I spend a lot of time on ATS pointing out the evils and errors of organized religion. I have been asked on occasion: "Well, what do you believe
then?" I think I will answer.
I did not write the following. I don't know who did. I found it as a series of postings on a different type of website years ago. It is long, but it
is the closest to what I actually believe about "God". Of course, as with anything I post, I may be 100% wrong.
What is God?
Is God a giant man who once incarnated as his own son 2,000 years ago through the womb of a woman in the Middle East? Certainly not. Is God a man who
created everything we see? Wrong again. These stories are just perceptions filtered through the limited human mind. They are not ultimate truths. Is
God male? No way. This is an erroneous interpretation by the male ego.
"God" is the Life Force
One can think of God as the life force or sentience that permeates the cosmos, gravity or levity, it matters not. As an example of such an energy, one
can take a plug and stick it into an electrical outlet - this is what becoming spiritual is all about. One becomes plugged into "God." But think
about that electrical life force: It has no form. In other words, it's not a human being. It has no gender; it's not a male. It has no color; it's
not white. It has no size and no container. That life force, or "God," is not a giant white man, as we have been told, who can mysteriously
incarnate himself through the womb of a virgin of any particular ethnicity. Rather than being historical, these are myths that are merely symbolic for
the creation of matter out of spirit.
In the Far East, this life force has been discerned as and termed "the Tao." The Tao is the "thing" that makes birds chirp, cats purr and the sap
of the trees run. We can also call it cosmic consciousness. It is simply an energy, sentience or spirit that pervades all things. Far from having
gender, as we have been led to believe, it is the magnetic principle between the male and female potencies. It is also the male and female polarities
themselves. This Great Spirit, Tao, or God, encompasses all things. If it is not all-encompassing, it is not God. Anything less than the total is not
God. The definition of "God" is omnipresence itself. Nothing is outside of "God."
The Cosmic Mind
The creative/destructive mechanism of this all-encompassing life force can be called the "cosmic mind" or the "universal mind." This cosmic mind
projects its thoughts into form; hence, reality could be called "God's Dream." But this dream includes the fragmentation of the Divine into
seemingly dense objects and entities that have a will and independence of their own. As separate entities, we are nonetheless connected atomically to
this life force, but the individual ego separates itself into a deluded state. This delusion, or Maya, can become so strong that the creative life
force is limited and the entity in which this spark exists no longer knows that it is "God." This delusion, which can be called "Satan”, if
personified, is how existence creates, by separating itself out of the whole and presenting the illusion of the many. But this delusion/ego/Satan is
not anything bad until it is so separate and dense that it no longer sees itself all around but sees "other," which it is then free to harm if need
be or desire arises.
True spirituality is defined not by separation but by union, union with the whole, union with the life force, Great Spirit, Tao, or God, that lies
behind creation and binds it together. Of course, the separation itself could also be thought of as a spiritual experience, in that it provides an
opportunity for an individual soul to truly develop itself. Yet in that development, we come back to the omnidimensionality of being one with the
cosmos. It is a paradox, yet one we like to live with, one that we ourselves created, as directors of our own drama. To be separate yet infinite -
now, this is "God." This is ecstasy.
Anything that imposes limits on an infinite divinity is not a complete spiritual system or experience. Anything that projects form upon this
genderless, raceless, formless and nonhierarchical godliness is not the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth, which is "God," cannot have any form
whatsoever, no gender, no race and no hierarchy.
"God" Has No Form or Gender
In the Gnostic or esoteric systems of any religion, the Ultimate is always perceived as utterly formless. The realization of such formless Ultimate is
considered within these systems to be the flowering of consciousness, the maturation of the soul and psyche. Thus, the definition of "God" as a
father figure in the sky is a lower understanding upon which lies man's puerility and immaturity. Creation has no gender, nor does the creator.
"God" is not only father but mother, and grandfather and aunt and grandmother and uncle and cousin and sister and brother, etc. If the "Mother of
God" can give birth to "God," She must also be God. Can an imperfect, unholy being give birth to a perfect, divine one? She must also be divine,
which makes her God.
In reality, behind the fables, the truth is that the "Mother of God" also has no form but is simply the female aspect of creation, when the neutral
Spirit-Atom begins to divide itself. The first elements out of the formless creator/destroyer/ balancer are male and female, in equal proportions. The
perfect yin/yang balance is the basis of creation. There is no hierarchy in spirit; hence, the female is never in reality lower than the male, as
certain "religious" traditions teach. In humans, the density grows so strong, the ego so potent and intoxicating, that the gender aspect becomes
all-consuming. One is nearly completely defined by the gender of the material vessel in which the genderless consciousness is carried. While this
illusion is remedied spiritually, in this earthly dimension these differences remain between male and female. The remedy is that the consciousness of
the individual, through enlightenment or "God-realization," recognizes that it is both male and female and neither. It is an impartial observer or
"witness." Yet, we need not be so hasty in maintaining a genderless state for ourselves, as we are rather fond of the play between polarities, which
is in large part why we take birth.
