For Paul Ferrini, there was a time when the very thought of Jesus left him cold. Instead of embodying the truth of Jesus' teaching, Christianity seemed to harbor the fearful thoughts and actions of people who were more committed to self-interest than to unconditional love. So when Ferrini felt Jesus' voice inside him saying, "I want you to acknowledge me," he resisted. In time, however, he came to realize that it was not Jesus he was rejecting but the untruths that had become attached to Christian teaching. Responding to the inner voice did not mean merely acknowledging Jesus as some great teacher who lived in the past, but also meant that he was opening himself up to a living presence within his own awareness. Once Ferrini reached this reconciliation, powerful words of spiritual truth began to flow through him.
Reflections of the Christ Mind presents the most important teachings the author has received through his spiritual awakening. Here at last is a gospel devoted solely to Jesus' teachings of love, healing, and forgiveness. The teacher readers meet in these pages is both compassionate and open-minded-he is the Jesus Christians know in their hearts. Repudiating religious hypocrisy, intolerance, and spiritual pride, Ferrini rejects the dogmatic position of the Church, offering instead words of hope and healing that form the new gospel for today.
This perplexed collection offers expanded selections from four of Ferrini's previous books: Love Without Conditions, The Silence of the Heart, Miracle of Love and Return to the Garden. Ferrini, the founder and editor of Miracles magazine, follows a stock New Age agenda here in emphasizing that God is a God of love, not judgment or anger, and that human beings need to strive to awaken our own God within. Ferrini is emphatic in noting that this book was not written through the usual New Age method of channeling--but through Jesus actually talking to him. Despite such auspicious origins, the book is a disappointment, often sounding more like trendy psychobabble than a divinely inspired voice. According to Ferrini, we are here to overcome our "victimhood" and help others do the same. Some passages are self-contradictory; Ferrini asserts on the one hand that close relationships are essential to personal happiness, then claims that such relationships are intrinsically damaging ("When you live with other people, you are likely to trigger their unhealed wounds and they are likely to trigger yours"). Readers may have a hard time distinguishing between Ferrini's own voice and agenda and that of "the Christ mind."