Oh please, what do you know about love? Was the first question my “ever supportive self” asked me when i decided to write this article. Well I do know one thing, you’ve got to love to be loved. But let’s learn the real thing now shall we. The book secret of secrets by U.S Andersen was the bane upon which this article was coined
THOU ATTAINETH A DEEP AND ABIDING BLISS WHEN THOU AT ABLE TO SEE THAT THE HIDDEN SECRET OF LIFE IS THIS: GOD WILLS, GOD ACTS, GOD LIVES IN THEE.
Many people when they think of God they conjure up the image of a giant-sized old man who dwells in the clouds, and this vision, or rather the lack of it is a serious deterrent to their spiritual progress.
Truth is, it is quite difficult to unite with God if you envisage him as having a separate existence from yourself, and this is doubly true if you visualize him in an anthropomorphic sense, in the form of a man, for in so doing you cannot help but give him human features and a human personality, and most times that’s what leads us to believe that our sins are too great for God to forgive so rather than repenting we find ourselves submerging in the sin more because we’ve personified God as a mere man that will not forgive.
But in contrary, he is the beautiful simplicity with which he is sometimes described to children by their parents, and nearly all children sooner or later inquire, ‘’but if God is here, mummy, why can’t I see him’’? and it is the wise mother who replies, “because he is a spirit, dear”.
God is a spirit, he is that very consciousness that is you, that is all creatures, and his form is not that of a giant-sized old man, but is all form, the countless, myriad, numberless forms of life. This I tell you is very true! you ever just been all by yourself and hear a calm voice talking to you, telling you to resist an evil urge, or to forgive that person that wronged you or giving you advise on how to go about a particular problem. I could speak on a particular personal experience, I was up late (something that has grown to become a norm lifestyle for me), so I decided to go for a walk, I strolled to a nearby park, time check was there about 11:00-11:30pm, at the park I decided to take a chill, so I sat on the lounge close to me, I was starring at the tree directly in front of me, then it happened!! I started hearing voices, giving me advice, telling me how my future could unfold and adding I should probably stop talking so much p.s I assure you, I wasn’t drunk! Though I actually thought the tree was talking to me.
Thing is, we’ve been deceived for so long by the devil, making us believe that God is so far away and it is difficult to reach out to him, this is false and a sham by the devil to lead us astray, the sooner we realize that God is closer to us than even our parents or friends or colleagues, the better it’ll be for us.
According to U.S Andersen in his book ‘’THE SECRET OF SECRETS’’ We can know God in two ways;
By observing his forms and works in the world
By exploring his existence within us
The first method has been largely the province of the science-physics, chemistry, mathematics, electronics e.t.c.
The second has been the province of arts-literature, psychology. It is surely true that the more knowledge of life we have, the more we know God. It is extremely likely that we can learn more about God from the discoveries of science as we can from the writings of philosophers, but the one place, the one irrevocable and indisputable place where all knowledge is contained is our own personal laboratory, carried around with us every minute of every day, is our own consciousness. Here in the recesses of our awareness we can meet God, expand the limits of our being, acquire knowledge, personal peace and increased power.
I am going to end this article with a remarkable popular story that made waves in the internet some while back, there was a man, a sincere seeker after truth who became so repelled by the workaday world and its apparent injustices that he retired to a remote region of the country and undertook the life of a hermit. ‘’I am going to get back to nature and away from people’’, he said, and in this way he hoped to find the God he had searched for so long and whose existence never had been revealed to him. He took only the crudest implements necessary for living and disappeared into the western wilderness. Eight months later, a forest ranger chanced upon his camp. Our friend was seriously ill, his once robust body had wasted away, and he was in a state of delirium. The ranger called for assistance and the sick man was taken to a hospital. For many days he lay near the edge of death, then he took a turn for the better, at last he opened his eyes. The doctor was bending over him at the time, watching him with care, a shout of joy gathered in the sick man’s throat, he rose up in bed, reached out his hand, the doctor took them, the sick man wept, a smile of gratitude on his face. Later, when he finally was able to speak of his experience, he said, ‘’for eight months I had been alone in the forest, and all that time I did not hear another human voice or look into eyes that mirrored human understanding. Always I searched for God, in the trees, the streams, the birds, the animals. I tried very hard but the harder I tried the higher the wall seemed to grow between me and That. Then I fell ill, and eventually I lost consciousness.
‘’when I awakened in the hospital, I found at once what I had searched for so long, I looked into the doctor’s eyes, and there I saw God. I cannot tell you how I recognized him, all I know is that I was possessed by such a feeling of warmth and lovingness as I have never known. I reached out my hand, my hand was taken, now I see God in everyone I meet, now I know God in myself.
It was a tremendous revelation for this man, he had been so blocked from love that he had been blinded, but in his weakened state, in his need, help was giving to him, he loved and when he loved he saw God. This bares my best definition of who God is, he is one, infinite and eternal, he is all wisdom, all knowledge, all power and above all, GOD IS LOVE.
HE WHO SEES THE LORD
WITHIN EVERY CREATURE
AMIDST THE MORTAL
THAT MAN SEES TRULY