Of all the 12 Powers we’ve been exploring over the past few weeks, Order is often the one we struggle with the most. We can grasp that order is the natural underlying architecture of the universe… an implied flow that we sense without always seeing. We even realize that this is a reflection of the principle of Divine Order, the process that brings anything from the invisible Source (aka One Mind, All That Is) into visible expression… Mind--Idea--Expression. Where we tend to stumble in our understanding, however, is that we still believe God is making it happen.
There are a few reasons for this. For some of us, our embedded theology tells us that God is the being that created the heavens and the earth and everything in between from the beginning to the end of time. For others, because we can only make sense of the world from a dualistic perspective (I am here, you are there, you did this to me, this outside event affected me, etc.), even though we don’t think of God as a being, God is still the Omnipotent ‘Other’. At the core of both these perspectives is something we believe we can’t live without: Control. Sure, from a spiritual paradigm we get that we’re not in control. But if we’re not, who or what is? Someone or something has to be, right?
Here’s where I talk about Morgan Freeman again [see my last post]. Somehow when it comes to the topic of God he’s everywhere either acting as God or talking about God. He recently starred in “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman”, a show about God and religion on the National Geographic Channel. He made a fascinating statement: “An interesting phenomenon of human existence is that we cannot accept that we are here without oversight.” Take that in for a minute. How does that feel? How does it really feel? Is it a truth you hold without realizing it? Do we, at our core, have a need to believe that there is oversight or control? Does the thought of no oversight make us uncomfortable?
As our understanding of God continues to evolve, we come to a place of not only accepting God as Principle, but we settle into the truth that Principle exists without bias or oversight. Rather than saying God loves us, we come to know that God is the love that exists everywhere without choosing what to love or how to love or when to love. We do the choosing...sometimes wisely, sometimes poorly. God is not the creator, deciding what comes into being or not. Rather, God is creation, the very principle and action at work as we bring magnificent art and technology and everyday objects from our imagination into reality. What about nature you ask? Who/what created that? I think science answered that more than a few decades ago. So yes, we feel God in nature not because God created the trees and flowers. What we feel is the energy of the trees and flowers recreating themselves from season to season and in every moment. When you think about it, it’s more accurate to say we feel God as nature.
Similarly, we can know that God is not in control or conducting the orchestral manifestation of order in the universe or our lives. God is order, in all its seeming randomness, chaos, and beautiful resolution. As we think, write, and speak about God, and even as we experience the Divine, we need to change our grammar. In saying that I admit that any languaging is limiting, but for now it’s what we have. God is not a noun, a static state of being. Rather think of God as a combination of principle and verb. A principle is a fundamental truth, and verb describes an action. God is Principle In Action.
Or as Mr Freeman succinctly states, “The ultimate answer to the question of God’s existence is ‘God is.’”