A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra – Part Four)

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions (and particularly the life of Jesus), as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.

This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part Four ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in italics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.

Enjoy “THE WORD”…

Article Title: A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra – Part Four)
Submitted by Craig Lock
Key words: Deepak Chopra, Jesus, Jesus Christ,  spirituality, spiritual growth, enlightenment, inspiration, empowerment, self help, self realisation (enough there for now, craig)

The submitter’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

Other Articles by Craig are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)
Publishing Guidelines:
I’m sharing these these thoughts, these writings by Dr Deepak Chopra with the world in a ‘spirit of enlightenment’) ; so this article (as with all my articles) may be published, electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to the author, thanks).
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
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Sharing some Thoughts (Spiritual) on Jesus from ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Dr Deepak Chopra


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions (and particularly the life of Jesus), as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and  ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.
This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part Four ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in italics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.
Enjoy “THE WORD”…
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‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Deepak Chopra:
How to Find Truth and Love in Today’s World: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
Published in the UK in 2008 by Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing www.rbooks.co.uk and www.deepakchopra.com
INTRODUCTION:
To continue from Part Three…
“Spirit exists to serve, and since we are all spirit, our life should be dedicated to service. When you serve others, you are servant and master to yourself…
and this state of Higher Consciousness is real and open to ALL of us.”
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PART FOUR: TAKING JESUS AS YOUR TEACHER
The Search for Higher Reality
From his teachings we learn how to create a shift in our own awareness. Jesus asks us for personal transformation. He exists in awareness as the state of unity with God.
“Be in the world, but not of it.” You are spirit first and an individual person second. Apply the teachings. Life becomes more effortless as you move closer to God-consciousness. At a higher level he is saying, “Be at one with me. If you do, your struggles will end.” (???) In truth, the world is flowing from you. The universe co-operates with you, once you know that your desire and God’s desire are the same.
Ask and you shall receive.”
“Be still and know that I am God.” Sit quietly and go inward.
As you sow, so shall you reap.” The world is a mirror of the self.
The difference between the vengeful God of the Old Testament and the loving God of the New Testament is that human consciousness was ready for a shift in perception.
YOU are the light of the world. Here Jesus is speaking for ALL human beings.
The mind creates both illusion and reality; but you have a choice which one to invest in.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Spiritual power increases as people gather (and especially pray) together. As you pray, you BECOME.
“Our prayers are answered, not when we are given what we want; but when we are challenged to be what (all that) we can become.”
– Morris Adler
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In the early Church, everything centered around two core beliefs: that Jesus was the Messiah and that he rose from the dead. These formed the basis of communion.
“What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, if he loses his soul?” He said explicitly that he had come for the fallen, the wayward, the lost sheep, the prodigal sons. Adhere to the vision. It’s not whether you have a lot or a little in material terms; but having a vision and keeping it before your eyes. The world exerts constant pressure to conform to its values; however spirit exerts no pressure. Strive for unity of body, mind and spirit.
How the Path Opens Your own awareness – we each relate to God on our own terms. There is a striking dichotomy between Jesus’s humility and his exaltation. Redemption through God is a matter of asking and automatically receiving.
Consciousness (human) is the field where all thoughts, images and words are born. Jesus warns against the illusion of the material world. His teaching is all about choosing to align yourself with God, because he alone is real.
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The Middle of the Journey
It’s a process of transformation. When he teaches his disciples that the truth would make them free, layers of meaning are at work. His followers will be free from political persecution, religious intolerance, physical limitations, and eventually death itself.
Freedom is all-encompassing; it brings you into God’s presence by releasing you from the illusion that you live behind walls. The end of the journey will look nothing like the world we took our leap from. The middle of the journey isn’t the same as the destination.
(Incidentally, Nelson Mandela once said, “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”)

