In the beginning God said let US make man and woman in OUR image (Gen 1:26).
God is Us
God is communion
If you are trying to understand Christianity you need to understand Jesus. The one who began it all. Jesus thought about everything through the lens of relationship, through the lens of multiple, through the lens of inclusion and equality. He lived and exemplified non-duality. Non-dual means, not two, not separate.
“In spirituality, nondualism, also called non-duality, means “not two” or “one undivided without a second”. Nondualism primarily refers to a mature state of consciousness, in which the dichotomy of I-other is ‘transcended’, and awareness is described as ‘centerless’ and ‘without division'” (Wiki).
We however, live with dualistic thinking. We think in division. We always fall into the trap of Us and Them. We naturally exclude, compare, segregate. We like to put things into black and white. We are constantly and naturally dividing without even thinking about it.
The dualistic mind is essentially binary, either/or thinking. It knows by comparison, opposition, and differentiation. It uses descriptive words like good/evil, pretty/ugly, smart/stupid, not realizing there may be a hundred degrees between the two ends of each spectrum (Rohr).
“The dualistic mind cannot process things like infinity, mystery, God, grace, suffering, sexuality, death, or love; this is exactly why most people stumble over these very issues” (Rohr).
Jesus, the Spirit and the father are one and different. NOT two. As soon as you have two you have oppositional thinking. You have to chose sides. Three flows, three is relationship, it is the flow of life. “Whatever is going on in God is a flow, a radical relatedness, a perfect communion between Three—a circle dance of love. And God is not just a dancer; God is the dance itself” (Source).
An infinite flow and rhythm of love. Flowing ceaselessly and eternally. God is the life force and energy that flows through everything in the universe. God is with us and in us and flows through us.
I would suggest that today we have been stuck with a small God. A dualistic version of God. God the threatener, God the watcher, God the punisher. A black and white, small God. The God of division, the God of them and us and the God that is preoccupied with exclusion. This is not the God of Jesus and it is not the God that I know.
I would go further to even suggest that true salvation is not so much about sin, (black and white), a transformation from dualistic thinking to non-dualistic thinking. Where we think about inclusion, acceptance, life and love. Where God is involved in everything that we do, all of the time. God is life and His/Her life is a flowing, moving force all of the time whether see it or not.
We only exist in relationship. Outside of love and relationship we die very quickly. Thats why loneliness, which is living in a state of exclusion, is a Global epidemic that is killing us. (See Loneliness is Killing Us). The Trinity, or the Godhead, invites us to participate in the living, loving relationship with them, here and now.
All relationship happens through mirroring. In the reflection of each other. All of the references to the Holy Spirit are dynamic words: elusive wind, descending dove, falling fire, flame and flowing water. God is trying to help us to see, with the eyes of our understanding, who God is. HE is dynamic, multiple, reflecting, moving, flowing. Either God is moving in and through you or He is not moving at all. It is a process of loving and being loved. As soon as you lock down, take sides, stand back, isolate. God is not moving through you. As soon as you start thinking dualistically, you have stepped outside of the flow of God.
People admire strength and individuality, God it seems loves vulnerability and mutuality. While we accept and gather those who look like us and think like us, God gathers anyone and everyone who believes. We like boxes and boundaries, God dissolves boundaries and cannot be contained.
When I think of this model of relationship I think of a picture of the basic building block of the universe. The Atom.
“I saw something that looked like a wheel on the ground beside each of the four-faced creatures. This is what the wheels looked like: They were identical wheels, sparkling like diamonds in the sun. It looked like they were wheels within wheels, like a gyroscope.
They went in any one of the four directions they faced, but straight, not veering off. The rims were immense, circled with eyes. When the living creatures went, the wheels went; when the living creatures lifted off, the wheels lifted off. Wherever the spirit went, they went, the wheels sticking right with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures went, the wheels went; when the creatures stopped, the wheels stopped; when the creatures lifted off, the wheels lifted off, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels”.
I believe this is perfect example of relationship. Us the many, wheels within wheels. Moving constantly and being led by the Spirit of God. Wherever the spirit went, they went. The spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. What a beautiful picture of the atom. The building block of life. Wheels within wheels.
If you take the metaphor of a wheel and apply it to community it is a beautiful picture of balance and sharing. Only a part of the wheel is connected to the earth at any one time. The wheel moves and in doing so the load is shared. The load is carried by all. Every part belongs and every part of the wheel has a part to play.
In Ezekiels vision the wheels sparkled – they were reflective. What a beautiful picture of vulnerability and transparency. Each wheel reflecting back to the other and seeing each other.
In contrast, humanity’s picture of structural relationship is the pyramid. A couple of power controllers live at the top with the load building and getting heavier the further down the pyramid you go.
Its not a stretch to say that all of our industries and governments are run with money at the top of the pyramid. All of our institutions and global enterprises are run like this and so are a lot of families. How many times have you heard the term, “I am the head of this house?”. Totally opposite to the dynamic and moving flow of the Spirit of God where everyone and everything belongs. Where people and relationship is the primary focus not money or power.
When men and women feel threatened they always pull out the power card. Dualistic thinking by its nature is one that controls and pulls rank. In relationship breakdowns it is always: “What about me”. It is about the ego and how to protect our patch. You said this and I said that. A truly holy person will always protect relationship at all costs.
They know that Gods highest priority is relationship.
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