As long as we keep God in a lockbox, “He” will rust or be eaten by moths or stolen by thieves. (See Matthew 6:20)
You know, when we put our ideas of someone in a lockbox, then we relate to our ideas of that person. We don’t allow them to be who they are in any given moment.
We demand that they be who we say they are. When someone is in my lockbox, they can’t change. I won’t let them.
When we are in someone’s lockbox, we can’t change. We can’t be the real and ever-new person we are in each moment.
That lockbox may be full of the best qualities, the purest intentions, but it still kills.
Sometimes we put ourselves in the lockbox we or others have made for us.
Often we put God in a lockbox, a lockbox which others have made for us.
Only we can break it open!
Watercolor by Consilia Karli…Alien
ARE YOU THERE, GOD???
Is Rogue God there when you need a God there?
Or are as we as alone and alien as we sometimes feel?
Would a rogue god be off in his own separateness sometimes
…like a mother wanting to get away from her children in all their neediness?
Does Rogue God, like parents, have to leave us on our own
…so we don’t become dependent on constant contact?
…so we develop confidence in our own strength and ability?
…so we learn how to depend on and relate to each other?
…so we learn how to be “separate yet one-with” as God seems to be?
On the Edge of NOT knowing
I always thought of God as knowing everything, yet what, if instead, God is always on the edge of knowing?
What if God rides knowing on a wave, like we do? What if God surfs the wave of knowing by responding to the moment with the whole of God’s being as a champion surfer would?
The idea of a God which knows everything seems a fairy tale, a wish for something that seems like good lasting forever, but also something that ends the story.
An interactive God would be always there with us on each new wave of Unknowing, instead of being out there somewhere knowing it all, like some people do, like I do sometimes.
What if God were there with each moment, coming to know and be known by everything IN that moment, knowing as one does in the throes of becoming one with the other, in the crest and crash of the great wave, in the ebb and flow of the small everyday waves?
What if God is always on the edge of knowing like we are? Or what if we are always on the edge of knowing like God is?
(Watercolor on paper towel by Consilia Karli)
Not an all-consuming need or desire,
Not an all-absorbing cultic oneness,
God is not a unity built on conformity, but a union based on dynamic interactive intercourse–giving and receiving, receiving and giving, letting go and creating.
This new paradigm for God’ love is based on the paradigm shift which human love has taken in the past 40 years.
At one time love was a hierarchy of one Over the other, one using the other, one hovering over/protecting the other. Alternatively, Love was viewed as an abandonment of self , the sacrifice of ego for the sake of the other. Now we know that ego is as important as human spirit. It is our uniqueness, our separateness while spirit is our oneness with all.
Love does not require the sacrifice of ego, only the discipline of ego so that it does not rule our lives and prevent us from experiencing the intercourse of giving and receiving, the intercourse of interactive oneness with another.
God is the kind of Love that holds back on its egoistic desire, makes room for other, gives no reason for attack and defense, finds strength in separateness and in union. Above all, God is the Love that believes totally in our goodness and hopes fervently that we realize the goodness we are in every moment.
What kind of love are you?
It happened one day in 2033. God appeared in Afghanistan with all founders of all the religions in the world. I guess they were there to give God some credibility worldwide.
God appeared as a burning bush with a gentle but persuasive voice. Some people heard a VERY LOUD voice though. God said:
“I am NOT the Warrior God of Good against Evil. Nothing really wins by attack or defense.”
“I am NOT the God who is in control of everything. Control over everything kills the spirit.”
“I am NOT the God you make me out to be–anymore than you are the person others think you to be.”
Then God disappeared with all the religious founders…God figured that was enough to think about for now.
Sister Lea, 2033
For More: Visit: “Who God is Not” at /whomegod.wordpress.com/
How can God be unchanging? Wouldn’t that make God an idol?
How can anyone be unchanging? Wouldn’t that make them deader than dead?
What we long for is security, but the Unchanging will never give us security because security is like light, both particle and wave…both fixed and flowing at the very same time.
Our longing for Unchanging only keeps us in the dark. Funny thing is, we get the security we long for when we embrace the wave, when we ride it with faith in it and desire to be one with it. Then light shines brightly within and around us. Naive? Try it.
Maybe God in Flux and Flow WITH us, you think? And we with each other and the universe, you think?