That is what author and speaker Felipe Zimmer did when he retreated to a house in the thick of nature in an effort to discover himself on a deeper level and rediscover humanity as a whole. By looking at existence from beyond the mental meanderings of daily life, Felipe's consciousness expanded, and he was struck by inspiration not of this world but from what is beyond.
As an analogy, what if we thought Earth was all there is? Then what if we received the opportunity to visit the rest of the universe? Masters of Belief is that universe as we look beyond the every day to make contact with a higher power. Exploring subjects like spirituality, mind, life, death, relationships, and much more, this book won't tell you what to believe, but it might help you understand your own beliefs and guide you through the process of remembering who you are.
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Over the course of events, I found myself observing life intimately regarding what it provides everyone. As experiences arose, I began to discover something in myself I was not aware of, something that was already there as well as in the realms of the outside world. I began noticing with greater alacrity how life really is. Immersed in moments of doubt and questions, I opened myself beyond my mental meanderings. Afterward, these and other previously unimaginable questions were addressed, resulting in multiple experiences and ultimately, this book. Long ago, in my youth, as if in prayer, I wrote the following poem: On one hand, death.
On the other, life: An endless cycle of eternal music. Where might our way out be? Where will our wounds go? A plunge into the vital principle Casts us to infinity, And death to us reveals The secret of a danger. Might it really exist? Or is it only in someone's mind? Something takes us somewhere, Always making us observe. We can filter and absorb. Might there be something to learn? There seems to be an extravagant awareness, Something akin to an exuberant connection In which time and space Are moving and motionless, Set in the unity of divinity, Giving rise to duality. We behold a rainbow of sacred colors From which, in a flight of sounds, come blended together. Yes, it is a Universe of fluids Created by a Great Mystery. In the beginning I was everything; In the end, I am one; Or might I become none? I may be in eternity, In youth and old age, As if united in a present moment, Where all of my sentiment resides. After all, truly, who am I?
Felipe, have you found the answer to the last question?
I believe I am revealing a bit more with each passing moment.
We are, right now. We are all choosing who we are and what we want to reveal about ourselves. Our choices run through all levels of being, even not being, and are found in our actions. We are all like children in our essential purity, elders seeking to understand our own inner child through experience. Each one's experience, for what beauty is greater than what allows us to be? Value your experience, and it will value you.
And so be it! Now, what can we share here?
We will speak to people, directing our words toward everyone who is reading along with us. After all, books would not exist if not for the people reading them all over the world. Everything would remain stored away. This is just one of the thousands of ways to do it. We chose the written word as merely one of them, since there are many who are open to elucidation. May each person make the best use of it in their own path, just as we do regarding the practical uses disclosed here. To this end, it is worth remembering the opportunity of reading these words gladly, regarding them as a gift received from someone else, asking the giver, "Is it for me?" If you accept the gift, you can choose what to make of it in your own life.
How can we tell who is writing the book, you or me?
This book is being written by you. However, it is also being written by us. In this situation, there is no defined difference between "you" and "us," there is no line setting us apart or isolating us. Therefore, we are writing it together. As we write together with and through you, we are one. What do you think of that?
Magnificent! It certainly rings true with what is to come. In conclusion, I do not think who is writing the book matters as much as what is written in it.
As we speak like many voices in one to you who are reading this book along with us, we will talk about subjects many people consider controversial until they become clarifying. We will bring a new vision for many people, one that, in different ways, is already emerging from various sources. We are going to talk about you in this book. We will speak about your relationships – personal, familial, romantic, social, professional, natural, and spiritual – just as we will talk about the Universe, our planet, and the circumstances of life where you live.
Let us speak about God. Yes, we will talk about God, since everyone lives hearing diverse points of view about it and many become confused when it comes to this subject. For thousands of years, society has been locked in a fight over the different images of God that have been painted for them. This confusion is reflected internally in nearly all of us. For this reason, we are going to talk about God, since this fight within us and among us is unnecessary. Moreover, since fighting is quite common among humans, the projection of their relationships in their representations is quite understandable. In light of this, the God presented to the vast majority supposedly owns the entire Universe and is in constant struggle with someone called the devil, his competitor, who would be in some remote corner of the earth, called hell, from where he would be trying to exercise some control over the planet. It is no coincidence that the two resemble humans fighting each other.
