A king is one who has ultimate authority in a kingdom, a domain or a consciousness in which one lives. Here, there are often two would-be kings vying for our attention. One represents the personal will, the personality or ego consciousness. It is often fearful, ready for battle and rules from a limited belief system. It relies heavily on the five physical senses designed to process information and to keep us safe. But these senses are limited and often misinterpret the information they gather.
The other would-be king in us has a much more sophisticated intelligence team with the additional senses of intuition and telepathy. This king sees the unseen and feels the interconnectedness of all things. This king is the spiritual consciousness, the “I AM” of us. This is the consciousness or Mind that was in Christ Jesus. It is this King that the residents of Jerusalem recognized on Palm Sunday laying down their cloaks and palms. Metaphorically, removing one’s cloak would be like removing the persona that we wear. Laying down the cloaks for Jesus to walk upon represents a willingness to lay down the personal will and allow a greater, Divine Will to be the authority in our minds, hearts and affairs.
In the Jewish Festival of the Booths, palms were twined together with willow and myrtle. The bundle was waved in the six directions; north, south, east, west, up and down, acknowledging the presence of God in all directions. Laying down palms as Jesus entered Jerusalem was highly significant. It meant that they recognized God embodied in this gentle soul who taught peace, love, kindness and the transcendence of the physical senses. This was a pivotal moment; for God now dwelt among us and in us. Jesus conveyed it this way, “… I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” John 14:20
Jesus was much more than the King of the Jews. Jesus is the Christ in us. He represents that aspect of consciousness that draws out our greater spiritual being. The Christ is God expressing in, through and as us. Jesus demonstrates this higher consciousness in us, the one who would be King.
In an old Cherokee legend two wolves are fighting. One represents darkness, despair, fear, anger, hopelessness and separation. The other represents Light, hope, love, kindness, and oneness. The story presents the question, ‘which one will win’? The answer is, ‘the one you feed.’
There are two would-be kings in us. They are often in conflict, fighting for our attention. It is our choice, which one we feed; which we will crown. When you feel conflict of any kind in your mind; gently move your attention to your heart. Take a moment to be still and hear the voice of the Christ in you lifting your awareness to higher consciousness. Giving your attention and allegiance to this greater aspect of you, you crown the Christ in you; your hope of glory.
© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra
Rev. Eileen is an Ordained Unity Minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, MI
The linking of the old Cherokee Indian story of the two warring lions with the story of the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem serves to greatly illuminate the latter and brings out some of the most carefully hidden elements in that mystical allegory.