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Meditations on Universal Truths
On creating reality
You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it You are creating your reality every minute, probably without knowing it.
On coming to terms with your Self
There comes a time in the evolution of every soul when the chief concern is no longer the survival of the physical body, but the growth of the spirit; no longer the attainment of worldly success, but the realization of Self.
On bad people
I am going to tell you this: there are no "rotten apples." There are only people who disagree with your point of view on things, people who construct a different model of the world. I am going to tell you this: no persons do anything inappropriate, given their model of the world.
Power comes from inner strength. Inner strength does not come from raw power. In this, most of the world has it backwards.
On who you are
Everything that occurs—everything that has occurred, is occurring, and ever will occur—is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts, choices, ideas, and determination regarding Who You Are and Who You Choose to Be.
On the one reality
Yes, there is One Great Truth; there is a Final Reality. But you will always get what you choose, regardless of that reality—precisely because the reality is that you are a divine creature, divinely creating your reality even as you are experiencing it.
On the forgiveness of sins
In truth, I do not forgive you, and will not forgive you ever, for anything. I do not have to. There is nothing to forgive. But I can release you. And I hereby do. Now. Once again. As I have done so often in the past, through the teachings of so many other teachers.
Meditations on The Spiritual Path
On religion and spirituality
Religion cannot stand Spirituality. It cannot abide it. For Spirituality may bring you to a different conclusion than a particular religion—and this no known religion can tolerate.
Religion encourages you to explore the thoughts of others and accept them as your own. Spirituality invites you to toss away the thoughts of others and come up with your own.
I tell you, I am in every flower, every rainbow, every star in the heavens, and everything in and on every planet rotating around every star.
I am the whisper of the wind, the warmth of your sun, the incredible individuality and the extraordinary perfection of every snowflake.
I am the majesty in the soaring flight of eagles, and the innocence of the doe in the field; the courage of lions, the wisdom of the ancient ones.
Every day is sanctified. Every minute is holy. This, now, is the Holy Instant.
On the fulfillment of your Divine Self
Do not waste the precious moments of this, your present reality, seeking to unveil all of life's secrets.
Those secrets are secret for a reason. Grant your God the benefit of the doubt. Use your Now Moment for the Highest Purpose—the creation and the 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.
On expressing your Divine Connection with the All
Embrace every circumstance, own every fault, share every joy, contemplate every mystery, walk in every man's shoes, forgive every offense (including your own), heal every heart, honor every person's truth, adore every person's God, protect every person's rights, preserve every person's dignity, promote every person's interests, provide every person's needs, presume every person's holiness, present every person's greatest gifts, produce every person's blessing, and pronounce every person's future secure in the assured love of God.
On making the right decisions
If all you desired is what your soul desired, everything would be very simple. If you listened to the part of you which is pure spirit, all of your decisions would be easy, and all the outcomes joyous.
Meditations on Feelings
Feelings are neither negative nor destructive. They are simply truths. How you express your truth is what matters.
On expressing your feelings
It is not nearly so important how well a message is received as how well it is sent.
You cannot take responsibility for how well another accepts your truth; you can only ensure how well it is communicated. And by how well, I don't mean merely how clearly; I mean how lovingly, how compassionately, how sensitively, how courageously, and how completely.
On understanding your true feelings
Feelings are the language of the soul, but you must make sure you are listening to your true feelings and not some counterfeit model constructed in your mind.
On hurting others
If acting irresponsibly, if behaving in a way which you know might damage others or cause hardship or pain, is what makes you "feel good," then you have not evolved very far.
On fear and guilt
Guilt is a blight upon the land—the poison that kills the plant.
You will not grow through guilt, but only shrivel and die.
Awareness is what you seek. But awareness is not guilt, and love is not fear.
Fear and guilt ... are your only enemies. Love and awareness are your true friends. Yet do not confuse the one with the other, for one will kill you, while the other gives you life.
On love and fear
Ultimately, all thoughts are sponsored by love or fear. This is the great polarity. This is the primal duality. Everything, ultimately, breaks down to one of these. All thoughts, ideas, concepts, understandings, decisions, choices, and actions are based in one of these.
And, in the end, there is really only one.
In truth, love is all there is. Even fear is an outgrowth of love and, when used effectively, expresses love.
Grief is a natural emotion. It's the part of you which allows you to say goodbye when you don't want to say goodbye; to express—push out, propel—the sadness within you at the experience of any kind of loss.
Anger is a natural emotion. It is the tool you have which allows you to say, "No, thank you." It does not have to be abusive, and it never has to be damaging to another.
Envy is the natural emotion that makes you want to do it again; to try harder; to continue striving until you succeed.
The purpose of natural fear is to build in a bit of caution. Caution is a tool that helps keep the body alive.
Meditations on Mortality
On personal evolution
The soul is very clear that its purpose is evolution ... it is not concerned with the achievements of the body or the development of the mind. These are all meaningless to the soul.
The soul is also very clear that there is no great tragedy involved in leaving the body. In many ways the tragedy is being in the body.
