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What is the dictionary definition of God? “A supernatural being: One of a group of supernatural male beings in some religions, each of which is worshiped as the personification or controller of some aspect of the universe”. Okydoky… now mind you, I am not an atheist but that definition just does not serve my spiritual needs… I agree it is a condensed definition but never the less; it is a definition in our English Dictionary.

So I regress a bit… I really did not enjoy math in college. It was hard to understand and truthfully I have always been impressed with mathematicians and astrophysicists who use math to unravel some of the Universes most intriguing puzzles. In college and even now, I find it useful but somewhat tedious. Still, math is incredibly important for breaking down percentages, measurements and yes religion and philosophy.

Now, I tweeted a bold comment recently:

“When you reduce religion to the most common denominator you have the Universe. Add conscious thought and you have a Responsive Universe… “

After I clicked the tweet button I immediately prepared for the worst. Surprisingly the reaction was quiet and most people agreed and even added their own contributions. My twitter nation is an educated group of yogis, health food fanatics and spiritual minds mixed in with people of overlapping interests. Still, I find I need to explain my definition of God as it relates to the Responsive Universe because after all I wrote a book about it all.

Now imagine you take the top four religions which depending on data are Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Now, I think everyone would agree that these religions all worship a deity in some form that created man and Earth. Each religion has an explanation of our origin and where we go when we die. Each religion has morals and guidelines, gurus and priests. I think people would also agree that religion is inherent to a specific region and a specific cultures spiritual needs and over thousands of years indigenous societies mold and amend these beliefs into the modern religions they are today. It is all kind of the same stuff right?

Now let’s add a little math to the discussion. Just like fractions, let’s reduce those top four religions down to their most common denominator. Reduce them beyond humans, even Earth. Let’s reduce religion or God to its source – the beginning of time as we know it… The Big Bang… Why do we need to break religion down to its most reduced form? Because whatever created the Universe created man who in turn created religion. Still, people tend to interject emotions, opinions and dogma into this discussion. “well the Bible says this”… well the Quran says that”. But you see, math does not deal in dogma, opinions and emotions. Math deals with numbers that add up to solutions that make sense on paper.

So, when you reduce Religion to its most common denominator you have the Universe. Now you could equate this as God and trust me, I do! But people tend of talk of God as a “He” or a “Who”. But in math, God just is…. There is nothing more and there is nothing less. God is the Universe and the Universe is…. People tend to struggle with that concept due to the ego which needs to attach dogma, fear and emotion to the concept of God.

Here is where it gets fun. God (the Universe) created an environment for conscious thought to arise from nothing. You want to talk about miracles? There is nothing more miraculous than conscious thought arising from nothing. People tend to think only a divine interest could create such an environment. But that is not necessarily true. You see; conscious thought connects with energy at the subatomic level and there is an instinctual quality to it that transcends humans and Earth. I explain it in-depth in the third chapter of my book, The Responsive Universe. The point is; through experience and mindfulness we connect to the energy of the Universe which is like our True Nature; constant and unwavering. It is okay if we do not fully understand its workings. Settling into the vastness of it all and understanding that we are connected to it is enough for now. Once we settle into the vastness, we often find that the idea of organized religion for us becomes unnecessary and weighted. The concept of God and the exact workings of the Universe may simply not be understandable in human terms. The Universe is the totality of all that exists, of all that existed before, and all that will come to exist in the future. What an immense trinity! The New Testament in western religion is based around a similar trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As you ponder all of this, consider a new interpretation of that trinity that transcends religion. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are different words for the Past, the Present, and the Future, or Death, Birth, and Regeneration. We sit in the Universe in the present with past and future horizons expanding rapidly beyond us (red shift). How do we explain it all? How do we find meaning in a realm that is so vast we can’t even fully comprehend it? We find meaning in the connections that bind the paradoxes of life; the unity of the Mandala:  God, the Universe, and True Nature are not three separate phenomena we must strive to understand; they are one and the same.

God is energy and therefore humans  are energy… connected as one in a vast matrix of light and matter with a dash of instinctual consciousness that transcends earthly dogma. That is the definition of a Responsive Universe; where science explains karma and an afterlife; where energy and love heal and allow us to evolve.

The Universe is… therefore I am….

John C. Bader

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Talk about a Responsive Universe – Word Press has been a great outlet for blogging the last 8 months. I have been a long time member of blogspot.com but I do not get half the traffic, comments or exposure over there across town. Speaking of activity, there is one unique blog entry that I posted on November 30th, 2011 that seems to continue to enjoy amazing interest and traffic. It was titled “Can astrophysics prove that an afterlife exists?” Even 4 months later, this one post seems to draw more traffic than all other past posts combined in my statistics. It is clear I hit an emotional chord on this subject.

