Advent Week Two
Imagining ourselves as a mother, prayerfully cradling her offspring beneath her heart, sets the tone for Advent.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
The true imagination of the offspring involves the idea that our Cosmic I Am-being sends part of itself to the earth on a journey. How can we make this image real? Perhaps it is like leaving our home and travelling to another country, we only take a few possessions in our suitcase. When we return, these possessions, changed by our memories, will merge with everything else we own. We will also be changed by our experiences. We won’t live in our home in quite the same way as we did before we departed on our journey.
When we pray “Your (the I Am’s) kingdom come,” we don’t mean that the kingdom where the true I Am exists should come to earth. It would disturb the atmosphere as thunder and lightning do – lightning is the I Am working in our blood and thunder is the I Am-substance of thinking.
“kingdom”, basileia, is not a place but rather an activity. As the word kingdom suggests, in the kingdom we find the activity of ruling.
“come”, erchomai, means to come from one place to another, to change position.
“your will,” thelema, means intention and infers moral responsibility.
“be done,” ginomai, means to become, to appear, to arise in history.
Our task is to try to mirror the pure force of the will of our I Am during our incarnation on earth. This means that each time we use our will, our intention is to do no harm. This can be challenging because most of our interactions arise from past-life karma. Therefore, we must aim to be as conscious as possible of the activity of our will.
“As in heaven also on earth”; as above so below, as in our spirit also in our body.
If we keep these ideas in mind as we move through week 2 we will reinforce within ourselves the idea that the activity of our true I Am is mirrored in our daily life. Each decision that we make can be accompanied by a conversation with our True I Am using the words of The Lord’s (The I Am’s) Prayer.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
The book “Secrets of the Christian Festivals” has many other reflections on Advent