It’s been a tumultuous year, for sure. But all of the events of 2017, at home and in other lands, have served humanity in its awakening process. We are now searching, as a culture, more earnestly than ever before, to find a way to create a global community where our differences do not have to create divisions, our contrasts do not have to generate conflicts, and the variations in our beliefs do not have to produce violence in our lives.
We are beginning to earnestly seek to really create “peace on Earth, and goodwill to men, women, and children everywhere.”
The message at the heart of all the world’s great religions is beginning to be separated from each religion’s specific dogma, and is being reduced to its simplest form — inviting humanity to address at last the simplest question: Can we all just find a way to love each other?
The answer is, yes. We can find a way to love each other. We can find a way to share with each other that demonstrates our love. And we can find a way to create equality with each other, regardless of the color of our skin, our gender, or our sexual orientation.
We can find a way to be kind to each other, and tolerant of each other, regardless of differences in our political or spiritual beliefs.
We are capable — as a species, and as individuals — to love without condition. This is what the man whose birth we celebrate tonight showed us.
The man named Jesus . . . was graced to live in such a way that the possibility of Divinity expressing through humanity can never again be denied.
The message of this night is that we are all given that grace. We are all imbued with the ability to demonstrate Divinity through our Humanity. Jesus devoted his life to showing us that possibility, but he is not the only one to have done so.
Others, both before and after him . . . others, both male and female . . . others, both dark skinned and light skinned, Eastern and Western, known and unknown . . .have likewise used their lives to show us all our true identity . . .
. . . by demonstrating TO us all our highest possibility.
Not everyone has done it at the same level of perfection, but many have nonetheless shown us a magnificent aspect of being human.
Mother Teresa showed us such an aspect, creating with the power of her love a worldwide movement offering a multitude of free services to the poorest of the poor. Nelson Mandela showed us such an aspect, forgiving those who jailed him for 27 years, stopping a nation from falling into tumult, and bringing the invitation of reconciliation to our wider wounded world. And there have been others. Many others. People who have shown us that being Divine while being Human is, indeed, possible.
Yes many — many, other than Jesus — have demonstrated Divinity through their Humanity. So let’s use this time of year to renew our clarity: Divinity can be expressed by all of us — and it does not have to involve what we call world-impacting events. In fact, Divinity often is best expressed in the smallest of ways . . .
. . . in the thoughts we think, in the things we say, in the choices we make, in the actions we take every hour of every day.
Each of us brings Divinity to Humanity through the simple device of how we are being with each other. Our entire species evolves one kindness at a time. Thus, everything we DO is a “world impacting event.”
Now, the wonder of this time of year . . . the wonder of Christmas . . . is that is “brings on” just such kindness — just such evidence of our ability to express Divinity as Humanity. THAT’S what makes this night, and the celebration of this time of year, so magical!
Christmas seems to “bring on” a change in how people ARE with each other. A change in the energy of Life Itself. You can actually feel it in the air.
It’s so common an experience that there are even song lyrics that describe this . . . “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas. Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you’ll hear: Silver bells, silver bells…it’s Christmas time in the city!”
That feeling is not something we’re making up. It’s not our imagination. You can feel Christmas in the air. We call that feeling Love. And it’s what makes this time of year not only “magical,” but important. Because at this time of year we are reminded of who we are at our basis . . . and that reminder returns us to ourselves.
To our TRUE selves.
Who we are at the core of ourselves is, of course, LOVE.
I know that may sound a bit simplistic . . . maybe even a little — what’s a word…? — “syrup-y” — but Love IS our basic component. We are all indescribably and incomprehensively loved by God — and that love is the stuff which fills our hearts and our souls, creating the foundation of our being.
Christmas reminds us of that, allowing us— giving us permission — to express the feeling easily. We tell perfect strangers that we hope they have a wonderful holiday.
We sit down with loved ones and break bread together — again — the way we used to.
We share gifts with each other, and it doesn’t even matter what they are, for it is in the giving of them and in the receiving of them — whatever they are — that our love for each other is announced and declared, demonstrated and embraced, once more.
Now the trick after tomorrow is going to be to keep it flowing; to keep it “in the air.”
The question is: How can we do that? Is it even possible?
I’ve been told that, Yes, it is. We simply have to decide to.
- Scott Peck wrote something remarkable in his book, The Road Less Traveled. He said, “Love is not a reaction, it’s a decision.”
Can that be true? What if love is not my response to something that you are doing, but my choice regarding what I am doing?
What if true love is not “predicated” on how you are being with me, but on how I am being with you — regardless of how you are being with me?
Golly, wouldn’t THAT be a fascinating thing . . .
The question I’ve been looking really closely at this Christmas season is this: Is it possible for human beings to just BE loving?
Is it possible for people to simply decide to set aside their differences, get past their “bad” moments with one another, and just “BE” a certain way?
My memory tells me that yes, not only is it possible, it can happen with a simple decision. Let me tell you a story from my childhood . . .
I lived in a home filled with raised voices and lots of bickering and arguing between my parents. Now and then there were even down and dirty, drag out fights. I mean, words that hurt, doors that slammed, and even a not kind gesture or two.
Once, my mom plopped a pile of mashed potatoes on my Dad’s head at the dinner table. Once, my Dad tore up, in a fit of anger, a fancy dress that he had purchased for my Mom.
Mom and Dad loved each other fiercely. And I think that adjective is not misplaced. So we learned to live — my brother and I — in a household that was forever on edge, always on the brink of some kind of explosion . . .
. . . except at Christmas time.
Every year, at Christmas, things seemed to inexplicably settle down.
Now, as an adult, I am sure that Mom and Dad just decided: “We’re not going to ruin Christmas by arguing and fighting and throwing things around the house. We’re just NOT.”
And you could see this decision WORK. To this day I can recall, as tensions would begin to mount, and just before you could expect my father to raise his voice, Mom would say . . . “Alex, it’s Christmas.” And Dad would just blink, and — just like that — he’d shift his energy and say nothing.
It worked in reverse as well. If it looked as if Mom was just about ready to let someone have it — not just my Dad, but even one of us boys — my Dad would say, “Okay, okay….c’mon. It’s Christmas.” And the air would clear, as if by magic.
This would go on from after Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s. Then, things would get back to normal. The household “truce” was over.
But I had actual PROOF in my own home that Peace on Earth, goodwill to men…and women…is a CHOICE.
That childhood experience left me with a burning question. I asked my Dad this question myself one year when I was around nine . It was the day that the Christmas tree was taken down and dragged out of the house.
That was always a sad day for me, because, you see, I loved Christmas. I was a very sensitive child, and I loved everything about this time of year…the Christmas tree, the sparkling lights, and the wonderful feeling in the air. Even as I love it today.
But now it was that time again, that sad day when the tree was taken down, and Dad was carrying it through the house and out the back door to the yard, for its cold, cold wait to be taken away and forgotten.
And this particular year I was affected even more than usual. I don’t know why, I just was. And so I asked my Father on his way through the kitchen, tinsel falling off the tree behind him, a child’s innocent question:
“Dad…how come, when the tree leaves the house, all the love goes with it?”
My Father stopped in his tracks, looked at me with an expression I never forgot, then said — as quietly as I ever heard him speak:
“I don’t know, Son . . . I don’t know.”
I understand now that all my parents had to do to keep the love in the air was to make the same decision every day that they made when the Christmas tree went up.
So today I am inviting myself — and each of us — to embrace “the feeling of Christmas” . . . and then to decide inside that this Christmas — Christmas 2017 — is going to last all through next year.
And all through our lives.
There will be times, of course…there may be moments here and there…when this might not happen, I know. We’re all human, and we need to be careful not to hold ourselves to super-human standards. But we CAN make a decision that all CAN be “calm,” and all CAN be “bright” more of the time.
Much more of the time…if we make a decision to allow the feeling of Christmas to be “in the air”…
Every. Single. Day.
And not leave the house when the tree leaves the house.
Is there no solution to the North Korean-U.S. standoff? Yes, there is. But the circumstance facing humanity today is that we keep trying to solve every major human problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
The problem facing humanity is not a political problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a military problem. It is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means. It has to do with what we most fervently believe, and we will find it very difficult to change life on our planet if we are unwilling to change beliefs on our planet, because beliefs create behavior.
Chief among the beliefs that create our present human behavior is our belief in Separation as a fundamental aspect of life. This belief has its roots in humanity’s Separation Theology. A majority of human beings believe that some sort of Higher Power exists, but our Separation Theology holds that we are separate from this Higher Power. It is “over there,” and we are “over here.”
This wouldn’t be so bad if it began and ended there, but it doesn’t. A Separation Theology inevitably produces a Separation Cosmology: the idea that everything is separate from everything else.
And a Separation Cosmology inevitably produces a Separation Psychology: the idea that each of us is a unit separate from all the others.
And a Separation Psychology inevitably produces a Separation Sociology: the idea that every collection of these units (every family, every culture, every state, every nation, every religion, every party) is separate from (if not better than) all the others.
And a Separation Sociology inevitably produces a Separation Pathology: pathological behaviors of self-destruction, observable throughout human history.
We do things to each other than we would never want done to us, and we are capable of doing so because we see ourselves as separate from each other.
Changing our idea about this is a big order, admittedly. It is not nearly as big, however, as it used to be. We are more capable now of considering, embracing, and sharing ideas and understandings that would have been completely out of reach for our species just a few generations ago, given our our then-limited mental capacities and technological capabilities. But humanity’s collective mind is more mature now, and our technologies have expanded. We carry knowledge of the world in the palm of our hand, and we spread ideas around the world with the touch of a screen.
All we need to do now is change the ideas that we spread. All we need to do today is place into the global slipstream a new and spectacularly beneficial (and therefore, spectacularly attractive) meme for all of humanity to consider.
A “meme” is defined as an element of a culture or system of behavior that is passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. So what we are talking about here is transforming society by nongenetic means. If we are not content with waiting for new and more beneficial behaviors to be passed from one generation to the next through the agonizingly slow process of mutation or adaptation, we can now opt for the blindingly fast process of imitation.
That’s where you and I can come in. If enough of us agree to be exemplars, models, embodiments for the rest of humanity of how all of humanity can experience itself peacefully if it chooses to, we could change the world in less than a generation.
What this would take, of course, is leadership. True leadership is not saying “follow me.” True leadership is saying, “I’ll go first.” We would have to be first to put aside our tribalism and our need to be “right” at any cost. We would have to embrace a spiritual understanding that we are not separate from each other at all, but emerge from the same essence and return to the same eternality; that we are part of a never-ending and ever unified energy flow, much as a wave is part of the ocean, rising, expressing, and flowing back to its source.
If enough of us at the grass roots level demonstrated such behaviors, our world leaders sooner or later would follow suit, because they know they need the support of those who follow them to stay in power. So the key question for us on this day is simple: What behaviors are we cheering on, and what behaviors are we displaying, encouraging others to imitate?
I invite you to undertake here a brief exploration of what I believe may be one of the most important questions of our time — if not the Most Important Question: Can we solve humanity’s problems using the same energy that create them? Not just for the purposes of intellectual exploration, but because I have a proposition to make to you before we are through.
As you know, Albert Einstein famously gave the answer “no” to this question. And I agree with him. Who am I to disagree with a genius of the ages?
Einstein understood that you can’t end someone else’s violence with violence of your own, you can’t end someone else’s anger with anger of your own, you can’t end someone else’s stubbornness with stubbornness of your own. He was very clear that you can’t end someone else’s resentment with resentment of your own, you can’t end someone else’s terrorism with terrorism of your own, you can’t end someone else’s verbal abuse with verbal abuse of your own.
The real question is not whether Einstein was right about that, but how to put his wisdom into practice within the human arena. We humans seem to know no other way to respond to incoming energy except with energy of “like kind.” So we do, in fact, respond to violence with violence of our own, terrorism with terrorism of our own, verbal abuse with verbal abuse of our own…and so on, right down the line.
We’ve decided that “two can play the same game” is the way to “win” — even though that exact strategy so often produces loss after loss after loss. We don’t seem to know what to go with that information. We don’t seem to know how to deal with that data. We have had a hard time, our species has, with looking at what’s right in front of our nose and doing anything about it.
As Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species says:
“If your objective is to live a life of peace, joy, and love, violence does not work. This has already been demonstrated. If your objective is to live a life of good health and great longevity, consuming dead flesh daily, smoking known carcinogens continuously, and drinking gallons of nerve-deadening, brain-frying liquids like alcohol regularly does not work. This has already been demonstrated.
“If your objective is to raise offspring free of violence and rage, placing them directly in front of vivid depictions of violence and rage during their most impressionable years does not work. This has already been demonstrated.
“If your objective is to care for Earth and wisely husband her resources, acting as if those resources are limitless does not work. This has already been demonstrated. If your objective is to discover and cultivate a relationship with a loving Deity so that religion can make a difference in the affairs of humans, then teaching of a god of righteousness, punishment, and terrible retribution does not work. This has already been demonstrated.
“Do you need any more examples?”
We don’t. We can see clearly that our tendency as a species is to look directly into the face of every evidence we could possibly hope to find, and then do exactly the opposite of what that evidence suggests is the best course of action.
The president of the U.S. and other world figures are facing this dilemma at this very moment as global leaders seek to find a way to peacefully deal with planetary events taking place in Syria, and now in North Korea, as well as in the United States, China, Russia, the countries of the NATO Alliance, and other nations across the map.
As everyone knows, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to strike an airfield in Syria from which that country’s government was accused of having launched a chemical attack on its own people. The Syrian government itself has denied that it did so. Whether it did or did not is not the question in this exploration. Serious as that question is, the prime inquiry here is larger than even that. The question here is whether, when any person or government suspects another person or government of aggression or attack, is the most effective and best response to be aggressive and attack back?