Well, don’t worry; I dedicated two full chapters to such discussions in my latest book, The Responsive Universe – due to see book shelves later this summer.  Still, what an amazing show of interest and support for a rather controversial topic: The Afterlife.  For centuries humans have left such dogma and trappings to the religious elite.  Yet, many of us see fundamental problems with religion and how it has managed and even mislead the masses the last few thousand years.  Let’s just say, it has not been a perfect ride across crusades, religious persecution and learned faith. It was only in the 1980s that Pope John Paul finally conceded a 350 year wrong in admonishing Galileo from his theories about Heliocentricity. With such archaic response, I think there are more people out there than just me who are not feeling warm and snuggly with church doctrine as it relates to heaven and the afterlife. I personally need something more concrete and that is why while researching my book, I turned to science – most notably, astrophysics.

There are now several strong theories within science that lead us to the possibility of an afterlife not based on God or blind faith, but unadulterated, unfettered science. Research in Near Death Experience, Black Holes and String Theory are just some of the contributing evidence that is out there that supports an afterlife. The same equations and musings Einstein pondered could later be the key to an afterlife. Remember, basic physics says this: Energy cannot be created or destroyed – it simply changes form. That in itself denotes existence in some form after mortal death. As science and evolution continues to progress, mankind will continue to see the intrinsic connections and vibrations that  make us whole – that unite us with the mysterious and unimaginable workings of a Responsive Universe.

John C. Bader

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We live on a unique planet of modest size, orbiting an average star in a galaxy that contains several billion other stars. Further, littered across the vast Cosmos are billions of other galaxies home to billions more stars.

Everything tangible and intangible in the Cosmos is made of energy. Everything seen and unseen within this grand Universe is composed of particles and waves of light that are interconnected.

A Universe boundless in periphery; its energy and form immeasurable; everything connected at the sub-atomic level weaves this complex tapestry that is everything.

Despite the immensity of the Cosmos; despite the far-reaching realm of space and time, there is a connective quality to all that exists. Everything is linked to this responsive field of energy. It is here in the quantum Universe that actions create reactions and energy can’t be destroyed, it simply changes form. In an interstellar dominion of noble gases, dark matter and pin point light, there is a responsive element that unites humans with an omnipresent link to love and energy.

This is what defines the Responsive Universe and is the source of energy healing, karma and the afterlife. This is the true, unadulterated definition of God.

 

John C. Bader

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I have been on a little Jesus kick this week. Earlier, I discussed how religion and more importantly the Bible has been packaged and repackaged to meet the needs of few and manipulate the masses. Yes Jesus existed and he was a great man – it makes you wonder what he would think of modern theology and how it has twisted and redefined his teachings. I weighed in on the concept of Hell and Satan – human fabrications that only reinforce fear and longing within the ego and our false self. Even still, I believe God exists as it relates to the Universe.

Still, with all the hatred, pain, war, and starvation in the world, we beg the question, “Why doesn’t God do anything?” The answer, however, may be more elementary than you think. Bad things happen in the world because of bad people. Likewise, good things happen because of good people. God is not a force that operates at the cognitive human level. Humans operate at that level. Religions like Christianity want you to think God thinks at a cognitive level – in fact, modern religions like to in-vision God in the form of a man. Seriously, I can’t think of anything more egotistical and self-centered.

The Universe which is equated as the source of God operates at a level that is not fully understood. If we understood it, then there would be no problems in life. The order of God and Universe consists of energy and matter. The Universe does not have a human conscious; instead it creates an environment that allows for independent conscious thought; my thoughts and your thoughts. The power of energy and God is not found in one Supreme Being; it is an instinctual energy that is everything and everywhere. That is why all humans are connected to this dynamism. Its source allows for all possibilities within the realm of quantum physics. This is God explained rationally by science. Ever heard of the God Gene? It’s all relative…

Do you believe in miracles? The human race evolving over billions of years from a single cell – that is a miracle! Energy is created and then it changes form – this is God. Imagine God as a tapestry hung on the wall. The thread and yarn that bind this tapestry is God and the Universe. Humans are the shapes and images found on the tapestry. Further, God is like a blank canvas. Without the canvas, no shapes or images could exist. Humans are the painted shapes and images that fill a canvas. Through the power of God, we can form images and create beautiful art. Therefore, the power of God is ours to wield. We may be one example of many art forms across the Universe. As you can see, it is difficult to explain this enigma in human terms. Colorful analogies of art and expression only explain the unexplainable so well. There is a clear point when words fail to explain God. Still, the point I am trying to make is that we are tangible products of God and the Universe. This should be the common denominator from which we base our faith on. It is something constant and unchanging. God is the source of our True Nature and it is something we can depend on. No matter what race or creed we are born from, our True Nature is an indestructible trait we all possess – it defines our commonality as the human race.

