One of the qualities I admire about atheists is that they have generally rejected a lot of really bad ideas about who God is. From ‘the Man upstairs,’ to the judgmental, angry, and punishing ‘God,’ there are a lot of really inharmonious understandings of who or what God is.
While I understand and respect that the very word ‘God’ causes great difficulty for many people, I would like to invite us not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ by rejecting not only the word ‘God,’ but also any and all ideas about God.
My own personal experience that most shook up my concept of God occurred one morning in February or March of 2016. I was meditating,* and felt this enormous sense of peace filling me and surrounding me. What I was sensing was PERFECT PEACE. There was not a vibration inside me or around me that was out of harmony with peace.
During this state of perfect peace, into my head came what I call the “Teacher Voice,” which said, “This … is … God.” That thought soaked in for a second or so, and then my ego mind, which has been theologically trained and which therefore is greatly accustomed to reading about ‘God,’ speaking about ‘God,’ listening to words about ‘God,’ and writing about ‘God,’ objected, “No! I want words!”
Of course, I then realized how utterly ludicrous that thought was, and returned gratefully, to that feeling of perfect peace. I then realized, “If this is God, everyone will fall in love with God!”
Peace is an essential concept for humanity and divinity, as well as for our experiencing Oneness; however, in English, the word ‘peace’ does not convey the fullness of meaning that it does in other languages such as the Hebrew ‘Shalom.’
Increasingly, instead of peace, the Universe (God, Holy Spirit; call it what you will) has been placing the word ‘harmony’ in the center of my awareness.
First, back around early 2014, it came to me to brand the work I do as Harmony Healing and Harmony Coaching. I named my business ‘Highest Harmony Healing & Coaching,’ because connecting with the highest levels of consciousness enables us to achieve greater harmony in life and to fulfill our highest potential. Empowering my clients to make that harmonious connection and attain that harmonic fulfillment is my goal.
Moving forward a couple of years, after the presidential election of 2016, I had to tune in through meditation for help understanding how to respond to the resulting big shift in our collective life as humanity. So, I meditated at 11:11 on 11:11, which was a Friday morning, and four harmony principles came to me to help us better get along.
The four harmony principles, as they came to me on 11/11/16, are:
- Humanity and Nature Are One.
- Humanity and Divinity Are One.
- Divinity and Nature Are One.
- We Are One.
Recently, it came to me that Harmony is another good word for God. Just as we may describe or experience God as Love, or Justice, or Peace, or Bliss, all of these aspects are encompassed in the word ‘Harmony.’ So, I invite us all to consider that there is something woven throughout the nature of this universe that seeks not just homeostasis, but harmony.
Indeed, I invite us to consider that there is an energy/consciousness throughout the universe that creates harmony, and that this energy and consciousness of Harmony and which creates Harmony exists beyond the universe, and is the Source of the universe.
I can hear the objections already: “You’re still just asking us to believe in God, and there is no such thing and there is no scientific proof of such a thing and if there were, why would it let bad things occur?”
Please notice that without freedom, we human beings do not experience harmony. Thus any real God would be granting us freedom in a universe that freely evolves or devolves, such that things that we experience as ‘bad’ can and do occur.
And yet, we also experience harmony. Have you ever noticed how great it feels when we are with a group of people, and everyone is getting along? It does not really matter if it’s family or a work group, as long as everyone is getting along beautifully, we experience that harmony as something fantastic and delightful.
It occurs to me that what may be called the ‘Buddha Mind,’ refers to a remarkable ability to maintain an inner sense of harmony despite exterior circumstances. Jesus Christ taught the practice of non-attachment, not by that terminology, but nonetheless, letting go of dependence on ‘things’ for our happiness and instead trusting completely in God for the peace in our inner being. Jesus called that inner state of harmony ‘the kingdom of God.’ Jesus also invited us to live in ways that create an outer harmony among ourselves that may also be called the kingdom, or Reign of God.
Harmony is our birthright, and harmony, which includes love, is what we are happiest and most fulfilled creating together. Harmony is an inner state of being that we can learn to create any time and all the time by learning to trust ‘God.’
What has enabled me to learn to trust God was mostly a lesson I learned directly from Buddha. During meditation, Buddha taught me that the fundamental nature of reality is: “All Is Well.” If you think about it, that state of being in which all is well is also perfectly harmonious! And if we think further about it, the state of being in which “All Is Well” is a perfect description of Source, or God, as the fundamental nature and origin of reality.
So, if the Source of all that is exists eternally and infinitely in a state of being as “All Is Well,” and if “All Is Well” and harmony are equivalent, then Harmony is another name for God. All Is Well is the nature of God, and Harmony names that very essence which creates us, and which therefore intends for us ultimately, and as often as possible, and as consistently and permanently as possible, to experience Harmony. That Source in which all is well intends for us to experience, and to assist in creating Harmony – inside ourselves, outside ourselves, and among ourselves.
May it be so!
Love and Light,
* I have now been meditating for over 20 years (Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga)