The Tao of Christ is a podcast which explores the mystical roots of Christianity, which Jesus called the Kingdom of God, which church historian Evelyn Underhill called the Unitive Life, which Richard Rohr calls the Universal Christ, and which I refer to as Christian nonduality, unitive awareness, or union with God. This is the Tao of Christ.
Many Christians talk about having a relationship with God. Evangelicals in particular speak of the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They say this begins when one “receives Jesus into your heart” or “accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior.” This relationship is thought to continue after death in heaven, where one will have a relationship with God and Christ forever.
Evangelicals frequently distinguish themse...
This episode comes out of some responses I received to a recent episode entitled, “What does nondual awareness feel like?” I realized that some people confuse nondual awareness and consciousness. They mistake what Jesus called the Kingdom of God - and what others call spiritual awakening or enlightenment - for a state of consciousness. I want to address this subject in this episode. I am going to explore the difference between cons...
This episode is on the Tower of Babel. It is the last of a series that I have been doing on interpreting the Book of Genesis from a nondual perspective.
I am returning to the Book of Genesis and interpreting it from the perspective of nonduality. Today I am going to look at the well-known story of Noah and the Flood.
What is nondual awareness like? What does it feel like? That is the question that I have been asked several times recently. This episode is an attempt to answer that question.
In this episode I talk about nonviolence as an expression of nonduality. I explore the origin of violence by looking at the biblical story of Cain murdering his brother Abel. I see the solution to violence – including gun violence - in nondual awareness.
In this episode I explore the second part of the the third chapter of Genesis and interpret it from a nondual perspective. I look the banishment of Adam and Eve to the land east of Eden. They were banished from the Garden of Nonduality to live in the Wilderness of Duality. The characteristics of this banishment can be summed up in two words: separation and suffering.
In this episode I look at one of the most famous passages of scripture and interpret it from a nondual perspective. It is the story in Genesis chapter 3 that is normally referred to as the Fall. The story takes place in the Garden of Eden. The characters are Adam and Eve, the serpent, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life.
In this episode I explore the myth in Genesis 2 about the creation of man and woman from the androgynous figure of Adam. This ancient teaching, which is found in various spiritual traditions including early Judaism, taught that the original human was non-binary. The original condition of humankind was nondual. This primal androgyne is split in half, and two separate beings are created – a man and a woman. I explore what this has t...
In this episode I look at the second creation story in the Bible from a nondual perspective, interpreting the human soul as the World Soul.
In this episode look at some famous verses in the first chapter of Genesis about the creation of human beings and talk about what it means to be made in the image of God from a nondual perspective.
There has been something I have been meaning to talk about for a while. I am going to go through the early chapters of the Book of Genesis and show how they are expressions nonduality. This episode focuses on the first creation account in Genesis 1.
In this episode I give a Christian nondual interpretation of the words of the apostle Paul in his Letter to the Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation with prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
The most frequent inquiry I receive from listeners is various forms of the question: “How do I wake up?” I reply to each inquiry individually, but I thought it would be good to do an episode addressing the topic
This episode is an exploration of Psalm 46:10, interpreted as an expression of Christian nonduality. “Be still and know that I am God!”
In this episode I talk about the Apostle Paul and how he and his teachings fit into Christian Nonduality. I explore this Damascus Road experience of Christ and his later experience of nonduality. I show how and why there are both dualistic and nondualistic elements in his writings.
I got an email a while ago from a listener who asked about integrating unitive awareness into everyday life. Let me read you part of what he wrote:
“The act of remembering to let go and live out of one's True Self seems to be part of integrating unitive awareness into everyday life. But could you speak about your process of integration? Is it more or less a process of remembering - to be more aware of when one experiences separa...
In this episode I talk about the value of reading the scriptures of faiths other than our own. I also explore the concepts of the inspiration and authority of scripture from a nondual perspective.
Recently I have been reading a chapter from the Indian spiritual classic the Bhagavad Gita as part of my daily devotions. As a Christian with a nondual approach, it is natural to me to read from scriptures of other religions that also connect with nonduality. In this episode I share insights about Christian nonduality from reading the Bhagavad Gita.
I deal with three overarching themes that make up the framework of the Gita. Each o...
The children’s nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty is a good metaphor for how the illusion of the self is shattered and one wakes up to nondual awareness. One might call it the parable of Humpty Dumpty. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.” That in a nutshell – or more accurately an eggshell - is the story of spiritua...
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