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.
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?