I was re-reading When Everything Changes, Change Everything the other day and I was deeply impressed again (as I was the first time around) with its statement that there are two sentences that can change your entire life. These are two sentences that you will want to remember verbatim. I mean, really remember. As in, never forget.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. I’ve been trying to figure out how to better use the wisdom in the extraordinary books which have come through me. I’ve been trying to understand how to render that wisdom functional in my everyday life.
I’ve not had an easy time with this. Earlier in my life I at least had an excuse for my behaviors. I didn’t know any better. I had no idea what life was about, and so I couldn’t make any part of it work for me. In my utter desperation I cried out, and the result was my conversation with God.
Now I’ve had the conversation, and been given the answers to life’s most difficult questions. There is only one question remaining. Will I live them?
A statement from Conversations with God that could change your life is the almost off-handed comment in the dialogue that everything you think, say and do is a prayer.
Praying is not something we do at certain times, like when we are on our knees in church, or holding hands at the dinner table. It is something we are doing always.
Let me repeat that. We are always praying.
Everything we think is a prayer. Everything we say is a prayer. Everything we do is a prayer. The problem is, we just don’t know it. We think we are praying only when we are actually, consciously engaging in the activity we call “prayer.” But here is a great secret. God calls everything prayer.
How can this be so? Why is it the way it is?
CwG says that we are all creative beings, made in the image and likeness of God. Since God is the creator, so, too, are we. God has given us tools of creation, and they are three: thought, word and deed.
For it is not only a matter of our intentions and choices, but of God’s. I mean, is it God’s will (even if it is not ours) that these horrible things should happen? Philosophers and theologians have been trying to answer that question from the beginning of time.
I was given an extraordinary answer to this question when I asked it in my dialogue. First, it was made clear to me that there are no victims and no villains in life.
Now that was difficult for me, because to my eyes so many of the things we have done to each other are very cruel, very horrible, and to me the people who perpetrated these heinous crimes certainly were the “villains” of our society. Still, God said in CwG, Book 2, “I have sent you nothing but angels.” And the parable of The Little Soul and the Sun in Book 1 explains how this could be true.
Here’s what I know about forgiveness.
In God’s world, it is not necessary. God’s “forgiveness” is not required for anything. Forgiveness implies that we could do something to offend God, and that is simply not so.
The reason God cannot be offended is that God cannot be hurt or damaged in any way. You cannot “hurt” God’s “feelings.” You cannot “damage” God’s “self-esteem,” and obviously you cannot damage God’s body. In the absence of the ability to inflict hurt or damage, there is nothing to forgive.
Half the world justifies its current dissatisfaction (and its dysfunction) by rationalizing that “there must be something I am supposed to ‘learn’ here.” There is nothing to learn. There is only acting on what one already knows. That is, acting in truth. What I call, living truth, rather than living a lie.
Terry Cole-Whittaker gave me a plaque once, which said: “Dear Neale, you are one of the courageous ones—someone who has chosen to make a life, rather than a living.” I am very proud of that plaque.
If you want to stay in your job, because you think you need the money, or whatever, for heaven sake, stay in it, but don't stay in it because you feel you have to in order to pick up some cosmic lesson the corporate community has yet to teach you!
To begin with, God doesn’t “want us” to experience pain. God doesn’t “want” anything. God experiences GodSelf through us, and knows GodSelf anew in that way. God does not come from “wanting-ness,” but from Total “Havingness.”
So it is an inaccurate assessment to say that God “wants” us to experience pain. This is more than just a semantics dance, however. I believe the distinction to be important, because if we think that God wants us to have painful experiences, we are forced to believe in a God who makes no sense at all. (This, by the way, is the God in which most organized religions want us to believe.)
To hope is to yearn for a thing to happen. To believe is to trust that it will happen. To know to is to have no doubt that it will happen. When we "know" something, we don't have to trust. Trust is not necessary. Hope is even further removed.