“The Kingdom of God is within you.”  What the heck does that mean?  Seriously … great idea!  But how does this pithy quote get my bills paid?  If it’s right inside then why do I feel so inadequate at times, insecure and afraid?  How do I actually find it so I can have it help me get this damn extra twenty pounds off?  Again, great idea, could be a brilliant one, but if I, or you, can’t make it practical and applicable, then what’s the point?

Sadly, it’s a radical idea for most people to comprehend this kingdom of love, beauty, freedom, joy and eternal life being within.   I believe you and I have come into this incarnation, at this most magnificent time, to finally awaken to this truth.  We have come here to know and experience this freedom and power in every area of our lives.  Yes, I said every area.  If this magnificent kingdom is within, and you really, really, really got that, wouldn’t you want to have it all?  Why would you settle for just a couple areas working if the whole enchilada is yours?  

Here’s the deal, and I’m warning you now, it’s a BIG deal – a really bold, outrageous and radical big deal.  Not only is the kingdom of heaven within you …  it IS you.  You are the kingdom of heaven.  You don’t just have a little light of God planted in your heart.  You are the light of the world!

Sitting on the side of fear, there’s no way you can imagine yourself as the kingdom of heaven.  The part of you that dreams yourself so inadequate will say, “there’s no way they’re talking about me!”  And, all the other parts of you that are self-defined as not good enough, not smart enough, too thin, too fat, too weak, too lazy … will chime in singing their song of self-hatred loud and clear until you feel like crap – which is the goal of those voices, by the way.  

How do you move from thinking yourself so unworthy, a mere mortal struggling to get by in this world hoping to get ahead – to realizing yourself as a magnificent presence, sourced and sustained from beyond this world, alive from a life force that is inextinguishable?

I’ll be honest, for most of us the path isn’t easy.  I think a lot of people think that it should be.  It’s not.  Any really good and worthy goal takes time, effort, commitment and sacrifice to get there.  Oprah didn’t become Oprah by sleeping in and wishing she could become famous.  Michael Phelps didn’t win eight Olympic medals by being lazy.  I could go on and on but I think you get the point.

Is the true revelation of yourself as the kingdom of heaven what you really want?  If so, there’s no “sort of” answer that will suffice.  The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says, “Half measure availed us nothing.”  This is also true for you and me.      It’s going to take a lot of work, focus and effort.  This is a 24/7, 365 kind of dedication.  No days off.  But the reward for the effort is worlds greater than the work required.  This I guarantee.

Ask yourself these important questions:

  • Who would I have to be to realize my divinity?
  • What would I have to be doing differently?
  • What would I have to begin doing more consistently

If you’ll give yourself one hour to answer the above questions, and really allow the answers to flow through you – well, you are already on your way.

Mark Anthony Lord