Connect to the source of the Aramaic Jesus's wisdom and guidance.
Perhaps the most essential teachings given to us by Jesus came in the final year of his life on earth. Known as the "I AM" statements and found in the Gospel of John and the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, these radical truths were offered to connect each one of us to the original source of Jesus's deeper power. But to fully grasp and embody these profound insights, teaches Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, we must hear them in Jesus's native tongue. On I Am: The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus, we accompany Dr. Douglas-Klotz on a journey to the Holy Land of Jesus's time. With him, we will learn 22 specific meditations that combine music, Aramaic chant, and breath-awareness practices to attune us to Jesus's words and help us "become fountains of healing and inspiration, as Jesus was. "I Am the Bread of Life. I Am the Light of the World. I Am the Resurrection and the Life." Although one might assume that Jesus was referring to himself in some exclusive way, Dr. Douglas-Klotz illuminates the subtleties of these sayings to reveal their universality - and urgency - for each of us, no matter what path we follow. For in these words, he explains, Jesus sought to convey an inner wisdom that we could rely on to find to our own source of guidance, through him, after he left this world. On I Am, we hear Jesus's last stories, parables, and insights with Aramaic ears - and join him in the spiritual practices of his day - in order to touch directly our personal bond with Sacred Unity... to fulfill our own divine purpose... and to honor all of our experience as a living song to the cosmos. Highlights:
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Did not find the singing annoying as did another reviewer (plus it's easy to skip past). Did not find the author's voice to be effeminate. Highly recommend this book as insightful and thought-provoking commentary on the culture, times, and teaching of Yeshua.
"Insightful view from an educated man!"
Neil Douglas-Klotz' extensive research in to the life and times of, Jesus (Jeshua), the language that was common at that time - Aramaic, and his interpretation of the words of, Jesus - as cliched as it sounds - all come together and make the story enjoyable!!
Learning how interpreting the words of, Jeshua from Aramaic, as opposed to Hebrew and/or Greek, as subtle as it is, makes the teaching of 'Jesus' all the more meaningful - on an individual level anyway!
This is a must listen for any one looking to further their knowledge and/or interests in to the life and times of Jesus, for the curious, for the free thinkers, for any one out there searching for some truth...... you won't be disappointed - you'll want to research a little more!!
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