The Mystery of Golgotha - The Crucifixion and Resurrection
Easter is the time Christians traditionally remember The Crucifixion and Resurrection of a Being known as Christ Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, or Master Jeshua. I wish to share my non-religious understanding of the 'Mystery' event based mainly on the teachings of Gnosticism and Rudolph Steiner through Anthroposophy (anthro=man; sophy=wisdom). I believe these teachings to be the truth. I realise this version of events may challenge you. Please begin with an open mind and an open heart and let yourself 'feel the resonance' as you read.
Some aspects of modern Easter celebrations pre-date Christianity. Lets take Easter Eggs for example what do they have to do with the crucifixion?
According to the Venerable Bede, Easter derives its name from Eostre, an Anglo Saxon Goddess of Spring. A month corresponding to April had been named "Eostremonat," or Eostre's month, leading to "Easter" becoming applied to the Christian holiday that usually took place within it. Prior to that, the holiday had been called Pasch (Passover).
It seems probable that around the second century A.D., missionaries from the Church of Rome seeking to convert the tribes of northern Europe noticed that the Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus roughly coincided with the Teutonic springtime celebrations, which emphasized the triumph of life over death. The Christian 'Easter' gradually absorbed the traditional symbolism of rabbits and eggs.
So now we’ve covered the paganistic origins let's look at the non religious event I prefer to call The Mystery of Golgotha (after Rudolph Steiner’s channeled teachings) rather than the Crucifixion and Resurrection as portrayed by the Roman Church and Christian Dogma.
Firstly I need to share a definition with you
Definition : Christ. or, more accurately : The Office of the Christ.
When I use the term Christ it is not meant in the Christian sense, it is used in the Universal sense.
There are different levels in the office of the Christ. There are the Planetary Christ, Solar Christ, Galactic Christ, Universal Christ, Multiversal Christ and Cosmic Christ. Metatron is at the level of Cosmic Christ.
All Masters of all religions and spiritual paths help their students become the Christ, it is not in truth a Christian term, it is a living presence and our authentic self.
Every Planet in every Galaxy and Universe call what Earth calls 'Christ ' by a different name.
In short in becoming "Christed", one embodies unconditional love. So Jesus embodied unconditional love for the last three years of his life.
Much conflicting information has been proffered as to who Jesus of Nazareth (Jeshua, the son of Joseph ben Jacob and his wife Mary) was. Below is a likeness of Jesus, as he showed himself to the psychic artist. Notice his dark hair yet blue eyes. His eyes were not brown as is often portrayed and as you would expect of a person with a jewish middle eastern background.
Lets begin with what he was not. Jesus was not the only son of God – we are all sons and daughters of God. In the last three years of his life Jesus became the physical vehicle in which the energy of the Sun God chose to incarnate. The Sun God is the Divine Solar Christ. The Sun gives life to the Solar System which could not exist without it. The ancient act of Sun Worship was not as weird as it might have seemed. The Solar System exists within the corona of the Sun so we could perceive ourselves as living within the body of the Sun. A book by Anthroposophist Georg Blattmann titled" the Sun, the ancient mysteries and the new physics", sheds light on this concept.
The Sun God is the source of the reflection of the Divine Feminine energy (aka Sophia by the Greeks, and Christ Consciousness by Lightworkers), in our solar system.
According to Rudolph Steiner “The Christ-Individuality was on the Earth in the body of Jesus of Nazareth for three years only and will not come again in a physical body. In the 1940’s the Christ-Individuality entered the Etheric Realm of the Earth and has remained there in Shamballa ever since in order to assist humanity".
Rudolph Steiner, in his lecture series entitled From Jesus to Christ (10 lectures in Oct 1911) says:-
The Mystery of Golgotha was enacted for the sake of all men;
to rescue mankind from the decay of the physical body (ie. enable us to self heal).
Accepting the Mystery of Golgotha enables the Christ Consciousness
to assist you during sleep and wakefulness.
Prior to Golgotha the Christ Consciousness could only assist during sleep.
Christ Consciousness must be understood and accepted into the human body through the Hara Line in order that we may evolve. (more at http://haradimension.wordpress.com/)
The Christ energy was first conceived in an earthly body at the Baptism of Jesus by John in the River Jordan. The Sun God sent some of his Soul Aspects through the Hara Line of Jesus to enter his being. The descent of the Being of the Sun into the darkness of earth was portrayed by many Old Masters of the 15th Century. In their paintings a dove symbolised the Christ Light descending into the crown chakra and hara line of Jesus.
