Life on this planet is a mess right now, and there is a good reason for it. Perhaps your life is a mess on a personal level, too. If so, do not despair. There is a good reason for that, too.
Conversations with God says that the moment you decide about anything, everything unlike it comes into the space. This is the Law of Opposites, playing itself out in a big way. If you do not understand this law, you will not understand what is going on around you, and you will become very discouraged, disheartened, disillusioned, and despairing. Only if you are clear that the World Opposing You is really the Universe Agreeing With You can you avoid these emotional pitfalls.
“The World Opposing You is the Universe Agreeing With You” is another way of saying that Macro Truth Differs from Micro Reality. Yet it is the difference which makes Macro Truth possible to experience. Without Differences, Absolutes are impossible to Experience. That is because there is Absolutely Nothing Else. And Conversations with God makes it clear that “in the absence of That Which You Are Not, That Which You ARE…Is NOT.”
In the absence of “cold,” “hot” is not. In the absence of “up,” “down” is not. In the absence of “good,” “bad” is not.
This is the Law of Opposites, and it cannot be ignored in the physical world, or what CwG calls “the Realm of the Relative.” Only in the Realm of the Absolute can the Law of Opposites be overcome. Yet that does not mean that while we are with our physical bodies we must be miserable. It merely means we must be clear. We must be conscious. We must be aware.
That is what evolution calls upon us to be. Clear. Conscious. Aware.
We must also be willing. We are as a magician who is playing with his own tricks, and we must be willing to play by the rules of the game. We must know and understand that while what is going on looks very real, it is a trick. It is a trick of the reality in which we live. And so we are to not believe a moment of it. This is going to be very difficult, especially when things are going very badly, because it can all seem very real.
It is very real, within the limited vision of our narrow perspective. Only when you stand back and see the grand view can you even begin to understand. Only when you step back far enough to see the entire tapestry can you see the wonder of its weavings—which look, up close, like a total mess.
Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross had a wonderful and picturesque way of stating this principle: Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their carvings.
You must understand that you live in two realities. There are really two versions of you. There is Macro You (sometimes called Big Self) and there is Micro You (Little Self). Another way of putting this is that there is Universal Self and Local Self. The part of You that is far away can see the entire tapestry. The part of You that is localized is up close, with your face right on the surface of the tapestry. All you can see are the micro-interweavings of the threads. You see things on the surface, and on the surface of things, they do not look very pretty.
If you can step back right now, if you will just step back and look at things from a distance, you will be able to see things from a larger perspective—the larger perspective of your entire life—from which you will be able to see and understand exactly why that thread is going that certain way.
I want to give you an example from my own life. The other night I gave a wonderful talk in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I won’t even try to be modest about it. I was really on my game. I was up to the task. I was in the zone. And when I got off stage I said to myself, “Wow, now that’s Who I Really Am!”
Then I got back to my hotel room, opened my email, and found some very unwelcome news. Immediately I was disheartened, upset, beside myself. I mean to say that I was literally that. I was beside my Self. My Self, my True Self, was watching all of this and wondering when my False Self, my Little Self, was going to “get it.” As soon as I declare myself to be anything, everything unlike it will come into the room.
It has to. It must. Otherwise, I cannot experience Who I Really Am. Because if “cold” were not part of the experience, “hot” could never be. That is why all Masters have said, “Judge not, and neither condemn.” My job in that moment was to not judge the content of that email, but to praise it. For the real issue in my life is not whether I am demonstrating Who I Am when I am in front of an audience, but when I am alone; not only when things are going well, but when they are not; not just when I am on top of the world, but when I have hit bottom.
When I step back far enough to see the gift in the contents of that email, I step back far enough to receive it. For the gift is way too big to see up close.
That is a wonderful statement, and I want you to memorize it and use it often in your life. “This gift is too big to see up close.”
When I enlarge my perspective, I alter my perception, seeing things that I could not previously see. This is what is meant by, “Once I was blind, but now I see.”
Then the next question will be, will I believe what I see? Will I believe that I am Who I Really Am? Every outward evidence will be to the contrary. Yet it is not with my outer sight, but with my inner sight, that I must look at the image of my Self that is right in front of me. Not with my two eyes, but with my third eye. Then I have insight, and I see things differently. Not only the Self, but all with which I have surrounded the Self. All the conditions, circumstances, situations, people, places, and events. Then, my world itself changes. Then, believing is seeing.
What are you believing when you are seeing what you are seeing around you? If you changed your belief, would what you are seeing look a different way? Would IN-sight create a new OUT-look?
The answer is yes.
Of course, you cannot pretend that what you are looking at is not there. That would be crazy, and it would make you crazy. But you can see its “thereness” in a new way. You can decide that you put it there. Then you will stop seeing yourself as the “victim” of it, and begin looking at why you put it there.
What is it you are trying to tell yourself? What is it about your Self that you are trying to remember?
What is it you are trying to remember right now, as you are reading this? Who do you think put this here before you?
Love and hugs . . . Neale
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