The reason I don’t title this “Cooperating with God” is because each of us has generated our own idea of God in our heads. We then believe that the idea of God which we have – with all the character traits that we assign to the “God” in our head – is the real God that exists. In essence, as individuals, we have created our own God in our own minds. Our own minds fall way short in being able to conceptualize the real God.
Even when we join others, in organized religions, or accepted spiritual beliefs systems, we have our own individual slant on these ways of believing. This means that on the Earth today, considering we have 7-8 billion people on the planet, we have that number of ideas of who and what God is. Is there any wonder why when we tell others that our beliefs (ideas in our head of what God is) are right and their beliefs (ideas in their heads of what God is) are wrong (or vice versa)- that we have wars, wars and more wars?
There truly is no way for any human to have a comprehensive and finished idea of who and what God is. If we allow for our learning to change as we grow older, we would also allow for our understanding of God to change as we grow older. The fact is our beliefs and ideas of God were never exactly the same during any part of our lives growing into adulthood. If we continue this path, our idea of God can grow and evolve throughout our entire lives.
The challenge is to accept that our path of learning an ever-growing and changing idea of God, will continue even unto our own death. Don’t worry. This is okay. There is no book, religious or spiritual belief that gives us the task of completely, and comprehensively understanding the ALL OF GOD. We barely learn to understand much of ourselves throughout this entire life. It’s possibly more important to have an open mind about God, than have a complete understanding of God. Remember, once we lock onto the idea, thought or belief that we completely understand God, in any particular moment, we are no longer open to gaining an even greater understanding than we momentarily have.
However, when we start thinking about “Love”, and considering what Love is, we start coming together in similar awareness of the experience of Love. We no longer have billions of ideas of love, but rather billions of experiences of that which is Love. These experiences of love – from the act of loving another person, or life, or life form, we recognize as vastly similar to others’ experiences of love. So, when we talk of Love, each of us has a connection to the concept, feelings, experiences and understanding of Love which other people have as well. For the most part, we all hold to the same sense of what Love is. This is why we can make so many movies with Love as the theme, and so many people can relate and enjoy the movies.
Cooperating with Love becomes understandable. Anyone who loves their partner, spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend, pet, etc, at some point, recognizes that they love them. Loving is a consistent experience. Even if we change the target of our love, we are still able to recognize that we love, when we change targets. When we talk of Love and Loving with someone, we are able to understand the experience to which the other person is referring.
The challenge, then is to cooperate with the Love that we have within us. Instead of acting from an idea of God that is in our head, we act from the love we know first hand. This can vastly change what we put forth into our relationships and into the Earth.
Many will quote the well-known axiom, “God is Love”, but again, we have our billions of different ideas of God that comes with that axiom. In turn, we barely understand what this saying could mean. It’s an idea that starts with an unknown. Some would even say that God is the opposite of Love – anger, hate, vengefulness. Isn’t that what humans exhibit many times when we take up the flag of our own “God” and wage war?
I prefer “Love is God” (Rainbow Cards, ©, 1990-2016). We know the experience of love and loving. The experience of Love and Loving then brings a whole new dimension to the idea of God. This brings a dimension of personal experience. If we’ve experienced Love by loving another, and in turn, allow for the possibility of God being connected to Love, then we can add this experience to our understanding of our limited belief of God. We can add a personal experience of a part of God.
I also prefer, “If we want a direct experience of God, then Love someone.” (Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009)
As human beings, we have the freewill to choose our own beliefs about God and religions. Many will choose “God is hate, God is anger, God is vengefulness” and live from these beliefs – cooperating with these beliefs. But, at anytime, we can also choose to Love, thus making Love real in the Earth and in our relationships – cooperating with Love. Because our understanding of God is ever-changing and ever-growing, we can learn one or the other. While some may choose “God is hate”, we don’t have to do the same. We know that Love is real. We’ve experienced it. We know that Love is good. We’ve experienced that, also. We know that Love is worthwhile. We know that Love is valuable, and we can love at any moment of any day. We know that we can add more Love into this world, and it will change relationships and change the world. We can choose, “Love is God” and make this part of God real in the Earth.
Love is real; love is patient; love is kind; love is forgiving; love is merciful; love is powerful; Love is God.
Yes! Thank you, Jodie, for writing and sharing your insights! Your thoughts and writings help me to grow, and I am thankful!