By Rev. Anna Scott
“We believe in God, the living Spirit Almighty, one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation but is not absorbed by its Creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the necessary and logical outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.” ~ From What We Believe by Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind and Spirit
In the beginning, God…God and nothing else…just God, simply what appeared to be empty space and God. However, empty space is not empty space. It is quantum, infinite possibility.
Long ago, God was sitting around enjoying this quiet silence…ho hum… “Nothing like silence, quiet and peace,” thought God. “This is sure mighty peaceful and quiet…Yep, nothing like an unconditionally peaceful day.” After many, many billion days of peace, God thought, “I have sure enjoyed all the peaceful bliss, but I am getting a little bored. I will call upon my consciousness to see what I can come up with in my beautiful imagination.”
So, God and creativity sit down and make some plans…Creativity (an aspect of God’s consciousness) said, “All you must do is speak the word and stuff will appear! Just speak your word! That is how you demonstrate. Everything is twice created, first in consciousness as an idea and then as the form!”
And God said, “Let there be life.” Suddenly there was an infinite variety of Life! God looked around and saw all the bacteria, plants, birds, fishes, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, monkeys and people. God said, “This is Good!”
Delightedly, God then said, “My goodness that peace and serenity was sure nice…but this, this is true entertainment!”
Science of Mind and Spirit is a unique spirituality that understands the physical universe to be the outpicturing of Divine Reality and a necessary part of the way the One expresses and experiences itself. Like two sides of coin—the Absolute Causal Reality of the One requires the relative effect of creation in all its diversity and multiplicity to express and experience its own infinite nature.
Ernest Holmes says the highest God and the innermost God is one God. So as God, the creator, in the macrocosm, creates from Its consciousness, so do we, the microcosm, create from our own consciousness.
There is one Cosmic Reality Principle and Presence in the universe—God. All creation originates in this One Source. God is. God is all there is. Therefore, we are some aspect of what God is. Each human being is a creation of God, made of the God-substance, a unique, individualized incarnation of Spirit.
Ernest Holmes says, “Creation is the logical result of the outpush of Life into self-expression. It is the coming forth of Spirit into manifestation. The One encompasses and flows through all, spilling Itself into numberless forms and personalities. These forms and personalities, propelled by the Cosmic Urge which brings them into being, have within themselves an impulse planted by the Divine, and since the Divine is limitless and perfect, it must and ultimately will bring all creation into a state of perfect manifestation.” (Science of Mind, p.420)
The consciousness of the One, then, created the universe. This creative process continues to evolve and expand. It is through the physical universe that God sees and knows itself. God is both within and outside of creation, so to speak. The term for this is panentheism. This means that there is a single, unified divine spirit that is manifest in every individual entity. This worldview aligns with the view held by Native Americans, who believe that the Divine both transcends and is immanent in everything. This means that all creation, all life, and all beings—whether plant, animal or human—are part of the whole body of God.
The new paradigm that is emerging represents a convergence of modern science and ancient world spiritual traditions. At the heart of the new paradigm is a startling idea—that our cosmos is not a fragmented and lifeless machine (as we have thought for centuries) but is a unified and living organism. This idea is an ancient one promoted by Plato over two thousand years ago. He said, “The universe is a single living creature which encompasses all of the living creatures that are within it.”
Despite the vast size of the universe and other remote galaxies millions of light years away and seemingly separate from the galaxy in which we live, physicists now believe all are connected. Science is proving that things that appear to be separate are connected in fundamental ways that transcend the limitations of time and space.
Consciousness is present throughout all life and all forms of life. There is some form of consciousness operating at every level. Even at the quantum level, atoms seem to make some sort of choice. This does not mean that an atom has the same consciousness as a human being, but that an atom has a reflective capacity appropriate to its form and function.
Sri Aurobindo states “Creation is for the delight of God.” Are we delighting in creation—in our endless pollution of the earth, lack of concern for the extinction of species, and heedless of our part in climate change? Or are we delighting in creation—in the joy of life, in the beauty of nature, in our love for our pets, and the care of our own bodies?
What about our own consciousness that creates our lives? Are we the God that is waiting around millions of years—enjoying the silence, but really a little bored?
As we believe that we are all one, it follows that we support the care and concern for the earth and all its inhabitants, following Jesus’ teaching, “What you do to the least of these, you do to me.” Since it is all part of the ONE wholeness that is God, whatever we do to creation, to life, to other beings, we are essentially doing to ourselves.
When we are truly centered in the life current flowing through us, we tend to act in ways that promote the well being and harmony of the whole. Our connection with the Mother Universe provides us with a sort of moral tuning fork that makes it possible for individuals to come into collective alignment. An underlying field of consciousness weaves humanity together, making it possible for us to intuitively understand what is healthy and what is not; what works and what doesn’t. We can each tune into this living field and sense what is in harmony with the wellbeing of the whole.
This new paradigm of conscious creation will usher us into an era in which people will be inclined to live ethically because we understand that everything we do is woven into the infinite depths of the Divine.
When we discover that all beings are part of the seamless fabric of creation, it naturally awakens us in a sense of connection and compassion for the rest of life. We automatically broaden our scope of empathy and concern when we realize we are inseparable from all that exists. We no longer see ourselves as isolated entities whose being stops at the edge of our skin, and whose empathy stops with our family, or our race, or our nation. We see that, because we all rise simultaneously from a deep ocean of life-energy, a vital connection always exists among all beings.
Consciousness creates the universe. Your consciousness creates your universe. What will you create today?
Resource: Holmes, Ernest, Science of Mind. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 1938.