Undoubtedly, an important remedy for our world today is for people to start thinking on different lines than the status quo and the majority; different lines than the embedded thinking that has brought both our society and the ecosystems we depend on to the brink of collapse. Our challenge is that most people see matters in terms of their own perspective or even selfish benefit, even though the terms they think are to their benefit are also to their detriment — such as the example of commercial globalization, which provides people with cheap convenient access to resources and products but to the detriment of personal self-sufficiency, local economies and our environment, which are ultimately of detriment to people and their quality of life.
So why don’t more of us look beyond the perspective of the self and the status quo of the majority?
In today’s world, we are bombarded by polarized, dualistic thinking — the constant opposition of competing ideas, right/wrong, good/evil, left/right, thesis/antithesis — thinking that leads to separation not integration, contention not unity. We are immersed in mediation, steeped in opinions, steered by cultural and religious traditions – and governmental persuasions posing as such traditions, as well as an assortment of advertisements, distractions and institutional influences both overt and covert. We are so deeply inundated by such we all most frequently are prevented from observing reality unobscured by the obscurations of the status quo, of which we are mostly unaware.
People are deflected by their own opinions blocking their view — mostly, opinions that are inherited from traditional thinking or modern institutional influences like media, government and business. Their diverse near-drowning overtones all contain the commonality of steering individuals toward the opposite direction of self-development, toward institutional dependence by some mode or another. The government prefers you disempowered and obedient, corporations prefer you needing and wanting, and the media prefers you confused and convincible.
One of the most obvious and pertinent obscurations relates to the religions of the world, but more specifically than the religions of the world, the monotheist institutions of the world. The coordination of ideas with the veracity of God and God’s institutions adds a bit of steadfast certainty to the said opinions and ideas, no matter the religion, but when ideas are engaged in monotheist tone, a whole new set of certainty results — a certainty refuting all else.
Monotheism is commonly understood to mean the belief in one God. This is in fact an incorrect understanding. Monothesim is not the belief in one God for Hinduism arguably believes in one God, only limitless in potentiating itself among numerous forms of godliness and living beings, with numerous versions of envisioning, celebrating and perceiving God. Monotheism is the belief in only one way to perceive God. In essence, monotheists believe there is but one way to perceive God, and that those who practice other ways of relating to God and experiencing their spirituality are heretics, fools, liars, and so on.
Again, this is thinking that leads to separation not integration. It is both a philosophical and mathematical absolute that if you split one among some, you have automatically created division, at least two parts. The abstraction of the one way to do a thing, one way to reason a thing, one way to perceive a thing, creates divisive polarity: right/wrong, good/bad. When it comes to money, it creates another polarizing dynamic: rich/poor.
Monotheism and Money
In a culture steeped in consumerism, politicism and scientism, and completely detached from its spirituality, money is the new “one true God”. Most people — and indeed our entire destructive culture — measure things via the bottom line, quantifying decision making in monetary terms, not social, ethical, moral, spiritual, etc. Many others hold just as steadfastly to other modalities that are justified by one sort of monotheist teaching or another — one “right way” to think, be and do in areas as diverse as medicine, religion, social justice, political reform, or scientific discovery. This has led to a polarized society in conflict with itself, a society unable to make any genuine progress forward.
The monothematic stances prevalent today, no matter their diverse perspectives and objectives, share a very stark commonality; justification of monothematic directions based on monotheism or money. And this is true no matter who the institutional leader is: recently US President Trump most starkly declared that the murder of a US based Saudi journalist was no reason to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and in the past President Bush II infamously stated ‘Money trumps peace’ — just like so many leaders and authoritarian figures before them.
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” — William Bruce Cameron (often attributed to Albert Einstein)
So before you find yourself justifying an idea with the limited thinking of monotheism and money, understand that there is some serious conditioning being perpetuated here. There may be a singular godliness in the limitlessness, however there is more than one way to perceive God. There may be an easy way to quantify energy exchanges using money, however it is not the only way of measuring value in our society. The fact that you may not yet see or understand it just shows how strong our social conditioning is.
Monotheism and money steer monothematic thinking and being, no matter its variation, no matter who their messiah is and no matter if they await a messiah or not. The polarized thinking that characterizes monotheism and money create monothematic mind states, distorting the authentic nature of humanity. But there is more than one way to perceive a subject or object; and whenever someone states there is only one way to see a thing, they are mistakenly limiting and narrowing their own perspective.