God is a steady reality, like breathing or being awake. God and ego aren’t compatible.
Jesus saw himself as beyond death. “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
He considered his teachings to transcend history, even time itself. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
He invited everyone to be in his being (and offers his ‘great spirit’ to abide in us through faith in him). “Abide in me, as I abide in you.” (John 15:3-4)
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace, but a sword.”
(Matthew 10:34).
(In other words, belief in Jesus will cause conflict with others… and I don’t believe his words here are meant to be taken literally).
‘Symbolically, the sword that Jesus brings may be the kind that upsets and transforms people’s lives inside. Or we may simply have lost the actual context that Jesus was speaking in (ie. a metaphorical interpretation in these words dividing families, because of different beliefs and faiths). The Messiah’s dedication to peace is embarrassing to modern Christianity!’
Courage – Jesus was exceptionally brave in the face of overwhelming odds. Jesus taught humility, not just as an antidote to pride; but as another way to become free (totally free of ego, free in spirit).
In higher states of consciousness, love has power (great). It’s the truth and experience. Use today’s crisis as an opportunity for tomorrow’s growth.
What would Jesus do in my shoes? He would keep walking the path. He would manifest as much courage, truth, sympathy and love as he actually possessed. He wouldn’t pretend to be what he wasn’t (ie. living with utmost integrity).
The ‘Son of Man’ was most human, when he mirrored the conflicts of everyday life, a plane of existence that he knew intimately, even as he rose above it. Your goal and mine isn’t to imitate Jesus (we can’t anyway!). It is to become a part of him – or as he said, ‘to abide in him’. We can do that at the level of consciousness by becoming part of the unending process that turns seperation into unity. Our lives belong to that process, as surely as the life of the Messiah did.”
Thanks so much for sharing, Dr Chopra… and in turn I’m passing on your shared research and wisdom on the life of Jesus in the form of this article.
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“People fight and die for religion but they seldom live for religion.”
– former Indian Prime Minister, Jahruhlal Nehru
In summary…
“THE GREAT AWAKENING
Historic Christianity has been based on Scripture and, despite all the conflicts and disagreements, a core set of beliefs has survived for 2000 years. Scholars have uncovered a consistent thread in the historical record regarding the actual words, deeds, and teachings of Jesus. His eternal message reverberates with divine wisdom; so that the authentic message regarding the words, deeds, and teachings of Jesus is as relevant and useful today as ever.
In essence they are:
* Give to anyone who asks; knowledge and righteousness are revealed in action
* Beware those who claim to speak on behalf of God; first, know yourself
* Find the light inside, and share this light with the world
Each ONE of us CAN be channels of God’s Infinite Love and Grace. WE CAN ignite the flame.
These writings are an attempt to let Jesus speak for himself… and I hope, I trust that the “spiritual Jesus” shines through these words… so that you may feel his “sublime presence”, through His Infinite Spirit and Grace… TODAY” #
Shared (with thanks) by “not so goody-goody airey fairey spiritual” Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
# Adapted slightly from Rex Weyler’s great words in ‘The Jesus Sayings: The Quest for His Authentic Message’
(as published on Intentblog . Rex’s book looks like another fascinating read).
Christ chose US, the ‘little ordiniary people’ to go out and change the world… for the better. He doesn’t have a Plan B. It’s up to US to implement His Plan B, being the hands, ears and eyes of Christ to help heal a hurting world…today”
“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
You are the light of the world; a city cannot be hidden, if it is built on a mountain top. A lamp is not lighted to be put away under a bushel measure; it is put on the lamp stand, to give light to all the people of the house; and your light must shine so brightly before men.” (Matt 5,14-16. Knox).
“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly;
so revealing Who You Really Are.
Be a Bringer of the Light,
which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Ultimate Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being).
Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.
YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths.
For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love…and it lies within each one of us.
Through your actions and your being, let your light,
YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world,
like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.”
– craig (as adapted from and inspired by Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God Book 3’).
About the submitter:
In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: www.lulu.com/craiglock http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html#craig and http://www.webng.com/writernz/index.html
He is presently “working” (it’s not really work) on his latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the unquechable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘.
(Perhaps he’ll write a “new work” on what the ‘name’ Jesus means to him, titled ‘The Real, the True Jesus – the One I Know and Love!’
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking;
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
I love these words from Marianne Williamson as used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugeration speech as State President at South Africa’s first Democratic Election in 1994.
“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, and that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
– anon
“TOGETHER, one mind, one soul, one life at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help, of course.”
THIS PIECE MAY BE PUBLISHED
(with acknowledgment to Dr Deepak Chopra, please)

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”
“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better future.

Shine YOUR own bright light on humanity

Article Title: A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra) – Part Three

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Submitters’s Note:

Craig is studying the teachings of different religions, as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.

This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in intalics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.

Enjoy “THE WORD”…

Article Title: A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra) – Part Three
Submitted by Craig Lock

Key words: Deepak Chopra, Jesus, Jesus Christ, spirituality, spiritual growth, enlightenment, inspiration, empowerment, self help, self realisation (enough there for now, craig)

Web sites:www.deepakchopra.com and www.rbooks.co.uk

The submitter’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)


