The new British Prime Minister Liz Truss looked pretty scared out of her wits as the message contained in the words she was reading, at St Paul’s Cathedral during the memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II, sank in.
She read from the New Testament, Romans 14, verses 7 to 12.
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
These are words, translated from their original language, that have been used over the centuries to keep people living in fear, to establish and maintain a collective delusion that God is exclusively a frightening Father who decides our fates and judges our decisions, who demands our obeisance, and who is accessible only through Jesus Christ, as presented by the Churches.
Yet this text could be ‘decolonised’ from its patriarchal agenda into a source of spiritual epiphany. Instead of engendering fear, as surely was intended, this passage, in a mystic’s hands, can become one of joy. On a positive note, the passage asks why people judge each other, and hold each other in contempt – hopefully this struck home to our new Prime Minister, whose Tory party has a long record of doing just that.
To my mystic’s mind the underlying message in these verses is not really about fear and judgement, but points towards ONENESS and INTERDEPENDENCE.
The gender of that Oneness is not exclusively MALE, and instead of the loaded LORD word I would say:
‘we live for the Spirit.. we die for the Spirit… we belong to the Spirit… and for this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that we might all be able to become One with both the dead and the living.
‘Each of us is part of the Oneness, is the Oneness, and there is nothing else to answer to, but ourselves.’
COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS (becoming aware of our Oneness with all life) is a natural stage in humanity’s growth, one that has been honoured in many cultures under various names, but which under Christianity became the exclusive property of Jesus Christ. Churches and doctrines were developed to impose this totalitarian belief that only Jesus could be the Son of God, condemning those who saw things differently as heretics, devil-worshippers or mad.
Cosmic Consciousness – Christ Consciousness – Krishna Consciousness – Nirvana: all refer to the state of coming into Oneness with Life Itself and its deepest nature Love, it is becoming aware of and attuned to the interplay of subtle and causal energies that are seen in Hinduism as the dance of Shiva, to Native Americans as the Great Spirit, and were known in pagan Europe as the Great Mother. A mystic realises that God is not something separate from us, God is what makes us all One – the union of spirit and matter, consciousness and the body is what makes us into Gods, as we grow into the Cosmic, Christ Conscious Self.
The Western World built a Tower of Power, based on the myth of a Big Daddy in charge, bossing us around and condemning us to suffering – and lost touch with the spiritual presence of the Eternal Mother, through whose compassion and comfort humanity feels and knows its Oneness. Queen Elizabeth II was an example of the Mother presence through her power to touch so many people’s hearts and lives around the world. Now that she has returned to spirit, her regal love can still touch, inspire and heal us. She can be a portal to the Divine, and bring us into right relation with the world, the relation based on kindness, compassion, generosity and love.
As the Tower of Power crumbles and collapses, the eternal presence of compassion and love will continue to grow, and long outlast mankind’s destructive greed. Love is the lasting reality of our existence. However, currently we live with the divine irony of a female Prime Minister delivering these patriarchal words of enslavement… symbolising how truly trussed up society is, and struggling to progress forwards.
IF ONLY WE COULD WAKE UP TRUSS, GET HER ON THE COSMIC BUS!
LET’S END THE DOMINATION OF THE PATRIARCHY AND SET HUMANITY FREE!