THE ABSOLUTE—THE ONE SOURCE OF ALL

OMNIPRESENCE, OMNIPOTENCE AND OMNISCIENCE

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The Absolute is the Source of All Existence

The Absolute is the Source of All Existence

The Absolute is the Supreme Power. It is the Single Source or original cause of the Universe from which everything emanates. It unifies everything and everyone, everywhere and eternally. Sacred teachings dating back thousands of years tell us of the existence of this Absolute Supreme Power that goes by several names, including The All, The Source, The One, The Law and God.

The three fundamental qualities that describe the Absolute are Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence, while Its nature is Absolute Good, and by extension, Absolute Love. Your True Self is an emanation or Divine Spark of this Perfection, one and the same in quality and nature. The only difference is your degree of self-awareness, or else proximity of awareness, from the Source. In other words, to what degree are you aware of your oneness with Source?

You are One with The Absolute

Think about it this way: Do you believe that The Absolute or God is something outside of you pulling the strings of your personal fate? Or that there is nothing like a Supreme Power? Or that, even if there is, this Supreme Power has been forgotten about you? Nothing can be further from the truth. It is only because you have forgotten your true nature, as most of humanity has done. This article invites you to explore a different perspective, one where you and The Absolute are intrinsically One, offering you a profound sense of empowerment. By remembering your True Self, you get to know of The One or God within and reclaim your mind's power to manifest your ideal life, while finding an inner peace of poise and power that nothing can disturb.

The Personification of God

Irrespective of the name used for this Absolute Supreme Power, humanity's misguided concept of The One has caused much confusion and discord, especially in the case of the name God. For the most part, this is because of an attempt to personify 'God in the image of man' rather than the other way around, which is 'man in the image of God'. To understand a human being's true nature, one must look at the qualities of The One, rather than projecting man's limitations on The One. As an aside, I will be using the various names given to The Absolute interchangeably in this article so that you become familiar with them.

The Four Major Axioms of the Absolute

Four Major Axioms for the Absolute

The Oxford Dictionary defines something that is Absolute as being "not qualified or diminished in any way", "existing independently and not in relation to other things; not relative or comparative" and "a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things."

This definition can be aptly used to define The Absolute, even if something that is infinite is beyond definition using finite words. In his 1909 book The Arcane Teaching, written anonymously at the time, the New Thought author William Walker Atkinson defines The Absolute using four major maxims summarized below; referring to The Absolute as The All.

Maxim #1: "The All Is." This maxim describes the non-relative existence of The Absolute, as having always existed and never having come into being. This means that The All or The One never came into being, unlike the Universe, hence the name The Source. The All has always existed, unconstrained by space and time and is thus infinite and eternal.

Maxim #2: "Beyond, higher, and older than The All, there is not." This maxim tells us that The Absolute or The One is all that is, all that ever was, and all that will ever be. Nothing exists outside of or beyond It, nothing existed before It as It always existed, and It is superior to everything. This then means that you yourself do not exist outside of It.

Maxim #3: "The All exists beyond time, space, and change, transcends the Laws, is unconditioned, immutable, self-existent, independent, and abstract." This maxim tells us that The One is All-Present (Omnipresent)—existing everywhere at the same time in Its entirety beyond the change evidenced in space-time while also being above the Universal Laws, which is why It is also called The Law. It is limitless and unchanging unlike the ever-changing things of the Universe. The Absolute needs no cause to exist nor does It depend on anything for Its existence as nothing is outside of It to depend on. Being abstract means that It is beyond representation by words or symbols, as those are used to describe finite things, and so is even beyond man's intellectual comprehension.

Maxim #4: "The All is the efficient reason, supreme power, and causeless cause of all things." This maxim tells us that The All is the Original or First Cause of the Universe but is Itself causeless because it has always existed. ‘Efficient reason’ refers to The Absolute's supreme intelligence or Omniscience (All-Knowing) while 'efficient' also suggests that nothing is 'created' from scratch; all the perfect blueprints for anything and everything that can ever exist are already within The One. And, finally, ‘supreme power’ is a reference to the Absolute's Omnipotence (All-Powerful).

Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience

Bringing these fours maxims together, the qualities that most concisely describe The Absolute are:

  • Omnipresence (All-Present): to be present everywhere and in everything eternally at the same time and in Its entirety.
  • Omnipotence (All-Powerful): to have Absolute Power and be the Single Source of All Power. This includes creative or manifesting power.
  • Omniscience (All-Knowing): to have Absolute Knowledge as the Single Source of All Knowledge, known and unknown to humanity and unconstrained by space and time.

