God and Storytelling - The Law of Attraction or How We Create Our Universe
"'So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?' Mr. Okamoto: 'That's an interesting question?' Mr. Chiba: 'The story with animals.' Mr. Okamoto: 'Yes. The story with animals is the better story.' Pi Patel: 'Thank you. And so it goes with God.'"
- Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Humans are addicted to story. We tell ourselves stories all day long, a constant chatter in our brain, reiterating details, connecting events, developing plot lines, organizing our experiences into a narrative that gives meaning to our meanderings. And when we go to sleep, we dream in story.
So how does story relate to reality, and (*cringe*)...to God?
That might be an impossibly lofty question. But here are my thoughts, for what it's worth.
First of all, our personal takes on "God" are unique and sensitive and emotionally charged. What does that word actually mean? The universe? Source energy? A big white-haired man sitting behind pearly white gates? For the sake of argument, let's use the term Source... because I like it, and I'm the writer here - the source of this blog, so there. And also, it is likely the least politically/emotionally/intellectual charged term out there.
So Source is just that - the source of all things - and we are manifestations of this divine (*eek*) energy goofing around here on earth making a mess. And as we carry on, creating this and playing around with that, we are trying to make some sense of it all so that it doesn't feel depressing and futile to aimlessly bump up against things, eating this, making love to that, etc. etc. until we die.
If you don't buy into Source, at least you can buy into the fact that we are here and then we die, right?
Storytelling is how we make sense of it, but it is also how we create it. From birth, we take information from our environment - energy if you will - and we put our faith in those details, believing they are real and organizing our story around those elements. This is how we start to understand our world and ourselves, and, aware of it or not, create the whole damn thing.
Storytelling is connected to emotions. When we watch a sad movie on TV, we feel sad, empathizing with the characters and reacting to the plot. We do this in life, too, of course. We are emotionally effected by certain events and outcomes.
If you want to get technical, we can call emotions energy, in the same way that God is energy, and so are we. So is the spicy butter chicken I ate last night, but we don't need to get into that right now. So when we experience an emotion, we are vibrating a certain energy. Like attracts like, and our energy level attracts other manifestations or details to our experience that are on that same frequency.
Story becomes important because it gives us a medium in which to create. In meditation, the goal is to disassociate with your story - that chatter in your brain - enough to simply be. To experience without having to put a name to things. To break out of story. But we are here for a reason. We are on this planet for a purpose, and that is to create. And we create by choosing preferences, guided by the meaning we have given to things in our experience, weaving our own specific story and contributing that to a larger whole. Evolution.
Without story, we are simply beings. We are presence - pure positive energy - God. If you buy that, of course. But story is what makes us human. It's the game we play down here on earth. It's the point of this whole crazy mess. It's how we, and the Universe at large, evolves.
And the beautiful, spectacular part of being human is that you are your own storyteller. You call the shots. You play the game. You make the rules. You designate the meaning, characterize the protagonists, carve out the plot line. You make it as much fun, as much joy, as much frustration, as you choose to. Sure, there's momentum to things - your dad was a negative, miserly man and so you have a tendency to view the world through a crotchety lens. You tell yourself a lot of sad stories. But you don't have to.
If you haven't guessed it, I'm a firm believer in the Law of Attraction - the premise that everything is energy and we are ultimately accountable for our experience on this earth. It's freeing and exhilarating to take the reigns on your own life, and the way to do it is to become a masterful storyteller, weaving as much joy and laughter into your narrative as possible.
There is a story you are telling, and it is creating your reality. So what story is it? And if you could tell it a different way (and you can), how would you tell it?