A positive path for spiritual living

Changed by the Second Face of God

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 4:04pm -- rjohnson

The Three Faces of God
Ken Wilbur is an American philosopher, author of Integral Spirituality, who says the spiritual wholeness we seek can come from embracing three perspectives of God:
1. God inside us
2. God outside us that we pray to as the divine “other”
3. God as the totality of all that is
In Unity, we tend to emphasize God inside us, often to the exclusion of the second perspective of God in relationship with us.
Recently I went through a series of challenges and reached an all-time low where the spiritual tools I’ve used for many years were not able to shift my negative feelings. Finally one night, I prayed, “God, I’m in a negative hole here and can’t seem to find my way out. I need help. Please show me the way.” I hadn’t prayed like that in my entire life.
When I woke up the next morning, all of the negative feelings had melted away. I kept checking in with myself to make sure this was real. But I continued to feel inexplicably happy and have continued in that state ever since.
Now I’ve been able to return to my prayer practice and I was guided to explore Ken Wilbur’s three faces of God. I realized I had limited my God concept to #1 and #3. Having prayed to God outside me and received an answer has mysteriously caused me to feel whole and peaceful.
I have been on a spiritual path most of my life. Now I finally have a God that is “me enough” from perspective #1, “close enough” from perspective #2 and “big enough” from perspective #3.
I encourage you to explore your own God concept and ask if your God is me enough, close enough and big enough. Like me, you may be surprised and deeply happy at what you find.