In the Bible, Pontius Pilate (the Roman governor) found no wrongdoing with Jesus. Jesus was then sent to Herod who also found nothing wrong with what he did or preached. Finally, Pilate asked the people, "What shall he do with Jesus," and they replied, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" The "him" being referred to is the son of man, or the non-integrated ego, further implying the fruits of the binding influence of spiritual ignorance.
Thus, the statement "Crucify him" is not about crucifying a physical person, but rather about crucifying the duality nature inherent in the human psyche (generally). It represents the causal separation from God at the individual level. In addition, "Crucify him!" means integrating duality, or the lower nature with the higher. Prior to integration, this life dynamic governs individual life. Here the term Roman governor represents the dialogue patterns of sub-conscious condition. "Crucify him!" is also referring to crucify the son of man, the emotional attachment to this temporary condition, and to the fruits of the material world, and to uninterrupted mental activity. Son of man is symbolic for evolution out of the material world of delusion, and into soul re-Membering, or divine consciousness! Thus, when our Herod nature, the ruler of this lower ego, is crucified, we come upon Son of God status, or the Light of the purified soul.
Consider: it was the Roman soldiers that nailed Jesus to the cross. Roman soldiers symbolize being composed to sin prior to integration, which is simply the experiential level of separation. Due to its stifling of free will, this sub-conscious law denies the direct experience of the divine nature. In condemning such, ascension out of duality is programmed, thus prolonging suffering. The nailing of hands and feet symbolize the inability of the divine expression of the mind-body, or the inability of the mind to perceive true spirituality. The Crown of Thorns symbolize victory over both of these limits, and the forehead Blood represents the flow of Christ-consciousness.
What is 'the Cross' and why take it up and follow Me?
Gal 3:19 states: "What then was the purpose of the law? It was added in order to show what wrongdoing is".
The cross itself (as separate from the crucifixion) symbolizes the horizontal and vertical planes of existence. The horizontal plane represents duality or biblical wrongdoing, while the vertical plane represents divine will and harmony. It's this life in duality that we need to focus attention on. We need to constantly reflect. This is the spiritual homework assignment we all must be engaged in. When we do so, we embark upon the vertical plane, our highest spiritual nature.
The opposite of love is duality which isoted in fear and which represents the perishable as opposed to imperishable love or absolute existence. But this duality is there by divine design. It exists to teach us vital lessons so that we may experience soul growth. We spiritually evolve so that we may consciously recognize individual wrongdoing, and thenby take up our cross and align our soul to the vertical path of life. Duality is the medium through which the human soul must awaken. This is when the "follow Me" part of biblical instruction is achieved.
In practical terms, it's the psychological networking of the enslaved lower human nature that is taken up – rendered harmless to spiritual growth. In other words, sub-conscious activity is neutralized through conscious expansion. Prior to soul-freeing, the conscious mind was rendered powerless in regards to the intensity of negative thought patterns.
To make sub-conscious integration more conceptually grasping, think about a volcano erupting into the sky; in human terms, it's the upheaval of submerged emotional thought patterns into conscious awareness. When deep-rooted mind-sets get thrown up for conscious reflection, they eventually become integrated. This is how the mind returns to fullness stature; the soul freed into knowing its true unbounded nature. When horizontal and vertical become ONE, as divine consciousness, then you have the lamb lying down with the wolf.
Gal 3:23 states:
"Before the time for faith come, the law (binding influence of lower nature) kept us all locked up as prisoners until the coming faith will be revealed. "This means that prior to transcendental awareness, the law is unyielding.
Also, Col 2: 14-15: "He canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules, and did away with it completely by nailing it to the Cross (by knowing duality that we do transcend it.) And from that cross. (duality) freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities "(freed from the binding laws, from the hostage-taking nature of the subconscious authority, perpetrator of individual and global sin). This scripture is telling us: bring the inner Vertical light to rid the horizontal darkness or soul slumbering.
We may remember also, when the biblical tombstone was rolled back, the apostles reported the tomb (the mind / body) empty, empty of sub-conscious nature, meaning the mind-body dynamic was purified into Ascension consciousness. Jesus, we read, then appeared to his disciples (our own purified consciousness).
The disciples are symbolic of inner-body mechanisms known as the 12 cranial nerves. These cranial nerves are responsible for every human activity, to include spiritual development. Thus the disciples are workers serving the body-soul dynamic into coming upon the inner Christ, thereby enabling God-consciousness realization. With the cranial nerves becoming purified, consciousness is empowered in perceiving spiritually, experience transcendentally. Thus, awakening these Manna-distributing channels are vital for soul nourishment and overall development of physical and spiritual well-being.
And while the physical body is a creation of the universal life-force, the soul's Core Flame is not. An aspect of eternal God, the soul's Essence enters the body. The soul, therefore, being the conduit of God-nature experiencing, and having entered the body, awaits awakening into spiritual nature by means of conscious contact with the universal life-force or kundalini located at the base of the spell. It is this conscious contact – in the coccyx area of the spinal column – which ignites the kundalini, leading to awakening of the soul's higher spiritual dimensions in the brain.
Duality – means of Unity.
Duality therefore constitutes the law of opposites: good, bad, love, hate, right, wrong, and so on. Think, Noah's Ark (individual human mind) and the two of everything taken into it – symbolism of duality content. The Ark, we remember, came to rest on a Mount, meaning, the mind in meditation transcends duality and settles into Higher Self, into Bliss-consciousness. By entering the body / mind meditationally, the mind ever transcends its limitation and false identity, becomes drawn to Truth, soul-consciousness and unbounded awareness.
