Did you ever read Joseph Campbells Hero with a Thousand Faces? This topic is a take off on that vision of Campbells that the Hero’s journey is our journey, and it has a formula that myths and action movies all follow; the recipe for awakening and integration of a fragmented life. So I connect the Eucharist with this vision and see the Eucharist as a formula for making the fragmented whole, to transmuting death into life…Once you see a formula that integrates everything, you cannot not see it. Once your live becomes whole, you cannot see the formula that performed this magic.
The Eucharist is a Creative Act that takes what is given, the fragmented world you live in and magical transmutes those fragments into a new whole that transcends the broken pieces for which it was made. You can’t understand this if your mind is literal, if you can’t see the transcendent in the forms or appearances of the world. The transcendent is a unifying idea or formula or law that unifies and makes the discordant pieces whole. AHAH! Eureka! I See it!
Because our minds are attached to form or material as being real and substantial, we can’t make form transparent to the transcendent or whole that unifies the parts. We can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. So if you think I’m being sacrilegious by saying the holy Eucharist has a thousand faces, you are attached to its formal meaning which is the Mass. It’s locked into that meaning. But the Eucharist, while it is a sacred religious ritual, is also a metaphor that points to a greater universal meaning that can be found in your everyday life and mind. As long as the Eucharist is an objective ritual or ceremony that takes place in church, you can’t apply the Eucharist to your everyday world.
When you get a recipe for a great meal, you can use that recipe in your everyday world. You can recreate the meal. But if only the cook (or priest) can use the recipe, then you have to go to his restaurant to eat the meal. Which is OK….but you can’t cook the meal yourself. You need the Cook and the restaurant to eat the meal that heals you.
You see what I mean. When religion won’t release the recipe for salvation or Unity Consciousness, then you depend upon the Cook for the meal. What Campbell did, and what I try to do in my talks, is give you the recipe so you can cook your own Salvation or end your suffering in time where you depend upon others and things for satisfaction. When you know how to cook, you don’t need other cooks. The Church doesn’t want you to cook your own meals. Society doesn’t want you to be free from dependence upon it in the same way the Church does. Religious or secular, we are dependent upon the Church and the Corporation for our salvation. The next communions will do it; The next best product will do it. Salvation is always tomorrow.
We run like a hamster on a wheel because we don’t have the recipe for liberation. We may think we have the recipe, but we still let other cook for us. You have to do the recipe yourself, and there are no instructions, no path, nothing prepared for you.