Jesus didn’t move from Jesus to the Christ without death and resurrection. And we don’t move from our independent, historical body to the Christ consciousness without dying to our false self.
We, like Jesus himself, have to let go of who we think we are, and who we think we need to be. “Dying at 30, largely a failure?” We have to let go of the ego names by which we have named ourselves and become the naked self before the naked God. That will always feel like dying. We need to know, experientially, that “I am who I am who I am”, and THAT naked, undecorated self is already and forever the beloved child of God. Then we can begin to share in the universal Christ consciousness.
— Richard Rohr, The Cosmic Christ