Dear seekers of the Divine Light, nothing pleases me more than to welcome you back to your rightful place in the God-Continuum! The truth is, you have always been here, for it is impossible for it not to be so. You have been asleep for so long that you forgot your exalted place! You are like a king who has been hypnotized into believing that you are a slave with no rights. And now, the hypnotic trance is falling away, and you realize your status once more. You are a fragment of Source-Consciousness set aside in a Lux Animae to pursue a noble mission. You are like a hard drive that has been partitioned into several other drives. Even though those partitions exist for particular reasons–the reality is that there is only one physical hard drive. So it is with Source–and you as soul. While you exist in this partitioned state–you are known as a soul–but never forget who you really are! As we travel in this Lux Animae, we sometimes may feel lost and alone–as though we exist apart from the Divine–but this is not so!
In this lesson, we will speak about the Divine. Humans sometimes act as though the Divine were some sort of monolithic being, much like themselves, who sits upon a throne somewhere watching and keeping score on all of the action as it unfolds. This being, though exalted, views the world much like they do, and judges it accordingly. This is a most primitive understanding–and a very convenient tool, we might add, for those wishing to exert control over the will of others. It is this type of secret agreement that keeps people firmly rooted within the third-dimension with all of its sufferings. For those who live in America, notice, in your next election cycle, the numbers of people who reference God as a means of manipulating the popular vote.
One of the biggest giveaways of a person’s spiritual advancement is revealed by the way they speak of the divine.
Not long ago, David, the channel for Brother Thomas was invited to a party at a friend’s house. It was a casual affair with people he mostly didn’t know. He was there because he loved his wife and most of the people there were friends from her workplace. Before long one of the people at the event learned about his mystical beliefs and this man began telling him that he was an atheist who didn’t believe in God.” He spoke loud and harshly about the stupidity of believing in God and all of the evils that had been perpetrated in God’s name. David replied, “Tell me more about this God you don’t believe in—I’m not sure that I believe in him either!” Both had a good laugh–and as it turns out, David doesn’t believe in that God either!
Mystics have this conversation all of the time—people telling us about a God that is not deserving of belief! We, on this side respect atheists who reject the notion of a God altogether more than “strong believers” who proclaim that God does
Do you believe, as some do, in a God that kills little children, soldiers, and veterans because some in your society have same-sex partners? We don’t! Do you believe in a God that expects believers to kill unbelievers? We don’t! Do you believe in a God who punishes you because of mistakes you have made? We don’t! Do you believe in a God who condemns people to an eternity of hell and torment because they did not name the proper savior as Lord while living upon the earth? We don’t. Do you believe in a God who stacks the deck against you–making it impossible to enjoy a full and enjoyable life? We don’t! Do you believe in a God that sends floods, fires, and all kinds of natural disasters against peoples of the earth as retribution for the way they live? We don’t Do you believe in a God who favors one nation and people above all others? We don’t! Do you believe in a God that punishes those who do not follow a culture’s accepted holy texts or scriptures as religious leaders say they should? We Don’t! We don’t believe in any of these things and neither should you! These are not Gods you should follow.
To see, taste, touch, and feel the Divine is bliss beyond compare. It is impossible for any human to conceive more than the slightest sliver of ITs light! Yet, even that sliver is all that is needed to transform all peoples of the earth–beginning with yourself. As a spiritual sovereign, we entreat you to never allow any religious leader, politician, entertainer, sport’s figure, or the many aspects of culture that seeks to program all who live in the material planes to decide what you shall believe about God.
The Names of God
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? (Holy Bible, Psalm 8:4 ESV)
Just for fun, we should point out that “God” is not the name for God! The word God stands for a category of ideas about Source, The Creator, The Great Spirit, and so on. And while we are at it, gender is a human construct for “God” as well! God is spirit and enjoys the qualities of male, female, and all variations
How many names are there for God? Infinity can be the only correct answer! There are as many names for God as there are spaces on the God-Continuum! My name is a name for God–yours is too! Since all of us exist on the God-Continuum, we all share in the naming. As a spiritual sovereign, your name for God is as valid as the most famous theologian. Search your heart and ask your angels, spirits, and guides to help you decide what your names for the Divine shall be–then boldly use them!
