If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the Kingdom is in the
sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they
say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede
you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is
outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you
will become known, and you will realize that it is you who
are the sons and daughters of the living Father. But if you will not
know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who
are that poverty.
Jesus of Nazareth
often amazed at just how many Christians bristle and
protest when they hear someone say that it's important for
us to know ourselves, to be friends with ourselves, to
empower ourselves by loving ourselves
unconditionally. But as creations of God, aren't we
all deserving of the love that we're given--even if that
love comes from ourselves? If the Kingdom is inside
of us, shouldn't we do our best to get to know all that's
inside of us, who and what we are?
are those who preach that we become better people by
sacrificing more by giving more money when it comes to
tithing. According to this statement, though,
doesn't that put us behind the people with more money than
us? Others preach that we're more pleasing to God
based on how many people we convert to faith in God.
Isn't Jesus saying, though, that we're then behind anyone
who converts more people than we do?
Kingdom is within. All great spiritual teachers have
taught this truth. You're doing yourself and the
rest of the world a great favor by getting to know
yourself--your wants and needs and strengths and
weaknesses and loves and dislikes and all that makes us
who we are--because then you can approach the world from a
position of wholeness, of completeness. And once you
are whole, you can help others to reach their own
wholeness, their own place in the Kingdom. Not until
then, though, so it's worth it to start the journey of
discovery and come to know and love yourself.
you'll end up dwelling in poverty, no matter how much
money you have or what kind of car you drive.
How much time do you spend really trying to get to know
yourself, your own wants and needs?
Why might some people feel threatened if we were to get
to know and love and trust ourselves fully?
What does it mean to you to "dwell in
you move into the day, be aware of
how you treat yourself.
As you shower
or bathe, be aware of how you handle your
body. Are you gentle? Or are you rough?
As you eat
your meals today, be aware of
how much time,
energy, and attention
you give to nourishing
yourself. When it
comes to self-nurturing, are you
attentively conscious? Are you
Be aware of
what you do to and for yourself,
because you set the
standard for others.
people behind the words
Two - Year Three
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