A Mystic’s View of God

What­ev­er your view of God may be, it is too small!

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 see your sta­tus once more. You are a frag­ment of Source-Con­scious­ness that has been 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, 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 he 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. The chan­nel 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, he didn’t believe in that God either! Mys­tics have this con­ver­sa­tion all of the time — peo­ple telling us about a God that nei­ther of us believes in! We, on this side, respect those athe­ists who reject the notion of a God alto­geth­er more than those “strong believ­ers” who accuse “God” of behav­iors that are more offen­sive than the worst dic­ta­tors and cor­rupt human judges.

Do you, as some, believe 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 the way reli­gious lead­ers say? We Don’t! We don’t believe in any of these things and nei­ther should you!

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. Now let us begin our les­son.

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 there­fore male, female, and all vari­a­tions of these things inbe­tween! It is just as cor­rect and rev­er­ent to pray, “Our Moth­er, who art in heav­en” as “Our Father.”

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 as a friend – as long as you don’t dis­obey him. Accord­ing to the sto­ry in Gen­e­sis, Adam and Eve are afraid to show them­selves to God after they eat of the for­bid­den fruit because they fear the God they know will sure­ly pun­ish them. And so It seems that, even in par­adise, they must hide and live in fear for their eter­nal souls. Is this your belief about God also?

Have you had a severe life-crash? Have you lost a mar­riage? Do you have per­son­al fail­ings of which you are ashamed? 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 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! God does not con­demn you. God does not despise you. The moment you rec­og­nize the Spir­i­tus Lumine placed with­in you, and state your inten­tion to con­nect with it – your trans­for­ma­tion begins. The Lumine is imper­son­al – there are no favorites. It does not judge or con­demn. 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 divine that you have made in many life­times!

Mys­tics com­mune with the Divine. In fact, their lives cen­ters around the con­cept that God, the Source, The Uni­verse (or what­ev­er name we assign) is always near, always lis­ten­ing, always help­ing, and always giv­ing what is need­ed. The quotes above encap­su­lates a truth mys­tics hold dear – the divine knows each of us and keeps us dear. If this is true, it is only prop­er that we ques­tion what we mean when we speak about God. Who is this being of which we speak? For those walk­ing the mys­ti­cal path, the ques­tion of how we view Source is prob­a­bly the most impor­tant of all because it will impact what we think, say and do as we pur­sue our path. Let us con­tin­ue our dis­cus­sion by con­trast­ing ways a mys­tic per­ceives the Divine ver­sus some of the more con­ven­tion­al views found in soci­ety.

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.

Common View

There’s an old say­ing that goes some­thing like this, There is a God, and you’re not it! This some­what humor­ous say­ing best describes the God ver­sus man view­point. In this view, humans must nev­er for­get their place lest, like Icarus, they suf­fer the con­se­quences of fly­ing too close to the sun. To be fair, this belief is prob­a­bly based in a desire to treat God with rev­er­ence by acknowl­edg­ing that God is all-know­ing, all-pow­er­ful, all-present, and the end­point full­ness of all good things. Nonethe­less, this view holds that there is a strict God-man bound­ary that should nev­er be breached.  Here are more notions belong­ing to this view:

  1. God’s ways are not man’s ways, and a human’s approach to Him (God is always a ‘him’ ) should always be with “fear and trem­bling.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Because humans are flawed and ter­ri­ble, God is required to inter­vene in human his­to­ry to reestab­lish eter­nal har­mo­ny.
  7. 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)

Common View

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.

  1. In this view, 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 we vis­it until we receive our eter­nal award or pun­ish­ment.
  2. 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.
  3. Since God is eter­nal, and every­thing else isn’t, noth­ing much mat­ters except serv­ing your God. If you lose your job, fam­i­ly, friends, or home – it doesn’t mat­ter because it’s all pet­ty stuff to begin with.
  4. 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 good place lat­er on (always lat­er on).
  5. 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 await­ing for 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, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

All things are a part of the one Source. Noth­ing can exist except it be a 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. Just as we can observe plan­ets with our tele­scopes and tech­nol­o­gy, does not mean that oth­er plan­ets do not exist because we do not see them. Prag­mat­i­cal­ly speak­ing, heav­en and earth only appear to have a sep­a­rate exis­tence because we can per­ceive only 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. Present day sci­en­tist say that there are hun­dreds of thou­sands of earth-like plan­ets in our own three-dimen­sion­al solar sys­tem. No doubt, some plan­ets are more prefer­able than anoth­er because of their devel­op­ment and phys­i­cal fea­tur­ing – but all of them could be a suit­able host for our three-dimen­sion­al body. So it is with the Soul and the vibra­to­ry state in which it abides. There are an infin­i­ty of places to abide.

