With Easter right around the corner, there are millions of people around the world who will be celebrating their belief that Jesus died to save them and to save mankind. To save their souls. And what’s wrong with that? Nothing, if it works for you. The institution of religion has done a great job teaching and indoctrinating millions that if you follow certain interpretations of teachings and follow the rules, and as someone I used to know put it, if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you’re all set and will go to heaven when you die. You won’t go to hell. As simple as that.
Where in the world did we ever get these ideas in the first place?
Well, much like so many other things that eventually become institutionalized, what once began as teachings brought here to help us live better lives, became corrupted by mankind’s human condition. I can’t speak directly to the historical events that shaped what today’s religions look like because I’m not well versed in history and especially not well versed in religious history and all of the changes made to religious texts over hundreds of years. But what I’m well versed in is the human condition. Very well versed through my own inner exploration and experiences.
Why do we even need to be saved? Where does this concept or belief come from in the first place?
I saw the germination of this belief during a hypnotic healing session, and understanding how it was created taught me we all have similar experiences, creating a similarly resonant belief. It’s part of the human condition, created when we’re very young.
When I was a little girl, I sometimes went to bed dreaming of being saved by a knight on a white horse riding in and carrying me away. I remember nights lying in bed, wanting nothing more than to be saved. Yet as an adult, I couldn’t remember why. I couldn’t remember what I wanted to be saved from, until I began using hypnotic regression as a healing tool.
I’d actually forgotten about these yearning desires I had as a young girl until I unexpectedly reconnected with her in the middle of a healing session.
As my hypnotherapist guided me, I was able to see through the eyes of my inner child and then help her see another perspective through my wise adult eyes.
Connecting with my inner child, I saw and felt the little girl in me. She was miserable, living with people who sometimes treated her very badly. Living with a mentally ill mother who attacked her when she acted independently and willfully. She was stuck in a moment in time that kept looping over and over. Still waiting for a knight on a white horse to ride in and save her. She felt so completely disempowered and miserable, feeling trapped, wanting to run away from it all. In fact, I’d tried to run away a few times, but didn’t get beyond our yard. All she wanted was for someone to save her from all this misery.
Bringing my wise adult perspective into the scene, the wise one was able to explain to the child that her mother was not well and wasn’t about to change. Making the choice to give away her power to her mother, to subjugate her will, made life less painful. The child finally understood that giving away some of her power, doing what her mother wanted instead of doing what she wanted, allowed her to survive because when life feels too painful, we die. Wow! What she did was amazing because it helped her survive. She was amazing!
And with a shift in perspective, my inner child instantly let go of her pain and became joyful. She was free from feelings of disempowerment, and free from the desire to be saved. At one point, my inner child perked up and said I’d gone back and saved her. Rescued her. She began to laugh because I’m not a knight on a white horse.
This dynamic of wanting what we want, when and how we want it is part of the maturation process that kicks in during our toddler years. The years of exerting free will in a new and bigger way as we learn how to control our surroundings. And when we learn through repeated experience that we can’t completely control our surroundings, we eventually give up some of our autonomy, our free will. It’s a brain thing. However, in the process beliefs of disempowerment become formed. Everyone who is human experiences this in their own way. You don’t have to have been raised in an abusive home for this to happen. It’s part of life and the creation of the human condition.
The desire to be saved, born of the belief we need to be saved, is hard wired into people as an experience of our toddler years. And all sorts of religions and beliefs, philosophies, have tapped into this.
If your religion has taught you that you need to do certain things or act a certain way in order to “be saved”, understand it was merely their way of getting you to act lovingly and not react out of fear. This is what Jesus taught. What living with Christ Consciousness is about. How to live from a place of love. The irony is, religious leaders, like many parents, have used fear and control as a tactic to steer behavior.
Walking a healing path is teaching me how to see life from the inside out. Deeply understanding the human condition through changing my inner world, where it’s created.
The truth is, when we die the only hell we might experience is one of our own making, and it’s temporary. And heaven is a state of mind that can be touched while we’re still here in human form.