Angel - You're welcome. And thanks for contributing with your information and links. With so much information floating around out there, it can be difficult discerning what is real and what is just wishful thinking. I'm all about trying to make things as real and practical as possible, otherwise it's just not useful. I've talked about releasing conflict as the major step in our spiritual progression ever since I've been on this forum, but very few people really get how important it is or want to tackle it. Sometimes we just want to hear "good news" and that everything will be okay someday. I take a very proactive approach - if we don't like our circumstances, don't wait for something to happen, find a way to change your life by responding differently.
Vince - Time is truly an illusion. From the micro perspective, we experience everything happening in a linear fashion. In the macro understanding, which is equally valid, everything is happening at the same time, and affects everything else.
It's not that the past is destroyed. In reality, it doesn't really matter when in time something like this happened, because it affected everything. So if you had a lifetime say in 500 BCE in India, to you it might simply seem that ascension had already been explored from many generations in the linear "past" (i.e. the monks in Tibet had talked about it for many years, the mystics in Egypt, etc). The ripple affect is more seemless and instantaneous, just like when you have an epiphany in this lifetime, it affects all your other lives, and vice versa.
Where do the ripple affects stop? Excellent question! They never stop. Remember, we can't create or destroy energy, just change it's form. Even the words, thoughts, feelings and actions of mystics from thousands of years ago still energetically affect us - and we can attune ourselves to them. Until we are enlightened, we only attune to the various bands of energy that surround our planet. Once we're enlightened, we're actually adding another band of energy for others to attune to. So yes, we can start perceiving other universes. And each one of us is a Creator.
It's like the difference between a pine tree and an oak, or strawberry versus chocolate - just a different experience. One major difference is that a Time Being has a finite time span where it can affect major changes within that span, whereas an ascended master can continue on indefinitely. There are some ascended masters who have been on the planet for thousands of years - Jeshua is one of them.
Cheesedip1 - Jeshua never really suffered physically during the whole ordeal. The bystanders who witnessed what was going on projected their idea of pain/suffering onto him, because they had seen others go through this same type of ordeal and those people had
suffered greatly. Other than the temporary fear in the Garden of Gethsemane from his body knowing what it was about to go through, he didn't experience doubt either. In terms of physical pain, he could turn off his senses whenever he wanted to, so at no time from his capture in the Garden, through the crucifixion, did he experience what we would call pain. He quietly took every form of energy that was being projected/offered to him, and used it to transform himself and those around him.
Usually in those days, when someone was going to be crucified, they broke/wrapped their arms around the wooden beam and nailed them to it, so that the person was already suffering as they walked up to be crucified. Someone among the Romans knew that Jeshua was special - they simply tied his arms on the wooden beam. The crowd knew something was different because Jeshua was being treated better than usual, so an even bigger crowd gathered to see what was going on.
So the initial idea that Jeshua was suffering came from anyone in the crowd who had seen others before him go through a similar ordeal. After the ascension when the Christians were being persecuted, the stories kept getting more grand, so the suffering and the miracles would get exagerated to help them stay focused, especially in the face of death. Later the Church used stories of Jeshua suffering as a way to control the masses through guilt.