Weekly Bulletin #320
December 06, 2008
Gratitude plus Anticipation
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Notes from Neale
The CwG Reader
Best of the Blogs
Notes from Neale...
My dear friends...
We are swinging full tilt into the holiday season now...and the news for the worldwide economy could hardly be more startling or, to some, upsetting and depressing. And now many people in the so-called New Age Community are asking themselves..."If the Law of Attraction works, how is it that we are creating this financial meltdown in every corner of the globe, when not a single person is wanting to attract that?"
Fair question. So perhaps it's a good time to look at the fifth of the Great Principles of Life (see Happier Than God, chapter 22.)
That principle explains that the Energy of Attraction is part of a larger system of cause-and-effect in the Universe. Talking about "attraction" as if it were a law unto itself is a little like talking about the gravity without discussing the physics explaining what gravity does, and why. Okay, so a thing drops. So what...?
Let us look, then, at the great principles of life. Life expresses itself through:
1. The Energy of Attraction, which gives you power.
2. The Law of Opposites, which gives you opportunity.
3. The Gift of Wisdom, which gives you discernment.
4. The Joy of Wonder, which gives you imagination. and,
5. The Presence of Cycles, which gives you eternity.
This larger system regulates the Process of Personal Creation. You might even call this system, and this process, "God."
This fifth great Principle of Life states: "All of life moves in cycles. There is no straight line in the universe. Everything ultimately curves in on itself. The line may be trillions of miles long-or unfathomably longer-but everything ultimately meets itself. The movement of energy and mass around this oval creates the experience of what you would call Infinity. This means you have ‘forever' to experience that which you wish to experience of Who You Are, individually and collectively."
Everything in life moves in a swirl. Life itself is a cycle, with no start and no finish. Everything exists "as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end." The Presence of Cycles gives you the gift of eternity.
Does that mean there is no reason to do anything about conditions here and now? Yes and no. There is no reason at all if you are satisfied with the way you are experiencing your life and life around you, if life accurately re-presents you and the highest idea you have about yourself.
If, on the other hand, you are not satisfied, and if you wish to use this present lifetime for the purpose for which it was intended, then you may choose to alter individual and collective conditions presenting themselves in your life.
It's up to you. You are doing something very sacred here, something very daring, during your life upon the earth. You are defining yourself, and then recreating yourself anew, in each golden moment of Now.
Every act is an act of self-definition. Right now on the earth humanity as a collective is re-defining itself. We are choosing our priorities over again. It is clear to me that we have made a collective decision – as a species, I mean – that money, power, influence, and all the material "stuff" is not what life is about. We have seen ourselves, as a group, come to the brink of self-destruction through the living of a warped set of priorities.
I have made this comment before in the past few weeks and I will make it again: I think that the so-called "financial meltdown" is simply a rearranging of our lives in a way that more closely reflects what is really important in the business of being human.
The important thing to remember now is that all thing move in Cycles. Or, as my wonderful Mom used to say, "This, too, shall pass."
So don't go around asking, "What are we to eat? What are we to drink? Wherewithal shall we clothe ourselves?" Each day has problems enough of its own. Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all else shall be added unto you.
That is the choice here. That is the invitation. That is the extraordinary opportunity of this time of economic distress. A report out yesterday from the Labor Department says U.S. businesses eliminated 533,000 jobs last month and that unemployment rose to 6.7% in October. Yet we've been through these kinds of cycles before. We will go through them again after this one. There's nothing new here. And we'll get through this. The question is not whether we'll get through it, but how?
How will it be with us? What will we come to experience ourselves? Both collectively and individually, what part of our Self will we call forth?
That is the question of the day.
The CwG Reader
Further explorations of the Conversations with God material from the author
Neale Donald Walsch through the years has given hundreds of talks and written scores of articles revolving around the messages he received in his Conversations with God. From time to time we will present in this space a transcript or reprint of those presentations. We invite you to Copy and Save each one of them, creating a personal collection of contemporary and uplifting spiritual thought which you may reference at any time. We hope you will find this a constant source of insight and inspiration.
This week's offering: An article written by Neale in December, 2003 about the Christmas spirit.
Christmas has always been a magical time for me. From the earliest days of my childhood it has represented a kind of transcending joy that overtakes my whole body, and, indeed, my whole life.
