Contemplating on the Lord’s Prayer from the I and the It Perspective

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"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:

for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye." - Matthew 6:7-9

(This article is an interweaving of three things: the verses of the Lord's Prayer, in bold letters, a contemplation of the verse from the I perspective together with thoughts or feelings that emanate from the it perspective. Some Quirinus hubs on the I and the it perspective:Enlightenment as a One-Step Procedure, The Neverending Story: An Exercise in Using the I and the it Perspective and The I and the it vs. the It and the i: A Thought Experiment.)

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"Our Father in Heaven"

I: Objectively observes the thoughts and/or feelings experienced by the it and lets go. Focuses on a breath and feels God’s love and awe at this

it: Another random thought or impression from the external environment arises (for example, a bird chirping in the background)

"Holy be your name."

I: Understands that as food is to the body, feelings are to the soul. Respects the it for being the I’s vehicle in providing the experience of thoughts and feelings.

it: Believes that who it is is its thoughts and feelings. Identifies with these and its roles in the material or physical plane, such as daughter, grandfather, employer, teacher, doctor and so on. Identifies or feels enmeshed with situations through its thoughts and feelings.

"Your Kingdom come,"

I: Reminds the it that goodness, power and enchantment are naturally endowed when one consistently goes after spiritual pursuits and that God continues to work with his Son and Spirit to bring about forces to materialize what is good for the it.

it: Judges events to either be positive or negative, favorable or unfavorable. Usually does not understand that in the world of the Spirit, all possible combinations have been considered so that the best possible outcome could be achieved for all concerned.

Needs to be reminded that each person, animal, thing, event …

Everything must be treated as a mystery, to be held in awe and wonder.

"Your will be done on earth as in Heaven."

I: Knows without doubt the meaning of faith in God’s will.

Lets God’s love arise within the its heart, in this knowing. Understands that in the order of this universe, everything is dictated from God’s unconditional love for every being.

it: Has acquired multiple layers of beliefs acquired through it’s lifetime of experiences.

Believes that it can and should control outcomes.

Needs to consistently be taught (by the I) to simply exert its best efforts then surrender to God’s will, which takes into consideration all the complex combinations of what needs to happen in order to achieve the best outcome for every creature in His universe.

Needs to be taught that the process is the thing to focus on; the results are up to God, that when one focuses on the moment, the Spirit takes control and brings out the best in an individual.

"Give us this day our daily bread."

I: Understands the “Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

Understands that desires are gifts of the soul, that the mere opportunity to pursue one’s passion can be considered success of the highest order, as the body and the spirit become aligned and in harmony.

it: Usually compares itself to others in terms of material success and is driven to accomplish more based on false beliefs of what makes one a successful individual. Seeks to understand that success and happiness are not necessarily the same things. Usually misled to think that being right (for example, in winning arguments) makes one happy.

Needs to understand the paradoxical simplicity and power of letting go, to allow for the glorious deeds of the Almighty to manifest instead of having to experience negative circumstances brought about by one’s willful manipulation of people and/or events.

"Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us."

I: Understands that whatever is done to others can immediately come around to happen in one’s experience. Understands that the world is actually a mirror of our goodness or the defects that we need to work on ourselves.

Refrains from critically judging others.

Understands that sin originates only from a negative intention. An action that was inadvertently performed without the intention of any harm may not be considered a sin. Understands the feeling of guilt (as well as other negative emotions) in the it and tries to extend compassion to the it whenever it is experiencing negative emotions.

Tries to diligently use mindful awareness to be in touch with the thoughts and feelings being experienced by the it.

Understands that by beginning with small matters (for example, diligently practicing mindful awareness with even mild feelings), the strength to deal with great matters is provided.

it: Usually needs to constantly be taught:

We can only truly love others if we love ourselves.

We can only truly honor others if we honor ourselves.

We can only truly bring comfort, peace and joy to others, if we bring the same to ourselves.

"Do not bring us to the test."

I: Understands that the brightest get the more difficult questions. Seeks to incorporate in its daily routine moments of calling up:

Love, awe and gratitude for God’s love

Curious, open, nurturing attentive and accepting attitude towards the it and others

it: Usually complains when life gets tough. Needs to be constantly taught that “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” Sometimes feels tired and wonders about the sense of all earthly struggles.

