Friday, March 07, 2008

The Kingdom is your essence. Here Jesus points
the way to hidden dimensions, not simply
the conventional notion of Heaven. When you
go inside, you are aware of activity such as
thoughts and feelings.
Your instinct is to pursue the activity that
brings pleasure and avoid that which
brings pain. But Jesus speaks of a
completely different inner reality.

The consciousness hidden behind your
thoughts is the consciousness that upholds
all intelligence in the universe.
It is personal and collective at the same
time. The personal is made up of your
relationships, the collective is made up
of the myths and archetypes common to all
cultures. Both dimensions are you, and
you can begin to connect the two as a
bridge to the sacred.



Sit quietly when you have time to
be alone and undisturbed.

Choose a prayer that you feel comfortable
with—or better yet, a meaningful phrase
from that prayer.

Silently repeat the words to yourself,
letting them settle naturally into your
awareness, becoming softer and deeper.
Continue for at least five minutes and
up to 20 minutes.

This kind of sacred repetition is common
to every religious tradition.

When you open your eyes, let your gaze
settle on a sacred image, such as an icon,
a picture of Jesus, a statue of Mary.

Ask this figure to embody itself through you.
Gently feel a connection. Don't force this,
just put out the intention that the archetype
of Christ, Mary, or a chosen saint merges
with your being. Some people use angels for
this purpose, which is the same as asking for
the essence of God to reach you.

Now contemplate the specific qualities you
want, such as love, compassion, or forgiveness.
These are archetypal energies that you are
calling on our higher archetype, you will find
yourself thinking and doing things you never
expected as the person you know.
Although Jesus refers to God as the Father,
sprit isn't bound by gender.

This exercise works to remove the artificial
boundary between the isolated ego self and
the higher self.

a Adapted from The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra

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