Neale Donald Walsch
Headline: WIKILEAKS GETS INTO SECRET BANK ACCOUNTS/Records may be published soon — What is the CWG point of view on this? I am not sure what all the fuss is about. What’s wrong with transparency?
According to news reports, a former Swiss banker has turned over data on more than 2,000 high-profile politicians, celebrities and others. And so, soon, everyone may know about their financial holdings and maneuverings. Some people in this group are said to be afraid today of being charged with tax evasion in their various home countries if and when the data get released.
The news item brought up for me an interesting question. What kind of a world would we inhabit if everything was known by everyone? What if we lived in a completely transparent society? Do you think this would be good for society, or bad?
Conversations with God says that in highly enlightened societies everything is completely visible. There are no secrets of any kind. None whatsoever. Everything about everything is on the table. Nothing is kept quiet, there is no such thing as “hush-hush,” and there is simply no reason for anyone to keep anything from anyone else.
We have seen how so-called Sunshine Laws have made for better government, and it it clear to us that personal relationships in which all is said and known are the only kind that make sense. Love and Total Honesty go hand-in-hand, do they not?
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? Could you live in a society in which everything about you was totally visible, completely known, and utterly transparent? What reason can you think of for having any secret from anyone — or anything “confidential” at all?
Let’s have a discussion. Is transparency a basic tenet of the highest spirituality? Let’s all talk. I’ll find great interest in your comments, below…
I invite you to join in today as we continue our highly interactive dialogue on the Arizona shootings, and all that it means to all of us as members of the human race…
Following my last posting I saw this entry from Laurie Clark Reynolds…
I do not understand how to take action in this matter. If I understand the teachings of the master teachers I have read, [of which, Mr. Walsch, you are a favorite! :)] we are to BE clear so to manifest/create the desired experience. And since we cannot stop others from creating their experience, we cannot have the whole world be what we desire. We can only focus out attention on BEing peace, compassion, love, empowerment, acceptance. We look at what others do and become aware, and then choose to know who we all REALLY are, even in the face of it. Knowing that all is on purpose. So, how, then to we take action. How can we tell if we are being an ostrich with our heads in the sand or if we are flowing energy in a more positive direction and not giving the news our power? I am confused. :/
I would like to respond to you, Laurie, one idea at a time…
I do not understand how to take action in this matter.
Listen carefully, and I will give you one suggestion. The way to “take action in this matter” is to see “this matter” as something larger than it appears to be. On the surface it appears to be the deranged action of one unstable individual. Only when looking deeper do we see that “the matter” is something more than that.
As one person posting here put it, succinctly, I thought…the Arizona shooter may have been unstable, but even unstable minds do not pull their ideas out of thin air. They get their imageries, their thoughts about possible solutions to the world’s problems as they see them, from the world itself. You can change the actions of individuals — yes, even unstable individuals — by changing the world in which they live.
This is a massive undertaking — but not an impossible one. Yet this solution does not have the excitement or the satisfaction of an immediate fix. And so, it has very little attractiveness for most people. Television has made us used to, and yearn for, The 26 Minute Resolution. If we can’t solve the problem in 26 minutes of looking at it, we aren’t very thrilled with the approach that’s being taken.
Unfortunately, the approach I have been suggesting takes more like 26 years. (Although it could produce its desired outcome in 26 months, if we really wanted it to. Or even, yes, in 26 minutes. Indeed, if we really wanted it to, it could resolve the problems of humanity in 26 seconds.)
The approach I have been suggesting, and that has been given to us in the Conversations with God dialogue, is to change the Cultural Story of humanity.
THAT is the “action” we can take “in this matter,” Laurie. That is what we can do. We can approach the problem at the level of Cause, rather than at the level of Effect.
The Cause of all the violence in human life is our understanding (or, more accurately, or misunderstanding, of the nature of Life Itself. We have no idea of who we are, where we are, why we are where we are, and what we intend to do about that.
That is right. We do not even have any idea of what we are intending to do in our lives…not even as individuals, much less as a group called Humanity. Until Humanity can collectively decide on its collective course, we will never get anywhere. Because all of us are heading in a thousand different directions. We say we all want the same things — peace and harmony, safety and security, love and joy and kindness and happiness — yet we can’t for the life of us (and I mean that literally) agree on a way to produce those outcomes for all. (Or even for the majority.)
