Read Matt. 13:24-53.
Again and again Mr. Fillmore returns to the theme of the distinction between what we call the original creation of God, and the secondary creation in which we are continually involved. In the original creation there is no cocreator. There is only God expressing as creative principle. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend the metaphysical insight that "GOD DOES NOT CREATE THE VISIBLE UNIVERSE DIRECTLY, as man makes a cement pavement." God's original creation, for us, is the omnipresent realm of divine ideas, out of which all possible forms may be brought forth. This "bringing forth" process is what we shall comment on in the next section of this course.
Ed Rabel - Metaphysics 1, Cocreation, Creation
- Ed Rabel
God idealized two universal planes of consciousness, the heaven and the earth, or more properly, "the heavens and the earth." One is the realm of pure ideals; the other, of thought forms. God does not create the visible universe directly, as man makes cement pavement, but He creates the ideas that are used by His intelligent "image" and "likeness" to make the universe. Thus God's creations are always spiritual. Man's creations are both material and spiritual, according to his understanding.
Jesus, of all those claiming intimate acquaintance with spiritual things, gave heaven definite location. "The kingdom of God is within you." This kingdom is now ready. "The fields ... are white already unto harvest." The conditions are ripe. But only those come in who are willing to exchange for it their ideas of earthly possessions. Every earthly link must be broken, every mortal love crucified. This is the way Jesus entered this kingdom, and His way is the way we must all employ.
Metaphysically, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are not exactly the same things. The Kingdom of God is the Absolute. It is Omnipresent, Limitless, Changeless, Pure Being. The kingdom of heaven is relative to us. It encompasses the very highest levels of our being. Also, it is a process within us. It is our growing and unfolding consciousness of Truth and oneness with God. It is within, but it is in different stages of realization for each person and not a fixed absolute, as is the Kingdom of God. In Unity, there is a tendency is to speak of both kingdoms without any distinction of meaning. This usually causes no problems, for they are so closely interrelated that it seems unnecessary to separate them.
Ed Rabel - Metaphysics 1, Kingdom of God, The Kingdom of Heaven
- Ed Rabel
Heaven is everywhere present. It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of God's kingdom in man's mind, body, and affairs; it is the Christ consciousness, the realm of divine ideas, a state of consciousness in harmony with the thoughts of God. Heaven is within every one of us; a place, a conscious sphere of mind, having all the attractions described or imagined as belonging to heaven.
I realize that faith in Spirit and the ultimate dominance of the good in me will restore me to the heavenly consciousness from which I descended.
"Heaven within is one perfect harmonious life, substance, and intelligence, and I rejoice."