“Let us pray to God to be free of ‘God’.” –Meister Eckhart.
We exist in a shifting ground, and outworn symbolic notions need to be re-imagined. Outer, worldly, changes provoke a response from human beings, and this response takes place as a shift in the collective psyche. This shift is not a quick and sudden shift, but instead a slow and gradual shift, as people begin to rethink and re-imagine their relationship to each other and life. Some of this shift in thinking takes place consciously and some of it unconsciously. The unconscious cultural shifts can be interpreted though our collective beliefs, fashions, images, and sayings.
One such say cultural saying is that “God is dead”. I believe that this statement reflects a cultural change, or even an attempt by the collective unconscious, or Zeitgeist, to free itself from old and brittle images of ‘God’. In other words, culturally we are attempting to negate an old and outdated image of ‘God’, to get rid of ‘God’, so that we can more truly know God.
To say that ‘God is dead’ may reflect a realization that the old father ‘God’ is dead, or dying. But this image of the death of ‘God’ can be held with a dialectical trust that there is a deeper truth awaiting to come into our collective realization. Culturally, we may need to free ourselves of the old and outdated symbolic images so that new realizations can come into form– a realization that is based in subjective truths that extend beyond those based on legitimacy.
The truth of God may be less of an objective truth and more of a subjective truth. This subjective truth is a realization of God beyond the symbolic notions of ‘God’. This emerging realization reflects the idea that each of us can know ‘the divine spirit’ within our own lives and through our own subjective experience.