Many people don't like the way that HBO's television drama Game of Thrones is turning out. Is there a deeper moral here?
In many spiritual traditions there is a common practice of receiving a new name. What is this, and what does it have to do with mysticism?
Do mystics withdraw from all community to a solitary and independent life, or do they find deep oneness in community? What kind of community?
Did Jesus come back from the dead, or should we look deeper for the truth of resurrection?
Is there "one true church," and if so, who or what is it?
What's in store for ThyMindOMan.com? Where have we been, and where are we going? The Gift is being invited into my life and yours, as are some great new offerings.
These are some of my notes and reflections on Fr. Rohr's opening address at the conference a couple weeks ago.
And, what many may not know, there were many "Christs" who came prior to Jesus, and who were not Jesus, nor do I think they were prefiguring or foreshadowing Jesus. They were the "Christs" in their own right, who came in their own time, who developed what it meant to be a "Christ" or "Messiah" in ancient Israel long before the word was ever applied to Jesus. I think it may be helpful to become acquainted with these "Christs/Messiahs" to better understand who Jesus was.
A prominent belief in Jewish tradition is that the coming Messiah will "rebuild the temple." Jesus too said he would "rebuild the temple." But what temple?
I think that Christianity may have conflated Jesus's mystical experience of an ego death, perhaps at the time of his baptism when the "heavens opened," in which his individual psychological self "died" and he was was "reborn" of Spirit, or "raised up" (resurrected) to his identity in Christ consciousness (a consciousness of nondual union in God/Reality), with his biological death on the cross. These two deaths seem to have been conflated at some point, resulting in a supernatural conception of the resurrection.