The Crucifix Code

With his death on the cross, Jesus physically expressed the inner process of the death of the ego (“redemption”). The final stage of a kundalini awakening, where the old man is discarded (“dies”) and the new man, born again in God, “rises”.

Jesus himself had already completed this spiritual process, out of sight of the world. The Evangelists, on his behalf, and based on the esoteric teaching they had received from him, have written his life story as road map for the spiritual seeker’s inner journey to realize “the Kingdom of God.”

An explosive fact that can not only be found in the Bible, if you know how to read it, but has also been incorporated into countless Christian paintings by artists all over the world.

The Bible

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus makes an intriguing reproach to the scribes:

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge;
you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.”
(Luke 11:52)

The word that Jesus uses for knowledge is the Greek gnosis. Gnosis is knowledge that is not obtained with the mind, but is based on experience. Spiritually speaking, gnosis stands for knowing God through direct experience. The knowledge of the heart.

The Pharisees hold the key to gnosis, Jesus says. They know the inner way to God, but they do not practise it themselves and they also prevent believers from “entering”. This key is the knowledge of what is called the kundalini in Eastern traditions. A power source of divine origin that is “sleeping” in our pelvis, at the level of the sacrum. The mystical branch of Judaism calls it Shekinah, the Gnostics Sophia, and Christians the Holy Spirit.

Jesus wanted to give this key to the Kingdom of God back to the believers. Not directly, because not everyone was ready to receive it, but concealed in metaphors and parables, “for those who have ears and want to hear”:

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”
“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”  (Matthew 13:10,11,13)

Not only the Gospels, the entire Bible, from cover to cover, essentially is about our potential for spiritual awakening. The story of Adam and Eve from the book of Genesis narrates why the kundalini energy is inactive, or “asleep,”  in most people. The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is a visual description of a kundalini awakening. All other Bible stories of wars, tyrannical kings, cruel occupiers and brave heroes are descriptions of the universal struggle in all of us between the hypnotic powers of our lower, animalistic nature, and the call of our higher, divine nature, in which the kundalini has a main role.

The process of kundalini awakening

At the left and right of our spine, two major energy channels are located. In the yoga tradition their names are ida nadi and pingala nadi. These energy channels connect us to the opposites (duality) of creation. Where ida-nadi stands for the feminine, dark, cold, passivity, the moon, and feeling, pingala-nadi stands for the masculine, light, heat, activity, the sun, and thinking.

When the kundalini awakens at the sacrum, it rises through the sushumna nadi, the central energy channel in the spine. On the way to the upper chakra, the crown chakra, all other chakras along the spine are purified and activated.

At the sixth chakra, ida and pingala nadi merge, opening the so-called “third eye” on the forehead of the spiritual aspirant. The ego “dies” and divine light pours in through the open crown chakra. The yogi calls the expanded consciousness that man now experiences samadhi.

From one to two

At first there was on earth only Adam, living carefree in the Garden of Eden. This paradise is a metaphor for experiencing a living connection with God. Adam initially was androgyn; he was both male and female.

Then God creates Eve from a rib of Adam: this represents an inner division of Adam into a female and a male half. This split can be found on the physical level (two hemispheres with different functions), on the mental level (archetypal character traits) and the energetic level.

The dichotomy immediately has consequences: Eve persuades Adam to eat the forbidden fruits and they are both sent out of paradise (man loses connection with God).

The serpent that tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruits is also punished by God. It must now crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14). This is a reference to the kundalini energy that retreats into the pelvis (the belly).

Right: with his right hand Adam makes the secret sign of the sacred marriage (2 = 1). Eve’s middle finger on the tree trunk refers to the kundalini energy. This tree has only one fruit: the pineal gland. (Peter Paul Rubens, 1628, Museo Del Prado)

The new Adam

Jesus “lifted” the serpent again and the details around his crucifixion have to make this clear to us. He is “the new Adam.” After a completed process of kundalini awakening, he returned to a state of androgyny and united with God: I and the Father are one (John 10:30).

Jesus himself confirms this interpretation by referring to the story of Moses and the bronze serpent: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up… (John 3:14).

Left: with his fingers, Jesus makes the sign of
the sacred marriage (2 = 1): in him the polarities
have melted into the oneness of the divine.
(Domenico Feti, circa 1600, Bavarian State Museum)

Moses and the bronze serpent

During their forty-year journey through the desert, the people of Moses encounter poisonous serpents whose bites kill. God commands Moses to make a serpent out of bronze and put it on a pole. Whoever looks at the bronze serpent after being bitten remains alive (Numbers 21:4-9).

The Hebrew words translated to poisonous serpents – nachash saraph – literally means burning (fiery) serpents. These serpents of fire represent the kundalini or Holy Spirit. This bible story shows the consequences if the divine energy in the pelvis is used for the desires of the (lower) abdomen; for sensory gratification and superficial pleasure.

