On Being – Chapter IV – God and Us Humans

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God and the Gift of Freewill

God so loved the world that He placed the future of the world He created into human hands. What greater love, or greater trust exists, than to put your life’s unfinished work in the care of someone else? Your dream home: imagine leaving the finishing/interior decorating to someone you don’t even know, after having designed and built it, yourself?

God has bestowed upon humankind the ultimate gift and ultimate responsibility: free will is as important as life itself; because without it, we would be robots. Without it, we would be incapable of making our own decisions, incapable of creating, of loving – in short, of ever being able to evolve beyond ego.

God had no option but to give us free will; an option with terrible consequences if things were to go wrong. Free will provides the ability to choose between contrary worldviews: one of ego, the other of non-ego. Not to choose is the same as choosing ego. We are accountable for the choices we make, because we must live with them; moreover, others have to live with them. The choice is simple: to be stewards of God’s Earth and extend God’s Love; or continue to draw the life out of God’s Earth and continue the tradition of human misery we began six millennia ago.

Free will gives us the responsibility to choose life or death for ourselves, for humankind, for the Earth Mother, and for all the Life she gives birth to, and nurtures. To have so much responsibility is overwhelming; however, our saving grace is the simplicity of the solution: we need only form the intent to do good, and good things will happen quite naturally.  Forming the attitude to do good opens us up to the Divine. We become conduits of Divine Goodness, and we become the miracle that created us in the first place.

Our intent is what will save or sink us – it is that simple.

It is that easy.

What is our worldview these days? Do we hold sacred all that God created? Do we hold sacred the humans God created, or do we behave as if some are more sacred than others? Can we actually permit ourselves to believe that God created variety among humans, just so one group could subjugate another; or among species, just so one species’ predominance could ensure the destruction of all the others? Of course not – yet, this is the situation we humans have created for ourselves.

Most of us are acquisition-driven. A relative few are driven by the desire to reduce material disparity in society and our world. We attach such value to material possessions we might conclude that life offers little else. We base the measure of ourselves and others on how much wealth we can accumulate, rather than on how much our personal success can be leveraged to relieve the deplorable and often life-threatening conditions that our fellow souls, many of them children, are living in. We ignore the direct contribution our zeal for material accumulation is making to the misery in our own communities and across the world. We ignore the direct contribution our materialism is making to our own misery, by preventing us from progressing through the upper levels of Maslow’s  hierarchy of needs.

If oligarchic democracy is here to stay, future generations of humans will be thankful for oligarchs who understand that their extraordinary wealth is an opportunity to make outstanding contributions to the benefit of this generation and those that follow.

 

Made in God’s Image

In creating anything with a soul, God extends Himself. Humans have received not only the quintessence of Creation, but also the gift and responsibility of free will. This was necessary in order for God to extend His Love and therefore His ability to create. Humans possess the most highly developed capacity for free will among all souls on Earth. On that basis, we may be viewed as the nearest-to-perfect copies of God in all of Nature. Perhaps we were indeed created in ‘the image of God,’ as is claimed in Genesis 1:26-27.

An inference of the Emanations model is that we are extensions of God, rather than  separate entities; albeit free will allows us the choice to behave as if we were separate. On the contrary, we are linked through commonalities of purpose and origin with God and one another, in the same way the cells of the human body – with the exception of cancer cells – are linked within the individual. This has two implications:

First, while we linger in negative, egoically-couched thinking, we are putting up resistance to the flow of positive karmic energies between us and the Grid; weakening the positive impact of God’s Love upon our lives and upon our world.

Second, as we humans enhance our connection to the universe by thinking ‘happy thoughts,’ doing good by others, or by just being positive, we are removing all resistance to the impact of God’s Love upon our lives. We will, by the strength of our connection, tap the universal stores of  Goodness and Love (Agape). Humankind will thrive, God will thrive – Heaven and Earth will become more reconciled; until they are indistinguishable. This grand reconciliation represents the fruition of humankind’s ultimate purpose.

