Who is God

Who is God?

For a long time there has been a debate asking “Who is God” and there have been and are many different answers.

For some people, God exists. And for others, God does not! Those who don’t agree with God’s existence always ask that if there is a God, who is He?

God is behind all creation in the universe, the creator of nature. Nature wasn’t created by human beings or any living things on the planet, and if we didn’t do it then something else must have done it.

Was it your mom? Was it your dad? 

They are very capable people and as parents they gave you all there is to give, but are they really able to create something as lowly as dirt? Even the President of the United States, with all the power he has, can not create a leaf from scratch. Let alone something as advanced as a worm. Therefore, there must be a supernatural power that created nature, humans and all living and unliving things on earth.

You can ask church or temple people, and you will mostly hear what they have heard about God and sometimes their experiences regarding how faith in God has affected their lives.

But we are not much closer to understanding what He is.

What is the Identity of God?

No one sees the wind nor air, but nobody can question the existence of wind nor air. All of us only can feel and experience it in many ways. We can identify and define God’s identity. We can feel and experience God in several ways whether we are believers of God or not.

God’s form varies according to cultural, religious and the forms we are living as here on earth.

For Black people, God could be Black, for White it could be white. It is same for Hindus. It could have eight hands. For animals, God may be a giant buffalo with four horns. And for Asian people, God has brown eyes and black hair. Actually, He could choose to be any or all of these things. I mean, we are talking about an entirely different way of thinking. Too often, humans tend to put exaggerated human characteristics on God, but that is like putting human characteristics on an atom. We have to think much differently.

God is not jealous, nor petty, does not hold a grudge. He is love. That universal love that does not require something in return. He loves his creations.

So first, we have to stop comparing Him to us humans in how He/She/It thinks.

What if we look deeper?

It is true that we cannot fully understand all there is to know about God. God is not limited by time or space as we are, nor is he constrained by anything else. He/She/It is in everything.

There are some aspects of God that are beyond our comprehension.

Our idea of God is just an exaggerated version of ourselves as we are still not able to define ourselves, but the definition about our self is not always correct. No one can define God. We can just experience and be in awe over it. We can’t really understand it fully. Whatever knowledge we have about God is mostly culturally based and depending on what kind of Culture you have, that is the type of God you have.  Have you heard the stories about people dying then coming back only to tell of the leader we know about – Christian, it is Jesus. And for others and atheists it is something else.  We can only experience this life God gave us, and that could be all there is – that we were given the chance to experience this gift of life God gave all of us.

What if we go beyond

God has been taught to most of us in the churches and temples and Mosques and from well-meaning people who have also learned it from religious organizations. But what if we dig deeper. What if we read other books, listen to other voices? What if we use science to explain God? Science has been used to try to explain our existence forever. The atom – the building block of everything we see, shows that everything we see is basically an illusion. An illusion of atoms and molecules spinning around so fast that it looks real to our senses here on earth.

But looking at science gives us more questions. Science does not tell us who God is, but only shows us how it was done. It also doesn’t explain why.

So let’s look at other books. And let’s use our compass to guide us. That inner sense of what is the truth. Let’s look at what some of the best known ancient and modern philosophers have said about God.

Some Quotes

Michael Beckwith, modern spiritual philosopher and motivational teacher, said God is not Superman in the sky. It is Beauty, intelligence and life. God is our life, and we are expressions of that life.

Neale Donald Walsh said God is in everything seen and unseen, there is nothing that exists that is not a part of God.

“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” – A.W. Tozer

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

“God has no religion.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near, and He is real. He is not only aware of us, but cares for us. God is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Saddhguru says it is impossible to truly describe ourselves. How can we possibly describe the Great Creator? We can only experience it and dissolve into it.

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” Hans Urs von Balthasar

“God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.” Nicholas Sparks

Swami Mukundananda suggests if we want to know who He is that we ask Him directly. Why ask people who may or may not know? Ask directly to the source, and be prepared and open to receiving the reply in one or more unexpected places, such as from a friend or the radio or a magazine page or an ad, or from that soft tiny voice deep inside.

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Can Money Make You Happy?

Money and Happiness !!

Yes, money can make you happy.

Of course, it can.

And no it can’t. Or at least usually not forever.

That is conditional happiness. As long as the money lasts, you can stay happy.

But what happens when you need money and don’t have it? The condition was that you have money. Now you don’t. Unhappiness reigns. Unhappiness. Fear. Stress.

So it can, and then it may only work for a short time. Your brain and emotions may be thrilled to have money and the relief of stress. But is your soul as happy? Do you think money is what your soul asks for? What does your soul need with money?

To say money can not make one happy is not accurate. It certainly does, but what if you could enjoy every moment of life whether you have money or not? It removes the immediate issues when we think we lack something we need.

With money you could go on a shopping spree. Or fly to Hawaii. Whatever.

