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I tell you this: The purpose of life is not to please God. The purpose of life is to know, and to recreate, Who You Are.

- Book Two p 41

 

 

 

Bulletin #576

 

January 17, 2014

Can We Talk?



A Note from Neale...

 

My Dear Friends...

It can be challenging to remain positive as we look at the headlines making news each week.

Whether its news about the ongoing disaster at Fukushima, or the massive water contamination from chemical spills in West Virginia, or Nigeria passing a law imposing penalties of 14 years behind bars for homosexual behavior of any kind (or even public homosexual association, such as meeting at a club, or even homosexual discussion, such as this very article).

What kind of a world are we living in? What kind are we creating? More to the point: What kind do we want?

And perhaps even more to the point: What, if anything, can any of us do about it?

That has become the question of the day for people all over the world, many of whom have become so discouraged with the world we see that they now want nothing to do with it. The time is now, they say, to just “hunker down” and “ride it out.”

I’m hoping that no one who has read Conversations with God feels this way. What we are going through on the planet is all part of a rather obvious and apparent, if not predictable, process. The CWG Cosmology calls it the “Overhaul of Humanity.”

If you would like to get a real “handle” on all this, and come to a place of deep understanding of not only what’s going on and why, but what you can do about it and how you can effectively respond to it, may I make a suggestion?

The book The Storm Before the Calm addresses itself to exactly these topics, exploring many ways that those of you who feel an impulse to be a person who participates in the way the world is changing, and not merely observes it, can become actively engaged --- without your engagement taking over your whole life.

This book is now available free for the reading at the internet newspaper called The Global Conversation, where it is being posted chapter by chapter. Or, of course, you may obtain your own hard copy at any online or streetside bookstore.

I’d like to share with you here just a few words from the book, because I think they are relevant to this day and time. The book begins with this...

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The Overhaul of Humanity is underway. This is not an exaggeration. This is reality. It is observable at every turn.

Yet here is something that is not so observable: Things are not as they seem.

And I think, before the world and its people get too far along this road, we all need to be aware of that.

But I’ve gotten ahead of myself here. With your indulgence, let me take a step back.

It has been just over a decade and a half since my first conversation with God was put into print, creating a global spiritual publishing phenomenon, eventually selling over a million copies, being translated into 35 languages, and remaining on the New York Times Bestseller list for 137 weeks.

During the time since then, eight other books in this ongoing dialogue have been released, six more of those also making the Times Bestseller list.

I am not telling you this to boast. I am telling you this to create a context for what I’m going to be telling you next:  God has brought a life-changing message to our world and, given the combined sales of all the CWG books and the hand-to-hand sharing of them, millions of people have been touched by it.

There is a reason for that. This did not happen by chance. The Overhaul of Humanity (Overhaul: a comprehensive examination and repair of something), is underway, and this is all a part of it.

Now it is time for new conversations to take place. Now it is time for you and me to have a conversation, and, indeed, for all of us to have conversations with each other. It is time for Conversations with Humanity. For these are the conversations that will be critical if humanity itself is to survive for another decade and a half intact.

Now I don’t want that to sound like a scare tactic. In fact, I’ve been told that there’s actually nothing to be afraid of in our future if we will all but play our role in creating it. And I’ve been told, as well, that our role—the role we are being invited to play by Life Itself—is going to be very easy.

We won’t have to go to extraordinary lengths, we won’t have to be amazing speakers or prolific writers or marvelous teachers or political leaders or personal advisors or spiritual masters or anything other than what we are right now.

We won’t have to perform verbal somersaults or career back flips or relationship jumping jacks or financial miracles or whatever else we might think we’d have to do to get peoples’ attention. All we’ll have to do is be willing to talk; to converse with our closest ones, our family, our friends, our acquaintances, and to ask seven questions.

All we’ll have to do is have conversations. Plain, simple little conversations. That’s it. That’s all we have to do. Yet if we decide we just can’t do it, if we refuse to just talk to each other, if we decline to ask and discuss answers to seven simple questions, if we all sit by and watch the future unfolded by default, the best of life as we have known it may very well fade from our experience, and the worst of life as many have been creating it may very well become our lasting reality—and a burden for our children and theirs to bear for decades to come.

So this is an important time. We have vital matters to discuss. You and I. Here, now.

May we begin?

Love and hugs,



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Letters to Neale: How can I stop being the ‘little me’?


Dear Neale,

I am 52 years old and still surprise myself on how easy it is for my lower self to take the lead in my life. For example a couple of months ago I was in a bad mood one morning, that led into me foolishly backing into another car in a car park. That made me think " Oh no, I don't have time for this" and so I drove off all the time thinking that this is wrong and I will somehow suffer the consequences, but the "naughty me" had to give it a go.

Another thing is, why do I find it so enlivening to surf soft porn sites? I can feel myself getting sleepy, but I just have to look at some beautiful naked women and before I realize it I have spent hours into the night without so much as a yawn.

