If the translucent revolution prevails, can we expect to see churches and synagogues closing? Will Grace Cathedral be remodeled as the world’s largest Ikea (come to think of it, the Ikea outside Stockholm could contain several cathedrals), with millions of translucent people set free and wandering aimlessly on Sunday mornings, filled with an ecumenical devotion? Absolutely not. Many translucents love their roots, their traditions, and their rituals but see them as flavors of a universal religiousness. Any religious ceremony reminds you that you are whole, not broken, and there is a divine and beautiful world waiting to dance with you in this very moment. All that is asked of you is to shake off the shackles of dusty belief and lose yourself in celebration. Any kind of gathering in spirit, be it a church, a synagogue, a Twelve- Step meeting, or a silent meditation, is an antidote to the dense smog of Iago-based thinking that overshadows our world. Television, advertising, the speed of life, even our families and our work can seem to pull us away from ourselves.
In the Iago-driven model of religion, we need an intermediary between divinity and us. The priest represents the dictates of the church, the moral code that we must follow, and reminds us of the consequences of our actions in the life to come. The translucent minister or rabbi reminds us of the power of now. Translucent religion brings us back to ourselves, to our innate divinity, and indeed back to its original meaning: religare, “to tie back.” The translucent religious leader has a specific role: to facilitate an environment that can be a fertile soil to bring people back to themselves. Mary Manin Morrissey described her role:
I have a gift for speaking, and a gift of inspiration. I also have a gift of being able to see through the crust of our misconceptions about ourselves, so I don’t attach myself to people’s stories or their past experiences, but I help midwife their own understanding to a much truer sense of themselves that isn’t attached to or bound by or restricted by the experiences they’ve had or the stories they’ve been told about themselves. My role is to expand in the high remembrance of the whole being, which is in every person, to tell stories about that, to create services, music, and experience.
But ministry is not restricted to one person in a church that is alive with its original awakened core. Everyone becomes a minister for the mystery outside time to become embodied as love. That is not to say that everyone goes off to a seminary or rabbinical school, but that we each find our unique way to be a vehicle for the Big Love. Morrissey pointed out that in her church, one woman’s ministry was her motherhood and her passion to create a home, another’s was her business, and one man was a minister for the living truth through his photography. “He’s a wizard with light,” she told me. “That is when he is most alive and it’s his ministry.” When the leader of a religious gathering is willing to sit back in the saddle, to be a facilitator, almost a bystander, to the collective awakening, a spirit of democracy arises in religion that has often been dreamed of, but rarely realized.
At the Unity Church in Cincinnati, groups meet every night bringing people back into themselves from their complicated lives. On Saturdays alone, you can attend the Men’s circle, the Women of Wisdom circle, the Diamond Heart Work group, the Sacred Heart Circle. Each of these groups allows people to invoke the awakened teacher as a meeting rather than as a particular person. Eckhart Tolle’s book has reached more than two million people, and groups based on The Power of Now have popped up all over the world. The people who come together have read the same book, and they rely on their shared direct experience to be their teacher. The great benefit to gathering with other translucent people in this way is that the teacher emerges as the meeting itself. Anyone with a question, or needing support, can offer that to the circle and let the circle become the teacher. There is no guru in the room, spread evenly like hot butter. Rather, the body of the teacher is made up of everyone present and can only speak or move when all come together.
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