There was an ancient spiritual wisdom tradition, universal throughout Sumer, India, Persia, and into the Mediterranean cultures, that spoke to the origin, destiny, and purpose of humanity. This tradition was radical, for it said that human beings were not external creations of God as we are taught in most modern religions.
The startling central secret of this wisdom was that human beings are God in a particular state of being. That state of being is spirit consciousness embodied in physical form experiencing a material existence.
This concept is an enormous shift from our currently accepted paradigm of reality. The traditional modern view of God, humanity, and reality can be summarized as follows:
‘Human beings were created from the dust of the earth like lumps of clay into which God breathed life. This God is like a stern judge or bearded old emperor on a throne dispensing justice. We are rewarded for doing good and punished for sins. Sin is a built-in condition of humanity, for early humans transgressed against God, so we forever labor under the shadow of our ancestor’s actions.’
One might think that many today have discarded such notions with a more enlightened or even a more atheistic view about God, but the fear and guilt of these beliefs are hard-wired into the collective psyche and have a profound subconscious influence on our lives.
Now contrast this belief with the notion that God is consciousness, the source of all being. This all-pervasive Consciousness existed, but It desired a different state, that of experiencing. So, That which is everything, yet utterly beyond everything, began to project Its Consciousness outward into numerous points of consciousness with a small “c”.
Envision this process as a row of unlit candles. The original flame lights the first candle, the first candle lights the second, and so on.
This is the process the ancients called emanation, the outflowing or projection of God’s energetic essence to form conscious beings. So, all conscious beings are part of God’s essence, but, ah, there’s a catch.
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By Peter Canova