The "G" word is God. God God God God God God God (notice the feeling in your body!)
Yes, I know. This word carries an incredible amount of baggage. Let's not tiptoe around it: humans have been trending in a patriarchal meme for several thousand years (around 4000, but that's another story). And so much of the domination by a hierarchy of a few males over not only women, but minorities (racial, sexual orientation, nationality, whatever) has been carried out in the name of an alleged "GOD."
We New Agers have a trick to get around this (and I mean you, even if you're a sophisticated Buddhist or Sufi intellectual or whatever; do you really want the Old Age back in which you couldn't even express or practice your alternate lifestyle?). Our trick is to call what used to be called "God" something else, like: Oneness, The One, Goddess, Spirit, Universe, Force, Beingness, All That Is, Tao, The Great I Am (and on and on). Oh yes, and all those physics words, like Field, and Zero-Point Field. Not to mention my own coining of The Infinite Wave. And all these are perfectly good words for… well… for Itself (whatever you call it). In Wave 3 I used to call it the Unnameable, but that is hard to pronounce, and spell.
God, on the other hand, is short and sweet, and easy to pronounce. Only Tao is as short, and is usually mispronounced. So I'm going to say, "Get over it!" And NOT just because God is a handy word, used by pretty much all mystics from all parts of the world and times in history. Even modern mystics who have become enlightened through non-patriarchal lineages, or none, use this word. If you want to drink their inspiration, they are going to be talking about "God."
But here's the main reason I recommend working through your aversion to the word "God." It activates our Father Wound!
And quite rightly! The whole idea of a universe created by 3 guys without a woman (as in "Father, Son and Holy Spirit") is beyond ridiculous. How did everyone go for it for so long? Ah, those priestly power structures where the populace gave money and energy to the priests so they would keep them in the dark! It is a great relief to call "It" "She." My work used to be called Motherwave. And as a planet, we haven't even begun to balance our male and female aspects so they become cooperative.
Yet trying to get round the word "God" leaves a whole piece of wounding stuck in our bodies. Which means in our souls, for our bodies are the print-out of our souls' scars anyway (the Sanskrit word for pain carried by a soul from incarnation to incarnation is samskaras, which could be translated as = "some scars"). Here's the central issue, as I've experienced it (in me and those I've worked with):
AUTHORITY! Those darn priests and misogynistic spiritual teachers and teachings have used the emphasis on the masculine to maintain authority authority authority.
Our response, at least in certain parts of the world meme-field (such as the kind of people probably reading this) has been to rebel against all authority and become OUR OWN AUTHORITY!
"YES! I AM THE AUTHOR OF MY LIFE!" we yell.
And this phase of throwing out the old Father has been absolutely necessary. We have explored our inner child, our free sexuality, our eclectic tendencies, this, that, the other… All good. All necessary. But/and…
"How's that working for you?" Have you had initial successes––perhaps for decades––at being your own authority, or at least choosing select quotes from spiritual leaders that support you in doing this? And now it's not working?
My path led me this way. And eventually my life crashed into a wall. Being my own authority got old. I suddenly became interested in finding out if there is, in fact, a consciousness, a guiding power, an everything, a… dare I say it, higher authority that is my own Higher Self, but more. Instead of my ego? And when I researched this, pretty much every mystic (meaning those who have actually experienced this "One") called It God. And they obviously weren't talking about that patriarchal Jehovah idiot in the picture above. Even Jesus called "It" Father, although the word he used in Aramaic ("Abba") has a meaning more like Daddy.
I want Life to be my Mommy AND my Daddy. I'm well aware that my experiences with my parents created a massive and mostly invisible filter through which I view Everything. I want and need the happily-married parents (which I didn't have as a child) in my relationship with my Universe. So for me, God really means that which is beyond, then expresses as, the dance of interacting male and female, yin and yang…
So, what is the "S" word? I notice, on typing this, that S-word looks like "Sword." And of course, I mean the s-word of Surrender. Surrender surrender surrender surrender surrender surrender… Definitely a Sword to my holding-on smaller self. How does that word make you feel? Are you afraid you will lose yourself if you surrender your whole life to Life, or to God, as I just defined It? You should be so lucky!
Enough for now. Hope to see you on June 8.