Sin is supposedly, “THE” biggie of issues within Christendom, and other religions that use a myriad of words to express it. Missing the Mark, Falling Short, “The Fall” and/or eternal separation from God without blood debt paid. The idea of blood sacrifice to pay debt, to bring you back into God’s love.

It is a very modern understanding, and ignores millennia of indigenous wisdom on the Creator, and the interconnectedness of everything. Think about it though, we have created the Holy in our modernistic image, the spiritual journey is individualized, much like the capitalist industrial complex wants us to believe and has caused a host of social justice ills from inequality to high unemployment, to lack of health care, elder care, care of persons who are differently abled, rising addictions, rising abuse, and homeless shelter use rates not to mention mental health and neurological increases…but I digress or do I?

With this exercise the journeyer is going to discover through the allegory of the rainbow:

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Genesis 9:12-16 (New International Version)

We look on this as a promise for the earth not to be destroyed by floods again, yet we miss the point. A rainbow is not simply one colour, it reflects/refracts the beauty of a truly unified creation to remind each and every piece of the creation that they exist within the Holy Mystery, and the Holy Mystery exists within them…the source— L-O-V-E- resonates within all, through all and begins with I but needs We to truly be expressed.

Welcome to the colour journey of Jesus’ trip in India, we will not be relying on words, but Crayola Prayer/Meditation.  You will need pieces of blank paper and some form of colour tool (Crayons, markers or pencil crayons) or for the braver perhaps sidewalk chalk and empty sidewalk to play with to shine through to your community (?).

Prepare your colouring area before you so that when you come out of the meditation you are prepared to move the colours over your page. Do not overthink which colours as you come out of each contemplation, just grab the colours and move them on the page and see what emerges:

Centre yourself in your breath, open your eyes and slowly read aloud the following chapter.

Chapter 23

Jesus and Lamaas among the sudras and visyas. In Benares. Jesus becomes a pupil of Udraka. The lessons of Udraka. Continue reading here.

At the conclusion of reading, take a moment to re-centre yourself in your breath and begin to colour non-stop not lifting the colours from the page until 5 minutes are done.

After five minutes see what your colours speak to you in regards to the truth of unity, the falsity (sin) of disunity—or the truth of interdependence and the falsity of individuality.

Renew your colouring area. Centre yourself in your breath once more and re-enter the story, hear about the Sudras or more appropriately ego and what truth shines through for you:

Chapter 24

The Brahmic doctrine of castes. Jesus repudiates it and teaches human equality. The priests are offended and drive him from the temple. He abides with the sudras and teaches them.
Continue reading here.

At the conclusion of reading, take a moment to re-centre yourself in your breath and begin to colour non-stop not lifting the colours from the page until 5 minutes are done.

After five minutes see what your colours speak to you in regards to the truth of unity, the falsity (sin) of disunity—or the truth of interdependence and the falsity of individuality.

Renew your colouring area.

The last step is the next chapter, which will enter into a Lectio Divina before colouring, it is a parable.

Centre yourself in your breath, feel the reality of where you are slip away. Enter into the untouchable-lower caste zone, the smells and dust, the crowds pushing against you as you strain to get close above the din and loudness to hear Brother Jesus speak to you words that resonate true on equality and justice.

In this first reading, what teaching resonates the loudest with you, take time and sit with it, after a few moments of contemplation, colour out what emerges in your soul around it.

Reading One: Chapter 25

Renew your colouring space, through your breath re-enter the reality of the crowded teaching. With this second reading what cause of today comes through that is close to your heart…after a few moments of sitting with this call of yours, colour it out.

Reading Two: Chapter 25

Renew your colouring space, through your breath re-enter the reality of the crowded teaching. With this third and final, reading know that you are the false outcast that is brought into true unity. How does it feel to be fully home in the source of Love? Sit with this feeling, colour it out.

Through these practices you have entered a spiritual journey following the Rainbow to the core of yourself where you actualized the unity that truly exists with the Holy Mystery.

Take a moment to look at your journey.

Remember the transformation that has happened.

Create a new reflective statement of what is the truth that has been found.

Then gather up the journey, burn it, and let the ashes go to the winds for the falseness is no more.

Welcome into the Rainbow.

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