If the “fiery serpent”, upon awakening, is not led upwards, but remains in the pelvis and “burns” the belly (“burning desires”), it acts as a deadly poison for the soul. Man dies spiritually. However, if the serpent rises through the spine, to the higher chakra’s (“placed on a pole”), man “lives”.

With his statement that he must be lifted up, just as Moses lifted up the serpent, Jesus wants us to know that his crucifixion should be taken as a metaphor for a kundalini awakening. He will physically express this inner process of God-realization. He will make the dying of the ego and the inner “resurrection” visible to the eyes of the whole world. A horrifying spectacle that makes you wonder if we could not have been presented this spiritual teaching in any other way.

In any case, the inhuman suffering and death of Jesus has not missed its effect. It has left deep marks in our collective consciousness and has made Christianity a world religion.

Jesus and the (kundalini-)serpent of Moses.
(Peter Paul Rubens, early 17th century)

Jesus points with two fingers (the sign of the sacred marriage) to his head: here the merger of the opposites and the crucifixion takes place. (Luis de Morales, 1566, Museo del Prado, Madrid)

The sacred marriage

The masculine and feminine energies in man merge into oneness when the kundalini energy, rising from the pelvis, has arrived at the forehead. This fusion is also called sacred marriage because it leads to a union with God. Prior to this mystical completion, the kundalini purified the ego (a process of years) described in the Gospels as “the way of the cross.” During the sacred marriage, the ego permanently leaves the stage; the new god-man is born (the “rebirth”).

A first indication that we should interpret the story of Jesus’ crucifixion as something that takes place in the head of man, is the location of the crucifixion: Golgotha, which means Place of the Skull (John 19:17)!

In the Gospel of John we find some more clues. Hanging on the cross, Jesus orders his disciple John to take his mother into his home (John 19:27). This is a reference to the sacred marriage. The Greek source text of this quote does not include the word home. Literally translated, it says: the disciple took her with him. A carefully chosen formulation that should evoke the image of an merger of the masculine and feminine.

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus explicitly mentions this process:

Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female…
…then shall you enter [the kingdom]. (Saying 22)

In the esoteric traditions, the middle finger refers to the spine (the “center” of the body)
with the awakened kundalini energy. (Hans Holbein the Younger, 1521, Kunstmuseum Basel)

The spear

After Jesus has died on the cross, a soldier stabs him with a spear in his side (John 19:34). This too is a reference to an inner merger of the polarities, and goes back to the story of Adam and Eve. Jesus is stabbed with the spear in the same place where a rib was taken from Adam. Symbolically, the rib (Eva) is replaced: the state of androgyny is restored.

The two “criminals”

The two men crucified with Jesus – one on each side (John 19:18) – also depict the energies that sustain our dichotomy. Symbolically, in the crucifixion scene the inner duality (the two men) and the ego (Jesus) “die”.

These are just a few examples of the symbolism that pervades the life story of Jesus. The great secret of his kundalini awakening has been guarded through the centuries by a small group of initiates, artists and mystics. This “herecy” is hidden in countless Christian paintings.

An angel points to the head of Jesus: this is where the birth of the divine child takes place. (Hans Baldung, 1539, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe)

Peter Paul Rubens
(first half 17th century, private collection)

Mary Magdalene, to the right of the cross, shows with her hands the rising the kundalini energy from the pelvis to the head. (Stained glass, church unknown)

On this painting the sacred marriage is also expressed by combining the colors red (the masculine) and blue (the feminine): the clothing of the angels at Jesus’ left hand, and the clothing of Mary and John. Jesus’ loin cloth is shaped like a serpent (Josse Lieferinxe, ca. 1500, Louvre Museum)

The crucifix code

One of the ways in which artists have incorporated the deeper meaning of the crucifixion is with what I call “the crucifix code”: Jesus hanging on the cross with one and / or two outstretched finger(s). He has made the two one; in him the sacred marriage has taken place.

Also in paintings with Jesus in a different context we see this “sign of the sacred marriage” (see above). When the middle finger is extended, this is a reference to the spine – which is in “the middle” of man – with the awakened divine energy flowing in it.

Whoever types “crucifixion Jesus” on google can easily find dozens of examples of paintings hanging in museums and churches all over the world. So many, that it is surprising that no one has noticed it before (as far as I know). Perhaps the drop of this article in our collective consciousness is going to cause a large ripple?

Juan de Juanes, 1550, Caylus Anticuario, Madrid

This article was published in the Dutch magazine Spiegelbeeld (Nov ’18)
Copyright Anne-Marie Wegh 2018

Anne-Marie Wegh is the author of the book
John the Baptist who became Jesus the Christ

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