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God, Not in the Temple or in Shiny Objects

Today’s blog examines our human temptation to look for that “magic object” outside of ourselves that is going to heal us or bring us closer to God.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?   If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God, which you are is holy.

1 Corinthians 3: 16

The Temple of God is YOU!

In the Authentic Freedom process, we remember our Oneness with God and that God dwells within us and seeks to be known in the world through us.  Paul reflects on this truth in his letter to the Corinthians above.  Paul wrote this letter because he observed the Corinthians in their struggle to know God.  Instead of embracing the truth that Christ taught to them through Paul, they were looking outside of themselves for God.  God, they hoped, would be found in the shiny objects that had been part of their upbringing.  They looked for God in the temple.  They looked for God in statues.  They looked for God in empty rituals.  They looked for God in “magic” objects that promised to bring them healing, wealth, status, power, success.  As Paul reminds, they were looking in the wrong places.  They had forgotten that God resides within them and that all they could ever need was available to them through their connection with God.  They need look no further than in their own intimate connection with God for the peace, fulfillment, contentment, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, love and healing that they desired.

Beware of Shiny Objects

We are not unlike the Corinthians.  We too forget that God dwells within us and seeks to be known through us.  We forget that God, and thereby God expressing God’s self through us, is THE source of our peace, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, contentment, fulfillment, love, joy and healing.  As such, we will not find God in human structures.  We will not find God in statues.  We will not find God in shiny objects or those things which promise “magical, miraculous healing” or which promise to “increase our connection with Divine energy/God.”  God is God…period and the exact same amount of God exists in every single atom, molecule, electron and proton of creation.  There is nothing on this earth that contains more God than another and there is nothing that can “increase” God – not a special crystal, not a monstrance, not an amulet or religious medal, not a statue or figurine, not a piece of cloth or a pile of ash, NOTHING.  God is God….period.

When We Are Tempted

When we find ourselves drawn to shiny objects or urged by someone else to purchase or “buy into” a shiny object, it is helpful to ask ourselves the following questions:

  • Where have I forgotten my intimate connection with God and that I am already one with God and there is nothing that can change that and that God gives me everything I need?
  • Where have I forgotten that I am a temple of God and that God dwells in me and seeks to be known through me?
  • Where have I forgotten my own power as a vessel of God through which God works to bring love, healing, peace into the world?
  • Where have I forgotten to trust my own inner knowledge, wisdom and understanding that is available to me through my Oneness with God and where have I forgotten to trust God?
  • What is the fear within me that is causing me to forget my Oneness with God?
  • Where have I given my own power away by believing that someone else has more information or knowledge than I have access to in my Oneness with God?

And in those situations where we have used shiny objects and it seems as if they are facilitating some miracle, it is important to recognize that it IS NOT the shiny object that is causing the miracle.  It is not the object that is doing the work, but the power of our intention combined with God’s working through us.  No object is needed because we really are the temple in which God dwells and through which God does God’s work in the world.  And when we are having an incredible experience of God in conjunction with the use of a shiny object….again, it is not the shiny object that is the cause of the experience of God….it is GRACE for in that moment we have REMEMBERED our truth and in that remembering, EXPERIENCED God.  No objects are necessary!

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries