God is Everywhere
You cannot hold in “you,” because you are as boundless as the Universe. Yet you can create a concept about your boundless self by imagining, and then accepting, boundaries. In a sense, this is the only way you can know yourself as anything in particular. That which is boundless is boundless. That which is limitless is limitless. It cannot exist anywhere, because it is everywhere. If it is everywhere, it is nowhere in particular.
God is everywhere. Therefore, God is nowhere in particular, because to be somewhere in particular, God would have to not be somewhere else—which is not possible for God. There is only one thing that is “not possible” for God, and that is for God to not be God. God cannot “not be.” Nor can God not be like Itself. God cannot “un-God” Itself.God is everywhere, and that’s all there is to it. And since God is everywhere, he is nowhere. And if he is NOWHERE, where is he?
God and Existence Explained
Yet All That Is could not know itself-because All That Is is all there was, and there was nothing else.
And so, All That Is…was not. For in the absence of something else, All That Is, is not.
This is the great Is/Not Is to which mystics have referred from the beginning of time.
Now All That Is knew it was all there was-but this was not enough, for it could only know its utter magnificence conceptually, not experientially.
Yet the experience of itself is that for which it longed, for it wanted to know what it felt like to be so magnificent. Still, this was impossible, because the very term “magnificent” is a relative term. All That Is could not know what it felt like to be magnificent unless that which is not showed up. In the absence of that which is not, that which IS, is not.The one thing that All That Is knew is that there was nothing else. And so It could, and would, never know Itself from a reference point outside of Itself. Such a point did not exist. Only one reference point existed, and that was the single place within. The “Is-Not Is.” The Am-Not Am.Still, the All of Everything chose to know Itself experientially.
This energy-this pure, unseen, unheard, unobserved, and therefore unknown-by-anyone-else energy-chose to experience Itself as the utter magnificence It was. In order to do this, It realized It would have to use a reference point within. It reasoned, quite correctly, that any portion of Itself would necessarily have to be less than the whole, and that if It thus simply divided Itself into portions, each portion, being less than the whole, could look back on the rest of Itself and see magnificence.
And so All That Is divided Itself-becoming, in one glorious moment, that which is this, and that which is that.For the first time, this and that existed, quite apart from each other. And still, both existed simultaneously. As did all that was neither. Thus, three elements suddenly existed: that which is here. That which is there. And that which is neither here nor there-but which must exist for here and there to exist.It is the nothing which holds the everything. It is the non-space which holds the space. It is the all which holds the parts. Now this nothing which holds the everything is what some people call God. Yet that is not accurate,
either, for it suggests that there is something God is not-namely, everything that is not “nothing.” But God is All Things-seen and unseen-so this description of God as the Great Unseen-the No-Thing, or the Space Between, an essentially Eastern mystical definition of God, is no more accurate than the essentially Western practical description of God as all that is seen.
Those who believe that God is All That Is and All That Is Not, are those whose understanding is correct.Now in creating that which is “here” and that which is “there,” God made it possible for God to know Itself. In the moment of this great explosion from within, God created relativity-the greatest gift God ever gave to Itself. Thus, relationship is the greatest gift God ever gave to you.
From the No-Thing thus sprang the Everything-a spiritual event entirely consistent, incidentally, with what scientists call The Big Bang theory.
As the elements of all raced forth, time was created, for a thing was first here, then it was there-and the period it took to get from here to there was measurable.
just as the parts of Itself which are seen began to define themselves, “relative” to each other, so, too, did the parts which are unseen.
God knew that for love to exist-and to know itself as pure love-its exact opposite had to exist as well. So God voluntarily created the great polarity-the absolute opposite of love-everything that love is not-what is now called fear. In the moment fear existed, love could exist as a thing that could be experienced.
It is this creation of duality between love and its opposite which humans refer to in their various mythologies as the birth of evil, the fall of Adam, the rebellion of Satan, and so forth.Just as we have chosen to personify pure love as the character we call God, so have we chosen to personify abject fear as the character we call the devil.
Some on Earth have established rather elaborate mythologies around this event, complete with scenarios of battles and war, angelic soldiers and devilish warriors, the forces of good and evil, of light and dark.
