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So now it has begun.
Another escalation in international tensions is upon us as a result of the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria on its own people, and the possible response of the United States of pinpoint missile strikes against strategic military targets in Syria.
President Obama announced Saturday (Aug 31) that he would not order an intervention in Syria by the U.S. without approval in a vote by Congress.
That body is not due to return from its summer recess until September 9 — but it could be called back into session by its leadership on a moment’s notice. It is unclear at this stage how much of a reprieve the world has from the threat of a U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Members of the vast spiritual communities that are spread across our planet are asking today: What can we do? In the face of the possibility of this latest and seemingly never-ending use of violence in the name of bringing an end to violence, what can we do?
The answer is that we now have to use, intently and with passionate and mighty focus, the most powerful force in the Universe — a force more powerful, even, than all the missiles and all the bombs and all the chemical weapons in all the arsenals of all the military establishments of all the governments of the world.
Prayer is intentioned Thought, and Thought is one of the Three Tools of Creation given to us by our Creator. Those tools are: Thought, Word, and Deed. Of these, Thought is the most powerful, because Thought is the least physical. Therefore it is the least dense, and thus the most far reaching, permeating all physical bodies, barriers and constructions.
I believe the prayer of the day should be that Congress votes against a military intervention — even a limited, air-power-only intervention — by the United States. The reasons for my belief are found in a lengthier commentary in the news article under the column titled Interpreting Conversations with God, at www.TheGlobalConversation.com.
I hope you will read that article at once, and then I hope you will join me and Marianne Williamson in the Global Collective Prayer Initiative, Monday, September 2, at 16:00 GMT (that is 9 a.m. Pacific Time). We will pray solidly and intentionally for ten minutes that the U.S. will not launch air strikes on Syria, and that the larger Syrian conflict may end, at last, with peace and harmony prevailing.Posted August 31st, 2013 by Neale Donald Walsch
Every event and circumstance on Earth is jointly produced, placed into the collective reality as a collaborative creation of The Collective Itself. And the tragedy is that The Collective does not know this—or, worse yet, does know this, and merely acts as if it does not.
The result of this is that most people wind up turning to God at the wrong time….usually after, rather than before, events have taken place or circumstances have been created.
This is because most people do not know who they truly are, nor do they have an accurate understanding of what their relationship with God is.
Thus, people think that most of them are at the effect of events and conditions such as conflict and war, financial collapse, political upheaval, violence and killing. They believe that it is the tiny few who are in power who are creating them, and the masses are left to only endure them. And when it comes to so-called Acts of Nature, even the powerful few are thought to be at the effect of life.
Whether it’s an act of Man or of Nature, our species is very clear: It’s not our fault. We had nothing to do with it.
No human behavior has anything to do with global warming (which half the planet continues to deny is even occurring), earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, raging wildfires, torrential rains, or tsunamis—or the increase in disease among the Earth’s people, such as the growing cancer rate, or the increase in early heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
No human behavior has anything to do with the dying off of the bees (which, if it continues, is going to have a disastrous effect on pollination worldwide, and then on global food crops), or the increasing toxicity of our drinking water, or the fact that tests show that hamburgers from fast food chains rarely contain more than 15% real meat (and in some tests have been shown to contain only 2% actual meat), or the fact that more than 650 children die every hour on this planet because of starvation.
When an entire culture refuses to believe that it has anything to do with what is occurring, it cannot do anything about what is occurring.
This, in 25 words, is a summation of the present reality on Planet Earth.
As I have noted in this space before, much of this has to do with our understanding of the nature of God itself. Is there even a being called “God”? What is the true nature of The Divine — and what does it want, need, require? What does it actually do in our lives? How does Divinity interact with Humanity? What is the nature of this relationship? Does it even exist?
These questions and more will be explored here in this multi-part series, titled FOCUS: The Nature of God and Life/an exploration of critical importance in our time, in the weeks ahead. I hope you will join in the discussion by posting in the Comment Section below — and invite your family, friends, and acquaintances to do the same. Now is the moment for a worldwide conversation on a matter of global impact and universal significance.
In the months ahead I will bring this discussion right into your home via telephone and video links. Look for that from the Evolution Revolution, a program of the spiritual outreach of Humanty's Team. In the meantime, join us here for the online print-media element of this exploration.
by Neale Donald Walsch
In Conversations with God I was told about what CWG described as The Law of Opposites. In the text, CWG invites us --- the next time something unwelcome occurs in our lives --- to welcome it. Embrace it and bless it and do not resist it or condemn it.
