Category: God, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Divine, Great Spirit, Creator, Universe, He who has no name

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Dominion


Man was not God’s first creation nor was it God’s only creation but this has not stopped man from acting as if it were. We seek knowledge and understanding but at the same time we treat others with disdain and mistrust. We live this life as if we are kings and everything is our subjects. We view ourselves above all including God’s other creations. We treat this world as though we could start over or as if what we were given were unlimited.

In truth we do not seek understanding. We seek to be above all else in spite of and despite God. We seek the truth but when we are shown it we turn our backs wishing for something else and wanting something else.

The veils that have been set before us are there not to hide from us but to protect us. They exist not just to protect us from that which we do not know but to also protect us from ourselves. They protect us from our ego and our unwillingness to coexist. They protect us from our greed and desire for power and dominion over others. They protect us because although we would see ourselves above all the creatures of God, we are still but children in a spiritual existence we have yet to understand.

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I Am That


I am peace. I am love. I am war. I am all that you love and all that which you hate.
I am love eternal. I am joy in a simple smile. I am the irritation in your smirk. I am anger. I am manyfold.
I am all of you and I am none of you. I am the sanitized and I am the unclean.
I am the idealized and the rejected. I am that which is at the tip of your tongue and out of your mind.
I am creation. I am nothing.

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Divine Consciousness


There is a transcendent fire in everyone’s soul, a yearning to return. Like a flickering light we instinctively know there is something calling, beckoning us to look. And when we choose to look what do we see?

As we dare to gaze, and interest is piqued, it becomes like a fading memory, an imprint. We suddenly return to our being, our realm of understanding. The Divine Consciousness is like a wave from which everything is created and destroyed all in one blow. Thoughts start as a rumbling. Some rise into a tsunami. Eventually all crash or collide into other waves, other thoughts, other creations, becoming new thoughts, and new creations. With each rise there is a fall, an ever changing consciousness.

When we look to see our place in this consciousness, we want to belong. We see ourselves as a drop of water, or perhaps as a single wave. If we choose; If we dare to look deeper, beyond what is apparent, we see that we are all of it. We are the drop of water. We are the wave. We are all of the waves. We are all of it. We are all of these all at once and at the same time we are none of it.

We are the Divine Consciousness.

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The Man Who Dreamed


There was once a man who was on a quest to know more about himself and his place in the universe. As part of his journey, he asked God to show him four things. He asked to see himself as he truly was, and to see an angel, God and the devil as they truly were. He wanted to know if everything he knew about life was real. What was man made? What stories he heard growing up were real? He asked to see these things in a way that made sense to him, and he asked in the only way he knew how. He prayed. He asked that he could see, hear and understand all that he was meant to see, hear and understand, no more and no less.

Over several years, this man’s prayers were answered. One day while meditating, the man asked if he could see an angel as it truly was. He asked that he be shown an angel, not as he had been taught as a child and later believed as an adult, but as it truly was. As he lay there in a dark room without any lights praying/meditating, the room began to fill with light. It was a blue light. It didn’t seem to emanate from any one place. Instead, the light filled the room. It took no form, no shape. What stood out more than the light itself was the feeling that came with it. It was a feeling of peace and of love. As the light became brighter and the room was illuminated, the feelings of love and acceptance were intensified. But just as the light came, it slowly dimmed. The room became dark again.