Have you ever wondered, Laurie, how it is possible for over 6.5 billion people who consider themselves to be members of a highly evolved species to be utterly incapable of producing what every one of those members claims to be yearning for?
Only when we are willing to ask this question, Laurie, will we be able to find the answer.
Let’s all talk.
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Okay…So Laurie…the person to whom I have been speaking, above….continues the dialogue with this entry on Facebook…
Laurie Clark Reynolds…Yes! Thank you, Neale! I do SEE and I do know that I have been sent nothing but angels! So…..The best thing I think I can do is to remember who I really am and in so doing remind others when they forget. For if I do not remind them we may all be lost. [your book, “The Little Soul and the Sun” has forever changed my life! So glad you put it in it’s own binding so it is easier for me to share and give!
There is a reason the focus is being made in this way on this tragedy. It is one of many, it is an invitation to SEE what we are collectively creating. We are being programmed! Television “programming”, computer “programming”. And Thank you Neale for being the wonderful voice amongst it that is reminding us of who we really are! I do my best to know it and be it all the time. My work is in this field. I share your work with all my clients and do my best to love the whole of the Universe in all it’s contrast. Now, my friend, tell me more!
What else can I DO to help shift the cause of it all, the Misunderstanding of Life itself! I SEE!!! Now help me move forward in a way that does not contribute to that creation, but is in alignment with the highest and best good of the grandest version of the highest vision that I have ever held for myself and for human kind!
And so it is! I eagerly await your wisdom, dear friend!
Now it is time for all of us to join in this discussion. Let’s all talk. And soon, we’ll be able to do that at LetsAllTalk.com — a new internet blogsite, as well as right here. But for now, please post your thoughts below!
Emotions are running high today in many quarters in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings at a street corner meet-and-greet organized by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of that state’s southern Arizona 8th district.
As we all sadly know by now from the news, six people were killed and 12 others wounded in the rampage. The congresswoman herself is in recovery from emergency surgery at this writing, a bullet having pierced her brain.
Killed were three elderly constituents, a 9-year-old girl who had just been elected to her school’s student council and wanted to attend the event to see how real politics in America works, a staff member of the congresswoman, and a Federal judge who had just left Saturday morning Mass at his Catholic church and stopped by to say hello.
The blogosphere was ablaze this morning with commentaries about the event, many of them decrying the state of political discourse in this nation right now, with words and debate becoming more and more vitriolic, and imageries used by politicians becoming more and more war-like. Particularly cited by many bloggers was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who had posted a picture of Rep. Giffords, among other Democrats, in gun-sight crosshairs, saying they were “targeted” for being brought down because of their political views.
Of course, no one seriously suggests that Palin wanted anyone to be physically targeted or shot (it should be noted that she immediately took the crosshairs image down from the Internet after news of the shooting reached her), but bloggers are asking today, could such allusions, and talk of it being “time to reload” and take action (a phrase used verbally and in print by Palin frequently), place before already troubled minds exactly the wrong kinds of thoughts?
Consider this recent remark by Rep. Michele Bachman: “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous” in their efforts to block certain legislation.
The suspected killer in Arizona, tackled at the scene by onlookers after firing off several rounds from a semi-automatic weapon, has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner. The young man has been described by many who have been acquainted with him as being “mentally disturbed.”
There are those who are saying today that the political atmosphere in this country is playing right into the thought patterns of persons who are unstable. The sheriff of Pima County, where the incident took place, said in a widely reported news conference after the shooting: “The vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government” could have been a factor in generating Loughner’s actions. “There’s reason to believe that this individual may have a mental issue, and I think that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol,” the sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, went on.
“The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
The place where we live is not “the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in,” the sheriff said, adding, “I think it’s time, as a country, for…to do a little soul-searching.”
I agree with the sheriff. Not merely as a country, but as a world, it is time to do a little soul-searching. That is a big part of what the Conversations with God cosmology is all about. It is about searching the Soul, and not just the Mind, as a means of understanding Life; as a means of knowing who we are; as a means of recreating ourselves anew; as a means of personal growth and spiritual evolution.
What happened in Arizona is a composite of what is happening all over the world. We can say that, no, this is not true. The person in Arizona was mentally disturbed, and it is unfair to paint all of humanity with that brush. Yet even the most fair-minded, objective observer would have to agree that, increasingly, we are seeing violence be resorted to more and more by individuals and groups around the world as a means of resolving disputes…and even minor disagreements.