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)

Common View

In this view of the divine, God is seen as 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 fur­ther.

  1. 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 for ques­tion­ing.
  2. 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.
  3. When the laws/rules are fol­lowed – God is pleased. When the laws are not fol­lowed – God is dis­pleased and pun­ish­es the evil­do­er.
  4. 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.
  5. God’s laws are con­stant and eter­nal, that is, the rules remain the same from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.
  6. 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, whether accept­ed as holy or not by the cul­ture at large, as a defin­i­tive “word of God.” An open mind will reveal 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 the 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 find the true north sacred 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.

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.

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.

Unlike many reli­gious fol­low­ers, the mys­tic under­stands that all who harm to anoth­er, either phys­i­cal­ly or emo­tion­al­ly, even though they sin­cere 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 that endorse slav­ery, the killing of unbe­liev­ers, ston­ing, and harsh pun­ish­ments for a litany of crimes can nev­er be legit­i­mate­ly obeyed with­out incur­ring a karmic penal­ty. Instead, mys­tics fol­low the law of 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.”

Common View

His­to­ry and anthro­pol­o­gy reveals that where ever we find humans, we will 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 also 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 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 its fol­low­ers.
  • 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 ways as a sign of respect towards a deity.

A Short Example

The fol­low­ing is a short exam­ple that illus­trates how a reli­gious cul­ture some­times impos­es a set of val­ues and behav­iors that cre­ates dis­com­fort for the fol­low­er and those around them. When the chan­nel for Broth­er Thomas was a young man, he belonged to a church youth group that was strong and cohe­sive. The min­is­ter took the young men and women of the group on an evan­ge­lis­tic trip where the young peo­ple knocked on the doors of towns­peo­ple to invite them to a gospel meet­ing. Even though many doors were slammed in their faces as the young peo­ple launched into their pre­sen­ta­tions, they were told that this was only mild per­se­cu­tion that should be ful­ly embraced. When they went to eat at local restau­rants, the min­is­ter required the young peo­ple to gath­er in the restau­rant, sing a set of church songs and give a short tes­ti­mo­ny in front of all the peo­ple who had come to eat their lunch­es and din­ner.

These behav­iors caused dis­com­fort not only for the chan­nel; but for those who answered the doors and vis­it­ed the restau­rants hop­ing to enjoy their meals. Even though this form of “obe­di­ence to God” seemed unnat­ur­al, there was con­sid­er­able pres­sure by the reli­gious cul­ture of his time to behave this way. The chan­nel was being pro­grammed to believe that God would hold him respon­si­ble if he did not do this type of evan­ge­lism to 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. They know that these mas­ters help us not because we wor­ship them, but because they are on a path of growth them­selves that involves assist­ing humankind to grow 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 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 divine.

Before mov­ing on, it is essen­tial to under­stand that mys­tics are not opposed to the fact that oth­ers wor­ship of God dif­fer­ent­ly than they do. Even for the chan­nel of Broth­er Thomas, these were nec­es­sary steps in 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– a sin­gle fre­quen­cy on 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 even­tu­al­ly will find their way. 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 that all can do is awak­en to their spir­i­tu­al pur­pose, as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, so that we might 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.

Common View

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.

An Easy Inner-Form using the Names of God

  1. Sit com­fort­ably, close your eyes, keep your back rea­son­ably straight, and arrange your legs in a com­fort­able posi­tion.
  2. Take a num­ber of deep breaths by inhal­ing slow­ly for five counts and exhal­ing for anoth­er five counts. Try to take ten of these.
  3. When you begin to feel relaxed, begin the exer­cise by tak­ing a slow inhale while you men­tal­ly say­ing a name of your choos­ing for God. Hold your inhale for at least two counts.(Here are some exam­ples: Source, All-there-is, Uni­verse, Eter­nal One, Great Spir­it, Father, Moth­er, Spir­it, All-Lov­ing One, Heav­en­ly Lord, Holy Light, Light Eter­nal, Spir­i­tus Lumine, I am that I am.)
  4. On the exhale, men­tal­ly say, “I love you and invite you into my life.”
  5. See if you can state twen­ty dif­fer­ent names for God. As you do this,
    notice how calm and peace­ful you feel. The names of God help cen­ter a per­son and instill inner peace.
  6. Some peo­ple find it help­ful to use a mala, rosary, or large bead­ed bracelet as they roll beads between the thumb and fore­fin­ger to keep count or com­plete a cycle.

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”.

Juan Arias

Acknowl­edge­ments

  • Pic­ture used by per­mis­sion of Cre­ative Com­mons.
  • Arias, Juan. The God I don’t believe in. Dublin: Merci­er Press, 1978. Print.