The Jesus story is a mythological map demonstrating the stages of the path of initiation into God-Consciousness, into the place where ‘The Father and I are One’. We should bear in mind that Jesus was born into the intensely patriarchal Jewish tribe that only permitted talk of God in the masculine gender, unlike just about all other religions at the time, but we can bear in mind that God is both Mother and Father when we hear his words.
Mystery Schools both before and since his time have been places where souls who were called were able to explore the initatory path with others. That is why the Jesus story echoes so many older myths, they are all trying to tell us what is possible for us here on planet Earth. But to understand this we have to look deeply into the mysticism of the story, dedicate ourselves to the task and use our own consciousness as a vehicle of exploration.
The key mystical points on the Jesus way, Death and Resurrection, are two advanced steps on this path, coming after Birth (of the awakened spiritual heart – the Christ child within), Baptism (into the realm of elemental and astral presence and blessing) and Transfiguration (release of ego and growth into light body) but they are not the end of the story, as that other mystical wisdom tradition, astrology, shows us every year at Samhain. Dying to the limited ego self to discover the ecstasy of liberation, finding union with the divine Self, the holy spirit that opens our consciousness to the limitless possibilities of the multiverse, is the goal of eastern religion and western mysticism and paganism.
It is also what the shamans and witches of the old peoples around the entire world do (or used to) on a daily basis, surrendering into trance and possession to channel the energies of spirit for the benefit of the community. It is there in the practice of renunciation taken when leaving the world to become a monk, in whatever faith, and the purpose behind medieval monastic communities in Christian Europe – but loving brotherhood was a principle taken a little too far for some and was stamped down by the dissolution of the monasteries and the buggery act under Henry VIII, though in other parts of the world, particularly in Buddhist and Hindu cultures homosexuality was considered a monastic norm and privilege.
The achievement of union with the divine is absolutely not the goal of monotheistic religions which teach that Heaven is only achievable after death.
From the Gnostic groups of early Christianity, and among the heretics of the Middle Ages such as the ‘Free Spirit’ movements that embraced the possibility of union with God and approved of achieving that through sexual, including homosexual, means. Once the soul was united with the Higher Self, these movements believed, the individual could no longer sin. Life was to be enjoyed. Far too pagan for the Catholic/State establishment, these ideas were wiped out during the Inquisition.
Easter 2017. A Roman Catholic university in Kansas, USA bans yoga, saying….
“It is a mind and body practice developed under Hinduism, the goal of which is spiritual purification that will lead to a higher level of understanding and eventually union with the divine,” said Rev John Riley, chancellor for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, to the Wichita Eagle.
“It is for these reasons that Catholics are alerted to the dangers of the practice of yoga and are encouraged to look for other exercise alternatives that do not incorporate a spiritual dimension.”
They do have a point in one sense. The journey of initiation into divine consciousness, even if it starts with a stretch on a yoga mat, does change us. It will strip away all illusions about who we are, challenge us to embrace dichotomies and impossibilities… it will break down all our inner resistance and challenge us to rise like a phoenix every time that we end up burnt to a crisp by the power of Kali’s love, until we embody the light and power of our own souls at their fullest.
As someone who woke up to the Path of Initiation in the mid 1990s I can say… There is no better ride. But I read many posts by intelligent, educated people who have got stuck in the paradigm of science vs spirit – when they discuss the possibility of the existence of a creator god it is usually as something ‘out there’, separate. The existence of mystery paths of initiation into the divine Self on this planet is so well hidden.
AMONG GAY PEOPLE ARE MANY CARRIERS OF THE CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS (which is called other things by other paths) PLAYING THE ROLE JESUS PLAYED 2000 YEARS AGO. When the LGBTQ community catches on to the awakening game, human evolution will accelerate.
Us 1990s awakeners were the third wave of souls coming to awareness of the path since the 1960s. I quickly learnt that the roots for this awakening had been laid in the UK since the late 19th century by the Theosophists, and before that by the Elizabethan mystics John Dee and the Rosicrucians, and long before that by Arthur and Merlin at Camelot.
The 21st century is bringing the next wave of awakening, the one that will eventually touch the whole world. Awakeners need to remember that all the stories, from Jesus to the Pleiadians, Buddha to the Ascended Masters, are there to wake us up, and learn from all the ones that speak to us. Also to remember that waking up is not a momentary thing! It is a path of dedication, initiation, mystery, tests, trials, opportunities, ecstasies and agonies as we shift from the material to the spiritual paradigm.
There are many ways and stages of awakening. Once we discover the path we have to learn how to walk on it! We best listen to the teachings that speak most clearly to our own soul and keep out what offends it. Let our habits evolve and adapt. Keep company that supports our ongoing discoveries. And importantly, affirm to ourselves that we are on the path of awakening to our greater, holier, older Self that has already existed many times in many places. This will keep our trials and the world’s challenges in perspective and help us to hold the peace during this time of massive change.
Jesus said “I am the Way” – or that’s how it is translated. What he was really telling us is that the ‘I AM’ is the Way, and as manifestations of the I AM we are all on it. There are in fact many paths that we can take along the way, and if we feel drawn at all to Christianity, then the Jesus story itself is best approached as a road map to self-realisation.
Read more on the Path of Initiation:http://www.shareintl.org/archives/AgelessWisdom/aw_bcgospel.htm