A Paradigm of Oneness: Part 2
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“When we have broken our god of tradition, and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with his presence.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Much of the old paradigm of separation requires various ways of influencing God’s behavior and attitudes. The paradigm of oneness involves understanding and cooperating with God as the Creative Life Force that is unfolding through us. God is infinite Being whose characteristics are life, love, power and intelligence. God is omnipresent and accessible to all people at all times regardless of their beliefs or lack thereof. As we open ourselves to God as a living presence we find a warm and loving companionship, steady guidance, and inspiration that leads us to the establishment of inner and outer conditions that allow for unlimited expression of all that God is.
Emerson points to the all-important process of examining our understanding of God, to determine whether it is actually ours or if our views are simply those that have been passed down to us through others. In her book, Lessons in Truth, Emilie Cady makes this important statement:
I cannot reveal God to you. You cannot reveal God to another. If I have learned, I may tell you, and you may tell another, how to seek and find God, each within himself. But the new birth into the consciousness of our spiritual faculties and possibilities is indeed like the wind that “bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:8). The new birth takes place in the silence, in the invisible.
Spend time in quiet listening. God, at the center of your being, is present and accessible to you now. Be still and know.