One on One

When I think of the word cocreator, I think of Watson and Crick, Sid and Marty, Captain and Tennille. I think of more or less equal partners, each contributing, compromising, producing, and redacting. Don’t you? I’m sure we’re all grateful for the amazing collaborations we’ve experienced, thankful for the reminders that nobody ever does anything alone. We’re all in this together.

That said, check out Luke 17:21. The "this" we’re all in together is Spirit. That means, among other things, that we don’t have to beg God to show up. God is here. It means that we don’t make miracles happen. Every moment is a miracle. It means that we don’t "send" prayers. Where would we send them to or from?

As you know, prayer doesn’t change God. Prayer changes us. God is already all the Life, Love, Wisdom, and Power in the universe. We wouldn’t want any of that to change. What we seek to change and uplift is our awareness and intentional interaction with the Truth. The goal is to reform our God thoughts, to stop trying to make God in our image, to see what’s always been there.

With that in mind, and after looking at the number of times Jesus said "...not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42, NASB), “...the Father abiding in Me does His works” (John 14:10, NASB), and so on, it’s hard for me to see myself and God as some kind of cosmic Statler and Waldorf.

One of the criticisms folks have about our branch of spirituality is that we seem to put ourselves on equal footing with God. This is a fair criticism; you and I have seen it a lot. But it’s an error. It doesn’t work, not really, and that’s not what our tradition is really about.

Yes, Jesus said things like "the works that I do, [you] will do also” (John 14:12, NASB) all the time. Yes, you are a powerful, beautiful, awesome child of God. But you’re not God. Jesus was very careful to say that Spirit does the work, that, in so many words, there’s only one presence and power and you and I are channels. Not the source, not the destination, but channels.

So you’re not a cocreator. There’s one Creator. The idea of some kind of creative force emanating from us is the same kind of ego that got us kicked out of Eden, metaphorically disconnected from the creative process, in the first place. The cocreator idea sounds like a partnership, but it’s a division. A division of labor, a separation of interests. It makes it sound as though our job is to tell God what to do.

Our job is not production; it’s participation. Spirit doesn’t come from us, it comes through us, to the degreee that we let God be in charge. When prayer becomes less about submitting a work order and more about heeding a call, we make room for miracles.