The Alternative Gospel John Baldock Written for readers of all religious persuasions, this new interpretation of the gospel story shows how the events described by the gospel writers - from the virgin birth of Jesus to his ascension - offer us expansive images of a cosmic process.
"Profound self-knowledge is knowledge of God."
"Collective wisdom goes straight down into our innermost parts – to our heart, or soul – from where, through 'hearing' the words with our inner ears, we may receive valuable insights into the nature of human being."
"Home is the One Reality, the Ultimate Mystery, God, the One, the All, the Absolute – or whatever else we like to call it – which can perhaps best be described as a non-dualistic, Self-revealing, Self-knowing state of being."
"We are all invited to consummate our inherent oneness with Reality….Knowingly or not, we are all involved in our own process of self-realization, of spiritual expansion, all of the time."
"While each of us is a unique human being, we are all equal in essence."
"It is the belief that we somehow have to 'get' to God which is itself the primary cause of our dualistic sense of separation from him."
"The I AM, the One, is the 'Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'"
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, and binds the Many inseparably to the One."
"What we know of ourselves and the universe in which we live is an integral part of the One's own Self-revealing, Self-knowing state….The One knows itself through us – through our eyes, and ears, and minds, through our entire being."
"The Divine Will, Wisdom, the Spirit, the Word or Logos, or whatever else we like to call it, permeates the cosmos, giving it both form and life."
"We cannot separate ourselves from the creative power of the Spirit. Whatever we do, wherever we go, the Spirit is there within us."
"When we are most in need, when we feel at our most powerless, or when we are at our most fearful, our spiritual essence will endeavour to make its presence known and reassure us that all will be well."
"Actually there is only one single energy, one all-encompassing motivating force which lies at the root of our life's activity." Opening quotation, from a 1564 Preface to the Taoist text 'Can Tong Qi'
"What we are looking for lies within us. Or, as spiritual tradition tells us: 'What you are looking for is what is looking.'"
"What each of us learns individually contributes to the learning process of humankind as a whole."
"What humankind as a whole has learnt in the course of its evolution forms an ever-expanding pool of collective wisdom. Also known as the perennial wisdom, or 'sophia perennis', this collective wisdom is freely available to us all."
"In many religious and spiritual traditions we find the nonduality of the universe expressed in terms of a single cosmic power, which is both the origin and infinite totality of the universe….the causal force manifests itself without in any way compromising its essential nonduality."
"According to the principle of 'ask and you will receive', spiritual food is freely available to us all from within ourselves."
"Once we begin to understand the workings of mythical language – the language of the collective wisdom – we can begin to use that same understanding to connect with the deeper significance and purpose that lie beneath the apparently mundane events of our everyday lives."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, the Many Are the One."
"A sign of the continuing evolution of human consciousness is the re-emergence of our synthesizing mind from the shadows and our growing awareness of 'wholes' – not only in our increasing realization of the underlying interconnectedness of all things, but even in the endeavours of our conscious, analytical mind to find the ultimate Theory of Everything."
"The Will of God seeks to accomplish itself through our human will as the self-expression of our essence."
"Wherever you turn, by certain traces which wisdom has impressed on her works, she speaks to you, and recalls you within, gliding back into interior things by the very forms of exterior things." St. Augustine, De lib. Arb II, 41
"Collective or perennial wisdom is the foundation stone of all religious and spiritual traditions, through which it expresses itself in the form of universal truths."
"Unconditional love is nondualistic. Like the Spirit from which it emanates, it is all-embracing, open-hearted and freely given."