For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory

“Where is it, then? (The Kingdom of Heaven.). Author Jim Marion’s wonderfully insightful and contemporary suggestion is that the Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness; it is not a place you go to, but a place you come from. [1] It is a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformed awareness that literally turns this world into a different place.” From Richard Rohr’s posting today, The Wisdom Jesus:The Kingdom of Heaven

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Comment:

“For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. In this resounding ending to the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is telling us, yes you and me and everyone here on earth, in this ego-trance that makes up earth, that we are the Kingdom he speaks of. When I say this prayer in a group, I therefore look around me and catch the eye of all I can see in that moment and recite this part of the prayer with just that in mind. Brother, sister, you are the Kingdom of God. And you are the Power and Glory of God as you now return to your home you have never left. Heaven awaits just that to be Heaven. Bob Pajer

What Jesus Knows by Bob Pajer

He (Jesus) asked those timeless and deeply personal questions: What does it mean to die before you die? How do you go about losing your little life to find the bigger one? Is it possible to live on this planet with a generosity, abundance, fearlessness, and beauty that mirror Divine Being itself? From Richard Rohr’s Email: April 9, 2017.

These are questions Father Rohr poses as what Jesus would ask and comment on as he was here in this world telling us of a different world, one that we could hope for but not stay in the one we’re in while hoping we could be in that other world. The world we seem to be in holds nothing we want. The other holds everything. Jesus simple message is always that the way to transcend this world and live in God’s world is to leave this world mentally where we found it. There is nothing here that in anyway looks like God’s world, except that the Holy Spirit is without exception transforming us through forgiveness here: the practice of our own forgiveness of ourselves and others and His forgiveness of us, although there is no need for his forgiveness because He doesn’t condemn us and there’s no punishment for our mistakes here. Stating this we are already into a very kind of world that accepts these concepts completely. God’s world is nothing like what we think here, with our condemnation, judgment and vengeance as a part of just about all we do.

Let’s look at “die before you die.” When addressing this question, Jesus would mean that there is no death to begin with. He did not die on the cross, let alone come down here and do the mightiest reparation for our sins for us. He did come to take away the sins of the world. And he tells us he did this by showing us there’s no sin. No such thing as sin. We do make errors and mistakes. We are insane in thinking then God corrects them by punishment. No, they are corrected the instant we make them by the Holy Spirit in his work in the world. Make a mistake, its corrected. Moreover, a sin implies something has taken place that has more power than God, in order to take place. That cannot be. And the fact that mistakes are corrected is simply not what we think about them. As sin we think wrongly, think we did something bad and we need to make some kind of retribution. In our thinking, punishment is justified by a false fact that God condemns and we have to carry out the necessary next steps to pay for what we did. God doesn’t do that. We think we must, even to the extent that our correction by punishment is not enough. Sex offenders pay for the crimes and then are punished long after payment, which is a reflection of how we think about crime. It is never really corrected, just punished justifiably. Yet there can be no justification for anything that is absent of love.

The Holy Spirit sees the mistake and it is all over the instant we think we acted out our wrongmindedness. All other thinking leads to the ego’s final act of punishment, which is a belief in death. But without sin there is no death. We do leave our bodies at some point, but we can be alive when before and after we leave them. The innocent never die because it is only our impression of sin that tells us we die and go somewhere. Some believe we go to hell to carry our punishment beyond the grave. Others believe we go to pay for our sins in purgatory, once paid we are free. We are, however, going nowhere. Heaven is in the Mind that created us, exactly where we are. The guiltlessness in us, which is what we are in God’s mind, is perfectly opposite of death and suffering. We think we are guilty and therefore die. This has nothing to do with God’s creation, which only creates the eternal. We are as God created us and what He creates cannot die. Even Jesus closed his eyes on what we call life here. Yet he demonstrated that nothing in this world is capable of killing. “Thou shalt no kill means” mean thou can’t kill. For if killing were possible God would be other than God is. Which of course is exactly what we make God. The god that pursued Adam and kicked him and his wife out of the Garden is not God. When we feel guilty for what we think we did we get pretty crazy — and try to bring God along with us. It is pretty lonely without Him. Yet we are not without Him. Surely, we can think whatever we want, along with deciding whatever we want. None of that makes what we think or decide true.

Jesus message on the cross is we don’t die. While he surely closed his eyes, he didn’t ie and came among us after the crucifixion to prove it. He is still doing that. We are still clinging to death. He clings to us. We love death. He, God and the Holy Spirit love us. If you don’t believe we love death, go to the movies. Our made up world holds death as the ego’s final masterpiece of decption, its last ditch stand, its trump card, never to be given up.

You may wonder why it seems so real, death. The answer is we think with the whole power of God’s mind. The only Power there is in the universe. We can think wrongmindedly. But that does not mean what we think is real. Jesus did not die, nor do we. We are exactly like him, exactly as God created us. He has gone before as an older brother, waiting for his brothers and sisters to join him, us. Although, he would probably say that we already have. Its complicated for equivocal minds like ours. His message is unequivocal, however, because he hears only One Voice, God’s. Not that that Voice is not still in us. We are noisy mind’s trying to not hear it most of the time. Our work here in this world is to wake up and watch the show: the work of the Holy Spirit in us, and most important as we live in this world, in others. When Jesus said to love one another as he loved us, that is what he is talking about. To love means to see life as it truly is, as God created it. We can see this in others sometimes a lot easier by stating, “I see you as God’s perfect child,”, or as some religions instruct, “I salute the Christ in you,” no matter what the message is coming from the eyes that do not see, or the ears that do not hear.
“How do you go about losing your little life to find the bigger one?”

