Well, first of all because change – and never have we gone through such rapid change – causes upset. And second because the rising energies raise to the surface whatever obstacles remain to embracing them and these obstacles are primarily the residue of our past upsets.
So many experience this period in time as one rich in expansion but also rich in upsets. Hence the great number of messages (Hilarion, Jesus, Arcturians, Pleiadians, Lauren Gorgo, Lisa Renee, etc.) counselling us on how to be with upsets.
My sense of moods is that they’re triggered by thoughts. Jesus calls them “energy flows” and thoughts are energy. We have a variety of moods hanging up in our closet. A thought causes us to feel a certain way. We go to the closet and choose a mood that fits with the thought we’ve taken on.
Jesus points out that we are not our moods. Not our thoughts, not everything we devise as a result of thoughts and moods. But for us here in a body, it’s very hard to get that basic, basic point. We see no daylight between our thoughts, moods, and what follows. All happens in an instant and we “are” the whole performance. But Jesus says we’re not.
Now we enter an area where apparent disagreement exists. The growth movement would say that we cannot “alter” moods. Jesus says we can. While the growth movement says we cannot, they still offer us an approach to the matter that secretly and implicitly is indeed aimed at altering moods. So Jesus and the growth movement are not really that far apart.
And the means of altering them is also not very far apart. The growth movement would say to “be with” the mood, experience it through without reacting to it. Jesus says “accept” it. Not a great deal of difference operationally between the two even if different words are used.
What Jesus calls “acceptance of what is” and what the growth movement calls “being with and experiencing to completion” are largely interchangeable. Both involve being with something without judging or reacting. If you really think hard about the situation, “being with without judging or reacting” or “accepting” is a quality that can be considered to be what the Divine “does.” Viewed from our 3D perspective, God simply is. God does not react or judge. God accepts all. Or so we’re told. God has been described as universal love and acceptance, passive witnessing, present-mindedness, etc.
So we are being asked to draw back from humanness – stimulus, judgement, response, etc. – and enter into divineness – being with, observing, acceptance.
Jesus says our mood will change. The growth movement says the mood we are in will disappear – which is change. What we are left in is our “mood” below moods and our natural “mood” is joyful, happy. So on the surface of it, it appears that our mood has changed from reactivation and upset to joy or happiness. In effect what has happened is that we have processed the reactive mood and left ourselves in the default, which, all things being equal, would be joy, happiness, etc. (unless we are beset with more upsets than simply attach to the single mood itself).
Jesus further points out that, when we’re “in a mood,” we project our upset onto others because as contemporary humans we’re often conditioned to make ourselves right and others wrong, judge others and avoid being judged by them, dominate and avoid being dominated. We very often operate self-servingly.
Jesus reminds us that if we simply accepted whatever the situation is instead of judging it, the mood would pass more quickly. When we judge and blame, it’s rather like nailing something to the ground. What we resist persists; what we accept and experience through disappears.
He reminds us of the power of choice we have. While we are in the mood, our power of choice does not seem very discernible. So he suggests at that moment, accepting the mood, allowing it to dissipate and then we can see more clearly the choicefulness that lies underneath it. We in fact will feel restored to choice.
He reminds us that our judgment of a situation occurs after the situation has occurred and so we are in fact remaining with the judgment rather than remaining with the changing situation or moment of now.
He then says: “Taking satisfaction in being wronged, offended, or taken advantage of only hurts you.” Who would choose to take satisfaction in being wronged, offended or taken advantage of? There are people who do. They occupy the parent or child I-states and they get biscuits (or rewards) from feeling themselves wronged, offended or taken advantage of. Occupying the victim position, as opposed to actually being a victim of something, is a recognized strategy among various strategies to get something we want. But it only diminishes us and condemns us to getting what we want by manipulating.
Now comes the real juice. Jesus takes what he is describing as a way of being in the illusion and hooks it up to the higher state we are headed towards:
“Living in the now moment, accepting what occurs without judgment, is as close as you can get to experiencing something real while still embracing the illusion, because when you awaken you will find that there is only the eternal now – no past, no future – and I can assure you that it is in no way a dull or boring existence! “
But the real meaning, the deepest significance, in so many words so often exists just beyond our reach. What is the “now”? What is the “real”? We cannot find within ourselves exactly what Jesus is talking about. He says that “within the illusion, it is practically impossible to imagine life without linear time because it is one of its supporting pillars, rebuilding it in every new moment.” It is practically impossible to imagine many, many things – bliss, complete wellbeing, a lack of ambition, universal love – that are to be found in the higher life.
But Jesus has at least offered us some words and given us his promise that a new life awaits us where the circumstances we find ourselves in here, stumble into or go knowingly into will no longer exist. He says:
“To be awake is an extremely fulfilling and happy state – your natural state – and you truly are stirring in your deep slumber as wakefulness and the brilliant Light of the divine eternal day approach.”
So again we are given advice on how to escape from one feature of 3D life (our moods), we are shown the difference between a moody life and a higher life of bliss, and we are promised that we can and will make the transition from the one to the other if we are open to it and accept it. This message is for me a model of how the spiritual hierarchy and the galactics are working with us to explain what is for us problematic, offer us ways to exit it, and show us what the difference will be between our lives now, immersed in problems, and then, freed from them.