Pictures of God 

Picture this: I’m standing in the middle of a very large room, a bit like a hall, in front of a large group of people. Everyone is holding onto a pile of pictures of God that they’ve brought along. I put it to the floor: “Does anyone have a picture of God that they would like to bring out and put on the wall so we can have a look?” People are standing with bags and crates full of their pictures of God so it’s a ludicrous question to ask and I’m just teasing them. Everyone is there and ready with their pictures. I have to create some disappointment though, by saying that we can look at their examples of pictures after I have finished covering the walls with mine first.   

I place my first one on the wall. 

It’s called ‘Geocentricity – God you need to introduce yourself to me.’  

I have lived most of my life thinking that God wasn’t part of the equation that I had of life. He was something or someone that other people had in their lives. I felt this in spite of attending a Christian school where we sang hymns and prayed every morning. Yet I felt no connection with this God. This God seemed like a person but one that was in the sky. So that was one of my big expectations or pictures – that he floated down towards people and said, “Here I am, now you can trust me.” I don’t suppose God has a whole lot of time for formal introductions like that.   

The next picture was called ‘God loves to measure.’

I read a blog this morning called ‘God Doesn’t Add Up’ and it made me think of another picture I had of God. The way that I have been living would suggest that God lives in a room full of measuring apparatus – measuring tapes, rulers, barometers… anything with a measuring function to it. And he sits there spending his time measuring us all day long. I guess God might not have time for that. But we do. It is only we who self-measure and it is very ungodly to do so. The more I become aware of the abuse this self-measuring incurs, the more I am able to consciously let it go.  

So, if I start to dismantle the pictures I hold of God, then what is left of what I understand God to be?  

Well, there are understandings of God that make me sit bolt upright. I know that we all have a deep relationship with God that is not fostered through institutionalised religions. God is not in words or adherence to a book. So where do we get our connection with God? Is it from effigies that we look up to and give a moment’s attention to? Is it from reciting words and prayers? Is it from feeling bad about the things we have done?  

There is another picture that has popped up:  

God is above and separate from us.  

Can we fathom that actually we are the same and equal, but have just chosen to make ourselves less?   

So, when I ask these questions –   

  • Could I go shopping with God?  
  • Could I go to the gym with God?
  • Should I have had dinner with God?
  • Should I be speaking to my brother with God?
  • Should I be teaching with God?

The answers are all yes.

Expression is an amazing tool for bringing out beliefs that we have picked up and run with but that are completely contrary to what we feel inside and know to be true. It’s as though our bringing these beliefs out in the open air to shine some daylight on them gives us very little option but to leave them behind.   

In writing this I have found one of the greatest pictures of all buried in the pile. I’m dusting it off and considering if it is one that I can really afford to let go off. After all, it is a very big one, and has been very expensive in terms of all that I have invested in it: useful in terms of the huge space it takes up on the wall too – without it there will be an exposed wall and well, space. It’s strange because the others I can easily scoff at but this one feels like it has some traction still there.   

Without any further ado… it’s the one about not deserving God. When I drop this one, I open myself up to feeling God.  

The vehicle for accessing this relationship with God is through my body; being able to connect to my body through feeling and listening to what it is saying to me. For example:   

  • When I feel the delicateness and gentleness of my body as I move;   
  • When I move with awareness of the length or tallness of my spine – sometimes it feels as though I am gliding;  
  • In my hands when I touch and pick things up tenderly, gently, lightly; 
  • When I am aware of the intimacy that I can feel with people;
  • When I am aware of the delicacy that I can feel in me and others; 
  • When I can feel how still I can be and how this resides in others too;
  • When I feel openness and transparency and our capacity to love and be close to each other.

For me, God is about awareness and clairsentience (feeling and sensing). It’s not something I can access through my mind and think about. It is something I feel.   

It’s time to take down the pictures.  

By Simone, Teacher, UK 

Further Reading:
Who or What is God?
God’s Waiting Room
Space, God, Purpose and human existence
The ungodly behaviour of the Gods – is this true?

505 thoughts on “Pictures of God 

  1. How can we possibly ever picture God. Seriously He is unfathomable and so how on earth can we have a picture of Him? That’s the giveaway really isn’t it, if we have any picture whatsoever of God then we know it’s not true.

  2. This is such a sensitive topic for many of us, the constant questions of whether God exists or not. Having to have proof that he does, it’s almost as if we need someone to tap us on the shoulder & say – “I am God”. But what if God communicates with us all of the time, only to see us ignoring him because his messages are not what we expect? Is it possible that our perception is skewed and with that skew we’re unable to see what is so clearly in front of us to see.

