The popular book and movie, The DaVinci Code, raises many issues about Jesus' life and mission. Most notably, it presents Jesus as both God and man, and as a wayshower of the divine Christ potential that lies within each of us.

   To understand Jesus and his teachings as they relate to each one's "Sonhood" or Christ potential, it is important to study the larger historical and more universal spiritual context from which these teachings emanated. Jesus' ministry was influenced by Judaism as well as by Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Egyptian mysteries, and Kabbalic and Essene mysticism. For one, Judea was more than illiterate masses of people living in near-desert conditions and conducting simple activities like fishing and carpentry. It was also a cosmopolitan trade center and an ethnic, cultural, philosophical, religious and political melting pot.

  The two main Jewish sects at the time of Jesus were the Essenes and the Pharisees. The Essenes believed in the immortality of the soul as separate from the body, and pursued the mystical union of man with God. The Pharisees, who dominated the Jerusalem temple during Jesus' ministry, also believed in reincarnation. Reincarnation was a popular belief among Jews.    Greco-Roman influence within Judea was heavily influenced by Orphism, a spiritual belief system that taught both reincarnation and that man has a divine spark.

 Ancient manuscripts and oral legends reveal that Jesus received direct training in Egypt and in the East.  In India and Tibet, Jesus is known as Saint Issa, where many shrines to Saint Issa can be found. Tibetan manuscripts first discovered by Russian writer Nicolas Notovitch in the19th century disclose that Jesus spent six years between the ages of 14 and 21 traveling to Tibet and to Indian holy cities like Juggernaut, Rajagriha and Benares. (The story is documented in The Lost Years of Jesus.) When Nitovitch found these manuscripts, he went to Rome, where a high-ranking cardinal told him the Vatican already possessed 63 complete or incomplete documents brought back by Christian missionaries concerning Jesus' activities in the East.

  According to the these manuscripts, Jesus insisted on teaching scripture to the lower castes so the priests decided to kill him and he fled to the birthplace of Gautama Buddha in the Himalayan foothills. In Nepal, he mastered the Pali language, became an expert on Buddhist sacred writings and performed miracles at the feet of Hindu sages. He also taught karma and reincarnation.

    Jesus left the Himalayas at the age of 27 and slowly returned to Palestine, teaching along the way. Back in Judea he sought to convey to many the path of personal Christhood, be it through parables for the multitudes or through the intimate instruction given to the disciples, holy women and close followers of his message.

    Many of Jesus' mystical teachings were recorded in apocryphal gospels like The Gospel of Thomas, The Secret Book of John, The Secret Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of Phillip,The Gospel of Mary Madgdalene, and other texts discovered in 1945 near Nag Hammadi Egypt. The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 near Qumran, Israel contain over 200 documents, including biblical commentaries, prophecy, and community rules. These gospels, which predate the Biblical gospels, supply further evidence that Jesus spoke of reincarnation, performed secret initiation rites like those of ancient mystery schools and taught precepts also found in Buddhism, Taoism and Tibetan spiritual traditions, and upheld women.  

   Karma and reincarnation are key concepts on the path of personal Christhood, as they explain our opportunity to perfect the soul lifetime after lifetime. It is true that our current personality only lives once. Then our souls return, clothed with a new body and personality to experience the next level of earth's classroom, balance karma and fulfill divine purpose. When the alchemical marriage takes place between the soul and Christ, we are ready for permanent reunion with God are are freed from the cycle of rebirth.

      Following Jesus' ministry, reincarnation and the path of personal Christhood was taught for several hundred years by Christian gnostics, until their ministry was shut down by church hierarchy for human power and political gain.

    In the second century AD, Origen taught on the preexistence of the soul and explained that earth was a place for man to experience free will. His defense of personal spiritual freedom threatened church fathers like Jerome, who arrested, tortured, and imprisoned him.
  
 A century later, Libyan priest Arius' defense of man's Christ potential led to the fourth century Nicean council and Nicean creed, where church fathers voted to set Jesus apart from other men as the "only begotten son of God." Remaining gnostics were martyred or fled, Origen's work was declared anathema and destroyed, and secret gospels and apocryphal texts were buried. Church father St. Augustine spun the doctrine of original sin to shame the soul, to rob man's awareness of innate Christ potential and to substitute a personal punishing God for impersonal divine laws of karma and reincarnation.

    Through the centuries, these political moves were forgotten and self-serving human dogma became spiritual foundation.  Millions of mystics who sought the earlier mysteries, like the Cathars in France, were persecuted as heretics and their legacy destroyed. And sadly to this day, in many Catholic and Protestant churches, an orthodox interpretation of Jesus as "only son" and of an arbitrary and despotic God made in man's image yet prevails.

     Those who pursue the path of personal Christhood understand that the only begotten son of God refers to the Christ consciousness, not to Jesus as a flesh and blood idol. Scriptures about other "sons of God" and about becoming a son of God can be found in both the old and new testaments regarding King David, Melchisedec and others, as well as in Jewish texts like the Book of Levi.

    In the New Testament, Jesus commends us to address God as "our Father" and tells us that those who do the will of God are his brothers and sisters. The Christ consciousness is the way, the truth and the life that saves us from our human ignorance and separation from God. Souls become immortal when they fulfill this consciousness and reunite with the presence of the I AM THAT I AM.

  Today, with the rediscovery of these ancient teachings and the freedom of religion secured for us by our founding fathers, we have an unparalleled opportunity to right all wrongs, to follow in the footsteps of our elder brother, master, savior and teacher, to become Christ in our own right and to ascend back to God.

Author's Bio: 

Find out more at www.becomingchrist.com Therese Emmanuel Grey is spiritual and relationship mentor who teaches the inner family archetypes to help heal individuals and families. She has co-authored two landmark books, Why We Do What We Do and The Psychology of Success. Her autobiography, Miracles, Masters and Mirth: Adventures in Spirituality and Self-Awareness, provides extraordinary insights on the purpose of life and can be found at www.miraclesandmasters.com Therese also wrote the beautifully illustrated children's book, The Legend of the Ancient of Days, available at www.sanatkumara.info Therese nurtures a fast-growing online community of spiritual seekers and holistic minded individuals at www.lightworldwide.net. She also hosts several radio programs, including daily violet flame mantras and meditations at www.violetflamemiracles.com. Therese teaches weekly classes, webinars and facilitator training courses from her home in Montana, including the well-loved Radiant Sherpa Retreat. She also offers private sessions, where she shares highly effective insights and rituals to help you connect to your angels and sponsoring master. Find out more at www.ascendedmasterindex.com