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The “Angelic Gland”

“What if we actually knew each other as angels and called each other by our tonal, angelic names and that we loved one another so much that we could do no harm but only blessing toward one another? What if we knew only oneness and isolation were not even possible?”

I think the awareness that we are angels incarnate in human forms is fairly widespread.  My post today is an excerpt from my book SACRED ANATOMY – where spirit and flesh dance in the fires of creation, which expands on the chapter’s topic of the Thymus Gland and the Spirit of Purification. 

This was written some thirty years ago when I was in the throes of a profound and traumatic spiritual awakening. My consciousness was literally exploding with one realization after another, and I was compelled to write them down and share them.  I had ascended the mountain top and the world of form lay before me in sacred primal nakedness.  I saw with new eyes and I was enlightened and whelmed by what I was seeing.  I’ve come down from the mountain top and joined my fellow travelers in the valley of shadows where purification is in full force, but my memories of those days of awakening in consciousness are vivid.  I would like to have remained in the light of the mountain top, but that’s not how enlightenment works. “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water” is how it works — only now I chop wood and carry water with a keen awareness of who I Am, and with an assurance that all is well.  I do long for the full revelation of angelic being through all of Humanity, as the excerpt above from the Foreword of my book expresses: “What if we actually knew each other as angels. . . .”   

The “Angelic Gland”

   The Thymus is often referred to as the “angelic gland” by virtue of the role it plays in keeping the child’s skin and countenance clear and translucent.  This changes as the child approaches puberty and the thymus gland shrinks in order that the maturing body may adapt to a lower vibratory world so as not to be crushed by the violence therein.  A medical procedure is employed to shrink the thymus gland with x-ray radiation should this natural atrophy not occur in a timely fashion.  This does not eliminate or diminish the focus of spirit, however.  Even if the gland is removed by surgery, the essence of spirit focused here remains present and operative, generating the fine substance of the heart.

[Note: Around puberty the T cells migrate to the bone marrow as the thymus shrinks in size. Later on, in our “golden years,” the thymus gland reconstitutes and returns to its original size and function. This accounts for the childlike countenance and sweet disposition that often comes over the elderly.]

   The Spirit of Purification works at this fourth vibratory level in the body temple to guard the sacred space of the upper region in the cranium and keep anything from entering here that would defile or in any way hurt this sanctum.  The golden essence of love’s light is constantly intensified and clarified in order to assure a pure-hearted expression of creative power.  Thus the color gold was seen by John in the region of the paps of this One like unto the Son of man.

   Uranda closes Lesson Forty-two in his Steps to Mastership with these reassuring words:

“And girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”  And He is girt about the MIDDLE PART OF HIS BEING with a Golden Girdle, the Golden Girdle of PERFECT SOUL EXPRESSION which surrounds and fills the vital parts of Being.  The Solar Center, which is the throne of so-called subconscious mind; the Heart, the throne of all feeling and emotion; the Lungs, the throne of Spirit cleansing and Life-giving—ALL are GIRT ABOUT with the PERFECT BEING OF OUR FATHER, the MASTER-SELF WITHIN. Such must be the state of those who would enter in and SEE the glories of  Fourth Plane Being.  Meditate upon these revelations and let them fill thy Life and Light thy Way, that thy attainment may be sure.

   The only thing standing in the way of attainment in Fourth Plane Being is the veil of the heart which connects the third level of being with the fourth. This veil has become laden with the residue of past failures, both individual and collective, so that it has taken on an opaque and thick texture and consistency. To enter here this veil must be pierced, or, as in the Master Jesus’ experience, “rent in twain.” He left the third and entered into the fourth dimension of being, passing through the veil of the collective impure heart.  Waiting on the other side of the veil, in the fourth dimension, is the incarnate angel, the One standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one’s true identity.  

  By the light of this center in the Fourth Plane I am able to know with assurance who I am and what my purpose is on earth.  I know myself as an angel, an emissary of heaven’s light, who has come on earth to bring a special gift.  That gift is none other than my Self, a gift that I alone can bring.  Assurance in this is the gift of the Spirit of Purification.                                              

   Assurance that I am present as an angel of light is the experience of what Uranda calls “Fourth Plane Being,” attainment of which comes through meditation upon the realization that leads ultimately to the revelation of the “Master Self within.” It comes with a lot more than that, but it does require the mind and heart to give their focused response to the reality of the presence of the One I Am standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks and to eventually, but utterly yield all control and defer all power to this One.  In the end the outer human ego is dissolved as it yields up its right to exist as a separate and isolated entity.  It is only in losing one’s life in this way that one truly finds it. What follows this dissolution of the outer human ego is blessed assurance of one’s own angelic presence.  One is no longer two selves in a house divided, but only the one Self I Am standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks in the fourth plane of being.

