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By Richard D. Saxton I believe that Christ came to earth, not only to die on the cross and be resurrected, but also to help us humans find the Kingdom of God in the here and now. His sermon on the mount is not an apple pie in the sky moralist view, but rather a means to change ourselves to be able to perceive and live in God's Kingdom right here and now. In order to live in Gods Kingdom while still on earth, we must bring our soul (in Greek "Psyche") into harmony with the Kingdom. A radio is a good analogy. The radio waves of a particular radio station are all around us, whether we hear them or not. To listen to a particular radio station, you must turn your radio on and tune your radio to the desired station. So, to enter the Kingdom of God while you are still alive, you have to attune yourself to it. A very simple and powerful way to do this is to modify our thinking (and then our doing) to be consistent with the teachings of Jesus himself, not just the teachings about him. It is simple, but it takes much practice and patience. From a Christian point of view, it is not just our efforts that help us to live in the Kingdom, but more importantly, by the Plan and Grace of God. Never the less, since we have free will of our own, we need to take the first step towards God by harmonizing our being with God, rather than with mammon. Philosophy, Science, and religion are of one accord concerning the power of thought to transform our life. By applying Jesus' teaching to our life (in thought and deed) we can change our soul to be in harmony with God and live in God's Kingdom right here, right now.
The following quotation from James Allen's book "As a man thinketh", summarizes one of the meanings of Jesus' statement "As you sow, that also will you reap". "The aphorism, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man literally is what he thinks. His character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. As the plant springs from and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not
These cognition's contain the key to relief and are therefore your most important symptoms." "Joseph Weed." Paul Gilbert. When you find yourself thinking negatively. Your negative thoughts.. you must process it with your mind and give it meaning. This is not the same as having immediate reactions to something and then pulling back and seeking out the evidence. comfort. as to those which are deliberately executed. we may need to stop ourselves and focus on what we are thinking.have appeared without them. It is an obvious neurological fact that before you can experience any event. A common situation is to lie in bed and worry. This applies equally to those acts called spontaneous and unpremeditated. puts it this way. And it can. we turn an idea or set of beliefs over and over in our minds. If your perception is twisted and distorted in some way." The previous two quotations recommend changing your thought patterns in a reactive way. When we dwell on things. are the most frequently overlooked symptoms of your depression. When we respond rapidly and emotionally to something. driven by its needs and desires. When we dwell on something. we are allowing ourselves to think along a certain path for many minutes or even hours. The important thing here is to recognize that dwelling on negative thoughts can have the effect of making negative feelings become entrenched. bring you wealth. it is necessary to start from the beginning and learn how to use your mind and brain in almost the same way the infant achieves control of his muscles. we are more clear about what we are thinking.. Your emotions result entirely from the way you look at things. in his book "Wisdom of the mystic masters". your emotions will be normal. in his book about depression "feeling good . These thoughts are what keep you lethargic and make you feel inadequate. For this reason it is easy to accept as true the statement that miracles can be accomplished by thought. "When we dwell on something. your mind focusing on a particular train of thought." SCIENCE Dr. The child learns automatically. "The negative thoughts that flood your mind are the actual cause of your self-defeating emotions.. what ever you need and want. You must consciously train yourself. In order to employ the power of thought. your emotional response will be abnormal. security. has this to say about the effects of their thoughts upon a person. a more difficult task because it requires the use of the will.the new mood therapy". examine your thoughts to determine if . professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby. That thought can change your life. David Burns. "No one will deny that thought is powerful and most will admit it is the most powerful energy available to Mankind. If your understanding of what is happening is accurate. or cognition's. if you know how to think. has this to say in his book "Overcoming Depression".
Then you can determine if your thoughts can be changed to accurately reflect reality in a more positive way. in his excellent book "Living Presence ." (John 13:34-35) Jesus also said: "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees.. not by abstaining from certain foods. When the Pharisees asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment in the law. RELIGION The final quotation is by Kabir Helminski. We should accept certain impressions and not dwell on others. even as I loved you. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples. by relinquishing the desire for riches. ideas that support experience of Unity and Presence need to be learned so thoroughly that their significance is transferred to the subconscious mind . what should we think. What we choose to give our attention to we energize. The question then becomes. Directing our thoughts is a key to the Kingdom of God. One version of the sermon on the mount is found in Mathew chapters 5-7. Furthermore. In fact. It consists of the renunciation of the inward sin. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself". As I mentioned earlier. Ideas alone may not bring us into that unified reality. condemnation. it seems obvious that thought can be a powerful tool for transformation. Our ideas shape our experience of reality. by abstaining from the lust of selfindulgence. not by relinquishing riches.they are logical and accurate. the inward error. a Moslem mystic. James Allen referred to this in his book "The way of Peace": "The giving-up of self is not merely the renunciation of outward things. that you also love one another. He said: "You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. but those rooted in meaningless disunity. (Matthew 22:37-39) Jesus also said: "A new commandment I give to you." From the forgoing quotations. Not by giving up vain clothing. and self-seeking. those teachings seem unreachable by the average person. by doing these things is the Truth found. not by speaking smooth words. by giving up all hatred. you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. and separation need to be weeded out." (Matthew 5:20) The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was in deed only. we should use the teachings of Jesus Christ as a role model. the less we will energize those things that conflict with our well-being and values. The sermon on the mount is a good starting place. or if you are using logical fallacies. at first reading. To do the . and becoming gentle and pure at heart. if you do not direct your thoughts. Attention develops as the gatekeeper of all impressions. strife. they will be directed for you by your environment and others who may not have your best interests at heart. and it is with our ideas of reality that we should begin if we are going to be at home in the world of Unity." "How we perceive the world depends on how we understand it. not by merely doing these things is the Truth found. we can live those teachings. If we wish to apply Christian spirituality to our lives. Its main theme is love. and by the Grace of God. The more conscious we make this process. but by giving up the spirit of vanity. But with our intention to live in the Kingdom of God while we are on earth. This is the greatest and first commandment. if you have love for one another..a Sufi way to mindfulness and the Essential self.
