How do you claim the full of power of your divine potential without letting it go to your head? How do you reach for the stars while keeping your feet on the ground?
Learn from the ancient Demiurge, not Hollywood’s Demi Moore, nor music’s hemidemisemiquaver, but Demiurge the public servant of the ancient Greek pantheon. The Demiurge was an engineer with a God complex, master of matter but unable to create from scratch; a self proclaimed God. The modern equivalent is Shirley MacLaine’s “I am God” mantra. When too much light goes to your head, you get light headed, giddy with your own genius, arrogant, self righteous.
In an ancient Gnostic text, the Demiurge looked around, saw that he was alone, and tried to take credit for the creation of matter, “It is I who am God, and there is none other apart from me!” Then a voice came from above, “You are mistaken.”
The Demiurge was ego masquerading as God, creativity pretending to be the creator.
The God within is a fine balance. Divine power is not to be confused with the shadow of human ego, which is conflicted (aka dualistic) and talks a big talk to disguise insecurity. If you attach to solid and unchanging identity; through titles, possessions, even correct spiritual words and practices, then you are mistaken.
The God within is the ground of your being, the mind beneath matter, your latent power to stay centered while matter rises and falls around you and identity changes. The shadow of human ego is the smallest, most fearful aspect of you. The God within is the largest, most connected, compassionate and grounded version of you. It can’t go to your head. It’s in your feet, always close to the earth; humble and open.
Last words go to one who knows more than a little about the power of myth, Joseph Campbell,
You are God, not in your ego, but in your deepest being.
This is part of a series on the idea of God. I created a fun and easy way to explore the history of God, in bite sized and practical ways that you can apply to your life. Click here for more information.