Publishing Guidelines:
I’m sharing these these thoughts, these writings by Dr Deepak Chopra with the world in a ‘spirit of enlightenment’) ; so this article (as with all my articles) may be published, electronically or in print
(with acknowledgment to the author, thanks).
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
*
Sharing some Thoughts (Spiritual) on Jesus from ‘The Third Jesus’ by Deepak Chopra
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions, as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and  ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.
This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in intalics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.
Enjoy “THE WORD”…
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‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Deepak Chopra: How to Find Truth and Love in Today’s World
Published in the UK in 2008 by Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing www.rbooks.co.uk andwww.deepakchopra.com
Karma – Reaping and Sowing
“As you sow, so shall you reap.”
Karma is important on the spiritual path, and knowing how to act and why (ie. intent) is important in all religions. Good actions advance spiritual growth.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,
at all the times you can, to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley
Karma gives back exactly what you deserve, but God doesn’t. He gives without regard to good and evil… and that is a mark of grace (God’s Infinite Grace).
Live by grace.
Judge Not
‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.’ (Matthew 7: 1-2)
Generosity of spirit (as with Nelson Mandela) is rewarded in kind,, eventually. Spiritual truths can’t be restricted by time and place. The ability to receive any spiritual teaching depends on your level of awareness.
All the violence in Jesus’s life served the purpose of a higher teaching, that physical life, even at its most cruel, can be transcended.
‘For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance.’ (Matthew 13:12)
Connect to the Source.
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.’ (John 15:1-5)
The sap that nourishes the vine and causes it to bear fruit is God, the Source of Life.
Jesus wanted to share the unity he experienced with God, the “Ground of All Being”and therefore he often used the phrase ‘abide in me’.
Spirit is eternal.
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UNITY
The essence of Jesus was his complete unity with God (ie. his will was in complete alignment wih His Father’s will). The mystical Jesus was describing his essence and ours at the same time. This essence (our humanity) is a speck of God, the soul substance inside everyone that never became seperated from its source (both his and ours).
I am Spirit
He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.’ (John 8:23)
(“Spaced-out”!??)
I am Eternal
Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.’
(My comment: Aren’t we all part of God’s greater plan, especially when we surrender our wills to God’s “higher” purpose).
The broader meaning is that spirit surpasses any organized religion.
My Purpose is to Fulfill
‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish, but to fulfill.
Jesus existed for his followers in a state of consciousness beyond the five senses and the thinking mind.
(He continually drew on a Higher Power than himself, God, the Father).
All Authority is Mine
And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’. (Matthew 28:18)
I am the Way
Jesus said to him: ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ (John 14: 6-7)
(I understand the concept of God, the Father and the ‘invitation’ to enter into a “personal relationship” with the Ultimate Source, of all the religions is unique to Christianity)
Jesus acts not alone, but as a vehicle of God’s will. God causes things to happen through him. His union with God was immediate, personal and direct.
(My little comment:
God, Great (Infinite) Spirit “works” through ordinary’ (what’s that!) people and like Jesus, God’s presence and Infinite Grace is often revealed through the thoughts, “small” actions and deeds of “common, humble, yet great spirited” human beings. I suppose the key is getting “our will perfectly in line with God’s will!” … but HOW . I’ll contemplate that one)
An afterthought…
Yet we can ALL can be channels, instruments of God’s will , if we so choose and allow to unfold (getting into another deeper/higher dimension, a higher consciousness of living, perhaps??!
As I write and express my thoughts, it’s all becoming clearer!
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WHO IS THE REAL JESUS?
The mystical argument: The real Jesus was never physical – he is the Holy Spirit (???). Jesus becomes something abstract and invisible, the Word that was never born and will never die.
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Spirituality is about truths that cannot be understood from a strictly rational perspective. Because the Holy Spirit is transcendant, Jesus must be found not on earth, but in the Kingdom of God. (a ‘fact of the soul’). Through him, Spirit is realised; so that he brings God-consciousness down to earth by being its living exemplar.
Spirit exists to serve, and since we are all spirit, our life should be dedicated to service. When you serve others, you are servant and master to yourself
and this state of Higher Consciousness is real and open to ALL of us.”
In summary…
The authentic message regarding the words, deeds, and teachings of Jesus are as relevant and useful today as ever.
In essence they are:
* Give to anyone who asks; knowledge and righteousness are revealed in action
* Beware those who claim to speak on behalf of God; first, know yourself
* Find the light inside, and share this light with the world
These writings are an attempt to let Jesus speak for himself… and I hope, I trust, that the “spiritual Jesus”, the “Third Jesus”, “The Real Jesus” shines through his words… so that you may feel his “sublime presence”, through his Infinite Spirit and Grace… TODAY
Shared (with thanks) by “not so goody-goody airey fairey spiritual” Craig Lock
(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
(Matt 5:16)
“You are the light of the world; a city cannot be hidden, if it is built on a mountain top. A lamp is not lighted to be put away under a bushel measure; it is put on the lamp stand, to give light to all the people of the house; and your light must shine so brightly before men.” (Matt 5,14-16. Knox).
“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being). Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.”
– craig (as adapted from and inspired by Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God Book 3’).
About the submitter:
In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

He is presently “working” on his latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the unquechable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking;
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
I love these words from Marianne Williamson as used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugeration speech as State President at South Africa’s first Democratic Election in 1994.
“People fight and die for religion but they seldom live for religion.”
– former Indian Prime Minister, Jahrulal Nehru
“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, and that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
– anon
“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.
Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better.”
End of Part Three
(Part Four to follow)
THIS PIECE MAY BE PUBLISHED
(with acknowledgment to Dr Deepak Chopra, please)
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
– Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”
– the Buddha

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”
“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

Shine YOUR own bright light on humanity

A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (Part Two by Dr Deepak Chopra)

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions, as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.

This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in intalics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.