" (Matthew 5:6) Righteousness means not only to be right in your behavior. In time. Not only should we love our neighbor as our self. cannot be hidden. If they are not. but its usefulness is gone. The good deeds of the Kingdom people will shine as a beacon for others. but rather. You are the light of the world. the inward enemy. an eye or an eye. it will wither away from lack of attention.. and they will glorify God. and a tooth for a tooth. "You have heard it said of the ancients. In fact. This does take some practice.. A city set on a hill. (Matthew 5:21-24) Being angry with someone prevents us from experiencing God's presence. but we are not hearing it. You may remain just where you are. and is to achieve the greatest victory. Our thoughts must be in harmony with our deeds. but inwardly thinks badly of others and seeks only his/her own good. in thought and in deed. this beatitude summarizes the purpose of this cyber-paper. whoever slaps you on your right cheek. let your light shine before men. You may renounce the outward world. It is not that some judge will pass sentence on us. Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you. whereas the later includes the former. our deeds may be useful on the surface. great indeed will be your wretchedness and deep your delusion. performing all your duties." (Matthew 5:38-39) Obviously. If our "radio" is not attuned to the right frequency. leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled to your brother. you should replace it with Kingdom thinking. you shall not murder. but that if we are out of harmony with the Kingdom. It will do you little good to act rightly unless you think rightly too." One of Jesus' beatitudes is "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. we cannot hear the radio station. the same goes for any evil thinking on your part. To be in the world and yet not of the world is the highest perfection. "You have heard it said. but we should not even be angry or hold a grudge. is pharisaism and hypocrisy.. if you see a crime taking place. But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgement. Only if you think and act for the benefit of a other people and yourself. for they shall be satisfied. and it shines to all who are in the house. By focusing on the evil thought and struggling with it. But I tell you not to resist him who is evil. In the same way. the most blessed peace. In fact. think good . If a person acts kindly and friendly. but on the lamp stand. but we are not in the Kingdom of God. he/she will resent others and will not be satisfied. but also to be right in your thinking. and unless you renounce that. Rather. and not the latter. will you be satisfied. "You are the salt of the earth. and yet renounce the world. but you will take all your selfishness with you. rather. and isolate yourself in a cave or in the depths of a forest. turn to him the other also. But if the salt has become tasteless. But don't personally try to deal with it. So does seeking revenge.former." (Matthew 5:13-16) Salt that has lost its taste looks like salt. and whoever murders shall be liable to the judgement. The radio station is broadcasting. If our thoughts and our souls are not in attuned with the Kingdom. But we must be better than the Pharisees. Thus if the people of God's kingdom on earth do not put into practice the teachings of Jesus. you should call the police. so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. Nor do men light a lamp and place it under a bushel. you actually energize and strengthen it. and then come and offer your gift. we will no longer be in it. it is impossible to be in the Kingdom. It is important not to be angry with yourself and dwell on how bad your thoughts are. The following bible passage was directed to the people of God's kingdom here on earth. they will be cast out of the Kingdom. with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything except to be cast out and trampled underfoot by men.
