Easter week for the world of Christianity means the time of celebration of the death and resurrection of their Lord and savior. However, it has become blatantly clear to me in the mystical chris recent times that this historical understanding of Jesus is not only inaccurate, but the very premise of the story is responsible for a victim mentality that is causing the perpetuation of untold suffering throughout the world.
In the very beginning humanity chose to believe in two illusions: 1) that we are separate from the divine, and 2) that we are flawed at birth. Nothing could be further from the truth and yet choosing these illusions has historically served us given what we came here to learn, which was how to be, while in human form, that which we truly are-unconditional love. And yet, an outgrowth of these illusions is a belief in the need to be saved from these so-called flaws, and this belief has been the primary reason why we have been creating drama and suffering for ourselves because it has never allowed the divine nature of humanity to be fully expressed. Instead, we’ve given ourselves all sorts of rules to live by which has kept the human spirit in check. It has also caused us to choose less than a desire to be fully alive.
When Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago he knew who he was, that at his core he was divine, and he also knew that everyone else was God also. And yet, he was aware that the consciousness he was living in was thick with a lot of heavy overlays, one in which no one understood anything about their true identity as divine beings having a human experience. For this reason, he no doubt knew that he was going to be murdered, but he never said he was going to die for you. Jesus wasn’t about taking responsibility for you-that was Apostle Paul’s idea.
What Jesus said is found in Matthew 22: 36-40. Jesus was asked by a lawyer, “Which is the great commandment in the Law? ” His response was “You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ” These words of Jesus summarize everything he came to teach. His first commandment was that we love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind. This means it is our responsibility to love everything about ourselves bar none because we are God also.
This includes all our so-called flawed nature, which we have traditionally loathed. He said the second commandment was just like the first, “Love your neighbor as yourself. ” In other words, love yourself with all your heart, soul and mind (this level of love is unconditional-no strings attached) and then share this same unconditional love with your neighbor. This is what Jesus was talking about. First, allow yourself to become the love of God that you already are and then there’s no one you cannot love. Jesus not only taught this, he lived it. Choosing to live life in this manner is a choice to live life fully, without any agenda or need to control anything. When you make a choice to be unconditional, you’re making a choice to invest your full self into life. You hold nothing back.
However, we tend to be conditional with our love because we have fear of being rejected, fear we’re not good enough, and fear that we’re not worthy. These are the by-products of buying into a belief that claims we are separate from the divine and flawed. These beliefs actually reflect a loathing of life itself. We carry on from day-to-day afraid to express our true nature because we are literally afraid of life, afraid of God, which actually means afraid of who we really are. Consequently, we only invest part of ourselves into life. Meanwhile, this puts us smack dab into a victim mentality so that we are convinced we need to be saved from this dilemma. Deep inside we hope that despite our flaws, as long as we cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, we’ll one day make it to heaven. Such beliefs however run completely contrary to everything that Jesus was about.