A Course In Miracles Lesson 29
A Course in Miracles Lesson 29 states:
God is in everything I see.
How do you respond when you hear the word God? Does it bring peace? Make you wary? Make you angry? Just confuse you? Or are you indifferent? Half of humanity is comfortable with the word “God” and half of humanity is not. Religious language is often blocked out by modern minds due to the legacy of corruption and abuse brought about by institutionalized religions.
This conversation seeks to undo the slander and misuse of so-called “religious” words and restore to those words a more accurate description of their intended meaning. In these Conversations with A Course In Miracles we will attempt to bring archaic language into a modern translation.
The history of the word God, as far as we know comes from the Old English “god”, which itself is derived from the Proto-Germanic ǥuđán. Its cognates in other Germanic languages include guþ, gudis (both Gothic), guð (Old Norse), god (Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old Dutch), and got (Old High German).
Regardless of its tangled past, we are more interested in what it means today in modern minds. If I do not really grasp what is meant by the word God- I can not understand the statement:
God is in everything I see.
What is meant by God here?
Traditional Western interpretations of the concept of God speak of a gender-specific idea that God is a masculine authority a bit like Santa Clause who sees and hears everything we do and decides to either punish or reward us for behaving the way they want. This view treats God like a person who has power over others. But the word is much larger than this.
If we redefine the word God to be a more metaphysical and abstract concept that speaks of a creative phenomenon of cosmic proportion which is the source of everything- then today’s lesson starts to have more logic.
When we see the word God, let us understand it to be a short form for- the creative source of all that is. The field of all creation, where all comes from, is, and will be. When we see the word God, lets see what happens when we replace it with the words Field of Creation. So todays lesson would read:
The Field of Creation is in all that I see.
That which Makes, has made everything I see.
This is saying- Reality is a state of eternal creation, making, growing, becoming.
There is a life energy in all things. Eastern thinking calls it the Tao and they recommend following that elusive, powerful movement as a way of life. The Tao is the movement of truth through time and space. Truth is reality. Reality is a creative field… is God. So… we could say-
Truth is in all that I see… or… everything I see holds a truth.
It is sometimes very difficult to see truth in something that is clearly a distortion and a lie. So how do we bring today’s lesson to things that are untrue?
No matter how confounding something may be to us, this lesson is trying to get us to remember a unified field of existence. There is something true in whatever we see. Physical reality is not where we should look for examples of that which is real and true. Ultimately, all physical things go away or as Pema Chodron stated, “All things fall apart.” What remains after things fall apart is the Real. And that is energetic in its nature.
The closer we look into physical matter scientifically, the more spiritual (non-physical) the conditions become.
God is in everything I see. Reality is in everything I see. Reality endures past and through all physical objects. Reality (truth) is everywhere, forever.
Reality (God) is a unified field of all that is, was, and will ever be- at once, now.
Could we redefine the word God to guide us towards these ideas and away from the outdated personification ideas? If our psychology can put up with the use of religious language, we will be able to receive true teachings about the nature of the world, life, and ourselves. Let us take back the language of spiritual awareness and reclaim the word God to describe concepts of creation and truth. God is nothing to fear. God does not get angry. God is a space that includes anything and everything that wants to come into existence. God is the space-holder for adventure. The empty stage upon which it all happens. In this way, God is a state of giving, allowing, facilitating.
If we let that definition stand, today’s lesson actually means that in every situation, in every person I meet, and every obstacle I encounter- so also is God there- space there, room for change, room for becoming. We are all unified by a field of expanding creation.
The purpose of this physical life we are living is to learn how to connect with and experience the eternal conditions of true reality as we move through the temporary expressions of creation.
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