One of the social justice issues that has taken a back seat over the last 100 years is the struggle for workers rights. Equality that is, a breaking of the caste system that exists. Now I can already here the cat calls that you have not been paying attention what about civil rights for African Americans, LGBTTQ rights, what about—fill in the blank.
And see that is what is missing the point. I have paid attention to the church’s history. I have paid close attention to the world and current events. In Canada in 1919 a general strike was held by workers to create equitable labour, Women’s Suffrage in Canada (1920), 1930’s Metis’ were finally seen as people, 1960’s aboriginal rights, moving into the 1970’s decriminalization of homosexuality and 2005 same marriage rights; disability rights are still being fought for. The last few years with Occupy for the other 99%, Idle No More, the Murder-Missing Indigenous Women Commission, Truth and Reconciliation for Residential Schools. Yet, I do hate to say it but Conservative Leadership contenders Kelly Leitch and Tony Clement show that prejudice is alive and well within our upper class.
There could be more lists pulled out as we look at socio-economic injustices, lack of a living wage or even guaranteed incomes instead of a welfare state, the rise of the “I” instead “We” culture that the War generation built us on.
So the question to hold to as we explore today’s reading is simple:
Are you willing to destroy Canada’s Caste System of Labels, and simply be one people-together?
Read: Aquarian Gospel Chapter 33 here.
The Aquarian Gospel as we have been experiencing is a Universalist look at the life of Jesus, both recorded and unrecorded by Levi H. Dowling (1920). It is a metaphor and/or allegory of the spiritual journey one takes through life to remove the veil of falsity that the world has given us to reveal what we truly have which is unity within the Holy Mystery, and the Holy Mystery within us.
Spirit showing that the “other” is a construct of those wanting to overt power over those who are not them, and keep the status quo. These are what each of the struggles noted in the history above. Each struggle was for a specific label, but it did not drive to the underlying cause of the issue, and why it continues to perpetuate.
Like with youth gangs, where they rise when someone is made to feel outside, or other, that is not belonging—then the recruiters bring them to a false belonging (much like the Sudra’s spoken of in a previous post being the ego or sin the illusion), this lack of belonging is also what sex traffickers of minors leverage to draw the children in originally.
This is what Jesus was speaking to directly in his travels here. It is speaking to a working class, the lowest caste (insert whichever group you disdain here, and realize that this is who is being spoken directly too). In the Canonical Gospel these are the ones that the controllers made to feel least of these, that Jesus stated would be first.
These are the ones that after he escapes assassination attempts, is declared a Buddha, he finds himself with, sharing wisdom, not just his own but theirs as well. Brother Jesus, not other, or above us, but an example for who we can become.
Just look where the conversation goes as the talk of being worn down by toil for survival:
And Jesus said, My brother, man, your thoughts are wrong; your heaven is not far away; and it is not a place of metes and bounds, is not a country to be reached; it is a state of mind.
9.God never made a heaven for man; he never made a hell; we are creators and we make our own.
10. Now, cease to seek for heaven in the sky; just open up the windows of the hearts, and, like a flood of light, a heaven will come and bring a boundless joy; then toil will be no cruel task.
Aquarian Gospel 33:8-10
Think of it. We are told to toil in this world for the world to come, yes there is a unity with Spirit that continues after transition. But there is no eternal damnation awaiting us in the Love that is the source of all. It is not a dichotomy, much like in the Gospel of Mark where Jesus calls out the crowds that the Kingdom is near, only if we act to create it here.
This is the tipping point of discussion, we must open our hearts to let the love out. The Sacred Heart that some believe can only be found in Mary of Nazareth or Jesus the Christ, yet this Sacred Heart is in all, and it is the opening of the flow of Spirit, Source Love, heck the Cosmic Cupcake if it allows resonance and unity for you. This opening up, is the first step of recreating the world—the universe in the way it was meant to be. One free of barriers of labels, of corruption, free of controllers, where all were seen for the blessed creation and co-creators they are.
Think of that world—what is called—Boundless Joy in this passage.
What would boundless joy be in your city? Community? Neighbourhood? Household? Your soul?
To reinforce this idea, Brother Jesus once again goes to a parable. For it is in story that eternal truths have been communicated throughout our recorded and before, history. It is a story of someone toiling on the surface of a field, barely yielding what they need for survival. It took someone with different eyes, a reframing of the reality that was existing, to be able to thrive, for the farmer to go deeper and discover the gold mine below the surface.
What do you need to reframe in your own journey to be able to chisel, break through, the surface rocks and dirt to get to the gold mine below?
Or as one street musician at a street church I used to preach at sung one Holy Sunday afternoon, “oh in every pile of shit there’s a nugget of gold.”
And we know this on the journey, shit happens. We hit the rocks, and the rocks hit us, and we don’t believe we will survive, yet in that moment of coming through is when the surface crap gives out and where do we tumble?
Into the gold mine.
Behold, a master comes, and tells them of a hidden wealth; that underneath the rocky soil of carnal things are treasures that no man can count;
23.That in the heart the richest gems abound; that he who wills may open the door and find them all.
24. And then the people said, Make known to us the way that we may find the wealth that lies within the heart.
25. And Jesus opened up the way; the toilers saw another side of life, and toil became a joy.
Aquarian Gospel 33:22-25
But is it to just understand that through toil we make our lives better. No, it is the perseverance into the truth. The truth of who we truly are in our unity, the throwing away of the lie of disunity. The truth of healthy interdependence with each other and living this way, the small revolution that begins with removing one word from our vocabulary in regards to our neighbour. That word is “other”; and one other step, removing two words (and all other variations of) from our vocabulary in regards to ourselves, “not worthy”.
For we are worthy. The promise is out there to seize. The kingdom is bursting to be built here and now. We are the builders, once we shatter this shadow world we allow to exist that blocks the Sun.
And once the shadow is shattered by the light? The darkness confused and lost, what remains?
Are you ready to shine the light of Unity into your Shadow?
Ready to reclaim the ancient practice of spiritual justice as told by Brother Jesus?
Are you ready to claim your Boundless Joy?