the true sense of Identity as being one with God, as being an individualization of God and not an individualization of the world- or luciferic-consciousness.
At the very moment when Peter denied his Master for the first time, he started a trend that set christianity on the wrong course. The christianity that Peter founded, the church that Peter founded, was from the very beginning based on the false path, the lie of individuality and separateness from God. The lie that we can make it back to God without walking the path of Christhood ourselves, which requires us to be willing to lose our life, to lose our mortal life, to lose our mortal sense of identity, in order to win the immortal life of the Christ Consciousness.
For 2,000 years, the orthodox christian churches have reinforced and upheld the illusion embodied by Peter. They have built elaborate doctrines and dogmas around this illusion. They have built a culture that reinforces this illusion so heavily that billions of souls are firmly entrapped by the illusion. They think they are true Christians, yet they are following the path that seems right unto man, yet the end thereof is death of the soul.
Be not like Peter.
We would be wise to learn from the mistakes of Peter, to make an effort to see through the illusion that entrapped Peter. When the world comes and asks us if we are seekers of Truth, we should not deny our true intentions. We should not fear any of the consequences or the punishments found in this world, and we ought not to make excuses and seek to explain the Path of self-sacrifice and Christhood in a way that becomes palatable to the world-consciousness, which it can never be.
We must be willing to sacrifice our mortal sense of identity, our false sense of individuality, our sense of pride in or satisfaction with the human ego and human achievements, in order to obtain union with Christ.
Awaken and Come Forth!
Peter reasoned that if he had confessed to be one of Jesus' disciples, then he would have been crucified alongside Jesus, and thus he would not have been able to remain in the world and spread Jesus' message. Yet when Peter walked on the water and started sinking, did the Christ in Jesus not reach out his hand and raise him up? So why would Peter think that if he had been crucified alongside his Master, Christ would not have been able to resurrect him as He indeed resurrected Jesus? And could not the resurrected Peter have walked the Earth again as Jesus did and helped the other disciples spread the Gospel of Truth?
If Peter had decided to acknowledge his oneness with Christ instead of affirming his separation from Christ, popular christianity itself would have started off much different; it would have been true, authentic Chritianity, which is one with the Universal Path. It is not a given that Peter would have been crucified. But regardless of whether he was crucified alongside Jesus or had remained in embodiment, Peter would have become a true representative of the Christ. He would have become one with Christ, he would have become Christ, and therefore he could have built a church that was based on the true Path instead of the false path. He could have built a church based on the true individuality in God rather than the false sense of individuality as being separate from God, separate from Christ.
There are millions upon millions of people who consider themselves to be true Christians or consider themselves to be true followers of the spiritual Path. These people are found in all religions, and many are found in the new age movement. Christ loves each and every one of them and desires nothing more than to see them return home to the Father's Kingdom. Yet it must be said frankly that so many people are still walking the false path, the way that seems right unto a human, even in these last days of the opportunity of an age.
"Awaken from your sleep!" Christ says to all mankind; as He said to Lazarus, "Come forth!" Come out of the grave of your false sense of identity and embrace the Light, the Light of the Christ Presence, which is shining upon you in invitation through all words of truth. Yet so many people think that by making a simple declaration of words and teachings they have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is not so. Christ can be one's Lord and Savior only if one fully understands and accepts the Truth and accepts the path to Christhood, the path that leads to union with Christ, union with God. Christ can be our Savior only if we are willing to let go of our false sense of individuality, the false sense of identity based on the illusion that we are separated from God. Christ can be our Lord and Savior only if we are willing to let the human ego die.
If you want to be free and to Live, then do not follow the path taken by Peter and spend the rest of this lifetime using the serpentine logic to justify why you can perfect the ego. Instead, follow the path taken by Paul who said, "I die daily." He meant that every day a part of his human self died, making room for the Holy Spirit, the true, divine Self.
If you want to be free and to return to Life, then be willing to admit that your human self, your human sense of individuality, must subside before you can discover your true and liberated individuality in Christ. Admit that the sense of individuality based on separation is a lie. Do not spend the rest of your life in an attempt to justify the sense of individuality and the belief that the false path of building upon that individuality can take you back to God. It will lead you only to disappointment, pain and death.
This is what Peter did and this is what the christian churches who followed the way taken by Peter have been doing for 2,000 years.
Today the Christ says, "Thus far and no father!" The time has come to draw a line in the sand and say, "Come out of your illusions and delusions. Come out of your sense that all is well and that as long as you keep following the path you are following now, you will automatically make it back to God."
If you want to know God, then stop attempting to use the logic of this world to justify the false path. Let go of the false path and follow Christ in Truth and in Spirit.