“Let The Will Of God Be Done On Earth.”
Contained in the Lord’s Prayer we have the words: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As most of us already know, the Lord’s Prayer, uttered in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, is always in the present tense. Years ago, at the start of school assembly, I remember we recited the Lord’s Prayer. It was rattled off parrot fashion, really without thought or meaning.
Perhaps today we need to be taking stock, not of religion per se but of the philosophy of the teaching of Jesus and others. In fact we teach Divine Science as a practical way to live life, following the laws of Spirit that are not dogmatic, but applicable in all aspects of life; therefore they are “user friendly.”
It is no good merely having the theory of how to live life, and then not apply it. Much the same would be to learn how to read music and then never pick up an instrument……what good would that do? It is important that we align with the principles of living life—if we knew notes of music and played them haphazardly, there would be no rhythm.
We are told in scripture to “take no thought,” and of course as we investigate life, we will come to realize that ultimately, every thought is a prayer—as a man thinketh, so is he!” In our Statement of Being the focus is on the Omnipresence of God. God—present in all IT’s Creation; in every blade of grass, leaf on every tree, in and as every soul on the planet, as well as the animals. Every aspect of creation carries, and is part of, this Originating Intelligence.
Why do we not trust it? All struggle and strife is at the dual level of the world, where we experience good, bad, etc. Do we let the “stories of the world” affect us? The new “buzz word,” artificial intelligence, also referred to as AI, appears to be taking the world by storm, and some folk are concerned about this. While I do not profess to even understand any of this, we could, from moment to moment remember who we are in Truth, and refer instead to OI—Omnipresent Intelligence.
As we recognize where our thoughts are taking us, let us remember that each day can be a new beginning, and that we live our lives, whether we realize it or not, in the omnipresence of the One Creative Source of the universe. The most important aspect to realize is that heaven is a state in consciousness, and only when we are aware and ready to observe what it is we habitually carry in our own consciousness, can we transcend the ups and downs of this world, and merge with the Presence.
There is order in the universe; a flock of birds will rise up en masse into the sky and not collide with each other. We look at a beautiful moon, cloud formations, green valleys, our country, populated with amazing animals and wildlife and then we still, at times, have the audacity not to trust. Prayer is union and communion with God, in the Silence. We deny this Presence when we pray to God to do something for us, when all that is required is that we BE STILL… and take no thought.
Meister Eckhart, the 13th century mystic, indicated the following: “The most powerful prayer, one well-nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead to its own.”
In Closing……. There is no higher goal attainable on earth than an inner communication with this Presence that never leaves us nor forsakes us. It does not send us food, clothing, and housing. It does not lead us to a fortress or a high tower; it literally is the fortress and high tower. There is no sending of anything; there is no giving of anything, except the giving of Itself.
When the realization of the omnipresence of God is attained, there is freedom from worry, fear, lack and limitation. If a need appears, we retire within and tabernacle with this Presence, and in due time, It will appear outwardly as the very form of our experience.
As we come to this place in consciousness where we are able to relinquish human might and power, human opinion and judgement, a divine Grace, invisible, yet perfectly tangible to the person experiencing it, takes over. We cannot see this transcendental Spirit, hear It, taste It, touch It, or smell It, yet It is here and It is now—we feel it and we know It.
JOEL S. GOLDSMITH