A Cedar Friend: A Tale of Visions of Jesus and the Heavenly Woman
Author: Robert Rhea
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One night during the midsummer toward the end of July, 1963, just several weeks before Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial and about four months before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a young American high school graduate awoke from his slumber to see a waking vision of his girlfriend sitting at the foot of a cross cuddling a baby boy. Two weeks later he was astounded by a very unexpected vision of an enthralling, beautiful, celestial, golden woman who appeared to him high in the night sky. Seven years later, after he happened upon a copy of Hermann Hesse’s novel Demian in a hotel room in Saigon and read of Frau Eva, he felt her definite presence once more.
His search for the heavenly woman led him to Munich, Germany, where he read Novalis and the German Romantic writers. As his study of the “ideal woman,” or Sophia, unfolded, he landed on the doorstep of a Jewish-American and Irish woman in London with whom he fell in love and later that of a Dutch writer and translator in Amsterdam who had become a Hindu guru. During his debate with her on the validity of Christianity just a few days after Yom Kippur, 1976, he saw an overwhelming series of visions of Jesus of Nazareth of Galilee, first in a celestial throne room, then hovering about the streets of Amsterdam as he floated to the Queen’s palace and the crucifix at Dam Square, and last of all as a universal cosmic man, or Adam, upon whose body the Last Judgment of the world had taken place.
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