Thou art God

You should all know that this is one of the Order’s three tenets. In other words, to join the
Order, you must at least pay lip service to the idea with the understanding that full grokking
will come later. I say this rather than “you must believe this” because, as we have seen
already in the discussion, there is a wide variety of ideas surrounding this idea. And guess
what? With the lone exception (no thou aren’t), they are all correct!

It’s not a new idea you know. Jesus himself said that “I and the Father are One,” and if he, a
Rabbi from a (then) obscure religion in a backward country is, then we all are or can be.
George Fox (one of the founders of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) said, “Go out
into the world and answer to that of God in everyman.” Hindu’s greet one another with the
word, “Namaste,” which means something like “the God within me greets the God within
you.”

Someone here suggested that divinity is an energy field — like the Force. It surrounds us; it’s
inside of us; we breathe and drink and eat it.

Someone else said that “God is perfect.” Sorry, no God’s or Goddesses are perfect. The
Judeo-Christian God is supposed to be (and believers in Him are required to believe that), but
no, even a casual reading of the Torah and Tenach (what Christians refer to as the Old
Testament) reveals a God of many, many faults, many listed as forbidden behavior in His own
laws (He’s a “do as I say, not as I do” sort of God). I won’t go into that in detail. As you read
further into Stranger In A Strange Land, you’ll encounter Jubal’s commentary on this.
The Greco-Roman Gods are great examples. They’re always breaking the rules. The Celtic
pantheons are no better. Hindu Gods do things a mink breeder wouldn’t tolerate. 🙂 In every
mythos it’s the same: the God’s are the mirror images of ourselves. Or we can say that God is
made in our own image (and then the opposite is true to – if we are made in the image of God,
then that’s why we act like him).

We’re all fledgling Gods here. We’re learning how to be Gods, and unlearning how not to be.
It’s, as Lady Heart said, a lifetime learning experience. We will make mistakes. That’s part of
the learning process. Hopefully, we’ll learn from each other, and grow in perfect love and
perfect trust If we just grok that small part, we are half way there.

Ok, so let’s say that one or more of you are thinking: “No, I could never believe that. I’m not a
God and can never be one and none of these folks are either.” Well, don’t let THAT stop you
from becoming a Druid. “Thou art God” is a special tenet, added to the other two that Druids
must believe in, and applicable only to this Order. If you want to be a Druid, but not an OMS
Druid, you need only believe these two tenets:

  1. “The object of the search for religious truth, which is a universal and a neverending search,
    may be found through the Earth Mother, which is Nature; but this is one way, yea, one way
    among many.”
    We sometimes simplify this by saying, “Nature is Good.”
  2. “And great is the importance, which is of a spiritual importance, of Nature, which is the
    Earth Mother; for it is one of the objects of Creation, and with it we do live, yea, even as we
    do struggle through life are we come face to face with it.”
    And we sometimes simplify this one also, by saying “Nature is Good.”

Believing those two ideas makes you a Druid according to the Reformed Druids of Gaia (RDG) (which is the mother organization of OMS).

But, in a broad sense, in saying, “Nature is Good,” RDG is saying “Nature is the Goddess
(and the God).” If we then, are a part of nature, (and we most definitely are) then we’re back
to “Thou are God.” It’s a snake that bites it’s own tail (well, now, look at the OMS emblem). You can run, but you can’t hide. 🙂

May you never thirst!

“Solipsism and pantheism. Together they explain anything.”
— Jubal Harshaw, in Stranger In A Strange Land