It was when miracles started happening for me and others I prayed/meditated for that I realized the spiritual methodology I engaged was not only working, but in more force than anticipated.
Did my method speak to God, the universe, Native American spirit guides, Buddhist Bodhisattvas, guardian angels, or deceased loved ones? For me, it was all of the above, though those were perhaps not the only forces behind my godly answers. Nor are they comprise all the genres in the universe’s spiritual jukebox, e.g., chanting, quantum mechanics, symbol work, journaling, and remote healing.
Juxtaposed, I am astounded at the utter entrancement and beguilement society has with smartphones (full fledged computers/communication devices). The roboticizing of people and dependency created by these 2–7 billion transistor-filled boxes has hit a profound level, stripping individuals from natural awareness, in-person contact, surroundings, and the magic of touch, not to mention 1.5 million automobile crashes annually.
Likes, videos, and brief blurbs seem the prevalent, superficial icing on our 21st Century’s interpersonal realm. Combined with the joy and prolific media these phones bring to our ears and eyes, the bad news is we are merely in the infancy of computerizing the human species into governmental, technological, and hazardous control (e.g., radiation from wireless devices, including 5G transmission’s cancer-causing radiation; loss of constitutional rights with forced acts that remove our freedoms; camera’s in anyone’s hand and general locality, household and automotive products’ cancer-inflicting chemicals; and legalized (1997), toxic, geoengineered spraying over North America about three quarters of the year).
Good or bad, computers are becoming humanized at an alarming rate and humans are becoming computerized at an equivalent pace: This has historically never happened. Even humankind’s most traitorous industrialized revolutions, which made society work like machines, did not make people controlled by them. It also prompted religious engagement, often as hope to survive.
How all of these factors affect our spirituality, higher consciousness, and organic connection to one another is one aspect of this book. Things like religious miracles, a supreme creator, the cyber world’s diversion of people from spiritualism, a panacea for spiritual practice, knocking atheists and agnostics, decrying the Church, a migration of people away from traditional religion, crossovers from biblical passages to real-world on goings, and other popular aspects of spirituality, though not the book’s underlying message, are addressed regarding our Higher-Self and concurrence with one another.
The main focus is something more paramount and sublime than spiritual excitation or entropy. It is about you, I…everyone, all with disparate views on worship and higher-level work, if any. Its apogee is how we share commonality as human beings from an earthly and spiritual standpoint, at whatever level and form, and how that fabric is auspiciously woven from an agnostic’s disregard for anything divine, up through a fundamentalist’s reverence for God.
This is also not a how-to book on inner peace, loving one’s self, or steps to evolve ultimate balance. There are plenty of bestsellers that provide edification on those qualities. Whatever Happened To God lends itself to scrutinizing and fostering humanism with regards to spirituality, including a wealth of influencers from ancient times to today’s virtual world. And though it touches on the aforementioned aspects of theology and self-development, these are of superposition to the book’s naked and inimitable journey.
Our propensity to find a higher purpose in life should respect the genuineness of anyone’s spiritual knowledge or righteousness. Belief intertwines with life experiences, including influence from science and even the paranormal (God included). These factors, and more, comprise humankind’s indelible quest for truth and existence.
Any peaceful line of faith hinges on a few elemental truths from which innumerable spiritual practices and interpretations derive. The tenor of spiritual power and growth does not necessarily hinge on method—all methods are effectual, even earthly good deeds. Spiritualism, charity, meditation, prayer, gratitude, helping those in need, active listening, and compassion serve as examples, all instigated within religious practice to atheism.
Fundamentalists require an unabridged commitment to God. Moreover, one will not be admitted to heaven after dying—perhaps burn in hell—if he or she falls short of this obligation. Atheists and agnostics would argue this postulation as not true, even fatuous. Less divine spiritual practitioners see it all as more organic; fostering of one’s Higher Self is done through any number of means, and what happens after death occurs as a transformation of soul, perhaps in candidacy for reincarnation.
