Pantheism Panentheism God

Pantheism and Panentheism. The sensibilities embodied in these philosophies have long been dear to me. Reverence for earth, for nature, does seem a fundamental appointment of our circumstance. Providence certainly has found us here on earth and there could be no better way to honor God than reverence through nature. The notion of Pantheism, that God is all things, does not feel right to me. Panentheism has God being in all things but greater than that. My sense is that all alludes to God, who is neither the sum of all things, nor in any way contained by being in all things. That we are sentient beings, aware of the world around us, gives us the opportunity to consider God. This, I think, is the nature of the relationship between ourselves, things and God. Our sentiency gives awareness to things and we then consider God.

Consciousness, awareness and sentiency, like anything else that we can experience or be aware of, exist. I believe all that does exist always has existed and always will exist. There is a constant evolution of what is but never an addition or subtraction from it. It is these attributes of existence that, I think, point to the existence of God. A consciousness, awareness and sentiency that exists, with or without us. That is to say I do not think these qualities are caused by our existence, by the evolution of matter into what we are.

The Mystic Tourist

10 thoughts on “Pantheism Panentheism God

  1. In a paragraph from my book I agree with you.

    “To say the soul is united with the divine does not deny supremacy of the divine, any more than a ripple can reject the greatness of its ocean. Mysticism may seem pantheistic “The divine is in all,” theistic, “but all are not yet in the divine,” polytheistic, “It is called by many names,” and non-theistic, “but One underlies the many.” Most of the mystics were panentheistic: the divine is within and beyond all, both immanent and transcendent. That view is not total heresy.”

  2. I have a great fondness for the panentheistic approach. It feels like what I do. I am reluctant to define God, even in this comfortable way. It feels like a slippery slope and I will surely lose my point of view.

  3. As a Zen master said, “Stop having views.”

    Slide down the slope, it’s fun. You won’t get hurt.

    God is dog in the mirror. Both give unconditional love. That is beyond definition.

    • For me it has been far more productive to minimize definitions concerning God than expand them. The less fixed God is, by definition, the more able we are to recognize God. I work to leave my sensibilities as open as possible. Naming or defining God renders God as we are and we fail to look where God is or give God due confidence.

      You have noticed when I write I always use just one term in any reference to God. God is never a ‘he’ or ‘she’. It would make for more comfortable reading to break things up a bit. I have yet to find a way to do that, that does not impose my definition on God. God is the simplest and least definitive term I know of in any reference to God. Readers will bring their own baggage, definition, and that is acceptable.

  4. Divine is my preference rather than God, which often implies the Christian God rather than Allah, haShem or Brahman. Divine may encompass all.

    I usually use divine as an adjective, e.g. divine Love, Truth and Reality. As a noun, Divine or God might imply being separate or apart so I use the lower case “the divine” in its panentheistic sense.

    Here I am again discussing words and definitions for that which has no word and cannot be defined.

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      • I do not recognize, Avatar Adi Da, as sharing my values. We each choose our own path and I see little similarity between us. I do not recognize him as an influence I would recommend.

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