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Turning the rudder of the ship a critical degree

Ascended Master Gautama Buddha through Kim Michaels, January 1st, 2020


I am the Ascended Master Gautama Buddha. It is always my joy to give this address at the New Year. I would like to begin by talking about the year that has ended, 2019. When you look at this past year, what stands out from an ascended master perspective is the five conferences that were held during this year, in which so many loving and open hearts participated and gave their invocations and decrees, gave their love and allowed us to use their chakras as broadcasting stations to radiate our messages into the collective consciousness.

Truly, this has been an important shift for the planet because we have addressed some very important issues at all of these conferences. Naturally, we have primarily focused on the issues of dictatorships, fanaticism and elitism, because they are important here at the beginning of a new cycle, that starts in this year of 2020 and will go for the next decade. It is important that humankind begins to acknowledge and realize some of the many ideas we have released in these dictations, about these topics of dictatorships, fanaticism and elitism.

Truly, the decade ahead will be marked by the question of whether mankind at large will begin to free themselves from the influence of the small power elite, primarily made up of fallen beings. This does not mean that in the next ten years people at large will recognize the existence of fallen beings. But they will, if all goes to the highest potential, certainly begin to recognize the influence that elite's have had throughout history. They will begin to see that in every society, there has been a small elite that has dominated the population and that the population has allowed this to happen.


A shift in the economy

As more and more people begin to realize this, there will come a series of shifts beginning in the more advanced modern democracies, so that people will begin to object to the rule of elitism. This will begin in the economy in the more affluent democratic nations, so that people will demand an economy that functions for the benefit of all people. Instead of what you have today, an economy that functions for the benefit of a small elite.

This will require quite a challenge to many of the economic theories that have been put out there throughout history, that are out there today. Because it will require people to come to see that these theories are actually defined by the elite, in order to allow the elite to continue to dominate the population while hiding their influence. Therefore, what needs to happen here is that people become more aware of this hidden influence of the elite—the deception that is behind all forms of elitism. 

Naturally, our conferences and the books that will be created based on those conferences will be important tools, whereby those of you who are (and who will become in the next ten years) ascended master students, can provide that impetus that will turn the tide, that will turn the current of the river, that will turn the course of the ship ever so slightly so that it starts pointing in a different direction.

How the world changes

We have before given you teachings about how there are many situations in the world, where there has been a gradual build-up of energy, of consciousness, at the identity level, the mental level and the emotional level. This has led to a scenario that has not yet become physical. Because this has not yet become physical, the scenario can go in many different directions.

There are many different outcomes that could potentially happen. This is very parallel to what has been described in quantum physics where you cannot at a certain point predict the outcome with certainty. You can only predict it with probability. So it is in many of these situations in society. 

This is where the calls of a relatively small number of people can have this tremendous influence, of shifting the equation with an amount that might seem to not be important at all, to not be significant, to not be decisive. And it may not be decisive right then and there, but everything that shifts the equation turns the rudder of the ship a little bit. You know that if you turn the rudder of a ship with just a tiny amount, eventually it will be a big difference between where the ship is going and where it would have been going if the rudder had not been turned by that tiny degree.

You therefore see that we of the ascended masters of course have a perspective that you do not have while you are in embodiment. We look at a particular situation as the potential is right now. We see that in the short term there are certain scenarios that could be outplayed. We may, just to give you one example, say that there is a situation where the lowest possible scenario is a war. The higher outcomes are different ways to deal with the conflict. Even if that situation does produce a war in the short run, we from the ascended perspective are still looking at the situation and seeing that even though the outcome may be a war now, this could happen in various ways. There could be various equations at the identity, mental and emotional level, that in a longer perspective can change the situation dramatically and set societies on a new course. So that even if in the short term it seems that the highest outcome did not come to pass, we can still turn the course of the ship so that in the long run it goes towards a higher outcome. This is the tremendous power that you have available to you through our invocations and decrees, through our teachings, through raising your consciousness and affecting the collective consciousness. 

