With the help of several women
friends over the years, I have evolved in my theological views to the
point where I no longer perceive God as an old white guy sitting on a
throne in the sky. One has reminded me several times that God is love,
and is omnipresent; that this life is a play and we are all actors
doing dress up. As a practicing Episcopalian, I should believe in the
Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And I do--as one metaphorical means of
explaining God's many facets.
As a rule, I try not to run my
life based on things I see in movies, but I rather like George Lucas'
idea of the force; an invisible field that interconnects all living
things. I am not ready to enter "Jedi" on my census form, like those
who practice Britain's
fourth most popular religion
but I do find I like the idea. It often floats into my mind as I say my
morning thank you prayers while taking the golf cart down the hill to
pick up the morning papers (I come from the "thank you" school of
Thank you for another beautiful day
Thank you for the wisdom to honor you and glorify your name
Thank you for the strength to do good works, should the opportunity
Thank you for my parents eternal repose
Thank you for (the health of all those around me)
Once I finish the prayer, I often remind myself that "by you, I don't
mean a personal God."
believe that The Force is like radio waves; we can't see, hear, feel,
taste or touch them. But we know they are there by their results. In
fact, as a former radio engineer, I have seen both the input and the
output. I feel the same way about The Force. We broadcast goodness,
decency and love, and we our receivers pick up grace as a result.
showed the above to three women whose opinions I trust, and I got some
positive feedback I feel obliged to share. One wrote, "It's your
opinion and I think it is explained well.."
Another wrote, "It
has been said that the best prayer is simply "thank you". Did
know that Lucas chose the name 'Yoda' deliberately? He began with the
work 'yoga' and played with it, changing one letter. I have an
excellent source on this. It is not easy to write about one's spiritual
inclinations without sounding like a jackass. You don't."
third wrote, " it is important to not think of God as being a far away
thing that you are thanking and praying to--but as the very Thing you
live within, and that therefore All is already granted--we are not
begging for something new to be given to us, but to be awakened enough
to see that it is already All ours." I am not ready for this level of
sophistication yet, but perhaps my masquerade will last long enough for
me to get closer.
are many unmitigated joys in my life. One of them is that there are
women in it who can offer me spiritual advice and guidance. Between
that and my membership in a lovely Episcopal church, I feel more in
touch with my spiritual side than I have in decades.
(If you write to me about this, tell me whether I can use your name or not.)