God is Not “Up There”

 “We all have the spiritual power to raise the dead, but we do not believe we have… Man has limitless power at his disposal.” — Ernest Holmes

Our limiting beliefs about God hold us down and keep us from living empowered lives. When we come up against limits, we are thrown off the road to a powerful life. Where did these limits on God come from?

Two Thousand Years Ago, We Were Disempowered

A long time before words like “church,” “Christian,” “sin” or “salvation” were even thoughts in the human mind, two main followers of the Christ figure, Jesus of Nazareth, emerged to become the spokespersons for his message. One was a man named Simon Peter and the other a woman named Mary Magdalene.

Peter believed Jesus was divine while he himself was not. Peter could only understand a world he could see; Mary thought differently. She thought the divine was in each of us and she understood that the creation process takes place in the invisible world. Peter took a literal interpretation of Jesus’ message and taught us that only God can create. Mary interpreted Jesus’s message to mean we are all creators and have the inherent power of our creator.

Peter had a much better marketing plan than Mary and won history’s vote for the real message of Jesus Christ. As a result, many never knew Mary’s version of Jesus’s message. In history’s acceptance of Peter’s interpretation of Christ’s message, we were disempowered from our divinity.

The Unwritten Story

On a recent trip to southern France, I was surprised to find so many churches, statues and streets named after a woman from the Bible named Mary Magdalene. On my visit there I discovered a different Mary Magdalene from the one I had heard about in Sunday School, a woman both unique and powerful. Indeed, understanding her unique view of the divine helped me recognize some limiting beliefs I was holding about God.

From my research, I learned that Mary Magdalene wasn’t interested in creating power in numbers—only in teaching people how to love themselves and others. Mary Magdalene spoke her truth in town meetings and no formal institution or church arose from her teachings—but a way of life did. This way of life offered Jesus’ teachings as unconditional love and oneness with God. Her message was called “The Way,” meaning that the way to a meaningful life was to use Christ’s life as an example, rather than an exception, of how to live our own lives. Mary thought Jesus had come to change our view of God.  Her “perfecti,” or priests, were mostly women who believed we had the divine inside of us, as well as outside.

What Is the Danger of Limiting Beliefs About God?

Working as a psychologist for the past thirty years, I have observed the negative effect of limiting beliefs about God on my clients’ relationships with money, possessions, health and themselves. How my clients’ brains are wired by their early beliefs about God deeply affects their lives and well-being.

At the root of our limits is a view of God as a father sitting up in the sky, completely in charge. What other limiting beliefs have been passed down over the last 2,000 years?

  1. God is “up there” rather than “in” me.
  2. My destiny is in God’s hands, not mine.
  3. I was born sinful.
  4. Women are inferior to men.

Just reading over this list explains how wars, sexual discrimination, religious bias and a pervading hopelessness are rooted in our beliefs about God—beliefs that take away our own power as well as the need to be responsible for our own lives.

Our Divine DNA

So here is an idea. Let’s create God in the image of who we want to become. The essence of Mary Magdalene’s teachings of unconditional acceptance of ourselves and others would be a great place to start. What if the religion of the future was about loving every person and accepting them as equal, as well as taking responsibility for the God-like powers within us?

Maybe we need to examine what we have stored in our unconscious minds over the years. Or as Carl Jung says, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

God is in us, around us and through us. Let’s gather God up and ignite this inner power.

Let’s believe we have God in us. To do this, let’s reteach and rewire our own brains with unlimited neural pathways that stream though us with the innate intelligence and force of a flowing river.

Let’s learn how to use our own divine intelligence to walk on water and bring the dead back to life.

Some new empowering beliefs might be:

  1. God is in me and all around me.
  2. I am unlimited.
  3. God is a balance between the feminine and masculine energies.
  4. We are all one.

Dare to believe that with the right thoughts and beliefs, there are endless possibilities for what we can be and do in this world.

If we accept Mary’s view of God, our path to a powerful life reveals itself and the obstacles become mirages we see at a distance but disappear when we get up close.

What if 2,000 years ago we had known of Mary Magdalene’s view of God as being in us?

What if?


About Dr. Jayne Gardner.

As a result of her own inner struggles to find the divine, Dr. Jayne Gardner created a process in which her coaching clients find their divine selves. She gleaned from the references in the Gnostic Gospels a process used by Mary Magdalene and Jesus with their initiates. She downloaded from her own intuitive divine intelligence what is now called Mindset Spiritual Process.  As a result of the success of this process with her clients, she created The Gardner Institute, a place of training for coaching wishing to help others discover the divine within themselves. If you are interested in the process or in becoming a spiritual coach, her website is: www.gardnerinstitute.com.

Her book, Divine Intelligence, is the story of an executive using this process to find a new job and ultimately finding the divine.

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