Actually not any particular “God”, but something along the lines of “A higher power of our own understanding. ” (Or misunderstanding)
I believe Sam Harris new book on “Free Will” has the potential to bring Agnostics like myself closer to an understanding of “How it works”.
Being a long time member of a 12 step program (AA), I have been invoved with 1,000s of discussions about the AA 3rd and 11th steps ....
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” and… “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”
I have participated in thousands of meetings,listening to people describe, the admittedly self contradictary process, of how they regain control of their lives through the practice of these steps. Although I don’t know how it works or the exact nature (or even approximate nature) of the higher power that is involved, I have absolutely no doubt that doing so, can somehow work more transformative miracles than are described in any “Holy Book” from any religion.
Somehow, Sams’ theory of “Self Will” fits into this process. I have to think and “pray” about it more, but I believe it may hold the key to many answers concerning the nature of reality and “How it works”.
I would love to have Sam put his creative prowess to work on this area and would be glad to assist from the AA side in any small way that might be helpful.