In the Netherlands there is a discussion going on about the position of Christian feasts. At the same time there are discussions about the values of our Western Culture and how to explain them to newcomers. These two are not separable, the fundamental values of our Western Culture are based on myths and legends,: on Jewish and Christian stories, and on the myths and legends that predate them.
Myths and legends are metaphors that explain important patterns in the lives of individuals and cycles in social communities. Degrading these patterns as the sole property of just one religion or sects is throwing away the baby with the bathwater. But few people understand these fundamental legends; they need to be explained.
Let me give an actual example; today it is Good Friday. Years ago I faced some extremely difficult personal circumstances. In order to sort things out, I talked to one of the wisest people I ever met. After having explained the situation I was in, I asked him what was his opinion about my situation. He answered; ‘You are at Gethsemane my dear!”
‘Ohh, that sounds so not-cool. Does this mean that I am about to be hanged?’
‘Not only that. You will need to answer every question to yourself about how you got yourself in this position. Before they hang you, they will deny you, betray you, and condemn you. People will try to stand up for you, but they will not be courageous enough to pull through.’
From this man and from these events I learned that Gethsemane is a place in your personal life. The stories of the Mysteries are not about Jesus Christ or some other guy from the past. They are about me and you!
Today it is Good Friday. At twelve o’clock at noon the Crucifixion will take place on the mythical levels. In the Otherworld there will be a solar eclipse that will ‘reveal all the Secrets of the Universe’. The Mysteries of the Sun-at-Midnight will become visible for everyone ‘who has ears to hear’. And I will commemorate those events that took place years ago, where my ‘crucifixion’ took place. Where I needed to enter into the deepest realms of the Inner Worlds in order to find the Light that was captured there, and bring it back into the World.
The Legends of the Western World hold an inner wisdom that is not surpassed by any modern psychological explanation. They need to be recognized and explained, to become internalized wisdom. Only then we can explain the values of our culture to newcomers and safeguard the building blocks of our civilization.
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