When one of the most Enlightened Beings to ever walk the planet said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, he was not blowing a giant raspberry at all of us as if to say “I have exclusive rights to secret club to which you’ll never have access”. But that’s exactly how the religious world has interpreted it, and given atheists a perfectly valid reason not to believe in religion.
“This world” is simply our unenlightened consciousness continually throwing up its rumours for us to accept. Rumours of disease, poverty, immorality, danger and war. The religious world thinks that if it prays enough, repents enough, sacrifices enough, suffers enough or pays enough, it will somehow be freed from all its ills and gain access to this secret kingdom. But isn’t that just rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? My Kingdom is NOT of “this world”, so why try to manipulate it?
Similarly, if we are not religious in the orthodox sense, we see a problem in “this world” and we either think it is unavoidable or we try to change it, reform it, improve it or heal it. But, in either case, isn’t this still accepting “this world” at face value?
On the other hand, the metaphysical and non-duality movements have suggested that we accept our suffering and problems as part of what “is”. By not judging these as “bad” in the “now”, our feelings will somehow evapourate into an emorphous “now”. But don’t we have the feelings “now”? By denying the evils of “this world” and our feelings, haven’t we given them substance just as much as if we accept them? You cannot deny something that you haven’t first acknowledged is there to deny, right? “Is” is My Kingdom, and it never included the “bad”.
We must recognize both the discordant conditions and the consequent feelings are a result of a “me” that has been fooled into thinking that “this world” of good and evil is real.
Jesus was giving us a Principle to live by. “My Kingdom” is a Consciousness of Love, Freedom, Peace, Wellness, Abundance and Joy (without any opposites). This is the “Kingdom” of which he was Conscious, that is accessible to everyone who also becomes Conscious. This “Kingdom” has no connection to “this world”, the world of the senses, which takes up all our attention. In other words, the “world” of which we are normally conscious, the world which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell, is a misperception of that which is Real (My Kingdom). Our senses cannot detect the Real (where no opposites operate), so they mislead us into believing that discord (which is just an effect of our mind’s misperception) is real.
Human consciousness focuses all its attention on the visible, audible, tangible world, not realizing that its own mind has “created” the world (through its consciousness that believes in both good and evil) which then grabs its attention – a vicious cycle. To clarify:
You cannot have a Consciousness of Freedom and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is not free.
You cannot have a Consciousness of Wellness and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is sick.
You cannot have a Consciousness of Abundance and similtaneously be conscious of “someone” that is lacking.
Do you see now how My Kingdom cannot be of “this world”? Our efforts and protests keep us in ignorance.
Jesus didn’t mean for you to believe what he said, he meant you to repeat “My Kingdom” within Your Secret Self, Be still, and watch “this world” melt away to Reveal Harmony.
Dictionary.com defines “consciousness” as the “state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.”
Notice how “consciousness” depends on a “one” being conscious, otherwise there would be unconsciousness. We are the Subject being conscious of our own existence, comprising our own sensations and thoughts in what seems to be a world of objects. In other words, we are conscious of a physical and mental world.
In neolithic times, cave-man was probably more aware of his physical needs; finding food, a mate and a place to sleep. Nowadays, as well as having concern for our physical needs, our minds are occupied with theories, opinions and concepts. That is, our consciousness has expanded. Now, presumably, since consciousness has expanded from the physical to the mental, is there any reason why it should be limited to that? The folly of assuming such a thing was well illustrated in 1899 when Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US Patents Office apparently said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. Clearly the inventors in the areas transport, aeronautics, electronics and communications technology had other ideas.
So Consciousness is obviously unlimited. And since We are the “ones” being conscious, Our Consciousness must be Infinite.
