According to the spiritual teachings of the Pathwork Guide, the version of things told in my church growing up holds a significant grain of truth. The problem lies in the twist of the tale that turns some fabulous facts into something false.
#1 True or False: Jesus Came to Take Away Our Sins
There are quite a few words that have been used in church for so many centuries that we can no longer hear them without inwardly cringing. One is “salvation,” which sits next to “sin” on the list of words we wish would go away.
This is such a shame given the fact that someone went way out on a limb for us so that one day we could save ourselves and find salvation. So the part of the salvation story about Jesus opening the door to heaven for us is true. But the idea that simply believing this will usher us through, well, that sure would be convenient.
The truth of the matter is this: We got ourselves into this pickle and it’s on us to work our way out. For while Christ made it possible for us to make our way back to heaven, we have to do the heavy lifting needed to re-right ourselves so we are once again welcomed through that pearly door.
What’s the pickle? Long story short, we were once all light and glorious angels, before we curiously decided to check out the other side of life: the dark side. Each and every soul who has ever landed on planet Earth at one time followed Satan so far down a rabbit hole of distortions that we wound up locked within a world of hurt. Swept out of heaven for our insubordination, we were given the chance to see for ourselves exactly how the other half lives—the negative half.
We had exercised our free will—the thing giving us such striking resemblance to God—in such a way that we were now living in Lucifer’s lair where true freedom had been spun into absolute domination. We’d turned our back on Christ as our Lord and as a result wound up with Satan as our keeper. Now rather than loving us to wholeness, as is Christ’s way, Satan was loathing us to smithereens. We became fragmented, destructive and deeply unhappy.
Eventually, our hearts called out for the Light of Christ. It was our collective longing to return home that sparked Christ to enact the Plan of Salvation, an ambitious undertaking designed to set us back on the straight and narrow. As our journey has unfolded, the only way to truly get clear of the darkness was for someone to come and heave the door to heaven back open for us. That’s what Christ’s mission as Jesus was all about.
All along the way—both before Christ’s time on Earth and after—many other magnificent prophets, teachers and spiritual leaders have come to help lead us back to the Light. They’re all on the same team; we’re the ones picking sides.
Now that the door is open we are free to do the painstaking work of transforming our inner selves all the way back to the version of us that is in line with God’s heavenly ways. In short, we’ve all had some lessons to learn, which certainly aren’t easy and most definitely never quick. And that brings us to the other thing said in church.
#2 True or False: Life is a One-Shot Deal
In church, we’re often taught that people get a single shot at redemption. So at the end of a life, it’s either thumbs-up or all-the-way-down. Hell, we’re told, is Hotel California. But how could that possibly make sense, given we’re all such mixed bags of good and not-so-hot parts?
In truth, there are essentially two ways we can go, but we get lots and lots of do-overs to stick our landing in the Light. The road home, then, is a long one. This seems fair, since we didn’t arrive here through a single ill-advised maneuver but rather through a series of deliberate life-defying decisions to align with darkness and negativity. All our unshakable guilt, unbearable shame and stubborn denial of wrongdoing can be traced back to our original “sin” of making choices that go against the grain of God’s will.
And exactly what is God’s will? For starters, that we honor Christ, God’s firstborn, as our King.
In turning away from Christ we have dug very deep holes for ourselves and we won’t pole vault out of them in one go. That’s why we must return to this realm over and over again, each time with the intention of regaining a bit more of our inherent glory.
God is infinitely patient and Christ is on our side. This is the true good news.
The door has been opened for us and now it’s on us to do our personal work of healing so we can reunite with what’s on the other side—the lighter side.
We can all get there if we walk together.
Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #18 Free Will
Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #19 Jesus Christ
Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #20 God: The Creation
Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #21 The Fall
Read Original Pathwork® Lecture: #22 Salvation