Crucifixion and resurrection have always carried specific meanings for me. I was taught they referred to the death of Jesus and His subsequent resurrection from the dead. Some people believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus, others do not. Religious Recovery tries not to tell a person what to believe, but we do look for truth in whatever form it takes, and many wonderful truths can be found in religion.
Most people I meet are looking for inner peace, because our internal state will determine the experiences of our lives. In that sense, there is a popular notion promoting the crucifixion of the self in order to allow The Divine to dwell and bring peace. But, some people believe The Divine already dwells within us, and the call to peace is simply recognition of The Divine within, and what we need now is a call to love. These people may also see crucifixion as an energy pattern of fear. In a sense, I can relate to this because it seems like such a difficult and impermanent thing to try to crucify the self.
Religious Recovery doesn’t promote or denounce either position, but the call to resurrection is a more universal call. Whatever has died, can be revived. That is a major lesson from Jesus’ resurrection. Think of it this way: where confusion rules, peace can be resurrected, where fear threatens to crucify the Light, Love resurrects it, and where life is crucified in death, eternal life is resurrected in the life to come. We are responsible for our own spiritual path. We can choose resurrected life now and in whatever waits for us beyond the grave.
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