Article by Doug Esse
The following is from an online exchange with someone who was asking about Holy Communion and the Law of One.
I have a masters in Christian theology and have been a student of the Law of One for years now. I was raised in the Catholic tradition and even though my own belief system expands outside the bubble of that denomination, I still consider myself very catholic, since “catholic” means “whole, wholemaking, universal.” In other words, “catholic” is the Law of One (note, i didn’t say “Catholic” with a capital “C”).
I’m still very much in love with the rituals and sacraments, most especially the Eucharist (Holy Communion). Catholics believe that the bread and wine after consecration is the Body and Blood of Christ. I can get behind that, too. But what I don’t believe is that the bread and wine wasn’t the Logos before the consecration. As the Law of One material and other esoteric materials clearly state, all things are the Body of Infinite Creator and the Infinite Creator is all things and in all things (ref sessions 10.14 and 30.5). Even St. Paul said as much, “…Christ is all and in all” (Col 3:11).
But why the ritual? Well, from our 3rd density perspective, we often need props to help us grasp what is always and everywhere true. With the veil of forgetting in place, we lose sight of the truth that separation is an illusion and that we are all united and in union with creation and with the Infinite Creator. So, what is always and everywhere true, needs to be acknowledged and celebrated somewhere and at some time.
Rituals and sacraments can do this. Moreover, I also believe that material things can be impressed upon in magical ways as to create very real and powerful thoughtforms. Here in the worlds of the relative, magic can “concentrate” Intelligent Energy in a certain way.
So, circling back to Holy Communion, at least as I understand it from the Catholic perspective, I’ll state these:
1) The bread and wine are the Body of the Logos (as are all things);
2) Through magical means at consecration, the faith of the people, the priest, and two-thousand years of repetition, allow for the transubstantiation.
3) Eating the communion is an act of participation where we “become” what we eat. There is an organic and earthy union of the physical materials in the bread and wine with our physical bodies. We participate in communion (union) with the Infinite Creator and with each other on the spiritual, emotional, and physical levels.
4) *We participate in the one great pattern (sacrifice) of how the Creator experiences itself through creation: the eternal cycle of dying of self and rising into new, expanded life (metanoia).
5) And the only appropriate and most natural response to participating in the whole majestic unfolding of the Infinite Creator is a profound gratitude. And this is why Catholics call Communion the “Eucharist,” which means “thankfulness.”
* For a bit more nuance on point four, the Great Sacrifice is captured by Ra’s quotes late in the material:
93.24: “We may indicate that the crux ansata is a part of the concept complexes of the archetypical mind: the circle indicating the magic of the spirit; the cross indicating that nature of manifestation which may only be valued by the losing. Thus the crux ansata is intended to be seen as an image of the eternal in and through manifestation, and beyond manifestation, through the sacrifice and transformation of that which is manifest.”
94.26: “…The cross formed by the living limbs of the image signifies that which is the nature of mind/body/spirit complexes in manifestation within your illusion. There is no experience which is not purchased by effort of some kind—no act of service to self or others which does not bear a price to the entity manifesting, commensurate with its purity. All things in manifestation may be seen in one way or another to be offering themselves in order that transformations may take place upon the level appropriate to the action.”
In other words, there is a “cruciform shape” to all of reality.
–The pattern of dying and rising, death and resurrection is the Great Pattern–the Great Cross–upon which the Infinite Creator expresses Itself and experiences Itself through manifestation.
–This cruciform shape to reality is found in the natural world, in the metaphysical world, in the emotional world, and the spiritual world.
–This cruciform reality has been called different things in our human languages, including: The Hero’s Journey, Wheels of Karma, the Paschal Mystery, Transformation, Self-Emptying (Kenosis), “If a grain of wheat dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24), The Law of Three, Order-Disorder-Reorder.