Do We Need To Change Our Behaviors?

(the second in a series of Explorations)

I said last week that I've been wondering...  

1.  What, if anything, could cause the world to expand its ideas about God?  

2.  What, if anything, could cause human beings to change their understandings about Life?  

3.  What, if anything, could cause you and me to alter our thoughts about ourselves and about who we are in relationship to each other?  

IN SHORT: What, if anything, could cause our species to modify the drivers of our behavior?  

A Discussion in Four Parts

THIS IS going to be a discussion in four parts, but it will take more than four installments to complete it. I can see that now. Our exploration will be centering around what I have come to call behaviorifics—the causes and birthings of human behavior. I am rolling it out here in the Weekly Bulletin to see, frankly, if it makes any sense. Your comments and reactions as we go along will be happily received and will help me to know if any of this is making any sense!  

The four areas of our exploration will include:  

    1. An exploration of why we behave the way we currently do.

    2. An exploration of the question: Is there any need to change our current behaviors?

    3. An exploration of what could cause us to change our behaviors if we wanted to.

    4. An exploration of the role each human being plays in all of the above.  

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Last week we talked here about What causes behavior. We said that the cause of behavior is thought. All behavior is driven by an idea that we have about something. 

All thought is belief. Every idea is a mental construction built upon previous mental constructions which are built upon previous mental constructions...which are built upon even earlier mental constructions, which are built upon our earliest memories of how things are. 

We also asked, Where do ideas come from? We then offered the opinion that every idea is the re-application of an older idea. There is no such thing as a New Idea—although there is such a thing as a New Application of an old idea. Human beings, by their inherent nature, are incapable of having New Ideas. That is their eternal hardship, that is their eternal handicap, yet that does not have to be their eternal curse. For while they are not capable of having new ideas, human beings are capable of producing an endless variety of adaptations—twists and turns on, and modifications of—old ideas. And some of these adaptations are so ingenious that these are labeled New Ideas, and hold the very same value. 

Finally, last week we discussed When Ideas become Beliefs. 

We said that Ideas become knowledge when they cease to expand. Ideas become dogma when they begin to contract. Thoroughly contracted dogma becomes doctrine.  And doctrine becomes belief when the heart contracts to match the smallness of the mind. 

This week, I'd like to look at Item 2 on our opening list above: Whether or not we even need to change our behaviors... 

The answer, of course, is no. We don't "need" to change anything—or to have any experience at all. We are told in Communion with God that need is an illusion, having nothing to do with Ultimate Reality. Given Who We Really Are, and What Is Really So, it is impossible for us to need anything. (Who We Really Are is God, and What Is Really So is that everything that ever was, is now, and ever will be IS NOW.)  

While it is impossible for us to need anything, it is not impossible for us to imagine that there is something we need. And we do this all the time. From the primitive (we imagine that we need "air" to survive) to the sublime (we imagine that we need a particular person's "love" to be happy), we entertain all sorts of thoughts and ideas that are simply not true. 

One of our biggest imaginings is that other people have hurt us, and that we need to "get back" at them for this. This idea has spawned unending conflict on our planet—from family feuds to all out war between nations (which are simply larger versions of families). 

None of this has to change. We have no "need" to change anything, because none of this has any effect whatsoever on the Being that we Really Are. It does have its effect, however, on our present experience in our physical bodies, if we allow it to. And nearly all of us do. 

We do this for a reason. 

We allow physical life to affect us the way it affects us so that we can once more announce and declare, express and fulfill, experience and know Who We Really Are. Life is a process of becoming—and yet, we already Are that which we would become. This state of affairs does not allow us to become It again...yet we yearn for that experience. Like players on a football field, we no sooner reach our goal than we turn around and start over again. We start at the other end of the field (where we deliberately place ourselves, I might add), and we try to reach our goal again. 

Why do we do this? Because the joy is in the journey, not in remaining at our destination. 

The joy is in becoming, and then, in becoming more and more of what we have become. In other words, growth. Evolution. 

God is in the process of evolving. Yet God is already fully and completely evolved. (Believe me, or God could not possibly had devised such a system!) So for God to experience evolving once again God would have to imbue Individuated Aspects of Itself with the ability to forget all of this. In this way, God could experience Itself (through the parts of Itself) doing it all over again. 

This is exactly what God has done. 

What all of this means is that we have no need—none of us—for anything at all. And all we have to do to experience that is to Know Who We Really Are. Physical Life was created as a means for us to do that, and to experience that in relative terms. (You can't experience yourself as "big" unless you have experienced something that is "small." You can't experience yourself as "fast" unless you have experienced something that is "slow." And you can't experience yourself as "good" unless you have experienced something that is "bad." Therefore, even if you can't find something that is "bad" in your environment, you will callsomething "bad" just so you can produce a contextual field within which you can experience yourself as "good."  We call this particular maneuver...judgment.) 

The True Master judges not. He judges no one and nothing. This is because the True Master already knows her Actual Identity, and does not depend on making someone else less than her in order to experience that. 

This is why all True Masters have taught: Judge not, and neither condemn. 

(More next week as we continue this extraordinary exploration!) 

Hugs and love... 




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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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