As the saying goes, we are unlimited spiritual beings having a limited human experience.
As such, you might say there is a facet of Who We Really Are that is constantly watching over us, orchestrating the details, looking before we leap, and helping manifest our magical intentions into form.
Because our limited everyday brains can’t perceive the whole mechanism behind this (and because they have trouble conceptualizing the Infinite), we ascribe different names, aspects, and specialties to different aspects of the Divine. This does not diminish the fact that these aspects actually do exist. It merely explains why one person may prefer calling on an angel for the very same reason another might prefer calling on a Hindu deity.
Indeed, the way our divine helpers and unseen allies appear can shift according to our preferences, personal history, chosen worldview, and even our moods. The finite facets (representations or emanations of the Divine) are ways for us to get to know – and it turn co-create with – the infinite jewel that is the Divine, with Whom we are one.
Joseph Campbell said, “God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.” This is an excellent definition, and explains why I believe that all true spiritual experiences are 100 percent personal and 100 percent unique. While working exclusively within a certain pantheon or tradition may be helpful for some of us and in some situations, when we begin to subscribe too rigidly to a particular canon of beliefs, we surrender our real, direct experience of the Divine. Furthermore, the Divine, being a “metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought,” necessarily transcends all rigidity and rules anyway. By definition, it cannot possibly be pigeonholed, much less reduced to any single interpretation or belief system.
Because it transcends all levels of intellectual thought, our spirituality, in essence, might be defined the same way as our creativity. So when an image, symbol, concept, story, or idea evokes the presence of the Divine within your consciousness – when it allows you to transcend intellectual thought and connect with that place that is between the worlds – it is truer than true and realer than real: it is the Divine speaking to you and you speaking to the Divine. And, just as no two artistic sensibilities are exactly alike, no two individuals can possibly have the same experience of the Divine.
With that in mind, we might think of the many differing faces and pantheons of the Divine as facets of the One Infinite Jewel, rays of the One Infinite Sun, or conceptual or finite doorways into the Inconceivable Infinite. We can always be alert to which ones really resonate with us, and ignore the rest or file them away for later. Or ignore them all and work with whatever interpretation(s) or facet(s) of the Divine appear to us personally (such as spirit guides, fairies in our local forest, or guardian angels).
In conclusion, while it might appear that way, we’re not actually working with a phone book of separate divinities. We’re just walking through different portals in order to merge our consciousness with the part of us that is one with All That Is…AKA the Divine.