  3. It’s only when we stand back and view the different versions of who and what God is, do we get the absurdity of the situation we have created. How is it possible to have so many different versions of God and all of them be true. It makes no sense.

  4. This is a very simple and clear understanding as to how just about all of us have created our own picture of God in that we have created our own God. But this God has been created by our human way of living, one could say we have created God in our own image and this is why we have so many factions of ” God “on earth.

  5. Having pictures of God is a very effective way of not getting to feel God. It’s like having an amazing view where life is all there but looking away to some tiny picture whilst all the while God is there waiting for us to look beyond the tiny, 2D picture.

  6. Not only do we grow up about pictures of God, but also pictures of what many things should be or look like, such as marriage, relationships, work etc. the list could go on.

    So, its a no wonder we give our power away to these things and people can become confused and lost with life.

    What if, what you have described to access the relationship with God is through the body, is the answer to our issues. And the simplicity is, to establish a relationship with our bodies, then we are with God all the time, instead of thinking it is always external.

  7. Pictures of God are not from God but from creation, which we are so invested in that we allow the pictures to flood our minds.

  8. All through my childhood I tried to make sense of the pictures of God that society presented, whilst at the same time feeling a wonder and connection with something grand that did not fit these pictures. I knew God did not want to be feared or above us in any way and was confused as I explored various religions. It was in finding The Way of the Livingness that what I had always felt was reflected back to me.

  9. These pictures of God may run very deep and keep reappearing when we think they have gone, so it is a great opportunity to allow the process to unfold as it does and clear what we have created to be free to then observe what is left.

  10. This shows us that pictures of God don’t work. What you write here..’The vehicle for accessing this relationship with God is through my body’.. what we feel and how we move the body is the key.

  11. A huge limiting aspect of having a picture about anything is that it becomes a filter and expectation through which we look at life – it keeps us going round and round in the same groove and stops us from seeing and surrendering to the deepening and expansion constantly on offer in line with the Universe we live in.

  12. Not being worthy of God’s love was a big one for me for years but I now know that the judgements were all mine and used as a good excuse to be less.

  13. What you are describing here Simone… ‘The vehicle for accessing this relationship with God is through my body’ … is feeling God in the body rather than any pictures of God in the mind.The body connects us so much to the essence we are inside while also being the physical vehicle in the world too, it’s pretty clever.

  14. Coming back to our feelings rather than our thoughts is always the way to go. Getting in touch with our truth and we do we feel rather than what we are fed from the outside.

  15. I’ve known for a while that the human being is made up of two parts – Human (the body) and the Being (non-physical) And the being can be a spirit or Soul. The Soul accepts how the body relates to God and the spirit wants the pictures and resists having an aligned relationship with God.

  16. It is my body that constantly reminds me of God – those moments when I breathe and can feel we are so much more than the delineation of our bodies, that there is space in me that is other worldly. As well as being awesome to feel it is also very steadying and practical.

  17. I have uncovered a picture from reading this today that I wasn’t fully aware I had. It’s that God only pays attention to people who desperately need his help and deserve it. That’s incredibly loaded – it means I can go around saying God doesn’t love me or I can wail with cries of helpless despair in the hope ‘He’ll listen’. Neither way is in anyway responsible or loving. I can indeed ask for support anytime and do so from a place of honesty and humility, knowing that the support given will be there for not just me but for everyone I meet too. There are no special ones who get special treatment.

  18. Having pictures of any kind creates expectations … and ultimately disappointment when they are shattered or never come to fruition.

  19. Our pictures delay our evolution because we only want to see our version of life and aren’t prepared to see or feel the truth before us.

  20. Are we surprised that we have pictures of God? Space is unlimited, but we still have a go at filling it constantly with photos of everything. And then, we question why we are so exhausted!

  21. Our pictures of God can be very detrimental as they can create false expectations and hopes that can’t be fulfilled. My sense is that Children, through comments from adults, can often feel disappointed at the lack of seeming response from God about the problems of the world. I know that as I kid I felt very disappointed that God simply didn’t step in and stop all the mess. Only later as an adult did I understand about free will and karma.

  22. By the nature of them being my own creation, pictures and expectations are always a deviation from being connected and open to the truth that unifies us all. The more picture and expectation free I am, the simpler and sweeter life becomes.

      1. Exactly, do we simply replace one picture for another, or move into claiming the divinity within and the intelligence within our bodies and innermost?

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