In my last post, I covered the Synthesist view on human suffering. I explained that as an individuated fragment of a greater awareness, the soul’s deepest longing is to experience blissful unity. You are not separate from the Divine, but you are like a wave rising in the air that does not realize it is part of the ocean. The question then is: how does the wave reunite with the ocean? To answer that, we need to look at the Synthesist view on death and the after-life.

At death, the energy we call “spirit” releases the soul from the physical body. In Synthesism, the journey of the soul after physical death depends upon the relationship between you and your deity. If you have no relationship with a personal deity, then your spirit and soul will simply dissolve into the energy of our planet along with the physical body. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you do have a relationship with a personal deity, then your soul will experience the after-life experience of that deity. 

Therefore, if one is a follower of the god of Abraham, and does all they can to be in good relationship with that deity, they will likely experience the after-life spiritual realm most call Heaven. If you are not sure about what your after-life experience will be, have a talk with your personal deity about it!

Depending on one’s deity, the soul may be reborn again as another physical being. This is popularly known as “reincarnation.” A soul may also leave the body at death and exist for a time as spirit or ghost. Either of these may occur to better facilitate growth. With such a range of possible outcomes for the after-life, the Synthesist view tends to be more focused then on what happens to the soul while living.

It is possible to have a unitive experience with the Divine while embodied. These are often called “mystic experiences” and involve such an expansion of awareness that the individual may lose sense of themself. These experiences are often accompanied by a feeling of peaceful benevolence and deep interconnection with All That Is. 

So, what questions do you have? What resonates with you and what doesn’t? What could be more clear? Please let me know in the comments section below and help me in clarifying this view.

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In my last post, I covered a little about the view of deity in Synthesism. I mentioned that deities are composed of awareness and energy. Similarly, you, as a human being, are made up of combinations of awareness, energy, and matter.

The burden of manifesting as humans is that we have matter, physical bodies, that experience pain, sickness, and aging. This is very distracting to our awareness. However, the blessing is that being embodied we can experience so much! Many bodies can touch, taste, see, speak, and have physical pleasure.

Because you are a unique manifestation of the Divine these experiences are so important. You are the means by which the Divine can experience expression, connection, and well-being. As we grow, so does the Divine grow. We know that the universe is constantly expanding. Growth is the movement of nature.

We must care for self and others, witness and learn, express and create. We must be in cooperative community with our fellow manifestations. Relationship is important, including relationship with the Divine. The Divine needs us. This is our purpose.

As I mentioned above, we are a synthesis of awareness, energy, and matter. Other’s might call this soul, spirit, and body. What many call “soul” is simply the individual awareness, or consciousness, that each of us possesses. What many call “spirit” is the energy that binds that awareness to the matter, or body, until death.

As an individuated fragment of a greater awareness, the soul’s deepest longing is to experience blissful unity. However, just the fact that the soul is embodied, it is limited in its ability to do this. Let me emphasize: YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. This is no divine punishment; this is human nature. The natural effect of being a fragment of awareness combined with matter is ignorance. There are three main ignorances that limit the awareness, or soul and cause suffering:

  1. Over-identification with Individuality
  2. Over-differentiation
  3. Over-attachment/over-aversion

Over-identification with one’s own individuality looks like believing that you are incomplete, imperfect, insignificant, limited, not Divine. This shows up as thoughts, “Something is wrong with me,” and “I am not [good] enough.”

Over-differentiation involves perceiving reality dualistically by seeing differences without seeing the underlying unity. Personally, this makes you believe that you are distinct and apart. The accompanying thoughts to this belief are, “I’m different,” and “I don’t belong.”

Over-attachment is grasping onto external experiences or items while over-aversion is the opposite. When you act out of attachment and aversion, the thoughts that arise are, “I need this to be happy,” or “I won’t be happy until this is gone.”

These are the three main barriers to fully realizing unity with the Divine and a blissful existence. The important thing to understand here is that you are not alone, you are not separate from the Divine nor the rest of reality. You are like a wave rising in the air that does not realize it is part of the ocean. You are a facet of the gem of the universe and just by existing as you, you make a difference.

So, how does this land? What here feels true to you? What is still unclear? Please let me know in your comments! You can co-create the view.

In my next post, I will talk about the reunion with the Divine in Synthesism. You can read a new installment on the Synthesist view every two Saturdays.

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In my last post, I went deeper into the Synthesist view of the Divine, including what the Divine needs. Now I will narrow in on the Divine as deity.

Everything in the Universe is a unique manifestation of the Divine. Since it is difficult for humans in their limited capacity to experience the inherent unity with the Divine and easy to feel isolated, it is helpful to establish a relationship with a personal deity. It can be difficult to relate to something so vast, that deity acts as a stepping stone to encountering the Divine. Also, deity can help you feel connection when you are physically alone as well as help you receive divine guidance. Deity brings us emotionally closer to the Divine. Notice the impact of the photo above compared to the images of galaxies in this blog.

