Practical Oneness - Meaning of Thomas 22

Practical Oneness (Meaning of Thomas 22)

Oneness is the meaning of Thomas 22. Here Christ urges the seeker to “make the two one” and prepare to enter the kingdom of God.

Oddly, this logion [saying of Christ] is the lone instance in which Thomas the Apostle, or Jesus himself, makes use of ancient yogic practices. This commentary examines the meaning of Thomas 22 and provides a mind-body approach to the practical oneness meditation.

Meaning of Thomas 22

Yeshua—Jesus’ Jewish name—visited earth to assist humankind’s ascension process. Some readers may assume that means “help us get to heaven.” While that is true, Master’s lessons can also give rise to Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5ascension on earth. In the gospels and earlier texts such as Thomas, oneness dwells at the heart of Christ’s theology. Either way, Jesus’ words at Thomas 22 are intended to make us whole.

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

Gospel of Thomas can heal us.

In my case, reading Thomas for a few years sparked self healing for spiritual and emotional issues, worry, and stress. In fact my entire state of health changed for the better. Aches and pains, cysts, and things that had camped on my skin for many years vanished. My lifestyle changed also, to the extent that friends asked me, “Do you look younger?” Best of all I grew closer to God. Thus, with regard to the meaning of Thomas 22 I can safely state that this important logion is the key that unlocks all of the above and the gospel itself.

Thomas 22 contains specific instructions, which we shall now practice. During this time we will attempt to feel the energies, both physical and spiritual, that Christ’s words trigger in us.

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Source: The Annotated Gospel of Thomas, by Prof. Paterson Brown
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Yeshua saw little children who are being suckled. He says to his disciples: “These little children who are being suckled are like those who enter the Sovereignty (kingdom of God).” They say to him: (1) “Shall we thus, by becoming little children, enter the Sovereignty?” Yeshua says to them: “When you make the two one, and you (2) make the inside as the outside and the outside as the inside (3) and the above as the below, and if you (4) establish the male with the female as a single unity so that the man will not act masculine and the woman not act feminine, when you (5) establish eyes in the place of an eye and a hand in the place of a hand and a foot in the place of a foot (6) and an image in the place of an image— (7) then shall you enter the Sovereignty.

Practical Oneness - Meaning of Thomas 22

The Practical Oneness Experience

Helpful tip. Read Thomas 22 for a few days so that you can recite Christ’s seven phrases by heart. This will make your experience all the more efficient and effective. Going forward, if you feel nothing at first ask for divine help. Relax and keep working at it!

(1) “Shall we thus, by becoming little children, enter the sovereignty?

So far as I know, a little child is the only person who is capable of total oneness. Young children also trust their parents to feed, clean, and care for them. Little children, especially those who are nursing, do not expect. Neither do they worry about the future, nor blame, nor judge. Instead they thrive in timeless harmony with the world.

As adult believers we likewise trust our heavenly parents to care for us. But when we grow worried, or angered by the world’s many faults (as well as our own), we sink into duality, or “twoness.” A mild state of chaos besets us. We feel dissatisfied, unworthy, and far from God.

Now, recline in a silent space. Close your eyes and draw a few deep breaths. Because our aim here is to feel like a little child, a warm blanket can enhance the experience. Clothing is likewise optional. Next, connect with God, the Trinity, your angels—whomever you feel are your true parents. Breathe them in and out until you can feel their presence both inside and around you.

(2) “When you make the two one, and you make the inside as the outside and the outside as the inside…

This exercise creates a state similar to that of a fish hovering in a quiet pond. When the fish matches its internal forces to those of the outer world, it neither rises nor sinks. The fish does not need to struggle against its watery world because it has brought the world into itself (made the two one).

