Few of us realize how incredibly powerful we are. And those who do may be afraid of their ability to take control of their lives - because that implies taking responsibility for EVERYTHING that happens to them! If there's no one outside of me to blame, that means "the buck stops here," with me. So how exactly can we create not only our desired destiny, but also our day-to-day, minute-to-minute, experiences? And reap the positive benefits we all seek.
First we must understand what for many may be a new and perhaps even seemingly blasphemous way to view GOD, and maybe a different way to understand our personal relationship to God. When I discovered New Thought philosophy almost thirty years ago, I found a way to "know" God that made sense to me. No longer was God a distant deity residing in a place called Heaven - an anthropomorphic type of being (made in MY image), resembling Michelangelo's presentation on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel. Great art, but lousy theology! That had been my early programming: some Power outside of me that called the shots and to whom I could turn and count on for help when the going got tough. Rather I came to understand God, or the Creative Source of Life synonymous with Love, as the First Cause of all that is, has ever been, and will ever be. And I discovered that this Creative ENERGY was part of me, not something separate from me. I am an aspect of God, just as you and all of us are, created in the image of GOD (remember Genesis 1?). And it is this God Energy within me that is my power to create the life I choose.
I co-create my existence WITH GOD. God MIND operates at a macro level as my considerably smaller mind operates at a micro level. My thoughts - most especially my habitual thoughts - create my world, my experiences, attracting to me whatever and whomever I place my attention on. To quote one of my greatest spiritual teachers, "When you rule your mind, you rule your world. When you choose your thoughts, you choose results." You may wonder, since most of us want a happy, healthy, peace-filled life, why do so many "bad" things happen? Now I'd like to hear from YOU: share your beliefs and ideas so we can expand this conversation.
Welcome to my blog! I’m delighted you’re here and hope your visit will be worthwhile. My intention, as I just opened this website, is to create a new blog question, idea, or inspiration on a weekly basis. And of course respond or build on readers’ responses.
This week’s question – Can you teach TRUTH? – is one I first encountered in a class that was part of my ministerial studies to become a Licensed Unity Teacher. (Anyone curious about Unity, please check out www.Unity.com). The question fueled quite an energetic discussion - or perhaps debate would be a better description. So, before you read further to find out my ideas, I encourage you to take a few minutes to consider your thoughts on the subject.
Let’s start with a definition of TRUTH, as I want us to all be on the same page, so to speak. And so often we fail to understand clearly what someone means – take the word GOD, for example – before we start to share our perspective.
TRUTH, according to the dictionary, means something is “true” – duh! Let’s not use the root of the word to define the word, which in this case means something rather different. Here are some suggestions from a variety of sources: something that is verifiable or accurate; reality; correctness; authenticity; fact; the REAL facts; ethical; logical; basic; an opinion agreed to by all who investigate it. Personally I disagree with all of the above. And here’s my reasoning.
TRUTH is absolute, eternal, infinite, unchangeable/immutable, neither subjective nor individualistic, AND it transcends human reason. For me, those defining terms describe the attributes I apply to GOD. Therefore, TRUTH = GOD, GOD = TRUTH! And both are undefinable as our mortal minds cannot express, experience, or understand the totality of either word.
So what all that boils down to is this: what you understand as absolute, undeniable TRUTH/GOD is personal and limited to YOUR understanding and beliefs. The same is true for me and everyone else, according to each his/her own awareness or comprehension. You and I may agree or have the same understanding of TRUTH, that is we are of like minds in this regard. But just because something is TRUE for us doesn’t mean our definition is absolute – right/accurate for all other thinking minds. That’s why I don’t believe you can teach TRUTH. I can teach what I believe, but my belief is limited by my understanding. And obviously this reasoning applies to GOD as well.
I welcome your thoughts and ideas on this question. Hoping to hear back from you soon, Susan