In 2005, 24-year-old Shin Dong-hyuk crawled under an electrified fence and over the body of a fellow-prisoner to escape the only existence he had ever known as a born-into-captivity slave in a North Korean work camp.
Up to that point, he had known nothing of the outside world. He thought everyone was a slave. He thought everyone lived in total soul-crushing brutality and near starvation. He thought everyone competed with family for food, and trusted no one. He thought everyone was tortured by prison guards. He thought everyone captured rats for protein and picked grains of rice out of the dirt. He thought everyone endured work hours in all kinds of weather, and then died young.
Then a new inmate joined his work crew. Someone who came from the outside world, and who spoke to Shin of that outside world. Shin was particularly fascinated with the new inmate’s descriptions of the food. This became his biggest motivation to escape the prison camp. After two unsuccessful attempts, he finally achieved freedom in 2005, and now lives in the U.S. where he is active in raising awareness for the plight of thousands of North Koreans still in captivity.
When I read Shin’s book – Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden – I was astounded that someone born into captivity could survive under those conditions for that long. I also was appalled at the hopelessness of the inmates, and their ignorance of a better existence. The absence of knowledge, vision and aspiration for a better world.
Without the knowledge of the outside world provided by the new inmate, Shin would never have found the will and courage to escape. For Shin, knowledge was power – the power to decide to move forward, to seek out more for himself.
In reading the words of Jesus and the Ascended Masters on askrealjesus.com, ascendedmasteranswers.com and ascendedmasterlight.com, it’s impossible to miss the connection between Shin’s awakening and our own as we are provided detailed descriptions of the reality of our existence, including the greater reality beyond our planet, beyond our physical plane. There is SO much more than this small locked-and-loaded planet. There is joy and unconditional love.
In this scenario, the new inmate is Jesus, whose progressive revelation now brings us knowledge of higher realms and our own spiritual heritage. Through his websites, Jesus brings us news of the outside world. He describes the story of mankind: how we got here, how we are not really human beings or sinners, but rather immortal spiritual beings having a very temporary human experience.
Until we wake up and explore these new messages, we will continue to be enslaved in ignorance of who we really are: We are sons and daughters of God. We are not sinners. We are not helpless humans who need someone else to save us. Jesus did not come to Earth to do the work for us. He came here to show us how to follow in his footsteps.
We must take it upon ourselves to rise above our learned helplessness.
We must take it upon ourselves to recognize our “captivity” by ideas that continue to this day under the weight of their own misguided momentum – “but we’ve always done it this way” is not a solid basis for renewing and nurturing our spiritual side.
It’s time to escape our soul-crushing prisons of ignorance and learn about a Greater Reality, the Christ consciousness, the divinity that lies within each of us. I’m calling on to you to find the will and courage Shin showed by reaching out now to find that greater world.
Knowledge is power.
Ignorance is prison.
Don’t be afraid to explore. The knowledge is there, waiting to be read and contemplated and absorbed. The love is there too.