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.
"The One manifests as the Many while never ceasing to be the One."
"The life of a moment and the life of thousands of years, your life and the lives of all creatures seen and unseen, is one." Leo Tolstoy, 'Esarhaddon, King of Assyria'
"In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access."
"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."
"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'
"All is One."
"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."
"Interconnectedness permeates all things visible and invisible, and binds the Many inseparably to the One."
"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."
"Direct experience of the One Reality is itself the One Teacher."
"What each of us learns individually contributes to the learning process of humankind as a whole."
"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."
"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 self (the individual human being) is an aspect of a greater Self (the Spirit or universal I AM)."
"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 cannot separate ourselves from the creative power of the Spirit. Whatever we do, wherever we go, the Spirit is there within us."
"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."
"Unconditional love is nondualistic. Like the Spirit from which it emanates, it is all-embracing, open-hearted and freely given."
"While each of us is a unique human being, we are all equal in essence."
"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."
"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."
"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 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."