Let’s cast off the cloak of limiting, earthbound thinking and open our hearts and minds to greater awareness and understanding. It’s the single, most important thing we can do for our children, ourselves, and the world.
Let’s start by asking ourselves a few questions. For example, what are thoughts? Where do they come from and where do they go? What are feelings? Where do they come from and where do they go? Where is the “you” that existed two minutes ago? Where did it go and in what form does it exist now? Where is the “you” that will appear two minutes from now? In what form does it exist before it becomes “you” in the present? What about the earth? Outside of Now, in what form does it exist?
Let’s assume for the moment that every “thing,” including every human being, is a Multidimensional, Vibrational Being of Aware Energy suspended in an infinite field of Aware Energy. How does it feel to be a self-aware “I Am” within your body, mind and All That Is? What does it tell us about ourselves? What does it tell you about yourself?
As a Multidimensional, Vibrational Being of Aware Energy, how would you describe your experience in Being and Creation? To give you a nudge, here’s how I define my experience in Being and Creation:
- I think, feel, act and react; therefore, I AM. (expanded version of “I think therefore I am” by Rene Descartes)
- As I think, feel, act and react (conceive and perceive), I create.
- To change what I create, I change what I think and feel, how I act and react.
- As a Multidimensional, Vibrational Being of Aware Energy, I am both one with and separate from All That Is. I am not only a product of creation; I am creation itself!
- The self (the thinking, feeling, choice-making and action-taking intermediary between inner reality, the body, and outer reality, the “I Am” of what and who I am) is my seat of power.
- The present is my point of power.
- Being and creating what I value is the promise of power.
- Being and Creation are the manifestations of power.
- Being and Creation make the invisible, visible, the unknown, known, driven by the impulse to create order out of chaos and make sense out of nonsense.
To Be, we must create. To create, we must Be. One creates the other in an endless web of entanglement.
Whether we are individual Aware Energy or Consciousness Units (AEUs or CU’s) or complex gestalts (organizations) of AEUs, like human beings, it works the same. To create what we want, the outer self, ego, or self-identity, pushed from within by the Impulse to Be and Create and drawn from without by the Promise of Being and Creation, the Beating Heart of Consciousness, must learn the difference between what it likes and doesn’t like, what works for it and what doesn’t, what makes it happy and what doesn’t. In other words, to create what we want, we must know what we don’t want.*
Dominant World Views and What We Tell Ourselves Through Them
Religion: My source for biblical quotes is the St. James version of the Christian Bible, printed by Cambridge University Press. Perhaps the most important chapter in the bible is the story of Genesis because it’s a story of Creation. Moses tells the story but it’s unclear whether he’s telling it in his own words or if he’s directly quoting (channeling?) God. Keep in mind that biblical words and phrases can be interpreted in many ways. There’s what the bible says, there’s your interpretation, and then, there’s the interpretation of every other person and organization that uses it as a guideline for living.
It’s important to remind ourselves that once an idea becomes institutionalized, it tends to become more solid and unchanging. During the process of adopting a new idea, new thought and behavior patterns are established. New objectives and commitments are established. New jobs and assignments are defined. New rituals, words, art and music are created to clarify and reflect ideology and intention. A new cultural structure is created to give life new meaning, shape and substance. When a mental or subjective structure becomes objectified to this degree, when people’s lives come to depend on it, when their lives are defined by it, it becomes difficult to change. It seeks to preserve itself.
To change anything about it when we think something is working for us would represent a great threat, unless or until we see it as more of a hindrance than a benefit, more of a threat than an aid, something we must outgrow before it destroys us.