Just as a map is not the destination or place, names for God are only mental constructs that point to the Divine–and little more. The All-That-Is Source-Consciousness will never be contained, defined, or described by a single name. The same is true for you dear mystic. When you were born, you were given an earthly name–but that is not who you are. There was no way your parents could ever have given you name to describe your fullness–because you were a piece of infinity tucked away in a baby’s body! The best they could do was give you a name and move forward.
Mystics have many names for God such as Mother, Father, Divine Source, Source, Universe, Spirit, and so on–and none of them are adequate. The ancient Hindu mantra “So hum” says it all. It means, “I am that.” What this mantra means is that God is everything and we are too. We are the mountains, rivers, and streams. We are the wise, the foolish, and all in between. We are the beautiful, ordinary, and deformed. We are exalted and humble. So, Hum! It is a beautiful and relaxing mantra that we encourage you to try. Practice this chant over time and come to understand this precious and mysterious truth, “You are everything, and everything is an illusion!”
Even those who don’t believe in God usually have assumptions and definitions in mind when they speak of the Divine. Some see God
Have you had a severe life-crash? Have you lost a marriage? Are you ashamed of some personal failings? In these moments it is just as important to know about the God you don’t believe in as much as the God you do! When trouble comes, what you think about Source very much depends on whether you will allow the Spiritus Lumine to be your healer or whether you will suffer the additional pain of shame, blame, and condemnation.
As we follow the mystical path of Spiritus Lumine, our ability to link with Spiritus Lumine can be directly hindered if we have a warped view of God.
I have good news for you! The good news is—God does not hate you or anybody! God does not condemn or despise you. The moment you recognize the Spiritus Lumine placed within you, and determine that you shall connect with it–your transformation begins. The Lumine is impersonal–there are no favorites. IT never judges or condemns. It is available to all the moment one seeks and turns to it. Turning to it is a simple a humble spoken or mental request. To make such a humble and sincere request may well be your first moment of communion with the D
Mystics commune with the Divine. In fact, their lives centers around the concept that God, the Source, the Universe (or whatever name you wish to assign) is always near, always listening, always helping, and always giving what is needed. The divine knows each of us and loves us dearly
Common Views about God
Listed below are some common views about the divine which we believe keeps people tied to this third dimension. Of course, we understand that not all of these views below are shared by everyone; but they are familiar enough in our world today. Let’s explore some of them and offer different points of view that we believe moves people further along spiritually.
God Versus Man
In the Greek story of Icarus, a young man makes wings of wax and feathers. In his ecstasy, he flies too close to the Sun, causing the wax to melt. As his wings are destroyed, Icarus plunges to his death into the sea below.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this,
- God’s ways are not man’s ways, and a human’s approach to Him (remember, you don’t have to think of God as a ‘him’ ) should always be with “fear and trembling.”
- God is all kindness, goodness, truth, and light. More, this God expects (requires) admiration, respect, worship, and devotion. Humans, however, are a different story. They are fallen and abject failures.
- Human beings were created in the very image of the divine; however, they chose to follow evil becoming selfish, unkind and mistreating one other. Humans are continually displeasing to God.
- Humans are willful! Even knowing what is right, they often choose to do just the opposite–for no other reason except that it pleases them. They wreck the environment, kill, maim, harm each other, and enslave others for personal and economic advantage.
- Even when humans try to do their best–they cannot succeed. This inbreed failure is displeasing to God and requires a blood price to be paid in order to reconcile the debt.
- Because humans are flawed and terrible, God is required to intervene in human history to reestablish eternal harmony.
- At some point, God will call an end to all of the craziness and destroy those who have presumed against him while welcoming as friends all who obeyed as they should.
A Mystic’s View
“I feel like, God expects me to be human. I feel like, God likes me just the way I am: broken and empty and bruised. I feel like, God doesn’t look at me and wish that I were something else, because He likes me just this way. I feel like, God doesn’t want me to close my eyes and pray for Him to make me holy or for Him to make me pure; because He made me human. I feel like, God already knows I’m human…it is I who needs to learn that.”
― C. JoyBell C.