Interdependent originations

It does not take very much to change the course of a society, a civilization, humanity, even the planet. It does not take all that much. Why is this so? It is because everything is connected. It is the teaching I gave 2,500 years ago about the “interdependent originations.” Where everything is the constant flow, a constant flux. There are no separate events in the world. You look at planet earth and what do you see throughout history? You see that because of the illusion created by the duality consciousness – the illusion of separation as we have called it – people, groups of people, countries, civilizations, races have had this sense that they are separated from other people. They can live the way they want to independently of others. They can do to other people, other groups of people, something that harms those people but it will not harm themselves. 

The reality is that the entire planet is an interconnected whole. All people are interconnected through the collective consciousness. What affects one group of people, will affect the whole. Which means that when a small number of people raise their consciousness, it will also affect the whole. This is why you see that even a small number of people making the calls and raising their consciousness, will change the entire equation, the total equation of the planet. 

If you could see how this looks from the ascended realm, you might say that it looks like a very intricate interplay of light waves, energy waves. They are not separate waves, they are all interconnected. The only image that you might have at the physical level is that of the ocean, where you have all of the waves that may seem to be separate from a very narrow perspective. But as soon as you step back a little bit you see that they are all part of the ocean, so they are all interconnected. If there is a current in the ocean such as the tide that raises the ocean in certain areas higher, then the waves must follow that. In other areas, the water level goes down and the waves must follow that. So you see that there is this constant interplay. Any change that happens on the planet will change that interplay, will change the equation.

What you also see is that there are of course many situations, as I said, where a certain outcome is about to break through to the physical. But it can manifest in a variety of ways. This is where the difference between one way and another, can be very, very small. In fact, so small that in some cases, just one person changing his or her view of the situation can cause a different physical outcome. Now if that person has a certain level of Christ consciousness, then even if the person is not in a position to make decisions, a person can still shift the equation. In other cases, there might be a person who is in that critical position to make a certain decision that might set a society on a different course. That person alone shifting his or her mind can therefore change the outcome, manifest a different outcome.  

The presidential election in the United States

What we look for in the next decade, is that people become more aware of the choices that you make when you are in embodiment and the consequences. And how a slight change in your awareness about a situation, can cause you to make a higher choice that leads to a higher outcome. This will also be very critical for the planet in this coming year of 2020. Because throughout the planet, choices will become very important.  

This will obviously become very important in the United States where you have a presidential election. Which is why we are grateful that you have arranged to have a conference before the election where the conference itself, can potentially swing the outcome those few critical degrees that could change who occupies the White House for the next four years.

Even if it does not change the occupant of the White House, it can still change the equation so that the nation goes on a different course over these four years. So that more and more Americans become aware of how critical certain choices are and how little of a difference it takes to change the course of a nation to get a higher outcome. Truly, you can look back at several presidential elections and you can see that it was very close. The number of votes for one candidate was very close to the number of votes for the other candidate. You can see here that, how much does it take to get more people to go and vote—to get some of the people to go and vote that normally would not have voted. And how this can swing an election with actually just a few thousand people who decide to vote where they otherwise would not have.

You can see here that your calls throughout this coming year can have a tremendous impact. We have given you the book, or rather the two books on the Spiritual Solutions and a Spiritual Clearance for America. If you are concerned with the situation in America, we very much recommend that you use them in this coming year. 

Naturally, as ascended masters we are not really concerned about who is president, whether it is one candidate or another, because we are concerned about raising the consciousness of the people. Any president, as we have said before, will be an expression of a certain consciousness of a certain number of people. By seeing this outplayed it can shift the collective consciousness. It is not that we have any intention of saying that this candidate, or that candidate is the ideal choice. 

We are looking not so much to influence the choice American's make, as influencing the way they make their choices. How conscious are people of the choices they make? How aware are they of the choices, the options, the consequences and the often very small difference, between this choice and that choice. Yet even though it seems like there is not such a critical difference, they can lead to vastly different outcomes. This is what we truly desire to see all people, but especially the people in the democratic nations, become more aware of—not only during this year, but during the coming decade. 

