(from Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue; Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch)
Mine is always your Highest Thought, your Clearest Word, your Grandest Feeling. Anything less is from another source....
The Highest Thought is always that thought which contains joy. The Clearest Words are those words which contain truth. The Grandest Feeling is that feeling which you call love.
Joy, truth, love.
These three are interchangeable, and one always leads to the other. It matters not in which order they are placed. (pp.4-5)
The soul—your soul—knows all there is to know all the time. There's nothing hidden to it, nothing unknown. Yet knowing is not enough. The soul seeks to experience.
You can know yourself to be generous, but unless you do something which displays generosity, you have nothing but a concept. You can know yourself to be kind, but unless you do someone a kindness, you have nothing but an idea about yourself.
It is your soul's only desire to turn its grandest concept about itself into its greatest experience. Until concept becomes experience, all there is is speculation. (p. 22)
It is much easier to change what you are doing than to change what another is doing.
The first step in changing anything is to know and accept that you have chosen it to be what it is. If you can't accept this on a personal level, agree to it through your understanding that We are all One. Seek then to create change not because a thing is wrong, but because it no longer makes an accurate statement of Who You Are.
There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are.
Used in this way, life becomes Self creative. You use life to create your Self as Who You Are, and Who You've Always Wanted to Be. There is also only one reason to un-do anything: because it is no longer a statement of Who You Want to Be. It does not reflect you. It does not represent you. (That is, it does not re-present you. . .)
If you wish to be accurately re-presented, you must work to change anything in your life which does not fit into the picture of you that you wish to project into eternity. (p. 36)
You've asked if there is a less painful way to undergo this process—and the answer is yes—yet nothing in your outward experience will have changed. The way to reduce the pain which you associate with earthly experiences and events—both yours and those of others—is to change the way you behold them.
You cannot change the outer event (for that has been created by the lot of you, and you are not grown enough in your consciousness to alter individually that which has been created collectively), so you must change the inner experience. This is the road to mastery in living.
Nothing is painful in and of itself. Pain is a result of wrong thought. It is an error in thinking....
Pain results from a judgment you have made about a thing. Remove the judgment and the pain disappears. (pp. 36-37)
So—do you want your life to "take off"? Begin at once to imagine it the way you want it to be—and move into that. Check every thought, word, and action that does not fall into harmony with that. Move away from those.
When you have a thought that is not in alignment with your higher vision, change to a new thought, then and there. When you say a thing that is out of alignment with your grandest idea, make a note not to say something like that again. When you do a thing that is misaligned with your best intention, decide to make that the last time. And make it right with whomever was involved if you can. (p. 78)
Life is a creation, not a discovery.
You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. (pp. 90-91)
You get your life to "take off" by first becoming very clear In your thinking about it. Think about what you want to be, do, and have. Think about it often until you are very clear about this. Then, when you are very clear, think about nothing else. Imagine no other possibilities.
Throw all negative thoughts out of your mental constructions. Lose all pessimism. Release all doubts. Reject all fears. Discipline your mind to hold fast to the original creative thought.
When your thoughts are clear and steadfast, begin to speak them as truths. Say them out loud. Use the great command that calls forth creative power: I am. Make I-am statements to others. "I am" is the strongest creative statement in the universe. Whatever you think, whatever you say, after the words "I am" sets into motion those experiences, calls them forth, brings them to you.
There is no other way the universe knows how to work. There is no other route it knows to take. The universe responds to "I am" as would a genie in a bottle....
It is when the going gets tough that you so often forget Who You Are, and the tools I have given you for creating the life that you would choose.
Now is the time to go to your God space more than ever. First, it will bring you great peace of mind—and from a peaceful mind do great ideas flow—ideas which could be solutions to the biggest problems you imagine yourself to have.
Second, it is in your God space that you Self realize, and that is the purpose—the only purpose—of your soul.
When you are in your God space, you know and understand that all you are now experiencing is temporary. I tell you that heaven and Earth shall pass away but you shall not. This ever-lasting perspective helps you to see things in their proper light.
You can define these present conditions and circumstances as what they truly are: temporary and temporal. You may then use them as tools—for that is what they are, temporary, temporal tools—in the creation of present experience....
I want for you what you want for you. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't sit here and make a judgment, request by request, whether something should be granted you.
My law is the law of cause and effect, not the law of We'll See. There is nothing you can't have if you choose it. Even before you ask, I will have given it to you. (pp. 116-117)
What would love do now?
No other question is relevant, no other question is meaningful, no other question has any importance to your soul. (p. 130)
The spirit of you seeks, in the largest sense, that grand moment when you have conscious awareness of its wishes, and join in joyful oneness with them. But the spirit will never, ever, force its desire on the present, conscious, physical part of you....
It is outside of the nature of the spirit to do so, and thus, quite literally, impossible.
Here is where the impossibilities end. The mind very often does seek to exert its will on the body—and does so. Similarly, the body seeks often to control the mind—and frequently succeeds.
Yet the body and the mind together do not have to do anything to control the soul—for the soul is completely without need (unlike the body and the mind, which are shackled with it), and so allows the body and the mind to have their way all the time.
Indeed, the soul would have it no other way—for if the entity which is you is to create, and thus know, who it really is, it must be through an act of conscious volition, not an act of unconscious obedience.
Obedience is not creation, and thus can never produce salvation.
Obedience is a response, while creation is pure choice, undictated, unrequited.
Pure choice produces salvation through the pure creation of highest idea in this moment now.
The function of the soul is to indicate its desire, not impose it.
The function of the mind is to choose from its alternatives.
The function of the body is to act out that choice.
When body, mind, and soul create together, in harmony and in unity, God is made flesh.
Then does the soul know itself in its own experience.
Then do the heavens rejoice.
Right now, in this moment, your soul has again created opportunity for you to be, do, and have what it takes to know Who You Really Are.
Your soul has brought you to the words you are reading right now—as it has brought you to words of wisdom and truth before.
What will you do now? What will you choose to be? (pp. 174-175)
Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue; Book 1 (New York, NY: G. P. Putnam & Sons, 1996).
For more about Neale Donald Walsch, see Conversations with God.