Inventing God- A Mental Safety Net

“The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.” From the Basics of Buddhism / PBS-org.

The world and often our personal lives present us with the ever-present currency of suffering. We are surrounded by various forms of anguish that even the most hardened hearts can’t help but notice.

Have you ever raised your arms in humbling outrage at a circumstance that reflects such suffering that your heart aches?

Sometimes this suffering we see and feel points to a question that we all carry regardless of the depth of our “faith”.

Why would a loving God allow his “children” to suffer in such great ways over and over again?

For many this honest question presents a great challenge. The Buddha and other spiritual teachers have provided beautiful and powerful teachings that if we engage in them change the way we understand what suffering is and how to live with great compassion and a sacredly broken heart.

We’re surrounded by lots of evidence that there is a sacred living container that holds us in a field of aliveness enabling a daily spectrum of miraculous events to occur even in the midst of the jello-like field of suffering that is thick around us.

But our minds sometimes need a mental solution to a spiritual inquiry. We’ve been experimenting with the idea that follows and have found that it has an oddly calming effect on the constant engine of measurement, comparison, doubt, certainty and uncertainty that our minds engage in.

Discovered in the nineteenth century in the first law of thermodynamics is the law of conservation of energy, which states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. (Wikipedia)

Consider this, the energetic systems that enliven you right now cannot be destroyed but can only change form.

The voracity of the aliveness you are that moves your blood, processes your food and allows you to read this will by necessity change form but will not be lost.

To appease the kernel of doubt in your mind that wonders if God really exists,

What if as a vast loving gesture you decided to use the energy that you are to create a loving anchor point in all of life, for all of life to bring peace and heal the suffering of our fellows.

The part of our minds that has doubt can rest with greater assuredness that all the knowing we have and the suffering we’ve endured won’t be lost but it can be used as a transformative energy.

That engine of doubt can be converted through the benefit of physics into a creative force that can add to the presence of love and true transformative energy on the planet.

This is not about megalomania or creating a false God, this is about making peace from doubt by giving doubt something irrefutable to chew on.

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  1. Will Wilkinson

    Thanks for the stimulating post. You both know the modern mystic Andrew Harvey who was just here in Ashland, Oregon for a week of powerful presentations. Andrew has a key, I believe, with his sacred activism work. As for God, He/She is a theory to most people. Andrew used RUMI poetry to champion the power of loving God… being enraptured in our own personal relationship with the Divine. In tandem, we can follow what breaks our hearts in the world and contribute towards healing that. Sacred Activism, a way of living in any era but especially urgently needed right now!

  2. Karen Lane

    Hello beloveds, we are dancing and playing in the blissful (my typo was blessful!) field of delicious aliveness! Our deep, deep love to you.

  3. Andrea

    I have been struggling these past days with the pain of our human condition. This arrived as a reminder – and I feel such blessed relief. There is indeed an empowerment in this consideration. Thank you.

  4. Dene

    After a challenging day yesterday, I awoke this morning remembering God. So often I forget, caught up in the ridiculousness that seems be everywhere. My heart rests easier today, your words bring peace. Thank you.