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.

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  1. “Your latent power to stay centered while matter rises and falls around you and identity changes”.. I really like the way you phrased that Ian.

    It’s a “clarifying piece of the puzzle” (for me) as it harmonizes with “all that is for my highest good” beleifs. To me, it’s a very useful insight; “a mature insight”..

    I’ve been creating “a vacuum” of old, non-serving, obsolete beleifs to make room for the new and good and useful..

    this is a good insight to “allow evolution” of mind and spirit; bringing the idea (concept) into greater power in “consciousness awareness”    

    I have a blog called “Mature Insights”..I might expand on that, through my own story. Thankyou!   

    The “self nurturing” of the “god power” within is the new “positive human condition”, OR should be, through correct “understanding”.. I use the word “understanding” in the same context as it’s used in the good book of Proverbs.. 

    Peter Horrill ~ “Infinite self”..

    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada     

  2. Ian,  I happened on your article by accident. I actually was looking for a post on yoga and meditation Meg had written, but was taken to your post instead. I am grateful that it did because your article inspired one of those ‘ahaa’ moments! I came to the conclusion that I must be God or an aspect of Source when I was about 9yrs old and was afraid to tell anyone in case they locked me away.  I came from a very conservative religious family and the notion would have been blasphemous. Your article helps me square the concept and also fits in with great synchronicity to the stuff I am reading about the ego. Keep them coming!

  3. ian says:

    Awesome Martine. Thanks for sharing and encouraging.

  4. Vine says:

    The oneness of all being is acknowledging we are from ‘All that Is and Will Ever Be’
    Love and Light
    Vine

  5. Phillip says:

    I like it,and, without wanting to sound self-depreciating, life lessons for me at times of when I’ve been successful in various tasks: be it work, sport, or otherwise. I can also see strong parallels with Jung in this, which I like, also. Thanks for posting, Ian!

  6. Dan Bryan says:

    You imply that you are part of the ‘consciousness’. Your teachings, (assumed to have been learned and studied) claim all things have the elements of that same ‘consciousness’.
    So if the elements of which we are housed have the elements of the ‘consciousness’.
    The illusion and void of earth on which we live have elements of this same ‘consciousness’.
    The solar system within the universal community breaths this same ‘consciousness’, yet it is but vapor, void and sheer illusion. 
    Could not it be said that this very ‘consciousness’ of which you speak would be devoid of any basis for existence, when stripped of all the intangible illusion, to which it seems to be intricately connected or attached? 
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
    Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
    Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
    Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
    Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
    Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
    When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?