I, the fiery light of Wisdom,
I ignite the beauty of the plains,
I sparkle waters,
I burn in the sun, and the moon, and the stars
There are few words that come with more pre-conceived notions than the word God. I will tell you that I have plucked up all my courage in writing this blog, because of the responses some people might have to it, and the assumptions people might have about me, daring to write about God.
I am not a Christian, or Muslim, or Jew, or any other religious label. I consider myself spiritual, but not bound by man-made religion. One of the challenges I am going to face this year is my relationship with God, and since this blog is about spiritual journeying, this is part of it.
Personally, when I hear the word God, I am taken back to my Christian background, to lessons of good and evil, and to fearing the wrath of God.
Also, I have been around too many people that sigh at the mentioning of God. God is owned by the likes of Ned Flanders and the do-gooders of this world. People that do not have fun and have to pray all the time and live by rules such as ‘girls need to wear skirts and have long hair’. This is not who I am, and this is not want I want to be associated with.
Too many people have used the name of God to do evil. It is time for some positivity around the true meaning of God. God is not a set of rules to live by, God does not tell people to do harm to each other, God does not install fear.
I think it is time that us good, fun-loving, kind hearted claim God back for our own.
Everyone will have a different definition of who or what God is. I personally do not think of God as a white bearded man that sits on a big throne somewhere in the sky. Although, it is pretty hard to let go of this image, having been brought up with it.
I also do not believe God is 100% good or 100% evil. For me, God, is neutral, not male, not female, but an all-sustaining energy force that is in perfect balance and that is there to keep the world in perfect balance, preferably by spreading love and light. I call ‘God’ the spark of divine energy that is the same within all of us. I see God in everything around us, plants, animals, everything that has life has God. It’s what makes us all equal and it’s what should stop us from wanting to do harm to one another (that and just being a decent human being of course).
Thinking of God and my definition of God brings about a lot of questions, which I hope I get to find answers for in this lifetime.
The Tao Te Ching reads:
Know the strength of man,
But keep a woman’s care!
Be the stream of the universe,
Ever true and unswerving,
Become as a little child once more.
Know the white,
But keep the black!
Be an example to the world!
Being an example to the world,
Ever true and unwavering,
Return to the infinite.
Yet keep humility.
Be the valley of the universe!
Being the valley of the universe,
Ever true and resourceful,
Return to the state of the uncarved block.
When the block is carved, it becomes useful.
When the sage uses it, he becomes the ruler.
Thus, ‘A great tailor cuts little.’
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. This is not about wrong or right about what God is or does. It’s what God means to you, and how it affects your life and ways.
Namaste: The God in Me greets the God in You