Monday, February 19, 2018

The Way of the Christ

In contrast to the mystic, the physicist begins his inquiry into the essential nature of things by studying the material world. Penetrating into ever-deeper realms of matter, he has become aware of the essential unity of all things and events. More than that, he has also learnt that he himself and his consciousness are an integral part of this unity. Thus the mystic and the physicist arrive at the same conclusion; one starting from the inner realm, the other from the outer world. The harmony between their views confirms the ancient Indian wisdom that Brahman, the ultimate reality without, is identical to Atman, the reality within.
(Fritjof Capra)

I must have read ‘A Course in Miracles’—the New Age Bible of Jesus’ message for our modern day society—four times over the years. “There must be a way to make this miracle of love work in our daily interactions”, I thought to myself. The book definitely invites us to run little experiments and just see what happens. It is just like applying the Law of Attraction under the premise that love is part of every day’s interactions as long as we have the knowledge and faith that it is.

I applied this philosophy of positive thinking and embraced love and cooperation as a working hypothesis for about seven years in the competitive financial industry and came quite far with it. New doors opened for me; I became more connected and had access to more information and insights than ever before. I was able to unify a team of experts that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see eye to eye.

I wrote about my Christian thought experiment in my first  book, ‘The Magnificent Experiment’ in 2012. In it, I conjectured that there is a Power of the 4Cs-connection, communication, creativity and taking care of each other—that catapult us in the modern day knowledge industry, like the financial industry for example that I was working in. Today’s knowledge worker have to be creative, have to work with each other in teams, and have to trust each other. What better way to practice the principle of love, and faith in the Holy Spirit that guides and propels our interactions than in that setting. Find a group of talented people, create a spark between them, and see that the sky is the limit for them.

Love is a unifying force prevailing in an Universe that is One. We can use this force and profit from it. Yet, ‘The Way of the Christ’ needs a little practice in a business setting that can be a dog-eat-dog world as well. We spiritual travelers need to understand the demons that hide in the dark corners of our being as well. Jesus’ channeled voice in the Course admitted himself that the crucification end of his life was a big mistake. Jesus’ life story is all about healing, making whole and creating an environment in which lamb and lion can live together. Strength and innocence are not in conflict, that his his message that we need to discover in our lives as well.

The ‘Way’ in ‘The Way of the Christ’ comes from the Tao Te Ching—or simply the Way. It is a description of the working principles of the Universe, with the eternal Force shining through. Lao-Tzu himself would have said that there are times when we have to work a little to move mountains, and there are times when we can rest at the center of the Universe watching God doing Her work. In the same fashion, it is a process to master ‘The Way of the Christ’.  Inner work and outer work both have to be applied in unison. Mystic and physicist have to walk hand in hand. To give one example, the aggressive fellow who is out to eat our lunch may just be your own subconscious fear that nice guys finish last. Yes, we can appeal to the Angels for an intervening miracle to resolve the conflict, but we can also use this opportunity to assert our position without resorting to violence ourselves. When in doubt, do both!

Mystics and physicists will eventually meet, as Fritjof Capra conjectured in the above quote. Let the Way of the Christ come to you, while you find your practical rules to advance with the help of cooperation, creativity, communication and taking care of your friends in whatever field that you are working in. In my case, the miracle happened but the evidence wasn’t convincing enough to write a book about. After seven years of lifting the team I worked with to new heights, the agenda of competing powers came in the way and they ended up demolishing our operation. I was ready to move on at that time to my new avocation as a writer, teacher and educator, and I am sure my other affected colleagues will find exciting new jobs as well. So no big deal!

I can’t wait to test the power of the 4Cs in my new endeavor to build a network of like-minded spiritual travelers supporting and inspiring each other. You would think the Holy Spirit will move mountains to get such a project underway.

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