In this weeks bulletin:
talks about Happiness and Love:
The same is true, incidentally,
of love. Love is not a reaction, love is a decision. When you remember
this, you are approaching mastery. When you apply it to your life, you
have arrived at the door.
Message From NealeMy Dear Friends...
There's a commentary below about the personal challenges that I see all of us facing on our planet. But first, I am so very pleased to tell you that we have achieved our goal of bringing the final book in the CwG series of dialogues, HOME WITH GOD in a Life That Never Ends, to the attention of many people around the world. Your participation in the HWG Campaign on March 29 caused this book to zoom to the #1 spot at both Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com, two of the world's largest online bookstores.
I want to thank you all so very much for the role you played in making this happen. As a result of so many people reading the book so fast (most people opened it up and dived right into it the moment it arrived in the mail), I have been deluged with deep and important questions about the extraordinary material in HOME WITH GOD---especially the part having to do with life after death, in which many people have a huge interest.
The 18 Remembrances from HOME WITH God— (1) Dying is something you do for you. (2) You are the cause of your own death. This is always true, no matter where, or how, you die. (3) You cannot die against your will. (4) No path back Home is better than any other path. (5) Death is never a tragedy. It is always a gift. (6) You and God are one. There is no separation between you. (7) Death does not exist. (8) You cannot change Ultimate Reality, but you can change your experience of it. (9) It is the desire of All That Is to Know Itself in its own Experience. This is the reason for all of Life. (10) Life is eternal. (11) The timing and the circumstances of death are always perfect. (12) The death of every person always serves the agenda of every other person who is aware of it. That is why they are aware of it. Therefore, no death (and no life) is ever “wasted.” No one ever dies “in vain.” (13) Birth and death are the same thing. (14) You are continually in the act of creation, in life and in death. (15) There is no such thing as the end of evolution. (16) Death is reversible. (17) In death you will be greeted by all of your loved ones—those who have died before you and those who will die after you. (18) Free Choice is the act of pure creation, the signature of God, and your gift, your glory, and your power forever and ever.
All of this and more will be explored at the very special spiritual renewal retreat scheduled May 8-14. It’s a week that can change your life forever. Seating is limited, as the retreat is being presented in a very cozy and personal space here in Ashland. For more information or to hold a place for yourself or someone you love, call Will Richardson, retreat registrar, at 352.442.2244.
And if you have not obtained a copy of the final dialogue in the CwG series, I want to personally urge you to do so today. Many reader reviewers are calling it far and away the most important text in the entire series--a deeply healing, highly impactful book for everyone, but most especially so for those who have lost a love one and are in the grieving/healing process--or for persons and families who are facing a loss now or in the near future. You may order a copy easily and conveniently from www.amazon.com.
This is a time on our planet of deep spiritual renewal. Many of us are seeking earnestly the next level of insight and answers to life's most significant questions--including The Oreo Question.
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I have been contemplating lately what it would have "looked like" for me to have been a better person in the years leading up to this moment. I see that for me it would have meant being a whole lot less selfish, a whole lot less self-centered. It's so easy for me to wish that in hindsight. Yet when I try to apply the lessons of the past to my every day life here and now, I don't seem to do so well. My regret over my yesterdays dissolves, and my present moments move on pretty much as they always did.
So these days I'm looking at that. Why is it that I can see my shortcomings so clearly in the past, but that, as each new moment of Now is presented to me, I am so blind to them? If the purpose of life is to recreate myself anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever I held about Who I Am, why am I not doing that? I wonder, in short, what stops me from using life for the purpose for which it was intended...
And I'm not the only human being who I observe to be "stuck" at this intersection. It is the crossroad between a regretted yesterday and a self-promised tomorrow. I could start off on a New Path. I could truly change, inside and out. I do not have to wait until New Year's Eve to turn over a new leaf. I could do that now, step into my grander self now. I can't even change the way I eat, for heaven sake. Put that Oreo cookie in front of me and I'll gulp it down every time. Not once in a while, as an occasional treat, but every time I see one! So I have to make sure that there are simply none in the house. That seems to be my only protection against myself.
