When you use this salutation, you are acknowledging that there is Divinity in another person.
The disguise is individuality. Individuality comes from being separate from others, and from being incomplete and unbalanced in traits–some in the foreground, others in the background.
Universal God, by contrast, is Being connected with everything, and is complete and balanced in a state of totality. Accordingly, that is what is disguised beneath someone’s individuality.
It’s easy to see another person as God in disguise when that person is beloved by you.
But then there’s the irritating store clerk.
And the coworker who antagonizes you.
And the slow poke driving in front of you.
When you feel irritated, antagonized, and frustrated, how can you deal with it?
A quick reminder to yourself can help: that person is God in disguise.
Try it next time.
Lifting the disguise changes the complexion of things. It reveals the true Identity, instead of the role being acted in this particular circumstance. And it allows you to sense a compassionate link with the other person, even under challenging conditions.
Answers From Silence says, “You must bless everyone.” And, “I used to ‘sense out’ people when I looked at them. Each person had a different mood and vibe. Now everybody looks and feels the same to me—wonderful.”
But what about people who do truly bad things? How can they be God in disguise?
It can be that the disguise believes in itself and forgets true Identity. And there are degrees of forgetting, even to extremes.
But at the base of all experiencing, pure consciousness is pure consciousness. After that come all of the other levels of consciousness. Even the most forgetful of those couldn’t exist without the foundation of pure consciousness.
Yes, there is one more person who has forgotten true Identity, whose disguise you should lift in order to recognize God.