God: Mind Created Insecurity or Truth?

Ultimately, this determination is up to you. May this hub give you some interesting tidbits to consider along the way...

I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.
I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.

The Question of the Ages

For as long as humans have graced the Earth, the question has been asked. Does God really exist or is the idea of God just an idea?

Of course, it's not quite that simple is it? Differing definitions of God, a Supreme Being, or Force are also rotating around this planet in varying numbers.

Guided by some Albert Einstein quotes and a few years of life experience, I embark upon the journey of dissecting the question a bit, for at least the value of entertaining and stretching the thoughts of readers...possibly even a catalyst of assisting in the realization of your own truth, for those who are ready.

Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us come for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.

~ Albert Einstein

The Dishwasher

Around age 5, I stood next to my wise Grandmother who was carefully rinsing, then stacking the dishes in the dishwasher and I pondered aloud, "Grandma, how do you know Jesus loves us? How do you know Jesus was?"

"Because the Bible tells me so," was her sure, quick reply.

While my Grandmother's answer was certainly adequate for her, it did not quelch my desire for knowing with absolute certainty, what God was and how that related to me and my life. The adventure had begun and it would take me over two decades of life experience to realize any real shred of truth.

If you can't explain something simply, you don't know enough about it.

~ Albert Einstein

She Fired That God

Fast forward through those two plus decades to a moment in my life where I was researching, for the umpteenth time, how to make a major change in my life. It wasn't particularly working the way I wanted it to.

As a social work major and philosophy minor, with dabblings in personal growth, traditional and other therapy, hospice volunteering, working with people of varying abilities, ages, and races, along with other significant life ups and downs, I had experienced many, many ways of looking at life.

At this point, I had picked up a book that I liked in the beginning, but became sickened by as I reached the halfway point. It's Christian guilt, repent for my sins, portion of the book made me close it and never want to look back. Yet, I really wanted my life to work and I wanted to figure out whether having a relationship with God was something that fit into the equation. I wasn't too sure if God even existed.

I called a close friend who I knew had grown up in a strictly religious home. I also knew she had a new relationship with God so I asked her almost the same question I'd asked my Grandma years ago.

"I know you believe in God, but how? God sounds so damned judgmental!" I proclaimed.

"Oh, I fired that God," she said light heartedly. She had also divorced her abusive parents. While I didn't feel the need to fire God, I did take the opportunity to consider that I could "start over" with God. She then recommended some books that started my journey to a broader understanding of God, even though a large part of me doubted the existence at all.

The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

~ Albert Einstein

All That Is

My initial understanding of God was somewhat muddled. A mixture of my Presbyterian upbringing, supported by an attempt, even if short lived, to read the Bible, along with whatever insights I picked up along the way. Having a neighbor friend as a child who went to Catholic sunday school every week was definitely an interesting avenue into some of the religions perceived as more strict. Combine that with my ever-absorbing mind, and I had quite the hodge podge going of who God was, much like many people, I suspect.

I questioned that God was some separate, punishment inducing parent like figure, although it seemed as though that is what religion would like to have us believe.

At first glance, Neale Donald Walsch's book, Conversations with God, now a series, may seem like some imaginitive writing of the back and forth of the human mind. Depending on one's beliefs, it is just that, or it isn't. Either way, the valuable conclusions I drew were:

  • God is All That Is
  • God is All Loving, not punishing
  • Hell exists in our earthly experience just as much as it may after death
  • We definitely do have free will, yet we also have the power to experience life in a way that pleases us

While I drew these conclusions, it took a while for them to settle into being my reality. Try a couple more years.

For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope.

- Albert Einstein

How Does Life Really Happen

Yet another life altering event comes crashing down. One I could not ignore any more than the first.

Again, I called my good friend, and she asked, "What are you going to do with this? You created it for some reason."

What? I created it?! I did not want to hear it and I'm pretty sure I cut the conversation short when we started going to that place. It wasn't a brand new idea, but what I was facing was not something I wanted to view as my fault. Except for the fact that accepting that we create our own reality does not mean we are at fault. At least not in the general sense we attribute to the word.

Fault, guilt, shame, and blame take on a whole new meaning when one explores the reality of our existence and how we make life happen. Responsibility and forgiveness also display an entirely refreshing light.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift; the rational mind is faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

~ Albert Einstein

The Gift of Entertaining Belief

So - did you catch that? The gift of entertaining that there is more to the picture than just what we commonly perceive is actually freeing ourselves to be that who we really are.

We create our own reality. Collectively, we co-create our reality as a whole, and as individual creators we create our own experience of reality.

Literally, thought becomes thought form and then manifestation. In the words of Esther Hicks, everything that exists was at first a thought.

It goes much deeper than that, even. As we are our bodies and much, much more. We are vibrational beings and everything around us also has a vibrational frequency.

We create through feeling associated with thought. And guess what? For most of us, getting to our true feelings can be a bit of a struggle.

