Trying to Name the Attributes of God

Attributes aren’t fundamental, Spirit is fundamental. Attributes occur within and by and through Spirit. Said another way: forms and objects aren’t fundamental, life itself is fundamental. Forms and objects occur within and by and through life.

So it is not correct to ask, “what form is God? What attributes belong to Him, and which do not?” That question incorrectly imposes attributes with the fundamental quality. That which is fundamental has form; it is not that form has fundamental existence. As Rupert Spira says, “Objects do not have existence, existence has objects.”

Does this mean that God is not kind, or compassionate, or loving? No, it does not mean that. It is quite accurate to say that God is absolutely and unconditionally loving, understanding, and compassionate. And indeed, the sojourn of the Spirit into duality ultimately expands the real depths of kindness, compassion, and love. What it means though is that we cannot successfully impose local qualities on that which gives rise to them. As we ponder the nature of God then, we are wise to turn from the thinking mind to the depths of being within us, which itself transcends the distinctions that abound in our physical experience, and itself already knows the truth that cannot be named.

Trying to Name the Attributes of God

The Playground and the Classroom

Our experience here is born in the spirit of play! Our true nature is one that is completely free, unlimited, creative, and powerful. It is from that true state that we decide to ultimately express ourselves here in the physical experience.

And yet, here on Earth we often go through experiences that seem far from playful. We are engaged by what seems to be the “hard constraints” or “hard rules” of our world: a knife will always cut, resources will always be finite, and the body will always die. Indeed, there is profound growth opportunity available to the spirit when it is “forced” (apparently forced) to face these “hard constraints.” Such experiences help us experientially “learn”: we learn how to deal with circumstance, we learn how to make choices, we even learn more about who we are. Even through and beyond our local reality, there are “spiritual laws” in place that help guide us through growth that is beneficial for us- and sometimes that process can be extremely painful.

So is life more like a playground, or a classroom?

The following two statements are both true and do not contradict:

  1. Nothing is required of us. The universe is born out of a desire to play, to exercise our great creative natures in a unique way, just for the sake of it.
  2. There is meaning and value in integrating challenging experiences and adding to Creation. Sometimes the “spiritual laws” in place end up guiding us through what seem to be very difficult experiences for the sake of growth.

The classroom is in the playground.

Even when you are in class, you can play! No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, your true nature remains unharmed and shining and joyful! And when you can fully let go of the burden you have assigned to your assignment, and get in touch with and express that ever-abiding true nature, often the lesson is ended- and you can now be full of even more joy than you were before you playfully went to class.

The Playground and the Classroom

Are We Growing or Are We Whole?

Some say we are here in the physical to learn and grow, and others say we are already complete and whole. Which one is it?

Both are true, and there is no contradiction.

Our true being is always complete and whole. Even as our completeness and wholeness is maintained, we choose to express our incredibly creative nature by participating in reality systems like our own. As we integrate specific experience, we grow in our capacity to know and actualize our true being. Adopting unique and well defined perspectives- for instance, the human perspective that feels separate from everyone else- allows for a great deal of experiential growth.

The only way to adopt the highly specialized human perspective is to forget all of what we really are. If we remembered all of what we really are, we would constantly know that there is nothing ever to fear. But, the capacity for challenge is commensurate to the opportunity for experiential growth: it is precisely the “apparent distance” from our true nature that is the “frontier” of new perspective creation. We love to see “what we can do with” that highly specialized perspective! We rejoice at the opportunity to see how well we can express love even through the challenging constraints of the human experience, and even through forgetting!

While we are already whole, that which is already whole “increases” as we grow experientially towards love. The Possibilities grow when consciousness- life itself- deeply engages in and integrates specific experiences, including experiences of incompleteness.

Are We Growing or Are We Whole?

Fear as a Sign of Potential Expansion

Fear is a reflection of the space in “experience space” that Beingness is expanding into. It reflects a “distance” that has not yet been experientially integrated. Fear is a sign that “That Which Is” is engaged in something (a form or perception) that challenges it and is giving it room- within itself- to expand into.

