How did the Church fail to discover this, and how did I come to see it?
Through much contemplation and meditation. Through reading the Bible and by reading books by men who were also searching.. I was told by a stock promoter that man was God embodied. The Church never told me that. When I realized that this was true, I started to search for further proof of this, which led me into many avenues of thought that the Church had said we must avoid. We have been told that every thing came into being through evolution, and that is true. But the 'thing' we are looking at, did not play any role in its coming into being, nor did it evolve from some other 'thing'! It is different from every other 'thing', because all the evolution that ever took place, took place in the Divine Mind. One idea leading to another. AS it is with man, so too is it with God.* Every living thing, is the Divine Mind manifesting AS that thing! Nothing has being apart from the Divine Mind… the Spirit of God, or in other words the Source! Nothing has being other than the Source. There are Scientists that will tell you that All is Mind. The Universe is a gigantic Mind. This very 'mind', is not only the Divine mind, it is also our mind! When we think, it is this mind that is thinking. When we speak, it is this mind that speaks. And because we are this Creative mind embodied, we create as we perceive ourselves to be, and thus create the beliefs that divide us.
If you doubt this, let me read you Matthew 10:19-20. "Take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak, for it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." What we must come to realize is this. The Source is the reality of every living thing. Nothing has being apart from or other than, the Source. This was why Jesus said, Of myself I can do nothing… the Father within me is the doer. The Church missed this, because they failed to realize that we are not this person our parents created when they named us. We are much more than that! We are the Universal I AM individualized, God individualized, and the person our parents created when they named us is but the illusion in which we walk! God did indeed make us in His image and likeness, but He did not create this person we believe ourselves to be. This person we believe ourselves to be, came into being when our parents named us! So we live in the illusion of being someone other than the Source, when in reality, there is nothing other than the Source. Ever living thing, is the Mind of God manifesting AS that thing, including the organism known as man!. The Universe is a mental phenomenon. All is Mind, the Divine Mind manifesting!
Let me ask you this. Who do you think is doing the thinking when you think? You don't say John thinks. Or Helen thinks do you? You would say as I do and as every other person on Earth would say. You say, I think. If we all spoke the English language, no one could introduce themselves without first proclaiming their relationship to God, the Divine Mind, as they said "Hello…I am, or I am known as." You could think regardless of what your name was. You could even think quite nicely with no name at all. This is what the whole world has failed to see. We are all One, and God, the I AM within us, is that One! This was the consciousness, in which Jesus functioned. This was why He told His disciples that " I and my Father are One." Remember, this was His prayer. "That they all may be One, even as we are One." And no One understood Him. He didn't face the agony of the cross to take upon Himself the sins of the World. He allowed Himself to be crucified to demonstrate to us that the "I , within us, the Father, could not be resurrected without the crucifixion of the self! We must die to self, for we, (as the persons our parents created when they named is, are but illusions!) It was Gods will that He give this message to humanity. Remember His words in Gethsemane? "Take this cup from me, nevertheless , not my will but thine be done." We cannot effectively function in our I am identity while still functioning as the person our parents created when they named us. That's the price we have to pay to walk in God consciousness. We must die to self. But before we commit our Lives to Him, read Luke 14 ;25 to 35 "for whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple."
Our names have hidden our true identity. When I first saw that man and God were One, I spent years searching for understanding, I wanted to know what the connection was, and how we could function in this consciousness. There are 2 verses in the book of Genesis, chpt. 5 verses 2-3. That read, "male and female created He them, and blessed them and called their name Adam in the day when they were created," then we go to the next verse and find that the writer is using the word Adam, in another context, as a name. In the previous verse the word is being used as a 'thing' or an object. So I searched in the early Hebrew or Greek, and found that one meaning for the word Adam, was 'an obstruction'. There was the key. Our names are obstructions, like dams as it were. Dams hold back water, and water in the Bible is synonymous with Truth! "He who drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" The Universal I am, or God, cannot get access to its temple, because we think that we of ourselves have being, so we, in our John Doe identity, control the access. Until we realize that God is the "I" within us, Gods temple is of no use to Him. Because we believe we are this person our parents created when they named us, God cannot get access to the World . So He stands at the door and knocks, and knocks and knocks. If your still not convinced that our names have hidden our True identity, let me take you to Exodus 6:2-3 Here is what it says, "And God spake unto Moses and said unto him, "I" am the Lord, and I appeared unto Abraham Isaac and Jacob by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah, was I not known to them." Here is what He was saying, 'To Abraham Isaac and Jacob, I was known as God almighty, but by my name Jehovah, they knew me not!' Even the name Jehovah, hid Gods true identity from our forefathers. If you should wonder if the I within us is the Father, check out Isaiah 52:6 Therefore my people shall know my name. They shall know in that day, that it is I that doth speak… "behold it is I." And check out chpt. 42:8 I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory I will not give to another." It is God who thinks when we think and who speaks when we speak, only we think it is 'us' (the person our parents created when they named us.)