I EXPLAINED IN AN EARLIER post that one of the reasons I chose an atheist site to blog on was that I am, in a very real sense, an atheist.
But I also said that was not the most important reason.
The other reason has to do with the whole idea of channeling, or, if you prefer, inspiration.
The world is full of books which claim to be my words, and frankly that's been the source of no end of trouble.
Most of those books actually were inspired by me to one degree or another—but that's not the problem.
The problem lies in how people react when they think they know what I've said on just about any topic.
There's this bizarre tendency to focus on the words to the exclusion of the music—and of common sense.
So let me put a few things straight.
Everybody channels me all the time.
By "all the time" I don't mean every single second, of course. I mean that channeling me is something that is very, very common.
You're channeling me almost any time you're truly being yourself.
That's less often than you probably think it is—and it's not always at the moments you think it is, either—but it's still very often.
And even though you are channeling me much of the time, nobody ever channels me purely—as though I were just speaking through them like a microphone.
Think about it for a moment.
Do you really believe my actual thoughts can be put into a human language?
Do you really think that I think (assuming that I actually did do something it would make sense to apply the human word "thinking" to)—do you think I would think within the categories, denotations, and connotations of American English, or ancient Greek or Hebrew?
It's obvious, if you give it a moment's consideration, that any communication from me that ends up in words will have been heavily influenced by the language, education, temperament, and world view of whoever is channeling me.
Which is why you shouldn't take any words like that too seriously.
You certainly shouldn't be putting them on a pedestal and worshiping them, like an idol.
They will never be my final word.
First of all, I don't do final words. I'm making this up as I go along. That's what it means to create.
Secondly, even if I did, by the time what I had to say had filtered through a human mind, and thus a particular human culture and language, it wouldn't be reliable for any other culture or time.
And let's face it, you all know exactly what I'm talking about.
In spite of all the hoopla about various books being the infallible word of yours truly, you know perfectly well that there isn't a single person or sect on this planet that follows every teaching in any one of those books to the letter.
You all pick and choose, sometimes by living in denial and sometimes by tying yourselves into pretzels rationalizing what to insist on and what to ignore.
Well good for you for picking and choosing.
I'd encourage you to drop the denial and rationalizations, though, and just admit that you don't believe what doesn't make any sense to you.
Act like grownups, for heavens sake—that's what I told Job.
Stop trying to insist you know what I would say: especially what I would say to anyone else.
So when it came time to decide where I was going to blog, I chose an atheist site—not only because I sort of resonated with the position, but for another, much more practical reason:
I knew no one would take it too seriously.
Leave your questions and comments below, and I'll try to respond.
The Ground of All Being