The One is Absolute Good - Agathon

The Absolute is The Good

The One, as described by the Greek philosophers, represents the pinnacle of simplicity and unity whose inherent nature is Absolute Good without any opposite. I must emphasize that the Ancient Greeks also referred to the One as The Good (Αγαθών — pronounced Agathon). This means that The One is the ultimate source of all existence and goodness, transcending duality.

Evil, in this context, is not considered a self-existing entity with its own source or a counterpart to good; rather, it is a lack thereof. Evil (defined as anything less than perfect harmonious good be it in thought, action, circumstance or otherwise) arises not as a force in opposition to The One, but as a result of a diminishing degree of participation in or proximity to The One in awareness.

There is No Evil, Only Infinite Good

Being The Good, only good can ever emanate from The One, and any perceived evil or deficiency in the 3D world is attributed to a separation or distance from this single source of All Goodness. This proximity is not measured in distance but in degree of awareness. The closer anything is to The One in awareness, the more perfect, good and harmonious it is; while distance from The One results in ignorance, imperfection and the distortion of good. This also explains why we feel closest to the Divine when in nature because its harmony, simplicity and perfection is closest to Source. Bringing this together, since the Single Source of All Existence is Good, and evil has no source of its own, we can declare as Henry Thomas Hamblin said in his book, Dynamic Thought, that "there is no evil, only Infinite Good".

The Nature of the Absolute is Love

Absolute Love as a Derivative of Absolute Good

Absolute Love, as a concept, can be naturally inferred to be a derivative of Absolute Good, since Love, in its purest form and above duality, seeks the well-being, highest expression and flourishing of all. If Absolute Good is the source of all perfection, then Absolute Love is its most profound expression. This is the foundation of the teaching that 'God is Good' and 'God is Love'.

Know that you are loved absolutely and without condition, no matter what you may have done in the past, or may do in the future, or even whether you think you are deserving of love or not. Being The Good, the will of the Absolute can only ever be for you to love yourself fully and completely, so much so that your self-love overflows, extending outwards towards all living beings and the universe at large.

The True Meaning of Omnipresence

The importance of understanding the true meaning of Omnipresence (All-Present) against the backdrop of infinity and eternity cannot be overstated when it comes to identifying the source of your own nature and power as your True Self. To comprehend the Omnipresence of The Absolute, you must go beyond your conditioned experience of space, where one part of The One is present here and another part is present there.

You must also go beyond your conditioned experience of time where that part of The Absolute present today is different from what was present yesterday or what will be present tomorrow. Omnipresence, therefore, means that The Absolute or God is changeless and is always present in Its entirety at every single point in space and time; precisely (by analogy at least) like every piece of a holographic plate contains the whole hologram.

Thomas Troward and The Edinburgh Lectures

The New Thought author, Judge Thomas Troward, had this to say in his 1909 book The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science in which he referred to The Absolute as the ‘Originating Life-Principle’ or ‘Spirit’. Endeavour to truly understand the following excerpt.

"The great fact to be recognised about unity is that, because it is a single unit, wherever it is, the whole of it must be. The moment we allow our mind to wander off to the idea of extension in space, and say that one part of the unit is here and another there, we have descended from the idea of unity [which is absolute], into that of parts or fractions of a single unit [which is relative]. It is, therefore, a mathematical necessity that, because the Originating Life-Principle is infinite, it is a single unit, and consequently, wherever it is at all, the whole of it must be present. Therefore it follows that the whole of Spirit must be present at every point in space, at the same moment. Spirit is thus Omnipresent in its entirety and it is accordingly logically correct that, at every moment of time, all Spirit is concentrated at any point in space that we may choose to fix our thought upon."

You Are One with God

To Know Your True Self is to Know The One

The Absolute or God is by definition present in Its entirety in every point in space and time, in every atom and sub-atomic or quantum wave, in everything tangible and intangible from the colossal in size to the minute, including you, and each and every one of your cells. This is the true meaning of Omnipresence, underpinning ancient teachings that 'you are one with God', that your True Self is your God Self.

An absolute identification of your oneness with The Absolute or God, is a life-time journey (or one of many lifetimes). It is the ultimate return to Source or Home. It is, however, unlikely to happen overnight, at least not permanently given your perceived experience of separateness and duality to date as part of your 3D experience. I do not say this to limit you, but rather to avoid any frustration that may arise when seeking a permanent sense of this Oneness too soon.