First, there is no little self or little life. Nothing exists outside of God’s creation. How could it? Without diminishing God’s power? Little lives don’t exist. They are a dream state of mind. God could never allow “littleness.” God wills for us otherwise, although there is no “otherwise” opposing God. As soon as we think there is a little life we fall to sleep and dream whatever we want. That is the world around you you made. God does not enter dreams and that is why it is foolish to think we can find God anywhere than where He is, in Heaven, where we are and have never left. Jesus so wisely says “Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.” God’s will is not negotiable. Like Jesus’ mind, it is certainly not in anyway equivocal. Christ in union with us and God is the only non-duality there is. Jesus of course knows that perhaps more than anyone that comes here. His whole reason for coming is to tell us that, the good news. Our foolish thinking in a dream will never touch it. That is why in our insanity here we keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. This war will end all wars!. How is it possible for such a terrible mistake, acted out in opposition to God’s will to change God’s love for all of us. Because this is so, we (our ego’s) will never “find” anything. the ego does not even know what it is looking for. It’s motto, according to Jesus is, “Search and do not find.” We are susceptible to all kinds of conning, without God.

God’s will for us is grandeur, not littleness. We cannot make this happen because we, tied to our ego, can’t ask any questions that make any sense whatsoever. We are, therefore, completely incapable of planning our salvation. Fortunately, God has provided the Holy Spirit for us to follow, if we listen. Actually, it doesn’t matter if we listen or not. That’s just a choice we make, one that could make us more comfortable here; however, it is also a choice that could make us terribly uncomfortable. But one thing is certain, God’s will for us is perfect happiness. The ego has no idea of how to manage that state of mind. Once we recognize that we will give up our little minds in favor of what is.

We will “lose our littleness” by truth, nothing else. The Holy Spirit will transform our experience (perception) to such a degree that how we perceive everyone will be of the highest order, holiness, and at that point God will in an instant bring knowledge into our minds and what we see now in this world will be gone forever. That is Jesus’ teaching, through miracles of forgiveness, which can only bring truth into our minds to find its home there. God will take the final step in this process. Miracles, hope and work toward what we are have no place there because they have never not been there. Salvation is according to God’s plan, certainly not ours. It is a process by the way that has already taken place because our decision to separate from God (Genesis) has never taken place. Our thinking it real is our problem not God’s, although he always sees that His children are taken care of without question. That is the meaning of the parable of the Prodigal Son in the bible. It is and will work exactly the same, our journey of return to salvation. There will be no further arguments between what is right or wrong. The brother of this forgiven son will find not contradiction. The contradiction told in the Bible is us.

We will leave our insanity behind and never think again that it ever existed. God would not have His son live another second in pain. We still decide otherwise. We can’t “find” a larger self here in this world because the world we made is too insane to contain knowledge. God has not taken knowledge from us, nor truth, but out work at keeping the illusions we try to make real cannot house what is of God. The only way to God is here in this world, as we have chosen it, but just as Jesus said, it is transformed through forgiveness. Something we seem to forget about Jesus. We are so adept at closing off truth to defend our selves from it, we change the very meaning of the words he used for us. Forgiveness as we think we know it here is a travesty of God’s love. Yet real forgiveness is all we have left of the real concept of God’s changeless love for us. Forgiveness can never include condemnation for one thing. I have never met anyone here who thought this was true. However, the Holy Spirit understands everything about us and if we ask Him to teach us how to practice forgiveness, He will — as He goes about teaching us whether or not we ask. God never leaves His children to insanity. In this, we have no choice really. Yet things get a lot better when we consciously choose heaven instead of hell, for there is nothing in between the two.
Is it possible to live on this planet with a generosity, abundance, fearlessness, and beauty that mirror Divine Being itself?

This is like asking whether God’s will, will be done, or not. Jesus lived all these ways. And if he did, and he did, so can we. Jesus asks us to remember that he is no holier than anyone of our brothers and sisters here, but strongly reminds us never to think we are. It is his wonderful way of saying, we are part of the Trinity. There isn’t some mysterious concept out there involving 3 gods in one. No, there is One who has all Power, which is Jesus tells us the only Power there is and that Power is love. I think we hate the idea of love so much, we make up some mumbo jumbo about the Holy Ghost (as we used to call Him) to not understand God’s Love for us. Jesus makes so much sense to us because he demonstrated that, yes on the cross, but far more important through his resurrection. He looks upon the brothers who seemed to be killing him and thought, while undergoing terrible pain, you are doing nothing to me — the only me that can exist. Me is God’s creation. There is nothing else. How would it be at all possible that another human being could put a stop to His will? His Creation? If we think there is, we diminish God’s power. Of course that is the whole reason behind the course of our lives here. We believe we did the impossible, separate. Adam did it consciously when asked by God, “Where are you?” In spirit. Adam made the choice of evading the question by blaming Eve. (Herein starts the whole profession of marriage counseling!) Adam could have said “I made a mistake.” God and Adam might then both have laughed at the littleness of the thought that this could be done. And the whole notion could have been dismissed. Instead Adam makes it real for us, and we keep that one impossible thing alive. We surely believe we have separated. That is why we are immersed in guilt, and the need to do what we do trying to give our own guilt onto others. Jesus so wonderful says, “What God has joined, let no man put asunder.” That statement wasn’t just for the wedding he was attending. Separation from God is impossible. Guilt is insane.

Yes, we can live on this planet any way we want to. We can do whatever we want. That is a part of God’s creation. If we want to question His authority, we can go at it. He will always ask, however, “How’s that working for you?’ We need only open our eyes to the world we live in, which is a blood bath of incredible suffering, as I sit here and write this, looking out at one of the most beautiful and rich cities in the world. I can do that but I cannot think anymore that I can separate. Don’t misunderstand. I can act as though I’m separated form God and you. I can only do this if I think separation is possible in order to live with dissociation, cruelty and utter disregard for others, even though what I see is minds in bodily form. On the other hand, I can rejoice in the truth, along with the most empathy I can muster, this isn’t happening. God does not allow suffering. We want it, so we get it. We can misuse His Mind, but we can’t leave it. And in that we are safe, as we dream otherwise. Not because God sends suffering, but because we want it. We must want what we dream, for why do we spend such resources on killing machines, rather that healing machines.

The answer to Father Rhor’s question here, which I’m sure he will address splendidly over the next few weeks, is yes, of course, we can live with a generosity, abundance, fearlessness, and beauty that mirror Divine Being itself. We just don’t want to. However, our seeming wants only affect the work of the Holy Sprit as He would have them be. These capacities are not just a mirror of God’s Love, they are God’s Love for us. Having is being in God’s Mind.

