More than 30 years ago, I cracked open volume one of a forbidden book about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. By the time I read through volume two, my entire relationship with Jesus, the man, was changed, and my relationship with Christ, the Consciousness, began.

Those five little volumes, The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, by Baird T. Spalding, written around 1900, were forbidden by the Orthodox Christian church because their content was blasphemous. Was it possible that Jesus was still around? Could we really access him personally? Could we know Jesus without the Bible?! All of those questions were swimming in my head. Were these books a fairy tale? Does it matter? No, it doesn’t matter. The fact is, they blew apart the limitations orthodox religion placed on Jesus and gave me a relationship with my Jesus that will live with me forever. I don’t really care if anyone can validate their authenticity. No one can truly validate the authenticity of the Christian Bible. The voice of my soul tells me there is truth in their pages, and that’s good enough for me.

Jesus was not some Being sitting off in the heavens waiting for me to ask him into my heart. He was not some judgmental offspring of God, or pseudo incarnation of God, that demanded the children of earth “follow him” or they would burn in some fiery hell.

My Jesus is with me as I write and when I speak. He guides me to do everything I can to awaken people to a multi-faceted account of his teachings, even if it means that I must face ridicule and judgment. I am not afraid because I know his power and his strength is in me. It is also in you.

We do not celebrate the birth of Jesus because he came here to die for our sins. In fact, we don’t believe that it why he was born. We believe he came here to show us how to live and how to harness the consciousness of God, which dwells within every human being, Christian or not. I know traditional Christianity will be appalled by the blasphemy of these words. I’m OK with that. I don’t need to convert anyone to my way of thinking or to defend my Jesus any more than anyone else needs to defend their right to their religion.

We celebrate Christmas to honor the greatest message Jesus brought to this planet. “Know ye not that ye are Gods?” In one unbutchered sentence, the authors of the canonical Bible quote Jesus with the most profound truth in the Bible. He told us that we were Gods – just like him. Jesus was born to manifest the perfection of God in human form. He told us the “Kingdom of God was within.” His teachings extend well beyond one “authorized” version of his life.

“Keyology” is the study of diverse spiritual principals that unlock inner wisdom.” Some of these principals are not based on Christianity. We have many “bibles” and our Jesus guides us to celebrate the birth of Christ Consciousness in all human kind. Jesus was born to show us how to align with the God consciousness that lives within everyone. His vast teachings exist to help us live the best possible life we can live. The core of his teachings is about forgiveness, Divine unconditional love and non-judgment.

This is one of the most powerful times of the year for spiritual development. The actual presence of Jesus, the Being, is more prevalent at this time of the year than any other time. If we will slow down and disconnect from the chaos of the holiday season, and truly access the Christ Consciousness within us, we will have honored the very purpose of Jesus’ life; to embrace the power of God that dwells within all human kind so we can do what is our destiny; to make this world a better place. We will finally be on the path to fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus, who said, “This and greater things shall you do.”

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