There is no dichotomy between God and humankind. Instead, there is a unity in all things that is fully realized in Source, and specifically Source-Consciousness. Nothing exists but Source who distributes ITs divine self in endless entities of expression (including you and me). Just as waves on the ocean are both waves and sea, so it is with humankind. Humans are part of the infinite expressions of the one Source.
Everything that happens is only Source consciousness at work. Human knowledge may classify thoughts and actions as good, bad, right or wrong–but it is just a range of infinite behaviors produced by Source. I am Source writing for Source using Source as a means of writing to ITs Source self! Because mystics believe that Source is all there is, we have little concern that Source will condemn ITs self to some form of eternal punishment any more than a human being would condemn one its body parts.
Heaven Versus Earth
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Holy Bible Genesis 1:1)
We could have just as easily titled this section, Heaven, Hell, and Earth. Similar to the view above is the idea that heaven and earth are two different places. Earth is in the realm of the material-physical while heaven is an eternity-based perfection existing outside of space and time. Earth will one day pass away (there are many discussions about how this will happen), but heaven is eternal and will never pass away.
- Souls are created so that they might come to earth and serve God. Depending upon how well they do, they are rewarded with a new residence in either heaven or hell. In either case, Earth is a temporary place of visitation until we receive our eternal award or punishment.
- Other than using earthly things to please God, material things are unimportant because they are transitory and pass away. If the earth is destroyed, that’s okay–it wasn’t supposed to last forever.
- Since God is eternal, and everything else isn’t, nothing much matters except serving God. If you lose your job, family, friends, or home–it doesn’t matter because it’s all petty stuff.
- Earth is a place of suffering and heaven is not. Humans should endure because, provided we live a good life, we can live in
the goodplace later on (always later on).
- Compared to the heavenly realms, human beings have little reason for pride. Pride in any earthly thing is misguided at best, and rebellious against God at worst. Life on earth is more a thing to be endured while
awaitingfor the good stuff of heaven.
A Mystics View
“I can see only three planets in the entire universe, namely Heaven, Earth and Me! Heaven shines its glory on Earth and the rays keep falling on Me! I have a call!” ― Israelmore Ayivor,
All things are a part of the one Source. Nothing exists except for the conscious projection from the mind of Source. This includes all of the so-called material dimensions of heaven and earth. Simply stated, both heaven and earth, though illusory, are projections of Source-Consciousness and made of the same stuff. Pragmatically speaking, heaven and earth appear to have a separate existence because we can only perceive one of them with our physical senses.
In a material sense, there are infinite universes in which we may dwell–all vibrating at different frequencies. Earth vibrates on one set of frequencies and what we call “heaven” vibrates at yet another. As the physical vibratory state changes from life into “death,” our attention returns to the Lux Animae (soul light) which abides in a different dimension than our former physical form. We are eternal and we have lived in any number of dimensions and vibratory states.
The point is, our God-Consciousness exists, whether on one plane or another, and it matters little where it resides. Aside from preference, and the ability of Soul to do its work, it probably matters little which dimension we choose to visit save for the privileges granted to the inhabitants of one dimension over another.
God Expects to be Pleased
Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. (Holy Bible, Deuteronomy 11:1)
In this view of the divine, God is a supreme ruler who makes plain to us ITs wishes for how we should live and what we should do. These laws have been written down in an abundance of holy texts and should be carefully studied. For those who, for one reason or another, cannot read, understand, or apply these laws in all of life’s circumstances, there are numerous ministers, priests, rabbis, clerics, and the like available who are appointed to explain their meanings.
- Since these laws are divinely given, they are by definition sacred, holy, supreme (to be obeyed above any laws which may be created by humankind), and not open to questioning.
- Even when a law does not make logical sense in our day and time (such as requiring women to submit to men), it must be assumed that the higher power knows best and has given the law for human benefit and is applicable for all time.
- When the laws/rules are followed–God is pleased. When the laws are not followed–God is displeased and punishes the evildoer.
- The laws, even when challenging to follow, require humans to bend their will to the divine–even should the law should require the taking of human life.
- God’s laws are constant and eternal. The rules remain the same from generation to generation.
- It is essential to please God in order to receive earthly blessings and eternal life as well as to avoid eternal punishment and disaster.