We seem only to be stuck. God’s Will is, well God’s will. It cannot be opposed. Jesus is the only psychologist that ever lived here. With us, to teach us, without reservation, unconditionally. While we believe he performed some small miracles here, that is only the belief of an ego-centric mind. His miracles were and continue to be without limit. There is no order of miracles, he tells us. We think that some errors take a bigger approach. Yet, all are the same in magnitude. As insane as this world is, he exists to us. He does not need to deal in time as we seem to know it, but as it suits our needs. All will be correctly similarly, as the Holy Spirit knows all about everything we think we know. Everything mirrors God’s love. We just think there’s good and bad stuff going on. That is how we defend little selves from truth. Its all the same. God is in everything. There is no order to miracles. One seems harder to us than another to support our own defense against the truth. We must remember we don’t want the truth, we will, with our own devices, push it away, as a child who doesn’t want to wake up, holding on to his sleepiness, warm and comfortable. It is all the child knows.

As Jesus tells us our work is to see in each other what we truly are, created as God created us. The only way God can see us. That is what forgiveness is. Not what we think. Love is the only way to do this here, as love is reflected in forgiveness. This world holds nothing we want. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” means there is no need to do anything here but lie down in green pastures and walk by the still water. Everyone is called to this, few choose to listen. We need do nothing.

Book Review: Blessed are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby Reviewed by Bob Pajer

“The whole point of this book comes down to this. Your life is your art. I mentioned by friend and fellow renaissance human, Andrea Balkt, erlier. She uses that phrase a lot. I don’t jus like it. Its true.

What’s true is that we are all artists. Each of us paints non the canvas of our lives. Every moment is a new brush stoke. Most of us are unconscious of that, except maybe in brief flashes of awareness.” p. 164

Jacob Nordby writes an interesting book about our world, its problems and those who can participate in saving it: the weird.  Those who are outstanding artists and creators of the making of it.  Yes we do create our world from what we have decided it to be. Perception is not an outside job but an inside decision to see what we want. “Out there”. In fact there is no “out there.’ But what we make it to be.  And that can be powerfully real to us because we occupy the only mind in the universe.

Yes we are creators, all of us, co-creators with God, Much of Nordby’s book is about those who seem different, in a different place that others.

Yet, from this critic’s point of view, being different is merely a difference in the dream.  No one here is really different. We “create” different illusions.  We are at different places on our journey seeking our identity. We do things differently only due to form differences.  The content of what we do is real.  However it is not what we think it is.  We live in a confused world we make up and never quite get  what we think we want.  Or seem to want.  We live in chaos, thinking we know how to find out way out only to find we are doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different more acceptable result.  Our author does not seem to understand we can’t create anything.  Creation only takes place, with God.  Which we have the power to do.  But only with God.  We are the only species on earth without a clear attachment to a parent. Our constant question over the ages has always been “Who am I.?” Our birth does not seem to tell us this, so we search for the answer in a world where such answers aren’t available , or possible.  We are plagued by the question, however, for the entire time we are here.   Willing to kill over it. It literally drives us crazy. Yet its clear we do our damnedest to separate from Our Father, who is Our Creator and clearly our Source.  That’s not a religious statement, but a fact.

Nordby takes the artist, the weird ones amongst us, and places them at the forefront in telling the story of human beings as progressively refining our earth.

“Being creative is the only way we can ever feel fulfilled in life. This means turning our lives into unique works of art that reflect our desires and passions. It also means marching to the best of our own drum. This decelerates the weird ones who teach us to do that — who show us that is is not only possible but is also critical to our own survival.” P. 7.

God creates; humankind makes. Fortunately, we don’t in my option do anything without the Mind of God. We can make the world whatever we want. It is will always be changed to what God wants. I believe Nordby is saying we have a chance here, through our creativeness to make up a world that is free and peaceful. That we try and do this is not really of any consequence. It comes and goes. Yet God’s world is eternal life. It has never come and never goes. It is. We don’t need to create something of our own, shouldn’t because it has never worked out. Some of us here know this and work out their own way of peace, knowing that eventually all will follow and the world will end because it is a sad place, yet the real progress of humankind will fulfill God’s love for all of us.

Somehow I can’t wrap my hope around Jimmy Hendrix and Elizabeth Taylor as being, according to Norby,  out in front somewhere leading us all to salvation. Even Mozart. No, we are all brothers and sisters being restored to sanity by a loving Father of us all. None are not chosen. True, few choose to listen, but everybody gets what is theirs, God’s complete  love for his children. Our job here is to let that happen by our love one another. That was Jesus’ message to his brothers and sisters. We seem a bit uneven in this world. Yet this is not the real world, the world we will accept when we are ready. Right now we are too busy defending the world we made in place of God’s — which is impossible.

There is nothing to do here in a world that does not accept its loving Father. All the weird in the world trying to make it a better place will not change this. Who wants to make a mad world better. Well, the mad in their madness. That heaven for the artists. But not because art is, or can be anymore than what we make of it.

I have enjoyed Norby’s book none the same. He is a good writer and has something to say about our world, the one we made. But I can’t accept that any remaking of the world by its makers will save it. There is a world that we can all find, in ourselves that will take us literally to the world that is of God. Nothing we do here in our world will make that journey for us through our own dreams of correction. The best we can do here is to learn once and for all to love one other. If we don’t know what that means, and we don’t,  lets find out. Just ask. It will be given to know. Fortunately, we are safe because God did not our world. If he had, we are really in trouble. And fortunately, the real world is safe because we didn’t make it. What we make seemingly apart from God is insane. God is not.

 

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Book Review: Jesus Untangled — Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb, by Keith Giles. Review by Bob Pajer

“What if the greatest threat to Christianity in America was American Christianity.”

This is a quote from the back cover of Keith Giles book, Jesus Untangled — Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb.