Monotheism is a limited mode of thinking, and today, money is its fuel. The one eye of mon ey(e) subjugates modes of thinking and being other than the institutionalized status quo. Mon o theism subjugates all other ideas and expressions but the one-way ism, deism, idealism, and corporatism subjugating alternatives to the status quo in entirety. There is more than one way to see, do and say the same thing.
The Spiritual Golden Rule
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
Warning! Before proceeding to review this article further, understand, you are about to be exposed to information that the majority of the gaggle you know may not be ready for. If you are sheepish or fidgety like a chicken, move along. If you are a believer and not a seeker, do not read this. This article is for seekers, not believers.
Now — here is the ‘death sentence’, a sentence the likes of which has gotten people killed for millennia: There is no God as monotheistic religious systems put forth. Apparently, most people who utter it are killed right as they say ‘there is no God…’ and they do not finish the sentence, as monotheists only seem to hear the first half.
There is the potential that any monotheistic interpretation of God is correct, but there is not only that potential, for God is limitless. Limitlessness cannot be limited to just one human interpretation, idea or religious construct. However monotheism limits the concept of “God” to a certain quantity with specific qualities, boundaries and definitions.
Monotheism also breaks the ‘Golden Rule’ — which is, essentially, do no harm to others and treat others mutually respectfully and compassionately. This rule extends to allowing others to pursue their spirituality however they see fit. Dictating how others proceed breaks that rule. We all can climb to the mountaintop using our own route. Your own spiritual path is your own path, only. Dictating otherwise through institutionalization and doctrine is harsh, and causes harshness.
In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:12
God is Everything
There is no outside intelligent being watching over the entirety of creation. Rather, God is creation, creation is God. God is the intelligence inside of creation. God is the intelligence emanating from and underlying all creation, not an overseeing entity beyond creation. God is creation itself, here and beyond. God is the intelligence imbued in all of creation. God is everything, everywhere.
Everything is energy. The intelligence of God is energy, the most outstanding, loving, life-giving energy coursing through everything and all of us, uniting everything. This godliness, this holy wholeness, is expansive both inwardly and outwardly. God is energy both cosmic and atomic, here and now, but there is no God as monotheism most ardently puts forth — there is no detectable outside intelligence in charge, rather, there is intelligence and godliness in everything, charged.
God is the underlying, unifying, unspeakable intelligence that connects you to everything. God is not an outside entity, but the energy of holiness, wholeness, knowingness, lovingness, and expansion — the purity of entirety. Where monotheism bases itself on the concept of one God, outside creation, I believe God is infinite energy — it is creation. God is infinite, not finite.
That said, God is capable of Being in infinite forms in a singular moment, thus every speck of dust in the universe has a God — is God — as the Hindu traditions sometimes put forth. And thus, as the American Indian traditions variously put forth, everywhere has the potential to be the center of the universe, from heart to mountain. This fundamental understanding does not negate the concept of a supreme creator God consciousness, and more importantly, highlights that many systems and organizations that claim to offer the path to God do not actually operate in line with godliness, and walk in the dark rather than the light — in stagnation, disconnection and limitation instead of amplification, connection and limitlessness.
Of course, I could be totally wrong about this. God is limitless and timeless, like energy, and beyond our understanding, and there very well might exist the exact same figure monotheists believe in as “God”. Indeed, I don’t know. What I do know is that limiting God to one form or interpretation ensures that the interpretation will likely be wrong, and as history has proven, potentiates that the interpretation will be used for wrong — to institutionalize and therefore co-opt the individual relationship with God.
If you believe that you know God, you really do not. If you seek to know you as God, you really might!
The Spiritual Golden Rule: Thou shall not force spirituality, religion, or dogma on others. Treat all pathways to the peak of enlightenment with kindness, so long as they also practice The Golden Rule.
“Love the world as your own self, then you can truly care for all things. Look, it cannot be seen, it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard, it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held. It is intangible. These three are indefinable. Therefore they are joined in one. From above, it is not bright, from below it is not dark, an unbroken thread beyond description. It returns to nothingness. The form of the formless, the image of the imageless, it is called indefinable and beyond imagination. Stand before it, and there is no beginning. Follow it, and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao. Move with the present. Knowing the ancient beginning, is the essence of Tao.” ~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Te Zu
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