The birth of the Christ happened whilst Jesus was alone and forsaken on the cross three years later. All prevailing cosmic love was brought out of the cosmos and born into the earthly world of men. Divine love, previously only present everywhere around and outside of earth now entered INTO Earth for the first time.
The Sun Being (Christ) gave his essence of divine love to the Earth through the blood and body of Jesus. When Christ Jesus died on the cross, at that moment, there was born for the Earth, something previously only found in the cosmos.
This amazing process of Jesus becoming Christed may seem hard to grasp. A simple analogy in todays terminology might be that of 'overshadowing' as happens with a trance Channeler, or a ‘walk in’ experience. A ‘walk in’ soul aspect takes on the physical body as the previous consciousness leaves it. This prevents death of the physical and enables the new being to live immediately as a mature person rather than incarnate as a newborn baby. This enables full recollection of past life and between life experience. It also ensures a knowledge of Divine Truth and the real history of the cosmos. Walk In's usually come to teach and support humanity. [A Walk in I have personally met is a female called Qala who lives in Australia and travels globally in order to teach humanity and perform earth healing ceremonies. (The Celestial Project www.thedivineuniversity.com)]
A human being has four bodies. One physical and three subtle. The subtle bodies are the Etheric, Astral and Spiritual Light Body (aka The I Am or Higher Self). According to Steiner Jesus had only 2 subtle bodies : etheric and astral.
The I AM body was the body that was entered and occupied by the Sun Being. Hence Jesus was then named Christ Jesus (or Jesus Christ) as there were now two beings residing within the same physical vehicle.
The Risen body of Jesus consisted of his etheric form (ie. ethereal) as the I Am Body had ascended back to the Sun from whence the Soul Aspects came. The etheric body was not visible to everyone, only those who had clairvoyant ‘sight’. The disciples, Mary Magdelene, and Mother Mary all had clairvoyant sight.
In fact the title ‘Mary’ was an honourable title given to Essene Women who had attained Priestess status through study and living a very spiritually devout life. The women also were dressed in scarlet as a sign of their status. Jesus of course, also lead a very spiritual life as a member of the Essene Cummunity and that is how his physical vehicle was purified and his vibration raised during 30 years to such a degree that he could receive the extremely high frequency of Light when the Sun God sent Soul aspects of himself to incarnate for three years in the body of Jesus.
The Christ Being suffered for three years as we suffer in the earthly third dimensional realm. He wanted to have the experience of incarnation in order to assist humanity heal and ascend out of the illusion. Then as the physical body of Christ Jesus was dying the blood ran from it and dripped into the earth so that the Christ Consciousness could enter the Earth through the blood. On the death of the physical body the etheric Christed Being entered into the dark depths of the Earth in order to REDEEM THE BODY OF THE EARTH (Gaia) and hence all the bodies of human beings who rely on our earth mother for our existence.
The dead body of Jesus still housed aspects of the Sun Being when the body was placed within the tomb in the garden of Gethsemane. An earthquake occurred and the stone placed over the door to the tomb rolled aside. A crack in the earth opened and the corpse of Jesus slid into the earth in a type of ‘divinely orchestrated burial’. As the body entered the earth the Christ light fully entered the Earth.
At the Resurrection three days later The Sun Being ascended back to the Sun his task fulfilled. He left the earth imbued with the Christ light and set the scene for all humanity to access the Christ Consciousness energy as Divine Grace to heal and evolve back to the authentic Christed Beings we were all originally created to be.
|Close up of the Head of the Sun Being from the above painting by Grunewald|
The Sun continues to enter earth but now the cosmic rays that carry the Divine Light enter through our crown chakra and into the Hara Line. We act as a conduit to allow the Sun’s radiance as Christ Consciousness to continually enter the Earth.
According to Steiner the etheric Jesus is with us today in the etheric realm of earth in an etheric city known as Shamballa. He has been there since the 1940’s. This was known as the second coming. There will never be another earthly incarnation of the Christ being. We as humanity are charged with the role of allowing the Christ Consciousness to enter into our Earth mother through our Hara lines. We are the one we have been waiting for. We have the potential to be our own saviours and healers. We can invoke Divine Grace (ie. favour or blessing) and Divine Love by opening our hearts and asking to receive.
Evelyn Francis Capel published "The Reappearing of Christ" in 1983 in which she shows how the meaning and purpose of being human may be discovered by opening ourselves to be the conduit for the divine wisdom that is Christ Consciousness. If we choose to resist we fall increasingly into physical and moral decadence. She tells how the consciousness of Christ was put to death by materialism in the 19th Century and how in the 21stC we are destined to have our thinking revived by once again welcoming Christ Consciousness into our being.
