Day 26 Thursday Heaven/The Kingdom of Heaven

(Note from Rev. Toni:   Remember that Charles Fillmore was writing this in the early 1900’s;  take a deep breath as you read this entry.  Open up to the metaphysical meaning of these ideas.  Also note that the 2017 edition uses the concept of The Kingdom of Heaven.)

Heaven

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read Matthew 13:24-53.  God idealized two universal planes of consciousness, the heaven and the earth, or more properly, “the heavens and the earth.” One is the realm of pure ideals; the other, of thought forms. God does not create the visible universe directly, as man makes cement pavement, but He creates the ideas that are used by His intelligent “image” and “likeness” to make the universe. Thus God’s creations are always spiritual. Man’s creations are both material and spiritual, according to his understanding.  Jesus, of all those claiming intimate acquaintance with spiritual things, gave heaven definite location. “The kingdom of God is within you.” This kingdom is now ready. “The fields . . . are white already unto harvest.” The conditions are ripe. But only those come in who are willing to exchange for it their ideas of earthly possessions. Every earthly link must be broken, every mortal love crucified. This is the way Jesus entered this kingdom, and His way is the way we must all employ.  Heaven is everywhere present. It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of God’s kingdom in man’s mind, body, and affairs; it is the Christ consciousness, the realm of divine ideas, a state of consciousness in harmony with the thoughts of God. Heaven is within every one of us; a place, a conscious sphere of mind, having all the attractions described or imagined as belonging to heaven.  I realize that faith in Spirit and the ultimate dominance of the good in me will restore me to the heavenly consciousness from which I descended.  I affirm: “Heaven within is one perfect harmonious life, substance, and intelligence, and I rejoice.”

From Be Ye Transformed    Lent 2017

The Kingdom of Heaven

By Rev. John Beerman

I release all distractions to my spiritual awakening.  I am ready to live in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus, our Way Shower, explains in Matthew 13:45-46, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  This parable gives us some subtle insights into the kingdom of heaven. First, this merchant might represent you or me in search of something to add to our lives that will bring us satisfaction, freedom, and peace of mind—all of which are invaluable. Second, the pearl he discovers is said to be “one of great value.” That doesn’t tell us its exact characteristics, except that it has sufficient value to cause the merchant to sell everything he owns and buy it!  What have we discovered in our own lives that would cause us to let go of everything else to pursue this one thing? It might be love, prayer, meditation, service to others, or spiritual truth. You will know when you come across this “pearl of great value,” just as the merchant knew. Paradoxically, he sold everything he had to buy this one pearl. It seems the kingdom of heaven is found when we are willing to let go of other possible distractions and pursue one thing with all our heart and being. Are you ready to find your pearl of great value?
To download the booklet, Be Ye Transformed Lent 2017, published by Unity World Headquarters, click here.

To download the book, Keep A True Lent, by Charles Fillmore, click here.

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