But after Hawaii, you have to go home. Back to traffic, kids, job, reality. This worldly reality. The reality of this earthly realm.

Is there a way to live happily without money or things?

Yes. It is putting your happiness settings on so you can reset back to happy. And it is all about how you look at things.

People ask the question where can I find happiness? And how? You don’t have to live like a monk. But it helps if you do know how they think.

And Godsyou is not talking about stupid happy all the time, like a fool ignoring issues. Happiness here can be not allowing the problems of life to control your mood. That can be a difficult thing to do sometimes though. However, that is a worthy goal. I mean, how do you want to spend your time on earth? Happy or miserable? Then comes the question how to be happy?

“Rocky,” said nothing hits as hard as life, “It will knock you down and keep you down if you let it.” Bad things happen to everyone and at the worst time. So feeling sad when bad things happen seems natural. To let it ruin your happiness constantly is not. Accept that challenges will most certainly arise in life. We will handle them.

I am talking about maintaining your happiness levels, having a more positive way of moving through life with a confidence that we are bigger than the problems. To be able to return to a happiness level anytime you want. Even money makes you happy sometimes. But if you don’t have any, then stay calm at that time for we know everything changes. It is the only thing that is for sure.

Monks can stay calm through it all, but they learned how through a lot of hard work training their minds and emotions. And they contstantly have to work on it.

We all know or have heard of poor people who are happy, enjoy every day and dance about life because they find the joy in being alive. And there are the rich who are always miserable, looking for ways to make more money, and are still sad. Chasing the tail of the dog without ever stopping and looking in the mirror and thinking maybe ther unquenchable unhappiness is within.

Money and Happiness – Spend some time thinking about Happiness:

Take a moment and consider happiness and whether money can make you happy, I know it is not something we should chase, because happiness is like a butterfly, it will evade capture if one chases it. Happiness comes to you like a butterfly landing on your finger.

And the goal is, once you find happiness, to remember how you got to that point and make it your usual place to stay. To raise the happiness level so you can enjoy every moment more often and wild circumstances can not sway you as much as before.

This could be a morning ritual – to take a few minutes, reflect on your feelings, and bring that core level up. Every morning consider life and appreciate what you can of it and what comes your way.

In all honesty, money can make one happy as one no longer has to work hard to earn it. One can relax a bit and feel less pressure to pay the bills. We are free from that worry for a short amount of time. But if we don’t change the way we think, the worries will return next month or whenever.

They say money is just a form of energy that flows. And it seems if we can stay relaxed regarding it the flow can flow freely, and that means in and out of your hands.

What is happiness? It is different for everyone. But for me, what works is I have an appreciation of my life, nature, and all the things that come to me and will keep arriving, to not worry so much about things I can not control, to help others if I can, not to allow fear to control my life. Also, money makes you happy and sharing it with others will increase the happiness having money can give one. No you are feeding the soul.

And from the philosophers, including friends, family, and the famous ones on YouTube, I learned not to expect anything, to work toward my goal and when finished, let the results go and relax – make me happy. Leave it to fate to decide and start working on my next destination. Like a game. The one who worries least wins.

Enjoy Every moment

Live in the moment of now for a time. Just try it, and you will see all you miss or enjoy every moment of life we are surrounded by. Everything we miss when we think money makes us happy. The sunshine, the fresh air, the colors of the seasons, the taste of your favorite foods, conversations with your friends, the accomplishments of your family and friends, a job well done, the magic of the spider building a strong, mathematically impossible structure called a web.

YouTube has videos by Eckhart Tolle on Living in the Now, which have changed everything for me. He had both videos and books.

Have you heard the phrase when the student is ready, the teacher will appear? He has many times. If you are sincere and ask, the answers will pop out of nowhere. The info you seek will be found on TV, in the newspaper, radio, from a friend, or from shopping in a store. It works for me.

Why does my happiness come and go so easily?

Money can buy happiness, if only for as long as it lasts. This is what happens when we let things outside ourselves dictate our happiness, and the way to avoid that is to recognize that happiness is a choice we make inside our brains, not outside. Of course, outside things can and do make people happy or unhappy constantly; you should enjoy every moment. An appreciation for all the things we have and forget about what we don’t have. Those may or may not come later, but as for now be thankful.

It is hard to be happy with a toothache or if someone hits your car or a mate cheats on you. But after the calamity, it is still your choice to go back to a positive, happy state or a miserable one. You set the thermometer of your life inside.

That is by having no expectations, only enjoying every moment, seeing all that is going on around you, appreciating all that you have and will have, and appreciating all the things to be happy, loving, and thankful for. If there is one world to use with happiness it would be grateful, for everything you get and experience in this gift of life.

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If you want to help someone, give them what they ask for, or don’t give, and don’t judge.

What do you do when you want to help someone? If I wanted to help someone I wouldn’t give money to people who asked but I would buy them food, for example, is a popular idea.

