Why the Mere Mention of Obedience Makes us Cringe

There are many words in the English language that people have become allergic to. “Obey” is one such word. It gives us pause, if not an actual feeling of revolt in our bellies. You ain’t the boss of me! To say it means ‘do what we’re told’ is moderately off-putting. To say it means ‘submit to authority’ gets our hackles up. What’s up with this visceral reaction?

Prepare to be surprised, for the roots go deeper than many of us realize. In fact, we have to go back a very long way to understand the far-reaching impact of our unwillingness to follow simple directions. For disobedience is the root cause of why we are here. It’s the reason we got ourselves kicked out of heaven. Seriously, it’s that big.

Disobedience is the root cause of why we are here. It’s the reason we got ourselves kicked out of heaven. Seriously, it’s that big.

To understand the situation, we must first set the stage. So let’s go back to before we became fallible beings with our cute little quirks and less-than-attractive foibles. There was a time when all of us Earth-bound people were once spirit beings living in beautiful spirit worlds, called spheres, where all was well. We were each glorious in our own way and we were playing our part in the development of all-things-great-and-small. We were happy.

Just like the children in any loving family, we were all precious in God’s eyes, but not all the same. Some had this talent and some had that. Some had this trait and some had that. Some were leaders and some were followers, and this was not a hardship for anyone. Well, except for that one guy. There’s one in every crowd.

This is all meticulously explained by Walther Hinz in his remarkable compilation of teachings from Beatrice Brunner who was channeling the being we know of as Joseph. Jesus: New Insights into his Life and Mission tells us that God created his first-born and named him Christ. As the most exalted of all God’s creations, Christ was dubbed the King and Christ then went on to create everything and everyone else. This naturally makes us his subjects, his peeps. Rightly so, God specifically asked all the rest of us to honor Christ in his position as King. This is where that idea of obedience comes in. We were asked to love, honor and obey our King. How hard should that be, given we were all hanging out in heavenly bliss?

Well, so far, so good, because there’s really no hardship in honoring the one who is in charge, especially when that one has only our best interest at heart. Since Christ begat all the beings after him, he loves us all the way a loving parent loves all their children; a parent holds a special place in their heart for each child. (Also noting that for many, the words “Christ” and “parent” scare up an allergic reaction.)

But over time, Lucifer began to want more. He wanted to be treated the way Christ himself was treated. Lucifer wanted to be King.

One of the first beings that Christ created was a spirit being named Lucifer, which means “light bearer.” According to those who were there, Lucifer was a gorgeous being. Streaming with splendid, charismatic light, he enjoyed the fantastic reception he received when he travelled around Christ’s kingdom. As for us, we loved Lucifer’s visits and admired his luscious light. But over time, Lucifer began to want more. He wanted to be treated the way Christ himself was treated. Lucifer wanted to be King.

Enter the first glimpse of something-other-than-all-good. In a word, Lucifer was jealous. And over the next several eons, he set out on a mission to convince a whole bunch of us unsuspecting souls to support him in his efforts to take over the throne. In fairness, Lucifer had no beef with God. But his brother Christ was turning him green. Long, long, long story short, Lucifer was a good salesman and if we’ve landed here on planet Earth, that’s proof we bought his shtick.

That whole time, God saw what was going on, for he was a very involved parent. But God is a man of his word, so to speak, and when he said all the children had free will, he meant it. We were free to follow Lucifer, even if doing so went against God’s simple request to honor Christ as the King. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t going to get caught, and worse, get in trouble. Big trouble.

At some point, God, the super-patient father, set down his coffee cup, stood up, and said, “Enough!” For Lucifer had finally screwed up his courage enough to ask Dad if he could have the keys to the Kingdom. At that point, every single soul who had taken up with Lucifer’s scheme to become King—whether we were all-in or merely waffling a wee bit, mattered not—was shown the door. We fell from grace. Down, down, down we went into the darkness and became the subjects of Lucifer in his dank and dismal lair.

No joke, it sucks down there. The reason we all have a built-in sense for what awful looks like is that we’ve been there. And in that place, obedience was no longer an option. For in following Lucifer, we were signing up for a few bjillion years of experiencing the opposite of everything light and loving. And the opposite of free will is domination.

This friends, is the real reason we balk so badly at the notion of obedience. We ourselves have mucked it up in the past and found ourselves forced to heal, not in honor of the one who loves us into fullness but in submission to the one who hates us into oblivion. If we are still rebelling against authority, we are not yet on board with what it means to show true, honorable obedience towards one who deserves our allegiance.

If we are still rebelling against authority, we are not yet on board with what it means to show true, honorable obedience towards one who deserves our allegiance.

As told in the book by Walther Hinz as well as in Holy Moly: The Story of Duality, Darkness and a Daring Rescue, we had gotten ourselves into one hell of a pickle. Literally. Eventually, Christ crafted a plan that would give us a route to learn to do better, to show that we were teachable. For we were always worthy of returning to God’s spirit world, but none of us had a way to get there.

So Christ is the one who stepped up to the plate and drafted the Plan of Salvation. This is a magnificently detailed strategy that involved the creation of a strange new planet where beings wanting to get out from under Lucifer could come again and again to do the work of making better choices. Christ called this place Earth, and it’s the place we now call home.

But this isn’t home. Home is where we want to get to, and it is only through our willingness to call the light, find the light, and follow the light that we will get all the way there. Where is this light? The beauty of the system is that everything-light-and-wonderful is buried inside each of our souls, beneath the layers of darkness we’re still needing to scrub away. This is the light of Christ and it’s what makes every single person who has ever lived on this planet worthy of God’s grace.

Our work then is to discover for ourselves what serves us best and to turn in that direction. In this way, we will find that there really is something more to life than missteps and misery. Those things are here because Lucifer is still whispering bad ideas into our ears, and too often we’re still falling for them. Now is our chance to obey something other than the kind of misguided thinking that landed us here on the doorstep of duality. Slowly but surely, we can turn toward the light and that which is truly best for us. We can trust the light. And if we want to, we can come to obey it.

—Jill Loree

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