Analogies are bound to break down, especially when trying to describe a transcendent transcosmic “It.”
Imagine a vast, egoless consciousness that is called “God.” By egoless I mean “no separate sense of individual selfhood with all the ego-defense mechanisms and ‘selfishness’ those imply; something not of the egoic mind; something not ‘below’ but ‘above’ the egoic mind.” I.e., no simian scrambling for alpha position in a hierarchy or pecking order; no “smiting” of enemies (in fact, no enemies to be smitten)…
Imagine a God who “performs work” but without an anthropomorphic, non-biologic volition. Volition is a material-world motivator that gets things done in the physical world, so the transegoic transcosmic God cannot be said to be volitional. Such a god can be said to “work” – but that idea is a human depiction and interpretation of a human experience of a transhuman “Other.” This Other “works,” one imagines, like the Christian god is said to create, or have a “face” or a “strong arm” or “hands.” Metaphor is the best possible means of talking about it, and always with the ancient Taoist caveat that, although the Tao is real:
the Tao that can be named is not the true Tao.
So the Other’s “volition” is Its “working” within the subjective psyche, in a way perhaps similar that sun exposure causes the “working” of Vitamin D within the metabolism.
Unlike the received divine attributes of the Abrahamic faiths, the transcendent, transcosmic, transegoic God represents untamed, undomesticated Reality. It doesn’t conform to conventional wisdom, conventional religion, conventional society, conventional politics, etc. Whether or not that’s advantageous to conventionality is another question.
But it may be asked, of what use is such an extra-cosmic God?
Well, I think that human beings can benefit by “paying It mind” – because cross-culturally, various divine union mystics extoll many positive effects deriving from that union. “It” – although difficult to name, and possessed of such paradoxical attributes as Nonexistence and No-thing-ness – is almost universally experienced as infinite wisdom, grace, compassion, vast consciousness, “Big Mind,” and other such terms, with a resulting internal transformation in the experiencer – such as, for example, a fresh, liberated life that is centered in “Spirit” rather than in convention, materiality or culture.
A crude physical analogy would be our paying mind to the sun, the atmosphere, or wind systems. They are what they are, with or without humans to pay them mind… but paying them mind in the right circumstances with an appropriate attitude can enhance living. A precious gem or mineral hidden in mountains or soil exists as-is without humans paying it any mind. But if by exploration humans unearth the precious hidden treasure, it becomes a new and oftimes useful human acquisition. Similarly, if by employment of contemplative practices humans “discover” the hidden God – that “treasure hidden in a field” – this disclosure becomes a new and oftimes positive spiritual acquisition.
The analogy is similar to those picture puzzles that say: “Find the animals or the Presidents’ faces hidden in this forest.” The animals and faces are not immediately visible, but once spotted, one’s entire conception of the picture undergoes a radical change. The picture – in this discussion, the “givenness” of reality – doesn’t change, but one’s perception of it changes drastically.
Some say that the supernatural is the natural not yet understood. Similarly I’m saying that the “Other God” mysteriously exists as part of our reality-picture but is not yet (generally) perceived. Once perceived, our view of the reality-picture changes, with consequent positive spiritual benefits. As Jesus says in the Gospel of Thomas:
“The Kingdom of the Father is spread out over the earth, but few see it.”
Seeing It is the key.