We need a wrecking ball (the other kind)

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when his disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to him. And he said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

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What was Jesus talking about? A wrecking ball demolishing buildings? No. Jesus was referring to all the invisible beliefs of this world and religion that are blocking people from entering the life-giving dimension and freedom of the Spirit within us. These invisible beliefs form a powerful psychic barrier that prevent our participation in the “kingdom” Jesus spoke of. This barrier needs torn down stone by stone.

Dismantling the temple of the religious mindset

Some of the followers were talking about the temple. They said, “This is a beautiful temple, built with the best stones. Look at the many good gifts that have been offered to God!” But Jesus said, “The time will come when all that you see here will be destroyed. Every stone of these buildings will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another!”

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Think of the “temple” as the religious mindset.

Every day the religious mindset is coursing through this world in one form or another. We have worked hard to make the religious mindset attractive, and we built it using the best we had – the best buildings, the best programs, and the best budgets. Within this religious mindset and system, we have followed the rules, regulations and doctrines for relating to God. And the wheels on the bus go round and round.

But Jesus speaks of a time when the religious mindset is dismantled and discarded stone by stone. In its place, we turn to the the life-giving Spirit rising up from within us, and a new reality is born. It is what Jesus taught… what he lived for… what he died for. That vision of Jesus is alive in each of us if we will turn our heart toward it.

How often do we really turn inward in life?

How often do we really turn inward in life?

Our identity is often wrapped up in what we want others out there to think about us or is about obtaining some sort of status in the world based on something we do or achieve.

Our spiritual lives are developed guided along by the books and teachings of the spiritual leaders and gurus out there that we become attached to.

Our way of life is governed by societal norms and expectations, and the rules and regulations delegated down from various societal institutions.

Our standards and values for success, beauty and happiness, and what we deem significant and worthwhile are driven by the agendas of mass-media and Madison Avenue.

We become attached and addicted to the people, places and things that make us feel good, never recognizing that the source of those good feelings and true well-being is within us.

Religious reasoning can only get you so far

I discovered that I had to entirely set aside the religious mindset I had for so many years lived. What I discovered is that each time the Spirit opened a new recognition in me, that I tried to understand it in my head by relating it to my past religions reasoning. Which meant I was getting nowhere. You can’t understand the truth and reality the Spirit emanates from inside you by trying to understand it with religious reasoning. Some people may replace an old belief system with a more progressive new and improved one, but you’re still barking up the wrong tree by trying to approach it this way. All your mind is ever going to do is create a poor parallel intellectual (and religious) concept of what you experienced inside through the Spirit, which shifts you away from the “heavenly” source inside you, and keeps you locked up in your head. This will kill off the revelation that opened up inside you and prevent you from manifesting it.

Go back to square one!

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At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will embrace the fullness of God’s kingdom.”

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It is no easy task to return to the simple and elemental, because we have sufficiently made things difficult and complicated. Start by connecting with what is real inside you. Pay attention to what rises up in you through your deepest feelings. It is not necessary to add a bunch of religious words and concepts to it. Express it in your own words. When the Spirit opens up inside us and we touch reality, it can almost seem a little silly when we put it in the most natural words in which we experience it. Say it anyway in YOUR words! Don’t edit it with the nice-sounding theological jargon. Say it like a child would – simple and elemental.

(Photo by Darla Winn) 

Cutting the ties between God and religion

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A “paradigm” is a pattern of thinking or a fixed mindset, system, model or worldview. The term, “paradigm shift” has completely entered mass consciousness. Everyone has heard the phrase. A paradigm shift occurs when there is a radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new way of thinking. The paradigm shift represents a transformation – or a metamorphosis – in thinking, which also includes a physical change.

Some examples of paradigm shifts would be:
the shift from hunter-gatherers to agriculture;
the shift from barter to money;
the Ptolemaic system (the earth is at the center of the universe) to the Copernican system (the sun at the center of the universe);
Newtonian physics to Relativity to Quantum Physics;
technological revolution (internet, smart phones);
changing from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy;
globalization

What if there was a paradigm shift that cut the ties between God and religion? What if God and spirituality were embraced by people as a natural, thriving, vibrant, expanding inner reality and dimension that we share and live together? What if we carried forward the wisdom that has been offered by those who have gone before us without wrapping a different religion around each one?

(Graffiti by Banksy)

Playing hardball with the religious lies in your head

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There was that time when Jesus cleansed the temple – kicking over chairs, upturning tables, and driving out the money changers. You’re going to have to do this for yourself. Living inside your head are all those religious lies and deceptions that have enslaved you and are a power in your mind. They are constantly doing business in your head – controlling you, limiting you, sabotaging you, and stopping you. Kick them out! Upturn those tables! Toss those chairs! Drive them out of you!

