“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED!”
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
by Ray Comeau
Here is a
poignant aside, underlining the profound significance of
replacing once and for all the cross, the 2000 year old
symbol of Jesus suffering for our sins, with the empty tomb.
Carlos Castaneda, one of the seminal writers exploring
shifts in consciousness in the 1960’s, published his first
book in 1968, The Teachings of Don Juan, describing
his apprenticeship to an Indian Shaman in the deserts of New
Mexico, and his induction into “the Yaqui way of knowledge.”
“died” of cancer on April 28, 1998, at the age of 72.
months later, August 21, 1998, he appeared to a journalist,
This is a
description of their first meeting.
drops of rain fall. They bounce off his head, and give an
extra sheen to the silver hair with its curls drawn back
across his scalp. I stop on my walk—not because he looks at
me, because he doesn’t. He has never seen me before, yet he
yells my name out loud against the thunderclaps as he looks
up at the naked body of the crucified Christ.
It’s a cry
for help. I do nothing but remain where I am as the rain
and look at this!”
I step up
to his side, and we both raise our heads toward the face of
what’s wrong about this, and what’s right.”
“Is this a
riddle?” I ask.
riddle is why I am asking you, and not telling you.”
wrong that Jesus was killed?” I suggest.
a simple mind. Maybe that’s a virtue in you. Can you
absorb all that I am going to tell you? We’ll see. First I
will tell you what is wrong about this statue. It is
pathetic that this crucifix is here. People paid good money
to have this piece of wood carved, painted, and erected.
What purpose does it serve? Every time they come and go
along this road, they are faced with death. Christ is not
about dying. He is about eternal life. Not death, but
resurrection. If people want a symbol by the side of the
road, then let them build an empty tomb. At least such a
structure could shelter passersby from the rain. Come on,
Martin. We will go to your home and get dry.” Martin
Goodman, I Was Carlos Castaneda: The Afterlife
Dialogues, 2001, pp. 1-2
He is risen. He is risen.
And now we
come to forgiveness. When the Roman soldiers begin driving
the stake into his feet, Jesus cries out, “Father, forgive
them for they know not what they do!” What they are doing
in form is a dream, an illusion. They are unaware of being
God’s Sons, crucifying God’s Son.
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought
your brother did to you has not occurred.
It does not pardon sins and make them real.
It sees there was no sin. And in that view
are all your sins forgiven. What is sin,
except a false idea about God's Son?
Forgiveness merely sees its falsity,
and therefore lets it go. What then is free
to take its place is now the Will of God.
Do nothing, then, and let forgiveness show
you what to do, through Him Who is your Guide,
your Savior and Protector, strong in hope,
and certain of your ultimate success.
He has forgiven you already, for
such is His function, given Him by God.
Now must you share His function, and forgive
whom He has saved, whose sinlessness He sees,
and whom He honors as the Son of God.
W-p11.1. What is
Father, that we walk out of the movie with the last 80
seconds freshly in mind, walking into the light of the lobby
out of the darkness of the theatre. We are certain, as it
is written, that Jesus appeared subsequently in his
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not
ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the
place where the Lord lay.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met
them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the
feet, and worshipped him.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a
mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is
given unto me in heaven and in earth.
And he is present with us today in
resurrected mind as he promised.
rushed to meet you since you called upon it. If you knew
Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear
would be impossible. You do not know because the journey
into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have gone
deep into it. A little flicker of your eyelids, closed so
long, has not yet been sufficient to give you confidence in
yourself, so long despised. You go toward love still hating
it, and terribly afraid of its judgment upon you. And you
do not realize that you are not afraid of love, but only of
what you have made of it. You are advancing to love's
meaning, and away from all illusions in which you have
surrounded it. When you retreat to the illusion your fear
increases, for there is little doubt that what you think it
means is fearful. Yet what is that to us who travel
surely and very swiftly away from fear?
Not long ago,
from October, 1965 to September, 1972 Jesus came into the
mind of Helen Schucman as a voice, dictating his unworldly
masterpiece, A Course in Miracles. It began the
evening of October 21. She heard Jesus say to her, “This is
a course in miracles, please take notes.”
Ken Wapnick, ABSENCE FROM
FELICITY: The Story of Helen Schucman and Her Scribing
of A Course in Miracles, 1991, p. 199
Pick up A
Course in Miracles and open it anywhere and begin
reading. You are listening to the voice of the resurrected
helps you, think of me holding your hand and leading you.
And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy.
Raymond H. Comeau, Ph.D.
God, Endeavor Academy