Chapter Four – We Agnostics
Only a spiritual experience will conquer the illness!
It is only in finding a spiritual basis for life and living that one can find freedom.
Human resources as sought for by our will were not sufficient.
The power that we needed had to be a Power greater than ourselves.
But where to find this Power?
The notion of God is now entertained.
For many the notion or concept of God is rather negative in nature. Much of this initial negative reaction is from his or her past.
“To others, the word ”God” brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had tried to impress them during childhood. Perhaps we rejected this particular conception because it seemed inadequate. With that rejection we imagined we had abandoned the God idea entirely.”
What is important now is that we consider the notion of God, again. For this to happen we need to put our past conceptions of God where it belongs, in the past.
“We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.”
It is our conception of God that matters.
“Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totally of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.”
For me God is everything that exists or that does not exist.
To be connected, so to speak, with God is to experience true unity.
This is to be in and of the Presence of God.
But where does this Presence of God exist or reside?
“Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.”
“We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us.”
“Even so has God restored us all to our right minds.”