The Lord’s Prayer is often interpreted literally. But I believe it is speaking to consciousness. When it states, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” it is directing our consciousness to center on the One (the Uniting Force of the Universe and everything within It) and ready It for the prayer. This is similar to meditation when we make the sound, “Ahhh…” What we are doing when making this sound is preparing the mind for communion with the Source Energy. It is considered the “sound of God” and when we center attention on this sound, not only are we hearing the sound of God (The Absolute, The One, Source Energy), we are feeling the vibrations of Source Energy, helping bring us into the present moment.
This is why Jesus begins the Lord’s Prayer with a call out to God. When we center awareness on the One, all other thought goes away. It is also why Bible verses state over and over to focus attention on God. We are being instructed to turn attention to that which unites us with All That Is. In practical terms, we can place attention on the space between the objects, and the silence between the sounds. The space and silence unites the objects and sounds.
The next line reads, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In meditation, we enter the silence found in the space between the thoughts. This is what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom of heaven is within. When we keep our attention on silence, we are meditating on the One and we enter the kingdom of heaven. We will then be able to manifest that which we desire, which is what is meant by, ‘thy will be done.’ The will of the authentic self and the will of God are one and the same. When we come from the place of silence, or the place of the authentic self, we will attract what we want because we are aligned with the Universe.
Authentic Self Doesn’t Need Material Wealth
The phrase, “thy will be done” is often misinterpreted because people assume that our will and the will of the One are different. And in a sense, they are right. The will of the One is different than the will of the psychological self. The psychological self is insatiable and wants to acquire many material items to insure that it can demonstrate its self-importance. However, the authentic self has no need for material wealth. If the authentic self wants to accumulate material items it is to be able to share them with others.
In meditation, we can reduce inner dialog, which has been derived from worldview, simply by giving it less attention. By dropping the inner voice we eliminate the worldview and create new, inspired thoughts. These new thoughts are generated from our inner being, after It is allowed to view the world in the absence of judgment. It helps to keep in mind that inspired literally means “in spirit.” When we come from the place of silence we are in spirit and any thoughts that arise are inspired by the One. That is, of course, if the self is not included in the thought.
Thought Based on Unity is Inspired by the One
This is where it gets a little tricky. If we are sitting in silence and suddenly a thought comes to mind that involves the self, such as how something might benefit or harm me, then it’s not coming from the authentic self. It is coming from the psychological self. This typically comes in the form of worries or regrets. But if a thought occurs to us that involves how we might help others, or how we might help ourselves to feel more vital energy, or to become more inspired and experience more joy in life, then it’s coming from the authentic self, because it is based on life connections. Simply stated, if the thought is based on unity, it’s inspired by the One, whereas, if it is based on separation it is motivated by the psychological self.
I find it quite interesting how the mind can project a worldview thought so quickly that it stops the authentic self from viewing the world in its true form, which is only witnessed in the absence of ego and judgment. In this way, our psychological self shapes our character rather than allowing it to be shaped by our inner being. If the inner being shapes our character, we will only take action that is aligned with universal principalities, which is to say, the action will lead to growth. On the other hand, if the character is shaped by the psychological self, our action will lead to stagnation and decay, as decay comes from separation and the ego is all about separating itself from others.
The Authentic Self Has No Limits
In reality, both growth and decay are a part of the whole of the Universe. In order to have new life spring forth, the nourishment from decomposing matter must be utilized. In essence, in order to have new life there must be death. In order to have growth there must be decay. Once again the law of duality stipulates we cannot experience one without the other. But this law only applies to the physical plane of existence. In the ethereal plane of existence the same law does not apply. Consequently, when we are experiencing life from the authentic self, we are not limited the way we are when experiencing it from the ego.
In other words, the outer world mirrors the inner world. In the inner world, thoughts of connection lead to spiritual growth, while thoughts of separation lead to spiritual decay. Similarly, in the outer world, combining matter leads to physical growth, whereas, separating matter leads to physical decay.
The next part of the Lord’s Prayer states, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This phrase means much more than food. To the physical self, it means food, but to the authentic self it means that by connecting with the One we are provided with the ability to live each day for our inner being. In this way, the ‘bread’ is spiritual strength. It is the power and the will to keep attention centered on the One.
Being Forgiven Means Free From the Past
The phrase, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is quite easy to interpret. As we are able to forgive ourselves, so too are we able to forgive others, and as we forgive others, we are more capable of forgiving ourselves. This process of forgiveness acts as a feedback loop because in reality, there is no other, there is only One. As we forgive ourselves, we become liberated from carrying the burden of guilt, fear, and anxiety from past experiences. In this way, being “forgiven” means we are free from our past.
When it comes to “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,” it means to allow our inner being to experience life so that we can act from the authentic self, rather than allow the mind to judge and react to it. When we “re-act” we are acting on previous information rather than to what is happening in the present moment. This is where judgment comes in. We begin to expect others to act in a certain way. And we tend to get what we expect, in part because we see it in others who then see it in themselves. In turn, they may act on that and in essence, we have contributed in creating exactly what we expected.
Love Feeds Love
For example, when we look at others with love, they see the love they have within themselves. Because they are made aware of the love that’s within, they know they have it to give and feel compelled to do so, even though this may occur at the subconscious level. But if we see anger or hate in others, their attention is drawn to those destructive aspects of the psychological self, and they act from this place. This means they are actually cooperating with us because they are giving us what we are looking for. In other words “deliver us from evil” means to help us avoid the erroneous thinking of the psychological self. And the way to do this is by meditating on silence and learning to keep our attention on the One.
The final part of the Lord’s Prayer is “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.” The meaning behind this phrase is difficult to miss. Everything we experience is a product of Source Energy. We just accept that there is a greater power than ourselves. We are not this power but we are a part of it, and we have access to it through prayer. That is, if we pray in a way that brings us to It. This is why Jesus recommended to “pray in this way” when asked what is the “right” way to pray. He knew that even if the people didn’t understand the principles behind the prayer, if they prayed in the way he described, they couldn’t go wrong.
Finally, the prayer is finished off by saying “Amen.” This term means “truth” or “certainty” and when used adverbially, is a form of consent or agreement. We are consenting to be directed by Divine Guidance and agree with the wisdom of the prayer. Also, “Amen” is used at the end of the prayer. I find it interesting that the final word of the perfect prayer begins with “Ah,” which is the sound of God, and ends in “men.” To me, this means always put the word of God (Universal Principalities) before the word of men. And by “men” it means the collective ego of the psychological self. Therefore, the end of the prayer is directing us to listen to the authentic self rather than the psychological self.
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