Years later the man would pray again. He asked this time that he could see himself. He wanted to know himself as he truly was, and not as the physical form, which he knew this life to be. Again he prayed before he slept. Later that night he dreamed of himself in a cabin. At first this cabin was empty. Slowly it filled, first with a table, then a chair. The smell of coffee filled the room. A book then appeared on the table. The sound of birds could suddenly be heard outside. As the man stared out of the cabin, he could see the trees that surrounded him, and feel the warmth of the sun in the sky. As the man began to feel all the things that he saw, he woke. As the man woke, he questioned how what he saw was him. He did not recognize the book, or the table, or the cabin. He did not know of this place, or recognize the song the birds were singing. As the man questioned more, he began to realize, each piece of the dream was him. It was all him. Everything inside and outside of the cabin was him. The memory and feeling of all that he saw was him. The peace of the moment, and the frustration of trying to understand was all him.
Feeling as though he understood himself more, the man asked God that He show Himself as He truly was. He did not know what he would see, or whether he would be too frightened or not prepared to understand. He asked anyway. As the man lay there praying before bed, his vision disappeared. Everything became black. The ambient light of the room seemed to disappear. He could see nothing. He could hear nothing. It was as if everything around him had disappeared. As the man stared into nothingness, he saw a green light. It was in the distance. The man was baffled. He did not know if he was staring from inside a tunnel or staring into a light. As the man questioned, his sight and hearing returned.

The man was no closer to understanding. It did not deter him. Years later, the man would recall his dream about the cabin. He decided to ask God again if he could be shown his true self. He wanted to know what would happen when he would hopefully one day grow old and die. What would become of his soul, or his spirit? As the man sat there with his family, his sight began to fade. His hearing started to disappear. He could see nothing. He could hear nothing. Just as his surroundings began to fade, he saw a white light. It was not a single point. Instead it enveloped him. As he began to recognize this light, he no longer identified as “I”. His memories were there, but it was as if they were external to him. They existed, but not as a part of him. Fearing he would be lost, the man called himself back. Slowly he could see again, and slowly he could hear again.

Scared, but undeterred, and again in prayer, the man decided to ask God about the devil. He wondered again about the things he learned as a child. Later that night he dreamed. In his dream he saw the devil. He looked like a normal man. He did not have any horns or look like a monster. He looked like a normal man. As the man saw the devil, a white light shown upon the devil as he stood in a doorway. The devil could not move. It was as if the light has frozen him in his place. The man then asked the devil, “Why are you the way you are?” The devil responded, “I have forgotten. I forgot the love that created me.” In that moment, the man felt sorry for the devil. He realized that the devil was no different than him.

The man woke. In recalling his dream of the devil, he realized that he too had forgotten love. He realized that throughout time, the devil has been blamed for all the misdeeds of man. In seeing the devil he knew the error of his ways. In asking God to show him his true self, and to show him an angel, God and the devil as they truly were, he was asking the same thing.

Love is always there. It is everything and emanates from everything. When we forget, we become nothing. When we seek to separate ourselves, we again become nothing.

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Reference Point


There is no reference point when “I” becomes “We”, and “We” becomes “I Am”. To be is simply to be, no external and no internal. There is no within and no without. There is no black or white, no shades of gray. There is no high or low, no in-between. There is no separation, nor thought of, nor model of such thought. I Am accepts. I Am loves. I Am. Simply, I Am.

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Communion Through Prayer


When my oldest son was younger and even until now, whenever he was afraid of something I told him to pray. It was always something that gave me comfort when I was scared and growing up. For me I always recited the Lord’s Prayer.

On a few of these occasions my son asked me, “How do you pray?” I explained to him, “Prayer is like a conversation. Talk to God and ask Him to remove your fears. Ask Him to send his angels to protect over you and to watch you and guide you in all that you do.” He looked rather confused, wondering how he would hear God and how God would hear him, let alone angels.

So I said to him, “Talk to him just like you are talking to me. Except use this,” and I pointed to his heart. I said to him, “Listen to Him here, and speak to Him here.”

A lot of times we think we are alone. The sound of our own voices in our head can seem deafening. But when we quiet that down and we listen to that inner voice, that inner guidance, we are allowing God’s voice to be heard. It stands out from the chaos that is the world around us and the distractions that our mind’s bear.
When we pray we commune with God. We journey back. And in going back we bring God back to our consciousness, to the forefront.

