If there’s one word likely to cause a reaction in people, it’s the word ‘God’. Many are perplexed by the word, due primarily in our western culture to the influence of Christianity. The difficulty is that the human race has made a concept of God, instead of the direct experience that obliterates the need for belief in any external saviour or for hope in some future heaven. A concept is an interpretation of an idea and a degradation of the original purity, while the idea of God is inherent within the being of everybody on earth.
The conceptualising of God accounts for the wide range of discrepancies in religions and many spiritual disciplines, as well as atheism and scientific materialism. We’ve all been exposed to a degree to some of the concepts presented by the great body of science. Although many people pay little attention to theoretical precepts, the absorption of scientific rationality, even as a background vibration, tends to deaden the sensitivity to intimations of the inner realm. The idea of God is a continuous revelation, unknowable to the rational mind but not beyond realisation as individual consciousness. Little wonder that the reality behind the word has been degraded to a mainly superficial level of expression in today’s modern lexicon. However the truth has never changed; it’s just the impediment of a mental enclave that’s created a barrier of time and past to the timeless presence of the spirit.
So what is God? This is the fundamental question. The answer is not found in the bible or any religious teachings. If there were any truth in these traditions we’d have seen some positive results by now. As it is, the spiritual power within the teachings of the originating masters is so deeply buried and out of touch with the times that it’s impossible for ordinary people to live. For the many, with mortgages, busy lifestyles and other laudable excuses, it’s far easier to pay lip service to religious belief and pray for forgiveness for being an unworthy sinner.
Is there one word which is demonstrable of God that even a child would instantly recognise? And the answer is life. In the first instance, God is undeniably life; the vital feeling of being alive. This self-evident truth does not require belief or proof of some supernatural being. Life however, although imbued with divine precision and brilliance, is a purely mechanical process. As a medium of supreme abstract elasticity, life provides the vehicle for God to arise as intelligence in matter in existence. The first principle of intelligence is ‘I’, the self-reflective function and personal pronoun used by everyone on earth. And so down through the ages, prophets and mystics have acknowledged God as I by such sayings as: ‘You shall have no other God but I’ or ‘I shall never leave thee or forsake thee.’ I in every body am God; but the degree of my self-knowledge determines how conscious I am of my own reality.
The temptation to objectify the formless truth I am within every body is almost overwhelming; but not when the simplicity of God is perceived in an individual’s own living experience. Jesus Christ said ‘I am the way the life and the truth’. The consciousness of the world psyche at that time, and for generations that followed, assumed that Jesus was referring to himself as a man. From this monumental error came two thousand years of religious tyranny and torment for the human race. And religious belief persists today as the main impediment to the direct experience of God – and being responsible for I, the one and only within every body.
Humanity is the spiritual becoming of God as the principle of intelligence on earth. God in existence is man and woman. Making physical love is the way in which the original state of God consciousness is preserved; but only to the degree that someone is prepared to love selflessly in the surrender of any emotional negativity that would sully the purity of the love. God out of existence is truth, knowledge without knowing that is not dependent on thought or memory, but only the immediacy of the moment.
God is the transcendental presence which sustains everything in an effortless state of universal consciousness beyond sense and reason; an immortal cycle of never-ending life that unfolds in the drama of living and the after death process. God is everything and nothing simultaneously – a seeming paradox of creative genius appearing in one glorious production called existence.
Nevertheless, God remains forever a mystery and extends beyond the horizon of any realisation or sense of completion. God is God. And no more can really be said, outside of the direct experience of this radiant spiritual profundity.
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