God Within Unmasks and Transforms

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Psalm 139:1-8 1 Lord, you have examined me. You know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up. Even from far away, you comprehend my plans. You study my traveling and resting. You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways. There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord, that you don’t already know completely. You surround me—front and back. You put your hand on me. That kind of knowledge is too much for me; it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it. Where could I go to get away from your spirit? Where could I go to escape your presence? If I went up to heaven, you would be there. If I went down to the grave,[a] you would be there too!
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

When God is conceived as an external super-being, saying that God knows me is both assumed and scary. Assumed because that super-being is omniscient; scary because that omniscient God is also omnipotent (that is, bears the means for saving me or doing me in). I don’t (can’t) connect with God. God does the connecting; I can only be obedient.

When God is conceived as an inner presence, responsibility shifts from God to me. To connect with God requires my doing the inner, ‘spiritual’ work of being open to the possibilities that lie within my unconscious — the possibility for movement toward wholeness and integration and the possibility of remaining a truncated, abridged, incomplete human being because I am unaware of my shadow side and its compelling influence on my thoughts and actions. When I am moving towards wholeness and integration then I am in touch with God within.

To be intimately connected with God in my inward being means being in touch with a dynamic process that is more than just my own personal integration. That dynamic which I find within links me with all those others who are seeking, searching, pursuing God and, in fact, links me with the creative processes of the world around me — co-creator with God, others, world.

It’s hard to explain (‘impossible,’ ‘futile,’ or even ‘absurd’ might be better words in this context) the nature of this connection. It is the simplicity of a daisy which stretches toward the life-giving rays of the sun, giving its all to continuing growth in its radiant beauty. At the same time it is as complex as at the movement of atoms that can be described as orbiting electrons around a core nucleus, but which when observed at its quantum level is a contradiction of realities. The mystics describe the divine-human process as ineffable (meaning that they describe it as indescribable). The Celtics simply describe God-process as a thin place.

Eric Weiner gives a beautiful description of thin places in a 2012 NY Times OpEd piece on travel:

They are locales where … were able to catch glimpses of the divine, or the transcendent or, as I like to think of it, the Infinite Whatever. … Thin places … transform us — or, more accurately, unmask us. In thin places, we become our more essential selves.

So, God (the God-process) is that which unmasks and transforms us at our deepest levels resulting in our moving more toward howe truly are. The God-process is a description of our engaging the Son of Man Archetype, of our following the Way of Yeshua, the unique Human Being (Son of Man).

Where can I go to flee from the God-process, to hide from the Son of Man. There is nowhere to go because I take me with me as I go and the God-process (God) is within me and goes with me.


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