Does an ancient Christian text, discovered just over a century ago, shed new light on the lost teachings of Jesus?
Of all the earliest followers of Christ Jesus, none has sparked the level of interest generated by one particular woman - the figure known as Mary Magdalene. Revered as a saint, maligned as a prostitute, imagined as the literal bride of Christ, Mary of Magdala stands apart as an enigmatic individual about whom little is actually known, despite centuries of scholarly scrutiny and wild conjecture.
All that most Western Christians know about her is presented in the New Testament Gospels, and even that information is disputed. But there is some general agreement: She was a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ and along with several other women, she ministered to Christ and witnessed his death on the Cross. She was there when his body was placed in the tomb, when the stone was rolled away to reveal an empty chamber and the Christ appeared to her so it was she who brought the news of his Resurrection to the other disciples.
The second-century Gospel of Mary was found in the late 19th century by archaeologists but remained largely ignored and untranslated for 50 years. It is the only account named for a woman and offers a different view of Christianity - one that describes an "interior spirituality," says Karen L. King, author of The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle.
In the Mary Magdalene account, "salvation is not something that comes from an external saviour," says King. "One has to seek salvation within." Thus, the Magdalene gospel depicts Jesus as a teacher rather than as a saviour who dies to atone for humanity's sins.
In her introduction in The Complete Gospels, Karen King says:
"...the Gospel of Mary communicates a vision that the world is passing away, not toward a new creation or a new world order, but toward the dissolution of an illusory chaos of suffering, death, and illegitimate domination. The Sun God has come so that each soul might discover its own true spiritual nature, its 'root' in the Good, and return to the place of eternal rest beyond the constraints of time, matter, and false morality."
Church finally admits Mary was not a whore
For 1,500 years, Mary Magdalene was portrayed, in art and theology, as a prostitute whose life was transformed by Jesus' forgiveness. This notion, based on Luke 7:38, was the result of an erroneous sermon preached in 591 by Pope Gregory the Great. Jean-Yves Leloup, in his commentary on The Gospel of Mary, states:
"Mary's identity as a prostitute stems from Homily 33 of Pope Gregory I, delivered in the year 591... Only in 1969 did the Catholic Church officially repeal Gregory's labeling of Mary Magdalene as a whore, thereby admitting their error - though the image of Magdalene as the penitent whore has remained in the public teachings of all Christian denominations. Like a small erratum buried in the back pages of a newspaper, the Church's correction goes unnoticed, while the initial and incorrect article continues to influence readers."
The stain of immorality attached to the figure of Mary Magdalene averted attention away from the significant role she plays in the unfolding of Christ's teachings. The importance of Mary is especially apparent in Gnostic texts - some among the earliest accounts of Jesus' ministry - which have been largely suppressed and ignored by Roman Church authorities.
Another Gnostic text - The Gospel of Thomas - reveals that women were disciples of Christ. However the New Testament only includes gospels written by men and distinguishes between the women of Christ's life, and the 'disciples' - who are all male.
"You find in the [Gnostic] Gospel of Thomas that six disciples are named: Matthew and Thomas, James and Peter, Mary Magdalene and Salome," says Prof. Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton University, and author of The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.
"Here, explicitly, Mary Magdalene is Jesus' disciple. In the Gospel of Thomas and also the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, she is seen as an evangelist and a teacher, somebody who is gifted with revelations and teachings from Jesus which are very powerful and which enable her to be a spiritual inspiration to others."
The Gnostics honoured equally the feminine and masculine aspects of nature, and Prof. Pagels argues Christian Gnostic women enjoyed a far greater degree of social and ecclesiastical equality than their orthodox sisters.
For Jean Yves-Leloup, the founder of the Institute of Other Civilisation Studies and the International College of Therapists, Mary Magdalene is the intimate friend of Jesus and the initiate who transmits his most subtle teachings.
His translation of The Gospel of Mary is presented in his book The Gospel of Mary Magdalene along with a commentary on the text which was discovered in 1896, nearly 50 years before the Gnostic Gospels at Nag Hammadi were found.
The Gospel of Mary can easily be divided into two parts. The first section (7,1-9,24) describes the dialogue between the risen Ethereal Christ and the disciples. He answers their questions concerning matter and sin.
"Christ teaches that sin is not a problem of moral ignorance so much as a manifestation of imbalance of the soul," says James Robinson, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. "Christ then encourages the disciples to spread his teachings and warns them against those who teach of spirituality as an external concept rather than as an internal, experience," says Robinson.
