Here’s my third post, which offers you resources about Neville Goddard’s thinking about the Bible and Christ.
May we live a regime of generosity while also making sufficient income to survive and thrive in our world?
In this post, I will consider the insights of a spiritual innovator (Maria Jacobi). Jacobi claims to have contact with extra-terrestrial guides. Specifically, I will look at the concept of an economy of generosity in relation to the monetary system.
After that, I will assess Jacobi’s teachings about money and generosity in terms of the New Testament theology of the kingdom of God.
Galactic Theology: Maria Jacobi
Marina Jacobi channels galactic guides, those she names “eleventh dimensional beings” and the “Council of Nine.” Jacobi asserts that the teachings of these beings emanate from a fifth dimensional reality, which is a realm of abundance.
This realm of abundance, in New Testament terms, has a correlate in the notion of the Kingdom of God, which is a regime of justice and generosity for all.
Jacobi practices manifestation principles that are intended to supplant the monetary system with an economy of generosity. If we put conditions upon our giving and receiving — for instance, by giving to others only if we are paid in money– then we limit the abundance that may come to us. Conversely, if we practice giving from the heart, without regard for monetary reward or other kinds of consequences, we come to see evidence that the universe does provide for us, abundantly.
Jacobi does not advise that one jump immediately, necessarily, from one regime to the other, from a money-economy to a fifth dimensional realm generosity. Nevertheless, one can make a practice of giving for its own sake. The rewards will manifest.
In my opinion, not everybody needs to walk a radical path of repudiating the monetary economy. Some of Jacobi’s stories of manifestation (see the second video below) reflect a lifestyle of material insecurity, marked by financial crises that are averted in the knick of time. If an economy of generosity is proven over time, not everybody will wish to unplug from the money system to such degree as to destabilize one’s income and one’s capacity, financially, to plan ahead. Nevertheless, her experiment in living from the heart, outside of the monetary economy, is worth considering. (See the videos below.)
New Testament: the Kingdom of God
A central teaching of the Gospels is that God’s economy of love may be trusted. We are to seek first the “kingdom of God” and everything else will follow. Yet, the reality of our lives often puts us at odds with the monetary system.
We follow our passion or our heart, we give generously from our gifts, and we may have trouble paying our bills. Or our kindness may be exploited. Conversely, some people are able to make very good money while expending only a small amount of effort. These people, who are well-placed in the monetary system, appear to reap large financial benefits — from their intentions for service.
May we live with purity of heart, giving generously, and expect that our material needs will be taken care of? Or shall we accept that we live in two worlds, simultaneously, in one of which the monetary system prevails, presenting obstacles to the economy of generosity?
A third alternative is that the “kingdom of God,” as the New Testament teaches, actually mediates these two realms in accord with the Lord’s prayer: “On earth as it is in heaven.” In this function, the kingdom of God brings an economy of generosity onto the earth so that the monetary system itself is changed. Our lives as wage earners, including our lacks, are harmonized for the flourishing of all.
Marina Jacobi’s radical experiment in generosity, and giving from the heart, may be one way that principles of the kingdom of God, in Christian terms, are being practiced and embodied for our times.
In previous posts, we’ve delved into the testimony of a researcher whose conversations with extra-terrestrials (Arcturians) have resulted in a spiritual philosophy and even a new understanding of Jesus Christ.
Today, we go beyond such individual reports to look at how the Church as an institution is accommodating our galactic friends.
Now that the New York Times has produced an investigative report on the Pentagon’s UFO program (see: NY Times on Pentagon and UFO), it is thought-provoking to consider the theological implications of extraterrestrial contact.
The Vatican’s Br. Guy Consolmagno replies to such questions on his blog, The Catholic Astronomer (see: Vatican’s Brother Guy). See also this summary article (Summary Article on ET’s and Interdisciplinary Research).
Consider, too, whether Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus might have been caused by a falling meteor (see article: Falling Meteor on Road to Damascus).
