What you do not bring forth

 

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
– Gospel of Thomas, verse 70.

Some simple ways of looking at this…

It can be seen as referring to the shadow. What we don’t bring into light from the shadow will destroy us. The parts of us excluded because they don’t fit our conscious self image is gold and will save us if it is recognized and owned, and will destroy us if it is not. We will be at its mercy.

It can be seen as referring to what we are. If we notice what we are, it will save us. If we don’t, it will destroy us. We will destroy ourselves through delusion, through taking stories as true.

And it can be seen as referring to living from what we are. If we notice what we are and live from it, it will save us. If we notice what we are, to some extent, and don’t live from it, it will destroy us. We are still caught up in beliefs and fears.

I certainly know both sides of each one of these through personal experience, even right now. We probably all do, if we notice.

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Initial outline….

  • shadow
  • what we are, don’t notice (will destroy ourselves through delusion)
  • if don’t live, will destroy us (b/c still caught up in beliefs/fears)

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4 thoughts on “What you do not bring forth

  1. It means justice, if you know what is justice you must tell it to others like (proclaiming the gospel), within you=something good inside, tell it to others and dont just keep it yourself that offers you also to get closer to others and help them to let Jesus in. In the bible trust your feelings, it’s also a key right here.

  2. Thanks, Jarru. Yes, that’s also a useful interpretation and guide.

    We can’t know what Jesus meant when he said it (if he did, and if he even existed), but we can use it as a mirror for our own wisdom and kindness (and sometimes confusion).

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