Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
- Jesus in John 4:35
Jesus lived in a time that was rife with messianic anticipation. Amidst intense expectation that a special somebody would save the Jewish people from their suffering and plight, Jesus failed to conform as a worldly version of one who could/would save the day. When the prevailing mindset called for outward change, overthrow of the “bad guys,” raising up a kingdom on earth, Jesus proclaimed, “my kingdom is not of this earth.” This left the people frustrated, confused and perpetuated their search for a better day that would bring suffering to an end.
Can you relate to this frustration, this seeking but not finding? It is the egoic mindset in classic expression – feeling separate from Life, a longing that remains perpetually unsatisfied. When we confine our search for happiness and fulfillment to the world of circumstances, substances and relationships, we inevitably end up frustrated and confounded and driven to interminable seeking. Jesus was clear on the locus and praxis that would yield the well-being we seek. He described the Kingdom of Heaven that was within us (here) and at hand (now) and closer than our very breath! He prescribed the unitive way, with unambiguous instructions to go within (Mt. 6:6) to our inner room, and pray believing that we have already received.(Mk. 11:24)
Jesus made the great discovery referenced by the ancient scriptures of “man made in the image and after the likeness of God” – no less than the Divinity of Man, and proclaimed that what he had done, so could we (John 14:12). This is the good news, and the great joy of the Wisdom Jesus teachings, that we can all come into a consciousness of oneness with God. To have our eyes opened, and see beyond the appearances of lack and limitation is our spiritual birthright. And to awaken to the truth of our Being is our highest calling and purpose in this life.
Our superficial attempts at happiness and wellbeing are doomed to fail. Just as Rumi described:
“I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I've been knocking from the inside.”
Once we realize that what we are looking for is our deepest nature, and turn our attention from the world, we open the aperture that reveals the Light within. You and I have had such moments….maybe only fleeting glimpses but once seen, a seed of knowing is sown in our consciousness. We must nurture this seed, bring light to it, and feed it with every inspiring word, image or sound holding faith in the hidden Reality. Remember the master’s promise, (Mt. 13:31) that even the smallest of seeds will grow into full-blown Kingdom consciousness.
Join us Sunday as we continue to discover the depth teachings of Jesus, looking at familiar passages, with transformative understandings that can bring us into the heart of Unity, where true peace and happiness reside.
Peace and blessings,