Radical Essays

The Nature of God
God isn’t a man. I like to say God has no penis but that just pisses people off. Now, that’s not to say God’s a woman because It’s not. In fact, God isn’t a person at all. God isn’t Jesus, God isn’t Buddha and God isn’t Lao Tzu. God doesn’t sit in our remote corner of an eternal universe staring at our tiny Planet Earth, stroking his white beard and tracking your every naughtiness. Actually, God doesn’t do anything. It’s not in the nature of God to do. God doesn’t judge and God doesn’t condemn. God doesn’t desire, coerce, manipulate or punish. We made that up. Our species punishes a lot. God doesn’t even care. Or love. Again, we made that up. But in God exist each of these things and all other things. It really doesn’t make sense, does it? I mean, such traditional ideas of God really don’t withstand any amount of critical thought. If God lives out there, where is there? How can any one religion be the religion? How can God be available only to people of a certain era or geography? What about all the others? Do they just arbitrarily go to hell? What about the children who didn’t know enough to perform the prescribed rituals? Do they just go to hell as well? And where, exactly, is this hell? And if sin will keep me from heaven but God will always forgive, why not party through life, beg for forgiveness during that last hour and slip through the pearly gates with all the nuns and girl scouts? You see, that’s why we have atheists. They know it doesn’t add up. And they’re right. Atheists are really just spiritual visionaries. And although we’ve reached a point in our collective evolution at which many of us are rejecting these childish concepts, we all-too-often stop asking those tough questions at this point. We all-too-often fail to push through that rejection into new concepts of this thing called God; into new concepts which do make sense. We just park at the rejection stage.These essays are that push. These essays are that next step beyond the rejection. You see, you were never meant to abandon your intellect in your quest for spiritual understanding. That which is really true will always make sense.So, if God isn’t a man or even a person or love or specific to any religion or geography or era; if God doesn’t perform acts, pass rewards to His chosen, judge, condemn or otherwise, do; what exactly is God? Well, here it is. Are you ready? The nature of God is creativity. That’s it. The nature of God is creativity. God is the creative substance of the universe. What does that mean? Think of it this way. God is a cosmic Play Dough of sorts. As Play Dough, It’s nothing without you and Its only role is to remain available to you for the process of co-creation otherwise known as … your life. In short, Its only role is to respond. It cares not whether you create something of great benefit or something of great destruction. It responds equally. It cares not whether you create great abundance or great poverty. It responds equally. It cares not whether you create with great intention and awareness or with complete mindlessness. It responds equally. This last one can be particularly bad news for some. This cosmic Play Dough (God) has no opposition. There is no good Play Dough and bad Play Dough. There is only Play Dough. This cosmic Play Dough (God) is available to all people at all times. It has no favorites. It excludes no one. This cosmic Play Dough (God) works perfectly. If It appears imperfect, it’s only because we don’t understand it. This cosmic Play Dough (God) is without limit. You see, you have a staggering power at your disposal. So, instead of worshipping God, understand God. Instead of begging God, use God. Step up to the spiritual plate. Accept responsibility for your life and assume your true and only role as co-creator with God. And know that when you really understand God and when you really understand your relationship with It, there will remain only one appropriate prayer to offer: “What will we create today?” “Dear God, what will we create today?”

Welcome to Radical Essays on This Thing Called God. -Rev. Dr. Richard Loren Held


February, 2006

In The Beginning

It’s the most important line in the bible. Not that the bible, in any traditional sense, is an authority for me because it’s not. It says (and I paraphrase), “In the beginning, God created.” Now, I know it says more than that but I really believe this is the important part. It perfectly describes the true nature of God. And it goes on to say that you are created in the image and likeness of God. Now, opposed to traditional interpretations which might imply that God’s nature is human like yours, this actually means that your true nature is creative like God’s. God is creative potential. And your task is to wield that creative potential in the grand experience known as your life. So you see, God and you … create!  So today, understand this: You cannot choose not to create. You cannot choose to turn off the power that is your thought in action; the very power that engages God on your behalf. Notice the carefully chosen words: Your true nature is creative. Creativity is your nature, not your choice, not your whim, not your pastime. Creativity is your nature. So the only appropriate question to ask is, “What will I create?” Will I continue to create the same mess? Will I continue to create the same poverty? Do I really want to create that same husband/job/body again this year? Will I continue to create unconsciously from information I ignorantly accepted from one past source or another? Or will I create something really, really wonderful?  And the first prayer is always for a consciousness which can support all the good you desire.
 
