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.
You are as dear to Life as life itself. You are life, as it is being lived by you, in your unique way. No other experience is exactly like yours. You are meant to bring a unique experience to the Divine, to this mysterious force that is life and has created all life. You are its expression—and not just your current expression. You shift and change throughout the eternity within which you exist and experience an infinite number of unique expressions.
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?
You suffer because you hold on to experiences that have already passed. You keep them alive by clinging to them through thought. You create stories around them that perpetuate the suffering. Or you suffer because you believe something that isn’t true about an experience you are having: “This shouldn’t be happening. I’ll never be happy. I can’t stand this!”
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.
That you are experiencing anything is a mirage, because you are a mirage. You are not experiencing anything. Life is experiencing something through the body-mind that seems to belong to a you. There is a body-mind that is a sensing and experiencing device, but there is actually no you, no entity, sensing and experiencing life, only life experiencing whatever it seems this imaginary you is experiencing. This brings us to the first truth about life: You are life, and you are infinite!
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.
This sense of being you is just that: a sense, an impression, an idea. It is built into the body-mind to give the body-mind and its experiences the illusion that those experiences belong to somebody rather than to life. This is the great Illusion. The idea of you existing as something other than God is an illusion. The truth is, there is only life existing through form: the Formless expressing through form.
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.
This is fascinating, how you do this! You create yourself by thinking about yourself! But the self you create lives only in your imagination and in other people’s imaginations (although quite differently), as they also share in the great Illusion.
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.
You are programmed to be as you are because the Creator intends to experience life through such a one as you. Given this, one can only conclude that every creation is equally beloved and appreciated by the Creator, since the Creator made everything to be exactly as it is. Exactly! You are meant to be just as you are and just as you have been and just as you will be.
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.
This is a lot of freedom, since it determines your experience of being this character: whether you will be happy or not and whether you will have a good life or not as this character. For example, you can be angry, mean, unhappy, violent, selfish, or fearful as this character, or not. It’s your choice. Although how you behave may not always seem like a choice, since behavior is so often shaped by conditioning, which can be very compelling, the truth is you do have a choice. You have been given that power.
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.
No matter what inner experience you create for yourself—sadness, anger, regret, hatred, resentment, blame, victimhood, loneliness—the Divine is willing to have that experience for however long you choose to create that. And when you create a different inner experience, the Divine is willing to have that one. In this way, you learn to take responsibility for your inner state and to create a more positive, loving inner state. Life is so benevolent that you get to choose your inner experience, if you are conscious enough, even if you don’t have a choice about what life brings you.
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.
Although you have no control over the greater plan or how you fit into it, you do have some control within your plan: You can do your plan this way or that way. But for the most part, you will fulfill your plan some way. To the extent that your free will is aligned with your plan, you will be happy. To the extent that it isn’t, you will be unhappy and experience more difficulties than necessary.
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.
When you want what God wants, you are happy. That’s how you know that what you are thinking and doing is aligned with God’s design for you: You are happy, at peace, and in the flow.
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