Sunday morning for my meditation practice, I decided to journey around a specific question that I am currently discerning. What came through the journey ended up being much more for the world than for myself specifically. As such, I am sharing it here. The message is about the lost treasures of Christianity and our invitation to reclaim them.
In the journey, I entered into the world I go to when looking for answers. Jesus met me there and as soon as I arrived, he collapsed to the ground and was in a deep, deep sleep, I tried to wake him, shaking him, calling out his name. I looked up and Mary Magdalene was sitting beside him with her hand on his shoulder. She shook her head as if to say, “He will not be awakened. I will stay with him here while you seek the answer to your question.” So I reluctantly left, worried about why Jesus would be sleeping and unable to be awakened.
As I began my journey, I found myself in a dark and terrifying forest. I felt myself surrounded by fear, evil creatures and terrifying spirits. I wanted to run, but found I had to search. I walked and walked and walked until I was drawn to the base of an ancient tree. I was guided to dig. I dug at the base of the tree and buried deep within the earth in a tangle of rotting wood was the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I picked it up and next found myself scaling a rock wall – a ninety degree, sheer faced wall of a high cliff. I climbed until I reached the top where I discovered an enormous bald eagle’s nest. The mother eagle was there with her young and in her talon, she clutched a solid gold skeleton key. She handed me the key, then took me up in her wings and flew me to the nearest ocean where she dropped me. I swam to the deepest part of the ocean where a blue whale held out her fin to me. She took me deeper into the sea and led me to an enormous oyster, wide open to reveal a glimmering pearl. She instructed me to take the pearl. I was now carrying the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a solid gold key and a glimmering pearl. Whale swam me up to the surface of the sea and to the nearest beach. On the beach, there were a myriad of couples making love. “Sacred Sexuality” was the word that I heard. Before I could blink, I immediately found myself in the center of a glorious, lush and vividly green garden. In the center of the garden was one single rose in a soft and delicate shade of pink. When I glanced down into my hands, I found the rose was there. I then found myself guided to return to Mary Magdalene and Jesus. I approached Jesus, still sleeping, with my treasures – his Sacred Heart, the solid gold key, the glimmering pearl, the rose and the term, sacred sexuality. As I placed the treasures before him, he awakened and looked up at me with a smile of gratitude. He reached up and we embraced. He then gently kissed me, took Mary Magdalene by the hand, and together they walked away.
The Lost Treasures
I exited the journey feeling confused and unsure what to make of what transpired. I brought these questions into my prayer, and over the course of the day, the deeper meaning of the journey was revealed.
A Jesus that is asleep and unable to be awakened represents what has happened to Jesus and his true message over the course of the past 2000 years. The Jesus that walked this earth, who set captives free, gave sight to the blind, fed the hungry, clothed the naked, healed the sick, welcomed sinners, prayed, preached, judged not, loved without condition, and taught others to do the same has been put to sleep. Instead, we are left with a Jesus of someone else’s making.
The terrifying forest and the Sacred Heart
The terrifying forest represents the fears of man that have tainted Jesus’ message and twisted his word to meet someone else’s agenda for power and control. The unconditional love that Jesus knew in God, came to know within himself and tried to share with others, represented by Jesus’ Sacred Heart has been buried and left for dead.
The solid gold key
The solid gold key is the key to the kingdom – the authentic teachings of Jesus that showed human beings how to REMEMBER the love that they are in union with God. It is in remembering this love – the love of God that dwells within them and seeks to be known through them – that human beings discover heaven on earth and understand Jesus’ reminder that the kingdom of God is here, in our very midst, if we but have eyes to see and ears to hear.
The glimmering pearl
The pearl represents wisdom. Wisdom – knowledge and understanding arising out of a direct experience of God found in contemplation and prayer and and informed by observing the Presence and Action of God in the unfolding of the human condition. Wisdom, the knowledge that compels obedience to God because through wisdom we know that God’s way is better than any way we could have chosen for ourselves – if we but take the time to listen and hear God’s guidance for our lives.
The rose is the feminine principle and how it is manifest in the Divine Feminine in the Hebrew tradition, and lived out in the holy women of scripture. In the Christian tradition, the feminine principle was lived out in the persons of Mother Mary, Martha, Mary of Bethany, Mary of Magdala, Salome, the Samaritan woman, the Syrophoenician woman, the woman caught in adultery, and many others and then quickly left behind in favor of the hierarchical and patriarchical.
The human body and sexuality – both created as sacred by God and demonized by fearful humans. Supplanted, repressed, and coming out sideways in the Church in sins against the weak and the vulnerable – especially women and children.
Reclaiming the Treasures
It is time to reclaim the treasures of Christianity – unconditional love and compassion, the authentic and original teachings of Jesus, wisdom uncovered through contemplation and prayer and exercised through discernment, the feminine principle and sacred sexuality. And when we reclaim these sacred treasures, the true Jesus will be awakened and not only the Church but the world will be made anew.