Now you might say that I'm making more out of this little weakness than I should be making, but I am very clear that it doesn't stop there. We are not talking about an Oreo cookie. We are talking about willpower. We are talking about the ability to become Who I Really Am on a moment's notice, to step into that expression of Self when it counts, when the temptation to be less than I am is placed before me. And life can be counted on to place that temptation before me repeatedly. That I've discovered. The temptations are not going to go away.
So each day I have a decision to make. Each hour, each minute. Who am I? Who am I? Who am I? And if I can't make the highest choice when it comes to Oreos, how in heaven do I imagine that I can do anything meaningful to make our world a better place?
That is the question. I call it The Oreo Question. And please don't tell me I'm being too hard on myself. Mountains are climbed one step at a time. When you decline to take the first step, you cannot take the last.
Do I meditate every day? Do I exercise every day? Do I eat healthily every day? Do I care for others every day as if they were truly One with me? Do I send forth my love and forgiveness, my compassion and understanding, my patience and my gentleness every day? Do I invite myself, challenge myself, every day to move to the next level in my awareness, in my expression, and in my experience of Who I Really Am?
Am I letting the times of my life slip away in single-moment increments, until the years claim my lost opportunities and turn them into more regrets? Forget about stopping the world from falling apart...can I even stop a bad habit?
That is The Oreo Question. And I've got to look at it. I can't keep running from it under cover of self- acceptance and self-love. I have plenty of self-acceptance and self-love. Maybe a bit too much. The question is, do I have any self-discipline? Self-determination? Self-awareness? And just who IS this "self" of which I wish to become aware? How shall I express and experience that?
That is the Oreo question. I invite us all to look at it today. Our own transformation may be right around the corner, enfolded in the answer.
Love and hugs....neale.
Hello My Friends:
This week with the momentum building that I spoke of last week things here at the Foundation feel so much lighter. This is a very good feeling. I love it when the pace is fast and the challenges that come up are at least interesting and new. This makes the days fly and the energy makes me personally feel as though we really are making a difference in the world.
What I’m thinking about this week and want to share with all of you is how much it seems that we are all making a difference in the world. I consider the CwG material so vital to those that share this planet with us and I’m just so impressed that some emails mailed to a bunch of people around the world can move this last CwG book to a huge seller on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. While I think this tendency of our world today to be in real time is pretty cumbersome sometimes; it’s pretty cool to watch in real time these book-selling lists that change every hour. Even cooler than that is to sit here and really get that with that type of ranking more and more people are getting this information, and deeply understand that in some little way you’ve played a part in that. I have and you have too. Even if you didn’t buy the book or do anything else, the fact that you are here reading this is a demonstration that energetically you support CwG in the world and that collective consciousness is very important.
The other place that many of you and your part of the collective have made a huge difference is in your willingness to support the Foundation through your contributions and offers of help and ideas. I sit here today and I find myself very grateful that I have this job that supports my family, a direct result of so many of you being willing to support us. While we’re not all the way in the clear yet financially we are so much better than we were.
I’ve gotten many wonderful emails from so many of you, and then there have been some that weren’t so wonderful. I also was informed that there’s been some derogatory communications on some of the Yahoo sites about me using this place to ask for financial support from our readers for the Foundation. That really gets under my skin, but I’m clear there will always be some folks that are invested in criticism or just a very different understanding of things than we have. That is what it is, but what it brought me to was a thought about why some of our constant financial supporters do support us.
With this in mind, I went to one of our tried and true supporters and asked if he would write to me about why he’s always supported us so generously. To my delight he wrote me this beautiful letter. I must say it brought tears to my heart and joy to my soul, and because of that I’d like to share it with you.
My father was walking painfully slow toward the restaurant door, shoulders hunched, cane in his right hand and a determined look on his face. There was no doubt in his mind that he would reach that door. And do so without assistance. Patrons also approaching that door started to step aside as he went up the stairs, one step at a time. Children rushed to the front door and held it open as their parents beamed with pride for exercising civility without being reminded. With a wave of his cane my father acknowledged the courtesy and walked through the door to the seating area.
