What’s Jodi Reading Now #3

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue

On this auspicious last day of September with the sun shining strongly, feeling more like summer than fully fall, I share with you an auspicious book, Conversations with God:  An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch.  While the book came out in the mid-90’s, it has taken me these 15 years to move past the title with its Judeo-Christian implications to experience the universal truths herein contained.

What I am reminded of throughout the book is 1) the deep interconnectedness of all there is & 2) the triune nature of experience.

First things first, the deep interconnectedness of all there is: The Three Musketeers had it right in stating, “All for one & one for all”.  Gestalt & many others took it one step further in stating, “All are one & one are all”.  Christian, Sufi, Buddhist & all other mystics have had a clear, direct experiential understanding of this throughout the ages.  From this perspective, war & murder are violence against one’s own brothers & sisters, against one’s mothers & teachers, against friends & beloved, & ultimately, against oneself.  From the hana perspective, I am you & you are me:  ‘the other’ disappears & love & infinite compassion remain.  From the one perspective, on an energetic level, God is all & we are God with a boundless capacity to create our experience in this dimension on this thing we call earth.

That said, we exist within a human experience with all the beauty & drudgery that is life, with the full spectrum of emotions & experiences that accompany being human.  While love IS what IS in the realm of the absolute, the array of feelings, thoughts & experiences (one categorization of the triune) available to us in the realm of the relative is more vast than this galaxy & deeper than any of our oceans.  Feelings alone include love, yes, & joy & fear & sorrow & peace & hope & despair & anger & compassion &….&….  Another way to describe the triune is body, mind & spirit.  The mind thinks the thoughts.  The body experiences the experiences.  The spirit feels the feelings.  This, points out Walsch, correlates to God the Father, Jesus the Son & the Holy Spirit.  Ken Wilbur in his integral theory speaks of “I”, “we” & “it” or art, morals & science or self, culture, nature or the Beautiful, the Good, & the True.  Also, in Conversations, the triune is described as “what is”, “what is not” & “the space in between”.  With relativity, comes choice.  With choice, comes freedom.  With freedom, comes infinite possibilities.

Embrace yourself.  Be wherever you are, unless you choose to be someplace else.  Be whomever you are, unless you choose another way of being.  Be in your reality, unless you choose to create a new reality.  Whatever you choose will be perfect.  There are no mistakes.  You are magnificent, remarkable & splendid.  You are love.

Below are 2 passages from Conversations on love & the triune nature of creation.  Enjoy!

On Love

All human actions are motivated at their deepest level by one of two emotions – fear or love.  In truth, there are only two emotions – only two words in the language of the soul.  These are the opposite ends of the great polarity which I created when I produced the universe, and your world, as you know it today.

These are the two points – the Alpha and the Omega – which all the system you call “relativity” to be.  Without these two points, without these two ideas about things, no other idea could exist.

Every human thought, and every human action, is based in either love or fear.  There is no other motivation, and all other ideas are but derivatives of these two.  They are simply different versions – different twists on the same theme.

Think on this deeply and you will see that it is true.  This is what I have called the Sponsoring Thought.  It is either a thought of love or fear.  This is the thought behind the thought behind the thought.  It is the first thought.  It is prime force.  It is the raw energy that drives the engine of human experience…..

. . .And so it is that in the moment you pledge your highest love, you greet your greatest fear.

For the first thing you worry about after saying “I love you” is whether you’ll hear it back.  And if you hear it back, then you begin immediately to worry that the love you have just found, you will lose.  And so all action becomes a reaction – defense against loss – even as you seek to defend yourself aginst the loss of God.

Yet if you knew Who You Are – that you are the most magnificent, the most remarkable, the most splendid being God has ever created – you would never fear.  For who could reject such wondrous magnificence?  Not even God could find fault in such a being.

On Creation

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation….

The process of creation starts with thought – an idea, conception, visualization.  Everything you see was once someone’s idea.  Nothing exists in your world that did not first exist as pure thought.

This is true of the universe as well.

Thought is the first level of creation.

Next comes the word.  Everything you say is a thought expressed.  It is creative and sends forth creative energy into the universe.  Words are more dynamic (thus, some might say more creative) than thought, because words are a different level of vibration from thought.  They disrupt (change, alter, affect) the universe with greater impact.

Words are the second level of creation.

Next comes action.

Actions are words moving.  Words are thoughts expressed.  Thoughts are ideas formed.  Ideas are energies come together.  Energies are forces released.  Forces are elements existent.  Elements are particles of God, portions of All, the stuff of everything.

So, be love & go create!

Much love, Jodi

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