I Don't Know...The Way of Knowing
I Don't Know is the required confession needed to be granted admission to the path of enlightenment and to The Way of Knowing. I Know is conclusive, ending, finite and therefore devastating. I Know is an enemy of immortality and nemesis to The Way of Knowing. We are all infinite spirits and the offspring of the Infinite Creator. When we discover the I Don't Know within we unleash our Infinite nature and unearth the Endless Us! Are you ready to put on immortality?
All Truth flows to us from One Divine River. From that One River many wells form and are fed. We might call these wells religions, cultures or philosophies. All wells sustained by the One River contain beauty and truth. However, we make a grave mistake when we declare any particular well as being the One River. I Don't Know dissolves religious division, bridges cultural chasms and dodges philosophical divorce originating from the I Know. I Don't Know is the Repairer of the Breach. In a day when the I Know is to be charged with so much human suffering - I Don't Know shines brightly as an ancient idea whose time has come of age. $20
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“Pastor D.E. Paulk, my friend and colleague in ministry, has tackled an issue few even acknowledge exists. The over certitude of many and most of the world religions have kept us from accessing, experiencing, expanding and expressing the greatest of the ethereal disciplines, the discipline of Not Knowing and being at peace with, and actually becoming one, with the Unknown. Anything else is probably an illusion!”
-DR. CARLTON D. PEARSON
Author The Gospel of Inclusion and God is Not a Christian & Founder and Senior Pastor of New Dimensions Worship Center
"I have said to Pastor Paulk – ‘Turn In (within)...Don’t Fit In!’ In I Don’t Know...the Way of Knowing I am delighted to see that he has taken heed to my words.”
-DR. LAWRENCE CARTER - Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Tenured Professor of Religion, and College Curator at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga
Instructor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in the Master of Public Health Program
“What Pastor Paulk shares in I Don’t Know...the Way of Knowing is an essential ingredient for all who seek to more fully embrace and understand the Presence of God. Read his words with an open heart and you will certainly be filled to overflowing.”
-REVEREND BARBARA AND DR. JOHN WATERHOUSE
Center for Creative Living, Asheville, NC
“Pastor D.E. Paulk has captured the true essence of how religion separates us. When one faith path promotes absolute ‘rightness’ it inadvertently suggests that all who disagree are wrong and in danger of Divine punishment. This is the basis of the violence of religion. What a blessing it is not to need all of the answers or to find that there are many answers to life’s complicated questions. Perhaps the law of knowing is the joy of not having to.”
-BISHOP YVETTE FLUNDER, D. Min.
Sr. Pastor City of Refuge Community Church UCC San Francisco, CA
“There are those whose message, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed confirmation that we’re on the right track. This book will be experienced by the reader as affirmation. We all do thirst, and praise be to God that our refreshing comes in packages called books. This book is one great drink!”
-BISHOP JOHN SELDERS, JR., CLS, D.D.
Lecturer, Supervised Ministries Department, Yale Divinity School
Pastor-Amistad UCC, Hartford, CT
“D.E. Paulk writes from a powerful source. His words are more than ink and paper, rather, they are chiseled in stone that cannot be easily overlooked. His writings are guided by the universal God- knowing and will lodge in the reader and become a permanent part of their knowing. This wisdom is displayed and will have a life- changing effect. You will appreciate and quote him.”
-DR. HAROLD LOVELACE, D. D., M. Th.
Spiritual Development Fellowship
Author – Read and Search God’s Plan...of His Mercy Upon All
“Spiritual legacies can be entitlements with unearned revelation by its progeny desiring to take hold of its mantle. Clearly, D.E. Paulk takes his spiritual calling and mantle, into precarious spiritual waters, transitioning and facilitating a long legacy of Pentecostals and Charismatics to new and renewed spiritual realms. Quite frankly, his spiritual legacy is assured by this book.”
-REVEREND JOHN GARLINGTON, III
LOVE...THE ULTIMATE SCANDAL
GOD'S LOVE INITIATIVE
I John 4:10, 19
God loved us first! Not the converse. Our love for God did not instigate or serve as a catalyst of God’s love for us. Our love (human love) for God is laced with humanity and therefore is merely a response to being loved. Thus, without ascending to a higher consciousness our love will always be a response – it will always be conditional. God’s love for us is not a response to anything. God’s love for us flows from His very essence – God is a being of love!
