The Mind of Christ
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:15-16)
Our minds, through the imagination, can take us on amazing journeys. The imagination can be creatively expressed in poetry, art, or literature. We can also use the mind to pre-condition ourselves for success: “If you can think it, you can do it.” The power of our intellect can help us solve difficult problems in mathematics, science, and business. But our minds also can take a turn toward darkness and fill us with anxiety over imagined fears. While the mind has tremendous capacity to build, it also needs discipline imposed by human will, something that helps us remain on task when the focus of the mind wanders. Sometimes we need the mind to be subordinate to a higher purpose, or we need the stirrings of our hearts to help us identify with those in pain or those in need of emotional support. While we sometimes need all of the data in our memory, there are also times when we need the mind to become empty, relaxed, and without thoughts, in order for us to find creative solutions. Our minds also hold unconscious elements that emerge into our consciousness through dreams, producing images and stories that reveal self-knowledge and wisdom. Our conscious awareness can expand in ways that keep us mindful of the constant presence of God.
God, help us to accept those moments when our minds cannot find the solution we want. Let us turn to you with a willingness to empty ourselves and humbly ask that you fill us with the knowledge and wisdom to make our way through this world. May we put our ability to reason and our intellectual capacity to work according to the purpose for which we were created. Maintain in us an openness that accepts and trusts the example of Jesus and other spiritual teachers who show us a way of truth and compassion. Teach us how to be obedient to the highest form of good in everything we seek and in all the work that we perform. May we accept into ourselves the mind of Christ and may we realize in ourselves the completeness found in your revelation. Amen.
From The Readings
2012-115 This is the reason it is so important for Jeffrey to follow the way of Jesus, because there are few who understand the mental and the spiritual suffering in what is called Christianity. The Passion is understood primarily in a physical framework. The mind, the psychological orientation, of those in the United States has yet to fully understand the relationship between the material world and the mental condition. It is through the practice, or the practices, that Jeffrey develops that many will find the connection between their inner life and the material circumstances of their lives. This is the first bridge, the hardest bridge to build. The second bridge is between the psychological life, the intellectual life of the mind, and the spiritual and celestial being. This is where you must be cautious because there are many people that you may feel affinity with because the language of their intellect appears to approach the spiritual. You must be just as cautious with this phenomenon as you are with the phenomenon of ignorance and denial. There will be some who confuse meditation with the purely intellectual process. Do not be afraid to borrow from the Catholic traditions and make them your own. I will empower you on your sacred duties and in your role as minister, as pastor, and as priest. All of these elements must become part of your understanding and will help you reach more people. It is time for you to take on the responsibility and function more from a sacramental perspective. There are those who will find it safer to trust your priestly duty, and this can be a doorway to higher stages of development. It is often understood to be at earlier stages of development, but there are times when this will serve a higher function and purpose for you: you will be able to help some people reach a better understanding of the quality and experience of meditation through a ritual. This is why you feel a desire to change the language and the practice of ritualistic worship. But the quality of what you seek and the consciousness that you seek are more easily accomplished with the change in consciousness and the language used in worship. Change this as you need and ignore those who protest. And if those who protest insist, then ask them to explain the meaning of what they say during worship. It is true that you understand more, but you are losing some people, and they cannot follow you. The only way is to seek these changes is with humility and patience. You will find ways to draw out, explain, and present a universal message through the message of Christ.
2012-116 There are so many expressions that describe the coming of Christ. Each person uses a language that resonates according to personal need. One person in need of dramatic transformation will have a vision of Christ coming in the clouds, larger than the world, with thunder and lightning, wind, and an earthquake. Because the former understanding of God and the soul is so strongly held, it must be shattered or blown apart. Another person may only need to think differently, and therefore may put on the mind of Christ. Still another whose love is evident need only gaze upon his face in order to be changed or transformed. It is important for Jeffrey to know and understand that those with great fear need the earthquake and the thunder because the false self that holds the person in the grip of fear must be broken. A person gripped by fear cannot listen to the reasoning of another human being.