When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs. Nor will people say, ‘Look here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’ For you see, the Kingdom of God is in your midst.”
(New Testament: Luke 17:20-21)
For me this is quite a big step, writing an article opening with a quote from the Bible. A coming out even. Have I been converted into Christianity? No, I am not into Christianity as such. I am not a follower, but I do believe that Jesus was a great messenger, and that some of his quotes have ended up in the Bible.
Does the fact that a quote is in the Bible mean it is truth, that they are words from God? I know for many, every word in the Bible is truth as they believe they are God’s words. For me, all words in the Bible are not automatically that way.
But this beautiful quote is. Let me explain.
Many years ago I met a man called Serge Benhayon who I consider a great messenger in this era, just like Jesus, Buddha and Pythagoras have been, and perhaps surprisingly, people like Shakespeare and Einstein, in their times. They were all teaching or working with the Ageless Wisdom.
Serge presents, that however famous or renowned the teacher is, everything should be discerned on an energetic level first, feeling it, or knowing how something is without using our intellect.
This quote from the Bible feels true because it resonates in my body as being true. I could even say I align to it, because I have found this Kingdom of God myself.
The most surprising thing is that this Kingdom of God is IN me, and it was there all along. It was a Kingdom that was buried and just needed to be uncovered.
The Kingdom of God, and missing it, is the deep longing mankind has to be happy, but in a settled, constant way. We have been seeking true happiness for lifetimes – in careers, relationships, holidays, that great restaurant, films or that bar of chocolate. In the end we all discover, if we are honest, that those external things are all fleeting moments of happiness that don’t last.
I searched also for this Kingdom of God, without ever calling it that, outside me. Now I have found it, inside me. It is the connection to our essence, our inner heart, our inner being, our divinity or many other names we may give it. The Kingdom of God.
As Jesus taught, The Kingdom of God is there for everybody. At last I understand what it means because I feel this Kingdom inside me. It is a feeling of joy that is there whatever I do, whoever I meet. The most mundane things come with a feeling of magic, because I do them connected to the Kingdom of God.
It is also a feeling of beauty, a feeling of my power, my love that is always there.
How do I live this way? Very simply: by staying in connection with this Kingdom and making that the number one thing in my life. From there I go out into the world and do the things everybody needs to do like working, having a relationship, going shopping, while realising also that this connection is only there when I am in my body – that is, feeling my body and not being in my head – experiencing more and more that this connection is very, very sensitive, needing to be treated like the most delicate flower, really taken care of without putting stress on it, and not abusing my body in any way.
Do I feel this Kingdom of God constantly, 24 hours a day? No, I am not perfect. I fall down every now and then, but I feel I am solidly returning, re-learning a way of living that restores my connection to this Kingdom. I feel I am well underway to mastering living with The Kingdom of God in full once again, and then again I know and feel the connection I have re-built now is only the beginning and there is so much more, so much deeper I can go. The connection is there mostly; now comes the deepening. Once again, I say because that is the way we, as babies, come into this life, – by being in connection with it.
Uncovering The Kingdom of God, re-connecting to it, is a process very much worth the effort for me. It is always there, inside of us, and remains there untouched. It only gets buried. Buried by things like unhealed hurts, roles, stress, and the total focus outside of us. All we have to do to re-connect – and this is not always easy – is to uncover it.
By Willem Plandsoen, MSc, Sales & Marketing professional, dedicated student of The Way of The Livingness, Amsterdam