March 2006

A Few Thoughts on Jesus
Jesus might be the most misunderstood person in all of history. Let’s start with the tough stuff, shall we?

First, the only thing Jesus possessed that you don’t is an awareness of the power available to him and the discipline to learn how to use it. That’s all. Now, toying with the possibility that you and Jesus are spiritual equals, at least in potential, doesn’t mean Jesus wasn’t holy. It means you are. And there’s nothing noble or spiritual about worshipping his power while you deny your own. It’s like worshipping your math teacher instead of just learning how to add.

That was the tough one. Second, he didn’t die for you. He didn’t die for your sins. We made that up. And if his death must carry a spiritual message to us, let it be that we, in partnership with God, are capable of overcoming all circumstances of this world.

Third, Jesus won’t be coming back. Not in any literal sense. That’s not what the second coming of Christ really means. Again, in our irresponsibility, we made that up. The true second coming of Christ isn’t about the life Jesus lives. It’s about the life you live. It’s about the life I live. The second coming of Christ is about the spiritual awakening of an entire people. You see, we think we’re waiting for the second coming of something really profound when, in fact, it’s waiting for us.

Finally, understand that all great people who come into this world ultimately leave the same plea. It goes something like this.

“There is a power that is greater. I have access to this power and so do you. So stand up. Claim your rightful place as a co-creator in this world. You were never meant to cower in my shadow but to stand instead upon my shoulder and to reach further in your lifetime than I have been able to reach in mine.”

That is the real message of all great people. That is the real message of Jesus. And when we finally heed this message, his death will no longer be in vain.
 
Karma
Karma is real. You cannot escape the perfect Law of Karma any more than you can escape the perfect law of gravity. Basically, the Law works like this. When you invest in a consciousness of lack, you open a reciprocal channel into your life for all that represents lack. When you invest in a consciousness of love, you open a reciprocal channel into your life for all that represents love. When you invest in a consciousness of fear, you open a reciprocal channel into your life for all that represents fear. And so on. And so on.

This Law of Karma is impersonal and perfect. You are being neither rewarded nor punished. You are simply experiencing the effects of your own consciousness. Make no mistake here: Your consciousness is causal in the chain of events that is the Law of Karma. As you probably heard in grade school, you started it.

So understand this as you seek to understand this Law of Karma: Action, in and of itself, really means nothing. Consciousness, on the other hand, means everything. In other words, in our discussion of the Law of Karma, realize that the act of killing can be that of cruelty or that of compassion and the Law of Karma will respond accordingly. The act of stealing can be that of selfishness or that of selflessness and the Law of Karma will respond accordingly. The act of giving can be that of affection or that of oppression and the Law of Karma will respond perfectly.
So, let’s say you’ve been really naughty for a really long time. I can hear the questions already.

“Is there any hope for joy?”  “For how long will I have to make payments on my karmic credit card?”

Well, the answer is simple: When you invest in a consciousness of lack and fear, you open reciprocal channels for all that represents lack and fear. On the other hand, when you stop investing in a consciousness of lack and fear … those channels … simply … close. And you become free. Your debt is erased as surely as if it never existed.

And that’s the true definition of grace.
 
Mind
Let me explain something here. Your mind doesn’t stop and start at the edges of your head. Yours is only one part of a collective Mind which has access to all knowledge from all time. You have access to the same Mind that Einstein, Jesus, Mozart, Buddha, Picasso and John Candy used. That’s why you’ve read someone else’s mind. That’s why you’ve had experiences with someone who’s died. That’s why people from all faiths and from all generations have been called, in one form or anther, to pray. You see, each of us knows there’s a realm of knowledge beyond our own. We sense its grandness and power and we instinctively reach for it.

Now, if you really have access to all that grandness and power, how can you use it? I mean, if you really have access to the love of Jesus and the wisdom of Buddha and the creativity of Picasso, you should be able to make that rent payment, right?

