Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
What a difference it is to know that what Christ referred to as “the Kingdom of Heaven” does exist! Imagine the impact such knowledge could have on how people live their lives. The value systems of so many people would be profoundly changed if they actually knew that life is eternal and that everyone goes on beyond this life.
It is one thing to blindly accept any theology that teaches that life continues, but quite another to know firsthand that your life will continue beyond your physical body. The vast majority of religious theologies do, indeed, teach that life is eternal, but people are asked to believe on faith alone.
Faith is indeed a wonderful thing if that is the only option one has. However, in the case of whether life goes on beyond the physical, there is a choice. That choice is that you don’t simply have to depend on faith, but can directly experience the Kingdom of Heaven, or life beyond the physical, before making your transition.
In fact, numerous individuals have had such an experience while they were still children. Now, think for a moment of what life would be like in an enlightened society. Children would not only be taught that there is life beyond the physical, but more importantly, they would also be taught the psychic and mystical means of experiencing it.
Christ, of course, knew and taught the value of such experiences when he urged, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven.” He also emphasized, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.” Christ pointed out that this realization is available while still in the physical body when he said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now.” In actuality, this was the most important part of Christ’s teaching, for more is spoken in the New Testament about the Kingdom of Heaven than any other aspect.
It is also important to note that Christ described the Kingdom of Heaven in many different ways. This is because the experiences of the Kingdom of Heaven, as referred to by Christ, can be understood in a multitude of ways.
In actuality, The Kingdom of Heaven is made up of a great variety of states of consciousness. Some of those states of consciousness are of different or other dimensional worlds with landscaping and scenery. Other states are more abstract, such as higher states of consciousness that contain only geometrical patterns or the basic psychic building blocks of physical matter.
Some states are alchemical and have to do with the chakras or energy centers within the spiritual anatomy of the body. It is interesting that some states or dimensions contain the followers of one religion, and other dimensions still another religion. It is not uncommon that heaven or after-death dimensions for Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims have been seen by serious spiritual researchers.
To actually see other dimensions containing various faiths and theologies is quite a spiritual eye-opener. It shows how broad God’s love is—that as long as there is the pursuit of God in the physical body, God has a dimension for souls of different religious understandings after transition. How very wonderful it is that God has structured the progression of all souls according to their spiritual understanding!
Such is the loving nature of God that accepts all who sincerely believe, regardless of their religious theology. This is the God of the stars, galaxies, and the Infinite that is unlimited and not constrained to any one religion on any one planet, or in any one dimension.
In India, there is an expression that goes, “Wherever a man may walk is my path; no matter where he walks, it leads to me.” Another expression states, “They worship only one of my million faces.”
To actually see the Kingdom of Heaven or higher states of consciousness brings not only spiritual enlightenment, but a whole new perspective on how to live one’s life. One gains appreciation for the value of life; one’s interactions with others is different; and there is a respect for—and tolerance of—the many religious persuasions here on earth. Above all, it demonstrates that one’s actions and deeds transcend—with the soul—beyond this physical life.
The pursuit of the Kingdom of Heaven eventually opens one to the mystical or direct experience of God’s Presence. To perceive—even beyond knowing—that God exists, that other dimensions exist, and that life goes on, is the most profound experience of one’s life.
This powerful influence on a person’s mind and soul cannot be overstated, and mere words become inadequate.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 3: Module 3.
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