It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

~Albert Einstein

The Law of Attraction

Common buzz term for many, the Universal Law of Attraction is the "how" part of the we create our own reality equation. Like attracts like. Vibrationally.

Just like a radio, we emit a frequency, it matches the type of experience we have. We wake up, bump our toe out of bed, our clothes have cat hair on them, the tooth paste then glumps out of the tube, then our days gets worse and worse.

Unless we can change our tune, literally, and revise our vibe. The thing is, many are not used to changing their thoughts, because they have developed a pattern.

We end up thinking life just happens to us.

There is hope, though, for change can happen.

As a matter of fact, whether you believe it or not, you have attracted this hub into your experience. It is my aim to give you an introduction to some tools which can dramatically change your experience into one which blends accceptance and joy, appreciation and enthusiasm. This is your birth right as a human being. It is up to you to claim it.

Go Within

Be present as the watcher of your mind - of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.

~ Eckhart Tolle

We are constantly thinking, unless we consciously choose to do otherwise. If one does make this choice, he or she will find a place of stillness within. This presence, this absence of thought, endless rambling, is who we really are.

Does this sound too simple? It may be for some. And it may seem impossible for others. It is the truth. We are Energy and that Energy is what has been termed as God.

The Value of Presence

Atheist, Agnostic, Religious Right or Unitarian Universalist... coming to quiet the mind chatter and feel the peace that we are has value for anyone. Eckhart Tolle demonstrates the value of presence in his books, The Power of Now and A New Earth.

Many of us spend most of our time either in the past, with lingering guilt, shame, regret, and unfulfilled responsibility and dreams or in the future, with worry, anxiety, or fear. Even while we are doing something in the moment, our mind is often elsewhere, reliving some event, day dreaming, or doing it as swiftly as possible so we can get it done and move on to the next thing.

Bringing our awareness to our selves, our energetic or inner body, the space and presence Eckhart talks of, allows us to be with the only thing we really have: the present moment.

The past is gone, the future is not promised, but we have the moment we are in, no matter what our belief system. Arguably, this is one fact we can all appreciate.

The Finale

We are divine extensions of God. Nothing separate. We are peaceful, loving, and joyful at our core. We are magnificent creators with the power to make our lives what we want. The way we begin is by changing our thoughts.

While monitoring one's thoughts can make you crazy, according to Abraham-Hicks in their book The Astonishing Power of Emotions, an easier idea is to consistently reach for a thought that brings relief. A practice of such will eventually bring you into alignment with your self, which is one of the first steps to realizing who you really are.

Louise Hay, in her book and movie, You Can Heal Your Life, focuses on the value of affirmations. Positive thoughts one says to him or herself. An absolutely wonderful starting point as well. From there, the possibilities are endless.

The journey may not be easy, and you can be sure that any beliefs standing in your way will certainly try and hold their ground, but anyone who is willing can recognize the Truth within. It is there and each person who seeks will find it.

Peace isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.

Amy Phoenix (aka Rainbow Recognizer) is a gentle, yet direct parenting guide and healing facilitator, creator of Presence Parenting, and mother of four dedicated to sharing insights and practices to transform frustration and anger, heal the past, nurture conscious relationships, and experience the peace of the present. Visit her at www.amyphoenix.com.

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

This is a good article full of great beautiful pictures vids and information. I believe in God. But would rather not give my opinions on religion. Thanks for sharing this


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Wonderful and very rich hub about very challenging topic.


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

Definitely heated and so many opinions available - thank you both for commenting. :o)


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Catherine Behan 8 years ago from San Diego

Beautiful article, I too have come from a strongly religious home (Catholic) and then spent 20 some odd years (and some of them were odd years) in born again Christianity. I was charismatic as I always was drawn toward the dramatic manifestations I experienced. Now I am spiritually curious and evolving to ever expanding perspectives. It is nice to sense a kindred spirit as I redefine what in the world God is to me this day. Thanks for that! Catherine


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ahmu 8 years ago

thats nice hub u make nice pics & videos & nice information u give to all


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you both for commenting :o) The answers are available, lining up as we ask...


Agro Donkey 8 years ago from Ohio

I think your hub is very well writen. I don't believe that we are God though. That was the very first lie that Satan gave us. He told Eve that by eatting the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil that we would be like God. That this was the reason that God didn't want us to eat it. I have a view of things that may blow your mind though. What if we, through our faith and prayer, created God? What if He was not there to beging with but after so many people focused their thoughts and energy into the idea of one supreme being God became a reality. That all of the Mythological Gods and Goddess' actualy did exist at one point in time and by losing followers they faded from existance. They no longer had the energy of the people who created them and were left to disappear. The Christian God has promised an end to this world and maybe with the last bit of strength that He has from all of the faith and prayer of believers that will be His final act. I can not prove any of this but you can't disprove it either but does any of that make it any less possible. Hope I gave you something to think about. I realy enjoyed your hub and I hope to read more from you in the future.


