Different, But Not Divided

It has been my great joy in these past weeks to be discussing with you what I have come to call The Holy Experience, which in my world is the moment--and I hope there are many of them for you--of meeting God.

Perhaps I have not made that clear before. That IS what we are talking about here. That is what we are discussing. When we talk about the Holy Experience we are talking about meeting God. It is a face-to-face meeting, too, not something that exists only in conceptual constructs.

We are talking about looking at Divinity directly, seeing It right there in front of us, knowing It as part of us, experiencing It as integral to us, and merging into It as our felt reality.

This is precisely our experience following our death, and God has made it clear to us that we are not required to wait until death in order to have it. We may embrace--and, indeed, create--this experience at any time. But we must feel that it is possible, and that we are worthy, to do so.

How, then, to shake off our own thoughts of unworthiness?

The first step is to re-identify ourselves. We must decide again--and for many decide anew--who we are. So long as we imagine that we are other than Who We Really Are, thoughts of our unworthiness will be possible.

The moment that we re-identify ourselves, assuming our true and real identity, the idea of unworthiness as it relates to us becomes impossible to conceive.

Currently, most people imagine themselves to be separate from God, from each other, and from everything else that is. In truth, we are all intrinsically connected with everything--including that which we call Divinity. When we drop our idea of separation--which is part of what I have called the Earth's "Separation Theology"--any thoughts of our unworthiness drop with it.

The late Robert Heinlein, the famous science-fiction writer, included a line, said many times by many characters, in his novel A Stranger in a Strange Land. The line was, "Thou art God." In his book, Heinlein had many people greeting and saying goodbye to each other in this way. The line, and the book itself, though meant to be fiction, offers a powerful statement of what is really so. And Heinlein knew it. He was using science fiction as a means of getting the idea across to his readers--and as a means of painting a picture of what kind of relationships we might create with each other and with our world if we held that idea as true, and announced it to each other at every turn.

On the day that you embrace your True Identity as a Division of Divinity you will abandon forever your thought that you are somehow not "up to" the Holy Experience, or not "worthy" of being included in God's Kingdom.

God's Kingdom is right here on Earth, and the Holy Experience is life itself, lived as a demonstration of the unity of everything, in joyous celebration of the wonder and the glory of All That Is.

So many people have a very difficult time with this idea of their Oneness with God, however, that it has become virtually impossible for humanity to drop its idea of separation from God and embrace its true worthiness at last.

In Home with God this matter is addressed head on. Here's a look at what the dialogue with God in that book reveals. It is a dialogue between myself and God, with God's words in bold:

I've often heard the analogy that I am, to God, as a wave is to the ocean. The same stuff, exactly. Just smaller in size.

That analogy has indeed been used many times, and it is not inappropriate. So now, let us define this "ocean." Let us propose here that God is The Creator. Very few people who believe in a God at all have an argument with that.

If it is true that God is The Creator, this means that you, too, are a creator. God creates all of life, and you create all of your life. It's that simple.

If you think of it that way you can hold it in your consciousness.

You and God are creating all the time--you on the micro level, God on the macro. Are you clear?

Yes, I see! There is no separation between the wave and the ocean. None. The wave is one part of the ocean, acting in a certain way. The wave does the same thing the ocean does, in smaller degree.

That is exactly correct. You are me, acting the way you are acting. I give you the power to act as you are acting. Your power comes from me. Without the ocean, the wave does not have the power to be a wave. Without me, you do not have the power to be you. And without you, my power is not made manifest. Your joy is to make me manifest. The joy of humanity is to manifest God.

Now there's a statement.

Here's another...

Life is God, made physical.

What is important to understand is that there is no single way in which life makes God physical. Some waves are small, barely a ripple, while other waves are huge, thunderous in their sweep. Yet, whether minuscule or monstrous, there is always a wave. There is no time when there is not a wave on the ocean. And while every wave is different, not a single one is divided from the ocean itself.

Difference does not mean division. Those words are not interchangeable. You are different from God, but you are not divided from God. The fact that you are not divided from God is why you can never die.

The wave lands on the beach, but it does not cease to be. It merely changes form, receding back into the ocean. The ocean does not get "smaller" every time a wave hits the sand. Indeed, the incoming wave demonstrates, and therefore reveals, the ocean's majesty. Then, by receding into the ocean, it restores the ocean's glory.

The presence of the wave is evidence of the existence of the ocean. Your presence is evidence of the existence of God.

--End of Excerpt--

Isn't that a remarkable statement? Remember those nine words for the rest of your life. "Your presence is evidence of the existence of God."    

Hugs and love,




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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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