The Ego, Consciousness and Enlightenment
The ego will perceive itself as having a gendered experience, but the witness behind the ego is a clean slate of pure sentience. In this dualistic
creation, both experiences will happen simultaneously, where one can know the union of existence, the genderlessness and egolessness, and one can
enjoy the separation. The difference is one of consciousness. The conscious, awakened individual will know in her/his inner being that she/he is "one
with creation," but will also know that as the creator of her/his own drama she/he has chosen to incarnate into the denser, more deluded realms, for
the sake of the experience itself. He or she has no other reason for incarnating, just as "God," or the universal mind, has no reason for creating
except for its own amusement. Once an illuminated soul knows this, then he or she is free to create his or her own experience and purpose for
incarnating. This is liberation. This is enlightenment.
Enlightenment, which seems to many to be so nebulous, awesome and scary, is very easy. It is not miracles or magic tricks, although those can be
developed if desired strongly enough. Enlightenment is simply the realization of who is pulling the strings of one's puppet. It is the revelation of
autonomy to the individual. It is the bestowal of the ultimate god-authority over one's own being. It is when the cosmic creative mind and the
individual consciousness merge, when one's mind becomes united with the Cosmos. This mental merger goes beyond the mind and penetrates the very cells
of the being. This penetration is possible because the god-force resides within the soul-cells of every entity.
Perceiving the Divine
There are many practices that can lead to union or reunion with this life force, Great Spirit, Tao, God. We can use yoga or prayer, meditation,
chanting or sex. We can play basketball in the Zone. We can eat good food or engage in intelligent, funny or meaningless conversation. We can run up
hills, climb mountains and swim seas. Or we can sleep. Ultimately, no practice is needed, when one becomes united with this "godhead," when one has
returned to the natural state, from which the human ego has created separation. Reunion with this life force is the mark of true religious experience
and system. A true religious system is not one that demands slobbering at the feet of a separate god-ego - however large and frightening, whatever
race or gender - but one that leads to communion and union with the quality of divinity itself.
God is not Borg
The cosmic union of which we speak, however, is voluntary and not dependent on the grace or force of another. It is not the soul-enslavement
prescribed by religious ideologies that say one must surrender to "God." It is merely the experience of Totality, of the Cosmos, which we think is a
pretty big rush. This "coming back to God/Godhead" is not the BORG experience, wherein one is assimilated against one's will to an uncreative group
of drones linked to a central mind. Indeed, that totalitarian despot is the classic description of "God" provided by theists and religionists.
All we're talking about here is when your mind is blown, such that your whole world dissolves and you are in another plane altogether, one that
contains the plentitude of the void, with its infinite worlds - the ultimate paradox and the biggest amusement park. Now, this Cosmic Orgasm is
"God," not the creature that priests portray who wants you to be begging him all the time, while sleepwalking through life, like BORG. Knowing this
Cosmic Orgasm actually allows you to be free from GOD/BORG. It allows you to become the creator. And from there you come back down to Earth and
actually relish the separation, which is also divine, for it allows you, me, us and them to exist - individuals having a vast array of often exquisite
experiences. Knowing we are the creator of our own dramas, however, allows us to make those experiences even more exquisite and ecstasy-filled.
The Afterlife is an area of human consciousness we all enter upon leaving the physical world at physical death. It is also the area we enter when
unconscious, as in sleep. Physically alive human beings can learn to consciously enter and return at will to explore. Perhaps a better way to say this
is that we can learn to focus our attention beyond the physical world. Physically alive humans don't really leave the physical world to explore; they
just learn to focus their attention beyond it. There are specific areas of the nonphysical world that are inhabited by human beings who are no longer
physically alive. These are the areas known as the Afterlife.
We are all multidimensional beings, and exist in more "places" than we can see each other with our physical eyes. But each of us chose to minimize
our awareness of other places where we exist as a part of entering this reality. We’ve each come here for our own reasons, the most basic of which
seems to be: to learn how to experience and express Pure Unconditional Love to a greater extent.
Many of us wonder why we’d choose to have little or no awareness of our existence before entering this level of physical world consciousness and why
we’d also limit awareness of our existence beyond this world. Answers I’ve found to these questions, so far, point to two general areas: the need to
maintain conscious awareness within this reality; and not spoiling the movie.
There are presently over 5 billion human beings crowded together on planet earth. The thoughts and feelings of each have an existence in the
nonphysical world. In a way, we are all like little radio stations, constantly broadcasting our thoughts and feelings into the air. If we arrived in
this physical world reality with our nonphysical perception still completely open, it would be like constantly hearing 5 billion different radio
stations at once. Such exposure would completely jam our awareness with blaring noise. So, as part of entering this level of conscious, this physical
world reality, we intentionally close down most of our awareness of nonphysical realities.
