Today's daily missive from Richard Rohr is an excerpt from his latest book, Immortal Diamond: The Search For Our True Self. As I read it this afternoon, camped out in one of my favorite coffee places here in Xiamen, I think I might have actually yelled out loud - I'm not sure. In one brief statement the good Father has encapsulized everything I have come to hold as beautiful and true as I have ventured into the incredible space between the evolution of consciousness and faith.
Try this on for size:
I believe the Christ is the archetypal True Self offered to history, where matter and spirit finally operate as one, where divine and human are held in one container...
Some will think I am arrogantly talking about being “personally divine” and eagerly dismiss this way of talking about resurrection as heresy, arrogance, or pantheism. The Gospel is much more subtle than that. Jesus’ life and his risen body say instead that the discovery of our own divine DNA is the only, full, and final meaning of being human. The True Self is neither God nor human. The True Self is both at the same time, and both are a total gift.
The birth, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus signified and symbolized many things, and the list continues to grow. I agree with Richard that "the Christ is the archetypal True Self", and would add that Jesus was the ultimately enlightened human. He is the example of what we can become, what we are meant to become. As I've said many times here, this is the Divine trajectory Creation is on. The really incredible part is this: Once you are aware of the plan, you can intentionally participate, thus speeding up the process.
Amazing. Any thoughts?
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