“What you resist persists,” the CWG declares. We are invited to surrender to the Process of Creation and the Law of Opposites, and know that Life Itself is creating for you a perfect context for perfection itself to be experienced in, as, and through you.
This can be difficult to hear, it can be challenging to embrace, in the aftermath of experiences such as the Boston bombing, the Cleveland abductions, or the Oklahoma tornado of 2013. Yet Life calls upon us to look upon such events within a larger context --- never for a moment losing our sense of compassion and caring for those who have been deeply hurt by such events.
As human beings explore the process of living, they must begin to confront some essential and existential questions. Are human beings the victim of their own lives, having no role in the experiencing of every day events except to be subject to them? Is it our lot simply to, as Shakespeare put it, “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”? Or is there something larger, something far more significant and important to the Soul, going on here?
In my understanding, the latter is true. We are engaged during our time upon the Earth in the process of evolution, a systematic approach by Life Itself that produces and guarantees the progress of Life Itself toward ever increasing levels of complexity. In simple terms, Life is becoming more in each succeeding moment than it was the moment before.
Translated into human terms, our species is advancing in sophistication, expression, and experience, becoming more and more intricate and elaborate in our demonstration of Who We Actually Are and Always Were, expanding to higher and higher levels of consciousness and awareness of our True Identity.
The events of Life on Earth arise as a manifestation of the collective energies of all living organisms. They are produced as collaborations of those organisms. The only question is whether they are conscious collaborations or unconscious collaborations.
In Highly Evolved Beings (called “HEBs” for short in CWG-Bk 3), all collaborative creations are conscious. Among species and life forms that are not as highly evolved, nearly all collaborative creations are unconscious. Such is how it is in life on Earth.
Let us use the tornado in Oklahoma as an example. The largely unconscious beings of the Earth assume that such atmospheric or environmental events have nothing to do with the previous activities of humans. That is, we are in no way and at no level at cause in the matter. A tornado is an Act of God. Or an Occurrence in Nature. We are, in fact, subject to both, and can control neither.
In a highly evolved culture, such a notion would be rejected on its surface as simplistic and patently disprovable. Obviously, the activities over an extended period of time of the inhabitants of a planet create and produce conditions on the surface of that planet, and in its atmosphere, that impact upon that planet’s environment.
If, for instance, a planet’s inhabitants continue to insist on polluting the atmosphere and creating the conditions that, over an extended period, produce planetary warming by covering the planet with a layer of particles that trap the heat of its sun, instead of allowing it to escape, that trapped heat is going to produce ecological outcomes, warming surface water and air flows, generating what we call hurricanes and tornados, torrential rains and floods, violent winds and cyclones --- to give name to just a few of the eventual outcomes.
Unsophisticated and unconscious beings reject and refuse responsibility in the matter. Thus, their individual and collective activities continue unabated, and the terrible “Acts of God” increase in frequency and intensity. And no one knows what is happening. “Why is God doing this to us?", they cry out, utterly oblivious to the fact that they are the Gods of their own kingdom, collaboratively producing all of the outcomes of their present experience.
Likewise, unconscious beings blithely ignore the impact of their own collective choices, actions, and decisions on the group mindset that produces events such as the Boston bombing or the Cleveland abductions. Depictions of violence and the glorification of brutality, savagery and barbaric force in ancient myths, tribal tales, society’s stories, television depictions, and modern movies --- even in the playthings given to offspring, even in the “games” played in arcades and on laptop computers --- have nothing whatsoever to do with 19 and 20-year-olds placing bombs that randomly kill innocent people in places where they gather in crowds. This is what we have told ourselves.
We have even wrapped our most sacred stories in violence, telling ourselves in our Bible of over a million people (Count them. Take out a calculator and run up the total as you read the stories in “Holy” Scripture) who have been killed at the hand or the command of God. Does this offer us moral “cover” and spiritual rationale for our doing the same thing? Of course it does. Yet we are loathe to admit it, even as we kill people in electric chairs as a demonstration to people that it is utterly wrong to kill people.
“Oh, Neale, Neale, Neale...you’re making too much of all this! There is no connection between how we depict ourselves TO ourselves and how we kill ourselves BY ourselves.” This is what we tell ourselves --- and we actually believe ourselves.
There is absolutely no connection between the easy availability of weapons made to kill and the increase in the killing being done with those weapons. This is what we tell ourselves --- and we actually believe ourselves.
