“Feeling good is your gateway to God”-The Happy Beacon
It started when I was about seven years old. I often pondered the question “Is God for Real?” I searched everywhere for the answer, without finding scientifically verifiable or quantifiable evidence.
Today, there is no doubt in my mind that God (or Source or All-That-Is, whatever term you like to use) exists. It’s just that scientists haven’t officially proven it yet. So, it got me thinking. What is the purpose of science?
Well, it’s to discover things based on what can be observed through the five limited human senses. But, what about the things that cannot be perceived through these five senses? I can explain what I mean by this in a couple of simple examples.
First, the dog whistle; it can be perceived by a dog but not by a human. It’s because there is a difference in the range of frequencies that can be heard by a human versus a dog. Secondly, an eagle’s vision; did you know that an eagle’s eyesight is 4 to 8 times stronger than a human’s eyesight. It can spot a rabbit 2 miles away. Can you imagine how you would see the world if you had eagle eyes for a day?
The bottom line is that there’s stuff happening all around us that we cannot perceive. Just knowing this simple fact should open up our minds to the possibility of something bigger than we are.
Interestingly, the science of Quantum physics appears to be on the path to discovering God. Although I have a science background, I am not a Quantum physicist, but from what I have gathered the lines between Quantum physics and spirituality have become blurred.
There are compelling parallels between Buddhism/Eastern spiritual beliefs and modern science with regards to the perception of reality. I would strongly suggest that you do some research on the links between science and spirituality. It’s quite amazing to see how far we have come with science.
As well, there is beauty and awe everywhere on our planet that, inevitably, opens our hearts to God. There are numerous examples and below are some of my favorites.
When looked at closely, they’re remarkable! They are perfectly designed works of art. Every snowflake has six arms, but like finger prints, no two snowflakes are the same. Only some super intelligence could come up with such intricate beauty falling from the sky, wouldn’t you say? And why would God create snowflakes anyway? Perhaps they are here for you to simply enjoy them or to remind you that there is more to life than meets the eye.
The Human Body
The biology of human creation is miraculous. Just think for a moment, the union of a tiny sperm and a tiny egg marked the beginning of the creation of you. From there you developed into an embryo. Then into a fetus, where you spent the next nine months developing your brain, heart, liver, kidneys, toes, fingers and everything else you required to live. It’s truly incredible when you think that you were once a tiny slime ball that grew into a functioning, conscious human being!
You experience God when you ponder the perfection of the Universe including its magnitude and its precisely orchestrated functions. Take planet Earth for instance, it perfectly spins on its axis every 24 hours and steadily orbits around the sun once a year. And it’s been doing this faithfully for billions of years. The Sun, the precious star specifically placed in the center of the Solar System, is the most important source of energy for life on Earth. My point being that it’s impossible to not believe in some higher power when you think of the complexity and magnificence of the Universe.
There are many other extraordinary examples that are around you, every day. The purpose of these examples is to remind you to step back, take a deep breath and appreciate the magic around you. It’s to allow you the opportunity to experience, even for a moment, the power, depth, and love that surround you.
Although the examples above are profound reminders of God, they still don’t prove that God is for real. In other words, what I’ve come to discover is that it’s not searching outside of ourselves that will prove God’s existence. Rather it’s the inner journey that allows for the experience of God. And when you experience it, then you know for sure that God is for real. In fact, you’ll never have to ask that question again.
How to Experience God
- Drop your preconceived ideas of God and open up your mind and heart
One of the things that have helped me on my journey to experience God was to drop my preconceived ideas about it. For instance, I was raised in a Christian home that made me believe that God was an amplified version of a white man who was bigger and smarter than me and all other human beings.
To be honest, as a child, I remembered struggling with this concept of God. If God represents all, then why is he a white male? What about women, or other races? What about the animals, the plants, and the rest of the universe? Why is God separate from me and why am I inferior to God?
The bottom line is that from the day you were born you were forced to believe, whether you realize it or not, in things based on your cultural and religious influences. Please understand that I am not discrediting Christianity or any other religion. In fact, when you compare religions around the world, and break them down to their bare bones, they all share the same fundamental truths and messages.
It is these truths and messages that I believe in. My point being that if you feel you’re carrying a misconception of God, then don’t be afraid to loosen up those beliefs. It’s when you’re willing to open up your mind and heart to a bigger, broader perspective, that you open the window to God.
- Figure out Ways to Feel Good
It’s of utmost importance to figure out ways to feel better about yourself and your life regardless of your current circumstances. I know that this maybe a smack in the face and downright annoying to you if you are in a difficult place. But it’s even more important if you are struggling. Just make the decision right now that you are going to figure out ways to feel better. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all.
Perhaps you’d feel better if you simply take a nap. Listen to your favorite music. Stop watching/listening to the soul-sucking news that reports the sadness and badness in the world. Get outside and go for a walk. Spend time with a friend who uplifts you. Play with your pet. Learn to meditate and quiet the mind. Read your favorite book or watch a funny movie. No matter what, make it a top priority in your life to feel better.
When you do feel good, you provide yourself a gateway to God. Now you may be thinking, how does feeling better have any link to finding God? Just bear with me while I try to explain.
What I’ve come to learn is that the best way to know God is to listen to our emotions (i.e. our visceral feelings). I would consider your emotions another sense, but even more powerful than the other five senses. Connection with God is not usually something you can see, hear, taste, touch, or smell.
In other words, God is not so much an intellectual experience. Rather, it’s something that is felt within you. Your emotions let you know if you are connected or not.
In essence, when you feel positive emotions such as hope, joy, love, appreciation, passion, worthiness then you are experiencing God. On the other hand, when you feel negative emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness, depression then you are resisting God.
So the bottom line is to make feeling better your daily intention. When you’re feeling happier you shine a new light on everything in your life. You just see your experience from a lighter, less daunting perspective.
It’s my promise to you that if you are consistent and persistent with this, then your life will improve before your eyes. The people, places, and circumstances in your life will change for the better. Essentially, when you’re feeling better inside, your outside experience will reflect it back to you. I strongly suggest you read my Law of Attraction article for more detailed information on this. When you stay connected to God, you feel good inside and out.
God is an essence that is within everyone, everything and the space in between. While in your human body, the best way to connect with God is through your emotions. It is felt deep within your solar plexus and radiates outward. When you feel good, you feel God. When you feel God, you feel good!
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