My dear friends...
I’m not sure where the year went . . . but there it is.
For me, January signifies the wonder and the excitement and the liberation of “starting over.” The Old Year is behind me and the New Year has just begun; the blackboard has been erased, I’ve got a clean slate.
There’s something metaphysical about all that; there’s a message in the folds of that experience that comes directly from God.
The message is: no matter how badly things may have gone, no matter how bad I may have been, that was ‘Then’ and this is ‘Now.’ A New Day has dawned, a New Moment has arrived. It is the Golden Moment of Now, wherein all things are possible, all things are made new.
Now I know that these words may be easy to say for someone who has not moved through really, truly sad or difficult, tragic or challenging experiences in the past year.
Yet some of us have. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some of us have seen relationships ended. Some of us have found ourselves facing serious financial stress or need of assistance in other ways.
For some of us, 2014 has not been an easy year. For those who have been in that circumstance . . . IS this also the “Golden Moment,” wherein which all things are possible, all things are made new?
Only if we understand the reasons for Life itself can we say “yes.” Only if we know and deeply hold that Life is a never-ending, eternal process of continual movement toward the Divine can we say “yes.”
Only if we know today that Old Acquaintance shall not be forgot, but always brought to Mind. Only if we recall today that the best friend we ever had lives within us.
That best friend is God. And God is IN us, living AS us, THROUGH us - - - and the journey of Life upon which we have all embarked is a movement inward, to the deepest part of our Being, where Divinity resides.
And all the events of our lives - - - - all the loss, all the sadness, all the turmoil . . . and, as well, all the joy, all the happiness, all the good and wonderful moments... are but turning points on our path, perfectly placed by Life Itself, and by all the other Souls collaborating in creating Life with us, so that we may give ourselves every opportunity to know our Divinity through our Humanity in the moment-to-moment living of our lives.
In truth, we can really lose no one, and nothing. Those who have left us and gone before are with us still, in any and every moment we wish to experience their presence - - - and they are telling us this today, through the very words I am speaking right now.
We are reunited with everyone we have ever loved, in the moment that we feel our love for them again.
And we shall see them again, and hug them again, and dance the dance of life with them again --- for what God hath joined together, no one, and nothing, can put asunder.
That includes, most especially, the joining together of God and US. So, let old acquaintance NOT be FORGOT, but EVER brought to MIND. Then we will know that, likewise, no physical thing can be taken from us in any way that produces damage to us, for all that we have ever created we can create again, if it pleases us to do so.
Yet I have learned this in my life:
. . . that which has fallen away has not been “taken” away...but has merely been moved aside, so that I may move inside, and then move forward with my Soul’s agenda.
This is what I have come to understand through my Conversations with God. I may be wrong about all of this, of course. I may have heard wrong, or understood vaguely, or misinterpreted badly.
But I don’t think so.
Too many others who have come before me have arrived at the same understandings. And so for me January is the Month of Hope. Hope is the first step on the road to Mastery.
There are three in all. They are: Hoping, Believing, Knowing.
Hoping starts the process, and January starts the year.
Hoping begins the cycle and so does January. The cycle completes itself in December with the ultimate conclusion: the finding within each of us of the Eternal Flame of Chanukah—the light of God that CAN never and WILL never be extinguished, because it is Who We Are.
The Knowing of this leads to the birthing of the Christ within every human soul. This cycle from Hoping to Knowing can complete itself in one year, in one lifetime, or in one moment.
It is really all the same to God, who knows nothing of Time, because God is Timeless, as is Life, except within our imagination.
And so we are born and we die and we are born again, all in the self-same instant, the Holy Instant, the glorious and ever present Moment of Now, which we stretch out across the breadth of our perception in order that we might expand the Now, and thus expand Ourselves, so to know more of both.
This is the incredible, indescribable miracle of Life, and we have come to mutual agreement in fairly large numbers that January shall be called the endlessly recurring new beginning of this ever present, forever ongoing Cycle.
So, welcome to January, the Time of Hope. The Time of the Light has arrived.
The Eternal Flame has been placed within you. It is you. The Christed One has been born again as you. It is you. And the New Year offers you another chance, another beginning, another start on the journey to self-realization.
I like to use January as a Time of Forgiveness, too. For me it is a Time of Cleansing, when I try as hard as I can to forgive myself my trespasses, even as I forgive those who trespass against me. I am not always successful with that first part. I can forgive others, and believe that I sincerely do. I am not so good at forgiving myself. It seems indulgent somehow; it feels self-serving.
And so I have to let go of my thought that it is not okay to serve myself. It is self-serving to forgive oneself. There’s no question about that. The question is not whether it’s self-serving, but whether it is okay to be so self-serving.
God says that the answer is yes. You must serve yourself to know yourself. Indeed, you cannot know anything without serving it. Service is the experience of Knowing, in action. This is how we come to Know God.
It is how we come to Know Life.
And it is how we come, at last, to Know the Self.
Serving God is, of course, Self-service. And this is what we ultimately come to Know. Through the process of serving God, we come to know that we are serving the Self.
Through the process of serving the Self, we come to know that we are serving God.
And through the wondrous process of serving others, we come to know that we are serving both.
The circle completes itself, and we see that the circle has always been, and will always be.
There is nothing but the Circle, there is nothing but the Cycle, and it is only a question of where we are, now, on that never-ending revolution of the soul.
We are revolving, and as we experience each revolution we see more clearly that it is a Spiritual Revolution, producing a Spiritual Evolution. We are doing much more than simply “going around in circles” here. For the soul, revolution is evolution.
The Cycle is Eternal, but that does not mean it is getting nowhere. Ever upward the Cycle goes, and one day we see that the Circle is not a circle at all, but a Spiral.
Looked at in a human way, from a place of perception that sometimes sees with little depth, but only on the surface of things, our path looks for all the world like a circle. Only when we see into the depth of things, only as our perception grows deeper, do we see that the circle is a spiral.
And so January, the start of a new Cycle, is a time to expand our consciousness, to grow our awareness, to move from Hoping to Believing to Knowing.
In the past, when I heard messages such as this, I found myself --- at first --- hoping they were true. Hoping that maybe, just maybe, I had chanced upon something that is quite true and quite remarkable and quite helpful and quite different from anything that I understood before --- and therefore, quite valuable to my own growth and expansion and evolution.
Then at some point in time I moved into believing. I believed they were true. I believed that this is How It Is. I may not have been certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, but I believed that this is How It Is.
Finally, as I continue on my journey, I have come to a place of certainty. The Hope that became Belief has become Knowing.
I suddenly Know—simply KNOW—that this is How It Is. I know it, because the IT that IS this, I Am.
The Perceiver and the Perception have become One. The Creator and the Created have merged. Unification has occurred. We are, I am, All of It is, ONE.
This is the opportunity that Life presents --- and continues to present over and over again --- to every one of us. Always . . . every day, every hour, every moment . . .we are invited to move to the next level. To take the next step, to make the next leap—a quantum leap into new understanding, new awareness, a new experience of ourselves, and of what it means to be fully Divine by being fully human. Let’s use this onset of the New Year as the onset of the New Self . . . of the New You.
Let’s forget everything we think we know about ourselves, let’s forgive everything we think we’ve done that is “bad,” and let’s start over, recreating ourselves anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about Who We Are—as a species, as an individual, and as an Aspect of Divinity. Remember today that you are not your Yesterdays. Remember today that you are not your weaknesses, not your foibles, not your offenses, not your failures, not your losses.
Remember today Who You Really Are, and claim that.
Love to you all,
© 2018 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.