Ironically, this is the very question North Korea is answering right now. Its leader, Kim Jong Un, is accusing the United States of acting aggressively — and even of preparing to launch an attack on the DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea).
The solution to these problems we are facing today as a civilization is two-pronged…and the difficulty is that we are approaching the solution as if it had only one aspect, only one approach that will work.
You can keep disciplining a child over and over again in response to misbehaviors, or you can use a two-pronged approach: Discipline and Discipleship.
The dictionary defines a disciple as “a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.” And if you wish to create a follower, you can do so with the force of your power or the force of your ideas. You can create someone who follows your orders or someone who follows your example.
The first approach, if used exclusively, rarely works, as it almost always generates resentment, rebellion, and revolution in the end. Both approaches, used co-jointly, can generate surprisingly positive responses, and, in the end, even uncommon loyalty.
The trick in all behavior modification is not simply to force change of an unwanted behavior itself, but to alter the stimuli that motivates all behaviors, wanted and unwanted.
When it comes to people and nations, what is being talked about here is not simply a battle of munitions, but a battle of ideas; not simply a competition involving conflicts, but a competition involving concepts.
We need to place before humanity a whole New Cultural Story, a complete set of New Notions about what it means to be human, what we are doing here on the earth, what our purpose and reason for existing is, and what we can do to actualize and functionalize all of that.
This is not something that today’s world leaders appear ready to fully comprehend or deeply understand — much less to implement. We have the ability — now more than ever with our instantaneous worldwide communication — to place these new ideas before our species…we simply do not have the will to do so. All of this has to do with our infancy as a species.
A lot of people like to think of humans as highly evolved. In fact, humanity has just emerged from its infancy on this planet. In their book New World New Mind, Robert Ornstein and Paul Ehrlich placed this in perspective in one mind-boggling paragraph:
“Suppose Earth’s history were charted on a single year’s calendar, with midnight January 1 representing the origin of the Earth and midnight December 31 the present. Then each day of Earth’s “year” would represent 12 million years of actual history. On that scale, the first form of life, a simple bacterium, would arise sometime in February. More complex life-forms, however, come much later; the first fishes appear around November 20. The dinosaurs arrive around December 10 and disappear on Christmas Day. The first of our ancestors recognizable as human would not show up until the afternoon of December 31. Homo sapiens—our species—would emerge at around 11:45 pm…and all that has happened in recorded history would occur in the final minute of the year.”
We are, in fact, the children of the cosmos — and we are acting like it.
The challenge before humanity right now is that we are simply too immature to understand that eliminating violence as a response to violence makes sense. Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species makes it very clear that Highly Evolved Beings would never use violence in any way as a means of resolving differences. They have understood that differences do not have to produce divisions, that contrast does not have to produce conflict, that variance does not have to produce violence, and that proponents do not have to be opponents.
As humanity moves out of its childhood, we will no doubt let go of childish things. We will put down our toys (our warplanes, our missiles, our bombs), we will stop our screaming and our yelling, we will quit stamping our feet and throwing tantrums, and we will begin considering and adopting news ideas about what it means to be human that allow us to continue to be human without having to be inhumane in order to guarantee our ability to do so.
We can begin that process — that is, ordinary humans like you and I can inspire, ignite, and initiate it — by providing, in everyone’s life we touch, a striking example of what it means to be an awakened species. And, as well, by placing before humanity…idea, after idea, after idea…producing an evolution revolution all over this planet. Ideas the loveliness of which, the efficacy of which, the preferability of which, and the benefits of which will be so self-apparent as to magnetize the behavioral changes they invite, generating at last the so-long-hoped-for greeting card outcome: Peace on Earth, and goodwill to men and women and children everywhere, forever and ever, and even forever more.
That is my proposition to you. That is my request of you. That is my invitation.
It is the invitation God sent to all of us in Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species.
Now you may think this idea naive. You may label it unsophisticated or simple, childlike, and ingenuous. Yet I am reminded of Victor Hugo’s powerful insight: All the armies of the world cannot stop an idea whose time has come.
A Note from Neale: For the next several months this space will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the nearly 3,000 pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #5: What causes transformation?
Much has been made in the New Thought Movement of the word “transformation.” It has been said repeatedly in New Age circles that personal transformation is the ultimate goal in life. Yet what is “personal transformation,” and how does one achieve it?
This is not always addressed in specific terms within the community of New Spirituality authors, teachers, and messengers — who tend to speak in broad general terms, such as “higher consciousness,” or “awareness.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare that in my own inner world — which has largely been created by the Conversations with God experience — the term “personal transformation” means the changing of one’s identity, or the embracing of a “new thought” about oneself, seeing oneself from this moment on as One with, and an expression of, God.
It is in this context that I have called myself, and every human being, a Singularization of The Singularity, or an Individuation of Divinity.
I have held the thought that a person who walks through the world holding the Identity of Divinity deep within changes the exterior experience of everyone else everywhere she or he steps, every room he or she enters, every space she or he occupies.
In my last entry here I said that if our entire species walked through this world holding such an identity deep within, it would produce Heaven on Earth.
The question is, what could cause our entire species to do so? Perhaps more to the point, what does it take to be “transformed” — or, as some have labeled it, “enlightened?”
So let’s look at that here. Let’s discuss this elusive magical mystical experience for which so many seem to be searching.
I’ll begin by observing that there is a pitfall here, and even a danger. The danger is two-fold. The first danger is thinking that there is something specific that you have to do in order to be Enlightened, and that if you don’t do it, you can’t be it. The second danger is thinking that there is only one best way.
Werner Erhard created Erhard Seminar Trainings (est) about 25 years ago or so, and the people who were involved in it were absolutely convinced that this was the fastest way to enlightenment. They began recruiting people to take est, and it was almost an urgent matter with them. And if you didn’t get the urgency, they would look at you and say, “You just don’t get it.”
I enrolled in the est program and I “got it.” In fact, I became so enlightened that I realized I did not need est to be enlightened – which really upset the est people, because they wanted me to take the next level and the next level of the training.
est was a program with multitudinous levels. Once you got into the program you had to almost extract yourself from it. And if you did get out of it, you were made to feel by those who were still inside it that you had done something desperately sad. Not wrong, just very sad. Because you just didn’t get it.
Many years ago Paramahansa Yogananda came to America with a technique for “self-realization,” which was his phrase meaning “enlightenment.” When you realize the Self, he said, you are more aware. You are more at peace with the world. You are internally serene, content, and able to experience Divine Presence in you, as you.
Now I want you to understand that I am not putting this down or belittling any of this. This is all very real, and that is why every person who has ever achieved mastery has wanted to share it with others. Human beings who are truly enlightened, truly aware (and there are many of them), experience at a deep level that most of us are operating from a place of pain, extreme suffering, emotional turmoil, physical dis-ease, and are, as a result, creating an entire world like that. Yet Masters know that none of this is necessary. You can overcome it, create yourself and your world in a new way. But first, you have to know Who You Are.
Paramahansa Yogananda knew who he was. He described himself as being enlightened. And he was enlightened. He was enlightened because he said he was.
Yes, I hate to break the spell, but to be enlightened is to say that you are. It is as simple as that.
A fascinating man named Maharishi surfaced a few of decades ago and he announced yet another path to enlightenment. His path was called Transcendental Meditation or, for short, TM.
Now, I learned a little about Transcendental Meditation and I learned it from students who learned it from other students who learned it from other students who learned it from the Master. And there is some sense of quiet urgency with some people in the transcendental meditation movement, because they will tell you that TM is a tool that can bring you to enlightenment in a very short period of time – and they want that for you.
There are many other programs as well. Many approaches, many paths, developed by many Masters. There is Dahn Hak and there is the Avatar Training and there is Lifespring and the list goes on and on. Which path, then, should we take?
God says, “No one calls to Me who is not answered.” The promise here is that each of us will be answered in the way that most effectively responds to the vibration we hold and create and carry in the center of our being.
Many people are inspired to this day by the man known as Buddha, and so have become Buddhists. It is, perhaps, good to tell the whole story of Buddha.
His name was Siddhartha Gautama. His father was the ruler of a large area who wanted to protect Siddhartha from any knowledge of the outside world. Siddhartha was kept on the grounds of the family compound, but one day he ventured beyond the walls because he wished to learn more of life. He gave up his riches and his whole family, left his wife and children and disappeared, to embark on his search for what was true.
Immediately he encountered people who were enduring much suffering. There was poverty. There was disease. There was cruelty. Siddhartha was stunned, and he knew, he just knew, that life was not meant to be like that. But what, then, was the truth? What was the path?
“What can I do?” he asked himself, and he underwent a series of extreme physical and mental disciplines of every imaginable sort, including fasting and prostration and self-denial. This went on for years. He sought out Masters and did as they told him. Yet nothing brought him the experience of enlightenment. It only brought him an arduous life and an emaciated body.
One day Siddhartha Gautama said, “I’ve tried everything. I’ve done all the physical disciplines, all the trainings, all the exercise, all the starvation, all the diets, all the fasting, and all the meditation. Now I’m just going to sit here beneath this tree and I’m not getting up until I’m enlightened.”
And there he sat, doing nothing. No exercises, no meditations, no fasting, no nothing. Now that is hard for many of us to do, because we think there is something we are suppose to be doing in order to be enlightened.
Suddenly Siddhartha said with a start: “I’m enlightened.” And people came to him and cried out, “What did you do? What did you do? Teach us, Master! You have become the Buddha, the Enlightened One. What is the secret? What did you do?”
And the Buddha said something quite extraordinary: “There is nothing that you have to be, do, or have.”
Imagine. After all that time. After the life he had lived and all that he did and saw. After all the luxury and then all the self-denial, after wearing a silk shirt and then a hair-shirt, after thoroughly satisfying his body and then starving his body, after no spiritual or physical discipline and then tons of discipline…after all that time, he realized it was not about doing or having anything and it was not about not doing or having anything. It was about the middle way.
It was about just living life, non-attached to anything in particular. Not attached to your luxuries and joys, and not attached to your poverty and tragedies. It was not about any of that. It can be if you want it to be. It can be if that is what suits you. It can be if that is your path, but it is not necessary to be, do, or have anything in particular.
The Buddha said, in effect, “I’m enlightened because I have realized that enlightenment is knowing that there is nothing you have to do to be enlightened.”
Isn’t that interesting? Think of all the effort that people are putting in, with years-long programs and trainings, only to find out that enlightenment requires nothing at all! You were “enlightened” when you came here, because you were Who You Were.
You were, are, always have been, and always will be, Divinity Expressed. You are Divine, and you simply don’t know it. Or don’t believe it. Or have forgotten it. Enlightenment is about remembering, declaring, expressing and experiencing Who You Really Are. That’s all that any spiritual master has ever done. Think of any spiritual master you wish to think of. That’s all that any of them have ever done.
So if you think there is a Path to Enlightenment that is the only path, the best path, the fastest path, you may suddenly find yourself feeling pressure, stress, a false urgency, even upset, and your ego may become deeply involved in convincing as many people as you can that the path you have found is the path they just have to experience.
Suddenly you will start acting not like a master at all, but like someone who is under a terrific amount of pressure and stress, because it will suddenly matter to you whether I “get” what you are trying to tell me.
If you are not careful, you even start having quotas or goals. You’ll have to get a certain number of other people to agree with you every week, or every month, or every year. And if you don’t meet those goals you will think that you have not done a good job.
And yet enlightenment, when it is all said and done, has nothing to do with what you do with your Body or your Mind. It has to do with what you do with your Soul. If you learn to love yourself and everyone else, and life itself, unconditionally, you will be “aware,” you will have reached “higher consciousness,” you will be “enlightened.”
In short, you will be transformed. You will be acting as The Divine. Because Divinity, in a word, is Love. Love without restriction, love without limitation, love without condition.
So this moment is the moment of your liberation. You can be liberated from your life-long search for enlightenment. You can be released from any thought that it has to look like this…no, no, it has to look like that…no, no, you have to get to it by this path, by that program, by the other process or activity.
You may still do those things if you choose to, but if you feel stressed about them, if you feel pressured by them, then how could they be a path to enlightenment?
So set yourself free today. Stop working so hard on yourself that you don’t even enjoy life anymore. Do what works for you, but make sure it brings you joy and harms neither yourself nor another. Enlightenment is enJOYment. It is the pouring of joy into Life.
Now here is one thing that I know will bring you joy. Spend the rest of your life giving people back to themselves, that they might love themselves, and know that there is nothing they are lacking, nothing they are missing, nothing they need, nothing they are not.
A sure way for you to experience that you are enlightened is to cause others to know that they are. That is the message and that will be the teaching of the New Spirituality. That is why Namaste’ has become such a powerful, such a meaningful and special, exchange of energy:
“The God in me sees the God in you.”
There’s nothing more to be done if we really mean that. Of course, if we are saying it because it sounds good, then there is a great deal more to be done. But if, when we say this, we really mean it…then the struggle is finished, the search is over, and enlightenment, transformation, is yours at last.
Today is a day that millions around the world celebrate in a way that honors the message of Christmas as it lives in our hearts. I’m going to ask your permission for me to be just a little more personal in my message on this day than I have been in the past.
I had an interesting experience about seven weeks ago that brought some things to light for me in a new way — in a far more impactful way — than ever before, and the thought struck me that there might be some value in my sharing with you here something that I’ve come to more deeply experience and understand.
On Nov. first I underwent open-heart surgery. It was a quintuple by-pass, and the doctors said that I tolerated the procedure well, and have moved thru my recovery extraordinarily well.
For all of this I’m grateful. But let me share with you what I have come to understand in a new way — first hand — as a result of what I experienced.
There’s nothing like having your heart stopped for 4 hrs, and its function performed by a machine across the room, to bring home in a very physical way, a very metaphysical message: You are not your body.