Now, you tell me, is that God? This is just an image of God given to you, nothing more. We can call it the God from the churches, or temples; incidentally, in these cases, those are more appropriate ways to start calling it, since there are several other visions of God. This is a certain historical view among many others. After all, even within churches and temples, the views about God differed throughout the centuries. Many stories told over the millennia are of symbolic and metaphorical origins so that people can understand the inner truths of the human experience. However, they have been broadly interpreted and distorted in a biased way. This has deeply influenced the history of society to this day and is still taught in the same way as general history in most of the world based on what has been passed down by a few prevailing cultures. The God of some churches was considered by many to be male, an old gentleman who sat in heaven and watched over everything, judging what he himself had created as good or bad. If you think that God is just one powerful man sitting in heaven, it might be a good idea to take a closer look around you. If we were to consider and integrate the history of other cultures and places around the world, we would see how biased people's visions tend to be.
There are other ways of interpreting God. Many cultures have separated life functions as they perceived them and created representations of different gods. In many cultures (actually, in all of them), there have been many names for God and his representations. Yahweh, Great Spirit, Allah, Tao, Brahma, Jehovah, Ra, Wakan Tanka, Viracocha, and Olodumare are just a few on the extensive list of names used in different cultures. It is not the name that matters, but the vision, sentiment, and experiences each person has toward a name and how they relate to it. Therefore, we are going to use the name God as well, since it is already well disseminated and deeply rooted in different ways in all cultures. Conceptions vary from person to person, but nearly everyone continues using the same word. So, let us use it, elucidating it, however, through a conception that aims to integrate all the others, even those of churches or atheists in a way that is inclusive of all parties.
Many people say God is a superior force. However, if there is a superior, then there must be an inferior. We tend to separate them. Other cultures perceived God as inferior and superior, exterior and interior, as being everything, where you and everybody else reside. God is not just something that is beyond you that you cannot fully reach, but also something that is around and through you. God is not just outside or inside, but also both at the same time. After all, not one of us came into a system outside the Universe.
There is not necessarily a need to be inside huge "boxes" like buildings, temples, and churches to be with God. A few persons in other cultures would see God as being beyond four walls, finding her in nature and its abundance, relationships, themselves, and others. Those called atheists are not those who do not believe in anything in life. Rather, among other things, they are the people who do not believe in the description of God given by churches, which they deny.
Your first experience of God arose with your parents or the first people who had a strong influence on you. When children come into the world, they look at their parents as if they are everything, the only things in life. Soon, they begin understanding that there is something to know as themselves, seeing their parents as their gods, as an extension of themselves. Even those who interact with the family during childhood, such as guests in the home, are seen as an extension of the parents or guardians. As temporary providers and facilitators, the parents demonstrate with each new situation what the world is like, validating life experiences, encouraging them to consider it painful or pleasant, each case having its own particularities. What a child receives and experiences during their first years will most likely be what they will regard as possible life experiences, along with their inherent tendencies.
The fact we call God Father or Mother is understandable, since they were the first experience of our perception of life, of knowledge of God. Similarly, representations of gods fighting among themselves are understandable, since many children have seen their parents fighting. The same goes for a God who judges and punishes, since that was the way some parents behaved. Some people believe that God cares more about certain groups than others, or more about humans than other beings, as if he had preferences, similar to the children's desire for their parents to love them more than their siblings.
There comes a time when you, as a child, notice the existence of something beyond your parent's world, different than what you had considered to be everything there was. Then you usually deny your initial experience of God, of your parents, opening up to perceive some of the other existing views. Although you deny what you learned from them, initially you carry it in your patterns, even while seeking new perspectives. When a child is raised in a harsh, rough environment, as they grow up, they may begin to deny it, probably unconsciously attracting something similar in their subsequent experiences; since it is what they know, is what gets their attention. In the same way, when they are raised in a nurturing and stimulating environment, as they deny their previous views, they will probably choose the more serene inclination to carry with them. When you were a child, regardless of the way you were raised, as you opened yourself to other horizons, you might have experienced reality shocks and may have considered them good or bad. It also depended on your preliminary understanding, and, mainly, your spiritual baggage.
