A note of caution: It is fine to say of oneself ‘I am not a victim’, but to say of another, that is another thing altogether. I know if someone had suggested I was not a victim during a difficult earlier chapter of my life I would not have appreciated … nor could I have imagined a time when I might see things differently *. … read more
For me, against-my-will seems incompatible with self-divinity. So when something seems indisputably against my will, or against the will of any other, it can be difficult to maintain faith in self-divinity. It seems that the fundamental is disproved.
In my endeavour to preserve the possibility of self-divinity in my mind, I have often found it helpful to stand back from an immediate adverse situation, and consider it more in the category of scene setting* rather than grand finalé. … read more
You are God – They are God – not just those with human bodies. This is my proposal to the world.
Don’t let the fact that you and they are also not God confuse you. Unless it serves you.
Try to always relate to others in conscious awareness of their divinity. Remember who they are. Unless you don’t want to.
Don’t forget who you are … even if others sometimes fail to acknowledge your Godness. … read more
That anything can happen against the will of the divine seems illogical to me. After all, what sort of divinity would that be?
If something happens against my will, that’s another thing. Or is it? What if everything that eminates from the divine, all of us included, is also divine? In other words, though we may not be God (with a capital ‘G’), at the same time we do not give up our divinity by the process of our manifestation. … read more
By pretending to be someone else, we don’t become someone else. Like an actor on the stage, absorbed in character as they may be, remains the same person. And they go home to their real life – their family and friends – after the show (so-called real life).
By temporarily forgetting who I am, that I might be fully absorbed in the role I am playing, that I might deliver a performance of a life time, that I might enjoy such a performance, I do not become someone else. … read more
Most of us enjoy watching a good film on TV. Even though we ‘know’ it isn’t real … they are just actors … or not even actors … just dots on a screen representing actors. An illusion, in other words. But because it facilitates our enjoyment to loose awareness that the film isn’t real, we very readily do so.
We like to enjoy, and it is by buying into the illusion we get our enjoyment! … read more
I propose that we (the soul/jiva) are simultaneously one and different from God. In other words we ARE God and we ARE NOT God. And though these two positions seem contradictory, both are true at the same time.
So an experiment:
Don the God hat for a moment. Forget you are NOT God.
Being God, I suggest you would likely ask questions along the lines …
- What do I want from this life?
I suggest that this is what we are. And that we lowercase ‘G’ gods are simultaneously one with and different from the uppercase ‘G’ God.
‘One with’ in that we are also divine.
‘Different from’ primarily in that we possess the special ability to accept the illusions of the material world as real.
But one should not hurry to judge this ability as some sort of flaw or problem. … read more
I suggest that the importance of what you believe to be real and true is best measured not so much by how close it is to reality, but more by how much it contributes to the setting of the stage upon which you play out the adventure of your life. I suggest our beliefs are a major force in creating context for the theatrical performance that is life. … read more
If we are divine beings/of-god, engineering situations in this world that enable us to experience the tastes we are after, for me that status would seem at odds with anything ever happening against our will. After all, the very notion of expression of divinity, be it collectively or individually, suggests that we are always willing and eager participants.
Yet what about the aggressor/victim scenario? … read more