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