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April 20, 2010: Maintaining Balance: The "I Am God" State

              Sooner or later, you hear of someone who's had that experience of recognizing themselves as God. If they start announcing it to the world, I can almost guarantee that everyone around them will start rolling their eyes. Is there any reality to the experience? I would have to say yes -- the experience itself is a valid one; it's just terribly prone to misunderstanding.

            If the person involved has a spiritual teacher capable of guiding them past this stage, then the experience can become a foundational block for deeper understanding. If the state of awareness comes about because of chemical imbalances and/or without spiritual discipline or background to help the individual put things in perspective, then it's easy to go off the deep end.

             First off, people need to realize that this experience is a reflective moment (in some ways like standing before a mirror) and that unfortunately you are standing there with blinders on. You inwardly see and intimately know the presence of something holy (whether God or your Master) standing before you. You also realize every component that makes up yourself and that entity are identical --there is no difference; you are the same. It is a very honest assessment to say "I am God and God is me." If you are seeing a Master, what you see being reflected back is that "I am the same as the Master, who is the same as God, who is the same as the Master, and they are both the same as myself."

              Here's where the problem of limited vision comes in: yes, there truly is no difference between you and the divine; you are one and the same with the divine.  What you can't see from this state of awareness is that your fifth grade teacher's goldfish, that wad of gum on your left shoe, your baby sister, the tree in your best friend's back yard -- these are also one and the same with the divine. There is nothing you can perceive or conceive of that is not part of the divine.

            Get it?  "I am God" is a wonderful experience but it doesn't make you any different than any other part of God's creation.

         If you use the experience to appreciate that you are more than this body and this personality, that you are an inseparable part of the Infinite -- then you'll open yourself up to being more loving and compassionate. As an equal part of divine creation, your relationship and responsibility to the rest of creation will be markedly different than if you convince yourself you "have the power and the right to tell everyone else how it should be."

            Second, while the experience can be overwhelming and leave you in a state of bliss, in no way does it convey any truth other than your relationship to the divine. That means, when you come back down to earth, you are not the personification of divine wisdom. You can make all the dumb mistakes you made before, just with a new, warm and comfortable memory that you are part of something infinite.

            Third, while I acknowledge this is a beautiful experience, it is only the first initial step of connection with the divine. I suggest you enjoy the moment, and then get back to your spiritual journey. Don't be discouraged by teachers who put down everything but the final goal they've chosen.   Maybe I'm being stubborn or maybe I've heard this approach coming from too many people who haven't had enough of their own experiences.  I never liked the smug attitude of "ignore all those trivial experiences."  I say, give yourself a limited time to enjoy the radiance of the encounter. Be reasonable in the amount of time you spend reveling, then buckle down and get back to work.  There are deeper states of contact with the divine still waiting to be experienced. 

Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 09:08AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | CommentsPost a Comment

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