The Magnificence of GOD and The Mock Lock

I went on a walk with my friend early this morning, in an area unknown to me. She led the way to a lake and surrounding fenced park and walked towards a padlocked, rather narrow and very ordinary tall gate, which looked more like a rusty old doorway into someone’s backyard than the entry to a public park.

I had spotted the padlock straight away, looked at it and thought, “How are we going to get in?” My friend gently pushed the gate open and I realised that the padlock had only been attached to the gate and nothing else and said, “That’s a mock lock.” We laughed and continued on our walk.

But what has that got to do with God?

Well, other than being a funny rhyme – mock lock – it reminded me of the obstacles we humans put in the way between us and the innate knowing of the magnificence of God. We pretend we don’t know and can’t feel it; we deny God’s Beingness, His all-encompassing presence; we believe that we need an intermediary in the form of a member of the clergy, of whatever ilk we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We imbue God with our human spirit’s traits. We depict Him as vengeful, demanding of sacrifices, insisting on obedience; as angry, as meting out forgiveness; as supporting this as opposed to that, as taking sides – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We theorise that God takes sides and pays allegiance to some over others. We claim Him for the Catholic church, for the Islamic faith, for the Protestants, Anglicans and whatever divisions we can come up with – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We call on God in many ways, whether we say we believe in Him or not. We utter things like, “Oh God” or “Oh my God”; we kneel on hard floors or benches that hurt our knees; we prostrate ourselves on cold stone floors; we stretch out our arms in supplication across the distance towards heaven we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We have many images of God. We depict Him as a type of wizard with a long beard, grey hair and sitting on a throne; we paint his outstretched hand coming through the clouds and creating man; we think He lives behind the gates of heaven, guarded by saints and angels; we think He is a man and some think He must be a woman because that is only fair and bugger the patriarchy  – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We try to capture God and put words in His mouth. We craft scriptures hundreds of years after true messengers and masters have walked the earth and turn them into institutionalised religions. We wield dogma and come up with tenets and rules that throw the cloak of secrecy over paedophilia and condone and justify holding sway over a flock of followers – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We exert force in the name of God. We go to war and kill fellow human beings because their version of God differs from ours and must therefore be eradicated. We torture and seek revenge because our interpretation and image of God must be defended and strengthened but is in truth so shaky that we succumb to the vilest behaviour imaginable – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We make sure God is kept busy as we think befits human life. We pray for personal favours and try to haggle and bargain with Him. We swear off a behaviour if only God came to the table and delivered. We pray for others because we think we know what is right for them – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

We make God responsible for the wrongs of this world. We think He should have put an end to war, cruelty, torture, domestic violence, rape and everything else that is wrong in this world whilst we shirk responsibility and keep frantically busy creating more of the mess that we demand or implore Him to fix up on our behalf – we erect gates, padlock them and all the while, ignore His magnificence.

And while all this is going on, God is there in His magnificence and we, merrily or not, live in His atmic body and with the free will to deny, lie, demean, wilfully create, beseech, ignore and pretend whatever takes our fancy next until we understand free will, get honest, drop the pride, stop pretending and take responsibility.

And then?

We realise there is no gate, that there has never been a gate and thus, it and the padlock have been imaginary and our own creation all along.

And then?

We get to know and reacquaint ourselves with the reality of our grandness and that we have always been part of the magnificence that is God.

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah, NSW

Further Reading:
God’s Waiting Room
God doesn’t take sides
Life is religion. What does that mean?


615 thoughts on “The Magnificence of GOD and The Mock Lock

  1. Our relationship with God is indeed so much like the mock lock. With all the ideals and beliefs we have piled on, we imagine there is no simplicity or ease of access to him – yet, even the smallest step forward will show how wrong we are and that there have never been any barriers all along.

  2. The thing about God, is that we do tend to talk a lot about His Magnificence, but really, surely, his magnificence is a reflection for us all to see who we are and where we come from. So the real avoidance or mock-lock is on our own eyes in not being able to see the magnificence of us ~ the eternal beings of light that reside within.

  3. Reading this I can see how when we want something to be a certain way we are very ready to see things as we want them to be seen, as in God being indeed padlocked away and only reachable for a special few, so we don’t have to take responsibility. Because it then is up to us to reflect on why we don’t feel connected or close with God, as he is free and accessible always.

  4. It all looks so complicated, difficult and surely we have ruined everything… and yet when we take a step and push the gate, there is no resistance and we find God has been walking beside us the whole time

  5. I felt this yesterday regarding love when suddenly I felt in my body I had put no obstacles in the way of me and love. My body felt really lovely and I asked myself why do I not let myself live, feel and be this love all of the time? Time to throw that mock lock away (aka contraction that I have created in my body).

  6. This is brilliant Gabriele. So many false pictures and beliefs about God are held by millions of people worldwide, mainly fed by the consciousness of religion and churches. The more we live and claim the truth and magnificence of God in a very accessible and transparent way, we offer a reflection for others that may ignite the same truth within them.

    1. It’s all in our movements – the movements of one who is claimed and of those who are not yet. A very stark difference if one is willing to see what they have received.

  7. We disconnect from knowing and accepting our equal magnificence with God when we disconnect from our essence and bring in all means of resisting our body’s natural pull to return to our true selves and our knowing of the interconnectedness we have with everyone including God.

  8. It is only we that chooses to be willfully ignorant of our innate Godliness, thinking we are avoiding our responsibility to live who we are so we can indulge in the games of individuality. Yet in truth we are only choosing to abuse our innate relationship with God’s love, that which we are and that we are eternally held in, as such can never escape. So in fact, there is far more magnificence, power and divine intelligence that we can live when we just drop the games and surrender to all that which we naturally are.

  9. I love being reminded that we are all actually living in the Atmic body of God. We can’t NOT have a relationship with Him, we can’t not access Him and we are not without anything he knows as everything he is we are within and part of too. Now, it’s just about living with that knowing and never thinking we are alone in all of this… Note to self.

    1. Beautiful Rachael – and yes I agree fully that we are always in relationship with God. We cannot but be, as we are of Him and in Him, we are always held. It is only whether we are willing to honor this relationship or not. And yes… ‘note to self’ applies for me also.

    2. Great point Rachael – we literally can’t run away from something that we live within. So no matter how hard we try, or what games we play, ultimately we are doing it all within the body of God which makes it all the more absurd and also so much easier to return if we decide to open our eyes and start looking for truth..

  10. This analogy will never ever date and will be applicable as long as humanity is still choosing to keep itself trapped with the false ideals and limitations that keep us thinking we are only human and that the physical realm that we connect to via our 5 senses is all that there is.

  11. I realised today in a session with an esoteric practitioner how much I can complicate life, in effect putting up mock locks to keep other people from feeling the truth and the love that I am. These mock locks are a form of defence that when I connect with the delicate yet powerful woman I am and allow that expression are totally redundant.

    1. We stand in our own way and then complain about it, feel hard done by the mock lock of our own creation. We are certainly not stupid but do our utmost to stay in protection of our old hurts.

  12. The magnificence of God – we ought to use that phrase more often because it brings the truth of God to us.

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