Who is Worthy of Worship?

by Christopher Lovejoy on August 18, 2018

I never really understood the meaning of the word worship until I looked it up in a dictionary, and even after looking it up and pondering its meaning, I still couldn’t comprehend its value.

I would even go so far as to say that for a practice that seems common all around the world, worship defies understanding. To see why, I will start with the standard definition of worship.

Worship is defined simply as feeling and expressing adoration and reverence.

If children adore their teddy bears and if religious and spiritual people alike revere the presence of life, then what would it even mean in practice to adore and revere anyone or anything at all?

The combination seems implausible.

Why do so many children adore their teddy bears, even teddy bears in need of repair after long and fruitful relationships? Might care and devotion have anything to do with their adoration?

Why do so many religious and spiritual people alike revere the presence of life, often to the point of taking great care to put bugs inside mugs so they can be taken outside their dwellings?

What if the lovable teddy bears were suddenly given the breath of life? Would children not then be inclined to worship their teddy bears? What would this look and sound like in practice?

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It is in the nature of a constructive, supportive, productive, creative consciousness to keep these two questions in mind: who is worthy of my care and who do I ultimately serve?

Put another way, who is worthy of my time and attention? Who is worthy of my love and respect? Who is worthy of my care and devotion? Put simply, who is worthy of my worship?

Again, worship is defined as feeling and expressing adoration and reverence. If two souls adore and revere each other, they just might enjoy a light, carefree, and worshipful relation. If three or more souls adore and revere each other, they just might create a light, carefree, and worshipful community.

As one worships in service to the other, one worships some one, not some thing.

If I worship money and possessions, and if this is what gives real meaning to my life, then I might never feel that I have enough; if I worship my body and my looks, I might often feel ugly, and when time and age start showing up, I might die a million deaths before my body and looks finally succumb to a real death; if I worship power, then I might end up feeling afraid that someone somewhere will eventually take away my power; if I worship intellect, I might end up feeling like a fraud, on the verge of being found out, not as smart as I pretend to be. Perhaps the compulsion to worship a thing reveals a deep need for genuine worship, one that is not restricted to a controlling desire, one that is not restricted to things that have physicality or other misguided devotions like status and reputation, as judged by the opinions of others. Eventually, relief comes to those who stop caring so much about these objects and opinions, caring more about the experiences in life that bring true meaning and value to life.

Any one can be worshipped ~ the self, a twin flame, a soul mate, a lover, a loved one, a beloved pet, a best friend forever, a holy person, an icon ~ but is anyone really, truly, and fully worthy?

Let me get personal with you for a moment: who, in your experience and estimation, is worthy of being adored and revered, of being viewed and treated with a deep, abiding love and respect?

Who is worthy of being worshiped, without fail, and with sacred and divine intent?

I invite you to take these questions seriously. Don’t dismiss them out of hand because you feel yourself unworthy, or because society at large contains cesspools of unworthiness and worthlessness.

Rather, find it within yourself to feel worthy of taking these questions seriously.

Do not settle for a one-word answer. Take some time to really think about your answer; take some time to truly feel into your response. Who is worthy of being adored and revered without fail?

If you keep saying God, this is fine, but I encourage you to go further; if we are all divine expressions of God in human form, then why not worship one, two, or more of these expressions?

Please, take these questions seriously; if necessary, read them again with sacred intent. In my view, there are no right or wrong answers ~ only answers that make perfect sense to you.

Consider, too, that the self in service to others is a candidate for worship in view of its health, fitness, vitality, image, career, reputation, money, status, possessions, wealth, recognition, and intellect.

Do you feel a deep, abiding love and respect for yourself? If you do, have you warmly welcomed into your life those who likewise feel a deep, abiding love and respect for themselves?

It happened …

I suddenly realized she was holding my gaze
with a depthless ease of peace and love divine

the world yonder seemed to retreat into a void;
in wordless wonder, we tasted each other’s bliss

this was no ordinary intercourse; we were lovers,
and we had never met before in all of our lives

Are you holding out the possibility and opportunity for mutual worship?

Who do you choose to worship daily? Who do you include in your daily worship? To whom can you give your deepest love and respect without condition and without expectation?

If you are not yet a vibrational match for worship, what are you waiting for?

This is not a casual question, and so I will ask it again, more elaborately: if you are not yet a vibrational match for extending and expanding your daily worship, what are you waiting for?

Who are you waiting for?

I can already anticipate the most common objection to anyone asking this question: “but … we live in a fallen world; who among us is really, truly, deeply, and fully worthy of worship?”

With all due respect, this is absolutely the wrong question to be asking.