At 95 years old
my father demonstrates a great deal of independence. He still lives at
home, alone. My mother passed away a few years ago. He has a gardener,
housekeeper and nurse come by each week. The wheels-on-meals visits him
each day. And he still dabbles in the stock market, as he always has,
maintaining his own portfolio of financial securities.
As was our custom, we ordered from the menu after placing our hats and coats in their place. And then there was that silence. Not an awkward moment, just a moment getting adjusted to the surroundings. Then I leaned over to him and asked a question I have asked before. I knew the answer. I just wanted to hear it again.
When I was 8 years old my next door friend asked me to go to St. Jerome's for his confession. I had never been to a Catholic church before so I was quite excited. Seeing the dark interior wood-lined walls and deep red carpeting, I felt I was in another world. In fact I truly was, for the Protestant church I attended had simple white walls and substantially less glow than St. Jerome's. I saw my friend go into the confessional booth. How neat! From where I was sitting in the back of the church it looked like a great place to play in. All this I told to my father upon coming home.
"You don't need to go to a Catholic church", my father said. "Your have your own church".
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He was not mad and did not express this with any semblance of doing something wrong. He was merely making a statement. Still, I wanted to know why I could not go to both churches. A question I did not have the nerve to ask. But, the question remained with me until I was 14. For at this leap in time, I was there in the attic going through my father's business papers. Oh, how sneaky it felt! It was not a feeling of sin. Rather, it felt like I was coming across something very important in my life. It was as if it was my destiny to be there. And then I saw it. A bunch of papers-. checks really. They were made out to a number of churches in our town-- checks for the Catholic church, the Orthodox church, the Protestant, Apostolic and a number of other religious houses, all with handsome sums and written year after year.
Again, I did not raise the issue. Not until I was 22 years old and just before I was being drafted into the Army. That's when I confronted him.
"Why did you not want me to go to a Catholic church and then you write checks to everyone?" I asked - no, I demanded.
These questions that had hidden in my heart were finally coming out. There had to be an explanation. Something I could understand. Something that truly addressed the agenda of my soul. For that is why we are alive. To complete the agenda of our souls. Conceptually God knows everything. And being a part of God, we experientially understand these facets of God within this contextual field called the Realm of the Relative.
I have taught this concept of conceptualization at a rehabilitation center nearby. I needed to be humorous in these teachings. I needed to explain that there is conceptually knowing something and experientially knowing something. And gave this example. Every rehabilitation center has some sort of cookout. Everyone loves to go to these things. I told my wonderful students that since they have gone to this before that the next cookout they can remain in the study room they are currently meeting in. They will stay there because they have already gone to the cookout the previous year. I told them that this is conceptually knowing something. But, since I loved them so much, I will take it upon myself to go out to the cookout and bring the food back for them to eat in the study room. I told them they need not worry about missing all of the fun and laughter because I was going to take copious notes and share them. I told them they should be happy because they already know conceptually what a cookout is. When they were ready to revolt I could then explain they now knew the difference between conceptual and experiential knowledge. And God conceptually knows everything but deeply desires to know everything experientially.
Back at the restaurant I was waiting for the answer I already knew. Would he stick to the same answer? Maybe he would try to add to it. Maybe he would deny his original reply when I was 22.
"You’re old enough now to pick out any church you wish to go to, and you have chosen something other than a Protestant church, which is fine.
"How about the checks?", I asked.
"I wrote checks to all the churches because they asked", my father said.
They asked! Can you imagine? Someone asks and my father gives. No argument. No thought process in trying to figure out how much or with whom. Just a knee jerk reaction. The first dollar figure that popped into my father's head was the amount on the check.