No, no...the world is the way it is not because of anything that its inhabitants are modeling, demonstrating, or doing. We are simply and sadly the victims of some strange force outside of us. We are caught up in a runaway universe.
Yet highly conscious beings understand perfectly well the connection between their stories, their behaviors, and their outcomes.
They also understand the Law of Opposites. As more and more yearning emerges among a species for higher and higher expressions of Self, Contextual Fields are put into place containing lower and lower demonstrations of life force, precisely to allow higher and higher expressions to be experienced as what they are. For in a vacuum without contrast, they are nothing at all.
Yet the more highly evolved a species becomes, the more adept it becomes at producing Contextual Fields that do not impinge upon its ability to joyfully experience the expression of its highest ideas. Such highly evolved species use memory and dislocation as two of their most prominent tools in eliminating negativity from their experience.
It is not necessary for evolved beings to continually produce horrible circumstances and events in their immediate location and environment in order to experience glorious circumstance and events in their lives. All that such sentient beings need to do to eliminate horrible circumstances and events from their environment is use the elegant tool of memory with which to create a Contextual Field allowing them to fully experience the wonder of their present expression of life without producing its opposite in the Here and Now.
On Earth, that is the whole purpose of such activities as the creation of Holocaust Memorials around the world...“lest we forget.” The sadness of the human condition is that we do forget, memorials or not, and so we see history continually repeating itself.
Our opportunity as evolving beings, then, is to awaken every member of our species to exactly what’s happening; to describe in explicit terms the precise nature of the process that is playing itself out --- and to our complicit role in it.
We are the creators of our own experience. The cigarette smoked at 36 produces our experience of suffering from emphysema at 66. So long as we think there is no such thing as Cause and Effect --- or, more simplistically, that human beings are exempt from the process --- we will experience life on Earth as highly unevolved beings.
The choice is ours. The opportunity is ours. The moment in history is ours. Are we at the effect of an utterly uncontrollable life? Or are we at cause in the matter?Posted June 5th, 2013 by Neale Donald Walsch
Look, it’s very simple. Everybody does something because they want something. And when people do what others call “bad” things, it’s because they think it’s the only way to get what they want. So if we don’t like what someone else is doing, all we have to do is figure out what it is they want, and then show them another way of getting it.
If there simply is no other way of someone else getting what they want, then we need to show them that there may be something else that is equally desirable that they could substitute for what they want, and be just as happy. Then, we have to show them how they can get that.
There, in 119 words, is a solution to the tension/counter-tension engulfing the world right now over all the saber rattling that is going on between North Korea and the United States.
Life is really very simple, and there is no reason for nations to get themselves into a position where the entire world feels threatened with nuclear holocaust because two countries can’t get what they want.
Of course, the first thing that all the nations involved have to do is talk about it. If the leaders of nations refuse to even openly discuss ways to find peace through the resolving of their differences, there is going to be no way the world will ever experience the peace and security for which it has so long yearned.
If I was President of the World — or had a huge global stage, such as can be commanded by, say, someone like the Pope — I would publicly ask the leaders of nations that can’t get along to answer three questions:
1. What do you want so bad, or what are you so afraid of, that you feel you have to behave the way you are now behaving?
2. Can you think of any way that you can get what you feel you need without hurting other people, or threatening to do so?
3. If the whole world begged you, would you at least sit down and talk about it with people who want to help?
At one point in time it looked as if the so-called Six Party Talks (between leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the State of Japan) might actually get somewhere. Then everything fell apart, and now North Korea says it wants bilateral talks with only the U.S., or nothing.
It says this because it no doubt feels, and sometimes openly claims, that it is the U.S. which is mainly responsible for its misery — including the crippling economic sanctions that have been imposed on it by the United Nations.
All this despite the fact that many other nations voted to put those sanctions in place (including, North Korea must hate to acknowledge, its own staunchest ally, China) as a response to North Korea breaking its international agreements by both test-firing missiles and detonating underground nuclear explosions to further develop atomic weapons.
North Korea clearly feels that the only way to get the respect of other nations that it feels is its due, to say nothing of its fair share of the earth’s abundance, is to be militarily strong. Strong enough, in fact, to threaten and brow beat the rest of the world into doing what it wants. It says that this is exactly what the United States has done the past fifty years or more, and that it has just as much right to do what the U.S. is doing as the U.S. has.
