Chapter 19: You Are Gods

Down the Rabbit HoleIn John 10:27 we read: "'My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and my Father are one.' Then they took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, 'Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of these do you stone me?' They answered him, saying, 'for a good work we stone you not but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.' Jesus answered them, 'is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods.''"

The passage that Jesus references is from Psalms 82:6 "I have said, you are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." Here there is evidence that Jesus affirmed that "godhood" could be achieved by all who walk this narrow path and "enter in at the strait gate." To Jesus, godhood was not a state of power or authority, physical or otherwise that the orthodoxy of his day knew quite well. His godhood had nothing to do with the jealous, vengeful character of the god of the Old Testament. For Jesus, godhood was a state of being in which one is living effortlessly and without any conflicts in the dynamic Landscape or fabric of Reality. Understandably, people who see heresy in this view believe that the supposed heretics are literally speaking of themselves as gods who have power and the authority to rule over others. This is the paradigm that continues to operate today in the world. But some, not all, who claim union with the divine are speaking from a point of view, a perception that is outside of that paradigm. They have turned the light of consciousness, which is usually projected outwardly in the form of judgment, onto themselves. With every breath, they affirm that they are a function of that consciousness. These mystics or sages affirm with Jesus in John 8:58: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." They do not speak from a temporal perspective but from a perception or an awareness that is ever-present, not bound by time and not fragmented. As I mentioned earlier, time and space are transcended when a connection is made through this perception. That which is ever-present transcends fragmentation so that there are no longer sages, there is only wisdom. There are no longer observers; there is only observation. There are no saviors but only salvation.

There is a passage related to this topic in the Gospel of Thomas, which was mentioned previously. In passage 108 Jesus says, "Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become as I am; I shall be he, and the hidden things will be revealed to him." The counterpart of this passage in the traditional Gospels is found in John 6:56: "Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." Jesus uses this very visceral metaphor because there is power in that language. That is, the act of eating is the most physically engaging act. Eating food makes it a part of you and recalls the old adage “You are what you eat.” The Last Supper also represents the idea of life feeding upon itself. It suggests that we are all to partake in this sacrament, this ritual, and eat from the Tree of Life. During our lifetime, we are necessarily and constantly killing and eating, whether it is the flesh of animals or of plants. We all know that someday our flesh will become food, either for the flame or for the creatures living in the soil. The Last Supper is the sacrament and celebration in which Jesus symbolically acts out this primordial ritual, by giving himself willingly and sacrificing himself for greater life, to reveal the primordial Rhythm. Jesus encourages us to embrace and "eat" life today with passion because someday we will be offered up for the elements, willingly or otherwise. In this act, in the significance of this dance, this ritual, we can pierce through the forms that guard that Landscape where the Father lives. There is a realization herein that dissociates us from the forms, to which we naturally cling – but which are necessary - and aligns us with the impulse and energy of life. There is a realization of an underlying unity that animates this whole process of eating and being eaten, of one Life that is constantly consuming and rejuvenating itself.

Taking the passages cited above into account, we see that in the end, yes, no one will enter the Kingdom of Heaven except through Christ as the Underlying Rhythm or Frame of Mind or Perception. If you cannot say yes to this primordial process, which is forever unfolding, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. If you cannot say yes to the process, to Christ or the illuminated consciousness or level of understanding that surpasses the forms and boundaries of our everyday limited experience of time and space, then you cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is what the orthodox Christian really means, I suspect, when he says that no one will be saved except through Christ. And those who narrow Christ down to a single, historical individual are diminishing the significance of Jesus’ message. We see that even Jesus as an individual marveled at this Movement or Rhythm that came to reside within him. He saw himself through a dual aspect, as being one with the Father through Christ consciousness, and as being a human witness to this dynamic process that was taking place in him. This is fundamentally true of every human being. Jesus saw the value of the process that had taken place in him and was driven to share it with others, but it was not from an authoritarian perspective as is often interpreted. Jesus says in John 12:8 through his individual consciousness: “For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” And later in John 14:10, he speaks from the Christ consciousness: ” Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” The works in this context are the miracles, which are symbols of the Christ wisdom or revelation.

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