I’ve gotten very clear since Nov. 1st that my body is something that I HAVE, it is not something I am.
Of course, I have held it as my “truth” for years that — at my basis — I am not really a physical entity, but a spiritual entity engaging in a physical experience. But I have to tell you that I never translated that awareness into very real, here-and-now terms until I woke up after my surgery.
It was then that I understood empirically that my body is a mechanism — a tool used by the Essence of Who I Am to move forward its agenda. And that led me to some very deep thinking.
What is my agenda?
That is, what is the agenda of my Soul — quite exclusive of the agenda of my Body or my Mind? Because my Body and my Mind presumably HAD no “agenda” when my heart stopped beating for several hours and its work was being done by a machine several feet away.
That machine had no agenda. It was not conscious at any level. And if THAT machine had no agenda, then THIS machine (meaning, my body) has no agenda, either. They’re both just devices, designed to produce functionality in the physical world in order for the metaphysical part of me to do what it came here to do.
Yet what is THAT? And is anything that I’ve just said real? Or am I mistaken about all of this?
Believe it or not, 20 years after the Conversations with God experience, I still ask myself those questions.
I’ve been asked by interviewers over the years if I ever doubt my experience or the messages it has produced, and I’ve said the same thing to every person who has posed that question: “The day that I stop doubting is the day that I become dangerous… and I have no intention of becoming dangerous.”
Well, I may not be “dangerous” today, but I am more sure now than ever — as a result of my recent mechanical “overhaul” — that Who I Really Am exists, whether my body is functioning on its own or not. And Who I Am, exclusive of my Body or my Mind, DOES have an agenda. It is the same agenda of every spiritual entity in the cosmos — and of the Spiritual Essence from which everything has emerged.
It is my understanding that the whole universe, the entire cosmos in each of its dimensions, is filled with sentient beings, each imbued with the exact same desire — the desire to express and experience its True Nature and its True Identity.
If you look at every decision you have ever made…whether it was to take that job, or move to that city, or marry that person, or whatever it was…all of your choices, big and small, have been aimed at generating the same outcome: a direct experience of the best that life has to offer. Which is another way of saying, a direct experience of one word: Love.
For Love IS the “best that life has to offer. This much we know. This much we’ve all learned. Or, more correctly, this much we’ve all remembered. Because we all knew it as infants. We knew it when we came in. We’ve just had to remember it as we’ve grown older.
It’s our True Nature that we are remembering…and somewhere deep inside of us, we know that. We know that this is Who We Really Are.
That is the message of this day. My body is a mechanism, a tool, comprised of, containing, and designed to express and experience, the Essential Essence from which it emerged. And that Essential Essence is love.
This Body was made — we are all made — to love. Plain and simply, unlimitedly and unconditionally. And through this particular expression of Self, to know, experientially, Who We Really Are.
Today is one of those moments in humanity’s annual calendar when we stop everything else that we’re doing — all that we think is so important and so vital to our future — and return once more to the only thing that we came here to do: simply look at each other, look at ourselves, and love. And to expand, expand, and EXPAND in our ability to do that…until there is nothing else that we ever do…EVER
All of us here understand that this message is not limited to the essence of the Christian doctrine — hallowed and holy as that is to billions. This message transcends all religions, all believe systems, all spiritual paradigms, driving to the core of the human condition, and to the heart of the human experience — and able to heal both.
Both are now in need of healing, for sure — perhaps now more than ever in recent memory.
No one has to tell us that this has been a difficult year. The political machinations of the past 12 months — and the devastating physical violence that has been created by humanity and visited people’s lives across the planet — has awakened us to our own scary awareness of humanity’s often less-than-loving nature.
Our world has been divided right before our eyes, and so many of us are now searching, perhaps more earnestly than ever before, to find a way to create a global community where our differences do not create divisions, our contrasts do not generate conflicts, and the variations in our beliefs do not produce violence in our lives.
We are beginning to earnestly seek to really create what we say on our greeting cards: “peace on Earth, and goodwill to men, women, and children everywhere.”
In a sense, we have ALL undergone open-heart surgery this past year. For there are very few among us who have not felt as if we have been opened right down the middle by events both in our personal lives, and in our collective national and global experience.
Thankfully, we have moments like Christmas Day to help to heal that rending. Moments when the message at the heart of all the world’s great religions is separated from each religion’s specific dogma, and is reduced to its simplest form — inviting humanity to address at last the simplest question: Can we all just find a way to love one another?
The answer that moments like this bring us is, yes. We can find a way to love each other. We can find a way to share with each other in a way that demonstrates our love. And we can find a way to create equality with each other, regardless of the color of our skin, our gender, or our sexual orientation.
We can find a way to be kind to each other, and tolerant of each other, regardless of differences in our political or spiritual beliefs.
All we have to do is use our body, this tool we have been given, in a new way; to move through the world as the grandest version of ourselves; to become the healers, not the patient, in our own open-heart surgery, by-passing any blockages to the fullest expression of our most natural selves.
We are capable — as a species, and as individuals — of loving without condition. This is what the man whose birth we celebrate today showed us.
That man was graced to live in such a way that the possibility of Divinity expressing through humanity can never again be denied.
But it is important to see Christmas does not point to greatness achievable by only one person. We should not allow ourselves to be convinced that only one person in the history of humanity was capable of such things.
I am reminded of what was said by the very person whose life we celebrate today: “Why are you so amazed? These things and more shall you do also.”
The message of this day, then, is that we are all given the same level of grace. We are all imbued with the ability to demonstrate Divinity through our Humanity. Jesus devoted his life to showing us that possibility, but he is not the only one to have done so.
Others, both before and after him; others, both male and female; others, both dark skinned and light skinned, Eastern and Western, known and unknown, have likewise used their lives to show us all that we can live in a way which demonstrates our true identity, by demonstrating for us all the highest possibility of every human.
Not everyone has done it at the same level of perfection, but many have nonetheless shown us magnificent aspects of being human.
And WE have likewise shown it to others.
Yes, all of us have had what I call Moments of Magnificence, times when we expressed our Truest Selves in the fullest way, times when we were there for another, times when we touched the lives of even strangers in such a way that their faith in humanity, and their faith in themselves, was restored.
So let’s use this day to refresh our memory and renew our clarity about not just Jesus, but about ourselves. We are, each of us, wonderful. And we have, each of us, been wonderful, and acted divinely, in our lives. And there is not a one of us who does not try to be our Best Self in every moment.
This is our challenge, of course. This is the process that we call Evolution. And part of this process is the open-heart surgery that the Whole of Humanity has been undergoing.
So I see my own encounter with life last month as a metaphor for what’s happening with all of us during these days and times. And here is what this metaphor has shown me: What is occurring now is not an ending, but a new beginning. This is not an injury to the Body Human, but the start of our individual and collective healing.
Sometimes it takes what looks like an “injury” to instigate and promote healing, and to get our full recovery underway. And today I can tell you that our recovery IS underway.
Not only our recovery from the divisions in the world that have been created in these most recent times, but our recovery from the decades and centuries of behaviors that have led us to this place today, where we are seeing more vividly than ever before exactly what we as a species are doing to ourselves.
You can’t fix what you don’t see. You can’t “make better” what you don’t know is there. So when ugliness rises to the surface, when fear seeps through the lining of our armor, notice that it is the result of light having shined upon the darkness.
And so this is not a time for despair, but for repair.
And we have just the tool with which to undertake that repair. It is the promise of this day. It is the feeling that this special time imbues within us. It is the life and events of which this day reminds us.
All of this — if we capture the essence of this day in our hearts, and hold it there — can connect us in the most joyful way to the knowing that Divinity can be expressed by all of us. And it does not have to involve us individually and directly in what we define as “big, world-impacting, events.”
In fact, Divinity is often best expressed in the smallest ways. In the thoughts we think, in the words we speak, in the choices we make every hour of every day. Each of us brings Divinity to Humanity through the simple device of how we are being with each other. (And, by the way, with ourselves.)
Thus, how all of us choose to BE is a “world impacting event” that can change the events that impact the world.
Christmas reminds us of that. It allows us — gives us permission — to express our most wonderful selves easily. We say to everyone: “Merry Christmas!” We wish perfect strangers — we actually TALK to perfect strangers — and we wish them “happy holidays.” We sit down with loved ones and spend precious time together — again — the way we did long ago, far more often.
We experience being family again.
We share gifts with each other, and it doesn’t even matter what they are, for it is in the giving of them and in the receiving of them — whatever they are — that our love for each other is announced and declared, demonstrated and embraced, once more.
And what is most wonderful about this special time is the knowing that doesn’t have to end when this day is done. The love and the warmth we feel today can and will continue to be sent into the world by us, if we decide to a source of it.
Author M. Scott Peck wrote in his book, The Road Less Traveled, something worthy of taking note. He said, “Love is not a reaction, it’s a decision.”
It is because this is true that the highest possibilities for humanity still exist. When I know that love is not my response to something that you are doing, but my choice regarding something I am doing, the highest possibilities continue to exist.
Because this is true, one single person CAN impact the world. One single person CAN be the First Domino.
One single person CAN set the tone for others to follow. The question is not whether one person CAN . . . but where any one person WILL.
And that, it seems to me, is where the magic of this day can play its effect. The magical feeling of this moment can magically transform each of us into that One. Single. Person.
Each of us can be the one who chooses to carry forward, into all the days of the coming New Year, the magic of Love Itself — unbridled, unlimited, unconditional — as a personal expression of our True Identity.
We can make every day Christmas Day by making, every day, the declaration that Christmas invites us to embrace: That we will endeavor to use each of the moments of each of our lives to bring “joy to the world.”
I humbly invite us all to re-double our efforts to do so. I know that none of us is perfect. But I know that this day will carry a special meaning if we use this moment to commit to doing better than we’ve ever done before.
What a way to turn this into one of the best Christmases ever…by giving the gift of You, at your very best, to the world.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Editor’s Note: For the next several months this space will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the nearly 3,000 pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #4: The three opening messages
The Conversations with God dialogue opens with a statement of singular importance. That statement: We are all One.
“All things are One Thing,” we are told. “There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing there is.”
We have spent considerable time exploring in this space the idea that Separation ofanything from anything does not exist in the universe. Nevertheless, the idea that it does continues to persist.
I believe that this notion that we are Separate from each other and Separate from, or “other than,” the Essential Essence and the Foundational Energy of the cosmos (which some of us call God) creates the most “drag” on humanity’s evolutionary process. In other words, it slows down our forward movement toward becoming a civilized species more than any other single idea.
Right now we are not a “civilized” civilization. We are more advanced than we were several hundred or several thousand years ago, but we are not yet civilized.
No species that allows over 650 of its offspring to die every hour of starvation, and cannot find a way to stop it, can claim to be civilized.
No species that allows 20.9 million women and children to be bought and sold into commercial sexual servitude every year and cannot find a way to stop it can claim to be civilized.
No species that allows over 3 billion of its members to live on less than $2.50 a day, and billions to have no access to health care (some 19,000 children die each day from preventable health issues, such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia) and cannot find a way to change this can claim to be civilized.
No species that allows 1.7 billion of its members to live without any access to clean water, 1.6 billion (a quarter of humanity) to live without electricity, or 2.6 billion to exist without basic sanitation, and cannot find a way to improve these conditions — even after twenty centuries of trying — can claim to be civilized.
Evidence suggests that there must be something we do not fully understand here about Life — the understanding of which could change everything.
The first three messages of the Conversations with God dialogues offer us some suggestions along those lines. I believe they are, in fact, all that we need to create the life for which we all yearn. Following the initial message that we are all One are these two additional noticements:
— There’s enough.
— There’s nothing that you have to do.
The first of these points to the fact that there is a sufficiency on this planet of everything humanity needs for every member of the species to live a wonderful and joyful life. All we have to do is simply share. Yet it is our idea that there isn’t enough of what we all feel we need to be happy, and so we have created a global society that competes with itself and struggles against itself.
The second of these two points offers a new way of looking at the solution to our problems. It suggests that we end our emphasis on “doing” and place our emphasis on “being.”
When what we are doing in our world emerges from a new, from an expanded, from a higher, state of being, we will find ourselves meeting the challenges of physical life automatically — without us “having” (that is, being “required”) to do anything in particular.
The statement “There’s nothing that you have to do” does not mean that there is nothing that you will do as you live your life. It means that there is nothing that is demanded, commanded, or required of you. It invites a deeper exploration of the concept of allowing one’s personal “doingness” to proceed from one’s personal decision regarding how one chooses to “be” in the world, rather than the other way around.
Presently, many human beings “do” things because they think these are the “right things to do” if they wish to “be” kind, or “be” caring, or “be” loving. They do something in order to feel a certain way…rather than feeling a certain way before they do anything, and allowing what they do to emerge from that.
This may seem like nothing more than a play on words, but the messages of Conversations with God assure us that there is more here than meets the eye.
When we embody a particular and specific State of Being ahead of time — not in response to, but in creation of, an experience of Self — we generate outcomes in our life virtually without effort…and, most noticeably, nothing is left undone that would eliminate suffering in the life of any other member of our species.
The State of Being that CWG suggests that every human being embody is what it has called “divinity.” In other words, our highest selves, our grandest love, our greatest wisdom, our deepest compassion, and the embracing within us of all the other most wondrous aspects of our True Identity.
(No species that is being Divine and demonstrating Divinity by being compassionate, caring, and loving could allow the conditions noted above to exist for another 24 hours…much less another century.)
A person who walks through the world holding the Identity of Divinity deep within changes the exterior experience of everyone else everywhere she or he steps, every room he or she enters, every space she or he occupies.
If our entire species walked through this world holding such an identity deep within, it would produce Heaven on Earth.
