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.
"Myths give form to the wisdom and insights of the collective unconscious which, on emerging into the light of day, become our own inner wisdom reflected in the mirror of our conscious mind."
"The self (the individual human being) is an aspect of a greater Self (the Spirit or universal I AM)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity."
"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 One manifests as the Many while never ceasing to be the One."
"Unconditional love is nondualistic. Like the Spirit from which it emanates, it is all-embracing, open-hearted and freely given."
"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'
"In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, and binds the Many inseparably to the One."
"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."
"What each of us learns individually contributes to the learning process of humankind as a whole."
"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
"We are a means of expression for the eternal and infinite I AM, the Spirit; the dynamic flow of energy, the all-encompassing motivating force that Is the One Reality."
"Profound self-knowledge is knowledge of God."
"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."
"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."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, the Many Are the One."
"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."
"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."
"What we are looking for lies within us. Or, as spiritual tradition tells us: 'What you are looking for is what is looking.'"
"According to the principle of 'ask and you will receive', spiritual food is freely available to us all from within ourselves."