Monday, April 14, 2008

In the Image of God

This is a journal entry from Friday 11 April, 2008.
I've talked about the world being a projection of my consciousness - as it is for all beings. I tend to think of it as being a reflection within me of the world outside me and choosing to re-mold my experience of my version of reality.
Now I'm reading a book called "In the Flow of Life" by Eric Butterworth. In this book, the perspective is of the inner omnipresent God streaming out into the world. There is a quote "No matter what I may think I am, I am the flowing forth of the One."
I see this as the other end of the bridge from the other perspective. As the inner becomes more aligned with the outer, the inner has greater understanding and influence of the outer. While our inner version of the outer universe is always imperfect, we always act according to our inner vision and so influence the outer. We always do this regardless if we realize it or not.
It's odd what we focus on. With everything going on at work and on the Rex Harley website. I've been focusing on what doesn't feel right. Being overworked and not having time to get caught up at home. But there are also times recently when I've felt a sense of freedom. This morning on the way to work, I became aware of the infinite potential surrounding me. I've been trying to slow down and let myself imagine having "made it" so that I didn't have to work anymore and what it would feel like laying by an pool in Palm Springs with no obligations.
I have complete freedom. I could leave work today and never come back.

The point is that I have more control over my experience than I typically acknowledge. I tend to feel buffeted at work and in life. No matter what gets done, there is more to do, etc. The point of the book is to become aware of the flow of my influence outward into the world. It's time to start feeling my power, rather than feeling powerless.
This brings me back to Truth. My earlier view of having a personal experience of the universe within me that is a reflection of the outer. And the opposite and equally correct perspective of the inner experiences being the cause of my action is in the outer. This is a yin yang duality. And in between along the "boundary" of the two is The One. because certainly while everything I experience is within me, I also act on the reality within me - which also acts on the outer reality.
While I cannot literally contain the Universe, I can contain an image. God contains the literal universe as I contain the image. Thus I am god of my subjective universe. Is this what the Bible means when it says man was created in the image of God?

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