As Easter approaches many will reflect upon the deeper meaning of the holiday. It’s natural to ponder concepts like resurrection, a new heaven and a new earth. Christianity has a lot to say about a new heaven and a new earth. There are many doctrines and creeds based on a second coming and an apocalyptic end of the world we live in. But what if we missed the point altogether? What if Jesus wasn’t talking about the annihilation of all living things? What if we misinterpreted the words of Jesus and created an entire religious structure that has kept us in the dark instead of walking in the light? What if Jesus was really talking about waking up from the dream-world of identity with forms and not the destruction of the planet? What if the long-awaited second coming is the discovery of our true identity? What if?
Jesus said this:
Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (ESV)
After asking what if, looking from another perspective and a revisit of the meaning of the original Greek, you could read what Jesus said as this:
Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach saying, “Change the way you think because the divine reality is right here.” (Flip Side Translation)
I’m in the edit phase of “The Flip Side” which interprets the words of Jesus from a different perspective. It asks the “what if?” questions. My intent is to provide an opportunity for the reader to go beyond what may have been holding them back. It will be a mind expanding experience or a pathway to freedom or maybe a work of heresy depending on the reader’s conditioning. Jesus said the kingdom or eternal reality is within us. We have access to the answers if we are willing to look beyond our egoic identities. Questioning our previously accepted norms is needed to see beyond our perceived limitations. Jesus knew that. Death on a cross is pretty provocative, don’t you think?
I’m not the first to look at what Jesus said from a different light. Many have come before me. Maybe you’ve heard of a few like Eckhart Tolle. Here is an excerpt from his book “The Power of Now.” He has another way of interpreting what is meant by a new heaven and new earth.
“The world as it appears to us now is, as I said, largely a reflection of the egoic mind. Fear being an unavoidable consequence of egoic delusion, it is a world dominated by fear. Just as the images in a dream are symbols of inner states and feelings, so our collective reality is largely a symbolic expression of fear and of the heavy layers of negativity that have accumulated in the collective human psyche. We are not separate from our world, so when the majority of humans become free of egoic delusion, this inner change will affect all of creation. You will literally inhabit a new world. It is a shift in planetary consciousness. The strange Buddhist saying that every tree and every blade of grass will eventually become enlightened points to the same truth. According to St. Paul, the whole of creation is waiting for humans to become enlightened. That is how I interpret his saying that “The created universe is waiting with eager expectation for God’s sons to be revealed.” St. Paul goes on to say that all of creation will become redeemed through this: “Up to the present. . .the whole created universe in all its parts groans as if in the pangs of childbirth.”
What is being born is a new consciousness and, as its inevitable reflection, a new world. This is also foretold in the New Testament Book of Revelation: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”
But don’t confuse cause and effect. Your primary task is not to seek salvation through creating a better world, but to awaken out of identification with form. You are then no longer bound to this world, this level of reality. You can feel your roots in the Unmanifested and so are free of attachment to the manifested world. You can still enjoy the passing pleasures of this world, but there is no fear of loss anymore, so you don’t need to cling to them. Although you can enjoy sensory pleasures, the craving for sensory experience is gone, as is the constant search for fulfillment through psychological gratification, through feeding the ego. You are in touch with something infinitely greater than any pleasure, greater than any manifested thing.
In a way, you then don’t need the world anymore. You don’t even need it to be different from the way it is.
It is only at this point that you begin to make a real contribution toward bringing about a better world, toward creating a different order of reality. It is only at this point that you are able to feel true compassion and to help others at the level of cause. Only those who have transcended the world can bring about a better world.”