The work of the Dutch Clairvoyant Gerard Croiset (1909-1980) sheds light, in some particulars, on the miracle working of Jesus. In this post, I will address two points.
1. The inner signals and experiences that the healer, clairvoyant, or miracle worker undergoes, in rapport with his subjects or petitioners For this matter, I will compare Croiset’s report with a passage about Jesus’s experience of healing (Mark 5:30).
2. The helps and hindrances to healing or miracles I will compare Croiset’s report with a passage about Jesus’s miracle working and healing in Nazareth (Mark 6:4-6).
The Dutch Clairvoyant Gerard Croiset (1909-1980) was gifted with paranormal abilities, including telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. He was hired by private clients and police, or detective agencies alike, to find lost children, to weigh in about circumstances and suspects in crimes, and even to offer insight into the historical contexts of manuscripts and fossils.
1. The inner signals and experiences the healer, clairvoyant, or miracle worker undergoes, in rapport with his subjects or petitioner: Energetic signals (Mark 5:30)
Interestingly, Croiset could feel in advance – upon making contact and receiving a request from someone – whether he would be capable of responding and assisting in the case. Croiset’s biographer Jack Harrison Pollack quotes the famous clairvoyant, “Whenever anybody telephones and says he would like to talk to me some time, I do not feel a thing. But when a warning feeling disturbs me, I get a vibration which is like a full-up feeling and I expand like a balloon. I grow attentive. Then I know it is not an ordinary call….When somebody with a real problem comes to see me I see a lot of colors. These colors spin around in me very fast until they form a picture. These pictures shoot out as if they were flashing forward like a three-dimensional film.”
Croiset’s description of his healing rapport with his subjects raises the question (if a speculative one), whether perhaps inwardly, as with Croiset, some sensation or vibration would alert Jesus that the petitioner in question, in need of healing or a miracle, had genuine need of assistance. Rarely do we learn in the Gospels of any subjective experience of Jesus, involved in his healings and miracles.
In one rare instance, however, we do find this telling description of Jesus’s healing rapport with a woman in need. A woman who has been bleeding for twelve years is healed when she touches the garment of Jesus. The healing is marked for the healer by a sensation (Mark 5:30): “At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?'”
In this case, Jesus makes physical contact with the one he heals. Usually, in Jesus’s healings, there is no such contact. Inwardly, perhaps, the power within Jesus stirred him, as it did Croisset, when a person with a legitimate need approached him.
2. The helps and hindrances to healing or miracles (Mark 6:4-6): Compassion
Croiset was indifferent to quantitative tests of his paranormal abilities, such those devised by J.B. Rhine, the Duke researcher. Once declining to participate in one of Rhine’s studies — which involved predicting a series of figures on cards — Croiset remarked, “I do not like just to guess cards. I have to be emotionally involved in a case, such as a missing child or somebody in trouble.”
If compassionate interest aroused Croiset’s capacities, by the same token self-interest thwarted them. Croiset was incapable of predicting the future on behalf of his family or in order to secure some financial gain. Conversely, where he and his clients shared a significant problem, Croiset’s abilities were enhanced. Because Croiset had nearly drowned once, he became an expert at rescuing or locating drowning people. He had a special sensitivity to orphans, having suffered as an orphan himself.
In the case of Jesus, it is curious that the unbelief of his own townspeople prevent him from working stupendous miracles. As Mark 6:5 explains, about his work in Nazareth, “he could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them,” because of the people’s “lack of faith” (6:6) and because a prophet (i.e. Jesus) is not honored in his own town (6:4).
A lack of trust or belief, on the part of those he would assist, could thwart that compassionate interest that (as with Croiset) enhances the miracle worker’s success.
In conclusion, like Croiset, the famous healer and clairvoyant, Jesus may have registered somatically a signal to alert him as to the needs of his petitioners (Mark 5:30). The healing abilities of Jesus may have been enhanced, too, by compassion for the afflicted (Mark 6:4-6).
