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The True Meaning of the Ark of the Covenant

by Joshua Tilghman on November 7, 2012


ark of covanent 300x246 The True Meaning of the Ark of the CovenantBefore I address the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, I decided it would be more beneficial to fast forward and write a piece on the esoteric meaning of the Ark of the Covenant. Doing so will give you more knowledge on how valuable it is to raise your consciousness.

First of all it is important to realize that Moses never constructed a golden box known as the Ark, and he didn’t converse with a separate omnipotent being above the Mercy seat. Rather these components of the Exodus narrative describe something that happens in your head on the way to your own Promised Land.

The true Ark of the Covenant rests atop your shoulders. More specifically, the Ark represents your brain. Even as Jesus was crucified at Golgotha (the place of the skull), representing part of the ascension process that takes place in your head, so too does the Ark. And in order to truly commune with God, that communion must take place within the confines of your mind. As we’ll soon see, communing with God has nothing to do with talking with a separate being. It has much more to do with becoming ONE with something much bigger than you!

As Jesus said stated:

“that all of them may be one , Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us…” (John 17:21).

How could the church preach the above verse any way but metaphysical?

Now let’s break down the image of the Ark. Two Cherubim’s faced each other on top of the lid. But what’s significant here is that the wings of the Cherubim are spread over the ark, covering and protecting what lies beneath. There is one on the left and one on the right. Now consider that your brain is made up of a left and right hemisphere. The covering of your brain is the cerebrum. So just as the Cherubim covered something significant inside the ark (the brain) so too does the left and right cerebrum cover some very important glands that serve as a link between our physical and spiritual natures. One such component is the pineal gland, also known as the third eye.

This is what Jesus referenced when he stated:

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matt. 6:22).

As if the above information wasn’t enough, I am now going to give you plain scriptural information that will confirm that the ark is symbolic of the human brain. Consider that the stone tablets making up the Ten Commandments were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant. Now remember that the ark symbolizes the mind and brain.

The Ten Commandments are universal in nature. When one becomes enlightened, the Ten Commandments are realized and lived out from within. This is especially true after the awakening of the third eye, or pineal gland. Now consider the scripture below from Jeremiah:

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write in on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:31)

The prophet Jeremiah is declaring that the law is meant to be in the mind and heart permanently, not something which should be obeyed from an external law book or outward code. This is about something that happens “within” you. Let’s also read the very next verse:

“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me…” (Jeremiah 31:34).

Someone who has experienced enlightenment no longer serves the ego. The law was written for the ego, but the spiritual man who is not under the operation of the ego lives by grace (enlightenment / Christ consciousness.)

This is the entire reason the Ten Commandments were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant; it was to serve as a symbolic image of what was to truly be experienced by a true Israelite (spiritually enlightened person).

Let me take you back to the image of the Cherubim for a moment. Have you ever wondered why God placed Cherubim to the entrance of the Garden of Eden to protect it? If you have read my article on how Adam and Eve represent different aspects of consciousness, then you understand that the Garden of Eden wasn’t a literal place either. It’s a state of the mind. Since the cerebrum serves as a covering for the spiritual glands located underneath their covering, then it makes sense that God would place Cherubim to guard the entrance to Eden. In order for us to get back to Eden, we have to be awakened! We should also note that the Cherubim held a flaming sword. This fiery sword represents the logos, or cosmic energy that is responsible for awakening the third eye!

Do we find any imagery similar to this when talking about the Ark of the Covenant? Yes, we do! Consider the description given in the Bible when Moses talks to God above the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant:

“And there shall I meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim (cerebrum of the brain) which are upon the ark of the testimony…” (Exodus 25:22).

pineal gland 2 300x237 The True Meaning of the Ark of the CovenantNow remember that the scripture says God is light. When God communes with us and the pineal gland is opened, it is said that a bright white light is often seen by the participant. Didn’t Paul see the exact same thing, Christ as a bright white light, as he was knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3)?

As we continue with how God speaks to Moses from between the mercy seat in Numbers, we read:

“And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him (the LORD), he heard a voice of one speaking to him from off the mercy seat…And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying…when thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick (Numbers 7:89-8:2).

It should be obvious that the seven lamps represent the seven chakras that cosmic energy must flow through in order to experience enlightenment.

How does this knowledge help us?

