This blog explores the depth of meaning behind the words used in the Bible, focussing mostly on the New Testament which was originally written in Koine or common Greek spoken 2,000 years ago. Exploring these words can often reveal that the English words chosen by the translators can actually obscure the true meaning.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Disciples as Mind Traits 2
Jesus Sent Them Out Two by Two by James Tissot
The road from disciple to apostle
has one purpose; to open us up to the experience of our Higher Self referred to
in the Bible as ego eimi, I Am. If we
speak these two words, “I AM” out aloud and imagine standing in the Universe,
beyond the idea of time and space, we get a sense of this eternal state of
being. Yesterday, today and tomorrow open up to us as one place. In this way,
we claim our own individuality without the weight of opinions and the ideas of
society. Try it, it is refreshing. When we come back to the here and now our
outlook has changed. It is from this perspective that we can view the
We can imagine their incredible journey with Jesus - the one who
experienced his I Am first - and stand in their shoes as they approach their
own I Am from their unique perspective. This was not without trepidation as we
read in the Bible.
We can ask what it was like for
John, Thaddaeus or Matthew as they journeyed through the Middle East with Jesus
as he challenged the status quo. Each one experienced it through the qualities
given to them by their name.
As previously suggested, while the
disciples represent qualities in our mind or consciousness, they also represent
the different paths that we each take as we strive to connect to the highest,
purest human condition, our I Am. At this stage in the evolution of
consciousness, we are about halfway there. As with all things, some are a
little ahead, some are a little behind. This does not mean we can pass
judgement on others, it simply means they are taking a different path.
Disciples John, Thaddaeus and Matthew
John: The name John means ‘the grace of the Lord’ and he represents
love and grace. This love is agape,
one of four main Greek words for love. Agape is the highest love, it loves
everyone equally; it does not favour family over friends and acquaintances nor
does it favour one’s own culture over another.
In its highest expression, love is
objective. It does not see through the eyes of judgement, but understands human
behaviour as a developmental process we all go through. This love is not biased and it does not take offence. It is a kind and
understanding witness, always recognising the pure human seed within each human
being. Then, seamlessly this love fertilises the seed in the other person
opening it to its inner potential. From this comes the expression of grace.
Grace is that capacity in our soul
for doing what is right, what is good, out of our inner self, not through
externally imposed rules and regulations. Grace says, “How can I be so that you can be free.” Charis is the Greek word
for grace - which reveals the word charismatic. This is when love shines from
us in an inspiring way. Other people want to become like us and they do this of
their own accord, not because we give them advice about how they should be.
Thaddaeus: Thaddaeus represents elimination, letting go of things
so that we can keep moving forward. The name Thaddaeus means ‘of the heart’,
big-hearted, warm-hearted. The disciple Thaddaeus is also known as St Jude and
was a brother of St James the Less, and a relative of Jesus. It is the heart which can eliminate things that
mesmerise the mind. Thaddaeus within us works continuously to restore
harmony by eliminating that which disrupts. This is tied to forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not so much about covering up what we feel, but stepping
over it and moving on. To assist this, we could work with John and adopt some
love and grace.
Matthew: Matthew represents our will - human intentions and
actions. Matthew collected taxes. He works in the depths of the community to sustain
the body - the infrastructure - of society. He was called away from that to
serve in the innermost circle so that
human will could become freewill. The other thing about will is that it
reveals ourselves to us. Our acts of will, when, for example, we dig the garden
or rearrange the furniture, give us a glimpse of ourselves, of our ability and
place in the world.
As separate paths, or working in
conjunction with one of the other disciple-paths, we can find our way to our
Higher Self. Using the disciples to become more aware of our character and
qualities, and the particular path we are on, is the ancient recipe for
personal development untainted by modern fads that often accentuate the self
over others. This is the ego trying to displace the I Am - feeling threatened
by it actually. By accepting our own path, and remaining open to the path of
others, the whole human race will climb the mountain with more certainty and