Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done – on earth, as it is in Heaven.

Christian don’t really understand this passage – it is locked in an antiquated style of English, with far too much reliance on a level of grammar that has gone lost in our times.  It means:

Let your Kingdom come, let you will be done – let this happen on earth, as it happens in Heaven.

Thus, Christians are tasked with making the Kingdom of God happen on Earth – that is, here, now, where we stand.  Make Heaven happen on earth, In this way, Jesus has the same  “good news” as Buddha.  Both were reacting against religions (Hinduism and Judaism)  that preached enlightenment AFTER death. The radical message that both preached was –  don’t wait!  Get enlightened now!  Before you die!

In the Kingdom, All are enlightened. To be enlightened means to see as God sees – that all Things are only one Thing, that all bodies are actually one body.  And this is not a metaphor. When we see as God sees, we see not as “through a glass darkly”, where individual shapes move about, darkly, ominously; rather, we see a visual field, we hear an aural field, within which we can choose to distinguish individual elements, or not.  Of course, there are phases we must go through to get to this sense of awareness: the first phase is to feel a sense of love for everything.  To love as God loves. As J.D Salinger writes:

J.D. Salinger

“I was six when I saw that everything was God, and my hair stood up, and all, Teddy said. It was on a Sunday, I remember. My sister was a tiny child then, and she was drinking her milk, and all of a sudden I saw that she was God and the milk was God. I mean, all she was doing was pouring God into God, if you know what I mean.”

And this is what Nietzsche meant by “Übermensch”. Shaw unfortunately was too arrogant to try to understand German when he mistranslated this to “superman.” Indeed, it is easier to understand this word if you are from California: if someone says  “Über schwag”, it means “of the highest quality; at the point of highest development”.  So, an “Übermensch” is not above human – just really, finally, a human – no longer a beast. It’s not a question of evolution.  it is a question of growing up, all the way, into a full understanding of who you are in relationship to where you are.

And so, we seek to live daily on a higher spiritual plane.  The first step is to forgive.  The second is to love. The third is to forgive because you love. The fourth is to forgive others, because there are no others – they are we. And so, the fifth step to finding the Kingdom is to love others as you love yourself. The sixth step is to practice – to discipline yourself to think this way all the time, so that it becomes automatic; it becomes “easy”. The seventh step is to make it – to live, to help us all live. The eighth step is to clear some space out, so you can space out. The ninth step is devotion – pary at all times.  The tenth step is surrender – breath out, let go.

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