The ideal world goal would be salvation for all, wouldn’t you think? Salvation would mean that we’re all saved. Which would mean that we’re all in a state of peace and love. At least that’s what I think it means.
Growing up Christian I was taught that I needed to make Jesus Christ my own personal saviour or else I wasn’t going to go to heaven. And I learned that salvation was only possible because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and all that. We sang songs about salvation and were very proud of ourselves for having heard about our man, Jesus, because otherwise we would’ve been lost lambs on our way to the slaughter.
Of course as I grew into my teenage years having this father figure of whom I needed to obey in order to get my reward was the perfect paradigm to rebel against. Eventually, I simply threw it all away as anything real or necessary. And frankly, I deemed it all a bit naïve and arrogant to assume that Christians had the right idea and everyone else was misguided. In fact, it became very clear that Christianity was probably one of the most misguided religions in the world.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and I pray to God regularly, I am delighted that Jesus showed up on Earth 2000 years ago, and I embrace a lot of the characteristics of Christianity that are at the core of the religion, like loving kindness. I don’t go to church and I don’t want to. I believe in no-religion and embrace peace and love and joy for all human beings – even the sinners. I guess this is also what the Christians say but you just don’t see them acting on it much. Then again, you probably won’t see me acting on it either because I am private about my spirituality and motivations for loving kindness.
What are my motivations? Salvation for all. It’s true. Talk about arrogance though, right? I think that’s why I feel it’s important for me to be writing all this anonymously. I don’t want my ego to get in the way of what I feel is my true path. I believe, through my own inner knowing and from what I’ve come to learn from other spiritual teachers, that by seeking higher consciousness for myself I will be contributing to elevating the consciousness of everyone. Thus, my own loving kindness, my non-judgment, my path to enlightenment, will be a catalyst for the salvation for every human being on earth.
Maybe that sounds strange. When I see it written out it looks similar to what a power seeking leader would say to influence the actions of a large group of people: “Follow me and you will be saved!” But, that’s not what I’m saying. And I’m not saying that “only” my enlightenment will save the world. And I’m not even saying that I will become enlightened in this lifetime. It could take a couple more centuries for all I know. But, the simple fact that I, a North American middle-class starving-artist white lesbian from a christian background, am on a path that unites me with Source means that many many others like me and unlike me at all are also on the same path. And the more of us that are on this path then the more of them will also be on this path. And eventually us and them will be one. That is salvation for all.
My lesson today in A Course in Miracles is, “Salvation for the world depends on me.” It’s a beautiful little phrase. When taken in the appropriate context, that being from the perspective of the spiritual seeker, it has so many beautiful layers of hope and expectation for love and peace. Imagine every single person in the world reading that phrase and taking in its truth. Imagine if today everyone in the world contemplated that thought. If everyone knew that phrase then it would literally be true wouldn’t it? The salvation of the world does depend on me, and it depends on you and it depends on every conscious being alive on earth. But, what can one person do? One person can put a thought into the world and invite others to hold that thought as well. If I withdraw my contribution of thinking this thought, then I am stopping the flow of salvation. I am withdrawing the power of the thoughts that we think and withholding salvation from the world. Salvation for the world depends on me. I will be contemplating that all day long today. Join me if you so desire.