On the fear of dying
You think that life on Earth is better than life in heaven 7 I tell you this, at the moment of your death you will realize the greatest freedom, the greatest peace, the greatest joy, and the greatest love you have ever known.
On transforming yourself
Even the rock will not be a rock forever, but only what "seems like forever." Before it was a rock, it was something else. It fossilized into that rock, through a process taking hundreds of thousands of years. It was once something else, and will be something else again.
On understanding death
First, understand that death is not an end, but a beginning; not a horror, but a joy. It is not a closing down, but an opening up.
The happiest moment in your life will be the moment it ends.
That's because it doesn't end but only goes on in ways so magnificent, so full of peace and wisdom and joy, as to make it difficult to describe and impossible for you to comprehend.
On the illusion of death
See the flower as dying and you will see the flower sadly. Yet see the flower as part of a whole tree that is changing, and will soon bear fruit, and you see the flower's true beauty. When you understand that the blossoming and the falling away of the flower is a sign that the tree is ready to bear fruit, then you understand life.
Look at this carefully, and you will see that life is its own metaphor.
Meditations on Self-Awareness
On living on a higher plane
Go to your Highest Thought about yourself. Imagine the you that you would be if you lived that thought every day. Imagine what you would think, do, and say, and how you would respond to what others do and say.
Do you see any difference between that projection and what you think, do, and say now?
On creating yourself
Remember, you are constantly in the act of creating yourself. You are in every moment deciding who and what you are. You decide this largely through the choices you make regarding who and what you feel passionate about.
Passion is the love of turning being into action. It fuels the engine of creation. It changes concepts to experience.... Never deny passion, for that is to deny Who You Are, and Who You Truly Want to Be.
A tree is no less perfect because it is a seedling. A tiny infant is no less perfect than a grown-up. It is perfection itself. Because it cannot do a thing, does not know a thing, that does not make it somehow less perfect.
A child makes mistakes. She stands. She toddles. She falls. She stands again, a bit wobbly, hanging on to her mommy's leg. Does that make the child imperfect?
I tell you it is just the opposite I That child is perfection itself, wholly and completely adorable.
So, too, are you.
On being a bringer of the light
Be a Bringer of the Light. For your light can do more than illuminate your own path. Your light can be the light which truly lights the world.
On not being affected by what others say
People can relate to you—even as they judge you. And if they see that you are truly sincere, they can even forgive you your "sordid past."
Yet I tell you this: So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.
Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.
Meditations on Time
On spending your time wisely
When you spend your time trying to figure out what's "best" for you, you are doing just that: spending your time. Better to save your time than to spend it wastefully.
On throwing caution to the wind
If you spend your time trying to figure out what's "best" for you, your choices will be cautious, your decisions will take forever, and your journey will be launched on a sea of expectations.
If you are not careful, you will drown in your expectations.
On recognizing the importance of the moment
There is no time like the present! You've heard that before, I'm sure ...
There is no time but this time. There is no moment but this moment. "Now" is all there is ...
"Yesterday" and "tomorrow" are figments of your imagination. Constructions of your mind. Nonexistent in Ultimate Reality.
Everything that ever happened, is happening, and ever will happen, is happening right now.
On the passage of time
Past, present, and future are concepts you have constructed, realities you have invented, in order to create a context within which to frame your present experience.
On the decisions you make today
Remember, life is an ongoing process of creation. You are creating your reality every minute. The decision you make today is often not the choice you make tomorrow. Yet here is a secret of all Masters: keep choosing the same thing.
On the here and now
Ignore your previous experience and go into the moment. Be Here Now.
Meditations on Politics and War
On the folly of not following your own instincts
In most cases you've chosen to accept someone else's decision. Someone who came before you and, presumably, knows better ... This is especially true on important matters. In fact, the more important the matter, the less likely you are to listen to your own experience, and the more ready you seem to be to make someone else's ideas your own.
On tolerating war
Most people are satisfied with a world in which differences, not similarities, are honored, and disagreements are settled by conflict and war.
On maintaining the status quo
Most people laugh when one suggests any kind of system other than the one currently in place, saying that behaviors such as competing and killing and the "victor taking the spoils" are what makes civilization great!
On changing by example
Consciousness is everything, and creates your experience. Group consciousness is powerful and produces outcomes of unspeakable beauty or ugliness. The choice is always yours.
If you are not satisfied with the consciousness of your group, seek to change it.
The best way to change the consciousness of others is by your example.
On the justification of foreign policy decisions
It is not wrong to base foreign policy decisions on vested interest considerations. What is wrong is to pretend that you're not doing so.
This most countries do, of course. They take action—or fail to take action—for one set of reasons, then give as a rationale another set of reasons.
Excerpted from Meditations from Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. Copyright © 2006 Neale Donald Walsch. Excerpted by permission of Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc..
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Posted August 10, 2012
i should have previewed before hand. its basically the "best of" quotes from conversations with god series, heavily interspersed with images. very sparse and not what i had expected. good for a coffee table book, i flipped through the 160 plus pages in about 30 minutes.
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