The question is, what could cause our entire species to do so? And that will be the topic of our next entry here. Until then, Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful holiday week, and Happy New Year!
A NOTE FROM NEALE: For the next several months this space will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the 3,000+ pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #2:
I believe that the idea that everything in separate from everything else is the greatest obstacle to the rapid expansion of human potential and the rapid forward movement of human evolution.
Right now most people who believe in God — and that is by far the largest number of people on this planet — still embrace a Separation Theology. This is a way of looking at God which declares that we are “over here” and God is “over there.”
This would not matter if it began and ended there, but the problem with a Separation Theology is that it produces too often in too many people a Separation Cosmology. That is, a way of looking at all of life that says that everything is separate from everything else.
This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just a point of view, but the problem is that a Separation Cosmology produces too often in too many people a Separation Psychology. That is, a psychological viewpoint that says that I am over here and you are over there.
This would also be something we could live with if that was all there was to it, but the problem is that a Separation Psychology produces too often in too many people a Separation Sociology. That is, a way of socializing with each other that encourages everyone within human society to act as separate entities serving their own separate interests.
Now we’ve entered into truly dangerous territory, because a Separation Sociology envitably produces too often in too many people a Separation Pathology. That is, pathological behaviors of self-destruction, engaged in individually and collectively, and producing suffering, conflict, violence, and death by our own hands—evidenced everywhere on our planet throughout human history.
I believe that only when our Separation Theology is replaced by a Oneness Theology will our pathology be healed. A Oneness Theology recognizes that we have been differentiated from God, but not separated from God, even as the ﬁngers on our hand are differentiated but not separated from the hand itself.
We are being invited to understand that all of Life is One Thing. This is the first step. It is the jumping-oﬀ point. It is the beginning of the end of how things now are. It is the start of a new creation, of a new tomorrow. It is the New Cultural Story of Humanity.
It is my thought that oneness is not a characteristic of life. Life is a characteristic of oneness. I believe that this is what we have not understood about our existence on Earth, the understanding of which would change everything. Life is the expression of oneness Itself. God is the expression of Life Itself. God and Life are one. You are a part of Life. You do not and cannot stand outside of it. Therefore you are a part of God. It is a circle. It cannot be broken.
I believe that when we begin acting in harmony with this truth, our entire experience of Life will be altered forever. There will, in fact, be war no more. Violence in all forms will disappear. Depravity and insufficiency will end. Abject suffering and poverty will vanish. Cruelty will become unthinkable, insufficiency insupportable, indignity unacceptable, starvation impossible, and intolerance intolerable. We will have civilized civilization at last.
Note from Neale: For the next several months my blog will be used to explore — one-by-one — the messages, metaphysical principles, and spiritual meaning of the material found in the 3,000+ pages of the Conversations with God dialogues. This series of observations and interpretations is offered with my continuing disclaimer: I could be wrong about all of this.
CWG Explored/Installment #1:
We begin at the beginning.
There is something more going on here than meets the eye.
We are living in a system far more complex, far more magnificent, far more organized, far more intricate, far more directed, and far more usable than most people on Earth imagine.
It is precisely because most people on Earth do not imagine this to be true that our species is living the way it is living, with the largest percentage of us suffering hardships and facing challenges that no Enlightened Species should or would ever have to encounter.
It is incomprehensible, for instance, for a race of sentient beings that considers itself to be “evolved” to allow over 650 of its own offspring to die every hour of starvation.
It is incomprehensible, for instance, for a race of sentient beings that considers itself to be “evolved” to allow 1.7 billion of its members to lack clean water, or for 2.6 billion to exist without basic sanitation, or for 1.6 billion to live without the benefits of a discovery turned into a tool for modern living over 150 years ago: electricity.
Think of that: After 150 years we have still not found a way to provide electricity for a quarter of the human race.
In other words, we have not even found a way for everyone on Earth to harness and utilize the power that is visible to us, provable with regard to its existence — to say nothing of harnessing and using power that is invisible and not provable as to its existence.
This is how backward we are as a species. This is how primitive we are. We are so barbarian and uncivilized that we cannot find a way to stop 650 of our children from starving to death every hour on our planet.
Given this low level of our sophistication, it is small wonder that we hold the extraordinarily limited ideas about Larger Realities that so many of us hold. We can’t even imagine or manifest the miniscule about of love it would take to stop ourselves from letting so many of our offspring die of insufficient food, much less can we imagine the enormous love it would take to create the Universe and empower all of its sentient beings to produce and experience their own reality as they choose.
We live in a world where we throw away more leftovers in the restaurants of Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles in an evening than would be needed to feed the children of an entire village for a week, and as we watch the children die we discuss it even while poisoning ourselves with smokes and liquor in serious after-dinner conversations that produce no solutions, but plenty of tsk-tsking.
What it would take to turn around this sad state of affairs is a new and larger understanding of Life Itself…its origin, its function, its process and its very purpose. Yet many of us have limited ourselves to that which can be proven as we seek to expand that which we say we “understand.”
We’ve taken an “if-it-can’t-be-proven-it-can’t-be-true” position on matters of enormous consequence — and it is possible that it is this, and this alone, which has so dramatically slowed and hugely hindered our growth.
I have discussed this before in this space. I have asked: When a person who we have come to truly and deeply admire turns to us and says for the first time, “I love you,” do we believe them? Or do we say, “Really? Prove it. I can’t take you at your word. I need proof.”
If we required everyone who tells us they love us to prove it, I want to suggest that we would live very limited and lonely lives. Yet many of us require “proof” of other equally impactful and important Life Data before we can accept it and use it to our benefit — not the least of which is the understanding that there is something more going on here than meets the eye, and that we are living in a system far more complex, far more magnificent, far more organized, far more intricate, far more directed, and far more usable than most people on Earth imagine.
Conversations with God begins with a premise that cannot be proven. Therefore, if Proof of Premise is the yardstick by which one measures viability and usability of data, our exploration of CWG’s many potentially wonderfully beneficial messages needs must end here.
Its messages must be dismissed out of hand, for they emanate from what I have come to call the Undeniable Unprovable. It cannot be denied that it cannot be proven, and its very unprovability is what, to me, renders it undeniable.
Humanity has demonstrated that everything that can be proven is subject to denial. Global warming offers us a perfect example. A Chinese hoax? Really?
So I’ve taken to assuming that if is can’t be proven, there’s a good chance that it’s true. Like the fact that the first time my wife said “I love you” to me, she meant it. And like the fact that there’s something more going on here than meets the eye in the Universe.
Like the fact, for instance, that there is a Prime Source, an Originating Energy, an Essential Essence that some of us call “God” that exists, and that can be used with predictable and consistent results. An Essence that we are part of. That we are made of. From which we cannot be separated, because we are the manifestation of That Which It Is.
The first message of Conversations with God — contained on Page 5 of over 3,000 pages of dialogue — is this: We Are All One.
We are told: “All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing there is.”
This cannot be proven. What can be proven, according to Earthly science and Earthly standards and Earthly understandings, is that everything is separate from everything else. We live in a Separation Cosmology.
I believe this single idea is the greatest obstacle to the rapid expansion of human potential and the rapid forward movement of human evolution.
And we will explore that thought in Installment #2 of this series.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a presence here, so I wanted to check in and give you an update on how things have been going since my open-heart surgery Nov. 1.
It turns out that I needed a quintuple bypass, as most of the major arteries to my heart contained significant blockages. I am happy to say that I tolerated the procedure very well, and was actually sent home from the hospital five days later — which is much sooner than I expected.
It is now one-month post-op as I write this, and my life is back to normal. I have been up and around and out of my at-home hospital bed for 10 days now, and have been cleared to drive again. The doctors tell me that my recovery is ahead of schedule, in terms of what most patients experience, and I am very grateful.
I have just put the finishing touches on the final editing of the latest CWG dialogue book, Conversations with God-Book 4: Awaken the Species, to be released in March by Rainbow Ridge Books. The text offers an open invitation to members of the human race who feel they are ready to “self select” to be among those who feel they would like to move forward their own evolutionary process by doing whatever they can to help awaken our species.
This is the Perfect Time for Our Advancement, God tells humanity in this new dialogue, and in it we are given a list of 16 differences between how Highly Evolved Beings in the Universe live and the way human beings have constructed life here on Earth. We are also offered detailed notes on how we can integrate those ways of being into our everyday life, should we choose to.
It’s an exciting and unexpected dialogue, and I’m hoping its contents will be seen as being very useful in the Evolution Revolution movement. In the meantime, let me offer my thanks to the many of you who sent me prayers and good energies following my surgery.
My dear, dear companions on this journey…
The time has come for me to make a closing statement about Conversations with God — this wonderful experience that has touched my life and, amazingly, the lives of millions of others around the world.
By “closing statement” I do not necessarily mean “final” statement. I may very well have more things to say about CWG before I die (and after I die, for that matter, as I am sure there will be writings released after my departure). So by “closing statement” I mean to say that the words here are intended to bring a close to any speculation about how I feel about, how I personally hold, the Conversations with God experience — and how I wish and hope that anyone who is, or becomes, aware of it will feel also.
I want to put to rest any thought, idea, notion, or claim that may lead to a misunderstanding that any person or group may have about me, and about the body of work that has filled over 30 books and consumed the last 25 years of my life.
I am aware, of course, that some people and groups have called me a blasphemer, a heretic, an apostate, and, in the extreme, an instrument of the devil. I understand how they could have come to that, for many of the ideas I have placed into the world directly confront and specifically contradict their most sacred beliefs.
Because of this, I am very okay with them calling me these names. I am okay with it because I admire and encourage the active and energetic defense of one’s own most sacred beliefs, so long as that defense does not involve or include the inflicting of emotional or physical violence. (No, not even to protect — much less, to extend) — those beliefs.) For in my heart’s deepest experience and my mind’s highest understanding, sacred beliefs lose the quality which rendered them “sacred” if they are demonstrated in a way that deeply or irrevocably damages another.
But so long as we create and maintain the space within which you can share and practice your beliefs and I can share and practice mine…and we can do so while loving each other purely, and admiring each other genuinely, for having the courage and the gumption and the willingness to do so without rage-filled hostility, without brutality, and surely without bloodshed…then we will have both venerated our beliefs and honored each other. And what better way can there be to reveal why our beliefs feel so valid to us?
It is true that in my writing and in my speaking I have offered critical commentary on certain beliefs held by and espoused by particular religions, but I placed each of those statements into the arena of ideas in the spirit of simple and honest disagreement — and I hope that I have always welcomed the spirited disagreement of others with a willingness for open engagement in ongoing and vibrant dialogue.
That said, I hope you will hear me when I offer, with as much clarity as I can muster, this “closing statement” on the messages of CWG: I could be wrong about all of this.
Don’t imagine for a second that I don’t think about that. I think about it all the time. Matt Lauer once asked me in an interview on The Today Show on NBC: “Neale, do you ever doubt that the experience you’ve had is what you say it is? Do you ever doubt the accuracy of the information you feel you’ve been given?”
My response was immediate, simple, and straightforward.
“Matt, the day I stop doubting is the day I become dangerous, and I have no intention of becoming dangerous.”
So I want to tell you to doubt as well. (I’m sure I don’t have to encourage this.) I want you to be clear that one of the most important messages of the Conversations with God dialogues is not to believe them.
Indeed, in the very first book of the nine texts we hear this in the voice of God:
“Believe nothing I say. Simply live it. Experience it. Then live whatever other paradigm you want to construct. Afterward, look to your experience to find your truth.”
We do well to remain our own authority in all matters regarding the Self and the Soul. No one can tell us what is True for us, and no one should try.
I will always be happy to tell you what is true for me. I became very clear about my truth when I read the recommendations and the suggestions on how I might live my own life found in the CWG dialogue. I couldn’t help but think: “I wish someone had told me these things fifty years ago. I can’t imagine a better way to live.”
I hope that if and after you read and absorb the CWG material, you agree with me. I hold this hope because I truly believe its messages can profoundly change your individual life, and the world entire, for the better. But whatever your personal response to the 3,000+ pages of this dialogue, I think we can concur that this is a powerful subject we are talking about here, and it is good to proceed with care.
All of it is wrapped up in our relationship with The Divine—indeed, in the question of whether there even is a “God.” And that is not a small matter.
Our understanding of all of this is significant because most human beings need and seek and sooner or later deeply yearn to find some kind of meaning in life. Without that meaning, without some purpose for it all, many of us soon find ourselves simply trudging along with heaviness of heart, trying to make the best of something we haven’t even begun to understand, pushing through our days and nights engaged in what appear to be increasingly aimless, valueless, senseless activities that clarify nothing, produce little, and generate not much more than “things to do” while on our way to where, we don’t know, but an eventual end that we call eath — the anticipation of which offers naught but a heightened sense of what feels like the almost bitterly laughable fruitlessness of it all.
And so we yearn, and we search. And giving it deeper thought as I write this, I arrive at a place of knowing that if we hold the notion that there is some sort of Higher Power in existence, our reaching clarity may very well be guaranteed.
Seek and ye shall find, God has said to all of us. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. We may very well be caused to remember that there is something greater going on here. Information may come our way that will make the “larger-ness” of all that is and all that occurs suddenly apparent.
But what is the larger reason for it? What is the greater purpose? What is the grander point? These are the questions we all ultimately ask about life. And this is what I believe only your own ongoing conversation with God can tell you. The ideas and the pronouncements of others can perhaps lead you closer to it, but only your own inner communion with The Divine can open your heart and mind to your deepest truth.
I hope, then, that you will allow yourself to experience such a communion, to have such a conversation, and to know . . . whatever your most sacred belief, whatever your religion, whatever your faith tradition, or if you have none at all . . . that you can experience your own first-person, one-on-one exchange with God.
