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God

How do we describe God? Where do we begin, and when? Webster's Dictionary defines God as: the supreme or ultimate reality: as 

a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe

b (Christian Science): the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit: infinite Mind.

It's a good start, but there's so much more.

God is known by literally thousands of different names worldwide, and incorporated in countless religions. Through the ages and in all corners of the globe people have thought about, fought about, pondered, postulated, and presumed about God. Why? Especially in this day and age of modern scientific developments why does the vast majority of the world's population still put their faith in something that cannot be scientifically dissected? Before we can attempt answers, let us first clarify the question. First, why are there so many different ideas about God? Depending on who you ask, God can be any size, shape, colour and likeness imaginable. Second, with all these differences, why is it that no matter where you go in this world, God is there in some form or other?

The first question can be answered by an old parable of The Blind Men and The Elephant.  In this story, a group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one touches a different part, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. When they compare notes on what they felt, they completely disagree.  The story illustrates that reality may be viewed differently depending upon one's perspective, showing how absolute truths may be relative to the perceiver.  If you are unfamiliar with the story, there's a wonderful version in the poem by John Godfrey Saxe (see below).

Similarly, in describing God, we realize that it depends on the perspective of the describer. There is no way for God in Alaska to be anything like God in Hawaii. Each individual or group defines God based on their own understanding. An Alaskan God would be described in terms of ice and snow, whereas a group in Hawaii would have no knowledge of such things, and so would need to explain the Divine relative to a tropical island perspective. Neither is wrong, but neither is completely correct either. We describe things in terms of what we know given the limitations of our experiences, knowledge and language. It's as if there are simply different paths up the mountain.

So then why is it important worldwide for so many different groups to wrestle with the concept of God when ultimately their descriptions will fall short? God is the embodiment of the greater mysteries of the universe - a way for us to connect with what we cannot explain. In simpler times, for instance, God brought the rain. People would pray for rain to help their crops. We now know that the rain is dependent on wind currents, evaporation, etc. No matter how much science explains, however, there are always more and bigger questions. 

The three big questions that have always relied on faith and religion for answers are: Where do we come from before birth? Where do we go after death? and Why are we here? Basically, these are questions relating to Life Force. There is certainly a distinct difference between a corpse and a living body. But what is it? Science might say that it is electricity, and yet simply running a current through a body does not mean that it is alive. So what initially creates this life energy? Where does it come from, where does it go, and how does it affect what it touches? It's interesting that the more science grapples with these questions, the closer it gets to what religions and mystics have attempted to describe for ages.

So how does this relate to Alphabiotics? Unlike chiropractors, when we speak of alignment, we are not concerned with whether the spine is in a straight line. Alignment for an alphabioticist is in relation to two things. First, it is the congruence of the Mind, Body, and Spirit working together in harmony. When all aspects of an individual are engaged and supportive, there is clarity, health, and a sense of well-being. 

The second meaning of alignment is clearer when we use the the formal term for the technique - The Alphabiotic Unification Process. Not only do we speak of unifying the elements of self, but also the alignment of Self with Source. (When we speak of Self and Source, they have been capitalized to infer the ineffable Life/Universal energy that has similarly led people to capitalizing 'God'.) This is a sense of connectedness. For millennia, mystics have discussed the fact that each one of us is part of a bigger picture. The Universal Life Energy that flows through you, flows through everyone and everything. We are all part of the ebb and flow of life, and the more we become in tune with it, the more peaceful and fulfilling our lives can become.

This is the goal of the Alphabioticist. To help people reconnect with their inner source of power, inspiration, and wisdom. To help them better use their Life Force Energy. To help bring them back in tune with the Infinite. In other words, to help them reconnect with God.


THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

John Godfrey Saxe's  version of the famous Indian legend

It was six men of Indostan,
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"

The Third approach'd the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," -quoth he- "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee:
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," -quoth he,-
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant 
Is very like a tree!"

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said- "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," -quoth he,- "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

MORAL,

So, oft in theologic wars 
The disputants, I ween, 
Rail on in utter ignorance 
Of what each other mean; 
And prate about an Elephant 
Not one of them has seen!

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