After he departs, however, the disciples are grieved and in considerable doubt and consternation. Mary Magdalene comforts them and turns their hearts toward the Good and a consideration of Christ's words.
The second section of the text (10,1-23; 15,1-19,2) contains a description by Mary of special revelation given to her by Christ. At Peter's request, she tells the disciples about things that were hidden from them. The basis for her knowledge is a vision of the Lord and a private dialogue with Him. Unfortunately four pages of the text are missing here so only the beginning and end of Mary's revelation are available.
Commenting on the text, Karen King writes: "The first question Mary asks Christ is how is it that one is able to see a vision. The Christ replies that the soul sees through the mind which is between the soul and the spirit.
This confrontation between Mary and Peter is well documented in a number of Gnostic scriptures. Mary exposes the small mindedness and superficiality of Peter and Andrew who find it difficult to comprehend, let alone accept, the deeper spiritual understanding Mary acquired through her personal experience and closer relationship with Christ.
James Robinson observes: "Indeed Peter and Andrew seem to prefer the very thing against which Christ warned them - a religion based on arbitrary ideas (in this case represented by Peter's male chauvinism and Andrew's ignorance). And yet many of their ideas have shaped modern Christianity while, paradoxically, Mary Magdelene's spirituality, which here seems more consistent with the teachings of Christ, is unheard of today."
OTHER GNOSTIC TEXTS
Mary Magdalene plays a prominent role in Gnostic traditions presented in other Gnostic works such as Pistis Sophia, The Dialogue of the Saviour and The Gospel of Philip, where she is extolled as a chief disciple of Christ, a visionary and mediator of Gnostic revelations.
In these texts she is praised as "the woman who knew the All" (The Dialogue of the Saviour), and "the inheritor of light" (Pistis Sophia), associated with the divine Wisdom.
One of the most intriguing of discoveries of the late nineteenth century was the Pistis Sophia ("Faith Wisdom" or "Faith of Wisdom"), an allegorical account of the Gnostic world-system. This text claims to report the interactions of Jesus Christ and the disciples after His Resurrection, but it differs radically from the canonical texts in its account of the spiritual powers ruling the universe, its belief in reincarnation, and its extensive use of magical formulae and invocations.
The text describes Jesus as a mystic teacher, whose main interactions are with powerful female disciples who embodied the Divine feminine principle as did Mary Magdalene.
To the ancients, the feminine principle Sophia was the veiled holy spirit of wisdom, pregnant with knowledge and inviting us to drink deeply from Her Cup. In Gnostic cosmology, Sophia is trapped in the material world and is liberated after mystical union with Christ. It's also interesting to note the functions of the Holy Spirit are associated in biblical texts with women: consolation, inspiration, emotional warmth, and birth of the spirit.
Gnosticism and the Role of Women Teachers
Yeshua of Nazareth - Jean-Yves LeLoup
In Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, a modern day Gnostic bishop Stephan Hoeller states that Gnostic Christians hold a "conviction that direct, personal and absolute knowledge of the authentic truths of existence is accessible to human beings, and, moreover, that the attainment of such knowledge must always constitute the supreme achievement of human life."
As Elaine Pagels says in her book The Gnostic Gospels, this emphasis on spiritual experience did not bode well for the Gnostics. If salvation is directly available to the individual, why does one need an organised church to act as a dogmatic mediator between the individual and God?
The confrontation between Peter and Mary Magdalene in The Gospel of Mary is representative of a conflict within Christianity that persists to this day. The story symbolises the confrontation between the traditional Apostolic-Pauline branch of Christianity and the Gnostics. It is also the conflict between the esoteric (the inner or mystical teachings) and the exoteric (the open or exterior teachings) dimensions of religion.
In the early days of Christianity the hierarchical organised church saw the Gnostic mystics, with their subversive openness of spirit and anti-authority stance, as a dangerous threat to its growing power. Unlike the Roman church, in Gnostic groups women were openly functioning as priests and teachers and enjoyed acceptance.
In the 2nd century CE, the Church Father Tertullian particularly objected to "those women amongst the heretics" who held positions of authority. He angrily attacked "that viper" - a woman who was the spiritual teacher of a Gnostic group in northern Africa.
He was outraged, writing: "These heretical women - how audacious they are! They have no modesty. They are bold enough to teach, and engage in discussion; they exorcise; they cure the sick, and it may be they even baptise!... They also share the kiss of peace with all who come."
Although his views were in line with Jewish tradition from which Jesus had come, it is worth remembering Jesus himself had violated these conventions by openly communicating with women and including them amongst his most intimate followers.
