We humans often become so confused about our sense of self and our relationship with God. In my most recent blog post, I wrote in part about my “self,” and since I heard little in response from readers, I would like to explain that the part of my “self” about which I wrote, to me, is an expression of Godde, rather than a part of me for which I would take credit (granted it may have sounded that way!).
We experience reality through the eyes of either our egos, or our Higher Selves. When we look at ourselves through the eyes of ego, we take credit for who we are and what we do. When we begin to see ourselves through the eyes of our Souls, or Higher Selves, it is as though a veil has been removed, and we begin to see that anything “good” which we find in ourselves is, in truth, not “us” (or “me:) at all!
Rather, through a higher, soulful perspective – a God’s eye view, if you will – we see that the beauty, the kindness, the compassion, the wisdom, the intelligence, the purity, that is within us, is all Who-God-Is-In-Us.
When we use the I AM statements as a tool for becoming aware of our Divine Oneness, we can therefore affirm: “I AM the beauty that is within me.” By this statement, we affirm that everything beautiful, loving, and good within us truly comes from Godde – we did not make ourselves.
Furthermore, our actions, choices, and words, when they are loving, wise, and true, also come from Godde. Karma yoga teaches the principle of union with Godde through engaging in self-less acts of service, through which the devotee becomes aware that it is “not I, but Godde who acts through me.” This is true for all of us – all of us, as we empty ourselves of ego, allow more space for Godde to be Present-Within-Us, and therefore for Godde to act through us.
So, for the examples I gave in the last blog post about seeing purity in myself, and helping a homeless gentleman, I take no credit. I rejoice in seeing myself empty of “me” and “self” with a small ‘s’ and filled instead with the beauty of Who-God-Is-in-me. In Christianity, this has been expressed variously as “having the mind of Christ,” and “dying to our old selves and rising to new life in Christ.” In Buddhism, this has been referred to as having the Buddha mind. In Vedanta Hinduism, this is Self-Realization, or Krishna Consciousness.
As a matter of fact, as I am being led forward in the direction of Self-Realization, I am becoming aware that the more I look inside myself at the talents and accomplishments, the loving thoughts, loving desires and loving feelings, the more I realize that I am experiencing Who-God-Is within “me.” As one of the Ascended Masters said to me last summer, “There is no me. There is only us.”
God is one, but God is essentially relational. In Genesis, the divine refers to “us” and “our image.” In Christianity, the divine is expressed, by many, though not all Christians, as a trinity of persons. In Islam, God has 99 names, or attributes. In Hinduism, there are a variety of understandings of the Divine Self: Sat, Tat, Aum, or Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver), and Shiva (Transformer/Destroyer), along with Shakti (the feminine creative energy in the universe, and within our own bodies), Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu), and others.
What is clear to me at this stage of my own progress is, that it is necessary to become “fully human” before we become “fully divine,” or allow the flowering of our Divine Self, which is Self-Realization. Becoming fully human includes becoming fully aware of the truths of our own inner being, and expressing this inner Self openly, honestly, purely, and freely.
Becoming fully divine necessitates that we begin fully to see Who-God-Is-In-Us, as well as connecting with Who-God-Is-Beyond-Us, so that we are able to allow the full expression of the true blending, or union of both.
May you become aware of your own inner Divine Self, and may you see the Divine Self in others.
May the Light of Love heal you, and May peace and bliss fill you,