The Mysticism of Jesus and Mary Magdalene
Half of our story has been missing for way too long! And this does not only apply to women, for there are mothers and fathers that live within all people. For centuries our religious traditions have pointed us towards the transcendent. We were often told to despise all things of this world: our bodies, comfort, money, sexuality, intimacy and even to reject human love in favor of a disembodied divine love. Some of us were told that we needed others more evolved than ourselves to speak to God on our behalf. We forgot that we are already creative, intelligent and infinite beings of light. During our five thousand year voyage through the age of ignorance that we have just emerged from, we became disempowered as a people. It’s time to remedy our error and return to wholeness.
Yes, it is wise to refine and know our soul, and the masculine based transcendent wisdom teachings do show us how to refine our natures so that we can become more like the Light. However, it is unwise to forget that the feminine is the gateway of life and it is wise to honor her if we wish to continue to occupy planet earth. We can move into higher realms and merge with the Light, and on our return what supports our integration is touch, intimate conversations with like-minded others, sensual intimacy, and walking barefoot on the earth. In this new renaissance both form and the formless have significance. A seed needs to be held by the earth in order to blossom into a flower.
As the feminine reemerges on planet earth, we are invited to love our bodies, our natural environments, our friends, the money that pays our bills, the sexual intimacy that brings us closer to our partner. Inhaling we can stretch our arms up above our heads and touch the light of awareness and then exhaling towards our hearts we can receive this new feminine energy and remember to love one another. It is time.
As Christian mystics will tell us, we were given some guidance by a wise Master Teacher two thousand years ago that we might be ready to respond to: “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (King James Bible). An exciting new voice on the mystical scene is Cynthia Bourgeault who says, “Christianity isn’t a failure; it just hasn’t been tried yet.”
In order to begin to understand what the Master Teacher was attempting to convey, we need to understand the love Jesus shared with Mary Magdalene. The extra-canonical gospels of Thomas, Magdalene and Philip, reveal a soul mate who fully understood and lived his teachings. Bourgeault believes that it is through Mary Magdalene that we can fully understand the teachings of the Christ as a spiritual theology of love as transformation.
Certainly it is time to return to love, forgiveness and intimacy as an avenue for a healthy and authentic life.