Our Ideas of God Are Not God

The ideas we have about God are not God.

Any idea, thought, or concept never was and never will be God. They may be helpful symbols that point to God, metaphors, analogies, allegories, images, but they are not God as God is. They will inevitably conflict with one another and are fallible, as every symbol eventually fails at actually being the thing it is supposed to represent. The symbol is never the thing-in-itself. Continue reading “Our Ideas of God Are Not God”

Overcoming Ego and Transforming Self in Confucianism & Taoism

(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)

Confucianism and Taoism are two similar philosophies or religions mainly found in China. They also have a history of teachings about the “self” and overcoming this entity in order to realize a greater union with reality. Continue reading “Overcoming Ego and Transforming Self in Confucianism & Taoism”

The Passing Away of Ego-Self in Islam

(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)

In Sufism, which is the mystical approach to God within Islam, an “inward dimension of Islam,” there are many teachings about the path of sacrificing and transcending the “self.” There is a purification of the “inner self” that must occur in order to enter into Divinity, into unity with Allah. Sufis believe that they can enter into this “divine presence” during this life. This is done through a combination of repentance of sins, removing evil traits from one’s character, and developing virtues. Continue reading “The Passing Away of Ego-Self in Islam”

The Falling Away of Ego Consciousness in Hinduism and Buddhism

(This is the continuation of a series exploring the nature of the human ego in the world’s religions and science, beginning with this post.)

In this post I’ll discuss how the falling away of ego-self consciousness is present in the traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

In Hinduism, one of the highest attainments is called moksha. This word is translated as “free, let go, release, liberate.” Moksha is a freeing, an emancipation, a liberation, (a similar sense to salvation). What is one being freed from or saved from? Wikipedia notes, “In its epistemological and psychological senses, moksha refers to freedom from ignorance: self-realization and self-knowledge.” Continue reading “The Falling Away of Ego Consciousness in Hinduism and Buddhism”

“One Song: The Science of Oneness” by JD Stillwater

In my recent move from Utah to Pennsylvania I’ve had the opportunity to get to know wonderful new people, and one of those is JD Stillwater. He is a wise, affable, loving, and talented science educator, writer, musician, mystic, naturalist, speaker, and much more. As part of his Seven Candles project, a non-profit organization with the laudable mission to integrate science and spirituality, he gave a presentation a couple years ago on the topic of science and oneness. I think it is excellent. If you have a half hour to watch this, below, I think JD gave a fantastic introduction to the subject of how we are all one, and how science helps to inform us of this remarkable reality. Continue reading ““One Song: The Science of Oneness” by JD Stillwater”