This article is part of a series of articles within the Soul Master Handbook. Each article represents an aspect or a quality of the soul. Taking a deeper look at these qualities will provide an opportunity for readers to touch a part of their soul that they may have not yet touched or experienced. Once touched, the road continues to widen and straighten as we go forward in becoming the master of our own soul.
Salvation is the promise that we will find God. Redemption is acceptance of God’s love. The traditional idea about salvation is that it has been taken care of by someone else (Jesus’s death on the cross) – but each one of us must come to terms with our own salvation in order to gain our rightful inheritance of “Child of God” and Atonement (At One with God). We do this by redeeming ourselves, which means that we release the idea of ourselves as anything other than one with ALL and accepting the idea that we are always, eternally, at one with God (Atoned).
For every heart that is troubled, there is salvation through atonement and redemption. These words sound like a great sacrifice and within some religious traditions it can be, but true salvation is simply the moment when we truly experience our oneness and inseparability to God. Redemption is the steps we take to reach this state of salvation (which can also be considered our true authentic nature). We can redeem ourselves by releasing the layers of guilt and shame we have put upon ourselves for our past transgressions. This is the work, and sometimes it is not easy work. Releasing ourselves from “sin” is like scraping the tarter off our teeth, it’s hard, unpleasant and sometimes even painful, but when it’s done, it feels so refreshing and clean. You would think we would jump at the chance to release ourselves from a sinful past, but we cling to this fiercely because to release our own sin means we must also release it in others, and this is something the ego has a hard time doing because to do so, we have no one else to hold accountable for our suffering but ourselves.
A Course in Miracles says, “The laws of sin demand a victim.” Is anything gained for the sinner or the victims of sin by repeating the sins in their minds and hearts in order to atone oneself from the past? There is no atonement in punishment. The very idea of punishment is the mirror image of sin being directed back to the sinner in an endless cycle of sinner/victim. And as long as we consider ourselves a victim then we cannot let go of the concept of sin. The soul master will redeem himself with forgiveness, for in forgiveness there is only love and atonement.
Interestingly the word sin, in Greek (which is the original language of the New Testament), means to “miss the mark” or “miss the target”. This definition already gives New Testament texts that use the word sin an entirely different perspective. Certainly when we equate sin with a mistake instead of intent, the venom is already reduced from the lesson. It is true that the cycle of sin/victim will continue until the “mistake” is corrected and instead of seeing the situation within the lens of sin/victimization, we view it with love and forgiveness. This process of letting go is redemption.
What of those that have truly no mind towards redemption and commit atrocities towards others? Let the law of society take care of societal abuses and lawbreakers. As long as some refuse to find their own salvation by releasing their past transgressions, there will always be a time to keep these souls from further harm to themselves and others. Our best defense against lawlessness in others is acute and focused direction on our OWN redemption and salvation. Salvation can only be sought from our own actions to our own soul, and it is never your duty or your responsibility to work on someone else’s.
The process of salvation, through redemption and atonement, is the realization that we have never, nor could we ever, possibly be separate from originating Source. Salvation is awakening to our true divine spirit and understanding that the soul has known this all along. No one needs to “save” us. And really, no one could, because ultimately there is nothing to save. The truth of our true divine nature has been there from the beginning.
The idea of needing a savior to save us to redeem us from our sins is an ideology I flatly reject for many reasons. We are whole NOW – not after something happens or because of someone else’s sacrifice. We, as God’s image, need only turn away from the fascination of pain, suffering, sin, evil, and victimization and look in the divine mirror. There, you will see only atonement. We do not start from a position of separateness, which equates to less than, missing something, sinful, and so on – we start from a position of wholeness. The only sacrifice that is needed is the sacrifice of the separate identity we cling onto.
In summary, as individual expressions of the Creator, our salvation comes to us when we accept ourselves as Love’s creation. The dark shadows of sin, doubt, judgment and hate can only be redeemed through the path of love and forgiveness. No one is excluded from this promise of life, but it is our own responsibility to choose our own salvation. Do we choose the joyous reunion of the soul to the Master Creator, or do we choose to wait until someone else comes along to save us from our suffering? I choose life now. If you do not agree with me, what harm can come to you to investigate your own truth? The soul master will know what is true for them. How? When all you experience is love, you have obtained your salvation.
I wanted to write this article today, during a time of tough times in our social and cultural evolution, to allow readers to begin to work with the idea that salvation is always at hand. There is no divine punishment or spiritual price to pay for anything. These notions are mans (egos) ideas to try to make sense of the separateness we feel when we allow conditions to define who we are. I invite everyone to seek salvation (oneness with God) today, and do this with love, forgiveness, and faith in both ourselves and Divine Purpose. Begin within, and conditions will align to your salvation. You and God are never inseparable except by the choices that you make towards your own salvation.
Psalm 91 (KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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