God is Omniscient

Yes, God is omniscient. God-Consciousness is in everything and is everywhere, as I have already covered in previous blogs. If God-Consciousness is the very substance of every aspect of our universe, and of all other possible universes, as well as of Himself, He is by definition omniscient. He knows everything that is, because He is everything that is. There is nothing else that exists.

He does not know what cannot be known at this time. For instance, 100 years ago, God did not know what a DVD player was. This is because even the greatest minds in the world had not conceived of a DVD player or anything remotely resembling that creation. Due to free will, we are free to create our own futures. We are God-Consciousness in essence, and in order to enable free will to operate, God-Consciousness has chosen not to view the future within our universe.

God adds to His knowledge as each of us adds to our knowledge. I, in myself, do not know everything, but what I know is adding to the totality of all knowledge that is known. God-Consciousness is that totality, and can be said to know it all – to be omniscient. This continual addition to knowledge is within time.

From a perspective outside time, God-Consciousness knows all there is to know, past, present and future, but within time, He experiences things as they happen in general terms. The ability of clairvoyants and fortune tellers to see the future does not contradict this statement, allowing of course that the seeing of the future is genuine and is not either trickery or the intuitive assessment of potentials, and that God-Consciousness is prepared in that instance to allow that future to be glimpsed. It is like God peaking beneath the blindfold of time if He has reason or purpose to do so.

However you put it, because God is everything, He must know everything, and is therefore omniscient. That is the bottom line.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

God is Omnipresent

Yes, God is omnipresent. God-Consciousness is the essence of everything and, therefore, wherever there is something, there is God-Consciousness. He is immaterial in His essence, even if He is also present in all matter. There can be no place that exists where there is something that is not God-Consciousness.

God-Consciousness is present in every atom that exists — in every sub-atomic particle. He is also conscious at every level of grouping such as cells, organs, organisms, and so on. Omnipresence is thus the totality of these individual presences, if you like.

The God Franchise asserts that God (or God-Consciousness) was That that existed before there was any physical manifestation – before the Creation of the universe. Since there was no raw material with which to make a universe other than His own essence, God used consciousness. In effect, He differentiated His Consciousness into different forms and therefore one can readily say that He is in everything and is everything that exists.

The Bible says (Acts 17:28), “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” This is literally true. God created the universe and everything in it inside His own Consciousness. The world is not out there — it is in here. In a sense, you and I and everything in the universe are merely thoughts in the Mind of God.

If I desire to enter the presence of God, to talk with Him, to get His support and help in any time of need, I only have to realise that He is here right now. He is here and is able to inspire me here and now. Other places don’t matter to me, only where I am right now. As it happens, God is here too.

God-Consciousness is everything that is. There is nothing else that exists. Therefore God is omnipresent, since there is no alternative.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

God is Omnipotent

Yes, God is omnipotent (all-powerful). This does not mean He can do the logically impossible, such as create a square circle. It just means if it can be done, God (God-Consciousness) can do it. There can be nothing more powerful than God-Consciousness because nothing exists or can exist that is not God-Consciousness. So, while you may be able to dream up some way in which God is not omnipotent, either you are asking for something which is intrinsically impossible and, therefore, nonsense, or you are dreaming up something that is unreal and does not and cannot exist.

There has been much argument on this point about whether God is or can even be all-powerful. Just think about it. If absolutely everything is held in God-Consciousness, then anything that exists or could exist is within the power of God to create. If something like the square circle is logically impossible, then God cannot create it either. This does not reduce His power. God-Consciousness can do whatever He can conceive of doing. Since there is nothing that can be conceived where God-Consciousness is not the one conceiving it, then nothing more powerful can exist. So, there is no need for any definition of what omnipotence means other than it is as powerful as it gets – however powerful that might be!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

So This is Christmas

John and Yoko’s very popular Christmas anthem “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” has the refrain:

      “A very Merry Christmas

       And a happy New Year

       Let’s hope it’s a good one

       Without any fear

       War is over, if you want it”

and ends with the words:

      “War is over now”.

