How do you know if you are connected to God? One of the simplest indications is the way your life flows. If you feel stuck, if inertia and habit rule your day, then your connection to God is tenuous. On the other hand, if you are certain that what you want in life is unfolding day by day, your connection with God is strong. Creative flow is the operating rule of the cosmos.
Just as creation takes myriad forms, so does energy. On the spiritual path you discover many types of energy. Mostly we rely on superficial energies generated by the ego: Anger, fear, competitive drive, the desire to achieve, and love that makes us feel desirable. There is no right or wrong in the domain of energy, but the ego falls prey to the illusion that only anger, fear, the drive to achieve, and so on, are real. It ignores higher energies and lower ones, which is why the ego becomes so isolated.
Lower energies dominate the body and its intricate operations. “Lower” is a misleading term, since the body’s intelligence is just as great as any in creation, but for all its astonishing organizing power, the body is satisfied to be guided by the mind. The body’s intelligence is humble, with no need to dominate or achieve; for the body, fitting perfectly into the natural order is joy enough. The ego could learn a lot from the body, but it rarely does.
At the same time, the ego also shuts out higher energies. These are the subtle forces of the soul: love, compassion, truth, and the knowledge of God. The soul has no reason to compete with ego because the soul has already attained the highest position in creation–unity with God. Like circles of angels in medieval Christian paintings, revolving around the heavenly throne singing God’s praises, the soul is content to experience its own ecstasy and to celebrate it without end. The ego believes, wrongly, that such bliss is either a fiction or can only be attained through externals–more sex, money, status, and possessions.
Finally, there is the subtlest energy of all, the original stuff from which everything else is made. This energy lies on the fine line between existence and non-existence. The first quiver of the creative impulse, the first wisp of God’s thought. In most spiritual traditions this vibration is known as “I am.” Nothing could exist without it, yet nothing is more delicate. When experienced personally, it feels like pure ecstasy, or bliss-consciousness.
The full range of these energies powers your life, all of them are available to you. The kind of energy can call upon at any given moment, however, depends your level of consciousness. At a gross level, if someone wants an apple, she must work to get the money to buy one. At a more subtle level, if she wants an apple, some one happens to walk in the room with an apple in hand. At the very subtlest level, if she wants an apple, an apple appears. The ego and the world at large only believe in the gross level of energy. But all of us experience subtle energies from time to time: Wishes come true, desires manifest, and invisible forces seem to be at play.
On the spiritual path a person proceeds into subtler and subtler realms of the mind, and with each step new levels of energy become available. Finally, when unity with God is attained, all energy becomes available. At that point, your wishes and desires are the same as God’s. You have always been a potential co-creator, and when you realize God, that potential is fully activated. Everything you imagine comes into being spontaneously, as easily as the thought itself. There could be no other way, since in unity a thought and a thing are one and the same.
Adapted from Why is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).