The Beatitudes

The commandments are guidelines for “doing,” as actions of the body. The beatitudes are guidelines for “being,” as guidance for spirit, the source of actions. These “be-attitudes,” or attitudes of being, define the manner in which the neutral Spirit within may be guided by will to choose the positive rather than the negative vibratory conditions of expression. Jesus taught the beatitudes saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.”
Matthew 5: 3-12
The poor in spirit are those who are humble instead of arrogant. Those who mourn are those who have compassion for others. Those who are gentle are not violent. Those who hunger for righteousness desire equality and fairness for all. Those who are merciful are forgiving and not vindictive. Those who are pure in heart are free of all negative desires. Those who are peacemakers are cooperative and not divisive. These are inner qualities that bless, not only those who possess them, but those who receive the actions resulting from these attitudes of being.