It is possible to view reality as though there are two separate dimensions. The first we will call the God dimension, and the second the human dimension (other creatures experience life in their own dimensions). The God dimension represents absolute awareness, which we can presume that God has all the time. Everything in the universe, in the microcosm and the macrocosm, is present to God, and he perpetually coordinates the interaction of all the universe’s various parts. The power and awareness necessary for this coordinating activity is immense, but it is right to assume that our Creator has that power.
We might imagine that within the God dimension of reality, everything is clear and vibrant. In the human dimension, we get a snapshot of the total reality. Although we are an expression of the God dimension and are contained within it, our consciousness has limitations, such as those imposed by the body and its senses. The organism that is the body is a reality–limiting organism – it is as though we are only able to perceive things on a certain wavelength that is just a small part of the total spectrum of reality. Everything that we experience during human life occurs in the human dimension, but is also perceived by God in the ultimate dimension.
It is quite right to assume that things go on in the world all the time without us being aware of them. When I am writing these words there must be countless processes going on both in my body, and in the world at large, that I am not aware of. It is God’s infinite consciousness that is aware of the complete picture; we are only given a glimpse into what is going on at any one time.
Attributes of the human dimension include this limited awareness and also embodied emotions, sense perception, physical sensations, and thought. Attributes of the God dimension include those described in the previous chapter entitled ‘the Nature of God’; omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, and so on.
It is possible that in the event of death, awareness expands from the human dimension to the God dimension. One could imagine this experience would be accompanied by a sense of relief, a kind of ‘coming home’ feeling, where once again the bigger picture is visible and everything makes sense.
Life in the human body never makes perfect sense. There is never a feeling that everything is perfectly OK, because we always have the problems of suffering and death to contend with. I would suggest that when our awareness expands from the human dimension to the God dimension in the event of death, the boundaries of human existence are seen to be illusory, and the beginning and ending of human life is seen in its right perspective, which is that really there is no birth and no death, only a continuation of a consciousness that has always existed and always will exist.
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