Monday, March 25, 2013

Art of Living Week 12--It's The God in Me

It’s the God In Me

In 1897 and 1903 fragments of an ancient Greek version of the Gospel of Thomas were found during an excavation in Egypt. The archeologists later found 5,000 more fragments of Gospels including the Gospel of Mary.
Stay with me, this is not going to be a lesson in Theology or archeology but a lesson in you.

Among those fragments was a passage that gives me great strength.

J[esus] said, "[If] those pulling you [say to you, 'Look,] the kingdom is in the sk[y,]' the birds of the sk[y will go before you. Or if they say t]hat it [is] beneath the ground, the fish of the se[a will go in, preced]ing you. And the king[dom of God] [i]s within you [and outside you. Whoever] knows [himself will] find this [and when you] know yourselves [you will know that] you are [children] of the l[iving] father. [But if] you will [not] know yourselves, [you are] in [poverty] and you are the pov[erty.]"

Coptic version:
Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."

We are looking for God in anything but ourselves. We are only half right; God is in everything and everyone, including you.
When you know yourself, you will be known.

This week, I’d like you to identify those moments when you feel the presence of God dwelling within you. How does It manifest?
For me, it’s not a holy boldness, or the ability to do or have something; when I feel God in me, as me, I simply feel and know that I am good enough.

This may be a bit much for some of you, and I understand. I grew up believing that God lived in the sky and only came out to punish his bad children.
If you can bend your own beliefs to receive this then you will become known.

If not, keep loving yourself until you can.

I love you and I know that there are many roads to home.

Be you, be well, be known.
Bertice Berry, PhD.
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