Over the past few days I’ve had something on my mind that has caused me a bit of anxiety and frustration. I’ve found my mind drifting into these negative thoughts. In this morning’s silent meditation, in the stillness of mind, I came to ponder this and my inner depth spoke to me, reminding me of the old Bible verse, “seek ye the Kingdom of God.”
Seek The Kingdom
What does it mean to seek the kingdom of God? It means to put away the cares of the world, the worries of conformity or the challenges of others. These carnal fetters pull one’s attention into the world and aware from the pure state of mind. Carnality isn’t simply the material world, it is the attachment to the material world. Any attachment to this world builds upon the seeming separation between the individual and their Greater (Higher) Self.
Seeking the Kingdom means to put attention on those elements that enrich the bond of the Higher. I’ve often described this as a process of “looking up,” as opposed to “looking down.” I recently gave that analogy, only to get criticized over the verbiage… some said it is really “looking within.” Of course it is to look within. The language of “looking up,” (for me) is a metaphor for going inward – it is the spiritual journey itself, and the language of “looking down” (for me) is a metaphor for attaching to the carnal nature. One can not do both at the same time. Either we do one, or the other. At times we work in the carnal world, as we live in the carnal world, but we must watch the balance. When the scales tip towards attachment to a job, the ego (“I”) will begin to grab a foothold. For this reason, one must constantly seek the Kingdom (that “looking up” as I had previously called it), but in practice it is going inwards.
The Kingdom of God is Within You
Another verse from the Bible has been modified in newer translations, as to take away from the original meaning. The original meaning spoke to an access point to God from within each of us, “the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) Newer translations will now read, “the Kingdom of God is amongst you,” attempting to take away this truism. The key Greek word in this phrase is ἐντός (entos), which means “within.” It always means within and has never meant “among.” Even today this is true, as one can pick any Greek dictionary and discover for themselves. Christian theologians created their own definition of the Greek word ἐντός in their own theological dictionaries, that conform to their own theological views. By redefining the word, they redefined the passage… no longer do their modern translations speak of the Kingdom of God within, but the Kingdom of God “among” (a reference to Jesus himself.) Beyond the Greek, the Aramaic translations of the same passages also translate to the same concept of “inside” or “within” us is the Kingdom of Heaven. Clearly this was the original intent.
By going within, one finds the Kingdom. It is found in silence and in the space of absent thought. If one were to simply listen to their busy mind, they are not “going within,” but listening to the busy mind (an exoteric activity.)
To truly go within, one must have a mind at rest. While some debate this word, or practice, the use of meditation is key. Meditation is the stilling of the mind. By observing one’s thoughts, or environmental factors (sounds, visuals, etc.) the mind can become still and quiet. Through mindfulness, the depths can be reached. Like sailing a ship, one should wait for the waves of the mind to become still before attempting the journey.
In the depth of silence, one’s intent is key. Intention is not a thought, but a feeling. It is the will as a work of feeling. This inner intention should be relevant to the spiritual goals. An intention can be guidance by the Higher Self, etc.
Wait and see. That is the approach I do. If nothing occurs, then that is fine. If an idea, memory, feeling or thoughts of words surface… jot them down and ponder them, knowing that the intention by which they surfaced is their source.