“God’s ground and the soul’s ground are one ground.” Meister Eckhart
In other words, God’s essence and the soul’s essence are the same to great mystics
And that’s why no one will ever know God who doesn’t first know herself –
Socrates was the first Westerner to understand this.
God spends her time coming to know her own evolving universal “self” –
Using humanity as a “compass” to stay on track.
Eckhart’s “ground” is where the holy hits “base” spiritually –
Beyond all concepts, languages, and belief systems.
This “ground” is where God and the true self
Are falling deeply in love –
Preparing to join in a beautiful marriage of God and humanity –
Known to Jesus, familiarly, as “God’s Kingdom” –
This is the party to which we’ve been invited from day one.
A true God and a true self can be experienced in much the same way
Since annihilating one’s ego leaves nothing behind.
Without such ego annihilation, God will only be experienced as a cartoon God
Projected onto the blank screen of a cartoon self.
In other words, a “true” God is found
Only beyond the God who we require to perform on a weekly basis
Distant from the farthest reach of the human mind –
Deep inside our wild heart –
Where Love, and nothing but Love, eternally resides.
The ego is a natural trash collector –
As soon as it feels any space opening up
It immediately refills itself – generally with some new species of “trash” –
And that’s why there’s never any room for God or one’s “true self.”
The most elevated spiritual path ever discovered by mystics was “emptying out” –
Literally, “everything” has got to go! – especially all one’s favorite treasures.
So, after all the work and time spent cleaning out our ego-self,
What’ll be left is “no-thing”
Which provides us with the space to be “born again”
Which also provides us with space for reality to enter our lives –
In other words, room for God to be welcome in our hearts.
“Artificial intelligence” is an oxymoron
Because it doesn’t take into account
The fact that human intelligence encompasses both the material and the spiritual.
Soulless “things” like computer programs, no matter how cleverly designed,
Will never achieve freedom, by definition –
And this is why the “singularity” cannot occur –
Relying, as it does, solely on material evolution.
Since God (and the “true self”) are free –
This scientific/technological project to create “artificial intelligence” –
Inevitably has to end up as a complete waste of time.
Inherent in religion is the acknowledgement of God’s freedom –
Along with that same potential in human beings –
But this traditional understanding,
Unfortunately, long ago, got entangled up with various ideas of materiality.
Artificial intelligence is merely the “last gasp”
Of all the myriad materialistic conceptions of the Holy put forward over the ages
Until human beings finally come to understand that there’s actually no serious alternative
To engaging in a path of “spiritual” evolution.
Is treating people (including one’s self) and other living beings as objects.
Objects aren’t real – they’re ephemeral –
Only subjects are “real” in any true sense.
For example, the ego is a self-made intangible “object”
While your “true self” is always a subject.
The essential work of human beings is to find and align
Their true selves with a “real” God – not with “made-up” ones.
Mostly, though, we need to jump-start our everyday lives
Into an alternative world of creativity, joy, and color –
That we’ll start experiencing the moment
We decide to put aside our comfortable ego
And, completely, “wake up”!