The Perennial tradition is the big truth, that is always true. Jesus called it the kingdom of God.

The parables of Jesus mostly begin with “The kingdom of God is like…” This is the big picture. You’ve got to get the big picture.

Jospeh Chilton Pearce. The cosmic egg is like the dolls stacked one inside the other. There is a small inner doll that is my story line and you have to start there, you have to forgive it, you have to suffer your own finitude, your own brokenness, your own imperfection, that you are not God.

This is much of the humiliation and the suffering of the middle of life.  The small doll of me is surrounded by a second which is called “our story.” That’s our politics, our nationality, our ethnicity, our family, those little social units that told you who you are.  Lots of people are so angry at the social doll that they have given up on it and have just gone back to the little personal individual “me” doll. Personal therapy, just get me healthy but I don’t know what to do about the politics of America or the church; it’s just too big.

And there is still a larger dome and that would be called, by religion at least “the story,” the patterns that are always true. “The Christ” is our code word for this, our short cut.

What we need to do is move into an awareness of the larger doll. This is the story. Christ is what is happening all the time everywhere.

A good part of human narcissism is that human beings don’t tend to be interested in something unless it includes them. We have been given a God who is on everybody’s side all the time. And you can’t parcel up Christ. Yet we’ve been parceling up this great mystery for centuries.

The future of Christianity is ecumenical. There is a great freedom in that. If you are just in your closed group and you’ve got your little boundaries and your perfect little symbols, and that word is always used that way… It puts space around the words when you talk to an ecumenical gathering.

We need to rebuild from the bottom up. The first layer of this rebuilding is redefining visually. We need to have a graphic. And that’s why the word became flesh. Jesus is the graphic of the Christ. If you want to know what God is like, the image of the invisible God then look at Jesus. Fall into Christ which is to fall into everything.

For evangelicals one of the worst words is “universalism.” They don’t like the idea that everyone is going to heaven. Don’t you think that would make you happy? How could it ever be joy if everything you have ever loved isn’t there with you.

The whirling top of love has been implanted in every living thing. There is nothing disenchanted in the universe. Welcome home. That’s why you can never be lonely again. Once you know you’re not separate from anything, you know you have always been at home.

God is not stingy. But if you grew up with a God who is not just stingy but punitive, torturing his enemies for all eternity – this is the virus at the core of Christianity. We gave people a God who was not trustworthy, who was not loveable. The most cold-hearted person in this room would not torture their worst enemy for all eternity. We created an ogre God.

Love could not bear the exclusion of any of God’s creatures.

It is not our job to figure out how, who, where, when. Why have we wasted so much time deciding who’s in and who’s out? That’s not your problem. That’s God’s work. It is your ego that wants to explain who’s in and who’s out.

Isn’t it interesting that you always put yourself and your group in. Does that give away the bias, that we’re not talking about the soul here? We’re talking about the ego, the small self, the false self, the self that does not yet know how to love.

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