   Fourth plane being is the place of connection between the three levels above it and the three below.  It is the level where the renewed sense of self comes through the fire of purification as the angel incarnate, who is the fire, emerges through the veil to take charge of his or her own incarnating capacities.  It is the level currently available and accessible to us. As my heart is purified in my own angelic fire of love, I begin to know God in myself and to see God in others.   I know myself and others as angels.

   The experience of emergence of angelic identity does not come, as I say, without some real in-depth work. Nor does it come without the outer shell of the false self cracking open and falling away at some point in what is often described as the “dark night of the soul,” in which the individual may struggle with “multiple personalities” and mental illusions. One may feel his/her very existence threatened and the familiar self actually dying, only to discover the revelation of a new state of being waiting in the wings to come forth.  Try as it has through many methods of so-called “spiritual enlightenment,” the false ego cannot ascend through the veil and enter the fourth plane of being.  It may think it has attained “nirvana” by rising to the very top of the third plane where serenity and peaceful bless are known in the “sea of glass like unto crystal,” but union with God is not known yet.  All that can occur here is the coming forth of the angel from the higher into the lower planes of being.  The false ego cannot enter into heaven. The true Ego, the Master Self, can come forth from out of heaven and enter into the earth. 

   When the angel comes forth, the human ego dissolves.  This happens inevitably for every one when the outer form passes away in what is called death.  It can happen as well in the cycles of transformation.  Real transformation from out of the experience of the old self and into that of the new and real Self invariably initiates the uncomfortable and sometimes painful experience of radical change and often major personal life crises of physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual dimensions.  Plato described this transition as moving from out of “the cave” of isolation, where life is observed as confused reflections on the walls of the cave, into the light of day where one is fully engaged as a liver of life rather than an observer only.

This passage of the soul from out of the dark cave and into the light of day is made much easier with the assistance of a “spiritual midwife,” or mentor.  One need not go it alone these days with the many spiritual guides and personal transformation facilitators available.

We have been moving through a transformation of human consciousness for several decades now, so the process has become more readily accessible, as well as more easily navigated. The time has also been shortened and the veil is more transparent and thin so that passage from “out of the cave” into the light of day takes less time than it used to.  In my next post I will explore this theme and share some professional insights of a spiritual midwife, Dr. Joan Borysenko, clinical psychologist and medical scientist, who has done much work in body-mind healing and spiritual transformation. Until then,

Be love. Be loved.

Anthony 

Attune to the Tone of the Seventh Angel’s Trumpet

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST; AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.”  (Rev. 11:15)

We are just seven years into the Mayan Long-Count Calendar that began anew on the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012, when our solar system moved into the neutral zone of the galactic equator and aligned with the core of the Milky Way Galaxy where our planet is having a rebirth and vibrational upgrade. The powerful wave of high-frequency energy coming from the galactic center is impacting all life forms on Earth and all the planets in our solar system where severe climate changes are causing radical shifts in weather patterns. We are being called to attune to the Tone of the “Seventh Angel’s Trumpet,” the Tone of Love.

I continue in this series, “The Spiritual Significance of the Pineal Gland,” sharing excerpts from my book, SACRED ANATOMY — which I wrote between the years 1995 and 2004. Thus the reference to future events in this excerpt.

The Seventh Angel’s Trumpet

The Pineal Gland represents the Seventh Level of Being where Man knows oneness with God and with all of Creation. The angel of this “church” sounds a trumpet, as it were, a Tone that sets up the harmonic overtones and undertones that establish the vibrational foundations for our house of being.  This central little stone is not isolated unto itself, but rather resonates to the Tone of Love sounding eternally throughout the entire cosmos. That Tone establishes the vibrational foundation for the entire universe—including the kingdoms of this world.

