Historical Jesus – Lightworker

For a conceptual overview: see Jesus Christ/the Bible/Religion

Lightworker/Historical Jesus: Jesus Lightworker gestures to the term “lightworker”, popularized in new age spirituality. The lightworker is a mystic, visionary, clairvoyant, or healer, and usually an individualist or freethinker. Some Christian denominations reject or shame lightworkers, female and male, while citing biblical texts (out of context) or because they would restrict the individual’s access to direct inspiration by means of intuition, vision, ecstasies, and other non-rational sources.

If  spiritual gifts (aka light-working) are labeled by religious leaders as if from “the devil,” or if they are marginalized as being “weird,” then gifted people often learn to hide their light or even to despise the spirit of God within themselves. They are forced to choose between their own inner knowing and the rules of their communities.

Jesus, himself, was historically a bearer of light (although the term “lightworker” was not then current).  Consider these parallels between the historical Jesus and today’s lightworkers.

1. Jesus was accused, in the early church, of being demon-possessed and of practicing magic. (John 7:20; 8:48-52; 10:20-21: Mark 3:22; Matt 12:24; Luke 11:15; Justin Martyr, Dialogue 69).

2. Jesus experienced ecstatic trances and visions, often while healing. (For more on this, see the book by Steven Davies, Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance, and the Origins of Christianity, cited below).

3. Religious authorities maligned Jesus, and his own family rejected him, on account of his charismatic gifts, and his bold claims about God (Mark 3:20-22).

4. Jesus preached only love (Matt 5:43; Matt 22:37; John 15:9, etc), performing works of love and light, while teaching that the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:20-21). So lightworkers do and believe today.

5. Because of his claim of unity between himself and the Father, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:33),  Jesus was condemned to death, alleged to be guilty of blasphemy.  Lightworkers today witness to unmediated access to the divine as our father/mother, and to the Christ or the divine spirit within, as the source of our spiritual authority.

6. Lightworkers are awakening to our gifts today, during a time of institutional breakdown, in religion and society. Similarly, the Jesus movement arose in the midst of turmoil.

Jesus was a Jew, while the structures of his religion were crumbling. The Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple (in 70 CE), dispersing the priesthood and its primary rituals (like sacrifices). In the decades leading up to this cataclysmic event, the people of Israel suffered devastation, through violent military struggles with the Romans, their colonial rulers. Economically, the gap between the rich and the poor intensified.

A charismatic figure, Jesus worked miracles, garnering popularity. Love and peace are always available, he proclaimed, no matter how dismal our circumstances or the menace of the evils around us. Indeed, by works of light and love, we make good the petition in the Lord’s prayer. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth, as it is in heaven.” As above, so below.

7. At creation, God says, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3), and this “true light” (John 1:9), which Jesus proclaims – and claims to carry within himself -, fills the hearts and deeds of many today, who call ourselves “lightworkers.”

Let there be light.

References:

Steven Davies, Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance, and the Origins of Christianity https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Healer-Stevan-L-Davies/dp/0334026059 – and the newer volume, Spirit Possession and the Origins of Christianity