The events of this day cause every thinking person to
stop their daily lives, whatever is going on in them, and to ponder
deeply the larger questions of life. We search again for not only
the meaning of life, but the purpose of our individual and collective
experience as we have created it-and we look earnestly for ways in
which we might recreate ourselves anew as a human species, so that
we will never treat each other this way again.
There are two possible responses to what has occurred
today. The first comes from love, the second from fear.
A central teaching of Conversations with God is: What
you wish to experience, provide for another.
Look to see, now, what it is you wish to experience-in
your own life, and in the world. Then see if there is another for
whom you may be the source of that.
If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.
If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another
to know that they are safe.
If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible
things, help another to better understand.
If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek
to heal the sadness or anger of another.
Those others are waiting for you now. They are looking
to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding,
and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking to you
This is the moment of your ministry. This is the time
of teaching. What you teach at this time, through your every word
and action right now, will remain as indelible lessons in the hearts
and minds of those whose lives you touch, both now, and for years
There is much we can do, but there is one thing we cannot
do. We cannot continue to co-create our lives together on this planet
as we have in the past. We cannot, except at our peril, ignore the
events of this day, or their implications.
It is tempting at times like this to give in to rage.
Anger is fear announced, and rage is anger that is repressed, and
then, when it is released, that is often misdirected. Right now, anger
is not inappropriate. It is, in fact, natural-and can be a blessing.
If we use our anger about this day not to pinpoint where the blame
falls, but where the cause lies, we can lead the way to healing.
So at this time it is important for us to direct our
anger toward the cause of our present experience. And that is not
necessarily individuals or groups who have attacked others, but, rather,
the reasons they have done so. Unless we look at these reasons, we
will never be able to eliminate these attacks.
To me the reasons are clear. We have not learned the
most basic human lessons. We have not remembered the most basic human
truths. We have not understood the most basic spiritual wisdom. In
short, we have not been listening to God, and because we have not,
we watch ourselves do ungodly things.
The message of Conversations with God is clear: we are
all one. That is a message the human race has largely ignored. Our
separation mentality has underscored all of our human creations.
It is as easy to understand as that. And so now let
us pray that all of us in this human family will find the courage
and the strength to turn inward and to ask a simple, soaring question:
what would love do now?
If we could love even those who have attacked us, and
seek to understand why they have done so, what then would be our response?
Yet if we meet negativity with negativity, rage with rage, attack
with attack, what then will be the outcome?
We should make no mistake about this. The human race
has the power to annihilate itself. We can end life as we know it
on this planet in one afternoon.
This is the first time in human history that we have
been able to say this. And so now we must direct our attention to
the questions that such power places before us. And we must answer
these questions from a spiritual perspective, not a political perspective,
and not an economic perspective.
We must have our own conversation with God, for only
the grandest wisdom and the grandest truth can address the greatest
problems, and we are now facing the greatest problems and the greatest
challenges in the history of our species.
It is not as if we have not seen this coming. Every
spiritual, political, and philosophical writer of the past 50 years
has predicted it. So long as we continue to treat each other as we
have done on this planet, the circumstance that we face on this day
will continue to present itself. The difference is that now our technology
makes our anger much more dangerous.
In the early days of our civilization, we were able
to inflict hurt upon each other using sticks and rocks and primitive
weapons. Then, as our technology grew, it became possible for clans
to war against clans and, ultimately, for nations to war against nations.
That is what makes this point in our history different
from any other. And that is what makes this call for each of us to
have our own conversation with God so appropriate and so important.
Today the human soul asks the question: What can I do
to preserve the beauty and the wonder of our world and to eliminate
the anger and hatred-and the disparity that inevitably causes it -
in that part of the world which I touch?
Please seek to answer that question today, with all
the magnificence that is You.
I love you, and I send you my deepest thoughts of peace.
Neale Donald Walsch
For more information, visit the Neale Donald Walsch's website at conversationswithgod.org/