Let me put it this way: if humanity has already decided that it is unworthy of extending and expanding, giving and receiving, deep love and respect, then humanity is already in deep trouble.

The implication here is this: be the change you wish to see in the world; in other words, be the depths of love and respect that you allow yourself to encounter and experience in the world.

How?

I am so glad you asked.

Let us explore.

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I am the love and respect that I allow myself to see and hear and feel in another.

I affirm this statement because it resonates with the heart of my soul; any firm and pure intention to embody an experience of this beautiful statement, however, is not without its complications.

In this dense manifest world, eternal vigilance is the price we pay to get a taste of worship: care and devotion, on the way to adoration and reverence, are prone to obsession and compulsion.

We are, all of us, complex amalgams of sacred, human, and divine. Due to the limitations of space and time, we are forever prone to bypassing each other in a neverending quest to be understood.

I invite you to pause and contemplate the implications of what I am saying here.

Other than a devotional practice that reminds us daily that only our love and respect for each other truly matter, anything else that we care to worship will only serve, sooner or later, to eat us alive.

The form of this daily practice is unique to each of us and has two integral facets: sacred and divine ~ the first for care and the second for devotion; the first for soul and the second for spirit. Ergo, care of the soul (of a true self) and devotion to a spirit of generosity (for the other) is true worship.

Everything else follows.

As presence (bless you for being who you are and who you must be) dovetails with care, so too does gratitude (thank you for this opportunity to give) dovetail with devotion to a spirit of generosity.

as presence dovetails with care,
so too does gratitude dovetail with
devotion to a spirit of generosity

Sit still and be with these words in contemplation of their truth and worth for you.

As we continue to mature in soul and spirit, we are coming to realize that we are not what we have and we are not what we do; we are more of who we are, even as we are more of who we must be.

Sadly, far too many souls in this world identify themselves with their things – with their food, clothes, jobs, cars, bodies, homes ~ persisting, day after day, in their strivings for endless success.

Even sadder, once this process of identification becomes programmed and conditioned into being put on automatic pilot, the only goal in life is to follow and elaborate this process unconsciously.

Just to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with having great food, clothes, jobs, cars, bodies, or homes; making these things somehow wrong is not the answer ~ in fact, it has never been the answer.

Compare …

My ___ (insert material value) makes me feel important and I would feel worthless without it; example: “my … set of six-pack abs … makes me feel important and I would feel worthless without it”

My ___ (insert spiritual value) makes me feel really good about who I am and must be to be true to me; example: “my …. capacity to care truly and deeply from the heart of my soul so that I can give ably and generously … makes me feel really good about who I am and must be to be true to me”

Again, nothing wrong with having a set of six-pack abs that you can feel good about, but if they have unconscously taken the place of what you feel really good about (like care and devotion to another), then there is a risk of having your time and energy distracted and consumed by the abs.

So what really and truly matters in this life?

The list is short and sweet: health, happiness, contribution, freedom, and fulfillment; truth be told, these values are the masters. Image, status, and possessions are mere servants by comparison.

Many of us already get this intellectually, but do we get it emotionally?

Do we feel it in our guts and our hearts? Or are we so emotionally attached to maintaining and increasing the stuff and status in our lives that we no longer know who we are ~ or must be?

Are we emotionally connected more to what we have and what we do?

I get that stuff and status are emotionally seductive: we need not worry if they don’t love us like we love them; we need not worry about them losing their interest in us, or worse, suddenly dying on us; and all this feels really, really good because there are no immediate consequences from loving them.

The human beings among us are awakened to what I am saying here; the human doings are running on automatic pilot, like so many miserly mechanisms in service to the worship of stuff and status.

I get that human doings are compelled by nature, culture, upbringing, and slick marketing to form and feel emotional connections to the acquistion of more and ever more stuff and status, but we would all do well to remember that it’s not their fault that their default settings are ones in which they have this kind of emotional connection to their stuff and status, just like it’s not their fault that they are learning and speaking whatever language they learn and speak as their first language, their default language.

I get, and I grant, that it is all too easy for human doings to unthinkingly buy that new pair of designer shoes or to fill their lives with temporary gratifications in place of what’s truly important to them in life, but a devotion to stuff and status can be adjusted to express more meaning and purpose in life.

Intellectual understanding and emotional appreciation of stuff and status can be made a choice in any moment by putting or keeping both in alignment with a greater sense of meaning and purpose.

Eventually, human doings will be able to catch themselves in the act, to be conscious enough to make quick adjustments to avoid falling back into the default setting of worshipping stuff and status.

At some point, human doings among us will decide once and for all (if they haven’t already) that the endless pursuit of stuff and status is without real meaning and decide instead to enjoy the ride.