Giles writes a powerful book, questioning those of us who believe salvation can be legislated by laws the world obeys. Starting with early Christianity when the message Jesus left us was clearer in our ancestors’ minds, closer to his embodiment of that message, he takes us on a journey from early Christianity to the present day, where there are still many of us in our country who believe Jesus said that we should get involved in government to steer the process so that we can embed God’s message in politics. Many believe the founders of America saw entanglement as a threat to our fledging democracy. Yet, as a country, we have struggled with the idea of separating our religious beliefs from the laws of government. And this is I think sadly a Christian movement. Yet it is a distortion of Jesus’ message that implies the laws the world has made are not God’s laws. Obeying civil law is second to accepting God’s law, which trumps civil law for us as Christians. Theoretically at least.

I believe Jesus tells us clearly that the world is a distortion that needs our forgiveness. We are here to forgive, which is a reflection of God’s love, primary purpose and function of our lives, whether or not forgiveness is compatible with civil law. The present world we live in is clearly not a fertile ground for this, although God’s will is, well God’s will. There is nothing that can oppose it even in our darkest moments it will be. While it may seem so dark and the whole meaning of forgiveness isn’t available to us, He will prevail. The world is built on the concept of punishment. Forgiveness does not include punishment at all. Nothing more clearly demonstrates the anti-Christ but the meaning we have place on the one thing that Jesus taught in all his teachings.

Here is a poignant quote from Giles book that describes the underpinning of our coming to the current world we live in:

‘For early Christians like Tertullian, the very idea of a Christian Caesar was preposterous. For them there were clearly two kingdoms; and if one became entangled with the other, then both would seem to perform their intended functions. Even worse, the Christian Church, once entangled with the State, would cease to carry the cross of Christ and begin to wield the sword of Rome. The oppressed would become the oppressor, not only of the weak and the marginalized, but the other Christians as well.’ P. 68

The world that seems to have come to life for us is not God’s world. It is ours. We live our dream here, pretending to be living without God. We pay homage to our own projection of a sick mind upon a rather grand illusion. How could this include anything but our own ideas about Jesus’ message — a message of love? Our interpretation of that message suits our own message to ourselves: fear. And if we were just able to “convert” everyone to the cross of Christ through laws, we’d be less fearful. Using methods completely opposite of Jesus now becomes “justified” in his name and the name of Christ. Salvation becomes of our own making, our own plan, ignoring God’s plan because in the context of our thinking it simply cannot apply.

The opposite of God’s plan for salvation is insanity. The truth is there is no opposite to anything God creates. So, despite the suffering we experience trying so hard to replace Jesus’ teaching with ours in the name of Christianity, it is not happening. Welcome to the dream of hell. Love has no opposite; truth has no opposite — nor does a little of this and a little of that, a split mind have any affect on God’s laws. “Thy will be done.” means it will be done.

Jesus does not play games. Our games. He loves us entirely. He does not ask of us to do what he did, which he describes in a Course in Miracles as an “extreme example.” He does know very well how to impress upon us the truth, although we can take truth and bring it to our illusions over and over again expecting the result we think we want from his teachings.

I recently attended a community meeting in my town. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together members of different faiths to talk with one another to establish peaceful communication between neighbors. One of our State legislators tried to plant fear among us, our response was to confront it through understanding and communication. To love one another, as Jesus states.

As the meeting went on there were those who spoke of the conqueror mentality of Muslim people and nations. Someone actually said that. i thought to myself, of all the conquerors in this world we made, Christians are surely the masters of it.
Think: the Conquistadores, the American Christians who enslaved populations of Africans for hundreds of years and considered them ⅔ of a person, (establishing the electoral college to balance out that fraction with the rest of the countries count for elections) and continued to brutalize many of the Black race, while wiping off the face of ur non-God world earth whole nations of Native Americans in exchange for their land. Moving into the rest of the world, it was Christians who slaughtered 7 million Jews in Nazi Germany, or the President of the United States who commanded the slaughtering of countless families as revenge for slaughtering of 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001. Christians against Jews, Christians against Native Americans, Christians against Iraq populations. Jesus message is unequivocal. He would never find any of this as a part of his teaching. I told our Muslim friends at the community meeting, who seems to be taking on the guilt of their own brothers and sisters who acted with the same insane beliefs in their acts of killing, we do the same and that Christians are the most brutal religion in the world, if we can measure brutality buy the numbers. They were thankful, saying I brought a moment of sanity to the meeting.

Our local Legislator who was present looked at me in dis-belief. We are friends (perhaps not anymore). He said he would pray for me. It is so difficult for us to see our own faults. Jesus’ teachings and his reminder of God’s law of love, remind us. This is not an approach we have come to in our current politics and organized religion. Yet is is the very hear of Jesus’ teaching: forgiveness.

Keith Giles has written a wonderful book that touches the truth in us. We need his search for truth today in our world, as did the desert fathers and mothers who left the direction in the which the Christian church was headed. They went off on their own to continue the practices Jesus taught, while the Holy Roman Empire established its own brand of Christianity. The Church I grew under Pius the XII, the one “true” church, universal, and for all. Here was the distorted teaching of Jesus administered to the young. What I heard was he died on the cross as a sacrificial lamb, one Son of our Father, his crucifixion, due payment for our sins. Imagine that, the one who comes to teach us there is no sin, dies for them at the hand of a vengeful Father. Just what we have been waiting for. It is a captivating story that fits perfectly well with separation and the ego.

