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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
Sharing some Spiritual Thoughts and Principles from Neale Donald Walsh’s ‘Conversations with God’ (Part Three)
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Religion is for those who fear going to hell;
whilst spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.”
This article (in point form) was largely based upon notes I’ve taken from Neale Donald Walsh’s series of books ‘Conversations with God’, whilst studying the link between the human mind and spirituality. (Whilst I may not agree with all of Walsch’s views and beliefs on the concept of God, a “Higher Power’, I’ve added a few personal thoughts from my experiences of life – in brackets). I’m sharing this piece to hopefully stimulate thinking and discussion on these concepts from Walsh’s personal ideas and beliefs on the ‘airey-fairey spiritual journey’ (which I do ‘try to test’, further explore and apply these principles in ‘real life’). Hope this may be of interest to you. Enjoy…
To continue from Part Two…
Who not only taught me God exists,
but opened my mind to the wondrous truth
that God is my best friend.
You have gifted me far more
than I ever gifted you .
This and you are a work in progress.”
The Process of NATURAL LAW
Life can be a process of CREATION or REACTION.
The soul creates, whilst the mind reacts;
the soul understands what the mind cannot conceive.
Your feelings are your truth. What is best for you is what is true for you. Thoughts are not feelings.
Once you know your truth, LIVE it.
“I am with you always – I live in you.
“I am with you”
“I AM WHO I AM”
Most people believe they have no power to change their circumstances; so they ask for Jesus to change things for them.
Yet Jesus (who perfectly understood the human condition) said: “Why are you so amazed? These things, and more, shall you also do.” (John 14:12). Yet the people of his time could not believe it…and many to this day also do not!
You all imagine you are unworthy. You’ll use anybody’s name, but your own!
(My comment: In spite of the above statement, I suppose asking for something in the name of Jesus keeps a person more humble, less egotistical; yet it comes down to personal choice.)
Now on re-reading John 14:12 (New King James version) I see Jesus’s actual words were:
“He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do…If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
and here are similar words from the New International Version…
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Yet I tell you this…
“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.”
(This statement is totally in alignment with psychological principles – based on the concept of BELIEF(the magic power of believing). So the key is having FAITH and we need a focus for it, our deepest desires and aspirations – something on which to pin our faith. And the greater our expectation(s), as well as the bigger (higher) our faith, the greater the ‘miracles‘ that happen in our lives!)
BELIEVE it before you see it (rather than see it, then believe it)!
We can never go higher than our thoughts.
KNOW who you are and create Who you wish to be. This is the purpose of all of life. Life is an on-going never-ending process of re-creation. You keep recreating yourselves in the image of the next highest idea about yourselves.
The greatest challenge of human beings is to Be Here NOW.
The soul speaks to you in feelings. Listen to your feelings. Follow your feelings, honour your feelings.
A life lived by choice is a life of conscious action.
A life lived by chance is a life of unconscious reaction.
NB: The soul creates, whilst the mind reacts.
Success is repetition over time.
Life is an on-going process of creation. You are creating your reality every minute. Keep focussed, stay centred, single-minded.
Your desires are My desires. Your Will is MY will ???
(That’s another heavy, deep spiritual question for consideration.in another article)
Clarity is the first step to mastery.
We and God are ONE.
(I need to think more and more deeply about that one. On reflection, I’m not so sure about that statement, Neale. I guess we can only aim to be in union with God, The Father, as Jesus’s unique relationship) was “the ultimate”). I guess the key here is your own concept of God and how you view Ultimate Source, Ground of All Being. Also getting your will totally in harmony with God’s will
end of my interjection and enough of your personal thoughts, now, craig…
God is not apart from us, ever, and we only think we are apart from God. God is in each one of us. You must stop seeing God as separate from you and you as separate from each other. As my good friend Lindsay, ‘the prophet and prayer-warrior’ says: “When a person goes to church, you take God TO church with you.”
Everything happens in perfect order????
(“Your challenge is to reconcile your belief of God as higher power with the concept of god as the essence of everything with no control, interest, personality; just spaciousness or Being.”
I’ll ponder that ‘heavy’ statement; but thanks for your input, ‘lynnie bear’) ^
* (Later… on reflection…I CHOOSE to think that God (or god) cares deeply about me as a ‘special creation’ and what’s best for me and my life. It’s a DECISION (most important) we make about our spiritual beliefs, I guess! That is my CONSCIOUSNESS.
“Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences (unique), let not our varying beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us all as common citizens of our planet.”
To continue with Neale Donald Walsch’s beliefs after that little diversion from me…
You can BE just what you wish to be, CHOOSE what you wish to experience. Express and experience that aspect of you which pleases you to express and experience.
Life moves in cycles – everything is cyclical.
Use your Now Moment for the Highest Purpose – the creation and expression of Who You Really Are. Decide Who You are – Who you want to be – and then do everything in your power to be that person.
BE and decide who you really are; to choose and to create who you really are; to experience and to fulfil your current idea about yourself. It’s an eternal moment of Self Creation and Self fulfillment through the process of SELF EXPRESSSION. Fashion the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about yourself. This process of creation and recreation is on-going, never-ending.
You may want the world to change; but first change your own world.
Fired with emotion and passion, in our own little ways and in our own little spheres of influence, we can all raise, then ignite the public consciousness. So it’s up to each ONE of us to do just what one person can do to make a difference, a better world.
Elevate your thinking to the highest level of consciousness and be the change you wish to see in the world today. In so doing you will live at the highest level of humanity and be an example…for the benefit of all mankind.
Fashion the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about yourself. Then once you know your truth, embrace it and LIVE it.
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”
Be the very best person YOU can be with “loads of” FUN along the journey of life.
“Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
“You are the light of the world; a city cannot be hidden, if it is built on a mountain top. A lamp is not lighted to be put away under a bushel measure; it is put on the lamp stand, to give light to all the people of the house; and your light must shine so brightly before men”
(Matt 5,14-16. Knox).
“If there is light in the Soul,
There will be light in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.”
– Chinese proverb
“There is a rich tapestry of talent in every human soul, that
flows through (and from), the Source of our Being, the Spirit
of God, Life. So don’t spend your days stringing and tuning
your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes
of music right now.”
“When I let go of who (and what) I think I am, then I become all that I am capable of being. Enjoy just being YOU, as you ride the rapids, er sorry, fall down the water-falls of life.”
“Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who
You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates
from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life
(and Ground of our very Being).
Therefore, it can do more than illuminate
your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of
others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light
is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and
especially love…and it lies within each one of us. Through
your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit
truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted
by a candle at midnight.”
– craig (as adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in ‘Conversations with God Book 3′).
Shared by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing with hope.”
“When love endures, hope inevitably follows.”
Craig’s other new book ‘The Spirit of a True Champion: A Look into the Mind of Jesus Christ’ is already available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007E2WXW0
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Z6BFX0 and craig’s various books on Jesus and the spiritual; journey are available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock&sort=relevance&ie=UTF8&qid=1374375740
For his books on “the spiritual journey” also see https://beyondthezonespirit.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/the-awakened-spirit/
“”Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, enrich, empower, encourage… and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.
“Change YOUR world and you help change THE world…for the better.”
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