This is my wish for you and yours. I especially like the reminder that “War is over, if you want it. War is over now”. This has more to say than the usual meaning of the word “war”, and includes all fighting, whether with a supposed enemy, with any others or with one’s self. Anyway, war with others always boils down to war with one’s self first. War is over, if you want it.

We may struggle all year with ourselves, with others and with stress, overwork, exhaustion, pain, insecurity and so on, and at Christmas this somehow seems to be heightened. Everything conspires to exacerbate what it is you already feel. This is why many people dread the approach of Christmas.

But you don’t need to feel that way. War is over if you want it. You are in charge of how you feel, or you certainly are “if you want it”. Your consciousness is the source of your entire experience in life. What you expect, how you think, how you react, how you are, is exactly what you get back from the world at large.

You may feel that it is not quite as cut and dried as that, but if you go to the very essence of your human self, you will find that on balance, yes, your life is pretty much what you put into it. War is over, if you want it. But do you want it?

Governments don’t want to stop war because there is money in war. There is employment in war. There is power in war. There is pride in war.

Which wars don’t you want to stop – because you have vested interests, be it money, something to do, power, pride or whatever else is your benefit from that war? There are always what are called secondary gains in actions and non-actions. These are the hidden benefits in keeping up the war. Mind you, are they really benefits?

So whatever you feel about Christmas this year is a heightened sense of what you feel about life the rest of the year. Your experience is just enhanced. So rejoice in that! Christmas offers clarity. If you are joyful and full of love, know that this is your reality bubbling forth. If you are generous and giving, this is your reality. However if you are sad, lonely, depressed, or contracted at Christmas, know that this too is a reflection of your inner reality during the year, even if you have been successful in covering it up most of the time. Christmas heightens everything.

The good news is that one week later is New Year. “Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear”. You have the opportunity to change your consciousness to better express where you would like to be. Open into the you that you choose to be in the New Year. Realise that you have a full year to practice this new you, and then you can see how you have succeeded when next Christmas comes around to focus you …

And more good news. We have been talking about the “you” that I refer to as the Lesser Self, the Ego, the Mind and personality. Know that your Higher Self is there behind that, and that the Higher Self expresses and radiates the true essence of you, “if you want it”. And if you do, just open your heart and allow your true Self to reveal itself. See your consciousness blossom and heal, see the joy of the little innocent you grow up into the wise, experienced, self-affirming, radiant and life-embracing you.

War is over, if you want it. War is over now. To paraphrase Gandhi, be the peace you want to see in the world.

Happy Christmas to you and yours. Be present.

Many blessings

        alan

Alan H. Dawe

God Is Eternal

Yes, God is eternal. This means that God-Consciousness has no beginning and no end. It is difficult for us to conceive of anything having no beginning and no end because in our experience there is nothing like that. Nevertheless, logically, it is possible there could be something outside time. There is no reason whatsoever why Consciousness cannot be eternal. Perhaps a good analogy is the Laws of Mathematics. They are eternal would you not agree? No one invented 1 + 1 = 2. It just is, was, and always will be.

It is totally reasonable for God to be eternal, even if nothing else is. Everything has to have a cause, as something cannot come out of nothing. Since there needs to be a cause for everything, there cannot be a time when the Prime Cause, or the very first cause, did not exist. Going back to the very beginning of time and beyond, we find the Prime Cause, and because of Its absolute significance to everything that has followed, people have decided to call It God, or as I have suggested,  God-Consciousness.

The conundrum of Which came first, the chicken or the egg? can only have one answer. God either created the chicken or the egg to start things off. I am not saying this in the sense of the Book of Genesis, but in terms of the theory of evolution. The process had to start somewhere — neither chickens nor eggs are eternal.

So, which came first? I would suspect it is God!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

God is Conscious

Yes, God is conscious. In fact He is Consciousness itself. In essence all that exists is God-Consciousness. Even His Creation is Consciousness. As the scientists have seen, when you delve deeply into matter it dissolves into space. There is very little matter in matter, and what matter exists is derived from Consciousness. It is a denser form of the essence of God, which is Consciousness. We have used the term God-Consciousness as a reminder of what God really is.