Enjoy “THE WORD

Article Title: A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’
(Part Two by Dr Deepak Chopra)
Submitted by Craig Lock
Key words: Deepak Chopra, Jesus, Jesus Christ, , spirituality, spiritual growth, enlightenment, inspiration, empowerment, personal growth

The submitter’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)
Publishing Guidelines:
I’m sharing these these thoughts, these writings by Dr Deepak Chopra with the world in a ‘spirit of enlightenment’) ; so this article (as with all my articles) may be published, electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to the author, thanks).
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
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Sharing some Thoughts (Spiritual) on Jesus from ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Dr Deepak Chopra
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions, as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and  ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know and Love!)’.
This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I have added a few of my own thoughts (in intalics). I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too.
Enjoy “THE WORD”…
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‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Deepak Chopra: How to Find Truth and Love in Today’s World
Published in the UK in 2008 by Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing www.rbooks.co.uk and www.deepakchopra.com
PART TWO THE GOSPEL OF ENLIGHTENMENT
“Jesus said, ‘Be in the world, but not of it.’
Love and Grace:
Jesus treats love as something radical – a life-changing event. Love will bring God back into our existence. Love will make peace with our enemies and bring joy into our hearts. Jesus says that people must believe in him as Messiah to earn salvation and please God in material ways through doing good works. However, a God capable of being pleased and displeased isn’t a God of Grace, since the essence of grace is unconditional love. The only viable way to follow Jesus’s teachings on love is to match them with your own level of consciousness (the highest possible – like another dimension of living).
Jesus’s teachings are truly learned only when you become the teaching. The lesson about divine love that Jesus taught, is that love is so full of grace, that it leads to transformation –  so changing a person’s whole being (through a ‘new awakened spirit’).
‘Abide in Me!’
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FAITH:
The Jesus who speaks in the gospels seems obsessed with faith. He makes faith a condition for entering Heaven and escaping Hell (which is simply seperation from God). When Jesus tells someone whom he has just healed, that their faith made the miracle possible, the implication is that God doesn’t send miracles to the unfaithful. Jesus could be referring to faith as experienced in a higher state of consciousness.
Believe in a vision
“Without a vision the people perish.”
– Proverbs
‘But strive first for the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well.’
Everyone who asks, receives. Every thought triggers a response; nothing is lost in the universe.
The door will open.
He makes a promise: ‘And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ (John 8:32). Here he means revealed truth, the kind that arises directly from a real connection to God. And anyone who reaches God consciousness will experience revealed truth.
Jesus encourages each of us to find God within ourselves. The path is completely open through knowledge and love (wisdom too), the only obstacles being those you raise yourself.
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Jesus and the Self (ie. ego, personality and the soul):
Being one with God is our natural, higher state.
Meditation
Jesus didn’t come from a meditative tradition, as Buddha did, and he placed his emphasis on prayer, faith and knowledge (wisdom too). Christianity went on to worship over self transformation, prayer over meditation, and faith over inner growth.
Being is timeless. When Jesus says of himself, ‘Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I am’ (John 8:58), he is referring to his state of being (spirit – part of God’s plan for the universe).
PRAYER
Pray to be worthy (and of significance, of value to serve others). Remember who you really are, live to be worthy of God, and pray so that you will be connected to him (??). Prayer should be intimate, a private communion, not a public show.
Spirit communicates not through words, but through direct experience. Jesus is underscoring the need to be in the presence of spirit yourself and to be affected by it (his) personally. It clarifies the mind to ask specifically for what you want God to do in your life. (God wants you to ASK, so it can be delivered to you!).
I believe Jesus valued prayer as a process of inner growth. As a teacher of enlightenment, prayer is in service to that end.
Pray with faith (great)
BELIEVE that you WILL receive. ‘Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’ – Matthew 21:22
IE. FAITH is the key!
At the highest level, a prayer is no different from any other thought; because all thoughts bring about a result. Jesus told us simply to believe that our prayers will come true.
Jesus Christ came to heal the broken-hearted, the broken in spirit (like you and I at some point in our lives). As in the story of the prodigal son, he came to give hope, the greatest hope: that of new life – hope for a new beginning…. one not divided by the past, but with hope for the future.”
Dr Deepak Chopra
“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
“You are the light of the world; a city cannot be hidden, if it is built on a mountain top. A lamp is not lighted to be put away under a bushel measure; it is put on the lamp stand, to give light to all the people of the house; and your light must shine so brightly before men.” (Matt 5,14-16. Knox).

Shared (with thanks) by “not so goody-goody airey fairey spiritual” Craig Lock
(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“People fight and die for religion but they seldom live for religion.”
– former Indian Prime Minister, Jahrulal Nehru

“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being). Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.” – Craig Lock (as adapted from and inspired by Neale Donald Walsch’s ‘Conversations with God’

About the submitter:
In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

He is presently “working” on his latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the unquechable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking;
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
I love these words from Marianne Williamson as used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugeration speech as State President at South Africa’s first Democratic Election in 1994.
“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, and that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
– anon
“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.
Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better.”
End of Part Two
(Part Three to follow)
THIS PIECE MAY BE PUBLISHED
(with acknowledgment to Dr Deepak Chopra, please)
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
– Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”
– the Buddha

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”
“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

Shine YOUR own bright light on humanity

A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra) – Part One eview”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra) – Part One

This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too. Enjoy…

Article Title: A “Book Review”: ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ (by Dr Deepak Chopra) – Part One
Submitted by Craig Lock

Key words: Deepak Chopra, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christianity, spirituality, spiritual growth, enlightenment, inspiration

Web sites: www.deepakchopra.com and www.rbooks.co.uk

The submitter’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

Publishing Guidelines:

