“The mystery of the story of Jesus is the same as the mystery of you and me and everyone: we are all God appearing as man and as woman, divine being manifesting as human being. They’re actually two sides of the same coin. They’re one and the same thing; it’s only our minds that separate divinity and humanity. We separate them in our mind and in our experience, but the whole spiritual journey is finally to see that they aren’t separate, that they never were separate.” Adyashanti in Resurrecting Jesus
During this Christmas season, I’m reading a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, Resurrecting Jesus, by Adyashanti. At first, I didn’t think it would have much to offer in way of spiritual inspiration and I wasn’t really interested in reading anything related to Christianity for various reasons. But since it’s written by a respected non-Christian spiritual teacher, I thought I’d give it a chance and this felt like the perfect time to crack it open.
I’m so glad I did. This book has been a third eye opening, refreshing take on the Jesus story. I grew up in various denominations of Christianity – Nazarene, Baptist, Methodist – and attended frequently in my teens, quite willingly, because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. However, all of the churches I attended missed the mark on pointing to the source of Reality and the Unity of All. Or perhaps I just missed it because it was covered by all the should and should nots. I was only a kid after all and I don’t think all churches are like that – just most.
But I’m not here to talk religion or knock Christianity. It actually did me a world of good when I was a child and gave me a kind, second family when I really needed one. In present day though, now that I don’t identify as Christian and I’m raising two little souls in bodies, I’m trying to find the words to teach them about Jesus and the Christmas season – which we all know, Christian or not, is about more than Santa and presents. At the same time, there’s no reason to get into the religious details and terminology. They’re only ages four and two.
So, I’m writing a children’s book about why we celebrate Christmas. It’s for families like mine who are not Christian, but still celebrate Christmas, and want it to be about a celebration of Jesus’ life and what his life represented, put in simple words for kids to understand. Because life, after all, is way simpler than we make it out to be.
No small task, and it certainly won’t be ready this year, but a worthy endeavor. And the book, Resurrecting Jesus, has been a big help already in trying to convey in a simple way what Jesus represented: “We should always remember that Jesus represents eternal being, that dimension of our own being that is beyond time and space, beyond what we can see and think about and touch.” Amen.