So, the fundamental element of the universe is Consciousness. This had to pre-exist any possible physical earth. The universe started in a Big Bang 14 billion years ago, and before that these was nothing except Consciousness, the awareness and ability to determine choice of action, including to create a universe. Without that, there would have just continued to be nothing.

We know there is something (a universe) here rather than nothing, and the universe works pretty well, despite some people’s quibbles about certain aspects of it. Therefore why not call this Consciousness that set it all in motion, and underpins it, God. It does not matter if we do or not, but if we are interested in where we came from, why we are here, and what life is all about, the acceptance that there is this fundamental Consciousness at the heart of the matter, is of great interest to us, and has considerable explanatory value, as I have found in 371 pages of The God Franchise. (Yes, the exact number of pages of the printed book was determined today!)

Consciousness has no sense of separation from anything. It is totally aware and present in this moment. It has total experience. It has no need for doing — just being. It has no desires, no emotions, no human-like qualities — just pure consciousness.

Having said that in the best way I can, now let’s extend that sense of God-Consciousness into the realms of the Unknowable and just allow whatever is really there to be there as our unbiased, un-predetermined, unlimited, formless sense of God-Consciousness. This sense we now have is a tiny pointer to the true essence of God, which we can best simply call God-Consciousness.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

 

 

Qualities Associated with God

If we can clearly understand the qualities associated with God, we will have a much better idea of how the universe originated, why we are here, and how it all works! If we assume that God is our Source, and The God Franchise explains why this has to be the case, I feel it is important that we make some sense of the qualities associated with God. This helps us to place God in context in our lives, As well as helps us to really understand why things are as they are, and why we can assert, as I do, that everything is in its right place, and everything is perfect just as it is.

I am going to take this opportunity to list these qualities, and then we can look at them one by one, over the next few days. 

The God Franchise accepts most of the qualities that religious or spiritual people associate with God, or God-Consciousness as I prefer to think of Him. I say Him, and I use masculine pronouns through most of the book, but of course God is neither male nor female, not both, but rather is best described as It, when it comes to pronouns! Not very flattering when we are talking about the most important aspect of the whole of life and the universe!

While different religions and beliefs have various expectations of the nature of God, I would like to propose that the following qualities can be expected of God, if He is worth His salt:

  • God is conscious
  • God is eternal
  • God is omnipotent (all-powerful)
  • God is omnipresent (present everywhere)
  • God is omniscient (all-knowing)
  • God is the Creator of the universe
  • God is likely to have a purpose for His Creation
  • God is likely to be absolutely good (omnibenevolent)
  • God is likely to be immutable (unchanging through time).

You may not accept all these qualities for God right now; although you might agree that if a God who displayed these qualities existed, He would definitely be worthy of the name, God.

What do you think? There is a comments box just here…

The God Franchise Chapter Headings

What a busy week, reading and rereading the manuscript, getting it ready for typesetting! Thank goodness for my excellent copyeditor and proofreader, Judith.

 It is time to share the chapter headings with you – here is a sneak preview.

 Part One

Does God Really Exist?

 

Chapter 1     Who or What is God?

Chapter 2     The Arguments For and Against God

Chapter 3     The Nature of God

Chapter 4     Consciousness

 

Part Two

What is The God Franchise?

 

Chapter 5     In the Beginning…

Chapter 6     The Story of Adam and Eve

Chapter 7    “But I Don’t Believe in Adam and Eve”

Chapter 8     Before the Creation and Why There is One

Chapter 9     Thoughts on Time and Space

Chapter 10   God’s Plan – the Ultimate Game

Chapter 11   The God Franchise

Chapter 12   Who Am I Then?

Chapter 13   The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Chapter 14   Creation and the Filters on It

Chapter 15   God’s Laws

 

Part Three

Comparing Our Beliefs

 

Chapter 16   Can We All Be Right?

