Is God real? And if so, where does God reside?
The question of the existence of God has, of course, been debated for centuries — likely ever since humans have had the capacity to debate. Before considering answers to questions about God isn’t it interesting — at least I find it so — that such questions are even in place to begin with? How, and when, did the notion of a supreme creator come into existence?
The concept of God is familiar to most everyone, yet at some point it was totally unknown. How did such a fantastical idea come to be? What being thought it up? Why? Does the existence of a God concept, that such a concept came to be at some point from no previous reference, support the belief that God is actual?
Something to consider…
Part of the problem with the notion of God, for some people at least, is the manner that God is sometimes portrayed. God has been explained, at times, as a humanoid presence with a strong moral outlook who is condemning and punitive of various acts. God has also been described as an entity separate from things, something that creates and then observes, sometimes intervening but typically not.
This teaching of God being separate has led to many people over time asking in anguish, or demanding, about God’s whereabouts. Where is God?! Where is God now that I am in such great need?!
Here is what I believe.
God is, in fact, not a separate presence at all. To the contrary, and as I once heard spiritualist Michael Beckwith say, God is all that there is.
What does this mean?
Every form is actually God. God did not just create form — form is God, expressed in a particular and unique means. And this goes for you too. You are not separate from God: you are God, and God is you.
Jesus spoke to this truism: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Most people searching for the presence of God look external instead of staying at home, so to speak, which is where God actually resides. The people looking external for God also tend to ask of God to exchange the present moment for something more to their ego’s liking. Doing this presents two errors.
The first error is an assumption that the present moment is somehow flawed, and that contentment is to be found in the future. Contentment is always found in the now. It will not, and cannot, occur in the future because the future is only a notion: now is all there ever is, and all there ever will be.
The second error is a conviction that the present moment is somehow wrong and that a different scenario would be better. This is, in reality, the output of an ego that is exceptionally ignorant but almost never understands or acknowledges that this is so. What happens is supposed to be, and so is absolutely perfect.
The reality of the situation is that you are not the controlling force within the life experience: God is moving you.
Spiritualist Eckhart Tolle expressed this by saying that the life experience is the dancer, and you are the dance. When you resist what is happening, your ego believing that it knows better, you are upsetting the synchronicity of the dance. But when you cooperate, when you say yes, now the performance is executed perfectly, dancer and dance in absolute synchronicity and harmony.
Beautiful to see, and to experience.
For those who resist being moved then they insist on doing it themselves and they ultimately misstep and move incorrectly, and they suffer. For those who allow the movement to happen, who go along, then everything happens in the easiest way possible.
God is there, within you, and will carry you IF you’ll allow it by ending your constant interference. Be still, be quiet, and allow God the opportunity to work on your behalf. This is how you will know about God’s existence.
Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)