Dungeon Prompts has put forth a very interesting prompt, Concepts of God; what are yours? This is such a subjective topic but thoughts we all have pondered even if the concept is; that there is no God. For me I believe in a source of creation, so I call God, Source. I have issues with the concepts I was brought up to believe in a God with a capital “G” being some judgmental deity, the proverbial grey bearded man on a throne. Recently on a couple days ago I had this discussion with a friend on the phone, and about a week ago another blogger wanted me to explain my concept, and under questioning, I refused to do so, instead I was vague. I was vague because I have no concrete answer, I know what I believe for now, but it is just an opinion. Beliefs to me are personal, and for me they are mutable. My beliefs can change. Some people think that is just horrible that you are not firm in your beliefs, but I am not. So far in the last 30 years my belief that “God” exist, persist……especially after studying Biology. But, ” Is there a Prime Creator?” is merely speculative in my opinion.
The best explanation for me came from my studies of the Kabbalah, and it explained God, and Creation of matter. Here is a great explanation, by Lee Bladon on his website Esoteric Science;
The Creation of the Universe
A full-grown universe didn’t just suddenly manifest – such a complex structure needed to be carefully designed and constructed step by step. But before we delve into the process of creation I need to clarify some of the terminology used and provide you with some important background information.
Positive and Negative Existence
The universe can be described as “positive existence” (or just simply “existence”) and anything outside of the universe (i.e. the metaverse) can be described as “negative existence” (which is not the same as non-existence). Negative existence does not mean something doesn’t exist; it means it exists beyond space and time in a “reality” that we cannot even begin to comprehend.
The Infinite is the metaverse; the passive Creator; the Ain Soph of Kabbalah; the Parabrahman of Hinduism; the sum total of positive and negative existence. The Infinite is the ultimate GOD of Gods, but he is a passive God that supplies and maintains the primordial matter and energy of the metaverse that his “children” need to build their own universes. Everything that exists (and also everything that does not exist) is sustained by the endless power of the Infinite. The Infinite is the father of everything and also the mother of everything. When the two aspects of energy (father) and matter (mother) combine an infinite number of primordial atoms or monads (sons) are born into existence. The monads are initially unconscious but they have the potential to become Absolutes (fully realised and liberated Gods of their own universes).
The word “infinite” is usually understood to mean “endless”, but it actually has two aspects – it is without beginning and without end. So questions like “where did it come from?”, “what existed before it?” and “will it ever end?” are meaningless. The Infinite has always been and always will be. The infinite encompasses everything, so nothing can be outside of it. The Kabbalistic term “Ain” is usually understood to mean “nothing” in the sense of an empty void beyond the Infinite (Ain Soph), but that is impossible since nothing can “exist” beyond infinity. So perhaps it is best to describe Ain as “not even nothing”, or to forget about it completely because it is impossible.
The Absolute is the creator of the universe, the Ain Soph Aur (limitless light) of Kabbalah, The Brahman of Hinduism. “Absolute” (from the Latin Absolutum) means freed or liberated. The Absolute is a perfected monad that has liberated itself from the illusion of the universe it “grew up” in and has become the unmanifest God of his own Universe. It therefore spans negative existence and positive existence. The Absolute can focus his attention inwards on the universe, or outwards into the metaverse.
Like everything else in existence, the Absolute has three aspects:
The Energy aspect directs the primordial energy (of the Infinite) to power the universe and all creation.
The Consciousness aspect is the universal mind that unites all creation within a single collective consciousness. The universe was conceived by the universal mind, it is sustained by meditative focus, and would dissolve back into negative existence if this concentration ceased.
The Matter aspect is the 49-atoms, the virgin matter (the celestial Virgin Mary) from which the various planes are built. Matter is the cosmic womb in which evolving monads develop their consciousness.
Zero point energy is the infinite energy that originates from beyond the universe. It is the energy that the Absolute uses to bring 49-atoms into positive existence from the negatively existing primordial matter. Tiny vortices are formed in the dense, homogenous and fluid primordial matter. The vortices flip inside-out creating spinning bubbles of emptiness. Each of these bubbles of negative-existence corresponds to a 49-atom in positive existence. The 49-atoms are packets of energy (quanta) that distribute zero point energy throughout all the planes of the universe. Plato called zero point energy “dynamis”, and in the East it is called “fohat”.
A Brief Outline of Creation
The Absolute utilises zero point energy to bring negatively existing primordial matter into positive existence.
The Absolute conceives the universe in his mind and the subtle matter instantly responds to his creative thoughts.
Hierarchies of advanced monads create galaxies, stars, planets and life-forms in much the same way.
Less-developed monads use these worlds and life-forms as training grounds to gain experience and develop their consciousness.
So you see my understanding of “God” or as I call it “Source” is too lengthy and difficult to explain in any simple way. It is simple in my mind as I created a visual when the creation story of the Kabbalah was told to me but explaining it is another thing. I also believe in demi-gods and beings that called themselves gods in ancient history that were not gods all but beings of high technology messing with primitives. Again this is theoretical and subjective.
My teacher told us that this Ain aka “God,” was omnipotent and omnipresent, yet profoundly unknown to itself, so it desired to define itself, or experience itself, so it had to fragment itself into tiny, tiny bits by stretching itself out like a glassblower does with molten glass, and put them into vessels. At first the vessels exploded because they couldn’t contain it, so it did it again putting yet a smaller amount. Now that is just Sindy speak because this all had names and terms and the best I could do is share Lee Bladon’s explanations. I am not a pure Kabbalist, but that was the most palatable explanation of God and existence that in my many years have heard or read.
I also hold that other concepts have validity, as in there could be no Prime Creator, or that existence is a matrix. But ones belief and concept of “God” are personal and unique.
Sorry it’s so long and largely not even my writing but it was the only way.