As part of our ongoing theme of connecting with God, I’m so honored to present this Guest Post by my friend Jeffrey.
(Unfortunately Jeffrey Chappell is no longer on my Enlightenment Life List, but he was at the time of this blog post.)
Here’s a link to his website. And now here’s an essay by the man who played the chimes for my audiobook, also played the chimes when Mitch and I got married. Actually Jeffrey IS a chime in my life!
You asked how my perception of God has changed.
First, I believed in God. Then I wasn’t satisfied. I didn’t want to believe in God, I wanted to know God. Knowledge is better than belief.
Experience and understanding are the two types of knowledge. Through the practice of meditation and by thinking about God a lot, I gained experience and understanding of God-like qualities: infinite love, infinite generosity, infinite creativity, infinite being.
Then it seemed as if every action was an offering to God, every heartbeat brought me closer to God, and every breath was a prayer. Attending church would have been redundant. I was in church everywhere I went.
Next, the infinite qualities were living in me automatically, constantly, and without any attention on my part, like breathing. And when something is inside of you, there is nothing more to do to get closer to it. Embodiment is better than knowledge.
How do I perceive God now? It is as if I can’t perceive anything else.
I perceive God has become redundant. I, perceive, and God are undifferentiated, in the same way that an ocean current is not different from an ocean. God and I have become just two of the names for the same nameless being, and perception is the flow of the current within itself. That is how my perception of God has changed.
First, God was outside (belief); then God was inside (experience); then there was no difference between inside and outside (being). Belief, experience, and being are the stages of embodying the awareness of God.