Children carry a gift, which is their innocent way of being, closer to purity, awakening beauty in the gazes of people who see them. It is no accident that Life gives sparkle to the beings arriving in this world, a beauty and delicacy, natural to all species, impelling those close to the new arrivals to assume a protective posture. Speaking specifically and briefly about cases in which this occurs in harmony, oftentimes our first experiences are filled with care, attention and encouragement. As the child grows up, their parents and people around them gradually stop expressing incommensurable love for the child. They begin treating them more normally, since oftentimes they are still not in resonance with the expression of unconditional love. As the child continues to grow, the time arrives when they find themselves alone. They are not, in fact, alone but they might feel they are.
The person, who is now physically older, might feel incomplete, since they are no longer in their childhood-youth experience and still do not understand the other new experiences, and they begin to search for something. The denial and the need to search generated in this individual are natural at first, since people have different visions of the world, having begun their existences in different ways. To understand their initial experience, they may come to question it. As they question it, they will learn other views, thus getting reference points for new understandings.
Depending on how you were accepted in your childhood experiences, you will seek to duplicate it, perhaps in yourself. In other words, as the stimuli given by your parents when you were a child ceases, you are driven to make the stimulus that came from without into something that comes from within, transforming it into self-spurred action. It is called facing the world, but it really is your own self-expression. In today's conditions, rarely anyone experiences unconditional love, and it is possible to feel a sort of emptiness since the constant attention, trust and affection received as a child are no longer there. For this reason, the time comes when you choose how you will fill this modified space, which tends to occur during childhood, usually intensifying during the stage known as adolescence. Soon you ask yourself, what is this emptiness inside me? Needs arise. Many people seek to fill that void with romantic partners to make up for the unconscious needs from their first experience in the world; when that is the motivation, it is most difficult to achieve a harmonious relationship. Others will wonderfully transform that emptiness into an opportunity, considering the possibility of using the best experiences they had with their parents and guardians, turning that (along with the best tendencies they hold in their own being and other most pleasant visions yet to be known) into an internal movement of creation.
You create your own God experience. You are completely free to limit or expand it endlessly. Some choose to live it as something close to the initial experience demonstrated by their parents. Some end up choosing to live it as a negation of their former experience. Others do not get hung up on one model at the exclusion of another, but comprehensively include the best visions of the world, expanding their perception of Life.
There is no doubt about the existence of God. Not a trace. It might appear contradictory since this often has been the subject of discussions (and even wars) throughout history, but it is not what it appears to be. If you call him God, someone else will call her, in a different language, by a very different denomination. Also known as the Universe, Energy or Life. It is a matter of concepts. The question is not whether God exists or not, whether the Universe exists or not, but how it works. How does he interact with you? And how does each of us interact with her? The questions lie in how God exists, and the criticism is about the many different ideas of his existence. Clearly, there are doubts about the concept of a separate entity, but not about the existence of "all that is."
The doubt lies in knowing whether the idea of God each person has is only in their own mind, or whether it corresponds to something close to God's reality in the Universe. An indication of this is that no child is born with a well formed and enlightened idea about life, but little by little they acquire one and transform it during their journey. The same is true of the spirit, which modifies and comes closer to the experience and comprehension of the reality of God from time to time. The enigmas of these nuances reveal themselves in the patience and opportunities of time, in the immensity of the course of being, in the understanding to come from the spirit we always were, are, and will be. For this reason, we speak in depth about time throughout this book; it will be a new vision for many. The Universe interacts with us at every moment, in indescribable ways, but how we interact with it is in part related to the concept of God we have in our mind. In the course of the movement, everything has always been between you and God, between Life and your spirit.
How many of us sit among the trees, feeling the touch of the breeze while it rustles through the leaves and feel a connection? How many people looking at the greatness of the stars at night feel as sweet as moonlight? And although small, do they not also feel greatness when expressing love? How do many begin to discern synchronicity in the happenings of life? How many feel a universal meaning when they see their child being born? And how many feel a presence within them, and some kind of presence in all things?(Continues…)
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