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Enlightenment Now – Part 3 – Long Live God!

Posted by Admin on February 21, 2012

(Parts 1 and 2 can be found here)

God is dead. Long live God!”

It is a centuries-old European tradition that, when a King died, he was promptly replaced by his successor so that no vacuum of power came into existence. In the streets, the people heard both items of news at the same time, that the old king was dead and the new king had been crowned. They would then voice their support for the new king by shouting,

The king is dead. Long live the king!

In Part 2 of this course, we noted the fading away of the old image of God above us in the sky due to the growing awareness of the enormous size of the universe. After all, for the universe to be filled with the Creator’s omnipresent consciousness, the Creator has to be greater in size than the Creation.

It has taken time to let go of the general belief that we on Earth are the center of all Creation. Fortunately, while the old concept of God in the sky has faded away, the new concept of God within brings us so much closer to the Creator and all of Creation. It is therefore fair to say, “Long live the new, expanded concept of God!”

We are aspects of the one Creator, as are all things in existence. Better yet, as human beings, we are endowed with self-awareness, with the curiosity to learn new things, and also with one especially undervalued faculty – imagination.

The expression, “It’s only your imagination,” is one that belittles your greatest faculty. The true situation is revealed in another expression; “We were made in the image of God.” The word “image” here does not mean “looks like.” After all, it would be hard to envisage a Creator larger than its creation – the universe – having two arms and two legs. The word “image” really means that we were created in the imagination of the Creator.

Imagination is your one creative faculty.

It is imagination – the application of consciousness in a creative direction – which laid the plans for this entire universe. In Part 2 of this course, it was said that, for Creation to succeed, there had to be a way to separate original consciousness into two complementary aspects and then have them interact with each other.

Those two aspects were the principles of pure thought and pure feeling. As humans, this idea of thought separate from feeling can be difficult to grasp because, in our experience, thoughts and feelings are always intertwined. Step back, for a moment, from your human experience, move into the realm of the abstract, and look at the original Law of Creation:

Creation = Thought + Feeling + Action

Think of pure, original Thought as imagination, intellect or intention. Think of it as a concept similar to the plans that an architect makes for a great building.

Then, think of pure, original Feeling as the energy that preserves and protects life, or the energy that makes things grow. It is related to the human concept of attention, because ideas grow as they receive your attention.

In cosmic terms, pure thought is the force of expansion that makes the universe continue to grow. Pure feeling is the counter-balancing force of contraction that holds the speed of that expansion down to a controlled, pre-determined rate.

If you were to equate the Law of Creation to a human analogy, you could say that the Divine Father and the Divine Mother work in complementary action to create and preserve the universe. In the Christian tradition, these concepts are called the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit or Divine Mother aspect of Creation fills the universe with the divine love that holds the universe together and provides the energy for the growth of all forms of life.

Now, if someone tells you that love is in the air, now you can reply knowingly, “Yes, it is!” You just have to reach out and touch the love of that aspect of the Creator to know that you are made from love and that you are loved, now and for all time.

As humans, we have inherited the power to create. Granted, our field of influence is human-size instead of universe-size, but the principle remains the same.

In the human realm, the Law of Creation is best stated in this form:

Creation = Intention + Attention + Action

And that is the key to creating a better life!

Next week, we will discuss the keys to making this formula work successfully and effectively. Until then…

 

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Enlightenment Now – Part 2 – The Conscious Universe

Posted by Admin on February 21, 2012

In Part 1, Spiritual Metaphysics was defined as the study of the nature of reality based upon the all-pervasive consciousness which is behind Creation and all of its manifestations.

Everything in existence is composed of 100% consciousness. It may seem like a solid, physical world. It certainly acts like one. Once in a while, I am reminded of just how solid it is when I bump into something!

However, if you consult a book on general physics, it will point out that matter is actually composed of energy particles. That doesn’t sound so solid after all. It also raises the question, “What is energy?” To find the answer to that, you have to go beyond today’s physics and into the realm of spiritual metaphysics.

Energy is compressed consciousness.

Just like everything in the universe, energy is 100% consciousness. It has to be, because the Creator had nothing else to work with besides consciousness. Therefore, the material world, with its apparent solidity, was created from compressed consciousness.

Going back to the very beginning of the universe, Infinite Being was stirred by its initial motivation to go into action and create a way to see itself from an infinite number of viewpoints.

Infinite Being – the perfect, unchanging Absolute or Godhead – then formed an aspect of itself that we call the Creator. This aspect was charged with a mission to take action and create what we now know as the universe. The problem was, how to achieve Creation using nothing but consciousness.

It can’t be achieved by simply swirling consciousness around inside a doughnut-shaped shell of a universe. What was needed was a way to separate original consciousness into two complementary aspects and then have them interact with each other in a productive manner.

An example of an interplay of energies is the production of light. Light energy manifests when electricity and magnetism are intertwined at a certain frequency and then projected across the universe.

It’s not hard to imagine that our physical bodies are a form of solidified sunlight. It’s rather like the Jedi master Yoda said in the original Star Wars trilogy:

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”

Indeed, our physical bodies are made of luminous energies and our non-physical souls are even more luminous examples of the works of the Creator.

It’s little wonder that yogi masters have referred to physical reality as “the great illusion” because it simply isn’t what it seems. You could go even further and realize that this world of solidified consciousness is really a dream world created in the mind of God and not just this world, but the entire universe.

The scale of Creation is staggering. Knowing, as we do today, that we live in a huge cosmos filled with trillions of suns and planets, how do we relate to a Creator which, by definition, has to be greater in size than its creation? Whatever happened to the old, familiar idea of God in the sky? How do we relate to a God that is bigger than we can possibly imagine?

The answer lies in the traditional, but little-understood, concept of “the three O’s.” It’s a concept I was taught as a child in Sunday School, that God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. The all-powerful part goes without saying, but it’s the all-present and all-knowing parts that point the way to the answer to this quandary.

The consciousness of Infinite Being, courtesy of its Creator aspect, is present in every molecule and every subatomic particle in existence. It is present and aware in every part of your body, mind and soul. Every molecule of your body is an aspect of the Creator, looking at life from its own unique point of view.

Not only is every molecule in existence part of the consciousness of Infinite Being, we, as humans, have the added faculty of self-awareness. We were created to act as self-empowered individuals who, like actors upon the stage of life, experience the effects of our own decisions and actions.

The analogy of life as a theater filled with actors is quite appropriate. In the fabricated-reality world seen in the movie “The Matrix,” the lead character Neo woke up to the fact that his limitations were largely self-imposed and that his mind could be developed to rise above them. We, too, find ourselves in a world filled with many kinds of apparent limitations, many of which are not as solid as they seem.

Materialistic science claims that you are an accident of biological evolution. In truth, you are so much more: You are an aspect of the Creator, looking at life from your own unique point of view. You are an aspect of the omnipresent awareness of Infinite Being.

You don’t have to look outside of yourself for God because God is within you!

As you experience life through your eyes and ears and senses, you are Infinite Being, acting through yet another viewpoint of the infinite variety of life. Every fiber of your body is Infinite Being, every dream that you manifest is Infinite Being in action, every tear of joy that you shed in the finer experiences of life is a tear shed by Infinite Being in its form as you.

You can be closer to God than ever before when you realize that every part of your body, mind and spirit is God. Even in this strange world where we appear to be separate from everyone else, the conscious awareness of the presence of God is a mere thought away.

Next, we’ll see how we reflect the abilities of the Creator by examining our inbuilt, creative power.

 

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