Conversations with God
Following are some excerpts from the book ‘Conversations with God’ by ‘Neale Donald Walsch’. As he is asking God the imortant questions of life, the answers he receives beatifully illustrate the point of what it is we are here to learn, or rather re-member:
What is God
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 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.
Fear vs. Love
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.
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.
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 –
just 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.
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.
The power of thoughts
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!)
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…..
…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.