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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.


The above article is a modified extract from my book entitled Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion. For more information or to buy the book, click here.

5 comments

  1. Hello Steve,

    You may remember that I bought your book, ‘Ultimate Truth: God beyond Religion’. I thought you were spot on about most aspects concerning God and the two realities. The extract you’ve published here, using WordPress, was one of the best pieces of your work!

    The part of your book that I have a different viewpoint was that on why we suffer. I don’t think that God needs us to suffer so that He can experience it through us, if that’s an approximation of what you said. I think that we suffer when we act against our own nature, which is innately God-like. An obvious example is smoking; the addiction to nicotine that stimulates the brain, but damages our bodies in so many ways. Another example, closer to you, is self-imposed isolation. You’ve said that you are a shy person. But God created man to be gregarious!

    I suffer from long periods of depression, followed by long periods of hypomania. I’m not diagnosed as bipolar, because the periods of depression and hypomania are so long. The health professionals want to see the classic, text book types of mood swings, and cannot think ‘outside the box’.

    When I am depressed, there appear to be no specific triggers for it. The so-called ‘triggers’, in my case, are factors that worsen my depression, and form a feed-back loop. I hate the ‘vicious circle’ cliche, because it’s not vicious, but natural. This causes me to spiral into an ever-deeper depression, like a plane out of control. Everything becomes an effort, especially making decisions, I end up doing little but watch TV to alleviate my suffering. I refer to these periods as ‘inactive’ phases. I have difficulty engaging people in conversation, and even avoid going to the shops except when I have to.

    These periods of isolation go against my true nature, which is God’s nature. When I lift out of them, I’m active in a wide range of ways, but specifically, I engage easily in conversation, even with total strangers. I ‘humanise’ my contact with sales assistants, joking with them and making them feel happier in jobs that can be very dreary.

    I could go on, but I should let others contribute to your site. Perhaps I have given you a glimpse of my opinion as to why we suffer? Please give me your comments.

    Dinos Constantinou

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  2. Hi Dinos, thanks for sharing. It seems to me to boil down to the free will question. I don’t believe we can go against our nature in the way that you describe because I believe all our action is God acting through us. We don’t have the freedom to act against God, because all is God. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes (I’m always saying this) but it’s the way I believe things really are.

    You seem to experience the symptoms of bipolar, from what you have said. In my own life I have quite lengthy ‘up’ and ‘down’ phases (For instance, most recently I’ve been feeling low for about a year). Normally, when I’m on medication I feel depressed, and when I come off the meds I become elated and also delusional. So really I have to stay on the meds, despite the depression, to avoid the delusions…

    Best wishes,

    Steven

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    1. What a wonderful conversation, and only with two replies! If only we could have a cup of coffee and speak with one another with this article as the starting point. There is so much we could unpack, we could feel the vitality latent in such an inquiry in a more immediate way (not that this medium has no strengths of its own). Mr. Colborne, on your point of the individual being unable to act against God; ‘All is God’, verily and amen. There are two basic modes of His manifestation – an eternal and temporal. So far so good. We cannot act against God, our action is God acting through us. You are the object of His will, and dance you must if He wills it to be so. Technically speaking, we cannot identify this temporal object as the total God; though you are His, and all is His, He is more than all He is in! And yet He is you! Can then, this limited self relate to the total God in a way where the will of God in you is the will of God in Him? Is this already the case? But God is free, so if your will is his will, and God’s will is indomitable, why are you not free?

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      1. Hi Ronnie!

        Who knows, maybe we can have a cup of coffee and a chat one day 🙂 Many thanks for your deep and thought-provoking comment.

        Can then, this limited self relate to the total God in a way where the will of God in you is the will of God in Him? Is this already the case? But God is free, so if your will is his will, and God’s will is indomitable, why are you not free?

        This is a really good question. I think my answer would be that I identify, during this human life, as the puppet rather than the puppet master. I feel able to draw a distinction. In a puppet show, I wouldn’t say that a puppet is free, because it is entirely under the puppet master’s control.

        I would agree that if we do away with the distinction between the human dimension and the God dimension, there is a sense in which only ‘oneness’ exists, and there is only one will. But when I discuss free will with people, we’re usually talking about freedom from God, as most Christians (for instance) see God as separate from creation.

        If that response is unsatisfactory, please do come back to me, and I will try to comment further.

        Thanks again!

        Steven

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