The Transfiguration of Jesus is the turning point of Jesus’ ministry. From preaching, teaching and healing in Galilee, after the Transfiguration he heads south to Jerusalem to confront the oppressive and exploitative religious establishment there. The transfiguring light of Mt Tabor will progressively dim to the darkness of a cold tomb where Jesus’ dead body will be sealed after the crucifixion. The disciples want to stay on the mountain in the glow. Who wouldn’t? But Jesus insists they must go and confront the darkness.
There is so much information around us, and we who live in the information age can easily mistake information for transformation. For this reason, the Radical Christ series, from time to time, inserts Integration Practice sessions to allow the information about Jesus, the Map for each of our lives, to become an integrated transformation of our inner life. I trust this will be of help to your journey and practice.
Miracles have been largely trivialised by Literalism and Fundamentalism. Remembering that Scripture is best understood on the mythical level which enables it to be accessed in any age and context, we begin to grasp the life and actions of Jesus as a Map for our own lives. The Raising of Lazarus illustrates some powerful truths which may help us in our daily dying and coming back to life?
Jesus often spoke about seeking and saving the Lost, In this video Peter unpacks three parables of lost things from Luke chapter 15. The Lost Sheep, Coin and Son. Linking these to phrases from the Prayer of Confession from the Communion liturgy opens an interesting choice of how to seek for the lost and is dependent on how the lostness occurred.
How we get lost may determine how we get found and by whom?
The breath is a useful and ever present symbol of balance and rhythm in life. In this episode Peter introduces the Integration Practice of being mindful of the breath to assess what is needed next for balance. After all to walk headlong onto a stormy sea requires a fine balance.
Jesus walking on water, and then inviting Peter to join him on the stormy surface of Lake Gallilee makes our Western minds reel with incredulity. This story cannot be taken literally. Humans cannot walk on liquid water. So as with all deep truths, we need to investigate the narrative as myth. Myths are thos true stories that probably nenevr happened historically or scientifically but remain true.
The walking on water miracle is an interesting study in overcoming fear and balancing our lives.
Join Peter as he unpacks this part of the archetypal life of Jesus as a map for our own journey in life.
Ram Dass spoke eloquently of developing a spiritual practice that enables you to keep your heart open in hell. Mahayana Buddhists have the notion of Bodhisattvas, enlightened being who after countless rebirths are ready to enter into the bliss of Nirvana, but who vow not to cross over until they have assisted all sentient beings, to cross over before them.
Once in conversation with a Zen monk, and referencing the Boddhisattva concept, the monk smiled at me and replied, “Yes, but Jesus also was a great Boddhisattva.” In that moment my entire life changed as I realised we are all just ‘walking each other home’, another Ram Dass saying.
Compassion lies at the heart of all spiritual practice, in fact is the absolute validation of our journey. If my journey, religion and practice does not increase my compassion, what’s the point. If my religion makes me cruel, fearful and judgemental what’s the point?
This episode explores the way Jesus experienced compassion and unpacks some of his crazy wisdom that enabled his to say to marginalised and dispossessed people that they were “Blessed”.
This isn’t what you may think.
Karl Marx misread this ascpect and called releigion “an opiate”. He was wrong, It isn’t opium, correctly understood this crazy wisdom is dynamite!
From the times of Emperor Constantine and the Battle of the Milvian bridge 27 October 312 CE, the cross has come to be associated with expansionism, triumphalistic Crusades, patriarchy, and at some level this cross denotes everything that is wrong with the world right now.
It would be sad if we missed the fact that the cross is more than a religious image. It is a deepy archetypal symbol embedded in the human unconscious, and can be wisely used as a symbol of intersection and integration. This video looks at the human cruciform expansion of the healthy ego in the first half of life as we move from the Alpha point of concetion and birth.
In the second half of life, the cross invited the ego to slowly merge with the higher IAM of the true self which is the essence of LIFE that awaits us at the omega point of our dying.
I hope you find the Integration Practice useful as you become the cross you are called to carry