Awhile ago, I belonged to a club called the School of Metaphysics. We studied dream interpretation, past-life analysis, and other New Age hocus pocus. I’ll never forget the beautiful definition they gave of sin: Sin is anything that is out of alignment with our true, divine nature. Sins are imbalances in our psyche, misunderstandings and misdirections in our soul.
All wrongs, from the most brutal murders, to simple mistakes, are the result of misunderstandings about our divine nature and the divine nature of others. Those who deliberately choose to do evil, do so because their psyche is out of alignment with its true nature. Jesus would say “they know not what they do.” Honest mistakes also occur because we don’t see things as they truly are.
When we sin, we often feel guilt that we aren’t measuring up to some kind of arbitrary religious standard. We feel worthless and pathetic, and try to do better to meet the standard to avoid that feeling. But the feeling is different when we understand that our sins come as a result of misalignment with God. Then it isn’t guilt, so much as a feeling of sorrow at our distance from our true nature. As Paul said, we “groan within ourselves,” yearning for a closer alignment with God. This feeling doesn’t inspire us to “not sin,” but rather to first align ourselves with our divine nature. Without alignment, “not sinning” is meaningless. When we are out of alignment, everything is sin.
Realignment: God and Self
How do we align ourselves with God? First of all, we have to love ourselves. At the School of Metaphysics, there is no separating God from our divine nature, because they are one and the same. God is our true self, a transcendent, universal, collective self. While that might sound a bit too Northern California for most Mormons who glory in the materialism of separate, anthropomorphic gods, it is really not so far from LDS theology. Mormons also speak of being “one with” God, and Joseph Smith taught that we can become gods ourselves.
If one day we are to become one with our Heavenly Father, that means that a prayer to God is really a prayer to our future selves. When we pray to God, united with our future self, we are really asking our future god-self, to draw us up unto itself, into oneness with God.
The first commandment is to “love God with all thy heart, might, mind and strength.” If we remember that God is one with our future self, this really means “love THYSELF (thy ultimate god-self), with all thy heart, might, mind and strength.” And of course, “love thy neighbor as thyself” means the same thing, because God says “inasmuch as ye have done unto the least of these, ye have done it unto Me.” Love is the answer that brings us back into alignment with our true nature. To love ourselves, others, and God, as a single unit.
- What do you think of the School of Metaphysics definition of sin as misalignment with God.
- What do you think of the idea that we pray to our future god-self when we pray to God?
- What does it mean to love ourselves, and why isn’t it in the scriptures?