How’s that title grab you? At first glance, does it reek of an assumed piousness that some readers may find repulsive or, perhaps, even laughable? Be honest, did your eyes roll? Do we truly need another spiritual high roller in this troubled world of ours, or do we require real solutions that can bring peace here on earth? Whatever the case, the title stands. If you’re willing to read along, I’ll do my best to make the content live up to results that are worth pursuing.
In John 13: 1-7, it’s related that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet the night before he was to be crucified. Why would He perform such an act? From my understanding, the reason that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet was to signify that each of them was a temple of the living God; whether they realized it or not. His message to them—and to us, still—is that we must be cleansed of our erroneous belief that we are the false self (ego) and realize that we are God incarnate, the Christ. By washing their feet (which might have been considered a humbling act), he symbolically demonstrated that they were of equal greatness as He. The following two passages offer more food for thought about your essential nature:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
“I and the Father are one.”
The confusion regarding our true origin is certainly understandable. For That which is One to take an apparently human journey (and experience the world which It, Itself, is creating on moment to moment basis), It must willingly veil Its true nature from Itself. There is no other way that such may occur. The apparent strife that we witness is created by, and due to, confusion regarding our true identity. Because of this, humanity suffers the pangs and conflicts of one another’s innocent ignorance. Another highly valuable passage is found in John 8: 32:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The Truth that will set us free is a higher state of Consciousness. In other words, we must knowingly rise. When we recognize our essential nature, we are simultaneously liberated from the delusional belief of being the person. This is not a conceptual occurrence, as many assume. It occurs when we realize—via direct experience—our true Self. Through meditation, we discover that we aren’t who we think we are.
How does being washed by the Lord improve living conditions on earth? Let’s logically contemplate the question and see if we may discover a sensible answer. The majority of us have most likely witnessed, or directly experienced, the strife that can arise when persons disagree. When this happens in our personal relationships, we experience conflict or abuse of varying degrees. When it occurs amongst nations, we are subjected to wars that promise peace via violence against one another. How in heaven’s name can such an approach ever bring peace?
A solution of deeper understanding is available. If we are washed with the Spirit of the Lord and, thereby, recognize one another’s shared Unity, what conflict could arise? Who, in seeing their Self in an apparent “other,” could ever lift a hand in aggression? Who, in knowing the Truth of our shared Being, could live in a manner contrary to peace, harmony, and love? This, dear readers, is the meaning behind the title. The sooner that we are all washed by the Lord (recognize our essential nature), the better off our apparent world will be.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell
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