People keep one foot in the religious way, and also try to embrace what is real. It’s not going to happen. You have to divest yourself of the religious way entirely. Jesus said you can’t pour new wine into old wineskins. But many people are afraid because the old way is all they know, and so they want to hold onto at least a little of it. But we all know what happens – a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. That’s we need to step toward the real together with others, and then it’s not quite so scary.

The Spirit doesn’t need rules

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Many of us who grew up in the Christian religion are accustomed to focusing on Jesus, the person who lived thousands of years ago. There is much to gain from this, especially the realization that our humanity does not separate us from God. However, Jesus himself challenged people to get in touch with the “Jesus Spirit,” if you will, that runs through us all. That Spirit does not need any rule books or man centered organizations. That Spirit can communicate with us anytime and anywhere and show us all things.

6 thoughts that might encourage you (or piss you off)

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A new world will open if we will express our deeper feelings – the sensations the Spirit gives us – into words. We must turn these feelings into our own words, and speak them to one another. Trust these deep feelings and Spirit sensations inside you, and do not be afraid to express them in your own words. I can’t emphasize this enough. Do not latch onto or borrow the language and verbiage of others, express those deep feelings in your words. They don’t have to be profound, spiritual or sophisticated words, they only need to be your words. The more natural and down-to-earth words they are, the better. I think sometimes we encode our understandings and experiences in a lot of over-spiritualized mumbo-jumbo, which only serves to complicate and obscure what is otherwise quite natural, simple and beautiful.

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Religious Myth #32: The name of “Jesus” magically has authority and power.

It was put to me this way:

“The power in the name provides protection, covering for them that believe in it. When you call His name in time of danger, Jesus quickly shields you from any imminent harm. When you call His name for help, the answer is dispatched immediately. Most of the time you see instant manifestation.”

In my view, the idea that there is authority and power when one physically states the name/word “Jesus” is magical thinking.

Instead, I would express the true meaning of this “Jesus’ name” idea as follows:

“The Christ mind and nature that is in you and is you, supplies what is necessary to operate within the full and present spiritual reality of God’s Kingdom. Whenever you operate from that spirit inside, guess what? You’e already there!”

The trick with this is not get too wrapped up in all the terminology of “Christ mind and nature,” “spirit,” etc… Stay connected with whats real inside you. Be mindful of deep feelings and deep awareness that happens a bit deeper from your typical coming and going feelings. I think you know the difference when those deep feelings or that deeper awareness opens up inside you. We need to learn to speak to one another from that place.

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Are we on the verge of another 60’s? (but better)

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I mentioned previously that I’ve been studying the 60’s. I came a little too late to experience it for myself, but I’ve been compelled to investigate it.

The 60’s was a leaderless movement, which welled up from within the masses themselves. No one quite knew exactly what to do or where to go, let alone what was behind it. In fact that was never really solved. But because it didn’t appear to have an obvious purpose it became subject to all sorts of criticism and abuse. The establishments who were more organized and backed by traditionalists barricaded themselves against the onslaught of their time honored values and authority. “Get back to work!” They cried. “Become responsible citizens. We know what is good for you.”

Their fundamentalism finally prevailed. The movement fragmented in all its different flavors. In many cases these factions becoming cultist, and many people who were interested in building their own kingdoms gradually took over the fracturing sub-cultures. The Spirit was lost and many dropped out and turned to all sorts of stuff, and different beliefs and practices, trying to recapture that initial excitement and euphoria.

Initially, the change in disposition was revealed through the music of the time. But as the movement receded, it lost its soulfulness, and became more gritty, aggressive, frustrated… and stoned!

I have talked with people who spoke of experiencing a tremendous lift during that period, and wonder where it all went wrong. To them, the deterioration of the movement was tragic. They speak of an energy of love, authenticity, togetherness, and harmony that connected people together as never before. To them it showed the possibility that a whole new world could have opened up.

But many of the folks from the 60’s gradually and reluctantly worked themselves back into the system, became “successful,” but feel like they never really did what they really wanted to do, and express a sense of emptiness about life and shallow relationships.

I see a lot of similarities between the counter-cultural energy of our day and the conditions that gave rise to the 60’s. I wonder about the possibility of there being a tipping point where a large-scale movement of people become connected to what’s real inside themselves, and speak to one another from their deep feelings and Spirit awareness, bubbling up from inside them.

 

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