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John-Roger in 2003

Personal Integrity

“Personal integrity requires that you evaluate yourself almost continuously. The one we look at as the ideal for personal integrity is Christ. We also know that Christ resides in us.”  – John-Roger

This article, first published in the New Day Herald in November of 2003, is from a sharing J-R did with the Doctor of Spiritual Science (DSS) classes given through Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.

The other day when I was flying on an airplane, I was on my way to the restroom, and a gentleman asked me, “What do you do?”

I said, “Right now, I do the toilet,” and he started laughing. When I came out, he was watching for me and he said, “What are you doing now that you’re out of the toilet?”

I said, “Going to my seat.”

He said, “You know what I’m asking,” and I said, “Yes, I do know what you’re asking.” He wanted to know what I’m doing, what kind of work I do, and if there was anything he could learn from it.

Then he asked me, “Are you a comedian?” I said yes, and he asked if I told jokes, so I said, “No, I’m just funny to look at.”

The man said, “There’s the strange thing that’s with you.”

I asked, “Strange like my shirt is on wrong or something?”

“No,” he said, “it’s not that. It’s not on you; it’s around you.”

I asked, “Is it like a light or an energy?” and he said, “It’s a light, but it’s energy because I felt it. When you walked by, I could feel you coming before you walked by my seat.”

Finally he asked me my name, and when I said, “John-Roger,” he said, “Oh! You’re the John-Roger.”

I said, “No, I’m just a John-Roger.”

So he laughed a little bit, like a cute chuckle, and he said, “I’ve heard about you.”

When I asked him his name, he told me, and I said, “I don’t know you from anybody,” and he just started laughing again and said, “You’re very funny,” so I said, “Thank you.” I mean, what else could I say?

I think this same sort of thing happens to a lot of you people, where you are asked, “What do you do? What is this that comes from you?” That’s real. That’s integrity. That’s when you’re together. If you try and influence somebody, you’ve moved out of your integration and your integrity. But if you stand there and hold it without trying to push anything on anyone, you’re in integrity. As soon as you try to push, you now have gone into the personality ego.

Personal integrity requires that you evaluate yourself almost continuously. The one we look at as the ideal for personal integrity is Christ. We also know that Christ resides in us. How do we know this? In the Bible and other sacred scriptures and inspired writings, there is the statement that God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere).

“Everywhere” includes you. Jesus Christ said that what he does, you, too, shall do, and even greater (John 14:12). It is interesting that people from around the world—and I’ve been around it—are
recognizing this more and more. So I think we’re looking for a groundswell of people coming awake and aware.

We have been ahead for the last twenty-five years, and a lot of people are catching up to us in two or three years. Very few are going to go into the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness as much as they’ll go to the University of Santa Monica. Primarily it’s similar information, but what is really different in the University of Santa Monica is that most of the people taking it don’t care where the information came from. They just care that it works, and that’s what they want right now.

Most of you in MSIA want to know, “What’s the source of this? And how do I source it?” There’s no need to go to a priest or a minister or somebody else to try and get the source through them because we’re not doing things in the religious name. We’re doing them in God’s name or the Spirit name of God, which is love and Light.

If you can keep that thought going and bring it up much more often, you’ll find out that things that you wanted before but couldn’t get will be in place at your feet. They’ll come to you and you’ll wonder, “God, what’s happening?” I wouldn’t ask that question because when you find out that God is taking you under His wing, then He will say, “You must love one another.”

We in this room come from so many different places and occupations, yet there’s the prevailing current in here of the spirit of loving. I feel it go out to you because I feel it when it comes back. There are no conditions on the loving: If you get it, that’s condition enough; if you care to return it, that’s condition enough. You might say, “J-R, what would you do if nobody loved you?” Well, at least I’d know where the love is coming from because I’d love myself. And I would respect that, I would honor that, and I would do that.

The hardest thing that we come against is loving each other. Jesus said it this way: “When you’ve done it to the least one of these, you’ve done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). A lot of people never could figure out what that really meant, but you can understand it once you realize that God is in His creation as God, and we are manifestations of creation. And if God is omniscient, there are no secrets. Don’t even try to pretend there are. If you do, you are going to waste and deviate your time away from keeping your eyes on the oneness.

When you start to live in the oneness, you start to lift in consciousness. Lifting is, “I love this. I love that. I love you. I love myself even when I do mean, nasty things.” That’s my ego personality doing the mean things, or the basic self doing them, and I need to love that basic self, since it is me. The “I” is God.

As you lift in consciousness, you’re moving into the ten qualities I teach about: Health, wealth, and happiness. Prosperity, abundance, and riches. Loving, caring, and sharing, and touching to others. Think of the integrity of those words. Start to make them your breathing in and your breathing out. When you’re irritated with somebody, start to love the irritation because you might not be able to love the person just yet, but you can start to love the irritation. You start to mix it with the ingredients of Spirit. We also ask for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Christ, angels, emissaries of God, people of the Light to come into our heart. And we ask, “God, come and live in me as You.”

Baruch Bashan

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