I used to be Christian, and that meant that I believed that Jesus died for my sins - he took my place - because God so loved the world that he gave his only son.
After many years of study of religious and historical texts and practical lessons in expanding my consciousness, I have come to believe that that is not the significance of Jesus's crucifixion.
...Jesus's crucifixion is actually an extreme teaching of true forgiveness.
Jesus underwent abuse and treachery and physical pain and the heartbreak of friends bearing false witness - things that we all experience. Yet Jesus did not perceive it as real. That is the actual teaching of the crucifixion.
Jesus's response demonstrated that no attack—no matter how extreme—can truly hurt or kill us. He demonstrated that instead of responding with anger and retaliation we should respond only with Love - because forgiveness will lead to our resurrection from the ego's dream of death (human thoughts and emotions and anguish) to the awareness of - literal - eternal life.
The ego devises a world which constantly crucifies us. We dream this world and use it to crucify ourselves. The real crucifixion is inner, not outer.
Once we have dissolved our ego (thoughts, emotions, memories that cause us to judge others) we will have resurrected our true perception and we will go from insanity to perfectly healed perception; we will go from anger and resentment to serenity.
Jesus's crucifixion is an extreme example of this process of forgiveness that is the "miracle" of A Course in Miracles.
What do you do to crucify yourself? And would you like to stop?
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