Most Christians glibly recite “Thy kingdom come,” but this means almost nothing until and unless they also say “My kingdom go.” – Fr. Richard Rohr from his daily blog.
Except for the few great teachers and masters, including Buddha and Jesus, all of us are to some degree caught up in the beliefs and behaviors that we learned in our family of origin, our culture and our peers. This kind of unconscious conditioning is inevitable and not something that we should beat ourselves up about. And it is something for us to learn to gradually slough off.
This conditioning is what Richard Rohr is calling “My Kingdom”. Each of us sees the world and ourselves through a distorted frame of reference. In the US we could say that our culture’s frame is one of individualism, materialism and a worship of success, power and influence. These are our idols that we worship. To some extent this frame distorts all that we do in this country and it is not the kingdom that Jesus invited us into.
One way of releasing ourselves from our belief systems is to begin to inquire deeply over and over again as to what we (often unconsciously) actually believe about ourselves, our values and the world around us. Instead of taking at face value what we SAY we believe we inquire into what actually motivates us. What we see ourselves doing says a lot more than what we say we believe. When, without shaming ourselves, we do this on a regular basis, the outlines of “My Kingdom” become clearer and clearer and more vulnerable to change.