Excerpts from Donald Neal Walsh: Conversations with God
Today we will find God together. This is always the best way to find God: together. Isolated and separated from each other, we will never find God. I mean that in a double sense. I mean, we will never find God as long as we are separated.For the first step in realizing that we are not separate from God is the realization that we are not separate from one another.And as long as we do not understand and realize that we are all one, we also can not understand and realize that we and God are one.So, as I discovered, the quickest way is to "find God," that we find each other; that we stop hiding from each other. And that we also stop hiding from ourselves. The quickest way to end this hide-and-seek game is to tell the truth.To anyone. Always.
If you believe that God is some omnipotent being who hears all prayers, says “yes” to some, “no” to others, and “maybe, but not now” to the rest, you are mistaken. By what rule of thumb would God decide?
If you believe that God is the creator and decider of all things in your life, you are mistaken.
God is the observer, not the creator. And God stands ready to assist you in living your life, but not in the way you might expect.
It is not God’s function to create, or uncreate, the circumstances and conditions of your life. God created you, in the image and likeness of God. You have created the rest, through the power of God has given you. God created the process of life and life itself as you know it. Yet God gave you free choice, to do with life as you will.
You cannot create a thing – not a thought, an object, an event – no experience of any kind – which is outside of God’s plan. For God’s plan is for you to create anything – everything – whatever you want. In such freedom lies the experience of God being God – and this is the experience for which I created You. And life itself.
I desire that you shall know and experience Who You Really Are, through the power I have given you to create and experience yourself in whatever way you choose.
I tell you this: every experience you have, I have. Do you not see I am experiencing my Self through you? I could not know Myself were it not for you. I created you that I might know Who I Am.
There is only one purpose for all of life, and that is for you and all that lives to experience fullest glory. Everything else you say, think, or do is attendant to that function. There is nothing else for your soul to do, and nothing else your soul wants to do….The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. Your are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.
Harnessing your thoughts, exercising control over them, is not as difficult as it might seem. It is all a matter of discipline. It is a question of intent. The first step in learning to monitor your thoughts; to think about what you are thinking about.
When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts – thoughts that negate your highest idea about a thing – think again! I want you to do this literally. If you think you are in a doldrums, in a pickle, and no good can come out of this, think again. If you think the world is a bad place, filled with negative events, think again. If you think your life is falling apart, and it looks as if you’ll never get it back together again, think again.
You can train yourself to do this. (Look how well you’ve trained yourself not to do it!)
Some of you are walking in wakefulness, and some of you are sleepwalking. Yet all of you are creating your reality – creating, not discovering – using the power I have given you. So, you’ve asked when your life will “take off”, and I’ve given you the answer.
You get your life to “take off” by first becoming very clear in your thinking about it. Think about what you want to be, do, and have. Think about it often until you are very clear about this. Then, when you are very clear, think about nothing else. Imagine no other possibilities. Throw all negative thoughts out of your mental constructions. Lose all pessimism. Release all doubts. Reject all fears. Discipline your mind to hold fast to the original creative thought. When your thoughts are clear and steadfast, begin to speak them as truth. Say them out loud.
And what is suffering? Is suffering the way and the path to God? Some say it is the only way.
I am not pleased by suffering, and whoever says I am does not know Me. Suffering is an unnecessary aspect of the human experience. It is not only unnecessary, it is unwise, uncomfortable, and hazardous to your health.
Then why is there so much suffering? Why don’t You, if You are God, put and end to it if You dislike it so much?
I have put and end to it. You simply refuse to use the tools I have given to you with which to realize that. You see, suffering has nothing to do with events, but with one’s reaction to them. What’s happening is merely what’s happening. How you feel about it is another matter. I have given you the tools with which to respond and react to events in a way which reduces – in fact, eliminates – pain, but you have not used them.
Excuse me, but why not eliminate the events?
A very good suggestion. Unfortunately, I have no control over them.
You have no control over events?
Of course not. Events are occurrences in time and space which you produce out of choice – and I will not interfere with choices. To do so would be to obviate the very reason I created you.
All human actions are motivated on their deepest level by one of two emotions – fear or love. In truth there are only two emotions – only two words in the language of the soul. These are the opposite ends of the great polarity which I created when I produced the universe, and your world, as you know it today.
These are the two points – the Alpha and the Omega – which allow the system you call “relativity” to be. Without these two points, without these two ideas about things, no other idea could exist.
Every human thought, and every human action, is based on either love or fear. There is no other human motivation, and all other ideas are but derivatives of these two. They are simply different versions – different twists on the same theme.
Think on this deeply and you will see that this is true. This is what I have called the Sponsoring Though. It is either a thought of love or fear. This is the though behind the though behind the thought. It is the first thought. It is the primal force. It is the raw energy that drives the engine of human experience. And here is how human behavior produces repeat experience after repeat experience; it is why humans love, destroy, then love again: always there is the swing from one emotion to the other. Love sponsors fear sponsors love sponsors fear….
