There are many who have moved beyond the old fear-driven concepts of heaven and hell, sin and punishment. We no longer believe in a God who is looking for different ways to condemn us to lives and after-lives of doom, retribution and atonement. The human race, as a whole, rejects those old truths and has evolved to the liberating principle of a Universal Force of Love that weaves the human fabric, holds it together, and coheres it into a seamless whole.

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. ~Kahlil Gibran

All religions and all paths tell us only this one truth – we are the creation/ image/likeness of God. Ask any four-year old to give you the primary quality of that which she understands as God, and the prompt reply will be ‘love’. This means, of course, that within us, hidden by the fabric of the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious, is the omnipresent and tangibly real God-quality, Love. And, yet, as we glance at the world as it is today, the evidence of this God-quality often seems hard to come by. What is it that weaves human lives into conflict, and, more significantly, what is the unifying culmination of this incomparable complexity?

There are many who have moved beyond the old fear-driven concepts of heaven and hell, sin and punishment. We no longer believe in a God who is looking for different ways to condemn us to lives and after-lives of doom, retribution and atonement. The human race, as a whole, rejects those old truths and has evolved to the liberating principle of a Universal Force of Love that weaves the human fabric, holds it together, and coheres it into a seamless whole.

Truly, the Kingdom of Love lies within us; it lies within our heart. In present times, when the energy of Unconditional Love is activating within all of humanity, it becomes imperative to understand this Inner Kingdom. As the human race, we are constantly encountering duality and polarity, not only around us, but within our very natures. Let us briefly take a look at the polar opposites of our desires. We seek to be free on one hand, and desire the sacred bonds of relationships on the other. We strive passionately to expand our horizons, ever reaching outwards and beyond, even as we endeavour to journey inwards towards the centre of our divine core.

These may appear as journeys to opposite poles, but the Inner Kingdom of Love, experiences them as interrelated. The Inner Kingdom knows that ‘no man is an island’ and sees the relatedness of our independent journeys. The monarch of this kingdom seeks not to control and overshadow, but to empower, enrich and bring to life the strongest potential of joy lying within each. The unifying thread of Divinity that runs through each one of us takes as much pride in the growth of another as it does in the blossoming of its own creative force. Separation, loss and death is viewed by the Inner Kingdom with acute sadness, yes, but not with crushing anguish. Sadness is tempered by a higher understanding of the impossibility of loss, and surrender to the inevitability of personal will. Thus, though we may possess not the omniscience of God, we own the living irradiation of divine love.

Towards our journey to this Inner Kingdom, we, like Dorothy, meet our tin man, our inner fearful lion, and our confused scarecrow. The road that we traverse upon brings us face to face with the wicked witches of our greeds, needs and lacks. But each of these is battled with, by drawing upon the reinforcements provided by the Inner Kingdom, and soon our armoury is filled with the indomitable weapons of empathy, compassion, understanding and kindness. We find liberation from the captivity of the subconscious and unconscious, as we use these weapons to embrace all the aspects of who we are. We expand our boundaries ever outwards, while simultaneously reaching deeply inwards.

Outer expression of inner love moves us steadily towards the central core of the Inner Kingdom. This core helps us to hold ourselves together even when the winds of trauma threaten to tear us apart. This is the core of Christ Consciousness (Divine Power), Krishna Consciousness (Divine Love) and Buddhic Consciousness (Divine Wisdom).

This core holds that part of us that is, both, indefinable and indestructible. It is here that we find not only our likeness to God, but our godhood itself. The Inner Kingdom is untouched by conscious limitations, subconscious demands, and unconscious restraints. It holds within itself the seeds of all expressions of Supreme Consciousness, which flower as our personal frequency bandwidth increases. The Inner Kingdom is often spurned by the ego-driven personality, but continues to bathe it in its energies of Love, so that the personality reconstructs itself as an integral whole; one that permits the unifying embrace of the Inner Kingdom.

The greater is the influence of the Inner Kingdom upon the personality, the stronger and more open is our ability to give and receive love. Love for God is translated and expanded into love for God Creation. We tap into an aspect of self that exists in all, which helps each one of us to ‘talk to God’. In the earlier stages of global and personal evolution, we talked to God through prayers. As evolution advanced, talking to God expanded to hearing God as well. If we can talk to, and hear, God, isn’t it self-evident that we have a self-constructed system that is designed to communicate with all God Creation? The undue importance given to ‘psychic channels’ is minimised, as each initiates a personal communication with God. The question that follows this is, ‘where does God dwell?’ That’s right! You have the answer – The Inner Kingdom. The advice given “seek ye the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you” is true indeed. What many do not understand is that the Kingdom lies within you.

Contd. in The Inner Kingdom Of Love – Part 2
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