This cross of life is evocative for us as human beings because it reveals a dynamic that is so real and so filled with great mystery. Our flesh has the power and pattern of the universe entering into it and then emanating through it into the world. The movie Titanic offers a contemporary depiction of this through the human body. Picture actor Kate Winslet on the prow of the ship, arms outstretched, wind blowing through her shawl and her hair. She is reveling in the living embodiment of the cross of life that we each are.
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Clive Larsen, a gay man who was the vicar at an Anglican Church outside of Manchester, England, spoke brilliantly about the cross to his congregation. He said he knew it represented crucifixion to many, but it could symbolize something else. It was Clive who evoked the image of Kate Winslet on the prow of the Titanic, showing us that we are a living cross.
I know that the cross is associated with death for many. But before the Romans used it as an instrument of cruel execution, the cross was a symbol of life.
19th-century author, John Denham Parson, said that he could imagine early humans drawing crosses on the walls of their caves, the horizontal member of the cross symbolizing the human experience and the vertical member representing the cosmic energy that penetrated them.
Cultures around the world have used the cross as a symbol of life. Early Greeks saw the four points of the cross as representing the four elemental forces: water, air, earth, and fire. Early Asian Pacific culture used the cross as a symbol of Creation. My book shows an illustration of crosses from global culture down through time.
It is mystical and magical how our human bodies are a map for our spirituality. The vertical axis of a cross is from head to toe, showing us how the highest vibrations can reverberate down through us until they touch the earth. And the horizontal axis of the cross is from fingertip to fingertip, showing how we have the ability to embrace the world in which we live.
But our physical bodies are more than a map. They are a spiritual grid lit up with Universal Love.
We are each a living cross.
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.