…And the reason is found in the first lie – the lie which you hold as the truth about God –that God cannot be trusted; that God’s love cannot be depended upon; that God’s acceptance of you is conditional; that the ultimate outcome is thus in doubt. For if you cannot depend on God’s love to always be there, on whose love can you depend?
…And so it is that in the moment you pledge your highest love, you greet your greatest fear.
For the first thing you worry about after saying “I love you” is weather you’ll hear it back. And if you hear it back, then you begin immediately to worry that the love you just have found, you will loose. And so all action become a reaction – defense against loss – even as you seek to defend yourself against the loss of God.
Yet, if you knew Who you are – that you are the most magnificent, the most remarkable, the most splendid being God has ever created – you would never fear. For who could reject such wondrous magnificence? Not even God could find fault in such a being.
But you do not know Who you are, and you think you are a great deal less. And where did you get the idea of how much less than magnificent you are? From the only people whose word you would take on everything. From your mother and father.
These are the people who love you the most. Why would they lie to you? Yet, have they not told you that you are too much of this, and not enough of that? Have they not reminded you that you are to be seen and not heard? Have they not scolded you in some of the moments of your greatest exuberance? And did they not encourage you to set aside some of your wildest imagining?
These are the messages you received, and though they do not meet the criteria, and are thus not messages from God, they might as well have been, for they have come from the gods of your universe surely enough. It was your parents who taught you that love is conditional – you have felt their conditions many times – and that is the experience you take into your own love relationships.
It is also the experience you bring to Me. From this experience you draw your conclusions about Me. Within this framework you speak your truth. “God is a loving God,” you say, “but if you break His commandments, He will punish you with eternal banishment and everlasting damnation.”
For have you not experienced the banishment of your own parents? Do you not know the pain of their damnation? How, then, could you imagine it to be any different with Me? You have forgotten what it was like to be loved without condition. You do not remember the experience of the love of God. And so you try to imagine what God’s love must be like, based on what you see of love in the world.
You have projected the role of “parent” onto God, and have thus come up with a God Who judges and rewards or punishes, based on how good He feels about what you’ve been up to. But this is a simplistic view of God, based on your mythology. It has nothing to do with who I Am. Having thus created an entire thought system about God based on human experience rather than spiritual truths, you then create an entire reality around love. It is a fear-based reality, rooted in the idea of a fearful, vengeful God. Its Sponsoring Thought is wrong, but to deny that thought would be to disrupt your whole theology. And though the new theology which would replace it would truly be your salvation, you cannot accept it, because the idea of a God Who is not to be feared, Who will not judge, and Who has no cause to punish is simply too magnificent to be embraced within even your grandest notion of Who and What God is.
This fear-based love reality dominates your experience of love; indeed, actually creates it. For not only do you see yourself receiving love which is conditional, you also watch yourself giving it the same way. And even while you withhold and retreat you set your conditions, a part of you knows this is not what love really is. Still, you seem powerless to change the way you dispense it….
Every action taken by human beings is based in love or fear, not simply those dealing with relationships. Decisions affecting business, industry, politics, religion, the education of the young, the social agenda of your nations, the economic goals of your society, choices involving war, peace, attack, defense, aggression, submission; determinations to covert or give away, to save or to share, to unite or divide – every single free choice you ever undertake arises out of one of the only two possible thoughts there are: a thought of love or a thought of fear.
Fear is the energy which contracts, closes down, draws in, runs, hides, hoards, harms.
Love is the energy which expands, opens up, sends out, stays, reveals, shares, heals.
Fear wraps our bodies in clothing, love allows us to stand naked. Fear clings to and clutches all that we have, love gives all that we have away. Fear holds close, love holds dear. Fear grasps, love lets go. Fear rankles, love soothes. Fear attacks, love amends…
You have been taught to live in fear. You have been told about the survival of the fittest and the victory of the strongest and the success of the cleverest. Precious little is said about the glory of the most loving. And so you strive to be the fittest, the strongest, the cleverest – in one way or another – and if you see yourself as something less that this in any situation, you fear loss, for you have been told that to be less is to loose. And so of course you choose the action fear sponsors, for that is what you have been taught. Yet I teach you this; when you choose the action love sponsors, then you will do more than survive, then you will do more than win, then you will do more than succeed. Then will you experience the fully glory of Who You Really Are, and who you can be.
