Tuesday, June 26, 2012
More on Beliefs
“When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Abraham Maslow.
This is about beliefs too, isn’t it? If I believe I’m the righteous hammer of God, for example, that I’m doing God’s will and following God’s word when I hammer other people—criticize, attack, and worse, then that’s too bad for those other people, but it’s ‘just the way it is.’ After all, who am I to doubt and challenge God’s will? Indeed, who am I, and who are you?
What if my mental equivalent—my belief about both myself and God’s will, is wrong? What if it’s not even ‘wrong,’ but just a mistake? Who has to correct the mistake, me or God? What’s my ‘free will’ for, anyhow? And what is God’s will?
Hard to know because many among us do not believe in one God, but in two, God and the Devil.
Are we created in God’s image and likeness or the Devil’s? What is our nature as human beings; is it always ‘bad;’ what’s our default, God or the Devil? What does it mean to be created in God’s image and likeness? Does it mean God thinks, acts and looks like a human being; and if God is like a human being, why is It male and not female?
To me, ‘image and likeness’ means that we partake of God’s creative power, love and compassion; that there is no ‘Devil’, no power in opposition to God; that seeming ‘evil’ is what we experience when we forget our oneness with spirit, mistaking the ego’s nightmare for reality.
Reality is our oneness with God, and if this is so, then God’s will is for us to manifest that oneness, Its creative power, love and compassion, realizing that seeming evil is only, ‘seeming’, and manifests when we forget who, and what we are. God’s will for us is to make loving, unique contributions to a world that works for everyone and everything, not righteous hammering.