Creating New Realities: Paradigm Shifts in Attitude Awareness

From Matthew In The Now: The Gospel of St. Matthew Re-Imagined in Modern Context

3. “Blessed are the poor in spirit – those who have been broken emotionally and whose self-esteem has been severely damaged – for they have the opportunity to rethink their lives, and are in a position to receive total restoration by seeking the kingdom of/from the heavens!

4. “Blessed are those who are in mourning – those whose dreams have been shattered, who have known nothing but heartbreak and disappointment – for they have the promise that they shall be completely comforted!

5. “Blessed are the meek – those who regularly exercise strength under perfect control – for their restraint, humility and self-control will ultimately cause them to literally inherit the earth!

6. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – the seekers who want more, who refuse to settle for the religious status quo, and who earnestly desire to embrace all truth – for they shall be spiritually satisfied!

7. “Blessed are the merciful – the ones who are quick to forgive and move on, who are slow to judge, and are unwilling to condemn – for they themselves shall obtain mercy in their own lives!

8. “Blessed are the pure in heart – those who do not live by hidden agendas and ulterior motives…the unpretentious…the real people experiencing the real God in the real world – for they shall be able to see God fully and clearly, and without any optical obstruction!

9. “Blessed are the makers and maintainers of peace – the ones who build the bridges, tear down the walls, and are repairers of the breach – for their noble and humanitarian efforts shall cause them to be called the very sons of God!

10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake – those who are misunderstood, misquoted and misjudged for their beliefs, and are hated for their stand for the truth – for their clear vision will reveal the kingdom of/from the heavens on the earth!

11. “Blessed are you, even when people revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil things against you, and make up hurtful and ridiculous rumors about you on My account.

12. “You must see the persecution for what it is and not take it personally. You should actually be glad and even joyful when you experience it, for your reward in heaven is great…strong and intense…and you are in good company, for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who came before you.

(Matthew 5:3 – 12)

7 Responses to “Creating New Realities: Paradigm Shifts in Attitude Awareness”

  1. I think the words you used/ chose/ were given by the HS.. to “translate” the Beatitudes were a priceless choice. I can’t tell you the impact they had when you read them in church and just now when I re-read them on this blog.

    That’s all I can say right now………..imagine that !

    Northern Light

  2. Attitude. I am really beginning to believe that it has alot to do with things.
    Her Majesty had been using my truck for a week or so while her vehicle was out of commission and I had been riding my scooter back and forth to work.
    Thursday she called me and told me that she was going down the road doing about 15 mph and had a train of cars behind her waving at her single-fingeredly.
    I thought maybe the road was flooded when she told me how slow she was going, but she told me that that was as fast as the truck would go.
    I couldn’t leave work until some time later because I had to attend a meeting, but finally left and went home to see what was wrong.
    After looking around I couldn’t figure anything out, so I hobbled it down to a garage where a friend of mine works and had him look at it. He figured it was a clogged up catalytic converter and recommended that I take it to the local muffler shop.
    I did and they fixed it in no time at all.
    On the surface that may have looked like a bad thing, but the next day, Friday, we were going to have to drive the truck to Birmingham. If it had not crapped out on her when it did, we would have probably gotten up the road Friday and been stranded and been unable to make a “do or die” appointment in Birmingham.
    So why am I saying all of this? Well, through it all I never really got upset because like I said, I am beginning to learn that sometimes things that appear to be bad might just be something good and is simply heading off something that might really be bad.
    It may have cost me $240 but that is way cheaper than what it would have been if it had happened up the road somewhere and plus the truck runs like a brand new one now.

  3. I enjoyed the topic of attitude tonight. Several years ago, Bishop, you said that you can’t control what other people do or say – you can only control how you respond to what they say or do. That really opened my eyes and I have tried to remember that in (especially difficult) situations. It is so wonderful to know that concept is part of my own attitude towards others and the things they say or do. I have tried to remember that concept daily, and when I do I find that my attitude is much more positive and forgiving. So thanks for keeping it real, understandable, and practical.

  4. It’s hard to even really get your head around the implications of what Jesus said being originally spoken in Aramaic. Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz who has a specialty in Aramaic Christian, Jewish mystical, and including Sufi traditions states that “Jesus knew that life often presents difficulties and heartaches. His healing words are miracles of psychology in themselves, but beyond this they carry the magnetism and atmosphere of his own connection to the Source of All, the creating, nurturing parent of the cosmos he often called Abwoon.”

    I want to give an example of one of his translations of the Beatitudes in Luke that I have a copy of from the book, Blessings of the Cosmos, to illustrate just how expansive Aramaic can be expanded upon in some of its possible meanings.

    “Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God”

    -Luke 6:20

    Tubwaykhon meskina dilkhonhi malkuta d’alaha

    Ripe are you who feel your personal strength drained away,
    your real power lies in the reign of Unity.

    In tune with the cosmos are you who feel completely dissolved,
    your new form appears by the vision-power of the One.

    Suited for the divine purpose are you who are exhausted, your power to stand then arises from the First Cause.

    In the right time and place are you whose sense of Self becomes less,
    to you belongs the integrity of the divine “I Can!”

    Blessed are you who hold onto very little,
    yours is the wealth and rule of your original divine image.

