I talked in my last post about how the Kingdom of Heaven is not limited to sacred spaces. This idea, that the Kingdom can be accessed in simple practical ways, cuts across many religious traditions. I am apologetic to my spiritual family, but I find most of the resistance to my experiences come from the religious leadership community. While I am deeply rooted in all kinds of spiritual traditions, from orthodoxy to new-age, I am not limited by any of them. I embrace the Kingdom wherever I experience it. This section of our Kingdom conversation is dedicated to creating practical methods where a soul can connect deeply with God.
This is a photo of the most important place on Earth for me—I call it my womb room. The idea comes from gestation of nine months in a mother, gaining sustenance and sustainability of life umbilically from her. Spiritually we need this kind of connection regularly in order to become sustainable humans in this world. Unlike our physical development in our mother’s womb, our spiritual development never ends. So, the most practical expression of the Kingdom of Heaven is creating a sacred space for the Lord of our lives to nourish us at a soul level. The creation of your own womb room is a personal expression all your own. Whatever floats your boat, go for it!
The centerpiece of my womb room is that chair. In my adolescence, I sat on the footstool next to the chair and listened to the hero of my life, my grandfather, pour into me. He sat in the chair and helped me with my turbulent teenage years. We were so connected that he willed his chair to me when he died in 1977. It still has the original threadbare fabric covering the well-used cushions. I often think I can still smell the hand-rolled cigarettes, with the famous Half-and-Half tobacco in the green and red foil pouch. And if I lay my head back, I can smell the “thick grandpa coffee” he would drink in the mornings or the neat Jim Beam in the evenings. Then there’s always the Old Spice aftershave smell from his always clean-shaven face.
Next to his chair is a candle with an evergreen scent, the Holy Bible, and a journal on the end table. Outside the window is a bird bath with a bird feeder, to remind us that the Father cares for all creatures, big and small and that sometimes he uses us to supply the needed resources. The photo below is from an occasional visitor to the bird sanctuary. This raptor lives close by, keeping the squirrels from consuming an inordinate amount of seed intended for the birds. God’s economy is perfect.
Most days I wake early, slip on house shoes, saunter out to turn on the coffee maker, and pad out to fill the bird bath and put out the seed. Returning inside, I pour a cup of hot joe and settle in for the necessary umbilical spiritual feeding. I will never stop this, now habitual practice. It is the most important part of my life. I invite the Father, His Son, and the person of the Holy Spirit to abide. Simple! Just like when I was learning from my hero in my adolescence, I am now being taught relationally by the creator of the entire universe. And you can too!
My encouragement to you is to practically construct a place you can umbilically connect regularly with the Triune God. Once your construction is complete in the practical sense, anticipate transformation to occur in the soul realm. This will change you from the inside out, in the best way possible! The Kingdom of Heaven can be experienced again and again in such places. After a period of time, your womb room becomes a very intimate place—one you can’t live without. It is how we are supposed to live in the here and now—by continuously, practically experiencing the Kingdom of Heaven.
Please, send us photos of your womb rooms. Write about how you built them and what happens when you occupy them. We would love to share in your bubbles of the Kingdom of Heaven!
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