For some it may come in the form of words. For others, as feelings, or a simple sense of “knowing.” For still others, pictures and thought forms and signs and signals may present themselves as life itself is being lived.
God’s “conversation” has no limits, no boundaries, no specifications in terms of “how” it may proceed and how its messages may be sent or received. But I do not believe that your interaction with The Divine was ever intended to be a one-way encounter. I believe it was intended to provide you with comfort, to produce for you wisdom and clarity and strength, and a goal worthy of your dedication, of your commitment, of your time and your effort.
And so, I encourage you to engage in your own conversation with God every day, in whatever way feels natural and good to you, based on your tradition or your innermost feeling. Call it prayer, call it meditation, call it inspiration, call it whatever you wish. And if my exchanges with God have lead you to your own, my publishing the CWG books will have succeeded in its goal—which was not to open you to my truth, but to put you directly in touch with your own.
God has blessed you, and me, and all the world. And if we simply extend God’s blessings to everyone whose life we touch, through all the days of our lives, in each of the encounters that fill our hours upon the Earth, we will have unlocked the Secret of the Ages held within the folds of the most sacred doctrines of all of humanity’s spiritual belief systems: Love is the answer. Love is all there is. Love is who you are. And the experiencing and expressing of love is why you are here.
There you have it. The mysteries of life have been solved.
I could, of course, be wrong about all of this.
(But I don’t think so.)
Since my last entry here on this topic the world has suffered the tragedy of Nice in France, the death toll in Turkey after a coup attempt there, and the ambush that killed three police officers is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before that, Dallas. Before that, Orlando.
Before that Zliten in Libya (60 dead), Sharaban in Iraq (100+ dead), Eei-Adde in Somalia (63-dead), Deir-ez Zor in Syria (300 dead), and the list goes on. And that’s just in January of this year alone.
Every day people are dying for no reason other than that they were in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Innocent people, including children and the elderly. Totally innocent people, guilty of nothing save being in the line of fire (or courageously placing themselves in the line of fire as a matter of their sworn duty) when the anger of others has erupted.
How can such a thing continue to occur in a species that fancies itself to be highly evolved?
On this planet today, there is a belief held by 95% of the people that is killing us.
Unless we find a way to alter this belief, the terrorism plaguing our species will not abate.
This belief is not the direct cause of the violence we inflict upon each other, but it absolutely creates an environment in which such savagery — rather than feeling unnatural, wildly inappropriate, repulsive and repugnant — feels totally acceptable to those who perpetrate it. And that number is increasing daily.
The belief that produces an environment of acceptability is the belief in separation. The vast majority of the human race has embraced this belief. We believe we are separate from each other, separate from Life Itself (in that we have nothing to do with its process except to endure it), and separate from God (if we even believe there is a God).
This belief is our aloneness in the Universe has led to our creation of a defense mechanism called tribalism. We’ve decided to join with others who we think, though they are separate from us, are similar enough to us to share common interests. And so we are not quite so alone.
The Tribalism of Separation has caused us to think in terms of “us” and “them” in nearly every area of our lives. And this is what has caused Orlando and Dallas, Nice and Ankara, the killings of and by police, the terror of and by ISIS, the verbal attacks of and by Mr. Trump, the anger of and by people all over the world leading to revolts by ballots and bullets against The Establishment everywhere.
Humans are no longer willing to submit to the established order of things — an order of things that has created global groupings of The Have’s and The Have Not’s — a few people living in Plenty while plenty live in Poverty.
Sadly, those living with poverty and its pains do not know how to revolt against it without causing further separation, and those living with plenty and its pleasures think only about how to stop the revolt of those in poverty and pain without doing very much about it. Thus, both groups perpetuate the very thing that has caused all the terror to begin with.
All of this can be solved with one simple remedy: an approach that if adopted by all of the world’s people, both the Have’s and the Have-Nots, would bring an end to our tribalism — and the anger of isolation that so frequently accompanies it — virtually overnight. The challenge is that our species does not seem to know exactly what the real problem is.
So, as I mentioned in the first article of this series, we keep trying to solve it as if it were a political problem, or an economic problem, or a social problem. Or, worst of all, a problem of insufficient power or force being used to get our way.
Yet all need not be lost. We can still heal the anger that is producing the conditions that is fueling the violence that has been flowing both ways between the tribes of humanity throughout human history — and that continues to affect and infect so many people to this very day.
We will not be able to do so, however, unless we stop to collectively understand that nuance and nature of the problem itself.
NEXT, Part Three: What is really going on, and why it is happening.
People all over our planet are asking themselves today: “What can we do — is there anything that anyone can do — to bring an end to what’s happening in our world?
Is there no way to stop the brutality and put the heart back into humanity?
What has driven so many of us to forget who we are — talking, and then acting, like barbarians?
And is there anything at all that can return us to ourselves, and inspire us to stop using violence and killing to address our grievances?
The world is hungry for leadership today, starving for guidance, gasping for answers. People everywhere are stupefied, shocked, astonished by what we are doing to ourselves. They’re hoping, yearning, crying out, begging for life’s insanity to stop.
But nobody seems to know how to get an entire species to wake up, to collectively reassemble, to call an end to its separations and divisions, and to bring itself out of its tribal nightmare.
Part of the problem is that we keep trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
First, we say we’re facing a social problem, having to do with our attitudes toward one another. Particularly our racial attitudes. So we throw words at it, hoping to get each other to change our minds about each other. But the words we use are labeling and wounding, accusing and divisive, even as we say we are trying to produce unity and healing.
Then we say we’re facing an economic problem, having to do with the quantum gap between the have’s and the have-not’s. So we attempt to throw money at it (urging a raise in the minimum wage, calling for free college tuition, demanding expansion of society’s safety net), or withhold money from it (lowering welfare payments, reducing social services, opposing health care reform, cutting unemployment benefits). But our manipulations of cash buy us nothing save more frustration and more anger among both the poor and the rich.
Then we say it’s a political problem, having to do with the policies and decisions we are imposing, or failing to impose, on our population, our corporations, and our institutions. So we throw laws at it, trying to legislate our way to morality, equality and equanimity. But the overlaying of statutes and regulations does little to regulate or alter basic human behaviors, instead creating new behaviors designed to sidestep regulations and tap dance around statutes.
At this point we throw up our hands and declare that our challenges are not simple ones, and will not be overcome with simple solutions, but require all three approaches — harnessing social, economic, and political action to produce healing of our wounds and changing of our ways.
We say, in effect, that our problem is All Of The Above, when the truth is, it’s none of the above.
The problem facing humanity is not a social problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a political problem.
The problem facing humanity today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
It has to do with what we say are our most sacred beliefs, our fundamental understandings, the convictions we hold, the doctrines we embrace, and the principles we adhere to as we daily express who we are, demonstrate our awareness of the nature and purpose of life, and reveal the nature of our relationship (whatever it may or may not be) with that entity that some of us call God.
Our problem is a spiritual problem, but this is something that no social agency, no economic entity, and no political party dare even begin to discuss. Yet unless and until someone does, the backward and deeply damaging social, economic, and political actions of our species will not diminish, decrease, dwindle or decline. In fact, we will see them increase.
We are in a downward spiral here, and only a Looking Upward can get us out of this hole we have dug for ourselves and then thrown ourselves into. The good news is that such a Looking Upward is possible. All it takes is leadership.
That’s where you come in. For a Leader is not one who says, “Follow me.” A Leader is one who says, “I’ll go first.”
I have just returned from Bulgaria and Italy, where I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to hundreds of people about the foremost challenge facing our species today. That challenge is to solve this continuing riddle:
How is it possible that 8 billion members of a single species could all say they want the same thing — survival, safety, security, peace, prosperity, opportunity, happiness, and love — and be utterly unable to produce it…even after trying for thousands of years?
Is it possible that there is something we don’t fully understand about about Life, the understanding of which would change everything? Could there be something we do not fully understand about ourselves, and about each other, the understanding of which would alter our lives forever for the better?
If we do not solve this mystery, we run the risk of bringing a sad ending to The Human Experiment on this planet within the next half century — or sooner. We will absolutely end our adventure here if we simply refuse to even acknowledge that the questions exist, much less that it is fair to ask them and vital to answer them.
I have written the following in the Introduction to my next book, Understanding Humanity/Demonstrating Divinity (to be published in 2017):
The problem is, most human beings do not know who they are. There is enormous confusion about our True Nature and our Real Identity.
Actually, there’s more than confusion. There’s denial. Innocent, but widespread, denial.
Put confusion and denial together and you’ve got the perfect recipe for making big mistakes. Or, to put it another way, decision-making in life on Earth.
We’ve made some progress, yes. Apologists will point out how far humanity has advanced as a civilization. And they are accurate in pointing out that things are not as bad as they used to be. But is that it? Is that the most we can say about our global experience? Can we at least also say that our civilization has at last become civilized?
You be the judge.
More than 1.5 billion people do not have electricity on this planet in this, the 21stCentury. A higher number, over 1.6 billion, have no access to clean water. A much higher number still, over 2.5 billion, do not have basic sanitation. That’s right, in the first quarter of the 21st century over a quarter of the world’s people are without toilets.
But these are simply inconveniences. Some 19,000 children die each day on this planet from preventable health issues, such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
Wait. We’re not done. Over 650 children die every hour on Earth of starvation.
In the meantime, 85 of the world’s richest people hold more wealth than 3.5 billion…that’s half the planet’s population…combined. And the value system of millions insists there’s nothing wrong with this, and that this final statistic has nothing to do with the earlier ones.
So what do you think? Are we a civilized species?
We’re still creating and threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction as our only defense in a global community that has found it impossible to create a way to simply get along. Is this civilized?
We’re still killing human beings intentionally as a means of teaching human beings that killing humans beings intentionally is not okay—and we fail to see the contradiction. Does this make sense?
We’re still claiming that a loving God does not want people who cherish each other to marry each other if they are the same gender as each other—or even if they are not the same gender, but are of different races, religions, tribes or cultures. Is this our definition of love?
We’re still brutally killing and eating the flesh of other intelligent animals, pretending that they’re not intelligent enough to know that they are suffering from how they are raised and how they are slaughtered—or that it doesn’t matter even if they do experience suffering. Is this how we measure what we label that which is humane?
We’re still smoking and ingesting known carcinogens, ignoring how huge numbers of us are suffering from what we are doing to ourselves, and we’re still abusing alcohol and drugs, pretending that these are substances we can handle—all the while we’re not handling them at all. Is this a measure of our intelligence?
And it’s not just each of our individual behaviors that raise the question of whether we’re civilized. Today even a casual observer can see that not one of the collaboratively created systems, institutions and devices that our civilization has put into place to help us become civilized is doing anything of the sort.
It’s worse than that. They’re actually doing exactly the opposite.
Our political systems are creating nothing but disagreement and disarray. Our economic systems are actually increasing poverty and the divide between those who have more than enough and those who have not nearly enough. Our social systems are actually increasing disparity, prejudice, injustice and despair.
And perhaps most dysfunctional of all, our spiritual systems are producing not a deeper sense of godliness and goodwill, unity and oneness among Earth’s people, but, instead, the kind of intolerance, anger, cruelty, hatred, and righteousness that leads not just to holier-than-thou separation, but to holier-than-thou killing.
What gives here? What’s going on with the human race that it cannot see what it’s doing to itself? Where is humanity’s blind spot?
Might it be time to ask those questions above? I’ve asked them before, in other writings, in television interviews, and in workshops, seminars, and lectures across the globe. But the questions keeps arising, now more insistently than ever, leading us to ask another question:
Is there any hope? Are we really nothing more than a species of immature beings run amok, blowing up H-bombs under the ground to prove our invincibility while dismantling our planet’s under-layer in the process—then wondering why we’re seeing such an increase is earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes?
Have we so lost our collective mind as to think that the way to stop terrorism and killing on our streets and in our schools is for everybody in the world to carry a gun, reverting back to America’s Wild West when the most important question was, “Who is quickest on the draw?”
Have we so lost our collective will as to simply throw up our hands in frustration as wars and battles for supremacy create refugee crises rendering millions homeless?
Have we so lowered our collective standards as to find it actually preferable for divisiveness, rudeness, insults and tasteless verbal bullying to become the hallmark of political leadership?
Is this what we have come to? Gun-toting, fist-pumping, verbal-bashing, jaw-jutting, loud-mouthed intimidators and strong-armed tyrants daring anyone to stand up for what is gentle, peaceful, compassionate, understanding, forgiving, and—God forbid—loving?
If we can’t even agree on how to disagree, can we possibly agree on how to be agreeable? Can we ever become experientially aware that there is such a thing as Divinity—much less be Divinely inspired, Divinely motivated, Divinely activated, Divinely expressed, and Divinely realized in our daily lives?
Yes, we can.
But what the world needs now is a different approach to explaining our gentle, loving Deity, replacing our fearful, righteous and condemning way of warning each other about what so many have claimed for so long to be a fearful, righteous, and condemning God.
We need a sweet, kind, and tender way of exploring how we may all know and experience our highest self and express our True Nature. And that starts with understanding.
We’re being invited by the increasingly challenging events of Life Itself to move to a new level of comprehension regarding who we really are, why we are really here, and what we are really able, and choosing, to express and experience.
We’ve solved scientific mysteries, we’ve performed medical miracles, we’ve created technological marvels, but we have failed to solve the most fundamental problem: How to simply get along. We have also failed to understand the one thing we would most benefit from understanding: Ourselves.
For our species, understanding Humanity and its relationship to Divinity must be the next most worthy goal, the next most important objective, the next most urgent undertaking if we are to collectively create a life that allows our species to move forward, not backward, on its evolutionary path, and if we are to each live a life that makes sense to our soul.
