The Mystic Cross

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The Mystic Cross
A Journey of Transformation

Free PDF download - Explanation of the Symbols of the Mystic Cross

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The Mystic Cross was created by Rev Mario Schoenmaker and is a registered trademark of The Centre. Members and friends enjoy wearing this symbol of the path of transformation and use it as a point of meditation.

The mystic cross represents the inner work and mystical experience of realising that Christ is in us, the hope of glory! The symbols emblazoned on the cross represent a journey of progressive stages into the full realisation of the divinity of humankind.

The shape of the cross indicates a constant flowing of life, movement and energy as the arms of the cross radiate outwards. The cross represents the meeting between time and eternity, space and infinity. The human being belongs to both dimensions but is symbolically crucified to the world of the five senses until, like Christ, we can resurrect ourselves and find “life eternal” in the here and now. To wear the cross is to show that we do not seek to escape from this world but rather, through the perfecting of ourselves, to transform the world.

The mystic cross is not a symbol of suffering but rather of spiritual beauty. The cross is the throne of victory from which the resurrected Christ reigns. Having achieved glory over death, Christ has not deserted the world of matter but reigns within it, perfecting this creation.

The Alpha and Omega

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The horizontal arm of the cross is a picture of our life on this earth. It is our onward journey, moment by moment, the time and space between things, the awareness of a goal, of the future, of distance, the relationships between here and there, now and then, you and me. A sense of the forward and purposeful momentum of our life is an essential element of the mystic cross.

On the left arm of the cross we find the first letter of the ancient Greek alphabet, Alpha, and on the right the last letter of the Greek alphabet, the Omega. The first and the last, the beginning and ending of all things. They represent the limitations of time and space within which we must work, the span and forward momentum of our earthly life.

The Christ says of himself: I am the Alpha and Omega. He is the origin and the destiny. He is there in the beginning. He is there at the fulfilment. He accompanies us throughout our earthly journey.

The PX (Chi-Rho)

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The vertical arm of the cross, the sense of above and below, the heavens and the earth, begins to open up through an experience which is symbolized as the PX (Chi-Rho). This ancient Greek monogram is the first two letters of the name Christos, the anointed one, and the initials of the phrase “Christ is King”. It indicates our decision to identify with Christ and trust in his spirit within us. This inner recognition represents the first step on the path of self-transformation; it is the seed that shall become the fully opened rose.

This moment signifies the beginning not only of our awareness of the vertical or higher aspect of our lives, it creates a new dimension in our lives, which is the space in which the rose may grow and bloom.

When we realise the power of Christ within us we can begin the transcending journey up the cross to become a “new person” in Christ.

The Lamb on the Book with Seven Seals

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As we reach upwards, we come to a point where the mysteries start to open themselves to us – which is symbolized by the lamb seated on the book with seven seals.

The sealed book symbolises hidden knowledge. It is the book of life, the blueprint of the perfect human being. Only the one who is worthy may unseal the book and read what is written in its pages. The seals themselves represent the virtues or powers which must be realised in order to attain such worthiness or, conversely, the faults and imperfections which must be overcome.

The book of Revelation tells us that it is only the lamb which is slain who is worthy to open the book of life. Christ was called the Lamb of God. Christ did not defend himself but offered himself for the life of the world. By his very meekness and innocence he conquered where earthly power and strength fail. This image is placed in the centre of the cross to show that this spirit of Christ, this capacity, is within us. Our spirit must be expressed and poured out, giving life to others, if the book of life is to be opened. This represents great changes in consciousness, and an increasing capacity to know.

The Rose

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At the top of the cross, the rose symbolizes the open, expressive Christed individual. It is the result of our recognition of the power of Christ (the Chi-Rho) and growing knowledge of his perfected nature (the sealed book). The divinity hidden within the human being is here revealed, even as a rose opens to display its hidden beauty. Men and women who offer themselves as beings through whom the life and love of Christ can flow show that Christ is indeed present today in this world. Christ is here. Christ is in you. In the rose we see this nature and knowledge unashamedly and fully manifest.

The Trefoils

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Each arm of the cross culminates in a trefoil, three divisions which indicate the trinity within (body, soul and spirit) which we are striving to perfect and through which the Holy Trinity manifest on earth. The twelve divisions together, three on each of the four arms of the cross, represent the twelve faculties of human nature, which are symbolized in the New Testament by the twelve disciples. When Christ incarnated in the man Jesus, he called these twelve into a vibrant fellowship and they assisted him to fulfil his ministry and purpose. When these twelve aspects of human nature are present, harmonized and utilized in us they enable us to be a truly creative being, who can fully express the power of Christ.

The Mystic Cross displays self-transformation and human unfoldment. To transform the world, we must transform ourselves.

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