the lord's prayer - new thought style

Just yesterday I was at my grandmother’s funeral. It had been many years since I’d seriously contemplated the Lord’s Prayer. When I walked away from formal Christianity I walked away from all of it - baby, bathwater, tub and suds. However, the Lord's Prayer was one of my grandmother’s favorites so it was mentioned frequently during the service. As I heard it again – filtered now through years of metaphysical study – it rang completely new in my ears.

Our Father who art it Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

From a metaphysical perspective, Father, of course, refers to the Source or Divine Mind, which is not perceived as an old man in the sky but rather the consciousness out of which all creation is formed. The Aramaic Heaven translates it as "O cosmic Birther, from whom the breath of life comes," which I think is closer to what I understand Divinity to be. It is understood to be the perfection Divinely intended for the earth as pictured in the mind of God. Hallowed – or Holy or Sacred – is this name, this essence of being. The Kingdom of Heaven is also understood to be held within. Divine Source rests within us and it is Holy. My core – my essence – is therefore Holy.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of Heaven is here and may this perfect vision of the world manifest. May Divine Mind flow from me into the world. In the mind of God, all IS perfect. No pain or struggle has ever been intended. The pain and struggle come about because of the stories and narratives we tell ourselves over and over again like a child talking to itself to make sense of the world it finds itself thrust into.

Give us this day our daily bread.
All of my needs will be met today. I do not need to worry or fret about any other day or time. All of my good manifests in the ever present now. I am eternally supplied.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Whenever we hold onto false stories of any sort they limit and define us. Allow me to remain a clear channel of my good, unhindered by false stories. Ultimately, stories limit us and hold us back from channeling our own lives. Help me to release these and help others who have false stories involving me release them, as well. May none of us remain in bondage to lies.

Leave us not in temptation but deliver us from evil.
The world is a seductive place and tempts me. Most seductively it tempts me to believe in its power over yours. When I place causation in the world I misunderstand. All causation is Spiritual, non-local and moves from Spirit into Manifestation – not the other way around. Help me to move my understanding in the direction of truth. God could not lead us to temptation so I follow the tradition that says "leave us." By following the path of inner truth - righteousness in its truest sense - we can

For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever.

From a metaphysical perspective, the Trinity can be described as Body, Law and Consciousness corresponding to Kingdom, Power and Glory. The manifested world is often referred to as Beauty or Body or Kingdom. It is the outcome of conscious intention to create anything. The Law is the pliable medium or action through which Spirit world. It is often felt as Grace because Grace is the felt-sense of movement in our lives.

Finally, the awareness of self –or the I AM – is the true Source of all that is. We all have this awareness because we are little bits of Divinity. Whenever we intend anything the Law takes it and makes something real in the world. And some people may say that they are not aware of any intention but make no mistake about it – just because one is UN-conscious of their intentions that doesn’t mean that they are not Consciousness at their core.

So the Kingdom is the manifested world; Power is the Law which takes the word or intention of Spirit and makes it real and Glory is the consciousness or self-awareness that makes us Divine.

Amen. And so it is…

Never in a million years would I have suspected the Lord’s Prayer was a wonderful prayer of metaphysical direction but it is. I sat at the Funeral Home dumbstruck by the truth that was so clearly revealed to me.