To do this you must turn aside from the teachings of your well-meaning, but misinformed, worldly tutors, and hear the teachings of those whose wisdom comes from another source.There are many such teachers among you, as always there have been, for I will not leave you without those who would show you, teach you, guide you, and remind you of these truth. Yet the grandest reminder is not anyone outside you, but the voice within you. This is the first tool that I use, because it is the most accessible. The voice within is the loudest voice with which I speak, because it is the closest to you. It is the voice which tells you whether everything is true of false, right or wrong, good or bad as you have defined it. It is the radar that sets the course, steers the ship, guides the journey if you let it be.
The world exists the way it exists –just as a snowflake exists the way it exists - quite by design. You have created it that way – ust as you have created your life exactly as it is. I want what you want. The day you really want an end to hunger, there will be no more hunger. I have given you all the resources with which to do that. You have all the tools with which to make that choice. You have not made it. Not because you cannot make it. The world could end world hunger tomorrow You choose not to make it.
I am showing you in stark terms that the world exists the way it exists because you have chosen for it.
You are systematically destroying your own environment, then pointing to so-called natural disasters as evidence of God’s cruel hoax, or Nature’s harsh way. You have played the hoax on yourself, and
it is your ways which are cruel.
Nothing, nothing is more gentle than Nature.
And nothing, nothing has been more cruel to Nature than man.
Yet you step aside from all involvement in this; deny all responsibility.
It is not your fault, you say, and in this you are right. It is not a question of fault, it is a matter of choice.
You can choose to end the destruction of your rain forests tomorrow.
You can choose to stop depleting the protective layer hovering over your planet.
You can choose to discontinue the ongoing onslaught of your earth’s ingenious ecosystem.
You can seek to put the snowflake back together – or at least to halt its inexorable melting – but will you do it? –
You can similarly end all war tomorrow.
All it takes – all it has ever taken – is for all of you to agree.
Yet if you cannot all agree on something as basically simple as ending the killing of each other,
how can you call upon the heavens with shaking fist to put your life in order?
I will do nothing for you that you will not do for your Self. That is the law and the prophets.
The world is in the condition it is because of you, and the choices you have made – or failed to make.
Your own life is the way it is because of the choices you have made - or failed to make.
I have provided all things with an energy that sends their signal into the whole universe. Every person, every animal, every plant, every stone, every tree - every physical thing - emits energy, like a radio station. You're sending energy in all directions from the center of your being right now - you're beaming it out. This energy - which you are - moves outward in wave patterns. The energy leaves you, moving through walls, over mountains, past the moon and into the eternal. It never stops anymore.
Every thought you ever had colors that energy. (A person can feel it, if they are sensitive enough, if you think of them.) Every word you ever speak makes that energy. Everything you've ever done affects them.
The vibration, speed, wavelength and frequency of your emanations are changing and constantly changing with your thoughts, moods, feelings, words and actions.
It is said that someone has good "vibes", so radiates good vibrations, and that's right. That's a very accurate description!
Of course, every other person does the same. And so the ether - the "air" between you - is filled with energy; a matrix of intertwined, interwoven "vibes" that is a more complex tapestry than you can ever imagine.
This tissue is the assembled energy field in which you live. It is powerful and affects everything, including you. Then, influenced by the incoming vibes to which you are subjected, you send forth newly created vibes, and these connect with the matrix and transform it - which in turn affects the energy field of all others, which affects the vibes that send them out which affects the matrix - which affects you ... and so on.
These are common occurrences, and they are among the more obvious manifestations of this matrix. The matrix - the unified current energy field within a given parameter - is a powerful vibration. It can directly affect, influence and create physical objects and events.
Your psychology has called this energy matrix "collective consciousness." It can and does influence everything on your planet: the prospects for war and the opportunities for peace; geophysical riot or a calmed planet; epidemic disease or worldwide well-being. Everything is the result of consciousness. And also the more specific events and circumstances of your personal life.
The whole world is in a constant exchange of energy. Your energy pushes outward and touches everything else.
The great teachers of your Christian religion understand this.
They know that the crucifixion did not frighten Jesus, but that he expected it. He could have gone, but he did not. He could have stopped the course of things at any time. He had the power, but he renounced it. He allowed his crucifixion so that he could become the symbol of the eternal salvation of man. Look, he said, what I can do. Look at what's true. And know that you too will do these things and more.
For did I not tell you that you are gods? But you do not believe. If you cannot believe yourself then believe in me.
Jesus' compassion was so great that he asked for a way - and created it - that would influence the world so that all can go to heaven (self-realization). And if not by other means, then by him. For he defeated suffering and death. And you can too.
Christ's greatest doctrine does not say that you will have eternal life, but that you have it; not that you are all brothers in the Spirit of God, but that you are; not that you will have what you ask, but that you have it. All that is required is that you know this. For you are the creators of your reality, and life can manifest itself in no other way than what you think it will do. You think it into beings.
This is the first creative step. God the Father is thought. Your thinking is the mother who gives birth to all things.
That's one of the laws we need to remember
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