By Dr. Gil Dekel.
page 199 (in the printed book)
Question are more important than answers. Answers are not always creative. As soon as you think you have an answer, you stop creating. Answers can kill creation.
There is only one question in Life, and it is: ‘Who Am I?’ and we never want a final answer to that… Stay within the question, and inquire. An inquiry is the power, motivation and passion to create.
So, the world would benefit from saying: ‘We don’t have all the answers, let’s continue to ask. Let’s announce that there is no one right path, but many’.
Fixed answers are the end. Thus, we want to stay asking; keep saying that there is more to learn and more to create. To do so, we need to accept other ways, other opinions, as they stimulate questions, as oppose to our way which is already a settled answer.
Go within. The source is there. If you do not go within, you go without. Without answers, without peace, without joy, without love. Love is transformative essence. Like wisdom, it must come from within you in order to be personal and lasting.
Outward experiences are ok and helpful as long as they do not replace the inner experience. The holy source is within you. It is not outside you.
Inside us resides truth. And so, God will not provide one holy book with all the answers, or one single sacred text with the total message.
There is no singularity of a source. The New Spirituality is an open system, ever growing, expanding, becoming, and sourcing itself from Life itself. Not a single doctrine, but an experience shared by many.
People are unique, so while the experiences may be very similar, they are never identical. If it is identical it means that a dogma has been created.
Look not to one source, but to all sources, to all of Life. The living of your own Life experiences write the book of your most sacred truth, and offers evidence to it.
- First Transformation of the civilization – about 35,000 years ago, where humanity started to awaken.
- Second Transformation – some 10,000 years ago, a shift from nomadic society to village and farm society. Cities aroused some 5000 years ago.
- Third Transformation – 300 years ago, a shift from agricultural society to industrial.
- Forth Transformation – humanity is about to embrace Tomorrow’s God.
Spiritual revolution. We accept revolutions in our sciences, medicines, technologies, industry, and arts. Everything is being developed, expect our religions and spiritualism that seem stuck. Now they are about to evolve. Humanity cannot resolve the twenty-first century dilemmas with first-century guidance.
We can acknowledge the fact that we do not know all there is to know about God and Life.
Honour traditions, but expand the understandings at the same time.
We thought of Life as a competition. Competing against nature, against each other, time, Life. Yet, Life is not an opponent.
Other people are not opponents. God is not opponent, and never been. We do not have to conquer nature, but cooperate with nature. We do not have to struggle with Life, but flow with Life. We do not have to fear God, but be One with God.
Do not condemn traditional religions, rather seek to include them.
All we do and behave is a reflection of our spirituality and beliefs. In politics, economics, education, relationships, sexuality – all are our spirituality demonstrated.
We challenge each other instead of challenging our teachings, which set us one against each other. It is our culture that causing us to destroy life. We can retain what’s best in our culture, and release what’s destructive.
We are seeing now with greater clarity the role of religious teachings in the creation of the Cultural Stories that set out people against each another.
God does not call the qualified people. God qualifies the called.
The Four Steps to be called to God:
First Step –
Go within. Meditate every day. Fifteen minutes in the morning, and fifteen in the evening. This can change your Life. This is the quiet communion with your soul.
Second Step –
Exercise your body. The mind cannot easily absorb new data if the body is lumping. Exercise twenty minutes a day.
Third Step –
Eat well. We dull our mind and kill the body with our foods. This happens slowly, so we do not tend to notice it. We know it only once it happens. Two third of the people in the Western society are overweight. Smoking is a problem connected to eating, since we digest nicotine.
These disorders are the result of a lack of spirituality, as they show disregard for the prime value, which is preserving Life.
One becomes spiritual once they honour Life, beginning with their own body. Our body honours Life. One becomes spiritual once they honour Life rather than honouring instant gratifications.
Many people depends on others. They are abnormally reliant on their religion, their governments, their employer, social structures. These people think that they cannot support themselves without those structures.
Our structures that we have created are just tools. We are their tools. We can use them, not be used by them. We are all interdependent – no one person can exist alone, no one is isolated, yet, we do not need any particular other.
Forth Step -
Seek spiritual inspiration; seek for the sacredness of all Life.
Go to a club, society, a church, temple, mosque, synagogue. Go there regularly if this is where you find your sacred inspiration. But remember that these are formal houses of worship of God, while God does not need to be worshiped… We can name the house-of-worship as the house-of-reverence.
We can connect with Life, which is God expressed, in many ways – meditation, music, reading poetry, literature.
23 Oct 2015. © Gil Dekel.
This is a summary of key points and concepts from ‘Tomorrow’s God’, a CwG book published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, UK, 2004, ISBN 0-340-830239. www.cwg.org