This is a TVO Big Ideas Lecture from 2012, presented at INPM’s Conference on Personal Meaning. It discusses the idea of redemption in Christianity from a psychological perspective, comparing in part to ideas of transformation in psychotherapy.
“As human beings, we are always either growing into or away from our true nature.”
“A bodhisattva is the Buddhist mythic representation of this experience of redemption, of the redeeming presence.”
“To be a bodhisattva is the aim of all this.”
“The work of redemption continues in human beings. That’s what people are looking for in myriad ways, they are looking for wholeness.”
“The greatest bodhisattvas have no consciousness of being bodhisattvas. They don’t see themselves as bodhisattvas at all.”
“Our own realization—whatever it may be and to whatever degree it may be—is a great gift and a grace, and if it’s seen in its truest light, it’s also a recognition of a kind of responsibility. Somehow I need to pick this up and in my limited, fragile, imperfect, human way, embody the grace that’s been shown to me.”
“We are always in a state of becoming. Becoming isn’t a search for completeness if you’ve already found the completeness that is always there. The becoming is the capacity to always embody that completeness more clearly, more compassionately, more wisely, more fully, and without end.
“The people that really live in a deep state of realization are resting in the always and already state of completeness and are always becoming—and they are not clutching to either one.”
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She took the fire as she was leaving
No forgiveness and no confession
Now I’m sifting through the cold grey ashes
Looking for peace in my redemption
She was my secret and I was a sinner
Had to whisper our confession
Went to the well and looked in the mirror
Raised a glass to my redemption
How long till I drink from the fountain
How long till the top of mountain
How long, how long, am I gone
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the highest good as we understood it.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to Spirit, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have Highest Good remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with The Highest Good as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.