Here’s what you need to know.

Let your first prayer in all things be for a consciousness which can sustain all the good you desire. Now, can a mind invested in lack create prosperity? Well, yes I suppose it can. But you see, without a mind invested in prosperity, prosperity can not and will not last. That’s why all those lottery winners go broke in twelve months.

Secondly, discipline your mind to become more fascinated with all you want and less fixated on all you fear. We’re a very undisciplined people, really. We believe we can have chaotic minds and ordered lives. But we can’t. We believe we can have hateful minds and loving relationships. But we can’t. You see, your mind is to be treated like any other muscle. Discipline. Exercise. Training. Focus.

Third, be flexible with what you think you want. You see, God (the Universe, Mind, Spirit) always has a much bigger idea of what’s possible for your life than you do. And the way it works is this: Only as you become willing to move toward your ideas, no matter how small, can God’s bigger possibilities that are available for you begin to appear. But they will. And those with eyes to see will notice.
 
The Body
The underlying question of all spiritually small-minded people is, “What do you do with your body?”

Do you have sex? Do you have the right sex? Do you drink? Do you smoke? Do you take your body to the right places? Do you speak the right words? Do you read the right books?

Now, the underlying question of all spiritually right-minded people is, “What do you do with your heart?”

For you see, from the spiritual perspective, your actions mean nothing. Your actions are like the proverbial hammer – in and of themselves really quite benign. They can be vehicles for both great construction and equal destruction but they are, after all, only vehicles.

Your sex can be an act of great love and your sex can be an act of great hatred. Your drinking can be an act of self-respect and your drinking can be an act of disregard.
Have you ever considered that stealing can be an act of love? Have you ever considered that giving can be an act of selfishness?

And so it is with all action.

Is he gay? Does she drink? What do they do with their bodies?

And so it is that from the spiritual perspective, we realize that these questions simply don’t matter and we are compelled to consider a new set of questions.
Does he love? Does she care? What do they do with their hearts?

This can be true because any apparent loss or hurt is only fleeting in the eternal unfolding experience that is your life.  This can be true because the you that is eternal remains intact, unharmed and forever innocent.
 
April 2006
 
The Power of the Word
We hear a lot of psycho-spiritual experts talking about the power of the word nowadays. And they’re right. We’ve come to understand that our words have impact – not only on our exterior words but also, and more-importantly, on our internal words.
 
Now, we often have an infantile understanding of this practice. We often believe that it’s as simple as positive language and negative language. Talk right – change your life. But it’s really not that simple. You can easily call to mind someone who uses the language of love but can’t maintain a meaningful relationship and you can easily call to mind someone who uses the language of lack but lives a life of opulence.
 
So if we want to fully realize the power of this practice – and it is a practice – we must adopt a mature understanding of the principles involved.
 
First, if you take only one thought from this essay, let it be this one: All meaningful external change finds its roots in meaningful internal change. And why is the desire for change so universal? The desire for change is universal because the substance of God is creativity and the substance of you (created in the image and likeness of God) is creativity. We are creators, learning to use the incredible power that‘s available in every moment, and our desire for change is really just a disguise for our inherent desire to create.
 
So, another way of saying this is, all meaningful external change finds its roots in a change of consciousness, or in a change in the makeup of our beliefs, thoughts, fears and such.
 
Second, this consciousness – this makeup of our beliefs, thoughts, fears and such – can be altered. That’s where the power of the word idea applies. Your words can be intentionally used to alter your consciousness.
 
And if your words don’t alter consciousness, they are worthless. Your words – your affirmations, your prayers, your declarations to your naked image in the mirror – are effective only to the degree that they alter your consciousness. I’ll write that again: Your words are effective only to the degree that they alter your consciousness.
 
So (and finally) let your first prayer always be for a consciousness which can sustain all the good you desire. Try these words for a few days as a remedy for change.
 
God’s nature is limitless creative potential.
I’m created in the image and likeness of God.
My nature is limitless creative potential.
 
The Discipline of Joy
We are victims of ourselves. We believe that when we make a certain salary, we’ll be happy; when we have a certain relationship, we’ll be happy; when we have a certain status in society, we’ll be happy; when the kids visit, when the kids leave, when it’s warm outside, when it’s cool outside, when it’s black, when it’s white and the list goes on and the list goes on.
 
