I can’t tell you what the ‘kingdom of God’ is; no one can. It’s not a thing, it’s not a concept, it’s not a place.
The scriptures indicate that the ‘kingdom’ co-exists with that realm of consciousness witnin us which knows no change nor decay, no beginning nor end and that is subject to neither time nor space.
Our body, mind and personality develops, changes and deteriorates over our life-time, but there’s a dimension of Spirit at the core of our being, they say, that is constant, limitless and the seat of all that is sacred.
If this be true, it surely means that the ‘kingdom of God’ is neither remote nor unattainable. It’s closer than our skin and more immediate than our next breath.
You may wonder why so few seem able to find that which is closer than close and can never be lost, but it’s a bit like searching for your glasses when you have them on all the while.
St Paul urged those in a death-like spiritual sleep to awaken and to become completely open to the inner Light of Christ (Eph. 5:14). This light is like no other, being infinite, invisible and the living, luminous background that enables all things in our world to be known for what they truly are.
Those awakening out of spiritual torpor soon realize that the divine is as much inward as heavenward and that in the final quest of the soul, seekers become finders … and then, seers. In this way, they experience the divine at the core of their being.
Spiritual awakening is usually described as the final freedom, freedom from previous conditioning and mind-made suffering — freedom at last to consciously be What we really are and have always been. Awakening has nothing to do with perpetuating our egoic self.
Awakening is an opportunity to encounter our imperishable Self (the Christ) before the transient vehicle of the body/mind/personality disappears, as in the cycle of nature, it surely must.
~ Pete Sumner www.peterspearls.com.au/