Is there a way to understand Jesus’ Passion on the cross as indeed a sacrifice but not as an atonement? Atonement Theology, which necessitates and angry, wrathful God who demands payment for sins, has been a central interpretation of mainstream Christianity for most of its 2000 year history. Is it wrong? In more modern, progressive circles, Jesus’ death was an inevitable consequence of what happens when a nondual Master teacher fully engages a highly dualistic society and shines a light on its shadow. The light burns and must be put out or the fire becomes uncontrollable; that is the fear. Was Jesus’ death just an accident in history? Another good man put to death too soon, too young? How can we understand that both of the above interpretations may be true?
Substituted love may be at the very heart of the Jesus Passion narrative and one of the great Christian contributions to global spiritual understanding, yet it has been largely missed or misconstrued because it takes a more non-dual mindset to get it. Perhaps we are ready now; and if we are not, we will need this kind of mindset soon. So let’s jump in and find the water…. very nice, indeed.
To begin to understand substituted love, we should ingest the idea that Jesus died not to change the mind of God about humanity (as in Atonement Theology) but to change the humanity’s mind about God. To understand substituted love, we will need to be comfortable in occupying both this world and the imaginal realm, or astral world, at the same time. Both exist simultaneously anyways but for much of human history, we have either tried to escape this world (ie never allow ourselves to be fully incarnate here in this earth and thus concentrate on the afterworld or the heavens or proving the divinity of Jesus) or we have felt squeamish about the world beyond our five senses and just concentrated on the present space/time. Substituted love requires us to inhabit both space/time and time/space and see with larger eyes that not only see what is reflected by light in this world but also pick up the energies and noetical causal realities that are at the origin of things that we pick up with our five senses. The access to time/space is the heart which as Cynthia Bourgeault points out, is the actual seat of the nous. The heart field of knowing is the centerpoint of the x axis of time/space and y axis of space/time and one can learn how to navigate both simultaneously via intuition, active imagination, and inner seeing.
With this in mind, let us look at substituted love. The way I would understand it (not an expert!) is that substituted love is an act of self-gift wherein one voluntarily (of free will) lessens the karmic burden of another. What if Jesus’ death was an act of “romantic” love in that he was so in love with humanity (and thus became the perfect, most pure vessel for Christ Consciousness) that he voluntarily entered the karmic energy field that had built up throughout history and relieved it of its pressure. He created a sinkhole in the bloated astral fields of chaotic lower frequency that make up karma and followed the sinkhole all the way down to the very depths of the hell realms. By voluntarily facing the energies of hatred and fear and even STS negative polarization he revealed the sheer might and power of powerlessness and thusly and ironically robbed the very center of the opposing energetic force. How? He did not take the bait of the tit for tat worldview that was the only worldview at his time. He then completely embodied the archetype of the scapegoat and acted as a sponge to withdraw the karmic negativity from our planet, thus setting the ground work for the Harvest to the 4th Density that would happen more than 2000 years later.
God as Creator is not wrathful or spiteful or demands that His Son die a bloody death as a sacrifice to appease His just anger upon sinful and lowly humanity. This would be the shadow side of Atonement Theology and a storyline that I have no doubt is pushed by the negatives. Instead, what if we could understand that while the Creator is not wrathful, there did indeed exist a karmic buildup caused by humanity. Earth is populated by souls who have incurred a lot of karma throughout the eons. Ra says that those entities of Maldek destroyed its own planet and slowly incarnated here in various forms on the inner planes of Earth as well as Bigfoot bodies. The human population is made up of a third who are “native” having evolved from the ape 2nd Density bodies. A third are from Mars who Ra states came here after having destroyed their own atmosphere in a global war; and a third are from other planets who transitioned to 4D positive and 4D negative but these souls did not “make the cut” and needed more time to evolve or choose polarities. In other words, Earth is a huge school for mostly mixed souls with confused polarizations. Thus, as Ra also reports, most of the souls on Earth (at least in 1980’s) were still largely unpolarized and not ready to harvest to the 4th Density. Nevertheless, the possibility of harvest on a global scale was actually made possible, I would argue, by Christ’s death on the cross and the subsequent releasing of the Holy Spirit which descends and ignites the 4th chakra of each person provided they want that energy. This kind of complete democratization of the Holy Spirit was not metaphysically possible until Pentecost.
When Jesus accepted death in the way that he did, his act of complete and total kenosis to the will of the Creator completed the circle of this Trinitarian flow of love and created a cosmic splice where space/time and time/space intersected. Imagine that around Earth at that time there existed an astral field of karma that was increasingly building up with no end in sight. Perhaps “karma” is not the right word because I would see Karma as the “process” of allowing wrongs to be readdressed. In this field located in the lower astral planes where all “wrongs” (ie “sins”) which have their own thoughtform energies coalesced and were being used for food by the negatives (loosh). There needed to be a way to unblock this dam or to put it more contemporary words, we needed a “reset” button in order to stop a never ending closed circuit of negativity which was just building in intensity. The way to “reset” this kind of circuit is to “cut into it” and then transform the energies rather than transmit them. Jesus stood accused for the worst kinds of wrongdoings by the powers that be and he refused to buy into the debates. He took the negative energy thrown at him and transformed it with his death. By fully opening his heart chakra to the purist extent possible, Christ Consciousness of the Logos channeled into 3D space/time and enlarged Jesus’ own heart chakra to encompass the entire world. It was as if the heart field or nous of Jesus, which had stimulated those who knew him, suddenly expanded and swallowed the world in grace and love.
Jesus’ act of substituted love did allow for planetary karmic reduction and provided humanity with a model to imitate with individual acts of substituted love. We participate in the archetype that Jesus became , which we call the Christ, when we allow our own heart frequencies to open and match the frequencies of the metaheart of Jesus which pulses all around us. What ignites our heart to burn from a small smolder to the flame of love that existed in the heart of Jesus is the Holy Spirit. In this way, Jesus’ death did not change the mind of God about us because the Logos is and always has been “for” us. But our own decisions within the freedom of freewill began to punish us (we are punished BY our sins not For our sins) and weigh us down into karmic debts that could not be “paid off” by ourselves. The Christian life is one that not only allows us to evolve as individuals towards unity (such as some of the Eastern religions would teach) but to voluntarily take on some of the burdens of others so that they too can evolve more easily. Its a communal effort. And what was at the very center of Jesus’ message through his life, death, and descent into the hell realms? Forgiveness.
The natural result of the path of substituted love is the conscious ability to forgive on multiple levels. Forgiving means to detach from expectations and it is like removing rocks in a stream so that the flow of the Triune God can run its course most effectively. In other words, and I conclude here, the Creator as Absolute loves itself fully and offers itself as total self-gift to the Creator as Relativity. In order for Creator as Relative Beingness to love itself as fully and then to offer itself back to the Creator as Absolute Beingness, it must have a clean and clear, streamlined vent in which to thrust forth the ecstatic flow of love. Relativity can only do this when there are no impediments to the flow. And the only way to remove impediments is to forgive. Thus the circle dance of the Trinity is reestablished on a micro and macro scale. Thus are we saved.