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Getting back to the source

In the “new thought/ancient wisdom” spiritual line of thinking, it is often heard that “God and I are one” or “I am one with spirit” or “We are emanations of the divine.”

Jews, Christians and Muslims cringe at these words as well as many people who claim to be just spiritual but not religious.

The Christian-Judeo thinking objects to humans having the qualities of God, largely based on Jesus’ statement: “I and the father are one.” Western Judeo-Christians interpret this to mean that Jesus was the exception and the rest of humankind cannot experience this awareness.

If we were to study the mystics of all the major traditions in the world, we would find that they subscribe to the “oneness of all,” and to the notion that we, as individuals, can claim our spiritual life essence to be of God.

If we were to have a different understanding of the nature of God/source, more like the mystics, the idea of oneness would be easier to conceptualize. Most traditions and mystics agree that God is the source of all that there is, physical and nonphysical. So, for simplicity, let us use the term source instead of God. Source is the life energy of all. It is the intelligence we find in nature, It is all-knowingness, and it is the awareness that can observe us watching ourselves. It created all life by becoming all life. The Kabbala (Jewish mystical writings) calls this “emanation.” Source did not create the universe as separate from itself; for if source was separate from all things, or any one thing, there would have to be something other than source.

To paraphrase the ancient Vedas (Hindu mystical texts), source is not only water, but the liquidity of water. Source is not only the sun but the light of the sun. Source is not only the awareness that looks though our eyes, but is also the observer witnessing the awareness that looks through our eyes.

If source is the awareness of all life, if source is the intelligence of nature, if there is nothing but source, then we must be made of, and have the same qualities and attributes as, source. But are we all of what source is? No, not exactly, for just as the entire picture of a hologram is perfectly represented in any given fragment of the hologram, even in the tiniest piece, still the tiniest piece is not the whole picture, physically speaking.

Attributes of source:

? Everywhere present, all of the time. Omnipresence.

? Has all the energy/power of the universe. It is the universe. Omnipotent.

? Intelligent, all-knowing. Omniscience. This doesn’t mean that source uses logic or thinks about things or makes decisions. Source just is and always expresses itself perfectly. It is its nature to do so.

? Unconditional Love. Source loves its creation unconditionally and therefore has no judgment of itself expressing in the physical universe in whatever form.

? All-giving. Being unconditional love, source always gives us what we want. It does not make decisions, and there are no conditions to its love-nature. It is up to us to become a vibrational match to whatever we want in order to allow it into our lives. Again, it is source’s nature to create, however not based on a decision.

Since there is nothing other than source, then it makes sense that source created us with the same substance/attributes as itself. “The image and likeness of God” does not refer to the physical human body; it means we have the same qualities and attributes as source/God. This now settles the issue of misinterpretation in relationship to women and dark-skinned individuals who physically do not fit the traditional white male image of God/source.

Just as the hologram fragment does not contain the whole picture but has all the attributes of the whole picture within it, so do we have all the attributes of source within us. We have:

? The creative nature of source

? The capacity to be everywhere present, not in our bodies but in consciousness

? The power of the universe at our disposal

? The knowingness of source

? The nature of unconditional love

If this is our nature, why do we not always express our God/source-like qualities? The answer is simple: we have forgotten who/what we are. Religion, religion-based societies, culture, misinterpretation of scripture, politics, etc., have contributed to this misunderstanding. The more we remember and become aware of our true nature, the more these qualities re-emerge. As it was said by Ernest Holmes, “We become God the more we are aware of God.”.

We become more like source the more we are of aware of source as us.

Namaste: The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you.

Jim Hatton is the author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life.” Email 600- to 700-word articles on all aspects of inner peace to Sally McKirgan at innerpeaceforyou@outlook.com.