Our world is a distortion of God’s world. Its the best we can do, we suppose. Never thinking that we will lose it, desperately trying to save it. God does not do desperation. Jesus’ message is love, not desperation, not war, not erecting governments to enforce it. What part of love needs to be enforced by man? What help of the kind we expose in out world does God need? God’s response is we will awaken to His will for us, as Jesus demonstrates through his time here, that it is the Son of God, who knows only love, for He/She is created out of love. As Giles says:

“Much like handing a toddler a nuclear warhead capable of transforming the landscape in the blink of an eye, Jesus has entrusted everyone of us with the greatest force in the universe, agape love. Agape love is the love which has the power not to destroy a city, but to transform a renew all humanity from within.” P. 93

Our salvation is much simpler that this, however. Jesus came to tell us of the Sonship — the one unalterable, changeless truth — we are God’s children. He loves us and will not change His mind about us, no matter how stupid we get. In that we have all of God’s power as He would have it be. When Jesus says in his prayer, after establish our one relationship with God as His children, God then says that His will be done in earth as in heaven. This is God’s will we are told here by one of the greatest teachers of that Will. It can only be done. God is constantly messaging us, even in our insane dream world, which will end the moment God’s world is accepted. We don’t have to fight for it. Jesus did not die for it. His resurrection is what he instructs us to focus our attention on. He did not die on the cross, nor did he die for our sins — he let his body go to give his brothers and sisters a far more powerful message, one that we are to do the same under any circumstances, none of which will be a sacrifice. Jesus hates sacrifice because letting go of illusion and insanity can never be a sacrifice. We are the glory of God as brothers and sisters, no mater what this world may seem to say otherwise. That is not a sacrifice, but an awakening to what we are. This is our identity, which we seem to cling to in this upside down world to the death. We need cling to nothing here, for we already have all. It is our being and it will, as Giles says, transform our landscape “in the blink of an eye.” No need to call it another kind of love, it is love which has no opposites, no differences, nor different forms.

There are a number of things that caused me to leave Christianity as it is defined today. As a young child I seemed, like many to see through the distorted (coming from the word tort.) Many of the ideas I developed were based on my own insanity. However, the one thing I learned, not sure I was taught, that drove me away into an early life of mistakes and acting out addictions, had to do with my identity: the seeming placement of my self outside of teaching I thought I heard. What I heard was “Do not read the Bible, we’ll tell you what it says.” Christ had come. He was a part of the Trinity, which was in itself a mystery. One thing was certain, that I was not a part of any of this, except as a sinner. I began thinking, I’m too bad to be a part of it. And I seemed to continue to get worse. That is what I heard from from my teachers. And, they seemed to offer no way up and out, at least that I could handle. I tried and tried and it did not work.

Alcohol seemed early on to be the answer, as it evidently was for all my friend’s families and mine as well. If you want to be happy, drink. Happier, drink more. After all it is a Greek word for “spirit” and spirit is what I seemed to be lacking. Its a lonely world out there. So the Church itself seemed to lead me on a path of nothingness, which I learned later in life that’s, ironically perhaps, exactly where I needed to be. I could have done without the alcohol thing, however, and the massive suffering and pain it brings to family and relationships. A rapacious creditor it is. All in the form of a deeper and deeper separation in an already separated world. Love would bring me home one day and it did: the day I would discover the Trinity as inclusive. The good news is, I am a part of it as God’s holy Son, albeit still sleeping off the hangover of separation. I would return to the Kingdom fully as God’s son, having actually never left. What God has joined together, let know man put asunder. You see that’s God’s law, what in Heaven’s name would make us think we need civil law, or the moral majority to enforce it. Government limits the Holy One. Unless we want to diminish Our Father, which in this world we do, let so called religious do their thing separate from the civil laws I’m supposed to obey. Hopefully, then if they run astray of God’s law, I have a truth to enforce, within myself. And I don’t want that truth to be something some religious follower tells me is truth. We do not ask too much of life, but not enough. (Jesus’s words from A Course in Miracles)

Rejoice, I am in the Trinity and so are you. We must be, for it is the Holy Spirit, God’s Voice, the Corrector, the Holy Redeemer, who takes us gently home all together. Jesus here with us is our Guide who has gone before, no holier than we (making sure I am no holier than anyone else.) I don’t have to get good. He never leaves me, nor you. It is a much better experience, however, when I’m awake, which is “good.”

I need to nothing. i only have to get out of this world with a passing grade as one of my dear companions once said. As a matter of fact there’s nothing but readiness that I must do. Be involved in my own readiness, knowing that it is not mastery. God does that for me.

Let’s keep our government out of all this. It will always look for a universal theology. Its what it does. There is no universal theology. But governments will take up that cause and kill over it. There is only a universal experience. That is not particularly looked upon favorably by the government that has just been formed in the United States of America. i predict it will form itself around Christianity as a way of gaining more and more power to convince its citizens to act in ways not in their best interest, but rather in the interest of the political takers. I suspect our author knows this very well.

Everyone should read this book. It has some limitations of its own, but its right on the mark. How nice it would be to return to the early Christians who I imagine walked the talk. Love is what we are because we are born of it. Teach only love for that is what we are. (from a Course in Miracles.) We are walking on the road after a good days work, and one of us says, “Followers of our brother Jesus, who will lead our meeting tonight?” And one of our sisters speaks up and says “I will” My heart jumps a little, for i know she will inspire us one more time with Jesus message, perhaps the beleaguered man at the cave who rants and raves, curses and spits, and we tell Jesus maybe he should not be walking in his direction, which he is, we knowing our warnings to him are of no avail whatsoever, as he approaches this less than human figure (to us), and Jesus says just a few words, as he looks him square in the eye, “Brother, i know you.” The man is startled into silence for a moment, perhaps thinking, I have been waiting here all this time for you, brother. Wondering so painfully, who am I, my terrible struggle now makes sense no more. Who doesn’t have an identity, he says in that very moment. My choice can only be, heaven, my home with God. There are no other choices, as I have suffered for so long with this meaningless question, “Who am I?” It has always been my insanity. Not the question, for it is meaningless, but that I ask it. I see now this man, who must be a great teacher, has told me, I am just as God created me: His holy son, as holy as He, for He would have it no other way. And I know somehow this great teacher who stands now in front of me is saying to me with his eyes, “I am no holier than you. For God does not discriminate. “Because I will to know myself, i see you as my brother and God’s Son.” All in one instant. All touching the great truth that has always been in me. So that I may know. I am indeed part of and equal to.

While our brothers and sisters who seem to think government would be best work with Christianity, they are in a sense correct. God is in everything. But we must never think that everything is in God. He doesn’t do perception, as we do. Nor illusions. We do and we cannot ask of Him or Her to come down here into our sick minds to make nice. It is we who must bring our sick minds to His Light. Governments are just not in that business. My guess is its the last thing they would want to happen. For in the process of that they would lose hold of all of God’s children, who need only live by God’s law.

