On Saturday 15 December, 2018, Muzi Cindi launched his book, “Jesus for a Digital Age.”
For a start, it was a miracle that we had books at the book launch! Many thanks to those of you who read my last blog and said a prayer for the timely arrival of the books. Webster, the publisher, cleverly decided to order enough copies for the launch from a local printer rather than risk a late delivery from Cape Town. On the Friday afternoon, before Saturday’s launch, he drove the 90 minutes to Eastern Pretoria only to be told that the books were not ready. The next morning, he drove out there again, collected the books and drove straight to the launch – approx 2.5 hours drive – and got to the launch venue in Southern Johannesburg right before the official start. Phew!
Muzi Cindi with his best friend and spiritual mentor, Bishop Jackson Khosa pre-launch
It really was a most uncommon book launch, starting with a meditation led by my colleague, Rev. Gerd Pontow, and followed by my evocation in prayer.
Rev. Gerd Pontow leading the opening meditation
Gerd and I set a spiritual tone for the event, establishing an atmosphere of oneness and unity as well as an intention for transformation and awakening among everyone present, both as individuals and as a collective.
Muzi and his guest speakers acknowledged the power that the book contains to set people free from their antiquated beliefs about God – beliefs which have kept the majority of Christians, Jews and Muslims trapped for more than 2000 years.
Keynote speaker – Dr. M. Maphalala – Muzi’s spiritual father
For me, the power of this book lies in the fact that Muzi has courageously shared his personal experience of a life changing “Visitation,” which he had in 2017, and in which he was told “God does not exist.” He backs this experience up with his scholarly exposure of the false biblical concepts related to God and to Jesus the Christ. These are the old ideas which many of us have not dared to question for fear of being persecuted as a heretic in this life and / or going to hell in the next life.
Muzi gave a fascinating talk about his own spiritual development and how he was spurned for stepping away from the dogma of the herd: in his case, the ‘herd’ was the evangelical church in which he grew up and in which he became a pastor. However, despite the pressure to conform to the traditional Christian doctrine from his family and his church community, and despite the accusations of madness and demon-possession, Muzi has trusted his heart and continued along “the road less travelled” to embody more and more of the Christed qualities of love, joy, abundance, generosity, detachment, humility and freedom.
In order for the guests at the launch to have their own experience of the Christ Consciousness, as described in the book, Muzi asked me to design a sacred ritual around the theme of Forgiveness. As a basis for the ritual, I wrote a prayer. I have included it here for you to use if you choose.
FORGIVENESS PRAYER by Rev. Stephanie Clarke
There is One Power and Presence. It is Unconditional Love. I AM the Beloved Creation of the One, the Christ-child, one with the Divine Mother-Father. I AM also One with all other beings on earth. We are the holy family of humanity. As the Living Christ, I speak My Word of power and declare that:
- I forgive myself for judging myself as less than divine or other than holy.
- I forgive myself for judging myself as imperfect.
- I forgive myself for living in the hell of my own fearful thinking.
- I forgive my mind for thinking that I was right and others were wrong.
- I forgive myself for believing my fears that were born of ignorance.
- I forgive myself for my old addiction to a sky-God who damned me or others.
- I forgive myself for judging others as sinful, demonic or heathen.
- I forgive myself for thinking that I knew the correct path for anyone other than myself.
- I forgive myself for all the hurts caused to others when I was in an unconscious state.
- I forgive myself for all the hurts caused to myself when I was unconscious of my precious divine nature.
- I forgive myself for believing that I have failed.
- I forgive myself for believing that God or Life or other people were against me.
- I forgive myself for using religion as a tool of mental, emotional and physical control, rather than a vehicle for expressing love, compassion and social justice.
I give thanks that I AM forgiven for all of my false judgements, false beliefs and all of my old painful, fearful and angry thoughts. I AM set free now, to live my life in accordance with Truth and Love. I release my Word into Universal Law and know that It is done unto me now and forever. And so it is.
with Muzi, facilitating the Forgiveness Ritual
More about the launch in the next blog post and our intention setting for 2019.
Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.
“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” – Johann Richter