The question was, "What do you think about this? It's supposedly a channeling from Yeshua."
I get variations of this question a lot. There are a lot of works out there which are supposedly channelings from this or that ascended master, angel, or group of wise spirit types, and it's difficult to know which ones should be paid attention to and which ones to ignore. In this post, I go over my three-step process for evaluating channelings, whether it's something I see on Instagram or in a millennia-old holy book revered by billions worldwide.
The Influence of Time and Space
Every channeling session starts with a question. No information will flow from the realm beyond space and time unless there is a reason, a spark, an intention of some sort to start the flow. So the first question to answer when evaluating channeled wisdom is why was the information brought through? For whom was the message intended, and what was the context? At what time was the channeling event, and in what place?
The original question was in regard to a YouTube video reading of The Way of Mastery - Part One: The Way of the Heart. According to what I could find (note that my research was only very basic), the context of the channeling was probably:
Audience - Perhaps a Christian church?
Where - Tacoma, Washington
When - 1995-1997
I couldn't recall (or find online) anything specific going on during that time in that area that may have called for a channeling on forgiveness, but...
The Influence of the Filter
All channeled wisdom is affected by the person doing the channeling. The beings being channeled usually choose the filter (the medium/channel) that they believe can best convey their message to their intended audience.
It's important to understand that it's not possible to bring wisdom across the veil completely intact. Purely the act of assigning words to ideas limits those ideas in important ways. The language we choose to convey the message shapes the possible meanings of the message. English is very different thought process as compared with Chinese, for example.
So, we recognize that the channel is typically anchored in a thought process shaped by their native language. Further, the channel usually has some influence on the why of the message. They're typically the one who shapes the intention behind the channeling session, as well as the person that attracts the intended audience. The social, cultural, and educational background of the channel usually bleeds into the message in ways that are important to keep in mind.
In the case of The Way of Mastery, I first listened to the channeled work to see if I could guess the context of the work before researching the channel. The spirit realm has a certain way of phrasing its ideas that become familiar to those who channel often. It's possible to hear the influence of the channel in how much the work diverges from the way spiritual wisdom is typically presented.
I've worked with Yeshua before, and the subject matter of the work, forgiveness, aligns with topics he commonly works with. At its essence, the entire Way of the Heart is a retelling of the Bible's John 8 in the light of the psychological concept of projection.
The work's point of view shifts sometimes between " I " and "we", which I found interesting and curious. Certain things about the channeling ring true to me, such as the use of metaphorical numbers ("70 times 7 times"), and warm greetings ("beloved friends"). However, I've never experienced Yeshua talking about ashrams, so I understand your comment about "supposedly a channeling from Yeshua".
After listening to the first part of the video, I guessed that the channel was a white male with an education in theology and/or psychology who was a child of the 1960s. The first part of the video felt to me to be so far from the way the spirit realm speaks that I wondered if the original language of the channeled work perhaps wasn't English. However, based on certain slang/colloquialisms used, such as "literally" and "chock full", that the spirit realm doesn't use, I guessed that the original language of the channel was indeed English. I then wondered if this was a work which was perhaps based on channeled wisdom, but which itself wasn't channeled directly.
After researching, I learned that my guesses were somewhat accurate: the channel is an English-speaking white male with an educational background in psychology and philosophy, but not theology. He says that he was a child of the 60s and 70s.
The Influence of the Listener
There are certain people for whom a message of "forgive everyone and don't be angry" is dangerous and serves only to shove them further out of balance. There are people whose hearts are so closed that they could never consider that forgiveness is a worthy effort. And there are those for whom a message like this is perfect timing, giving them exactly what they need at precisely the best moment.
Only the listener can judge if a message (or anything, really, as everything is part of our spiritual journey) is in alignment with what best supports the growth of their soul in any given moment.
Personally, I have a huge problem with the idea that we should rid ourselves of judgment. It's not possible to be human and be free of judgment. It would be impossible to choose what to have for breakfast, what to wear to work, how much time we'd like to spend with which friends, and every other decision we have to make all day, every day, without exercising judgment. We would not be able to function.
The words a channel selects are important. We should refrain from using "judgment" when what we mean is "condemnation". I do believe that condemnation is counter-productive and out of alignment with the way that Spirit operates, except in cases in which a soul has incarnated in this realm specifically for the purpose of exploring the topic of condemnation. You see, it's complicated. We have to take an individualized approach to all things, and liberally apply the old wisdom of "if it resonates with you, keep it, and if it doesn't, leave it".