Heaven Pokes Through Bit by Bit –

The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

This famous express of Christ Jesus has new meaning for me today…. let me share a bit with you, ok?

First, there is the immediacy of this statement.  There is nothing closer than ‘at hand’, right?  One could even go so far as to say, ‘Heaven is handy’… This is now, here, practical truth, this present moment.  Not some far off land over the rainbow.  This is R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.

Second, just look at that word ‘kingdom’.  It’s not used that often, is it?  A kingdom speaks of domain, authority, presence, power, protection, peace. And of course, the leadership of a king.  We are never in this circumstance or condition alone.  We have a king.  How cool is that?  Under such protection, all is well…

Lastly, heaven breaks through our daily experience, here and now.  Just as the man lame for 30 years, from birth, instantaneously finds his feet, or the leper Jesus EMBRACED and transformed finds his health, there are moments we can see where our own perfection shines through, or when the coin appears in the fish’s mouth?  The Bible is filled with the testimony of such moments of heaven.  That’s why I love it so much!

AND, here is the new, fresh Truth…. Heaven ‘pokes’ through our daily life.  AND, keeps building and the moments of pure inspiration, health, goodness get longer…stronger.  That’s how we come to the Kingdom of Heaven, moment by moment…Until, we come to that ‘perfect man’, the man of God’s creating.  And, there we are — “Already raised up in Christ” as it says in Ephesians 2:6.

I was talking with a girlfriend recently about the joys and struggles of family relationships….we all work within the circle of others.  Sometimes it is in relationship with others that we face the greatest difficulties.  It can be the boss, the sister, the kid… but each one (even if WE can’t see it yet) also lives within range of heaven.  We have to drop the labels  the basket of diagnosis, the history of hurt to see transformation.  The best healers to this ALL THE TIME.

In Him we live, move and have our being.

We find as we turn spiritward, that we are really here as witnesses to the good God is unfolding before us, each day – ever new.  So we CAN be surprised by the harmony that breaks in on us, the healing that speedily restores health, the joy that a moment of pure heaven inspires in us.  It can be as simple as the license plate I saw this morning that read: “LK-UPWD”  Look upward!

Heaven is the conscious awareness of the power of Love in our lives, in our world, and in the lives of those around us.  It’s not our power, it’s ours to reflect, shine within, manifest, and pass along…

Here’s a healing experience about relationships from my early career in architecture:  I had a disagreement with a co-worker one time.  She’d been a good friend, a lunch-mate.  Then when she became my direct supervisor on the job I was doing, something shifted.  Egos entered in.  Control issues arose, and we became VERY uncomfortable with each other, both personally and professionally.

As I walked one lunch hour the streets of Detroit, MI to think this through. …to pray about it.  It suddenly occurred to me in a flash, as a visual image —  that of a mask that she was holding up (Certainly I was doing the same thing too).  As soon as I saw that, though, and could visualize it,…that the mask that was hiding her real, genuinely warm friendship from me,…in a moment – whoosh, it dissolved.  In Christian Science we call that mask ‘ mortal mind’.  Paul called it the ‘carnal mind’.  It’s good to have a name for it, nothing more than a hypnotic suggestion that God, Love,  is not in control.

As I returned to my drafting table, and she came over to check my work, it was all ease and friendliness.  I was no longer reacting defensively and she was no longer imposing.  It had healed.  Just LIKE that! Snap. And we went back to our friendship.  Small healing, big principle!

In fact one time working with a group of small kids, I had them draw masks on paper plates held up by popsicle sticks….like the scary mad monster faces.  As we played at being ‘mean’, holding up our masks, we could see the giggles and friendly faces hiding behind them…we could see that if our friend, our siblings, mom or dad were acting angry, or hurt, or sad, or whatever — it was only a mask.  We didn’t have to ‘react’ to the mask.  Their real self, their real godlikeness was perfect and untouched right there all-a-long.  And, we could find them by ‘dropping the mask’.

I hope that you will find yourself watching, WATCHING, for heaven in this present moment. Drop the mask.  Whether it be the belief you are sick, hurt, angry, unemployed, struggling…ask God to help shine over it and light up perfection for you.  It IS right there.

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.”  Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. (P. 574)

Report the effects of such good to others, be a witness to the world. See Heaven breaking through your day!  THAT is your job today!

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Space and Time

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This is a painting a group of friends worked on with me to commemorate a birthday of mine.  I sketched out the idea, and everyone filled in the loops. It’s called: “Infinity Loops”.  Each loop is a moment in time and space, infinitely connected.

Lately I have been aware that  space and time are two filters that we view God through.  God exists, we exist, everyone, everything ever created exists…. but we see them through these lenses of space and time.

I had a dream not that long ago, where my husband, Brice, and I were both preparing the same house for habitation.  It was a cute Norwegian cabin with a bright yellow part and another part, bright clear red.  The thing of this dream was that we were there [together] but in different dimensions.  We saw each other, we moved in unison with purpose, but then he slipped his dimension one way, and I the other way…  If you were watching from a third view point, it would be like two films slipping in different directions, yet still, working on the same house.

Space and time, the framework within we live…Is there a way to view them as spiritual?  THAT’S a new question.

If the spiritual source from which we spring, is springing out dimensionally and in a particular time, is there any reason to exclude that from the spiritual totality of the world as spirit?

Are these two, space and time, more fluid and malleable than we know? Certainly they are in some of our experiences. For example, I remember in childbirth, at home, how the corners of the room receded far from me and space stretched to give me the space I needed to focus on the arrival of my son.  Time shifts all the time, depending on how much fun we’re having, how much concentration we give something, what we focus on.  One time a day long trip to Washington DC with my mother happened so quickly that there was no way physically we could have traveled that far, that fast.  Believe me, I stay pretty close to the posted speed limit.  But that trip, we didn’t care about time — and it wasn’t a limiting factor on our day together.

I have been taught the spiritual interpretation of the bible from a child, but I also genuinely believe each and every ‘miracle’ experience recorded there.  Why?  Because I have EXPERIENCED similar miracles, in some small degree.  If mine are true, and note worthy, surely those of the great mystics and the savior, are certainly experiences worth note in their reality.  The seas did part.  The lessons they teach are even more note worthy.

The bible shows many experience where space and time shift to meet the immediate need.  Not only that, but all the forces of nature shift.  Gravity?  A sure thing? Sure.  Until you’ve dropped an axhead which belongs to another in a pond.  Along comes a ‘man-oh-god’ with the right consciousness of God’s ever present help, and UP pops the axhead.

An Axhead Floats [Kings II 6: 1-7]  New International Version

6 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”

And he said, “Go.”

Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”

“I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them.

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”

The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.

And time?  Is it really fixed?  Read these words in 2 Kings [20:9-11]

Hezekiah, on his death-bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said, “Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?” Hezekiah said “It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.”

Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is 40 minutes.

Modern quantum theory starts to understand the communication between particles vastly separated from each other by distance moving through time..http://http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/06/weird_science_c.html

Or, http://http://planetpailly.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/

Then distance dissolved many times, for example when Christ Jesus was INSTANTLY at the shore on one of his trip across the shore.   He also overcame mass and gravity by walking on water.  Christ overcame disease too.  He embraced the lepers by knowing something above and beyond the belief in leprosy.

Mass, matter, time, space, all the usual suspects in defining our experience are more open to interpretation than we allow.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of a different kind of science, Christian Science, shared that idea.  She wrote:

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures [pg. 477]

I think as we unloose ourselves from the boundaries of time and space, and matter and mass, we will see new horizons.  They have a role to play, but not a limitation ultimately.  Explore God and these will be less limitation, more framework.

 

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