We continue this week our ongoing series on The Holy Experience Experience. The second step in creating the Holy Experience is understanding that you are worthy of having it. We touched upon this briefly in the preceding chapter. You might say that the first step in creating the Holy Experience is believing that such a thing is possible, and the second step is believing that such a thing is possible for you.
Most people who suffer from unworthiness around this picked up their thoughts from religion. Many people have been told that they are sinners, that they were born in sin, and that they will die in sin, their only hope for salvation being their constant call for forgiveness, and God's mercy in granting it, or their belief in God's Son as the Redeemer.
Others have been told that even if they were worthy of seeing God-- which is what the Holy Experience is all about--they would not be able to see God anyway, because God is so magnificent and utterly unfathomable that God cannot be seen, comprehended, or experienced.
Still other religions teach that to even try to fathom God, to try to understand God, is blasphemous. God is the Inexplicable, and should remain so. Conversations with God tells us that all of these premises are false.
No one is "born in sin." Indeed, sin itself does not exist. There is no such thing as "offending" God. Nor is God subject to stress, anger, frustration, or disappointment. That is simply not the nature of That Which Is Divine.
Perhaps this is a good juncture at which to undertake a brief review of just who and what God is.
In The New Revelations we were told...
"God is not a singular Super Being, living somewhere in the Universe or outside of it, having the same emotional needs and subject to the same emotional turmoil as humans. That Which Is God cannot be hurt or damaged in any way, and so, has no need to seek revenge or impose punishment."
We are told something else there as well, something perhaps a bit more unexpected:
"God needs nothing. God requires nothing in order to be happy. God is happiness itself. Therefore, God requires nothing of anyone or anything in the universe."
Now if these statements are true (and I say they are), there is no reason for us to worry about God being angry with us, nor to assess ourselves unworthy of God's love, or of God's presence in our lives, or of the Holy Experience.
Two years later, in Tomorrow's God, we were given an even more comprehensive close-up view of God and the nature of Divinity, with some of the earlier revelations being essentially repeated, but with new ones added. Few of the ideas found there, however, are held by the majority of people in today's society.
Nearly all of these concepts violate most people's most fundamental beliefs about God. Yet if we were to embrace these concepts, I believe that our whole lives would change.
Here is what that extraordinary text tells us:
- - Tomorrow's God does not require anyone to believe in God.
- - Tomorrow's God is without gender, size, shape, color, or any of the characteristics of an individual living being.
- - Tomorrow's God talks with everyone, all the time.
- - Tomorrow's God is separate from nothing, but is Everywhere Present, the All In All, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Sum Total of Everything that ever was, is now, and ever shall be.
- - Tomorrow's God is not a singular Super Being, but the extra-ordinary process called Life.
- - Tomorrow's God is ever changing.
- - Tomorrow's God is needless.
- - Tomorrow's God does not ask to be served, but is the Servant of all of Life.
- - Tomorrow's God will be unconditionally loving, non-judgmental, non- condemning, and non-punishing.
Given all that we have now come to know about God, any thoughts of unworthiness melt away. This assumes, of course, that we accept these new understandings and embrace them as truth.
In order to do this we would have to be willing to step away from practically everything we have been told in the past about God and ourselves. We would have to consider the possibility that there may be something we do not fully understand about God, the understanding of which would change everything. We would have to give up our spiritual arrogance.
My friend Bill Fischofer likes to say, "In fairness, no religion claims they 'understand' God, for all believe that He is infinite and thus beyond understanding. The problem, always, is that our concepts of God are too small. Since God is infinite in all 'directions,' wherever one turns one finds an inexhaustible terrain. Religion A and Religion B both find themselves in infinite fields of wonder and thus assume that they have 'found God.' Indeed, they have, but God is so unfathomably vast that what they fail to notice is that God is 'big enough' to contain the entirety of their (seemingly different) infinite vistas (and more). This is why it is in the mystical traditions of religions that one finds spiritual unity (and, of course, in Conversations with God), for only here is this larger realization glimpsed."
The followers of many of the world's so called "mainline" religions will tell you that everything you need is in the doctrines and dogmas of their particular faith. It's a complete road map, and all we have to do is follow it. It's the surest path to our salvation. Indeed, say some, it is the only path.
Yet that path has not brought humanity to its salvation, but rather, to its knees. It is time now to do something that we have not been willing to do. It is time to question the prior assumption.
Our prior ideas about God and Life and each other may very well be incomplete. I do not believe that they are "wrong," but I do believe that there is more to know, that there are gaps to close, that there are blanks to fill in regarding our understanding of who we are, who God is, and what life is all about. I believe that the gathering of this knowledge (presuming that we have the courage to do so), the closing of these gaps, and the filling in of these blanks will render obsolete all question of your worthiness for the Holy Experience.
Hugs and love,
© 2019 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.