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How one's concept of the Infinite Intelligence and Power of the universe (that referred to as God) relates to experiences in life

 

Introduction

This is the final section of this particular series (split into twp parts, A and B, for reasons of length). Thus far, we have discussed the true nature of that which we call God. We began here as a matter of orientation so that we might more clearly understand our relationship to All That Is. This orientation may not be relevant or necessary for everyone. However, partly because many of the religions of the world teach that God is an authoritative, imperial being separate from us, many of us have falsely come to believe that we are powerless. Many think that this God has all sorts of rules and requirements to be met if we are to be considered good and worthy. And because the rules, as described by some religious sects, are so numerous and so easy to break, we falsely believe that we will never be deemed worthy of being granted our desires or attaining a state of happiness. Our false belief in our unworthiness leads us to feel hopeless.

Thus we set out to remind ourselves that we are part of All That Is, beings of love in unity with all and not separate from anything. Our discussion has helped us to remember and understand who we are (Part 2) and why we are here in this physical form--that we are eternal beings, far more than the limited personalities that we falsely perceive ourselves to be in this physical body. Then in Part 3, we discussed how it is that we have come to have these misconceptions of ourselves, including the dynamics of our ego / personality selves.

In Part 4, we talked about mass consciousness, what I referred to as the muck. Here again, there was a specific reason. It was to help us realize that when we are focused there, we are focused in our lower or limited selves. We have become aware that we cannot truly create our desires from there, that we create from our higher selves because that is where we know the truth that we are limitless. Within our ego selves, the only truth is about our limits and blocks. Thus, we begin to see a clear need to transform and become reconnected with our True Selves. Now, in this closing article, we will discuss some ideas that will assist us in our transformation. It is in two parts, 5a and 5b. This part, 5a deals with some necessary final assembly of the pieces we've covered thus far. In order to establish the context of our actions for change, we must complete the framework upon which they're based.

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Assembling the pieces


As I stated at the beginning of the series, one's particular belief in the nature of and experience of God is quite significant to his experience of life. Those who view God as a supreme ruler separated from themselves see themselves as more limited than those who view themselves as part of All That Is (individualized expressions of god).

You may at times notice that what has been presented in these articles leans towards or favors the perspective of the expanded consciousness over that of limited consciousness. At times, it may seem there is a sort of us / them context. To some, this may provoke a sort of cognitive dissidence. After all, much of this content is aimed at teaching us that we are all one-that we should move away from "us / them" paradigms. Let me see if I can clarify this seeming contradiction.

During my journey, I picked up, browsed through, listened to and read many books, articles, tapes, radio programs and later, websites. Though I was exploring and opening up to areas of discovery that had previously been unfamiliar to me, there was a fairly well defined sense of what resonated and what didn't. Much material was about subjects far too esoteric for my needs. They seemed so advanced that I couldn't see how they were relevant to me or how I could apply them. They were just at a much higher or evolved level of consciousness than I could relate to in my very physical and emotional real world struggles. Being that I would pretty much bypass most of that material, I was choosing to miss what it had to offer.

When I began to write and teach, I was pretty clear that my particular niche or domain was the transitional zone. In other words, what I expressed would teach and speak from the point of view of many beginning seekers. I certainly had not been able to make the abrupt leap from everyday struggles to the highly esoteric subjects just like that. All souls are at different points on their evolutionary journey; and we acknowledge that for many, it isn't a leap at all. Yet there are others who, as I did, may need a little easier transition. Therefore, what I offer recognizes that we are in a world where contrasting viewpoints exist, whether it be in the realm of politics, morality, religion, work ethic, race, sex, physical ability, etc.

By deciding to pursue such information as this, we have made a decision that we desire to move on from unconscious engagement in all of the conflict of the world. That does not mean being removed from the world itself; the contrast of varying views has a very real purpose in the expansion of consciousness. This expression recognizes that readers have a point of view, while at the same time, it urges them to loosen it up and come to accept the ideas inherent in the concept of "a personal reality". It understands that the reader is observing conflicts and contentions over opposing points of view in many facets of his / her life, whether it be in the workplace, the community, the family, or even within their church. Therefore, by acknowledging and writing from this context, the casual reader is not as likely to think that seeking the light is only for the "spiritually elite" and thereby beyond her. Thus it is that we draw the contrast between the limited perspective and the expanded. In doing so, we demonstrate where our focus is / has been and look at what we are moving toward.

And here is the important fact to explain the seeming "us/them" contradiction. The difference is that most us/them discussions are contests or debates with the purpose of asserting and proving that "they" are wrong and "we" are right. Here, we have no such concerns. Our intent in our journey is to increasingly understand that what others think is not our business or concern. Other's thinking only effects them and it is only our thinking that creates our experiences. Who's right and who's wrong is a totally meaningless and irrelevant concern.

 

A Clear Contrast

The primary focus associated with the limited experience of God is upon others and upon morality, while the focus associated with the expanded experience is upon love and creation. For the latter, morality is not a matter of concern in the sense that it is a virtue to be chased after or sought. The reason for this is quite simple. The Golden Rule is manifestly a natural outgrowth of the focus upon love. I refer to this as "auto-morality". It's a natural consequence of love and unity with God. Why is this important? Because, to put it simply, the thing that most effectively keeps us from achieving that which we desire is our critical focus upon others (as distinguished from a compassionate focus, which is compatible with the intent of love).

If I were to say that everyone who is successful and living in abundance and ease is someone who has turned his/her life over to God, some might object, stating that he or she knows many such people and many of them are not particularly religious in any sense. This response would reveal the common misconception of the word "God" that has prevailed throughout time. It is that misconception that we have been addressing in this series. The phrase "turning one's life and / or problems over to God", has nothing to do with religion, though this does not mean that the religious can't do it. Rather, it is only done by finally giving up all notions of separation and the impulse to attain fulfillment through effort alone. It means coming to the realization that "The Father" is with us always, that we are never alone and that we are beloved heirs to the kingdom. It means that the universe (The Father) will begin to work its miraculous powers to dispatch to you all that you seek, the moment you allow it to. Allowing it means having faith, not second-guessing the ways of Divine Mind.

We are bound to the laws of the world to the extent that we think we are. And it is our mass conscious acceptance and agreement upon lack, limitation and illness that keeps us bound. Our whole trip here is to learn that we have the power to transcend limiting ideas. When we move from bondage to freedom, that is transcending; when we live in abundant prosperity, health, joy and happiness, that too is transcending them. The evidence of transcendence to a large extent are these desired physical manifestations that have come into our lives--not through will of the personality but through working in harmony with spiritual law. Miracles of course manifest in physical ways as in the Biblical accounts of Christ feeding the throngs by multiplying the fish, turning water into wine or healing the sick.

Those oriented toward the limited or outer experience of God will not find the same meaning in turning oneself over to God as the one described above. The chart below provides a side-by-side comparison of the two views. The left side describes the expanded view; the right side the limited view. Most who are drawn to teachings such as these (sometimes referred to as "seekers of light") would probably identify with the left side. The reason this is relevant to our discussion of improving our experience and creating our lives according to our purpose and desires, is that the act of seeking assumes an attitude of openness to, even a personal identification with the concepts of the left side. In other words, creating one's own reality requires an understanding of the Truth of unity and oneness with All That Is.



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