NTI Luke, Chapter 3
(v I 20)Your willingness is the calling within you. This willingness is within everyone, resting patiently within the heart, waiting for the day it is asked to sing its song. The song it sings is a calling, asking the one who hears its tune to follow it to a new way and a new day. John the Baptist is the symbol of this calling within all of us. Not yet fully the Christ, it is the voice within a split mind that calls it to return to one mind, which is the Christ. For Christ is free of illusions and released from distractions, singularly focused on the willingness that is the Will of God. What distracts you from the singular thought of God? Distractions take many forms. They may seem to be positive or negative distractions; they may seem to be problems you face or pleasures you enjoy; but if they keep your thoughts away from the singular thought of God, they are distractions for you. Do not feel guilty about your distractions, for distractions cause no loss in the Will of God. God's Will is truth, and so it remains always true. Distractions can have no affect on it. Distractions only distract you from what is true, so that your focus is on distractions, which distract you from the awareness of truth. But then the awakened willingness within comes, and it calls you to turn away from distractions. It calls you to return your mind fully to the awareness of truth. In this calling, your distractions can serve the purpose of truth. For all things given to your willingness will be used by your willingness to further awaken the call within you. This will continue until your distractions are no more, and you are fully awake to the singular thought of God without distraction of any kind. This is the purpose of John, the call within you that calls you to awaken. Follow the Voice. Listen to it. Do not let fear imprison this Voice within you. It is as written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
"A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God's salvation.'" (Luke 3:4-6, New International Version)
(v 21 - 38)The most helpful way for you to view yourself is not to view yourself as special. The ego wants to see itself as special. Special is separate, so to surrender to the ego's desire is to continue to see yourself as separate from God. This is not helpful. Do not look at Jesus' baptism and see him as special in comparison to you or others. Look at his baptism and realize Jesus was baptized with others and the same as others, in the same water and by the same one. For Jesus was baptized as one Son of God. It was of this one Son that it was spoken:
"You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
These are the words spoken of you. Read these words. Listen to them. Take them into your heart. Accept them as true of you as they were true of Jesus, for there is no difference of any kind. Rejoice that you are not special and that Jesus was not special, for it is all the same. You are he, and he is you. You are the one Son of God. This is your truth. You are the Son of God, just as Jesus was. There is no difference among you.
NTI Luke, Chapter 4
(v 1 - 13)Within your mind, there are confusing thoughts that tell you that you are what you are not. These thoughts are sly and deceitful, and you have listened to them and believed them. You listen to them and believe them to this day, so that they confuse you, even to the point of confusing you regarding your identity. But we are going to undo their confusion, for there is also a Voice within you that is not confused. It is this Voice you are beginning to hear and to trust. It is quiet, barely audible to you at all, and yet you feel this Voice within you, and you recognize it as true. Together, we will follow this Voice into the desert where the false voice may be exposed as false, and the true Voice may be known as true. There will be great rejoicing at this unmasking, for this will be the realization of Self, which is eternal and eternally true.
(v 14 - 30) This is a course of looking within yourself, for in truth there is nowhere else to look. As we follow this course together you will be tempted to look away from yourself and look at someone else, but If you remember that you cannot sec anyone else except through yourself, you will remember once again where to focus your attention. This is a course that looks inside the mind and inside the heart by examining symbols that seem to be outside. By looking through the mirror of your mind, we will discover the beliefs you hold onto there. We will look it your beliefs together and examine honestly what they say to you. Then you can decide if you want to listen to thorn or not.
Jesus came out of the desert a teacher, but the one who taught through him was the Holy Spirit. This is the same one that teaches you now, so that no time has elapsed since Jesus seemed to teach until the time, that 1 am teaching you now.
And so, it is true of you now as it was true of him then:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because ho has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. "He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:New1 International Version)