There is, then, a design established for order and coordination in our galaxy and solar system. The Pineal Body does not originate the Tone that radiates through it into the body temple. That Tone originates in Source and is re-sounded by all heavenly bodies through a grid-work of vibratory lines of force which connect all things together in the giant fabric of the universe, a universe that is but a cloak to the Living God. 

Our sun compared in size to the        giant red star Arcturus

For example, Arcturus, a giant red star presently in the constellation of Bootes, visits us in this part of the Milky Way Galaxy every nine hundred years.  It has been close during periods of renaissance, for instance, and was at its most distant proximity during the “dark ages.”  It is presently closest to us and bringing its influence to bear in this part of the galaxy in which we live.

I think of Arcturus as a giant tuning fork which travels around our galaxy of some two hundred billion solar systems, giving off a vibratory frequency that “tunes” other heavenly bodies in its sphere of influence….

I am reminded of some questions the Lord posed to Job from out of the whirlwind: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?  Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” (Job 38: 31-33)

These are peculiar questions unless we remember that we once functioned at a level of consciousness as co-creators with God and knew their answers. I have no doubt that we are remembering them once again. [Job was not an individual. Job was the collective body of Man, Co-Creator of Eden, after our fall from grace and disconnect from Source.] Arcturus, an ancient red star, may well be the father of the suns in our galaxy and continues to maintain their state of vibratory harmony.  We are to know these things so as to be in position to function intelligently as changes occur in the geophysical universe. Those changes are constant and ongoing.

Planetary and Galactic Alignments

There are many aspects of our galaxy and solar system which impact us vibrationally here on earth, not the least of which are planetary and galactic alignments. One such rather major planetary alignment occurred the first week of May, 2000. I remember that night well, as it was a night of utter peace and tranquility — reminiscent of the calm before a storm.

Coming up in the year 2012 is another event, this time a galactic one. According to astronomers and science authors, such as John Major Jenkins, who has published his exhaustive research in Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, a galactic alignment of our solar system with the core of the Milky Way Galaxy will take place on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012, a date which marks the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar and the beginning of the Aquarian Age.  It is believed that this is a time of rebirth for the Earth and her sister planets in the galaxy. 

The impact of this alignment has been felt since the mid 1980’s. We are undoubtedly in for some radical shifting of factors, spiritually, mentally and physically, as well as geophysical. Jenkins describes this phenomenon and what it means for human beings on Earth in words that stir the residue of the collective cosmic memory of past similar occurrences.

[The Mayans tell of “evil spirits” taking over the behavior of people who then acted out in violent eruptions during this time of alignment. It seems that all patterns of feeling, thinking and behavior are intensified during this time. Anger is one such pattern that’s erupting and taking over human behavior today.  Just recently a news reporter cited the shooting at a concert where one of the band members on stage shouted to the gunman “Stop! Why are you doing this?!” to which the shooter replied “Because I am very angry.” At the same time I see stories of exceptional kindness, selfless generosity and unconditional love.]

What will happen in the year 2012 is a conjunction of our Sun with the great bulge at the center of our Galaxy.  Occurring on the Winter Solstice, it will also be a rare conjunction of Earth, the Sun and the Galactic heart.  “More importantly, however, in A.D. 2012, the solstice meridian will cross over the Galactic equator.” 

 Jenkins explains the nature of the impact this may have here on Earth, a primary one being what he calls “field-dynamic reversals” as our solar system crosses over to the other half of the galaxy.  An example of this would be the reversal of direction in which water flows down the drain on opposite sides of the equator, as well as that of  hurricanes and tornadoes, all of which spin counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. This “field-effect reversal” notion comes from the Mayans who recorded the passage of the Earth’s solstice meridian across the line of the Galactic equator and into a “paradoxical null-point.” Jenkins compares the effect to the still space in the eye of hurricane with spinning chaotic winds and rain on all sides of it.

[This “field reversal” would only occur in the event of a magnetic pole shift, which has not occurred . . . yet.]

The galactic center itself radiates an electromagnetic/photon force field with “dimensions of subtlety within the field—telluric or astral realms—extending beyond the physical forces of science to include spiritual planes of being.” Being in a “relationship of resonance” with Source, our connection with Center is at the core of our being, where we resonate not only with Source but with each other and with all other beings in this Milky Way Galaxy.  As we change position and orientation in this magnetic field, we are impacted by the lines of force emanating from its core. The impact is immediate and pervasive.

