Born From Above

First and foremost, I would like to explain that what I believe and seek to share here is a universal, mystical spirituality.  The language that I often use, however, is primarily a combination of self-realization concepts, and Christian ones, because those are the two paths with which I am most familiar.  So, please allow me to share a few thoughts that became clear to me on Christmas day, because we may all benefit from these words, even though they originate with the story of Jesus’ life and the concept of “Christ.”  

On Christmas day, 2013, it occurred to me that the concept of “born from above” could be understood in what is for me a totally new way.  There is a Biblical text in which Jesus states (John, chapter 3) “you must be born from above.”  The Greek word translated “above” can also be translated “again” and so it is often translated that way, and traditionally, Protestant Christians have understood this to mean “accepting Christ as your Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit.”  Being born again is an event, although it leads to changed personhood as well as changed behavior (ideally, anyway).  

For several years, I have believed that Jesus meant “born from above,” in the sense of living from our true selves, our souls, the divine presence within us, our Higher Selves, or whatever equivalent term you might use here.  This concept is, I believe, vital on our spiritual paths.  In other words, being born from above means, in its essence, that instead of living from our ego selves, we live from our Higher Selves.  

This past Christmas, however, a new way of understanding this became clear to me.  Perhaps you are aware that, as we develop on the spiritual path, we progressively energize our chakras, raising the spiritual energy up the spine.  Eventually and ultimately, we open our crown chakras (on top of our heads).  The crown chakra connects us essentially directly with the Divine, through our Higher Selves (Bindu, or 8th chakra, as I understand it).  Consciousness from higher realms, higher beings, and Godde him/herself can flow through a fully open and fully energized crown chakra.  

This is, I believe, the fullest development of the meaning of the phrase “born from above”:  that we have opened and blossomed the thousand-petaled lotus of the crown chakra, resulting in our living from this higher plane of consciousness.  

Living life this way is so lovely.  The higher view of the crown chakra helps with every situation in life, it helps with relationships, it helps us grow beyond our ego limits.  So, to be born from above, we need to practice spiritual disciplines like Raja Yoga meditation and Kriya yoga meditation which will raise our energies up our spines and unfold the flowering lotus of our crown chakra.  

Now, we can live from our Higher Selves rather than from our egos without having fully opened the crown chakra, but having one’s crown chakra open leads to a qualitative difference which I believe has to do with the combination of very pure intentions and very sincere devotion.  Of course, the crown chakra will only fully open as the thousand-petaled lotus if we have very pure intentions and a sense of devotion. 

In Self-Realization terms, this living from above is Self-Realization.  Of course, Jesus is one of the Ascended Masters, those who have attained Self-Realization, like Buddha, High Priest Melchizedek, Mother Mary, Lady Kwan Yin, Paramahansa Yogananda, and others.  We can get there also – it usually takes awhile, but we can get there, and I hope this blog will help you do so.  

May you be blessed with peace, love, and bliss,

Carol     Image



About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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2 Responses to Born From Above

  1. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you very much for following the blog, I really look forward to reading your posts and happy new year 2014. Gede Prama 🙂


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