If we truly wish to see humanity come together and live in a more harmonious way, which we as humans are capable of, open-mindedness is a very important first prerequisite. The importance of acknowledging that many of us are probably holding on to some outdated beliefs only because they’re what we’ve known for so long, which in turn makes them familiar and safe, mustn’t be understated or ignored.
And safety isn’t always what’s it’s cracked up to be anyways, especially when it comes to cultivating new and integrally healthier ways of thinking and living as a human beings. Revolutionary thinkers like Jesus, Bill Hicks, Buddha, Chuck D, Hunter S. Thompson, Max Planck, Henry Rollins, Malcolm X, and Gandhi didn’t play it safe at all. They didn’t conform to societies traditional values or belief systems. Instead of allowing others to dictate what they though and believed, they turned inward and trusted their own guidance, and I’d say they did a damn fine job.
When it comes to the “God” concept, a perfect example of someone who could care less about playing it safe, specifically in relation to the God concept, is a man I’ve drawn a ton of inspiration from in my life, retired theoretical physicist and “Quantum Activist” Dr. Amit Goswami, who has made it his life’s work to break the traditional, materialistic models of science by teaching that consciousness itself is the ground of all being, and that consciousness itself, is God. In an interview I conducted with Dr. Goswami, he stated;
“The new paradigm is telling us yes, God exists but it needs clarification because God is many things to many people. First of all, to most people of this country (USA), popular Christianity is the picture of God which has been imprinted from early childhood and that has got to go. This is one of the reasons why so many people are leaning towards Atheism today. If only they knew that this picture of popular Christianity, which they are rejecting, was just one viewpoint and that God is an idea that most people elsewhere accept.
Quantum Physics says that indeed, there is a force, an interaction we need in changing possibilities into actualities. So you can posit that this a downward causation that exists independent of material causation coming from what we generally call consciousness. Consciousness chooses out of possibilities the actual event that becomes reality.
This is a causal agent that gives us a freedom of choice to choose the really new stuff, creativity. If we think about it this way, I think most people who are already accepting change, the veracity of the idea of change, and the veracity of the idea of creativity, the people who accept the importance of love, beauty, justice, truth, goodness & ethics, they will readily accept this too. They feel these things come to them not from their conditioned stimuli and the mundane but from a dimension that is outside of the mundane. This is the dimension people conventionally call sacred.
It’s a shame that due to the conspiracy of the media, and it is a conspiracy of the media, like Fox News for example, there’s a conspiracy of silence. Once and a while we get a film or documentary shown about the paranormal but basically the media has been very silent about it. So because of this we’re not getting the idea that God (I’m not talking about the Christian God, the “Oh, father daddy God”, but rather, the God that is experimentally verified), is our creative impulse.”
Okay, so first of all, how can you not love a 78 year badass like Dr. Goswami?! His unapologetic approach to not only taking on the traditional scientific community, but major media conspiracies as well, is admirable to say the least. The best part however, is he has the experimental scientific data that backs up everything he says (check out his books The Self Aware Universe, God Is Not Dead and How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization for more information).
As Dr. Goswami said, God is our creative impulse, so by shifting the old idea of God as vengeful man in the sky, to one of God as complete formless connectivity that underlies absolutely everything in our universe, he’s providing many people who’ve either been on the fence about, or non-believers in general of God, with a much more accessible and rational “God” to begin working with.
And the best part is that you don’t even have to call it “God” if you don’t want too. The true importance lies in your own personal experience rather than the words and ideologies that surround the concept.