10/24/2005 01:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

God is a Word

My blogging became 'noticed' when the title of one of my most recent blogs was called 'Toward a Modern God'. From the usual 1 to 6 responses, I suddenly reaped 50-plus comments. The power of the word "God" to invoke action is illustrated by this seemingly insignificant event that is a microcosm of the perilous events facing society today; action (and unfortunately, often violent action) spurred on by the word "God" is rampant in our world today. But notice, God is a word; it is not the experience. If you cannot speak or use language, does that mean that you cannot experience God?
If the experience of God is called by another name, is the experience different? To find the answer to this question requires a very personal investigation, a moment of solitude and stillness. Allow yourself a moment of inner reflection of your own relationship with that experience, an experience that is larger than one self--that goes beyond the self.
It is not a relationship that is easily described by another. Your experience is your experience. A sacred place may help cultivate such a relationship, but no one can create that experience for you; it is an experience that you must cultivate, you must take the time to use whatever method you find most useful--prayer, meditation, a walk in nature-- to discover that experience, and to keep exploring, keep discovering, keep continuing to learn and grow with it. We exert so much energy as a culture 'fighting' to convince others to know the experience as we know it. Why? Because each of us values the experience so much and we want others to see it as we see it. Imagine if you did not know what water was and someone tried to describe, in words, the taste, texture, the sensation of water. Hardly would their words meet or come close to reflecting your experience of a first drink of water.
In the same way, I suggest that each person be given space and time to explore their inner landscape in their own way. May we, as a society, sit in silence for a moment to allow inner discovery to occur.