In part, our physical reality is what happens when unharmable consciousness decides to create a challenge for the purposes of actual experiential growth. Fear is not something that was created, it is simply what happens when existing consciousness engages a new constraint-set that it is not yet optimally developed to handle, and buys into perspectives that are not in alignment with one’s true nature. Fear is only possible when the spirit is engaged in challenge, which means it is working with a yet un-integrated experience. That is, fear is only possible when the spirit is engaging sense data or form that it does not yet recognize for what it truly is, or, when spirit is buying into a belief that is not in alignment with the truth. Fear is a growing pain that happens when “That Which Already Is” engages in a real process of perspective integration to expand and become even more! In that sense, fear ultimately serves love’s purpose of joy and expansion.

Ultimately there is nothing at all to fear! Fear is completely subservient to the greater and perfectly enduring truth of love. When the “game” of growth and expansion is won or departed, there can be no fear. Fear is an illusion- an artifact of “perceived distance” from true love and unity, where no distance can actually occur. Fear is not native to the soul. For our native being is one of total power, freedom, and love- and in the brightness of that Light, every shadow of fear is completely dissolved.

Fear as a Sign of Potential Expansion

Your Inherent Beauty

The flower does not try to be beautiful. You do not have to, either. The sunset does not strive to be red. Neither do you have to strive to shine with your own light. That light may seem to be obscured for a while as you take your walk in the physical, but it isn’t truly. You shine because you are.

Being does not require effort. Only striving to be what you are not requires effort. You do not have to squeeze yourself to produce love; it is what you are, and flows from you as you Be.

You are ravishingly beautiful! You are an awe-inspiring expression of the divine fire that gives rise to All Things! The wondrousness of your being cannot be lost. The diamond can be no less precious when it is covered in mud.

Know this, let go of all that you are not, and shine!

Your Inherent Beauty

Your Thoughts Are Powerful

Every thought has an effect, both in our local reality system and in others. You may not see the effect of your thoughts with your physical eyes, but in fact, every thought echoes throughout all space. Reality is affected by each and every intent that you hold! For instance, what you are intending and thinking right now is “happening” throughout all the Earth, and is affecting vibrations in other parts of the world.

How can this be? Consciousness is the fundamental fabric of reality. Since all consciousness is connected to all other consciousness, when consciousness “moves,” all of reality is affected.

However, because we are largely not aware of this, we are “messy” with our thoughts. Because of the beliefs that we have collectively enshrined and perpetuated, we often don’t know our own importance, or our own power.

It is time to remember! What is occurring within you is important! Your thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and intentions are important. Your personal experience is important. You are important!

The thoughts that arrive into your awareness start with your intent. You receive sensory data and decide how to process it. After doing this for a lifetime, your beliefs and interpretations can be so firmly set that they seem like properties of reality itself. The beliefs and interpretations that you have bought into feed the nature of the thoughts that arrive.

Your primary power is intent, your point of power is the now. Using your intent in the current moment, you always have the ability to re-frame your experience. This changes the world. Using your intent in the current moment, you always have the power to alter the momentum of your thoughts. You are not powerless to them; rather, they are expressions of your power. They arrive to serve you, as you have requested. This, too, changes the world.

Your Thoughts Are Powerful

Love Knows No Boundaries

Often when we think about loving others, we think about those close to us. We prioritize our family, our organizations, or our nation- but often at the expense of others. We tend to think of love as “protecting one’s own.”

True love knows no boundaries! Love surpasses all labels, shatters all divisions, exceeds all limits. Love transcends all human distinction. Love accepts all.

We are to love all people! We are to love all beings, all expressions of life. We are to love regardless of identity, creed, or race. There is no identity label or condition that can preclude someone from deserving our love. If we believe otherwise, even if we do so in the name of some belief we think is moral, we are listening to our ego rather than the spirit.

When we return to the Light after our walk in the physical, we will be deeply loved no matter what identity we adopted, no matter our preferences or affiliations. Even through our many imperfections, we will be profoundly and overwhelmingly loved! In fact, we are profoundly and overwhelmingly loved right now!

Everyone you meet is ultimately your brother or sister. They, too, seek the love from which we have all come. They, too, yearn for the love that knows no boundaries. And you have the profound opportunity to be the hand of compassion or kindness that meets them wherever they are! As you do so, even in small ways, you help the transcendent love of the spirit to shine forth and gradually transform our world.

Love Knows No Boundaries