Understanding Humanity will equip us to eliminate our human-made problems, and will give us the tools to meet many of the challenges that we have claimed and declared to be presented by Nature as well (ignoring, in the past, the fact that human choices, decisions, and actions have produced so many of them).
Understanding Humanity thus is—for our entire species and for you, individually—the Most Urgent Exploration. Everything else pales in importance by comparison. So then, shall we get on with it?
Many of the mornings on many of the days in the lives of many of the people on this planet, it’s not very easy to find a very good reason to throw back the covers and get out of bed.
Life feels like a struggle mentally, physically, and emotionally from morning to night, with no letup in sight, no relief on the way, no abatement on the horizon. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another…and the challenges don’t seem to be getting smaller, but just the opposite.
What’s the point of it all?, we ask…and it’s a fair question. It all ends in death? That’s it? We’ve gone through all of this for nothing?
We might as well make the best of it while we’re here, because there’s nothing more to it than that? The entirety of our Journey is the experience we’re having right here, right now — added to the experience we’ve had from our birth to this point, and that we’re going to have from this point until our death?
None of it has any implication or reason, purpose or function, consequence or ramification beyond that, and none of it has any significance or meaning except that which we, ourselves, invent (or what we allow our culture to convince us is “true”)?
I mean, really…?
Well, let’s see here. We’re told by many, many people that this is not the way it is. Our lives are more than meaningless meanderings through days and nights of aimless moments and purposeless existence, they say. There is a reason we are here, there is a point to it all, and that is what gives us the motivation to throw back the covers in the morning and lumber out of slumber to venture into The Adventure once more.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…
I love Shakespeare, because he was more than one of the world’s most prolific, powerful, and poetic writers. He was a metaphysician of the first rank. He deeply understood the deeper aspects or the deepest reality we call Life. So I quote Shakespeare often, and sometimes, with a fond knowing that I have his total blessing, I may paraphrase or even ever so slightly alter his words to reflect my application of their present-day meaning.
Shakespeare wrote those words in Henry V, Act III, Scene I. The king was encouraging his soldiers before attacking an enemy. And while these are words before going to war, I know that Shakespeare meant them as more. As with all of his writing, they were replete with multiple meaning. Thus, this passage has been quoted for centuries as it may apply to each of our own “inner wars” — the internal struggle in which every human being engages as we rise up with courage each morn to face whatever onslaught the day may bring.
And so here is my own offering, with some abbreviation and tiny modification, when I quote this passage in the context of our daily battle with the human mind’s greatest enemy: a misunderstanding of what is occurring, why it is occurring, and what this entire life is really about:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…
…in peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
as modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of life’s struggles blows in our ears,
then imitate the action of the tiger. . .
…now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
to its full height. On, on, you Noblest One…!
…Show us here the mettle of your pasture; let us swear
that you are worth your breeding;
for there is none of you so mean and base,
that hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
straining upon the start. The game’s afoot;
follow your spirit…!
Ah, yes, my lovelies…the game’s afoot. But what, exactly, is the game? That becomes the question of the day.
It has been the question from Day One. And now comes the answer, yet one more time, from one more source, in terms so clear, and words so simple and direct, that it cannot be misunderstood anymore.
We have heard the answer before, for sure. But from so many places and in so many ways, we no longer know what to believe.
Our more traditional religions tell us that the “game” is getting back to Heaven; returning to God; finding our way to Paradise; obtaining our Eternal Reward.
Some philosophies tell us it has nothing to do with “eternal” anything, and that our life is about exactly what we are experiencing here and now, making the most of it by giving the most to it, and being satisfied with that — which can be more than enough in a life well lived.
Some spiritual movements say it need not be an Either/Or proposition, but can be Both/And…plus, possibly, a great deal more.
In the first view — that of most of the more traditional religions — we are spiritual entities having a body and a mind, and there are rules we have to follow, things we have to do, things we have to make sure we do not do, and particular and specific ways we must accomplish all of this, in order to get back to God’s Spiritual Kingdom, from which we are told we have emerged. We are told, as well, that if we do not follow these rules, do not do these things, do not avoid these other things, and do not accomplish all of this in a certain and particular way, we will not get to God’s Spiritual Kingdom, but will be sent to the everlasting fires of hell, there to languish forever and ever in unremitting pain and unfathomable suffering as payment for our earthly transgressions — one of the most serious of which may be to have simply belonged to the wrong religion.
In the second view — that of the non-religious philosophers — we are simply (while admittedly highly sophisticated and complex) physical life forms, moving through the biological process of the Cosmos in which we are born, we live, and we die, ceasing to exist in any conscious form whatsoever thereafter, but having the ability while we are alive to affect not only the lives around us, but of those members of our species who follow us, in ways that cause us to be long remembered — and thus to give our lives meaning beyond our here-and-now existence.
In the third view, an amalgam of the first two, we are more than our biological sum and substance — and more, as well, than spiritual entities who live as obey-me-or-else subjects of a cosmic monarch
laying down the requirements for us to get back to a kingdom we can’t understand why we left in the first place.
The text we have been given in the 3,000+ pages of the Conversations with God dialogue addresses that word “more.”
If we are spiritual entities who never wanted to leave the Kingdom of God in the first place, then why did we leave? Is it possible that our Souls left that celestial location on purpose? Could we have done so not only willingly, but excitedly and joyfully?
CWG answers these questions and more, joining a long list of other sources, both ancient and contemporary, in telling us that there is a very special reason we are here, that our having been birthed was not a mere happenstance within a cosmic-wide biological process, that our lives have a purpose that stretches far beyond the end of our present-form physical/chemical expression, and that the very essence and energy of which we are comprised is identical to, and an extension of, the Essential Essence and Purest Energy of the Universe Itself, parts both seen and unseen — or what some of us have called God.
The purpose of this massive and endless process that we have chosen to call “life” is for that Essential Essence and Purest Energy to express Itself in such a way that it would know Itself in its own experience, at the same time expanding the awareness of the knowing of Its individual aspects, elements, and individuations.
Put in somewhat simpler terms, every expression of life is an expression of its Source, experiencing, displaying, and demonstrating aspects of that Source in singular and individuated form.
This means that all that lives (and if we define “lives” as that which is in motion, this would include everything) is an expression of the Divine, and the goal of all sentient beings is to become aware at higher and higher levels of the unlimited aspects of Who They Are, so that Adonai, Allah, Brahma, Elohim, God, Jehovah, Krishna, Rama, Vishnu, Yahweh, or by whatever other name our various global cultures have used to refer to that Ineffable Essence we understand to be The Divine, may experience Itself in, as, and through those beings.
That is our reason for throwing back the covers and getting up in the morning.
Is the reason enough? Is God experiencing God reason enough for some of us to experience hell? (Or what we have called “hell”?) That depends on how we are engaging with the events and circumstances of our moment-to-moment encounters.
Conversations with God tells us that “the good news is, you don’t have to go through hell to get to Heaven.”
“Oh, yeah? Well, you can’t prove it by me,” some of us may be tempted to say. But it’s true. And there are those among us who have proven it.
We can be among those. That is the promise of The Divine.
Stay tuned here. I have more to say as we explore all this further.
We have a candidate for president of the United States who says of a protestor at one of his campaign events, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
We have a candidate for president who says of protestors at his events, “I love the old days — you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”
We have a candidate for president of the United States who told one of his audiences, “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”
Is there any hope? Are we really nothing more than a species of sentient beings run amok, blowing up H-bombs under the ground to prove our invincibility, ending criminals’ lives by injection to demonstrate our righteousness, allowing hundreds of children to die of starvation every hour as we defend a global economy that benefits one-tenth of the planet’s population?
Have we so lost our collective mind as to think that the way to stop gun violence is for everybody in the world to carry a gun?
Have we so lost our collective will as to find no way to stop the wars that create refugee crises rendering millions homeless?
Have we so lost our collective morals as to find it actually preferable for divisiveness, rudeness, insults and tasteless verbal bullying to become the hallmark of political leadership?
Is this what we have come to? Gun-toting, fist-pumping, verbal-bashing, jaw-jutting, loud-mouthed intimidators and strong-armed tyrants daring anyone to stand up for what is gentle, peaceful, and—God forbid—loving?
Just asking here.
I recently read an entry at www.CWGConnect from a man named Bruce who said, in part: “It is well past the time to BE all of the changes we would like to see in our world and the task does appear to be daunting, but if we all could learn to do just our local part in the transformation, then I do think it could almost happen overnight.
“It would sure be great to wake up into a happy and pleasant world tomorrow.”
To that I have this to offer: There has not been a single day in all of recorded history when humanity has been able to awaken to a happy and pleasant world. Every single moment there has been unhappiness and unpleasantness somewhere on the planet. And attempts to produce a widespread happy and pleasant life have engaged our greatest thinkers and our most ambitious leaders for millennia.
Nations have tried to do it with certain methods of governance. Communities have tried to do it with certain goals created in common. Religions have tried to do with certain ideas about God and certain rules of behavior within their membership. Political parties have tried to do it with certain platforms, programs and philosophies. Families have tried to do it with certain activities, sharings, and commitments to each other. Couples have tried to do it with certain ways of uniting in love and promises to stay in that loving and united place until the end of time.
For all of this remarkable effort, awakening to a happy and pleasant world has been exceedingly difficult to achieve. Indeed, to this date, impossible. The question is, Why?
The answer is that, with respect to Bruce, it seems to have much less to do with “all of us learning to do just our local part,” and far more to do with all of us expanding our awareness of what it is, exactly, that we are trying to do. And that has nothing to do with creating a different world. It has to do with creating a different self.
The challenge is that we are an extremely young species of sentient beings, and — even with our truly impressive physical, philosophical, educational, scientific, medical, technological, and spiritual advancement — there is something vitally important and massively significant that we still do not fully understand about God, about Life, and about Ourselves…the understanding of which would change everything.
Do you know what it is? Would you be willing to engage in the discussion? It’s a conversation we all would vastly benefit from engaging in right now.
So here we go again. Here we are once more, at the Starting Gate on a New Year. Here we stand even as we have stood before at the dawn of another Life Cycle. And these days, these times, will go by as fast as the last year has flown. Before we know it, it will be January two-thousand-seventeen. A whole year will have passed, again.
So what can we do in this blink-of-an-eye that we call a year? What can we be in this blink-of-an-eye we call a life? That is the question that Life Itself places before us. And we don’t have that much time left in which to answer it. It is as my wonderful life companion and wife, American poet Em Claire, wrote in her work entitled Precious Occurrence.
I am a precious occurrence,
and I don’t have long.
We are a precious occurrence.
And as long as we think we have,
we don’t have long.
Too much time is being spent
from face to face
asking, “What is my name?”
If you don’t yet know it,
or if you’ve forgotten,
then become still, go within
and answer it.
You are a Precious Occurrence:
Tell Us your name.
(From the volume Home Remembers Me
Copyright © 2013 by Em Claire)
I have learned across the span of my 72 twelve-month cycles on this planet that every year can seem like a tiny moment — and every tiny moment can seem like a year. How I experience Time depends on what I am doing with it.
I can pack more meaning, more of what is truly important in life, in five minutes or five hours of intentioned, focused activity than I can in five days or five weeks of lollygagging around. All of us have had this experience. All of us know exactly what I am talking about.
The trick, then, to making 2016 meaningful will be to make it purposeful. And the trick to making it purposeful will be to decide on your purpose for every moment ahead of time.
As I said — and I can guarantee this — 2016 will go by so fast, you won’t even know what happened. Not, that is, unless you decide right now, ahead of time, what you want to have happen. And why. (more…)
This is the time of year when many people around the world celebrate an experience in their lives that is important to them — and to celebrate it in a way that honors the message of that experience.
I am speaking, of course, of the experience we call “Christmas,” as it lives in our hearts.
For many of us that message is not limited to the essence of a specific religious doctrine — hallowed and holy as that is to billions — but transcends all religions, all believe systems, all spiritual paradigms . . . driving to the core of the human condition and the human experience, and hoping to heal both.
Both have needed healing — and are in need of healing now more than ever.
And amidst so much news that is not so wonderful this year, there is good news as well. While messages of anger and divisiveness and of righteousness generating terrorism are being sent to our world, the Christmas message of love also appears to be reaching people and working its magic. It seems in recent years to be having a real effect on our world.
People of high position are saying things which no one would have dreamt, ten years ago, that persons in those places would say:
A Pope boldly challenges an entire planet with a question: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
A black man is elected President of the United States…twice…and he boldly declares the combating of growing inequality and the lack of upward mobility to be the “defining challenge of our time.”
And so, again.
Paris again. Terrorists again. A world in turmoil again.
When I heard the news about the events in Paris on Nov. 13 I felt exactly the way I felt on Sept. 11, 2001. Sad. Determined. Re-committed. I knew that people all over the world who have read Conversations with God would ask: How does this fit into the ideas in your books, Mr. Walsch? How does this fit into “see the perfection,” and “there are no victims and no villains in the world,” and “there is no such thing as Right and Wrong,” and all the other messages of CWG?
Those are fair questions. Very fair questions. I ask them myself when things such as this occur. And they are occurring now with more frequency than ever before, around the world. So I have updated a small booklet that I wrote a while ago addressing these questions, and I have added to that document a word-for-word copy of the statement I issued the day after the 9-11 attacks on the United States.
It is my desire that as many people as possible have an opportunity to read this material, so I have made it possible for you to access the document in full, downloading it at no cost here:
Can we reach 5,000 members by the end of this year? I asked that question in this space on Sept. 25, and since then we have increased in membership by 100. I am so happy to welcome those of you who have joined with us. Do you think you, and the rest of us, might recruit 500 more members by December 31st? Should we bother even trying?
“What’s the use?”, you might ask. “What’s the point?”
