What I mean by God

So when we encounter the God word, we have to ask ourselves what is being referred to. There have been almost as many interpretations of God as there are religions and spiritual traditions. But with this new joining of spirit, psychology and science (quantum physics, neuroscience, etc.), a new level of understanding of God is arising and supplanting the more traditional ones. In this understanding, God is sort of an all-encompassing, natural principle. God could be defined as the way the unified field works.

But my discovery and subsequent understanding is even simpler than that. In my understanding, God is nothing more or less than consciousness itself. Following this, man is no longer separate from God; man is no longer below God. Man essentially is God, but God embodied, God in a body. (Unfortunately, this embodiment, at least for most of us, is an obstacle to realizing the God consciousness in ourselves.)

Another way of thinking about God is as reality. If God is reality, however, where does that leave the everyday reality of ourselves as separate, vulnerable, physical beings? Can this also be God? Even more to the point, where does it leaves the ordinary reality of science, of classical physics, of cause and effect, of material things located in space and time interacting according to the laws of nature? For that matter, where does that leave the hard reality of economics and survival? Can these also be God?

In my understanding, God is reality – but not ordinary reality. Ordinary reality is just the dualistic perception or appearance of things. It is the way we perceive and conceive things, through our senses and our mind. Real reality or God reality, then, is a seeing through this appearance. It is a seeing through the illusion of ourselves as separate, physical things competing in a world of separate things. It is also a seeing through the scientific illusion of a world of separate and separated, physical things, all interacting with other things according to the ‘Newtonian’ laws of nature. With that seeing through, there emerges a vision of reality that corresponds to this understanding of God.

So, when I refer to God, I am not referring specifically to the Judeo-Christian God, or the God of any other religion or tradition, but neither am I negating them. Rather, I am avoiding defining God altogether and just saying that whatever name it takes, God must ultimately be reality, real reality, that reality which underlies illusion. Moreover, if you reflect deeply on the fact that all that is in reality is in consciousness, you will start to understand how reality and consciousness might be one and the same, and that one might be called God. As a matter of fact, if you read the foundational writings of all the world’s religions, you will see intimated there, this self-same vision, this self-same understanding of God!

So, on the simplest level this book is an emerging understanding of the reality that some people call God, some people call Consciousness and some people call Oneness. (I call this perspective the psychonoetic point of view, and the clinical and healing application of this perspective, PsychoNoetics.)