We have been talking here about Work as a part of our life, and last week I talked about never working at a job you hate...and to know that if you yearn for what you wish to do, and then go for it, things always work out in the end.
I need to admit now that I did not understand all this myself until I was in my 50s, after my conversation with God experience. Before then I thought I had been just "lucky." I thought I just managed to catch all the breaks. I thought myself extremely fortunate; one of those people for whom things always seem to work out.
Only after my conversations with God did I realize what had been going on all those years, from the time I was 19. It was my attitude. It was all about the energy that I had historically put out. It was the way I thought about it. I thought that I was an uncommonly lucky person and so I was. I thought that things always work out, and so they did.
I had been using a system. Inadvertently. Unknowingly. But effectively.
It turns out that the way you think has an enormous effect, perhaps even a disproportionate effect, on the way you live. Very early in my conversations with God I was told that there are three Tools of Creation. These are Thought, Word, and Action.
The use of these tools throws our focus on what it is that we choose from what Deepak Chopra calls "the field of infinite possibilities." How you experience your life depends on how you look at it. If you look at it as a constant stream of difficulties and challenges, messes and problems, it will show up that way. If, on the other hand, you see it as a continuing flow of good fortune, one good thing after another, that is what you will encounter.
In life, it really is a case of "what you see is what you get." Even when so-called "bad" things have happened to me, I always had a sense that everything would ultimately work out. And work out, I might add, in my favor.
And they always did.
Even my time as a homeless person worked out. True, it took a year, during which I lived in a tent at a campground populated largely by vagrants, but everything began ultimately falling into place, and today I see the time that I spent panhandling on the street as one of the most pivotally important passages of my life.
The Holy Experience for me as it pertains to my work or my chief life activity came when I realized that Life is on my side; that Life always works out for me not because I'm one of the lucky ones, but because Life is always working out for everyone, and that I'm simply one of the few who sees it that way.
I came to this realization after the age of 50, following a half-century of day-to-day occurrences on this planet and, not coincidentally, following my conversations with God experience. Because of that experience I now see every outward circumstance, every Exterior Event, as being for my benefit.
I may not see or recognize or understand the benefit right then and there, in the moment something is happening, but I know deep inside that everything that is happening is happening for my own good.
My life has shown me that. More than once I have undergone an experience that I thought, at the time, was the worst thing that could ever happen to me--only to realize, after the passage of time, that it was one of the best things that ever happened to me; that if it had not happened, the good things that were happening to me now could not be happening!
This is really an amazing revelation. It's a sacred, really...a sacred realization.
May I continue with this conversation with you next week? I hope you will join me then.
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.