In short, we continue to victimize ourselves by attaching our joy to those things over which we have no control. And we have much support for such obvious stupidity. Our televisions constantly remind us that a small body will get dates and a large bank account will get respect; that some outer experience will bring us our long-awaited joy.
 
So we get the small body. And we get the large bank account. But we don’t really get that long-awaited joy. Or if we do, it’s fleeting. We’ve all been there.
 
So what’s the deal?
 
Consider this: What we’re really getting good at is the useless skill of delaying our own joy. We’re getting good at jumping hurdles only to find that we’re no happier than we were before the leap.
So here’s the truth. The experience of joy requires discipline. It requires practice. The experience of joy requires us to disassociate outer circumstance from our inner climate; to stand in the midst of our colorful lives and to call … joy … forward … now.
 
It is only as we do so that we stop victimizing ourselves. It is only as we do so that we become powerful in our own lives. It is only as we do so that we can know lasting joy.
 
I could summarize this way: The foolish wait for joy; the wise know that joy waits for them.
 
The Dance
So, here’s what you know.
1) God is limitless creative substance.
2) You have full access to this limitless creative substance.
3) And you have full access to a Mind that contains all wisdom from all time.
 
So, what exactly does this mean to me, right now? How can I use this information to better my life?
 
Okay, such are excellent questions. So let me make some sense of these ideas for you. Given these three concepts, the best way to explain their application in your life is through metaphor.
So think of your life as a dance of sorts. The spiritually wise know when to lead and when to follow. In other words, the spiritually wise know when to press forward with a new idea, a new venture, a new relationship, and when to relax with a new idea, a new venture, a new relationship.
 
For you see, when we press forward in life the entire universe alters around our commitment and seemingly-new, previously-invisible opportunities come within our view. And when we relax in life, we position ourselves to recognize and to weigh those previously-invisible opportunities.
 
Now, you can just lead in life. You don’t have to follow. You don’t have to recognize and to weigh these previously-invisible possibilities. You can just barrel ahead and create exactly what you think you want. It is possible. You know some of these people. I know some of these people and our society glorifies their vein-popping tenacity and sweaty-browed hard work.
 
And you can just follow in life. You don’t have to lead. But honestly, life wasn’t designed to be a spectator sport and these people simply won’t ever know a deep joy. They just won’t.
 
But you see, when the dance is over, the spiritually wise – those who knew how to lead and how to follow – will always look back and know that what they thought they wanted was really just a prompt into ideas which proved far bigger, more rewarding and markedly easier than ones they started with.
 
What is Consciousness?
Well, I have good news and bad news. Are you ready? In God exist infinite possibilities. That’s the good news. And … that’s the bad news. It’s the good news because you have access to infinite beauty and plenty. It’s the bad news because you have access to infinite destruction and poverty. And God doesn’t decide what you’ll get. You do. You’re in charge.

Someone once said that we’re always praying. I think that’s true. In other words, you are always creating; you are always calling the creative substance of the universe (God) into action through the entirety of your thoughts, your feelings, your fears, your beliefs, your deepest expectations of life – You are always calling God into action through this cacophony called your … consciousness.
Oh sure, you might utter a rote prayer here and there, maybe even ask for money or pray for a friend. But that can’t really compare now, can it? I mean, let’s say you pray one evening on bended knee for Brad Pitt to fall through the ceiling fan into your bed when truly you believe you’re completely unlovable, which prayer do you suppose will be answered?

That’s how a woman can find the one wife-beater in crowded room after crowded room. That’s why most lottery winners are broke within twelve months. But that’s also why some people always have plenty. It’s also why some people always find love.

So here’s the deal. Are you ready?

In all things
Let your first prayer always be
For a consciousness which can sustain all the good you desire.
Your first prayer must always be for a new thought, for a healed history, for a new concept of your own worth and your own worthiness. Your first prayer must always be for inner change, not outer change.

You see, circumstantial change will always be temporary without a change of consciousness. That’s it. That’s how it works. I could say that circumstantial change will always be temporary without a change of thoughts, feelings, fears, beliefs, expectations and so on.