Chapter 17   Approaching God

Chapter 18   Does God Exist?

Chapter 19   Is God One or Many?

Chapter 20   Is God a Personal God?

Chapter 21   Are God and His Creation One and the Same?

Chapter 22   Are There Many Paths or Only One?

Chapter 23   What Happens After We Die?

Chapter 24   Is Religion Necessary?

Chapter 25   What is Special about Humanity?

Chapter 26   Does Our Morality Come from God?

Chapter 27   So, What is Our Primary Problem?

Chapter 28   Why is it the Ego’s Fault?

Chapter 29   So, Do We Need to Strive for Anything?

Chapter 30   Are We There Yet?

 

Part Four

Daily Living as a God Franchisee

 

Chapter 31   What it All Means

Chapter 32   Taking Wise Action

Chapter 33   Secondary Gains

Chapter 34   Applying the Law of Manifestation

Chapter 35   It is All About Beliefs

Chapter 36   Your Environment

Chapter 37   Loss and Destruction           

Chapter 38   Sin and Temptation

Chapter 39   Judgement and Forgiveness           

Chapter 40   Working with Universal Law

Chapter 41   Prayer, Intuition and Inspiration

Chapter 42   God’s Grace

Chapter 43   Connections and Relationships

Chapter 44   So What is the Purpose of Life?

 

Part Five

Reaching a Conclusion

 

Chapter 45   What If The God Franchise is True?

Chapter 46   Benediction

 

The Appendices

Appendix I    The Atheists’ Case

Appendix II   The Scientists’ Case

Appendix III  The Theory of Evolution

Appendix IV  The Theists’ Case

Appendix V   Changing Horses

 

Bibliography

Glossary

Index               

The Writing Process – Part Two of Two

I had discovered I needed to put my 80,000 word book aside, and start The God Franchise. It was quite a daunting task.

Once again starting from scratch, I weaved my way through the chapters. I started researching the question of whether God exists or not, as I felt that determining this was paramount. The details of all this research is placed in the appendices of The God Franchise, as optional reading.

I have always been fascinated by the story of the Creation and Adam and Eve as described in the first three chapters of Genesis in the Bible. So I worked through these verses, one by one, and just wrote what came to me as being the deeper meaning of the biblical story. This analysis covers just two chapters of my book, yet the implications of what I discovered run through the whole book. The more I wrote, the more I felt inspired to write. There were whole chapters of the book that just revealed themselves to me. I did not have specific knowledge or a particular plan of what I was going to say; rather I just allowed whatever came up to be what I needed to write. It was really interesting reading back what I had written, and thinking Wow! So that’s how it works!

Over the next six months I researched further and allowed the book to write itself. I read and reorganised, and was inspired to write more. By March 2011 I had a book that made a lot of sense to me, and that contained some very interesting concepts and explanations of why our world is as it is, and why and how The God Franchise affects each of us in every moment. Here I now had a “theory of everything”, and it was time to share it.

The fact that The God Franchise was listed as a finalist (4 out of 57 entries) in the top NZ mind-body-spirit writing competition, the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Awards 2011, was very encouraging.

This is a fascinating book. I have read it many times now, and each time I enjoy reading it. I enjoy the way it is phrased. I like the sense of fun, yet underneath the real deep truth about life and how it works. The God Franchise has been a real inspiration to me and I trust that you will find it as interesting and inspiring as I do.

It is great, if I say so myself!!!

The Writing Process – Part One of Two

The process of writing my first full-length book, The God Franchise, has been very interesting. I started way back in 2003 writing a book with an emphasis on various aspects of life. After writing for about six months, I realised that the book needed, and I needed, more practical experience of what I was writing about.

Accordingly over next five years from late 2003 to late 2008 I studied and put into practice to a greater or lesser extent, spiritual healing, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), life coaching, bio-energetics, naturopathy, and The Journey.

