My dear friends...
You will recall that last week in this space we discussed the True Nature of God as Pure Intelligence, a point I made in a talk in Tokyo. This led one member of my audience to say...
"When I first read Conversations with God I was very touched because it allowed me to believe in a God who was personal, a God who loved me. Now I am confused. You have just described a God who is not even a person or a being, and who doesn't care what I do or how my life turns out.
"I feel desolate after hearing this description from you. This is not what I came expecting to hear today. It is very little short of depressing. Can you help me?"
Here is the answer that came through me in that moment.
"The fact that God is Pure Intelligence does not preclude the possibility of God taking the form of a sentient Being. In fact, if Pure Intelligence is the essential energy of All That Is, then it can presumably take the form of any part of that. In other words, 'God' can 'show up' in our lives in any form that is desired.
"So what we call 'God' can continue to shape Itself as a Being that looks very human, if that is how It feels It would be most understood or most easily embraced in any particular moment by any particular Individuated Aspect of Itself.
"Indeed, I have come to understand that the energy that is God takes the form of exactly what and who God is showing up for. So it is that, for human beings, God takes the form of a human being. Yet God is not limited to that form. Indeed, God can 'show up' in any form that we wish --including pure, undifferentiated energy--that we can shape into anything that we choose.
"By using the Law of Attraction!"
Now the audience perked up. Suddenly, the pieces were beginning to come together.
"Before we go on with that," I said, "let's talk about this business of God not caring, and the idea that this means God is not loving.
"Not caring what we do is not the same as not loving us. I want you to imagine your own children, sent out to the back yard to play. Do you care what games they choose? Does it matter to you whether they play Tag or Hide and Seek or Kick the Can? Of course not. In fact, you would never even dream of impinging on their inventiveness by dictating to them how they must use their play time.
"All you do say to them is, 'Go, now, and play! Enjoy yourself! And if you need me, I'll be right here. "
"This is what God says to us. The fact that God does not care what we do is a sign of how much God loves us, not how little! For freedom to be and do and have what we choose is the greatest gift of all. It is the biggest treasure and the grandest gift that God could give us. Even traditional religion teaches that God has given us this gift. It is called Free Will.
"Love is freedom. The two words are interchangeable. When you love someone you grant them total freedom to be, do, or have whatever they choose. This is true love: to allow each person to walk his path.
"This does not mean give no advice (God gives us all lots of wonderful advice). And this does not mean release a person to total freedom when they are not ready (as with a small child). But it does mean the granting of freedom in stages, as the being matures, until Total Freedom becomes the gift.
"When we say, 'I love you enough to choose for you what you choose for you,' then we have truly loved. There comes a time when we let go of what WE choose for a particular individual, and 'give in' to what THEY are choosing--so long as it does not impinge on our OWN freedom. (This can never be the case, of course, with God.)
"There comes a time when we can say, in love and in truth, 'I don't care what you choose. It is not a concern of mine. I have no opinion. And I absolutely have no judgment. I have a desire, but that is all. My desire is that you choose well, my child. I desire that you choose the highest that you can see, the highest that you can imagine. But this is merely a desire, not to be confused with an emotional attachment or any need. In that sense, I 'do not care.'
"But I am here for you always. And so, if ever you need me, you need but call, and I will be there.'"
"This is what all good parents eventually say to their children. This is what God says to us.
Again, nods of recognition and understanding scattered through the house. You could see that people were "getting it." Things were coming together in their mind.
"Now, getting back to the Ultimate Nature of God...I said that God can 'show up' in any form that we wish--including pure, undifferentiated energy--that we can shape into anything that we choose.
"The Miracle of Life that is God 'Godding' is going on right now, inside of you, this very minute.
"Only recently has medical science come to understand something of what are called 'stem cells.' Do you know what stem cells are? They are cells in the body with no particular characteristic whatsoever. They can renew themselves through cell division and can differentiate into a wide range of specialized cell types. They can be transformed or 'coaxed' into becoming cells of any part of the body whatsoever ...including heart or brain cells!
"Now if God can create something as marvelous as undifferentiated cells in all multi-cellular organisms that can become any body part at all, what do you suppose God can do with Itself?
The audience grew silent.
"Would it be so far-fetched to imagine that God is something like the stem cell of the Universe?"
With Pure Love,
© 2023 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.