My Dear Friends...
I was re-reading When Everything Changes, Change Everything the other day and I was deeply impressed again (as I was the first time around) with its statement that there are two sentences that can change your entire life. These are two sentences that you will want to remember verbatim. I mean, really remember. As in, never forget. As in, tattooed on your left wrist, written in soap on your bathroom mirror, or magnetized to your refrigerator door.
These two utterances are paradigm-shifting and life changing. I call them...
1. The Life-Altering Question
2. The Answer to Everything
The Life-Altering Question is:
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE REALITY I AM EXPERIENCING IS NOT REAL?
It is the soul that encourages this question.
And then there is The Answer to Everything. What I am about to tell you can make it possible for you to never have a negative experience of change again. This is the final piece of the puzzle. This is the lost key, the unknown combination, the secret of secrets.
Here it is...
ALL CHANGE IS FOR THE BETTER.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHANGE FOR THE WORSE.
What I have just told you changes everything. No other piece of information is needed, no other data is required. The mind is now empowered to come to a whole new set of conclusions about Life.
All that we need to do to deal with unexpected, unwanted change in our life is...
Change our idea about Change Itself
We have been seeing change as a disruption, as a break in the flow, as a shift in direction, as an alteration in the condition or circumstance of our lives. Especially with regard to what we view as unwelcome change, this has been our truth. From this truth has emerged our thought, which has created our emotion, which has produced our experience, which has eventuated our reality.
I want you to think about what I just said. An event is what brings about our reality. Our reality is, in the literal sense, eventuated.
This is true until we are out of our mind. When we leave the mind and enter the realm of the soul, then it is no longer events that bring about our reality, but pure awareness.
From awareness emerges Actual Truth, while from events emerges, at best, Apparent Truth and, more usually, Imagined Truth. Thus, from events we travel into a Distorted Reality, while from awareness we move at last into the Ultimate Reality.
And what is it of which we become aware, that produces such a quantum shift in our overall experience? We become aware of the Actual Truth about Change Itself. We see that change is not a DISruption, but an Eruption. It is life erupting into fuller bloom. We see that change is not a break in the flow, it IS the flow. We see that change is not a shift in direction, it is the direction itself in which all life moves. We see that change is not an alteration in the condition and circumstance of our lives, it IS the condition and circumstance of our lives.
In our expanded awareness we observe that without change, life itself would not be, for life is movement, and movement is change, by definition.
The question is not, therefore, whether life will contain change, but what kind of change life will contain?
And the answer to that question depends upon how (and whether) you utilize your Mind and your Soul, in collaboration.
The soul is energy. It is the energy of life itself, animating life itself. Life energizes and animates life itself through the process of Life Itself. It is a self-feeding, self-sustaining system.
Those last few words are vitally important to remember. Life is a self-sustaining system. It never ends, but sustains itself eternally. How? By adapting. Why? So that it can remain forever functional. When it can no longer function in a particular way, it adapts. By its adaptation does it render itself sustainable.
Life is making its adaptations in every moment. It is always changing. The question is not whether life is always changing, but why? Life is always changing in order to remain always sustainable. Thus, every change that ever occurs is change for the better.
This new idea about change that I'm inviting you to embrace, when put on a more personal level, reads like this: All change is for your own good.
Most of us experience this-after the fact.
Most of us have experienced events which we have called, when they were happening, the worst moments of our lives, only to find, as time went by, that what occurred was one of the best things that ever happened to us.
The fact is that this is true of everything that has ever happened to us, but we do not know this, we cannot accept this, because some things have turned out for the worst — according to our definition. Yet our definition is warped, constrained as it is by the Mechanics of the Mind, and their inherent limitations.
The mind may very well know all about what has gone before, but it does not know why. The mind may very well hold all of life's Past Data, but it does not hold all of life's information (which is another thing altogether). The mind may very well contain knowledge, but it does not contain wisdom.
Wisdom lies outside the mind. Wisdom resides within the soul.
That is why we need to hold both handles of this magnificent tool of creation that I shall now call by its proper name: YOU.
Let me make something very clear. "Facts" and "awareness" are not the same thing. We can know all the facts about gravity, but if we do not have an awareness of why gravity works, we know nothing. We can know all the facts about electricity, and we can even use electricity, but if we have no awareness of what electricity is and of why it works, we know nothing. We can know all the facts about light, and we can even use light, but if we have no awareness of what light is and of why it works, we know nothing.
Likewise, we can know all the facts about change, but if we have no awareness of what change is and of why it occurs, we know nothing.
For instance, we may not know that...
Nothing changes for the worse. Everything only changes for the better.
That's a pretty big statement, and I understand if it's hard for you to believe. Yet it is true. And next week, we'll explore that here, as I am wanting to make you more aware of the wonderful wisdom in When Everything Changes, Change Everything — a book than can truly change your life.
See you then!
...love and hugs,
© 2018 ReCreation Foundation - http://www.cwg.org - Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.