I agree with the sheriff that this is not the world those of us over 60 grew up in. Yet it is the world that those people under 60 are growing accustomed to, and that those who are under 16 are growing into. And that is sad.
What is saddest about it is that this is not the way it has to be. It is an outgrowth of the Cultural Story that we keep telling ourselves about ourselves on this planet — a Cultural Story that is wholly inaccurate and has nothing to do with Ultimate Reality, but that is spreading like wildfire among all the world’s people, with little or nothing to contradict it…or even to question it.
Yet question it we must, if we are to survive as a loving, caring, compassionate species. We hear the news of things such as the Arizona incident and we shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What have we become? What are we turning into?” But we do not seem to be willing to look at the cause of all this aberrant behavior.
CwG says that all behavior arises out of our beliefs, and that all beliefs arise out of our perceptions, and that all perceptions arise out of our perspective, and that all perspectives arise out of our awareness, and that all awareness arises out of our consciousness — and that, finally, all consciousness arises out of Beingness.
This is the greatest news that humanity could ever receive…because Beingness is controllable. It is selectable by the Mind. But it is rarely elevated when selected by the Mind alone. Beingness is a CHOICE (which is not something that is generally known, nor a notion that is widely embraced) that is difficult and challenging, at best, to make for the better when it is made by the Mind acting in isolation. Yet when the Mind acts in collaboration with the Soul a State of Being can easily be chosen that reflects the Highest and the Best of who we are.
The biggest problem in the world today is that we are making our Choices as to who we are and what we wish to be (as a species, as a sub-group, and as an individual) based solely on the data in the Mind.
That data will disserve us most every time.
More on this in our next blog, as we explore The Arizona Question: Can we ever bring an end to humanity’s violence? What could do it? When might it happen?
I invite you to offer your own comments and observations below.
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A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER I POSTED THIS ON FACEBOOK, A PERSON POSTING AS “LAURI MARIE” OFFERED THIS ENTRY…
Is it possible, and perhaps preferable, to try to focus on the fact that this was a young male, unbalanced and desparately angry, acting out solely on his own inner angst and not allow it to be a perspective of a world run amok or a violent humanity?
Yes, Laurie, it is possible, but I am not sure it is “preferable.” With great respect and kindness, Laurie, may I offer another opinion? I believe, my dear friend, that it an Ostrich with His Head in the Sand approach to life that has made the New Thought Community so minimally effective in even addressing (much less changing) the world today.
I had hoped that the point I made was that this is not, in fact, simply the act of one “unbalanced and desperately angry” young male, but may, in truth, reflect what is becoming, more and more increasingly, the perspective of a world run amok. Indeed, of a “violent humanity.”
If we keep approaching these incidents as simply individual cases of aberrant behavior, and do nothing to try to treat them systemically, it seems to me, Laurie, that we ignore all the evidence before our eyes as to the direction in which humanity is moving. And I want to suggest that we do so at our peril.
I am reminded of the joke about the Jew, the Catholic, and the New Ager who all went to Hell, where they met Satan. And the Devil sneered at the Jew….”Soooo….how do you like the heat, my friend???” To which the Jew replied, “So I should be bothered by a little more suffering?” Rebuffed, the Devil went to the Catholic. “And YOU….how do YOU like the heat?” he asked, to which the Catholic replied, “Oh, I’m just offering it up.”Again frustrated, he went to the New Ager. “And what about YOU, New Age Person…what do you think about the heat???” To which the New Ager replied, “Heat? What heat…?”
I want to suggest that we need to pay attention to the temperature right now, Laurie, and not ignore it. The emotional temperature of humanity right now is white hot, in case nobody has noticed. The tone of today’s political debates is uncommonly vitriolic. And the actions of people who feel injured or angered in some way are far too often, yes, filled with violence. Not just in the case of one misguided, tortured individual, but in the case of far too many members of our species.
Do you not see what I see, Laurie? Do you not see more violence than ever before in our collective lives? And, to your larger point, do you think that not focusing on it is the answer? Shall no one dare to say, “The train in coming,” when he hears the distant roar down the track?
Please don’t feel “picked on,” Laurie, okay? I just have an honest difference of thought about all this, and want to open the discussion a little further. Let’s talk. All of us. Let’s talk.
I have a friend who goes by the unlikely name of “Blitz.”
Blitz is a student of life, and hence, he has become a student of CwG. And so, we keep in touch.
Blitz is an American living in Paris. The other day, he sent something out to his personal mailing list, and made a special effort to make sure that I got a copy. Here is what his message said:
The French always say you can tell a foreigner on the Metro because they are smiling. The other day I had a beautiful learning experience. I was smiling on a somewhat crowded Metro with only a seat here and there available.
At one of the stops nine people got on together, seven were smiling and haltingly walking to find a seat along with their two unsmiling “Chaperons.” They dispersed to find seats and, to my amazement, as they would sit down the people next to and across from them would get up and leave—with the exception of myself and one other person.
These seven beautiful souls had a lesson to teach all of us. They were challenged…and yet, they were happy, loving and kind to everyone. Their movement was somewhat erratic, their speech not totally coherent, and yet there was a sparkle in their eyes and love in their hearts. They showed love for one another and everyone.
One was enamored with his glove and held it to his cheek and kissed it. Another with a button. Some people would say that they were “out of their minds.”
My questions are: Do we have to be out of out minds (and into our souls) to show love and compassion? And are those of us who do “foreigners”?
Love, Light, Kindness, Peace, Gratitude and Oneness…
My answers to your two questions, Blitz, are: A qualified “Yes” to the first, and a qualified “No” to the second.
In a sense, we do have to be “out of our Minds” to show the level of love and compassion that transcends ourselves and extends out to all the world, to the entire Universe, and to God. Yes, you have to be “into your Soul.”
Yet in order to be “into your Soul,” you have to use your Mind. This has been my experience. The Mind is the Doorway to the Soul. And so, the idea is not to be, literally, “out” of your Mind, but rather, to give your Mind a chance to get out of its own way; to give your Mind the instruction and the opportunity to refocus its attention.
The purpose and function of the Mind, remember, is survival. This was made very clear to us in When Everything Changes, Change Everything. The Mind is a mechanism, a marvelous tool, which we have given ourselves in order to ensure our survival in the Body for as long as we need in order to do what our Soul came to physicality to do.
Our Soul came to physicality in order to have a Direct Experience of Who and What It Really Is. And Who and What is this?
The Soul is an Individuation of Divinity. A Singularization of The Singularity. An Aspect of God, expressing in Differentiated Form. It wishes to know Itself as that, and it uses physical life as the means by which that wish is fulfilled.
The Mind can be of great assistance to us in this endeavor. But the first thing we must learn to do is instruct the Mind to ignore its original mandate. We must make it clear to our Mind that survival is no longer the issue. This was the issue only so long as it took for us to realize that this is not the issue. (Or, in other words, until we evolved enough in our Awareness to become clear that our survival is guaranteed.)
We could not become clear about this, of course, unless and until we became equally clear about Who We Really Are.
If we imagine that we are our Body, or think that we are our Mind, or some combination of the two, we will be unable to embrace the notion that our eternal survival is guaranteed. Only the Soul knows that It Lives Forever. Yet, Blitz, you cannot attempt to be “out of your Mind” in order to get to this information, which lies in the Soul, because the Mind is incapable of turning itself off. You will always be thinking of something so long as you are in the physical.
And so, it is not a question of whether you will be thinking, but of what. This is a matter of focus. There is not an On/Off switch in the Mind…but there IS a Focus Ring, as one might find on an expensive camera. You can focus in what is near, or you can focus on what is far.
The trick, Blitz, is not to turn off the camera, but to focus on what is far. That is, not on what is right in front of it, in day-to-day considerations and experience. This can be done through meditation. In meditation, one takes one’s Mind off of the daily world of illusion and focuses on the distant reality of one’s eternal and everlasting Being.
Now to your second question, Blitz. Are those of us who do this, “foreigners?” Well, yes and no.
“No” in the sense that when we focus on the distant reality of our True Being we have, in fact, come home. We have realized that we are never foreigners anywhere; that it is impossible for us to be foreigners any place in the Universe and beyond.
“Yes” in the sense that, as we mingle among our Others here in our daily environment, we may feel as Strangers in a Strange Land. The Illusion of our Earthly life may cause us to appear and feel different from others and different to others. Yet this is both to be expected and accepted, since Differentiation was the whole point of becoming physical.
The trick here is to experience Differentiation without experiencing becoming Divided. What you have described having happened on that bus, Blitz, is division, not differentiation. So long as the fingers are attached to the body, they can in no way be divided from each other. Yet that can be, and are, differentiated.