The other aspect of why we are unaware of other realities in which we exist has to do with the fact that in those realities we know everything about
ourselves. This includes the reasons we’ve chosen to enter physical world reality to learn more about experiencing and expressing Pure Unconditional
Love. The way in which we learn requires that we learn to feel, to experience, to understand, to know. The most powerful way in which we learn these
things is through experiencing the emotional impact of what we do. Without experiencing the emotional impact, learning is a very slow process. With
it, we learn much more quickly. So, imagine your life is like the latest movie playing in the local theater. If you knew everything that was going to
happen during that movie, how much potential would it have for emotional impact on you? Probably very little. You’d know every little twist and turn
in the plot, and the movie’s final outcome and you probably wouldn’t feel much while you watched it. We learn more about experiencing and expressing
Pure Unconditional Love through the emotional impacts of our interactions. So, we chose not to have access to the parts of ourselves, which know
everything about what’s going to happen, so we don’t spoil the movie for ourselves.
The bible says, "In the beginning was the word" but words are thoughts spoken out loud, an inaccurate translation. In the beginning was thought!
People are trained by their methodology to think only about the programmed thoughts of acquiring things, others opinions, self preservation among
thieves and murderers, and escape from self directed thoughts through addiction to TV, movies and Soul jarring music. Last but not least, pursuit of
sexual experience be it in or out of monogamous relationships. There is also the mind-boggling profusion of religious entities to further lead you
from the personal quest of understanding the connection to the source of your presence on this planet in the first place. I can assure you that Jesus,
Buddha and Mohammed had nothing to do with it.
This is a point in the evolution of the planet that brings to the forefront of each individual's thoughts the question of why me, why now and what is
really going on in the reality that is right now in the time we are experiencing. What really is going on behind-the-scenes we are looking at through
the five senses? Why is there this feeling that there is more to the story than just appearances. Who indeed has set this up and is pulling the
strings. Is it really just a group of some bodies that is in charge? If this is the case, then is the God thing really a hoax after all? There are
those who believe that to be the true essence of the scenario. Fortunately for the good of all, that is not the Truth.
All that exists comes out of God. Nothing exists outside of God. You are a part of God that determines the totality of God. You are a microcosm of the
macrocosm. Your very basic building blocks come out of God.
As a comparison, think about water. Water is liquid, yet it can also become ice, steam, and gas. All appear to be entirely different substances, but
the reality is, they originate from the same building blocks.
God is simply energy that is in the process of explaining itself by experiencing itself. Out of God came all worlds, both seen and unseen. Everything
that exists is a part of God. God is in a continual process of experiencing God. God is rearranging God to answer all questions, such as:
What am I?
How high am I?
How deep am I?
What colors am I?
What shapes can I take?
How many ways can I feel?
What functions can I perform?
Every time you feel a connection with the sky and sea, with plants and trees, with animals, with other people, you feel a oneness with them. If you
allow it, you can feel that oneness pulling you into Itself. That oneness is direct awareness of God Itself. Direct awareness is explaining God to
you, and you to God. You can feel that "I am a part of God. I am a part of All That Is."
Understand that you are not God, but you are a part of God. As an analogy, you are not the ocean (God), but you are a wave upon the ocean. You have
the potential of experiencing the ocean by blending with it. Understanding the ocean begins by analyzing one drop of water. In the same way,
understanding the microcosm (you), deepens your understanding of the macrocosm (God).
As a part of God, you are a unique set of experiences that continue to answer the question, "What is God?" You are a story waiting to be told. It
would be very boring if you set down to read a novel, and the first page read, "The man was murdered," and the second page read, "The butler did
it. The end."
The reasons you read the novel are for entertainment, to learn strategy, and to challenge your mind. You want to know all about the beginning, the
middle, and the resolution. Each part of the novel is equally important. The same is true of your life. Just as you read a novel for intrigue,
challenge, and entertainment, you set up your own personal story in the same way, for the same reasons.
All of your experiences come from God. You can choose to understand or not understand what is happening to you. When you choose to understand your
experiences, you move through them, and on into the next one knowing that each experience explains you to yourself, and in turn God to God. The more
you understand yourself, the deeper you can explore inside of yourself. The deeper you go, the more you learn about God. The more you learn about God,
the more you learn about yourself.
You are a finger of God. You are here for experience. You are here to explain God to God. The story line that you, others, the planet, the solar
system, etc. develop is merely just that – a story line within the totality of All That Is. When you allow yourself to consciously connect with that
totality, you have access to all the information that you ever need to know.
Choose wisely how you spend your time exploring, for the totality is endless, with more twists and turns than you could ever possibly imagine.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, if you did. I'm not trying to sway anyones beliefs here. If it made you think, then that is enough for me.