There are stories and parables in scriptures from many faiths that impress on us the importance of seeking for the truth:
Let him who seeks not cease from seeking
Until he finds
And when he finds
He will be turned around
And when he is turned around
He will be amazed
And he will reign over the All
Jesus, Gospel of Thomas, Logion 2
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Jesus, Matthew 7:7-11
The importance of this spiritual teaching cannot be underestimated. Jesus is telling us in the Gospel of Thomas that once we have discovered the truth (‘and when he finds’) we will be ‘turned around’ and we will be ‘ amazed’.
This turning around is the realization that the external world is not controlling us but we are creating the external world. Another words, what we experience in the outer world is simply a reflection of our state of inner consciousness. This realization means that our relationship with the outer world is exactly the opposite way round to how most of us think.
It is not just our own individual consciousness that effects the world we experience, but the consciousness of the society we live and the consciousness of all humanity. We are the masters of our own fate, or put another way, ‘we can reign over the All’.
The ‘good news’ or ‘gospel’ that Jesus proclaimed is that ‘the kingdom of heaven is within us’ and we may channel the Holy Spirit with us to create heaven on Earth (thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as in heaven).
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus, Luke 17:21
How we choose to use this understanding and power is very important. Most of Chapter 5 of my book ‘The tree of becoming’ is devoted to this: the chapter ends with a strong cautionary note about not using this power for ones own personal gain. This power should only be used with a strong intention of unselfish love towards other beings and the planet we live on.
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