There is a certain element of the Christ consciousness, which revolves around becoming aware, more aware, of the choices you make. You become more conscious of your choices. You become more conscious of how easy it actually is for your mind to switch a little bit so that you make a slightly different choice and you may think with the outer mind: “Well, what difference does it make whether I do one thing or the other, whether I choose this or that? They seem to be almost the same.” But as we have said, a small turn of the rudder can change the final destination of the ship, or it can change the course of the ship as it travels a certain distance. These small shifts in consciousness can make a tremendous difference on your personal lives, on the course of nations or humanity as a whole. This is what people need to become aware of in order to exercise their Christ discernment. 

The thoughtform for 2020

Now, to help you personally navigate this coming year, but to help you also have a greater impact on situations on the planet or in your societies, the thoughtform I have chosen for the year 2020 is that of a ship that is moving with the current of a mighty river. You may visualize the ship any way you want, however large you want to visualize it, but I actually urge you not to fix your mind on a specific design of the ship. 

Instead, what I would like you to do is when you are facing a situation in your personal life or when you see that there is a situation building in the world, such as a particular tension, then you visualize that this situation is the ship and now you visualize that you are standing there, turning that steering wheel. You are holding the steering wheel with your hands and you shift it a little bit and thereby you turn the rudder and you set the ship on a new course that leads to a higher outcome, which in many situations will mean a more peaceful outcome, but also an outcome where people become more aware of the situation, the choices, the consequences. 

This is the thought form. Any situation in your personal life, or in society or in the world at large—visualize the entire situation is represented by this ship and then, visualizing how you turn the steering wheel and you turn that rudder and you see how even a slight change of course, will in the long one take the ship to a vastly different destination. 

Every year there are decisions made that may seem insignificant in the here and now but 10, 20, 30 years down the road can set society on a vastly different track. You will be amazed if you could look back at the calamities that have been avoided by a slight shift in consciousness that led to a different decision. You would also be amazed if you could look back, and sometimes you can by looking at the historical record, and see how some of the calamities that have taken place were brought about by decision after decision that inevitably turned the ship towards the rocks and precipitated that disaster. You could look at this from a positive angle and say that if a certain disaster is the result of 25 different decisions then, if any of those 25 decisions had been changed, the disaster might not have happened. You can see again how delicate is the difference between this outcome and that outcome. 

The challenges of 2020

Now in terms of this coming year of 2020, I do by no means mean to sound alarmist and I am not in any way wanting to induce fear. But you need to be aware that in this year there is a certain potential that wars can break out here or there around the planet. It would be extremely helpful to our work if you would take the book on how to avoid war (Help the Ascended Masters STOP WAR) and use it both in general but also in specific situations where you see some kind of tension building.  

It is important to visualize that the United States, and to make calls, that the United States will not be embroiled in a war in this coming year. You know very well that historically speaking the American people are very reluctant to change presidents if there is a war. You know also that one of the greatest traumas to the presidential ego is to lose the second term and become a one-term president. Therefore, you can see that one of the temptations for any president or his advisors and staff will be to make a seemingly small decision that can lead to a war that otherwise could easily have been avoided. I am not saying that this will happen but I am saying that it is a potential that we need you to make the calls on, and hold the vision, that the American “ship-of-state” will steer clear of these rocky shoals that could otherwise cause it to be embroiled in a conflict that could be difficult to resolve, as you saw in Iraq. 

Avoid avoidance decisions

Truly, the coming year will for many people, be a very difficult test because we have previously spoken about this tendency, that people have, to make avoidance decisions. There are certain decisions that they are reluctant to make so they make other decisions because they think that these decisions will prevent them from having to make the decisions they do not want to make. This is something you might consider for your personal lives as well if you are making these kinds of decisions. You might use the teachings we have given on the primal self and the separate selves and consider whether you have one or even several selves that are telling you there are certain decisions you should not make, certain decisions you should avoid, they are too dangerous, they are too risky, the consequences are too great. 

