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The Divine Ordeal of
Illuminate Body Realization

The Greatest Surprise Ever Experienced

Students of the biblical teachings of salvation,
good morning!

We are here seeking a conclusion to an episode that may be described as “human civilization.” What is occurring in this aggregation to you as Christians is the awakening of you, in your mind. And I am drawing your attention to what you may experience as the phenomenal happening of resurrection and ascension.

I’d like to get into the heart of this very rapidly if I can because for many of you, quite literally, this will be the completion of your sojourn. That’s not true because I say it’s true, it’s true because it very simply is the end of the time when you came here, when you were here, and when you left. That’s it. It’s not something else. Heretofore the conclusion to that journey has been defined, in this association, as death.

As Christians, you are now coming together with the dedication to experience the resurrection. Jesus says that what I do and have done, you will do. He says what I have done you will do because you are as I am. He represents to you, if you will allow him, the totality of his experience and yours shared with him. If you intend to progress to the realization of Christianity, which is the resurrection of your body, you are going to have to very soon begin to direct your immediate attention to it.

All of this teaching in the last two thousand years, where people have been speaking this word, all they really have needed was the light. All that the lady sitting over there saying, “I can understand you conceptually,” needed was to get her light ignited since she obviously is prophesying the coming. In that sense, I will ignite your light. “Baby, let me light your fire.” That’s an old song. That’s true. And you feel the ignition of your own light, and it makes you happy. Have you had transfiguration? That’s nothing but what you are having. All I’m doing is taking your death process away from you.

So, now we’re past the transfiguration. Here Jesus is what you would call a “divine human body.” There is no part of Jesus, and there is no part of you, that does not now represent the cellular associations of yourself. You are still operating in an association of continuum that doesn’t recognize you, and it is necessary for you to continue to convert your own cellular body. That’s what you should start to do right now. What I want you to see is this is your ordeal. It is not his; if you knew it was his, you would have already shared it with him and be gone. You have reduced his phenomena to the noumenon that produces the phenomena of your own limitation.

And suddenly we are at the resurrection. Why? Because you’ve got a body that’s been undergoing all of this and is still a part of earth. The story of Jesus’ resurrection is an Easter story. Suffice it to say that he actually undergoes the completion of his physical body and is actually not here at all. But notice that when he appears in his solid body, he appears so that you can recognize him. He’s not a phantom. He’s not even a transfiguration of the light. He is resurrected. What he’s really telling you is, so are you - even though you appear to be solid. The moment man recognized himself as man, he was a perfect replication of God - Adam Cadman. So, finally you come in and come out the same as you always were. It’s the same thing as saying it never happened, because the difference between you right there and you right there is actually nothing. I bet you can’t teach that! So I’m obviously resurrected. You may not be resurrected, but I may light your fire. You’ll have what? The light of the association.

Nothing prevents you from opening up your heart and love and mind to God, except your fear of what? Your own enlightenment is your biggest fear. Once you get past that, once your temple is rent sufficiently, the light gets in and speeds up your time episode. So you recognize the fulfillment of the prophecy is at hand - and, in fact, you actually experience the fulfillment. Jesus in the Course is incredible. Jesus teaches it goes like this: zoom, zoom, zoom. It’s happening real fast all the time. At any moment you can enter into this real fast time.

One thing about the resurrection is that it’s a real surprise. Who is most surprised? Jesus! And in John’s Gospel, Jesus sees that the resurrection isn’t the end of it:

Jesus said unto Mary, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God and your God. (John 20:17)

It’s like he found himself on Easter morning in the garden before the tomb where his crucified body lay, and he found that he wasn’t quite done yet. The first person to see him, Mary, first mistook him for the gardener. She’s been with him for three years, and she is going to the tomb looking for him, and she sees him, and she mistakes him for the gardener! You talk about a phenomenal happening. Nobody, not even his closest disciples had any idea of how to convert this incredible happening into the noumenon of their own mind. It took a minute.

Then Jesus gets to demonstrate his resurrected body. He’s alive - alive solidly in body in an entirely different association. He has them watch him eat fish. He has them touch his hands and feet. He even appears behind closed doors:

Then the same day (Easter) at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you; as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. (John 20:19-21)

Here are the disciples huddled in a locked room, terrified, and they weren’t even sure Jesus was anything until he showed them his feet and his side. And immediately upon recognition, they are given the Holy Ghost and told to go out and give what they had received - the recognition of the resurrected Christ! I told you to stay in fear.

