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Originally posted by TheGreySwordsman
What is your concept of God? Is he an omnipotent old man who lives in the sky, a fictional character, a universal force? Please share your thoughts.
God is the collective of all existance. The collective conciousness of an infinate universe, with the unlimited potential to give energy any form, and make it perform any action. God is a force of which we are all part.
However, God is not an indivdual being. God does not act on the behalf of anyone. God does not take action, does not need to be worshipped, not should it be worshipped. God exists in an everlasting sense, at a spiritual level, it is ever-changing. It is chaotic in the sense that is accomodates the collective interpretation of every individual at a microcosmic level, and yet maintains a macrocosmic "True" form.
It is the life that flows through all living things. It has no defined shape, yet exists in every potential form. God is a creative force of unlimited potential and abundance. It does not destroy things, it transforms them, giving them a new state. It is the most basic essence of nature. Undertsanding God is to understand nature, which is to understand yourself, for you are part of nature, a part of God. Within each of us exists in miniature form everything else. In our perception we act as God over our universe, whereas God fulfills that role in a macrocosmic sense.
God does not play favorites. However, we are all in varying degrees of unconciousness in relation to God, and the ways of nature. Therefore, in this state, we have very little, if any interaction with that universal level of existance. We experience little brief glimpses of this when we have a moment of clarity and understanding, where our minds expand beyond this form. These moments of clarity most often occur after meditation, in or around water, before sleep, after reading something inspirational, etc.
What is your interpretation of this concept?
Originally posted by Heronumber0
Are we figments in the imagination of God then?
Is this close to Spinozan pantheism or to Sheldrakes collective identity?
This is a beautiful vision, I have to say. However, how does the non causative agent transform without causation?
As I said before - a beautiful and harmonious spiritual vision. Where does spirit and soul appear in this explanation? Without time existing, because it makes no philosophical or scientific sense, cause and effect are wiped out. Without local or on-local reality in practise we may be the 'centres' of a stream of consciousness, a constructed reality. In moments of clarity, an 'other' is recognised and this shadow world disappears. At least this is what I believe at the moment about God.