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What is a "higher power?"

Discussion in 'Theological Concepts' started by Quintessence, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Ouroboros

    Ouroboros Coincidentia oppositorum

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    I think it's a sloppy misnomer. The forces behind reality is on a quantum level, so comparative to the "upper" levels, the higher power is actually lower. :)
     
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  2. Orias

    Orias Left Hand Path

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    Look at Stendarr, the God of Righteous Might and Merciful Forbearance.

    I think when most people think of God, that can be applied.
     
  3. NIX

    NIX Daughter of Chaos

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    For me, my higher power is the most accomplished, polished version of 'me' I can envision. This vision of 'me' is a source of both (personal) focus and perserverance (and inspiration).
    It calls and renews me to keep climbing- even when I am feeling tired and at my lowest. She calls me to rise up once again and keep ascending- on the upward incline- the magical path- of her becoming.
     
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  4. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    Frubal!
    The Tao is like water that flows down to the lowest point.
     
  5. idav

    idav Being
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    Obviously its the mods that are the higher power. True story.
     
  6. atanu

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    My illiterate boss is also a higher power. There is absolutely no doubt about that. He can put a rope through my nose and make me go around in circles on heaps of mustard to squeeze out mustard oil and then sell that oil.
     
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    Rig Veda in one of its sukta states that two birds permeate the same tree (body). One is desirous, hankering after things but never satisfied. This bird has no control. The other bird has no desire. It is the Seer. It is the higher power. When the desiring bird gets to view the higher bird, it is said, that all miseries end.
     
  8. kenhilton

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    It is obvious that you know the answer to your own question.
     
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  9. Quintessence

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    You're new to RF, so I'll cut you some slack here, but the entire point of this forum is to discuss and debate religious topics. If anyone listened to such advice, we'd quickly have an empty forum with nothing to talk about! I'll also cut you some slack for quoting a post made in 2012 and practicing thread necromancy (to a point... please try to avoid this int he future).

    Why do you think no discussion of this is warranted? Do you not agree that perception of "higher" is relative to the beholder and the perspective of reference and as such is a bit ambiguous in meaning?
     
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  10. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Higher power relates to voltage. In US people use 110 volts, in India 220 volts. Transmission of power is through higher voltage 14,000 or so. That is higher power.
     
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  11. Quintessence

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    I like this answer. :D
     
  12. kenhilton

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    Good day to you. I understand that I am new to this site. So far I have read a lot of comments, all of which are equally valid.
    However, some of those comments read as questions that are anything but.
    So many questions read as being passive agressive statements.
    My concept of a higher power is my own. So in short it is very much relative to my own perception, which as with all persons, is a product of my life experience. That being the case, if individual perception is at the heart of this story, one can not disregard another's belief or opinion. To do so would be hypocritical.
    Discusion is warranted. It is sad though when the parties involed are not in it to learn.
    I am sorry for coming off in a bad way. I hope you have a good day.
     
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  13. dmap

    dmap God is good and beautiful

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    I always think of it in the context of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meaning. I think they want a power in their lives to control their temptation and desire to drink since they have been unable to do it themselves. And it has to be higher, in the moral sense of the word.
     
  14. The Reverend Bob

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    I think the term should only be used in that context
     
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    I am here to learn from others and to better understand other points of view. Are you reffering to temperance? I would like to hear more!
     
  16. The Hammer

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    I look at "higher powers" as, higher then reality as we can directly observe it; while also remaining that it is a fundamental force of our existence (permeance). Religions give us various formulas to experience these/this power, through prayer, ritual or meditation.
     
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