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Fragment of a Hellenistic relief ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Fragment of a Hellenistic relief (1st century BC – 1st century AD) depicting the Twelve Olympian gods; from left to right, Hestia, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Zeus, Artemis, Apollo ~ from the Walters Art Museum.

Many gods were worshiped in ancient times because it was believed that the highest god was unknowable and unreachable. This god was beyond comprehension, beyond the minds of humans, unable to be reached by consciousness. Therefore many lower gods were sought to intercede between humans and this ultimate god. Each lower god had a particular skill or purpose such as a god for rain, crops, fertility, good fortune etc. This has carried over into our times with the idea that saints can intercede for us. For example, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

For the early Christians, “the Father” God was that highest, unknowable and unreachable God. Therefore there was much meaning for them in the message of John 14:6 where Jesus is quoted as saying that, “I am the *way*, the truth, and the *life*. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” For them it meant that there was now a direct connection between them and the highest God.

When we think of consciousness as *life* force and the medium through which we gain perception of our world, we can also understand that our world view has continued to expand over time because consciousness is expanding. When our view of God the Father is seen as the unconscious part of ourselves (the Kingdom of God within us), where infinite possibility exists but is not yet created, then we can get an idea of the *Way* in which Jesus, through a perfectly harmonized human consciousness of Love, brought consciousness into the unconscious Source that was previously inaccessible. In this way, Jesus made God accessible to humans so that each of us, through a consciousness of perfect Love, could become one with the infinite Father God. This is the meaning of enlightenment, realization, and the Biblical passage:

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.” (John 14:8-12)

The Significance of the Man Called Jesus

JesusIn order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.

The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”

The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.

From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.

As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.

The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.

For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

See also: The Meaning of Christmas, The Resurrecton of the Body, The Meaning of Easter

What Is God?

Infinite PossibilityGod as the “Father,” the Source of All Things

From ~ SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers by Samuel Mann

One of the people who experienced higher realms of consciousness and then wrote several books to explain them was Jacob Boehme. Born in Germany in 1575, he was a humble shoemaker who had visions that left him with knowledge beyond his natural abilities. From what was revealed to him, Boehme described God as a “Nothing” because, prior to creation, God possesses no attributes.

Logically we can understand that nothing existed (at least nothing that our minds can comprehend) before creation began. Only God existed until God created all “things.” Since God is not a created “thing” the Creator can be considered a no-thing or a “Nothing” compared to all the things that were created. As a “Nothing,” God has no parts or attributes or place that can be used to define Him. That is to say, there is no length, breadth, depth, no thickness or thinness, no darkness or light, no positive or negative, nor any other kind of description we can think of, that can define God as the Father and source of all that exists.

Similar definitions of God as a “Nothing” have been given by various other sources. Johannes Tauler, a Dominican mystic and preacher born around 1300, expressed this same idea. Additionally, a “dark cloud of unknowing” was described by an unknown author of the fourteenth century as the place where one will encounter God. But the Theologia Deutsch, author unknown, gives us a better insight into this “Nothing” by explaining that it is beyond the recognition of creatures as it is “not of their kind.” This seems to indicate that this “Nothing” is not like anything previously understood by mind to which a “connection” might be made. Even recent authors as Paramahansa Yogananda expressed the same idea that God is unknowable, being without attributes. Like Dale Pond, they all confirm the concept of a God that is beyond comprehension because there is no thing to comprehend.

In his discourse on Boehme’s works, Rufus Jones explained this concept of the nothingness of God as opposed to the created things that become apparent from this nothingness. This “Nothing” is not emptiness but fullness, a pregnant possibility containing all that is, before it manifests. This “Nothing” also can be thought of as everything that is to be, but still without form or properties. Within the Father there is only stillness and sameness without form or substance. God, as the Father, simply IS.PotentialEnergy

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus  and  Is There A God? 

The Resurrection of the Body

AuraComments on The Resurrection of the Body given by St. Paul To the Corinthians (1Corinthians 15)
[The Gospel quotes are in bold italics.]

The resurrection of the body is a Christian belief stated in the Apostles’ Creed. It does not refer to the resurrection of Jesus alone. It is intended for each one of us.

