Thursday, April 12, 2007

The following is my response to a recent dialogue I took part in called Is God Infinite or not.

Here is the thing. G-d is everywhere all at once right?
G-d must be inside of me and you at the same time in perfect unity would you agree?
We are becoming something more than we were before. Our entire being is expanding and growing in
G-d Consciousness. Isaiah 55:8 is a perfect example of this expansion.

If we accept that we cannot become like G-d then our experience of separation is complete and the only ones we end up fooling are ourselves. What this verse is pointing to is the experience of separation and yet surrounding this singular sentence are the visions (verses) of what we could become as an Infinite being. Our words would return to us perfectly in terms of the experiences we see as their result were we to be in the mind of G-d and not the consciousness of separation.

The following verses of Isaiah 55 illustrate this

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye for water, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

When you are one with G-d all you need to do is to ask for what you will and it appears.

2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your gain for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

G-d is calling us all of the time. If we resist there is separation. If we accept the Infinite into our lives our whole soul delights in this experience. Calling G-d and then trying to shield yourself from the Infinite is like praying for rain and then as soon as it comes taking out an umbrella so you don't get wet. The bread is our true connection with G-d that allows us to merge seamlessly with the Infinite.

3 Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
G-d is calling us that our soul may live. G-d is calling us to that everlasting covenant. Don't you see that this covenant is none other than complete unity with G-d. The circumcision is the symbol of the letting go of separation. It is for this unity that as Jews we must heed the call. This Unity or Oneness is everlasting. How could it be otherwise?

4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander to the peoples.
What did David show us through his psalms of love and deep understanding? It was his special connection to G-d that all Jews must aspire to. David experienced this unity. In a deeper sense David becomes the connection and the peoples are now known to be his thoughts. He was a commander of his thoughts. This is the only way through to connection and to unity. Our thoughts come in myriad ways but the consciousness of David shows us how to obtain rulership over our thoughts. This rulership means that we get to choose the thoughts we are thinking and let go of those thoughts that do us harm. David is the perfect example of choosing your life to lived in harmony and unity.

5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and a nation that knew not thee shall run unto thee; because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, for He hath glorified thee.
What is this nation thou knowest not? It is your chosen thoughts that must come to be. What is the nation that knew not thee? It is the negativity of your reactive thoughts that must flee from the purpose of unity in which you are glorified or connected with the Unity of Hashem. It is the ego of separation.

6 Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near;
The Infinite seeks connection with you and speaks to you all the time. Listen for this connection and bond with it especially when you feel it so close that it is wrapping itself around you like a tallis.

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have compassion upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
Ah look here we are speaking about thoughts. It all comes together now doesn't it. Abandon wicked thought and return to the Lord. Return to thoughts of good that issue from the Lord and more perfectly when we return to the Infinite our wicked thoughts are made as nothing. In other words the karma that would have ensued were we to pursue these wicked thoughts will be taken away. There is a simple law of consciousness that states that our experiences are the result of our thinking or as above so below.

8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD
Okay now this verse and the above one may be understood more clearly. Righteousness or right thinking is the way of the LORD. In order to experience righteousness or right thinking we have to become one with G-d. Why is this such a scary thing? Well first of all you might fear losing yourself. In a way this is true but what you lose is your ego, the small mind that reacts to things and doesn't seek unity and only seeks separation. Think about it like this. Yes G-d is Infinite but wants to experience everything in the minutest detail. That minutest detail includes you and me and our personalities and the particular gifts we were meant to share with each other. The Lord wants to experience your artistic expression, your love of life, your passion for Torah, your bliss, your love of family and all that is good. This experience becomes all the more intensely satisfying the more singular it becomes because to express that joy of connection is the purpose of Jewish life exemplified in recent times by the Bal Shem Tov. Communion. Unity. These are the thoughts of G-d. (I took a while getting there. I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me:)

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Once again we speak of thoughts to punctuate this teaching. How beautiful is this and what a great aspiration we have here. We will always rise higher in the mind of G-d. Because this is the Infinite our ways of connection must continue to grow. As much as we are inspired now by the moment's revelation how much more so will we be raised within as our thoughts turn from separation and become one with the consciousness G-d.

10 For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, except it water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Here is why we aspire to make this journey within each moment. Our lives literally depend upon it. The rain that waters the earth are those thoughts we think that flourish and bear fruit as the sower reaps his seed in time and we become the partaker of the consciousness not only of what we are thinking but also of the food of that thought.

11 So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, except it accomplish that which I please, and make the thing whereto I sent it prosper.
Once again the idea is reiterated in case we weren't sure where the author was going with this. Our thoughts bear their fruit . When we are in the mind of G-d the same thing is promised to us. That is why this particular prophet could speak like this because his mind was aligned with G-d and he himself had this experience. Have you never experienced thinking something and then seeing it appear? It is the experience of the Infinite. The prophet is not only showing us the way but also showing us the results of the way.

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
It really does all start with joy and the certainty of connection. This is a conceptual reality that is to be aspired to and yes attained. Joy is the fulfillment of certainty and why you can say as in the previous verse whatever words that go forth from my mouth shall accomplish the thing where unto it was sent. It is the big YES of consciousness that says Unity and once there or even close my life takes on the impress of my thinking.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
In conclusion the prophet tells us that even though we have made mistakes in our thinking as long as we turn from these mistakes and seek the unity of the Lord even to complete connection our thoughts will not produce the evil that would have come were we to have continued to lose sight of G-d. Instead as a direct result of our connection to the Infinite even to becoming one with the Infinite we will always be able to turn around our negative karma. G-d is always there within us, without us.

It is my opinion that as Jews we were born to throw off the shackles of separation, the Egypt of the ego and to unify with Infinite Consciousness within. We have the responsibility to realize I believe that every part of our being is unified with G-d. Our lives I have always thought are a direct result of this experience of unity with this Infinity within.

You say we can never get too close. Ah don't you see you are holding up that umbrella again asking for G-d but G-d forbid you can't get too close. You do get what you ask for. If you want to experience G-d from afar aways knocking on the door but never entering then you'll keep thinking that you can't get too close and consciousness will agree with you and show you all kinds of reasons why you are right. As you believe so it is shown to you. If however you reach up with faith unto heaven you will then be lifted up and filled with so much connection that it will spill forth from you like the morning dew drips off the myriads of blades of grass repeat this process every day. Amazingly all of this is in Torah depending upon the cipher you use to unravel its meanings.


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