What does the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ mean to you?
Week 20 of the Master Key System message focused on our Creative Power to the “Kingdom of Heaven” “within” us.
The “Kingdom of Heaven” consists of all of the following: joy, peace, patience, happiness, love, fear of God, righteousness, wisdom, understanding, purity, holiness, prosperity, abundance, health, hate of evil, etc. You cannot lack these (and many more) in you and claim to have the “Kingdom of Heaven.”
The “Kingdom of Heaven” is a spiritual Kingdom and not a visible Kingdom, which you can perceive with your natural eyes. When you become born again in the spirit and have gained access to the “Kingdom of Heaven”, this Kingdom shall become visible to you.
Metaphysical meaning of “Kingdom of Heaven”
The “Kingdom of Heaven” is a state of consciousness in which the soul, individual mind and the body are in harmony with Divine Mind.
- Teachers of metaphysics find that their most difficult work is getting students to recognize that heaven is a condition of mind.
- The “Kingdom of Heaven” is the orderly adjustment of divine ideas in man’s mind and body. In order to find the “Kingdom of Heaven”, man must become conscious of Divine Mind and its realm of divine ideas and be willing to adjust his thoughts to the divine standard.
Man adjusts his thought world to the kingdom of divine ideas through a process of denial by which he eliminates from consciousness all inharmonious ideas, and through affirmations of Truth by which he establishes himself in harmony with divine ideas.
The “Kingdom of Heaven” is not confined to man’s consciousness. It is everywhere present. When man’s mind, spirit and body are in harmonious relation to divine ideas, his true thoughts flow into the realm of manifestation and bring forth the Kingdom on the earth “as in heaven” for him.
In spite of the of the repeated illustrations by Jesus showing the “Kingdom of Heaven” to be a state of consciousness the great mass of Christians are today teaching that “Kingdom of Heaven” is a place to which people who accept Jesus as their Savior will go when they die. There is no authority in the Bible for such doctrine.
If such a place existed Jesus would certainly have described it plainly instead of giving parable after parable and illustration after illustration showing it to be a state of consciousness to be attained by man. In Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, there are five short stories illustrating six different problems concerning this condition and our relation to “Kingdom of Heaven”. Applying some of the Laws of Mind as we know them, we find that Jesus was talking about universal Truth and its expression.
: The mustard-seed comparison is to show the capacity of the apparently small thought of Truth to develop in consciousness until it becomes the abiding place of a higher type of thoughts (birds of the air).
: The “levin” is the Truth, and the “women” is the soul. When a word of Truth is apparently hidden in the inner mind it is not idle, but quietly spreads until the whole consciousness is light with Spirit. People who have for years had this hidden word of Truth at work in them are quick to respond to a larger exposition of the divine law, and we recognize that they are ripe for receiving Truth.
: The treasure hid in the Field is the logical truth that all that is belongs to Being and can be brought forth by one who gives up the outer and looks within for the real value.
: The merchant is one who is seeking the jewel of the soul, or spiritual goals through exchange of thought discussion, and argument. He also must give up all these so-called values for the inner pearl.
: The net cast into the sea is the state of mind that seeks Truth in many places and gets much that has to be thrown away.
The “End of the World “ is the point in consciousness where the true thoughts are in the majority and the error thoughts have lost their hold. This is the consummation of the regenerative process. Everything that has been stored up in consciousness is brought forth and becomes of visible, practical value to the man. This is the “householder” who brings forth his “things new and old.”
Using Your Creative Process to Reach Your “Kingdom of Heaven.”
The Master Key System tells us the creative process is the act of making new connections between old ideas. Creative thinking is the task of recognizing relationships between concepts.
One way to approach creative challenges is by following the five-step process of 1) gathering material, 2) intensely working over the material in your mind, 3) stepping away from the problem, 4) allowing the idea to come back to you naturally, and 5) testing your idea in the real world and adjusting it based on feedback.
