Glen, what is your experience of, or insight into, what people refer to as ‘God?’ It can be good to express opinions and come up with theological outlooks, but what do we actually experience? Can we put it into words? Should we even try to? (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blog.)
Response: Thanks so much for your inquiry. Humbly and respectfully, I believe it is much about learning to (lovingly and selflessly) better and better play the part of an unblemished witness to one’s internal and external environments: I believe it is of utter importance not to limit ourselves to (only recognition of) typically-perceived grand miracles as the only legitimate miraculous phenomenon (i.e., ‘grand miracles’ which are outside what we perceive as our common every-day lives). I believe that we have been given the countless gifts/blessings which make it possible to experience miracles each day, even each moment. It is the difference between true objective insight and subjectivity: It is the difference between learning to better and better witness and take part in the LIVING LOVING story of our lives…vs. just a pawn to the story of our lives.
What I am speaking to, is in the loving and selfless spirit of true appreciation of the miracle of the moment…more and more each moment. This truly healthful spirit is without, or nearly without craving, desire, fear of healthful change, expectations, or preset patterns of thinking. If there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ a ‘sixth sense,’ they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is treating life and its living as a wonderful art…with a knowledge that among the greatest of gifts, is in lovingly embracing the notion that there is ALWAYS room for improvement, vs. the living death of ongoing stagnant plateaus.
Words cannot do justice for what God allows us or gives us – it is best witnessed in a loving and selfless spirit – a spirit which is in harmony with the notion of doing the right thing for the right unselfish sake. It is being an impeccable conduit between Heaven and Earth. It is a loving recognition that we all have a responsibility in making THIS world a better place.
To be more specific as you asked – the best way I know to put it is: learning to witness…catch a ‘glimpse’ of an existence, so-to-speak, where there is no time, no space, no distance – no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow, but once again most importantly…nothing to hide behind…all is known. It is spine-tingling/shivering-sparkling-beautiful-beyond words: “The Way that can be told is not the eternal Way…the Way that can be told is the Mother of all things.” “The Way can be witnessed in the madman screaming, ‘if the stars are not words then stop callings them stars.’”
Chapter XV (“True Freedom”) of my book sets forth the following saying which speaks to this issue in a succinct fashion:
The Lotus Flower Blossoms
“There is a place where, wherever you are there, whatever you are doing…no matter what, in any given moment, there should be nowhere you would rather be. It is where you are right now – and you have the ability to so deeply and artfully appreciate your life and its living…to connect one healthful insight to the next, and make them all one…learning to witness this already-existing truth.
In the wilderness of our existence…a place of budding flowers about, about to unwrap in a showing of perfect appreciation for all to thrive upon, we are the flowers which can blossom again and again in each season of our deeper and deeper insights…all connected…each better and more healthful than before.
It is not unlike Heaven…and it can become Heaven, with enough insight and appreciation. It takes quite a few sparks, glimpses – spine-tingling moments…as a way-of-life which becomes more and more purposeful…more and more without time or space or distance. More and more there is less and less to hide behind.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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