Gal 3-25 puts it: "Now that the time for faith ( transcendental consciousness) is here (direct experience), the Law is no longer in charge of us . "Again, by entering meditatively into the body / duality, the mind gets to experience transcendentally, gets to know that which neutralizes the law, knowing which, similar to Noah's Ark , the mind comes upon Mount or Unity consciousness, highest level of human evolution.
Jesus puts it John 2:19: "I will knock this temple down (duality nature) and rebuild it in three days " – 3 symbolizing Unity, and days, period of transforming consciousness. In other words, Christ within is utterly victories in neutralizing the structure and nature of sub-conscious experimenting – patterns which keep our life prisoner to the false prophet, to the erring, duality-composed mind.
Similar to faith-consciousness, attaining Unity is not an exercise of memory referencing and intellectualizing of scriptures only. No, Unity, like our beautiful sun is always in place, and, presents as Sunshine when a gap in the clouds appear. Similarly, when a gap in our thought cycle appears, Unity becomes experiential. By regularly expanding the thought-gap, expanding persistence and silence tolerance in the mind, the Sun or Unity awareness becomes as ever-present bliss-consciousness.
As duality nature and sub-conscious content conspire at forming human consciousness – that which maintains lower human nature – that, unwittingly, through spiritual ignorance, we create the very conditions for the purpose of transmuting such consciously. Here, Matthew 16:18 reassures us: "The gates of hell (lower nature) shall not threaten against it" (Christ-consciousness) and, again, Mathew 28:20 "lo, I am with you always even even the ends of the world "(end of duality, lower nature and subconsciousness).
Jesus carrying the cross through public streets, with soldiers whipping and driving him on, symbolizes the choice-less dynamic, prior to spiritual awakening, of sub-conscious content in our daily life. Jesus fell 3-times – 3 symbolizing Divinity – meaning, we have each fallen from Divinity by means of this inherited duality / lower nature. But, then, this is why we came to planet earth: to conscious transcend such, thereby knowing Higher states of consciousness.
Reality of Existence
The reality of our existence is two-fold: we're both relative and absolute simultaniously. But in the early stages of spiritual development, individual consciousness is aware only in the relative-duality, and non-aware in Absolute-Unity status. This is due, at nervous system level, a medium of experiencing higher consciousness has not been set-up – the biblical veil has not been rented.
In other words, prior to Self-realization the human nervous system functions in mono or duality awareness only; the nervous system is reflecting only what is set-up, reflecting only what has been cultured into it. Thus, for the nervous system to have any experience, there must be a corresponding experience in place, a reflective dynamic capable of knowing simultaneous consciousnesses. In this context, to experience Unity or transcendental nature, the nervous system needs to be cultured into withstanding such. We can not arrive at higher states of consciousness by an act of will or imputed belief systems. In achieving higher states of consciousness, a practical means of inner culturing is required; a process that involves natural harmonization of left-side and right-side brain. This full brain encounter enables the knowing and retention of both eternity unity and relative duality consciousness simultaniously.
Alternating between transcendental silence in meditation and worldly activity after meditation, over time transforms the nervous system / brain whereby simultaneous-knowledge capacity of absolute and relative / duality is maintained – human life remaining permanently under Higher Self guidance while still in the relative world. In arriving at simultaneous consciousness capacity, then eternal status is validated. When both aspects of our existence co-exist as a whole, making the kingdom of heaven within a conscious reality: experiential beyond dogma, doctrine and belief systems.
Each soul in essence is a hieroglyph of Eternal Spirit, of the Kingdom of Heaven. The knowing of such Essence is through the physical body, in particular, the intellect. In bringing the intellect to convergence, to point awareness between the eyesbrows in meditation, the intellect, emotions, sensations and will, each become Essence aligned, cosmically firing, made Resolute. Such is when set-up in the brain / nervous system allows for Total Potentiality or Infinite Intelligence become conscious reality, becoming established brain-nervous system consciousness – Awareness permanently in Divine Essence, in Vertical Will.
Such is what makes understanding the following scripture so absolutely vital: John 12:32 "and I, (human intellect, emotion, senses and will) if I be lifted up from this earth (ascension out of duality, lower world, lifted from ordinary human consciousness) shall draw all men (manifestations of balanced emotions and soul-centered decision making) toto me "(to Divine Consciousness).
As we can see, prior to spiritual awakening, we're each as spiritually dead, in need of 'lift up' – unaware of our inherent absolute status. Due to this spiritual death, individual inner Christ or Higher Self remains temporarily out of the Commission, buried by accumulations of non-neutralized lower-self energy patterns. Thus the buried Christ referred to in script is not referring to a historical person, but to our own Christ within awaiting Resurrection into our consciousness.
So, finally, let us establish exactly what "take up thy cross" IS NOT. It's not two beams of wood on our shoulder or on anyone else's shoulder. Nor is it about enduring some life-situation heroically in order to please God. Not at all. And although perhaps conditioned by literal interpretation into this way, this scripture is not remotely related to either of these two examples.
"And I myself will send up you what my father has promised (our own indwelling Christ) . But you must wait in the City (meditate, transformation of human consciousness) until the power from above (Divine Light) comes down upon you (our soul awakening) " Luke 24-49
Awakening spiritually is intuitive, a prompt of soul to higher states of consciousness, out of the limited ego-self. This angelic prompt usually takes the form of seeking inner peace by natural means. Commending upon a personal inner awakening journey, of heeding the propelling whispers to inner calm, stillness and silence, is a most wonderfully joyous and life-transforming occasion. It marks the beginning of our eternal voyage into the Pure Heart of God-Nature: A Glorious calling to Blessed-Consciousness.