Jenkins speculates, based on historical evidence, what impact such field-effect reversals will have on the earth and its inhabitants as our “basic orientation will be inverted.” He predicts that our basic assumptions will be uncovered and we will embrace foundational values that have long been kept buried in the collective subconscious, something that has been occurring for some time now. 

We have come to the end of a road forged by rules and assumptions that no longer hold any sway. A completely opposite set of values and assumptions is determining human expression. Polarization is shifting from material to spiritual orientation, from masculine to feminine, from patriarchy to partnering between men and women. “The 2012 field-reversal can be seen as a moment in which the human spirit can emerge from unconscious patterns and blossom.”

POLE SHIFTS 

Jenkins gives an example of such reversals in the sociological patterns of human endeavors and beliefs as they are reflected in our mode of self-government. Rather than another one of many planetary “pole shifts” which have occurred in the past, and could occur again, giving rise to visions and fears of apocalyptic chaos and upheaval (which he attributes to our own Judeo-Christian implantations), he proposes a “pole shift in our collective psyche,” which is already underway, putting us squarely in the driver’s seat where we can offer a positive influence in the successful transformation of humanity and the entire natural world.

PARTNERSHIP MODE

 What I suspect this is about is already underway—a shift from the dominator mode so characteristic of our civilization to a partnership style.  Social historian Riane Eisler emphasizes that these terms—dominator and partnership— refer to an opposed orientation  in terms of cultural values, rather than qualities intrinsic to patriarchy (males) and matriarchy (females). Her distinction is important, for if patriarchy upholds the values of hierarchical dominance and territorial control, matriarchy is the exact same style of organization except with women, rather than men, at the top of the hierarchy. Both are dominator modes of social orientation. 

According to Eisler, the partnership mode, on the other hand, upholds the values of relationship, co-creation, and life-affirmation through partnership with nature and other human beings.  The partnership mode does not “belong” to the feminine principle any more than the dominator mode belongs to the masculine. We are, after all, both masculine and feminine in our energetic makeup, created in the image and likeness of the Creator.  (From Sacred Anatomy)

My personal experience in this area has been a challenging one having been brought up in the patriarchal mode. My generation’s role has been one of bridging between the old and the new paradigms. It is a real delight to see our offspring partnering in a natural way. 

We will see that this partnering mode is intrinsic to our anatomical makeup when we consider the Pituitary Gland with its masculine and feminine lobes that work together in bringing design and control to the expression of life in the body temple.

I will return in one week with the final installation in this series on “The Spiritual Significance of the Pineal Gland.” The final consideration will be “A Time of Radical Transformation.

I appreciate you my readers for sticking with me as I share at length things that have always been close to my heart and an integral part of my life’s work as a holistic physician.

I bring these excerpts from my book forward at this time as I feel they are germane to the process of transformation underway, both individual and collective, a transformation that we and all beings incarnate at this time have been chosen to undertake and steward. I consider it a great privilege to be on Earth in these exciting historical days. 

Until my next post,

Be love. Be loved

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

Graphic credits: The picture of the galaxy was photo-shopped by a Facebook friend, who superimposed the bright star-like image over the great bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy. The picture of Arcturus compared to our sun was borrowed from solarsystemquick.com.

 

 

  

On Human Relations, . . . . . part 6: The Path of Romantic Love

My Chorale PicAn intimate, romantic, and sexual relationship with another human being, far from distracting one from spiritual attainment, can open a fast-track path to spiritual transformation: the path of romantic love.

This path is cluttered with signposts bearing moral Christian doctrines that warn of a sinful destination for those who seek erotic pleasure in natural sex drives that were designed to bring couples into a state of ecstatic union, along with the function of propagating the human species — sex solely for gratification not withstanding. The church is solely responsible for the degradation of sex from sacrament to sin in human relations, using Jesus, the celibate divine redeemer, and Mary Magdalene, the human “sinful prostitute,” as models upon which to base its thwarted and therefore false premise.

I’m in my second reading of Cynthia Bourgeault’s profoundly insightful and thought-provoking, if not controversial, rendering of  “The Meaning of MARY MAGDALENE – DISCOVERING THE WOMAN AT THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY.”