Having said this, it is not necessary for you to experientially know of your oneness with The One to manifest your wants and desires, and to improve every area of your life. Understanding, even if theoretically at first, that this Absolute Supreme Power of Good is by mathematical definition present within you in Its entirety, is the greatest source of inspiration you can ever come to find. And to be inspired is to be In-Spirit. Indeed, the etymology of the word inspiration is in- "in" + spirare "to breathe" meaning ‘for Spirit to breathe in you’.

Your True Power is Absolute Power

Your power to manifest your reality through the power of your thoughts and imagination has its origin in The Absolute because your mind is an emanation of The One's Mind that is Universal Mind. While your true potential power to manifest the life you desire is limitless, your actual power is limited to and by your level of awareness, and more specifically self-awareness. In other words, to what degree are you aware of your True Self, to what degree are you aware of your oneness with The One?

A Question of Degree of Awareness

If you believe that Absolute Power is out there or that only a part of it is within you or that it doesn't exist at all, then you have descended from the idea of Absolute Power to relative power. Put simply, relative power is limited to what you believe is possible and is often riddled with doubt, making manifesting frustrating and limited in its success. Nevertheless, even such relative power is enough (albeit limited) for you to start manifesting what you desire to experience because Absolute Power is inherent within you and you employ it naturally either way to varying degrees. The question is always a matter of degree—to what degree are you aware of your inherent power? Think about it this way: you can use electricity to power a single torch, even thinking it to be miraculous, not realizing that you can use the same electricity to power the entire planet.

Avoid Arrogance at All Cost

Knowing your true power is not about believing that you are now above or better than others because you have figured it all out and they haven't. This is a sure sign that you are living exclusively in the 3D Physical Plane of 'me and outside things and people' while believing you have transcended it. Nor is knowing your True Self about arrogantly believing or proclaiming that you are God and nothing and no one else exists; or thinking that you are invincible and that nothing can touch you or get in your way. This attitude is an extreme that is best avoided because you will soon find yourself on the other extreme, feeling powerless. In any case, if you truly knew of your oneness with God, you would not need to proclaim it. Silence, reverence and a deep unwavering love for all, is the state of mind that follows.

Keep Your Eye on the I AM

Keep Your Eye on the I

When you know that your power to manifest and change your reality is rooted in Absolute Power, and that your True Self (that is you wherever you may be) is one with The Absolute, then manifesting your desires becomes natural. When in a state of awareness of your True Self, you mentally declare your desire through your wonderful imagination and in declaring it, you know it is done without attachment, judgement or doubt.

Even so, no matter your degree of identification with The Absolute, your very nature whether you are aware of it or not, allows you to 'manifest, re-manifest and un-manifest' your reality through the power of your imagination. If, however, you limit your power to your personal self that is usually accompanied by attachment and doubt, your manifesting success will be more limited and possibly fraught with frustration. Aim, therefore, to not fixate on manifesting or even your desires when you first set out to change your reality, but rather to first contemplate your True Self and ultimately your oneness with The One. And as you do so consciously and intentionally, degree-by-degree you will find your awareness ascending towards the perfection, harmony and good of The One, which will in turn begin to naturally manifest in your life. Keep your eye on the I and remind yourself every day to remember who you truly are.

An Ode to The Absolute

Let everything you think, say and do be inspired by your recognition of your Oneness with the The Absolute. Knowing your true nature in this way is accompanied by an inner peace of poise and power because you know that the Supreme Power's will for you can only ever be Good, and that you are always Loved absolutely no matter what is going on in your inner world of thoughts or you outer world circumstances. Be truly grateful for Life itself and for your innate power to manifest anything you may want to experience through Absolute Power. Also, be in awe of the sheer infinite wonder of the Universe and make an effort to spend time in nature. In so doing you will find there is no room for self-righteousness, conceit, or arrogance. Only joy, love and gratitude for all life. Let your very life be an ode to The Absolute and you will have discovered the greatest source of blessings; and those very blessings will begin to also appear in your life because you will be in mental resonance with them.

IN A NUTSHELL

In a nutshell, The Absolute, The One or God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient. The One's nature is perfect Absolute Good and Absolute Love, which can only by definition be God's will for you. The All-Powerful and All-Knowing Absolute is present in every point in space and time, including you, in Its entirety, meaning your true nature is one and the same with The Absolute because It is all that is, the only difference being your degree of recognition or awareness thereof. Your power to manifest what you want through the power of your mind and imagination is Absolute Power—be grateful for this power. Each time you imagine a desire you want to see manifest, endeavour to contemplate first your True Self and your oneness with The One, and in that moment you will know that what you desire is, by Law, done.

Written by Tania Kotsos
First Published: 07 June 2013
Last Updated: 23 February 2024
This article is in-part an excerpt from THE ADVENTURE OF I

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