Friday, December 3, 2010

Psalm 122 Shalom

There is no joy like the delight of finally approaching the gates of the kingdom within. When we step through the gates, we can permanently abide in God. The Hebrew word shalom, which has been translated here as peace, is referred to three times in this poem. If we look more closely, the word’s meaning is closer to well being or wholeness. Shalom also encompasses good health, prosperity, peace, safety and happiness. The only path that can lead us to the Christ consciousness is one that makes us whole or complete. This implies a balance and harmony between all aspects of our being.

Once we have finally conquered all of our error states of mind, it is a truly joyous moment, for then we can in unison (body, mind and soul) say, “Let us go to the house of the Lord”. Spiritual consciousness is the fruit of extremely difficult work and discipline. We have now reached the point of dominion of our inner and outer world (feet). This is what God promised humans in the beginning:

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”  Gen 1:28

Jerusalem is a high state of consciousness (city) erected by the process of uniting all parts of the consciousness (a city that is bound firmly together) to focus on the Divine (give thanks to the name of the Lord). All of our faculties (tribes) must make the ascent, in harmony, in order to reach the highest level of spiritual consciousness (as was decreed for Israel). When all of our mental faculties can be harnessed and used in harmony, we become an extremely powerful creative force in the world under the guidance of Spirit. Once this happens we are able to produce immediate manifestations (sometimes known as miracles). We have complete control over our center of authority (thrones) and the wisdom (judgment) to make spiritually sound choices.

Prayer is the only way to attain the wholeness that peace of mind brings (peace of Jerusalem). At the core of the concept of peace is love. When we experience Divine love and are in a right relationship with God, we know the peace that passes all understanding. True prosperity (prosper) is an awareness that God has and will supply all of our wants and needs. Certainly there is a sense of security in that knowledge. “Peace (well-being) be within you” is a powerful affirmation for the mind. It raises our thoughts (brethren and companions). Christ consciousness (the house of the Lord) allows us to behold the Divine in everything (I will seek your good).

And so it is! Amen!
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