In the third lecture in the series The Quest for Spiritual Paths, Douglas Gabriel discusses the blood relics of Christ and their provenance over the centuries. He also discusses the two Jesus children.
Suffering is here to create the chance to become free of attachment to the outside world. Every challenge is another opportunity for the giftedness in each of us to unfold.
Spiritual development is about integrating the inner with the outer and finding the wisdom in both. To find wisdom, we seek all the places where life springs forth anew. Living-thinking springs from a heart that has “warmed up” thinking. This higher thinking, Imagination, has the power and brilliance to see “into” things, both within the self and in the outer world around us. Burying our head in the sand or withdrawing into our shell doesn’t advance spiritual development; it is interaction between the inner and the outer that quickly develops the soul and spirit.