I’m sharing these these thoughts, these writings by Dr Deepak Chopra with the world in a ‘spirit of enlightenment’) ; so this article (as with all my articles) may be published, electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to the author, thanks).
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
*
Sharing some Thoughts (Spiritual) on Jesus from ‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Dr Deepak Chopra
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Submitters’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions, as he researches and writes his latest novels ‘A New Dawn’ and  ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, which are set in the Middle East and his latest “labour of love” ‘ The Real, The True Jesus… the One That I Really Know!)’.
This article (in point form) was based on notes and some short extracts I’ve taken directly from Dr Deepak Chopra’s fascinating and thought-provoking new book, ‘The Third Jesus’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. As I take notes, contemplate and share these most revealing thoughts from Dr Chopra, I learn more about my own spiritual journey. So am sharing this piece from Part One ( “a great enlightening read”) in the spirit of hopefully stimulating thinking and discussion on the life and mission of Jesus from Chopra’s writings and beliefs along the ‘spiritual journey’. I recommend that you read this book, if you are interested in spiritual (or “airey-fairey” as my very “down-to-earth”, practical friends call this subject matter) matters. (Incidentally, I do ‘try to test’, futher explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’ and they DO work). Hope sharing this short extract, these ‘eternal truths’ from an excellent book may be of interest, uplifting… and perhaps even inspirational to you too. Enjoy…
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‘THE THIRD JESUS’ by Deepak Chopra: How to Find Truth and Love in Today’s World
Published in the UK in 2008 by Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing www.rbooks.co.uk
THE WORD
“Deepak Chopra explores what we call the ‘Christ-consciousness’, which can be identified neither with the Jesus of history, nor with the Jesus of the creeds, the doctrines, and the dogmas of the ecclesiastical institution. This ‘third Jesus’ can be seen only when we move into a new human awareness that will carry us beyond tribe and prejudice and even beyond our religious systems.”
– John Shelby Spong, retired bishop of Newark and author of ‘Jesus for the Non-Religious’
“The story of ‘The Third Jesus’ is based on the science of all great religions. The knowledge that God dwells within each of us is realised, when we enter into Christ-consciousness. His voice reaffirms the science that is the basis of all religions and echoes the truth in the human spirit.”
– Russell Simmons
INTRODUCTION
“Jesus wanted to inspire a world reborn in God. His name for the soul is the Kingdom of God and he clearly intended for it to descend to earth. (‘On earth let it be as it is in Heaven’)
Jesus’s radical vision needs to be renewed. Spirit, like water, remains fresh only if it flows.”
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PART ONE
“The living Jesus was a man of baffling contradictions: extremely humble, yet with such exalting claims about who he was… so extraordinarily human, yet at the same time divine.
He taught his followers how to reach God-consciousness. The third Jesus offers a direct relationship, that is personal and present. Conventional faith is the same as belief in the impossible (such as Jesus walking on water); but there is another faith that gives us the ability to reach into the unknown and achieve transformation. Jesus thought timelessly and rose to the highest level of enlightenment (and consciousness).
‘You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before all men.’
Jesus was the very model of his teachings. Buddha said, “Whoever sees me sees the teaching,” and the same is true of Jesus. He lived in Christ-consciousness, and his teaching drew directly out of his own state of awareness. Jesus can show us the way to enlightenment. If there is such a thing as God-consciousness, no-one can be excluded from it.
What makes Jesus so difficult for us to grasp is that he never veers away from the purity of the light. He has no choice. God consciousness creates its own reality. Surrender to God, the Father proved to be Jesus’s ultimate weapon.
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The Gnostic Gospels:
The Gnostics chafed at church authority, believing it was up to each Christian to find God through personal knowledge of him and thus to attain enlightenment. They preferred to walk an individual path guided by revelation. The Gnostics felt that enlightenment, not salvation in Heaven was Jesus’s mission. (My comment/question: What about both??). The Gospel of Truth accuses conventional Christians of missing the whole point of Jesus, falling into blind worship, instead of trying to seek enlightenment. Individual experience dominated over written doctrine.”
(My comment: One has to experience the presence, the spirit of Jesus in a life… and this comes through asking)
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CHAPTER TWO: THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN
“Reaching the Kingdom of God means arriving at a higher level of consciousness… and Jesus said that the Kingdom of God was within everyone. He serves as the model for this path by inner communion with God. Jesus is the human face of God.
Your devotion, service and contemplation are directed towards the higher self or soul. The seed is his teaching; the waste ground is a mind unprepared to receive the truth. We turn to Jesus, because he understands the territory of the unknown, the source not only of a messiah, but of the soul itself.”
– Dr Deepak Chopra
Shared (with thanks) by “not so goody-goody airey fairey spiritual” Craig Lock
(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and

“People fight and die for religion but they seldom live for religion.”
– former Indian Prime Minister, Jahrulal Nehru
“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
(Matt 5:16)
“You are the light of the world; a city cannot be hidden, if it is built on a mountain top. A lamp is not lighted to be put away under a bushel measure; it is put on the lamp stand, to give light to all the people of the house; and your light must shine so brightly before men.”
(Matt 5,14-16. Knox).
“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being). Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.”
– craig (as adapted from and inspired by Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God Book 3’).
About the submitter:
In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. He believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