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you for your comment, Agro Donkey. From where I sit now, I can entertain that anyone's truth is their own and ultimately I am guided by how I feel. That is what determines truth for me. I definitely think we create our own reality in that if we believe something, it is true to us... To each our own, with acceptance & bliss :o)


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frank2much 8 years ago

We are all like different parts of a tree and that tree is God. This knwoledge tells us to love all the creatures God has created. You can love God if you love his all creatures like insects, birds, animals and human beings. Nobody is sure about his existence but he exists and may exist in any form near us. He helps those who help themselves and he help those who help others. You have done a hard work inpreparing this hub and deserve real appreciation. You possess all the attributes of a writer.


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you, Frank :o) I love the analogy of a tree and its branches (my own insertion). That's perfect! I picture a rainbowous orb with tentacles...


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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

RainbowRec - I'm glad so many believe in God, because I feel they are better people for it - or at least for having a fear of ending up in hell if they don't. Whatever the reason, if the idea of God changes the behavior of a person for good, then I'm all for it. Personally, I don't believe. I am a good person because I believe that being good is the right thing to do. And I hope to instill that in my children. Period. Thanks for writing such a beautiful hub, as always! =) - Deb


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

HI Blogger Mom, I did not fully believe for most of my life so I can relate to your feelings at least to some degree :o) I do agree, though, that whatever brings a person to realizing their own truth and well being is ultimately the point. Thanks for commenting!


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Amy, I talked to God when I was 8 and never stopped. :D Some people would probably say that He was just an imaginary friend. If he was, then I sure had the Best one in the world. I too have read Conversations with God and recently been introduced to Abraham Hicks. Great books that actually open new doors to thinking about God and a lot about life differently :) Great hub.


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

A great Hub! Many people are finding that the Law of Attraction thinking actually compliments their religious beliefs and vice versa. People who are extremely religious often point out that the LOA thinking just takes the teachings of the Bible and removes God and I can see that argument. LAO tells you to c hange your thinking to thoughts less worrisome, Jesus said don't worry today about tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own worries. Affirmations are just like praying. The problem i see with all of these new theories, with maybe the exception of Tolle is that they rely on some force yet they can't define it and Hicks even goes as far as calling herself Abraham. I learn more from the Bible than I do any of these other current speakers because all of their material can be found in the bible in its purest form.

This was a great article in that it discusses the quandry that many people face when they are seeking something greater than themselves. I would hope that anyone who reads it takes the time to explore the links you gave.

Fantastic Job.


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

Thank you, Michelle and Funnebone :o) I hear God now... was afraid to in the past. I think the authors I have mentioned just release the heaviness that some people attribute to God... such as the damning - hell firing. Everyone falls and has to get up in life. Everyone does something they're not proud of. To think that they'll be stricken or condemned to hell, well that's scary. To some, God's love can seem conditional and I know that to be totally untrue.

I do agree that all of the sources I mention do relate to much in the Bible. To me, it's all very circular and there's so much variance in the different interpretations that ultimately it just comes down to how one feels... :o)


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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

I have to say that it takes courage to present your views and in a very non confrontational way. I thank you for that. I give credit where it is due and so many people approach things with their fists up. Thank you for not doing that.


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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest Author

It's really all about love - the greatest power on Earth. :o)


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THE SOPHIST 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

A great way to present God! You have touched many things and how have you touched them--in the most beautiful and polite manner. God is no simple idea and yet his beauty lies in simplicity. well done.... I have also attempted to interrogate the same thing in my hubs on God...would be glad if you could share your views on them with me....cheers!


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buddhkist 7 years ago from State of Somewhere

Hello, very intriguing hub. I have my own theories about our Universe and we are definitely surrounded by never ending sources of energy. It is quite easy to tap into this endless supply through thought. Whether this energy comes from some omnipotent being I cannot say. But I do believe in a source from which everyone and everything originates and in order for this source to turn energy into matter it had to operate with the purest of intentions. Negativity is a man made emotion and is the biggest obstacle all of us face. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. :-)


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

A very thorough hub, well done.


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metaphysician 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your life experience. And for all the commentors above, thank you too for your insights and experiences.

Indeed God is a very interesting subject to debate. I believe that most people after gone an experience of disbelief, they will turn to believer because it always take a contrast to realize what is the truth. I don't have the authority to comment whether god exists or not, or whether HE is a loving or fiery god. But one thing I can say is God changes along with human perception towards god. I think it is written in the Old Testaments and The Bible.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

a very thought provoking read thankyou for that


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Nice ,I like this explanation a lot..Thanks


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Yeshuan 5 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent, thought-provoking hub. I loved the quotes from Einstein. My journey has been similar to yours. I found the education given to me about God to be lacking. I have no doubt the spiritual energy we possess is how we connect to God. My journey took a new direction when I realized that I don't need to rely completely on the words of others(including the authors of sacred texts). Since then, my understanding of God has greatly expanded. It is no longer limited by the box religion tends to put God in. It seems we have similar views, but, different ways of expressing them.

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