A Mystics View
In reality, the damned are in the same place as the saved—in reality! But they hate it; it is their Hell. The saved love it, and it is their Heaven. It is like two people sitting side by side at an opera or a rock concert: the very thing that is Heaven to one is Hell to the other.
Peter Kreeft, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven– But Never Dreamed of Asking
A mystic is very careful not to proclaim any written text, no matter how accepted it may be by the culture at large, as the definitive “word of God.” An open mind reveals that there are thousands of so-called sacred texts–many claiming that their way is the “only” way.
More often than not, culture influences one’s perception of text as sacred or not. Most Americans accept Christianity as valid while most people of the Middle East do not. India and Asia have their own holy texts as well. We believe it is important to show respect for these different texts yet not assume that any of them are sacred beyond others. As mystics, we come to rely upon the internal leading of the Spiritus Lumine to reveal those things that are more sacred than another. Indeed, the compass of a true mystic will find the sacred true north in almost everything.
Religion requires that you follow what as it says, even though it frighten your heart. Spirituality requires that you follow the leading of your heart–even though it frightens your religion.Brother Thomas
Mystics believe in a natural Law of Cause and effect (karma)–which merely means that one reaps the natural consequences of what they have sown. This law is impersonal and not a punishment delivered by the almighty. It is the predictable outcome of our good and bad behaviors. The Law of Karma is perfect and just. Learning to master it is part of the Soul’s journey. No one is evil because they wrestle with karma. Source-Consciousness understands that mastery takes time. Like a pro basketball player, many thousands of hours are required to become excellent at consistently making free shots–and even then, any number of them will be missed. So it is with human actions and karma. The soul becomes more accomplished as it learns to master the experiences before it.
Mystics also accept the notion of pre-incarnational contracts. Before we come to the worlds of matter, our Soul selects special lessons it wishes to master. Just as young students are given math problems suitable for their development, so too the Soul chooses lessons to master that assure its growth and development.
Related to this, most mystics do not believe in eternal reward or punishment based upon a single earthly experience. We believe in a continual and eternal existence of learning, growing, and expansion. The things that humans face in any lifetime are designed ahead of time to help the grow and master their unique path set before them. It is never about pleasing an external deity.
If your God requires you to hurt others, it’s time to find another God.Brother Thomas
Unlike many religious followers, the mystic understands that all who harm to another, either physically or emotionally, even though they sincerely believe a spiritual text commands it, are just as subject to the Law of Cause and Effect as those who thoughtlessly or intentionally harm another. It is never right to bring harm to another in the name of a sacred belief or text. Thus, texts endorsing slavery, the killing of unbelievers, stoning, and harsh punishments for a litany of crimes can never legitimately be obeyed without incurring a karmic penalty. Instead, mystics follow the law of Spiritual Sovereignty. Each soul has been given free will to choose for itself what is right and true knowing that consequences accrue with each choice.
God Expects Worship
Then the Lord said (to Moses), “Don’t come any closer! Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground.”
History and anthropology reveal that wherever we find humans we also find gods, religions, and customs tied to those religions. It seems there is something in the human genome that compels it to pay homage and worship those things perceived as greater than itself. It is one thing to feel wonder and awe towards things tremendous and mighty; yet another to be compelled to do so because of tribal and cultural expectations.
While many rituals are personal expressions of love from an adherent’s heart, just as many religious and worship rituals are performed to gain favor with the Gods or because of perceived obligations to do so. Sometimes, these obligations require followers to do things that bring physical and emotional discomfort. Here are a few forms of worship that some participate in willingly–and not so voluntarily.
- Blood Sacrifice – The point of this sacrifice is to kill some person or animal to gain favor with the gods. Religions are littered with the lives of slaves, children, warriors, and almost every kind of animal, as a form of blood sacrifice. The traditional interpretation of Jesus’ death upon the cross is an example of blood sacrifice.
- Crying – A worshiper is to bring themselves to tears by thinking about the many ways in which they have been displeasing to a deity.
- Fasting – To deny one’s self food and or drink for a period to please a god or to gain mental clarity to determine what the will of the divine might be.
- Flagellation – A form of self-punishment such as beating oneself with rods, whips and chains, and the like to show penance for wrongdoing.
