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
In this episode we continue to explore the public ministry of Jesus as part of his whole life which left us an orienting map for our own journey. What we regard as the miracles of Jesus life were not intended to be the extraordinary and illogical events we have come to believe miracles to be. Instead these moments were the symptoms of an integrated and inclusive life that empowered ordinary people with wonder at their own being and belonging in the world.
Last episode we explored the wonderful Baptism of Jesus, the dove, the voice, “You are my agapeitos” (beloved child).
Why, Jesus could have been the proto Trust (fund) Kid!
How then does the same Spirit, (can you still see the dove?) “offer him up” to the Wilderness where the Devil and the Ravens rule?
This episode explores how our Wilderness times are essential counterpoints to our Baptimal blessing moments. One without the other leads to rampant, inflated egos behind picket fences, or conversely to despairing dark depressions when we recognise we can’t be love and light all the time.
Moving into the second phase of Jesus’ life, the public ministry once more through the lens of it being an archetypal map for ours, Peter considers the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. The Jordan is a pivotal symbol in the Abrahamic faiths, and water is a universal religious symbol for humankind.
This episode explores those themes as well as looking in the end at what parental acceptance may do to transform our lives, and if withheld do the opposite.
Here is the Podcast link if you’d rather listen than watch…
Concluding the Preparation Phase of Jesus life map, this video looks at three moments before Jesus begins his public ministry:
The deaths of all the children younger than two years, in and around Bethlehem caused by Herod’s paranoia at the news that a king had been born there. How did that story impact Jesus’understanding of his own life. How does it impact us to know that we are still alive and others are not?
The finding in the temple when Jesus is twelve years old. Was this really only a Bar Mitzvah?
The mission eighteen years. Did Jesus exotically got to the east for enlightenment and return to Israel with secret wisdom? Or did he, quite ordinarily simply go and grow into himself and his destiny in the humble home of Nazareth?
In the sixth talk on “A Radical Christ”, Peter examines the Incarnation of Jesus and how this symbolises the return of divinity to indwelling humankind. From the dawn of consciousness humans have projected their consciousness outwards further and further from access. A kind of EX-carnation.
Less and less embodied and more and more intellectual and philosophical. In the Incarnation, the process comes full circle as the divine returns to the consciousness that is the reality of all Life here and now.
Getting into lock down with Jesus. After four introductory sessions setting the scene, we are now ready to enter the life of Jesus as an Archetypal map for all of our lives. Yes, of course, he didn’t have to deal with the Corona Virus COVID-19, but he experienced his context and time and the challenges then, which offer us critical reference points for our own healing, and dare I say “survival”? In this first episode relating to the Preparatory Phase of Jesus’ life, Peter explores the role of angels in Jesus’ birth and also what the symbolic meaning of an angel could be for us psychologically. Far from being an esoteric consideration of how many angels can fit on a pin-head, this episode is an investigation of how the humanly created idea of angels can explain our own mind, to ourselves.
In a joint venture with Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat and in the face of rabid fundamentalism and tired Christian ritual, Peter is launching a series titled “The Radical Christ”. Just under a year ago whist on a visit to Dharmagiri, Thanissara “downloaded” an insight during her morning practice which she wrote on a notelet and presented to me at breakfast. “PW” she said, “This is your next work”. The note read simply, “The Radical Christ”. There was an immediate resonance with Thanissara’s words. They made sense at all levels I have spent most my life speaking about Jesus in one way or another, and though I no longer preach, (over 1500 sermons done, many on this blog still getting hits late on Saturday nights): I do love Jesus. Not in the way that most angry fundamentalist Christians say they do, but in a way I would like to unpack in this series.
This offering is the product of my acceptance of Thanissara’s shamanic ancestral download (I am a Jungian and an African after all), and some months of reading and dalliance with video production software.
In these conversations we will explore a new understanding of Jesus the Christ. Using the insights of philosophy, culture and psychology we will dig into the archetypal significance of a God-Person interconnection that could lead to global engagement and human transcendence at this time of ecological crisis.