The Absolute is the Supreme Power that is the original cause of the Universe, and that unifies everything and everyone, everywhere and eternally. Sacred teachings and texts dating back thousands of years tell us of the existence of this Absolute Supreme Power that goes by several names, including The All, The Source, The One and God. Irrespective of the name used, humanity’s misguided concept of The Absolute has caused much confusion and discord, especially in the case of the name God. For the most part, this is because of an attempt to personify 'God in the image of man' rather than the other way around, which is 'man in the image of God'.
The Oxford Dictionary defines something that is Absolute as being "not qualified or diminished in any way", "existing independently and not in relation to other things; not relative or comparative" and "a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things." This definition can be aptly used to define The Absolute or God even if something that is infinite is truly beyond definition using finite words.
In his 1909 book The Arcane Teaching, written anonymously at the time, the New Thought author William Walker Atkinson describes The Absolute using four major maxims summarised below and refers to The Absolute as The All.
Maxim #1: "The All Is." This maxim describes the non-relative existence of The Absolute, as having always existed and never having come into being. This means that The All or God was never created, unlike the created Universe. The All has always existed, unconstrained by space and time and is thus infinite and eternal.
Maxim #2: "Beyond, higher, and older than The All, there is not." This maxim tells us that The Absolute is all that is, all that ever was, and all that will ever be. Nothing exists outside of or beyond It, nothing existed before It as It always existed, and It is superior to everything.
Maxim #3: "The All exists beyond time, space, and change, transcends the Laws, is unconditioned, immutable, self-existent, independent, and abstract." This maxim tells us that The All is All-Present (Omnipresent)—existing everywhere at the same time in Its entirety beyond the change evidenced in spacetime while also being above the Universal Laws, which is why It is also called The Law. It is limitless and unchanging unlike the ever-changing things of the Universe. The Absolute needs no cause to exist nor does It depend on anything for Its existence as nothing is outside of It to depend on. Being abstract, It is beyond representation by words or symbols.
Maxim #4: "The All is the efficient reason, supreme power, and causeless cause of all things." This maxim tells us that The All is the Original or First Cause of the Universe but is Itself causeless because it has always existed. ‘Efficient reason’ refers to The Absolute's Omniscience (All-Knowing Supreme Intelligence) and ‘supreme power’ to Its Omnipotence (All-Powerful).
Bringing these maxims together, the attributes that most concisely describe The Absolute are:
The importance of understanding the true meaning of Omnipresence (All-Present) against the backdrop of infinity and eternity cannot be overstated when it comes to identifying the source of your power as your True Self. To comprehend the Omnipresence of The Absolute, you must go beyond your conditioned experience of space where one part of God is present ‘here’ and another part is present ‘there’. You must also go beyond your conditioned experience of time where that part of The Absolute present today is different from what was present yesterday or what will be present tomorrow. Omnipresence, therefore, means that The Absolute or God is changeless and is always present in Its entirety at every single point in space and time.
The New Thought author, Judge Thomas Troward, had this to say in his 1909 book The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science in which he referred to The Absolute as the ‘Originating Life-Principle’ or ‘Spirit’. Endeavour to truly understand the following excerpt.
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"The great fact to be recognised about unity is that, because it is a single unit, wherever it is, the whole of it must be. The moment we allow our mind to wander off to the idea of extension in space, and say that one part of the unit is here and another there, we have descended from the idea of unity [which is absolute], into that of parts or fractions of a single unit [which is relative]. It is, therefore, a mathematical necessity that, because the Originating Life-Principle is infinite, it is a single unit, and consequently, wherever it is at all, the whole of it must be present. Therefore it follows that the whole of Spirit must be present at every point in space, at the same moment. Spirit is thus Omnipresent in its entirety and it is accordingly logically correct that, at every moment of time, all Spirit is concentrated at any point in space that we may choose to fix our thought upon."
The Absolute, therefore, is present in Its entirety in every point in space and time, in every atom and sub-atomic or quantum particle, in everything tangible and intangible from the colossal in size to the minute, including you, and each and every one of your cells. This is the true meaning of Omnipresence that underpins the ancient teachings that 'you are one with God', that your True Self is your God Self. An absolute identification with The Absolute or God is a life-time journey (or one of many lifetimes) and is unlikely to happen overnight, at least not permanently given your perceived experience of separateness to date and your relative 3D experience.
Having said this, knowing that this Absolute Supreme Power is by mathematical definition present within you in Its entirety, is the greatest source of inspiration you can ever come to find. And to be inspired is to be In-Spirit. Indeed, the word ‘inspiration’ has its root in ‘to breathe in Spirit and to have Spirit breathe in you’.
Your power to create your reality through the power of your thoughts has its origin in The Absolute because your mind is a creative centre of God’s Mind that is Universal Mind. While your true potential power to create the life you desire is limitless, your actual power is limited to and by your level of self-awareness. If you believe that Absolute Power is ‘out there’ or that only a part of it is within you, then you have descended from the idea of Absolute Power to relative power.
Knowing your true power, however, is not about believing that you are now above or better than others because you have figured it all out and they haven't. This is a sure sign that you are living exclusively in the 3D Physical Plane of 'me and outside things and people' while believing you have transcended it. Nor is knowing your True Self about arrogantly believing or proclaiming that you (more so the physical you) is now The Absolute or God, or thinking that you are invincible and that nothing can touch you or get in your way. This attitude is an extreme that is best avoided. In any case, if you truly believed it, you would not need to proclaim it. Silence, reverence and a deep unwavering love for all is the state of mind that follows.
When you know that your creative power is Absolute Power and that your God Self is one with The Absolute, then manifesting your reality and any desire you can imagine becomes truly effortless. As your God Self, you mentally declare your desire through your wonderful imagination and in declaring it you know it is done. But even so, no matter your degree of recognition or identification with The Absolute, your very nature whether you are aware of it or not, allows you to create your reality through the power of your imagination. And as you do so consciously and intentionally, degree-by-degree you will find your consciousness ascending towards your God Self. Keep your eye on the I and remind yourself every day to remember who you truly are.
Let everything you think, say and do be inspired by your recognition of your Oneness with The Absolute. Knowing your true nature is accompanied by inner peace and endless reverence for The Absolute. Be truly grateful to The All of God for everything in your life and be in awe of the sheer infinite wonder of the Universe. Not as if God is something outside of you but rather, knowing that your God Self is one with God. In so doing you will find there is no room for self-righteousness, conceit, or arrogance. Only joy, love and gratitude for all life. Let your very life be an ode to The Absolute that is your God Self.
By Tania Kotsos — Published on 17 NOV 2020
This article is in-part an excerpt from THE ADVENTURE OF I
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