Every act is a
demonstration of who we are. That is what life has given us. An opportunity
to demonstrate experientially what God knows conceptually. And giving
to another is the same as giving to oneself. Because there is only one
of us. By giving to others we demonstrate that facet of God. Demonstrate
it experientially. And when one continues to demonstrate this consistently,
with love, then that is what the Universe hears. And the Universe brings
forth more opportunities to continue to demonstrate experientially who
we really are. And as these good things flow from us, they flow to us.
Because there is only one of us. There is no other way for it to flow.
And so it is with
my father. Good luck is something he crated. It is something he brought
forth. Because that is who he is. And he demonstrates it experientially.
Does this make
him perfect? It depends upon the perspective. He is a Republican. Always
"Would you give to Hillary Clinton?", I asked my father.
"The problem with Hillary is that she is a Democrat", he argued. "But, I would vote for her if she became a Republican".
"But, would you give to Hillary?” I persisted.
"She did not ask", was his honest reply.
I have learned much from my father. I understood most of what I learned from CwG. Those who know me have asked to explain why I give as much as I do. My answer is the same as my father's. They asked. I do not reside in Ashland. I live over 3000 miles away. My connection to the Foundation is limited to workshops and seminars and LEP that I have attended. And contributions. I have never publicized my contributions. I like to remain anonymous. It is because I know that good things will flow to me as a result of demonstrating experientially who I really am.
And so, I give you the same opportunity. And to give this opportunity I have generated this email. I am asking. I do not care what dollar amount you contribute. All I care about is giving the opportunity for you to demonstrate who you really are. The Foundation needs help.
I am asking.
A Secret Admirer
Life is the experience of The Singularity, knowing Itself as Itself through the experiences of Its Individuations. There is but a Single Agenda, and it is served through the distinctly different but remarkably co-joined experiences of every one of us.
That Single Agenda is for Divinity to be expressed and experienced in all Its splendor, and to recreate and define Itself anew in every single golden moment of Now. HOW It expresses Itself, HOW It experiences Itself, HOW It defines Itself, is up to you. That is the decision you are making every day. That is the choice you are demonstrating every moment. You are doing so individually and collectively. Every act is an act of self-definition.
Of this truth, and many others, will you be reminded when you merge with the Core of your Being. It is here that you will be rejuvenated, reunited, and reintegrated, should you have forgotten the original agenda, should you have lost your memory and your sense of Who You Really Are. And if you have not, but rather, have a full awareness of all of this and a full experience of it, it is at the Core of your Being where you will be replenished.
The great misunderstanding of all those who have forgotten the Ultimate Truth, the great illusion of all those who live in temporary amnesia, is that there is somewhere they have to "go", somewhere they have to journey, in order to "get to heaven," or "unite with God," and experience eternal bliss.
There is nowhere you have to go, nothing you have to do, and nothing you have to be except exactly what you are being right now, in order to experience the bliss of the Divine. You ARE the bliss of the Divine, and you simply do not know it.
Then why bother taking these endless trips? Why am I continuously journeying through the Space/Time Continuum? Why have I undertaken this endless search for God?
Your journey is not an endless SEARCH for God, it is an endless EXPERIENCE of God.
Understood in this way, the reason for the continuous journey becomes apparent. The journey is a process. It is the way that you know God---indeed, that you know yourself AS that which is Divine. This journey is therefore your greatest joy.
Okay, so I am taking these "trips" through time and space in order to experience God. But when do I actually meet God? Earlier you said that God will be the first experience I will have after my death.
If you believe that it will be, then it will be. But you do not have to wait until then. In fact, you have been meeting God all along. That is what I have been telling you.
Here is the central error of most human theology: you think that one day you are going to meet God. You imagine that you are one day going to get back Home. You are not going to get back Home.
You never left Home.
I thank God every day for His Voice expressing Divine Wisdom so clearly through your mind. In CwG Bulletin #186, the question from Julie from Paris about wanting to be loved by a particular person described exactly the situation I’ve been struggling with for several years. Your answer to Julie about seeking content rather than form was exactly the answer I’ve been needing for years, and it has set me free! Thank you for being Who You Are!
I look forward to seeing you in Fort Collins on the 19th.
Fred in Southern Colorado
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