In our early years of spiritual discovery, we know more on the intuitive level than we can explain.
Ideas that begin to move us at the soul level don’t touch everyone in the same way. The majority of people hover at the senses-oriented surface of life.
The spiritual awakening takes us into the deeper, intuitive realm where words and intellectual concepts fail us.
The language of the soul is direct knowing, and Jesus appeared to understand that those whose spiritual eyes were open would resonate with his message.
A Trinity of Core Values
Truth is a trinity of core values: 1) our understanding of the nature of God, 2) our understanding of the nature of the individual, 3) our understanding of the nature of the relationship between God and the individual.
There are two types of paradigms: The paradigm of separation and the paradigm of oneness.
The Paradigm of Separation
The paradigm of separation: God and the individual are separate.
Separation takes many forms. The atheist believes there is no God. The mainstream Christian believes God is up in heaven looking down. New Thought tends to embrace the soul evolutionists idea that a new age is on the verge of dawning, but has not yet arrived.
Discern the paradigm of a group or an individual and you have their understanding of Truth.
But is it the Truth.
Lesson From The Sponge
Sponge in ocean, paradigm of oneness: the soul is the water circulating within the sponge and God is the entire ocean. There is no separation.
Sponge in ocean, paradigm of separation: The sponge is the primary anchor of the individual’s identity. The ocean is out there, a thing different from the sponge.
Which paradigm is Truth? The sponge is destructible, water is not. The Truth that sets us free is the paradigm based on the indestructible soul and its oneness with God.
The Paradigm of Oneness
The paradigm of oneness most accurately represents Truth as it rests on the foundation of the omnipresence of God expressing as the indestructible soul.
Sponge in ocean: I am in the Father and the Father is in me.
The Nature of God
The Nature of God: Creative Life Force, a term that helps us avoid assigning human characteristics to God.
Every living thing is endowed from our Source with the universal desire for greater freedom.
Expressions of life, love, power and intelligence are regulated by the biological capacity of a given species.
Think of God as electricity and individual expressions as lightbulbs with various levels of wattage.
The Nature of the Individual
The Nature of the Individual: The fundamentals of life, love, power, and intelligence express as the individual soul.
John 1:1-5: Substitute Word with soul. The soul provides the material interface (personal) for God, the universal.
The soul may express through any environment capable of sustaining a physical body. The soul remains fully intact whether or not a biologically sustainable environment is available.
Human development refers to the evolution of the brain and body. The soul has always been, “in the beginning with God.”
The Relationship Between God and the Individual
Relationship between God and the soul: Absolute oneness.
There are no natural barriers between God and the soul.
Limitation of language: Speaking of God and the soul does not imply duality. There is no point where God leaves off and the individual begins.
Contrasting the Paradigms
Man by Pool of Bethesda held paradigm of separation. Pool and healing are there, I am here. I can’t get to the pool.
Jesus pointed out there were no barriers to the man’s healing. The man shifted to a paradigm of oneness.
Point A and Point B – Two Magnets
Point A/Point B analogy: The soul evolutionist considers the process of moving from Point A to Point B as the required path to successfully fulfill our soul’s destiny.
Many consider themselves firmly committed to making progress on this path but few actually believe they’re nearing their vision of perfection.
This Point A/Point B paradigm of separation assumes the condition we believe will bring us completeness exists in some future development or acquisition. At Point A, my life is inadequate because I am inadequate. I must reach some material or spiritual objective at Point B, before I experience fulfillment.
This is kicking the spiritual can down the road.
Magnets illustrate this idea. Magnets with opposing poles repel. Flip over one magnet and they attract. The paradigm of separation is the polar opposite to the paradigm of oneness. What we must flip over in ourselves is not the condition of our soul but rather our reigning paradigm.
The Elusive Now
Though the self-image finds the concept of the now moment intriguing, it cannot conceive of the eternal now as having any practical value. Everything we do at the level of the self-image is measured in relation to time and space.
Only the soul understands the eternal environment of the now moment. The soul is not fettered with the task of releasing the notions of past and future and grasping an idea foreign to its being. The soul has never known anything other than the freedom of the eternal now.
At the soul level, you don’t embrace a concept like the now moment because it seems logical. You know it as a fact of your soul, one of the many freeing revelations that your soul brings to your surface awareness.