Friday, March 16, 2012

Set God Free!

It seems to me that most people who look for God doesn't really look for God, but rather their expectations of “Him”. It seems to me they are looking for some kind of super-parent, which will never fail them, and who is always perfectly just. Seeking God with these kinds of preconceptions (desires) might send us on the way, but they will not help us find Truth.
God, as we think of Him, is only an idea. It is a human concept, and to a great extent, a human invention. However, this concept points to, and directs us towards the One Ultimate Reality, which our minds cannot grasp, hold, or understand.

Though icons and inner images of the Lord may serve very well to ignite the energy, love, and desire for God or Truth, necessary to begin the transformational process, these should never be confused with the unfathomable mystery of God's infinite being. Any idea or portrait of God, no matter how sublime, risk reducing The Lord to an object of the mind, which is even worse than believing the blue areas on a map to equal the ocean. Until we have actually swam or dipped our toes in the ocean, our minds will try to make sense of those blue areas. Struggling to understand them as they would any other thing, our minds will keep searching in the completely wrong place and way. Until the point of actual contact there simply is no way to know The Lord. It is better then that He remains a full mystery (an X) to the mind, and that we let Faith alone guide us.

The Bible, from which many paint their inner maps of God, is very clear about this:
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars--all the heavenly array--do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-4:19)

God is not a form, and not an object. It is not the form of Jesus that constitute the Christ, but his Oneness with the essence of The Lord. Think about that for a while: Not an object? Then where IS the Lord? … and may that questions serve you well.

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24)

"To Allah belongs the East and the West. Wherever you turn there is the presence of God...” (Qur'an 2:115)

As I understand it God fills every single place and thing, and that includes you and every other person and creature. He has no need to watch you from the outside, but sees you fully from the inside out. God isn't something that we find by looking for Him. God is rather what we experience when we attune our beings to His – when we step out of the way, to let His Light shine through us.

This post, this blog, contains not a single truth about the Lord. This text is a pixel on a digital map suggesting the reader to let go of God, as they think of Him, to find the Truth which beyond all concepts IS, which Christians, Jews, and Muslims have come to call God, but in Hinduism is known as Brahman, and that Buddhists (perhaps wisely) don't name at all... though I have heard many Buddhist teachers say things like 'The One Mind', 'The Source', 'The One Buddha Nature' etc, because in some way or fashion, they have a need to point towards "it".

Before Michelangelo painted 'The Creation of Adam', in the roof of the Sistine Chapel (in the early sixteenth century) the image of God as a wise bearded fellow, simply wasn't around (as far as I know). Today I guess most children start out with that picture, and some grown-ups hang on to it. That in itself is not a problem, as long as our images, no matter how refined, are understood as symbolic representations, rather than Truth. So please, don't be provoked now when I kindly claim that; God is an idea. God is a word and a concept of mind. God, as you think of Him, simply doesn't exist. Set God free from the shackles of your imagination.

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with a visible display. People won't be saying, 'Look! Here it is!' or 'There it is!' because now the kingdom of God is among you." (Luke 17:20-17:21)

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