When Christ told his disciples that, "My Father's kingdom has many mansions," he was doing more than just teaching them esoteric principles concerning their own unexplored being. For those who had ears to hear his words were, and still are, an invitation interpreted here: "Choose for yourself that mansion of mind or heart in which you would dwell. Where in the greater kingdom of consciousness would you like to live?" Again, our own experience confirms the possibility of this amazing spiritual potential.
We have all wandered through the many mansions that make up the world of our own thoughts and feelings. These are those psychological places within us that we move in and out of countless times each day. To illustrate just one example, there is that shelter of pride-filled thoughts we have about our self and about how others should treat us. In its west wing are the fiery feelings that race through us when even casual acquaintances fail to fulfill our expectations. And, to enlarge the metaphor, in these very same dwellings that are made up of our demands, living on the floor just beneath them we find their neighbors. These are the negative emotions that not only blind us to the consequence of our own heated reactions, but whose roommates quickly step into the fray, telling us to blame others for the troubles that always follow when we cling to our own mistaken assumptions!
As long as we live within the darkened mansion of these lower-level thoughts and feelings, unconsciously deriving our sense of self from identification with the stuff of our little lives, we must remain captives of their imperfect perspective. But there are other places in our hearts and minds, higher realms in this same interior kingdom, where we are free to live without such self-compromising limitations.
For instance, we can live in the castle of noble ideas about our own higher consciousness. Such enlightening concepts, along with the higher emotions they impart, shed helpful light on the nature of those self-defeating thoughts that trick us into entering their dark domain. These same liberating insights are the front runner of new and expansive energies that pour into us whenever we are living in some littler world of ourselves and then step out of it into the wide-open spaces of our True Nature.