You Are Life Itself
Grace is the movement of Oneness as it manifests and “plays” in this world of duality. Grace is the effect of Oneness on creation, like the wind upon the water. This world and every other world in the infinity that is creation was made manifest as an expression of the Oneness and also provides experience for the Oneness. This Oneness is another word for God or what I have called the Father or, more simply, the intelligence behind and expressing through all life.
Whether you are religious or not, it is likely apparent to you that there is intelligence behind and imbued in life, in fact, an incomprehensible intelligence from your perspective. To capitalize “intelligence” and call it “an Intelligence” may not be acceptable to some and is also not a fair representation, as it implies a particular being, a Supreme Being.
The intelligence I am speaking about is not a being, unless you would describe that being as All That Is or one that encompasses all life within infinity. This infinity cannot be grasped by you, and you have no language to depict it accurately. Since I am limited by your language, I will have to refer to this creative force or intelligence as if it existed separate from you and from creation, while it does not.
If you have had a mystical experience, you may feel that you have experienced God or the truth about life. And yet, it is quite impossible to experience the fullness of this truth while you remain in a body. Even I and others like me, who are no longer physical, have not experienced the fullness of this truth, as this infinite intelligence remains unfathomable even to those further along the evolutionary path than you. And yet, here I am attempting to write about it in a way that will light your path.
Contemplate this for a moment: your infinite existence. What if you thought of yourself as infinite existence instead of a limited mortal, constrained within a body? What if you knew yourself as infinite existence? Could you suffer? If you realized how very fleeting each of your experiences is, could you suffer?
What if your thoughts, your feelings, and even your sensations were not personal, that is, what if they didn’t appear to be happening to someone, but just to life? What if you are the experiencing of life in a particular locality and not the one who has a story about those experiences? What if life is just life, not “your life”? That is the truth.
You are God’s experience of the universe in the particular corner of the universe inhabited by your body-mind. Your body-mind localizes experience and makes it seem that you are having a particular experience, but you are having this experience on behalf of God, the Creator. You are the Creator experiencing life through the particular body-mind that is attached to the imaginary sense of you.
You know what this feels like whenever you simply stop thinking yourself into creation. Your thoughts create the sense of being you. The proof is that when you stop thinking, which is rare for most people, you stop creating this imaginary you, and you lose yourself in the Mystery; you experience the truth about who you really are. But because the experience of the Truth is often uncomfortable, since it is unfamiliar, most people quickly return to creating themselves through thought.
Of course, you were designed to do this. The great Illusion is not a mistake but designed to allow the Formless to experience itself as form. The Formless imagines a possible character and “Voila!” that imagination is made manifest and takes on a life of its own, thanks to something similar to what you understand as programming.
This is not to say that the Creator knows how you will behave in every circumstance, because as part of your design, you were also endowed with free will, the ability to make choices within the circumstances and abilities you were given. You can’t choose to be other than you are or to have talents other than those you have, but you can choose how you will be as this character—how you play this character.
How you choose to be determines how you will experience life. You don’t create everything about your life, just as you don’t create your programming (although your soul in conjunction with other forces agrees to that programming). But you do create your experience of life by what you choose to believe and how you respond to the conditions in which you find yourself.
The Divine gives you free will, but it has a will of its own, which sometimes trumps your free will. You don’t always get what you want, because life has a higher order and a higher plan within which your existence fits. You are guided by this higher will to fit into the greater plan.
Yes, God has a will, and that will is carried out by Grace. But that will is not separate from your will. You actually want what God wants, although you don’t always know that. Sometimes you think you want something else, but you are mistaken. Then God shows you that by either letting you have what you think you want or by not letting you have it. You are always better off when you want what God wants.What does God want, and how do you know what that is?
- When God wants you to learn something, God lets you have what you think you want.
- When God wants you to make a different choice, God doesn’t let you have what you think you want.
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