    Textual Notes

    The word that Jesus uses for “blessed” (tubwaykhon) comes from the Aramaic and Hebrew root TB, which means that which is suited for its purpose, which is in right timing and tune with the divine reality. This blessed “ripeness” resists the corrosive influences of formed existence (its entropy in our terms), because it connects directly to the Sacred Unity. In Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus uses the “they” form of this word blessing (tubwayhon): “blessedly ripe are they (or those)…” Here Luke quotes Jesus is using the “you” form (blessedly ripe are you…).
    The word for poor (meskina) indicates a state in which one’s individual existence, or any possessions attached to it, including a limited sense of Self or “I” is weakened, dissolved, or enervated. The “kingdom” (malkuta), indicates the reigning power and vision of the cosmos. On the personal level, this one’s own divine image, created at the first Beginning by the Holy One. On the communal level, this reign is the sense of spontaneous agreement that happens when voices come together with a new sense of heart and purpose. As mentioned, the roots of the word, MLK, reveal in symbolic form a voice saying “I Can” at the heart of every being. The word for God is the Aramaic Alaha, which in all derivations indicates Sacred Unity, idealized as the furthest extent of power, breath, and life. This word is related to its Hebrew predecessors, Elohim and Eloha, as well to the later Arabic form Allah.
    Here we see Jesus affirming a condition that most of us would not. From his point of view, however, those who have little to lose, also have little to “unlearn” in order to be taught and empowered by the divine. THey have, so to speak, less baggage with which they have encumbered their soul-self.
    In addition, we can see the psychological power of including the “least,” the most underrated part of one’s being, in a healing process. Jesus constantly uses this sense of including opposites – weak and strong, light and dark, honored and dishonored – in these Beatitudes in order to point toward Sacred Unity. These are not only different “individuals,” the outwardly poor and the rich members of a society,. We can also see them as parts of our own being. Some aspects are overrated; some are devalued or denied. All need to find their appropriate place in divine Unity. In the psychology of both the ancient Hebrew and Aramaic languages, the soul-self, called the naphsha, which for many of us wait in darkness, that is, the unknown part of our beings.

    Body Prayer:

    Take a moment to consciously breathe in and out. Place one hand lightly over your heart and feel the breath rise and fall. Then notice whether you can also feel your own heartbeat. Feel your heartbeat coming into rhythmic harmony with your own breath, that is, so many beats for each in-breath and out-breath. This sense of rhythm and harmony is a measure of TUB-WAY-KHON, blessed ripeness. If you wish, add this Aramaic word to the feeling of your breath and heartbeat as you inhale and add the word MESKINA to the out-breath, opening a channel of communication with any part of your being that feels in need of more strength or abundance. Affirm that simply taking a moment to come back into rhythm is the first step toward being in rhythm with your sacred purpose in life, which is the source of all power.
    I like these works so I wanted to share one. Just another rendition of the song like you alluded to last night, for those iin search of Life rather than apparent literal.

  5. It seems that any pursuit of an attempt to live up to the description of the blessed is as difficult and even counterproductive in some cases as it is difficult to live as a human and not comitt some sin that under the law would separate us from Heavenly Father. That may have been the intent of this teaching just as Jesus pointed out that the very thought of adultry was the same as the actual offense. These thoughts lead us to just be still and know that God is. I like the way your teaching wrapped up last night and totally recieved the message that it is God who promotes and not man.

  6. Hey SOZ, I just took time to read your entry here, wow! When you complete your disertation, I really hope to read it. I’m serious. You have obviously put a great deal of time into researching this. Yes, I agree that MITN is beautiful and now can hardly wait for LITN. I can only imagine that in LITN we will be greatly enlightened.

    Bishop, this is quite a trip pal. Don’t get much time to call you pal in person, thanks for letting it happen here. You and I both are friends of God and the Eternal Creator is definately our friend. Your teachings have helped me to even be a friend to myself. Being a friend to others just comes natural.

  7. I’m glad you liked that Mr.Brumlow, however, I hope I implied that those words were from a Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, out of his book, Blessings of the Cosmos. It reminds me very much of what Bishop is able to do so I thought I’d add some more thought and a few Aramaic lessons to the topic by sharing some of them here this week while Liifeskills was on the topic. Here’s another.

    “Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled”
    -Luke 6:21
    Tubwaykhon aileyn d’kaphneyn hasha d’tesba’on

    Ripe are you who feel an empty, gnawing space inside,
    you shall be surrounded by what’s needed to fill it.
    Blessed are you who are capable of holding on,
    you shall grasp the force that causes creation.
    Aligned with Unity are you who are raising your faces, hungry,
    you shall be returned to fullness in the One Being.
    Resisting decay are you who are hollowing yourselves inside,
    you shall be brought round to satisfaction by divine power.
    Tuned to the Source are you who feel stuck on the wheel of need, that wheel will turn, and you will be filled.
    Textual Notes
    In the Beatitude, the word for “hungry” is from the Aramaic kaphna, which shows several images by its word-roots: an emptiness inside, a container curved and capable of holding something. Here it is a temporary condition or state. The word for “satisfied.” from the Aramaic saba, shows one being surrounded by something that arrives as a natural process of being in tune with the One.
    As in many of his sayings, Jesus’ use of Aramaic allows him to “turn the tables” on the image presented. If his listeners feel that they are containers of emptiness, they need to feel the bigger picture – they are contained by a divine universe of fullness and power.
    Body Prayer
    Begin by centering in the heart, breathing a natural breath in and out, as in the previous prayer. Then breathe in with word TUB-WAY-KHON and breath out feeling the word KAPH-NA. Allow your breath to touch any place in your inner being that feels unfulfilled and empty. With compassion and respect, listen to these voices within you without the need to react or do anything. Perhaps the feeling of emptiness allows space for something new. Continue to breathe. Then replace KAPHNA with SA-BA and feel instead that you are surrounded by divine abundance, including especially the diversity, power and energy that we feel in nature. Bring this outer feeling inside using the breath and the Aramaic word to center yourself. This power is already within you. By realizing it is part of your inner self, do any images or feeling arise? Is there a way to feel full without being so dependent upon “owning” or “having”?

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