In Part 4 we’ll continue the discussion that focused on our true identity. In Part 3, Jesus used symbolic language to demonstrate that we are not the body or personality we see in this world. In fact, they are a constraint that keeps us from seeing who we really are. In the 4th and final part of the essay, we’ll discover that identity.
Quantum physics is just beginning to unravel some of the mysteries of the universe that were clear to spiritual masters centuries ago. Jesus pointed out the “non-local” quality of oneness when he said, “Lift up the stone, and you will find me there. Split the piece of wood, and I am there.” Every object in the visible universe can be found in a specific place. That place may change, but each location is specific and two objects can’t occupy the same location at the same time. In the material world we can pinpoint the location of each object. In the quantum universe energy has only a potential to be somewhere, making it impossible to say exactly where anything is!
Non-locality may be easier to understand if we compare it to a lump of salt dissolved in water. Before the salt goes into the water, the salt is separate and we can name its location. Once the salt has dissolved into the water, it’s impossible to locate it. That doesn’t mean it no longer exists, only that it has become “non-local.” Like salt in water, everything in quantum oneness is anywhere and everywhere at once. Like Jesus, we too are part of everything in existence.
Non-local oneness may sound quite frightening if we think that it means the destruction of the personality and loss of self-identity. However, we must remember that Jesus also told his followers when they saw past the veils of the body and personality; they would realize they were “children of the living Father.” This infers personality, just not the personality focused on separation and specialness that we’ve constructed in the material world.
Those who have experienced the Divine have always reported that the defining characteristic of Source is love. The gnostic writer Valentinus tells us the Divine “was all love and love is not love if there is nothing to be loved. Rumi calls us “the beloved of the Beloved” and says, “Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation in thought and act between you and Him, directly, wordlessly, now and always. It was to enjoy this conversation that you and I were created.” The fact that consciousness, energy and potential form the foundation of the universe also tells us that imagination and creativity exist in quantum oneness as well as communication and love.
The life we think we’re living here is a dream. You have yet to meet your true Self. Even as children who reflect the quantum, non-local image of our loving and creative parent, we need never fear that we will be lost in oneness or that oneness is a void. Divine Presence is reality, and reality includes everything that exists and the potential for everything that can exist, not the opposite. Instead of losing ourselves in oneness, we discover who we actually are and have the opportunity to reach our full creative potential.
A second clue to our identity is found within the verse that reads, “I am the one who comes from what is whole. . .for this reason I say, If one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness .” When Jesus described wholeness and light, he is speaking about the very foundation of the universe. In Genesis 1:3 we read, “and God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” However, an ancient Jewish manuscript called the Haggadah, tells us there was another light that preceded the light that comes from stars. It reads, “The light created at the very beginning is not the same light emitted by the sun, the moon and the stars, which appeared on the fourth day.” What is that light?
Physicists now recognize that what at first appeared to be “empty space” is actually a sea of quantum light that sustains and stabilizes the material world. A gnostic writing, Creation of the World and the Alien Man agrees, saying:
There is no boundary for the light and it was not known when it came into being. Nothing was when light was not, nothing was when radiance was not, Nothing was when the Mighty Life was not’ there never was a boundary for the light.
Scientists have discovered that tiny particles of light, called biophotons are emitted by all living things. This light is not only a quantum foundation; it also serves as a nonlocal communication system that is able to instantaneously send messages between organisms. Because Jesus had a direct, personal experience of the Divine he was aware of the true nature of the universe and told his followers:
If they say to you, “Where have your come from?” Say to them, “We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established itself, and appeared in their image.” If they say to you, “Is it you?”’ say, “We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.” If they ask you, “What is the evidence of your Father in you?” Say to them, “It is motion and rest.”
Like the kingdom, the light is both outside us and within us. As Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you.” But Many of Jesus’ followers were so set on finding a messiah to save them; they missed the point and kept looking outside themselves.
As long as we see ourselves as sinners who are separate from God and in need of a savior, we imprison ourselves in duality. We make ourselves victims. In the process we create heroes we hope will save us, but we also end up with the opposite, victimizers. Jesus recognized the futile cycle we create when we give away our power and instead believe in our own emptiness “My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty.”
Jesus saved himself by looking within and discovering that he was not the body or personality society had created for him. As he began to understand his true identity, he willingly strengthened his connection with the One Mind we share with All That Is. He saw the universe in a very different way and began to live a new life, “For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a stand so that all who come and go will see its light.”
Jesus light shone very brightly. Many were drawn to him, and he could have accomplished a great deal on the earth, but he understood the futility of trying to build on a flawed foundation. Instead, when circumstances brought him to suffering he used the opportunity to show in an undeniable manner that suffering and death are an illusion. As the writer of Thomas pointed out, these are the sayings of the “living Jesus.” The words are still meant to be interactive. They can still serve as a jumping off point for your own inner exploration. The living Jesus is still available to meet you in oneness.
There is far more contained in The Gospel of Thomas than we’ve been able to cover in this short overview. We’re currently working on another book that will focus on Jesus’ sayings and parables. The wisdom contained in The Gospel of Thomas will certainly play a part.
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