“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – The Dalai Lama
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Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned; like sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus was preaching “the gospel of the kingdom.”
The word gospel means good news.
As for the word kingdom, it’s a term that would have been meaningful to the people of Jesus’ time.
It would have meant a secure place of peace under the rule of a compassionate and protecting king.
Remember that Jesus also said that the kingdom of God is among or within you (Luke 17:21).
This kingdom is the inner realm of peace and tranquility untouched by the world.
It is a spacious realm of infinite love.
It’s right here inside you!
This is why Jesus started his ministry in the gospel of Mark with the words: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
The time of fulfillment is now, the present moment.
Repent means change your direction.
Stop looking out-there-somewhere for your fulfillment and happiness.
The kingdom of God is already here – right inside of you!
You are already whole and complete, the beloved of God, as the perfect soul that God created.
Jesus exuded this Loving Presence wherever he went.
That’s why he could cure disease, or should I say, dis-ease.
All dis-ease was transformed to ease in the peaceful and loving presence of Jesus.
Inner discord was restored to harmony and wholeness.
That’s because Jesus was one with that Presence.
He wanted all those who were burdened and troubled to know that they were not abandoned.
God was always with them.
All they needed to do was turn inward.
Rest in the presence of the Divine Presence.
God’s love is always with you.
Your very essence is Love
Take some time to rest there.
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