Your life is a myth

PARABLES OF WISDOM

The Forbidden Heights presents the paradigms and patterns of our modern lives as insightful myths and symbols.

This collection of parables points to mystical and spiritual notions that resonate across cultures, regardless of dogma, creed or tradition.

THE  FORBIDDEN  HEIGHTS
Parables

 

PARABLES

Written in English between 1986 and 1991, this work has been translated into Arabic for this unique, dual-language publication.

Those who appreciate the wisdom of the Sufis and the writings of Khalil Gibran are sure to enjoy this work.

Chapter 20: Beware of False Prophets

November 29, 2008

Down the Rabbit HoleIn Matthew 24:5, Jesus warns of idolatry and of mistaking the historical or temporal inflection for eternal truth and says: "For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray." And in Matthew 24:11, Jesus says: "And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray." As I have tried to argue, the idea that one's eternal makeup and fate hinge on an historical individual is shortsighted. Christ is not a person and the Kingdom of Heaven is not something that can be achieved or acquired. In the above passages, Jesus was warning us of this false idea. He was advising us to be wary of anyone who teaches salvation as content or concept, as something that can be reached, grabbed or learned. Anyone who has a formula or a path for you to reach Christ-consciousness is a false prophet.

It is perhaps best to call Christ the Doorway. In that way, we release the term from its religious and historical fetters or bias. This Doorway beckons every human being. Every Muslim has to go through this It. Every Buddhist, every Jew and everyone who feels restless with the routine of their lives or religion must enter through this Doorway. At this level of consciousness, the forms drop off; we go past the idea, the concept and the name of Jesus or Buddha or Brahman or Jehovah or Allah or any other nameable divinity. Therefore, regardless of your "faith", you must enter "heaven" through this narrow gate, this psychological death or letting go, and be "born of the Spirit." There is no other way. Several paths lead to the peak of a mountain; however, all climbers must scale an equal or total amount of vertical meters to reach the summit. The sage then, whether he comes through the Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or any other tradition, must go through the same psychological and human stages of development. He is aligned with the same inner process that Jesus and Buddha and other great figures chronicled in their historical lives. This journey opens up, psychologically speaking, a lens into the domain of the human archetype of wholeness, called Christ in the Christian tradition. Just as the Hubble Telescope with its powerful lens can gaze back in time to the beginning of the Universe, we can with the Inner Eye penetrate through to that formless, primordial Landscape.

Having said this, it is important to highlight the “narrowness” of this path to the Spirit. In the most fundamental sense, as mentioned previously, there is no road to Truth. It is not a concept or a piece of information. There are many cults and religions today that speak of Christ-consciousness and the One Spirit. Whether or not their teachings have any value, the perception that I speak of in this paper has an imprint or an authenticity that is immediately recognized and cannot be forged. It is a road without a path. It is more demanding than that which is prescribed by orthodoxy because it requires a letting go of a prescribed path. This perception is certainly not an ideology that teaches the divinity of all beings and oneness with nature while ignoring the existential, practical and daily experience that would support it. This path calls for a constant questioning of our vision of the world and ourselves. And yet, paradoxically, it is a path that is not paved or known. Jesus tells us that awareness is the light that shall lead the way. In Mark 13:32 he says: “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning — lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

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