On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call, the participants continued the conversation about whether there is a God and whether SHE can help. Another provocative and fascinating topic from Beth Green to explore! Several themes emerged from the radio show and were further illuminated in our discussion. We noticed that most of us were raised with the idea that our relationship with God revolved around somehow getting God to give us what we want or do something for us or protect us or prevent some undesirable outcome from happening. Each of us learned to manipulate God by different means, some by sucking up to God and trying to do enough good deeds to be properly rewarded with whatever we desire. Others felt it was God’s JOB to take care of us and protect us and provide for us….after all, isn’t HE our father? and what are fathers for?
Very few of us grew up with the idea that spirituality is the deep connection that we share with ourselves, God and the universe. Who ever taught us to be part of the Oneness and to act and think from that place of Oneness? Some of the folks who had shared on the live show shared what they had asked and what Beth replied. One person shared that she had run into an obstacle running as a child and that she thought God was supposed to remove all obstacles from her path, and because he wasn’t, she had separated from God. Another shared that she grew up believing that God was her selfish mother, always focused on her own needs and never on the child’s…so that person has been resisting being guided by God. Beth suggested on the show that being guided by higher consciousness is like surrendering to a tornado and we could all relate to that metaphor and to our fear of that image.
Several people discussed how they knew God because they experienced God’s guidance, even though they didn’t know what God is. Beth suggested that we don’t know what electricity is either, but we know how to use it. Everyone on the call could agree with this. We also could see how we use this skepticism about what is the exact nature of God to resist giving up ego control and letting God guide us. We had all had many experiences of following God’s guidance and of the reward of being in a close connected relationship with whatever energy we experience as God. We talked about how difficult it seems to give up our old agenda-driven lives and connect and appreciate that connection to the divine energies that we have all experienced.
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