Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Guy in the Sky: A Heretic's Very Different View

Edited by Richard Kent Matthews - Author | Speaker | Coach

Oh, no! More heresy... 

I found 'God' at a young age, around five, if my memory serves me. It was a typical discovery, really. Church, family always talking about Him, preachers my mother listened to on the radio. But even then, something wasn't quite right. I fought my doubts for years. They finally caught up with me, though, and now, my experience of 'god' is quite different. 

Here’s something you may not know. The word “God” is not found in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin Bibles. It’s uncertain but the word may derive from old Indo-European languages, particularly Persian and might possibly come from Pagan sources.

What's in a name?
The name of God, biblically speaking, has been a source of disagreement for centuries. The word God is not really a proper noun; rather, it's a title. For the most part, that symbol has been applied to an enigma: a loving, caring Creator/Father, as well as a vengeful, jealous and seemingly power hungry dictator. To name, then, is to seek to define, and hence, to limit by the definition. Christ (anointed), Buddha (awakened), Prophet (news bearer)—all titles, not names. A capital letter does not a deity make!

Now, it’s not necessary to give up the word. But it is important to remember to see it as a symbol, not a name. In my life, I now use the word God to represent Mystery, the Source of All That Is, the Ultimate Unnameable, Undefined, Unlimited, and Everywhere Present. 
  • God as Experience. As I walk through the world, I am constantly reminded of the Presence by what I see, feel, taste, smell, touch.  Everything is a miracle. My experience is the way God experiences this small portion of the universe. 
  • God as Relationship. I recognize not only the Presence of God in the world, but the immanent presence of God in my life. God isn't a unique and separate entity. God is the very essence of my being. I not only stand in the Presence of God, I am the Presence of God, standing. I am a single point of consciousness in the Infinite Consciousness. I am connected to everything. Forever.
  • The most reviled claim of all: I am the Mystery, I am the Experience, I am God in Expression. And so are you. There is no separation between the Creator and the Created.
Deny it, reject it, believe as you choose. Still, God as described by the religions is probably weak at best, delusional at worst. 

You now have a choice to see it differently.

One Power, One Presence, One Energy, One Reality, One Life, and that Life is your life, my life. Right Now. 

Heresy? Perhaps, doctrinally and dogmatically speaking, but it's a much more expansive way, in my view, to experience the universe. And if I name it anything, I name it Love.

I am grateful.

"There are only two feelings--love and fear. There are only two languages--love and fear. There are only two activities--love and fear. There are only two motives, two procedures, two frameworks, two results--love and fear. Choose today which one you will serve." (Attributed to Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig)

I'd love to hear your views. I'm sure you have some! Thanks.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Only Forward: Personal Evolution, Simplified

Guest Post  - Edited by Richard Kent Matthews

Commitment: The act of binding yourself (intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) to a course of action.

You can never--NEVER--realize your dream without being committed to its fulfillment. 

The following four commitments are gentle but don’t let the softness fool you. These commitments can change the direction of your life. But do you want that? As writer Joe Dispenza says, To change is to break the habit of being yourself.” 

Many claim that they want to move forward while their feet are glued to the floor. If you are NOT among that number, then these commitments will help you move toward whatever it is you want to accomplish:

1.   Let go of the past. We all have memories we want to keep, of course, but most of us do not live in those memories. Letting go of the past means committing to forward movement, taking the best from what you have learned and experienced, using all that make this present moment and the next the most interesting they can be.
2.   Tell the truth. Acknowledge what is, ensure that your perspective aligns with your highest values, embrace the incredible complexity of life, recognize that what you believe today may change tomorrow. Your future self may have different tastes and ideas.
3.   Be supportive and helpful. Give of yourself without cynicism or negativity.
4.   Pick something to improve yourself. Focus on growing rather than on judging, complaining, and whining. Yes, we know you have troubles. So do we!

It’s simple to become and maintain your best self. Not necessarily easy, but simple. 

Here’s a bonus: Be authentic, find a purpose, develop compassion, seek wisdom. It all takes courage. You already have it. But then, you knew that, right???

“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.” Napoleon Hill