I wrote a book called "An Exploration of Religion and the Meaning of Life" and in the last chapter we get into an explanation of consciousness and how it relates to what we refer to as God!
The gist of the idea is that we all connected to, and a part of what we call God, or Mother Nature, or Cosmic Consciousness, or Allah, or First Cause, and the degree with which we are connected is directly related to what sort of a brain we have and how complex it is! (In other words, a dog will always act like a dog even though it is part of this Cosmic Consciousness because it has a dogs brain!!!!)
SO, we, as humans, are very connected and a part of God ......, monkeys not so much, dogs a bit less, and so on down the chain until we get to amoeba's and Republicans! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)
That would also explain this story: