exists outside of God. Everything in creation, at its
most basic level, is filled with the essence of God.
There is nothing else!
It's like the connection between the power plant fifty
miles away and the light bulb in the lamp next to your
favorite chair. The chair, the lamp, the household wiring,
the high tension lines, the power plant itself are all
secondary, all merely part of a delivery system. The
invisible energy produced by the generators flows through
those lines, and it is that same energy which warms
the filament in your light bulb and illuminates the
words in your book. The rest of the hardware is dead
and meaningless without the energy which flows through
it. The only difference is that at its source the power
is rated at a million megawatts and in your light bulb
it is stepped down to a mere hundred watts.
the same way, God and we are part of the same energy
system. I may be as tiny compared to God as my light
bulb is compared to the power plant output, but the
same energy flows through both of us. That is what God
meant by saying, "Let us make mankind in our image."
That is what Jesus meant when he said, "I and the
Father are one."
having said that, we have to recognize the opposite
truth, that the difference between my little light bulb
and a megawatt power station is enormous. The station
may power my bulb, but if it were to shoot all its power
my way, it would not only explode my little bulb, it
would burn down my house and probably most of my neighborhood.
That power has to be stepped down through a series of
transformers in order to be useable down at my tiny
level. Those transformers do their job so well that
the power of the station is completely tamed, and it
comes to me in a tiny trickle which is able to be tolerated
by my simple system.
same thing is true with God. God's power flows through
me, surrounds me, energizes me, gives my life vitality
and imagination, and guards me as I venture day by day
to fulfill my mission. But it is stepped down as it
comes to me so that it doesn't totally overwhelm my
limited awareness. Different people receive this power
at different frequencies. Those to whom it comes with
higher voltage exhibit certain traits which seem unusual
- psychic powers, healing skills, spiritual wisdom,
and so on. But in every case the transformer steps that
power down from a divine frequency to a human one. To
broaden the image, if God is 100-dimensional and we
are merely three-dimensional creatures, then we cannot
conceive of anything beyond those three dimensions.
We even have trouble trying to fit time into our awareness
as a fourth dimension, so imagine the impossibility
of understanding the 43rd or the 87th dimension of God.
God's energy is stepped down through a transformer which
vibrates at a three-dimensional rate, changing everything
that comes to us into a mode which we can understand.
As a result, we see God as a three-dimensional reality,
with all the characteristics and failings of our three-dimensional
world - love and blessing, but also anger, punishment,
warlikeness, and jealousy.
this humanoid God - an old man with a long white beard
- fails to show us the true nature of God. To find a
more accurate image, we must move outside our three-dimensional
heritage and go through a reverse series of transformers,
stepping up our understanding until we come nearer to
the original power plant. This is the function of faith.
Ironically, the Church has never learned to do this
very well. It is still reading the truth of God by the
light of a 100-watt bulb. What it tells us is not untrue,
but that feeble light leaves a lot of the truth in darkness.
from A Handbook
For Heretics, pp. 45-46]
John W. Sloat 2004