Advent Week Three

As we speak the words of the Lord’s Prayer to our I Am, which is in that spiritual place of our being we call heaven, we acknowledge the assistance available to us. If we truly believe this, we will feel an inner shift through the power of these words.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Applying these words to our I Am we are asking our I Am to give, didomi, and at the same time we release something within us. Didomi means to cause to come forth, like a rosebud opening into full blossom. This is not a one-way thing; a rosebud cannot be prized open. Didomi means the force of our inner receptivity, that which opens the bud to receive the warmth of the rays of our I Am.

This idea is also contained within the word bread, artos, which comes from airo meaning to raise up, elevate, and infers opening up. This is the inner shift we feel as we say these words. The next word is not properly translated in the Bible because it obviously didn’t make sense to the translators. Daily, epiousios, where epi means position (proximity) – ‘over against’, and ousios, which means beingness, indicating self-awareness.

The only way we become self-aware – aware of ourselves as an ‘I’ being, is when we become aware of everything that is ‘over against’ us – in our proximity. When we experience another person in our proximity we immediately experience our memory of them in past lives. For the most part this is unconscious, but through this experience we interact with the other person accordingly. This explains why we respond differently to each person we meet for the first time (in this life).

This is also why the word ‘day’ is used. Day, semeron, means daylight, when we are awake and have the opportunity to be fully aware. We are asking our I Am to help us become aware of our true relationship with all the people we meet. In this way, through didomi, we actually forgive ourselves. Forgive aphiemiapo, from, heimi, to send. We send from ourselves our debts, opheilo, which means that which is owed.

At the same time we forgive, we send from us, what we think we are owed. Debtors, opheiletes, means one who is held by some obligation to another. If we can experience the inner force of didomi, the force that passes from us to our I Am and back again, we release and we are released. The rosebud within us blossoms in all its glory. Imagine that!

The book “Secrets of the Christian Festivals” has many other reflections on Advent 

Painting: Maria Walks by Mary Southard

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