And it wasn't just because of the presents, either. Sure, getting gifts at Christmas made an impression on me as a child, there's no question about it. But there was something else going on, too. Something was "in the air," and I could feel it.
I remember thinking, as a small boy, how different people were at holiday time. They seemed more cheerful somehow. More understanding, more accepting -- and more forgiving, too.
Once, in a department store somewhere deep into December, I broke something. I don't even remember what it was, but I will always remember the clerk's reaction.
"Oh, that's okay, sonny, don't cry. It's okay. No harm done. We'll just get this right out of the way, and no one will worry about it. Merry Christmas, sweetheart. Merry Christmas!"
If that had been the 30th of August my parents would have been called and I would have been given "what for" about that. My Dad would have had to pay, and it would have been taken out of my allowance for a year.
So what is it that happens to us for three weeks in December that turns us into incredibly warm-hearted human beings? And what can we do to make it last past January 3rd?
"I wish it could be Christmas all year long!" I remember saying when I was seven. And, of course, it wasn't the event that I wanted to see continue, it was the spirit.
So, what could cause that spirit to continue?
Well, first, I think we'd have to change the basis of The Christmas Story itself. Now this is something that some people may not want to hear, but the Christmas Story in its secular form will not heal the world. It has not and it will not, and that should by now be clear to any objective observer.
I know that this may come as blasphemy right here at the beginning of the Christmas season, but I think it is something that humanity has to face.
No religion that claims to be the One True Religion, and no path that is proclaimed the Only Path, can lead the whole of humanity to an experience of itself AS a whole. And unless we can experience ourselves as One, we will have missed the point of all religions.
The reason that Christmas has such a wonderful effect on so much of humanity in the Western world, at least, is not because it commemorates the birth of the one being said to be the Savior of all mankind, but because it gives birth again in our hearts to a thought, an idea, which we instantly recognize as the only thought that can save humankind: Peace on Earth, good will to men.
It is the Christmas wish, it is the Christmas promise, that unites us, not the secular, separating Christmas Story.
And so, perhaps it is time to do the unthinkable. Perhaps it is time to create a new Christmas Story. This can be the story of the birth of the baby Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph in a manger under the star of Bethlehem, the angels of heaven rejoicing at his coming, the kings of the orient traveling from afar at news of his birth, and Heaven proclaiming for all to hear, The Son of God has been born this day, who will bring to the earth a new awareness that you are all Sons and Daughters of God.
This wondrous Son shall proclaim that none of you can ever be apart from God because you are all Sons and Daughters of God. His life shall be a testimony to that truth, as shall yours, should you follow his example.
Best of the Blogs...
Each week we present in this space the best from past entries on the worldwide CwG Blog. The blog may be accessed daily on the home page at www.beliefnet.com.
A new idea about God
First posted on Beliefnet on Sunday, November 23
I have been convinced by a Christian minister that what we need in this world is a new idea about God. I want to thank Rev. Mark Holick of Wichita for that.
You may recall that yesterday in this space I spoke of an interview that Rev. Holick, is pastor of Spirit One Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, had with CNN. The interview had to do with a sign that Rev. Holick had placed in front of his church, on which he claimed that President-Elect Barack Obama was a Muslim. Everyone knows that Barack Obama is a Christian, but Rev. Holick was not backing off of his assertion.
More pronounced in his interview with CNN, however, was Rev. Holick's insistence that anyone who does not accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior is going to hell. "I do not believe that there is more than one path to God," he said.
I closed my commentary about all this yesterday by saying that what we need now on this planet is a new idea about God. I'd like to talk about that a bit today.
Let me ask you some simple questions...
What do you think life would be like on this planet if we had a God who loved us unconditionally?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who did not need or want anything from us?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who did not tell us there was only one way to get back to Him?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who never judged us?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who would never condemn us to everlasting damnation for any reason?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who said there was no wrong way to celebrate sexuality between consenting adults?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who said we may use all the marvels of modern medical science at our disposal to improve the quality of our lives, including stem cell research?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who said that every woman has the right to choose whether she wishes an unexpected pregnancy, or a pregnancy created by rape or incest or brutal attack, to continue?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who said that nothing is separate from God, that all of life is interconnected, and that you and God are therefore one?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who declared that there is no such creature as Satan, and that hell does not exist?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God who announced that death does not exist?
What do you think life would be like if we had a God we could fall in love with?
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