Please find below, the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church meditation supplement for this week’s service on Sunday, July 13, 2014. The theme this week is God’s will and the kingdom of God. How are we invited to experience and co-create heaven on earth?
Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter
Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55: 10-11
Ps 65: 10-14
Rom 8: 18-23
Mt 13: 1-23
Heaven on Earth
We have the prophets of the Judeo-Christian tradition to thank for an idea of “God’s word” and “God’s will” and what that might look like. Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Daniel, John the Evangelist and Jesus, all spoke of the same ultimate end using terms such as promised land, kingdom of God, a new heaven and a new earth. All agreed that God’s will is to be fulfilled, at least partially, in the midst of the human condition and human experience. All concur that God’s will, ultimately cannot be thwarted, but will be made manifest, if not in our lifetime, then perhaps in the next and is known in an experience of peace, joy, contentment, love, harmony and fulfillment.
Jesus came to know the experience of the kingdom of God in his own life and taught his disciples to do the same by sharing with them the practices that led him to this experience.
What are the practices that you are engaged in that lead you to an experience of peace, contentment, joy, fulfillment and love?
How are you being invited to deepen your practice and/or share it with others so they too might experience the kingdom of God?
Spiritual Practices – Tey Tey Malkuthakh
Chant or mantra are two practices that are beneficial to setting the stage through which we might have an experience of God’s kingdom. In the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, the phrase that specifically addresses the kingdom of God is Tey Tey Malkuthakh. Chanting or repeating this phrase as a mantra helps to open us to the realization of the kingdom of God within us – known by an inner experience of peace, joy, love, contentment, fulfillment, expansiveness and freedom.
- Set aside 15-20 minutes for this practice.
- Sit quietly for a few moments in preparation
- Repeat the phrase Tey Tey Malkuthakh (pronounced: Tay Tay Malkootah) over and over, either aloud or in silence while reflecting on your desire to know God’s peace.
- Allow the mantra to ease you into a state of peaceful calm.
- After you have entered into God’s peace, rest there in silence.
- Alternative, click on the following YouTube link to find a Aramaic Lord’s Prayer in its entirety and listen to it as your meditation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spyGFEDgv1I
Authentic Freedom, in essence, is simply another phrase for kingdom of God, promised land, new heaven and new earth. Authentic Freedom is described as an inner experience of peace, joy, contentment, fulfillment and expansiveness and which draws us deeper and deeper into an awareness and experience of love. It is through diligent spiritual practice that we cultivate Authentic Freedom in our lives. Spiritual practice can be defined as any activity which facilitates an experience of inner peace, contentment and joy. As such, the range of spiritual practices available to us are limited only by our imagination. Cooking, cleaning, meditation, movement, making love, creating art, singing, dancing, etc. etc. etc. can all be enjoyed as spiritual practices when we bring this intention to them.
Other than meditation or prayer, how might you engage in spiritual practice by bringing this intention to an everyday activity that brings you peace, contentment or joy?