I keep open that God is in fact just an “animation” we humans make of existence. This animation is available of many different kinds. In “the mature person”, if we are to use the valued designation?, it is of a different kind only than in most. Then with “the last electric kick”, call it Enlightenment, Cosmic Consciousness, etc., as some have testified, so does this “animation” only become even more solid, integrated into the person?
God is in earlier stages a need for security, comfort, having a confidant, “someone on his side.” At higher levels a kind of tenderness for existence, to have the opportunity to attribute “someone” the honor, something to relate to, a kind of imaginary friend. (But in depth as the “returning” son, not like those who stayed at home, to borrow a picture from the Bible.)
Much like you animate and put names on a boat, car, summer cottage you hold dear… Or a country, thinking of the national anthem (is like many such anthems, I guess), you see your country as a living, demarcated completely… “You’re quiet, you’re glorious.” how it goes now, o other such Sweden songs that sound like you sing to a loved one… The god image at higher levels is like “a universal patriotism”, which includes everything?
But that the difference is not so great, whether it should objectively be the case that existence is animated by a single overarching being, or not… The mature’s love of existence is of such a full kind that he/she already relates to existence as if it were animated.
I can imagine that for the advanced (speculation! ) the individual survival of the world’s well-being has somehow merged. A perspective where whether you will live on doesn’t mean much. You’re so immersed in the world that you don’t care. Emotionally. Then if you have a certain self-experience or strong suspicions that you as an individual will live on, it is still subordinate.
And, no, I can neither say bu nor boo, firmly, about the true nature of God. I don’t have any personal experience of the type “enlightenment”. I can only trace it as far as my understanding lasts. And I then extrapolate how the more mature – but still “unenlightened”, i.e., who claim to have nothing qualitative other than the common man to start from – might experience existence.
However, I am open that it is actually the individual himself who “warms up” the world. That the experience of existence as divinely benevolent and loving is that comes from the individual himself, mostly a reflection of a loving, altruistic, humble mind, so to speak…
(The above are some clips from a discussion about God’s nature.)