Theism, monotheism, deism, pantheism and all subsequent “isms” are on the same boat as the denial of those – namely atheists.
It is another duality where opposites, complement as they are part of the same continuity.
At the mental level, we only want the “right” answer. God or gods either exist or he/she/it/ they don’t.
The mental conditioning comes up with reasons “pro” and “against” just like what we have been taught to do and believe to be “right.” We could back up our views with “proof” the ones given by “experts,” scientists, religious leaders, gurus, political figures, actors, etc. That is the same spaghetti sauce we have been eating for centuries.
When we OBSERVE the significance of EXPERIENCES in Life, we could realize that in the world of duality opposites are not “right or wrong.” That is only human conditioned morality, which nonetheless has value in our society but which is away from Life itself. That understanding requires certain openness and “mileage” in Life. Thus, in Life our mental/ intellectual understanding is of little value, when to go through the full experience is what is really required to KNOW.
If the above seems obscure, that is because it is hard to explain. Let me simplify that with something known by most of us.
When I was a child, a believed in Santa Claus. When I became a teenager, I knew the “truth” that he did not exist. When I became an adult however, I became Santa Claus and gave gifts.
That is the full experience in Life. What is the important aspect of Santa Claus? The gift.
Have you seen a child looking forward to open the gift from Santa? Have you seen a child assessing his behavior during the past year, to conclude that he deserves a gift?
Isn’t that child the same person as the teenager and the same as the adult?
Yes, the same but different consciousness. The child accepts the gift. He has experienced the gift. There is no further questioning needed. The teen, rejects the gift, for he wants an answer, “truth;” but unless that person becomes Santa himself, dressing like one and being the one offering gifts to other children; the experience will not be complete and there will not be “true” understanding. At that point for him, whether someone believes in Santa or not, it will not make a difference. There will be complete understanding. Knowledge.
Consciousness is the most important aspect of living Life.
The child and the teenager still lack the complete experience of an adult.
In Life, many will remain with the consciousness of children whereas others will remain as teens. Few become adults in one lifetime with the experiential understanding that an “answer,” the “truth” has no value in the development of human consciousness. Again, no value at all. Experience of the “yes” and “no” does. Most humans are only concerned with “answers.” Life is concerened with consciousness.
The discovery of this life experience, means the world. That happens when we are OBSERVANT, AWARE.
The gift is all that matters: Receive it or reject it. That is the duality. To go beyond that, is to BE the one offering it.
The atheist entered and started looking at the decoration: Images of saints and Jesus crucified in a cross. The atheist was surprised by the atmosphere of peace that he felt in that wide room.
All of the sudden, he saw a white light which almost blinded him but increased his peace and made him feel a special bliss that he has never felt before.
The atheist was surprised after the experience and told his friend about it.
His friend said: “That is God showing you that he exists.” The priest knew about that experience of the atheist and congratulated him profusely. It was a miracle.
The atheist had experienced God by popular interpretation, therefore; he decided to convert himself into a Christian and from that point on, he strongly believed in God and followed his Godly book; the Bible.
The priest used this singular story to support his beliefs and the beliefs of those who believed in him. 🙂
The above story may have happened to many of us. Through an extraordinary experience, we thought that God has “chosen us.” After all, not too many folks experience that type of experience.
“I am special,” we thought.
Notice how the interpretation of an experience resulted in the change of consciousness of the atheist.
That which he denied, all of the sudden was completely embraced to the same extreme as his denial.
That is the story of St. Paul as well as the story of many “believers.”
What could have happened if that “special” experience was felt in a Muslim mosque? Or what about a Hindu temple?
Obviously, “God” automatically would have acquired those colors.
What is important to observe is not that the atheist have found God.
Observe how his consciousness has changed into the opposite side.
Observe how an interpretation has validated his beliefs.
Observe how general acceptance has determined that new “reality.”
Eventually, that “experience” becomes the hook into becoming a believer.
The label of “atheist” will change into “theist.”
That change is very superficial. The former atheist may follow rituals, he may confess his sins and pray to God all he wants, but his consciousness will be stuck in that new location, for a dogma will be created in his mind.
He found the “One.” The “One” who was denied.
Nevertheless, that may be the starting point in his “spiritual career.”
Unless this person allows for his consciousness to be open to further experiences, he will not be able to change anymore.
In his mind, he has found security and support from a group. He has “arrived.”
However, in his heart there will be the longing of needing something else.
Why? Is finding God or a belief in God not enough?
No… unless he wants to believe it is.
Once the belief is confronted and discovered, he may move into the next step.
What is it?
He will need to find himself.
To find the “One” is not enough until we become “One.”
That “knowing” is not theory. It is not something to recite and to “tell others.”
Being (labeling) an “atheist” or a “theist” is of no consequence unless we believe that to be the case. Lost into that duality, we could get “busy” by “doing things” such as proselytizing, supporting the faith, doing all rituals, etc. or going against it in a “hate” campaign. More duality…Same consciousness.
When those 2 words are forgotten, then we could be away from labels and perhaps discover that we are not those labels that we used to believe we were…
At that point, the search truly starts…
The “special” experience is meant to be enjoyed. It is the point for a change. It is not meant to be interpreted.