Getting the 1st and 2nd Beatitudes Right: A Metaphysical Interpretation

As far as we know Jesus, the man, never wrote anything down. He never had a bestseller in bookstores, on Kindle, in Nook, or in Smashwords. He never wrote an autobiography. Never scribbled anything on an envelop or in Pinterest. Had no use for a Mont Blanc pen. Never e-mailed, ‘text-messaged,’ or tweeted anyone!

However, after he fully actualized his Christhood, he did write a few things down. He etched them in the sand, and no one knows to this day what He wrote except the church leaders for whom it was written. Speculation is he scribbled their shortcomings in the sand. (If you are interested in the story check it out in any one of the traditional versions of the Gospel of John chapter 8:6 and 8).

Mountainside-SermOnMtThere are those, including us, who agree with Dr. George Lamsa that Jesus delivered a well-organized, well-detailed, well-edited truth talk early in his ministry. It was a literary masterpiece; and it was called the Sermon on the Mount.

Lamsa believes Jesus carefully recorded this talk so he would be sure to capture the important points he wanted to share. (For those of you who are interested, the content for the entire sermon series appears in Matthew Chpts. 5 through 7, and Luke Chpt. 6).

The main portion of his talk is called the Beatitudes (we refer to it as the Be-Attitudes). It is that portion which we will focus on in this blogcast and in the next three blogcasts which follow. However, our treatment will be a metaphysical one because we believe the Be-Attitudes are rich in deeper spiritual meanings.

We believe in the power of words, and in the transforming power of Truth. And the truth is the power of the Be-Attitudes, metaphysically interpreted, can change your life, making the time you have left in this earth experience an awesome experience.

How would you like to have an awesome, fantabulous, spectacular 2013? Silly question, right? If we shared with you something…

  • that would help improve the quality of your living; and
  • that would help you gain the inner peace, confidence, and wherewithal you need to be successful beyond your wildest dreams . . .

Would you be interested? The hidden knowledge the Christ as Jesus conferred upon us in the Sermon on the Mount can do just that!

Read carefully, and we believe your life will be transformed forever as you let the interpretation we offer resonate at a soul level.

About the word “Blessed”

Each of the Be-Attitudes begins with the word ‘blessed.’ To bless is to ‘confer prosperity upon, to enrich, to enliven.’ So when he uses the word ‘blessed,’ the Christ as Jesus is telling us how wonderful our lives will be when we apply truth principles.

Beatitude #1:

We’re going to share the 1st Be-Attitude in its traditional literal form and then reveal its deeper, and what we believe to be, more accurate  meaning. In its traditional form, it says:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

For the past 2,000 years, we have been taught that the first Be-Attitude affirms that poverty is a virtue – that we are to patiently suffer through being poor, and that one day in some future heaven we will find our reward.

You can see where that translation has taken us this past 2,000 years. The truly sad thing is it is based on a gross mistranslation of scripture.

The root word that is translated “spirit” comes from the word ruach  which is more accurately translated “pride, or narcissistic pride.” So, it’s really saying: “Blessed are those who lack pride-fulness, who are not narcissistic, who practice humility.”

Mainstream Bible translators are notorious for toying with semantics. Their literal eyes miss the deeper meanings of scripture. They consistently, whether purposefully or ineptly, use the 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th derivations of words when translating scripture to retail their mistranslations.

In all fairness, we must say that translating one language into another can be, well, rather interesting. For example, here are a few genuine, but amusing, attempts to translate signage into English around the world:

A sign at a Budapest zoo read: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

A notice on the door to a Calcutta maternity ward: No Children Allowed.

In an East African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

An airline ticket office sign in Copenhagen: We take your bags and send them in all directions.( That one sounds familiar, doesn’t it!)

And finally, on a hotel room door in Japan: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

Translating from one language to another can be tricky. And Bible translations are no exception.

The second half of the 1st Be-Attitude says: “for their’s is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Now keep in mind that ‘heaven’ is not a place we go to but a state of consciousness we grow to! Heaven is our super-consciousnessness – which religious teachers, philosophers, and psychologists are only beginning to understand. The root word for heaven, which is the Aramaic word the Christ as Jesus would have used, means “expanding spiritual potential.”

So, this is what we believe the Christ as Jesus is saying in this 1st Be-Attitude:

Lotus-1We are enriched when we lack narcissistic pride, when we are teachable, when we are open and receptive to eternal truths, when we practice humility – and it is from that level of consciousness that we shall expand our understanding so we can fulfill our divine potential.

We don’t know about you, but we believe that interpretation sounds like something the Christ as Jesus would have said at his level of spiritual advancement. At the time he delivered this talk, he had fully aligned his human self with his Christ Self. We hope it resonates with you as well.

Beatitude #2:

The 2nd Be-Attitude, in its literal interpretation says:

Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”

This has usually been interpreted to mean that sorrow and sadness are virtues and that we will be comforted when we get to heaven ‘up there.’

Sorrow and sadness are not virtues. We are not put here to be sorrowful. The Christ as Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We believe He meant the Christ Presence within us is here to help us live happy, healthy, productive human lives!

A closer look at the 2nd Be-Attitude reveals a different interpretation.

To mourn, in the original Aramaic, means to yearn, be passionate about, to be eager for for something transformative. “Blessed are those who mourn” really means: More enlivened and enriched are those who yearn for a closer relationship with their Christ Self.

And “For they shall be comforted” has nothing to do with sadness or bereavement. It means: we are guaranteed, supplied, see the arrival of unlimited opportunities for soul growth.

Meditation-Collage-smallWhen we assemble the 2nd Be-Attitude it says:

Blessed, enriched, are those who yearn for a closer relationship with their Christ Self,  for they are guaranteed unlimited opportunities for soul growth.

So, a couple of questions we might ask ourselves on our journey toward enlightenment are:

  • How can we be teachable, and remain open and receptive to eternal truths?
  • How can we practice more humility?
  • What does it mean to yearn for a closer relationship with our Christ self?
  • In what ways can I more closely align my human self with my Christ Self?

Next week, we’ll share a metaphysical interpretation of Beatitudes 3 & 4.

About Bil and Cher Holton - The Global Center for Spiritual Practices

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for neuroscience and Positive Psychology, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Global Center for Spiritual Practices, a Cyber Home for people who are more spiritual than religious. Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. They are dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, prolific authors, and spiritual teachers. Check them out at
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