Part 5 Illustrating the Flow of Divine Thought from Mind to Consciousness
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Carnal or mortal man, free will, and the human ego
We all agree that the mental realm of human life is not in apparent continual consonance with the perfection of God. Yet, experience also tells us that we possess admitted control over the quality of our own human experience. We are not simply complete victims of circumstances totally out of our control. We each have a moral compass which tends to at least make us aware of what we need to do to set things right. Christians unhesitatingly confirm, for example, that deliberate conformance to the Ten Commandments tends to bring peace and harmony into human experience, while total disregard for them results in the experience of evil.
In human experience we find an undeniable presence of influences unlike God. What is their source? Why are they in our consciousness? Do we have the ability to choose what is right and to reject what is wrong? What is the exact nature of the relationship between the control and guidance which we exercise through our connection with God, and the appearance of evil and discord which appears to continue to be a part of our experience ,sometimes even in spite of the most earnest prayer?
The answers to these and similar questions can be discovered by striving to continually keep clearly in view the ever operative universal and principled nature of the operation of God. Let us consider first a possible graphical representation of what some human beings generally BELIEVE to comprise their relationship with God. The general religious view of man is that he is made in God’s image and likeness, but that he has a free will which allows him to choose evil or good. In this view, his likeness to and connection with God is vague and is admittedly not clearly understood. Keep in mind that the following model is only a generalization of the common human supposition of man’s relationship with God.
The carnal or mortal sense of existence
The above representation depicts the mortal or carnal man’s view of his own supposed conscious existence and the role which God seems to play in the mortal man’s self-belief. Carnal, mortal man is believed to be conscious of himself. Only vaguely and remotely does he perceive his consciousness to be influenced by God. Mortal man acknowledges God’s influence, but he believes God to have granted to man an independently operating ego, and a free will to act in ways which might be either in harmony with God, or potentially contrary to God.
But with only an indirect sense of his own causation, this mortal version of man can experience only an indirect sense of being God’s effect. Operating under the false premise of possessing a self supported identity, mortal man imagines himself to be the originator of his own consciousness, leaving God either completely out of the equation, or imagining God to be only remotely and vaguely influential.
The human sense of existence
If we take mortal man’s false human sense of what is going on in consciousness, and overlay it upon our representation of universally present God and man, we can begin to get a clearer picture of what might be happening to thought in human consciousness. The higher level of human consciousness entertains some sense of the direct relationship between God as cause, and man as effect, while at the same time entertaining its own sense of human ego and mortal beliefs. Let us present that combination in progressively complex stages. In the next stage we will simply lay the last two diagrams upon each other as seen below:
This diagram is our stepping stone to the next segment. It begins to touch on the combination of supposed mortal thought and the pure divine thought which are both entertained in what we call the human mind. That human mind which is most occupied with entertaining the mortal realm of thought entertains a relatively weaker sense of positive divine thought, and imagines itself to be more remotely connected with God. Inversely, that human mind which is most occupied with processing divine thought and with following the direction and leadings of God strengthens and accentuates its awareness of its positive link with God. In proportion as it does so, the influence of negative thought and mortal beliefs diminish. In that proportion does the human mind realize its command over the seeming dominion of matter and material circumstances.
In the next segment, Part 6, we will expand upon this model and discuss how the human consciousness can be directly and knowingly controlled in proportion to its awareness and entertainment of divine influence.