These selves are often created in past lives where the fallen beings manipulated you into a situation where there was no good choice to make because any choice you made led to a disastrous outcome. The fallen beings are experts at doing this to us when we are in physical embodiment. You then create a self that does not want to make that kind of decision that led to the disaster, and now you can still have that self and there are certain decisions you do not want to make. If you take an honest look at yourself, you can come to see this and you can come to see that you have then created other selves that are telling you that there are certain decisions that are less risky and therefore you should make the lesser decisions to avoid making the bigger decisions—the decisions with a bigger risk. But even these lesser decisions often lead to disastrous outcomes, or they do not lead to a higher outcome. They in fact block you from taking your life in a different direction that will set your personal ship on a different course that will give you a vastly different destination in the long run. 

Many times you see that people go back and forth, they go around in circles, they take one step forward and one step backwards. They are not really making that decisive shift that could bring the manifestation of the next aspect of their divine plans. If you will take an honest look at this throughout this year, use the tools we have given to expose these selves and overcome them, you can make tremendous progress in 2020. You might look back at the end of this coming year and be amazed at how differently you feel about making decisions, how much more free you feel about making decisions regardless of the outcome where you do not have that foreboding, that sense of there is a risk—that sense of something disastrous could happen if you make the wrong choice. You are not even concerned about right and wrong when it comes to choices because as we have given you teachings on, any choice can be used to expand your awareness so you can make a better choice. 

You might see that, if you look at your past in this lifetime or other lifetimes, you made a decision that led to a seemingly disastrous outcome, and you think this should never have happened. But you can make a shift and realize that whatever the outcome was, you can still turn the rudder of the ship and get to a different destination and because you saw the outcome, you now have a higher awareness for steering your ship in a new direction. So again, there is no reason to fear making choices because any choice shows you something about yourself or rather the selves you still have not overcome and let die. When you see this openly and honestly, any decision can become the stepping stone for major decisive progress on your personal path, so why would you fear that which can only lead to growth if you use it to produce that growth? 

Yes, I know some will say: “Well, it's easy for you to say as an ascended master, you are not in embodiment, you are not in this dense situation that I am in, you have not walked two weeks in my moccasins,” as the Native Americans say. But you see, I have walked 2 million years in embodiment on earth and I have been in a dense state of consciousness. You may say that I have not been in your particular state of consciousness, having your particular illusions, your particular selves, and that is perfectly true. I have not seen life on earth through the filter of your personal consciousness. But why do you think that it was easier for me to see through my illusions and my selves than it is for you? Surely, I did not have your illusions but the illusions I had were as difficult to see for me as your illusions are for you. That is the way it is for each one of us. 

I have walked the path that you are walking, I have taken the steps that you can take and therefore I am not here to in any way make you feel inadequate because I am ascended and you are not. I am simply here to say, as we of the ascended masters have said so many times: “What one has done, all can do.” You can be free as I am because I have overcome my illusions and you can overcome yours. It is not impossible but it does require us to be willing to look at ourselves (our selves) and see what they are, what is the belief behind them, what is the illusion, what is it they are projecting that we should do or should not do and then separate ourselves from them and overcome this thinking that we have to solve the problem presented by the self. Instead, we come to realize that we just need to let the self die, to stop giving it our attention, to stop feeding it our energy and just let it dissolve—as it will dissolve when we do not take it seriously.  

I have given you what I wanted to give you here. Naturally, we have many, many teachings that we wish to bring forward through this coming year and therefore we look forward to the conferences and to other opportunities we will take for bringing forth these teachings. So with this, I congratulate you for the work that you have done as ascended masters students during 2019 and I very much look forward to the work you will do in this coming year and decade. 

Gautama I AM, and I seal you in the joyful peace that I am. 

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Michaels


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