I John 4:7-8
Human love struggles to understand Christ’s ideas of loving, blessing and praying for enemies because human love is responsive – conditional. Godly love is emanating – unconditional. The reason God’s love is unconditional is not only because it happens to be a greater love, but because it is who God is! God’s love flows from being Himself. For God not to love would be a denial of self, God’s self.
God, the I Am, does not respond - God just is. So God’s love for us is not an action, it is just an expression of God’s being. If God’s love is not an action, but a state of being, then it is not predicated or dependent upon action or response. Believing that we could cause God not to love us by our non-response or un-belief makes the assumption that we have the power to change the I Am of God or to transform the very beingness of God. God does not respond, much less react. God is not ill-tempered, temperamental or emotionally fragile. God being God is not affected by His creation.
And, God is love.
When we respond to God as love (God’s emanating love) we begin to grasp the deep mysteries of what love is. We begin the journey of becoming love and no longer remain stuck for a lifetime trying to learn how to love and who to love. Our response to God by showing Him love does not make God love us more. Our love for God only awakens us to our own capacity to love – to the beauty of the godly love that was hidden within us all along. We awaken to ourselves as love, not just as loving. When the God as love is revealed to us we become reacquainted with our beingness – our being like God – our being love.
Love can carry no separate definition than that of being unconditional. How could love be anything other than unconditional? If love is conditioned or conditional it is not love – it is a response - an emotional response based in self-preservation, motivated by self- improvement and driven by self.
If we did not initiate God’s love for us, how can we have the power to sustain it or even cause God to disdain or discontinue it? If we did not provoke God to love us can we provoke God to un-love us? Can anything separate us from the love of God - a love that we did not initiate or create? Can anything separate God from God…from being love…from being God?
THE LOVE DISCONNECT
At times we may feel disconnected from God through our sin, disobedience or by ignoring the spirit of God within us. Violating the greater laws of the universe can have a blinding and deadening effect on the senses, the conscience. We can easily slip into unconsciousness or the illusion of separation by our refusal to agree with the way of God. All of us have found ourselves estranged from the path of love and the way of God.
However, no matter how disconnected we may feel, it doesn’t change God’s eternal essence as being love and loving us. Our illusion of being cut off from God’s love cannot overpower God’s pervading and prevailing love. The sun is always shining and emitting energy. Yet, the earth’s rotation, clouds or even an eclipse may create for those of us on the earth the illusion that the sun is not there - not being. The sun is always the sun and always there. Our illusion of being out of the reach of God’s love will never limit the reach of God’s love. Illusions can only limit our awareness of God’s omnipresent love. Illusions cannot provoke God to un-love us or force God to be anything other than God.
- Deepak Chopra
This parental love, although very strong, may be the apex of human love. I love my children because they are part of me. However, I hope that I am becoming love so that I will feel that way about all people, not just those with whom I am physically connected. We cannot limit God’s being love to our human understanding of love. Yes, God loves us as His children and as we are a part of Him. But, God loves us because God is love, not only because we are His children and happen to bear His likeness and image. Have you ever noticed that we love for our children to look like us? If we were honest we would admit that we have ourselves, or have at least seen someone, who loved a child more because the child bore a strong resemblance to them physically. This brand of human love is based in ego, self and narcissism.
Although it is healthy to like what you see in the mirror, it may be unhealthy to stare with admiration at yourself all day. God has no issue with low self-esteem. However, if God were overly narcissistic and in love with Himself He may not have freely given His life as an atonement for us. God not only loves His image in us, His reflection in us, His likeness in us. God is love.
If we accept that all men are children of God we must embrace that God loves all men as such – as His children. As long as men think they must earn the love of God they will see God’s love as a conditional response, and in turn will replicate conditional love toward each other – toward mankind.
- Ozzy Osbourne
Further, if we believe that we are created in God’s image then we can no longer justify God hating Himself in us. As we become aware of the love of God, and love as God, we will respond with love toward God. The more we love God, love ourselves, love our neighbor and all of creation, the more we become love. When this transformation happens, love will no longer be an action or a response. Love will become who we are. When we become love we begin to agree with the God in us and with the God as us.