- Meeting in churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and the like – The gathering together of a group or groups of people who share a common religious view. There is usually an expectation that all should gather on a regular basis, especially on important holidays, to be considered a faithful believer.
- Prostration of the body – This is where a believer places their body in a submissive posture to show deference to their God. This might include kneeling in prayer, bowing of the head, lying face down on the floor.
- Sacrificial Giving – This is more than financially supporting a church, religious cause or organization. It is the giving of time, energy, and treasure to the point where the giver has little resources left for themselves.
- Many religious organizations have rules about tithing (giving 10%) to remain in good standing.
- Singing, chanting – The creation of religious music for ritualistic purposes is well documented in human culture. Almost all spiritual and religious traditions have music that stirs the hearts and emotions of
- Tearing of clothes, ruining something of value. – This is often done to demonstrate to the deities that one is in mourning or is sorry for something they have done.
- Worship Services – These are gatherings where specialized forms of rituals that are performed in
a specific and orderly waysas a sign of respect towards a deity.
A Short and Painful Example
The following is a short example that illustrates how a religious culture sometimes imposes values and behaviors that creates discomfort for the follower and those around them. When David was a young man, he belonged to a strong and cohesive church youth group. The minister took the youth group on an evangelistic trip where they knocked on the doors of townspeople to invite them to a gospel meeting. Though many doors were slammed in their faces as they launched into their presentations, the kids were told that this was only mild persecution that should be fully embraced. When the young people went to eat at local restaurants, the minister arranged for them to sing a set of church songs and give short testimonies in front of the people who had come to eat at the restaurant.
This form of religious programming not only caused discomfort for David and his youth group friends–but also for those who answered the doors and wished to enjoy a meal in peace. Even though this form of “obedience to God” seemed unnatural, there was considerable pressure by the religious culture of his time to behave in this way. Further, David worried that God would hold him responsible if he did not do this type of evangelism to try and save the souls of people who would go to hell otherwise.
A Mystic’s View
We are all souls on a journey. Some are further along than others. While a mystic is always willing to teach a willing seeker, it is not because any are eternally lost or bound for hell. All are a part of the Source-Consciousness God-Continuum. This includes you and me as well as the great masters and spiritual avatars. Even those we hold as exalted in the God-Continuum are part of a constant growth process that leads from one ascension to the next. These venerated ascended masters began their soul journey in much the same way as we have done–making as many mistakes as we have as well. These great masters help us not because we worship them, but because they are on a path of growth themselves that involves assisting humankind in its growth as well. While it is only natural to feel awe at the magnificence of nature and the Divine, no one should ever feel compelled to participate in any ritual that does not feel right to them. Mystics never force others to worship or believe as they do.
Mystics live in a state of worship that is unique to their own callings of being with the Divine. As a part of the infinite Source-Consciousness that has been set aside for a noble purpose, they continuously commune with Source in all they think, say, and do. Sometimes it may be to admire the beauty of nature. Other times, it may be to speak with some element or elements in the God-Continuum. A mystic’s worship is spontaneous and heartfelt–expressing thanks, gratitude, and gratefulness with regularity. It is totally natural. By remaining mindful of their energetic states, mystics raise their vibrations as well as their ability to communicate more strongly with the Divine. Their worship may involve personal rituals or not. When it does, it is because the mystic believes the routine is a useful means of strengthening a connection with the D
Before moving on, it is essential to understand that mystics are not opposed to the fact that others worship God differently than they do. David’s early participation in religion were necessary steps for his spiritual development. These experiences form a basis for contrast in later spiritual development–or the ability to compare compelled religious worship versus a heartfelt, spontaneous response to Source on a moment by moment basis.
Only God is Good
In the dualistic world of most people, the universe is composed of white and black hats (good and evil). God and the devil are locked in an eternal struggle for the souls of humankind. In this war of good and evil, God represents all that is good, and the devil represents all evil. Humans are caught in the middle and must make daily choices about whom they will serve.
A Mystic’s View
Mystics reject the dualistic world concept in favor of a creation-continuum where nothing exists but Source. All that can be seen or perceived, whether good, bad, right, or wrong is nothing more than Source-Consciousness in action. God created Mother Teresa as well as Adolph Hitler. Each of their efforts were part of the God-Continuum–though different karmic outcomes resulted for each of them. Because of all the terrible things we see about us, this non-duality view is often a hard concept to accept. On the other hand, it is no wonder that so many who hold dualistic beliefs are angry with “A God that allows human suffering!”
Mystics know that we are all one–though souls are scattered across all frequencies of the God-Continuum. When Source sent a part of ITs infinite self into a Lux Anima, a soul was created and set upon a path for a fantastic journey. Some souls are very successful initially and other less so. All find their way eventually. For those who reside in these learning planes of existence, there is much apparent suffering–though in a very real sense–it is all illusory. The most important thing any of us can do is awaken as quickly as possible and bring suffering in all of its forms to an end.
With this in mind, mystics focus less upon the evil of others and more upon the transformation that is needed within. They realize that, in these training worlds, our highest goal must be to learn the lesson of how to respond lovingly in all situations that face humankind–especially when facing the evil about us.
A Power Greater Than Ourselves
“We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”. Second step of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In dualistic thinking, God creates humankind separate and apart from Himself. (The masculine pronoun is used here because God is often called “Father.”) When trouble happens in our lives, we call upon God to help us in our time of need. A human must surrender their will to this power or be swept away by unchecked passions and desire.
A Mystic’s View
Mystics also believe in a power greater than themselves–except their understanding is that the power resides higher in the God-Continuum than themselves. Healing and wholeness come to the mystic as they learn to attune their vibration to the higher vibration in the continuum. Like dualists, mystics will pray for help and guidance–but it is not rooted in a belief that we exist apart from Source. We want to be more of who we whom we really are–awakened Source-Consciousness inside of our Lux Animae.
Conclusion: The God I Don’t Believe
As we conclude this lesson, let us remind all of the reverence we should show towards all who reside in the God-Continuum–regardless of achievement. Let us never speak of God in ways that create fear, shame, or blame towards ourselves or others. Remember, one of the biggest giveaways of a person’s actual growth in spirit is revealed by the way they speak of the divine.
We close with a passage from a book written by Father Juan Arias entitled, The God I Don’t Believe. Father Arias is the founder of a movement to promote dialogue with those outside the Church. In this book, he enters a communion of thought with people who do not share his faith. He seeks to show that the “magically remote” God rejected by the unbeliever, bears no relation to the Source that we seek to know.
No, I shall never believe in:
the God who catches man by surprise in a sin of weakness,
the God incapable of giving an answer to the grave problems of a sincere and honest man who cries in tears: “I can’t!”
the God who loves pain,
the God who flashes a red light against human joys,
the God who sterilizes man’s reason,
the God who makes himself feared,
the grandfather-God whom one can twist around one’s little finger,
the God who makes Himself the monopoly of a church, a race, a culture or a caste,
the God who doesn’t need man,
the lottery-god whom one can find only by chance,
the judge-God who can give a verdict only with a rule book in His hands,
the God incapable of smiling at many of man’s awkward mistakes,
the God who can be fully explained by a philosophy,
the God incapable of loving what many people despise,
the God incapable of forgiving what many men condemn,
the God incapable of redeeming the wretched,
the God incapable of understanding that children will always get themselves dirty and be forgetful,
the God who demands that if a man is to believe he must give up being a man,
the God who does not accept a seat at our human festivities,
the God whom only the mature, the wise, or the comfortably situated can understand,
the God who is not feared by the rich at whose doors lie the hungry and the wretched,
the God who condemns all sex,
the God who sometimes regrets for giving man free will,
the God who says and feels nothing about the agonizing problems of suffering humanity,
the God who is interested in souls and not in men,
the God whose disciples turn their backs on the world’s work and are indifferent to their brother’s story,
the God who regards war as good,
the God who put law before conscience,
the God who would deny man the freedom to sin,
the God who has no forgiveness for some sins,
the God who does not save those who have not known Him but who have desired and searched for Him,
the God who “carries off” to hell the child after his first sin,
the God who does not permit man the possibility of being able to damn himself,
the God who does not go out to meet him who had abandoned Him,
the God incapable of making all things new,
the God who has never wept for men,
the God who would not have become a man, with all that implies,
Yes, my God is the other God.
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- Arias, Juan. The God I don’t believe in. Dublin: Mercier Press, 1978. Print.