3. We are the Experiential Aspect of God

Updated: Jan 10

(Part 3 of an ongoing series of posts on the creative process of life.)


In a my earlier post, A New Idea of God, I talked about God in His original form (pre–Big Bang.) This aspect of God is absolute—infinite, eternal, and without beginning or end. We considered the idea that this existential aspect of God fully desired to experience Himself and thus became creatively active. From His will (life) emerged a field of unlimited untapped creative potential. Latent within this field of life flowed the gift of conscious awareness—the Son of God emerged simultaneously with the emergence of the Fatherhood of God. The Father experiences Himself through His Son and the Son experiences His Father within Himself—They are two aspects of God in perpetual communion within one living creation. Also latent within this life field, was the potential to build forms through which the life of God is expressed and experienced.


Once God distributed Himself throughout His Creation, all manner of spirit-personalities became possible. The seeds of potentiality were put in place, and numerous orders of divine personalities developed from these seeds. What is important to note here is that everything created after the Big Bang is evolutionary. The beings that dwell within the created universes are both experiential (i.e., they experience themselves as unique personalities with unique points of view) and evolutionary (i.e., they change, grow, and evolve in response to their experiences).


The experiential aspect of God is evolutionary (God as He is present within all His creations). The existential aspect of God is not evolutionary. In this way, after the Big Bang, God became present in two ways:


1. Existentially: God as He has always existed. Limitless, eternal, perpetual, ceaseless, endless, complete, perfect, and absolute. The aspect of God that is infinite, not subject to limitations or conditions of space, time, or circumstance. Also sometimes referred to as Source or the Godhead.


2. Experientially: God as He exists within the evolutionary universes of time and space. Evolving and finite. He is in the process of personally observing, encountering, and undergoing a process of growth and change that is subject to limitations of space, time, and circumstance. The God of time and space is destined to become infinite (limitless), and this potential exists within Him and develops in accordance with the evolution of consciousness happening within the Creation as a whole.


“Supreme Being” is one of the titles The Urantia Book uses to refer to the experiential form of God, and I find it quite helpful. It helps us distinguish this personal form of God from the existential pre-personal aspect of God. The Supreme Being relates to us and experiences through us. He is within us, and we are within Him. He is the synthesizing Deity Who encompasses and ensouls all Creation. He is greater than the sum of His parts and is an evolving Being in His own right. Everything that exists within the manifesting universe exists within Him and is an extension of Him. This makes him a very personal aspect of God. He is a “living and evolving Deity of power and personality.”[1] However, in this form, He is not yet fully existential. He is not yet complete or infinite (without limitations) because He is not yet done creating. New branches are being added to the tree, and all the leaves are still developing their potential. An important point to consider is that each of us is an irreplaceable part of the Supreme Being. This means that you, as one such irreplaceable part, are an aspect of the Supreme Being, and that aspect can be fully revealed only through you. Therefore, each of us has a spiritual responsibility to learn how to fully express our divinity. As we do, the Whole is revealed.


The physical universe is constantly expanding and contracting, and new universes are being born as older ones settle into full fruition of Light and Love. Just like His creations, the Supreme Being is still evolving and growing in experience because we are still evolving and growing in experience. And this process of change and growth occurs over time. This is the distinguishing characteristic of the experiential aspect of God. The Supreme Being, then, is a work in progress within the Grand Universe, and the Grand Universe is always changing. New stars are being born, and old stars are dying out. Epochs of evolutionary growth are beginning in one part of the universe and ending in others. His destiny, like ours, is perfection, but His present experience “encompasses the elements of growth and incomplete status.” [2]


I want to include the following quote from The Urantia Book because it contains a powerful statement that is worth understanding:


"If man recognized that his Creators—his immediate supervisors—while being divine were also finite, and that the God of time and space was an evolving and nonabsolute Deity, then would the inconsistencies of temporal inequalities cease to be profound religious paradoxes." [3]


When we understand this statement, we realize two important things. First, any inequity that exists between the sons of God exists only temporarily and is a reflection of the stage of evolution each one is in. Second, God exists within us, even when we are not yet perfect, because God in His experiential form in the evolutionary universes is also growing and changing in response to the processes of creativity.


An example of the first statement can be seen here on Earth. We can see that some people are farther ahead in the evolution of their consciousness than others, most likely because they’ve been at it longer. Because God’s creativity happens in waves, there are old souls, new souls, adolescent souls, and so forth. Each soul is where he or she needs to be and working on what he or she needs to be working on at any given point. At all times, we remain brothers and sisters in God and coexist within the Sonship as whole. From a cosmic point of view, all roads lead us forward (even the ones that seem to be leading us away), and it is not for us to judge one another’s progress but instead to be of service in whatever manner serves the highest good of the Whole.


The experiential aspect of God is built on the partnership between the Creator and his sons—“God and man in association.”[4] This relationship fulfills the Father’s desire to express and experience His creativity. My original worry and confusion over perfection stemmed from a misunderstanding of God and a lack of awareness of how time and space work in connection with God. Now I understand:

  1. God is present both existentially and experientially; He is and He is becoming.

  2. God is both perfect and evolving. This evolution is happening perfectly within the goodwill of God the Father.

  3. All of us—no matter where we are in the process of our evolution—are unique expressions of God, and our ability to express our divinity fully is dependent on where we are in the process of our evolution.

  4. God relates to us personally regardless of where we are in the order of things. There is no separation from God.

Food for Thought:

What happens to your sense of identity when you consider the idea that God exists within you personally and exists in all things without separation?


Does anything shift within you as you consider the evolutionary nature of the Creation and the experiential aspect of God?

  1. Does your idea of God change in any way?

  2. How does this affect your relationship with God or your sense of the Divine?

  3. Does your relationship with yourself change in any way?

References

[1] Urantia, p. 1268.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

This post is an updated excerpt from my book The Divine Journey. Available for purchase on Amazon.com

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