10. – 12.6.2022
Bible stories III: Jonah, Young Moses
What two Biblical stories of averted ‘end of the world’ scenarios teach us about survival: Jonah and the Whale, and Young Moses.
We are entering into the third year of a global pandemic with no clear end in sight even as we hope to return to some semblance of normalcy. We face catastrophic environmental challenges, conflicts, and economic spasms that rock our daily worlds all around the globe. We are being asked to cope with drastic shifts at every level of experience, effecting our livelihoods, our relationships, and our modes of living. Through it all, we must still cope with the trauma of loss, insecurity and fear for the future.
What can we learn from the great myths of Western tradition to shore up against uncertainty and face the miasmas of fear engulfing our societies?
Like great tectonic plates, our societies have shifted, unbalancing our habitual structures and forcing us to transform. We see it happening all around us, in our families, in our communities, as well as in ourselves.
- When the playing field is radically changed, how do we face the unknown?
- Can we prepare ourselves for a new order whose outlines we can only guess at?
- Do Biblical stories offer us insights or guidelines for dealing with survival?
- Will we transform this moment in time to save ourselves, the many endangered species of animals and plants, and the earth?
Two stories point the way forward in the face of calamity and destruction: Jonah and the Whale, and the story of Young Moses. Both Jonah and Moses were prophets whose role was to illuminate for us a better future.
Both stories ask a profound question: does total destruction come as retribution through the vengeance of an angry god or as a consequence of our faults, from our errors, indifference, impotence and more? If the sages are correct, it comes from our human failings. This should give us great hope: We have the power to change ourselves and thus change the course of events.
These stories show us that we can we train ourselves to turn unfolding disaster around in time to save ourselves and the earth. Here’s how.
In our first story, disaster is averted through the reluctant doings of the prophet, Jonah. The people of Nineveh saved their great city with Jonah’s help but soon reverted back to forgetfulness. Today, we are already seeing a return to our old habits.
In the second story of young Moses, we learn how to educate the creative power hidden in each of us that will save us individually, our families and communities from inevitable degradation and destruction.
We need to embrace a Jonah-like consciousness and educate ourselves as young Moses did, opening to the urgency of our situation in time to avert an even greater disaster in the making: The rapid destruction of our species if we continue to trap ourselves in our old destructive ways and attitudes.
We are all engaged together in this epic moment. Let us, during three days together, explore how we can take a quantum leap in our consciousness to a supranatural, prophetic state. Together let us envision a future that returns paradise on earth and our societies back to peace and mutual cooperation. Get ready to close your eyes and envision the New World your soul longs to manifest.
IMPORTANT – TIMES ARE GMT-4 (Eastern Daylight Time, that is NEW YORK time)
8:00-9:30 Session I
10:00-11:30 Session II
12:30-2:00 Session III
2:30-4:00 Session IV