How God Laid Out the Universe

Why did God create the universe and us along with it? The simple answer is, in order to experience life, to know Him/Herself, and to extend Him/Herself – to be all God can be. On the point of gender, I will use ‘Him’ as a convenience only. God is both ‘Him’ and ‘Her,’ since God is all things.

From the moment of the Big Bang, God devolved into aspects of Himself. God is therefore male and female, light matter and dark matter, good and evil; anything and everything that is – is God.  The only aspect of Creation that may change, from God’s original pre-Big Bang state, is the general character of His composition: the equilibrium between light and dark energy or matter may shift toward one side or the other; the quality of the undifferentiated, unspecialized matrix from which all material things derive, may become more or less capable of forming cohesive structures.

Given their current understanding of dark matter and energy, astronomers conclude that it is possible for dark energy to propel the universe into a permanent state of lifelessness. If that is  possible, then, in keeping with  the general constitution of the universe, a state of eternal life for individuals is also possible.

Let us go back in time and revisit the little ball that began our story. When God thought, “Let’s get things started” – at which point critical mass was exceeded and this universe came into being – everything that emanated from the Big Bang seems to have had an opposite; an ‘alter-ego,’ as it were. Light was accompanied by darkness, good by evil, female by male, electrons by protons, matter by antimatter, ego by non-ego.

After the Big Bang, the darkness outside of God was exposed because it now had an opposite; at the moment of light’s creation, darkness became real also, inasmuch as it was now possible to be conscious of it. As much as light is associated with creation and life, darkness is associated with destruction and death. Every elemental attribute of God is co-expressed with its opposite. In this grandest of creative moments, destruction was also engendered – Yin and Yang.

The term “emanation” is meant to differentiate among perspectives on the universe.  If the first level of existence, the Prime Emanation, is Unity (God); wherein all is contained and reconciled, then the 2nd Emanation represents the fractionation of  unity into competing opposites. At this level, everything exists in terms of its opposite: you cannot have light without darkness. The 3rd Emanation represents the comingling and coexistence, albeit transient, of opposites.

 

The Mind’s Place in the Emanations Model

Opposing elements at the level of the 2nd Emanation are in dynamic equilibrium. Everything at this level is energy. It is the level of thought –the level at which the mind operates – however I am inclined to believe the mind per se is of the Prime Emanation: the level of  consciousness – the level of the I AM. Each time we entertain negative thinking we shift the energy equilibrium, ever so slightly, away from the left (the positive and the non-ego) toward the right (the negative and the ego).

The opposite is also true.

The mind chooses its active mode of consciousness . This choosing is simply a matter of directing our attention toward this or that. We have only two choices: to direct our attention inwardly, or to direct our attention outwardly; to be driven by our needs; judging the world according to how it impacts us (for good or ill), or be driven by the needs of others; judging ourselves according to the measure of our impact on other souls, and on the world.

Because we think one thought at a time, no one can be conscious of what they lack when their focus is on what someone else is in need of. Lack evokes sadness. In fact, whether we are feeling lack, or contentment, entirely depends on where we chose to place our mental focus: on ourselves, or on other people and things. The first case leads to frustration, because the ego becomes used to whatever it has, and soon wants more of the same, or something different. The latter case leads to satisfaction, because when you help someone, you feel complete: you do not feel any need for them to keep needing you. When your worldview is framed in non-ego, love is the prime motivator, and creation is the prime actuator. Whether you are building or writing something (as I am doing), or you are helping someone out of difficulty, you are creating something to make life better, for yourself and others. It is the goal of creation to continually make things better than they are; how can it be otherwise? It is consciousness of the disparity between the way things are and the way things should be, that gets the proverbial ball rolling.

It was consciousness that led God to create. He became aware that, outside of Himself, there was nothing to experience, much less anyone to talk to. He was conscious of the nothing beyond Himself because He ‘looked’ beyond Himself. I AM is therefore not limited to the ‘I.’ Creation proves that God is so much more than ego – as are we. God could not be contented with only Himself– He was able to imagine so much more of what was possible –take a look around and see. It is self-evident that the Mind of God, the I AM, chose the non-egoic, because He created independent beings with free will, living outside the control of His ego, rather than to be alone.

