Keep it Simple, Human: Journey of Freedom – Day 40

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

I focus my mind and thoughts on my Inner Divine Self—my Self of Peace, my Self of Joy, my Self of Infinite Being and Intelligence. When I am aware of my Inner Divine Self, I radiate these qualities, expressing the freedom of Being in Life!

Sharing

When I write about the Inner Divine Self, I am writing about a concept that is vast. This concept is not something that can be considered superficially; there is a lot to it. It abides a variety of other concepts, without which, the Inner Divine Self is incomplete. Today, I am going deeper into this concept and invite you to consider for yourself these concepts, and what the Inner Divine Self means for you.

Most people consider the Divine in association with a concept of God. The problem with this is that some people don’t believe in God, others believe that we can’t know if God exists. I believe in God, but I also believe that people who don’t believe in God, or people who don’t know if He exists, have the qualities of love, compassion, kindness, or acceptance. These qualities are different for everyone, whether or not a person believes in God. For me, when I am thinking about “the Divine” I am thinking about the qualities and how they are embodied within me, not a supernatural being who inhabits my body.

So, when I contemplate the Inner Divine Self, I am contemplating the qualities of love, peace, compassion, joy, kindness, sharing, giving, etc.

Because I believe I can always grow and evolve into embodying and expressing more of these qualities, I also like to think of the potential for these qualities to grow infinitely. Doing this pushes me further. I know I have just a sliver of how much love, compassion, and kindness is possible. People I see or read about that express these qualities so naturally and easily are sources of inspiration to me (whether or not they believe in God). These are qualities I want to embody, so I am willing to work on it.

What I have experienced is when I am consciously working on these qualities within myself; I do embody them—“radiate” them, if you will. Bringing those qualities into my life, into my relationship has nothing to do with my belief in (or someone else’s disbelief in or uncertainty about) God. For me, the term “divine” is more about learning more of these qualities: scriptures and sacred texts teach us about these qualities; their value is in showing us how to be better humans. But there are a lot of non-theistic writings and teaching that teach people about these qualities: Buddhism is an atheistic philosophy. Humanism, which broadly teaches how to “create a better world”, relies heavily on concepts like dignity, integrity, kindness, and interdependence (often extended to animals and nature).

I want to be a better human. It’s really very simple, in this regard.  I use what tools I can to do so. Sometimes I use philosophy, sometimes meditation/contemplation, sometimes prayer. Contemplating my “Inner Divine Self” is, for me, a way of thinking, “How can I do this better? What are the qualities I need to work on today? Where have I been inconsiderate? Where have I been selfish? What do I need to do to change that in myself? What is the highest concept that I can express right now? What are the highest thoughts I can have right now?”

 

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