I worked in spurts on my book, starting another book on aspects of health in 2005. In late 2008 and early 2009 I wrote a 96-page eBook on sleep, called Sleep, Glorious Sleep!. This was a commission, and I enjoyed researching and writing this book. In addition, in April 2009 I started writing a Weekly Healing Email to all my clients. I kept this up for 135 weeks, only deciding to stop this week as I start to focus on this blog as an alternative.

Also in 2009 I started a third book, which focused on the philosophical and practical aspects of the Law of Attraction, The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle’s teachings) and The Journey. This book contained some interesting concepts, but was not flying.

In December 2009 I joined Brandon Bays, the founder of The Journey, and about 140 other Journey Practitioners on a three-week spiritual tour of India. On my return from India, I was in a state of openness about my life, and decided, after a couple of days, that now was the right time to complete my book!

I started work on it in February 2010, essentially beginning from scratch, the fourth time I had done this. Parts were based on the original 2003 book, and I pulled in the old material as I felt it was needed. Also many of the Weekly Healing Emails have found their way into this book. I saw real progress towards creating a book covering many different topics and aspects of life.

Then in August, after six months work, and with a book of about 80,000 words already in my computer, I suddenly came to the profound realisation that I had to put even this book on hold. I realised that Significant Things, as I have titled it, needs to be a second book, and that The God Franchise had to be first. (Part Two to follow).

What is Consciousness?

My assertion is that Consciousness is the fundamental element of the universe. Before the universe started, before the Big Bang, all that existed was Consciousness. Man has decided to call that Consciousness God. I prefer the name God-Consciousness.

According to the dictionary, consciousness with a small “c” is awareness of self, environment and mental activity, and the ability to determine choice of action. With a capital “C” I assert that Consciousness is all these plus there is the expectation that Consciousness is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent (at least).

But what is consciousness really? You and I (I assume) are aware of ourselves as people. We both assume, I would guess, that all people will be equally aware of themselves. We might make exceptions for people who are new-born or perhaps handicapped in a cognitive way, but generally we can say that a person is conscious of his or her own self. We also assume that everyone is aware of their environment and of their own mind and the thoughts that are constantly commenting on what is being perceived. We might also expect that people have the ability to determine their own action, even if it is constrained in some way by outside forces.

Just for a few moments consider this. What is it like to be you? Recognise that you are totally unique. There is no one else in the universe who has a consciousness of being you. You by some strange happenstance are you. You have your own experience of life, your own thoughts and your own beliefs. These are all different to anybody else’s. You are consciousness coming from one particular perspective. You and your experience are unique. If you look around at other people, you can see that they are not you, yet you can be aware that they too, individually, have this same experience of being unique with their own unique experiences, thoughts and beliefs.

You can therefore definitely claim to be consciousness.

What of Consciousness with a capital “C”? Everything we have said above applies, and in addition, because we are applying this term as a name for God, we can add the qualities of being eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and all the other qualities associated with God. (We will discuss these separately later)

So why should God be Consciousness or Consciousness be God? That is the real question. As I said in my previous blog, something had to have set the ball rolling in the universe, and that had to be something non-physical. Consciousness, or rather God-Consciousness, is rationally the only non-physical force that could have achieved this.

The only thing that scientists are aware of that is not physical is awareness itself. It is life and consciousness. Even time, energy and forces are reliant on physical things. However consciousness and being (life) are not necessarily dependent on anything physical. One can imagine that consciousness, being and intelligence could exist eternally in an uncaused way because physical laws do not apply to them.

As we said above, you can claim to be consciousness as it is what makes you exist. Yet scientists cannot explain the source or even the nature of either life or consciousness. The reason for this is that when we speak of life or consciousness, we are knocking on the door of the divine. Hence we speak of Consciousness and God-Consciousness. God-Consciousness is not only the only pre-existent and original force or being, but, as Consciousness was all that was available to Him as raw material, everything that has followed in the creation of the universe (and beyond), is Consciousness. The universe is made of the very fabric of God. You can say that we exist in the Mind of God. There is nothing else but God-Consciousness, and what He has chosen to develop (or allow to develop) from His Being and His Consciousness. The physical universe is Consciousness solidified into form.

