There Is No Mystery In Christ
If one hundred theologians were asked to define Christ, they would likely give a thousand different answers. Why are there so many opinions? Because theology echoes the myriad distortions that spring from the intellect.
Once the intellect has been subdued sufficiently to allow the Heart to be heard, we begin to get the answers; and the Heart’s messages are soothing and uncomplicated, nothing like the bedeviling bamboozlement of a befuddling intellect!
So, how does the Heart interpret the Christ? As simple truth! As gentle, unpretentious truth. You can spell this word with a capital or not—it is the same truth which is the Christ! The Heart reveals that “Truth” and “Christ” are identical—meaning “the same one.”
The dictionary defines truth as “fact; that which is; conforming to reality.” “I am the truth,” said Jesus Himself. “Identity-I (and not the possessor of it) am the Truth, the fact of Reality.” Identity is the Christ-Truth itself.
This is much too simple and unsophisticated for human theology, of course. Man has a penchant for complicating the simple. He would have the Christ range from a very literal, bleeding body named Jesus of Nazareth, to a metaphysical mystery of transcending Light and Illumination, or both. The simplicity of “Christ” and simple, lowly, unpretentious, gentle “Truth” as synonymous terms is too naïve a concept for intellectual churchdom. Erudition is steeped in the esoteric, ego-building disciplines of its man-hewn theological “mysteries.”
The world church makes Truth one thing and Christ another; but the fact is, simple Truth (truth) itself is everything meant by the term. The Christ proclaims; “I am the Truth. I, Truth, am come to take away the untruths of the world. Behold, I am with you always. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Indeed, the Christ-Truth is here—not far off, not something we must struggle up a long, rugged mountain to reach. Let us understand this here and now!
If we can comprehend and admit that the alphabet is here or the principle of arithmetic is here, that the harmonious principle of music is here, or that Life, this Now-Awareness-I-Am, is here—then we can surely rest, stop fighting it and admit, concede, surrender to the fact that the simple truth—the Christ-Truth—concerning our rightful Identity is right here, right now, present!
Are you willing to make this simple admission? Or will you deny it? The only “second coming” Truth awaits is our individual acknowledgement of its presence as our very own Identity!
The Christ Is Here
Surely, the truth that is “with us always” and “withholds himself from no man” is not so arcane and difficult that only the Illuminated Elect are “saved,” as mysticism teaches! Surely, the truth that says “Come unto me all who are weary” doesn’t withhold itself from all but those who have suffered long years of self-immolation or have died as intellectual churchdom has taught from its conception! The truth withholds itself naught! It is not out there somewhere else, but here, ready and available to separate fact from fiction; present to awaken mankind from his prodigal-like peregrinations around his silly misjudgments of Identity. The Christ is here this instant to show us all truth.
Inevitably, the truth puts a new light on everything because Truth and Light are the same Christ. The truth of anything is the light that dispels the darkness (ignorance) concerning it.
“I am the light,” says the Christ-truth. Furthermore, “I am the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Does this sound as if the Christ were something far removed, nebulous and unattainable? Or that we must await its first or second coming?
From A Guide To Awareness And Tranquility, Chapter VI
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