A discussion unfolded on Moving Backwards (Episode 28) between the host, Aaron Abke and guest, Pastor Aaron Tomlinson. This post aims to the key points and insights shared during this thought-provoking dialogue.
Christ Consciousness Definition:
Guest's Perspective (Aaron Tomlinson):
Christ Consciousness embodies the divine mind expressing itself in all creation.
Connection to this consciousness is hindered by egoic illusions.
Rooted in the profound idea of the mind of God permeating all existence.
Philippians 2: The oldest Christian Creed emphasizes having the same mind as Christ.
Colossians 2: Emphasizes the mystery of Christ within, not a novel concept.
Misinterpretations and Translation Issues:
Gospel of John: "Word became flesh" - interpreted as within, not merely dwelling among.
Colossians 3:11: "There is only Christ" - accentuating the universal nature of Christ.
Ego and Specialness:
Fundamentalism often caters to the ego's need for exclusivity, using Jesus' physicality.
Clash between the ego-driven desire for Jesus as unique and the universal, unconditional love of God.
Responsibility and Personal Transformation:
Critique of Evangelicalism for lacking pathways beyond hoping for miracles.
Emphasizes personal responsibility for transformation, being the cause, not just the effect.
Challenges traditional views, suggesting the soul might not automatically transform at death.
Encourages a shift from focusing on the afterlife to empowering personal transformation in the present.
Empowerment through Christ Consciousness
Advocating for a perspective that empowers individuals to take responsibility for personal transformation and vibrational alignment with the divine. Embracing Christ consciousness transcends dogmas, fostering a sense of unity and love.
Names mentioned: Richard Rohr, Jesus, Paul, Eckhart Tolle.
The discussion revolves around the concept of Christ consciousness, emphasizing the need to move beyond ego-driven behavior and embrace a mindset of love and oneness.
Drawing comparisons between Western (Christian) and Eastern (Zen, Hinduism) approaches to divinity, highlighting the common goal of realizing oneness.
Christ consciousness is described as a lens of perception where love becomes the guiding principle, eliminating separation and fostering a sense of unity.
The importance of forgiveness and love in dismantling the ego, with references to Jesus' teachings.
Exploration of biblical verses, such as 1 Corinthians 15:22, to support the idea of consciousness transformation from Adamic to Christ consciousness.
Critique of religious fundamentalism and the importance of embodying Christ-like qualities rather than rigid adherence to doctrines.
Practical advice involves self-observation, being a dispassionate inner witness to one's thoughts and emotions, to gain awareness and dissolve ego-driven patterns.
The discussion touches on trauma, emphasizing that the power of past events lies in the mind's interpretation and the potential for self-empowerment through conscious realization.
Personal Reflections on this Coming Soon.
I have had a fire lit in my belly to speak on this more and I have so much to say on this- AND I wanted to get other perspectives first- so here is the one that I have resonated with the most.