Through the metaphorical Adam, the human conditional was born, providing for us the (false) perception of separation and the sensation of having fallen from Grace. In birthing the human condition, we now know fear and suffering in contrast to the love and peace we knew “at home.” Jesus (among other prophets) discovered the remedy to the human condition and through his teaching and example, shows us the way to go home.
Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter for Sunday, November 23, 2014
Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
But first: a little humor! 🙂
Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28
Ez 34: 11-12, 15-17
Mt: 25: 31-46
Jesus Shows Us the Way
“Since death came through man,
The resurrection of the dead came also through man.”
When the metaphorical Adam chose power over obedience to God, the human condition was born. Instead of the peace, love and joy experienced in our original state of Oneness with God, humans now knew fear – fear that then led to a whole host of fears and their resulting compulsions. Inside of our beings, in this place of perceived separation from God, we felt as if we had fallen from Grace. As a loving parent, understanding our need to explore and to learn, God allowed us this choice, knowing that in this choice, we would suffer and experience the burden of guilt for turning away from God. God, however, did not leave us abandoned, neither did God leave us to our own devices, instead, God sent prophet after prophet after prophet to help remind us of our original nature and to help us find our way home. The greatest of these prophets (in the Christian tradition), was Jesus. Jesus, in his own longing and search for God, found the remedy to the suffering of the human condition (the remedy didn’t alleviate the suffering, but provided a means to transcend it), and generously shared what he learned with others. Thankfully, some of his disciples remembered bits and pieces of what Jesus taught and others wrote it down. Through scripture, specifically a prayerful reading and reflection on scripture, we find glimpses of what Jesus taught and sparks of what he remembered. What is even more remarkable is that like the gurus before him and since, Jesus’ very spirit is accessible as a teacher and a guide to those who seek out and cultivate a deeply intimate and personal relationship with Jesus as the Christ. In this way, Jesus, himself, becomes our teacher – helping us to see the deeper truths beyond the words of scripture, leading us to other resources including human teachers who can guide us. We even find that Jesus can come to us himself to teach and guide us.
The “sin” of Adam allowed us to experience the human condition. Jesus helps us to find our way home.
How have you cultivated a personal relationship with Jesus?
Spiritual Practices – Inviting Jesus to be our Teacher
Look at the created image of Jesus above. Let it sink into your consciousness.
Close your eyes.
Imagine Jesus, as you saw him in the picture above, standing before you.
Rest with that image of Jesus standing before you. Remain in this visualization for 15 – 20 minutes.
Know that as Jesus stands before you, he is gazing back at you with unconditional love and acceptance.
Allow yourself to receive that love.
Be attentive to any thoughts, feelings, emotions that may arise as you imagine Jesus standing before you.
Record any thoughts, feelings, insights received, etc. in your journal or notebook.
In Authentic Freedom, we acknowledge Jesus as our teacher and as the example of one who learned authentic freedom and taught it to others. Every story, parable, lesson, example that Jesus taught, can somehow be brought back to the core wound and the resulting fears explored through Authentic Freedom. Jesus, while experiencing the fullness of the human condition, found his way to freedom – a freedom, he discovered, was found only in God. This is the freedom we are called to discover, cultivate and embrace through Authentic Freedom. God is the remedy to the suffering of the human condition. Jesus showed/shows us the way.
What is the suffering you currently want to transcend or have healed?
How might Jesus invite you to turn toward God as a source of healing and support?
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