No mind thinks more than one thought at a time. No mind can be simultaneously egoic and non-egoic. The act of creation is the inevitable outcome of the non-egoically conscious mind. God proceeded to create other minds, operating independently of one another, and of His; minds exercising free will and obliged to choose, moment by moment, thought by thought, between egoic and non- egoic modes of consciousness.

There is only one point in the evolution of the universe where there could have been a unitary consciousness: the moment of the Big Bang. At any other time during the Big Bang cycle, many minds are conscious and operating apart from God’s. The Eternal Big Bang cycle features two phases: the post-Big Bang expansion is the ‘Separation phase.’ The Big Bang contraction is the ‘Reconciliation phase.’ During the Separation phase, sentient beings progress toward being less conscious of God; during the Reconciliation phase, sentient beings become more God-conscious.

Free will gives us the opportunity to elevate our consciousness and to form intentions. Our intentions inform our actions and generate energies which emanate throughout the Grid and the three emanations.

Life In the 2nd Emanation

In the 2nd Emanation, physical distance has no relevance. Does it take you any longer to imagine being at the South Pole than to imagine being in the next room? Spirit entities, released from their 3rd Emanation instantiations, may find themselves at any place, any time, simply by forming the intention to go there. Want to read ‘War and Peace?’ Imagine it being in hand, and it is.

In the 2nd Emanation, thought and action are indistinguishable. This is the level at which the spirit (the  mind-soul-soul body triad) functions. In the 2nd Emanation, the spirit’s general quality might be fixed, and not likely to evolve further, until such time as the soul is rebirthed into the 3rd Emanation.  Individual souls will then have the opportunity to make different choices to further themselves along the path of spiritual development toward joy, knowledge, and peace with God and Creation.

The Basic Elements of Creation

I said earlier that God created because He was conscious of being alone; of the fact that, outside of Himself, there was nothing. I also said, all things are included in God. If God created us in response to the nothing outside of Himself, how could creating us have changed anything?  Since we are a part of God and cannot exist outside of God, though we think and act independently, the nothingness that God was conscious of still exists. The nothingness outside of God still exists, but within God there is now something other than a singular consciousness.

The state of the world reflects the culmination of human thought. What happens to us is almost entirely of our own making. For us to create a better world, we must generate, in our thoughts and deeds, goodness toward every other sentient being. Whether it is reciprocated or not, is not the most important thing; rather it is that we have done something, anything, that is good and loving.

The expression of goodness resonates with everything and everyone who receives it. An  expression of goodness toward a particular person might even set that person’s soul to spinning aright; developing a soul-sheath modality that is predominately non-egoic. These fortunate recipients may begin emanating goodness, for goodness’ sake, themselves. As time goes on, more and more positive energy will accumulate in the Grid. We and our children will be the happy beneficiaries of what will naturally follow. In fact, there will come a day when the human race attains a pervasive state of joy. Once we have experienced this en masse, the world will never return to the current level of scarcity, competition, economic polarization, intolerance, and mistrust. In the television series, Jesus of Nazareth, the Baptist says: Before Kingdoms may change, people must change

This is truth…and we will.

Every good thought you have, every time you make a point to discard thoughts and feelings of fear, jealousy, and condemnation, you bring yourself, and by extension, your world, one step closer to God’s utopic vision.

Humans relate to each other, as the cells which make up our bodies do; they are at the same time independent and interdependent. The cells of the body are organized within an operational framework of collaboration and commonality of purpose. Cancer cells, however, kill the body because they act contrary to this framework. Rather than collaborate on the host’s behalf, they plunder it; they expand their presence to the point of destroying their host -the very thing upon which their survival depends. Humans are also obliged to operate within a framework of collaboration and commonality of purpose, or the body of humanity will succumb to the disease of ego, as the cancer-stricken eventually do.

If we do not change our attitude and behaviour toward Mother Earth, global-scale catastrophe may soon be upon us. But do not worry: if we continue to deny our responsibility as Nature’s most advanced species to be stewards of the Earth, she will still make a comeback one day. But it could be without us.