For the Gnostics, one can only know the transcendent God through knowledge (gnosis) of Christ. Christ as the Sun God comes into the world to reveal the transcendent truth. When this concept is completely understood, one's life assumes a new spiritual dimension, and the real virtues then begin to flow from a divine source.
If you wish to read more about mary Magdelene see my previous blogs
http://wp.me/p3SRAZ-2P Mary Magdelene Part One
http://wp.me/p3SRAZ-3d Mary Magdelene Part Two
Solar Flares aid our self actualisation
St Germain through Méline Lafont has stated that “last year 2014, was the first year of the actualisation of all humanity’s wishes, realities, creations and preparations”.
In fact many initial shifts have already been brought about. For starters there are the intense solar flares which are having an enormous impact on our Earthly reality and also on our current consciousness and our embodiment.
We must never underestimate the enormous powers and impulses of the flares as they represent a crucial link in our global Ascension process. The more recent flares are truly significant because their intensity exceeds any previous ones. The energy literally rushes towards us with more powerful impulses and at an even faster pace than we can ever imagine. As impossible as it may seem the flares will intensify and increase. This will have the effect of helping achieve more awakenings and more shifts in people. The effect of the flares on us is a new experience that we have to adjust to.
Each solar flare is a huge creation and an activation which contributes to the actualization of our inner Self. It encourages a merger of the I AM Presence and the Christ Consciousness within us.
The flares are focused on assisting us release the illusion of the matrix and separateness allowing us to become more aware of the Multi Dimensional aspects of our Self. The aspects of us that are able to create easily what we need to achieve our full potential.
The Solar Flares are increasing in number and intensity and with each one a new batch of energy arrives here to fuel our quest for enlightenment (to enlighten means dissolving the darkness (fear) and accepting light (joy) in its place). Our DNA is being re-activated and the so called 'junk DNA' (Human Geneticist's term) is being reactivated at a non 3rd dimensional level and coming into its own once again.
So once again the Sun God with the co-operation of Helios and Vesta the sun beings who inhabit the body of the Sun, are assisting humanity to Ascend.
Who was Rudolph Steiner
Who was Rudolph Steiner
Rudolf Steiner was born at Krajevic, Austria-Hungary (now Yugoslavia) on February 27, 1861. Although he had experienced encounters with the mystical and the unknown as a young child and was guided by an adept he would only refer to as the "Master," Steiner's early academic accomplishments were in the scientific fields. His father had wished him to become a railway engineer, so that had led Rudolf into a study of mathematics, which seemed only to whet his appetite for the material sciences, leading him to pursue studies in medicine, chemistry, physics, as well as agriculture, architecture, art, drama, literature, and philosophy.
Fascinated by the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Steiner began the extensive task of editing Goethe's scientific papers, and from 1889 to 1896 worked on this project. It was also during this period that Steiner wrote his own highly acclaimed The Philosophy of Freedom.
When he was in his late thirties (c. 1897), Steiner received a revelation concerning what he came to believe was the turning point in human spiritual history, the incarnation of the Divine Being known as the Christ. In the twentieth century, Steiner said, humankind began to enter the "fullness of time" when the Christ principle, cosmic consciousness, might once again become manifest. Steiner defined "Christ consciousness" as a transformative energy that greatly transcended orthodox Christianity.
In Steiner's view, the Master Jesus became "christed" and thereby was able to present humankind with a dramatic example of what it means to achieve a complete activation of the spiritual seed within all human souls and to rise above all material considerations.
In Steiner's Tenth Lecture on the Gospel of St. Luke, he reflects that just as a plant cannot unfold its blossom immediately after the seed has been sown, so has humankind had to progress from stage to stage until the right knowledge could be brought to maturity at the right time. To Steiner, the Christ energy is the catalyst that germinates the seed that great Spirit Beings implanted within their human offspring.
In 1913, Steiner set about forming his own group, the Anthroposophical Society, which he declared would be about the utilization of "human wisdom" (anthro=man; sophy=wisdom) to achieve contact with the spiritual world. The human intellect, Steiner insisted, could be trained to rise above material concerns and to perceive a greater spiritual reality. The human consciousness had the ability to activate the seed that the great Spirit Beings had implanted within their human offspring. Steiner emphasized that the path to such contact might best be attained by a proper application of meditation. When human consciousness had been raised to the spiritual level where it can experience the eternal element that is limited by neither birth nor death, then it can comprehend its own eternality and its ability to be born again in subsequent life existences.
Further Reading - all available from http://www.rsarchive.org/