The Field, the First Fast Food Service, and Your Spiritual Growth

parkWhen we build cities, we pour concrete and steel over natural landscapes. We level hills and superimpose a grid of streets, avenues, housing developments, interstate highways, shopping centers, businesses – and churches upon the land. But we manage to leave an occasional pocket of real estate where we don’t “pour the city.” We call those ‘pockets’ parks and gardens.

In the same way, the ego tries to urbanize our ordinary consciousness. It levels our ‘mountains of higher consciousness,’ tries to dam up the flow of Spirit, and does its best to pour an egocentric grid of materiality upon our inner landscape.

This blog is about improving our inner landscape so we can live joyfully, confidently, faithfully, and prosperously at the speed of our Christ Consciousness.

If you’re not where you want to be in life, if you’re not manifesting what you think you should manifest, you may want to increase your visits to these pockets of greenery — what we like to call our Spiritual Headquarters or the ‘Field of Unlimited Potential.’

The Field (Metaphysical Interpretation of John 14:2)

Field of Infinite PotentialWhat we’re about to share next can be a blog all by itself. But it’s only part of today’s blog and will have to serve as a footnote.

For conversation’s sake, imagine expanding your arms above your head and spreading them into as wide a circle as you can. Imagine this represents the ‘Field of Unlimited Potential.’ The Field is limitless, without boundaries, and eternal. It is the Universal Presence, or the Infinite Isness, or Absolute Good, or Christ Consciousness, or one of the 72,000 names humankind has attributed to God!

Within that Field are levels of awareness of what that Field is. You can stay at a very small level of awareness (imagine a tiny circle within your huge circle), or a slightly larger level of awareness (a larger imaginary circle), or larger … or larger … and on and on.

But be wise enough to know that there are many levels of awareness other than your own. Some less expansive, and others more expansive. Some more enlightened and others less enlightened.

For example, in the basic literal interpretation of John 14:2 it says, In my Father’s house are many mansions.

As we expand our awareness metaphysically, ‘house’ means Consciousness or the Field. ‘Father’ means Sacred Unity. ‘Many mansions’ comes from the Aramaic root word awanu, which means a space within something – a way station – or temporary resting place.

So, we can interpret John 14:2 as meaning: in the limitless, eternalness of Unitive Consciousness, there are many states of awareness or dimensions of being.

You can stay in a restricted level of awareness (remember the tiny circle within the field) with a literal interpretation of John 14:2, or go to that much larger level of awareness (the larger circle) with a metaphysical interpretation. It’s up to you. We recommend opening yourself up to the possibilities!

The Fast Food Service (Metaphysical Interpretation of John 6:1-13)

Feeding of the 5000Here’s another example: One of the greatest prosperity stories in the New Testament is the story where the Christ as Jesus fed 5,000 people on a grassy hillside. Metaphysically, it is a treatise on expanding your awareness.

So let’s take a look at what can be referred to as the first fast food service in the New Testament. The story appears in all four Gospels,* but we’ll use John’s account, since it has elements that the other Gospels fail to mention (Warning: We’re going to Bil-ize the literal interpretation of John’s account and paraphrase it somewhat):

John 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd followed Him, because he was using non-traditional, holistic healing methods to heal the sick.

4 Now the Passover was near. 5 When He looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we going to get enough bagels for these people to eat?” 7 Philip answered, “Six months wages (200 denarii) would not buy enough bagels or cream cheese for these people.”

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “There is a boy here who has five gluten-free bagels he bought at Paneras and two fish. But they’re not enough to feed so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Ask the people to sit.”

So all 5,000 sat. (Actually the number of people was closer to 20,000 since women and children were not counted. We’re just saying …) 11 Then Jesus took the sliced bagels, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated. He also made sure everyone had enough fish and spring water.

12 When they were satisfied, He told His disciples, “Gather up the leftovers, so we can take them to a local Rescue Mission.”

13 So they gathered them up, and from the leftovers of five bagels, they filled 12 baskets.

Did Jesus speak to 20,000 people on a Judean hillside? Possibly. His talk was near the time of the Passover, an important Jewish holiday. There would have been many people traveling to Jerusalem.

Did He feed 20,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? Your guess is as good as ours. Perhaps there were vending machines dotting the hillside! Did the generosity of a little boy cause the generosity of thousands of other people to share what they had in their coolers? Perhaps.

We believe the importance of this story can best be explained metaphysically. And if interpreted at that level of expanded awareness, it uncovers one of the greatest formulas for prosperity you will ever find:

Let’s take a look at some of the metaphysical interpretations of key phrases, terms, and characters in the literal story bymetaphysically bumping up their meanings:

Sea of Galilee = Headquarters, our super-conscious, Unitive Consciousness

Sea of Tiberias = expanded awareness

Crowd = our cattle drive of thoughts that seek spiritual understanding

Jesus = that higher consciousness aspect of us that is in alignment with the Christ within

Disciples = our spiritual capacities and abilities used in service

Passover = the passing over or becoming unattached to materialistic appetites and addictions

Philip = the power of affirmations and refusal to give power to the world of outer appearances

Andrew = strength of mental resolve and an internal locus of control

Simon Peter = faithing it ‘till we make it

Boy = childlike trust and imagination

People seated = discipleship

5 loaves = Universal Substance that underwrites the power of our five senses to accelerate our good to us

2 fishes = divine ideas which lead to limitless abundance when our human self (small ‘s’ self) aligns with our Higher Self (capital ‘S’ Self)

12 baskets = the 12 highest spiritual qualities (powers) within us that are quickened when we operate at an elevated level of awareness. [They also stand for our 12 bodily systems and 12 pair of quickened cranial nerves – but that’s a book study and not a blogcast]

When you toss all of these characters and key concepts into a metaphysical basket, here’s what we get:

When we enter a high state of consciousness with a positive attitude and childlike faith, connect with our Christ Self, affirm what we want to manifest, and trust in our ability to draw from Universal Substance, we will tap into all twelve of our awesome spiritual powers to manifest the health, wealth, and prosperity we so richly deserve as spiritual beings divinely ordering our human experiences.

* Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; and John 6:1-15

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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 http://www.YourSpiritualPractice.com/
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