The idea of the dead coming back to life is certainly a strange one, and it was considered as such by many people living during the time of Jesus. But even in the Old Testament we find reference to a resurrection of the body. Your dead shall live. (Isaiah 26: 19) Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. (Daniel 12:2)
After the death of Jesus, this concept of the dead coming back to life became a central fact for those who followed him. Since there were many non-believers, Paul sought to clarify the meaning of the resurrection:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Jesus was the first to resurrect his physical body – and since that time there have been a few accounts of other holy people who have done the same. While these accounts cannot be proven without a doubt, it does suggest the possibility of resurrection of the body for everyone. Paul says:

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish one, that which you yourself sow (as seeds planted in the earth) is not made alive unless it dies. (That which) is sown (in flesh is) a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then (comes) that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust.
Paul indicates that Adam, the first man, was a “living soul.” This soul was the Light of conscious awareness, the Light that had been created in the beginning, and it merged with nature to become a soul within a body of flesh. This was the “fall from heaven” – the descent of the spiritual as it became a part of the physical world through the means of a flesh body. It is through a flesh body that the soul finds its individuality, differentiating itself from the unity of its origins. This is the work of the ego or self (with a small “s”), as it develops in the “man of the earth.”

The second man (Jesus, the last Adam) is the Lord from heaven. … flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery… the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
Just as Adam brought the Spirit into flesh, Jesus brought the flesh back to Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God because different levels of vibratory energy are not compatible. Spirit is a higher level of energy, and materiality is a lower level of energy. The soul, having become “corrupted” by nature’s vibrations through the senses, is now required to balance the energy it has accumulated. When the soul’s vibrations harmonize with Spirit, it gains the power to create in the same way that Spirit created in the beginning. Then it can create another body of flesh that is in harmonic vibration with Spirit. Once the vibratory energy of the body has been transformed into spiritual energy it can “inherit the Kingdom.”

But when this corruptible (body) will have put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (Isaiah 25:8) “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” (Hosea 13:14) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The power of sin is the law because we are subject to the laws of cause and effect, and for each transgression there will be a compensating consequence to create a balancing of energy, known as karma. But the incorruptible body is no longer subject to the law because it has transcended the law by becoming wholly (holy) balanced and in harmony with God.

(John 20:17) verifies the fact that a return to the Father God provides the transformation required to turn nature’s flesh to spiritual flesh:
Jesus said to her, “Don’t touch me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”
God intended that every soul should have the possibility of returning to its Source (the Father God) as the completion of a spiritual cycle that went from God to man, and from man back to God. Jesus was the first to bring back to the Father the original Light of awareness that Adam had brought from Spirit into materiality. The life of the soul began in Adam within the natural world with the purpose of bringing the soul back to its spiritual origins, completely transformed in Love, as the completion of a spiritual cycle. This completion occurred as Jesus died, returned to the Father, and was then able to reconstruct the atoms of the physical body to create a glorified body by means of the spiritualized mind. This was much like the original spiritual creation in the Mind of God, but now it was occurring in an individual who had become one with God.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Having completed the cycle of consciousness by bringing it back to the Father God, the body of Jesus became a glorified, incorruptible body of flesh, impervious to death. This is the possibility of at-one-ment (atonement) of God and man – that which was impossible for us until Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and provided a Way for us to follow him. God became man so that man can become one, again, with God – knowing ourselves to be ourselves, yet One with the Whole. Thus our labor is not in vain if we follow the teachings of Jesus. This we do by transforming our inner selves through virtuous acts of patience and love.

Resurrection

Also see:THE MEANING OF EASTER,

and also see a lecture, Paul as Pastor, by Yale professor, Dale Martin, on Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians that includes the resurrection of the body

The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th, is one of the most misunderstood concepts, even in the Catholic Church. Its significance is greater than that of Mary’s being born without the “stain of original sin” as it is interpreted. Neither does it refer to the virgin birth, although the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary is a physical representation of the Immaculate Conception.

To understand the meaning of the Immaculate Conception it is necessary to understand that before any “thing” was created there was no “thing” (nothing) in existence except the Father Spirit, the Source of all things. Once creation began it caused a disunity within this Source – that which was before anything was created and that which appeared after creation began. This second state is the Immaculate Conception – the beginning or womb of creation – through which the Word, Holy Spirit, or sound of “aum” was expressed to begin creation. This sound or Word was made flesh as Jesus, immaculately conceived in the womb of his mother, Mary. The birth of Mary to her mother, Ann, was also a virgin birth since the souls of both Jesus and Mary sprang from the Father Spirit, God, in the very beginning of creation. They were as one soul in the beginning of creation, separated only by the different ways in which they were expressed – Mary as the womb of creation, or mind responding perfectly to the Father to bring about creation, and Jesus as the Word of God, or the consciousness through which all things were created and experienced.