This is unequivocally the most powerful book I have yet read on the story of Mary Magdalene and her role in the life and ministry of Jesus. The author, an Episcopal priest, literally plumbs the depth of my soul and awakens dreams of a “perfect world,” almost to the point of disturbing my default inner peace by arousing once again that painfully familiar longing for a seemingly unattainable state of “singleness” as a whole human being — ironically, a singleness that can only be obtained, according to her insight and perspective, in the state of holy matrimony. Cynthia’s Jesus came to “reclaim the path of romantic love” and to uplift marriage between a man and a woman to its original state of “one flesh” that no man can “put asunder”– and he walked his talk. He was not celibate by any connotation of that word. Nor did he recommend celibacy as the higher path to spiritual transformation. His was a life fully “enfleshed” as a whole human being, and that’s what made him such a powerful magnet and lightning rod. The people loved him for his authenticity. The governing religious leaders of that time hated him for the same reason.  Actually, in their gross darkness, they simply did not comprehend his light, and it frightened them and threatened their self-serving authority.

This book has a Voice. One that speaks from out of the ancient past, spanning time from the “beginning”– the Edenic origins of Man and Woman — up to and including the life, public ministry and death of Jesus the Nazarene, only not the Jesus introduced to us when we were children and foisted upon the Christian world since the fourth century Council of Nicea.  Cynthia’s Jesus is a whole human being who “emptied” himself fully of both his humanity and his divinity, leaving no part of his soul and body unused in service to his heavenly Father and to Humankind. And it was his intimate relationship with Mary Magdalene to which Cynthia attributes the fulfillment of his mission and purpose for incarnating on the planet when he did. I should say the fulfillment of their shared mission and purpose.

That said, I don’t think that I can do Cynthia’s book justice in a blog-long book review. So, with the thought in mind that my readers may be inspired to read Cynthia’s book to fully enjoy her viewpoint on these timely issues, I will simply share a few passages from her book that moved my soul to the point of shouting “YES! That rings so true!” I will share and comment on them as they come up in my second reading. Enjoy and be blessed.

I will start at the beginning of Chapter 7, “RECLAIMING THE PATH OF ROMANTIC LOVE,” just to give you a sense of the tone of Cynthia’s voice, along with the context in which she writes. Here she speaks to the issue of celibacy in a priesthood supposedly modeled after Jesus and his celibate apostles — or were they?

NEARLY TWENTY YEARS ago, long before The Da Vinci Code uproar broke, I was serving as parish priest in a small Episcopal congregation in Colorado. When the gospel appointed for one particular Sunday in August was Luke’s account of that anonymous “sinful” woman with her alabaster jar, I decided to take the risk of breaking open some of the insights that even back then were beginning to emerge from a growing spate of Mary Magdalene studies. My parishioners were a bright and intellectually curious bunch, so why not? During my sermon, I gently presented Margaret Starbird’s assertion (in her book The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, named after this very gospel passage) that the anointing of Jesus’s hands and feet described in the text was not simply a random act by a penitent woman, but an exquisitely symbolic ritual enacted between two lovers about to be separated.

The fire storm was predictable.

I had tried to pave the way as carefully as I could. My point in raising those issues, as I made clear both in the sermon itself and in the discussion that boiled over afterward, was not to argue the case one way or another, but rather to get at some of the attitudes underlying the way we Christians do theology — and more important the way we do love. “How do you feel about the possibility that Jesus had a human beloved?” I asked these parishioners. “Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Why?”

The responses were pretty much what I expected: “But if Jesus had sexual relations with a woman, he couldn’t be sinless.” “If he loved one in particular, he couldn’t love us all impartially.” “How could he be the son of God unless he gave himself completely to God?” The overwhelming consensus was that if Jesus had known erotic love, he could not possibly have also been the full embodiment of divine love. It would somehow disqualify him as the divine redeemer.

I could hardly blame the congregation for feeling that way.

After nearly two millennia of reinforcement, these assumptions have become so much of the landscape of Christianity that they appear to be part of the seamless structure of revealed truth. But in fact, assumptions are what they really are — not core tenets of the faith, not anything that Jesus himself taught, but superimpositions of a male, celibate, priestly theology which for nearly two thousand years has been the only game in town.

The complicated history of how this situation came to be could fill a book in itself (and in fact has several times over). The short version is basically this: during those first four centuries of Christian life, as leadership moved from a charismatic eldership model to the threefold sacramental ministry we know today (bishops, priests, and deacons), part and parcel of this evolution was an increasing tendency to view both Christ and his apostles through the prototype of celibate priesthood. This is of course a flagrant anachronism in light of the unambiguous scriptural references to Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14) and the only slightly more ambiguous allusions in Luke to the other disciples’ “companions.?”