Genesis: The Story of Creation and Humankind’s Commitment to Explore the Nature of Good and Evil
(Chapter 1, Verse 1) “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Verse 31) “And God saw every thing he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
What does this say about God’s creations or about us? Are we simply products of creation or are we both products and creators? When Moses says,
“(Verse 25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind…”
What does he mean by “after his kind”? Is “God” from another planet where all these creatures already exist and he’s simply using them as familiar models for populating the earth with plants and animals (For reference, read: Genesis – A Lucid Creation Dream. In this dream all I had to do was wonder where something was before I saw it come into existence). Or, does God represent the potential to be anything and everything? Is God the Source and Substance of All That Is? Is “God” another name for All That Is?
What does Moses mean when he says: and “after their kind” in reference to the cattle and “every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind…” Is he talking about other biological forms that exist elsewhere? What do our most prominent religions tell us? What do we tell ourselves? What do individuals and churches emphasize and why do they emphasize it? Where are they coming from? What underlying impulses or beliefs drive or motivate their behavior? What underlying impulses or beliefs drive or motivate our own behavior?
(Chapter 1, Verse 26) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Verse 27) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Verse 28) “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
What does God mean when he says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”? Is He saying that he exists in human form too? What does the word “our” refer to? Is he a spaceman referring to others of his kind? Is He from another dimension of reality? Is he implying that we’re gods becoming too? With Verses 26 and 28, does God suggest that life is about “survival of the fittest, it’s eat or be eaten, kill or be killed”, when he says: “Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth?”
Is he suggesting that we’re meant to compete with each other? Is he implying that every man is an island and that the ends justify the means? Is he suggesting that we conquer all who oppose us, that we multiply without regard for consequences? What is major religion’s position on these ideas? What are your personal positions on these ideas? What does the church want us to think? What do you want to think? When exploring the nature of “dominion,” can we go too far? Can the extreme end of “dominion” result in parasitism and annihilation? And when it comes to God saying, “Be fruitful and multiply,” why do so many people seem to forget that he qualified this idea with: “replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Didn’t we do more than “replenish the earth, and subdue it” long ago? Why are we still trying to “replenish” and “subdue” it now when confusion reigns and people are starving?
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(Chapter 2, Verse 1) “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” (Verse 2) “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made…” (Verse 5) “…the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”
According to Moses, or God, speaking through Moses, it took six days to create the heavens and the earth, and all the plants and animals upon it. In Verse 5, God mentions “a man to till the ground.” Like the plants and animals God created “after his kind” how does he know about “rain” and “man” unless he already knew what they were?
(Verse 7) “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Again, don’t we, as human beings and dreaming souls, also create things?
(Verse 8) “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Verse 9) “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Verse 15) “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Verse 16) “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” (Verse 17) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Verse 18) “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Verse 21) “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.” (Verse 22) “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
(Chapter 3, Verse 1) “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Verse 2) “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:” (Verse 3) “But of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (Verse 4) “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” (Verse 5) “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Verse 6) “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Verse 7) “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
Does it sound like Eve coerced Adam into taking a bite from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? All it says is: “she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Is this humanity’s first act of defiance? Are Adam and Eve proclaiming their unhappiness with the idea of themselves living under the authority of God, doing the same things day in and day out without question or change? Where’s the stimulation? Where’s the excitement? Where’s the challenge? By eating of the forbidden fruit, are Adam and Eve proclaiming their desire to think for themselves, to determine their own futures, to be independent and godlike in their own right? It sounds heroic to me that we aspire to be something more than we are. How else can we grow and evolve? Can this be the very reaction God was looking for?
Have you ever heard of reverse psychology? If you want to make sure someone will do something, tell them they can’t. Here’s a great example starting with (Verse 9), “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Verse 15) “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Verse 16) “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” (Verse 17) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” That said, let’s keep this in mind as we move on.
(Chapter 3, Verse 8) “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Verse 9) “And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art though?” (Verse 10) “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Verse 11) “And he said, Who told you that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” Should there be a muffled, ha, ha, ha, here? (Verse 12) “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” (Verse 13) “And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
If God really didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, why did he give the tree that name? Why did he put it in the middle of the garden and tell them where it was in the first place? Was he testing their obedience to his authority or was he forcing them to fight for their independence, to take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions? Why did he place so much emphasis on not eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or even touching it?
