The Spiritual Golden Rule
Warning! Before proceeding to review this article further, understand, you are about to be exposed to information that the majority of the gaggle you know may not be ready for.
By Ethan Indigo Smith | Contributing Writer
Warning! Before proceeding to review this article further, understand, you are about to be exposed to information that the majority of the gaggle you know may not be ready for. If you are sheepish or fidgety like a chicken, move along. If you are a believer and not a seeker, do not read this. This article is for seekers, not believers.
Now — here is the ‘death sentence’, a sentence the likes of which has gotten people killed for millennia: There is no God as monotheistic religious systems put forth. Apparently, most people who utter it are killed right as they say ‘there is no God…’ and they do not finish the sentence, as monotheists only seem to hear the first half.
There is the potential that any monotheistic interpretation of God is correct, but there is not only that potential, for God is limitless. Limitlessness cannot be limited to just one human interpretation, idea or religious construct. However monotheism limits the concept of “God” to a certain quantity with specific qualities, boundaries and definitions.
Monotheism also breaks the ‘Golden Rule’ — which is, essentially, do no harm to others and treat others mutually respectfully and compassionately. This rule extends to allowing others to pursue their spirituality however they see fit. Dictating how others proceed breaks that rule. We all can climb to the mountaintop using our own route. Your own spiritual path is your own path, only. Dictating otherwise through institutionalization and doctrine is harsh, and causes harshness.
In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:12
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God is Everything
There is no outside intelligent being watching over the entirety of creation. Rather, God is creation, creation is God. God is the intelligence inside of creation. God is the intelligence emanating from and underlying all creation, not an overseeing entity beyond creation. God is creation itself, here and beyond. God is the intelligence imbued in all of creation. God is everything, everywhere.
Everything is energy. The intelligence of God is energy, the most outstanding, loving, life-giving energy coursing through everything and all of us, uniting everything. This godliness, this holy wholeness, is expansive both inwardly and outwardly. God is energy both cosmic and atomic, here and now, but there is no God as monotheism most ardently puts forth — there is no detectable outside intelligence in charge, rather, there is intelligence and godliness in everything, charged.
God is the underlying, unifying, unspeakable intelligence that connects you to everything. God is not an outside entity, but the energy of holiness, wholeness, knowingness, lovingness, and expansion — the purity of entirety. Where monotheism bases itself on the concept of one God, outside creation, I believe God is infinite energy — it is creation. God is infinite, not finite.
That said, God is capable of Being in infinite forms in a singular moment, thus every speck of dust in the universe has a God — is God — as the Hindu traditions sometimes put forth. And thus, as the American Indian traditions variously put forth, everywhere has the potential to be the centre of the universe, from heart to mountain. This fundamental understanding does not negate the concept of a supreme creator God consciousness, and more importantly, highlights that many systems and organizations that claim to offer the path to God do not actually operate in line with godliness, and walk in the dark rather than the light — in stagnation, disconnection and limitation instead of amplification, connection and limitlessness.
Of course, I could be totally wrong about this. God is limitless and timeless, like energy, and beyond our understanding, and there very well might exist the exact same figure monotheists believe in as “God”. Indeed, I don’t know. What I do know is that limiting God to one form or interpretation ensures that the interpretation will likely be wrong, and as history has proven, potentiates that the interpretation will be used for wrong — to institutionalize and therefore co-opt the individual relationship with God.
If you believe that you know God, you really do not. If you seek to know you as God, you really might!
The Spiritual Golden Rule: Thou shall not force spirituality, religion, or dogma on others. Treat all pathways to the peak of enlightenment with kindness, so long as they also practice The Golden Rule.
“Love the world as your own self, then you can truly care for all things. Look, it cannot be seen, it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard, it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held. It is intangible. These three are indefinable. Therefore they are joined in one. From above, it is not bright, from below it is not dark, an unbroken thread beyond description. It returns to nothingness. The form of the formless, the image of the imageless, it is called indefinable and beyond imagination. Stand before it, and there is no beginning. Follow it, and there is no end. Stay with the ancient Tao. Move with the present. Knowing the ancient beginning, is the essence of Tao.” ~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Te Zu
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The Metaphysics of Monotheism
Believers stop seeking. This book is for seekers, not believers.
Ethan Indigo Smith’s latest work, ‘The Metaphysics of Monotheism’, is a thought-provoking exploration of God, spirituality, monotheism and the occult, and reveals just how monotheism, through religious conditioning, turns seekers into believers, preventing the spiritual individual from continuing their personal spiritual development.
If you want to buy The Metaphysics of Monotheism, it’s widely available here.
About the Author
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.