Wisdom Teeth: Metaphysical Interpretation of Luke 2

WisdomTeeth-BibleIn this blogcast we’re going to talk about “wisdom teeth,” and we can assure you it has nothing to do with enamel, brushing, or flossing.

Do you remember the Biblical story in Luke Chapter 2, about 12 year old Jesus being left behind in Jerusalem by his parents? If you do, you are in for a surprise because we’re going to put some teeth (wisdom teeth, that is) into it. Why? Because the story’s edginess demands a more expanded look.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, you may want to grab your favorite translation and read it. Then, sit tight. We think you’ll like our interpretations.

In its literal interpretation, Luke’s Gospel account appears to be the story of a spoiled 12-year-old Jewish boy reminding his parents that he is more popular than Justin Bieber.

Bil-CloseUp1We’ll share a ‘Bil treatment’ of the literal translation and then follow that up with a deeper, more metaphysical, more universal interpretation of Luke, Chapter 2. (If you aren’t familiar with a ‘Bil treatment,’ just read on! You’ll see how he likes to ‘update’ the literal version!) We can tell you, this religious snapshot is much, much, much more than a cute New Testament biblical story.

Here’s the ‘Bil treatment’ of Luke’s account loosely interpreted from the New International Version:

41 Every year Jesus’ parents, who were devout Jews, went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. (Here in the Carolinas devout sun worshippers go to the beaches each year. People up North go South. People in the South wish the travelers had stayed up North).

 42 On one of those trips, Jesus was twelve when they went to the festival. As a young boy he looked forward to going because he could play video games on his iPad and hang around with his Facebook buddies.

43 When the festival was over his parents left, unaware that their 12-year-old son had stayed behind to Pinterest his Passover celebration.

44 Thinking he was in a neighbor’s SUV, they traveled on for a day. At their first stop they looked for him among their relatives and friends.

45 When they didn’t find him, they called in an Amber Alert and drove back to Jerusalem to look for him themselves.

46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting with the religious teachers and televangelists of the day, astounding them with his metaphysical knowledge.

47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding of the deeper mysteries.

48 When his parents saw him, they were beside themselves. His mother said to him, “Son, what do you think you’re doing? We’ve been worried sick about you. You’re grounded for a month.”

 49 “Whatever!” he responded. “I’ve sent you text messages. I told you I’d be in my Father’s house.”

50 But they were clueless as to what he meant, because his home was in Nazareth, not Jerusalem.

That’s an edited version (a ‘Bil treatment’)  of the literal interpretation from Luke. Even if you read this story unedited, you get the sense that Jesus was being a little arrogant and disrespectful toward his parents.

A literal interpretation leaves the impression that what Jesus needed was a good spanking. Luckily, there’s more to this story than a child prodigy’s independent streak and his parent’s meltdown.

Let’s put some ‘wisdom’ teeth into it! From a metaphysical standpoint, this story is a telling snapshot of what happens as our spiritual journey unfolds.

LukeHere’s the short metaphysical version which transforms the literal story into its more universal meaning. And it has to do with the innate wisdom we all share but hesitate to access.

41 Every year Jesus’ parents who were devout Jews, went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.

 At some point on our truth walk, we are filled with such inner peace (go to Jerusalem) that we sense we are ready to move from our current level of consciousness to a more spiritually attuned one (the trip to the Festival of the Passover). And if we listen closely enough, this inner guidance springs from the reservoir of inner wisdom that lies deep within us.

42 Jesus was 12 on one of those trips to the festival.

At some point on our spiritual journey, we are able to use all 12 of our spiritual powers (symbolized by the number twelve – 12 also means the completion of a cycle of an intense period of spiritual growth).

43 When the festival was over his parents started their return trip home, unaware that their 12-year-old son had stayed behind.

We enjoy our expanded awareness and adopt it (stay behind) as our consciousness of choice, so to speak. However, our old, established thoughts and belief systems (parents) remain oblivious to our spiritual quickening (the number 12).

44 They traveled on for a day. At their first stop they looked for him among their relatives and friends.

We will soon discover that our antiquated beliefs and assumptions lose their potency (a day’s journey). Our confused intellect searches through its logic-oriented data banks (relatives and friends) for answers that fail to surface because wisdom comes from the heart not the head.

45 When they realized he wasn’t with them, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

We come to the conclusion that our intellect will not get us very far when it comes to spiritual matters. We must center ourselves in the abiding peace and deep wisdom (return to Jerusalem) of our Divine Nature.

46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sharing his wisdom with the religious teachers.

 When we center ourselves we can divinely order our experience (symbolized by the three-day period) by teaching ourselves to question convention (symbolized by the temple courts) and move beyond mindless routine. This more introspective depth helps us see more clearly into the nature of things.

47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding of the deeper mysteries.

Our traditional thinking gives way to its higher, more spiritually-attuned wisdom nature which is more grounded than the intellect that depends on knowledge instead of knowing.

48 When his parents saw him, they were beside themselves. His mother chastised him.

What is most revealing about this phase of our spiritual unfoldment is that cognitive dissonance may develop between our spiritual self and human self. Our conventional beliefs (parents) cannot comprehend our spiritual transformation which works totally outside of convention.

49 “I told you I’d be in my Father’s house,” he said.

Once we have sensed our wholeness and completeness, we become dissatisfied with religious staleness and the emptiness it creates. We yearn for (must be in) our higher, more exhalted, Christ Consciousness (Father’s House). Our Wiser Self, the Extraordinary Us, realizes that it is wisdom, not convention, that has teeth. Our response to ordinariness and its limitations is swift and to the point.

50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

We fully realize that our old, unenlightened self (our ego-driven personality) doesn’t have a clue about the realities associated with higher states of consciousness.

There will come a time when the human you will want to stay in your father’s house—that is, the human you will strive to be completely aligned with your Divine Nature, the Extraordinary You. And when you achieve that alignment, not only will your wisdom have teeth in it, but so will your optimistic spirit, positiveness, and inner strength.

Someday you will achieve that spiritual status. We affirm it for you and see you putting teeth into your spiritual growth. We see you mastering the art of living by cutting your wisdom teeth.

If you get there sooner than us, leave the light on for us. Because we, too, are in the business of cutting our wisdom teeth!

Advertisements

About Bil and Cher Holton - The Global Center for Spiritual Practices

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for neuroscience and Positive Psychology, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Global Center for Spiritual Practices, a Cyber Home for people who are more spiritual than religious. Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. They are dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, prolific authors, and spiritual teachers. Check them out at http://www.YourSpiritualPractice.com/
This entry was posted in Metaphysical Interpretation, Spirituality and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Wisdom Teeth: Metaphysical Interpretation of Luke 2

  1. mjf7777 says:

    fun post. thnks.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s