Connection with God and Humanity
A assistance for practicing confession, defined as the ferreting out and releasing before unconscious or unexamined psychic clutter, we can then realize our connectedness to the universe. We human beings are all connected to each other by virtue of our shared humanity. As Martin Luther King Jr. said so eloquently,
In a real sense, all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. in any case affects one directly affects all indirectly.
And we are all connected with God, or in any case you call him, her or it, in addition as with all creation. God’s spirit resides in us and is, as many religions articulate, the very breath we breathed at our birth.
This concept of oneness is central to most world religions. Christianity uses the image of the life-giving vine and its branches to illustrate the character of this cosmic connection, where Christ is the vine and we are the branches. All attributes of Christ are obtainable to flow to the branches. All attributes are obtainable, in spite of of our levels of consciousness. All attributes of in any case you call deity are obtainable.
In Tao-ism, the Tao is similar to the
Christian God in that it is also omnipresent and all powerful. Except that the Tao represents the way, or the path, to oneness and is similar to the Buddhist information “dharma.”
Buddhism, instead of recommending looking outside ourselves for God, begins with the assumption of our oneness, which can only be found by letting go of expectations in addition as the need to chase after the next experience we believe will produce lasting satisfaction. Oneness is only attainable by being present in the moment with in any case is going on. But to get to that oneness, we must also let go of our preference for the past, let go of the clutter we have collected in the time of action of living, similar to Jesus’ saying, “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” (Mt. 6, NIV)
In most Native American religions there is no separation of the natural world from the world of the supernatural. This unity is thought to be beyond the comprehension of mankind and can only be shared in by the practice of rituals.
At the heart of Hindu theology is the paradox of unity and varied. Hinduism has a large number of individual divinities – 330 million by one calculate. In it, wisdom tends to be found in manyness. (The Hindi Sikhs are the exception believing in a single God.) However inner everything that exists, is the eternal, unchanging, spiritual essence that is called Brahman, in which all is unified. So ultimately, in this extraordinarily polytheistic religion God is one. Just as beneath the incredible variety of human beings, humanity is ultimately one. God is many and God is one.
Islam has at its center the oneness of Allah. He holds complete control of the universe already to the most subtle movements of a leaf. “He knows everything– past, present and future. When there was nothing, He was present. When there will be nothing, He will be present.” (Umais Ahmad, http://www.suite101.com) One basic difference between Islam and Christianity is that while Islam accepts the words of all the prophets of the Bible’s Old and New Testament, it doesn’t accept Jesus as the Son of God, nor believe that he was crucified, but that he was taken directly into heaven. Islam, like Christianity, that is, the Christianity reflected in the words of Christ in the New Testament, is open to distortions, or in this vernacular, clutter. This clutter can rule mankind to separateness and away from connectedness.
If we are clutter-free as the consequence of looking inside and releasing before hidden or unexamined material in our psyche and take a moment to be nevertheless with nothing going on, we do come to realize our connection with all humanity on an current basis instead of a momentary insight. We can see that there is no basic difference between us and our fellow human beings. We are irrefutably a part of God.
– Excerpted from Confession is Good for More than the Soul