I Remember Now ~ Tim Tengblad Post 3
So what was Jeshua’s message and how does it compare to the message of Christianity?
Imagine two fish (George and Emma) are swimming in the ocean. George swims up to Emma. George says, “My friends are telling me about this thing called water. They say I should believe the right things about it. But I don’t know if I even believe in it.” Emma responds with a calm, loving look in her eyes, “George you’re in it. It’s all around you and within you. You’re One with it. We all are. You ARE it. You can’t not be!”
The Christian Church has a checkered history. It has loved and helped countless people. I’ve personally had the opportunity to witness the Church offering comfort, hope, compassion, and community over and over again. It has tirelessly worked for social justice, reaching out to the poor, homeless, and marginalized. Many hospitals got their start in the Church. It is full of gifted and kind people. To have been a part of all that has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
It is also true that much of the Church has been on the wrong side of crucial issues like slavery, race, and has inflicted great pain on the LGBTQ community. It has denied women (to its own detriment) their gifts and leadership. Thankfully that has changed in some Church traditions.
It has also spent much of its time in the position of George’s friends. Focusing on “saving” people with the right beliefs and information about a God who is separate from them, while the teachings of Jesus were always about putting people in the position of being an Emma. To put it another way, the Church has been trying to raise Georges, and Jeshua is about trying to raise up the Emma already within us all.
If I were to put the essence of what Jeshua actually taught and lived in one sentence it would be: to live from our inherent Oneness with the Divine within us and all around us.
Where does that come from? One important starting point would be that Jeshua spoke and taught in Aramaic. He did this because Aramaic was the language of the common people of his time. As with anyone, there is no better way to understand what someone is saying than in their own language.
***Sidenote*** When I gave my first talk at Echo’s previous Center on Chicago Avenue, Echo saw Jeshua come and stand to my left. He had a big smile on his face and he was hearing me in Aramaic, the language he and I shared along with the rest of his society. (See Post #2 describing my past life with Jeshua).
I’m sure many of you have heard at some point what the Church calls the Lord’s Prayer. The “Our Father who art in heaven…” I’ll say more about this and other teachings of Jeshua in Aramaic in later columns. For now it’s important to know that there was a custom at the time of Jeshua that rabbis/teachers would at some point summarize the essence of their teachings in one prayer.
There’s this scene in John Chapter 11 of the New Testament of the Bible where Jesus’ disciples say to him, “Teach us to pray as John (the Baptist) taught his disciples to pray.” In other words, “when are you going to give us what John gave his disciples?” So Jesus offers the essence of his teachings and says, “When you pray, pray like this, “Our Father who art in heaven…”
In the English translation it’s easy to think we are being taught to pray to a God who is separate from us, and up in a distant heaven. But Jeshua was always trying to return people to THE central Truth. A translation of the Aramaic Abwoon Washmaya (Our Father who art in heaven), reads “O Birther, Father and Mother of the universe. You birth all things in Unity. Your One light, breath, and vibration flows in all you have given life.”
Now I ask you, how does that hit your soul? Listen to it right now. What is it saying to you?
Do you see the radical difference this one teaching makes?! IT’S EVERYTHING! In Aramaic the word for God is Alaha, which means the One or the Oneness. Jeshua is always telling us to return to the One or the Oneness of all things. You, me, all living things inherently have the One energy flowing and vibrating within us. He was giving Emma’s message, “You’re already in the water, came from the water, and are made of the water. So much so that YOU ARE IT! You are Divine in your essence.”
There are no religious (or any other kind of) hoops we need to jump through. We’re already there! The issue is our awareness of it. In other words can our innate knowing of this Truth break into our consciousness so that we remember who and what we are? How wonderful to grow into those moments when we live from that place!
I welcome your questions or comments about the Church, your experiences within it, the Bible, Christianity, or anything else stirring within you.
You are swimming in the One,