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When I was a Little Girl, I Had to Go to Church
November 15, 2012

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When I was a little girl, I had to go to church--the Baptist church. It was a new experience. I would lay out my clothing on Saturday night, and look forward to walking three blocks to Sunday school in my patent leather shoes. I enjoyed reading those little booklets for Sunday lessons; those drawings that depicted Jonah in the belly of the whale; Noah and his boys herding all those animals in that huge ark; and Jesus, in his long flowing white robe, talking to the poor and destitute. Not only could he walk on water, but he could also turn it into wine. When I was a little older, I graduated from Sunday school and I joined the choir. Then I attended only the big Sunday service, which would begin around 11:30 a.m., and the preaching and singing and announcements would not end until about 2:00 p.m. Over time, sitting in the choir, listening to the sermon, I began questioning what I heard. If Jesus said that we could do what he did and more, why didn't someone, the preacher or somebody, give some details about his miracle methods?

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How exactly did he raise Lazarus from the dead? How did he produce all those loaves of bread, without yeast and an oven? Better yet, how did he resurrect after that brutal crucifixion? This was definitely a skill we should have. It would make war obsolete. We could once and for all rid ourselves of the term "homicide." And where was Jesus when he disappeared from the pages of the gospels only to return later a grown man, pissing off the Pharisees? You mean to tell me that a man who was both divine and human, and gorgeous, according to the drawings, had no woman? Just knowing what I knew about famous men and groupies made me suspect that some information about Jesus' life had been concealed from me.


Unfortunately, the climate of the church was not one where I felt comfortable snooping around in Jesus' personal business; so around age 16 or so I stopped going to church. But the idea that I could do the things that Jesus did, and more, stayed with me. It wasn't until I began studying A Course in Miracles that I understood how Jesus performed those miracles, and how he managed the resurrection. As a matter of fact, A Course in Miracles is what I have come to refer to as the resurrection guidebook.


Everything about Jesus' life was symbolical, from birth to resurrection. It was designed to serve as an example for the power that is within us all, a power identified as Christ Consciousness. Miracles are corrections in our thoughts and beliefs. When our belief system is free from ideas of lack and limitation, we too experience a new life in alignment with Universal Consciousness. This is, according to my understanding, the meaning of the resurrection. It is also another way of describing the shift in consciousness.


When I think of my childhood church experience, I cannot resist appreciating my feelings of discomfort that prevented me from asking those questions. While that discomfort directed me away from the church, those perplexing questions about Jesus remained with me for over 34 years. I focus on the shift of consciousness because of the answers I received.


So those are my words for this month.


Sharon Cheney is our guest blogger this month. Back in the summer, a friend forwarded Sharon's newsletter to me. I was so inspired by the information it provided, that I contacted her right away. We have been communicating ever since. It is from Sharon that I received the good news that enough of us have shifted to initiate the energetic movement towards a planet that is more positive. That movement is what is referred to as Crossing the 2012 Threshold.


In joy,


~Akilah

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