Needs to be taught (by the I) that before its earthly existence, it’s soul had been very eager to materialize with a physical body on the earth plane, for the purposes of sanctification, that …

Our spiritual beliefs are our tools to help us navigate through both our daily external experiences and inner life.

Our daily experiences are our tools to sharpen or spiritual beliefs until they are no longer merely beliefs but deeply felt convictions.

"But deliver us from evil."

I: Understands that everything we experience has a neutral orientation and seeks to understand that overcoming a difficult challenge is actually nourishment for the soul, in that the challenge takes the soul to yet the next level in its spiritual journey.

it: Wonders whether there is really a source of evil. Has had the experience or reassurance from an Abraham book, that there is no source of evil.

"For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever."

I: “Your glory is my joy.” Understands that with this motto, the it cannot be spared from challenging situations, because through these we allow God’s glory to shine forth.

Teaches the it: “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thes 5:18

Understands the wisdom in trusting in not-knowing. For example, contrary to the it that constantly demands explanation to immediately understand why situations are happening, the I uses trust in God, that whatever He wills is what’s best for all, that sometimes the best action is inaction, the most difficult lesson is waiting.

Eventually, in waiting in faith, all mysteries are revealed to the I.

In such situations, the I stumbled upon a great mystery revealed through and by Uncertainty: God’s unconditional and awesome love and His opportunity to perform wondrous deeds in our lives.

it: Continues to be the I’s vehicle for the experience of the certain in the uncertain:

GOD’S AWESOME LOVE.

Continues to be the funnel into the earthly plane for material manifestations of God’s blessings.

Amen.



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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I never really knew this prayer in English but both my grandmothers used to say it all the time (in my maternal Romanian language).

I think prayer is beyond words - divinely magical ...

Thank You for the write, all the best!

P.S. Funny how You have have a furry friend with my name. Haha!!


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thanks for honoring my hub with your comment, Mr. Happy! It really was a magical experience writing this hub---ideas came effortlessly. I am amazed that you so happened to use the word "magical", because I have made that observation earlier, while speaking to an acquaintance about my experience with writing this hub.

Indeed it is a wonderful synchronicity that I have a pooch in your same hub author name. He's a he as well. Lol


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Quirinus Thank you for this hub. My grandmother came from France and a few words were different. Just few like "forgive our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us" The church I grew up in used the words " Forgive us our debts and we forgive our debtors" The words may be different, but I think the meaning was the same. However in your hub, you taught the difference between the first and second meaning to the Lord's Pray. That is wonderful. We need to understand why we pray to our Father. It needs to be true.

Thank you very much for this hub.


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thanks for stopping by, Michele, and providing me the opportunity to share my point of view!

You are correct: words have a certain ambiguity to them. We may actually be referring to the same thing but using different words. My take is that the terms used, e.g. ‘sin’ and ‘debt’, refer to the general meaning of ‘an unfavorable act’. This ambiguity in words we’ve noticed is a very important detail, considering that, for all we know, churches of different denominations may actually be of the same belief if only we could find the exact word to represent our experiences.

Regarding the first (I) and the second (it) meaning, I believe we will all eventually have the ability to harmonize our ego-based it with the Higher Self I, so that we relate to God, no longer based on our material needs but more on our spiritual concerns.

Godkeep.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Quirinus, I liked your hub and felt that it had a lot of meaning. When the word 'debt' was used I thought it meant that money someone owed us. So, when the word 'sin' was used, I understood the Lord's Prayer much more. Now when I pray, I use the word 'sin'. After all, Jesus was crucified for our sins. I am still learning, and your hub was very good because it taught me some things I had not ever thought about. I have never hear GodKeep.

God Bless You


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thank you for coming back and letting me know all these, Michele. I write basically to clear the path, as for other mountain climbers. You cannot imagine how I appreciate your affirmation that somehow, things were cleared up for you from the words I used on this hub. It's hard to trust in words for the ambiguity in their nature. But we all try our best to communicate.

We are lucky to be in a community where there are numerous believers. I've happened, seemingly randomly, on Holy Spirit hubs recently myself. I thank the hubbers and take it as a sign that the Holy Spirit is bringing us all together.

Many, many blessing to you too.

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