How good and pleasant it is for bredrins to dwell together in peace, love and Unity. I thank Olodumare for this blog, and I thank Osun and Orunmila and all Orishas and also my esteemed ancestors, which without them I would not even be here. I pay homage and give my respects, also to my mentors, spiritual guides and teachers, …Iba Mr. Micthel, Iba Mr. Pierre, and My wonderful spectacular Padrino, Iba ooo! These men were some of my greatest teachers and to them I pay my respect. Where ever they are now within the realm of time and space I know that they are proud of me, a little girl or a young lady who asked questions and who also sat quietly and listened to them as elders who lovingly guided me on my path and allowed me to choose where I would rest, and I have. I found tradition, Isese,…. Ifa/Orisha and stayed there. I thank God.
This is such an interesting topic and post which Yw has written, that I do not want to write much in my usual introduction on it. These are Yw’s personal thoughts which he has willfully shared with us and I believe that it is very deep. The thought of God by most has always been to humanize him/she/it or what. Mainly I believe it is because we all grew up hearing God referred to as Him, and of course we just fell in line. The masculine terminology of God, I believe is due to how men are perceived, as dominant, and strong, rulers and governing, so it would make sense to refer to God as Him I suppose, again we are dealing with preconditioning. However let us look past that, it has no relevance within this argument. It matters not how we perceive God, what matters, at least to me, is that we acknowledge that there IS, a God.
What has always been interesting to me however is the Christian line which says “God Is a spirit and they that worship “him” must worship him in Spirit and in truth”. “In spirit and in truth? what the hell does that mean? A spirit is a non-physical being, something which do not have the denseness of a body. What that translate to me is that, although we never see God, because God is a spirit, we must have the faith to worship this non-physical being because it exists. Yet still religion tells us not to believe in Ghosts and duppies, I had to add this in, I tried to resist, believe me.
Ok, enough of that, before de bible beating ugly church hats wearing people dem come ova yah come declare war, and sey mi ah tek set pon dem…….., in English, Let me be finished with this argument of Christians and their folly, lest they come to this site a cussing!
I have never placed any importance of who or what is God. Somewhere deep within me I knew that there is a God, and my argument to myself was, where the hell did I come from and what about nature, it is there and in our face, where did nature come from, of whom did we all belong? Perhaps my feeling was because I grew up christian and met a very Jealous God there in the bible, but even when I ran from the church, refusing to wear de ugly hat and insisting on keeping my $50.00 red matte lipsticks from Estee Lauder and six inch heels, and diamond earrings. Perhaps, but not likely. I knew and still to this this day know that there is a God, what is God or who is God…. well that is another post.
I saw God in every human being I met, and also when the rain would fall and breeze would blow (Jamaicans finish de rrhyme chicken……). God was all around me, I felt it and I knew it. Then one day something told me that we are all fragments of God, all of us. Which to me supported the Big bang theory, but I shrugged off that thought, just wanting to hold on to what spoke to me, without any titles or scientific explanations behind it. Then I thought, then if we were all fragments of God, wouldn’t we all be good as God is good and God is great? .
It took a while for the answer to come, but when it came I was shocked, it said that God was neither good nor was God bad, Abomination!!, I thought at first, de African ting tan up trong inna mi at times, lol, dem love bawl out dat word. God had no human emotions, the voice continued, shocked, appalled and taken aback as I was. Puzzled I was at this, but the voice explained. We in human form, are spiritual beings having a human experience. Although we are fragments of the great All, which is God Our creator, the denseness of our physical beings created emotions, coupled with free will, coupled with the fact that we as spiritual beings living here in this earth realm where we will learn and experience many things which we could not if we were light beings, or even beings living in the Astral realm, these realms which are closest to the earth realm and similar in some ways, the realms where light beings resides could not facilitate the order in which we live as earth beings, mi ah mek sense?. In order to live in this realm we had to have diverse thoughts, thinking and beliefs, resulting into actions which init self are tests for us, and ways for us to learn and also teach.
The voice told me that the earth realm operated on Chaos, without chaos there would be no earth, this is why at times nature, like heat waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and so happens as cleansing, when there is to be a certain shift within the earth sphere. These acts are cleansing and purification and more, which is too much for me to explain today. Please remind me to go into it one day.
So although we are of God, we are in no way its equal, not even near. We have no way of knowing this Power, not ever in any lifetime, although as we continue through life cycles, we become more alike this being, but in what way, that is uncertain, we must not however concern our selves with that. We must remove our minds from trying to figure our who or what is God, this is my belief. Instead, we must strive to do the best that we can do in the assistance of our fellow beings regardless of his or her character. Here Yw, has written on his personal view on God, let us add own our own thoughts.
