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THE WAY TO GOD’S KINGDOM
To we who have diligently studied, meditated upon it, and followed
the guidance provided, many of our questions are being answered.
Some of our big questions are: -
- WHO am I?
- WHAT is my world all about?
- WHY do relationships, personally and globally, often seem insane
and without reason, understanding and cure?
- WHEN will it all begin to make sense and come together so that
I can see its purpose?
Pondering these important questions, Guidance has provided a structure
of Truth to help us understand. We now know that all is a thought
in mind, body/world being a form or an effect of our own initial thought.
As Edgar Cayce said, “Mind is the builder; body/world is its effect.”
Therefore, it behooves us to look at our mind, it being the CAUSE of all
Perhaps we could express MIND in the form of a spherical pyramid
such as the different states of consciousness our mind has created since
the ONENESS of perfect BEING.
In that “time of beginning” we are ONE with GOD, everyone being
a part of the CHRIST, God’s One Extension. Since God is total Love,
then so is the Christ with all the Power of God to be and do anything and
That Power is not taken from us even ‘though we thought we separated
from our Self as part of the Christ and God in the Heaven of God’s Mind.
In our self imagined separated state, we thought we were something
else, and that we alone were responsible for all our thoughts and actions,
forgetting that what we were operating with was the Power of God still
within us. What we are doing is borrowing on the Power of God as
our energy supply, our fuel, to think and do all we desire. Therefore,
even our ego and all its thoughts and actions, our body, and our world
can only be there because of the God within us. History witnesses
to the misuse of our Power with all its mistaken thoughts and “achievements.”
ACIM© says you have never sinned (separated, but you have been badly
mistaken). So lets look at what we think we have made of our mind:
We are a part of God’s consciousness living and being written.
That Consciousness expressing now as the human part of God’s Mind, which
now thinks itself as separated from God’s Consciousness. Of course,
such separation is quite impossible and we are still as we were, One with
God in the Consciousness of His Being. Therefore, the Kingdom of
Heaven must be a state of consciousness within the Mind of God which we
refer to as His Kingdom. In it we are within Him, and He within us.
That is why it is said that the Kingdom is within us; The true US, the
part of us created by God.
As we appear to live within the pyramid of our various consciousnesses,
we experience various operations. Firstly, we believe we are really
within our physical mind, living in a physical world of material things.
From here we send out our five sense messengers of hearing, seeing, feeling,
taste and smell to bring us back the messages we seek to verify our physical
world. It, like our other mind worlds, has seven tiers of refinement
as we move through them to our next higher mental world.
Above the physical world of thought is our astral world of desire,
emotions, and passions. Once in it, we have left the purely physical
world and can experience higher thoughts of expression such as desire,
emotions, and passions giving rise to our ability to originate art, music,
literature, and great expressions of more than just the physical.
As we progress higher through the seven tiers of the astral world,
we eventually reach the purely mental world of thoughts, concepts, and
ideas given birth through ideals. In these we conceive of “lofty”
premises, intuitions and ways of being which we begin to realize as originating
in “guidance” which seems to come from outside our own mind.
When we have once more worked our way through seven more tiers
in the mental world, we enter our innermost single room chamber, the capstone
wherein wait Holy Spirit and all our other fully realized brothers.
This is a place of resting and understanding that we are and have it all,
and have always been so through all our many “journeys” in our mental,
astral, and physical experiences.
As we work our way upward through the various sub-layers in each
of the physical, astral and mental worlds, we at last come to the capstone
which is one small chamber likened to the “real world” wherein we wait
until it is time to erupt into God’s Kingdom of Joy and Oneness.
It is our job to work our way to the real world, while our “lifting up”
into the Kingdom is God’s job.
You are the Master of your pyramid, dwelling within your inner
chamber, your capstone. Your journeys through your other realms of
consciousness are but what you imagine yourself to be doing, but which
are all part of YOU, the Real You. When you have satisfied yourself
of WHAT you are through all your many wanderings, return to your “capstone
chamber,” fully conscious of What and Where you are forever.
The purpose, and it is a mighty purpose, of all your journeys
through time, space and your various realms of consciousness has always
been to prove to yourself WHAT YOU ARE. Remember, we are not earthly
humans once in awhile getting in touch with our spirit, but are spiritual
beings who, for awhile, have chosen to experience an existence as a body
in a world so we can observe the difference. There is nobody to become
– you already are it. There is nowhere you need to go – you are already
there. There is no journey, no goal – you are already what God created
you as and you are serenely at Home where God would have you be.
This is no fiction. This is no smoke-dream. This
is Truth. This is what is Real and what Is. We can wander in
the world of illusion as long as we want until we finally choose to return
to our SELF and be the Child of God which He created and which He loves.
The “capstone” – the inner chamber is a magical place; it is
the ENTRANCE to the Kingdom you thought you lost and which you have been
told to REMEMBER. Its doorway is small and private, but is as large
as infinity and as permanent as eternity. Through it you gain access
into the eternal Mind of God, which is beyond price or value since there
IS nothing else, and is Everything YOU are.
FIRST HEAD – THEN HEART
As we set ourself on a spiritual path, we begin as seekers for the
truth. As our learning unfolds we begin to learn intellectually about
our world, our journey and ourself. As we discover the one truth
for us we become committed to our chosen path and change from a seeker
to a pilgrim. Now we are dedicated to our ONE GOAL and no longer
have any interest in side trips or teachings that lead us away from our
one truth. We may have studied them with interest and some benefit
as our spiritual path of choices narrowed, but now as a pilgrim our journey
becomes single minded as we see the light of our goal shining in the distance.
The other things which benefited us before are now of no interest as we
selectively choose only that which will carry us to our goal as quickly
and easily as possible.
So, we choose ACIM© as our “road map” recognizing all the
places we have already gone through and eagerly accepting its instruction
as the most direct and time saving, carrying us onward to our goal.
Once we have learned all we can in an intellectual way, including
the metaphysics, processes of forgiveness and non-judgment we begin to
unite with all our brothers as we see them only as the created Child of
God, just like us. One world becomes bright and happy as we smile
our way through acceptance to happiness.
We have now transcended our mind and are thinking with our heart.
We ask ourself WWJD – What would Jesus do, in this situation and in our
body/world situation? As his one instruction to us was “love one
another,” we remember we ARE Love, created out of Love, by Love, and that
we can teach only Love, for that is what we are. We recognize that
everything that happens is either love being sent or a call for love.
In either case the ONLY appropriate action and thought for us is to send
love in return. As we do, our whole world changes in perception and
we live in the fullness of our heart. It is not hard; after all love
is the only part of us that is real having been given to us by God in our
So, we have let the awareness of our intellect go and have returned
to the love in our heart, which we may extend as God intended as we experience
the fullness of the Love of God in us and around us. It is then only
a short step from the world of illusion to the oneness and peace of the
“real world.” Our journey closes before it ever started and we are
Home where God would have us be.
“I AM ABOUT MY FATHER’S BUSINESS.”
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