I’ve been experiencing a bit of writer’s block lately. It’s not really a block, it’s more like there is so much I want to write about that my posts end up being about a thousand words or more too long, and that simply won’t do for a blog. I’ve tried editing my work and it doesn’t result in fewer words, simply a rewrite, so I thought I would spend the next few posts writing about the Centers for Spiritual Living belief statement. This statement is called What We Believe, and it consists of 12 statements written by our founder, Ernest Holmes. You can see the statement in it’s entirety here.
Here is the first of the twelve statements:
“We believe in God, the living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause. This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.”
Sound a bit complicated? I know it used to sound that way to me. Now it isn’t. Simply translated, it means we believe that one can call God anything one wants. Whatever we call it, it created everything so that it could experience the physical, yet it is not affected by the physical. God simply knew, and what God knows becomes.
Taken a bit further, it means you were created by God as an expression of God so that it could experience the physical. You are a part of God. And because you are a part of God, you can also create simply by knowing.
Whoa…heavy duty stuff there. Try it on for size. See if it doesn’t feel better to know you are empowered to create, rather than simply having stuff created for you. I know it felt better for me.
I’m stopping there. Otherwise this will turn into another little mini book. But I hope this will provoke something in you. Maybe you will even feel moved to comment and start a discussion. I would love to see how others think and feel about this statement!