What are deities? The Synthesist view is that deities are beings made of awareness, or consciousness, and energy. Many would call this combination “spirit.” Deities exist alongside us, but cannot be easily perceived because they are immaterial. 

Despite this difficulty, everyone can meet and communicate with their personal deity. You can too! Below, I will share with you one method for meeting with your personal deity.

How to Meet Your Personal Deity

  1. Find a quite, peaceful space and time where you won’t be disturbed. Preferably a room with a locking door.
  2. Get in the mood for spiritual work. You may wish to play a recording of soft, repetitive drumming or other music designed for meditation to assist in reaching a theta brainwave state. You may wish to light a candle or smell a particular incense or oil that feels sacred to you.
  3. Get comfortable. Sit in your favorite chair or lie down. You want your body to feel as much ease as possible so it won’t distract you from your vision.
  4. Relax. Take some slow deep breaths in the nose and out the mouth. Move your awareness to every part of your body, clench the muscles there, and relax them on an exhale.
  5. Set your intention to meet your personal deity. Mentally or aloud say with intention, “I am ready to consciously meet my personal deity.” You may wish to repeat this a few times until you feel the openness of the intention throughout your being.
  6. Lie quietly and be open to what comes, no matter how subtle. You may experience sound, vision, touch or fragrance. Trust that whatever you experience is right for you at this time.
  7. Once you make contact, ask for a clear vision of the deity in a human form and the same gender identity as you (this helps with relatability). If the vision is muddy or confusing, ask your deity for help. Ask for a name to call your deity. If the name is too long or difficult to pronounce, ask for another name.
  8. When you have concluded, thank your personal deity by name and in whatever way feels best to you.
  9. Allow yourself to slowly become more aware of your body and the room.
  10. Record your experience through drawing, journaling, or audio recording. Be certain to include any sensations you had and any questions that have come up that you’d like to ask your deity in the next encounter.
  11. Repeat.

The more you meet with your personal deity, the more confident you will be in interpreting their guidance. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself encountering your deity in different ways.

If you tried the method above and got nothing but disappointment, that’s okay. Some barriers to meeting with your personal deity include:

  • Expectations. This is difficult, but if you go in with an idea of who your personal deity is, what they look like, and how they will act, you might be surprised or disappointed. Try to be as open as possible.
  • Disbelief in your ability to meet your personal deity. This mindset of “I can’t do it!” hinders any activity. To put it simply, if you believe you can’t communicate with your personal deity, then that will be true.
  • Resistance to meeting your personal deity. Most commonly the resistance is the typical fear of the unknown. Some people worry that they won’t have a “good” experience.
  • Excessive thoughts or high anxiety in the moment. These act like static drowning out the divine signal. 
  • Limiting yourself to channels that are difficult to you. You can receive messages from your personal deity through many different channels: visions awake or asleep, sounds, feeling physical sensations, scents, hearing within your head, and insights where you suddenly know something like it was dropped into your mind.
  • Limiting yourself to myths and stories of the experiences of others. Your experience of your personal deity is not “wrong” or less valid if their name is absent from books or websites. Don’t worry if there is no record of your personal deity. The Divine has infinite manifestations so your personal deity might not have been encountered before.

You might want to create a personal shrine to your deity by creating a drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, or other visual representation. Be flexible in creating your image of your personal deity. You can change that image when it no longer works for you. It is whatever you need at the time; it can grow with you.

Please comment and let me know what you think! What was unclear? What was helpful? Your questions help me to further clarify this view.

Next time, I will explore human nature and purpose through the Synthesist lens. I post a new installment every two Saturdays.

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In the last post, I named this new spiritual perspective of reality Synthesism and explained why. I also identified the main path and the goal of Synthesism: to experience everything as the Divine. Now, I’m going to elaborate more on the view of the Divine what the Divine needs.

We already know that the Divine creates the universe by manifesting as combinations of energy, matter, and awareness. This playful creation is done without plan or intention, similar to how you might doodle in a page margin.

Because the Divine manifests as the universe and all within it, the Divine is not limited to male or female. The Divine is both beyond gender and all genders. Therefore, the Divine in Synthesism is referenced in ways that keep gender ambiguous — Source of All, Creator, Ultimate Self, etc. This includes avoiding the confusing noun “God,” which the dominant paradigm attributes to a male supreme being.

Secondly, the Divine of Synthesism loses awareness of the Divine Self when the Divine individuates into these infinite pieces and characters. This is just like how you may lose sense of yourself when watching a captivating film.

