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"Inner nature of Godís Kingdom"

by Dominic Daley, Laurel Sherer & Christine Breese

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The following essay is excerpted from the courses "Mystical Beginnings of Christianity" and "Awakening to the True Self" as presented by the University of Metaphysical Sciences.

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Although spiritual teachers offer answers to the question of who we really are and paths of how to come to know our true nature, people need to take the journey inward and experience the nature of the Divine themselves. In this way, each person is her/his own liberator and spiritual teacher. Devotion to the path of awakening to the true Self, openness to the grace of becoming self-realized, and cultivation of spiritual energy are states of being which help us to experience the nature of the true Self. The paradox of the situation is that even though we are the true Self right now and thus do not need to go outside of ourselves to find it, we can not know it with a mind that is constantly racing between thoughts of the past and future. This is why spiritual teachers offer us practices as a foundation for realizing the true Self. Such practices prepare the body and mind to perceive the true Self. The body and mind can be likened to antennas, which are slightly altered here and there in order to be better conductors for tuning into the frequency of the Divine.

Once one becomes tuned into the perfection of the Divine, there is a grounded peace that emerges. It has sometimes been likened to finally letting go after trying so desperately to cling to rocks in a river. Once we let go of our old perceptions of the way we think life to be and come into oneness with the Divine, we are amazed at the river we are a part of. We realize it was only an illusion that we were separate from this river of Life and that we had to protect ourselves from being swept away; for in being swept "away," we are only swept into the Divine, our true Self.

It is this slight change in our perception that leads to growth and awakening our divine self. While very similar, sensation and perception play different roles in how we interpret experiences. Perception is how we interpret sensation and therefore make sense of the world around us. Sensation is the process by which we sense our environment, both the spiritual and visual worlds around us. For example visual perception is how we interpret what we see, self esteem describes the perception of how we feel. Personal growth is a sensation that can be associated with the great awakening of the kundalini 1 or with awakening earth energies within us. Perception itself is imminently selective which is why meditation is so useful, and it often helps to be guided. Through guided meditation we are better able to visualize what we arenít absorbing and therefore open the transcendental door of perception a little wider.

We come to the realization that the Kingdom of God is within us all. The dogma of Christianity and other organized religions does not provide us with this spiritual foundation or knowledge, really. The ancients taught know yourself. We are of a divine consciousness that inhabits physical temples or bodies that in turn create this material world we find ourselves in. To know ourselves is to know God.

Thomas Merton says in Mystics And Zen Masters (1967):

"We must never forget that Christianity is much more than the intellectual acceptance of a religious message by a blind and submissive faith which never understands what the message means except in terms of authoritative interpretations handed down externally by experts in the name of the Church. On the contrary, faith is the door to the full inner life of the Church, a life which includes not only access to an authoritative teaching but above all to a deep personal experience which is at once unique and yet shared by the whole Body of Christ, in the Spirit of Christ." 2
St. Paul compares this knowledge of God, in the Spirit, to the subjective knowledge that a man has of himself. Just as no one can know my inner self except my own "spirit," so no one can know God except Godís Spirit, yet this Holy Spirit is given to us, in such a way that God knows himself in us. This experience is utterly real, though it cannot be communicated in terms understandable to those who do not share it. Consequently, St. Paul concludes, "We have the mind of Christ." Corinthians 2:16. "He who is united to the Lord is one spirit." I Corinthians 6:17

The Kingdom of God finally comes down to that place of "being within," not a condition we find ourselves in sometime in the future. No, the Kingdom of God is a present, living condition with many possibilities for goodness that we have, but hides like a seed within every individual. It grows naturally, and feeds upon the developing attitudes of love and practicing kind deeds. Behold, like a new plant, it grows gradually until you yourself are part of this garden in the Kingdom of God, within yourself and the world without. Jesus is seen as a prophet who proclaims the Kingdom of God, but Jesus celebrates that Kingdom as already present with his 12 disciples and his followers. Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of Heaven is open and available for everyone.

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About the Authors:

bulletDominic Daley is the Christian mysticism contributor for this essay. Mr. Delay earned his Bachelor of Arts in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA in 1983. He is an artist, novelist and metaphysical educator.
bulletLaurel Sherer is a world traveler with a deep interest in herbal medicine. She is a course writer and student advisor at the University of Metaphysical Sciences, and currently working in the field of energetic and intuitive healing. She contributes her knowledge of personal transformation and awakening.
bulletChristine Breese is the founder of University of Metaphysical Sciences. She holds her Doctor of Divinity Degree in Metaphysical Sciences and her PhD. in Metaphysical Counseling. Her website is at: www.christinebreese.com. As editor and contributor to this essay she wishes blessings of timelessness, peace, and self-knowledge to all who visit religioustolerance.org

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bulletUniversity of Metaphysical Sciences, from which this essay is adapted, is dedicating to assisting spiritual teachers as they pursue their life purpose, live with integrity and grace, and teach others to do the same. See: http://www.umsonline.org
bulletUniversal Church of Metaphysics is an all-inclusive gathering place for spiritual seekers. See: http://www.ucmeta.org/

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Footnotes:

  1. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word that refers to life-force energy that lies coiled at the base of the human spine like a snake. When awakened it can travel upwards through the various chakras and ultimately awaken the higher centers of consciousness.

  2. Thomas Merton, "Mystics And Zen Masters." Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

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