Who do you choose to BE?

My dear friends... 

How can we meet the events of our every day life these days with equanimity and inner peace while the planet turns in turmoil over events in Ukraine, in Syria, in Egypt, and around the world? For that matter, how can we reconcile even the events in our own every day lives with the spiritual truth we all seek to embrace and to live? 

I was asked about this recently --- someone wanted to know how I can possibly face moment-to-moment life in the physical and, as they put it, "still live the CWG wisdom fully." I found it to be a wonderful question, so let me share my answer here, because a lot of people are facing the same challenge. I am one of them. Each day I step into the experience of seeking a balance between “living the daily life of physicality” and “living the CWG wisdom to the fullest.”  

In theological terms, this is about being “in this world, but not of it.” In my experience, this is not easy. The illusions of life in the Realm of the Physical are very powerful. They are made to seem real so that they can form a realistic Contextual Field within which the spiritual being that you (and we all) are can experience our True Identity as an aspect and expression of the Divine. 

Let me begin my answer about my own life by telling you all that I do not “live the CWG wisdom to the fullest” --- and everyone who knows me will tell you that. I hope they will also tell you that they do, however, see my trying. The trick is to do this trying not as a effort-laden burden, but as a joyous celebration and a happy demonstration. This requires a dramatic change in perspective regarding the events of our lives, past and present, and regarding our Actual Identity and the purpose of physical life itself. 

Sooner or later in our lives we have to make a major decision about who we are. Are we the physical manifestation of a biological incident, or are we something greater than a mere mammal? 

As I observe it, you have a couple of choices when it comes to how you think of yourself. 

Choice #1: You can conceive of yourself as a Chemical Creature, a “Logical Biological Incident.” That is, the logical outcome of a biological process engaged in by two older biological processes called your mother and your father.  

If you see yourself as a Chemical Creature you will see yourself as having no more connection to the Larger Processes of Life than any other chemical or biological life form. Like all the others, you are impacted by life, but can have very little impact on life. You certainly can’t create events, except in the most remote, indirect sense. You can create more life (all chemical creatures carry the biological capacity to recreate more of themselves), but you cannot create what life does, or how it “shows up” in any given moment. 

Further, as a Chemical Creature you will see yourself as having very limited ability to create an intentioned response to the events and conditions of life. You will see yourself as creatures of habit and instinct, with only those resources that your biology brings you. 

You will see yourself as having more resources than a turtle, because your biology has gifted you with more. You will see yourself as having more resources than a butterfly, because your biology has gifted you with more. You will see yourself as having more resources than an ape or a dolphin (but, in those cases, perhaps not all that many more), because your biology has gifted you with more. Yet that is all you will see yourself as having in terms of resources. 

You will see yourself as having to deal with life day-by-day pretty much as it comes, with perhaps a tiny bit of what seems like “control” based on advance planning, etc., but you will know that at any minute anything could go wrong --- and often does. 

Choice #2: You can conceive of yourself as a Spiritual Being inhabiting a biological mass --- what you call a “body.” If you see yourself as a Spiritual Being, you will see yourself as having powers and abilities far beyond those of a simple Chemical Creature; powers that transcend basic physicality and its laws. You will understand that these powers and abilities give you collaborative control over the exterior elements of your individual and Collective Life and complete control over the interior elements—which means that you have total ability to create your own reality, because your reality has nothing to do with producing the exterior elements of your life and everything to do with how you respond to the elements that have been produced. 

Also, as a Spiritual Being, you will know that you are here (on the earth, that is) for a spiritual reason. This is a highly focused purpose and has little to do directly with your your occupation or career, your income or possessions or achievements or place in society, or any of the exterior conditions or circumstances of your life.  

You will know that your purpose has to do with your interior life --- yet how well you do in achieving your spiritual purpose may very often have an effect on your exterior physical life. For the interior life of each individual cumulatively produces the exterior life of the collective. That is, those people around you, and those people who are around those people who are around you. It is in this way that you, as a Spiritual Being, participate in the evolution of your species. 

Who are you, then? Life is calling upon all of us to make that decision. Now is the Moment of Our Choice. Who do we choose to be? How do we choose to live? As a Chemical Creature or as a Spiritual Being? We may choose either, and live as either. No one will judge us for our choice, and no one will praise us. It is simply a matter of our preference. I have opted for Choice #2.  

Now, to answer the question directly…I have worked to find the “balance” between my exterior physical life and my interior spiritual life by reminding myself as often and as ingeniously as I can that the two are actually one. When I say ingeniously, I am not kidding. I see that my life produces for me some fascinating situations, some truly ingenious “plot lines,” as I step deeper and deeper into my “story,” giving me ever more creative and intriguing opportunities to announce and declare, express and experience, become and fulfill Who I Really Am - and, indeed, Who We All Are . 

All of us here are Divinity Expressed. That is true of all of us, not just one of us. Not just a few of us. But all of us. All of us are God’s beloved sons and daughters, with no one of us more connected or more “Divine” than any other. It is precisely when we see the Divine in everyone (and everything) that we truly bless the world. 

So when you encounter people, places, and events in your life that cause you to question and to wonder about your soul’s statement to you of Who You Really Are, simply know that these circumstances were placed there by you, in collaboration with all souls, as a means of creating a Contextual Field that has been produced for the precise purpose of allowing you to express and experience your true nature and your ultimate identity at the next level. This is the process by which you evolve --- which is not to be confused with “growth,” but is better defined as your becoming more and more aware of what has always been true. 

God seeks to experience Godself through you. Therefore, in all situations and every circumstance, judge not, and neither condemn. Seek to rebuke, reproach, or reprimand no one - for this, Divine Love would never do. Yet be a light unto the darkness, that you may know who you truly are --- and that all those whose lives you touch may know who they truly are as well. 

Give people back to themselves, even in your darkest hour. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” said Jesus, even as he was being crucified. There was a reason for this. He understood that the crucifixion was occurring --- indeed, that he joined in causing it to occur --- that he might demonstrate his true identity…and show all of us ours. Not by telling us who he was and who we are not, but precisely the opposite: by showing us who he was and who we are as well. 

Our opportunity is to do precisely the same. When we do, all of Life becomes holy ground, and every moment becomes a sacred experience. 

I send you 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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