"You have heard that it was said.. Philos. you shall be judged. And this commandment we have from Him. we must first learn to tolerate. but perfect love casts out fear because fear has punishment. means love between family members or friends. hopes all things. For what judgement you judge.. he is a liar.There is therefore no condemnation for or from those who are in Christ Jesus. cannot love God. as your heavenly Father is perfect. I think the forgoing quotation needs no further explanation. that you do not wish to judge others about trivial matters. I propose a slight change to this. which embraces all with love? Jesus has a recommendation for starting the way of love. Eros indicates love with desire. It does not behave unbecomingly and does not seek its own things. or you think they are judging you. and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains. Then keep reminding yourself during the day. is to beware of apathy. it is not jealous. The same goes for times when others are judging your. and the greatest of these is love. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all the Mysteries and all knowledge. I love God. you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. that we have boldness in the day of the judgement because even as He is. you can start working on the bigger things that you judge others about. When beginning this practice. We frequently become angry about trivial things like how someone else is driving. you therefore shall be perfect. Love is patient. But how is it possible to go from mundane thinking. In the Greek language. And if I dole out all my possessions to feed others. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good. to Kingdom thinking. Paul. abides in God. hope. believes all things. In time. so that you may become children of your Father who is in Heaven. for he who does not love his brother. Love does not brag and is not puffed up. but rejoices with the Truth. that you be not judged. and hates his brother. "Do no judge." This is a good starting point. An important caution however. I am nothing. concerning trivial matters. Affection or desire are not involved. and whoever abides in love.48) St. love his brother also. and God in him.. "And If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love. I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. it is helpful to remind yourself. I mean that the non-judging must be . But I say to you. but do not have love. It covers all things. It is more like a genuine concern for the welfare of another. in his first letter to the Corinthians (13:1-7. that he who loves God. Just think to yourself "there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus". If anyone says. love is kind. In this has love been perfected with us. "There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus". Paul wrote. when you wake up in the morning. so also are we in this world. and he who fears has not been perfected in love. When ever you find yourself judging others concerning trivial things. these three. I profit nothing. there are three words that have been translated as love in the new testament. love. It may or may not be sexual desire. Now there abide faith.. and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Before we can love.thoughts instead. and what measure you measure.13) has this to say about love. whom he has not seen. and if I deliver my body that I may boast. just say to yourself "no condemnation". St. It involves affection. it is not provoked and does not rejoice because of unrighteousness. which centers on ourselves as the most important person. or the kind of music they listen to. it shall be measured to you. We love because He first loved us. St. (Matthew 5:43-45. John in 1st John 4:16-21 says: "God is Love. By this. We tend to judge all others based on our idealized conception of how we think they should behave." By now it should be clear that love is of primary importance in Christian living. but usually do not apply the same judgement to ourselves. endures all things. The word most often used for Christian love is agape.. and pray for those who persecute you. There is no fear in love. whom he has seen. love your enemies. but do not have love.
At first. "love is patient. Just stop the train of thought and re-enter the silence. You should not send this love and peace to any particular person. Eventually. and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. a sweet-tempered. in turn. emotionally. or what changes come to those possessing these blessings. Whenever a judgmental or unloving thought comes into your consciousness. While you are doing this during your daily affairs. and God in them. Whoever lives in love.done in a loving manner. "God is love. having learned how to govern himself. his power for good. A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being. Eventually. for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. you will do this continuously. his influence. Remember what St. John said. and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. feel love and peace flowing from God through you to all people. You will come to enjoy it. "Who does not love a tranquil heart. steadfast. but as a general radiation to everyone including yourself. and mentally still. But the point is to stop following the train of thought and enter the silence. for they are always sweet. Be patient and kind to yourself. you aren't bothered as much by trivial matters. and they. Even people you don't like. Remember what St. Paul said. For the second five minutes. it can act like biofeedback. you might think about a time when you felt loving and a time when you felt peaceful. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience. For the first five minutes. the greater is his success. The calm man. but don't get upset about it. he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve. serene. You may notice that as you feel peace and love during your daily activity. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen Chapter Seven Serenity "Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines. love is kind". It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. try to remain physically. The strong calm man is always loved and revered. Sit comfortably in a place where you will not be disturbed. . this might seem impossible. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land. Another thing that will help is to start doing a type of contemplative prayer. you will be able to send peace and love with your eyes open and while you are doing something that doesn't involve much thought or concentration. If we just don't care what others are doing or what happens to them. we have missed the point. As he develops a right understanding. and remains poised. It is unlikely that you will ever be able to be completely mentally silent for the full five minutes. serene. you will be able to feel peace and love on demand. If you have difficulty doing this at first. You would rather live in love than judge others and struggle with them. The more tranquil a man becomes." I would like to end this cyber-paper with the seventh chapter of James Allen's "As a Man Thinketh". reverence his spiritual strength. you will immediately notice it because the loving feeling will be gone or reduced. Do this at least twice per day. for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable. and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect. lives in God. or a sheltering rock in a storm. knows how to adapt himself to others. in time. Perhaps.
in the Eternal Calm! "How many people we know who sour their lives. who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers.yea. He does but sleep. Right Thought is mastery. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master. and sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. is tumultuous with ungoverned grief. who destroy their poise of character. beyond the reach of tempests. it is the flowering of life. the fruitage of the soul. How few people we meet in life who are well-balanced. and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control. "Peace. wherever ye may be. only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified. beneath the waves. humanity surges with uncontrolled passion. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. It is precious as wisdom.and calm. Say unto your heart.a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth. Only the wise man. be still!"" . more to be desired than gold . Tempest-tossed souls. is blown about by anxiety and doubt. makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him. than even fine gold. How insignificant mere moneyseeking looks in comparison with a serene life . wake Him. under whatsoever conditions ye may live.in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling. Calmness is power. Selfcontrol is strength. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture. know this . who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!" Yes.
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