|A Healing Journey with the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer: Reclaiming the Mysticism of Jesus through His Native Language
by Neil Douglas-Klotz and Elizabeth A. ReedThis 20-lesson online course, guides you on a journey of healing with the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer. Return to this ancient prayer and to Jesus’ original language and original style of prayer. Become a channel of Divine love, joy, delight, healing, and peace by embracing the prayer of Jesus, as if for the first time. See what new meanings await your life! [Learn more]
“In the beginning God created heaven and earth.”~ Genesis 1:1 (King James Version)
Heaven and earth are not dualistic realms as thought by most Westerners, especially fundamentalist Christians. Some think of heaven as a place of future reward of eternal bliss, a place separate from this earthly existence, a place disconnected from the heavenly realm.
Heaven and earth are not separate realities; these two realities exist simultaneously at all times and places.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
In Aramaic: Nehweh sebyanna aykanna d’bashmaya aph b’arha.
Today we examine the words for “heaven” and “earth” which are “shamaim” and “ha aretz” from Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created heaven/shamaim and earth/ha aretz. The Aramaic words for these two realities are “shemaya” and “arha.”
Heaven and Earth from a Hebrew and Aramaic Worldview
(Neil Douglas-Klotz, Desert Wisdom: Sacred Middle Eastern Writings from the Goddess to the Sufis, HarperCollins, 1995, p.6-7. Used by permission.)
Honoring The Lords Prayer ~ A Guided Meditation
In your minds eye, or better yet – in person, take a break and go outside. You could alternatively open a window or door and breathe in some fresh air.
Look at the earth around you. Take in its colors, shapes, textures, and sounds. Be aware of your body as part of earth, focus awareness on your bones and ligaments, connected within your body, giving you support and allowing you to walk upon the earth.
Look at the sky. Breathe the air and feel any wind or breeze. Be aware of the light from the sun. Feel the air enter your body with each natural breath. Experience warmth within and without from the sun. Just as you are earth, you are also vibration, light, and atmosphere.
Give thanks that earth and heaven, form and vibration, come together within you.