Spiritual Amnesia

Think of remembering as recovery from amnesia. The amnesia that we have been given provides us with a fertile field within which to plant the seeds of new remembrances.

God chooses to experience Godself as the creator. In order for God to experience Godself as the creator, God has to enter the act of creation, for the creator creates.

Now we’ve got a problem here, because everything’s already been created, so there isn’t anything to create. So God, therefore, wants an experience that’s impossible for God to have. The creator seeks to create, yet all already is created, so there is nothing for God to do, Therefore, God has a problem. So what God has done is say, “Oh, I know what I’ll do, I’ll have the various disparate parts of me forget that I’ve created all that stuff, and I can create it over and over and over again.”

So, our selective amnesia, our forgetting who we are, has a very divine purpose. If we all remembered who we were all the time, we could never be who we are.

In the beingness of it, we could never experience becoming it, but we’d always just be it, and it’s in the becoming of it that we become God. God is then caught, like Allen Funt used to say on “Candid Camera,” in the act of being Himself. God is caught in the act of creating Himself. Yet you cannot create yourself if you already know what you are!

So, to make it really simple, as I say in my lectures, let’s pretend that my greatest desire is to be six feet tall. If somebody walked up to me and said, “Hey, you’re already six feet tall,” I’m going to go (whiny, sad voice) “Don’t tell me that, don’t tell me that! I don’t want to know that! You don’t understand. My whole desire was to become six feet tall. I wanted to experience creating that, and now you’ve gone and spoiled everything by going and telling me that. See, I’m going to have to take a pill here, and forget that I’m six feet tall. I may even go so far as to forget that there’s such a thing as six feet tallness! I may forget the whole damn thing so that I can come to the question again, cleanly, knowing nothing about that. And when I recreate it anew, that’s when I get “Oh, I was always six feet tall!” But I then confront that knowledge with joy, not with exasperation.

That’s a brief explanation of the reason that we have been given this, what I call, spiritual amnesia. This is what I call the God game, the forgetting, remembering, forgetting, remembering, that allows the breathing in, breathing out, of God to continue eternally and forever more.  - NDW

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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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