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The Spiritual God!
© 2006 El-Veasey Publishing
To understand God you have to understand infinity. Infinity is independent of all conditions and events internal or external.
God is not a man or a human…if God was he could be located in space and time and would be a limited temporary being like all other creatures bound by time and space. But God is not a creature or a being God is an it…like intelligence…is intelligence male or female? When it operates in males its male, in females its female… in animals it’s animal and so on and so on.
There's No Way To Get Closer To God
There’s no way to get closer to God than you are right now… it's like...holding your breath and wondering why you can't breathe. it's like trying to get closer to space…where can you go to get closer to space? Without space you couldn’t even exist…as least not physically.
We live and have our being in God as God, but we’ve all been conditioned to experience ourselves as separate from God, and to see God as a being separate from us in time and space…but God is the intelligent life source and you can’t live separated from the source.
We all live, move and have our being in God as God, but you have to consciously experience that to know that’s true. That calls for a lot of weeding of your conditioned conscious and subconscious minds, like weeding a garden that’s been overgrown with weeds for a lifetime. "‘For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring”. (Act 17:28)
Focus On Being Receptive To God
Generally speaking, the completeness of your focus on being receptive to God, is more important than the amount of time you spend being receptive to God. If you’re only partially receptive to God for an hour…you won’t experience as much as you would, if you’re completely receptive to God for half an hour.
The more you clear you mind of all conscious and subconscious bias, conditioning, and prejudices about yourself and others, and spend time focusing your attention on the goodness and infinity of God…the more you will experience the goodness and infinity of God within yourself, in everyone and everything.
The Conventional Approach To Religion
In the conventional Western approach to religion, the emphasis is on worshiping a divine human-like father figure, who has to be placated, praised or persuaded to get him to bestow his benefits on you, to receive his help…you’re a like child at the detriment, mercy or whims of this divine father figure (see the Old Testament).
In the mystical or spiritual approach to religion, the emphasis is on getting yourself into a divine mode of being, where you aren’t at the detriment or mercy of anyone but yourself.
Become Like God
To be the child of God you have to become like God. You have to think and feel like God. What are God’s characteristics? You have to encourage those characteristics in yourself. How does God operate? You have to operate like that. What is God’s attitude? You have to encourage that attitude in yourself. God is never envious or jealous. God is completely independent of all things, so how could God be jealous or envious of anyone or anything?
As the child, at some point has to grow up to be an adult like it’s parent or even become a parent like its parent…the same goes for being a child of God. But God is not a parent or a human being. God is the all-intelligent infinity of being (I know I know. That’s a wild sounding concept). When you experience this infinite mode of intelligent being, you’ll be experiencing the infinity of intelligent being within yourself…your infinite self…your God self. Everyone can access this dimension of being…so there’s no need to bicker or fight about it, because we all live and have our being in this infinite source of intelligent life.
God Isn't partial
God doesn’t take sides…God isn’t partial…doesn’t show favoritism…doesn’t have a “chosen people”…those who become totally receptive to God are God’s chosen people. If you think you’re “chosen” by God or are “special” to God, your life should give you feedback that supports what you think is true…there should be more light in your life and less darkness…you should be more good and less bad.
Reading About God
Reading about God is not enough…thinking about God is not enough…dreaming about God is not enough…knowledge of God is not enough. Experience of God is the key. How do you experience God?
This can be very hard or very easy, depending on how much you’re willing to give up, or are willing to go through right now, to experience God. You have to overcome all preconceived notions and ideas about God and yourself, which may take some doing and redoing. You must clear your mind of everything but the sincere desire to experience, God and the truth about yourself and God.
God is always raining goodness on everyone all the time, but you have to be receptive to it to experience it. Only through receptivity to this reality can you experience God. The God experience is not compatible with lies or deception.
God Is Completely Independent
God is completely independent of everything and everyone, therefore praise, flattery or singing praises to God can’t persuade God to do something that God wouldn’t do, independently of praise and flattery. If God was an immature, needy, human being…then praise and flattery would be persuasive to God…but that’s not the case. The same can be said about prayer…all the whooping and hollering and telling God that you know he can do this and he can do that…is like trying to convince God of something that God already knows he (she) can do.
