Session Ten

Part Three

THE WAY

RETHOUGHT CHRISTIANITY

Session Ten

Chapter Nine

EASTER CONSCIOUSNESS

The Word of God is alive in the Scriptures.

EASTER:

  • Symbolizes the moment we know that we are Spirit or consciousness with bodies, rather than bodies with consciousness
  • Represents the breakthrough in consciousness that frees us from death, time, and space
  • Proves that consciousness is the cause, the maintainer, and sustainer of our lives
  • Symbolizes the shift from an objective approach to a subjective one
  • Says that life is eternal and that when you turn to Spirit your material life is transformed and resurrected
  • Symbolizes the change of our collective consciousness and the world as a whole–breaking up old forms to create a new level of life on Earth

A note from Walter:

The Easter story is not just about something that happened to the God/man, Jesus, but also to the transition from an objective approach to life into a subjective way of living. The Judeo-Christian myth begins with a visible God that could be seen and talked with. Then, bit by bit, that God became invisible and out of touch with human beings, so that by the end of the Old Testament God is hardly mentioned. God then reappears objectively as a man, Jesus, who performs all the miracles and acts that were formerly attributed to a Father God, but by the end of the Gospel story that objective being also becomes invisible, and only the subjective spirit or consciousness remains.

Now, once more, God is reappearing, but this time it is reappearing as mankind itself. We are now able to perform all the miracles that we attributed to God in the past. We can create new life forms, and, for the first time, we have the power to destroy the earth.

Easter represents the transition from an objective approach where we saw God and Jesus objectively as divine, and it introduces the day when the Christ consciousness will now be alive subjectively in all humankind. Easter will no longer just be words, but will symbolize how Christ consciousness became human. It makes spirit primary, and though we will always have bodies, those bodies will be divine.

Jesus resurrected through the subjective energy and activity of his own intentional consciousness.

  • He showed us there is no death
  • He paved the way for the rest of us

CRUCIFIXION:

  • Is the process of the death of old forms into new life, thus crucifixion is not separate from resurrection
  • Is part of the divine plan—the process of conscious evolution to ascension consciousness

Like Jesus we are to:

  • Trust the process
  • Surrender to our Higher or Inner Self to move us forward, even through difficult destruction of old forms
  • Know you, too, are perfect, but not flawless
  • Honor your fears they signal leading to the ascension process
  • Know your Higher Consciousness is not limited to your body or personal sense
  • Know you are unlimited and that resurrection is assured
  • It’s all God

Questions:

  • What is the subjective nature of crucifixion?

Meditate on:

  • Your own Crucifixion and Resurrection

Dear Judas

Judas symbolizes:

  • The negative part of our personalities necessary as catalyst for the Easter process
  • The process of exposing our dependency on material appearances
  • Those in our own lives that push us into becoming conscious beings

Question:

  • How have the Judases in your life helped you to know your true self?

Meditate on:

  • Forgiving yourself and others whom you feel have betrayed you
  • It’s all Love

Pentecost

At Pentecost:

  • The Christ Spirit was actually experienced by the followers of Jesus, proving that others can also experience the “anointing”
  • It was demonstrated that Jesus’ consciousness was alive in those that came after him
  • An evolutionary shift in vibration to a different level and experience of spiritual energy took place for humankind
  • There was a shared consciousness, of one “accord”
  • The Holy energy of ascension consciousness rushed in like a “mighty wind”
  • The Holy Spirit filled everyone so that they could each experience the “anointing” personally

Questions:

  • What do the Scriptures on page 188 and 189 mean to you?
  • What is the Holy Instant?

Meditate on:

  • The “anointing” experience of the Holy Spirit

The Second Easter

The second Easter is more important for us personally because Peter’s escape from prison showed:

  • That Jesus’ experience was not exclusively his
  • That Peter also had Christ consciousness
  • When we experience Christ consciousness, each of us can resurrect from those who appear to have power over us
  • That our inherited Christ consciousness can overcome the powers of the world

A note from Walter:

Death and resurrection happens daily. Not only are we constantly dying and being reborn but we change daily and each tiny shift in consciousness makes us a new person. Therefore, we can no longer see death as other than life because both life and death represent one creative resurrection, not resurrection as the reappearance of an old objective reality but rather as an ongoing proof of the subjective nature of life and creativity. We are life eternal, and what is called death is only one of many deaths we go through on our way to Heaven.