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The Trinity is God’s one answer to the Son of Man’s one error, or “tiny mad idea.” (ACIM) The answer is: separation is corrected because it never took place, for, what we do in error, God corrects the instant we thought it took place. In our minds, we cling to the idea that not only was our error real, but we must pay for making it. Sin unrepeatable. Our blame for what we thought we did is the basis for all the insanity of the world we made. Through God’s mercy, His will, caring and love, healing in the form of His salvation enters our mind, as God’s will is done “in earth, as it is in Heaven.”

Since we have chosen in our world to see in specifics “Trinity” is a decent metaphor for our healing, our awakening as we are restored to sanity. It has no other purpose, but to guide us home, first because are the Son of God. God, we think, wrongly, extracts an exacting price for our error forever due. The Holy Spirit’s only purpose is correction of our mad ideas. Our concepts of sin, guilt and death (our unholy trinity) serves us well in this false concept of justice. Here is the beginning of the dream of separation formed, justice and truth abandoned in a mold of guilt, smoldering now as we seem to be split apart, blaming each other for the impossible, and in our own hell continuing to split upon split in every illusion we bow down and worship to. As we seem to oppose God, it can only be a mad world we make, that has no meaning, nor purpose. Yet, all that can really happen is that God, in response to our decision, still knows only One as a unified Creation, all in all, all there ever was and will be, the unity of oneness within us in Christ, as we are reminded we are One, in Spirit, within our Selves, as the Son of God. And where Christ is, God is, the thing that cannot change, will never change. Our minds are God’s deep and loving concern, He cares for His children, our brothers and sisters in union with Him. This is the full meaning of the Trinity. “Three” has no particular divine meaning. However it is the e only non-duality we get to experience here, because it is the only non-dual aspect of a mind so otherwise sick, it cannot comprehend its own sickness. It is God’s answer to an unrelated cause that took place in the mind of God’s holy child — again “a tiny mad idea” (ACIM) out of our mistaken thought system. It is His only response: as Holy as He is are we, His mercy and Love boundless, extended to the limitless. We thought we sinned in separation; God responded otherwise: no we did not separate, for there is no such thing, we can not do what cannot be.

So our whole journey now is one of forgiveness, forgiving ourselves for what we did not and cannot do, by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit and Christ within us, what we are. A return to sanity through God’s plan. For that, we need the gifts of the Trinity: our true connection with our older brother, Jesus, who teaches us that, with him we are a part in the Trinity, as we are one in Christ, our Higher Self; that we have the Holy Spirit within that part of our minds where God placed the Answer to our mistaken identity; and, it is in our unity with our Selves and one another we awaken again to our union with God. We are the Holy Trinity, as we are God’s Kingdom. “For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.” Amen. We need do nothing but seek to follow His plan and stay vigilant for the work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, wake up, show up and watch the show! This is what the Atonement is for. It is Jesus’ very teaching in his lovely prayer: “Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.” Let us join to let all sadness go, for it laments nothing.

The Trinity is God’s one answer to the Son of Man’s one error, or “tiny mad idea.” (ACIM) The answer is: separation is corrected because it never took place, for, what we do in error, God corrects the instant we thought it took place. In our minds, we cling to the idea that not only was our error real, but we must pay for making it. Sin unrepeatable. Our blame for what we thought we did is the basis for all the insanity of the world we made. Through God’s mercy, His will, caring and love, healing in the form of His salvation enters our mind, as God’s will is done “in earth, as it is in Heaven.”

Since we have chosen in our world to see in specifics “Trinity” is a decent metaphor for our healing, our awakening as we are restored to sanity. It has no other purpose, but to guide us home, first because are the Son of God. God, we think, wrongly, extracts an exacting price for our error forever due. The Holy Spirit’s only purpose is correction of our mad ideas. Our concepts of sin, guilt and death (our unholy trinity) serves us well in this false concept of justice. Here is the beginning of the dream of separation formed, justice and truth abandoned in a mold of guilt, smoldering now as we seem to be split apart, blaming each other for the impossible, and in our own hell continuing to split upon split in every illusion we bow down and worship to. As we seem to oppose God, it can only be a mad world we make, that has no meaning, nor purpose. Yet, all that can really happen is that God, in response to our decision, still knows only One as a unified Creation, all in all, all there ever was and will be, the unity of oneness within us in Christ, as we are reminded we are One, in Spirit, within our Selves, as the Son of God. And where Christ is, God is, the thing that cannot change, will never change. Our minds are God’s deep and loving concern, He cares for His children, our brothers and sisters in union with Him. This is the full meaning of the Trinity. “Three” has no particular divine meaning. However it is the e only non-duality we get to experience here, because it is the only non-dual aspect of a mind so otherwise sick, it cannot comprehend its own sickness. It is God’s answer to an unrelated cause that took place in the mind of God’s holy child — again “a tiny mad idea” (ACIM) out of our mistaken thought system. It is His only response: as Holy as He is are we, His mercy and Love boundless, extended to the limitless. We thought we sinned in separation; God responded otherwise: no we did not separate, for there is no such thing, we can not do what cannot be.

So our whole journey now is one of forgiveness, forgiving ourselves for what we did not and cannot do, by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit and Christ within us, what we are. A return to sanity through God’s plan. For that, we need the gifts of the Trinity: our true connection with our older brother, Jesus, who teaches us that, with him we are a part in the Trinity, as we are one in Christ, our Higher Self; that we have the Holy Spirit within that part of our minds where God placed the Answer to our mistaken identity; and, it is in our unity with our Selves and one another we awaken again to our union with God. We are the Holy Trinity, as we are God’s Kingdom. “For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.” Amen. We need do nothing but seek to follow His plan and stay vigilant for the work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, wake up, show up and watch the show! This is what the Atonement is for. It is Jesus’ very teaching in his lovely prayer: “Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.” Let us join to let all sadness go, for it laments nothing.