Another great story of Jesus’ surprise at his own resurrection is in Luke and describes two men walking on the road to a little town called Emmaus. They were talking about the events of Jesus’ crucifixion, the incredible storm, the veil of the temple being rent and the rumors of his resurrection. Nobody had seen or felt anything like it. And Jesus appears and walks with them:

And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. That’s reasonable, if he didn’t recognize himself, you wouldn’t figure anyone else would either! And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And one of them… answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And Jesus said unto them, What things? (Luke 24:15-19)

After they start telling him about himself, Jesus picks up the story and recognizes it, and ends up telling them the entire story, with great gusto, from Moses to Christ. But do you see what happens? Jesus doesn’t even recognize himself for a minute there! Sound familiar? If you knew how to resurrect, you would have done it long ago. When it finally happens to you, no matter how prepared you think you are, it’s going to be a what? Surprise! You won’t recognize yourself! And you will say the same thing Jesus is saying, I am exactly like you but I am nothing like you at all. I am a perfect replication of you with the certainty of the entirety of God. Can you describe that? Of course not. Could the people who actually saw this occur describe it? The fact that we have the incredible descriptions of the experience in two thousand year old scripture sitting right here before us today is an incredibly miraculous phenomenal experience in itself!

We come to church to worship and to acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus, and the class we had today was about how you as a man are undergoing the same experiences within your own body association in time. That is coming about in you.

This is the workbook of the final lessons of the Course in Miracles:

Now is the time of prophecy fulfilled for now we cannot fail. God’s angels hover near and all about.

His love surrounds you, and of this be sure: I will never leave you comfortless.

It is impossible for me to leave you, because I am the entirety of the representation of your resurrection. It means that you know about me. Therefore, somewhere in time your fire was ignited. Can you hear that? Somewhere in time you underwent those experiences. So, when you read Jesus now and he says, “If you like the idea that I am always with you, go ahead because I assure you that’s true.”

This last workbook is very lovely because in the final lessons are good stuff. The descriptions of what this is are very much a part of it. I’ll read you one. This would actually I suppose, be all that you would ever have to get. Most of you have discovered that any one association that you read is offering you the entirety. I’ll read a real gentle one:

I let forgiveness rest upon all things, for thus forgiveness will be given me.

I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made.

If you think this prayer can be given in this world today, you might be mistaken.

It is not real. And you have given me the means to prove its unreality to me.

See what my mind just did to you. It’s not some prayer, “Father, help me.” He already has. You needed a reason to pray. But all of your reasons were wrong. You didn’t have any power of prayer. He agreed that when the Power of Prayer talk goes out, which says you can pray for evil - it says that you’re praying for the sickness and death and causing it to your brother. That’s a very tough idea. That’s the last prayer.

When you take that power to change your mind, there immediately is no world. You better get in the fast lane, you. I wouldn’t want to hang around. Do you see what happens? As the vortex goes faster and faster, it becomes more and more chaotic for the minds out there. No one is to blame for it; it’s simply the way it is. Your requirement is to accept it for yourself and get into the circle. I didn’t come to save the world; I came to change the speed of it.

It is not real. And You have given me the means to prove its unreality to me.

The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams.

That’s why this is the most incredible prayer you’ll ever hear. Did you hear this? I’ve got it in my own hands! I can make a decision to use this key, this resurrection in my mind, to simply turn the thing and enter heaven. Or, I can go through some more shit. What you don’t like to admit is that I’m your personal savior. You like to sort me out and think I’m somehow representing Jesus. That’s crap. I’m representing you. I’m standing right at the door with you telling you I can’t do it for you, but here’s the key, turn it and go on in! This is called the gatekeeper. A lot of you have played this part. It doesn’t matter who comes up. He couldn’t get that far unless he’s got the key. It’s what we call, have you heard the term “skeleton key?”

The skeleton key will open any door anywhere because the door is only in his own mind. It’s not really a special lock. Can you hear that? It will represent anything that his mind thinks the door is. He has the key in his hands. And he says, “Well, I could give that key to anyone.” Oh, yes. That’s the “pearl worth any price.” That key will unlock any door; but it’s going to unlock the door of your mind, in this case, to a whole new continuum, to a whole new place where you will immediately be greeted with...

“Where in hell have you been?”

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The Divine Ordeal of Illuminate Body Realization

Bible Talks of The New Testament

by Master Teacher

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