This is because an old consciousness cannot sustain a new circumstance. If you believe you should be alone, you’ll sabotage your relationship even if Brad Pitt does fall through the ceiling fan. If you believe you should be poor, you’ll sabotage your money even if you do win that lottery.
 
May 2006
 
Christianity and Witchcraft

There is only one creative substance in the Universe.

That creative substance is God.
 
It has neither limit nor opposition. We made up that devil thing. This creative substance is available to all people at all times. It is completely impartial and perfect in Its only task which is to respond to you in the creation of this thing called your life. This creative substance can be summoned to constructive ends and It can be summoned to destructive ends. It neither distinguishes nor judges. But make no mistake, the creative substance in both scenarios is the same. There is only God – used mindfully, used mindlessly, in love, in hate, used to create, used to destroy, eternal and called by so many names – there is only God.
 
And so we come to realize that Christianity, Paganism, Satanism and all the other isms necessarily share this common root. Each is simply a unique exploration of this one creative substance. Each is simply a unique exploration of this one spiritual power.
 
The creative substance that Jesus summoned to create is the same creative substance that Hitler summoned to destroy. The creative substance that some use to demonstrate opulence is the same creative substance that others use to demonstrate poverty. And the creative substance that some summon to press our nations apart is the same creative substance that others must summon to pull our nations together.
 
And so the only appropriate question for you to ask is, “How will I summon the limitless and eternal creative substance of the universe today?” “How will I summon God today?
 

The Eye of the Needle
Someone once said that it’s harder for a rich man to get into heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. And although truth does exist within this odd statement, one must not interpret it to mean that there’s something inherently wrong with being rich. Nor must one interpret it to mean that there’s something inherently spiritual about being poor. In and of themselves, both wealth and poverty are really quite meaningless.

So here’s the crux. Your life is best lived when you maintain loving relationships. Your life is best lived when you maintain loving relationships with your friends, with your partners, with your pets, with your past, with your circumstances, with your things and so on and so on.
 
Your life is best lived when you maintain loving relationships, period.
 
Now, this becomes more difficult to achieve when we have too many people and too much stuff. And we in the western world have far too many people and far too much stuff. In other words, we have far too many opportunities to enter into relationships which are apathetic at best and hateful at worst. Let’s face facts, quality relationships require time.
 
So let me say this: Take an inventory and, in all your relationships, position yourself to love. Now, that might mean you’ll have to redefine a friendship. That might mean you’ll have to recommit to a partnership. That might mean you’ll have to donate something. It might even mean you’ll have to toss a bunch of stuff in the garbage.
 
And finally, understand that this heaven isn’t a geographical place which is to be earned now and enjoyed later. Such primitive thinking simply perpetuates the habitual mediocrity of our own existence. Instead, this heaven is an inner state which is completely available at this very moment. A great western teacher said it best when he said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
 

Attention
Your mind doesn’t know the difference between that which you seek to experience and that which you seek to avoid. You see, the essential function of your mind is to create and it acts creatively and impartially upon all you offer it through your attention.

If you’re fascinated with the prosperity you seek to experience, your mind acts to multiply it. If you’re fascinated with the disease you seek to avoid, your mind acts to multiply it. The love you seek to experience? The fear you seek to avoid? The relationship you want? The one you don’t?
 
It doesn’t matter.
 
The essential function of your mind is to create and it acts creatively and impartially upon all you offer it.
 
This is the real principle behind the generally-misunderstood positive-thinking movement. This is how your thoughts impact the quality of your life.
It really doesn’t seem fair upon first glance.
 
But spiritual principles often seem unfair when we don’t understand them.
 
So here’s the idea. All circumstances in your life are best viewed as prompts to create something. Don’t believe you can fight your poverty any longer because it won‘t work. Accept the prompting instead to create your prosperity. Don’t believe you can fight your disease any longer because it won‘t work. Accept the prompting instead to create your health.
 
A great genius of our time said, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.” And I just love that.
 
You see, he understood his deepest nature. And yours. And mine.
 
October 2006
 
Ownership

You were born with nothing.  You will die with nothing.  No one escapes these truths.  No one is exempt.  These truths apply to all people from all places at all times.  These truths are universal.

