I live the depth of my life in two layered worlds. I have been deeply formed by the Christian message and the life of Jesus. My life has been dedicated to my conscious and active choice to model my living after this great sage. It is also true that I have journeyed to find fellow travelers seeking authentic relationship to the Universe, and that journey has moved me beyond Christianity into the broad world of enlightenment and spiritual awakening.
These worlds, for a time, seemed quite separate. I couldn’t find seekers in my church communities and it was hard to find devotees of Jesus exploring other traditions and spiritual teachers. These worlds have been coming closer together inside my own journey for the past two years.
It started when I began studying a Hindu meditation style and wondering about what a guru was. Quite clearly in my meditation, Jesus reminded me that my dedication to him made him my guru and there was an invitation to go deeper. And so I did. Jesus and I had been in a strained relationship for years, even though I still modeled my life choices after his example and teaching, so I made amends, got back in my Bible and started to pray.
The experience for me was like the colors after a rain storm. The text was vibrant in a way it hadn’t been before. The teachings were wise beyond any reading of them I had done before. I had eyes to see the meaning now. I had ears to hear. I can’t explain how profoundly those scriptures, that had been living in my bones for years, transformed into teaching that explained the process of spiritual awakening.
The Lord’s Prayer was one of those texts that blossomed before my new eyes. I could see that if I held Jesus in the light of enlightened spiritual teacher, everything changed. I wondered why everyone didn’t appreciate Jesus more? I don’t know about you, but I can have intelligent conversation just about anywhere about a teaching of Buddha without fear, but Jesus seems to trigger defensiveness. It occurred to me that I’ve never had anyone say to me that if I didn’t believe in Buddha’s teachings I’d go right to hell. Unfortunately, many Christians have stated that if I don’t believe in Jesus, that’s exactly what would happen. It’s so sad. That kind of judgement masks the message of love that I feel is the only reality of the Universe.
For these next several weeks I will be offering a daily devotional looking at the intersection of spiritual awakening and the teachings of Jesus as found in the Lord’s Prayer. Open your eyes anew to the vibrant and relevant teachings of Jesus. Join me as I knit the worlds together and open our sight and hearing.
The devotionals start tomorrow February 28th. Please Sign Up to read and pray along.