As you read more the scripture, continue to look at how each character and symbol represents us. The Ark of the Covenant has always supposed to be symbolic of the human brain. The brain is not just a physical feature. Not only does it act as a receiver and transceiver of God’s consciousness, but the brain houses some very special glands that serve as gateways between the physical and spiritual worlds. If Buddha was right when he said that “All is mind,” then it is truly through the mind that we gain higher awareness and operate on a higher plane of consciousness.

Think about what the literal Ten Commandments were truly needed for. They are needed for the man who is controlled by the ego. The ego needs to be kept in check, and thus the commandments serve that function until Christ (Christ consciousness) comes!

Not many people know that the Ten Commandments came from chapter 125 in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. That was written centuries before the Torah. The Ark of the Covenant also came from Egypt. Found within the king’s chamber of the Great Pyramid was one furniture piece—a box with the same dimensions as the Ark of the Covenant as it is described in the Bible! Israel, or Isis, Ra, and Elohim also come from the name of Egyptian Gods. My point is that believing the scriptures are meant to be literal is not what’s important. It’s the hidden spiritual meanings within them that matter! Never stop digging and questioning.

Mainstream Christianity has misunderstood all of this imagery for centuries. One cannot worship God in spirit and in truth by worshiping something “out there.” All truth is contained within you. Mainstream Christianity has taught us that by “believing” the literal Gospel this entire spiritual process is assured to us by Christ. But what they fail to realize is that Christ is to be formed in you! It is not about believing a literal story. This brings no rising of consciousness.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mark Bowness November 8, 2012 at 4:57 am

I have just come across this site, via being the same ‘tribe’ on Triberr. This post is brilliant. There is so much to learn from the bible and other sacred texts, that is not being taught in churches, synagogues or mosques. Thank you so much for sharing this – truly enlightening!

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2 Joshua Tilghman November 8, 2012 at 6:50 am

Thanks for commenting, Mark. And you’re right, there’s so much more to sacred texts than we have been taught. Blessings!

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3 Richard November 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Nicely done Joshua, succinctly done, I like the way you put it all together

Richard

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4 Joshua Tilghman November 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Richard,

Thank you, my friend. Building from earlier pioneers like Bill and many others makes it easy to fill in some of the details for readers who like to take one chunk at a time to digest.

Blessings!

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5 Christine Hoeflich November 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Love this post, Joshua. I read somewhere that fluorinated water damages the pineal gland. Have you come across this information?

Christine

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6 Joshua Tilghman November 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Christine,

Yes, fluoride does damage the pineal gland. In fact, the pineal gland is one of the few places in the body where fluoride collects. It causes a grainy build-up there and some spiritualists believe it can damage it’s ability to help connect us to our higher self.

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7 John November 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I find this fascinating, and most likely quite accurate. They way you read and interpret the Bible reminds of esoteric Gnostic teachings, and how what the surface says is never what it really means. Thanks for getting this information out there.

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8 Joshua Tilghman November 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thanks for your comment, John. I believe the Gnostics had it more right than established church did. One day I hope more will realize this. I am looking forward to checking out some of the things you have written on your website. Your titles look good.

Blessings!

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9 james July 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

john if you dont mind i would like to check out your website that josh mentioned..i also have a set of peace love and light
the gnostic scriptures..had it for years dont know why now i do..

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10 selina November 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

We are already connected to the light as we are from the light as we were created from the creation of the creator of “ALL THERE IS AND ALL THAT WILL BE” “I AM WHAT I AM ” and” so it is”

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11 Joshua Tilghman November 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

So true, Selina. Thanks for commenting.

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12 Kevin December 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

They found the Ark of the Covenant; Christ tomb, Crucifixion site and the Ark of the Covenant found buried under a trash pile at the foot of Skull Mountain.

http://arkofthecovenant2.blogspot.com/

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13 Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Kevin,

I appreciate you taking the time to comment and leave the link as a resource, but I have looked into Ron’s archeology. It’s interesting, and while I don’t doubt his sincerity, I do doubt his conclusions.

Take care.

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14 arkofthecovenants January 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hi I was in Panama recently and the ark of the covenant was discovered. The lost city of El Dorado is discovered in Chiriqui Panama. It is quiet intersting to see who is now taking responsibility for the exciting news. check out their link at http://thearkofthecovenantdiscovered.com/ Chiriqui archaeological sites. Exciting new news, revealed and exposed.

