The 5 Aspects

What are the 5 Aspects, and what are they 5 aspects of?

I have always believed that certain aspects of our lives are simply illusions, masking a spiritual reality, a mystery. Our true nature, if we were to see it clearly, would be pure Soul and connected with God. Simply put, we are God. God is Us.  The aspects that separate us from experiencing our connection and reality of God-ness are unique to this human experience, and very beautiful. It it God experiencing. That is, without our separateness God would not be able to experience being.

Think about this for a moment: You are God, and you are everything and nothing. Not much to experience there, is there? Well, besides everything I mean. But taking in “everything” at one moment is overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that it seems like nothing.

It’s like going to New York City and trying to experience all of the sites, smells, sounds, and possibilities, all at the same time. It’s difficult to imagine, and impossible to hold on to. Instead, you go to New York, rent a nice hotel room overlooking Central Park, wander down to the village and visit a unique bistro, then head up to the top of the Empire State building for the view, then out to Staten Island for a tour….  You take in the city and its sites one by one. You come to know the subway system, the nightlife, the business world, and the families in the neighborhoods. By experiencing aspects of the city, individually, you can build up an understanding over time. Eventually, after many trips, perhaps after living there for many years or lifetimes, you can say that you know New York City.  However, your experiences are not New York City. Not as a whole. They are only pieces, or illustrations, or aspects of New York City.

The aspects of God are like this. You cannot know God, in entirety, all at once. Well, unless you are God. Which, in essence you are… but more on that later.  Here you are now, as a spiritual being having a human experience of God. How do you come to know God? You can come to know God, like you would come to know NYC: one experience, and one aspect at a time.

There are several ways to think about the 5 Aspects of God:

  • They are five ways of getting to know God.
  • They are five layers of experience of God.
  • They are five illusions of our separateness from God.
  • They are five lens through which to view God.
  • They are five delights that human experience brings to God.

The 5 Aspects are:

  • Physical – The physical reality in which we live, our bodies, our environment, nature.
  • Energetic – The life force that swirls and flows around us.
  • Intellectual – The mind that chooses and discriminates.
  • Intuition – Deep seated knowing and wisdom.
  • Bliss – At the base of it all, is bliss — that which is perfect, just the way it is.

This website is dedicated to exploring the 5 Aspects. This is my personal journey to know God, God experience, and God’s experience of  the 5 Aspects. Please join me in my exploration, comment, and join the discussion.

Namaste,

Main Entry: as·pect
Pronunciation: \ˈas-ˌpekt\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin aspectus, from aspicere to look at, from ad- + specere to look — more at spy
Date: 14th century

1 a : the position of planets or stars with respect to one another held by astrologers to influence human affairs; also : the apparent position (as conjunction) of a body in the solar system with respect to the sun b : a position facing a particular direction : exposure <the house has a southern aspect> c : the manner of presentation of a plane to a fluid through which it is moving or to a current
2 a (1) : appearance to the eye or mind (2) : a particular appearance of the face : mien b : a particular status or phase in which something appears or may be regarded <studied every aspect of the question>
3 archaic : an act of looking : gaze
4 a : the nature of the action of a verb as to its beginning, duration, completion, or repetition and without reference to its position in time b : a set of inflected verb forms that indicate aspect

as·pec·tu·al
\a-ˈspek-chə(-wə)l, -chü(-ə)l\ adjective

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