Holy One, from whom we come, who is within us and all about us and whose name alone is sacred, reign over us as we are in heaven. Help us to digest the fruits of your presence. Help us to see we are free, as we free those influenced by our lives. Your presence remembers us not to take selfish advantage of our freedom and the gifts you give us. In truth all belongs to you eternally. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer (re-written)
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ARE ALL PRAYERS ANSWERED? The Letter of James says, "No" and "Yes." Ask for wisdom and it will be granted by the Lord, says James, but the "double-minded...must not expect anything from the Lord." But, are not the prayers of the double-minded, those with selfish desires, answered also? James says yes, but not by the Lord; they are answered with the fruit of their own desire which "when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.
"THINKING OUT LOUD Racism, homophobia, misogyny, poverty - are not Christian. Unfortunately many feel, because of a few powerful people situated in important societal positions, many think that Christianity supports a "better than thou," or superior view of themselves and their "personal relationship" with God - that they are somehow favored by the Divine. They have forgotten that God is no respecter of persons or religious traditions.
REVELATION We use the word, revelation, to describe what the Ground of Being reveals to our hearts that can never be proved scientifically, or understood through our own efforts. Without revelation there is no conscious participation of spirit with Spirit, the purpose of our journey. Revelation of the spiritual dimension to the hearts of those who seek is the holy temptation that binds the physical being with the holy and gives birth to the New Being.
HEAVEN On that day you will know that I am in the father, you are in me and I am in you. (Jesus, Gospel of John)
Split a piece of wood, I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there. (Jesus, Gospel of Thomas)
There is no place, existing, or nonexistent, without the presence of the Ground of Being. Yet, almost all songs concerning the coming of Christ with God's kingdom are wrong at the outset. For instance, the words for a popular Christian hymn are, "When we all get to heaven," and these words assume that we are not there yet. While this idea that we will all eventually get to heaven and that God's kingdom will come is, and has been, tantamount in orthodox fundamental thinking for centuries, it cannot be maintained under close scrutiny and understanding. If we are struggling to see that we are in heaven and that the kingdom is here, it is not because God's gifts are not at hand, it is because we have not been conditioned to receive them consciously. The spiritual path is dedicated to opening the eyes of the heart in faith, that we might not only see the blessings of God all around us now, but also live fully within them.
HEAVEN AND HELL Do we create our own heaven, or our own hell? If we truly believe we are co-creators with the Ground of Being we would have to answer, "Yes," to this question. Jesus speaks of these creations as already here, but can only speak in parables of them. Also we must admit to the fact that some people are powerless to play a part in the creating process because of the "hell" many have already created that allows and requires the enslavement of huge portions of humanity. It must also be said, if the answer is yes, that the religious traditions of all cultures play a part in the creation of heaven and hell, in the material and the spiritual dimension, through their acceptance or intolerance towards each other. Since this is true, we should examine more carefully what it is we are creating. Is it inclusive, exclusive, or both? If so, inclusive or exclusive of what exactly. Can the creation we live into be both inclusive and exclusive like a double edged sword?
We've all heard the saying, "Life is a bitch and then you die...?" It would be more accurate to say, ""Life is a 'Pitch' and you get what you buy." From the time we are born we are subjected to the thinking of the day, the paradigm that continually tries to sell us images / dreams of what we are to seek in life. Every time we turn on the TV or look at social media we are being "pitched" too, sold a bill of goods, tempted to gamble, take a shot at whatever, told we need something or another to make us complete - and there are "Carnies" on every corner trying to sell us their vision of what life is all about. Do not shop, because what you really need is free.