Yet leaders of not only the U.S., but of Russia and other nuclear-armed nations, have recognized that their own nuclear development has gone too far, that it has carried the world far too close to the brink of self-annihilation, and so, not just the U.S., but a great many other nations, have called for a halt to nuclear proliferation — and for the dismantling of presently-in-place nuclear weaponry.
This disarmament has not been totally successful, but that is the direction in which the world is moving — and the majority of the world’s nations have agreed that the last thing the planet needs is more nations moving in the other direction, arming instead of disarming nuclear weapons.
The problem has to do with power. The world has watched the DPRK allowing its people to starve, and to grovel in abject poverty, while its leaders — essentially, the Kim family — and their cohorts (including military leaders) have lived in the lap of luxury for decades. This is not a wild allegation. This is observable, and has been for years. Nations that insist on denying their people at least some voice in their own future inevitably fall into chaos. All it takes is time. Then there is revolution.
We saw it in Egypt. We saw it in Tunisia. We saw it in Yeman and in Libya. We’re seeing it now in Syria.
In order to stop internal revolution, nations with iron-fisted rulers seek to turn the attention of their country outward, working hard to convince their people that if it weren’t for oppressors from the outside, everything on the inside would be fine.
And, of course, where the news media is tightly controlled, all information from the outside is closely censored, and where people are denied even the ability of free speech that includes criticism of their own rulers, it’s a fairly easy task to convince folks that none of this is their ruler’s fault — it’s all the other nations of the world that are doing them wrong.
It’s understandable that North Korea would be angry. All of its nation-neighbors are enjoying The Good Life. South Korea’s economic growth has been one of the highest in the world. Japan’s economy is robust. China is doing well enough to continue to be the source of most of North Korea’s economic aid. Yet instead of asking themselves, “What are we doing wrong?”, the DPRK’s leaders keep reversing the question: “What is everyone else doing wrong to us?”
If the country would simply keep its international agreements, there would be no economic sanctions imposed on it for breaking them. Meanwhile, the U.S., Russia, China and other more powerful nations (read that, more economically and militarily capable) have done a remarkably poor job of explaining to less powerful countries (Iraq, Iran, North Korea, etc.) why they, too, should not be able to develop, to store, and to stand at the ready, globally destructive nuclear capability.
These more powerful states have themselves refused to embrace total nuclear disarmament, and so it is easy to see why less powerful nations resent having to do so. To these economically and militarily weaker nations it feels as if those countries on top of the heap are saying, “Do as we say, don’t do as we do.” So the weaker nations call the more powerful nations despotic hypocrites.
This criticism is leveled in particular at the United States, and not altogether without justification.
For instance, there are lots of headlines around the world about North Korea moving two missiles into position for firing from its east coast. The assessment now is that the DPRK will fire one or both of these missiles in the next ten days. It will be a “military test,” the North will say, even as the country is condemned around the world for “ratcheting up” tensions.
At the same time, the United States military just announced that it will now delay the launch of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile — which it had originally scheduled for Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Why was it planning such a launch? It is a missile “test,” the U.S. says. It has been long scheduled, and has nothing to do with North Korea and recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The postponement was announced as a “prudent” measure, to avoid the DPRK misinterpreting the action.
“The U.S. will conduct another test soon and remains strongly committed to our nuclear deterrence capabilities,” said a U.S. official, who was not authorized to publicly release details of the launch.
In fairness, the DPRK does not appear to be misinterpreting anything. That country is saying that the U.S. asserts that it has the right to test-launch ballistic missiles whenever it wishes, but that North Korea does not. The U.S. has the right to “remain strongly committed to…nuclear deterrence capabilities,” but the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea does not.
This is exactly the point that North Korea is trying to make. Is it fair to ask: By what rule of international law is the U.S. entitled to do things that it demands that other nations not do? Is it okay to simply ask: What makes it right for the United States to protect itself, but not for other nations to do the same?
So, North Korea is going to test launch a ballistic missile in the next few days, and dare the world to make it wrong for doing what the U.S. does with apparent impunity.
The DPRK has long made it known what it wants. It wants a peace treaty with South Korea. The hostilities known as the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty. The North has said repeatedly for decades that it wants a peace treaty. It also wants direct talks with the U.S., as mentioned earlier. But as long as it is denied both, it has made it clear it is going to act exactly the way it feels that the U.S. is acting.
