It is difficult to describe what I call the God Space. Our language was created to address a three-dimensional, tangible reality where objects have dimensions and boundaries and are separated from one another (at least in theory). In that reality there is me, there is you, that is a dog and over there is a table. Each has separate, unique and distinguishing characteristics and they are further separated by distance and time.
Three-dimensional reality exists because of aggregations of energy. You perceive your body as separate because it is denser than the air that surrounds it. The table and the dog take their particular shapes because of the denseness of their energies and the ways in which it coalesces. A rock is denser than water, and its energy comes together in certain patterns; water is denser than air, and so forth.
These principles apply to thoughts and emotions as well. The great healer Daskalos described our thoughts as “elementals” that contained energy and had form that could be seen. Feelings, which are natural and short lived in the God Space, are turned into emotion in our three-dimensional world as contractive energy is packed into them. Think about fear. The energy of fear is held in the body by contracting organs and muscles. It is the same with a thought.
In the God Space energy does not coalesce. Therefore things appear very differently. In this realm there are no boundaries, there is no separation between “things.” In that sense, there aren’t even things. Energy moves easily through a vast, constantly fluctuating complex that is more like a cloud than a collection of objects. Time and space are no longer relevant as everything is everywhere and is happening all at the same time. Instead of something being “here” and something else being “there,” the center is everywhere and nowhere all at the same moment. No history, no future, just now.
In the God Space there are no beliefs, no values, nothing to restrict the flow of information or energy. Therefore there can be no fear. There is just compassion, our natural state when there is no fear. Since energies flow freely in the God Space there is simply an awareness of everything instead of the limited perspective we hold in tangible reality. In the God Space everything just is. That is why this space is frequently described as “isness.”
The concept of the God Space is admittedly alien to a person accustomed to living in three-dimensional reality. In our reality the mind controls everything. In the God Space it controls nothing. In the God Space there is no thinking, for there is nothing to think about. There is an old cliché that goes, “God does not have to think.” When you have total awareness, you just do what needs to be done. You don’t have to think about it. This concept can be difficult for Westerners to accept because we have been conditioned to depend on our thinking and logic. We have been taught that this is one of man’s greatest attributes. It is after all, what separates us from the dumb animals and the ignorant savages.
The different reality of the God Space present a significant dilemma for the ego. Faced with the prospect of merging into the vastness that is the universe, the ego is presented with its greatest fear: the loss of self. In order for the transformation to the God Space to occur, the self must surrender to something greater. This, of course means that the ego will cease to function because the ego is created out of the concept of “me.” Our dilemma is that it means giving up that which we think has given us shelter us from the hurts and bruises of life.
The ego stands in opposition to the God Space. And because of the dominance of ego in our past lives, we have felt abandoned by God. This can make surrender to the God Space very difficult.
The dilemma we experience in understanding the God Space can perhaps best be illustrated by example: If you lived in a two dimensional world it would be virtually impossible for you to grasp the concept of height. It would not exist in your world and it would be extremely difficult, if not almost impossible, to conceive of something that did not “exist.”
The same is true for us who live in three dimensions, and try to understand the God Space. A higher realm cannot be understood by one below it. From the ego’s viewpoint, surrendering to the God Space is like surrendering to a cloud. From the perspective of three dimensional, rational reality, there is nothing there! To science, God does not exist.
Fortunately when it comes to spiritually based truth, we have an inner knowingness that goes beyond our consciousness awareness. Although it can be easily shut down and ignored, this gentle, but fortunately persistent, “still small voice” is the voice of the God Consciousness. Hold a baby or a puppy and your heart will open. Witness a sunrise, view the grandeur of a mountain or the delicacy of a snowflake and you connect with something beyond what the rational mind can comprehend. You make a connection to the essential self.
Around 500 B.C. in India, Shakyamuni Buddha delivered his discourses on the profound subject of Emptiness. These teachings reside at the heart of Buddhist teachings on the nature of reality. In one of these discourses, the Buddha sat quietly for a while, saying nothing. Then he held up a flower to the assembled monks. The students were being very respectful and taking The Great Teacher very seriously, but in that moment, a monk named Kāśyapa realized a deeper truth that was beyond words, and gently smiled. The Buddha, recognizing that Kāśyapa had achieved the profound insight he was trying to encourage, praised the monk for his clarity and gave him the title Maha, which means “great” or “eminent.” Mahākāśyapa went on to be one of the great pillars of Buddhism.
Buddha then spoke to the assembled monks, telling them that they had come assuming that he possessed something which they did not, which he pointed out was incorrect. He told them that the truth they sought could only be found within themselves and that no amount of learning or study could change that process. The inner path could be illumined by learning and the intellect, but never taken through it.
In one of the Sutras, known as the Lotus Sutra, The Buddha points out that Nirvana isn’t a state to be attained sometime in the future through long study and arduous effort. He says that Nirvana is simply a deep understanding of the essential nature of things, and that no method or study or technique is necessary for that. “Simply” seeing a flower would be enough to evoke all teachings, all truths. Nothing more was necessary.
So, knowledge isn’t going to get you there. It has never been about knowledge anyway. When the Buddha sought enlightenment he did not cloister himself in a monastery to study and read, he meditated under the Bodhi tree and dealt with the demons in his dark side.
The knowledge of how to come home has been with us for thousands of years, and if it were just about knowledge, you would have made changes to your life long ago. When it comes to love or living your life, you “know” what you need to do, because that comes naturally from the God Space, but of course, doing it is another matter altogether.