Kingdom of God revisited

Dec 21, 2013 by

Kingdom of God revisited


Here’s my take on the kingdom of God, which I believe is the shorthand term that Jesus used for the state of nondual consciousness that is a potential for all humanity to reach. Traditionally, the kingdom of God has been taken to mean a place that you get to if you are good, or if you believe – ‘pie in the sky when you die!’ But Cynthia Bourgeault expresses the kingdom as something more subtle to be awoken into:

“It’s not later, but lighter – some more subtle quality or dimension of experience accessible to you right at this moment. You don’t die into it; you awaken into it.”

That puts a different perspective on it. It says that we are awakening or spiritually ascending to our true nature as those who live in the kingdom of God, or, to use a more contemporary phrase, as those who are in tune with the flow of God’s consciousness. Bourgeault makes the point that the kingdom can be seen as a metaphor for a state of consciousness – not a place that you go to, but a state you come from, a transformed awareness that turns reality inside-out. We come from this state of oneness with God, the place where all is seen as interconnected, where there is no separateness between God and humans, or between humans and humans, and between humanity and all creation. The spiritual path is the journey we undertake to get back to that. Everything is interconnected – as particle physics is now showing in the entangled nature of all particles in this physical reality, through the zero-point and Akashic fields of energy. Six hundred years ago this was recognized by the Christian mystic, Hildegaard of Bingen:

“Everything that is in the heavens, in the earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.”

The modern name for this rewiring of the brain to a state of oneness is non-dual consciousness, or unitive consciousness. Once attained only by the greatest of mystics, unitive consciousness is being sought after and found for brief moments by many today. The difficulty is in staying there, so that the consciousness is properly transformed, as we so easily become centered back in the ego-mind, where we find comfort in our self-centered nature. However, more and more are taking up forms of meditation in an effort to change themselves and the world they live in. This would correspond to the idea of morphic resonance. The more people experience this unitive consciousness, the more people are enabled to experience it, because the morphic field for humanity is changed. It is a new way of thinking – a new-old way. Unitive consciousness had an ancient name, the name it was called by Jesus – the kingdom of God. It was the core of his teaching and his world vision. This kingdom was not a political utopia, nor a place you go when you die. You do not die into it, you wake up into it. It is a different viewpoint on the world that gives a perspective of generosity, abundance and compassion.

The idea that the kingdom is for now, and that we awaken into it has had little emphasis in Christian tradition. It has largely been seen as a reward, the place we go to when we die, not something for now. This is possibly because humanity has not, on the whole, had the perceptual framework, or evolved consciousness to take the full message of Jesus on board. Entering the kingdom is about seeing reality in the same way as Jesus did, which means attaining the state of unitive consciousness. We don’t die into it, we awaken into it. To put on the mind of Christ is not about behaving with more moral earnestness, but about rewiring our basic perceptual field so that we see the world in the same way as Jesus did.
That’s the way I see it! – Don

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