1. Q> When people say God spoke to me, what did the voice sound like? Was it someone else’s voice? Was it your own? Did you hear it from inside or outside of yourself?
A> I cannot say “God” has ever spoken to me. I cannot say this because I don’t know what’s God’s voice sounds like. Many years ago, in the face of a spiritual “crisis,” I was falling apart- or at least a part of me was falling apart. While in this intense crisis of the soul, or it has been called, “the dark night of the soul,” there was a voice, which spoke to me. It spoke in a gentle way. A neutral tone. Speaking wisdom. Perspective. Giving guidance and support. And the voice was familiar. It was my own, but it could not have come from the space where I was, which was dark, hopeless and afraid. It came from another space from inside. I now call this voice, The Voice Inside. Still, it is my voice, but speaking to me from a deeper, higher place. If this deeper, higher place is called God, which I am comfortable believing, then yes, God has spoken to me many, many times.
2. Q> When people say, I’m giving it to God where do they give it? What does that mean?
4. Q> When people say, they want to teach their children that there is a power that is greater than themselves outside of them, what does this mean? Where is this power? Does this mean there is not a “larger” power within? What do they hope the child learns from this teaching?
A> I am in a place where it does not suit me well to believe ANYTHING is outside of me. I do not fear arrogance or ego in this statement either. I embrace power. Wisdom. Truth. To teach my children they have a force or an intelligence, known often as God, INSIDE of them is the most solid guidance I can offer. This way, they are not looking outside. They are not feeling inferior. They are not confused. If I were to guess, without knowing each individual’s belief, to tell children to believe in a power outside is to let them know there absolutely IS something powerful, and to trust in it, because in life, it will serve them to believe so. To understand this power is everywhere and in everyone- Well, wow that would sure make me feel like a pretty special kid.
5. Q> When people say, they will reap rewards for good deeds from the Lord, what are these rewards? And it’s opposite, how will God punish them for bad deeds?
A> Karma. Simple. We reap what we sow. We are responsible. Every action and thought has a consequence. We never need interfere with anyone’s “good” deed or “bad” deed. It is written. Concreted for them. I cannot believe there is a Lord or a God “up there,” who like an egotistical and insecure teacher, looks down upon her students, and says- “You bad. F. You good. A.” However, to know I AM responsible is the most freeing, liberating deal there is, and further to understand- life is generous in its lessons for us to learn and grow through our karmic law.
6. Q> I was reading some religious material. It said, “We can learn more about God’s personality from the Bible. For example, it tells us what God likes and doesn’t like, how he treats people, and how he reacts in different situations.” Yet, they say, “He is a higher form of life.” If he likes and dislikes, and reacts to situations, and has a personality- is this a higher form? Does your God have a personality? If so, does he also have a face? A body? What does he look like? And where does he live?