Then there's my love affair with Mary Jane that I can feel is becoming detrimental to my health but still I carry on.

Then, finally, I have a beautiful wife and four beautiful children, but I find it very easy to have extramarital affairs. I have spoken to her about this in the past but she took the stand of preferring not to know about it.

I feel I am on the lookout for some spiritual inspiration but I can't get my teeth into anything. I've become such an old cynic that everything seems so ho-hum these days.

(Name withheld by Neale)




Neale Responds

 

My dear friend...

Thank you for your brutal honesty about what is going on in your life. You have moved through three of the Five Levels of Truth Telling described in Conversations with God: (1) Tell the truth to yourself about yourself; (2) Tell the truth about another to yourself; (3) tell the truth about yourself to another. This is not easy to do, and only someone on a path to mastery would even attempt them. I am inspired by you.

Now, let us look at some of the particular points in your note.

All of us "give in" to our "lower selves" as we move through our lives. It is very common, and it is all part of the process of evolution. CwG tells us that the moment we decide anything about ourselves, everything unlike it comes into the space . I have found this to be very true.

This is the Law of Opposites, and it is particularly vexing to persons who have embarked on a path of self creation. It is clear to me that you have embarked on such a path or you would not be familiar with the CwG material and you certainly would not be writing me this letter. So get ready for the "opposite" of what you are wishing to call forth in your life to show itself hugely in your space.

For instance, you have made a deep internal decision to place personal integrity in your life -- and so you create situation after situation allowing you to decide that about yourself anew every day. The incident in the car park is but one example. I'm sure you will create many.

You have also obviously made an unconscious decision (or perhaps a very conscious one) to get your sexual energies in order, to begin moving your Life Force from your lower chakras to the higher centers within you, in order to begin experiencing yourself moving through life with different motivations, operating from different levels of consciousness, and focusing entirely different energies in entirely different directions than you did in your youth and in the previous years of your life, when you did not understand what was really going on here.

Having made that decision, you are called by your ego to turn to soft porn. Your ego, you must remember, is the part of you that wants to "hang on" to things just as they are, and that holds a very limited view of you. This is ironic, when you consider it, because most people think that it is the ego's tendency to inflate you...but it is exactly the opposite. It is the ego's job to DEflate you, reducing you to a Singular Self once again, not connected at all with a higher reality or a unified life expression. 

Sex is a particularly vulnerable area for persons on a spiritual path for many reasons. First, because sexual energy and spiritual energy are very closely related. In fact, they are the same thing , simply expressed in different ways. (This is explained in Conversations with God in some detail.) Second, we humans live in a society in which we have, by and large, inhibited our sexual expression, shamed our natural sexual curiosities, and "made wrong" virtually all of our basic drives and instincts. It is mildly pleasurable for you to watch soft porn and see naked ladies because it is humanly natural to experience pleasure and joy and wonder and fun and excitement and enticement in the opposite sex. If it were not, the human race would no longer exist.

It is not "wrong" to look at pictures of people engaged in sexual activity (human beings have been doing so since humans learned they could draw). The question is not, why does it bring you pleasure? The question is, why does it bother you that it does?

The answer, no doubt, lies in the sexual repression of human society, which has told itself that its most natural instinct is its most shameful.

It is regrettable that this idea is lived out by so many, for it is the repression of this natural instinct that causes sexual dysfunction, and, ultimately, sexual crime. People who watch soft porn watch soft porn because the people in the pictures are doing things that the people watching rarely, if ever, do.  Viewers thus experience the energy vicariously -- which is in most cases the only way they think they are allowed to do so. 

We get to be "naughty" by watching other people being "naughty." It is as simple -- and as innocent -- as that. Now if this activity becomes an addiction, that is another matter, and may signal an out-of-balance energy around sexuality, rather than a natural scintillation and curiosity. If this is your concern, you are right to look at it and question your motives and seek to make a change in your behavior. Yet you must know this: You will never become your whole self by disowning a part of your self.

Assuming you choose to stop this activity because you perceive that it threatens to become an actual addiction, and if the solution were up to me, I would simply have you watch soft porn many hours a day, every day, without exception, for six weeks. You would probably never want to watch it again.

With soft porn as with anything else, when you're done with it, you'll be done with it. Until you are, you won't be. So long as it does not harm others or yourself (does it? You will know the answer to this question as soon as you ask it), there is no reason to call yourself "bad" or make yourself "wrong" about this. I suspect that one day you will say, "this is no longer who I am. This is no longer who I choose to be. I will always be interested in sex, and I will always feel scintillated by sexuality and always welcome my own sexual energy, but I no longer feel a need to watch other human beings in sexual situations in order to feel or express that." And that will be that.

CwG says, "Every act is an act of self definition." Each time you think about watching, or actually watch, pornographic material ask yourself, "Is this who I am? Is this who I choose to be?" Watch the answer that emerges and simply act on it. This powerful formula can be used with any behavior or addiction. I stopped smoking in 24 hours and never picked up another cigarette again, using this two-question process. It's absolutely and utterly amazing. I am strongly considering having these two questions tattooed on my left wrist!