Question:

  • Have you had resurrection experiences? Explain.

Meditated on:

  • The daily cycle of death and rebirth

The Communion Ritual

A note from Walter:

The reason rituals were eliminated from those more modern religious practices that wanted to avoid the purely objective approach, was because rituals had become tools for bondage. When the church made people think that they could not be spiritual unless they performed certain rituals or that they would not get into heaven if they did not have the rituals performed over them, the church made rituals a way of enslaving people. Rituals moved from being symbolic acts of spiritual regeneration into being superstitious performances that used fear as a weapon against individual freedom.

Rituals:

  • Are helpful for those who need an objective act in order to relate to inner, subjective meanings
  • Were used at the time to give the people objective tools to use to experience the Christian message
  • The New Testament followed closely the traditional Jewish rituals and feast days
  • That had existed for centuries were adopted by the Church to carry meaning to the people that they could understand and participate in
  • Today, as then, offer an earthly experience of the embodied Spirit to identify with, even if subconsciously
  • Are not ends in themselves
  • Offer a spiritual union with others and reinforce Jesus’ statement…”where two or three are gathered…”

The main purpose of rituals is:

  • To prepare the ground and activate the Inner Spirit so that one can then carry that Spirit into the silence
  • To make the invisible visible, or to activate the invisible through a visible experience

Rejecting ritual can result in a Gnostic-like rejection of the human scene. Dependence on ritual can deny its original intent and become an end in itself.

Transubstantiation:

  • To transform
  • What takes place symbolically or literally when a person swallows the bread and the wine
  • Objectively (Traditional):
  • The bread and wine are transmuted into the body of Jesus
  • That one is actually swallowing the body of Jesus
  • Then one is no longer a sinner for they are now one with Jesus
  • That our humanity is transformed into something divine and no longer exists as an inferior state

· Subjectively (New Day):

· Symbolically the Christ comes into the human scene

· The Christ becomes the bread and the wine

· Thus one’s material presence becomes Christed

· Symbolizes “the Word” incarnating as an individual being

· Says that our humanity is divine when it is swallowed up by Christ consciousness

Both are true:

  • God incarnated as Jesus; thus when we take communion we are one with Jesus
  • We are God appearing materially as our own divine, human selves

Question:

  • What is your view of Transubstantiation?

Meditate on:

  • The Flesh objectively becoming “the Word” and “the Word” subjectively becoming individualized being

The Fifth Chapter of II Corinthians

The Fifth Chapter of II Corinthians:

  • Sums up the whole Christ message
  • Shows that Paul also, eventually, experienced ascension consciousness
  • Shows that Paul show Jesus both as a man and a state of consciousness
  • That conscious appears as form

Reconciliation:

  • Fulfills the two commandments
    • Love God by reconciling appearances
    • To Love neighbor by forgiving not imputing trespasses

After reading the Fifth Chapter of II Corinthians, verse by verse, in your own Bible, in your journal write your own interpretation for each verse.

Now read Walter’s interpretations again to add fuel to your own process.

Questions:

  • What are the important points that give us the key to the Christ message?
  • What is the ministry of reconciliation?

Meditate on:

  • Paul’s words as you turn into your own inner Christ consciousness and allow Spirit to speak directly to you

Spiritual Business

The spiritualization of business is a vital part of the process of healing and enriching the world as a whole. The “New Church” is any place or organization that helps people translate spiritual principles into their daily life. There are two arms of Spirit and matter that reach us in unity to embrace all with spiritual principles and establish harmony.

Our good comes from within our own consciousness, therefore we must:

· Realize our own sense of divinity

· Reconcile our sense of divinity with the day to day business of living

· Realize our Self-worth, we can give abundantly to others

· Seek first the kingdom of God

Question:

  • How does God appear as good business principles?
  • Do you and those around you separate Spirit and business?
  • What steps can you take to spiritualize your business?

Meditate on:

  • “I, if I be lifted up…”
  • First set your intent to experience the presence of God, then listen to the word of God, no matter in what form it comes.

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