On the Supreme Being Number Two
Michael Wayne Lewis
On the Supreme Being as the ultimate religious experience(s) of all life forms in our universe and possibly others. I will seek to change perspectives on the manner in which the forms of religious experiences have historically been considered in the past in two ways: 1) instead of trying to understand reality in terms of one religious experience to the exclusion of all other such experiences, it is more truthful and intellectually honest to consider a range of perspectives beyond which we cannot go. 2) instead of believing that only one religious experience is meaningful to the exclusion of all others, it is more accurate to find equal significance in all the religious experiences. Such an integrative perspective creates a loving and non-conflictual relationship between formerly hating and conflicting dogmatists and their isolationist dogmas. I accomplish this integration through applying the concept of infinite time to the particular religious experiences.
The religious experiences I will consider here are:
- Mortality of life in this realm
- Transfinity of life in this realm
I will now treat these religious experiences separately:
The religious experience of mortality of life in this realm involves a limited existence in which before a universe, its life forms and existence form exists, it non-exists for an infinite amount of time, then exists for a finite amount of time, followed by an infinite amount of time of non-existence. Such a reality is an existential accident. Yet it is better, in most cases to have a mortal existence than not to exist at all. It is highly unlikely that a mortal existence can occur given an infinite amount of time for whatever cosmogenesis form to work with and it therefor takes a greater leap of faith to believe in a mortal existence.
The goal of the religious experience of mortality of life in this realm is the achievement of nonviolence, happiness and serenity through contemplation of the humanistic beliefs of unconditional self-acceptance and unconditional acceptance of others, as invented by Dr. Albert Ellis. And unconditional acceptance on the other levels of human interaction. Including: ones nation, other nations, one’s planet, other planets, one’s cosmos, other cosmos and the sum total of reality itself. All of these in the past, present and future as developed by me. If our cosmos is mortal, then any life form regardless of species, age, gender, skin color, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, personal history, etc. will experience mortality. In addition to this experience the other religious experiences apply.
The religious experience of transfinity of life in this realm involves an infinite existence where our universe, each individual and our existence form has occurred an infinite number of times in the past, will occur an infinite number of times the same way in the future, and are occurring an infinite number of times in the present. The universe has a Mobius band structure1.
The goal of the religious experience of transfinity of life in this realm is the achievement of nonviolence, happiness, and serenity through the realization that each of us is an immortal god being, each of us is a law and force of nature in and of ourselves, and is as valuable as the universe itself, and should be respected as one respects the entire universe, existence, all selves and each self. If reality is transfinite then any individual regardless of their differences will experience transfinity.
The religious experience of transmigration involves the mind/body interchange between all identities, in all cosmos on all levels of consciousness. This religious experience has two forms:
“ Anyoneness” is where anyone is anyone, and each of us is each of us. Or, each of us directly experiences anyone or any identity in this universe and all others an infinite number of times each, up to and including that each of us is any universe as an identity. Any universe can be each of us an infinite number of times also.
The goal of the religious experience of “anyoneness” is the achievement of nonviolence, happiness and serenity through sympathetic understanding of anyone by anyone, in the direct experience of all the joys and sufferings of each of us, infinitely. Where I am you, you are me, each of us is each of us an infinite number of times each.
“Everyoneness” is where each of us merges with the Godhead or ground of being and experiences “everyone at once” for an infinite amount of time. This includes each individual in every universe and each universe as an individual for an infinite amount of time. Each individual identity transcends its ego and evaporates into the experience of “total oneness” or “everyone at once” for an infinite amount of time.
The goal of the religious experience of “everyoneness” is the achievement of nonviolence, happiness and serenity through “total oneneness” and “total love bliss” which is a form of eternal happiness and contentment.
If reality is transmigrational, and involving both “anyoneness” and “everyoneness” than any individual regardless of their differences will experience transmigration.
