So, for some reason (I think fear) I’m seeing a rise in the religiously zealous (and I meant that in the most insulting form of zealotry). I am seeing far more people claim such preposterous things such as “True humility is inspired by a knowledge that we are less than God, and will always remain so.” Yeah some psycho wack-job felt the need to tell me that. First off this is just stupid because true humility comes from acknowledging not only your strengths and potential but that of everyone around you, it recognizes that you are not necessarily better than others, but that you are worthy of pride, hence the phrase “Don’t be so humble, you’re not that great.” To just say that you are inferior isn’t humility, it’s self-loathing.
Second of all is this idiotic concept that we are less than God. Why would a perfect being create anything that wasn’t perfect? Why would a being of love create something only to worship it? Why would an all knowing being create something that could only sin and make mistakes? Unlike some people, I don’t believe God is stupid or psychotic, nor does he bear any of the personality disorders we see in people. God would have no reason to create something inferior to himself. Just because we’re caught in the bad dream that is this world, doesn’t mean that in reality we are inferior to our creator. If we were, God would be the worst parent in existence because it would mean he intentionally wanted his children to be inferior to him. A true/good parent only loves and wishes the best for their children and only want to be loved and respected back from their children. Only a sick person would want worship from anyone.
“You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect.” –A Course in Miracles, Text, Chapter 2, I:1:3
You, your soul, are a creation of God, it is perfect, and it is divine. There are only three belief systems that fully deny this divinity. Atheism, Islam (except for the Sufi’s), and close-minded Christianity which doesn’t know how to properly read their own book. (And remind me of all the problems those belief systems cause?)
Don’t believe me?
Let’s look at some of the texts throughout the world.
“An eternal part of Myself [God], manifesting as a living soul in the world of being” Bhagavad Gita 15:7
“It is God, and God alone, who has encased Himself as the soul in the many human beings He has created.”—Paramahansa Yogananda, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
Lesson 35 from the Workbook for Student of A Course in Miracles
My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.
Even the Buddhists who are agnostic as to the nature of the soul and God, and believe that every living thing has a soul, still recognize the special place the human soul has in creation as the most perfect opportunity to reach enlightenment.
Imagine a wide ocean with a golden yoke adrift upon it. In the depths of ocean swims a single blind turtle, who surfaces for air once every hundred years. How rare would it be for the turtle to surface with its head through the hole in the yoke? The Buddha said that attaining a precious human rebirth is rarer than that.—The Dalai Lama The Way to Freedom
And of course the central line in the Bible that shows this point:
“God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him” Gen 1:27 (New American Bible)
Did you think this was in reference to your physical appearance? That God is a biped that looks like a highly evolved chimp? No it’s in reference to your soul, that the soul of a human being is something divine and perfect. (Even more so for Christians for whom Christ, who is the image of God, (2 Corinthians 4:4) thus connecting the image of God which has already been connected to all humans, but to Christ, and what made Christ special).
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point. Every sane religion is based on the idea that the human soul is divine, every religious belief that is at the heart of suffering and misery denies this basic truth.
We are made in the image of God, we are a part of God, and we are divine. We just have forgotten that.
Why do I bring this all up as this week’s mediation?
Because it is falling for this lie of the ego that we are inferior, that we are not good enough, that nothing we can do will ever be good enough, that more than anything keeps people held back. It is a belief that engenders self-loathing, because if you are imperfect what possible reason could there be for God in his perfection to love you, and if God can’t, who can? It is a belief that engenders fear, because if you are not divine then you have no control over your life and your free will amounts to nothing. It is a belief that engenders hatred, defeat, hopelessness and everything that is not God. And if you think that I’m taking these little ideas to an illogical extreme, remember that your ego wants you to take them to an illogical extreme because when you realize you are God and not your ego, you ego will cease to be and you will at once be one with God. And your ego will fight violently to protect the illusion of its existence.
I bring it up, as I have brought it up in various other forms, because the belief that you can with God’s help and the help of beings who are already enlightened (the true meaning of “No one can come to the Father except through me” isn’t a call that everyone should be a Christian, it’s statement that only through enlightenment—Christ-consciousness as some would call it—does one become one with God again) once again regain the self-knowledge of your divinity and return you to your place of perfection as the Son of God.
So for this week every chance you have, remind yourself that you are the Son of God. You are perfect. You are divine.
Or you can pull from this list of mantras from A Course in Miracles:
God is in everything I see because God is in my mind
My mind is a part of God’s. I am very holy
My holiness blesses the world.
My holiness is my salvation.
God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.
I am the light of the world.
Love created me like itself.
I am entitled to miracles.
I am as God created me.
I am one Self, united with my Creator.
Yes, theoretically this could give rise to arrogance and pompousness…but you know what, I’m not seeing that as being the biggest problem in the world right now. Let’s deal with the problem at hand.
But if you really feel yourself drifting to the arrogance repeat this one from the Course:
Forgiveness is the function of the light of the world. Let me not forget my function.
That should bring you back to balance.
Do you grok?