This mythology has been mankind’s early attempt to understand, and tell others in a way they could understand, a cosmic occurrence of which the human soul is deeply aware, but of which the mind can barely conceive. In rendering the universe as a divided version of Itself, God produced, from pure energy, all that now exists-both seen and unseen.In other words, not only was the physical universe thus created, but the metaphysical universe as well. The part of God which forms the second half of the Am/Not Am equation also exploded into an infinite number of units smaller than the whole. These energy units you would call spirits.
In some of our religious mythologies it is stated that “God the Father” had many spirit children. This parallel to the human experiences of life multiplying itself seems to be the only way the masses could be made to hold in reality the idea of the sudden appearance-the sudden existence-of countless spirits in the “Kingdom of Heaven.In this instance, mythical tales and stories are not so far from ultimate reality-for the endless spirits comprising the totality of God are, in a cosmic sense, God’s offspring.
God’s divine purpose in dividing was to create sufficient parts so that he could know himself experientially.There is only one way for the Creator to know Itself experientially as the Creator, and that is to create. And so he gave to each of the countless parts of all of his spirit children the same power to create which God has as the whole.
This is what religions mean when they say that you were created in the “image and likeness of God.” This doesn’t mean, as some have suggested, that our physical bodies look alike (although God can adopt whatever physical form God chooses for a particular purpose). It does mean that our essence is the same. We are composed of the same stuff.
We ARE the “same stuff”! With all the same properties and abilities-including the ability to create physical reality out of thin air.
God’s purpose in creating you, His spiritual offspring, was for him to know himself as God. He has no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said (and has been, many times) that God’s purpose for you is thatyou should know yourself as Him.
This seems so amazingly simple, yet it becomes very complex-because there is only one way for you to know yourself as God,
and that is for you first to know yourself as not God.
Now, to keep things simple, I’m going to use your children of God mythological model as a basis for discussion, because it is a model with which you are familiar-and in many ways it is not that far off.
So let’s go back to how this process of self-knowing must work.
There is one way God could have caused all of his spiritual children to know themselves as parts of God-and that was simply to tell us, This he did. But you see, it was not enough for Spirit to simply know Itself as God, or part of God, or children of God, or inheritors of the kingdom (or whatever mythology you want to use).
Knowing something, and experiencing it, are two different things. Spirit longed to know Itself
experientially (just as God did!). Conceptual awareness was not enough for you.
So he devised a plan. It is the most extraordinary idea in all the universe-and the most spectacular collaboration. I say collaboration because all of you are in it with God.
Under the plan, you as pure spirit would enter the physical universe just created. This is because physicalityis the only way to know experientially what you know conceptually. It is, in fact, the reason God created the physical cosmos to begin with-and the system of relativity which governs it, and all creation.
Once in the physical universe, you, God’s spirit children, could experience what you know of yourself-but first, you had to come to know the opposite. To explain this simplistically, you cannot know yourself as tall unless and until you become aware of short. You cannot experience the part of yourself that you call fat unless you also come to know thin.
Taken to ultimate logic, you cannot experience yourself as what you are until you’ve encountered what you are not. This is the purpose of the theory of relativity, and all physical life. It is by that which you are not that you yourself are defined. Now in the case of the ultimate knowing-in the case of knowing yourself as the Creator-you cannot experience your Self as creator unless and until you create. And you cannot create yourself until you Un-create yourself. In a sense, you have to first “not be” in order to be.
Of course, there is no way for you to not be who and what you are-you simply are that (pure, creative spirit), have been always, and always will be. So, you did the next best thing.
You caused yourself to forget Who You Really Are.
Upon entering the physical universe, you relinquished your remembrance of yourself. This allows you tochoose to be Who You Are, rather than simply wake up in the castle, so to speak.
It is in the act of choosing to be, rather than simply being told that you are, a part of God that you experience yourself as being at total choice, which is what, by definition, God is. Yet how can you have a choice about something over which there is no choice? You cannot not be God’s offspring no matter how hard you try-but you can forget.
