Chapter 8: God: The Creative Process, Not the Creator
We know from many sources, such as the Bible, that God created man in his own image. If he has created everything, everything must be good. Then where does the idea of wickedness come from?
So many things will have to be taken into account. Firstly, to think of God as the creator is to divide reality into two: the creator and the created. There is no division, no duality like this: the creator is the creation. The world and God are not two things: the creation is the creator. It is not like a painter. A painter creates a painting. The moment the painting is created, there are two things: the painter and the painting. Creation is more like a dancer: the dance and the dancer are one.
When you think about God in terms of duality, God becomes a false God. There is no God who is separate, apart, sitting somewhere, presiding, engineering, administrating beyond the world. The very world, the very being, is God.
The term God is anthropocentric; it is our creation. We have personified what is really a process. God is not a person but a process - constantly evolving, changing; constantly reaching beyond and beyond. God is a process. So to me God is the creative process, not the creator.
Human beings have thought of God in human terms. It is natural. We have said that God created man in his own image. If horses could think, they would deny this: they would say that God created horses in his own image. Because man has created the philosophy, he has made himself the center of it. Even God must be in our image; he must have created us in his own image. Man’s ego has asserted these things; this is not knowledge, this is not knowing. This is simply an anthropocentric feeling.
Man feels himself to be the center. We think that the earth is the center of the universe and man is the center of creation. These conceptions are false imaginations, dreams of the human ego. God has not created anybody in his own image because the whole is his image. The trees, the earth, the stars, the animals, men, women.everything that exists is his image, not just man.
Then too, we have divided the world into good and evil. The world is not so divided. Good and evil are our evaluations. If man did not exist on the earth, there would be neither good nor bad. Things would exist, things would be there, but there would be no evaluation. The evaluation is man’s. It is our imposition, it is our projection.
We say that something is good or something is bad. But as far as creation, the creative process, is concerned, everything simply is. There is no good, there is no bad. The night is not bad, the day is not good. The darkness simply is, the light simply is. These are not two things - distinct, apart and opposite - but rhythms of one thing. The darkness and the light are both waves of the same reality. For existence, darkness is not evil. But for us it is evil, because our fearful minds have always been afraid of darkness.