I agree, although I refer to the IS as the Creator, the concepts are the same. Here, you're beginning to lose me. I realize some people believe they create their own realities (except, of course, when it comes time to be held accountable for the realities they have created!), but because someone believes a specific view from a particular vantage does not mean that view is valid for everyone else. I guess what I am trying to say, is it possible that what you view as "gods and goddesses" are merely manifestations or eminations from the one true source? That, when all is said and done, all are actually one. Not part of one, ONE. OK, I'm back with you, the universal IS. I'm losing you again. I'm a fervent believer in Paschal's wager. If I only get one life to lead my spirit by, I am much more inclined to live my life properly (provided I sincerely believe that I only get one chance to do things right, and I believe there is reward in afterlife, and live my life in accord with these things. Therefore, we are created as we are created, we are as we are, and we will be what we will ourselves to be. And now we're back on the same page again. Actually, I think you are heading in the right direction. And then, who am I to say? Perhaps I am not heading in the right direction myself, but I travel the road I understand, and I make the most I can of the journey. Besides, laughter and enjoyment are some of the simple blessings, the ones we really create for ourselves, that we are entitled to as partial payment for our sojourn here in this experience.