So, who is right?
My indestructible grandmother’s deceased six-month old infant once returned as a ghost at the foot of her bed…a grandmother as truthful as a Puritan. She told me that story when I was around seven years young. I don’t know if the infant was capable of believing in God, being so young. Yet, he assuredly appeared from an altered dimension of which we do not know.
Other individuals have prayed to God on battlefields and survived against inconceivable odds. People have used symbols as a channel to remotely heal individuals through paranormal means. Others have achieved aspirations via journaling and various forms of meditation and verse.
In my case, I once screamed in anger to God, swearing and bargaining with it over a sticky monetary situation—three cardinal sins (bargaining with God, swearing in vain, and asking for more money). Yet, the yelling (prayer?) worked to its fullest extent, with an unthinkable bonus thrown in…truly a miracle. This story is expounded in this book, as are others.
It seems the notion of ‘god’ can apply to any number of calculi. After all of the theories, interpretations, and beliefs about God, no god, and spiritualism at large, maybe our existential connection to one another and a deemed higher power of whatever kind is enough to embrace ourselves in a welcoming fashion.
Fascinating aspects of science, technology, and history have weighed in on the enigmatic nature of religious and spiritual domains. This includes the power of human consciousness (prayer, meditation, remote healing, mass consciousness—) imposing miraculous changes and outcomes on people…even machine! Of equal intrigue are the stunning parallels that link ancient mythology to today’s scriptures, not omitting possible extraterrestrial intervention.
The diverse nature of religiosity, spirituality, and atheism has had some profound components. These range from fateful cause and effect (e.g., from crusades, heinous crimes, healing, charity, and new sanctums), to transdimensional embodiment (e.g., answers and miracles from prayer, remote healing, and righteous inter-human connection). Throw in quantum mechanics and possible alien intervention to the mix, and the examination of humankind’s origins, energetic possibilities, and the universe assumes a growing fascination and complexity.
Our survival as a species and draw toward ascension engages over the classic models of Maslow and Euler regarding psychology, knowledge, and self-development. This is illustrated throughout the book for grasping human behavior and opening one’s insight to developing a sense of higher purpose.
Our primal differences were once seen as an impetus for survival against one another. Now they can serve as a channel for love and acceptance, for which one’s Higher Self becomes an intricate part.
Biblical references have proclaimed we are all children of God and God loves us all. Buddhism positions that we—everything in the world—are interconnected. The Quran emphasizes the oneness of human beings under Allah. Quantum Theory positions our reality is only a perceived one, not the universe’s true reality, and we are part of a fantastic energetic fabric. In all, we are elementally connected in ways our universe is ineffably woven—by scientific insight and/or the grasp of god of whatever form.
Everything in our race coexists in varied form and we are innately a creative species. No person’s views are the end-all for everyone. Ultimately what counts is embracing life’s many gifts and each other through the virtuous means one chooses, ranging from simple good deeds to monotheism. As a human race of higher consciousness, might this be enough to welcome one another as diverse and legitimate?
At times you will be challenged by sprinkles of New York writing and rousing content in this book. Reality can be intriguing or exigent, so at times, Gen X and older folks will need an E Ticket for the ride. As for Millennials and Gen Z: Hint, ‘E’ does not refer to anything electronic: Google your ticket. And this brings me to my dubious, humorous, improv sprinkled throughout the book to bring levity to its ardent content.
Take pleasure in this multifaceted journey of God’s, or no God’s, omnipresence with humankind. Learn to understand spirituality’s diverse sides, atheism included, throughout a long history of human development.
Whatever happened to God? Find the answer at the end of this book. But don’t fast-forward as I put a lot of effort and uncommon insight into the journey—sadly a bit of improv too. After all, what would this world be, from everyday life to transcendentalism, without a bit of humor thrown into the spiritual mix?