John 9:13-34


They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, ‘He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.’ Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.’ But others said, ‘How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?’ And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.’ He said, ‘He is a prophet.’

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, ‘Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?’ His parents answered, ‘We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.’ His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, ‘Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.’ He answered, ‘I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?’ Then they reviled him, saying, ‘You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’ The man answered, ‘Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.’ They answered him, ‘You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?’ And they drove him out.



My spiritual understanding is my reason for this inquiry. What is the process that I can use to heal my blindness to the truth of my being?



This is the aftermath of Jesus's demonstration of the power of the Christ through the gift of sight to a man born blind. The Pharisees are indignant because, for one thing, it's the Sabbath, on which no work (including healing) is to be done. For another, he did not go through the proper religious channels and rituals. Who is this man, and how dare he affect a healing without religious training or permission! The man unable to see is unconcerned with details. All he knows is that he has been blind from birth, and now he can see. How could such a loving, wonderful thing be contrary to the will of God?

Jesus is not heard from in this passage, but before he undertook the manifestation of sight, he clearly stated his authority: "I am the light of the world" (v. 5). His every use of the words "I am" is a statement of the universal spiritual Truth—the Christ—that is the real identity of everyone. In other words, the I AM is the light of the world. It is when we believe in, and fearlessly express, our own Christ Self that all things become possible.

So the process you ask about isn't really a process at all. It's simpler than that. It's faith. "Your faith has made you well," Jesus says at another occasion. Once we gently dissolve the doubts and fears of our ego minds and allow the Truth of our true nature as Spirit to become the basis for our every choice, we will see everything with perfect clarity.


Rev. Ed