A Child of God

Father, I know little here. Knowledge is of you. Preserved in that sacred place where all is saved in tact for your Son. With Your grace I will come to know Your gifts, what You have always wanted for us. Nothing has changed. You wait for me to find and accept the plan that is Yours for this sad world. How empty I feel when I stray into my chosen frailty. But I think You want me to be where I am to unlearn what keeps me from You: nothing but my decision to play a child’s game, thinking I’m lacking something. What can be so difficult to accept what is mine as You have so freely given? Today I will give up the idea I can make the false true, the hell I make real, the thought there is a life apart from You. 

“Blessed are the poor for theirs is the Kingdom.” 

All come here broken. The world is a place to discover missing identity — a journey without distance to goal which has never changed. (ACIM). Yet we are in Truth, all part of, whole, now. Although separation, the decision to be here, appears to separate us, nothing, however, can. God abides in us no matter what we think about ourselves and each other. Because God is indivisible, separation has never taken place. That should show us the real power of our mind — to think falsely, as well as rightmindedly. We could see it’s real power, but it is our choice not to. Nonetheless, we are one with our Creator no matter what we believe or think. We have never left our home. Once we are in the dream that seems to tell us we can all things about separation clearly seem real. A good deal of our reality appears as suffering, a symptom of false ideas about not knowing who we are. Our seeming lack of an identity. Thinking we do not know our Source is always at the core of our belief in insanity and sickness. Many addict themselves to things that seem to relieve pain. Without a Source, false gods will do. Or, we abuse one another in all forms of attack, perpetrators or victims. Enemies or the “innocent” recipients of attack. We have never found a way to fully and effectively defend our ourselves. Save one. The person who resists not evil, recognizing that what does not exist cannot harm. Bodies can be hurt, made to suffer and destroyed. Yet we in spirit, cannot be, for that is eternal and has never left its Source. Our insistence that Truth cannot be has left us without identity. When I ask “Who am I?”, setting the question aside, the answer must be, “I don’t know.” Even though I think I know better. Being here remains the only hope I have, the only reality I have for reaching my home in the one and only relationship that truly is my place, God’s love for me and you and everyone. 
God can and will bring God’s children home. To let this happen, and it has already happened, we simply need to look upon one another as we were created. My validation of your identity is a simple practice. I must every day practice the truth that my brothers and sisters here are just as God created each and everyone one. From the arms of His love. We don’t ever get to change this, no matter what in my perception seems to define them otherwise. Should I perceive otherwise I will inevitably think they have stolen my identity from me. None have, nor can. No one has what I think has been taken from me, who I am. I do not need validation from another that assures I am real. I need only validate them. I need not blame them for what I otherwise have projected upon them. I have no holes in me anyone can fill, because there are no holes in me. I am as God created me. I am not a body, which I think lacks something I can find in your body. I lack nothing. I have all from All. I am blessed among the poorest who have All. The world holds nothing that I want. (ACIM). Because I have no cause to want. We need just awaken to Truth. I join with the Holy Spirit, my Self and you as God takes the last step for us. I need do nothing but listen, as heaven rejoices. 
I bless you, brother/sister with the Love of God, which I would share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s. Lesson 127, ACIM

Be Here Now

An ego gets touched an arrow is reached for–
Wait.  Who are you dear child of our Father
Who cries through pain only for His love?  Such Infants we are together.  Made in His likeness.  I do not see you, dear child.  Yet His holy Son does.

Worry not now you who lashes in terror. There is none. Be sure holy child of our Father, there is none. Fear is the stranger here. Yet, a stranger who doesn’t find a real home anywhere.

Awaken Child of Our Father. Let us go home now together. I bless you in His name. Come now, with me. I know who you are. And now I see who I am.

We found each other to travel together.  Not apart.

That our egos touched for a tiny mad moment, it matters not. Our journey was made in heaven. What is not, cannot stop His love for us. My answer to your beckoning is to come with me now.

Let us not delay. Our innocence waits only in time. Love is our chariot.
The fire will not stop us.

What isn’t real cannot be real.

Bob Pajer

 

 

Book Review: Patmos – Three Days Two Men One Extraordinary Conversation, by C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D.

Review by Bob Pajer

“The assumption (italics mine) of separation is the great darkness.” His words hit me like a blow to my gut, but before I could recover he continued on. “Then, you see, we have to find our way to God. The Greeks offer their way through their minds; the Pharisees offer theirs through external rules. This is Ophis’s chief trick—blind us to how close the Lord is, closer than breath: we’re in him, and he’s in us. Ophis deceives the nations by one lie—separation. Our joy”—his face lit up like the rising sun—“is to tell the truth, let the light shine—and persevere the tribulation of enlightenment.”

As with most of C. Baxter Kruger’s book, Patmos, this is revolutionary thinking. I grew up under the tutelage of Catholic teachers who would often say, trying to answer our questions, “its a mystery.” And I suppose we were comfortable with that because it was easier to proclaim there was no answer to the mysteries of faith, given the upcoming at the time Baltimore catechism test. Yet one wonders now why it was so difficult to tell us simply, we are Spirit, God is in us, we are in Him, in His mind. As John’s tells us. Statements of Truth might have saved us much tribulation. To this day I have the damnedest time believing I am not a body, but spirit. Or, that understanding the Trinity is possible. That understanding came about by seeing myself in it, along with everyone else as the Son. John speaks of being in Jesus, but I believe he means in Christ, just as Jesus led his life to prove.

Kruger’s book is filled with a new way of looking at the teachings of Jesus. Well not new actually. It seems to me John proclaims them very clearly in his Gospel. Yet these truths were certainly contrary to what we were taught at St. Jerome Elementary School. No one ever said about Jesus that he, as the Son, found God within His own mind, as he became Christ who now waits for his brothers and sisters to find exactly what he did. That the Trinity was God’s loving response to our mistakes upon coming here, and staying here, to follow the ego’s plan for salvation. Kruger does not say in his book, the Holy Spirit is God’s temporary Voice, to communicate to us God’s plan for our salvation, a plant that must even, as we see differently from the ego’s grand illusion, time. Our response to God’s plan of course is we have a better plan, the ego plan, which is not based on love but on grievance and resentment, as it is carried out by us in the world.