You are, have always been, and will always be, a divine part of the divine whole, a member of the body. That is why the act of rejoining the whole, of returning to God, is called remembrance. You actually choose to re-member Who You Really Are, or to join together with the various parts of you to experience the all of you-which is to say, the All of God.
Your job on Earth, therefore, is not to learn (because you already know), but to re-member Who You Are. And to re-member who everyone else is. That is why a big part of your job is to remind others (that is, to re-mindthem), so that they can re-member also.
All the wonderful spiritual teachers have been doing just that. It is your sole purpose. That is to say, your soul purpose.
-CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD
God’s Greatest Moment
Obedience is not creation, and thus can never produce salvation.
Obedience is a response, while creation is pure choice, undictated, unrequired. Pure choice produces salvation through the pure creation of highest idea in this moment now. – The function of the soul is to indicate its desire, not impose it. The function of the mind is to choose from its alternatives. The function of the body is to act out that choice. When body, mind, and soul create together, in harmony and in unity, God is made flesh. Then does the soul know itself in its own experience. Then do the heavens rejoice.Yet we have been told of an angry God, a jealous God, a God who needs to be needed. And that is not a God at all, but a neurotic substitute for that which would be a deity.A true Master is not the one with the most students, but one who creates the most Masters. A true leader is not the one with the most followers, but one who creates the most leaders.
A true king is not the one with the most subjects, but one who leads the most to royalty.
A true teacher is not the one with the most knowledge, but one who causes the most others to have knowledge. And a true God is not One with the most servants, but One who serves the most, thereby making Gods of all others.For this is both the goal and the glory of God: that His subjects shall be no more, and that all shall know God not as the unattainable, but as the unavoidable. I would that you could this understand: your happy destiny is unavoidable. You cannot not be “saved.”There is no hell except not knowing this.
-CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD
God Talks to Everyone
His most common form of communication is through feeling.
FEELING IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL. If you want to know what is true about something look to how you are FEELING about it. Feelings are sometimes difficult to acknowledge. Yet hidden in your feelings is your highest truth.
God also communicates with THOUGHT. Thought and feelings are not the same, although they can occur at the same time. In communicating with thought he often uses images and pictures. For this reason thoughts are more effective then mere words.
In addition to feelings and thoughts, he also uses EXPERIENCE as a grand communicator.
And finally, when feelings and thoughts and experiences all fail he uses WORDS. words are really the least effective communicator.
They are most open to misinterpretation, most often misunderstood. And why because words are merely utterances noises that stand for feelings, thoughts, and experience. They are not the real thing. WORDS MAY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND SOMETHING EXPERIENCE ALLOWS YOU TO KNOW yet there are some things we cannot experience so he has given us tools of knowing these are FEELINGS and THOUGHTS.
Now the supreme irony is that the world has places so much importance on the word of god, and so little on experience.
The challenge is knowing the words of god and data from other sources. Discrimination is a simple tool with the application of a basic rule gods thought is always your highest thought, your clearest word, your grandest feeling. Anything less is from another source.
Here are some guidelines:
The highest thought is always that thought which contains JOY.
The clearest words are always those which contain TRUTH.
The grandest feeling is that feeling which we call LOVE.
Five Levels of Truth
We shall find God together. That is always the best way to find God. Together. We shall never find God apart. I mean that two ways. I mean we shall never find God so long as we are apart. For the first step in finding that we are not apart from God is finding that we are not apart from each other, and until we know and realize that all of us are One, we cannot know and realize that we and God are One.
God is not apart from us, ever, and we only think we are apart from God. It’s a common error. We also think we’re apart from each other. And so the fastest way to “find God,” I’ve discovered, is to find each other. To stop hiding out from each other. And, of course, to stop hiding out from ourselves. The fastest way to stop hiding out is to tell the truth. To everyone. All the time. Start telling the truth now, and never stop. Begin by telling the truth to yourself about yourself. Then tell the truth to yourself about another. Then tell the truth about yourself to another. Then tell the truth about another to that other. Finally, tell the truth to everyone about everything. These are the Five Levels of Truth Telling. This is the five-fold path to freedom. The truthshall set you free.