We continue our look at how our ancient spiritual masters intuited that we are more connected than we believed - to God, to one another, to everything. We continue looking at the implication of that ancient understanding when we fracture our relationships. The "connectedness" principle profoundly affects how we approach repairing the breaches that happen among us. In this lesson, we continue to look at the difficulty and imperative of forgiveness and reconciliation.
We've been talking about the ancient intuition among our spiritual masters that told us we are more connected than we believed - to God, to one another, to everything. If we believe that; if that gets into our heads and hearts, it has profound implications for how we live; and particularly to this issue that so plagues us - forgiveness. Let's talk about forgiveness again.
When our images of God go through an expanding metamorphosis, the kind or praying we used to do when we still had only one image gets challenged. For many of us, the only image of God we had was 'Our Father Who art in heaven." When this becomes one way of thinking about God among many, the way of praying many of us grew up with gets a bit uncomfortable... and is often abandoned. So, can Quantum Christians still pray? In this lesson, I'll suggest we can.
The idea of God exists at a deep, deep part of our reality. It is a bedrock of our sense of ultimacy. And this shapes our every action and reaction. There is an axiom we use around the church a lot: "you become like the god you worship." If yours is a punitive god, not long, and you become punitive. If your god says "love, love, love," but in the end shows up with violence and revenge, yours is a hypocrite god. It's not long before you will normalize hypocrisy (you'll call it something less offensive, of course), and soon become
"Dirt" actually has a derogatory connotation. Perhaps "Ground" would be better... maybe "Ground of All Being." Yes, that's better. Historical, even. Listen as we think about Psalm 139 from two vantage points. If we think of God as superman, we read the psalm one way. If we think of God as the soil in which we are rooted; another. Once again, we are trying to reframe some of our fundamental instincts about God in a way that will work in the Quantum worldview. Change our view of God, and we change our spiritual experience.
Jesus said some things that if we're honest, are absurd. Love your enemy? How is that going to work? In this lesson I'll suggest it's only possible if we radically alter our most basic ways of thinking about reality.