Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The Cross as a Gateway to Enlightenment
There was one day 2,000 years ago when a decision was made and an Enlightened Man, someone who appeared quite ordinary to most people, was hung from two pieces of wood and who died a painful death. It may be guilt in the Collective Consciousness of Mankind because the Buddha of the Western World was mocked and killed. Yet, the cross is a symbol of Mankind's Universal Suffering and it serves as an archetype as well as a gateway. It is through suffering that many have attained Enlightenment, become truly themselves. Although Easter is celebrated as the day Jesus rose from Death, his crucifixion and suffering are much more powerful images, ones all too familiar with being human, for all of us have suffered and that suffering has led many of us to question the World of Man and its assumptions of how we should live and act as human beings. To paraphrase Tolle, the symbol of the Cross is about transmutation - the worst thing that happens to you, your cross or suffering, turns into the "Peace of God" which is the best thing that can happen to you.