But counterbalancing the testimony of the gospels themselves was a growing discomfort with conjugal intimacy, a discomfort whose roots probably lie in the extreme Essene asceticism out of which Jesus himself most likely emerged (we will be exploring this topic in greater detail in the following chapter). Beginning as early as Paul, this unease was magnified in each succeeding generation by a chorus of Christianity’s most influential thinkers including Marcion, Tatian, Jerome, and Augustine. The consensus grew stronger and stronger that sex and the sacraments simply didn’t mix. By the fourth century edicts were in place forbidding married priests to have conjugal relations with their wives. Not long thereafter married priesthood itself dropped astern in Western Christendom, and celibacy became the entrance requirement for admission to the power structure of the church.

It gives one a bit of a start to realize that for the better part of two millennia, Christian theology has been written, shaped, formulated, and handed down almost exclusively by celibates talking to other celibates. In that respect, it is extraordinarily monolithic. And from this exclusively celibate template emerges the only image of Christ our tradition has allowed us to entertain: of a celibate renunciate whose “sinless” purity would necessarily entail sexual abstinence.

At the age of twenty-one, this very requirement barred my own entrance into the Roman Catholic priesthood after seven years of seminary life, during which I tried in vain to suppress my body’s natural erotic urges and my soul’s longing for a feminine soul mate.  Cynthia goes right to the heart of the highly emotionally charged premise that in addition to all the roles attributed to Mary Magdalene — apostle, visionary, healer — “there is still one remaining to her, which may just be the most important of them all: soul mate.”

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene lovers? Were they secretly married? That, of course, is the claim laid out in  The Da Vinci Code and a number of other books and documentaries and which the church angrily refutes.

The question would never have a fair hearing in Christian circles, she goes on to say, where the “mote” has not yet been cast out of our own eyes while we dare to pass judgement on those who entertain a different view from our own.

It is one thing to argue the case for reclaiming Mary Magdalene as apostle and wisdom-bearer, purveyor of a sorely needed feminine presence in the church; it is quite another to tie this claim to the theologically taboo subject of a romantic involvement with Jesus. Two-thousand years of dogma and tradition have left the field so thoroughly land-mined with negative assumptions and stereotypes that it is virtually impossible to see anything other than red, like my congregation that morning. The question will inevitably be heard as an attack on Jesus and as an act of sabotage upon the Christian faith itself.

After two-thousand years of programming that celibacy is the highest Christian way when compared to the second-rate path of committed spousal love, “it is hardly surprising that our Western anthropology of human sexuality is abysmal.”

In the secular version relentlessly foisted upon us by contemporary culture, it’s all about pleasure, performance, gratification. In the bedroom of the faithful, it’s still all too often about duty and shame: a begrudging debt to future generations which, even when carefully managed, is still tainted with carnal sin. Mention “erotic love” and people will immediately hear “sex,” then immediately thereafter, “dirty.” The idea that there could be anything holy about this kind of love is too alien to even consider. That’s simply the way our ears have been trained to hear it; we are all children of a cultural stream whose vision of human love  has been shaped by the shadow side of celibate spirituality.

From the gutter, the view of the gossip and speculation around Mary Magdalene and Jesus in various studies is less than holy and rather “scandalmongering,” Cynthia writes.

We are really presented with only four options:

1. That Mary Magdalene was Jesus’s mistress;

2. That theirs was a politically arranged marriage, strictly for dynastic purposes;

3. That they were sexual consorts in some Gnostic Mystery religion, ritually reenacting the sacred hieros gamos, or union of the opposites;

4. That the whole story is purely archetypal, a great Sophianic myth depicting the integration of the masculine and feminine within the human soul.”

With that, I will leave you to ponder these options for yourself and return in two weeks to compare your choice of options to Cynthia’s in my next post as we continue to explore romantic human love as a path to spiritual transformation. I will present four “propositions” or “myths”– all “rooted in the soil of celibate spirituality — that together have subtly sabotaged our ability to see romantic love as an authentic path of spiritual transformation.” Until my next post, then . . .

be love ~ be loved.

Anthony

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