I have been struggling for years with the idea of what God is, but tonight, and not ironically, I found God in Big Mamma Thornton and the blues. So, I really don’t know what your idea of a Higher Being is, I’m pretty sure we all generally believe in something yours sure can;t be any stranger than Big Mama Thornton. God is our pure creative instinct. It feels separate and apart from us only because religion has interceded as a unnecessary middleman in our divine relationship. So, my version of God includes a bunch of religions that i found appealing, philosophies and beliefs. Even some rituals which can make me feel like I am being more actively connected to my spiritual life. I don’t know what to call that “creative being” that made us and everything, but I do believe one of those exists. Not separate and apart from us, but very much inside of us, and equally accessible when we choose to remember we have access to it.
This pure divine energy in us can best be used in creative pursuits. We humans are creating machines! We create cities, countries, people, technology, science. We create cultural norms, beliefs systems, and entire patterns of illusions that we have all agreed to live by, mostly to our detriment.
Everyone at some point asks who they are and what their purpose is in life. I really don’t find the answers so difficult. We are all each other, and we are here to learn ourselves and then take our highest creative talent and use it for good in the world. That’s it. Sounds impossible, but Star trek has been right about lots of things, so I am hoping Old Gene was n track with his future Utopian Society, which enabled New Generation to have an entire world of people who studied and didn’t need money. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? It shouldn’t though, should it? We can’t achieve what we cannot even imagine. SO, if we can IMAGINE Utopia, then we can move towards it with global conscious effort.
I say let’s shoot high. Stop focusing on the symptoms, like our crappy doctor’s do, and focus on the BIG PICTURE, which is that the world needs a quick and dramatic overhaul. Either we do it, or I guarantee you She will. At any rate, the more we perfect our skills in communicating with each other, as we do here in blog land, the better off we are in all areas. I find people get away with allot less these days, and that is a comfort. It means we are forming a global consciousness, a sort of planetary cultural belief system. This will really make all the population spill over much easier to integrate and absorb into hosting cultures, simply because they have prior knowledge through the internet.
The fact is we all have a deep inner knowledge of exactly who it is we are. It is our quest to define it falsely that has led to each and every one of our most brutal moments in evolutionary history. From a micro or macro cosmic view, everything from personal ego to global religion, to greed – people are at war to gain a definition of themselves. Palestine, the jews – this fight won’t end until defining themselves by their religion is understood to be extremely self limiting. We are born to be creative beings – by labelling ourselves, we definitively narrow the definition of experiences we are willing to have.
But, the fact is, we are all given a creative talent, some spark of passion for something, that when we undertake this activity, we are transported; we feel at peace, out mind is quiet and whatever we come out with at the end it always feel like time well spent. I feel like this when I sing, or play guitar, paint, sketch or write even. This is our inner creative being. It is the highest expression can undertake to bring to the world. Each person in the world should feel free to explore in freedom and peace and joy, no matter who they are or where they live. But we all KNOW this at a very fundamental level. It’s not like the world is full of BAD people, there are very good people as well. So, why, if there are 7 billion of us, can;t we make it so that everyone has what they need, so that children get an education and sick people see a doctor? Why is this simple stuff so difficult?
It’s difficult, in part. because of “who” people think they are. The wealthy hold their riches like in an eagles talon, while those who have known suffering or lack, more freely give of their material goods and themselves. The fact is, suffering is the best route to understanding compassion. The Buddhists have it. 🙂
I am optimistic. I believe that the technology which has been emerging will bridge the gap and create fellowship and understanding, maybe not in our lifetimes, but eventually, people will no longer be able to focus on differences and ignore the fact that we are ALL THE SAME.
ROUND 9 UPDATE: EGO is biding his time, quietly taking notes like an undercover reporter hiding in the back-alley of my mind.