This is an exciting time to be alive. For the first time in history, science and spirit are coming together. Quantum physics is proving what spiritual masters have been teaching for millennia. I could tell this entire story without one reference to God or spirit.
And guess what! God doesn’t care! God is all there is. He has no needs, no desires. Why would God care what we call Him (or Her, although for the sake of simplicity, I use Him throughout this blog). God knows that he is always Love, that he is unconditionally accepting, that he is glorious and magnificent, that he knows all, is all-powerful, and is everywhere and everywhen now. But if God is all there is, how does he experience Himself? In other words, if good is all there is, how do you really know it is ‘good’ since there is no ‘bad’ to compare it to. If there is nothing but God, how is God to experience God?
God knows he is all these things. He uses His creation to experience them. Knowing something and experiencing something are two different things. We may know that we are compassionate, but until we perform a compassionate act we cannot know how it really feels to be compassionate, we have not experienced being compassionate. We may know we are forgiving, but until we have actually forgiven someone, we have not experienced being forgiving. God has created us in His image, that is, as creative spiritual beings, and He has given us free will, so that He can experience Himself through us; however we choose to have Him experience it.
Imagine that you are a flame in the Sun. You know you are light, that you are magnificent, glorious and whole. But when you look around, all you see are other flames that are just like you. You are all One. You know you are an individuated part of the Sun, but how can you experience your magnificence? If everything and everyone are all the same, that is, glorious, magnificent and whole; how can you experience yourself as that? You would have to become that which you are not. But, that which you are not is illusion, it is not real. You are still the perfect, whole, magnificent being that you always were. Neale Donald Walsch wrote of this in “Conversations with God, Book 1” and has written a delightful children’s book that tells this story entitled, the Little Soul & the Sun, which is a great story for adults as well as children. In order for God to experience Himself, He became that which He was not.
Experiencing that which we are not is the whole reason for relative duality. You can’t experience up without down, hot without cold, fast without slow, good without bad, Love without the absence of Love. And, we can’t be whole without all of it! If we hide what we call the bad, we can never be whole. God is absolute: pure, unconditionally accepting Love. God’s consciousness, Love, is the underlying basis that makes up the Universe. The whole universe of relativity is illusion!
And now quantum physics is telling us the same thing. It is saying that an electron has infinite potential to be at any place in space or time until it is observed. It is the act of observation that makes something what, where and when it is. Our intention for something to be, makes it so.
Dr. John Hagelin, one of the pre-eminent quantum physicists of our time, says “the electron is not a material particle…it’s a concept. The electron is made of the same stuff thoughts are made of!” He also says “The unified field is aware of its own existence; it responds dynamically to its own presence. So what do we have? We have a field of concentrated, infinitely dynamic, self-aware intelligence. And that, my friends, is consciousness.” (Consciousness is the Unified Field, Light of Consciousness Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006.)
In other words, Unified Field is another term for God! Self-aware intelligence implies unconditional Love. If the Unified Field, or God, is the underlying energy that makes up all that is, how can it hurt itself in any way? By definition, it must be unconditionally accepting and cannot cause damage to itself. The physician’s creed, “First, do no harm” applies here. Anything that seems different than this is part of the illusion.
Dr. David Hawkins has also discovered something exciting as it relates to consciousness. Dr. Hawkins developed a ‘map of consciousness’ (Power VS. Force), a logarithmic scale from 1 to 1,000 based on kinesiology, where 1 is nearly the complete absence of love and integrity, and 1,000 (logarithmically that is 1 with 1,000 zeroes after it) represents the highest possible level of human consciousness (although Consciousness itself is infinite) and represented by the consciousnesses of Christ, Buddha, Krishna, and Allah. A consciousness level of 200 or more represents the line of integrity or truth. If consciousness is at 200 or above, it strengthens or adds to. Anything below 200 weakens or subtracts from. If humanity, as a whole, is below 200 on this scale of consciousness, we are not only capable of destroying ourselves, it is probable, assuming we have the technology to do so, which we have had since 1945. The exciting news is that around 1980, for the first time in history, the consciousness level of mankind went over 200, to 207. It had remained for several centuries at about 190, just below the line of integrity. Around that time (1980’s), we saw the Berlin wall collapse, the fall of Communist Russia, and corporations such as Enron, WorldCom and Anderson Consulting were no longer able to get away with their less than ethical behavior. We have turned the corner of consciousness. Although we are not out of the woods, we are poised for great, positive change on planet Earth. Most of us who are reading this have felt that.