Here the meaning of Thomas 22 tells us that the kingdom of God, or “the sovereignty,” functions exactly like a healthy human body. So apply this idea to yourself. Imagine your billions of cells, and the nerves, bones, and organs that work together, usually without complaint. Next, using your entire body, breathe deeply in and out. Shift the inner and outer states back and forth. Repeat until you feel the two states merge as one being.

(3) “And the above as the below…

Some scholars suggest that in Christ’s day the term “above and “below” symbolized the head and body. Using the same process in Step 2, “breathe” the head and body together until the two feel as one. Another approach is to envision the room as two layers (heaven and earth), then merge them. I sometimes imagine angels, spirit beings, and deceased loved ones dancing around me.

As you can see, there are no rules. Do not think, “Am I doing this right?” If something doesn’t produce an effect, invent your own technique—then push it to its limit!

(4) “Establish the male with the female as a single unity so that the man will not act masculine and the woman will not act feminine…

Step 4 is the key to oneness. It is not a warning to flirtatious men and women, as some scholars suggest. Merging two people into a single being is a rather far-fetched notion that is out of context with the meaning of Thomas 22. Merging with our inner spirit [soul] is the context.

Throughout the Gospel of Thomas Jesus implores every human being to merge with the Holy Spirit  Yeshua says, when you bring forth that which is within yourselves, this that you have shall save you...Thomas 70. With the words, “Establish the male with the female,” Master asks us to bind the masculine (worldly self) to the feminine (spiritual self). Our right side is the worldly half. The left side is the intuitive spiritual half. You may recall a few Scriptures that make reference to a person’s left and right hands, eyes, etc.

While still reclining, repeat the inside/outside breath work at Step 2. Imagine a pair of inner, loving hands gently stitching together the right and left (“male” and “female”) halves of your body. With routine practice, you might one day discover how real those loving hands feel to you.

(5) “When you establish eyes in the place of an eye and a hand in the place of a hand and a foot in the place of a foot…

The goal draws near. These three body parts relate directly to the aspects, or “personalities,” of God. So, from now on remind yourself that you see through God’s eyes and work with Christ’s hands. Feet symbolize the Holy Spirit. Think of how the disciples, who always traveled on foot, spread Christ’s word to every town and household.

Remain conscious of the eyes-hands-feet symbolism as you shift your focus downward: eyes, to hands, to feet.

(6) “And an image in the place of an image…

After practicing all of the steps, who or what have you become? That’s for you to discover. Your new self-image could arrive instantly, or two years from now. It might change several times during the process. Two tips: recall the little child, and reflect on humankind’s God made man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27Divine Origin. To the latter replace “male and female” with “feminine and masculine.” So what image do you get? The meaning of Thomas 22 might cause you to rethink the Bible!

(7) “Then shall you enter the Sovereignty.”

Do not dig too deeply into the meaning of Thomas 22. Instead, let your body, heart, and soul teach you. Read Gospel of Thomas over and over. Practice Thomas 22 before you go to sleep and when you wake up. Study the four Bible gospels, too. Master’s teachings are much easier to decode when you compare all sources.

The meaning of Thomas 22  in daily life.

While I use many forms of worship and prayer, Thomas 22 is my go-to thought elixir. I practice this same mediation during bedtime, just before I tell Father about my day. Better still, Christ’s practical oneness lesson is infinitely adaptable. I can substitute any thing or person on earth or in heaven. For example, “Christ is in me and I am in him,” or “My grouchy boss is in me and I am in him.” Whatever may come, Practical oneness can bring instant healing to a negative situation.

I love you, I trust you, and I believe in you.
— Andrew Michael.

Revised 12-1-2019.

Related Texts

Yeshua says: When you bring forth that which is within yourselves, this that you have shall save you. (Thomas 70)

Yeshua says: If two make peace with each other in this one house, they shall say to the mountain: Be moved! and it shall be moved. (Thomas 48)

Yeshua says: Blest is he who shall stand at the origin—and he shall know the end, and he shall not taste death. (Thomas 18)

So God made man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and what you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)

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