RECLAIMING THE DYNAMIC CENTER 02-04-2016

There are many levels of the quality of being a Christian—from Jesus the Christ to Torquemada the inquisitor…a similar qualitative range exists in every religious tradition. Our aim is to move closer and closer toward the mark: Jesus.[1] –Ravi Ravindra

May the holistic vision of the Alexandrian Mystics further the unfinished work of the Holy Spirit! May more and more people return to the spiritual depths at the center: Jesus.

Jesus is the point of entry into Christian faith and the point of return. Jesus isn’t the sum total of the faith, but the anchor, the foundation we return to again and again. We can explore the mysteries of the universe because we are anchored in God’s human incarnation. This gives us the security and stability to take risks and explore.

When Jesus is the anchor, we have the courage to survey the ocean. While exploring we encourage the homeless and wayward to experience meaning and purpose in his love. And when we meet people grounded in other faiths, we respect and learn from them. Yet we expend most of our energy in our own garden, cultivating the seeds our Christian mystic ancestors tilled generations ago.

The Jesus Paradox is a powerful antidote to the addictive process. It’s an especially potent counter to spiritual materialism: the desire to accumulate as many spiritual experiences as possible from as many traditions as possible. The Jesus Paradox teaches Christian holistic consciousness, bypassing the need to acquire esoteric teachings about non-dual awareness in Bali, Indonesia or Sri Lanka.

Christian tradition has its own wisdom tradition, dating back to the second century! The Jesus Paradox is also a great antidote to absolutism, insisting truth is a moving target, not an inflexible list of fundamentals. The Jesus Paradox has a way of stretching our comfort zones and generating insecurity. Yet, ironically, I now find my greatest security in the creative tension of that paradox.

[1] Ravindra, The Gospel of John, 7.