Hope, Believe, Know

My dear friends,

CwG says that there are three levels of awareness at which most people operate: hoping, believing, and knowing. All are useful, all are creative (as is all mental activity), and all are powerful.

Hope has been known to keep people alive. Hope has been known to change people's lives. And so, hope can be very powerful. Yet of the three, Hope is the least effective tool of creation.

God says that all thought is creative, and Hope is a form of thought. It is a particular way of looking at something. It is a way of holding a topic or idea in your mind. But it is like having your foot one-third of the way down on the accelerator, all the while seeking to get somewhere in the shortest possible time.

When we say that we "hope" something will happen, we are saying that we are wishing that it will. Hoping is a subtle form of asking. A hope is kind of like a "special request" to God. To hope is to yearn. It is a statement of our heart's desire, and desire is the first level of creation.

Hope is good, but Hoping is not nearly as powerful as Believing.

Belief is also a form of thought. It, too, is a particular way of looking at things. It is a way of holding a topic or idea in your mind. It is like having your foot two-thirds of the way down on the accelerator--not bad, if you are seeking to get somewhere in the shortest possible time.

When we say that we "believe" something will happen, we are saying that we are under the impression that it will.

Believing has nothing to do with asking. Believing bypasses asking. It is not a special request sent to God, but rather, an announcement to God that we assume that our request will be granted. It is a statement of our heart's faith, and faith is the second level of creation.

Knowing is also a form of thought. It, too, is a particular way of looking at things. It is a way of holding a topic or idea in your mind. It is like having your foot all the way down on the accelerator--allowing you to get somewhere in the shortest possible time.

When we say that we "know" something will happen, we are saying that we are sure that it will. Knowing has nothing to do with assuming. Knowing bypasses assumption. It is neither a special request sent to God, nor an announcement to God that we assume that our request will be granted. It is a declaration that requesting is not even necessary. It is a statement of our heart's certainty, and certainty is the first level of creation.

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.

Hold a fresh egg six feet from the floor. Drop it. You do not have to "hope" that it will break. You do not have to "trust" that it will break. You "know" that it will break. There is no question about it. Hoping is not part of the equation.

You can't even get into hoping, because the feeling of hope is so far removed from the level of awareness at which you find yourself with regard to the egg and the floor. Trusting is not part of the experience. You don't even think about trusting, because your awareness of what will happen when the egg hits the floor places you way past trust. Your knowing puts you above and beyond hope and trust.

Take a second fresh egg. Hold it one-half inch from the floor. You can now "trust" that it will break, but you cannot "know." It could or it couldn't. It is highly likely to, so you should find that your trust has been well placed. But you cannot be certain. You cannot know.

Take a third fresh egg. Hold it one-sixteenth of an inch from the floor. You can now "hope" that it will break--if breaking is what you need the egg to do. You cannot "trust" that it will break, and you certainly cannot "know" that it will break. It may or it may not. The likelihood is no greater for one outcome than for the other. You can only hope.

Hope is a small part of believing. Believing is a small part of knowing. Knowing is a small part of being. Being is the highest form of existence. It is the pure experience of essential expression. When one is "being" something, one moves past "knowing," into pure expression

With Love,

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Comments

Peter fox 18th July 2015 9:15 am

Love it Neale- and KNOW it's true! Thank you.

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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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