The Master Key System tells us for many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that God is Love, and that God is Omnipresent. If this be true, there is no place where God is not.
- God is Spirit.
- Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe.
- Man is made in the image and likeness of God.
- Man is therefore a spiritual being.
Where, then, is Evil, Satan and Hell? Only in your mind and thoughts. They are nothing more than our negative thoughts.
The First Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Your Power to Think
The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think. Thinking is therefore a creative process.
All form is therefore the result of our thinking process. The destruction of form is also be a result of our thinking process.
Form is the result of our creative power of thought. Organization and constructive work of all kinds are the result of our creative power of thought and concentration.
When the creative power of our thought is manifested for our benefit, we call the result good. When the creative power of our thought is manifested in a destructive or evil manner, we call it evil. Thus, the first step in applying your Creative Power to think is to think positively and not negatively. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action precedes and predetermines condition.
The Second Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is in your Recognition
The spirit of a thing is that thing; it is necessarily fixed, changeless, and eternal.
The spirit of you is – you. Without the spirit you would be nothing. The spirit becomes active through your recognition of spirit and its possibilities. You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize spirit and make use of it, spirit will have no value.
The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition of your spiritual power. All great things come through recognition. The scepter of power is consciousness, and thought is its messenger.
This messenger [thought] is constantly molding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions and environments of your objective world.
You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness.
Know that unless we are willing to think we shall have to do all the work. Know that the less we think the more we shall have to do, and the less we shall get for our work.
The Third Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Using Your SECRET Power Your secret of power is a perfect understanding of the principles, forces, methods, and combinations of Mind. It is a perfect understanding of our relationship to the Universal Mind.
When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself — is you — you begin to do things.
You begin to feel your power. The essence of the Universal is within.
Recognition is the fuel which fires the imagination. It lights the torch of inspiration. It gives vitality to thought. It enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe so you can “Lead the Field”.
The essence of the Universal is within you. Recognition is the power enables you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.
The Fourth Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Using Your Imagination
Perception will come only in the Silence. Perception is condition required for all great purposes.
You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualized.
As a perfect understanding of the nature of this power is a primary condition for its manifestation.
Visualize the entire method over and over again, so that you may use it whenever occasion requires.
The infinity of wisdom is to follow the method whereby we may have the inspiration of the omnipotent Universal Mind on demand at any time.
If we can fail to recognize this world within, we can exclude it from our
Consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence.
When we learn to recognize it, shall have found the “Kingdom of heaven” “within” us.
OUR FAILURES ARE CREATED WITH OUR THOUGHT
Our failures are a result of the operation of exactly the same principle.
The principle is unchangeable; its operation is exact, there is no deviation.
- if we think lack, limitation, discord, we shall find their fruits on every hand.
- if we think poverty, unhappiness or disease, the thought messengers will carry the summons as readily as any other kind of thought and the result will be just as certain.
- If we fear a coming calamity, we shall be able to say with Job, “the thing I feared has come upon me”.
- if we think unkindly or ignorantly, we shall thus attract to ourselves the results of our ignorance.
The Fifth Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Using Your Power of Thought
If understood and correctly used, is the greatest labor-saving device ever dreamed of. If not understood or improperly used, the result will in all probability be disastrous, as we have already seen.
By the help of this power, you can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible, because this power is the secret of all inspiration, all genius.
The Sixth Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Becoming Inspired. INSPIRATION: To become inspired means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary means.
When we come into a recognition of the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration. Inspiration is the art of imbibing, the art of self-realization; the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind.
Inspiration is the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power.
- It is the art of differentiating the formless into form.
- It is the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom.
- It is the art of visualizing perfection.
- It is the art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence.
An understanding and appreciation of the fact that the infinite power is omnipresent and is therefore in the infinitely small as well as the infinitely large will enable us to absorb its essence.
A further understanding of the fact that this power is spirit and therefore indivisible will enable us to appreciate its present at all points at the same time.
