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This is not the Christianity that most people know (called exo, exterior or visible, Christianity).  This goes deep and has been, as the text states, like an underground river that has surfaced at times throughout history.  It is the Christian Underground, the Christianity more true to Christ's message than what the visible church preaches today. 

You don't have to profess Christianity to read this book.  It's eye-opening and you'll find some spiritual gems, even some you thought were new age, but actually are part of esoteric (inner) Christianity.  There are also some confusing biblical passages that get explained (and make sense).

This book is not an attempt to sell Christianity, nor is it meant to bring straying believers back into the fold.  It is meant to suggest that the universal truths of esoteric knowledge are expressed just as much in Christianity as in other traditions (Kabbalah in Judaism, Sufi in Islam, etc.)  It is known that the inner traditions of religions have more in common with each other than the exterior forms of those religions.

Again, I encourage you to read the book yourself as you will get more out of it.  I will be discussing what caught my eye, but your journey will surely have differences.

The book starts with a quote from Francis of Assisi:  What you are looking for is what is looking.  Well, that's simple enough, isn't it?  It's saying that the answer to what we are seeking lies within. 

In the Introduction, the author discusses how everything is being challenged and that even Christianity has not been spared, citing that historical and critical methods have revealed that the life of Christ was not historical fact but myths and legends that attached themselves to him after his time.  There have been varying reactions to this, such as rejection and denial, taking refuge in fundamentalism, being confused or just plain giving up. 

What's clear is that we can't just take anything on blind faith.  We no longer live in a world ruled by the comforting certainties of church doctrine and the literal truth of the Bible.  But this has served to invigorate people's quest for the truth.  This impulse fed the New Age movement, alternative spiritualities, and eastern religious traditions.  Many of these stress enlightenment as the goal.  They say our ordinary state of consciousness is not the highest one of which we are capable, but a low-grade delusory state.  Spiritual disciplines such as meditation can free us from this oblivion and restore us to our full birthright as human beings. 

Some of the recent discoveries, like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library, suggest that that early Christians not only reached insights similar to those of the Eastern religions but also had a sophisticated understanding of human consciousness in their own right.  Many were concerned with what they called gnosis, a word that means "knowledge" in Greek.  This is knowledge of a very specific kind -- direct, intuitive knowing that surpasses ordinary reason and confers spiritual liberation.  Gnosis strongly resembles enlightenment as portrayed by Hinduism and Buddhism. 

Knowledge that liberates consciousness is often described as esoteric, which means "further in."  You have to go further in yourself to understand what this knowledge is about.  The author uses "inner Christianity" and "esoteric Christianity" interchangeably. 

Esotericism teaches that this world within us is as rich and diverse as the outer world and consists of many different levels of being.  (I think QHHT has given us a solid grounding in that!)  Although these levels stand between us and God, they do so not as obstacles but as way stations.  Christ said, "In my Father's house are many mansions.  The Greek word here translated as "mansions" literally means way stations.

There's a difference between esoteric and mystical.  The first is characterized by an interest in these different levels of consciousness and being.  The second is not quite so concerned with these intermediate states; it focuses on reaching God in the most direct and immediate way.  Moreover, mysticism tends more toward passivity:  a quiet "waiting upon God" rather than active investigation.

These brief points suggest what esoteric Christianity offers to the individual:  a way of self-knowledge -- a way, perhaps, to the ultimate knowledge of Self. 

Esotericism differs from conventional views in holding that the Bible has always been meant to be read on several different levels, of which the literal is only one and in fact the lowest.  The third-century Church Father, Origen, wrote [about Adam and Eve] that "... though the incidents never occurred, [they] figuratively reveal certain mysteries. 

As we will see, these "certain mysteries" have to do with the furthest reaches of human consciousness and potential.  Viewed from this perspective, the story of the Fall is not an antiquated folktale but a vivid and accurate account of the human predicament, and the story of Christ is not only an account of a historical man but also a figurative representation of the path that each of us must follow to attain liberation.  [The Fall, as we shall see later, has to do with leaving paradise (a higher dimension) and coming into third dimension.]

So, this is basically what the book is about.  The above was mostly direct quotes, as will the excerpts I post.  [My comments will be in brackets.]  Remember, these are excerpts.  There is much, much more that is available and I highly recommend you get the book and read it in full.

Each chapter (in parts, like 1A, 1B, 1C) will be posted below.  I will also archive them here:  https://earthchanges.ning.com/group/little-red-schoolhouse-of-metap....

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There is truth within the Bible even though it may have been tinkered with (to what degree we don't know without original manuscripts, etc) over the centuries.

Yep.

Kim B said:

There is truth within the Bible even though it may have been tinkered with (to what degree we don't know without original manuscripts, etc) over the centuries.

For those who want to read along, this book is available at the public library, or available used on Amazon.com for as low as 88 cents (plus $3.99 s&h). 

I found this link http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-real-secret-of-the-secret and am posting it here because it's by the same author, Richard Smoley.  In it, he addresses "Abraham," the channeling info that former member Susan (if you remember her) was preaching.  Thought you might be interested in a different viewpoint of it.

Good one:

"The world you see holds nothing that you need to offer you; nothing that you can use in any way, nor anything at all that serves to give you joy. Believe this thought, and you are saved from years of misery, from countless disappointments, and from hopes that turn to bitter ashes of despair. No one but must accept this thought as true, if he would leave the world behind and soar beyond its petty scope and little ways."

I will be watching with an open mind.

Cool.  There's some good stuff in this book.  I finished reading it and am now ready to start this discussion tomorrow.

Byron wilkins said:

I will be watching with an open mind.

The introduction has been posted above.

After posting the New Dawn article by Richard Smoley yesterday, today I ran across a Mayan Message speaking of the same thing, how the subconscious is literal and doesn't read negatives (not).  That being anti (not) war is the same as war.  See http://earthchanges.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mayan-message-september....  I take this synchronicity as this is something important for us to understand. 

I will have to read this ... just got to find the time.

I also look forward to your comments Cheryl.

Her is something that needs to be researched also.

THE STORY OF THE ESSENE GOSPEL OF PEACE

In Four Volumes - Volume 1

It was in 1928 that Edmond Bordeaux Szekely first published his translation of Book One of The Essene Gospel of Peace, an ancient manuscript he had found in the Secret Archives of the Vatican as the result of limitless patience, faultless scholarship, and unerring intuition. 

This story is told in his book, The Discovery of the Essene Gospel of Peace, published in 1975. The English version of Book One appcared in 1937, and ever since, the little volume has traveled over the world, appearing in many different languages, gaining every year more and more readers, until now, still with no commercial advertisement, over a million copies have been sold in the United States alone. 

Thanks, Byron.  I'll add it to the Little Red Schoolhouse blog.

Byron wilkins said:

Her is something that needs to be researched also.

THE STORY OF THE ESSENE GOSPEL OF PEACE

Translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

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