The “wife of God” looks on as God creates Adam in Michelangelo’s painting.

The Immaculate Conception has been celebrated throughout past ages by personification of this concept – as Sophia, Wisdom, Isis, Eve and even Asherah, wife of God. The concept remains the same – the perfect response of mind to build matter according to the intent of God the Father – humankind being made in the likeness of God in that a human mind is the source of whatever is built in physical creation.

Lakshmi, The Hindu Version of the Immaculate Conception
Vishnu is a main Vedic God, the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu’s female counterpart is called Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the consort of the god Vishnu. Also called Mahalakshmi, she has always existed. She is called Mother Earth. She is seen in two forms, the representation and totality of the material world or energy and the spiritual world or energy. Lakshmi is the power of Lord Vishnu. They are not separate beings, they are one. Lakshmi is depicted in her universal form as Shakti. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Not only is the Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti exists in a state of having dependence on no-one, being interdependent with the entire universe. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy, being the female half of Shiva. (taken from Wikipedia)

A part of the beginning cycle of Spirit was completed with the birth of Jesus to Mary in that it brought Spirit into flesh enabling each one of us to become like Mary by giving birth to the Christ within our own consciousness once when we have aligned our wills with Love.

Also see Wikipedia – or – an article about Asherah – or – an excerpt from NOVA on YouTube – and The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Additional information about these concepts can be found in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers. The book is available in print or electronic format from amazon.com – the electronic format can be read on your computer using the available download from Amazon.

Our Origins and Purpose for Being

Everything we see around us came from a power or force that has been personified as God, or the Father. This power has no limits or attributes and is therefore indescribable. Those who have perceived it describe it as a “Nothing” because there is no-thing within it. It existed before any thing was created and it brought into being all that is. Within this Source vague stirrings began, much like urges or desires, resulting in a differentiation from the formless power.

As consciousness began within the formless power it conceived an object, the process being called the Immaculate Conception and the result being called the Son of God. This initial consciousness, called the Son, is a part of the original power and yet distinct from it. The Son is the first soul or Master soul through which (but not from which) all things were created.

The form and force within the original creative power has been personified as Amelius, also known as the Word of God or first expression of the Father. Amelius represents consciousness as a unity, and is that which evolved into the consciousness called Adam as it became aware as an individual with will. This consciousness that became Adam was now a soul that eventually became the man called Jesus who, through the completion of the spiritual cycle, established it as the Christ Consciousness. This was accomplished as Jesus brought consciousness back to its Source as a perfect reflection of the Father so the “Nothing” could perceive Itself.

It was through the vibratory essence of the Christ Consciousness in eternity, beyond time, that all things came into existence including the human race. Our source is the Mind of God where all souls began when they first gained consciousness in the Son. Consciousness advanced through all dimensions and kingdoms providing life.

As the consciousness called Adam entered into bodies created through nature’s forces, Spirit, with the power of will, was infused into them. Those were bodies that could sustain self-awareness, while others continued along their own evolutionary path. Those bodies with soul, spirit, and will became aware of duality with a sense of individuality bringing about diversity and causing nature to become different in quality from the spiritual realm. Through experience in physical bodies, consciousness advanced bringing a sense of self with ego that carried consciousness away from its Source.

As a result, we consider ourselves to be separate bodies that began and will end in a single lifetime, but we are part of a single, universal, infinite consciousness, everywhere present and eternally existing. Our bodies are temples of God, having His consciousness within them. Our true nature is that of the soul, a part of Spirit, encased in a body with the purpose of experiencing duality.

As part of the cycle of creation, each soul is meant to return to the Source. This can be done only by using the will to balance the vibratory condition of the soul to its non-dual origins. Negatives and positives have to be reconciled so that only acceptance and Love remain. This is accomplished in thoughts, words and actions that express the highest good known as provided by the example of Jesus. The destiny of every soul is to become one with God as His reflection, while remaining aware of its individuality. Through as many lifetimes as may be necessary, every soul will recall its home and instill within its physical body’s consciousness the need to work its way back to its origins.

