Maybe I’m Just a Dreamer
By Neale Donald Walsch
I was talking with a dear friend the other day and the subject of life’s travails came up. “I understand all about how God uses life to experience Itself,” she said, “but why does it have to be so hard on us?”
We talked then about the many things that people on Earth are going through — from, in recent days, the Boston bombing to the Cleveland kidnapping to the carnage in Syria, to say nothing about the individual trials and tribulations to which we are all subject in our daily lives.
“Is God just playing with us?” my friend wanted to know. She then said she knew better, but was still at loose ends trying to explain to herself why it was necessary for truly horrible things to occur in peoples’ lives.
This one is difficult to explain. I have asked myself this same question many times. From the Conversations with God dialogue we come to know that it is not “necessary” for such things to occur. Communion with God tells us about The Ten Illusions of Humans, of which #5 is: Requirement Exists. Nothing is required of God, ever. Who would do the requiring? And since God and we are One, nothing is ever required of us, either. Who would do the requiring?
Everything we do, we do out of choice. In our physical life this is true, and it is true in our metaphysical, or spiritual, life as well. We may think that we are “forced” to do certain things in our physical life, but upon closer examination we realize that every choice or decision we’ve ever made has been the result of an examination of our options and of a cost/benefit analysis that we have rapidly performed.
This does not mean that nothing can ever happen to us in our physical life that we have not consciously chosen (the proverbial piano falling from the apartment building). Plenty of things happen to us that we did not consciously choose. But it does mean that every act of Will on our part derives from our singular choice or decision about it.
Speaking metaphysically, the same thing is true. The Whole of Us (that is, the Totality of All Souls) works in a collaborative way to create the right and perfect circumstance in every moment of Now, allowing every Soul involved to announce and declare, create and become, fulfill and experience the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about Who We Are.
We are doing this right now, collectively, on the Earth as a species of sentient beings.
CWG tells us that, both collectively and individually, every act is an act of Self-Definition. Example: on the day that I wrote this, the House in Minnesota voted to legalize gay marriage. The State Senate was expected to follow suit, making it the 17th state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage. This is one example of human beings collectively self-defining. Another example in the U.S. might be the failure of its Congress in Washington to approve any kind — even the most limited kind — of gun control, such as background checks on gun buyers.
All over the world humanity observes itself defining itself. We are doing so in Syria, we are doing so in North Korea, we are doing so in Israel, we are doing so in the United States and in every nation on earth. We are also collectively creating the conditions in which individuals define themselves through their separate choices and decisions.
All of this is what I said to my friend in our discussion. Life on earth does not have to be so hard, I said, and it would not be nearly as challenging for nearly as many people if our species collectively began making other kinds of decisions.
Today even a casual observer can see that not one of the systems, institutions and devices that our species has put into place to create a better life for all is functioning in a way that generates this outcome.
Our political systems clearly are not working. Our economic systems clearly are not working. Our ecological systems clearly are not working. Our health care systems clearly are not working. Our educational systems clearly are not working. Our social systems clearly are not working. Our spiritual systems clearly are not working.
Nothing that we have created is producing the outcomes that were intended.
It is worse than that. They are producing exactly the opposite.
Our political systems are producing too much disarray. Our economic systems are producing too much poverty. Our ecological systems are producing too much environmental degradation. Our health care systems are producing too much inequality of access to modern medicines and health care services. Our educational systems are producing too much incomprehension. Our social systems are producing too much disparity and injustice. And, perhaps saddest of all, our spiritual systems are producing far, far too much intolerance, anger, hatred, and violence.
And this article has only just begun to lay out the case. I will tell you this: We would eliminate 95% of the human-made problems facing people every day if the human race simply adopted and embraced the 15-word New Gospel offered to us in Friendship with God:
We are all one.
Ours is not a better way,
ours is merely another way.
Would that have stopped, specifically, the Boston bombing, the Cleveland kidnapping, or the carnage in Syria? Perhaps not. But would it make incidents such as these far, far less prevalent in the human experience? Absolutely. I am convinced it would, absolutely. Because a global mindset that embraced the truth and the concept of our Oneness with everyone else and with all of life could not result in anything but a reduction in the kinds of mental aberrations that produce such events. And the idea that our way is no better than any other way would virtually eliminate all the justification behind our wars and our terrorist bombings and many of the rest of the negative ways that human beings behave with each other.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just a dreamer. But I’m not the only one…
BIO: Neale Donald Walsch is a contributor to The Light: A Book of Wisdom and author of the book series Conversations with God. He writes a regular column with commentary on the Conversations with God material at The Global Conversation.