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Beautiful Attitudes

Thoughts on the Beatitudes, Part 1

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 Whispering Feathers: Writings From A Point of Light

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The still small voice is like a feather's whisper as it floats past. But if we listen, we can hear its message, even in the midst of ego's chatter . . . when we make that our intent. And as we can open the Single Eye of Spirit to the Vision of All That Is, so can we open our inner ear to hear God's voice.

Beautiful Attitudes

I've been having thoughts about the Beatitudes.  These thoughts have been coming in bits and pieces over a long period of time.  Now they have gelled into something needing to be shared. Obviously, since the message of scripture is never totally apparent on the surface, there is some underlying meaning or meanings to each of the beatitudes. In the desire to know the true meaning and spirit of all holy writ--from Jesus, from the Prophets, from whatever source; I do no limit this to the Bible--I have asked Holy Spirit to give me some help. The following is what has come to me over time. My personal name for the Beatitudes has become Beautiful Attitudes. Here is why

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven...

To be poor in spirit is a beautiful attitude. It does not necessarily imply material poverty, though it might in some circumstances, such as when a person becomes a spiritual pilgrim or mendicant, or when one joins a religious order and takes a vow of poverty, and when Holy Spirit truly inspires one to make such choices.

I see two levels at least to this beautiful attitude. One very obvious to me is the attitude of being always hungry, thirsty, even greedy to have more of God--to know All That Is intimately and completely, of being consumed by that desire. This desire leads to such integrity of the soul that role playing ceases and one becomes a blessing to all., a human reflection of All That Is. 

Another level of meaning I see to poverty of spirit, and one that could be engendered by the first, is that one feels such oneness with God that ownership of anything (or anyone) seems an obscenity. One with this attitude sees him or herself only as a steward, yet simultaneously heir to All That Is, along with all his human brethren. Such a one knows surely that the entire Kingdom of Heaven is at his disposal and so is not possessive, is never acquisitive, is never competitive, does not covet, and will readily share all in his material possessions with any in need. He has the same attitude regarding his spiritual, mental, and emotional resources, for he considers nothing, not even his soul, to be his only.  Yes, to be poor in spirit is a beautiful attitude.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted...

For what do we mourn? And for whom, if anyone? First, we who perceive there is life beyond this life we seem to see and to experience, mourn for what is at present seemingly withheld from us. And though the Kingdom of Paradise is ours, NOW, already existing both within us and all around us, it yet remains for us to see and recognize and appropriate it as our own. I myself sometimes mourn that I have not apprehended this more fully (that which I would, I do not; that which I would not, I do).

For now we see through the glass darkly. In the dim recesses of human memory, coded into our DNA are the memories of what once was, of who we were before we decided we could be separate from God, desiring to operate independently of our Maker. We remember our incorruptible bodies, our perfection in spirit, and we silently, often unconsciously, mourn the fact that in our dream of separation that created a world of duality, we have taken on coats of skins and have become prone to decay, death, and pain in childbirth. For it is only physical bodies that are heir to these particular phenomenon, not out true bodies.

Jesus, as the "Second Adam," made available to us the renewal of our original DNA, the Christ DNA. This is the true meaning of communion, to consciously, in remembrance, partake of our original Divine origin once again. We begin to share in the Divine DNA once more as we are transformed by the renewal of our minds. This was made available to ALL humanity, for all time, regardless of religion.

This is the symbol, this communion, this reunion, of the reconciliation of all things in one. This remembrance of our former state, and the mourning of the loss of our original state, are together a blessingthey will impel us homeward to our former home, the House of our Father/Mother God, All That Is.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...

Quite simply, it is the meek only who are suited to inherit the earth. Those who are not meek would destroy it, and are polluting its purity now--in their arrogance and greed. However, the outcome is assured.

The new heaven and new earth are as imminent as our thoughts are God-ward. That twinkling time will occur when the preponderance of the thoughts of humankind are God-ward. And those thoughts, by their holiness, produce souls fashioned in meekness and humility, souls who recognize that it is in God that we live and move and have our being, and that He/She lives and moves and has Its being in and through all of us, who are but cells in the body of All That Is.

One who recognizes such connectedness is meek because she realizes that whatever she gives freely returns to her. He harms none, for in so doing, he recognizes that he harms only himself. This one abhors war, hostilities, and wranglings in all their many forms, both inner (of the soul) and outer (of the world). The meek soul is blessed. Fear not, for at some point in Eternity, all will come to this realization. The outcome is assured.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled...

Those who hunger and thirst for the things of God, for righteousness, will empty themselves of all that is not of God. They will empty themselves of ego's fears, selfishness, defensiveness, of being people pleasers, of the desire to play roles or to emulate others, of material acquisitiveness, of the tendency to feed ego with sexual conquest (rather than to regard--and to experience--sex as sacrament).

They will empty themselves of the desire to one-up their brothers and sisters. They will relinquish all thoughts of competition, of separation, of doctrine, of dogma, of creed, of religious tradition, of empty liturgy and ritual performed from habit ( because we have lost lost fervency of spirit of our first love, the Love of God), of special relationships based upon ownership of one another, rather than Holy Relationships based upon the One-ness.

Because our thoughts and lives have been so completely filled with all these ego constructs, when we relinquish them, there is a huge gap that must be filled immediately with something--else the soul would collapse in upon itself. That the vacuum must be filled is Universal Law, in effect in both the visible and invisible realms. When we relinquish these things and thoughts, at least our attachment to them, we are automatically filled with God, without trying. We need not even try to drop bad habits or to force some sort of asceticism upon ourselves.

Though it remains that dramatic changes in lifestyle (if thy right eye offends thee, cut it out) may be necessary for some deep-seeded habits and thought patterns to be transcended, it can be sufficient simply to desire God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and hearts. We can truly and dispassionately, guiltlessly, relinquish our attachment to the things that bind and enslave us. We can then, having made room, allow ourselves, our consciousness to be filled more and more with God, as the things that hinder us will fall away, like scales from our eyes. Bad habits will fall away, including bad thought habits that occur in the secret places of our hearts.

Our negative vision of the world will be replaced by the Vision of the Divine One that indwells us. Ego's thoughts will be replaced by Holy Spirit's guidance. All by Grace, by Grace, by Grace, and not by effort, when we change the focus of our thoughts from ego self's perspective Godward. Changes in behavior and lifestyle will happen by Grace as we relinquish all that is not real and allow grace to fill the emptiness with God's own Substance.

Coming in later installments ~ ~

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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