Kruger’s book involves a novel story of a 21st century person who visits the Apostle John exiled on the island of Patmos. Its a fascinating story which blends John’s Revelation and Gospel with an explanation of the Nicean Creed, as John would would come to understand that and hope we would finally understand his Gospel and live by it. The Apostle’s major concern is that the separation amongst us, at best an “assumption”, we really believe took place. How can we possibly separate from God’s will? We think we have in the Apostle’s time here, and in ours of course by believing God is somehow outside us, others are outside us, as we live in a body that isolates us from other bodies. This is of course is the “assumed” separation we think we accomplished, feel like there’s nothing else to take its place, have lost our unity with our Selves, with everyone who has come to this world along with our distance in time and space from our Source. Jesus’ first words of his prayer tell us this isn’t so. It is “Our Father” we seek in all we do mistakenly, yet feel guilty over it, blame another, or whole races of people, to scapegoat the very guilt we can never dismiss: the thought we did it and God is going to punish us when He finally catches up with us doers.

Although this is not sin, it is close to what Christians think of as original sin. Jesus came to us, not sent by His Father to die, but to teach us how to live, in joy, peace and happiness, under a loving Father. Separation is a dream, as are all the illusions we experience here, thinking we can oppose God, have a will separate from Him and in the process give up our inheritance which is happiness. God’s judgment is simply I love my Son. We have not changed God’s mind about us. We are the Kingdom, His Sons and Daughters, still in God’s mind safe, as we find ourselves waiting, waiting and waiting for God. He has never left us. There is nothing to wait for, only our own stubborn desire to remove God’s authority from Him and have it for ourselves. We will waken to what we truly are, our greater Self, Christ, one with our Father. I believe that is how John would describe our being here, as does Jesus.

Much of Kruger’s book is about John, as he questions Aiden, (our author,) who in the story as written finds himself transported to John’s cave on Patmos through a white light vision. The vision occurs at the door of his home. Once they meet, the two get along very well. They have interesting discussions about separation and what has occurred since John left us. The discussions between the two tell an exciting story that reflect our human story as Spirit here in this world. The time journey by Aiden and it seems time moment in John’s life, our century, superimposed into Saint John’s time is carefully crafted to be real. While it is told to help us in understanding John the Apostle, we become ready for salvation under God’s plan for salvation. (No matter what we think of ours, which is doomed to keeping us in hell.)
In a later chapter, John adds fire to the revolutionary thinking. Augustine comes up in the conversation between he and Aiden. When John learns of Augustine, here is what John says about him: ‘If he believed that we are separated from Jesus,’ “St. John said carefully”, ‘and if he, as you said, is the Father of your Western tradition, then his ideas led the West to exhaustion, no matter how much he loved and knew Jesus.’ Of course, John has the upper hand, he really did know Jesus in the flesh. John goes on to say, ‘Perhaps it was through the ideas he passed on that the deepest log in your beaver dam was put in place. But do not fear; the Holy Spirit always works to redeem our blunders.’ The beaver dam is a reference to one of Aiden’s dreams, symbolizing our blocked consciousness when it comes to our understanding God, and our very blocks to Love. Blocked further by the punishment we bring on ourselves for our “sins”, in place of the pure love God has for His children, no matter what nonsense he is up to, and his final judgment: we are as He created us and He has never not loved us, His will for us is only perfect happiness, and that has never not been so. I would say, God just does not do sin and punishment. We do. And it is our log jam. It is a masterpiece of the ego, leading to death. John says later that Jesus would not back down from his love for the Pharisees, no matter what they said or believed, bringing the message of forgiveness once again to us.

Kruger, an extraordinary scholar, struggles some in his dialogue with our Apostle from the past. For one, I think we need not complicate the Holy Spirit’s role and place in the Trinity. Adam made a fatal mistake, thinking we could separate from God. We assume we have. Although, because we are dealing with the only Mind in the universe, and as we think we make real. Still, that reality is not reality. God only possesses reality. His Son does as well of course. However, we don’t think as God’s Son. While truly that is what we are, we delude ourselves in an impermanent made up world we think is real. In Truth, we merely dream a dream of separation. God cannot be separated from, for God is cause. We His effect. Cause and effect cannot be separated. Nothing can put that relationship asunder. This is not a wedding, which can only occur in our dream as a preferential, or special relationship. In fact there is no such thing as a relationship separated from God’s, in Reality. There is just One, our unity with God in God’s mind, from which we have never left. The Holy Spirit is here with us because of Jesus full understanding and perfect consciousness of Union with God, as he took on our only reality, the Christ, our true Self. Our false self is what we operate from in this dram of separation. God is the only reality, which creates the union we seek. There is none other. That reality is One. The Holy Spirit understands this, understands the ego self, and knows God, for He is God’s Voice for us, our only Teacher, along with Jesus, with one additional role, taking us home according to God’s plan. Once we return to what we have never left we will be One with God and the Holy Trinity will be, well, just Holy.

To all who come here, save Jesus and God knows how many others, that doesn’t seem to be a blessing at all. Out of fear, we hold onto guilt for what we think we have done. We resist within the dream as this guilt strikes terror in our will we think we can make up separate from God’s will. What should I, or would I do in God’s loving mind? Oneness, as it can only be, God’s love for His Son, can be our largest of all fears, because it is so threatening to our egos. The ego does not die easily. The ego’s grand scheme is filled with logic and under its thought system, foolproof. Thank heaven its not “God-proof!”, as Jesus says in A Course in Miracles. Well, after all it is made up, not created, although in the Mind of God, because there is no other place. Which is why it is but an illusion. Nothing real can exist in God’s mind outside of God’s own creation, the Kingdom of Love, all encompassing with no opposites.

The Holy Spirit will serve His purpose here as our Corrector: The return of God’s Son to Out Father, through holy awakening. There is only One God.  We will accept what we cannot change:  this truth.

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