(God’s Revelation to Elijah:) “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21, New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1st Kings 19: 11-12; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24; NKJV)
In this material-life experience, we seem to live with the sense of two perceptions of what constitutes reality. One scenario presents a material sense of what constitutes Truth, and the other scenario presents a spiritual sense of what constitutes Truth. These two differing perceptions of reality will never agree with each other for they are opposites. Thus, humanity seems to have two paths to follow…the spiritual path or the material path. Individuals must one day decide which is the true path of divine Truth, for there will never be a reconciliation between these two pathways.
The biblical book of Revelation tells of the end time when the human race will be finished. Before that time, each individual must choose which path to follow…the physical path, or the spiritual path. Now, it is wise to realize that, despite the seeming reality of two competing universes (material vs. spiritual) God has only one universe to offer: the spiritual universe. Thus, whatever material, human paths we follow, we must all bow before the one and only path of Spirit because (in the end) there are no other destinations to consider. In other words, God’s spiritual creation is the only game in town.
In the meanwhile, for those who don’t like spiritual thinking, there are plenty of distractions in the physical sense-world to entertain us every day; so why try to awaken ourselves to the boring quest of finding our way back to our original, spiritual Home?
Well, for one thing, our spiritual Home is harmonious. The Bible tells us, “There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Also, wars, sickness, and all kinds of other evils don’t breed in our true Home. (See the biblical Book of Revelation, Chapter 22:5 for more info on the material end-of-days.)
Now, I could mention more reasons to pursue spiritual knowledge rather than material beliefs, but you get the idea. Our true everlasting Home is in God’s creation, which is spiritual; thus, our true quest should be to awaken to that fact. But in our quest for Truth, realize this: the kingdom of God isn’t found in any material place. The kingdom of God exists in the spiritual realm only, not in the physical dimension.
Now, in this human experience, our bodies seem to be made of finite, material substance and we have a short life span. Yet, our spiritual bodies have no finite, physical substance, for the substance of Spirit does not wear out. Therefore, our true, everlasting bodies are made of spiritual, ever-lasting substance, where death cannot find us.
So, what does our earthly time represent to us who are still experiencing this false sense of material existence? It represents the collective dream of life in matter, from which we have not yet awakened. Our earthly days are a dream-state, where we are asleep in a place that seems to have both good and evil realities. (I often write of this as being like Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Remember that Dorothy awakened from her Oz-dream, to find that the wicked witch was gone, because the place called Oz had never existed in reality. Thus, when Dorothy awakened from her earthly dream to find herself back in her own home, safe and sound, she realized that the land of Oz had only been a false sense of reality…not her real Home, at all.)
So, (like Dorothy) when we awaken to the spiritual truth of being in the kingdom of God, we find that there never was, an evil side to God’s divine creation. There is no death, there is no sickness, there is no ‘bad’ anywhere in Spirit’s realm. Our loved ones (who have awakened to their true, spiritual selves before us) are already forever safe in the kingdom of God; for there was never such a thing as ‘death’ in God’s forever kingdom. Physical death is just another scary dream we once believed in.
When Christ Jesus was preaching to the masses that followed him, he was asked by a Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, the Bible tells us, “He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there! For, indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-22; NKJV)
Jesus was telling his followers that the kingdom of God was sleeping within their own memory banks. We don’t have to go anywhere to find God…we only have to awaken to the spiritual truth of being, and the memories will begin to unfold from within us.
Now, the divine Truth, and the place called, Heaven, dwells within each of us, not in a material realm of perception. So don’t try to find it in any space or time connected to matter. The material realm is a dream-state from which we must all awaken. Then, like Dorothy’s time in Oz, we’ll awaken to find that we had never, really been separated from God, our one and only Source of being. We have been sleeping in God’s presence, all along, ignorant of that presence.
It is wise to realize that our beliefs in a ‘physical reality’ are our collective beliefs…not the truth of being. Our human (material) beliefs change with the wind. We blindly accept every new idea and spread the ‘news’ to as many people as we can, including ourselves. Then we wonder why our daily lives turn out to be so disappointing and confusing. The physical realm turns out to be so muddled because there is no true reality in a ‘physical’ realm. Truth only comes from the spiritual realm of God.
Yet, we each, unknowingly, are sleeping in the divine Presence, whether we can perceive it or not. That infinite, loving Spirit we call God never loses sight of any of Its offspring, nor a blade of grass. In our finite, material, false sense of reality and our own false sense of our very being, we can spend years in the false beliefs of who we really are, and where we really are. But, our divine Father, Mother is always watching us, even in our sleep, for that precious moment when we truly awaken for all time.