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15 Joshua Tilghman January 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thanks for stopping by. However, the Ark of the Bible was not literal. There are many literal Arks, especially in ancient Egyptian culture which is where the symbol in the Bible came from. The symbol in the Bible is just that though, a symbol.

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16 arkofthecovenants January 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi I was in Panama recently and the ark of the covenant was discovered. The lost city of El Dorado is discovered in Chiriqui Panama. It is quiet intersting to see who is now taking responsibility for the exciting news. check out their link at http://thearkofthecovenantdiscovered.com/ Chiriqui archaeological sites. Exciting new news, revealed and exposed.

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17 Molly April 24, 2013 at 12:13 am

This has been very informative…I was raised Roman Catholic and have always felt I had a good relationship with the Lord. Are you saying that Jesus was not a real person, but people created him as an entity to urge people to live ego-less lives? I’m sorry, I’m just trying to piece your statements together.
God Bless

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18 Joshua Tilghman April 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Molly,

Thanks for commenting.

As per your questions, I have always believed Jesus was based off of a real person / people. But the Gospel stories are not meant to be entirely literal. The Bible is an awesome spiritual roadmap when interpreted spiritually and not literally. The literal has always divided people, but a spiritual understanding will bring humanity together. Does this make sense? All the major religions have at their core the same teaching.

Blessings.

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19 Molly April 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Wonderful. Thank you Joshua! God bless

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20 Bernhardt Adjedi Cadbury July 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

Hi Joshua,
I read this post when first it was posted but i wonder why i didn’t comment on it in relation to my own body – mind symptoms of spiritual awakening cause this is one of the spiritual network group/community i respect and regard a lot. Yes, you are right. Prior to my awakening awareness, i saw/witnessed this said pure white light within my brain. Although i new the experience was something unique, i didn’t know that was a communion with God within, i wasn’t connected to this post as well. No one to share my experience with, since in my area – Africa, no one and hitherto i am yet to meet someone talk about awakening within. Every body talks about going to church/mosque to worship a “God” out there.

Yes Christine, you are right with regards to what fluorinated water does harm the pineal. I have read many good articles where even tooth past that contains fluoride damages the pineal ability to help one in the ascension process. Again, in Africa, where do i get tooth past that does not contain fluoride since every product on the market is for the third world.

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21 Joshua Tilghman July 2, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thank you for sharing your personal experience, Bernhardt.

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22 Faith December 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

Awesome post! Just found your site through another blogger and so wish I had found it when you first started it, but at least I can read your posts now. It helps when individuals allows themselves to think more figuratively than literally when reading scriptures and some other works of information. Personally, I do not have all the answers to the human mind and scientists may not have all the answers either, but if more people in the universe would be willing to trust their inner being, maybe life would be more in-tune within all persons.

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23 Joshua Tilghman December 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for commenting and letting me know you were here, Faith. And I think you are right…intuition will lead to more balance in life.

Blessings!

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24 Sandra L. Butler January 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Josh, very enjoyable reading.

I agree that the ark of covenant has esoteric meaning. It is symbolic, referring to the spiritual power that exists within us, the power that will bring us into the promised land if we stop resisting it, which the children of Israel (representing us) illustrated for us in the wilderness, resisting Moses, resisting the Spirit that is working through our Mind to get us to think differently, the meaning of repentance. But this is just the beginning. The ark is the source of the power, which works through the mind. That source is the Heart, the two cherubim symbolizing the “two witness” of the heart : the spirit of God, which is love (an emotion of the heart) and the word of God, which is truth (the seed of the heart). The wings symbolize the spiritual protection that comes with being led of this source (i.e. “the spirit of truth”) that Jesus Christ embodied, and which “every eye (referring to the third eye) shall see” (Rev. 1:7 ), seeing this power working through their own mind and heart.

Buddha would be “all is mind” because he is of the east, which is associated with the mind; with mind and body disciplines (e.g. meditation/levitation). Then there is the deeper level, I’ll coin it “all is heart. ” Jesus was the ascended master associated with the Sacred Text of the west, and as the east is linked to the mind, the west is linked to the heart; with a heart discipline, which Jesus advocated.

The Ten Commandments, 10 pertaining to The Mind, which Israel (10 tribes) symbolizes, are to be kept at the level of The Heart, which is why Moses ascended the mount (symbolizing the heart) to receive them. Keeping them at this deeper heart level is how we become the true (spiritual) Israel. The children of Israel had broken them, both in spirit and in letter, which Moses illustrated as he came down off the mount.

