According to the first book of the Bible: God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) What is the meaning of man being made as the image of God?
Genesis tells us that God’s first creation was light. But this light was not the light of the sun and moon because the sun and moon were not created until the fourth day, and the “light” was created on the first day. This “light” that was created in the beginning, before anything else, is the “light” of consciousness.
Man is created on the sixth and last day, before God rested on the seventh. By “man” we mean the human race as a whole, and by “God” we mean the Source of all things, generally thought of as the “Father.”
We are told by the mystics that God has no form, place, or attributes. There is no way to describe God because there is nothing there to describe. There is only an incomprehensible darkness in which all things are contained, but not expressed as form. All things are ONE without distinction or properties within the Source.
Consciousness is symbolized as “light” in the Bible because without light there is only darkness, signifying incomprehension. Without consciousness there is no way to perceive anything. So the first requirement of the Source was to create some “means” through which all that was contained within it could be expressed and recognized. This “means” eventually evolved into man whose consciousness comes from the “light” that was created in the beginning. It is through man’s deepest consciousness that God is able to perceive all that was created. This occurs when a single human being reaches a state called Cosmic Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, or God realization.
Without consciousness man cannot perceive anything. Under anesthesia when the mind is no longer conscious, nothing is perceived. There is no time, no place, no existence, no awareness. This is much the same as God as the Source, or the “Father,” before “light” was created.
Once consciousness occurs a perception begins. In a newborn baby this perception is vague and becomes clearer in stages. We are told by the mystics that, in the beginning, all things were without form or shape, the Oneness of all things gradually becoming clearer and separating into forms of various sorts.
Our thoughts begin as notions that have no defined source, but appear as if from nowhere. These notions or vague feelings have no form at first, but as the light of consciousness recognizes them, they form ideas, and then they expand into words in our heads. These words are then given the energy of intention, desire or motivation, and become sounds or actions in the physical world. In this way, we become co-creators with God, bringing into the physical universe a manifestation of the “light” of consciousness within.
The energy of intention, desire, or motivation can be directed by will to a negative, positive, or neutral expression. We are most familiar with the positive and negative, but with the shift in consciousness that is now upon us, we need to recognize and use the neutral way. The neutral way is the place where both negative and positive again become ONE. It is called LOVE.
A more detailed explanation of these concepts is available in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, FINDING CLARIFICATION OF CHRISTIAN BELIEFS THROUGH THE WORDS OF SCIENTISTS, SCRIPTURES, SAGES AND SEERS available on amazon.com.