Monday, October 4, 2010

Higher Power - The Force - God

What ever name you prefer: Higher Power, Great Spirit, the Infinite, or simply The Force, are all good. We are comfortable with them all so switch around a bit just to keep it fresh and lively. The name God carries a lot of baggage so many avoid it. It seems a fitting name as it infers infinite power, presence, and wisdom. Another excellent reference is the "Infinite" as you can have your God and I can have mine, but there is only one infinite.

The alternative is a big, dumb, random universe. Personally, we find creation too complex, diverse, and intelligent for that to be true. There appears to be a divine force that manifested this awesome and incredible drama of creation and life to emerge, expand, and thrive through-out the ages. Also you, and everyone and everything else is a microcosm of that macrocosm. We have it all within us, this same power, presence, and wisdom.

We are the children of God, and if children, then heirs of God. It is our birthright, and inheritance. We have the power to create or destroy, a little at a time, but immensely over a lifetime. Just look at civilization; all the houses, schools, libraries, churches, businesses, streets, etc, and all the things in them, just ideas in peoples minds come to fruition.

But what has guided us? Conquest, subjugation, imperialism, consumerism, and other selfish pursuits have done much damage. Where is salvation? Greater good, higher purpose, and higher law, found through Higher Power. This is why a good, if not great relationship with our Higher power is so important as we strive to do what is best for all people, and all life.

Why is a deeply intimate relationship with a Higher Power so important? Because in our daily lives most folks believe they are a physical being having (occasional) spiritual experiences, and what we hear, see, and feel is all there is. If this is our truth we are at the mercy of worldly concerns, and blown about by the whims of people, governments, wars, disasters, and the like. 

Yet through prayer and meditation we can turn that around completely, to where we can come to see we are actually spiritual beings having a physical experience. This might seem upside down and backwards, but the truth is that's how we have been living all along and it's high time to turn things around. This is true freedom, and one of the keys to finding our True Self.

It's time for us to stop building up our own selfish little kingdoms. It's time to knock down the walls and find we were safe and at home in God's Kingdom all along, we just didn't know it. We may at last give up the rat race, the battle, the war raging in our minds, homes, and modern world to instead rest in God. Prayer and mediation are a key to this all important connection and very helpful to feel and experience true grace. To learn more take this link to meditation and this one to prayer.

Unfortunately many people grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, and neglectful families and situations where parents and/or others either failed to protect them from difficulties, or were the cause. As these people had power over our lives it was only natural that we overlaid our negative views of our authority figures onto our image of Higher Power. Very sad but true.

For those that have a real problem with the idea of God, or Higher Power, some find " A Power Greater" works for them, See that post here For many, that "Power Greater" is their recovery group or a loving family member or friend who exemplifies God's infinite power, presence, and wisdom in tangible ways. We often find these people are God's eyes and ears, hands and feet.

Classical Eastern Wisdom teaches that  us that we must first tame our minds to then train them and transform them with the ultimate  goal of acquiring a "Sacred Outlook". That is real transformation, to see the hand and spirit of God in everyone and everything. To look into every face and see the face of God, and to gaze back into God's eyes with confidence that the greatest good and highest law is at work at all times, in all places, and in all things however screwed up and awful things may appear.

God's fingerprints are all over creation, and we so much enjoy sharing ways that we have seen the "evidence". A great way to see how how God has woven infinite intelligence, beauty, and wonder into the natural world is to check out Sacred Geometry. Science has unraveled this mystery for us, all the way back to the beginning of creation, but beyond that is the ultimate mystery that can't be known.

Seeing how beautiful and hospitable the universe is for life and humans, we see our Higher Power as loving also. A flight of imagination took our focus and emphasis on love to the extreme, considering Love Force as the fundamental and unifying theory of the universe. It may be a stretch of the imagination, but a fun and interesting one we hope you find enjoyable and inspiring. For us at Cowboy Dharma, love is a first order priority and central teaching, so more posts on love are found as links in the Loving Inner Parent file.

 Another super tool for getting in touch with Higher Power is Journaling. You might begin each entry "Good morning (afternoon, evening) Lord," then write out all your doings, issues, and struggles good and bad. We find it takes the weight off our shoulders and leaves it on the page and a real blessing.

Some find it silly to "talk" to God in this way, but we don't have to imagine Higher Power as understanding our words specifically, yet can still believe there is an understanding of the intention, and meaning. It's like when we talk to our babies, pets, and other things. There is a spirit there. We feel they get it on some level. Not by the words, but from a deeper, pre-verbal, energetic place. This can also be true of  journaling, prayer, and meditation, our "conversations" with God.

We can imagine speaking with a best friend. An incredible friend who created and sustains us year to year, day to day, and moment to moment on every level from the amazing functionings of body and mind, to the laws and seasons of nature. Some have many of these journals, and an excellent relationship with their maker they feel deeply. Just a few lines a day or week can lead to great inner peace.

We hope you found something of value for you here, if so you may also enjoy the posts "God Centered Life" or Living in a Grace Bubble as well. Our Twelve Step Recovery roots state that "We make no apologies that we are a spiritually based program". This also is true at Cowboy Dharma, as we believe there is no other foundation worthy of our efforts.

The Music Sanity File has a section just for Higher Power. The Super Sayings and Mega Mantras Sanity File also has a significant part dedicated to Higher Power, just after LOVE and FIRE (passion) parts. Many of the other Sanity Files and posts also have aspects of Higher Power in them as all are connected and interrelated in many ways

One day everything in this world will pass away. All of our family, friends, possessions, experiences, opinions, and beliefs will one day melt away...into God. Into the infinite love, peace, joy, and beauty that is God. Will we be ready? Will we fight back with everything we can muster, or will our precious inner child fall asleep wrapped in God's arms, and will our adult self take God's hand and cross over the last moments with eyes open gently smiling in deepest love? It's up to us.

P.S. On a personal note, I became fed up with God as teenager. I don't know if it was the dysfunction I experienced growing up, the problems in organized religions, or the great amount of suffering that goes on, but I didn't want any part of it. For a while I said I didn't believe in God, I believed in good. As it turns out the word God is derived from the word good, so perhaps I didn't stray far.

After a dysfunctional marriage and sad divorce I found the book Original Blessing and was reminded that before there was any churches holiness was found in the skies, rivers, trees, plants, animals, sun, moon, earth, and so on. Everything was blessed, sacred, and holy.

I then remembered how much nature is a saving grace for me as I so cherish time spent in nature. Wherever I look I see great beauty, great love, and great peace. Often when I share this, people tell me how much nature means to them too. Nature is a symphony, a work of art, and a feast all at once and for all the senses. For more "natural" healing see  next Sanity File: Mother Nature. L.G.

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