Is love mi love write suh?, nuh me did sey mi nah write much! Anyway Yw, thank you so much in sharing your thoughts with us, You and Cami sent me off the other day thinking about Perception. which I nuh done wid dah topic deh, ah waan ride it like how Mass John ride him donkey whey name Putus guh ah grung every mawning, Please continue to share your musings with us. It has assisted me a whole lot, again Iron sharpeneth Iron. Iba Ogun Yeyyyyyy!
Personal View on God, by Blogger YW
NOTE: Please note that these are the personal views, experiences, and thoughts behind my present outlook on how I perceive God. In this I have conviction of belief. I apologize for any offense to anyone because that is not my intent. I invite you all to share your views, even if they are in direct contradiction with mine, because that is how I learn. So, you would be doing me a favour and I thank you for that.
A while back I had a crisis of the spirit where I questioned my ideas of “God”. I began to wonder about ideas that surround the humanizing of an all-powerful, omniscient force. Actually, the thought started after my wondering what it would be like to be a vampire (weird I know). Not the drinking blood and all that but the living forever part. Come with me as I walk you through my thought process: I thought of remaining at one age and watching everyone around me age and die…Yes, I would meet new people but I came to the conclusion that at some point, it would all become boring and monotonous. At that time what would I do? Well, I would have to find some stimulation…some new experience…What would I do when all the “good” experiences were had? Well, it seems logical (to me) that I would have to explore the “bad” ones. Remember, there is no end of life for me, so what would you do when the boredom sets in? After all of that (good and bad) what would I do? Hmmm, I believe that I would simply go numb or neutral.
This made me wonder about my ideas of God. Now, I realize a problem here because I am looking at God in relation to human emotions, however, haven’t we all been humanizing God for a long time? Is God a man or woman? If we are created in his/her image is he multi-complexioned or multi-coloured? Does he/she have all kinds of hair? For me, these questions ruled out the physical idea of God – meaning that I came to the belief that God is an essence or a spirit or a force…That led me to the belief that it is our soul that is in his/her/its image.
Next, I thought: Self – Does God punish the wicked and reward the good? Then how comes horrible things happen to babies who have just been born? How is good and bad judged? Is it on our prevailing rule of laws? Laws of which country or state? Laws of which time period? What is good and bad? That brought me to two different, and perhaps unrelated, thoughts: 1. The conviction that God is simply a force as is nature, and 2. to determine if something/someone is good or bad, you have to peel back all the layers to get to the core or the truth of the issues involved. Being that we all hold different principles in our lives and place value on them differently (as well as our human nature to apply past experiences to situations), then truth becomes subjective to us. From this view we may be tempted to say that there is no truth BUT we are neither omniscient nor everlasting.
Carrying the thought of God in comparison to nature, I asked myself if I thought nature was good or bad. In exploring this thought, I said nature is neither good nor bad but pondered over God controlling nature, or rather, nature acting in or by God’s will. Soon, I came to believe the following: 1. that it is highly arrogant of mankind to think that we can decipher or understand something that is all-knowing, such as God. 2. That sometimes bad things just happen and that is not an indication of any wrongdoing on anyone’s part. Of course, I believe that the reverse is also true. I am not saying that good and bad thing cannot happen by God’s will, it is just that we cannot determine when that is so (takes us to faith). 3. We must be pretty self-centered to think that we are so entertaining that God – all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-powerful – is preoccupied with what each and every one of us are doing at each and every moment in our lives…Again these are simply my thoughts. Sorry for any offense.
Moving on a bit…I began to explore the thought of our soul being in God’s image. Hmmm….Here I thought of the past, the present, and future in relation to humanity. What do all of three have in relation to mankind? The only thing I could come up with was: thoughts, ideas, principles, and beliefs. That made me think about what makes us who we are. This brought me to the belief that we have our physical bodies which tie us to this material plane (remember: I do not believe that our bodies are what make us in the image of God) and our spiritual self which is what is from God’s image. Now I purposely used the word “from” because if we were made exactly in God’s image, then (by my reasoning) we would be Gods.
Now, to me, God includes all thoughts, ideas, principles, beliefs, experiences, etc. held by mankind from the beginning of time. God is spiritual consciousness. We could think of it as the spiritual equivalent of the internet. However, whereas the internet simply holds information and data, God or the Universal Consciousness holds spirit. This is where all our ancestors and descendants reside. This is where we are pre-birth. This is what we are a part of and aware of when we are born but relinquish contact or communication with as we embrace this material plane. I believe the spiritual plane and the material plane exist in the same space but one clouds vision or access to the other. It is like having a piece of tracing paper over something you want to copy.
Last bit as I close: We are living history at this moment. This means that our present is the past of the future and it is the future for yesterday. The implication here is that time is not linear but overlapping. This is a part of the Universal Consciousness….
Bí ẹ̀mí bá wà, ìrètí ńbẹ. /
As long as there is life, there is hope……Yoruba Proverb!
[With life, there is no impossibility.]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.