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originally posted by: stirling
...but we are stone blind and deaf too.....
The Kingdom is always at hand, but is never actualized. I think the story of Jesus is a sort of metaphor, of the process whereby the Self actualizes the Kingdom, or the perception of a perfect abode for the Self. The world is a drama which endlessly repeats, until the Kingdom is actualized. And the Kingdom is actualized just by our minds totally detaching from the world. This means concern with worldly things, as well as all discrimination, in terms of scaling things from good to bad, as well as identification of separate objects. There is the world and the Kingdom. The world is in time, the Kingdom is out of time.
Religious ecstasy, a state of consciousness characterized by expanded spiritual awareness, visions or absolute euphoria
originally posted by: Itisnowagain
The illusion is that there is space and time to travel to get to somewhere other than there really is. What is there really??
There is what is - what is; is what is actually here presently. The 'idea' is that there is more!! But it is just an 'idea' appearing here. What is appearing is it - the appearance is the glory of God and God is what is seeing the glory. All that appears is the glory of God - ALL that appears including all sensation (colour, sound, fragrance, movement) and all thoughts and all ideas. God himself does not appear because God is the seer of the appearance so cannot be seen.
God sees what is presently appearing - all appears in the kingdom of heaven which is always present.
God sees and knows the current thought which may speak of other times but he does it always presently.
Thoughts of other times when it was better or will be better or might be worse remove the feeling of peace which is ever present. Peace is right here and right now, it is not somewhere else or some when else but the seeking for it elsewhere makes for uneasiness, fragmentation, the feeling of being separate from God's presence. No matter what is happening it is always happening in the kingdom (presence). Nothing can appear to happen without presence and presence has never come or gone.
Presence seems (seams) to be made of two things - the seer and the seen but when the two stop seaming and 'become' one the kingdom shall be revealed.