In the October 3rd blog, I wrote about the topic discussed at the UCCW September Prayer and Praise Gathering – Who is the God you pray to? Where is the God you pray to? Reviewing the Three Faces of God chapter from the book Integral Christianity by Paul R. Smith, we discussed the infinite God, the intimate God and the Inner God. Today, I will share how I experience the inner God. I shared how I experience the intimate God in my October 11th blog.
The inner God is the divine within me. I will admit this is a harder one to put my arms around or conceptualize. Jesus not only said that he was the light of the world but that we too are the light of the world. Jesus said if you have done it to the least of these you have done it to me. It is clear, I am divine being. God is within me. However, do I really believe this?
It seems much easier to just pray to the intimate God that I mentioned in my October 11th blog. He is my Father. He listens to me. I can come to Him whenever I need to speak to Him. I can come to Him when I need to listen to Him. However, it seems strange to think of me as being a divine being. What does this mean? What do I do with this?
I have found the following very helpful in realizing my own divinity and how I can use it. I often repeat to myself, be still and know that I am God. This has come for me to mean, I am a divine being. God is within me. Now that I KNOW this. I KNOW there is nothing in this world that I need to be afraid of. Wherever I go, I KNOW God is with me. When I do not know how I will complete the task at work on time, I KNOW God will be there. When I am nervously awaiting test results at the doctor, I KNOW God will be with me. When a close friend or relative passes away and I am sad, I KNOW God will be with me. When I am afraid to try something new, I KNOW God will be with me.
I want to make it clear, I am not talking about the intimate God who I talk to and listen to. I am not saying I pray or listen to God and then I move forward. Because I am divine being, I move forward because I KNOW all will be ok. There is a difference. This KNOWING gives me confidence. This KNOWING gives me freedom. This KNOWING give me life. I love the following quote by John Shelby Spong. Live life to it’s fullest, love wastefully, and be all we can be. This is what KNOWING means to me.
Go ahead and try it. Allow yourself to be a divine being. What does it allow you to KNOW?