Our job, then, is to remain attached to the Body.
I speak, of course, of the Body of God. We are each as fingers in the Body of God, part of the hands that are doing the work of Divinity. When we forget this, our opportunity and invitation is to remember. That is, to re-member ourselves. To become a member once again of the Body of God.
And that, Blitz, is the answer to your questions. I will see you in Hawaii next month. There are only two of 18 places still open for our intimate Hawaii spiritual renewal retreat. If any person reading this would like to know more about how they can be one of those two remaining people, simply follow this link:
I wish all of you a peaceful and joyous re-membering, and a wonderful day.
— Neale Donald Walsch
In Ashland, Oregon
This is a very special time of year because it is the Time of New Beginnings. For me, January signifies the wonder and the excitement and the liberation of “starting over.” The Old Year is behind me and the New Year has just begun; the blackboard has been erased, I’ve got a clean slate.
There’s something metaphysical about all that; there’s a message in the folds of that experience that comes directly from God. The message is: no matter how badly things may have gone, no matter how bad I may have been, that was ‘Then’ and this is ‘Now.’ A New Day has dawned, a New Moment has arrived. It is the Golden Moment of Now, wherein which all things are possible, all things are forgiven, all things are made new.
They say that February is the Month of Love. If so, then for me January is the Month of Hope. Hope is the first step on the road to Mastery. There are three in all. They are: Hoping, Believing, Knowing.
Hoping starts the process, and January starts the year. Hoping begins the cycle and so does January. The cycle completes itself in December with the ultimate conclusion: the finding within each of us of the Eternal Flame of Chanukah—the light of God that can never and will never be extinguished, because it is Who We Are. The Knowing of this, and thus, the birthing of the Christ within every human soul, is what December’s celebrations invite.
This cycle from Hoping to Knowing can complete itself in one year, in one lifetime, or in one moment. It is really all the same to God, who knows nothing of Time because God is Timeless, as is Life, except within our imagination.
And so we are born and we die and we are born again, all in the self-same instant, the Holy Instant, the glorious and ever present Moment of Now, which we stretch out across the breadth of our perception in order that we might expand the Now and thus expand Ourselves, thus to know more of both.
This is the incredible, indescribable miracle of Life, and we have come to mutual agreement in fairly large numbers that January shall be called the endlessly recurring new beginning of this ever present, forever ongoing Process.
So, welcome to January, the Time of Hope. In case you have lost yourself in the drama of it all and have forgotten Who You Are; in case you have come through the last cycle and missed its ultimate conclusion; in case you have made a turn into a corner where it is dark; take heed! The Time of the Light has arrived.
The Eternal Flame has been placed within you. It is you. The Christed One has been born again as you. It is you. And the New Year offers you another chance, another beginning, another start on the journey to self-realization.
I like to use January as a Time of Forgiveness, too. For me it is a Time of Cleansing, when I try as hard as I can to forgive myself my trespasses, even as I forgive those who trespass against me. I am not always successful with that first part. I can forgive others, and believe that I sincerely do. I am not so good at forgiving myself. It seems indulgent somehow; it feels self-serving. And so I have to let go of my thought that it is not okay to serve myself.
It is self-serving to forgive oneself. There’s no question about that. The question is not whether it’s self-serving, but whether it is okay to be so self-serving. God says that the answer is yes. You must serve yourself to know yourself. Indeed, you cannot know anything without serving it. Service is the experience of Knowing, in action. This is how we come to Know God.
It is how we come to Know Life.
It is how we come, at last, to Know the Self.
Serving God is, of course, Self-service. And this is what we ultimately come to Know. Through the process of serving God, we come to know that we are serving the Self. Through the process of serving the Self, we come to know that we are serving God. And through the wondrous process of serving others, we come to know that we are serving both. The circle completes itself, and we see that the circle has always been, and will always be. There is nothing but the Circle, there is nothing but the Cycle, and it is only a question of where we are, now, on that never-ending revolution of the soul.
We are revolving, and as we experience each revolution we see more clearly that it is a Spiritual Revolution, producing a Spiritual Evolution. We are doing much more than simply “going around in circles” here. For the soul, revolution is evolution.
The Cycle is Eternal, but that does not mean it is getting nowhere. Ever upward the Cycle goes, and one day we see that the Circle is not a circle at all, but a Spiral.