Since God is the Creator of all things, and we are a part of that creation, we are gods in our own right, currently without the ability to be conscious of this fact. This is our purpose for being – to become conscious of this fact as we reflect back to the Father all that He is. As Eckhart Tolle expressed it, “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”

These concepts are explained in greater detail in SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

Is There A God?

In his book, A UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss ends with the statement, “I find oddly satisfying the possibility that even a seemingly omnipotent God would have no freedom in the creation of our universe. No doubt because it further suggests that God is unnecessary – or at least redundant.” In the Afterword of the book, ethologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins writes, “Science may be weird and incomprehensible – more weird and less comprehensible than any theology – but science works. … (Theology) lacks even the smallest hint of a connection with the real world.”

The premise of these renowned scientists is that something appears from nothing all the time – “The lesson is clear: quantum gravity not only appears to allow universes to be created from nothing – meaning, in this case, I emphasize, the absence of space and time – it may require them. ‘Nothing’ – in this case no space, no time, no anything! – is unstable. Moreover, the general characteristics of such a universe, if it lasts a long time, would be expected to be those we observe in our universe today. Does this prove that our universe arose from nothing? Of course not. But it does take us one rather large step closer to the plausibility of such a scenario.”

It is interesting to note that Johannes Tauler in the 1300’s, and Jacob Boehme in the 1500’s also claimed that everything came from “nothing.” However, their conclusion was based, not on science, but on direct inner experience through spiritual intuition or inspiration. This is the only real way of discovering the basis of creation as well as its source. That scientists have come to the same conclusion is remarkable even though they refuse to acknowledge creation as the work of Spirit.

In the book SPIRIT AND TRUTH an explanation is given of this “Nothing” from which everything came to be. It is not emptiness but a fullness, not yet manifested. It is that which existed before “things” and is, therefore, a no-thing. As pure being, without any attributes or conditions it is indescribable, but for purposes of providing a way to talk about it, we call it God.

In SPIRIT AND TRUTH this “Nothing” is further labeled as “the Father” – as it is known in Christianity because of the references that Jesus made to it. Referring to the Source as the father made it understandable to those Jesus taught, because a “nothing” would have been totally incomprehensible to them – just as it is to many today.

As SPIRIT AND TRUTH further develops its premise, it explains how all things were created through consciousness. Consciousness being the “light” created by God in the beginning according to Genesis, and it is consciousness through which we each draw our being. There is only one consciousness, of which every existing thing is a part and in which all things are one. This consciousness is called “God’s Son.”

Read SPIRIT AND TRUTH, FINDING CLARIFICATION OF CHRISTIAN BELIEFS THROUGH THE WORDS OF SCIENTISTS, SCRIPTURES, SAGES AND SEERS to get a more detailed explanation of God.

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus  and What Is God?

Man as God’s Image

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.

Duality

YinYangBefore creation began, nothing existed that our human minds can comprehend. With creation, a duality existed between what had been, and what came to be. This duality was a kind of distinction between creation and its Source. The Source remained as it had always been, but now it contained another aspect of Itself, as that which It had created. All was one and yet there was a difference between the Source and Its creation.

This is very much like thinking a thought. The creator of the thought remains the same while the thought exists within the thinker. The existence of a thought requires a thinker, just as creation requires a Source. A person who thinks, and the thought, are two distinct things, yet they are both one, the thought being dependent upon the thinker for its existence. A similar comparison, used by many spiritual Masters, is that creation is God’s dream.

This duality continued through creation until physical matter developed. The physical then became distinct from that which began it, or as we would term it, the physical universe became separated from its spiritual beginning. This duality of heaven and earth exists within the Source that sustains all of creation and is a part of it, yet is distinct from it. This distinction, or the concept of opposites, is the idea behind duality.

Duality is a part of creation and is necessary for its existence because, without it, all would be one. Duality, for our three-dimensional consciousness, provides the distinction between top and bottom, up and down, hot and cold, here and there (space), what was and what will be (time).

Duality is associated most often with good and evil because of the extremes either may produce. Rarely recognized is the balancing point of duality that is its Source. The Source is the “still point,” or point at which all extremes become one – where there is no time or place, good or evil. It is the place of “here” and “now,” where patience, compassion, tolerance, gratitude, and Love reside within each and every one of us.

These concepts are explained in greater detail in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.

See also: The Devil You Say and The Problem of Evil