An understanding of these facts, first intellectually and then emotionally, will enable us to drink deeply from this ocean of infinite power.
An intellectual understanding will be of no assistance. The emotions must be brought into action. Thought without feeling is cold. The required combination is thought and feeling.
The Seventh Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Going Into the Silence.
Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession of a sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your purpose.
Inspiration is the art of receiving and makes for all that is best in life.
- Your business in life is to understand and command these invisible forces instead of letting them command and rule you.
Power implies service. Inspiration implies power to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become a superman.
- We can live more abundantly every time we breathe if we consciously breathe with that intention.
The IF is a very important condition in this case, as the intention governs the attention, and without the attention you can secure only the results which everyone else secures.
That is, a supply equal to the demand.
The Eight Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Applying the Law of Increase.
In order to secure the larger supply your demand must be increased. As you consciously increase your demand the supply will follow. You will find yourself coming into a larger and larger supply of life, energy, and vitality.
The reason for this is not difficult to understand. It is another of the vital mysteries of life which does not seem to be generally appreciated. If you make it your own, you will find it one of the great realities of life.
We are told that “In Him we live and move and have our being,” and we are told that “He” is a Spirit, and again that “He” is Love, so that every time we breathe, we breathe this life, love, and spirit.
Every time we breathe, we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether, which is Life itself, so that we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence and All Substance.
A knowledge of your relation and oneness with this Principle gives you a scientific understanding of a Law whereby you may free yourself from disease, from lack or limitation of any kind. In fact, it enables you.
Breathe the “breath of life” into your own nostrils. This “breath of life” is a superconscious reality. It is the essence of the “I am.” It is pure “Being” or Universal Substance, and our conscious unity with it enables us to localize it, and thus exercise the powers of this creative energy.
The Ninth Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Your Thought
Thought is creative vibration. The quality of the conditions created depends upon the quality of our thought, because we cannot express powers which we do not possess.
We must “be” before we can “do” and we can “do” only to the extent to which we “are,” and so what we do will necessarily coincide with what we “are” and what we are depends upon what we “think.”
Every time you think you start a train of causation which will create a condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it. Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind will result in corresponding conditions.
Thought which is destructive or discordant will produce corresponding results.
You may use thought constructively or destructively, but the immutable Law will not allow you to plant a thought of one kind and reap the fruit of another. You are free to use this marvelous creative power as you will, but you must take the consequences. This is the danger from what is called Will Power.
There are those who seem to think that by force of will they can coerce this Law; that they can sow seed of one kind and by “Will Power” make it bear fruit of another. But the fundamental principle of creative power is in the Universal, and therefore the idea of forcing a compliance with our wishes by the power of the individual will is an inverted conception which may appear to succeed for a while but is eventually doomed to failure.
Because it antagonizes the very power which it is seeking to use.
It is the individual attempting to coerce the Universal, the finite in conflict with the Infinite. Our permanent well being will be best conserved by a conscious cooperation with the continuous forward movement of the Great Whole.
The Tenth Step in applying your Creative Power to Get to the “Kingdom of Heaven” is Exercising Your Powers of “I AM”.
My exercise this week was go into the Silence and concentrate on the fact that “In him we live and move and have our being” That this exercise is literally and scientifically exact!
That I AM because He IS, that if He is Omnipresent, He must be in you. That if He is all in all you must be in Him! That He is Spirit, and I am made in “His image and likeness” and that the only difference between His spirit and your spirit is one of degree, that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole.
When I can realize this clearly I will have found the Secrets of my creative power.
- I will have found the origin of creating what I want in my life through my thoughts and actions.
- I will have found the origin of both good and evil in my life. [My Thoughts].
- I will have found the Secret of the wonderful power of my concentration on the “Kingdom of Heaven.”
- I will have found the key to the solution of every problem whether physical, financial, or environmental.
: Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil (1) Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil – YouTube
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