April 6 2005

The first step in a true understanding is to dispose of our existing concept of God.  Any idea that is transcendent is by its very nature beyond our comprehension, so we can never have a true idea of Divinity, all we can have is a feeling.

One of the greatest areas of fascination for me is the archetypal nature of our stories and movies; our fables, ballads and fairy tales.  They are virtually all bound by the same theme of protagonist, antagonist and some form of conflict in which the protagonist is victorious.  A person might think that such a narrow structure would somehow bore us.  Yet every time we venture outside of this simple structure our stories are rejected. 

The fact is that we all relate so strongly to this theme because we all share this same inner story.  Every person is striving to be a better person from their limited understanding; from their box.  The box, or prison, that we all relate to is the apparent limitation of our physical experience.  Our box is our inner antagonist, and rules us by our belief in it; by the belief that we stand alone.  Our protagonist is that inner sense of potential defined by all the qualities we accept as healthy; qualities of feeling such as love, compassion, understanding and appreciation.  All these feelings define a deep recognition of our connection on some level.

Our proof of God is this very level of connectivity.  Not in the traditional western idea of some 'guy in the sky' but rather that knowing deeper than knowing which allows us to relate to the same story proclaiming our universal bond.

It is interesting to note that the more a person struggles with this awareness of our fundamental oneness (or Godness, it's all the same) the more their tastes run toward violent conflict.  Both in actual life and in the stories they relate to.  The story is the catharsis; the healing of that inner rift.  With this understanding we can help people to heal this rift in their own lives.

In my parenting I have consistently brought this awareness to my children.  In my teaching and in my example I have consistently portrayed this truth.  Rather than attempting to 'protect' them from violent stories I have helped them to understand these movies as a reflection of their inner conflict.  Every time the protagonist wins their inner Divinity is reaffirmed.  My children don't have much interest in violence because they recognize this deep Oneness.  They know there is a 'God' because they feel it and they recognize the feeling.

You too know this on a deep level and can now start to understand violence as the very healing of violence.  When we no longer live in denial and judgment we give the world permission to forgive herself; we bring peace, we bring love, we bring ourselves.

In Love and Light,