I was in town Sunday, so got to stop by Unity on the Bay for the service from Reverend Chris Jackson. As usual, Chris was rockin’ and the music was sublime.
Once of the songs the congregation sang was “How Great is Our God.” It’s a beautiful song, but I feel that many singing it might have been missing the spiritual truth behind it. Namely that God (and it doesn’t matter to me what name you call it, whether God, Allah, Spirit, universe or anything else) is great only because of what He/It can do through YOU.
It’s not about God being great. It is about you honoring your God by being the greatest you can be. This time of economic meltdown/spectacular opportunity is our chance to accept our divine heritage, spiritual possibilities, and tap into our amazing potential.
The danger of singing songs like this – and what I believe is the greatest disservice most organized religions are fostering today – is the perception of God as potentate or despot to be feared. I think this fearful perception of a God as judgmental, vengeful, and punitive is where the fundamentalists have lost the plot.
To paraphrase Voltaire, if God didn’t exist, we would need to invent one. The whole point of tapping into a higher source (whatever we label it) is to become greater ourselves. Greater not to pound our chest, but because to do anything less is a sin against our creator.
Stepping into your true potential is the real journey of enlightenment.
To manifest true prosperity requires that you stop seeing yourself as a recipient, and instead claim your place as a co-creator with God. (Or for the fundamentalists, to stop viewing yourself as a sorry sinner, worthless worm, or unworthy subject and begin to understand that you are meant to be great.)
Want to honor your God? It doesn’t come from prostrating yourself before him, but from stepping into the greatness you are capable of. Recognizing your potential and then demonstrating it.
You up for that?