VII. Creation and Communication, P 6
6 The Bible repeatedly states that you should praise God. This hardly means that you should tell Him how wonderful He is. He has no ego with which to accept such praise, and no perception with which to judge it. But unless you take your part in the creation, His joy is not complete because yours is incomplete. And this He does know. He knows it in His Own Being and its experience of His Son’s experience. The constant going out of His Love is blocked when His channels are closed, and He is lonely when the minds He created do not communicate fully with Him.
In this paragraph more is revealed about the nature of God. The good news is that God does not have an ego. If you tell me how wonderful I am my ego is going to inflate. It loves that kind of thing. My ego perceives positive words from you as good things and negative words as not good. But God does not have an ego; He is not needy, and so He is not dependent on reassurances about Himself, nor does he perceive, He simply knows, and in knowledge there is nothing to judge. It is typical for us to project onto the idea of God our own experience. To the degree I perceive, judge, and crave acceptance and praise, I will tend to believe this about God. Thus, I am reminded here that I am the one with an ego, not God.
It seems simple to say that God does not have an ego, but to really understand what this means is not so simple. The next part of the paragraph further describes the nature of God. Here is what it seems to be saying to me. God created me through extending Himself. This feels confusing to me because I refer to God as a He, and this implies a body and my mind cannot compute a body extending itself. So I have to remind myself that the use of pronouns is just a convenience and not literal.
So God extends “Its Self” and thus creates. This brings God joy and this joy is ongoing. It seems to me that Jesus is telling us that creation is a continuous process and so God experiences joy through that process continuously. As well, God experiences joy through His experience of His Son’s experience. So God is aware of not only His own experience of creation, but is also aware of His son’s experience of creation, and the awareness is one of joy.
The part of our mind that is asleep is no longer creating and is no longer in full communication with God, so His joy has been blocked. Jesus says that He is lonely when the minds He created do not communicate fully with Him. Lonely implies both judgment and need so I am sure that it is just a way of trying to communicate within the limits imposed by words, the same way we say “He” when we refer to God even though God is neither a body/personality, and certainly not gender specific, not gender anything since gender is just another part of the illusion of separation.
But even though it is not possible to find words to adequately explain God, I think I get the picture. God, Which is Love, extended Itself in an act of joyful creation. The nature of creation is such that It must continue to create in the same way, extending Itself as God did. Communication throughout all of creation is joyful. When part of our minds took a side trip into something that is not creation, this communication was curtailed because God knows only creation and does not share in our delusions. Creation was not undone, but it was, in part, disrupted, and when communication was disrupted, so was joy.
If I were to think of this in a way I can readily relate to, I would think that my Father created me out of love, and that it makes Him very happy when we talk. Then one day I wandered away on an adventure and forgot all about my Father. He no longer shares in my life and no longer enjoys our communications. He misses me and longs for me to return home.