Consciousness (with a capital C) is the fundamental element of the universe, and means nothing less than this.

(This is largely an extract from Chapter 4 of The God Franchise)

Does God Really Exist?

Although this may seem difficult or even impossible, try to imagine what it might have been like before there was an Earth, before there was a universe. Then ask yourself, what was there before that? If you come up with an answer, accept it and ask, what was there before that? Keep going back until you can go back no further.

Now try the same exercise forward in time. What comes after this universe that we live in? What comes after that? Clear away whatever comes up and ask, what comes after that? Keep going until you come to a stop.

If you go back far enough, there are only two possible answers to this question; either there was nothing, absolutely nothing at all, or else this universe is eternal and had no beginning. Likewise, looking forward, either there will be nothing left, absolutely nothing at all, or else this universe is eternal and has no end.

If there was absolutely nothing, the question is where and how did the universe spring into existence? If there was absolutely nothing, there was no need to do anything and there were no resources to make it happen. Nothing would just continue to be nothing. The only power that could possibly create something from nothing is Consciousness.

Consciousness means: an awareness of self, environment, and mental activity, and the ability to determine choice of action. So, in saying that Consciousness is the only power that could create something from nothing, I am saying that awareness and an ability to determine choice of action were the prime qualities needed to precede the creation of something from nothing. Science has no credible explanation of how nothing could suddenly become something. Scientists start with the Big Bang, not before it.

Just as an idea might be created out of nothing (though this seldom happens), so conceivably a powerful enough Consciousness might create the universe out of nothing. So, if there was nothing at all, there at least had to be Consciousness existent in order to create the universe of which we are now part. Man has decided to call this Consciousness “God”.

The other possibility, that the universe is eternal, without beginning or end, also seems to imply some sort of eternal force that underlies the whole process. We know that nothing physical lasts forever, so there would need to be a non-physical force underlying the universe just to keep it maintained. This force is best described as “Consciousness” or “God”.

Now, if we look into the future, either things go on eternally or else there will suddenly be nothing. Where will everything go unless it is dissolved back into Consciousness (God)? If God switches off and dies, there will be absolutely nothing, and no chance of a new start. It is very unlikely that if God started out eternally (in our past), that He would not continue into the future eternally too. And if He didn’t, and there was absolutely nothing left, it wouldn’t matter, would it? So, if there is eternity, there has to be something that is eternal. That something is Consciousness or God.

Does God really exist? Of course He does! Our concept of who or what God is may be inaccurate. But there had to be something, Consciousness in fact, to pre-exist the Universe. We may as well call this pre-existing Consciousness God, because in essence that is what being God is all about.

(This is the essence of the opening chapter of The God Franchise)

Introducing The God Franchise

A new book, The God Franchise. Wow!

It seems fitting that the first post should be an outline of the book. So here it is, from the back cover. You read it first here.

Do you ever wonder…

Who am I?

What is my purpose in life?

Why are things the way they are?

What is the universe all about?

Who or what is God?

What is The God Franchise?

     And a Theory of Everything? Really?

The God Franchise offers a compelling perspective that will help you to answer these questions . . .  and many others you might have about your life. This is a book of deep spirituality written simply and logically, and tinged with a sense of humour.  It can be read and reread and is guaranteed to provide you with fresh insight and understanding each time.

The God Franchise is a book about God and the universe we live in. It is also a book about YOU ― your loves, your triumphs, your good and not-so-good actions, your fears, and your pain. You will uncover truths about who you are and the purpose of your life. In fact, it is a Theory of Everything!

The God Franchise is a unique book. It is addressed to you, whatever your present beliefs and understanding of God and the universe. It is spiritual rather than religious, and builds bridges between your beliefs and others’, whether religious, agnostic, atheistic, or spiritual.

The God Franchise sets out to challenge and edge you towards uncovering your deepest personal reality. It is a practical book in many ways, yet, if you so choose, you don’t need to do a thing.

But, you will never be the same again…