To start off answering ‘what is God’, let us first address what is not God.
A google image search of the word ‘God’ quickly gives us an indication of what the majority of human beings think God is:
We have confirmed our suspicions: It is indeed a old Caucasian man with a wizened face and a long beard in the sky, sagely presiding over the Earth.
The Bible doesn’t really help either:
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
The truth is far from this. In fact, it is the complete opposite.
“Man made ‘God’ in his own image. The eternal, the infinite, the unnameable was reduced to a mental idol that you had to believe in and worship as ‘my god’ or ‘our god’.” Eckhart Tolle
Si Dieu nous a faits à son image, nous le lui avons bien rendu. (If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.) – Voltaire
This old man is not our creator, but is our creation. In our narrow-mindedness and ignorance, we have anthropomorphized God. We have projected our values on to him. We have projected our flaws and our duality onto him. We have absolved our responsibility for our own happiness and sadness by making a mental idol responsible. Like the Greek gods, he is angry one moment, benevolent the other. God may be all-powerful and all-knowing, but at the end of the day, he’s another human being!
(For an excellent summary of the 4 main paradigms of any religious / spiritual system regarding ‘God’, please read The Four Major Attitudes of Learning in the Return to God as entailed in The Disappearance of the Universe)
God as described by ACIM is a non-dualistic God, ie. completely outside of duality. Being outside of duality, it cannot really be known by anything which is of this world, ie. duality: words, pictures, symbols, even thought. In fact, one of the truest things to say about God is that he is utterly indescribable. (I know, that’s really helpful :)) The Tao Te Ching expresses this concept beautifully:
The Tao that can be spoken of
Is not the Everlasting Tao
The name that can be named
Is not the Everlasting name
To know what God is, is to join with him, and to truly know God is to completely join with him. He / It / She cannot be known by the mind – He / It / She can only be experienced. However, we have some helpful pointers:
Oneness is simply the idea God is. And in His Being, He encompasses all things. No mind holds anything but Him. We say “God is,” and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless. There are no lips to speak them, and no part of mind sufficiently distinct to feel that it is now aware of something not itself. It has united with its Source. And like its Source Itself, it merely is. We cannot speak nor write nor even think of this at all. (ACIM, W-pI.169.5:1-6:1)
Pursah: The only true reality is God or pure spirit, which in Heaven are synonymous, and God and pure spirit have no form. Thus there is no concept of male or female in Heaven. Pg. 5, DU
Pursah: There are no differences in Heaven and no changes. Everything is constant. That’s the only way it can be completely dependable instead of chaotic.
Gary: Isn’t that kind of boring?
Pursah: Let me ask you something, Gary. Is sex boring?
Gary: Not in my book.
Pursah: Well, imagine the very peak of a perfect sexual orgasm, except this orgasm never stops. It keeps going on forever with no decrease in its powerful and flawless intensity.
Gary: You have my attention.
Pursah: The physical act of sex doesn’t even come close to the incredible bliss of Heaven. It’s just a poor, made-up imitation of union with God. It’s a false idol made to fix you attention on the body and the world with just enough of a payoff to keep you coming back for more. It’s very similar to a narcotic. Heaven, on the other hand, is a perfect, indescribable ecstasy that never ceases.
Pg. 7, DU
We see that a non-dual God implies certain things:
- That it is the only True Reality that is, has been, and always will be (Time and Space being illusions)
- That anything outside of this God is illusory. (Metaphorically speaking of course, since there is nothing that exists except God)
- That God is not a conscious being, not in the sense that he is unconscious, but that ‘consciousness’ in the way we think about it is inapplicable and irrelevant to a non-dual God, for consciousness implies duality – that there is a consciousness and something to be conscious of.
- That God / Heaven / Total Oneness / The Eternal / Perfect Love / Never-ending Joy are all really synonymous.
- That thinking about this non-dual God in terms of a field, a state or in some other abstract form, although not being totally accurate, can be more helpful than thinking about God in terms of a conscious entity.
Throughout human history (until fairly recently), because of the immense unconscious resistance to these advanced spiritual concepts, there have been very few who have managed to penetrate the veneer of the illusion and even fewer still whom have managed to teach it to others in an accessible way. As such, it is difficult to find a good definition of this concept of a non-dual God in any major religion or spiritual path, and even so, one finds it defined in the specific language of that tradition.
But as Shakespeare elegantly expresses the irrelevance of words:
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet
It does not really matter how we define God, as long as we have a concept of what God is.
These are some definitions of non-dual God from various traditions / religions / spiritual paths that you might find helpful:
the First Person in the Trinity; the Creator, the Source of all being or life; the Father, Whose Fatherhood is established by the existence of His Son, Christ; the First Cause, Whose Son is His Effect; God’s essence is spirit, which is shared with all creation, whose unity is the state of Heaven. – Kenneth Wapnick
That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like that universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman – that thou art. – Sankaracharya
Nothing exists at Zero, Ao Akua, no problems, including the need for intention.
Concerns are simply memories replaying, and these memories displace Zero, you. To return to Zero, you, requires Divinity erasing memories behind the concerns.
Only two laws dictate experiences: Inspiration from Divinity and Memory stored in the Subconscious Mind, the former Brand-New and the latter Old.
Jesus is purported to have said: “Seek ye first the Kingdom (Zero) and all else will be added (Inspiration).”
Zero is the residence of you and Divinity… “from where and from whom all blessings – Wealth, Health, and Peace – flow.”
Dr. Hew Len