I have recently been revisiting the book “A New Earth” by Eckart Tolle. In January, Oprah with Eckhart, did a podcast covering each chapter of the book. If you aren’t familiar with his work, Tolle is a spiritual teacher and his book is a discussion of the need for consciousness and being present, rather than living in our minds because our minds often misguide us by telling us that in order to be “happy” we need to be, do, or have something else other than what we are currently experiencing.

As I heard the passion story on Sunday, I was struck by how Tolle’s teachings were exemplified in the story. The fact that Jesus never spoke or defended himself when faced with false accusations, is the embodiment of consciousness. Jesus didn’t try to change what was happening, even in the face of a horrendous injustice. Instead, Jesus remained silent and accepting. Jesus knew he had done nothing wrong and was at peace with that knowledge and didn’t need to prove it to anyone, or have that fact accepted by anyone else.

Not only did Jesus accept and face his plight with courage and faith, he also had the ability to forgive. Jesus knew this wasn’t the true hearts of the people whom he loved, but rather an egregious act rooted in fear and hysteria. Tolle explains it this way:

“Whatever humans have done to you, it’s always [that] they didn’t know any better,” Tolle says. “They could only act according to their level of consciousness. Nobody can act beyond their level of consciousness.” It’s an idea that also has roots in spirituality and religion. “Jesus on the cross said it all when he says, ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do,’ which means they are unconscious,” Tolle explains. “When you realize that, you naturally forgive.”

As with his whole life, at the very end, Jesus exemplified consciousness, faith and forgiveness. Perhaps by following Jesus’ example and becoming conscious, we may move closer to the peace and harmony the world so desperately needs.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice—your life for ours. May we follow your example of unconditional love, pure consciousness and absolute forgiveness. God, thank you for your grace and mercy, not because of what we have done, but because of who you are. Amen.

Kelley Evans

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