Looked at one way, from a place of perception that sees with no depth, but only on the surface of things, it looks for all the world like a circle. Only when we see into the depth of things, only as our perception grows deeper, do we see that the circle is a spiral.
It is like a Slinky.
Remember the Slinky? What a wonderful childhood toy. Pushed together, crammed together, it looks like a circle. Only when it is expanded does it reveal itself to be a spiral.
And so January, the start of a new Cycle, is a time to expand our consciousness, to grow our awareness, to move from Hoping to Believing to Knowing.
When I find myself reading articles such as this (much less writing them), I find myself, at first, hoping they are true. Hoping that maybe, just maybe, I have chanced upon something that is quite true and quite remarkable and quite helpful and quite different from anything that I understood before, and, therefore, quite valuable to my own growth and expansion and evolution. Yes, I hope this. I see the words here, and I hope.
Then at some point in time I move into believing. I believe they are true. I believe that this is How It Is. I may not be absolutely certain beyond a shadow of a doubt, but I believe that this is How It Is.
Finally, as I continue on my journey, I come to a place of pure certainty. The Hope which became Belief has become Knowing. I suddenly Know—simply KNOW—that this is How It Is. I know it, because the IT that IS this, I Am. The Perceiver and the Perception have become One. The Creator and the Created have merged. Unification has occurred. We are, I am, All of It is, ONE.
Do you understand what I’m saying here? I sounds like I’m on drugs, right? That’s the problem with spiritual clarity. It can be very difficult to share your thoughts with others because you start to sound crazy. People will think you’re hopped up. Heck, I look at what I just wrote and I think I’m hopped up.
Yet maybe it’s time for just that. Maybe it’s time for all of us to hop up to a New Level. To take the next step, to make the next leap—a quantum leap into new understanding, new awareness, a new experience of ourselves and of what it means to be human. Maybe this will be the year in which we do that. And maybe enough of us can do that to make this next 12 months the year that the world itself changed forever. Or at least began to.
What do you say? Want to make this the YEAR of the New Beginning? In the larger cycle, want to make this the time when we first saw, really saw, the Spiral? Okay, then let’s begin. Let’s start now.
Let’s use this onset of the New Year as the onset of the New Self. Let’s forget everything we think we know about ourselves, let’s forgive everything we think we’ve done that is “bad,” and let’s start over, this time recreating ourselves anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about Who We Are—as a species, as an individual, and as an Aspect of Divinity expressing That Which Is.
Remember today that you are not your Yesterdays. Remember today that you are not your weaknesses, not your foibles, not your offenses, not your failures. Remember today Who You Really Are, and claim that.
Happy New Year, everyone. Happy New YOU.
SO NOW WE BEGIN AGAIN, YES? Christmas has passed. Chanukah is over. The Solstice celebration is behind us. All the other end-of-year traditions of all the other cultures and religions and societies have been observed. And now we begin again. Another year. Another cycle. Another journey through another twelve month swing around the sun.
What for, though…to what end? Let that be our question of the day.
What is the point of it all? Why bother? Are we staying alive just to be alive? Do humans simply want to live, for no reason other than to exist? Or is there a larger purpose, a grander reason? It is to exist in a certain way? It is to know oneself as something in particular?
Do we seek to know ourselves as “good”? As “kind”? As gentle and caring and compassionate? As forgiving and generous and loving? But why? Why do we want to know ourselves as that? Do we want to experience ourselves as Divine? But why? Why do we want to experience ourselves as that? What is the point and the purpose of the experience?
Is the point of the experience the experience itself? If that is true, is life pointless after that? Does the experience have no purpose larger than the experience itself? If so, then what happens after the experience is over?
I sometimes liken this to sex. (CwG told me that the human sexual encounter is very much a microcosm for Life Itself, in Total.) Is the point of the sexual experience the experience itself? Does the experience have no purpose larger than the experience itself? If so, then what happens after the experience is over?
Is the sexual encounter between human beings different from the sexual encounter between other mammals? Is it simply for purposes of procreation? Or is there a larger purpose, an even grander reason than the creation of more life forms to have sex?
Is the purpose of Life Itself simply to produce more Life, so that the species may continue its existence? Or is there a larger purpose, an even grander reason than the creation of more life?
So this week we begin our march to the beginning. The New Beginning. The New Year. But what is the purpose of it all? What is the point? Why bother? What are we up to, anyway?