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Purposeful Consciousness


When trying to connect with God or the universe, we must not be afraid to lose our self. We must not be afraid to look at an existence where there are no labels, where “I” does not exist, and where “you” does not exist. When we look at the world around us we tend to define things by our experiences. We define things by our observations. We place meaning on everything. We describe things in color, or sound. We attach emotions and memories. We apply these labels because it’s easy. It’s what we are accustomed to.

Imagine a world where everything is new again. Imagine a word where there are no labels. Everyone is everyone. Everything is everything.

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Closer to You


My experiences are my own. I would not trade one sleepless night.
My experiences are my own. They have led me to be who I am.
My experiences are my own. I could not imagine it any other way.
My experiences are my own. They have brought me closer to you.

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If Your Heart Were Truly Open


During difficult times I am reminded of conversations with God and the devil. As strange as that may seem, the message from both are lessons I will never forget. Almost seven years ago, the day before Thanksgiving, a friend of mine who lived on the other side of the world woke up from a dead sleep and felt compelled to message me three words, “Divide and Conquer.” During that time period I had already begun writing, but it was fairly infrequent. But when I saw those words, it was different. I began writing and writing and I could not stop. I literally wrote for hours from almost 10am to 4:30pm that day. I only stopped because I needed to pick up my son from daycare.

On the way to day care, I prayed to God and I asked Him in my heart, “Why can’t I stop writing?” In that moment, I felt a peace come over me. I heard/felt the words, “If your heart were truly open, would you ever want it to stop?” As I felt those words something happened. I could literally feel every emotion of everyone. I could feel love, pain, anger, hate, happiness, all of it. I could feel all of it all at once as if each thought and emotion were in some ether floating around, waiting to be felt, waiting to be expressed. It was all there, but it was not overwhelming. It was as if they simply existed, all without judgment. There was no good or bad. They were just expressions, existence. There were just the words I associated with what I saw. Just as I could feel the peace and I tried to hold onto it, it disappeared. It was still there but as soon as I tried to attach my understanding, and my perception to it, it disappeared. From that day onward, I would continue to write.

Sometime after that I had another “conversation.” In a dream I had seen the devil. There was no fear, anger or hate. There was simply understanding. In a dark room I could see the outline of a door. As I opened the door, I could see a figure. A light seemingly coming from nowhere shown upon this figure. I recognized him to be the devil. It was as if he was frozen by the light. He was not able to move, except to speak. I asked him, “Why are you the way you are?” Not expecting any response, he answered me. He simply said, “I forgot who I was. I forgot where I came from.” I could see remorse, and sadness. His burden was to see and feel the fruit of the seeds he had sown. In him, I saw myself and mankind. We have forgotten who we are. We have forgotten the light, and the way. And in doing so, it was as if we turned our backs on God.

Upon waking from this dream, I was instantly reminded of my conversation with God. “If my heart were truly open, why would I ever want it to stop?” Why would anyone want to turn their back on God? I have looked back on these moments. I often ask myself could I have done something different to continue feeling that peace? What can I do to come to that state of mind? But in trying to grasp at what we think we know and by trying to label those things that we think we understand, we judge. We judge our experiences by those of others. We judge every aspect of life. We judge our grief, our pain, and our losses. We judge our love, our happiness, and our gains. We judge and we lose sight.

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Each Other’s Maker


God does not pit man against man and brother against brother. Man pits man against man. He does it because that is what he remembers. He does it because he is driven by fear. He does it because he thinks it is the only way he can survive. He does it because he thinks it is either the other person or himself.

Man never stops long enough to see that the other man is himself reflected in the mirror. The other man is all that he does not understand about himself. The other man is his fears in human form. The other man is everything he has forgotten about who he can become. The other man is everything he has left behind. Behind that other man are the infinite ways in which he can reach himself. Behind the other man are all the ways in which he has forgotten God.

We are each other’s maker. How easily we have forgotten who we are.

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