God or the quantum energy of the Cosmos is inside every individual’s heart and mind. We are all made from the same celestial recipe. I guess you could say we were all created by God (or Universe) whether good or bad. If we are made from God, then why wouldn’t we be an appendage of God? It would be a real waste of time and life if we were put on this earth to walk around confused and powerless. Yet, in many ways we do walk around confused and powerless, lead by ego and false self. In most religion, there is this disconnect to the true power of God and Universe. Religion is weighted down with manmade dogma, rituals and the unnecessary. It is up to each individual to find God inside themselves and then wield that power for good. God and the Universe created us and thus we have within our power the ability to create positive energy. Karmic positive energy (the power of God) can end suffering. People, therefore, have the power within them to better the world and to create healthy lives for themselves and others. Conversely, people also have the power to manifest hate and create a living hell on Earth. Denying the fact that God does not exist within humans continues to reinforce religion with blind faith which does not create anything but inaction. Being lead by the nose creates inaction. Religion can facilitate this environment – look at the world, it is a complete mess. Is religion really meeting the needs of humans? It is up to the individual to challenge themselves and with an open mind, to establish a personal faith that connects to the bigger picture. It is up to the individual to understand their own tiers to self-actualization. It is up to each individual to find God within and then act, taking heed to our inner voice. Gone would be persecution, war, starvation and suffering when we look inward and find God. Mankind would find commonality and a kindred spirit. The future may appear unclear and foreboding, but once one realizes that the future is in our own hands, a clear path opens towards enlightenment. A weight is lifted and then there is space for everything – this is the essence of enlightenment. This is what we are striving for: Self-actualization, a higher level of human evolution.

That my friends is how we evolve in the Responsive Universe

 

John C. Bader

 

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Throughout its history and teachings, religion has preached the merits of good and condemned the temptations of evil. Good and evil are principles conceived by humankind and exist independently of religions and theology. The idea of evil is deeply embedded in human existence. It feeds on bad morals and harmful, injurious behavior. To think that animals have evil intentions is extremely debatable. Animals kill for survival and weed out the weak among them through natural selection.  There are no moral issues within the animal kingdom. In the vast expanse of interstellar space and time there is no evil; only energy as it relates to the Universe. There is nothing evil about planets and stars. It seems, rather, that a mind capable of conscious thought, must introduce the possibility of intended evil.  Humans are conditioned to learn the difference between good and bad according to how it relates to society’s survival. Here, the boundaries between our instinctual and societal selves become blurry. There is no doubt that life can be cold and unfair. People die from diseases and accidents every day, but there is no evil in these unplanned occurrences. Remember, life and death constitutes one large, universal revolving door. The evolution of human existence is the factor that birthed evil. Individuals must decide what paths they choose in life according to their own personal thoughts, decisions and pressures from society. Every day, people confront situations that, once acted on, could create either a positive or negative effect on their lives and the lives of others. Religion and the treats of Heaven and threats of Hell factor into an individual’s daily decisions as they battle peer pressure, low self-esteem, addiction, greed, thirst for dominance, and the other temptations life throws our way.

It is no wonder, then, that religion was invented. Most children in western civilization are taught at a young age to believe in Heaven and Hell. We are introduced to one God and his Son. We are told that we will go to Hell if we do not believe that all we have been taught is true and God exists. If we sin and do not repent, the Devil will take our souls, and we will burn for eternity. Yet, if we embrace God, we will go to Heaven, that paradise in the sky where everyone lives in total peace and harmony. These concepts work reasonably enough when we are children, yet, as we grow older, our thoughts race and we begin to question everything we know. It is easy to become confused, lost, and angry when our questions are not answered and when we witness famine, disease, war, and oppression throughout the world. This is when the threads of religious belief begin to fray.

