I search to find the true me. I am not my body. My body helps me accomplish many tasks. I am not my mind. My mind helps me plan my actions. I am not my thoughts and emotions. They help me express myself to this world.
Who am I? I am a divine being who allows God to express through me. God is within me. God is within all of us. Some of us know this. Some of us do not. Some ignore it. Some deny it.
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James Marion reminds us, “All we need to do to be saved is to consciously realize who we have been all along. We need to realize our divinity, own it, take up the responsibility of it and live it.”
Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind- A New Perspective on Christ and His Message mentions the central challenge that Christianity ought to handle. Allow me to share it below.
“Jim Marion’s book returns us to the central challenge Christianity ought to be handing us. Indeed, how do we put on the mind of Christ? How do we see through his eyes? How do we feel through his heart? How do we learn to respond to the world with that same wholeness and healing love? That’s what Christian orthodoxy really is all about. It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice.”
We are divine beings with a little “d” who see through Christ’s eyes when we put on the mind of Christ.
 James Marion, Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality (Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.: 2011), 226.
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