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The Spirit

In my philosophy, I operate with a few abstractions. The most important of these is what I call the Spirit. Why does it have primacy over the other concepts? Simply because it is through the Spirit that everything is given. So I am a mystic first and foremost, and only secondly a philosopher. The Spirit is the living representation of God inside of the universe. This Spirit has the potential to intermix with a human soul, so that the two of them become as though they are one. Yes, that is not a typo. The living reality of God can mix with a human soul. I believe that this is what happened to Jesus.

The Spirit is an emanation of the transcendent God. It is a representation of God. Why does it need to be a representation? This is a very fundamental question, and it is not easy to answer. I see the universe as being object for consciousness. The universe is an object inside of consciousness. But God is not an object of consciousness. God transcends consciousness. This means that God is not a phenomenon. All phenomenons have as their basic substratum consciousness. Where does that leave God? It means that God cannot be known or understood, since our thinking simply cannot comprehend what is not a phenomenon.

Yet, countless of sages and prophets have known God. However, it is my belief that they knew only the representation of God inside the universe. This is what I call the Spirit. They knew only of the Spirit, for the transcendent God, or the Void of God, cannot be known. The Spirit is transcendent as well, but transcendent in another sense of that term. For the Spirit, being transcendent, means that He is beyond time and space. He is not located in time and space, except for His immanent appearance. But the Void of God, which I call Him, is transcendent in the sense that He is not only beyond time and space, but that He totally transcends what we call “being”. This does not mean that He is nothing though.

But we can come to know the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that all true spirituality begins. When we receive the Spirit into our interior or soul, we truly begin the spiritual life. It is not only great sages who receive the Spirit. It can happen to anybody. It just simply descends down from Its throne in the Heavens and makes a home of your soul. Then you become one with this Spirit, at least in some sense, for it does not mean that you thereby become God. In some sense you die, for, when it happens, your soul is turned upside down. It enters in through your will and agency, so that you become as though you were a new person – and you are!

This is where spirituality truly begins. This is the awakening. This is belief.

Finding God Behind The Appearances

The universe might be like a magic show or simply an illusion. What we consider to be most real, might in fact be just like a mirage in the desert. Though it imposes itself on us, we would have to consider wisely what is real and what is mere appearance. We can call the real “God”, but it eludes all scrutiny and definition.

There are those who base their life on finding the real. They consider this universe impermanent and unreal, and filled with suffering. So they hope to go beyond it. They want to find that substance which wise men and women across the ages have termed God. Most will never find it.

God is not another phenomenon. If he was a phenomenon, He would be just as unreal as the universe. God is not an object in consciousness. Everything we tend to see as real might be just an appearance in consciousness, but God must be something else. He must be transcendental.

But if God is not another appearance, then how should we discover Him? For we only have access to the limited and unreal universe. We can never hope to go beyond consciousness, for that is all we are. If we left behind consciousness, we would cease to exist.

However, there is a substance in the universe which closely resembles God. I call it the Spirit of God. It is a representation of God inside the universe. We can discover this substance. It can merge itself with our being.

How so? Let us call it an emanation of the transcendental God inside the universe. It orders this illusory universe. Whatever you have or lack comes from this Spirit.

You cannot bring the mystical experience about. It must come to you. But you can prepare yourself for the experience.