We are taking on the role as their father, and for their own good because we are making sure they don’t do something bad with the money.

I met an Indian truck driver who gave me pause to think about my philosophy of giving. He said that if someone really needed help with a cigarette and I am having helping nature but I am against smoking, so I buy him a pack of gum, for example, when you want to help someone it’s really not the help. He wants a cigarette and I give him gum. What an ass I am. No matter how much helping nature I am having. So, anyone can help but do understand it first.

So now anyone can help but I hope to be able to give what someone asks for and not what I think is best for them.

Or choose to not give. But I will not give him something he knows he does not want. I am not his parent and he is not a child. So, When you want to help someone some things can consider;

  • Love and happiness
  • You deserve to be happy and loved
  • Happiness is a choice
  • Happiness is a state of mind
  • Good for you. You look happy and healthy
  • Help Someone You Don’t Like
  • anyone can help

One of the keys to happiness is to stop judging people. You are not God. Actually you are God, but most have not really accepted that yet.

It is so easy to judge others but don t judge and not see oneself. Even when we tell ourselves we are judging for the right reason.

Discrimination and judging are different. The second definition of discrimination is to know the difference. The first delimitations of judging is judging between right and wrong, good and bad.

But who is to say what is right and what is wrong. Doing something right could have the wrong effect on the innocent person who is just caught up in the situation.

And we judge so fast based on little information so, don t judge too quickly.

We see someone wearing worn clothes and we jump to conclusions. We hear a rumor about someone and the bad things they did, even though they are the nicest people to us. “I would be happy all the time too if I had her job. She is the boss’s favorite.” So, don t judge and make assumptions you don’t know the situation of other person.

Well sure, who wants to be around a grumpy sour-faced complaing person?

Shaby clothes, maybe a relative just died. Who knows?

One thing I do know is practice not judging and it will make you happier.

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How to set your happiness thermostat.

By Jim Chilson

Emotional thermostat- Do you want to know how to make your self happy? What does universal love mean? One crucial way to find true happiness & love is to track down where it comes from and where you set your Emotional thermostat.

What happens when someone says, you don’t make me happy anymore?

Suddenly feel hot? How to turn off your emotions? Yes, the room suddenly is quite warm for both.

But whose fault is that?

It is not anyone else’s responsibility to make someone else happy. It is your job to think how to make your self happy.

And that is decided by how to make your self happy and set your emotional happiness thermostat for life.

It is where you generally want to place yourself on the positive/negative scale. Of course, someone cannot be constantly happy or sad all of the time.

Life happens. Your dog may chew on your shoes. Your neighbor may have just backed into your mailbox. Most people let outside incidents affect them, and the amount that affects them can be controlled by their earlier choice to set their temperature for the long term, knowing this will pass. The world can be good if we stay aware of the media.

Emotions. Happiness & love are feelings. And humans let a lot of those emotions rule us. I have chosen happiness as the Emotional thermostat setting for my emotional state whenever life happens. My feelings are all over the place in the background, I know the air conditioner will take care of everything, and I will return to the happier, more positive emotions I chose to set earlier. So, How to set your thermostat?

Advertising people know it is not the steak but the sizzle that sells. It is not a thing, a person, and whatever outside thing that makes one happy. It is the feelings those things give you.

Love has become much foggier over time; with too many different emotions, we have lost the true meaning of universal love. Happiness is that feeling or tingle of emotions that happens when we feel pleased. It could be seeing your loved one after a while or getting a favorite cup of ice cream.

So, what does universal love mean? Universal love is when one loves everything without conditions and can appreciate everything as it is. Give thanks for whatever you receive and move forward.

Love and happiness are different sides of the same coin. People or situations are responsible for love and happiness. But the fact is that we are responsible for all these things and particularly for happiness by where we choose to set the temperature.

Now how to set your emotional thermostat: To turn it higher, remember to appreciate all the good things that came to you, all the things you receive you can think how to make your self happy, think of the relationships, the food, your pets, everything, and be thankful you received it. And if you want to drop the temperature, do the opposite and start complaining. We have the choices to see things as positive or negative. That does not mean when a box falls on your foot, for example, that should be considered a good thing. Of course not. Realistic common sense says, “ouch!,” or something more substantial. But if you continue to complain about the box and let that affect your mood about everything else in life, then it is a terrible thing that can affect your mood for a long time. Continuing to harp about that box can do much more harm than the original pain and learn how to turn off your emotions quickly—our minds and what we think is very powerful and can direct our lives. So be careful.

And stay away from the negative and tell others what does the universal love means, such as coworkers, news shows, friends, and family. 

It can be a balancing thing, with emotions doing whatever they want. But as long as you set your temperature toward the positive and can see you will eventually return to the home place you set and get pleasure again from the little things in life, you will be just fine.

“Don’t worry, be happy.”

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