An essential attribute of the lightworker, quite often, is a willingness to explore and a commitment to trust one’s own direct access to spiritual intuition or knowledge. The phenomenon of channeling — which is repudiated by some Christians, as being untrustworthy or even of the devil– is embraced by others. (For more on this, see: Lightworker : Definition, Controversies and Historical Jesus – Lightworker).
Some channels claim to channel Jesus himself. Others call upon Jesus for protection, while they channel.
I came across an interesting reference to channeling in the name of Jesus Christ, during a recent interview with Jim McCarty. McCarty was one of the circle responsible for channeling the Law of One, also known as the Ra Material. Kevin Moore, of the Moore Show, is putting on a documentary about channeling. His interview with McCarty is thought provoking. (See: Moore Show).
Alongside Jim McCarty, another in the channeling circle, responsible for the Ra Material, was Carla L. Rueckert, who had been married to Jim until she passed away a couple of years ago.
According to Jim McCarty, in this interview, Carla held that it is quite easy to channel, since many spiritual entities are willing to make contact and to establish communication with a person who is open and receptive. However, not all entities or spirits are trustworthy. In order to test the spirits, Carla used to ask three times, “Do you come in the name of Jesus Christ?”. If a spirit could pass muster by this test, she would make herself receptive to the spiritual message.
For Carla, as reported by her husband Jim, the name of Jesus Christ signified her highest spiritual commitment and ideals; he speaks about this topic, in the interview with Kevin Moore, from minute 19:30 to 22:15–see link below. Jesus Christ embodies a spiritual ideal and example, for which the disciple is willing to live or to die. Thus, as a channel and Christian disciple, Carla maintained her faith in Jesus Christ and even solicited the approval, as to channelled contents, from clergy of the Episcopal Church to which she belonged.
Interestingly, the test to which Carla put the spirits, by asking whether they come in the name of Jesus Christ, is reminiscent of the prayer and spiritual practices of the Desert Fathers and Mothers in late antiquity. In their asceticism and solitary prayer, they would confront various spirits and test them in the name of Jesus Christ. It was the name of Jesus Christ which could banish even the devil.
See, for instance, the Life of St. Antony the Great by Athanasius, ch. 40: “Once a demon exceeding high appeared with pomp, and dared to say, “I am the power of God and I am Providence, what dost thou wish that I shall give thee?” But I then so much the more breathed upon him, and spoke the name of Christ, and set about to smite him. And I seemed to have smitten him, and forthwith he, big as he was, together with all his demons, disappeared at the name of Christ.” (You may find the Life of St Antony the Great in PDF: Life of St Antony).
Channeling, for some channels, is not so different from ancient mystical prayer.
Here is a copy of Book One of the Ra Material: The Law of One : Book One.
We, the Arcturians offers an interpretation of Psalm 23, which I will summarize here. (For the full explanation, see the book: We, the Arcturians Book Amazon). As I see it, the interpretation is mild, fairly adaptable to conventional pieties, though with a few new flavors.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want: This shepherd takes us into the Light.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: The color green represents the heart chakra. We are to open our hearts to love.
He leadeth me beside the still waters: Our hearts become still in love.
He restoreth my soul: Karmic debets are released. We move toward the Light.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: Our lower consciousness causes us to fear death. With God’s protection, we understand that death is an illusion; once fear is transcended, we live according to a deeper and more expansive new Life.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: The enemies eat with us because we no longer fear them. God’s generosity extends towards all.
Thou anointest my head with oil: The anointing is the sign that we are children of God who belong to the Risen savior.
My cup runneth over: Abundance is promised, after our initiation along the paths of God. Since our consciousness has shifted, we no longer experience the world as a place of deprivation; rather, the world overflows like a cup of prosperity.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: Peace and joy are our birthright, which we discover through this anointing.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever: There are many mansions in God’s house. All of us have the chance to live there in peace and joy.
This Acturian interpretation of Psalm 23 ends with the the following salutation:
“Adonai, our beloved children of Light. We, the Arcturians, do bid you farewell from the northwest quadrant of the universe, and from the Most Radiant One.”