Let whoever becomes rich
but let whoever holds power,
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
What does it take to reign in
your life, your world?
Can you float when given both the smile and frown,
open you hand to endless wealth,
no matter what your bank account claims,
and stay grounded
when faced with joy or despair around you?
No, you don’t need to be a saint,
or forget to feel—
that might be the very crux of that
place everything in its context,
not with just your agile mind,
but in the deepest resounding cave of your heart.
Journey through Logos:
What is the difference between reigning and power? between wealth and riches? Yeshua’s secret is simple—if you can release power, or your clinging to wealth, control and shadowy perfection, then and only then are you fit to reign. Being a temporal king is not the same thing as what he is trying to convey. He’s looking for something deeper than the masks that we place before our true faces and hearts, those things that take the place of a more lasting power and abundance.
Notice he is not saying you cannot have fine things, or be seated in positions of power; rather, he is saying don’t let such things rule you. That is real power and the energy of reigning: the place where we have choice to let go or utilize the gifts of being embodied in a way filled with both wisdom and love. In that space we are in deep relationship with not just God but those around and within us because we are full and complete in ourselves.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall be added unto you." This is the one great duty, this is renunciation. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in the mind for anything else. Let us put forth all our energies to acquire that which never fails--our spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares.”
"All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we find the kingdom of heaven within us."
In what way are you ruled by the material wealth of your life (or lack thereof)? How might you begin to practice the divine equanimity that Yeshua is teaching in your own life?
We reign when we are conscious that the difference between temporal kingship and reigning hinges on our ability to release control of outer circumstances, even as we are grounded in the abundance of our union with God.
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