As mentioned above, was he using reverse psychology so they would eat of the forbidden fruit? Also, with Adam and Eve’s first act of defiance, are we also seeing the birth of deceit and denial? How is blaming others taking responsibility for your thoughts and actions? Is this their first lesson in learning the difference between good and evil? Isn’t accepting responsibility for our actions the only way to learn from them? How can we be free if we refuse to accept responsibility for what we think and do? How can we be free if we refuse to pay attention to and learn from our experiences? Are we here to mindlessly follow a set of rules or are we here to figure out what works best and makes us happiest, individually and collectively?
(Verse 14) “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” (Verse 15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Can the fear of suffering and death be a source of enmity between individuals? When we fear the power of others to harm or kill us or, when we blame others for what we do to avoid guilt and punishment, even though they may have suggested it or even participated in creating circumstances that make our behavior seem necessary, are we placing anger and hate (enmity) between us because we feel powerless to do anything else? What a depressing thought!
(Verse 16) “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
Is God exacting vengeance on Eve and the serpent or is he challenging us all to rise above our perceived limitations?
(Verse 17) “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thy eat of it all the days of thy life;” (Verse 18) “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;” (Verse 19) “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it thou wast taken: for dust thou art and unto dust shall thou return.”
Again, is God exacting vengeance on Adam or is he forcing him to rise above his current level of understanding? Isn’t it obvious, from our own experience, that humanity is perfectly capable of learning how to grow plants, build comfortable homes, create clever gadgets and even develop complex social systems, something that would never have happened if Adam and Eve had remained in fear of and under the direct control of God in Eden?
(Verse 20) “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Verse 21) “ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
Does making “coats of skins” and clothing them sound like the behavior of an angry God or a loving and concerned parent?
(Verse 22) “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:”
What does God mean when he says:“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil:…”? Who is he talking to, himself or a larger audience? Is he talking to future generations of humanity, like us, or others of “his kind”? Is he celebrating humanity’s ascension to a higher and more complex level of awareness?
(Verse 23) “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” (Verse 24) “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Swim or sink. Is this what God is saying to humanity (Adam and Eve) when he sends them out of Eden clothed and with experience to survive on their own while, at the same time, making it seem impossible for them to return? Was God abandoning them or did he know he had the power to hide in the shadows of their being and whisper in their ears whenever they needed help beyond their own developing abilities?
(For more on this, read: The Ball of Light – A Lucid Dream About the Nature of Being and Creation. In this dream I enter a computer and create many lives from fragments of my own personality. Each one gets to choose there own beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations to explore and learn from them. Finding two of my progeny especially interesting, I spend some time with each one.)
When I was a child, I was afraid to challenge church authorities on their interpretation of the bible. Given the choice, “it’s my way or the highway”, I chose the highway. I ran from everyone and everything that tried to take power and love away from me. Now, in my 70’s, I’m reading the bible with joy because I feel free to interpret it as I see fit. As a result, I see a whole new and wonderful meaning hidden in plain sight. I can also see other meanings and intentions hiding behind common religious rituals and symbols, all put there by ambitious men for their own reasons.
(Disclaimer: I love to think out loud and about big issues, even though, I don’t pretend to know anything with certainty. By reserving the right to think and feel out the answers to questions, I get to sort out what makes the most sense to me. If you stop to think about it, don’t we all do this already, to one extent or another? Fear of disapproval or punishment has been a huge challenge to overcome but, for some reason, I am driven to find my own truth because others will not or cannot do it for me. Now that I know I create my own reality from what I choose to believe about myself and All That Is, I know how important it is for me to accept full responsibility for the consequences of my thoughts and actions. It’s not only for my own sake but for the sake of my children and the world. In love and peace. – Pete)
Roger Peterson “Pete” https://realtalkworld.com