KNOWING WITHOUT KNOWING
PEACE OR PIECE?
-Father Bede Griffiths
How can a God of love also hate? Can hate and love work together? Coexist? Doesn’t the Bible tell us God is love? God is love, and God is good. But, God is bigger than that. God is all! God is ultimate balance. God is all, all the time!
If God establishes laws such as sowing and reaping, cause and effect, action and reaction that govern the universe, He does so from His essence as Father and expression as Teacher. In other words, God creates after Himself or after His nature so that the creation might learn more of the Creator by knowing itself. I am learning to understand God as a paradox, not as a contradiction. God creates the light and the darkness, good bacteria and bad bacteria, sunshine and rain. And, everything created has a part to play in the balance of the universe.
- Niels Bohr
- Barry Lopez
Can we deduct that if God hates division most…He loves unity most? If God hates for his children to be divided, wouldn’t God in turn love and celebrate when His children come together? In order for all of God’s children to come together we must decide to make the main thing… the main thing. Making the main thing…the main thing must become a conscious decision. This effort is a conscious one (one of conscience) that has the power to unhinge and dethrone the unconsciousness of division.
So do we choose our piece or God’s peace?
Will we swap our personal piece in exchange for God’s heart for universal peace?
Can there be peace on earth as long as our piece is more highly esteemed?
- Matthew Fox
There are many wells, but One River.
To equate any one well with being God is idolatrous (declaring something equal with God that is not God). The insecurity of I Know drives us to all extents to prove that our piece of God equals the total God. Our piece of God is just that – a piece. And, as long as we all cling to our piece (our well) as the only piece, there will be no peace.
- Father Bede Griffiths
IT'S OKAY TO QUESTION
WE ALL STRUGGLE...AND SURRENDER
-Father Bede Griffiths
There is a secret, sacred place where man enters into communion with the Ultimate Mystery. This secret place is only discovered by a few. The few who find this place have surrendered their personal possession of power to the Greater Power. However, to surrender is not to quit or to stop; to cease or to discontinue. To surrender is to deliver up possession – in the context of finding the Way of Knowing…to surrender possession of the I Know.
- Emmet Fox
Joseph of Arimathea had heard of old, but was also open to hear the but I say to you of the Christ! When considering the severity (and longevity) of Pharisaical conditioning and indoctrination, Joseph’s openness and willingness to leave behind his acquired mental possessions to follow the Christ was quite remarkable.
- Emmet Fox
Struggle is the essence of life. When we cease from struggle, we cease from living, at least physically. Life’s physical struggle begins immediately. We are born and instantly we struggle for air, food and water. Before long, we struggle to see and to walk and to talk. As we grow, we struggle socially as much as physically. The social struggle, though painful, is necessary to lead us to the spiritual struggle.
Although the physical struggle seems to come first, it is temporary at best. The physical struggle, in time, turns into social struggle, which ultimately introduces us to the spiritual struggle. The spiritual struggle is deeper and has more eternal value. At some point we grow weary with the spiritual struggle, weary with the search for answers…and we surrender. It is in this arrival at spiritual exhaustion where we find the sacred place of mystery and mysticism; truths that transcend ordinary understanding.
Struggle leads us to Surrender.
Surrender is the Way of Knowing!
We all do.
We all struggle.
We all have questions.
Whether we admit it or deny it, we do! We grapple and quest for the answers of life, love, and yes, even God. We struggle because our souls thirst for awareness and our spirits hunger for awakening. And, deep in our being, we sense that we are not merely trying to survive. We accept that we are struggling to find ourselves.
- Frederick Douglass
Wherever there is struggle, there is the potential for progress.
Any place there is progress, we discover questions.
Questions lead us to answers that lead to more questions.
And, this process eventually leads all of us to surrender.
Questions are proof of our humanity and of our Spirit.
Questions are evidence that we have a soul and a spirit.
Questions are confirmation of caring.
It’s okay to question.
- Soren Kierkegaard
- Rush (Limelight)
- Paul Tillich