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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gods and Our Energy Mix

Earth-based religions and all aboriginal traditions value the planet as a living, conscious entity that we're in a sacred interdependent relationship with; rather than a ball of inanimate stuff we can use and dominate.
                                        -Colette Baron-Reid

One of the reasons I gravitate towards the (so-called) pagan concept of different gods and goddesses is because they embody different energies which also exist in us, and in nature.  Often conflicting energies- paradoxes, simultaneously. Inclusive of masculine, feminine, and neutral energy. Storm and calm. Dark and light. Life and death.  Old Eastern religion/spiritual thought (Buddhism, the Tao, Hindu, Shinto, etc) also includes this. I like that, too.  Native American tribes also acknowledged these things.

The God-source, God/dess, Tao, Universe, Source, whatever you want to call it, is infinite- and part of that infinity includes one being many and many being one.  One Source, infinite energies.  Different facets on a jewel.  Or different leaves on the same tree.  All the different words which make up one book. One book which is part of a library.  One person as part of all connected humanity. And so on.

Anyhow, it is good to be able to see God as part of all energies, in everything, in everyone. In all parts of ourselves- if God is in everything, everywhere, then it is in us as well. In all aspects of Nature. In order to do that, it is helpful to see different faces or aspects of God. Not limiting it to one image, one concept.  How can the infinite be possibly be locked into one definition, one image, one concept?  I go back and forth a lot with relating to God as one whole, and "zooming in", so to speak, at specific faces.  It depends on where I am and what I need at the time. What I am called to.  Broad to specific. And back again. the macro-cosm to the micro-cosm.  It is all infinite.

All the mythologies which exist serve to help us relate to these different energies in a divine way, to learn from them as they relate to our own life circumstances.  It makes God very close and relate-able.  It is old collective energy. It is very much alive.

It is also important not to pigeonhole the way we expect God to be or appear, the defined concept of God. A rigid concept of God can become a false god, so to speak.  If you are looking for God, and expect it to appear a certain way, you'll probably miss it altogether.

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."
                                   -Very Old Saying

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