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The Enlightened Perspective of No Separateness

When you realize the enlightened perspective, the objective reality of no separateness between anything—no separateness between the physical world and the Absolute, no separateness between the Absolute and God, no separateness between God and Colorado, no separateness between Colorado and North Korea, no separateness between North Korea and you—everything is connected. Whatever you can conceive, whatever you can experience, whatever you can imagine is one. If you can divide that one in half, then it’s not oneness, it’s twoness. That means, again, you’ve brought in separation and the Basic Fault. So if you believe that the presence of true nature comes to you from outside, if you believe God is separate from you, if you believe that enlightenment is someplace to get to, you’re still operating from the perspective of the Basic Fault. That’s not to say that you may not experience things that way. You can see God sitting on a throne, you can see angels, but these are intermediate experiences. You still carry the central perspective of object relations. All of the work you’ve done around your relationship with your parents and the conflicts in your relationships now—the anger and the hatred and the hurt and the disappointment—is to simplify the situation until you see it in terms of very few object relations. You have to work through all that stuff before you can fully confront the fact of objectness. Before that, you’re full of emotions that you have to go through and understand. You can’t see things simply. But the more you allow the experience to unfold, the simpler things become. As you see things more simply, you are more able to directly confront the situation and see it phenomenologically. You see not only that your mother didn’t love you or that your father rejected you but, more important, that you still believe you are your mother’s and father’s child. That’s the more fundamental problem. You’re not your mother’s child. You’re not your father’s child. Not in the real sense. Physiologically it’s true, but not fundamentally. Your mother and father and you are objectively one thing. Thinking yourself separate brings up issues of “Do I love them? Do I hate them? How do they feel about me?” The problems that we encounter are a consequence of separateness.

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