He is presently working on his latest novels ‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the unquenchable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Grand Horizons‘.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking;
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
I love these inspiring and uplifting words from Marianne Williamson as used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugeration speech as State President at South Africa’s first Democratic Election in 1994.
“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, and that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
– anon

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.
Change YOUR world and you help change THE world… for the better.”
End of Part One
(Part Two to follow)
THIS PIECE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
(with acknowledgment to Dr Deepak Chopra, please)

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
– Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”
– the Buddha

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”
“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

SHARING SOME THOUGHTS ON JESUS

Here are some of my notes and thoughts (in point form) that I’ve collected over the years. Some are other authors viewpoints on the person that was/is Jesus and I’ll share with you. Enjoy…

Jesus came into history, so that we can meet him, know him… and so know ourselves.

SHARING SOME THOUGHTS ON JESUS

Key Words (Tags): Jesus, Jesus Christ,  Christianity, faith

Here are some of my notes and thoughts (in point form) that I’ve collected over the years. Some are other authors viewpoints on the person that was/is Jesus and I’ll share with you. Enjoy…

SCIENCE VS RELIGION

Science and religion CAN be in alignment.

Science and logic (proof) takes us to one level; but then we have to depend on faith to take us further, deeper. But it’s up to us to weave into the “big picture”, trying to “make sense of the world”.

With Christianity you have to make a decision, a commitment to “buy into it, the story, the “fairy-tale” of Jesus”.

TRUST
then “take me as I am”

(Book: “A Fine-Tuned Universe” by Alistair?? Gifford Lectures)
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Jesus’s purpose was to seek and serve the lost (even till death)

“The full flower that is the hope of ALL mankind may be found in the figure and life of Jesus.”

“I am the light of the world.”

Christmas is not about religion or even presents. It’s the birth of a baby born 2000 years ago. The quality of his life and teaching and the impact of Jesus Christ on the world has never been surpassed. He speaks into our society today: teachings like caring for our neighbour, honouring our parents, and doing what is right. We urgently need to teach these principles. It’s all about Jesus Christ.”
– Denis Shuker (as published in an extract from his letter to the Editor in the Herald on Sunday, Auckland, New Zealand and slightly amended by me)

The birth of Jesus is God’s radical intervention in the world’s affairs in order to bring about the transformation of all things.”
– Ross Bay, Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand

“This single event has changed the course of history. The birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, remains as an enduring sign from God that who also chooses generosity over self-indulgence, engagement over remoteness and belief over despair.”
– Heather Rodwell, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, New Zealand

Christianity deals with the human condition.
It’s a moral compass for our lives: the values of reconciliation, justice and truth.

Incarnation of God, manifestation of the divine.

Jesus came into history, so that we can meet him, know him… and so know ourselves. Through Him we become transformed with a new spirit. He offers us a new life – making a “bigger picture” happen to our lives. Through Him God enters into our own place – inviting us to receive him. In Him the Lord became servant.

It’s not me doing it … but a Higher Power. I’m doing it through YOU. He moves my spirit.

God invaded human history (entered the world) through the human race as an unloved, unwanted baby (baby as “human flesh, the saviour of humanity”). In his life Jesus was tempted, just as we are.

Jesus was seen as a political threat by the Romans and a religious threat by the Jews. Today, just as two thousand years ago, the world needs someone to change things – to transform the world, a Saviour.
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You are loved and created with a purpose
Every choice has a consequence.

As an expression of the nature of God.

Jesus came into history, so that we can meet him, know him… and so know ourselves.

He has (and has) the conquering spirit of a champion.

Shared by craig

THE HIDDEN JESUS by Robert Beckford

These are the notes I took from Robert Beckford’s excellent TV documentary seen here in New Zealand; so am sharing with you. I hope, I trust that Robert’s personal thoughts and beliefs on the “person” and life of Jesus may be as uplifting, empowering and perhaps even inspirational to you, as they are to me.

craig

THE HIDDEN JESUS by Robert Beckford

Tags: ‘The Hidden Jesus’, Robert Beckford, Jesus, Jesus Christ,  Christianity, Buddha, Islam, Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi, spiritual unity

Submitter’s Note:

These are the notes I took from Robert Beckford’s excellent TV documentary seen here in New Zealand; so am sharing with you. I hope, I trust that Robert’s personal thoughts and beliefs on the “person” and life of Jesus may be as uplifting, empowering and perhaps even inspirational to you, as they are to me.

craig

BUDDHA, JESUS, ISLAM and GANDHI:

Christianity has some common spiritual values with other spiritual traditions and religions (and some of the ‘miracles’ are not unique to Christianity).

Some Common Spiritual Values:
* Be humble
* Keep doors open
* Love as a powerful driving force
* a divine inner light that banishes all darkness and ignorance

Buddhism (along with other Eastern religions) has many common strains of teaching. Buddha taught ‘dharma’, a right way of living. The Buddha too was “visited and tempted” by the devil and performed miracles (similar to Jesus, like walking on water).
People simply want to be happy – the teachings of both Jesus and the Buddha. Buddhism is a guide to personal transformation, remarkably similar to Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount.

