I have written much about the transfiguration and the ascension, which few believe any of us can achieve! It pertains to that verse in Genesis 1:26, where God says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have Dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth."
In what way, does man have dominion over the fowls of the air and over the fishes of the sea? The only ones that I know that this applies to, are those who have experienced the transfiguration and the ascension. Such as Enoch and those who ascended with him, and Elijah, and Jesus. Other than these, who has attained Dominion over the fowls of the air? These gained dominion over every living 'thing'. Which leads me to the conclusion that those of us, who die as 'men', have actually failed to 'become' what we were created to be! We have fallen short of being 'transformed' into purely Spiritual beings... beings of 'light'! (Light, being the reality of every 'man' that commeth into the World"!) And how does this transformation come about? By the renewing of our minds! It comes about as a result of the Spiritual Rebirth! Through the realization that the Spirit of God, is our reality! We are creative beings, and AS we believe, so do we 'become'! As we function AS the Father, how can we fail to be what we see ourselves as being? The 'self' MUST be crucified in order that the Father (the "I" within us) can be resurrected! To function as the person our parents created when they named us, is the illusion in which virtually the whole of Humanity lives! Every 'Human bring' on Earth, is in reality, God the Father manifesting AS a 'human being'! But virtually no one realizes this!
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Paul wrote this in Romans chpt.12. And in the chapters that follow, he reiterates the commandments given of God to Moses, telling us how to think and live. What Paul failed to realize is that he too was God embodied! He constantly began his 'epistles' by stating "I" Paul! And so long as we function as the person our parents created when they named us, we cannot 'enter' the 'Kingdom of God'... (we cannot attain God consciousness) And only as we function in that 'awareness' (in God consciousness,) can we bring about that greatest of all transformations (the transfiguration). I believe this is what Jesus was referring to when He said to the Pharisees, 'there shall no sign be given but for the sign of the prophet Jonah'. Even if we should be raised from the dead, we cannot enter the kingdom of God (we could not attain God consciousness) WE MUST be 'born again'! Born into the realization that God is the "I" within us. Only as we function AS God, can we 'enter' His Kingdom (can we walk in God consciousness!) Only as we function As the Father, can we experience the ascension! Only then will we have Dominion over the fowls of the air or the fishes of the sea! So those of us who die, (as all 'men' will) have failed to grow to maturity as sons and daughters of God. So in my opinion, only as we die to self and walk As the Father, is it possible for us to experience God's Eternal reality as living Spiritual beings! For only then can we say we have attained Dominion over every 'living' thing. And what Earthly goal could equal that attainment?
We have been admonished to 'seek the Kingdom of God'. The truth is, we have never been anywhere but in the Kingdom of God. The entire Universe is the Kingdom of God. Only no one is aware of this amazing fact! The problem is, everyone thinks they have being of themselves, when ONLY God has being. He is the "I" within each of us. We have been led to believe we must die to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, when all that is required is for us to realize that we have but to die to self (the illusion)! The Kingdom of Heaven, is a state of Mind. A state of KNOWING that the "I" within us, IS THE FATHER! We have but to realize that God is the "I" within us. Then we will know that we are already 'in the Kingdom of Heaven'! We don't have to die physically to get there, we have but to die to self, (to the illusion in which we have been walking!) The "I" within us IS THE FATHER. We must walk in that realization! When we fully realize this, our bodies will be transformed into temples of Light. Then will we have Dominion over the fowls of the air! Then the Entire Universe will be ours to explore! Those who die as ‘men’ cannot escape the material World. Their belief in the reality of the "material" World will hold them in the realm of matter! Only the Truth can free us. The realization that ALL is Spirit... that every 'thing' is God manifesting AS that 'thing'!
Because we fail to realize that God is the "I" within us, we die as 'men'. If butterflies were not transformed from the 'pupae' stage into butterflies, we would never know what a butterfly was. Because we fail to realize that God is the "I" within us, we die as 'men' (as pupae). Few of us have ever attained the transfiguration... (The 'butterfly' stage.)