Paul was “changed in a moment and twinkling of an eye.” But this can only be said of the mind, not of the heart, as the prophet Isaiah said: “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth (symbolizing the heart) bring forth in one day? ” It takes time for the earth to bring forth her fruit. Religious Christians proclaim to be changed, proclaiming they are “born again and saved,” but it is through the delusion of their mind, not through the reality of their heart. Paul symbolizes organized religion, where you serve God through your mind via perpetual repentance and ritual.

I just read in a book that the box in the Great Pyramid was 10″ x 12″, which if true is pointing us to both the mind (10) and the heart (12), which is why there were 12 apostles following the one that advocated healing/purification of the heart. Jesus told his apostles that they would judge the twelve tribes of Israel, which formulates to 12 x 12, as the # 12 represents judgment (as we see in our own judicial system). 12 x 12 = 144, the number of casing stones covering (protecting) the pyramid, estimated to be 144 thousand, representing a spiritual measure:

“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four (144) cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” Revelation 21:17

Isis, Ra, and Elohim = Is-ra-el. I love that Josh!

In the word ELOHIM we see the Godhead: EL=God. OH=Son. IM-Holy Spirit, the “I AM.”

Thanks for sharing how the scriptures pertain to the workings of the mind. Amazing stuff!

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25 Joshua Tilghman January 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Hi Sandra,

As always, thanks for this wonderful and thought-provoking comment. You have added some great information about the Ark. I completely resonate with your first paragraph because the Ark is also a symbol for the causal body. This is the power within us, but it must be built up through the transitory personality over many lifetimes.

As far as the Buddha stating that all is mind, I believe he was correct. All is consciousness, and the mind he speaks of here encompasses the entire universe. It is through consciousness itself that we conceive of what we call God, the knowing of ourselves. I believe consciousness unfolds automatically as it must interact with itself. In manifestation, it must begin to operate through duality. But somewhere along the path consciousness becomes conscious of itself through the many forms it manifest through.

The heart, like the Ark, is also a symbol for the causal body which exists on the upper mental plane. This plane as you probably already know is known as the Buddhic plane. This is where the spirit flows from to infuse the lower mind and help raise it.

For me, Paul also represents the heart since he travails in birth until the Christ be birthed within us.

Great comment, thanks!

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26 Sandra L Butler February 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi Josh,

As for reincarnation. We have a different understanding . It does not require many lifetimes to build up this internal power (as you put it). If there ARE many lifetimes (an eastern concept) each lifetime presents us with the opportunity to overcome the karma of any past(s) lifetimes, otherwise we would be limited, and God is not about limitation.

We have the ability to restore this power in THIS lifetime, the Bible providing the detailed process for this regeneration. Jesus (having suffered all things) shows us this by overcoming the pain and suffering of his own childhood, which I believe he completed between the ages of 18 and 30, which would have been 12 literal years. But if we say there was no literal Jesus (a very deceptive “new age”concept in my opinion) it provides us (who are physical beings) with an excuse NOT to get down to business and do our spiritual work in THIS lifetime, which Jesus completed in HIS lifetime and instructed the apostles (those seeking truth) to complete. We are (as of the year 2000) in the 7th day, by which time man should have completed these spiritual works, but which have not been completed due to old age religions beliefs, which have been cleverly wrapped in a ” new age” wrapping. This is why the serpent is called “subtitl”…cunning, crafty.

The “duality” is of the heart, where there is two manner of fruit (good and evil/truth and lies). To discover what lies we have conceived of throughout our life will require us to enter that narrow gate Jesus spoke of; the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of The Heart. In discovering the evil seed (lies) and eliminating them through the power of the heart (NOT through the power of the mind) the duality no longer exists. The mind is renewed through the transformation of the heart. It is through this transformation of the heart that christ is birth from within.

Paul was NOT chosen by Jesus for a reason, to show us two very different foundations. My teacher used to call “Paul” a liar. Since I had no religious influence that statement didn’t bother me, but I have found over the years that it really pisses off the religious Christian. Paul symbolizes organized religion (as I stated above) and his supposed great enlightenment on the road to Damascus is representative of the great transformation religious Christians believe they have experienced, proclaiming to be “born again and saved,” but it is a lie. We are not changed in a moment and twinkling of an eye, which may be one of the reasons the spiritual Christians hiding out in the caves around the Dead Sea wrote the words, “Paul the liar,” which was brought to light in the very first documentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls, but never mentioned again in subsequent documentaries. Paul’s teachings are the source the of the lies accepted by religious Christians, but they also serve to correct that error. It will be x- religious Christians that provides the truth that will correct the error in their Christian brothers, the work of the first 4 churches in the book of Revelation.