Praying To God
Praying to God doesn’t affect God…it only affect you…it either makes you more receptive to God or less receptive to God. God is like the sun…no amount of praying with make the sun shine more in your front yard than in my front yard. If you want more sun in your front yard, you’re going to have to move your front yard into the sunlight. If you want more of God in your life, you’re going to have to move your life into God’s light. It’s the nature of the sun to shine… it the nature of God to be magnanimous…the sun doesn’t change it's nature and neither does God. That why the sun was the ancient image of God.
The Word God
The word God, can be deceptive and misleading, and can cause conflict and contention, between those who use it, if they aren't aware, of all the various meaning associated with it, by various groups and people.
You and they, may think that you all mean the same thing, when you say God, because you’re using the same word, and may get into endless conflicts about what God is or isn’t…would or wouldn’t do…because you think you’re talking about the same being, when you’re not.
So the first thing you need to do, is to get clarification on what reality you and they are referring to, when y’all say God.
God is not God’s name…the word translated God from the Hebrew into English, is the Elohim. Lord was translated from the Hebrew name Yahweh or Jehovah, from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, meaning the four letters.
Yahweh Elohim, was a male, ethnic, tribal God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”
( Exodus 3:6.)
That’s why the Israelites, who are supposedly the descendents of these three men, are his “chosen” people. This Old Testament God, shows favoritism for certain people and therefore can’t be the God of all people, which follows logically from the fact that he’s says, he’s "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob".
We Think God Is A Man
Growing up in a cultural-religious mindset based on the Old Testament, we think God is a man, a father figure, like a human being, who gets jealous, if you serve a God or Gods other than him. “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God” 9Exodus 20:5).
Or who gets mad and seeks revenge “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies”. (Nathum 1:2)
Obviously this God is the creation of those he serves, and was created in the image of their rulers, elders or patriarchs (Patriarch means father. Fathers were the original rulers of the family and the tribe).
The Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) is all about the cultural history of the “Children Of Israel” and their tribal God Yahweh-Elohim. That’s why they’re the stars of the Old Testament biblical story, and when the Roman Christians merged the Old Testament with their New Testament writings to create the Christian Bible, in the 4th century AD …this history became the official religious history, of all the people subjugated by the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church.
The Real God
The real God is not a man or a human. God doesn’t get mad and doesn’t get sad…God doesn’t seek revenge…God is independent of all human emotions and thoughts…if not…God would be like you, me or any other human and be a limited temporary being, subject to the laws of time, space and death. But obviously the source of all things and conditions, can’t be subject to those conditions.
A human being can’t be the source of all things, because a human being is a product of history, with a time before he or she was born, a time when he or she was born, and a time when he or she will die.
God is the infinite source intelligence. Christ is this infinite source intelligence within all of us “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Colossians 1:27)
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:” (Galatians 2:20)
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Colossians 3:11)
What Jesus calls the Father, is the same experience that Paul refers to as the Christ within, Jesus says, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10.)
Jesus says the Father within is the one doing the works he’s credited with performing. Just as Paul said,”nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:” (Galatians 2:20). I think they're referring to the same thing don’t you? If not…that’s ok.
The things I've just pointed out, may come as a spiritual shock, to those who’ve been brainwashed…I mean brought up to believe, that the physical man, Jesus, was God’s only begotten son or contradictorily, that he was God in the flesh.
I think this gives us a lot to think about
The God Experience Is Like Electricity
We’re all made out of the substance, energy, life and intelligence called God. Only through spiritual ignorance can we experience ourselves as separate from God.
We're all living in God like fish in the sea.
The God experience is like electricity, you use it in your everyday life, you know how to flip a switch to access it, but don’t exactly know what it is. It’s the same with way with the God experience… you flip or switch your attitude, so it’s free of interference from your habitual thoughts and emotions, to receptivity to what’s trans-personal and trans-historical in you. You transcend your personal history and experience the electricity of God.
When we were a little kids or infants, we had an infinite sense of self, but had no awareness or control of that sense of self. Going through the process of social acculturation, configured our infinite sense of self, into a personal sense of self, our personality. The key is to rejoin our original infinite sense of self, with our personal sense of self, then, our experience will be more than just personal, it’ll be infinite and trans-personal, it’ll be the God experience.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it! I hope you enjoyed it!
And more importantly, I hope you got a little glimpse or a little taste of the God experience!
Didn't it taste good? mmmmm!
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