How can a Traditional Comanche relate to Jesus? Nov 26, 2004 18:12:15 GMT -5
Post by Blu on Nov 26, 2004 18:12:15 GMT -5
Walks In Spirit often gets asked this question. Many people have the misconception that Indians worship animals, like the eagle or the buffalo. This is not true. The Cayce readings reflect the understanding that Walks In Spirit and I had come to independently of each other and the Cayce readings. But nothing expresses it better for us than the Cayce readings. With Christmas approaching I am going to begin a series of posts about Jesus, and hopefully if it didn't ever make sense to you before, maybe it will now. The following article was written by a member of the A.R.E. staff and a very sweet man, we have really come to appreciate Kevins patience with the chatters!
What Shall We Do with Jesus?
Over the years, well-meaning individuals on all sides of the argument have become upset over this question.
ecently I was reminded how divisive the subject of Jesus can be, among far too many individuals. A.R.E.'s conference department hosted a sold-out event that surpassed our parking capacity. In order to address the situation, a local Protestant church was called and asked if we could rent their empty parking lot on a Saturday – A.R.E. planned to bus the conferees between the parking lot and the conference center. The response from a woman in the church office was quick and to the point: “We don’t want anything to do with A.R.E. – we’re a Christian church!” This experience has not been limited to Christian denominations. A.R.E. has received antagonistic letters regarding Jesus from individuals from non-Christian backgrounds as well as from people who have moved away from their Christian roots who sometimes complain that A.R.E. is “too Jesus-oriented.” At the same time, the A.R.E. receives an equal number of letters stating that there isn't enough said about Jesus. Over the years, well-meaning individuals on all sides of the argument have become extremely upset over this topic. The Jesus in the Edgar Cayce readings is not generally the same Jesus we were brought up with – regardless of whether we were raised Christian or non-Christian. In fact, the readings offer an approach to the life and work of Jesus that unifies all of humankind rather than divides it. Along these same lines, professional psychic Kevin Ryerson once told an A.R.E. conference audience, “If your path is Hindu, and you hear of the mission of Jesus, there should be fulfillment … If your path is Buddhist, and you hear of Jesus, there should be the awareness that your paths are the same … If you are Islamic and you hear of Jesus, there should be a recognition …” Jesus exemplified a pattern of spiritual fulfillment that is applicable for every soul. In one reading, that pattern was described as: “the awareness within each soul, imprinted in pattern on the mind and waiting to be awakened by the will, of the soul’s oneness with God.” (5749-14) Also referred to as the Christ Consciousness, this pattern is applicable to every individual regardless of religious or personal beliefs. The Christ pattern is simply that portion of the soul that is in perfect accord with the ator and waiting to find expression in our lives: “For the Master, Jesus, even the Christ, is the pattern for every man in the earth, whether he be Gentile or Jew, Parthenian or Greek. For all have the pattern, whether they call on that name or not ...” (3528-1) Although the readings do affirm that Jesus was a son of God, they also state that the same thing is true about each and every soul. In other words, Jesus was like each one of us and, ultimately, each one of us is destined to be like Him. Perhaps, surprisingly, Jesus said likewise: “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world … That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou has sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. (John 17:16, 21-22) And, “Is it not written in your law, said, Ye are gods?” (John 10:34) Part of the problem in today’s world is that a vocal minor- Pity has decided to answer this question without considering any other possible responses. Their answer has turned off many from even looking into the question for themselves. The truth of the matter is that the Jesus in the Cayce readings is not interested in religious conversion, denominationalism, or rapture scenarios. Instead, this Jesus is a supportive, elder brother who exemplified a pattern of behavior that is potential within us all. When Cayce asked, “What shall we do with Jesus?” he had a very different answer in mind: “What will ye do with this man thy elder brother, thy Christ, who ... has shown thee the more excellent way. Not in mighty deeds of valor, not in the exaltation of thy knowledge or thy power; but in the gentleness of the things of the spirit: Love, kindness, longsuffering, patience; these thy brother hath shown thee that thou, applying them in thy associations with thy fellow man day by day, here a little, there a little, may become one with Him as He has destined that thou shouldst be!" (849-11) Even in the midst of our diversity, we share a common spiritual heritage. We are all children of the same God. We are all part of the one spiritual Source. And, we are all destined to return to our Creator, our Mother/Father, our God.
Kevin J. Todeschi