I want your answer. Write it below. If I don’t get your answer (no matter what it is), you get a failing grade for the semester…
what is joyful about the coming of someone who is going to be a lord over us?
God! I said…I don’t understand this!
And God replied, “You’re right. You don’t.”
Then God said, “But at least you’re asking a question. And that’s good. It’s really hard to understand something if you think there are no more questions to ask. You can’t be given an answer if you think you already have the only answer there is.”
“Well, I don’t have the answer,” I admitted. “So what’s the answer?”
And God said, “The answer is that the Lord….who has come….is not a lord over you, but in you.”
These words came to me at 2:57 this morning, and I pondered them in my heart.
“Then,” I ventured, “the Christmas season is not just a remembering of the birth of a Babe. This is also a celebration of the birth of the Christed one in all of us.”
And God answered softly, “yes.”
And then I wondered what all the songs, and all the messages, and all the feelings of Christmas would mean if I accepted this truth. If I really understood that the message of this season is not about one blesséd being, but about all beings, being blesséd.
Not about someone else, but about us.
But oh, my gosh, did that sound bad. I mean, it actually sounded like blasphemy. How could Christmas be about me?
Of all the self-centered, ego-maniacal thoughts!
This is about the coming of the Lord! This is about the Gift of the Magi!
But, my heart insisted, what if the gift was me? And what if the Lord HAS come to be in me, not over
I know that I can find a place for him over me, but can I find a place for him within me?
And what would it mean for me to do that? What would it mean for me to be not only a person who has been blessed, but a person who is blesséd? And for me to think of you in the same way? What if I saw you as blesséd? Would I act differently toward you?
I’d like to think I would. I’d like to think that I would be more kind to you. More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions, more compassionate in my thoughts, more honest in my dealings, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of you.
And if I thought that I was a blessed person, would I act differently toward me?
I think I would. I think I’d be more kind to myself. More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions. I think I’d be more compassionate with myself, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of ME.
But is it possible that we are all blesséd?
This I asked in the middle of the night, and the answer came back, stunningly, simply: “Yes.”
SOOO, I mused… this is the meaning of Christmas. That… that which is Christed is born in all of us. Lives in all of us. IS all of us. We simply do not remember this. And so, Christmas was created to remind us.
Christmas, it turns out, is not about a particular religion, but about all religions. It is not about a particular person, but about all persons.
It does not matter tonight whether you are Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew, Baptist or Buddhist.
Or none of the above.
When you give birth to the lord within you, you give life to a wonder and a majesty and a wisdom and a love that can flow from you to all the world, and change the world forever.
Isn’t this the Christmas Story?
And when we live this story as our story, are our lives not renewed, our separated selves made whole?
Our souls are stirred, our hearts are filled. And then it is we who bring…joy to the world.
The gift of Christmas is us, fully expressed and fully realized. It is us — completely willing and totally ready — to love without condition, to give without restriction, to share without limitation, to create without fear, to celebrate ourselves without shame or embarrassment.
It is us, choosing to forgive without hesitation, to help without being asked, to rush in where angels fear to tread. Indeed, to lead the way for angels.
Ah, to lead the way for angels. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we’ve come to the Earth. To be a herald!
Hark! The herald, angels sing. Glory to the newborn king.
At this moment we can give birth to the royalty within us…the royalty that we are in God’s eyes.
You know, someone once said…if you saw you as God sees you, you would smile a lot.
Well, this moment, this Christmas Moment, is a time for smiles. For in this moment, if we really try, we can almost see ourselves as God see us. We can feel it.
You can feel it right now, in your heart.
That feeling is called love.
Your love for life, and all those you love in this life. And God’s love for you.
The Magic of Christmas is that it gives us permission to take that feeling, to take that love, and share it with all those whose lives we touch.
With friend, and with stranger.
With those who agree with us, and with those who disagree.
With those who look and act like us, and with those who do not.
We are invited in this moment to feel this love, and to give it permanent place within our heart. To be the source of peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men and women everywhere.
We are invited in this moment to walk the Earth not only as one who is BLESSED, but as one who is blesséd. Not only as the Lord of the manner, but in the manner of the Lord.
For that is what we are. We are the lord of our inner kingdom, and thus, of the outer one as well. And when we understand that, everything changes. We begin to experience the world, and to affect the world, in a new way.
That is the Christmas invitation. We are invited to begin that experience in this moment.
