What does God mean to you? When you hear the word, "God," what sensations do you get in your body and what kind of thoughts do you have in your mind? I used to be repelled by that word, years ago, until I claimed it for myself and I decided what it meant to me.
For some people, God means a man in the sky, but that viewpoint is becoming archaic. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, or Agnostic, what I’m talking about is the feeling that you get when you see a beautiful sunrise; the feeling you get when you pet a dog and the dog wants to lick your face, the feeling you get when you look into your child’s eyes or you hear them laughing. What is that? That God force, or whatever you want to name it, is life. It is life. It is love.
That word, "God" is simply a term that means many different things to many different people, and there are many people tapped into this force who do not use the word, "God," at all. They use the word life, greater intelligence, love, or life-force. What is it in you, or how do you define that life-force energy? What is it that makes you happy? When you’re kissing your partner, what is that feeling? Not just the physical, chemical feeling, but that feeling of being alive. When you create your own definition for God, whatever that is to you, and it can be a different word, that is when you make it your own.
Giving birth to my son was an experience of God. It was an experience of something much, much bigger than me, and not only that, but something bigger than me of which I am a part. Not bigger than me and separate from me, but bigger than me and I am a part of that something bigger, and so is this boy that I gave birth to. We are all a part of that force!
What is that force in your life? Can you claim it for yourself, so that whenever you hear a word, whether it is, "God," "Spirit," or any other word used in religious scripture for that meaning, what is it for you? When you come up with that meaning and that definition then that term, whatever it is, can be translated whenever you hear someone speaking those words that don’t quite resonate with you. You can translate it and have it become meaningful for you!
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.