Sensory Perception and God

As I sometimes do, the other day I was thinking about the spiritual life.  I looked over some of the notes I've been making.

I believe God must be experienced and not understood or explained:

To experience God must be like experiencing something directly without thought, like a color or flavor or sensation. How can you explain the sensation of sweetness or the experience of the color red?

To say consciousness of light is only sensory stimulation or a response to wavelength does not explain the consciousness experienced by the individual. This consciousness cannot be called merely subjective or irrelevant because it is the only way we can be aware of anything without being mindless chemical sacks. It is really the only thing we can be sure of without depending on thoughts which are often mistaken.

But with God instead of being a physical sensation it must be a spiritual sensation or feeling even if it is experienced in a physical way.

Just as the experience of the color green in our minds is due to our body’s response to a certain wavelength of light coming from an actual physical object in reality, so also must the experience of a spiritual nature come from our body’s or mind’s response to an actual spiritual reality. Both can be hallucinations or delusions or actually be real.

Just as the experience of hunger or sexual desire is due to our body’s needs, so also must our spiritual desire come from our need for God.

Matter and the physical world we experience can be the illusion with spirituality the reality. Or matter may be made of or contain a spiritual element which increases when chemicals react up to when life evolves and thought and self awareness come into being.

This is my interpretation from various sources.  I lost the original links.
I want to experience God but I only have some vague feelings.

An interesting quote:

"Even if you do not intellectually believe in the spiritual reality
 something deep inside you feels this reality."

I welcome your thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I think in our modern world, there is a tendency to compartmentalize, and assign things definite borders, but as you describe a spiritual awareness is ineffable. Where I come from, and it is true of most arcane/old world cultures, the presence of deities or higher consciousness is ever present, in all things that make up perception, like a sea of connectivity. There is a part of the creator mind in everything and everyone, so duly it is inherently respected. It is especially true of bodies of light.


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