On this….silent night.
And if we do, we will make it a holy night. And we will begin to create a world in which all is calm. All is bright.
Joy to the world! The Lord has come. Let Earth receive her King. Let every heart…prepare him room.
And heaven, and nature, sing!
Merry Christmas, everyone. Happy, happy holidays!
Love…Neale Donald Walsch
Christmas has always been a magical time for me. From the earliest days of my childhood it has represented a kind of transcending joy that overtakes my whole body, and, indeed, my whole life.
And it wasn’t just because of the presents, either. Sure, getting gifts at Christmas made an impression on me as a child, there’s no question about it. But there was something else going on, too. Something was “in the air,” and I could feel it.
I remember thinking, as a small boy, how different people were at holiday time. They seemed more cheerful somehow. More understanding, more accepting — and more forgiving, too.
Once, in a department store somewhere deep into December, I broke something. I don’t even remember what it was, but I will always remember the clerk’s reaction.
“Oh, that’s okay, sonny, don’t cry. It’s okay. No harm done. We’ll just get this right out of the way, and no one will worry about it. Merry Christmas, sweetheart. Merry Christmas!”
If that had been the 30th of August my parents would have been called and I would have been given “what for” about that. My Dad would have had to pay, and it would have been taken out of my allowance for a year.
So what is it that happens to us for three weeks in December that turns us into incredibly warm-hearted human beings? And what can we do to make it last past January 3rd?
“I wish it could be Christmas all year long!” I remember saying when I was seven. And, of course, it wasn’t the event that I wanted to see continue, it was the spirit.
So, what could cause that spirit to continue?
Well, first, I think we’d have to change the basis of The Christmas Story itself. Now this is something that some people may not want to hear, but the Christmas Story in its strictly religious form will not heal the world. It has not and it will not, and that should by now be clear to any objective observer.
I know that this may come as blasphemy in the midst of the Christmas season, but I think it is something that humanity has to face.
No religion that claims to be the One True Religion, and no path that is proclaimed to be the Only Path, can lead the whole of humanity to an experience of itself AS a whole. And unless we can experience ourselves as a whole, as One, we will have missed the point of all religions.
The reason that Christmas has such a wonderful effect on so much of humanity in the Western world, at least, is not because it commemorates the birth of the one being said to be the Savior of all humankind, but because it gives birth again in our hearts to a thought, an idea, which we instantly recognize as the only thought that can save humankind: Peace on Earth, good will to all people everywhere.
It is the Christmas wish, it is the Christmas promise, that unites millions, not simply or only the secular Christmas Story as it has been told for hundreds of years.
And so, perhaps it is time to do the unthinkable, and bring true joy to the world. Perhaps it is time to create a new Christmas Story: the story of the birth of God’s son and daughter in the person of all of us. This can also be the story of the birth of the baby Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph in a manger under the star of Bethlehem, the angels of heaven rejoicing at his coming, the kings of the orient traveling from afar at the news of his birth, and Heaven proclaiming for all to hear. But here, the story departs from the one that separates humanity into Christians and non-Christians.
The New Story can tell us that the Son of God was indeed born this day, and is born every day, every time a newborn baby cries. The New Story can tell us that Jesus Christ brought to the earth a striking example and a grander awareness than ever before of the Divinity of Every Living Being, and that through his birth and death we can all be reborn. Yes, born again as the holy expression of Divinity that not just one of us was, but that we all are.
In memory of this wondrous Son we shall joyously sing and merrily proclaim that none of us can ever be apart from God, because all of us are a part OF God. We are all Sons and Daughters of God, and the life of the one whose birth we celebrate at Christmas shall be a testimony to that truth—as shall your own life, should you follow his example and live his message of love for all, forgiveness for all, compassion for all, peace for all—even for those who would call themselves his enemies.
All of us on this earth want the same thing. All of us want peace and joy, happiness and security, safety for those we love, harmony with those with whom we share our earth, fulfillment of our life’s goals and dreams, and a gentle, soft departure when our time here is over. That is all that all of us want.
Now we must ask ourselves: How is it that nearly seven billion highly evolved, intelligent, sentient beings can desire the same thing and not be able to produce it? Do you think it is possible that there may be something we do not fully understand about Life and God and each other—the understanding of which would change everything?
The answer to that question can be the beginning of our New Christmas Story.
— Neale Donald Walsch