A 7-part course by Owen Waters
Part 3 - Long Live God!
(Parts 1 and 2 can be found here)
“God is dead. Long live God!”
It is a centuries-old European tradition that, when a King died, he was promptly replaced by his successor so that no vacuum of power came into existence. In the streets, the people heard both items of news at the same time, that the old king was dead and the new king had been crowned. They would then voice their support for the new king by shouting,
“The king is dead. Long live the king!”
In Part 2 of this course, we noted the fading away of the old image of God above us in the sky due to the growing awareness of the enormous size of the universe. After all, for the universe to be filled with the Creator’s omnipresent consciousness, the Creator has to be greater in size than the Creation.
It has taken time to let go of the general belief that we on Earth are the center of all Creation. Fortunately, while the old concept of God in the sky has faded away, the new concept of God within brings us so much closer to the Creator and all of Creation. It is therefore fair to say, “Long live the new, expanded concept of God!”
We are aspects of the one Creator, as are all things in existence. Better yet, as human beings, we are endowed with self-awareness, with the curiosity to learn new things, and also with one especially undervalued faculty – imagination.
The expression, “It’s only your imagination,” is one that belittles your greatest faculty. The true situation is revealed in another expression; “We were made in the image of God.” The word “image” here does not mean “looks like.” After all, it would be hard to envisage a Creator larger than its creation – the universe – having two arms and two legs. The word “image” really means that we were created in the imagination of the Creator.
Imagination is your one creative faculty.
It is imagination – the application of consciousness in a creative direction – which laid the plans for this entire universe. In Part 2 of this course, it was said that, for Creation to succeed, there had to be a way to separate original consciousness into two complementary aspects and then have them interact with each other.
Those two aspects were the principles of pure thought and pure feeling. As humans, this idea of thought separate from feeling can be difficult to grasp because, in our experience, thoughts and feelings are always intertwined. Step back, for a moment, from your human experience, move into the realm of the abstract, and look at the original Law of Creation:
Creation = Thought + Feeling + Action
Think of pure, original Thought as imagination, intellect or intention. Think of it as a concept similar to the plans that an architect makes for a great building.
Then, think of pure, original Feeling as the energy that preserves and protects life, or the energy that makes things grow. It is related to the human concept of attention, because ideas grow as they receive your attention.
In cosmic terms, pure thought is the force of expansion that makes the universe continue to grow. Pure feeling is the counter-balancing force of contraction that holds the speed of that expansion down to a controlled, pre-determined rate.
If you were to equate the Law of Creation to a human analogy, you could say that the Divine Father and the Divine Mother work in complementary action to create and preserve the universe. In the Christian tradition, these concepts are called the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit or Divine Mother aspect of Creation fills the universe with the divine love that holds the universe together and provides the energy for the growth of all forms of life.
Now, if someone tells you that love is in the air, now you can reply knowingly, “Yes, it is!” You just have to reach out and touch the love of that aspect of the Creator to know that you are made from love and that you are loved, now and for all time.
As humans, we have inherited the power to create. Granted, our field of influence is human-size instead of universe-size, but the principle remains the same.
In the human realm, the Law of Creation is best stated in this form:
Creation = Intention + Attention + Action
And that is the key to creating a better life!
Next week, we will discuss the keys to making this formula work successfully and effectively. Until then...