Describe What it Might Feel Like if You Were “One with God”

 

You and God as One

Consider these awe-inspiring reports of unitive consciousness, the immediate embodied realization that everything is interconnected, and infused with God:

 

I called the Almighty by my name, and he is I and I am he. ~ By the thirteenth-century Jewish Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia

(Moshe Idel, The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia, Albany: SUNY Press, 1988, p. 127)

 

Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage, and streamed out like a fluid piercing light from my every pore. The flesh was as though dead, yet in my intense awareness I knew that never before had I been fully alive. My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body… People on distant streets seemed to be moving gently over my own remote periphery. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap…

All objects within my panoramic gaze trembled and vibrated like quick motion pictures. My body,…the furniture and floor, the trees and sunshine, occasionally became violently agitated, until all melted into a luminescent sea; even as sugar crystals, thrown into a glass of water, dissolve after being shaken. The unifying light alternated with materializations of form….

An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light. A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems…

I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart. Irradiating splendor issued from my nucleus to every part of the universal structure. Blissful amrita, the nectar of immortality, pulsed through me with a quicksilverlike fluidity. The creative voice of God I heard resounding as Aum, the vibration of the Cosmic Motor.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

(Paramahansa Yogananda, The Autobiography of a Yogi, Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, 1946 p.166-168)

 

Describe What it Might Feel Like if You Were “One with God”

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In What Ways Have You Felt One with Something (Love, Music, Etc.)? Describe the Experience.

  • What happened?
  • How did it affect your life?

 

Love:

Have you ever peered into the eyes of your lover and forgotten your surroundings?

Music:

Has music ever swept you off your feet? Has your body effortlessly rocked in time with the beat, your heart fluidly streaming into the flowing river of the melody and lyrics?

Water:

Have you ever floated until time became a distant concept in your memory, where thoughts ceased and your body merged with the gentle waves?

 

In What Ways Have You Felt One with Something (Love, Music, Etc.)? Describe the Experience.

  • What happened?
  • How did it affect your life?

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Have You Ever Had a Near Death Experience? If So, Remember it to the Fullest. What happened?

  • How did it affect your life?
  • If you didn’t experience a NDE, read some books about it and visualize yourself going through the various stages and merging with the Light.


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Reflect Upon a Time You Had to Let Go and Surrender

  • Once you accepted a situation that you couldn’t change, how did it affect you?

 

Sometimes life’s trials seem too much to bear. The miracles don’t seem to arrive; God is nowhere to be seen; self-compassion isn’t healing the wounds, and we can’t even find peace by meditating because of the storms crashing in our souls.

Sometimes we have to traverse the arid desert sands of our souls to reach God. Sometimes the only thing we can do is surrender. Surrender to God’s will.  God’s infinite mind knows a whole lot more than our limited minds.

I am often amazed at the perfect simplicity of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Reflect Upon a Time You Had to Let Go and Surrender

  • Once you accepted a situation that you couldn’t change, how did it affect you?

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Practice Visualizing Life as a Dream or a Movie

  • Try to “wake up.”
  • Try to envision the Beam of Light throwing light and shadows onto the screen of life.
  • What did you experience?

 

When we have a nightmare, everything seems and feels so real. When we awake, however, it’s as though it never happened. The suffering is over.

Mystics say that after attaining nirvana, life as we know it seems like a dream. All the suffering they experienced is gone. We suffer, but it is not permanent.

Sometimes you have nightmares and sometimes you have lovely dreams. How real they seem, not only to you but also to those beings in your dream. But when you wake up you know that they were not real, and you can laugh at that unreality… When you realize that life is a dream, then you are free.
~
Paramahansa Yogananda

 

Row row row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily merrily merrily

Life is but a dream

 

Practice Visualizing Life as a Dream or a Movie

  • Try to “wake up.”
  • Try to envision the Beam of Light throwing light and shadows onto the screen of life.
  • What did you experience?

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