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Bulletin #649

 

June 12, 2015

Why don’t we take care of ourselves?



A Note from Neale...

 

My Dear Friends,

We are not paying enough attention to our health. Not as individuals, and certainly not as a planet. This is the single most important factor in our physical lives, and most of us are simply not paying enough attention to it.

Conversations with God observes that our planet is populated by sentient beings of a rather primitive nature, and that what separates primitive beings from the highly evolved beings of the Universe is a particular behavior of highly evolved beings.

Says CwG: “They observe what is so, and they do what works."

We do not.

We observe what is so and do not see it, or, worse yet, pretend that it isn’t so. Or we observe what is so, and do not do “what works,” because we simply don’t care what is so. Or we observe what is so, and we say that we care, but we do nothing to demonstrate that we care.

This is particularly true when it comes to how we manage our own health. Most of us don’t create our health, we react to it. Recent studies show that 50 percent of all deaths and 70 percent of all illness in America are self-inflicted. Read that “self-inflicted,” meaning those illnesses could have been avoided; meaning death did not have to occur due to those causes.

And just what are those causes? They could all be lumped into one major (and embarrassing) category: lack of self-discipline. Specifically, improper diets, inadequate exercise, use of tobacco, and alcohol abuse. Also, personal living habits that create stress.

Recently, I presented a two-day seminar on the messages in CwG. The room was filled with what I felt to be very conscious people, yet I was amazed at the number of them (nearly half) who, on their breaks, went outside to have a smoke. I observed an even greater number who ate red meat at every meal.

And when we talked about living habits in the group discussion, I could see that many in the room (most, actually) were still creating lifestyles filled with deadlines, pressure, and lack of career or personal fulfillment. All of this leads to stress.

Scientists and doctors report that stress is the number one cause of chronic illness in America today, that 40 percent of our citizens (that’s over 100 million people) now suffer from some form of chronic disorder, and that those numbers are predicted to only get worse.

Chronic disease is described as a disease for which modern medicine says there is no cure. These include heart disease, asthma, arthritis, migraines, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s—terrible diseases that last for years, many of them causing recurring pain. Fully 69 percent of all hospital admissions are for treatment of chronic illness.

Sadly, all that hospitals can offer is palliative care. Few providers offer treatment approaches that address the cause of all this illness, although all of them know the cause—just as do the people who are experiencing the chronic illness.

In America today we do not have a health care system, we have a disease care system. It seeks to take care of people with diseases. It does nothing to take care of people with good health, to allow them to keep their good health, yet this is the single most effective means of improving the overall health of our nation and cutting medical care costs in this country. All of the evidence to that effect notwithstanding, our priority in America is treatment of disease, with less than 1 percent of our trillion-dollar annual health budget earmarked for prevention.

What is needed here is education... and persuasion... and, in my view, a spiritual conversion. Too many of the people who call themselves “spiritual” are not spiritual enough to want to take optimum care of their own bodies. And I’m afraid that I’ve been included in that very group. Yet, if we really want to evolve as a species, we may benefit from taking the first and most elementary step in the evolutionary process: keeping ourselves alive, and doing it longer.

There are signs that we are beginning. For the first time in history, more Americans are going to alternative health care providers than to allopathic physicians. That points to a trend that has begun as a result of greater public awareness of the availability of those alternative approaches, and of their effectiveness.

What is needed now, if we truly choose for the human race to evolve to the next level, is all-out commitment. That means you and me.

If you’re smoking, you may now want to stop.

If you’re drinking alcohol, you may want to limit yourself to a very occasional sip.

If you’re eating red meat every day, you may want to cut back.

If you’re not engaged in a program of regular exercise, you may want to start one.

If you’re feeling worried, pressured, and stressed out much of the time, you may want to try a little meditation now and then. (Like, daily.)

All of these are preventative measures. They will help you stay outside of that group of four in ten Americans (if you are an American), with chronic illnesses. And speaking of prevention, do a little chiropractic every now and then, not just when you’re in pain. Treat yourself to a full-body massage once in a while. And ask the boss if it could be worked out for a massage therapist to come to the office once or twice a week to give those neat little 15-minute hand, back, and neck massages. Watch the stress go way down, and the production go way up.

