Indeed, what has God got to do with anything? This question may or may not be a puzzler to you. You may think God doesn’t have anything to do with anything, or that it has to do with everything. You may associate God with religion, or you may not. Why ask in the first place? Well, if you are questioning, then you may want to explore the topic. You would not be questioning it if it didn’t hold some importance for you.
I can tell you that I’m one of those people who believes God has everything to do with everything, and I’m also one of those who thinks that you don’t have to subscribe to a traditional religion to have a God in your life. In fact, the only reason I call it God is because the word is easy to pronounce and spell. I’d much rather call it The Force (as in Star Wars’ The Force). “Feel the force!” That’s me, feeling the force wherever I go, whatever I do, most of the time. When I’m not feeling it, I’m feeling it. In other words, when I am not spiritually in tune with and knowing my connection with God, I do not feel right.
So today I ask: what is your God? How does it work in your life? Is it working in your life? Did you know that if God doesn’t seem to be working in your life you can get a new one? Did you know that God doesn’t have to have anything to do with religion? Did you know that having some sort of God in your life will improve your life?
I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve got this license that says I am a spiritual coach, and I’ve got lots of study under my belt about this kind of stuff, and I have a lot of experience, so I’ve discovered a few things about God. Incorporating what I’ve discovered into my life has allowed me to live a better life.
1. God does not do things. Yep, you heard that right. God doesn’t do. God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, because God doesn’t give things, God doesn’t do. We, as humans, are the ones that do. God simply is. God is a be-er, we humans are the doers. God didn’t create any of that outside stuff in our life, not the good and not the bad. God simply is.
If you had a God that simply was in your life, instead of a God that did, how would that change your life? If you had a God that wasn’t giving you things, how would that change your life?
I remember the first time I “got” this concept. It was a bit scary, because it meant I had to take responsibility for my life. I couldn’t blame God for the bad stuff and I couldn’t give God credit for the good stuff; it was me as the individualized Spirit of God that could take responsibility. But it was also very empowering, because it meant I had that responsibility…no more victimization by a capricious God who knew the rest of the story but kept it from me for reasons I would never know. No more stuff simply happening in my life because of a “wise” being separate from me who was handing things out to people as he saw fit, sort of managing the universe and all the people in it like a gigantic puppeteer. No more of this I don’t know what God’s will is, but if I’m a good girl he will give me something good. None of that has ever made sense to me. That kind of languaging is why I never could get interested in the traditional religions we have today. This is why I like Centers for Spiritual Living so much. In CSL, I have found a home. In CSL, we have a statement of what we believe, and it fits me pretty well. Here it is. What we Believe. In part, it says that “We believe in the individualization of the Spirit in Us, and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.”
2. God is not separate from me. It is not a being out there somewhere. I tend to get irritated when I hear people talking about God in the third person, as in “God’s will…God did this…God did that.” That’s separate God speak. Around CSLs call it duality or separation, and I can tell you that when I forget who and what I am and start believing in duality it isn’t pretty. God is an energy force, everywhere present. Yep: everywhere. In you and me and everything else. This force obeys what is called Law, and Law says that what we think and believe manifests, because Law always says yes. In this way, God does give us stuff, but it is only giving us that which we asked for……
Ooops. I know that’s a biggie, and it is the one thing that most people have a difficult time with. Not only is this a revolutionary idea for most, but it seems to be a sticking point for a lot of people. All I can tell you is that an entire long-lasting worldwide movement has been founded on the concept of “change your thinking, change your life.” It’s worked for me, maybe it will work for you too. Even Albert Einstein said that you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. You must change your mind to solve the problems in your life, and to do that, changing your concept of God is a good place to start.
So, if you are questioning the God stuff, you may want to ponder these sorts of things, and ask yourself how God works in your life, what God is to you. Or if your life seems to consist of one problem after another, or if things just aren’t working out the way you wanted them to, you may want to consider learning more about God and how it can work in your life.