Now, this supposition immediately presents a problem because Infinity is impossible for the human mind to comprehend. You see, the human mind interprets through concepts and funnily enough, “Infinity” cannot be conceptualized. Try it now! Try to imagine infinite space, going on and on forever. It can’t be done. It is outside the capacity of the finite human mind. Therefore the conceptual understanding of Infinity is incomplete and unknowable by human thought. Therefore, there comes a point where we must let go of “our” limited thought and allow the experience of the Infinite Invisible to unfold from within our own Consciousness.
Artists, designers and inventors have always known to sit still and wait for ideas…from where? Consciousness! Since Consciousness is already Infinite, It must contain every idea that has ever manifested, or is ever going to manifest. However, we can only become conscious of new ideas as we are capable of accepting them into our mind. The typewriter had to come before the computer, the horse and buggy before the car, analogue before digital.
As Consciousness unfolds, we develop aptitudes, proficiencies and talents as a result. Some of us have a consciousness for business, some for language, some for humour, some for science, some for law, some for literature, some for beauty, some for art or a combination of these. Once we have a consciousness of a particular area, we don’t lose it. For example, once we develop a consciousness for driving, we can drive any vehicle. Prior to that, we must repeat the exercise until it becomes automatic.
Similarly, we could develop an appreciation of music by listening to different genres of music. If we wanted to go further we could learn to read music, play an instrument or learn to sing. This would take physical and mental effort, but with persistence and practice we could become quite proficient.
Eventually music would become so automatic that our body and mind would not need to be consciously concentrating. With the mind free, Inspiration could flow out from the Infinite Invisible. New ideas for songs, genres, instruments, equipment or whatever was necessary for expression at that moment could fill our minds. Our bodies would follow the instruction from the mind to bring the idea into visible expression.
The more we rely on Infinite Consciousness, the more the ideas flow in Abundance.
Now comes the crunch! Up to this point, our discussion about Consciousness has been confined to the Infinite flow of new ideas. This is the result of Consciousness. It doesn’t tell us anything about its Nature. Consciousness, being Infinite includes the Universe…from the tiniest atom to the dust, the plants, the insects, birds, fish, animals, oceans, mountains, planets, stars and beyond. It includes our amazing bodies and our incredible minds. (Notice I didn’t say Us because We are Consciousness) Nothing is outside Consciousness. To keep all this working, Consciousness must be Infinitely Intelligent and Loving.
I can sense you doubt this…and there it is – our reason why we can’t comprehend Infinity. You ask, “how do discords such as disease, poverty and war fit into an Intelligent and Loving Consciousness?” They don’t. Due to a belief that we are excluded from Infinity, we suddenly believed we were separated from our needs. Our minds obliged and projected this belief in lack outwardly to produce the appearance of lack of health, lack of prosperity and lack of peace. Consequently we lost consciousness of Infinite Abundance and believed we had to provide for our needs by our own efforts. The ego was born…but not really because the ego is only an hypnotic influence believed to be real.
Nevertheless, being a consciousness of lack, the ego doubts the possibility of permanent Abundance in Health, Wealth and Peace. We can allow a consciousness of Art, Literature and Science because it doesn’t threaten the ego. On the other hand Consciousness of Health, Wealth and Peace become subject to the limitations of human consciousness. Why? Well, the ego can’t die from lack of art, literature or science, but it thinks it can die of illness, insanity, lack of money to buy food to feed its self or war. Therefore it can’t let go of its reliances on the health system, its investments or the protection of armies. The ego doesn’t realize that its outer circumstances are merely a reflection its false “state” of consciousness which then reinforces its fear of death, and around and around it goes.
If We only knew that the Infinite Invisible, our own Consciousness, looks after all our needs, if only we would let It. What stops us? It’s too risky. Infinity might be dangerous!! Well, guess what? Human consciousness is the only “state” of consciousness to experience fear because it has separated its self from Consciousness…a vicious cycle.
Let’s get off the merry-go-round. Our Consciousness is Love, Infinitely Good. The “One” being Conscious is not the ego. The ego is unconscious, ignorant, a dummy! Be still and Know that You are Love and watch the discords of humanity evaporate before your eyes.