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.
"What each of us learns individually contributes to the learning process of humankind as a whole."
"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."
"In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access."
"The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity."
"Profound self-knowledge is knowledge of God."
"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."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, the Many Are the One."
"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."
"The I AM, the One, is the 'Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.'"
"The Will of God seeks to accomplish itself through our human will as the self-expression of our essence."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, and binds the Many inseparably to the One."
"We cannot separate ourselves from the creative power of the Spirit. Whatever we do, wherever we go, the Spirit is there within us."
"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."
"What we are looking for lies within us. Or, as spiritual tradition tells us: 'What you are looking for is what is looking.'"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Direct experience of the One Reality is itself the One Teacher."
"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."
"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."
"The One manifests as the Many while never ceasing to be the One."
"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'
"While each of us is a unique human being, we are all equal in essence."