Do You Believe in God?

“What happens behind the scenes? Here, for instance, you and I have just met, but we do understand the story, and I can feel there’s an energetic atmosphere around us. Do you ever think about what lies beyond the edge of the observable, and where are we in all that?” a woman sitting next to me on the plane said after a brief, polite conversation.

“I’ve always wanted to know what happens when bioenergy fields overlap, and what happens if they already exist. It is clear that they are part of a much larger system. The brain is a receiver and an emitter at the same time. We are a small unit within a large system, and a tiny part of the electromagnetic field of the Earth, the Universe or God, whatever you might call it.”

“Did you say God?”

“In my humble opinion, the Earth is the only planet in the Milky Way immersed in such a vast religious submission. I do think that it’s because people decided what’s right and what’s wrong. If I do this, God will punish me. If I do that, I’ll be rewarded. This might be a lame description, and I’m merely trying to map a route through a journey of life, but I honestly thing that outside ourselves there’s no such thing as good and evil. We judge much too superficially.”

“Does that mean that we answer the purposes of sin, immorality and perversion?”

“I don’t think that we do. It only means that we need to improve the way we express and understand what we do. There are things that I do, and I know they will help me grow. There are other things that won’t. This, however, is neither good nor bad. God is not someone waiting around the corner to punish us for doing one thing or another. God does not judge people. In very loose terms, God is an indefinite pronoun to describe the parts of our experience of the world that are transcendental, sublime in a way.”

“What is God?”

“I don’t know what God is. I have the experience of what God is to me though. There’s something very real in the presence we call God, even though I have no idea how to define God. For example, do I see God as a person or a thing? I don’t believe in God, I know that God exists!”

A human being can explain God just as successfully as a fish can explain the water it swims in. God is the superposition of spirit in all matters. We are God in the making, and we must walk this particular path for the time being. One day, however, we will have to love as abstractly as we love this state of dependence now.

As a boy, I had many ideas of what God was. Now I understand I am not conscious enough to truly understand the concept. Most of the problems religions and different philosophical movements have generated over centuries are the consequence of a mistake, as they have created a reality, in which God is a special being separated from us that we need to worship and obey if we want Him to like us, hoping for a reward at the end of our lives. That’s not God. God is so much bigger than this.

People tend to give in when threatened with the cosmic punishment of eternal suffering. God doesn’t exist that way. God must be bigger than the greatest human weakness and skill.

What arrogance and need to control lie in creating God in our own image!

Do I believe in God? I’ll say “yes” only if by God you mean an indefinite principle everything depends on, which undoubtedly lends meaning to the Universe.

Yet I do believe that the principle is beyond our reach and the ability to understand. What never ceases to surprise me though is that there are so many people who would describe themselves as religious, and who believe that they truly are, confident in their immortality in God, yet very concerned about earthly existence. They are neither logical, nor honest with themselves. It seems to me that if I were absolutely sure that life after death exists, the scenes of earthly life would have no value whatsoever to me, leaving me completely indifferent. I would have lived a completely different life, awaiting that other, genuine life, devoting myself fully to internal self-improvement.

The only way to understand myself in all that is not to seek an answer to the question of what I do to my body, but rather what I do to my mind. Accordingly, if we consciously build our destiny, and if – spiritually conscious – we get into the game with the idea that our thoughts can affect our reality (and reality is life!), then I can rely on this little arrangement while creating my day.

I liked a Sufi thought: He who goes after God does not reach Him; he who relies on God for support is conscious of Him.

I should probably add a question – Does it really matter who He is, or what God is? Whoever seeks God anywhere else but within is headed in a very different direction from the one the signpost is indicating.

“Your words make me feel closer to God,” the woman next to me said.

“Please fasten your seatbelts,” a flight attendants’ voice came over the intercom.

“It’s just got interesting – pity it’s over,” the woman laughed, joking about how close to God she must have been now she’s on the plane.