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Joel Goldsmith, Neale Donald Walsch, Shankara, God, consciousness, and mystery

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas




“The presence of God is within our Consciousness.

The nature of God is I.”

Joel Goldsmith



‘I’ is the substance of God; individuals are merely the forms that ‘I’ takes.

To better recognize this, Shankara explains why our ‘I’ is God’s ‘I’; he states: “A jar made of clay is not other than clay. It is clay essentially. The form of the jar has no independent existence. What then, is the jar? Merely an invented name! The form of the jar can never be perceived apart from the clay. What, then, is the jar? An appearance! The reality is the clay itself.”

            The Self is all selves; the mysteries are One mystery.

Our ‘I’ has been God all along. But how could we not have known that? It is absurd that God should not understand God. And yet else explain the unexplainable? Everything is God, but no one knows what God is, not even God.

Perhaps, in fact, this absurdity was the intent all along- to be so mysterious that we could not recognize ourselves as we truly are, and the whole game of being (if ‘game’ is the appropriate word for this implausible tangle) was, and is, to grope and grope through the dark of the self, until IT finally figures Itself out.

Neale Donald Walsch quotes God as stating: “Since it is the greatest desire of the soul (God) to experience Itself as the Creator ...We had no choice other than to find a way to forget all about Our creation.”(brackets are author’s) Note that this statement comes right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

           The assumption here is that at some point in our spiritual evolution we had to forget our true selves- our Creator selves- for this was the only way God could play hide-and-seek inside his or her own creation. This is the same old wearisome story, recounted every now and then by anyone brave or crazy enough to imagine it, about how God became bored of being alone and omniscient, and so had to differentiate and hide within His own creation in order to experience the joy of rediscovering himself.

Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God, responds to the last statement by God, questioning: “I am amazed that we found a way. Trying to ‘forget’ that we are all One, and that the One of which we are is God, must be like trying to forget that a pink elephant is in the room. How could we be so mesmerized?”

Well, we did indeed forget. And now the horrible truth is that we must forget ourselves again; we must forget our false selves in order to remember our true selves.


 excerpted from:


way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra



THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

















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