Is this who I am? Is this who I choose to be?

Ask yourself the same questions with regard to Mary Jane. Ask yourself the same question with regard to your wife and children. When you are with them, when you are enjoying the life you have created with them, ask yourself, Is this who I am? Is this who I choose to be? If the answer comes up Yes! , take the actions that are necessary to hold that reality in place.

Do the same on your job. Do the same in every area of your life, every day. Just watch yourself. Simply watch yourself move through your day, and ask yourself at every Choice Point: Is this who I am? Is this who I choose to be?  If the answer comes up yes , keep doing what you are doing, and do whatever you need to do to hold that reality in place. If the answer comes up no , stop doing what you are doing, and release that reality.

Do this whether we are talking about a piece of lemon meringue pie, a fender-bender in a car park, or an hour with Mary Jane.

Finally, if you are "on the lookout for some spiritual inspiration," why not provide it for yourself by providing it to others...through your example? Conversations with God  says, whatever you wish to experience, cause another to experience. BE THE SOURCE of that in the life of another.

I wish you well on your journey, my friend. I am walking it with you, every step of the way.

I send you my love. 

NOTE: If you would like to write a Letter to the Editor of this Bulletin, simply send an e-mail to Neale@NealeDonaldWalsch.com, with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Neale occasionally uses messages from other sources in this column.

 

From the Director's chair


I recently posted something on the CwG Foundation Facebook page that I like to share with people I meet who are struggling with who they think they are:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conversations-with-God-Foundation/124518744230365

“If you could see you through God’s eyes, you would never have another wrong or small thought about yourself again…ever!

Ponder that for a moment or two.

What if anything would change in your life if you saw you as God sees you?

I tell you it would change everything.

How do you see you?

My experience in working with people has led me to see that they far too often undervalue what they are and overvalue what they are not. This case of mistaken identity leads to a painful life. That is actually a good thing.

Pain is Gods way of whispering “Stop it”.

Imagine if you will for a moment the creator looking upon the created. That which is Infinite Love (Creator) looks upon the perfection of itself, Divine Individuation of Love (Created), an aspect of itself, no less perfect, no less whole, no less complete.

No less… not from any point of view.

CwG offers us the term Divine Individuation as a way of remembrance and it shares in no uncertain terms that this is who you really are. Of course CwG is not the only source of this thought.

Ye are Gods and all of you are children of the most high. Psalm 82:6

When I remember and embrace this thought in my conscious mind, it produces an experience of life that feels so wonderful, so peaceful, so joyful. Even the most painful thoughts of the past feel completely different through this point of view. It all makes sense.

That is what Love does. Love makes sense.

Will you take a moment to consider this right now?

Will you gift yourself with the sight of God?

What a view of you, you will have. As grand as the Grand Canyon…no grander still.

Though this may not be the experience of most Divine Individuations on Earth, it could be. Far too often human beings hold a point of view of themselves that is the exact opposite of this beautiful truth, but it does not have to be that way. A slight shift of perspective changes everything.

It is why I believe that one of the most powerful statements held within the Conversations with God books is: “Be the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about who you are”.

The value of this one invitation never ceases to grow in scope or possibility, since there is always a grander version of you available.

I was stunned when I first read this. My mind immediately began to ponder what it could mean and then what it might produce if I answered its call. The possibilities were inspiring if not downright thrilling…they still are.

The shift in my minds perspective and point of view began to see that I could, in any given moment, rise above the past and recreate myself anew. And still to this day the possibilities excite me.

So much to be and become.

So much life to live.

So much Love.

Yet, because it is Loves invitation, it comes with no requirements, no expectations, no needs. Love simply invites you to know Love at a deeper level.

Love, like truth, sets you free.

I invite you to see you as God sees you right now.

Let the light of Love wash over you. Feel the blessing of this new view and the new you that becomes of it…it is very becoming.

Let this be your New Year’s resolution. BE the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held of who you are. And so it is.

With love,

JR

(J.R. Westen, D.D., C.Ad, is a Holistic Health & Spiritual Counselor who has worked and presented side-by-side with Neale Donald Walsch for over a decade. He is passionate about helping individuals move beyond their emotional and spiritual challenges, transforming breakdowns into breakthroughs. His counseling and coaching provides practical wisdom and guidance that can be immediately incorporated to shift one’s experience of life. As is true for most impactful teachers, J.R.’s own struggles and triumphs inspired him to find powerful ways of helping others. Sober since June 1, 1986, J.R.’s passion for helping individuals move through intense life challenges drove him to also specialize in Addiction and Grief Recovery. J.R. currently shares his gift of counseling & coaching with individuals from around the world. In addition, he operates “Change House” a place where people come to transform. He also works with Escondido Sobering Services and now serves as the Executive Director for the Conversations with God Foundation. He can be contacted at JR@CWG.ORG.)

 

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