In a metaphorical sense, there is a mutual fascination between the divine and the human.
All as the divine
The premise here is that all is the divine.
It’s all – this universe, the living and evolving Earth, humans and our experiences and culture – part of the play of the divine. It’s the divine expressing, experiencing, and exploring itself as all of this. We are the divine temporarily and locally taking the form of a human with experiences we have.
As Alan Watts said, we are the divine playing hide and seek with itself.
The divine’s fascination with the human
In that context, we can say that the divine wants to experience itself as all of existence, all beings, and as humans.
The infinite wants to experience itself as finite. The timeless as time and within time. The spaceless as space and within space. The one as many. Oneness as separation. Love as an absence of love. And even wisdom – the wisdom of receptivity and noticing what we are, as stupidity – the stupidity of rigidly holding onto any ideas including taking ourselves primarily as an object in the world.
The human fascination with the divine
On the other hand, as humans, the divine is fascinated by itself as the divine. It seeks to connect with itself as the divine. It seeks to understand, to be saved, to awaken, and so on.
A mutual fascination
In that sense, we can say there is a mutual fascination between the divine and the human.
And more correctly, it’s all expressions of the divine’s fascination with itself. It’s all the divine exploring itself in always new and different ways, including as us and our experience here and now.
It’s all happening here now
We can take this as how existence is, and it may be although we cannot say for certain.
What we can say with more certainty is that lila – and all of these stories about the divine – mirror what’s here and now. As with any stories about anything, including existence as a whole, they can be used as pointers for what’s here in us and our immediate experience.
What we are is capacity for our experiences – for the world as it appears to us. All our experiences happen within and as what we are.
This capacity, this awake no-thing, shape shifts into whatever experience is here now.
What we are have all the characteristics of the divine. It’s timeless, spaceless, awake, one, love, and full of the world. And our world – including who we are, this human self – happens within and as what we are.
It’s a somewhat artificial division, the distinction between what and who we are. And calling what we are the divine is a stretch for some. And yet, we can find the whole mutual fascination story here.
What we are takes the form of this human self and all the experiences of this human self. In a metaphorical sense, it’s fascinated with this human life.
And this human self, if we are so inclined, is fascinated with the divine. Typically, all the divine characteristics are projected out – onto an image of a God or the divine out there somewhere, in the sky, in nature, in spiritual teachers. And yet, all the characteristics are already here if we only notice.
The mutual fascination story as a pointer
The mutual fascination story has some truth to it, and it also falls apart to some extent when we look a little closer. It depends on artificial divisions and stretched metaphors.
So why did I bother writing about it?
It can be a useful pointer.
We are so used to the human fascination with the divine that we may overlook the reverse fascination. In a very real sense, the divine is fascinated with the human. It’s fascinated with itself in the form of this universe, this living planet, all beings, and you and me and our experience here and now.
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