The religious experience of transfiguration is where one’s entire life has eternal life before and after life in this realm. Traditionally I have thought of transfiguration in terms of an afterlife alone, but on finding the following two models regarding eternal life I have thought in terms of a before and afterlife. From the Bible King James Ed. 3:13: “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he who came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”2 From Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie we find: “I was actually relieved to find that the earth is not our natural home that we did not originate here” (49)3 And: “I saw in the pre-mortal world we knew about and even chose our missions in life.” (48).4
My model of the religious experience of transfiguration is where our total life lives a life of its own for eternity before and after life in this realm. And that we originated in the before after life in a state of total love bliss shared with everyone we’ve touched lives with in this realm. This includes loved ones, friends and “enemies” (though we have no real enemies). We each confer with God, or other cosmogenesis forms, and choose our life in this realm before entering it. Each of us then wills to descend into this life at conception. We then, based on the assumption that God or other forms of cosmogenesis want us to live a life of nonviolence, happiness and serenity, strive to do just that. Then, at the end of life in this realm or at “second conception” each of us wills to ascend back to eternal (total) life forever, until our individual life in this realm rolls around again.
The goal of the religious experience of transfiguration is the achievement of nonviolence, happiness and serenity in the form of unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness towards oneself, everyone and reality. We can achieve this because we all choose our lives before living them and when we exist in our eternal before and after life we do so in eternal love bliss with everyone we’ve touched lives with in this realm. If reality is transfigurational then any life form regardless of their differences will experience transfiguration.
The religious (un)experience of transcendence is in the form of a “koan” or an “ostensive intuitive” definition: “point a finger” at a breath, a mantra, neither this nor that. When immediately (un)experienced withdraw the “finger” and (un)achieve “direct knowledge” of the breath, mantra, neither this nor that. During the transcendence (un)experience or practice, one focuses one’s mind/body on an external stimuli such as breathing, forever now; internal stimuli such as a mantra, forever now; the present place/moment of non-stimuli or blank mind/bodyness where one does not sense nor think and one’s mind/body is imageless, forever now.
The goal of the (un)experience or practice of the religious experience of transcendence is to (un)achieve nonviolence, happiness and serenity through the transcendence of the fluctuation between enjoyment, and suffering, and to manifest a state of perpetual serenity, joyousness and love bliss forever now. If reality is transcendence then anyone regardless of their differences will (un)experience transcendence.
Omniscience is the experience of the integrated religious experiences of mortality of life in this realm, transfintiy of life in this realm, transmigration, transfiguration, and transcendence. Where these perspectives are considered to be complimentary and interdependent forms of knowledge and meaning that exist within us and which can be practiced in our daily lives. These are perspectives without which we could not derive meaning from all the beautiful human cultures on our planet. Omniscience is also where each individual will experience everything there is to experience for their own unique perspective. The goal of the practice of the religious experience of omniscience or the integrated religious experiences is to achieve nonviolence, happiness and serenity on all levels of human interaction: the individual, family, community, state, nation, international, planetary and interplanetary. The goal is also for life in our cosmos and our cosmos itself to survive short and long term. If the religious experience of omniscience is real then anyone regardless of their differences will achieve omniscience or manifest as an omniscient being.
In this essay I have explored six different forms of Supreme Being : mortality of life in this realm, transfinity of life in this realm, transmigration, transfiguration, transcendence and the integration of these life formations of being in the experience of omniscience. With this integrative religious perspective we have a loving and compassionate paradigm shift from violence to nonviolence which will allow us to survive short and long term.
Ultimately, the forms of Supreme Being as the religious experiences of life forms in our universe can be the same for other cosmos or different for other cosmos, and other forms of religious experiences may be discovered or invented in the future.
- A Mobius band is a geometrical figure that represents infinite occurrence.
- Holy Bible King James Version 1984. U.S.A.: Elm Hill Press.
3, 4. Eadie, Betty J. Embraced by the Light. 1994. New York: Bantum Books.