Parable Wisdom: Spiritual Awakening in the Teachings of Jesus
The inner meaning of the parables of Jesus and their transformational wisdom for daily life are made accessible and applicable for every reader.
This book features an indepth examination of twenty parables and the teachings embedded in the stories and images, revealing their universal value for anyone seeking spiritual development. In decoding these core teachings, instructions and practical methodologies are uncovered for consciously living in the Presence of the Holy beyond dogma and tradition.
The Path of Return: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Good Soil: The Parable of the Sower
The Eleventh Hour: The Parable of the Laborers
Light Within: The Parable ofthe Ten Virgins
Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Belonging: The Parable of the Good Shepherd
Do Not Worry: The Parable of The Lillies
Mercy: The Parable of The Good Samaritan
Abide: The Parable of the Vine
Being Found: The Parable of theLost Sheep and the Lost Coin
Have Mercy: Healings as Parable
From The Heart: The Parable of the Blind Leaders
A New Creation: The Parable of the Grain of Sand
Faith: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
LetYour Light Shine: The Parable of Salt and Light
The Cost: The Parable of the Builder and the King
Watchfulness: The Parable of the Vigilant Servants
The Deep: The Parable of the Net
TheMiracle as Parable: Water into Wine
TheMiracle as Parable: Loaves and Fishes
In the parables of Jesus, we find a timeless spiritual teaching that can make all things new in the heart, mind, and soul of each person.They can cause people to move from the darkness of self-absorption to the light of active unconditional love.This metanoia, this renewal and transformation is the hope for humanity.
The religion that grew out of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth has had an often schizophrenic relationship to its origins.As a result, in this twenty-first century, many in our day have left the institutional Church and the dogmas of Christianity.They have also put aside the words of the Christ.Great numbers of these individuals have gone on to seek meaning, truth, spiritual awakening through other teachings.But in rejecting the teachings of Jesus along with the religion, it might be said that “the baby was thrown out with the bath water”.
Many of these words have seeped into our culture over the centuries and become associated with ideas and ways of living that have nothing to do with their original meaning.These teachings of holy wisdom are associated with judgmentalism, rejection, intolerance, abuse, narrow-mindedness, even superstition.Yet, despite their misuse across these two millennia, individuals in every generation have encountered the divine light within these words and have been transformed psychologically and spiritually.
The reader will find in the presentation of these parables interpretive keys which transcend rigid theologies and assumed meanings that often bury their true content.The very nature of parabolic teaching is through the use of metaphor and therefore can never be boxed into a literalistic interpretation which has been the death-knell of so much biblical teaching.As the apostle said, “The letter kills but the spirit gives life.”The teachings of Jesus have been hijacked far too long by those who do not live them out and do not follow their map to authentic enlightenment and awakening to the Presence of God.This book is offered to the reader in an effort to bring to light some of the transforming wisdom revealed to humanity so long ago and so desperately needed again today.May you, the reader, find for yourself that which will fill your life with new understanding and lift you into a higher place within, guiding you into becoming the person you were always called to be.