34_Christianity - Third Eye

The third eye aligns with the wisdom teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, who is believed to have lived in the land of Galilee (1-34 CE, modern day Palestine and Israel). Jesus was born into a Jewish family during a time of Roman rule. Around the age of thirty, Jesus began teaching that the“Kingdom”was within everyone. This was contrary to Jewish belief and Roman law. He taught Jews, Gentiles (half-Jews) and Samaritans (non-Jews) to know and believe that the divine was within them.

He freely shared his insights regarding non-judgment, humility, compassion and forgiveness with everyone. He felt that money, greed and power had blinded people from knowing their truth.

Most people saw Jesus as a teacher, Rabbi or rebel. Others called him the “King of the Jews”. When Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the annual Jewish Passover Festival he was arrested and brought before the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate who asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  When Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world” Pilate had him crucified for challenging Roman authority.

After his death some saw Jesus as the Messiah or Christ. Christ is Greek for Christos, meaning “the anointed one”. Most Jewish leaders felt that Jesus hadn’t fulfilled the messianic prophecy of reclaiming Jerusalem.

In 110 CE, Father Ignatius used the term “Katholikos”, an Aristotelian word meaning: “throughout the whole, of the four winds”, to describe his followers. Romans persecuted both Christians and Jews until 313 CE. The Roman Emperor Constantine gathered the First Council of Nicaea in Turkey, in 325 CE, to define who Jesus was. They officially named him Christ, Son of God thus creating Christian doctrine.

Some followers of Jesus were Gnostics (knowers) who felt he encouraged people to seek the spiritual knowledge already within them. Our third eye reminds us to trust in ourselves as we seek the divine wisdom that lives within each of us.

Message: Look within for the answers we seek. Trust that our inner knowing will guide us through these difficult times. If we are feeling pulled in two directions, this is a time to practice seeing with our heart and listening to our soul for guidance.

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” – Jesus – Mathew 6:22

The cross is often used the symbol of Christianity as a reminder to Christians of the resurrection of Jesus after being crucified. This cross is in a vesica piscis to symbolize Jesus as human and divine, born from the womb of his mother. Jesus is often referred to as a fisher of men.  The Vesica Piscis is a symbol for birthing a new way of seeing.

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