@gnosisman There are several things I find deeply confusing. One is, if deities are not real, why are they taken so seriously? How did, for example, the person who designed the imaginary elephant headed-God Ganesha manage to trick so many people into thinking his/her fictional deity is real? Not only that, the person who created Ganesha also managed to trick so many people into worshiping this fictional character for thousands of years, which is quite an astonishing feat. What’s more incredible is that there were amazing pranksters like this all over the world, they all created their own imaginary Gods and successfully got people to worship these fictional Gods for thousands of years. If I were to go back in time and try to convince people that Sponge Bob is a real deity no one would take me seriously. Let alone convincing them to worship Sponge Bob square pants. Why are some fictional characters taken to be absolutely real and others are considered to purely fictional?
The second thing I find confusing is, when I read Ken’s books, I get the impression that God with form is a mythic/Amber level understanding of God which is as fictional as Santa Claus. But he also says in deity mysticism (which is an experience people at any level can have) you become one with a deity form. Let’s say an atheist guy at Orange experiences deity mysticism as a peak experience. What kind of deity would he even see? Why would he—someone at Orange—see deities if deities are nothing more than Amber level imagination? And why would that person only see fictional beings that people at Amber regard as deities instead of some other fictional beings such as the tooth fairy or Santa Claus?
Ken also said in Tibetan Buddhism there’s a practice where you visualize yourself as the deity (link: https://youtu.be/BYjJsVEAg9A?t=162). It doesn’t sound like he regards this practice as some kind of Amber pre-rational superstition, he most likely practiced this visualization technique himself. The question is, why would he—someone who’s way above Amber—take such a technique seriously if deities are fake and pre-rational?