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An invocation (from the Latin verb invocare "to call on, invoke") may take the form of:
* Supplication or prayer.
* A form of possession.
* Command or conjuration.
* Self-identification with certain spirits.
Four sorts of mortals know me: he who weeps,
Arjuna! and the man who yearns to know;
And he who toils to help; and he who sits
Certain of me, enlightened. ...
Of these four,
O Prince of India! highest, nearest, best
That last is, the devout soul, wise, intent
Upon "The One." Dear, above all, am I
To him; and he is dearest unto me!
All four are good, and seek me; but mine own,
The true of heart, the faithful- stayed on me,
Taking me as their utmost, blessedness,
They are not "mine," but I- even I myself!
At end of many births to Me they come!
Invocation can refer to taking on the qualities of the being invoked, such as the allure of Aphrodite or the ferocity of Kali. In this instance the being is literally called up from within oneself (as an archetype) or into oneself (as an external force), depending on the personal belief system of the invoker. The main difference between this type of invocation and the possessive category described above is that the former may appear more controlled, with self-identification and deity-identification mixed together.
According to Jung, "myth-forming structural elements must be present in the unconscious psyche". ... For Jung, myth is no more about gods than about the physical world; it is about the human mind and must be read symbolically.
"All who comprise the great assemblage of Bodhisattvas are equally powerful and equally beneficial to countless beings, so that all things seem to be at their command. Sometimes beautiful lotuses and lotus trees are caused by them to grow from the middle of the ocean, or a teardrop is transformed into an ocean. Everything in nature is at the Bodhisattva's call. Fire can appear as water; water can appear as fire. It is all because of the strength of the Bodhisattva's attitude, the aspiration and action. For us this says that the practice of compassion must be given full consideration, and it must at all times be in our awareness and at all times performed."
~ 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
Originally posted by blackpheonix
I think the law of attraction is quite different from God.
But isnt giving God human qualities in a way demeaning him?
Originally posted by OmegaPoint
And finally, perhaps the best question isn't to ask precisely who and what God is, but instead "what is man, that thou art mindful of him?"