This is an update of a message, below, that I first posted here in late September. In it, I wondered if we could reach a membership of 10,000 before January 1. That may not happen…but you know what? I am wondering why.
It is a gentle wondering, not an indictment. My heart is simply and quietly pondering…what does it take to sufficiently inspire or motivate people to spend a few hours a month in something that could — if it grew large enough — really impact the world? I notice that some groups seem to have no problem increasing their numbers. They are clear that they can impact the world. They did so again in Paris on Nov. 13. People in these groups are willing to give up their lives for their beliefs. Are we willing to give up, say, ten minutes to simply read the article below?
Well, let’s see…
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela
“There’s no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” replied the Queen. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.”
— Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland
“Every noble work is at first impossible.”
— Thomas Carlyle
“If it’s not impossible, it’s not worth trying.”
When we created the Evolution Revolution early in 2015 with the help of wonderful teammates and visionaries, I set a goal of 10,000 members by New Year’s Eve. A lot of people thought that was impossible, and today we’re well over halfway through the year and well under halfway there. So maybe they were right. But I don’t believe it. And I’m asking you today to help us change this Goal into an Accomplishment: TEN THOUSAND MEMBERS BY NEW YEAR’S.
It’s very fair to ask: “Why? What does it matter how many members we have? Why lay down such a marker? Why measure success with a simple number?”
Let me answer by saying that this isn’t about measuring success. This is about making the impossible possible. And the impossible thing that we wish to make possible has nothing to do with enrollment, it has to do with achievement.
What the Evolution Revolution seeks to achieve is the igniting of a global shift in our most fundamental understandings of God, of life, of who we are, of why we are on the earth, and of how we can achieve at last our highest potential as a species of sentient beings through the simple process of completing our Soul’s agenda.
The chief problem facing humanity today is that we don’t know who we are. Some of us have forgotten that we even have a thing called a Soul. Others of us believe that we have a Soul, but have completely forgotten why it has taken on the body, what it is doing here on this planet, and how to achieve what it has set out to do.
What if everything we thought about God was inaccurate? Would it matter?
In The Storm Before the Calm, I shared a sparklingly brilliant observation shared with humanity by Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (2002). Ms. Wheatley is not someone without credentials. A globally known consultant on organizational behavior, she received her doctorate from Harvard University, holds an M.A. in systems thinking from New York University, and has worked on every inhabited continent in virtually every type of organization. Here’s what she says:
“There is no more powerful way to initiate significant social change than to start a conversation.”
And so you see, there is something you can do. And you do not have to turn your own life upside-down, or sign up to devote hundreds of hours a month that you do not have to spare, in order to do it. You simply need to be willing to talk about things. To say out loud what is in your heart.
You can do this by bringing the subject up whenever and wherever stimulating people congregate. You could even cause them to congregate by starting a discussion group in your own home. If you want to be really daring, invite the pastor of your local church to allow you to start a discussion group there.
If this seems all too “visible” for your taste, you could become what I call a “quiet activist.” Offer it to family and friends from the “for what it’s worth department,” and just ask them what they think of it. Accidentally leave copies of it everywhere. Forget that you placed it on a park bench or your subway seat. Add it to the reading material on the table at the hair styling salon. Misplace it at the coffee shop. Lose it on an airplane. Let it find its way to the book table at your organization’s charity rummage sale. Create ways to join an underground distribution network.
If you think that openly talking about all of this might feel out of place in today’s fast-paced, sorry-no-time-to-talk world, consider that Ms. Wheatley observed in a 2002 article in Utne Reader that “. . . true conversation is . . . a timeless and reliable way for humans to think together. Before there were classrooms, meetings, or group facilitators, there were people sitting around talking.
Several months ago I was asked if I would put the Mission Statement of the Evolution Revolution into three short paragraphs. People want to be able to “pick up on” what we are about in short order, I was told. Could I keep it brief?
That’s a lot of ask of someone who writes books, but I thought I’d take a crack at it, so here it is…
The Evolution Revolution is a global movement seeking to bring an awareness to humanity that the problem in the world today is not a political problem, not an economic problem, and not a military problem. The problem in the world today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
Many—perhaps most—of the challenges we face as a species have been created by the things we believe. Specifically, the things we believe about God, about life, about ourselves and who we are, about our true relationship to God and to each other, and about the purpose of Life Itself.
Our mission is to propose new beliefs about all of these things. Beliefs that could change the world.
Having said that, I want to place before you a wonderful resource for the proposing of humanity’s new beliefs. Please consider reading GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: You’ve Got Me All Wrong. This is a remarkable document that challenges every major belief that billions around the world now hold about our God — and that, more important, places before our species a look at how our planet could be to live on if we simply decided that our old beliefs were no longer working, and chose to create and embrace new ones.
Please read this spiritually important and revolutionary book and see if you agree with its life-changing contents. If you do, tell everyone you know about it. Obtain extra copies and leave them everywhere for other people to find and pick up and read. The entire text of this book has been placed on my Facebook page for anyone to read at no cost. If you’d like to see five sample chapters, and then have a convenient way to obtain your own copy of this extraordinary document, simply click here:
A picture is worth a thousand words. Please click the Video above that you “must watch” if you really want to know what the Evolution Revolution is all about. Or even if you just want to “wake yourself up” on this particular day. Or if you want to see something that you could forward to others, to help wake THEM up!
It’s a very short video, but it will explain in graphic terms why I am inviting you to join with me and thousands of others from around the world in a global movement to alter life as we are now experiencing it on this planet.
I know this is asking a lot (many of us just do not have the time or the patience or the attention span anymore to take anything more than 30 seconds to a minute with anything on the Internet….and this video is just over 6 minutes long. So this is asking a lot. But when you see this video, you will understand everything about why this website and this movement exists, and you will want to share it with everyone you know.) (more…)
There must be another way to live life upon the Earth. It is a simple as that. Life cannot have been meant to be experienced the way we are experiencing it. Terrorism. Shootings. Injustices right and left. Impoverishment beyond belief.
Do you know that 2.6 million people on the Earth do not have toilets? Do you know that one in eight persons does not have enough to eat? What have we done to each other on this planet? What are we not doing for each other?
This cannot be the best we can offer. This cannot be the best we can create.
I want to share something with you here. Something important. Something dramatic. It will communicate just as clearly as we know how what this Evolution Revolution is all about. (more…)
NOTE: Please read the new item at the top right, above. It tells about why we are joining together in this movement.
Some people have asked, “What is the point of the Evolution Revolution? Why are you doing this? What can it prove? What can it produce?”
I should like to offer this observation as my response: The problem in the world today is a spiritual problem, and we are trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
We generally start with politics. We go about trying to solve the world’s problem as if it is a political problem, but it is not. Political machinations only put a band aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, “Okay, this is not a political problem. It must be an economic problem.”
So we go about trying to solve the problem as if it is an economic problem, but it is not. Economic maneuverings—throwing money at it, or withholding money from it (as in the form of sanctions)—only put a band aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. (more…)
Neale explains his vision for Awakening Day:
June 12th invites you to a very special project!
I want to share with you that we have an opportunity with the Evolution Revolution if we choose to do so, to make a real impression on the world. It is time now. We don’t have to look any further than our internet computer screens or our morning paper (for those of us who still read newspapers) to see that the time has come for us to launch a revolution in the evolution of humanity.
As we have talked about in the book The Storm Before The Calm, we are in the midst of enormous shifting and changing in the world, and we are all seeking an answer to the world’s dilemmas and the world’s growing massive problems.
The challenges facing humanity are obvious and clear, but what is not obvious and clear to most people is the solution. It seems (at least to many people) as if there is no solution, that there is no approach that would be peaceful and effective. So I think it’s up to the conscious creators of the world, the spiritual leaders on this planet, to place a solution into the space of humanity’s awareness, and to announce what that solution is very specifically.
But our leaders — even our spiritual leaders, alas — by and large are not doing it, and they’re missing the point. They’re missing the real solution and talking all around it. The problem facing humanity today is not a political problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a military problem. The problem facing humanity today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved y spiritual means.
So I want to suggest to all of you that what we need to do is to raise the consciousness of our spiritual leaders, and of all the people of the earth, to the degree that we can — and that’s a larger degree than you might think, if we simply choose to take action and place ourselves at the forefront of the Evolution Revolution.
What is needed now is clearly a revolution in humanity’s thinking and a revolution in humanity’s approach. Not only its approach to solving its immediate problems, but its long-range approach to life itself — its approach to our scientific, our technological, our environmental, our educational and our societal interactions with each other.
I’m sure you all realize that in every area of human endeavor, we are failing… and failing miserably. The purpose of this statement is not to make everyone feel bad about the world today, but it is a call to invite all of you who are involved in this Evolution Revolution Action Group program; to decide to really stand up now and do something about it, specifically. So let me take a minute to just outline the nature of the problem.
Every system that we have put into place on this earth to make life better for us has not worked in doing that. In fact, every system has produced the opposite result.
Our political system — which was designed to bring all nations closer together in a place of peace and harmony and cooperation — has produced exactly the opposite.
Our economic system — which was produced to generate economic prosperity (or at least the opportunity to reach for it) and equality for all the people of the earth — has produced, in fact, exactly the opposite: a widening gap between the rich and the poor, not a closing of the gap. And nobody seems to care. Or if they do care, nobody seems to want to see if they can do anything about it.
Our educational system — which was designed to produce a higher level of understanding, wisdom, knowledge and education among more and more people of the world — has produced exactly the opposite. We have seen the “dumbing down” of human society in many, many ways.
Our environmental system — which we had created to sustain the world’s environment and create a sustainable ecology — has produced, in fact, exactly the opposite.
Our social systems — which were created to bring us, on a neighborhood basis and from person to person, closer together in greater peace and harmony — have, in fact, produced exactly the opposite.
And sadly, most important of all, our spiritual systems — which we imagined would bring us closer together through a greater closeness with God — has produced, in fact, exactly the opposite…generating a deep sense of separation between ourselves, as we insist on living in our Separation Theology.
This is a vivid demonstration that a Separation Theology produces, ultimately, a separation cosmology. That is, a cosmological way of looking at things which says that everything is separate from everything else. Interdependent, perhaps, but nevertheless separate from every other life form.
That general separation cosmology which grows out of a Separation Theology produces a separation psychology. That is, a psychological profile that allows human being to imagine that they are “other than” each other, and that they are living separate from each other and with separate needs, separate wants, separate desires and separate goals that they intend to follow and that they intend to reach, even if they have to hurt or damage other separate individuals in order to do so.
Such a separation psychology produces a separation sociology. Entire societies — nations, if you please — imagine themselves to be separate, one from the other.
And ultimately (as we have seen in recent days and months and throughout human history), separation sociology produces, sadly, a separation pathology — pathological behaviors of self-destruction.
All right. That’s my two-and-a half minute little speech. Now, what are we going to do about it? Are we just going to go, “Tisk-tisk,” you know… Too bad. “Neale’s right, he sees it clearly. Isn’t that sad? Wish we could do something about it.”
Or are we in fact going to use the power of our collective intention to begin to bring about change?
As I’ve said, the problem facing the world today is a spiritual problem, and only a spiritual solution will produce the outcomes for which humanity has yearned these many years.
Now, ladies and gentleman, that’s good news. Because that fact that this is a spiritual problem puts the solution squarely in our hands. That’s something that you and me, ordinary people, can impact. We don’t have to be chiefs-of-state, heads of religion, generals in any army or air force — just ordinary human beings. All the world’s people are searching for a spiritual solution. It’s just that nobody is putting it in front of them. That’s what we get to do, every month, all year long, on Awakening Day!
I am suggesting a day when every single person who is part of the Evolution Revolution will take action on their own, or as part of their Evolution Revolution Action Group if they belong to one. I am inviting you — and inviting you to invite all of your like-minded neighbors and friends — to join us. Because, my dear friends, the Earth is begging for it. It is calling for it. It is inviting it at the highest level. It’s begging, calling and inviting us to step out and place a new idea — a new cultural story about who we are, why we are, what we’re doing here, and what life is really all about — before humanity.
We have the opportunity to do so in a gentle, sweet, non-violent way, on the 12th of every month by simply engaging in the monthly Evolution Revolution activity, proving once again that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Will you engage in a single act of revolution on the 12th of June, 2015, and the 12th of each month thereafter – an organized, unified effort, on the 12th of each month — all over the world?
Will you stand with me in this simple but powerful effort to bring about change and a new tomorrow in our world?
This is not to say that we cannot engage in spreading the word on days other than the 12th of each month. The 12th of each month will offer a specific call to action, a specific activity, in which members around the globe agree to engage simultaneously, one centered around a specific action, though the action itself, may vary from month to month.
For our June 12 Awakening Day, we have decided to leave copies of the book, God’s Message To The World: You’ve Got Me All Wrong, on park benches, in train stations, in coffee shops, etc. with a note inside the front of the book, asking that whomever finds and reads the book, then leave it for someone else to find. A copy of the note (which you can edit if you choose) can be found in the Forum section of the Evolution Revolution Website http://www.evolutionrevolution.net/forums/topic/awakening-day-kit-june-12/. I created an incentive program for those who are able to join us in this outreach by obtaining one or more “giveaway copies” of this revolutionary book, this “wake-up call text”, and leaving them for others to discover. This includes a free book, CWG in a Nutshell, a free live, interactive presentation with me, and, for those who obtain two books or more, a free copy of the Audio Book of this title. To learn more about this opportunity, simply use this link: http://clyzsfse.megaph.com
For those who cannot afford to purchase multiple copies of the book, here is a link to the first 5 chapters http://godsmessagetotheworld.info/ which can be printed and stapled together with a copy of the book cover, and enclosed with the note mentioned above.
