My dear friends...
Last week we shared with you here the parable of The Snowflake. And if you read that you might now say, "Nice. Very nice metaphor. But what does this have to do with the Holy Experience?"
The question above is a fair one. For me, once I embraced this Snowflake Metaphor, I understood that it didn't matter what I did, I was always going to be alive. I would never die, I would merely change form.
Abruptly, I lost my fear of death. And then something miraculous happened. When I lost my fear of dying, I lost my fear of living.
Someone very wise once said, "All fear is a fear of death." Something or another is going to "die," and go away. It will "be no more." Yet when you realize that while everything ends (a point we made earlier in this book), everything that ends begins again as something new, you never again fear the loss of anything.
Not even income.
And that's when your freedom bell rings. Because when you are no longer afraid of the loss of income (nor of physical death, which could result), then the acquisition of income becomes a preference rather than a necessity.
Wow. When you prefer to live, rather than need to live, everything is different. You are no longer engaged in a process of Survival. You are engaged in a process of Celebration.
This is, in essence, the traveling path of life. We start out thinking that we have to survive, and basing many of our life decisions on that. Then, when we achieve the awareness that the struggle for survival is not necessary because our survival is guaranteed, our decisions are based on something else: What will bring me the most joy?
What brings us joy, the highest joy, is self-expression. For it is through the fullest expression of Self that the fullest experience of Who We Really Are is achieved. And that experience is what we came for!
With this marvelous realization comes actualization. We become self-actualized beings. And two things happen at once. First, we never again "work" at a job we don't like. Second, we never again "don't like" a job at which we are working. That is because our "work" has become a "joy"--even if it's the same job we had before.
Why? How? Because we suddenly realize why we are doing it. We suddenly see clearly that we are not doing it because we have to, but because we want to; because it serves us to; because it is a means to an end. Our job is our tool. It is something we are doing in order to experience something we wish to experience.
This experience is not mandatory. We can have it or not, as we decide. So if we are choosing to have This Particular Experience rather than That Other Experience, how can we not be joyful, no matter what our job? Are we not getting our way?
This is a shift of attitude, not of circumstance. Nothing has changed, but everything is different.
This is when you will know you have had the Holy Experience.
Hugs and love,
© 2013 ReCreation Foundation - http://www.cwg.org - Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.