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