In months past, our Awakening Day activities have included email outreach to friends, family, and clergy, with the 5 Steps to Peace and the 1,000 Words That Would Change The World http://www.evolutionrevolution.net/1000-words-that-would-change-the-world/, as well as posting this information on bulletin boards in our communities, inviting people to join The Evolution Revolution. Some of our members have also pinned to bulletin boards, bumper stickers that invite folks to join with us.
It is the song of God that sings in my heart and cries out from my soul: Now is the time, now is the day! This is the moment, and you are the one. Because if not now, when? And if not you, who?
You may think this is a small thing to do, but I am saying to you again: it is a huge thing to place before humanity a new idea about itself. Because if we eliminated the thought that we are separate from each other, if we wrote a new cultural story of our Oneness, of the Oneness of all human beings everywhere, then violence and terror, abject suffering and cruelty would disappear from the face of the earth.
Cruelty, by the way, is rampant everywhere. What has been called “the violence of indifference” is what’s affecting humanity now. The violence of indifference is the thought that “there’s not much that I can do.” But there are enormous things that we can do, and I’m sharing with you now something meaningful you can do on the 12th of each month to shift the consciousness of the planet: help to begin a discussion worldwide of a New Cultural Story.
This is a new story of people everywhere that will change their minds about who they are, our relationship with each other, and how we intend from this day forward to interact with each other, so that we can at last civilize Civilization. Because that’s what’s being asked for now: a “civilizing of Civilization.” And how we’re going to do it is by changing the fundamental belief structure of human beings.
My dear friend, people behave out of their beliefs. All behaviors are sponsored by a belief. The answer, therefore, is not behavior modification — it’s not “behavior mod.” The answer is belief modification, to change our fundamental idea, our most basic thoughts, about who we are in relationship with each other.
If we actually held the idea that We Are All One, we could not possibly allow 647 children to die on this planet every hour — every hour — of starvation. Much less could we permit the other kinds of cruelty, one person upon another, such as sexual predators perpetrate…and do other people in other ways as well.
Those kinds of behaviors — not overnight, not in 20 minutes, not in an hour and a half, but over the course of time — will begin to shift and change irrevocably as we begin to see that the fundamental impulse of humanity is not “survival”, but that the basic impulse of humanity, at the bottom line, is the impulse to demonstrate and experience Divinity.
Imagine this: in every city, town and village where we have a member of Humanity’s Team, these books are left on bus stop benches, in train stations, coffee shops, etc where others will find and read them, and placing a note inside the front of the book asking people to leave the book for someone else to find, once they have read it, as well as sharing the link to The Evolution Revolution website.
We’re not talking about a 1-2-3-4-5-6 increase. We’re talking about a 2-4-8-16-32 increase. It’s an exponential increase. That, in my view, is the mechanism. And by the way, I’m not the only one who thinks this way. The people who have started revolutions on the planet — sadly, some of those revolutions have been violent and sadly, some of those revolutions have espoused ideas with which we disagree — but this exactly how they worked. al-Qaeda didn’t run around the city streets handing out documents in trying to get people to come to their little town hall meetings. al-Qaeda worked by establishing cells, little cells of people — 2 here, 4 there, 6 there and then finally 4 turned into 8, 8 turned into 16, 16 turned into 32, 32 turned into 64 – virtually overnight. And suddenly, it was a worldwide army of people ready to launch an idea revolution.
I’m not sure that I agree fundamentally with any of the ideas that they espoused, but boy, do I get the mechanism. And the world heard from them, loud and clear. Even as the world has seen today from ISIS — loud and clear. We’re not seeing ISIS walking the streets of Oklahoma passing out documents trying to gather momentum, but I promise you there are people meeting quietly all over the world. Remember that I told you this.
Fire creates fire, enthusiasm creates enthusiasm. We need to ignite people. If you’re ignited, a percentage of them will be ignited.
People who are creating violent revolutions on the earth are doing exactly this right now, even as we are talking…This is not something that’s far-fetched. This is happening right now. The only difference between us and the forces of violence in the world is that the forces of violence believe in the process of simple conversation to change people’s minds and to instigate people into action, and we don’t. We think it can’t be done. That’s the difference. They harness the power of people. And we have failed to do so.
We could even do a play on the Ice Bucket Challenge and tell them this is like the Ice Bucket Challenge, only better, inviting us to throw cold water on all the old ideas that have created violence, terror and insanity in the world. We’re throwing cold water on all of that and we’re starting with something fresh and something new. Here’s a new idea about God, about life and about each other that can fundamentally change the world in 24 hours if you simply embrace it.
As John Kennedy said in his extraordinary remarks at his inauguration: “All of this will not be accomplished in the first 100 days, nor in the first 1,000 days, nor maybe even in our lifetime. But let us begin, knowing that on Earth, God’s work must truly be our own.”
Many people are “on board” with the purpose and the intent of the Evolution Revolution, but they don’t know what they can do, specifically, within their community of family and friends to get the energy really moving.
My answer is to start simple conversations with people everywhere, and engage the EvoRevo energy by working into those conversations a series of thought-provoking questions:
- Is the world the way it is today okay with you?
- Is your life the way it is today okay with you?
- You may not think there is any that you can affect or change the way the world is today, but if you thought there was…would you do it?
- You may not think there is any that you can affect or change the way your life is today, but if you thought there was…would you do it?
- Would you be interested in sitting down with two or three other folks once or twice a month to talk about this, and maybe explore what might be able to be done?
Hello, my friends. It is good to be here with you. And today I have a question for you. Do you think that most other people (other than you, that is) are just too busy to participate in a movement that could change the world? Or, in the second case, do you think that few people believe that our movement can? Which do you think it is?
I ask the question because, a few weeks ago, I encouraged our 4,000+ members to each approach one other person in their life and invite them to join the Evolution Revolution. I quaintly thought that by this device, we could double our membership overnight. Or certainly see, at least, a significant advance in our membership numbers.
We wound up getting about 40 new members. Forty new participants harvested by 4,000+ current EvoRevo members. Remarkable for its paucity. Excuse me, but remarkable for its paucity.
As I began receiving comments (more…)
In just a few days the registered members of The Evolution Revolution —over 4,000 of you — will answer the question that I asked here in a column written on April 30: Who shall propose new ideas about Who We Are, Why We Are Here, Who and What God Is, and How We Can Achieve our True Purpose in Being Alive in the Physical Universe?
May 12 is Awakening Day in the EvoRevo calendar, as I am sure you know if you are an active participant in this global movement. On the 12th of each month we engage together in a coordinated Spiritual Activism Project — a joint enterprise undertaken simultaneously around the world as a means of leveraging our numbers to produce exponential impact.
May is “Share with Others Month” in the Evolution Revolution. People don’t become involved in revolutions unless… (more…)
My Dear Friends of the Evo Revo Community…
The 12th of May is rapidly approaching, and our Awakening Day Outreach Project for May should be discussed, yes?
May is “Share with Others Month” in the Evolution Revolution. People don’t become involved in revolutions unless there is a central purpose, a core theme, and that is what we are clear about here. So we are inviting all Evolution Revolution members to share with everyone in their personal email list our own central purpose and core theme: We seek to propose a New Cultural Story for Humanity. It is as simple as that.
We want to place before our species, worldwide, a New Idea about Who We Are, Why We Are Here, Who and What God Is, and How We Can Achieve our True Purpose in Being Alive in the Physical Universe.
Our observation about life as we are now living on the planet is that…
A PLACE TO SHARE AND SUPPORT
A person posting here as Reema Thunderbolt has offered a suggestion that could wonderfully enhance the value of being a Registered Member of the Evolution Revolution. Said Reema:
“We must strengthen the bonds we share. I mean, there’s a reason why our members are not that active right? So, how can we know? This could be an assumption, but I believe everyone is facing critical personal challenges and may be feeling quite alone, too, in their difficulties. My question is: Is it possible for the EvoRevo to be a place where we can come together and share our very real challenges, and work with each other in living them through heartfully?
I would love it if . . . (more…)
ANONYMITY IS THE ENEMY OF CHANGE
In 1976 I played the role of John Adams in a local production of the Broadway musical 1776. This is the story of the American revolution, and midway through the show the character of John Adams sings a powerful song in which the following lines appear:
“Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see what I see?”
I remember when I sang those lines before audiences of hundreds how moved I was at the plaintive cry of the man who spearheaded a revolution that would eventually change the lives of millions. What I could never have known is how I, myself, would find those lines… (more…)
LIFE WILL BE NOTHING LIKE IT IS NOW.
A registered member of the Evolution Revolution global movement who is also part of our leadership team, Marion Johnson, posted this note to me a few days ago…
So Neale, my question is: What is going to happen if critical mass is reached? What will we be doing, how are we going to create the world we choose to have? Or will it happen by itself, just because we choose it?
When we reach Critical Mass, Marion, millions of people around the world will know in their hearts that during the first period of humanity’s evolution — the period just ended — we simply misunderstood the nature of God, the purpose and the process of life, and…
IF YOUR FRIENDS NEED CONVINCING, SHOW THEM THIS
My dear companion Revolutionaries…
As many of you may know by now, the Evolution Revolution is declaring the 12th day of every month “Awakening Day” — a chance every 30 days for us to join together in collective action to move forward our agenda of spiritual revolution on the earth.
It has become clear in these most recent years that the ideas that many, many humans hold about God, and the moral codes that have arisen among billions within our species as a result of these thoughts about what God wants and expects, commands and demands, are dysfunctional. That is, they don’t work. The proof is
THE ENERGY IS BUILDING, AND YOU ARE A HUGE PART OF IT!
My dear committed EvoRevo members….I urge you to read the postings in the Comments Section below this message. I posted the writing you see just below a few days ago, and the response has been extraordinary. People from all over the world are saying “I’m IN!” and “Yes! Let’s keep going!”
More important, the leadership is forming. No movement or global organization can move forward without leadership. (more…)
The following 1,000 words, embraced and acted on, could change everything for the better on Earth in one generation:
* You think you are being terrorized by other people, but in truth you are being terrorized by your beliefs. Your experience of yourself and your world will shift dramatically if you adopt the Five Steps to Peace:
(1) Permit yourself to acknowledge that some of your old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.
(2) Explore the possibility that there is something you do not fully understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which would change everything.
(3) Announce that you are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth,understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet. (more…)
Hello all. Nannette here (Neale’s assistant with the Evolution Revolution).
Because you’ve asked to be “counted in” in the Evolution Revolution, I’m going to tell you how you can “kick start” this grassroots movement, really igniting it around the world.
I’ve just obtained Neale’s new book, released only last week. After reading the sample chapters of the book, I immediately bought both the Kindle version and the hardcover version of it.
The book is titled GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: You’ve Got Me All Wrong, and to say I want to keep reading doesn’t do justice to how I feel. After the first paragraphs, the book hooked me. Those paragraphs…
IT’S NOT A SMALL THING to be wrong about God.
And if nearly everyone on the planet is wrong about God, it’s really not a small thing.
If nearly everyone on the planet has mistaken notions about God, then nearly everything that everyone on the planet is doing will not work the way it was intended. This is because the basis of so much of what they’re doing is found in so many of their beliefs about God.
And that is what I’m doing as I turn each page. Thinking. Thinking and agreeing with the divinely inspired words Neale has written.
Another line seriously popped off the first page for me: “Even those who don’t believe in God are impacted and guided by many of the fundamental principles placed into the Cultural Story by those who do.” I’d not even considered this thought, but of course, how could this not be true?
The early reaction to this new book from others has made it clear to me that God’s Message to the World: You’ve Got Me All Wrong very possibly is the play book, the jumping off point for rewriting our cultural story. Obtaining the book, reading the book and talking about it, and then “accidentally” leaving the book on a park bench or at the coffee shop or in some other public place, can be Phase One of a two-stage roll-out of the Evolution Revolution, leading up to March 12, 2015…what Neale has called “Awakening Day.”
Imagine what would happen if 700 copies of this book were ordered in one day! Such an event would place huge public attention to be focused on this document, because the title would shoot to the top of bestseller lists everywhere.
So here’s what I want to suggest:
Let everyone involved in this movement read the five sample chapters of GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: You’ve Got Me All Wrong right now. If what you read resonates with you—if you believe this is a vital message that needs to be shared with the world—then obtain a copy of the book immediately, read the entire text, then decide where you are going to leave it “by mistake.”
That’s right! Decide to become a “Stealth Spiritual Messenger” as your first role in the Evolution Revolution by “forgetting” to take the book with you after you laid it down somewhere in public.
Okay…so to find the five sample chapters, go to:
Now I don’t want you to feel that I am overstating how powerful and important to our movement this book can be, so let me share with you just a few of the words that have been entered in the Comment string beneath where these chapters are now posted on the Internet:
Sherard Ray • Vice President at Daddy-O’s BBQ
This will be even bigger than the CwG series has been. Just as God only builds upon GodSelf, I can already see the movement this will bring to the world. I’ll be getting this one for sure.
WOW! – A REVOLUTION IS UPON THE UNIVERSE!!! I am a sacred activist for what’s birthing on earth!!!
Elna Adams • Monmouth College
What I have read here has put into words ideas that have floated vaguely at the back of my mind. I am grateful to see them in print. I love the idea of leaving books around to be found by others. Thanks, Neale.
Peter Callil • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
This information is sorely needed at this time. Ultimately this will help change the way we view ourselves, and everyone else in the world—especially those we consider our enemies. Thank God for that.
Teresa St John · Wilmslow
Dear Neale I have just pre -ordered this book because the five chapters I have just read are brilliant. Thank you.
So now let me close by observing that everyone who agrees with the messages of Conversations with God says the same thing: “What can I do?” Now, here is something specific that you can do. Read these sample chapters. Then get this book. Then use “person-to-person marketing” to get it out into the world.
You can start people talking without you even saying a word.
Let’s get this train out of the station!
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