Attempting to attain some objective and live with righteousness.

Here are some of the main guiding principles:
* Do good to those that hate you.
* Overcome anger with love.
* Overcome evil by doing good.
* Replace lies with truth.

The teachings of Jesus were similar to those of the Buddha: peace, justice and wanting people to have a good life.

Jesus taught people to follow the right path: that of equality, morality and justice.
Jesus challenged the religious authority of the day and their symbols of opression.
He challenged societies problems and religious dogmas… in a common search for truth and how to engage it.

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ISLAM

Jesus is one of the prophets who performed miracles, a pre-curser to Mohammed, the LAST Prophet revealing Allah’s word to the people.

Muslims believe that there will be a day of judgment in everyone’s life.

Jesus will return, but only God knows WHEN.
Then he will live for 40 years and will be buried at Medina  (present day Saudi Arabia) in a tomb next to Muhammad

Muslims believe that Jesus will save humanity from injustice (ie. he is a messiah). That he preached eternal truths and is one of the great prophets of Islam.

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MAHATMA (MOHANDAS) GANDHI

Like Jesus, Gandhi was a man of action, who wanted to change his country and so the world… through non-violence or passive  resistance. Gandhi was greatly influenced and inspired by the Sermon on the Mount (“Christ gave me the message” and “I love Christ; but I’m not so keen on his followers”.

Gandhi pondered the deep question: ‘Do I have the capacity not to hate?’
His teachings: Active non-violent resistance, transformed into non-violent resistance.
Like Jesus, Gandhi invoked major confrontation with the authorities (the Salt March has a parallel with Jesus entering Jerusalem on his donkey).

“My life is my message.”
– Mohandas Gandhi

It is PRACTICAL faith in ACTION:
Live the faith
Live the idealism

This involves a concern for human rights… as evident in the quote:
“Live simply, so that others may simply live.”

Great figures like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Lech Walensa (former leader of the Solidarity movement in Poland) were largely influenced by the teachings of Jesus. This is  evidenced by their concern for human rights and fighting for the rights of the marginalised of society, the opressed people living in their countries.

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The core elements of Jesus’s story.
(as per the Coptic Museum in Cairo)
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HOW DO I SEE JESUS?
WHAT DOES HE MEAN TO ME TODAY?

The teachings of Jesus are vitally important. But HOW to put them into action… today?

Doing this requires commitment, ie active participation to be a worker for reconciliation, a peace-maker and this involves taking risks.

Yet
“Those who work for peace will reap a rich harvest” (or something  like that)

I believe to fully understand the “person” that was Jesus, we have to strip away much of the dogma of religion, even of Christianity. Jesus was not only a new Jewish teacher, who challenged the tyranny and opression of the Roman empire of his day.

His simple teachings are still vitally important 2000 years after his death: His messages of justice (and opposing injustice with all ones means/”might”) and human rights for all.

Jesus wanted people to experience the Kingdom of God (by whatever means is best for them???)

The life of Jesus revealed what it means to serve God with all ones heart and soul, together with love (for oneself as well as one’s neighbour), as a powerful driving force for ALL humanity. His spirit is a divine inner light that banishes all ignorance and forces of darkness.

And we the “ordinary little” people are invited to claim a portion of His Immense Spirit. All we need do is ASK!

For me the simple message of Jesus Christ was: IF we follow the teachings of Christ and fully trust Him, we can all lead happier and more fulfilled lives going down this path. And in shining our own “little” lights we can change the world for the better.

Shared by craig

“Those whom you seek to change, you must first love.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“We can all be great; because we can all serve.”
– Martin Luther King, Jnr (and Mother Teresa)

“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘ordinary, little’ people will eventually reach their destination.
Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope for a brighter future “

‘The Real Jesus: The Jesus I Knew (and Know): “My Conversations with God”

These are some notes I have jotten down over the years; so sharing some thoughts of “the spiritual journey”, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of love”. Just “planting, sowing and watering, some seeds” (not my unkept garden, just like these ‘indecipherable’* notes). I hope they may be of interest… and perhaps even inspire you as they do me… daily. Enjoy.

Article Title: The Real Jesus: The Jesus I Knew (and Know)
“My Conversations with God”
Shared by: craig
Key words: Spiritual Growth, Spirituality, Faith, Inspiration, Jesus,  Jesus Christ, Christianity, Testimony, Words of inspiration, “Spiritual Thoughts”.
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)
Publishing Guidelines:

These are some notes I have jotten down over the years; so sharing some thoughts of “the spiritual journey”, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of love”. Just “planting, sowing and watering, some seeds” (not my unkept garden, just like these ‘indecipherable’* notes). I hope they may be of interest… and perhaps even inspire you as they do me… daily. Enjoy.

* big word, eh!

