Crown of Thorns, Crown of Glory | eBOOK
How our Consciousness is Transformed
by Robert John
This collection of addresses is from the 2007 Holy Week as it was celebrated with the Rosa Veritas community in Melbourne. They focus on the “crown” with which Jesus Christ was hailed as King. It seems to be a Crown of Thorns, but later it is revealed to be a Crown of Glory.
ICA Press, 2007
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The Holy Week as it is celebrated by Rosa Veritas includes some beautiful rituals and contemplations:
The Palm Sunday Cosmic Mass held on Palm Sunday morning commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and into the fulfilling of his purpose.
The Office of the Tenebrae is a sung office held on Palm Sunday night. It incorporates Bible Readings, reflective music and the extinguishing of candles. It pre-figures the events of the Holy Week to come.
The Holy Week Meditations are held on the evening of the days of Holy Week. Together, using different means, we contemplate some of the events of this week and take them into ourselves.
The Meditation on the Fourteen Stations of the Cross is held on Maundy Thursday. It is a metaphysical journey with the Christ as he walks from the Praetorium to the top of Mount Calvary.
The Good Friday Agape held on Good Friday morning is a ritual meal and both a commemoration and a celebration of the sorrowful and yet freemaking events of this day.
The Blessing of the Oils is a gathering of the ordained priests to bless the oil which will be used in the ministry of healing and freemaking in the coming year.
The Veneration of the Light, held late on Easter Saturday evening, prepares the altar and our hearts and minds for the dawning of the true light.
The Easter Sunday Meritus Mass celebrates the rising of Christ.
The crown is worn around the head. These addresses speak about a change in consciousness and point of view:
We tend to interpret the workings of spirit wrongly. We say that spirit has to act so we can become more comfortable, more prosperous, more free. We are prone to reduce the workings of spirit to a mundane material level.
And therefore we mistake the crown of glory for the crown of thorns.
The crown symbolises the dedicating of our thinking and consciousness to a particular purpose. Being crowned speaks of how we choose to surround, encircle or enfold our consciousness and the power and authority this bestows and establishes within our being.
The crown of thorns is about our willingness to embrace the purpose of our incarnation, that which we have destined for ourselves in the spiritual worlds.
The crown of glory is about what is recognised in us, and what is able to flow out from us; what is expressed and manifest through our beingness when our consciousness is illuminated by Christ’s presence. It’s about the radiance of our being as we stand and act in the authority of our I AMness.
The addresses in this collection were presented at some of these services. They include:
The more we accept the crown of thorns – the more we are transformed – the more our I AM is able to work within us – the more the glorious light of Christ shines from within our consciousness and being.
Embrace your purpose. Choose to work with, rather than resist, the transforming experiences in your life. Recognise and celebrate the I AM’s quiet yet powerful authority and allow it to have rulership of your being.
May we, as St Paul encourages, have the mind of Christ within us. May we be willing to humble ourselves; to be obedient, even to death on a cross. Then, like Christ, the I AM within us can be exalted, receiving the crown of the fullness of life, the crown of glory.
Easter, Golgotha, Mystical, Metaphysical, Devotional.