Find out about acupressure and acupuncture. Visit an aroma therapist. Check out a local reflexologist. And make regular visits to your naturopathic physician.

And straighten out your diet. You’ve been promising to do it for a long time.

There’s a great deal more you can do. You can begin to do as highly evolved beings do. Observe “what’s so” (smoking causes cancer, starches make you fat, a constant diet of red meat is bad for you, etc.), then do “what works.”

Decide that you really care for yourself. Or, if you can’t go there, decide that you really care about your loved ones—who do not want you to leave your body for a very long time.

Here’s to better health, and better health habits, for all of us.

With Love,



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Letters to Neale:



Neale...

I have listened to CwG tapes every day for at least seven years. Each time hearing something new. I've read the books until they were threadbare; and now the words have become my own. Suffice it to say, I see everything, and everyone, in my orbit differently now. And I've learned acceptance. My peace comes from within now.

However, my problem is, that with all this profoundly deep information I have acquired and am experiencing I'm finding it extremely difficult to relate to my friends of 45 years and family. I don't know how to explain what I've found. I've offered up the books/tapes, etc. but nobody has any interest and without them finding it on their own - almost like "seeing is believing" I can't tell them, I can only be.

My confusion is not, how do I remain in relationships with those dearest to me. It is more about WHY CAN'T I VERBALIZE WHAT IT IS I'VE LEARNED, WHO IT IS I'VE BECOME AND WHAT IT IS I'M FEELING AND DOING. Why am I so stuck in my ability to articulate it when I can live it, breathe it? I'm confused right now. Any ideas? thanks.

Dreaming huge.

Ellen




Neale Responds

 

Dear Ellen... I think I understand this problem... telling others about what one has experienced, absorbed, and internalized at a very deep level is not an easy thing to do. The first time I stood up to give a public lecture on this material I realized how little of its "ins and outs" I really knew. I mean, I knew them, I just didn't know how to express them.

Over the years I have had to explain just about every concept in these books so I've gotten over some of the obstacles and figured a way around most of the roadblocks. Now, a couple of years ago, I wrote a book called: What God Said-The 25 Core messages of Conversations with God that will change your life and the world. Anyway, it directs its attention to just this problem, because you are not the first person from whom I have heard this kind of thing. So I "got" that there was a need for a "layman's guide to explaining the New Spirituality," or something like that. Please pick up this book and see if it doesn’t help you explain these 25 major messages.

I am wanting to say that living it and breathing it is all that is required, and people will eventually "get it" by simply being in your presence. And, by the way, I believe that to be true. But I am not going to stop there, because I believe that your question deserves a fuller answer.

I want you to know that you are, as you put it, "so stuck" in your ability to articulate these ideas to others because the ideas are so simple...that they are complicated. I mean that. The basic thoughts and foundational philosophy behind the New Spirituality that is placed in our experience by Conversations with God are so utterly simple that they require very deep inquiry, even deeper study, and lots of inner awareness of the outer world to describe them.

For instance, how do you explain to someone that "there is no such thing as Right and Wrong." Now to us that may be patently obvious, and nothing more is needed except the words themselves. We understand immediately, and the statement resonates with us without further explanation. Others, however, may not find this simple logic so easy to access, much less embrace as their truth. They need more words. And you've got to have them if you're going to explain to anyone what you're "into" when you talk about the New Spirituality. A spirituality that says there's no such thing as right and wrong? What in the heck is THAT???, most people are likely to say. And they'll tell you that you've been brainwashed and hornswaggled. Now you have a book to help you with the answers.

If you want immediate help in more thoroughly understanding how to articulate these concepts, you may wish to contact the ReCreation Foundation (which publishes this Weekly Bulletin) and find out when the next Spiritual Renewal Retreat will be held (and by the way, we do one a year for no fee).

You may also want to try what some others have started doing: we ask them to take a major message from the CwG material each week or so and write a short paper on it, in which they explain that message and its spiritual implications to others. Just for the fun of it, you may want to do that. You may be surprised by how the simple act of writing out your thoughts around something can help you to get more clear about how you want to explain your thinking to others.

For now, pick up What God Said. I really believe this book will help you and others understand these concepts more thoroughly and to explain them to others.

I hope these suggestions prove help to you!

Love and peace,

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.

 

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