Some thoughts on the meaning and experience of God

“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.” ― Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Most people seem to believe in a power or force greater than themselves, though the word “God” for some, contains unwanted baggage.

Fortunately, today, many other words now endeavour to represent the word God. Commonly used are Consciousness, Super Consciousness, Awareness, Presence, Witness, Source, Spirit, Centre, THAT, Tao, The Divine, I AM, and many, many more, according to ones cultural programming. All are words representing the same conscious energy that creates, sustains and dissolves the universe.

Commonly in yoga, prana with a small (p) represents the energy that animates our body. The same Prana with a capital (P) represents the divine, conscious, cosmic energy that permeates the whole universe. Energy is also represented as masculine and feminine by the words Shakti and Shiva. Shakti is the creative force and Shiva is consciousness. They are inseparable.

If I were to stop you on the street and ask you how often during the day you are aware of the presence of “God” (or any of the other similar word such as those mentioned above) how would you answer?

My guess is that most people would say hardly at all, or not at all, and a very few would say often. Many might say they know or believe, but are not consciously aware, even though that loving, conscious, peaceful Presence permeates all of life, 24 hours a day.

On the whole, we humans are disconnected or out of touch with the most important aspect of ourselves, our conscious, creative Inner Being. This is our True problem. We have a lot to discover about who we REALLY are as magnificent incarnated souls. The current planetary social and climatic crisis’ are a reflection of our collective unconsciousness. The outer is a reflection of the inner.

It’s not enough to just believe or have faith in a greater power. That is certainly a start, but for each of us to evolve, it’s important to directly experience the presence of the Divine. We need to develop a relationship with Consciousness. For that, we have to tune inward, clear and heal our minds and hearts and develop an awareness of that peaceful loving Presence, the Being that exists within us. Without this connection, we are bereft of true, abiding, unconditional love and we will reach out into the world in all kinds of needy ways in search of the very love that is already inborn.

This is where the practice of yoga can be so helpful, no matter what your cultural, religious or non religious background may be. These practices can adapt and re-introduce and re-unite the human with the profoundly loving, compassionate, conscious, creative Inner being which is in eternal union with the Soul of our living universe. When we come to collectively experience our Divine inner reality, violence will easily disappear from the world.

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