“The new pattern of life is the ability to resurrect in form. The ability to resurrect in life. The ability to resurrect now.
“Thus is the glory that is yours returned to you in life rather than in death.
“The male provided the manifestation or the effect of the cause created by the female in the virgin birth. My mother, Mary, was responsible for the incarnation of Christ in me as I am responsible for the incarnation of Christ in you.” (ACOL, T1:8.14 – 8.16)
Here Jesus is expanding upon what he has touched on in earlier passages I have selected. He says “virgin birth” easily, and this makes us wonder. Can—should—we really believe this? Later on, he refers to the “myth to end all myths” in regard to Mary. So was there much about Mary that was myth?
We can’t tell. Edgar Cayce, seer of the last century, who accessed the Akashic records, said that not only was Jesus born of a virgin, but that Mary was also. Jesus’s roundabout way of speaking of the virgin birth may be his belief that he needs to attract all of us—not falling in line with an interpretation that just appeals to a few. He felt the same way about reincarnation, not wanting those of us who study A Course in Miracles to take a stand, that the ego would be enough for us to contend with, that we didn’t need controversy.
I agree with Jesus on this point. It is enough that he doesn’t close the door on either concept—truth or myth about the virgin birth. Our interpretations, our analyses, our theology, often only divide us from each other, and this we don’t need. It is enough to know that we are resurrected as Jesus was resurrected, and, as he also says about Mary, for us it is in form. This is the elevated Self of form, about which he speaks often and much.
We will stay in life, resurrected, as did Mary (according to Jesus in ACOL). We do not have to die to be resurrected. This is the new revelation, the new thought that Jesus is giving us now. We will be united with our Self, but remain in form, and this physicality will not deter us in any way. We will be home free. Christ-consciousness will have happened for us, and for most of us, it will happen quietly. We don’t have to fear that we will be hurled precipitously into reality. Our reality will dawn in quiet and in peace.
And we will ask for little more.
Thank You for the gentleness with which Jesus approaches Mary. He is trying to keep all of us in his corner, not appealing to a few, to turn off a few others. We don’t need controversy, do we?
Be with me as I seek to live perfectly calm and quiet nearly all the time. I won’t say “always,” because “always” is probably more than I can muster. I am human, of course, with human frailties, and to set up goals can involve difficulties. I would be mellow in my days, have a zen-like attitude. I am convinced that this is the best way to live.
Help me to live in a peaceable way, keeping friends of long-standing, keeping significant others close to my heart. I thank You for the comfort that You bring to me in the day, and in the night, also. I sleep soundly, knowing that You are deep within me, giving me a serene sleep.
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Thanks for this post. I really appreciate how Jesus points us toward relinquishing our focus on form, which is entirely illusory (“Whether you believe the virgin birth was reality or myth matters not as myth and reality have no concrete distinction in the illusion within which you live”). Over and over again he invites us to rise above the realm of form and find the truth of being, which is Spirit. He speaks of the word “virgin” not in terms of a state involving form (having engaged in the physical act of sexual intercourse), but as a state of being, one that is “unaltered by separation, a state in which what is begotten is begotten through union with God”.
With this in mind the conventional notion of the virgin birth—so central to the Christian theme that wars are fought on its behalf—becomes irrelevant. Form is seen for what it is: dreamstuff; and the recognition of Self becomes known.