"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
Does God hear our prayers and will He ever answer them?
Supposing that God did indeed hear and answer all our prayers, all our demands resulting from our extremely limited view of the world -let’s imagine for an instant that God took into account the caprices of each human being and that He did in fact yield to all the pleadings and whims – could we then think of God as all-powerful? Rather He would be a God of unprecedented weakness, a God in which it would be impossible to trust. Expecting God to do all this is far from understanding His magnitude, and attributing to Him nothing more than a human vision. God is the mastermind, the Creator of all existence, and only He knows the proper order of things as a Whole. He does answer prayers but not always in the way we expect, or in the way that is immediately perceivable, but in the way that promotes harmony and unity for all.
This question leads to two other questions: first, what is considered holy and second, what is the truth? I can be brief about the first question: nothing is holy and nothing is unholy. As for the second question, I define the truth as the recognition of the “Mystery”, and the Mystery is not hidden in words but is found in reality itself. The greater the veracity we give to words or a book, whether they are considered holy or not, the weaker our direct experience with the Mystery becomes, and perhaps even distances us further from it. Those who believe they have found the truth do not seek dialogue with others. Their only motivation is to find confirmation or to impose their supposed truth on others.
Are you trying to propagate new insights on universal Truth through your writing?
There is no universal truth that is not already present in every cell of every human being. When a reader reaches an insight through what I write, they merely recognize a truth that is already within. With divine reality, no idea or insight is ever new, no matter in which way it is transmitted. It is just a reminder of something forgotten; a memory that is reawakened.
Many people are raised with the conviction that “sin” is an act of disobedience towards a god, who not only is a separate entity from them, but can also inflict punishment. Based on this perception of “God”, certain deeds are condemned as not being in accordance with His Laws. These people consider themselves, and others, as sinners, and consequently, are overburdened with feelings of guilt. This leads to a life of fear and self-contempt because they are afraid of not being forgiven by this God. When people realize that “God”, “Consciousness”, “Love” and “Reality”, refer to the same thing, with only minor conceptual differences, then they’ll realize that God has always been with them. This is when they’ll feel liberated and experience life with more joy.
Praying is a way to be in harmony with our inner supreme wisdom. To invoke this harmony, we must be aware that at no time are we ever separate from this Absolute power. Becoming fully conscious requires the creation of an inner void; free of tension (evoked by conventional beliefs), dualistic views, discordant thoughts and obsessions. Only then can we access and awaken our spiritual essence which, in turn, enlightens us.
When considering the world’s major religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism – which do you believe is the most spiritual?
Our collective thoughts form our beliefs, which are then considered as the absolute truth, whereas, constant innovation expands our inner power. Our beliefs, due to their permanent and inflexible nature, are unreliable sources of guidance in a world that is ever changing. Religions are merely an assortment of beliefs and practices which automatically become habits. Habits are then repeated from generation to generation, limiting spiritual growth. Spirituality is not related to our beliefs, but rather to our consciousness. This means that the more we identify ourselves with our beliefs, the further we distance ourselves from the spiritual dimension and our inner selves. Spirituality is therefore a process of liberation from theories, beliefs and dogmas.
The word “God” refers to something that is inexpressible, and therefore, no description or interpretation of it can ever give it a true meaning. Due to the abuse and misuse of that word over the course of thousands of years, the word “God” has become almost meaningless. The best term that comes close to giving any significance to what is “god”, is “Great Mystery”. By using this term when we are referring to “God”, we acknowledge an essence that goes beyond the mind’s understanding. Continue reading →