So the idea of ownership is really a myth.  The idea that a thing, an intellectual property or a piece of land could be owned is completely inappropriate from the spiritual perspective.  In fact, the idea that a thing, an intellectual property or a piece of land could be owned masks the root of most human suffering – attachment.
 
And so we enter into healthy relationships with such elements of this world to the degree that we relinquish this belief in ownership.  We enter into healthy relationship with such elements of this world to the degree that we accept that they are gifts – generously provided – to be ravenously enjoyed during their respective hours and then freely released as all must ultimately be released.
 
It’s ironic, really.  To the degree that we release the idea that we own a thing, we actually position ourselves to enter into a healthy relationship with that very thing and to more fully experience the joy thereof.
 

On Poverty and Chastity
Money isn’t bad. Sex isn’t bad. Nor are they inherently good. In and of themselves, they are of course, quite meaningless. They are vehicles for our joy, for our sadness, for our self-loathing, for our self-respect, for construction and for destruction; all based upon the consciousness with which they are engaged. Money and sex are simply benign vehicles for the development of consciousness.

Now, I digress: We have issues with money and sex. We have decided en masse – sometimes subtly and sometimes quite overtly – that such pursuits are, to varying degrees, shameful. Although such mass ridiculousness isn’t the topic of today’s essay, it deserves a nod herein.
 
Now, the true spiritual practice of abstinence is not about the evils of money and sex. The true spiritual practice of abstinence is about the perils of attachment. The true spiritual practice of abstinence is to remind ourselves that things of this world have no bearing on our eternal selves; to remind ourselves that money is not power and that sex is not love.
 
The true spiritual practice of abstinence is not about denying ourselves things and stuff but about freeing ourselves from our misconceptions so that we might fully enjoy things and stuff.
 
It’s ironic, really. It’s only as we realize that we need nothing that we become free to experience everything.
 
November 2006
 
On Gratitude
Gratitude is not just a vehicle for a November holiday.  Gratitude is not any of a number of empty social gestures.  Gratitude is not a feeling that happens to us when things go as we have decreed they should.  That’s yet another irresponsible understanding of spiritual practice – an understanding which only perpetuates our own helpless and meandering existence.
 
Gratitude is a powerful, circumstance-changing spiritual practice.
 
You see, it is through the power of your mind’s attention that the Creative Substance that is God is called into action on your behalf.  God does not distinguish what your mind desires from what your mind desires to avoid.  God does not distinguish what your mind wants from what your mind wants to avoid.
 
God distinguishes only attention from non-attention.
 
God is called into action by attention.
 
I could say it this way: From the spiritual perspective, anything you think about is the thing you want.
 
Are you more fascinated by your debt than you are your supply?  God is called into action to support your debt.
 
Are you more fascinated by your disease than you are your health?  God is called into action to support your disease.
 
So if you want to end a war, become more fascinated by peace.
If you want to end hatred, become more fascinated by love.
 
Gratitude is a spiritual practice which understands this law.  Gratitude forces us to be more fascinated with the good in our lives.  Gratitude forces us to place our attention on the things we want.  Gratitude calls God into action for greater joy in our lives and in our world.
 

On Prosperity
You long for more not because you’re greedy but because you’re creative.  You long for more because it’s in your spiritual makeup.  You long for more because you’re supposed to long for more.

Let’s address the myth.  Prosperity is not the experience of having.  Prosperity is not the experience of having because from the spiritual perspective, we have nothing.  From the spiritual perspective, we will always have nothing.
 
So prosperity becomes the experience of … experiencing.  And you are here to experience.
 
So the question becomes, “How do I position myself to experience … more?”
 
And your first prayer in all such matters must be for a consciousness equivalent to the good you desire to experience.
 
No amount of money can withstand the power of a consciousness rooted in poverty and no amount of love can withstand the power of a consciousness rooted in unworthiness.  On the other hand, no amount of disaster can defeat a consciousness anchored in abundance and no amount of abuse can defeat a consciousness aware of its value.
 
Beyond that most-important introduction, the elements of positioning oneself for prosperity are two-fold.
 
