Friday, May 06, 2005

The "Lord's Prayer"


Here is a "paraphrased version" of the "Lord's Prayer":

"Our Father..." The Lovemind is the Source of all mind, the Origin of all.

"...who art in heaven,..." God lives in the "heavenly" part of our minds, the deepest Unconscious. This does not mean the literal sky or outer space.

"Hallowed be thy name." God's "name" is God's "identity." God's identity is to be made holy ("hallowed") by our recognition that it is more important than our own personal identities. What God (Love) wants is more important than what we want.

"Thy kingdom come,..." The "kingdom" is the "domain of a king." As ruler of our lives, God is not interested in ruling New Jersey, or any other geographic area. God rules heartminds, and rules from within them.

"...Thy will be done,..." The will of God is always the will of Love.

"...on earth, as it is in heaven." We pray that our earthly nature might fully reflect the heavenly nature-- that our biological and psychological bodyminds might serve the Spirit of Love, in all ways and always.

"Give us this day our daily bread." In a world of such utter poverty, it is obscene to request riches. All that we request of the great Mind is survival.

"And forgive us our trespasses, as we have forgiven those who have trespassed against us." The deepest Mind will forgive us in exact symmetry with the quality and quantity of forgiveness that we offer others-- no more, but no less.

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." The Lovemind dreams up the entire cosmos. It dreams many "temptations" to test the quality of our commitment, to test our behavior. No one would purchase a car without a test-drive. Earth is our "test-drive." We might look great "on paper," but it is the actual living, the behavior, that identifies our truest and deepest motives. And the most complete "delivery" from "evil" is the interior knowing that "evil" has no real existence in Mind, although it does exist in the world of duality (illusion).

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