So let us roll up our sleeves and do the spiritual work in THIS lifetime! Believing it requires many lifetimes to reach perfection is simply not true and causes complacency.

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27 Kyle May 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

I do believe in the metaphorical interpretation of the bible. It is the ONLY way to understand the true message. I do however think that the flaming sword held by the angel to prevent adam and eve from eating again from the tree of life had a different meaning. The sword as represented in Revelation means the truth which proceeds from the mouth of christ meaning His message. Fire is always something which purifies. Hence, I believe that the truth (sword) prevented Adam (Mankind) from again eating from the tree of life. Hence the ego driven man is repelled by the truth which prevents him/her from eating from the tree of life. only when there is a spiritual awakening and death to ego can man again eat from the tree of life.

As for Adam and Eve I see something slightly different also. Without Eve (subconcious) man was merely an animal without the ability of subconcious thought and reasoning. He was merely the most intelligent animal creation but nonetheless still created from the earth (elements) as the rest of creation. With the introduction of Eve (Subconcious) now mankind was truly alive and truly had free will and hence could now commune and be united with the divine. Reason and subconcious (Eve)were now present along with the Adam (conscious, animalistic) nature. We were truly now “divine” beings. We engaged in both physical (Adam) nature like the rest of the kingdom (Eat, sleep, reproduce, breath, etc) but also had our Eve nature (reason, self awareness, contemplation of the divine, spirit). Hence it was “Eve” who tempted adam and hence as scripture notes we died THAT DAY. Although physically (Adam) lived on.

Now spiritually dead we (Adam) were repulsed, hard hearted, repelled by the truth (Angel, sword, tree of life)

Christ was born by and through a woman(Eve, spirit, from above, divine) but not from a physical man. Christ had no earthly (Adam) father.

Hence Christ was able to defeat the ego and physical animalistic man due to his very spirit nature. Remember the devil (Adamic nature not literal Devil) tried to tempt christ with physical needs i.e, Hunger, Power, safety. The three temptations are the basic lower needs to survive in the physical plane of reality. you need to eat like any other animal, Survival of the fittest – power which is seen in the animal kingdom, and protection/safety for self preservation as seen in the physical animalistic adamic creation. Christ overcame that because he was born from above.

Just an idea!

Kyle

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28 Joshua Tilghman May 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Kyle,

Interesting and thought provoking comment. Thanks!

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29 Kyle May 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

I also agree with Sandra in one instance that we can overcome right NOW the cycle of what some call reincarnation. I personally don’t like the word myself. I see no reincarnation but rather continuity of existance on this plane because as eternal beings we cant obtain eternity in the spirit realm without being born again. Our Adamic nature merely regrows much like a tree/plant. These allegories are all throughout the bible. Plant grows/dies/seed/grows/dies/seed and on and on. Were planted in the ground (burial) and born anew with our Adam (physical) nature again until we are born spiritually. If you are on this blogsite talking about things on this level your probably on the ride for the last time (Thank GOD!). That’s my take. I aint comin back! The ride has been fun but I’m getting off. This physical body is getting buried for the last time this go around.

Peace and love,

Kyle

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30 Geoffrey May 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Josh,
I have read many works of enlightenment and a friend of mine referred me to your blog just the other day because he knows my interest in Spirituality. What an act of Grace. These are the in-depth Bible explanations I have been wishing for. Thank you a million.
Now there is this question which bothered me for some time until I came around it. That was Jesus Christ not a physical person and walked on the face of the earth and people saw and talked to him?
My understanding is that, Yes! Jesus was physically on earth, but being Christ is a realization of our true nature as being one with the Universe and God. And that each and every one of us has the Christ in us awaiting realization. What do you think? Is that a correct interpretation?

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31 Joshua Tilghman May 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Geoffrey…

This is a tough question. My personal opinion is that Jesus is based on a real historical person / persons, but the Jesus as he is portrayed in the Gospels is mostly myth. Myth has much more power on the subconscious than a literal interpretation.

I do appreciate the encouragement! Sorry my reply was so late.

Josh

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