Day 25 of 365 Days of Silver ~~ I Am Grateful for My Spiritual Path

“Thou art god, I am god. All that groks is god.”
~~ Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Many religions today teach that God and humanity are separate. They usually teach that God is a father figure, one who is love-—yet mysteriously also quick to anger. They say there are all kinds of things we do that piss God off and he will punish us if we do these things.

Since I was little, a lot of this didn’t set quite right with me. It didn’t feel right. It didn’t settle with me. It just felt…. Wrong.

I began to study a lot of religions and philosophies and spiritualities and remarkably, I found a common thread throughout them which did seem right to me. Ideas that did settle with me. Words and stories that felt right. My heart would race and my skin tingle and by brain fill with a feeling of rightness. I would sit up and think, “Yes! That’s right! Oh my gosh! Yes!”

It would be ideas that would hit me that I realized that I knew that I knew that I knew were right. I would realize that I already knew what I was hearing. I’d known it all my life.

One of these, for me, is that God and humans are not separate. If God picked up and handful of dust and breathed life into it and made man, that means we are the very breath of God! We couldn’t be less separate!

There is a Hindu myth that tells a very different story than the one I was raised with. Please note that I am not Hindu. But myths tell universal truth!

The story says that at one time, all mankind was Divine. We were all considered “gods.” But the problem was that we didn’t appreciate it. We got full of ourselves and we abused our Divine nature.

So Brahma, the lord or lords, the god of all gods, decided to take our gift away. He decided to hide our Divinity some place where we couldn’t find it.

The problem was–where to hide it! He called together all the lesser gods and asked for their ideas on where he could hide our Divinity. So they started to come up with suggestions.

The first was that he should bury it deep in the earth. But Brahma pointed out that one day we would find it. We would work and work until we finally dug it up. So then they suggested that he put it in the deepest oceans. But Brahma knew this wouldn’t work either. One day we would discover the means to plunge to the deepest part of the seas and we would find our Divine nature.

So then the gods suggested Brahma put it on top of the highest mountain. And again he pointed out that one day we would find a means to climb the very highest of highest mountains and reclaim our Divinity.

So the gods gave up. They had no more ideas.

But that is when Brahma figured out what to do. He knew right where to put our Divinity. And so he put it deep in the center of our own being. For it was a place where we would never think to look.

I am so grateful that I know that God dwells within me and I in God. God is not something separate from me. God isn’t floating on a cloud waiting to deal out wrath and punishment.

God is inside me. Closer than my breath. And nothing can take that away.

Namasté,
B.G. Thomas

Day Eleven of 365 Days of Silver ~~ I Am Grateful for Spiritual Teaching

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“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
~~ Alan Cohen

Spiritual teaching has changed my life. It doesn’t demand that I must believe this or that. No dogma. None of that This Is The Way It Must Be. Spiritual teachers let us pick and chose what is right for us. The words that strike a chord. When I hear or see or read something that I just know, that I know, that I know, is true.

One of my favorite spiritual teachers, Dr. Michael Beckwith, believes that “God” wants only two things from us.

1) To be acknowledged.

2) To be expressed.

When I read those words in one of his books my breath was taken away. It was one of those, Yes! I know that I know that I know that that is true!

I do think the Infinite Being that is God wants only that really.

To simply be acknowledged. Who doesn’t want that? It isn’t ego. I’m not talking about humans throwing themselves down on their hands and knees, burying their face into the carpet, worshipping, tearing at their clothes, weeping….

I don’t know if I believe God could want that. What would the Creator of Infinity need with that? Why that seems pretty egotistical for a Being that made everything, who keeps planets orbiting suns and atoms from flying apart.

I quite simply mean acknowledgment. Like I was acknowledge at work for a job well done a couple weeks ago or through an email from a fan of my writing or even someone taking a moment to comment here in my blog. My dog likes to be acknowledged. It’s communication. It’s saying, “Hey! I know you exist.” I know I sure like it when my daughter calls for absolutely no reason. Just to say “hi.” Like when she emailed me pictures of the sushi she had for dinner last night and told me how heavenly it was. She knew I would appreciate it.

Acknowledgement can come in that sudden gasp when you see a stunningly beautiful sunset, the clouds all orange and gold and pink and chartreuse. It can come in looking up to see the sunlight coming through the branches of a tree. In a hummingbird floating on the air drinking from the feeder hanging from the ledge of a balcony or roof. Those wow moments where one can hardly believe the beauty all around. I also don’t think it hurts to stop on the way to the car in the morning when going to work and seeing the dew gathered on the roses in the garden and saying, “Wow. Good work God. thank You.”

And how does one express God…?

I think the Creator of Infinity is expressed when we hold a door open for someone. When we say, “Thank you” or more importantly, when we say “I love you.” And not just to a lover or spouse, but to those special neighbors that drive us to church every Sunday or that lady at work that hugs us during overtime and we think we’re about to drop we’re so tired. I think the Creator is expressed when we get the sudden overwhelming urge to create–to sketch something on a napkin, to paint a picture, to write a little story, or even sew a button on a shirt (especially if we are doing it for someone we love and who just can’t seem to do it for themselves). I think the Creator is expressed when a song come on and we cannot help but dance.

That’s what I believe.

And so I so grateful for spiritual teachers in my life that have given me such insight. And once more, I am grateful for a God that loves me just the way I am.

Namasté,
B.G. Thomas

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Photograph by B.G. Thomas