Biology is also showing that the spiritual Masters have been right all along. Dr. Bruce Lipton, in his ground breaking book, The Biology of Belief, and Candace Pert in her equally insightful book Molecules of Emotion, have both shown how thoughts and feelings can make healthy bodies diseased, or make ailing bodies healthy, and that “beliefs control biology” (Bruce Lipton). Dr. Lipton says “We are made in the image of God, and we need to put Spirit back into the equation when we want to improve our physical and our mental health…Learning how to harness your mind to promote growth is the secret of life…It is not our genes but our beliefs that control our lives…Oh ye of little belief!”
Even the field of psychology is using these principles. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a psychological method developed by Marsha Linehan to treat persons with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Part of the therapy employs mindfulness techniques we will discuss later in detail. Other Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) also use mindfulness.
So, what does this all have to do with Spirit Hug? Despite the fact that we, as a human race, are evolving, becoming more conscious, meditating more than ever, practicing the Law of Attraction, and really, really believe we are spiritual beings; most of us have no clue as to how to BE a spiritual being in a physical body. Even though spiritual Masters have been showing us the way for millennia, their work has either been shrouded in mystery or misinterpreted so badly as to lose most of its credibility. I don’t necessarily think any of this was purposeful.
Imagine Jesus walking around 2,000 years ago with the totality of knowledge of quantum physics – how the universe works, even more so than our current technology allows us to understand it today. How would he explain it to the people of that day? He chose to use parables. Unfortunately, most people still couldn’t ‘get’ what he was saying (he knew that, saying “he who has ears, let him hear”). The parables seemed mysterious and were prone to misinterpretation. His demonstration of that knowledge, what people called miracles, only added to the mystery and misinterpretation. Yet Jesus said ‘why you are in awe? Greater things than these shall you do’. But how do we do these greater things?
We need a simple guide to everyday spirituality. How do we allow our Spirit, our true Self, that which is One with All That IS, dominate our daily lives, rather than be dominated by our thoughts, feelings, and physical bodies? How do we fulfill the promise of a life of Joy, Happiness, Abundance, Wholeness, and Blessedness? Spirit Hug is an attempt to do that.
Spirit Hug is really not new. As the song goes “It’s a new old thing called a Spirit Hug” (Spirit Hug by Peter Grand & Donald Thomsen). It is a new way of looking at ancient teachings. New perceptions may be helpful to people who haven’t been able to ‘get’ older perceptions. Repetition is good. It helps reinforce a teaching into your heart until it becomes natural for you to be the teaching. Spirit Hug is a synthesis of my reading, study, and inner practice over the last three decades. My intention with this blog is to cut that time down for you. My hope is that Spirit Hug can be a shorter way to living your own everyday spirituality. If more of us can do that our world will be a much better place to live. Since this blog is a guide as well as an instructional, I have liberally included references to other authors, who are my mentors, so that you can delve deeper into their works if you so choose.
Spirit Hug is not the only way to Spirit. As I tell my workshop participants, there are an infinite number of ways to the Infinite. If what I say resonates within your heart, go with it. If not, throw it away and look for another way. Be aware of anyone who claims their way is the only way!
The principles herein can be used in any facet of life, whether referred to as spiritual or not. They can be applied to relationship, to science, to business and even to government (although politics might be a stretch), without ever referring to the words God or Spirit.
That being said, this particular blog is about spirituality. I have referred and will refer to Jesus and will quote the Bible. That is only because I am more familiar with the Bible, having been raised as a Christian. I firmly believe, as I said above, that there are many other ways; that other Scriptures’ and other Masters’ teachings embody what I call “The Silver Stream of Truth”.