Wednesday afternoon, I suddenly realized I had gotten it all wrong. I had taken the Age of Aquarius too seriously and had totally misread Jesus’ message. As I’ve been waiting impatiently for the golden age to dawn and the peaceable kingdom to emerge, I had missed the ONLY moment with which Jesus was concerned. That moment is NOW.
Jesus NEVER spoke about or promised utopia. He never said that heaven would be brought to earth. He never promised the golden age in which there would be peace on earth and that humans would live in peace. In fact, he said quite the opposite, “there will always be poor among you,” “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Not once did he bother himself with the politics of humanity. He never challenged or even mentioned the Roman rulers of the culture in which he lived. And if he did bother himself with religion, it was to remind the religious leaders of the love that was at the core of their beliefs. No, Jesus did not promise peace on earth and good will toward men and he did not work to make the world anew. Instead, he made one promise, and one promise only:
The kingdom of God is within you.
THIS was the good news that Jesus preached – that the kingdom of God – the experience of peace, love, joy, harmony and contentment is right here, right now, when we take the time to go within and remember. Jesus then demonstrated how remembering this truth of our original nature, brings forth all kinds of miracles in our lives. In and through this connection, we come to know ourselves, we come to know our unique giftedness and we come to understand and then become empowered in how we are called to use these gifts for the sake of our own fulfillment and in service to others.
As Jesus taught his disciples, achieving this peace is an inside job and has absolutely nothing to do with what is going on in the outside world. Nothing. As Jesus himself demonstrated, we can be experiencing the most unspeakable form of torture (death on a cross) and still find this peace.
Jesus taught his disciples how to remember the kingdom of God that was already there within them. The word Jesus used to remind them of how to access this peace has been translated repent. In the original Greek, however, this word has nothing to do with sin or punishment. Metanoia (repent), means turning again and again and again and again to the place within where we know love, peace and joy, that which some might call God. Period. It is as simple as that.
When the world out there disturbs us and causes us to fear, turn within. When we are distracted by the events of the world that speak of violence, hatred, suffering, war, turn within. When someone betrays us or breaks our heart, turn within. When we experience loss, disappointment, condemnation, ridicule, turn within. HERE is where utopia lies – not in some time or place light years away, not in some perfect alignment of the stars or when we finally think the right thoughts. Heaven on earth is right here in the core of who we are when we take Jesus’ advice and remember.
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