God and Love are probably the two words that have more meanings or at least more diverse reactions or perceptions than any other. Most of us have been brought up with strong beliefs about both and in most cases, we have learned that God and Love are the same or at least closely related.|
For many people, God has been explained within the realms of religion and although there are many different religions, most of them have the same basic belief: that God is a superhuman being or source, which created the universe and everything within it. God symbolizes, embodies and possesses divine powers. God has control over nature, human experience, life and death.
Of course, this is an over-simplification but for now if we can just think of God as the creator and controlling force of the Universe and consider that God and Love are one and the same, then we may all accept some common ground.
To imagine God, we may have to put aside religious beliefs for just a moment and focus on what we feel deep inside. Feeling or sensing God might be what
we consider to be the experience of spirituality. Spirituality is also one of those words with many explanations but again if we keep it simple, we might think of it as: experiencing God as a source within us.
Some may feel this as a higher state of consciousness, a sense of renewal, inner peace, healing or inspiration. Perhaps, a state of euphoria or a sense of self, as a soul.
I’m trying to avoid religious dogma here and simply find some common ground. I do not wish to try and explain or preach any particular doctrine or theosophy; I simply wish to use the name God. Who or what God is has been argued, studied, pondered and discussed throughout the ages.
God has many names and just as many meanings. Usually when God is mentioned we automatically fall into whatever faith we were raised with and start discussing religion.
Many people find it difficult or almost impossible to separate religion and God. Again, I will try and simplify this and suggest that religion is man’s knowledge, study or analysis of who and what God is. Religion almost always dictates an allegiance to a church or denomination. One joins a church much like a member of any organization and tries to live in accordance with the codes of conduct and philosophy of that organization. Very few people explore all religions and yet most will argue that only theirs is right. Most of the time we simply adopt the belief system of our family, culture or location.
For many people, their religion is their pathway to spirituality. For others, it is a venue or simply a place for like-minded people to gather and explore that particular avenue. In effect, most churches represent themselves as agents of God.
Some people experience a deep sense of spirituality and are led to a religion and others are bought up within a religion and are led to spirituality.
The reason I am being so careful here is that I want to explore spirituality and love as a natural state of being. I am not talking about religion but I want to use the word God in the context of exploring life as a spiritual experience.
Some people are lucky enough to live each day as a spiritual being within a physical reality. These people are filled with joy and a sense of serenity. Life makes sense at this level and there is an acknowledgement of gratitude. These people do not fear death and have a very deep sense of security. They feel connected to their environment and the people around them. There is a healing force within them and this energy often radiate from them. There is a wisdom that they can access and a purpose in which they live. They do not experience God as a separate entity. God is love and God is light and God is within them.
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Copyright Sonya Green. http://www.reinventingmyself.com Sonya is the author of a book called Reinventing Myself, and also offer some Guided meditation C.D's focusing on Stress Reduction, Weight Loss, Healing and Personal Growth, How to get what you really want and need.
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