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Dec-08-2012 13:08printcomments

You Are God

Who... Me?


Courtesy: dougshares.blogspot.com

(OLDENBURG, Germany) - The statement "You are God" seems an absurd and presumptuous blasphemy, so it needs to be clarified. According to the Vedic tradition and panentheism, it's not just you who are God; all of us are God. And it's not just all of us who are God; everything is God. God is the universe in synergy, the whole that is more than the sum of its parts.

This contradicts mainstream Western theology, which is based on a split between creator and creature. According to this view, God made the universe with us in it and is now observing our behavior, rewarding us or punishing us based on our obedience to His rules.

The religions of the East and the mystic traditions of the West have a different view: God became the universe, manifested it, is it. Rather than observing the universe, God lives it. The universe is God's active side, engaged in time, space, and matter. God is more than the universe, but there is nothing in it that isn't God.

But if it's true that we are God, why are we in such an ungodly mess? Because our unity with God is a living reality only in a higher state of consciousness. Reality, as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, is different in different states of consciousness. Ordinarily we experience three state of consciousness: deep sleep, dreaming, or waking. Each has its own reality with distinctive physiological parameters of brain waves, blood chemistry, and metabolic rate.

Waking state is the realm of duality. Here we are bound in the relativity of time, space, and matter, so we perceive separations between ourselves and others. In waking state the idea that we are God is nonsensical. It contradicts our perceptions.

But it's possible to experience a fourth state of consciousness that has its own reality and physiology. It's called transcendental consciousness because it's beyond the other three, existing at a more fundamental level. Here the duality and materiality of waking state are only surface conditions. The deeper underlying reality is unity, where the separations fade and everything, including matter, is experienced as one unified field of consciousness. Here your individual thinking mind merges with the mind of God. You're no longer just a part of God. You transcend the boundaries of your small self and expand into the one great Self, the divine spirit animating the universe. All separations between you and God disappear, and you become One.

In transcendental consciousness you really are God and you really are experiencing a sacred life. The most effective method I've found for achieving this state on a regular basis is Transcendental Meditation. But even with TM, it's usually a fleeting experience. In transcendental consciousness the mind is without thoughts. It reaches the source of thought, where it becomes pure Being -- alert and aware but without an object of awareness, consciousness experiencing itself. This state is so blissful, so all-encompassing, so divine, that we think, How wonderful! And as soon as we have that thought, we're no longer there.

But as we come out, we bring some of the energy, intelligence, and joy of this unified field back into our waking state of consciousness, where it enriches our life. And ironically, one of the ways it enriches it is by giving us a deeper appreciation of our separateness from God. The sense of separation we experience in waking state is a great aid to devotion. It's easier to love something external to us, even if this externality is only partially true.

Each experience of transcendental consciousness also heals our nervous system of stresses we've accumulated in the past. It is these stresses, or karma, that make our mind unable to stay in that state while we're thinking and acting. Once those stresses are gone, which usually takes many years, we function in that state permanently.

This is enlightenment, the height of human development in which our unity with God is a living reality, not just a concept. Then we live the sacred life 24/7.

William T. Hathaway is a peace activist, award-winning author, and adjunct professor of American studies at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. His latest novel, Summer Snow, tells of an American warrior in Central Asia who falls in love with a Sufi Muslim and learns from her that higher consciousness is more effective than violence. Chapters are available on a page of the publisher's website: www.peacewriter.org.

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William T. Hathaway is author of the novels A World of Hurt, CD-Ring,, Summer Snow and a nonfiction book, Radical Peace: People Refusing War. He also wrote the screenplay for Socrates, an educational film starring Ed Asner that was broadcast on PBS.

Hathaway began his writing career as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco, then joined the Special Forces to research a book about war. Based on his experiences on a combat team in Vietnam, A World of Hurt won a Rinehart Foundation Award for its portrayal of the psychological roots of war.

After the war Hathaway became a peace activist. In his latest book, Radical Peace, he wrote, "Since then my books and articles have centered on this theme, as do many of my nonwriting activities. It's become my beat, as they say in the newspaper business." A selection of his writing is available at http://www.peacewriter.org. You can drop William an email at this address: william.hathaway@ewetel.net

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salwa December 9, 2012 4:59 pm (Pacific time)

I want to second what Dr. Hathaway has written about meditation & its effects.  As a relatively recent convert to meditation through "The Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, I was finally able to persist, understanding its ultimate goal--to become one with God, which does require many years, if not life times.  At least one is heading in the right direction.  The first feeling is an inner peace with many other things if one is progressing in every way towards unity with God.  

My understanding of God became clearer as I read that we were all part of his Body because no matter how huge a body, it's all inter-connected as we all are.  Yogananda described God as "Intelligent Energy."  Also, he wrote that everything is energy at different vibrations.  Thus God is in everything.

It is easy to understand the law of karma, if one thinks of it as sowing & reaping but following one from one life to the other.  It is the invisible Divine justice because it is difficult at times to associate with what a person has done since sthg done in a previous life must be recompensed in another lifetime.  Another part of the law of karma is that a person who commits injustice against another group will be reborn as part of that group to feel what they have to go thru.  Just think about that elegant bit of justice.

By the way, Jesus, as all "sons of God" or those who have reached Cosmic Consciousness, taught love, non-violence & forgiveness.  Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.   He also said somewhere in the New Testament "...ye are all Gods..."   It is believed that during Jesus' time in the wilderness, he  meditated as well as fasted.  

Somewhere along the line, some spiritual beliefs & practices were purposely dropped by the church, such as meditation, belief in reincarnation, etc.


Salwa Haddad December 9, 2012 6:30 pm (Pacific time)

I want to second what Dr. Hathaway has written about meditation and its effects. As a relatively recent convert to meditation through "The Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, I was finally able to persist, understanding its ultimate goal--to become one with God, which does require many years, if not life times. At least one is heading in the right direction. The first feeling is an inner peace with many other things if one is progressing in every way towards unity with God.

My understanding of God became clearer as I read that we were all part of his Body because no matter how huge a body, it's all inter-connected as we all are. Yogananda described God as "Intelligent Energy." Also, he wrote that everything is energy at different vibrations. Thus God is in everything.

It is easy to understand the law of karma, if one thinks of it as sowing and reaping but following one from one life to the other. It is the invisible Divine justice because it is difficult at times to associate with what a person has done since sthg done in a previous life must be recompensed in another lifetime. Another part of the law of karma is that a person who commits injustice against another group will be reborn as part of that group to feel what they have to go thru. Just think about that elegant bit of justice.

By the way, Jesus, as all "sons of God" or those who have reached Cosmic Consciousness, taught love, non-violence and forgiveness. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. He also said somewhere in the New Testament "...ye are all Gods..." It is believed that during Jesus' time in the wilderness, he meditated as well as fasted.

Somewhere along the line, some spiritual beliefs and practices were purposely dropped by the church, such as meditation, belief in reincarnation, etc.


Luke Easter December 8, 2012 1:26 pm (Pacific time)

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Problem is, we like to rule over each other as well.

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