“We need to re-center regularly on the Love as noted in so many NDE accounts. As I read the new books from Lotufo, Pallmeyer, and Ellens it hit me again how the mythology of our religions has damaged human consciousness and so many human spirits over the millennia. These psychological approaches detail the trauma and destructiveness (the deformity and enslavement) that religions can have on the human person and life.
“Many people are not fully aware of how all this has impacted them. It is a major issue for the human family to recover this liberating discovery of Love behind everything. Ultimate reality is powerful liberating love! I think of this in terms of two key features: 1) Ultimate reality IS unconditional love; 2) We are that same love.
“Both of these are critical to human healing and advance. I repeat this a lot, but we are not yet even getting our feet wet on the shores of this reality, nor have we fully experienced its cleansing healing power and I ts enlightening liberating impact.
“Religion as a conditional reality has never communicated this truth clearly. Rather, it has more often distorted and buried it. That explains my impatience with all the reformist efforts now taking place within many religious denominations. They are good in exposing the violent deity at the core of the old mythology and that we need to move to new more humane views. But they are hesitant to really pull the diamond all the way out of the dunghill and clean it off so that it can do its liberating work. But nonetheless, I applaud them as far as they go. It is at least helpful.
“We have established that we can know that ultimate reality is love by seeing the best in humanity and by reasoning out that the Deity is infinitely better than religious mythology depicts it to be. From the Akkadian father on down to the historical Jesus of Nazareth, they got this. But unconditional love is rarely opened up for people to see in all its wonder.
“I see the liberating impact in varied ways. It liberates from all the fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and despair so widespread across the human family by going to the very root of human thought/perception to radically change all that pathological belief in an ultimate threat, anger, violence, punishment and so much more that was lodged in myth and religion about a deity. It changes or humanizes the foundations or core of human understanding completely. Multiple millennia of abusive and traumatizing impact from myth and religion has to be cleaned up.
“Unconditional love liberates ethically. It liberates from all those animal-like drives to small band exclusion, retaliation, and destruction of our opposing enemies. And since we are of the same love it also liberates from the damaging impact of a mythological “fall” and a “sinfulness” myth which claim that we deserve punishment and that we need to be saved by a perfect atoning bloody sacrifice. – (That was Paul’s apocalyptic claim found in his letter to the Romans, a claim that clearly contradicted the unconditional loving message taught by the Galilean about 25 years earlier. -HH)
“The more you survey the damage of the old story the more you see the healing power of the alternative message which the historical Jesus of Nazareth offered. No wonder, at a gut level, he got it and could say to all those damaged people he met, ‘Fear not….don’t worry’. You can heal yourself, your faith or belief in a merciful, compassionate Father will heal you. He did not have all the psychological tools we have today, but he got it at a gut level and used it. Pointing people to goodness everywhere in life – sun and rain and birds and grass/flowers clothed, and on and on. No threat or punishment in the man born blind, no revenge on the woman caught in adultery. Just mercy and compassion everywhere. It’s all good. It’s all going to be all right for everyone. Fear not. Nothing but liberating healing power from all the millennia of that darkening, enslaving, traumatizing myth.
“Anyhow, below is a brief quote from Anita Moorjani that relates to this psychological impact.”
“I don’t recall ever being encouraged to cherish myself – in fact it would never have occurred to me to do so. It’s commonly thought of as being selfish. But my NDE allowed me to realize that this was the key to my healing: In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping us to be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together. When I was in the NDE state, it all became so clear because I understood that to be me is to be love. This is the lesson that saved my life. Many of us still believe that we have to WORKS at being loving. But that means living in duality, because there’s a giver and a receiver. Realizing that we ARE love transcends this. It means understanding that there is no separation between you and me, and if I am aware that I am love, then I know that you are too. If I care for myself, then I automatically feel the same for you.
“In my NDE state, I realized that the entire universe is composed of unconditional love and I too am an expression of this. Every atom, molecule, quark, and tetra-quark is made of love. I can be nothing else because this is my essence and the nature of the entire universe. Even things that seem negative are all part of the infinite, unconditional spectrum of love. In fact, Universal Life-force energy is love, and I am composed of Universal energy! Realizing this helped me to understand that I did not have to try to become someone else in order to be worthy. I already am all that I could attempt to be.”
(We also need to understand that love gives us the freedom to act negatively, like the Prodigal Son, and then learn from our mistakes while love remains nonjudgmental. -HH)
March 8, 2015