How healthy is my outgo?  Is my outgo in celebration of my plenty or in fear of my lack?
 
How healthy is my income?  Is my income in celebration of my value or in fear of my worthlessness?
 
Be unattached in all things.  Give and receive rightly.  It’s that simple.
 

Talent
Your talent doesn’t belong to you.  Your talent belongs to God.  You are simply a temporary vehicle for the unlimited possibilities of an unlimited Life.

Therefore, it is not appropriate for your ego to be inflated by your talent.  The greatest performers are more familiar with the experience of being performed, than the experience of performing.  The greatest performers know the experience of being fueled by a power beyond their personal power during their finest performances.  They often speak of being inspired.  They know their talent is not theirs and so they are humbled, not inflated.
 
So, our appropriate relationship with our talent is two-fold.  First, we must prepare.  The writer must write.  The musician must practice.  I heard a great speaker once indicate that although his words are God’s words, if he doesn’t do his homework, God won’t have anything to say.  Your talent requires your involvement or you wouldn’t possess it.
 
Second, we must give freely and without judgment.  We must trust that any talent, appropriately understood and offered, fulfills purposes well beyond our capacity to predict or understand.
 

On Being Gay
From the spiritual perspective, you are not a body. You are not a limited, finite life – a fleshy mass of carbon and atoms – here to play for a brief moment before you return to the earth.

The real you existed long before you accepted your current body and the real you will exist long after you lay that body down. From the spiritual perspective, you are a unique expression of the one eternal Life that lives Itself as each of us.  You are a unique expression of the one eternal Life that lives Itself as each of us through an endless variety of vehicles which, in and of themselves, are really quite meaningless.  They are, after all, simply vehicles.
 
I could say instead that God doesn’t perceive you as a gendered body. Or that God doesn’t know if you have a penis or a vagina.
 
From the spiritual perspective, you are not a body.  From the spiritual perspective, you are evolving life. The physical you is temporary. The spiritual you is eternal. So from the spiritual perspective, what you do with your outer self is nothing. And what you do with your inner self is everything.
 
When we understand this truth, we realize that our gender, our actions and yes, our orientation, are quite meaningless.  When we understand this truth, we realize that our spiritual growth, the intentions of our hearts and our ability to love are … everything.
 

Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not the act of condoning hurtful behaviors. Forgiveness is not the act of pardoning others from a throne of masochistic righteousness. Forgiveness does not boast, forgiveness does not manipulate, forgiveness does not dictate that we maintain relationships, forgiveness doesn’t even dictate that we be nice.  After all, sometimes the only way to heal a relationship is to end a relationship but that’s an entirely different essay.

Lastly, it deserves to be written that forgiveness most certainly does not forget.
 
However, forgiveness does change how we remember.
 
So if these time-honored definitions fail to represent true forgiveness, what is true forgiveness?
 
Sit with this idea.  Forgiveness is the art of remembering your past experiences in such a way that your current energy remains intact. Forgiveness is the art of remembering your ex-husband, your mistakes, your boss, your body, in such a way that your current energy remains intact.
 
Forgiveness is a gift from the self, to the self.  When properly practiced, forgiveness has nothing to do with anything else or anyone else, even though its effects are measureless.  Forgiveness is an inside job.
 

On Evil
From the spiritual perspective, there is no evil.  There is only God.  There is only infinite creative power, without opposition, available to all people at all times.

Now, from the earthly perspective, there is evil everywhere.  There is evil everywhere because this infinite creative power that is God can be enrolled without prejudice to both constructive and destructive ends.  This infinite creative power that is God can be enrolled without prejudice to create abundance and to create poverty, to create health and to create disease, to bring about a greater love and to bring about a greater hatred.  Make no mistake here: The Dalai Lama and Fred Phelps enroll the very same power to their respective and opposing ends.
 
I say without prejudice and I think it’s an important point.  Understand this: It isn’t the nature of God to care whether you choose to create abundance or poverty, health or disease, love or hatred.  It is the nature of God only to respond to your intention.  It is the nature of God only to respond.
 
From the spiritual perspective, there is no evil.  When we see evil, we see only human ignorance coupled with human irresponsibility and the inevitable desire to find someone, something, somewhere, to blame.
 
 
 

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