Tuesday, March 13, 2012

God the Snowball

The idea or principle of Oneness is hard to fathom for many people. How can The Lord (the Absolute) be one with the human level (the relative)? For ages Christian theologists have pondered the mystery of Christ. How can a being be God and human at the same time? How can God be both Father and Son, while yet undivided in essence? When this is made into a problem I believe it is because we investigate at the same level, and think of God much as any other object, only greater. In that way we find no satisfying answer to the question. However, if we consider the infinite nature of The Lord, other ways of thinking are possible. I personally enjoy the picture of a snowball.

In this symbolic snowball God is the snow. A snowball is 100% snow. In fact, there is nothing else. But the snowball is not half a ball, or a cube, but also 100% a ball. That is the human level. We are form. We think of ourselves as form – physical form and mental form, body, thoughts, and emotions. While many humans are only aware of this level (the ball), spirituality begins in earnest when we also become aware of the snow (The Absolute, called God, The Lord, or Father in Christianity).

When a human completes the spiritual transformation (Jesus of Nazareth, Siddhartha Gautama, for example), they are fully aware of the sacred essence (snow) and form (ball) at the same time. They have returned to Paradise and are liberated from suffering (Dukkha). It is a true liberation because when the ball crumbles the snow remains unharmed. Identity is no longer attached to form, but is rooted fully in essence. Such persons are manifestations of The Lord on Earth – they are the ONE son of God, because they are no longer separated from Life. They are One with All. Through them form is sanctified, and the gates of the Kingdom opened.

It is important to understand, that this essence (the snow) is not something that exists solely in holy persons, or in the Messiah only. Jesus may have been born into this state of freedom, but it is not restricted to him alone. He invites us into his presence and being “...that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). When the ball crumbles the snow remains.

This believing is of course more than just finding the concept of God believable. The believing that Jesus as Christ is taking about means to trust, and to follow. It includes action and a new approach to life. If a person tells you there is a great treasure behind the corner, you can't just say; I believe you. To find it, you have to actually walk there and bring it home. If you stay put, you do not actually believe that person, and if you don't go there, you can't expect to receive it.

To become aware of the essence of our being, to experience the snow, our obsession with form must fade. That is, as long as we keep feeding our form-hungry egos, as if they were the one truth and lord of Life, we will remain in hiding, and the Lord will not know us. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)

Come naked (stripped of ego) before The Lord, and “He” will make Himself known to you. He will even help you undress if you let him. If you believe.

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