OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:
6 - GOD AND I ARE ONE
Have you ever watched a devoted couple speak such that either can complementarily complete the sentences of the other? Where one can seemingly read the thoughts of the other? Have you ever worked for a boss so closely, in such lockstep, on such a shared wavelength of goals and purpose, that other employees or customers readily accept your word as though coming directly from your boss (“my right-hand assistant”)? Have you ever been part of a group, working on a shared endeavor, in which everyone worked in perfect synchronicity, each knowing what needed to be done and effortlessly moving together toward perfect completion – “the team” transcending the individual?
In each of these scenarios, each person is operating at a level far different from his/her normal functioning. In tune. Connected. Multiple individuals extending and merging into one greater whole. As all of the thousands of individual parts come together to create the single thing we call an automobile. The many both separate and distinct now unified into one greater whole.
So it is with God. Jesus famously said, “I and the Father are One.” (John 10:30) For many in the Christian faith, these words led to the idea of the Trinity: an attempt to clarify the relationship among God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Three distinct entities, three separate roles, each equal to the other, all combined into – yet individual manifestations of – One. This Trinitarian belief became central to the early Catholic faith, adopted as official Church dogma in the 4th Century CE. A belief that later became a key litmus test of religious fidelity (and a basis for declaring one a heretic and invoking the persecution thereof).
Continuing into some later Protestant religions, “the Trinity” to this day gives explanation and comfort to many, anchoring their religious faith and understanding. For non-Christian religions, some non-Trinitarian Christian denominations, and for some individuals, it brings more confusion than understanding, a discomfort with the concept and where its implications lead. For these, is there an alternative way that Jesus’ words might be understood?
Perhaps by recognizing that the human being Jesus was One with God in a spiritual unification. One in the melding of thinking, feeling, words and actions. One in the understanding of the Universe and its higher workings and unique forms. One whose vision was universal, seeing the big picture of Life and Humanity. One who knows no separation from other beings, or from life that exists in any other forms. One who knows their human Self, but is willing – and desirous – to lose that Self in spiritual union with God. And so “The Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:38)
As Jesus was in God, God was in Jesus. A partnership going both ways, not in Being, but in Spirit. A non-Trinitarian Jesus shows us that such a union with God is not reserved only to god-forms, but to human beings themselves. Such union is available to each of us if we so desire it, if that desire is willing to sacrifice our ego of separation to our spirit of unification. It is a desire we all have within us, but a desire to which few are willing to fully open and commit themselves.
And so my personal daily mantra: “God and I are One. In all that I Think. In all that I Say. In all that I Do.” Said over and over again, I remind myself of my true spiritual being, my true spiritual path. These moments of divine sharing give peace and quiet confidence to life. All in One. God and I Are One. Not God, but As God. In perfect, unified Spirit.
© 2015 Randy Bell www.OurSpiritualWay.blogspot.com