I Am That!!December 24, 2009
Inspired by a statement in Michael Bernard Beckwith’s book, “Spiritual Liberation”” – “Realize that you are an individualized expression of the one life of Spirit that has become your very own Self”- I got a realization of the big difference a seemingly small tweak in terminology can make.
I’d already made the transition from the old “me here, God up there” concept to “God’s everywhere, including in me” many years ago. Still there was a sense of separation: “I want to commune with the Source”; even “God and I are one”, while affirming unity, still feels like it’s talking about 2 separate entities.
But “I am That”! “I am Spirit”! “My essence is God”! “I am made from God”! There is no separation- although I am not the totality of God (by any means), I (and you and everything) am (we are) It!! (And “Thou art That”!)
In trying to describe this feeling, the parental terminology came up: “God the Father”; “Mother-Father God”. Of course, this can bring up the old anthropomorphic concept, when taken anywhere-near literally; but felt, instead, it’s seen as a metaphor, which describes the feeling, the realization, that we are “made of God-stuff”, and the unity with God, without barriers, can be sort of likened to that of a parent with its child: an inseparable genetic and emotional / love-based connection. The feeling of an unbreakable family bond, something constant, etc.- but even more connected than that. Again, this is a metaphor, trying to describe an experience of God. As Bishop John Shelby Spong says, we cannot define God, but we can describe our experiences of God…
So we are describing this unity, this always-open communication (and communion). Another useful metaphor (which also goes along with modern science) is the communication between different parts of the body, like the brain and the eye, for example (both of which, along with all parts, and all cells, it has now been shown, have intelligence). So God and I (and you and everything) are parts of the whole (and the whole, of course is all God!), and there is constant connection and communication between all of these.
Aha! So God is all, and I am a part of that All! Not one with It; not connected to It- a part of It!
So, what’s the point? The point is, I’m not (we’re not) sitting here, separate from God, working toward communication and a feeling of unity. I am (we are) a part of God, inseparable, indivisible, always! So that omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniaction is always here, and no effort is required to “get it”. Joy! I am (we are) always fulfilled!!!