These thoughts (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS:

These notes form part of a new manuscript, which I’m currently ‘working on’ (it’s not really “work” as it seems to be ‘writing itself’. I may name  it ‘The Real Jesus: The Jesus I Knew (and know)’

These are some brief thoughts (in point form) from thoughts and ideas that I’ve written down and collected over the years (some from authors and sources unknown), which may be of interest and get you “tinking” about these “airey-fairey matters”. If you want to replace the word ‘God’ mentioned so often with ‘Life’, that’s great! (YOU choose what the concept of God represents to you). Hope it’s not too “heavy heavy” for you and that these thoughts may be helpful, uplifting and perhaps even inspirational to you in your spiritual growth.

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THE REAL JESUS: THE JESUS I KNEW (AND KNOW)
(“MY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD”)

I don’t believe in labelling myself (and others) as a “goody goody overly serious” Christian…but this is what I believe…

“God is a mystery absolutely transcending human understanding.”

“MY religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
– Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Paint the picture and gravitate towards your goal. Energy rises up to meet your desires (the universe).

What we SEE will come to BE
Dare to decide.
Making daring decisions.
Decide who and what you want to be and become.

Success in any endeavour of life is no accident.

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We are a mosaic of gifts. Everyone has an inner beauty.

“Every moment we are influenced by the footprints of our past.”

“No physical or mental power can restrain the power of the human spirit.”
– President Barack Obama on the death of Lady Kennedy Shriver

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is the One within you.

“The God of a second chance”.


You are the salt of the earth.”
“You are the light of the world.”

Jesus Christ was the ‘Author of Reconciliation’.

The first step to peace is EDUCATION.
Understanding leads to finding alternative solutions.
Peace starts WITHIN!

“Always love your country, but never trust your government.”
– Robert Novak

“Peacemakes who sow in peace, will reap a harvest of righteousness.”
– James 3:18

“Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we want; but when we are challenged to be what (all that) we can become.”
– Morris Adler

As I pray, I become!

“God has created me to do for him some definite purpose. He has committed some work to do, which He has not committed to another.”
– John Henry Newman

God gives extra-ordinary assignments to ordinary people.
God LIVES through people.

There is great opportunity for all of us: the  chance is there individually, nationally and even internationally to do something beautiful for God and for His Christ.
Often it is a new thing I want to do with you.

Russian Leo Tolstoi once wrote: “The vocation of every man and  woman is to serve other people.”
Perhaps it’s being a “star of hope” to others, who are going through very difficult times?

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The redemptive power of LOVE:
“Power without love is reckless and abusive. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.”

“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

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The spirit that made the world, the Divine Spark is already in you; but it has to be activated.

God comes to us more through the realm of wisdom than through knowledge. We need to create a new age of wisdom and experience in the “literature of humanity”. A darkness that we will brightly illuminate with our hearts.

And let the family of God on earth reflect the holy family in heaven of the sacred trinity of life, even the threefold flame. Let there be rejoicing let there be celebration.

Tap into the power of God (“The Essence of Existence, The Fountain of All Goodness”), which transforms you.
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Jesus Christ was the conduit, whereby the love of God was loosed to human history; so transforming humanity with a new awareness, a new consciousness.

Jesus is a living presence.

The God I see in Jesus of Nazareth is revealed in the personhood of everyone… because everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

YOU can enhance the personhood of every person who touches your life.

And let the family of God on earth reflect the holy family in heaven of the sacred trinity of life, even the threefold flame. Let there be rejoicing let there be celebration.

Jesus is the human face of God. Jesus makes God real to me and within me through my experience of and with Him!.

Jesus, the voice of hope (or “oasis of hope”), turns the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

“It’s the culmination of one ‘man’s’ ‘individual’  purpose for being on this planet; but far more importantly, a joyous celebration of life. A distinctive, unique vision offering the promise of hope, light and especially love to anyone… a candle that burns brightly in the frequent darkness of life. In short, a glorious destiny that rises above the limitless horizons of the human condition.”

craig (2nd Sept 2009

I choose to believe that Jesus died for us; but we can choose to LIVE for Him.
YOU represent Jesus TODAY

craig

“Whether you’re a candle in a corner, or a beacon on a hill, let your light shine.”

“Lord,
Give me dreams to broaden my horizons and help me reach out to all you have in store for me. Reveal yourself to me… today!”

“Go to the end of your life with pride behind you, love around you and hope ahead of you.”
– Dr Robert H. Schuller 

“Lord,
Rekindle the goals You have given me. Ignite my heart, the ‘flame of the soul’. Broaden my horizons for all the rich promises you have in store for me.Reveal yourself to me… TODAY”

About the Submitter:

In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives (without being too much of a too boring Mr goody-goody two shoes” (as he’s lost one!). Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”

“Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the ‘river of life’ – how and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life’s magical and mysterious journey. Light your path by shine your own bright light of hope and love to the world ” – craig

“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being). Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight.” – craig (as adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God Book 3’).

God bless you all

shared by “not so goody goody airey-fairey” craig (“incorrigible encourager and people-builder”)

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

“Together, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better future.”

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He is understandable.”

“God, the ‘Fountain of all Goodness’, is beyond the realm of our own understanding.”

“God is a Creative Presence, the great mystery, the Ultimate Source of Life, the Fountain of all Goodness, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”