“Let the same mind be in you that was in Jesus Christ”
We are as one.
That concept makes loving ourselves and our neighbour so easy if we love ourselves as God loves us, whole heartedly.
It is my belief that we are now being invited into a different layer of revelation and understanding by God.
I sense that as I read scripture and other sources that suddenly there is a new level of understanding of parts that once it is perceived can be seen in many contexts.
Previous understanding still stands but greater enlightenment is evident in the new.
Richard Rohr has been a definite influence in defining my concepts.
His writing and philosophies remind me of what I recall of reading in the past of C. S. Lewis and Henri Nouwen
He has written many philosophical and Christian books.
Today having just read this meditation I have taken the Liberty of literally sharing it in its entirety
It has, I believe, the potential to unlock an idea of a truth and awaken greater understanding.
How do we put on the mind of Christ? How do we see through his eyes? How do we feel through his heart? How do we learn to respond to the world with that same wholeness and healing love? That’s what Christian orthodoxy really is all about. It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice. . . .
Jesus uses one particular phrase repeatedly: “the Kingdom of Heaven.” [Jesus] says, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” (that is, here) and “at hand” (that is, now). It’s not later, but lighter—some more subtle quality or dimension of experience accessible to you right in the moment. You don’t die into it; you awaken into it. . . .
The Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness; it is not a place you go to, but a place you come from. It is a whole new way of looking at the world, a transformed awareness that literally turns this world into a different place. . . The hallmark of this awareness is that it sees no separation—not between God and humans, not between humans and other humans. And these are indeed Jesus’s two core teachings, underlying everything he says and does. . . .
When Jesus talks about this Oneness . . . . what he more has in mind is a complete, mutual indwelling: I am in God, God is in you, you are in God, we are in each other. His most beautiful symbol for this is in the teaching in John 15 where he says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Abide in me as I in you” [see John 15:4–5]. A few verses later he says, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love” [John 15:9]. . . . There is no separation between humans and God because of this mutual interabiding which expresses the indivisible reality of divine love. . . .
No separation between human and human is an equally powerful notion—and equally challenging. One of the most familiar of Jesus’s teachings is “Love your neighbour as yourself” [Matthew 22:39] . . . as a continuation of your very own being. It’s a complete seeing that your neighbour is you. There are not two individuals out there . . . there are simply two cells of the one great Life.
The illustration shows the oneness we have with Christ and each other.
The song I See You. Jeremy Riddle