A metaphor for the Synthesist Divine can be ice, water, and steam — three different, nameable states of H20. The Divine manifests in three known ways as well: matter, energy, and awareness. The Divine can be known in three main ways:

  1. BEYOND: The Divine is beyond you as the Source of All.
  2. WITH: The Divine is with you as personal deity.
  3. AS: The Divine is manifesting as you.

What we call “mystical experiences” or “unitive moments” are opportunities to encounter the Divine as the Ultimate Self. This is when you lose any sense of yourself and feel a part of something far greater. This is often accompanied by an overpowering feeling of benevolence. The Divine can also be encountered as a personal deity in dreams or visions. The Divine can be experienced as you in moments when you are overcome by beauty, love, or creativity.

But what is motivating the Divine to individuate? What does the Divine need?

If the Divine is manifesting as us, we therefore can look at our needs in order to understand the needs of the Divine. The primary universal human needs are:

  1. WELL-BEING
  2. EXPRESSION
  3. CONNECTION

Therefore, the Divine is individuating into infinite manifestations in order to have well-being, expression, and connection. Remember the metaphor of the child daydreaming I sharedin the first post?

So, what questions do you have? What resonates with you and what doesn’t? What could be more clear? Please let me know in the comments section below and help me in clarifying this view.

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In my last post, I gave the “elevator speech” introduction to Synthesism, a new spiritual perspective of reality. This leads me to…

Why call it Synthesism?

Synthesis /ˈsɪnθɪsɪs/ (noun) — 1. The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole.
Etymology — From the Greek synthesis “composition, a putting together,” from syntithenai “put together, combine,” from syn- “together” (see syn-) + tithenai “to put, to place,”

Synthesis is in contrast to analysis which separates something into its elements.

Like I wrote about in my first post, the Divine manifests by separating or individuating into combinations of awareness, energy, matter. Those who share the spiritual perspective of Synthesism are called Synthesists because the view inspires them to reintegrate into the whole (the Divine) by increasingly synthesizing or integrating experiences of seemingly opposite or separate things as all unique, diverse expressions of the Divine.

This is the main path and the goal of Synthesism: to experience everything as the Divine, including oneself, while also experiencing the diversity within the unity. Because human perception is limited, one must also leave room for mystery, or what we do not understand. Therefore, this view could be summed up with the formula “both/and + mystery.”

 

 

Also, Synthesism is named the way it is because it is a view that has developed from pieces of insights and lived experiences gathered together across my life. As I mentioned in the first post, this includes: study of Neopagan theologies, especially Wicca; Hindu and Buddhist Tantra philosophies; Advaita philosophy; Taoist philosophy; as well as scientific theories. It also grows from cooperative conversation and pondering with others who share this perspective or think that they might. That is why this new spiritual perspective is called “Synthesism.”

Do you like the name Synthesism? Why or why not? What does it remind you of? How is it similar or different from other views you have encountered?

So, really, what do you think? Please comment and let me know. You can be part of the process of clarifying the view!

Please join me for my next post where I will elaborate further on the Divine of Synthesism and what the Divine needs. Yes, needs! I post a new installment every two Saturdays.

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A New Spiritual Perspective Inspired by Wicca, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism, & Science

Picture a child sitting alone and blissfully daydreaming. This daydream is elaborate, full of sights, sounds, and smells. The child creates the settings and the characters. Some of the characters have bodies and some do not. Some of the characters have a lot of awareness and some of them have a little. The child experiences the daydream through the perspective of the characters, but when that happens the child loses self-awareness and forgets that this is a daydream. But the daydream is where the child is witnessed, understood, and loved. The daydream is where the child has self-expression. The daydream helps the child’s growth and well-being. As the child can change the daydream, the daydream changes the child.

Now, imagine that the daydream is real and it is the reality that you are living. It is even more than that; it is the whole universe made up of combinations of energy, matter, and awareness. That child is the Creator, the Source of All, the Ultimate Self, the Divine playfully individuating into infinite diverse characters. The characters without bodies are the Divine manifesting as spirits or deities. The characters with bodies are rocks, plants, animals, and human beings.

You are one of these characters. You are a unique manifestation of the Divine. You are the means by which the Divine can experience expression, connection, and well-being. Completely human and completely divine.

Any questions?

This view is a spiritual perspective I have named “Synthesism.” I will attempt to elaborate this view further through this blog.

But I need your help. Yes, you, the reader! Please tell me your thoughts on this view. Let me know what this reminds you of and how it is similar or different. Please ask me your questions. Let me know what isn’t clear. This is an interactive co-creative process that will reveal best with many minds synthesizing together.

So, really, what do you think? Please leave a comment below.

In my next post, I am going to attempt to explain why I am calling this spiritual view of reality Synthesism. I will be posting a new installment every other Saturday.

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