Please invite the Holy Spirit to assist with translation. Text is in bold print.
This is a longer post, but if you “get it” you will have a gift that few comprehend!
In a situation where you or another person, or both, experience inappropriate sex impulses, KNOW FIRST that this is an expression of fear.
Your love toward each other is NOT perfect, and this is why the fear arose.
*By PERFECT, I suspect he means without projection or fantasy coming into play. (Jesus goes on to explain that it is because we are not seeing each other with a miracle-minded eye.)
Turn immediately to me by denying the power of the fear, and ask me to help you to replace it will (with) love.
*I suspect that this was irksome to both Helen and Bill, because they saw it as Jesus interfering. They did not understand that Jesus does have a unique role to the rest of us because he was the first thought of Christ to be manifested and did not receive the same intensity of separation that the rest of us have had.
This shifts the sexual impulse immediately to the miracle-impulse, and places it at MY disposal.
*A testimony that Jesus is our most proficient guide in this life. Jesus is not “better-than” the rest of us. He simply has a unique and significant observation point from the rest of us.
*It would be like saying a brain surgeon was not as needed as a street cleaner. Or that one was better than another. The reality is that they are both crucial to the maintenance of conditions for human health. Jesus is just as needful to the salvation of humanity as the rest of us are.
Then acknowledge the true creative worth of both yourself AND the other one.
*I like to think of seeing Christ behind the mask of those I interact with. (Christ being the manifestation of all of us together, including Jesus.)
This places strength where it belongs.
*In the Divine.
Note that sexual fantasies are ALWAYS destructive (or depleting), in that they perceive another in an inappropriate creative role.
Both people are perceived essentially as “objects” fulfilling THEIR OWN pleasure drives.
This dehumanized view is the source of the DEPLETING use of sex.
*It sounds as if we may think of each other as a tool in sexual fulfillment. Can anyone relate? I know I can.
Freud’s description is purely NEGATIVE, i.e., as a release from the UNPLEASANT.
He also observed that the tension from id impulses never completely abates.
What he should have said is that the shift from miracle-impulses to sexual impulses was debilitating in the first place, because of the level-confusion involved.
*Seeing others as tools for our use rather than beings of value on their own.
This set up a state in which real release was impossible.
*Where is the joy then?
Note also that Freud’s notion of sex was as a device for inducing RELAXATION, which he confused with PEACE.
*Recognize the way Jesus is speaking to the leader’s voices of the day. Today he may word things a bit differently and address the current understandings. He would have done this at any time that he spoke or taught.
Inappropriate sex relaxes only in the sense that it may induce physical sleep.
The miracle, on the other hand, is an ENERGIZER.
*This is profound. (On a personal note, I have found that seeing Christ behind the mask of someone that I have had a disagreement with is very valuable and energizing. Especially compared to the draining energy I felt when I viewed my disputes from a place of guilt instead. See Song of Prayer 1, III, 1-6)
It always strengthens, and never depletes.
It DOES induce peace, and by establishing tranquility (not relaxation) it enables both giver and receiver to enter into a state of Grace.
*The possibility to enter Grace is there. It is still up to each party to move into it. Here again, Jesus knows when others are receptive, and we do not need to be in charge of that because he is.
Here his miracle-mindedness, (not release from tension) is restored.
*Miracle-mindedness puts us in a state of connection with All That Is and releases us from the sense of lack and fear.
Tension is the result of a building-up of unexpressed miracle-impulses.
*What a way to look at tension! How I wish I had known this in my teens and through the earlier decades of my life!
This can be truly abated only by releasing the miracle-drive, which has been blocked.
Converting it to sexual libido merely produces further blocking.
*What flash-backs I have of remembering the confusion of what I truly longed for. I have sought to understand this all of my life! I did not know how to take my children through their youth. And I have never heard it defined as I have in this reading.
Never foster this illusion in yourself, or encourage it in others.
*Our children need to understand this at an early age and our adults and teens need to be retaught. The world has not understood these impulses and media has made money at the cost of our psychological and emotional health and well-being as a race.
An “object” is incapable of release, because it is a concept which is deprived of creative power.
*Would this explain why so many women are not able to experience orgasm? And how about men receiving a real fulfilling experience out of the sexual act? Here is a question. Is it possible to have a sexual encounter that includes the miracle impulse as well?
*Jesus seems to be saying yes, when you are in the process of creating a child, as in procreation. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I believe it is possible beyond years of procreating, if the parties involved approach it as a creative activity that creates a healthy partnership.
*(I am going “out on a limb” here, because Jesus said earlier that only procreating was correct use of sexuality. I suggest he made that definition because humanity was a long way from understanding what he was trying to teach here. A case of him speaking to the people where they were at the moment of instruction.)
*In other words one must see the other as a partner in the creative process and it does not take much imagination to realize this may not be what is occurring in the sexual acts of many “so-called” unions. Not to mention the indiscreet ones or the blatantly abusive ones.
The recognition of the real creative power in yourself AND others brings release because it brings peace.
The peace of God which passeth understanding CAN keep your hearts now and forever.
*The way this is written is confusing to me. Consider this: “The peace of God which passeth understanding” can be (or may be) kept in your hearts, now and forever. I believe this is what Jesus was trying to communicate. And it brings me great joy and clarity. –Can be or may be– suggesting it is a choice that we make.
*There is incredible power in these last two statements. I needed to read them over several times and ask the Holy Spirit to sink their message into my soul.
*Recognizing the creative powers in another; acknowledges their connection to the Divine within each of us. It stands in witness of the Atonement and sheds the shackles of the manipulations of that part of the ego that is threatened by both life and death.
*It allows you to see behind the mask of the ego and relate to the Christ child within the other as well as yourself.
*What a fabulous way to exist! I pray that I will remember this and incorporate it more daily, step by step. (I would love to be able to teach this at Brigham Young University and other colleges around the world!)
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~