I believe there is no fiery damnation, nor a Satan. To believe in Satan would be contradicting your faith in God. Believing in God means you believe in one uncreated being – the Universe. If God is the only uncreated being, it cannot have an opposite like Satan. Philosophically speaking, if God represents all things good and pure, then there cannot be another being that is the opposite—all things evil and wicked. If you strip away all elements of good from a being, such as intelligence, energy, memory and matter you are left with nothing. You are not left with evil; you are left with an interstellar vacuum. Thus, evil lives on a human level and not a divine one. I believe the devil is symbolic and mortal; its true identity is our false perception of life and love: Its basis is fear and anger governed by our maligned egos. In terms of the Cosmos, there is no opposite to the Universe which is the definition of God. Clearly the contrived premise of a Devil is manmade and born here on Earth. The evil concept of a Devil has no relativity to the infinite mechanics of the Universe. At a Cosmic level that encompasses all that exists, the concept of a Devil or Hell does not even make sense – hence, it is almost a foolish notion when you look at the bigger picture.

John C. Bader

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Yesterday, I discussed how science can actually prove through varying theories that an afterlife is possible.  This is refreshing news for those of us that believe we are part of something magnificent, but are tired of all the religious dogma and social trappings associated with modern theology. From the inspiring research of String Theory and Black Holes, there is strong evidence that consciousness can live on after cessation. This got me thinking about the concept of a soul…

The soul is the principle of life, feeling, action, and thought. Yet there is a lacking quality to the theoretical idea of a soul because it is not dependable. The concept of a soul is similar to True Nature – that constant energy, free of ego and suffering that we can open up to and depend on. Like our True Nature, the soul is often regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, one filled with God and all things positive. The soul and the concept of True Nature parallel each other to a point. From a philosophical point, the idea of a soul does fall short due to the religious trappings associated with it. Souls are an energy source that can be taken from you. As an example, in western religion, the Devil can take your soul and trap you a place called hell. There lies the contradiction with True Nature. True Nature is also an energy force associated with God and Universe but there is no commodity driven element associated to it. Our True Nature is immovable and unaltered by prescribed evil. It has been said that we are actually made up of two beings. One is our mortal shell of flesh and bone. The other is our soul that always exists. The difference is, we feed our souls with positive actions we make daily but that celestial energy can be taken from us. If something as monumental as a soul can be altered, moved or stolen, how are we expected to find solace and peace here in the present and the afterlife? Do we protect and try to defend our souls through blind faith and fear? Fundamentally, we need something more pure and permanent. The edicts and rules that govern organized religion use the quality of a soul as a tool to manipulate people and their belief systems. There is nothing pure about that. In fact it is selling fear to the populace for gain. Something as pure and golden like the concept of a soul should be indestructible and unwavering: True Nature is that force.

Have faith in yourself. Be kind to yourself…Trust in your ability to connect to energy and inspiration that transcends our existence here on Earth. Instead of listening to others, listen to your own inner voice. Settle into the magnificence of all that exists; not just our earthy trappings, but the grand scheme that is the quantum Universe.

John C. Bader

 

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Suicide bombers suck!

I read in the newspaper the other day that 31 people (mostly friends and family) died at a funeral service at the hands of a suicide bomber in Pakistan. These innocent people were paying their final respects for a tribesman who publically opposed the Taliban. Some misguided religious zealot crept into a peaceful funeral service with explosives strapped to his body, detonating a powerful explosion – the result, 31 people dead. What a tragedy!

We hear of this all the time: Attacks on weddings, funerals and other events where people are merely trying to celebrate life when around them there is nothing but fear, hatred and death. Despite our criticisms of America, at least we can live in relative confidence that our family and friends are safe from such atrocities – our children are safe.

Still, there is emotions that sit well below the attachments of family and friends. Whether people agree or not, we are all a part of the big picture – this immense Universe that creates everything – Setting Dogma aside, I do not care what religion or cult you are affiliated with, blowing up innocent people at a funeral has got to be the farthest thing from trying to better yourself and achieve some form of enlightenment or nirvana. From the deepest and most intimate corners of my soul, I feel killing people indiscriminately is an action that takes a person the farthest away from reaching any form of bliss or self-actualization. It shows their own innate fear and lack of love at unimaginable levels. People like this are sick and they are the reason we as a collective humanity cannot reach our evolutionary potential beyond the hate and fear that shrouds our planet. It makes me sick…

On occasion I will be weighing in on the things in life that really yank my chain. I am trying to not be negative – just heard… People need to know that there is another path out there… That re-born religious leaders , crazy politicians and zealous nuts need to be called out. LOL… this will not be my last rant 🙂

John C. Bader

 

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