“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain telling everyone that her or his path is wrong.” ~ Hindu Proverb
Everything is God. God is all there is. Just let that sink in for a second. There is no other material or fabric to make anything in this universe out of other than the fabric of God. Every person, every leaf on a tree, every planet, it’s all God.
Nothing can exist independently of God since it would be impossible for something to exist that is not made from the only material there is to make anything out of. It has been said that God created us in his image and likeness.
So if we are made from the very fabric that God itself is made of and if we have the power to create just like God does, then technically we can choose to create our version of how we see and experience God. Not only this, but we must know that our perception and image of our God may not be the exact same as the next person’s and that’s ok.
There is no “right” way or “wrong” way to experience God. Even if a person chooses to exist in a reality where God does not exist, such as an atheist, this is not wrong either. They are just choosing to experience God in a “non-God” way.
Another person may choose to experience God in a way that their God punishes them for sinning and blesses them for resisting temptation, this is also not wrong. Another person may choose to call God “the universe” and experience God in a more metaphysical way as more of a frequency and not a “person” per se.
Again, this is neither wrong nor is it right. It simply is just one way to experience and perceive the “all that is”. Since there are over 7 billion people living on the planet, there is 7 billion different ways to experience God.
And even though there are groups of people that may experience or see their God in a similar fashion, no one person will experience God in the EXACT same way as the next person, because God is a completely personal experience. The problem arises when we see that our way to see God is the ONLY way.
Many people believe that their version of God is the absolute and ultimate true God and that they do not have a choice in how to experience God. So they waste precious time judging others or calling out other people because their beliefs may be different from theirs.
In actuality the ultimate “truth” is that there is no “ultimate truth” while at the same time everything that exists is its own ultimate truth. There is one thing that causes us suffering in this world, and that is the illusion that we are not made from God.
The illusion that God itself is a separate entity outside us that we must prove ourselves to, or we must seek and find him, when in actuality it is right there inside every single one of us.
“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“The ultimate reality is that there is no separate self. If you believe that God is outside of yourself, then you are not embracing the absolute law, but an inferior teaching.” ~ Buddha
“The kingdom of heaven is within.” ~ Jesus
It doesn’t really matter which spiritual teacher we choose, but almost all say the same thing. God is within us. God is not separate from us. This isn’t something that we just can know and that’s it, but it is a level of consciousness that we must reach.
This is why so many of us can intellectually know this, but we still seem to get caught up in the trivialities of everyday life. We still get angry when someone cuts us off on the road, we still worry about getting our bills paid on time, and we still get slightly perturbed when someone tries to push their version of God on to us.
If we TRULY were existing at the level of consciousness that we KNEW we were God, things like traffic jams and bills and hearing other people’s views on religion probably wouldn’t have the power to upset us in the slightest way.
We would be able to see ourselves in all of it and realize that our perception of everything is creating our reality in 3d, but that our perception of things is not everyone’s perception of things.
However, the closer we get to seeing that oneness with all is the ultimate truth, the fewer things like this have power to take away our inner peace. We stop judging things as good and bad, but just see that everything just is… and that all is perfect.
Oneness allows for everyone and everything, while our illusion of separateness tells us that we are not yet perfect, or happy, or peaceful and that we must struggle and try to become what we believe we are not.
But that’s all ok, it’s all part of the fun of getting to experience God in our own way, and to navigate through life coming back to who we already are at our core.
Unlearning everything we thought we “knew” about who or what we are and breaking down old paradigms and beliefs down to the point where we can see that any belief system that has us believing that there is an unequivocal right and wrong way to perceive God is simply not possible. Not when God is all there is.
Create your God however you wish. You may call your God “Allah”, or maybe you call him “Jesus” or maybe you call your God “Steve”, the name doesn’t really matter. But just as sure as you are that your version of God is the best one, so does the next person think the same thing. And technically, you are both right.
God always manifests itself in the absolute perfect way for each individual person. So know that your way is perfect for you…. But also, so is mine perfect for me.