Human doings will join human beings in realizing that when it comes to absorbing the reality of bodily death, stuff and status quickly lose much of their value and meaning; when they suddenly get that their bodies are going to die, all of these ephemeral things ~ body, image, possessions, status, reputation ~ will suddenly lose their lustre and have less meaning than the experiences in life that they generate.

Human doings will join human beings in putting their focus on experience, on manifesting an enjoyable experience devoid of obsessive care and compulsive giving. Human doings will find the depths of their being in being human beings and thereby find ways to give themselves away in meaningful ways.

All attachments to stuff and status will suddenly seem silly, if not stupid, by comparison.

Let us be clear: this life we live is not a dress rehearsal; we only get to live once in this particular form, and as far I know, we don’t get to bring body, stuff, and status with us when we pass over to the other side. What we do get to take with us, however, is a soul full of memories and a spirit full of intent on enjoying a lifetime of fulfilling experiences, however few.

Take a moment … have they been meaningful for you?

Human beings have need of genuine worship ~ to conduct themselves with care and devotion on the way to adoration and reverence ~ and so why not make this process conscious in service to the other?

How?

I am so glad you asked.

Let us explore.

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In my post, Worship the Goddess, I reviewed nine ways in which to pay homage to the divine feminine spirit. I have since realized, in view of balance and harmony, that the sacred masculine soul deserves at least as much time and space as is given to paying homage to the divine feminine spirit.

In point of fact, the time is well past for the divine feminine spirit to honor the sacred masculine soul in its own way and for sacred masculine soul to honor the divine feminine spirit in its own way.

Care and devotion, on the way to getting a taste of adoration and reverence, respectively, are just what soul and spirit need to thrive and strive without limit: just as the soul requires the presence of care, so too does the spirit require the promise of devotion; just as the soul requires the nourishment of adoration, so too does the spirit require the upliftment of reverence, both in the giving and the receiving.

This mutually reinforcing dynamic serves both just as it saves both. Care is not care without devotion; devotion is not devotion without care. Care and devotion go hand in glove on a cold day. If one side of this equation is neglected or abused, so too is the other, and there is no way around this.

As long as the dark feminine soul or spirit continues to co-opt masculine energy with the energies of hate and spite, it will never heal; it will never get its needs met; it will never meet its full potential.

As much as the dark masculine soul or spirit would like to co-opt feminine energy with appeasement and abject servitude, or to suppress or repress the feminine spirit, it will never meet its full potential.

Where soul is acutely receptive to the absence or presence of care, spirit is acutely sensitive to the absence or promise of devotion; where soul is forever inclined to serve in care with the promise of devotion, the spirit is forever inclined to serve with devotion in the presence of care.

To say that this constant play of care and devotion is a dynamic that requires a delicate and difficult balance, even at the best of times, would be a gross understatement. Why is this so?

Simply because the balance looks and feels very different for the feminine and masculine.

Feminine balance is centered around the pivot, moving to either side in the presence of care, receiving it here and affirming it there, whereas the masculine balance is centred across the entire beam, moving from one side to the other with the promise of devotion, observing it here and protecting it there.

Feminine balance in the presence of care can afford to be warm, kind, soft, and gentle, whereas the masculine balance with the promise of devotion can afford to be alive, awake, aware, and alert.

One might insist that feminine balance be the exclusive domain of females, and that masculine balance be the exclusive domain of males, but regardless of this insistence, there are some very feminine males and some very masculine females in the world; it would make no sense to question or exclude them.

As they grow into maturity, some males and females find their balance in both. That is, it becomes difficult to distinguish whether they favor or prefer a feminine balance or a masculine balance.

As I said, human beings have need of genuine worship ~ to exercise care and devotion on the way to adoration and reverence ~ and so, in light of the foregoing, how is this done, or how could this be done?

By simply learning to embody and express what I call the most essential relation. For ease of reference, here again is my version of the most essential of relations, as I understand and appreciate it at this time:

holding the space (through presence),
making the time (to bless and express),
letting it flow, as required (with devotion),
I open myself up to the play of worship,
to the play of adoration and reverence

That is to say, in holding the space (through presence), making the time (to bless and express with the appropriate care and generosity), and letting it flow, as required (with devotion), the way is opened for the play of worship, for the dynamic play of adoration and reverence.

This protocol for being and becoming in a world being overrun by its opposite expression is deceptively simple to enact, but decidedly difficult to establish and sustain for any appreciable duration.

I will address some of the reasons why this is so in my next post.

In the meantime, I invite you to be a taproot of presence with roots of gratitude that feed the trunk of care with its many branches of generosity, and with devotion, bloom into adoration and reverence.


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Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective