Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
What I Mean by "God"
The word “God” that I use in these posts has many meanings.
I want to clarify what I mean when I use the word.
To me, the word “God” is a symbol, as all words are symbols,
that stands for the energy that creates, animates and guides all things; the
source in and thru everyone and everything. It’s an energy that human beings
have been seeking to understand and use since the beginning of time.
Science seeks to explain and use this energy as does
religion. But the energy itself remains a mystery. Cutting edge science and
spirituality have enabled us to understand some things about it, but not all. It’s
encouraging to me that the findings of cutting edge science and spirituality
reveal a congruence with many of the insights and core ideas of most of the
world’s religions. Physics shows that the ancient idea of one God, one energy,
is true. Contemporary spirituality shows that the ancient ideas of, “it is done
unto you as you believe” and “seek ye the kingdom of heaven first,” work best.
This energy is what I mean by the word “God.” Ubiquitous and
invisible in its purest form, it steps down into the particular in our human
experience of it. We experience it first in its ubiquitous invisible form, what
we label “spiritual”, then as a mental/intellectual experience, then
emotionally and finally physically. All four kinds of experience: spiritual,
mental, emotional and physical, are manifestations of the one energy, co-exist
simultaneously and are the labels we use to describe our experience of It.
This is what I mean when I use the word, “God.” I do not
mean an old white man with a beard, sitting on a throne in the sky who keeps
score, judges, rewards and punishes. I mean a neutral force like gravity or
electricity that we can partially understand and work with. When we use
electricity correctly, it’s a blessing. When we use it incorrectly, it’s a
fearsome horror. It is not the electricity that blesses or destroys, but our use of it. The electricity and gravity,
like my understanding of the energy that I call “God,” is neutral.
Spirituality is our basic, fundamental connection with this
energy, the thing Itself. Religions are the various brands, the stories we make
up to help us understand the thing Itself.