Do you remember the story of the six blind men and the elephant? None of the men had ever seen an elephant but they decided to go and feel it anyway. Each of them touched a different part of it and each of them described the elephant according to that part. But none of them had the vision to see the whole animal.
Trying to describe God is like that. Since no one has seen God, humankind has made up stories based on what it thought it could see. These stories about God have not only been terrible, they have also caused – and continue to cause – great suffering to those who believe them. The mystic Meister Eckhart had a passion for clearly pointing this out in his poetry:
How long will grown men and women in this world
keep drawing in their coloring books
an image of God that
It is a lie – any talk of God
that does not
I find nothing more destructive to the well-being of life
than to support a god that makes you feel unworthy and in debt to it.
I imagine erecting churches to such a strange god will assure
endless wars that commerce loves.
A god that could frighten is not a god – but an insidious idol
and a weapon in the hands of the insane.
The Truth about God is something that all mystics and spiritual leaders agree upon. But it is so simple that few of us really believe it. The Old Testament tells us, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4) The New Testament says the same thing. In fact, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy in Mark 12: 28, and then added his great commandment to it in verse 31: And love your neighbor as yourself.
The Universe is One Being. It is Alive and we are part of Its unity. Therefore, love is the only reality. Or put another way, we live, move, and have our being in an Intelligent and Supremely Benevolent Universe.
It’s been difficult for humankind to believe this, since all around us are appearances to the contrary. But what would happen in us and in our lives if we decided to believe it? If we chose to go about our days acting as if it was true? What if we began our days with humility of mind and heart and had the holy boldness to admit that we have been wrong about God?
Dear Friends, I invite you to try this out. To let the Spirit within you inform you of the truth. To realize that it is only the ego that testifies to fear and separation. And to relax into the “everlasting arms” and know – as Jesus lived and taught – that God IS Love and that we are loved now and always.