The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You

The Kingdom is your essence.

Here Jesus points the way to hidden dimensions, not simply the conventional notion of Heaven. When you go inside, you are aware of activity such as thoughts and feelings. Your instinct is to pursue the activity that brings pleasure and avoid that which brings pain. But Jesus speaks of a completely different inner reality. The consciousness hidden behind your thoughts is the consciousness that upholds all intelligence in the universe. It is personal and collective at the same time. The personal is made up of your relationships, the collective is made up of the myths and archetypes common to all cultures. Both dimensions are you, and you can begin to connect the two as a bridge to the sacred.

Exercise
Sit quietly when you have time to be alone and undisturbed. Choose a prayer that you feel comfortable with—or better yet, a meaningful phrase from that prayer. Silently repeat the words to yourself, letting them settle naturally into your awareness, becoming softer and deeper. Continue for at least five minutes and up to 20 minutes. This kind of sacred repetition is common to every religious tradition.

When you open your eyes, let your gaze settle on a sacred image, such as an icon, a picture of Jesus, a statue of Mary. Ask this figure to embody itself through you. Gently feel a connection. Don’t force this, just put out the intention that the archetype of Christ, Mary, or a chosen saint merges with your being. Some people use angels for this purpose, which is the same as asking for the essence of God to reach you.

Now contemplate the specific qualities you want, such as love, compassion, or forgiveness. These are archetypal energies that you are calling on our higher archetype, you will find yourself thinking and doing things you never expected as the person you know. Although Jesus refers to God as the Father, sprit isn’t bound by gender.

This exercise works to remove the artificial boundary between the isolated ego self and the higher self.

Adapted from The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

73 comments

Emma W
Past Member 6 months ago

tyfs

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

thank you Deepak...

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Sue H
Sue H6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Danuta W
Danuta W6 months ago

thank you for sharing

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 months ago

TyTY

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Camilla V
Camilla Vaga6 months ago

thx

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Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Recently started rereading The Third Jesus. We miss you Deepak.

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LM Sunshine
James merritt jr7 years ago

thank you.

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Julia R.
Julia R7 years ago

I've always believed that the Kingdom of Heaven is inside of us but only if we let ourselves embrace it! Heaven is not some external place but indeed it lives inside of us even though many of us aren't in touch with it. This article in its wisdom about how we can connect with the collective unconscious reminds me of Joseph Campbell's wonderful teachings in his book "The Power of Myth." When we connect with this spiritual force which emanates from the Source of our being, we are connecting with a spiritual power much greater than ourselves and thus we become greater than what our personal limits can do! As in the Buddhist teaching, "when we forget ourselves, we can then essentially become ourselves."

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Uma Chernoff
judith Shafer7 years ago

Yeah Sandy!!!

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