What the U.S., for its part, wants is for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons capability and stop its testing of missiles and other wartime hardware. Yet this is something that the U.S. itself is unwilling to do. Indeed, the U.S. makes this demand even as it flies nuclear-strike-capable stealth aircraft over the Korean Peninsula’s southern hemisphere, dropping unarmed munitions over targets in military training exercises thirty minutes flying time from North Korea.
I am forced to wonder, if North Korea found a way to fly stealth nuclear bombers in training exercises over Mexico and Canada, minutes from the U.S. border, would the United States find that acceptable? Or would it put its own military on high alert?
The solution to this is all so simple. But why go for a solution when exacerbating the problem offers so much more opportunity to look powerful? Offering a solution… like a peace treaty, finally, a half-century after hostilities on the Korean Peninsula ended, and a sit-down discussion between just the U.S. and North Korea…would give the appearance of weakness, certain diplomats say. This logic is difficult to figure out.
Now I want you to know that I know that I could be wrong about all of this. All or most of the assertions and ideas in my copy above could be inaccurate. But truly, this is not the really important discussion. I believe that we need to shift the discussion. Make the question: What, if anything, could cause all the people of the world to feel happy, safe, and secure?
Let’s have this discussion. Let’s call it the Conversation of the Century. And let’s move it off the Internet and into the living rooms of the world. And then, from the living rooms into the streets. Not to create revolution, but to produce evolution.
The invitation from Life at this moment is for all the people of the world to rise up and speak with One Voice, saying: “Enough. This is not the highest and best that humanity has to offer itself. Whoever is ‘right’ and whoever is ‘wrong’: Enough. Can we please address the larger question?”
Then let us rewrite our entire Cultural Story, word by word, piece by piece, chapter by chapter, dismantling one false belief at a time — until we get to the ultimate false belief that has created all the others: The idea that we are somehow separate from each other, each with our own separate interests, when, in fact, our growing global inter-dependency is increasingly obvious even to the casual observer.
The problem in the world today is not a political problem, it is not an economic problem, and it is not a military problem. The problem in the world today is a spiritual problem, and it can only be solved by spiritual means.
It is our beliefs that need to be dismantled, for they are our most deadly weapons. And it is ourselves they are killing. The late American cartoonist Walt Kelly said it perfectly, in the words of his famous comic strip character Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
We can stop being our own worst enemy when we stop believing our own worst beliefs. Let that be what the Conversation of the Century is all about.
(NOTE: If you start a Conversation of the Century group in your community and can gather at least six people on a regular basis in your home to explore the topics in our One Way to Change (and Save) Our World discussion guide, I will join you on a regular basis, electronically and in real time, for a growing global group discussion that could alter humanity’s future. To learn more about how you, your family and friends may participate, write to neale.donald.walsch [at] humanitysteam [dot] org)
April 7, 2013Posted April 7th, 2013 by Neale Donald Walsch
BEYOND SURVIVAL: What’s next for humanity?
That fabled year — 2012 — is behind us, with just a few hours of it left, and now comes the real task.Posted January 2nd, 2013 by Neale Donald Walsch
A constructive and healing response
to violence in our world
look at may be an unexpected cause
This is the last in a 4-part series of commentaries on the Connecticut events, and the larger implications of them.
In Part III of this series, I called upon all of us to join together in launching what I have called a Civil Rights Movement for the Soul as an antidote to the slow poisoning of human society that has created the environment within which something as horrific as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School could take place.Posted December 26th, 2012 by Neale Donald Walsch
This is the second in a 4-part series of commentaries on the Connecticut events, and the larger implications of them.Posted December 20th, 2012 by Neale Donald Walsch
PART ONE OF THE FOUR-PART COMMENTARY FOLLOWING THE NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING
(Please note: This is a lengthy commentary, because this is not a small topic. The topic has to do with more than one incident, as horrible as it was. This is the first of a four-part series. It may take you up to five or six minutes to read this entire article. Only you will know whether it feels worth it to you to invest that kind of time in today's 120-character Twitter World.)Posted December 17th, 2012 by Neale Donald Walsch
I am so proud of all the people around the world who are involved in moving forward the mission of Humanity’s Team. I consider that mission to be among the most important undertakings we can embrace as a species in the first quarter of the 21st Century.
We must—human beings simply must—come to a new understanding of Who We Are and why we are here. We must come to a new and larger awareness of our true relationship with the Divine and with all of Life. And we must come to a new decision about the real nature of our connection to each other.Posted May 30th, 2009 by Neale Donald Walsch