By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 7/21/2018
Topics/Keywords: #ConnectingWithGod #God #GodConnection #Metaphysics #Spirituality Page Views: 777
A series of essays on developing one's ability to find God in one's life.

According to two 2016 surveys, between 84% and 90% of Americans believe in the existence of God. (Slightly more respondents believe in "God or a higher power" but not enough to be statistically significant.) However many people this is, however, the numbers have decreased by about 10% since the first survey was undertaken in 1944.

I would guess that, having come to this page, dear reader, you are a believer. But what, exactly, is it in which you believe? Jehovah/Yaweh? Jupiter or Hermes? Ganesh or Shiva? Do you envision a somewhat petulant old guy with a beard, or a Universal Energy permeating Time and Space?

I come from a background of devout Catholic-turned-New-Ager by personal experiences that couldn't be explained within the framework of Catholicism. I no longer identify as Christian, because I refuse to be a part of a group that has yet to take a firm stand on political "Christianists" who do not behave in accordance with the teachings attributed to Christ but loudly insist that they, and only they, are in fact "Christians".

But this section is not about Jesus (Yeshua ben Yosef) of Nazareth. It's about God: who or what that might be, and how one can connect with this [whatever] for energy, guidance, and understanding.

And, no, it's not about using God to get rich.

God

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/20/1972
Topics: #God #Metaphysics #Poetry #Spirituality Page Views: 1108
A poem examining the nature and dilemma of God.

It exists. It has no name; there is no one to call It. It has no face, for there is no one to see It. It is Energy It is Harmony It is a matrix of patience, of hope, of love. It is Its own Cause, Its own Effect. It is Its own Yin, Its own Yang. It is Its own Question. It is Its own Answer. And It is lonely.

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Going Home

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/23/2006
Updated: 8/16/2015
Topics: #HeartMeditation #Meditation #Spirituality #Sufism Page Views: 543
Sufism.

I studied Sufism for a couple of years. Sufis believe that mankind is God's lover, separated from God by a metaphysical curtain that cannot be breached until death. They believe that the heartache, the longing, so many people feel is the pain of separation a lover feels for an absent beloved.

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The God I Don't Believe In

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/24/2006
Updated: 5/16/2017
Topics: #ReligiousPolitics #Spirituality Page Views: 3031
Let's examine the connection between abused children and their need as adults to rely on an Authority figure to give their lives meaning.

One of the most perplexing issues faced by people is how a "Christian" can claim to accept the teachings of a man who said to turn the other cheek to an enemy who smites you, and then invade and destroy a country in his name! —But the understanding that abused children grow up to be abusive and religious allows this apparent paradox to be seen as parts of the same, cohesive whole. After all, God as an authority doesn't in fact exist; so people who "accept" God as an authority are really just accepting the authority of someone claiming to speak for God—as many abusive parents do, and as more than one politician has done.

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Is That All There Is?

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 11/18/2008
Updated: 6/6/2017
Topics: #Metaphysics #Spirituality Page Views: 929
Many people feel that something is missing from their lives; and for all their attempts to fill that void with food, fashion, TV or religion, nothing they've tried seems to really bring them happiness. And that, of course, is the key: Nothing they've TRIED.

In perhaps the most depressing song ever written, "Is That All There Is?" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded in 1969 by Peggy Lee, the singer laments that the various events that should have defined her life, such as a house fire, going to the circus for the first time, or falling in love, instead left her feeling empty and disappointed. In the song, the singer announces that she won't kill herself, only because she's certain that even death will be "that final disappointment."

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God's Ringtone

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 11/21/2008
Topics: #Metaphysics #Spirituality Page Views: 2679
How to get in touch with God Within.

The problem is, the thing that is missing, that void, is within your deepest being. You can't fill a void there with anything external. No round-the-world cruise, no bed of nails, no rosaries or festivals or contortioned postures can, of themselves, fill that innermost void. At best, they can only distract one from feeling that void for a short time. But when the cruise ends or one rises from that bed of nails, or, yes, one emerges from the Wednesday night prayer service, one finds the void is still there.

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Recognizing God

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 4/2/2009
Topics: #Metaphysics Page Views: 2283
How to recognize God when you see Him. Or Her.

There's an old story, attributed to Jesus, that "he"—that is, God—might show up in unexpected ways: as a beggar, or a lame person. The moral of the story is generally taken to mean that we should treat such people as we would treat a deity, should one drop by. However, I prefer to take the story literally.

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A Letter From God

By: God Topics: #God #Metaphysics #Spirituality Page Views: 1076
This message has been passed around the Internet, in various forms, for several years. Its Author is unknown…perhaps it really is God!

My blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotries and confusion. The whole planet is now connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases and mutual needs and concerns. Get with the program! If you really want to help Me, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry and clothe your naked, and assist your abused to stand up for themselves and your poor to shelter themselves. And, just as important, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. I've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, loving and laughing together.

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