My series of discussions on decoding the inner meanings of the Beatitudes of the Bible have proved to be very popular indeed, particularly among those readers who have been more used to the theological interpretation of the church.
For the benefit of new members, and to remind everyone else, these are the Beatitudes:
"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you".
-- Matthew 5:1 - 12
Although the Beatitudes are among the most well known of Bible passages along with The Lord's Prayer, they are, as with The Lord's Prayer, almost completely misunderstood by orthodox religion.
The Beatitudes, as with prayer generally, as observed in last weeks newsletter, are usually recited mechanically and verbatim without any true understanding of the great significance of these teachings of Yeshua aka Jesus.
Taken as a whole the eight Beatitudes are a summary of the inner teachings of Jesus, and may be compared to the Eightfold Path of the Buddhists in that respect.
It is particularly crucial therefore to understand the true meanings of these eightfold teachings of Jesus in their true, higher and inner meaning.
This week we will discuss the third Beatitude:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth".
Approached from a theological or literal perspective, this Beatitude would no doubt suggest that "meek", in other words timid, passive, submissive people will somehow gain control over our planet at the expense of those who typically seek power and control
- of which there are of course many. And of course this would not, understandably make sense to most, after all, how can such timid people with no ambition or drive take over the World?
The true, inner meaning of this Beatitude is of course very different indeed.
"Earth" does not mean the planet Earth, but rather our whole outer physical experience. To "inherit the earth" therefore means to gain complete mastery over our entire physical experience, therefore representing one of the most important cornerstones of why we are here on Earth in the first place.
More specifically,"earth" represents causation, outer manifestation as a causal effect of mental processes. As we know, the most fundamental and primary Principle of the Universe is Mind which influences the Energy of which all in creation is constituted.
According to the theological interpretations of the church, "meek", in this context means, and I quote:
"The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world".
The word "meek" however, as used in the context of this Beatitude means something completely different, as taught by Jesus.
"Meek" is actually used to represent a mental attitude - a state of Mind. The word "meek" may not be the best, and was probably not the correct translation from the original Ancient Greek text, but the truth is there is no other word that can adequately express the true meaning in context.
The word "meek" represents a specific state of Mind consistent with attracting and experiencing great Abundance and experiential joy and health - this is why the "meek" "inherit the earth" - not the "Earth". "Inherit" may also be replaced with the more modern and better understood word "attract", most popularly recognised in the context of The Law of Attraction.
So meekness is a mental attitude or state of Mind that is devoid of Ego and all material desires, consistent with the expression of Abundance, Health and Perfection from within, which is subsequently expressed and experienced without.
Meekness also implies a willingness to allow Divine Providence, Universal Mind, God to express into physical manifestation by the most direct, perfect and appropriate means that are totally harmonious, and not in accordance with the demands and expectations of individual Ego or out of greed and/or materialism.
One major reason for failure with the Law of Attraction is due to the fact that the Ego of a person will, when attempting to use The Law of Attraction, dwell on where the wishes will materialise from thereby imposing the same limitations on God, Source, Divine Providence and also failing to recognise and realise our true Source of power - Source, God, Universal Life Energy within.
So in conclusion, the inner meaning of:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" is this:
Those who understand the true mental nature of the Universe, and can associate with the Universe with the correct "meek" state of Mind, shall easily manifest, i.e. "inherit" i.e attract Abundance, Health, Happiness and attract all they consciously wish for in to material, experiential expression, i.e. the "earth" - not the Earth.