Being born again is not some pious religious thing. It’s becoming you in your full potential. All who would be themselves in spirit and in truth must come by way of the cross to their new birth - or not and remain their lesser self in Adam. The ‘realisation of the self’ occurs when we are willing to see.
FONDLING THE ELEPHANT
It’s amazing how we fail to see the elephant in the room – the amiable baulk of great size that sits on us, blinds our eyes and deflates our being. Not that we know. We have created for ourselves a bubble that protects us from the living reality that could be ours – if we were willing to be born again. Which at the moment we are not. We prefer the womb of what we know, what we have been told and the identity we have. And because we do trust those we should not have trusted, we have made a convoluted theology to support who we think we are; who we misconstrue ourselves to be in this ‘other gospel’ in which we were socialised and are now contained. But if we are willing to lose all, to become nothing at the cross in order to gain everything, we can become a new being. We can enter a new status of perpetual development as a son/daughter of God.
We see the Kingdom of God when born again because we have become kings.
The conscious or unconscious bending of reality to suit preconceived notions – a spiritual flat earthism - is a blindness that arises from the desperate clutching of our religious security blanket; our need to nestle in the imperfect comfort of an identity passed onto us and which we have been complicit in sustaining. But our dilemma is, whether we know it or not, that rather than soaring into the heavens, we remain an eagle in an egg that has never hatched.
PROTECTING THE FALSE SELF
Jesus urged that we must lose who we are in order to gain who we can be. Richard Rohr observes, “We usually see everything through our own egocentric agenda. Our preoccupation is “How will this inconvenience me?” or “How will it make me feel?” That doesn’t get us very far. We then twist reality so we can feel good (1) … Our fear is in the service of all the little ways we have learned to protect our false self.” (2) (1 John 4:18).
Our false self is our non-born again self, our self inside our self, our self in Adam and in the lesser identity that we have chosen as a covering and a garment to clothe our nakedness.
‘You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked’ Rev 3.17 NIV.
(1) Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (p. 98). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.
(2) Ibid (pp. 98-99).