When the electric goes out at our home or business, we might plug into a generator to provide on-going electricity. The generator powers the lights, heat, and electrical appliances we rely upon for basic survival.
It’s the same thing with our inner power.
God, our higher power, is like a generator. He’s the source of our inner energy—a life-source that provides guidance, direction, and purpose. Wisdom.
Plugging into a power greater than ourselves connects us with the source of our being, our inner light, and wisdom.
Unplugged from our generator—our inner power—our divine energy eventually runs out. When that happens, we’re running on empty. We become lifeless. Lost. Numb.
The question of whether I believe God exists is one of life’s most important questions. My belief in a source of power greater than myself shapes my views of life, humanity, morality, and destiny.
There are many theories we can look toward to try and help us determine if God exists or not. Perhaps the most tangible tool is whether I have a felt-sense, an experience of God.
- When I stand barefoot at the edge of a pebbled beach, waves pounding against my feet, experiencing the mystery of the sun dipping slowly into the water, a whoosh of air rushes up from within my gut flooding my body with a sense of awe. In that moment beyond words, I sense a connection with a vast power watching over and delighting in me and in all of creation.
- When I’m struggling with a problem and a sudden blast of insight wells up from within, I know I have connected with a deeper wisdom beyond myself.
- When I’m filled with despair and an unexpected person steps into my life with a thoughtful gift restoring my hope, I know God has touched me.
In these moments of felt-experience, we sense the presence of a life force larger than ourselves that holds us, contains us, fuels us, that’s guiding us home.
When we experience those moments, the divine becomes real. God-with-skin.
Author Stephen King, says he chooses to believe in God because of his personal experiences of a divine being. “If you don’t believe in God then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design.”
While King struggles with the institutional church due to its human element, which has often skewed our true understanding of God, he believes we cannot dismiss the existence of a God who loves, cares and creates in and through us.
Asking ourselves the fundamental question about whether we believe in God or not and coming to a deeper experience of that truth, is a critical part of keeping our selves connected with the source of our power, our generator.
When’s the last time I felt the presence of a power greater than myself?
What was I doing? What did I experience?
Do I believe God is real?
 It’s tough to find a word that describes the creator, the source of our being. Many of the words used today are plagued with lots of baggage. As a result, the words have become meaningless or worse yet, drive us away from a sense of the divine within us. In an effort to allow the words to become fresh, this pocket guide will use the term God, higher power, or a power greater than ourselves to refer to this source of on-going creation and wisdom. In your reading if you find the words used to describe God are difficult for you, I invite you to find another word that works better.