An Open Letter to Our World:
AS WE PASS 9/11 ONCE AGAIN,
THE MESSAGE OF GOD IS CLEAR.

The events of September 11, 2001 caused every thinking person to stop their daily lives, whatever is going on in them, and to ponder deeply the larger questions of life.

And as we observe the anniversary of those events, with the world facing now the continuing threat of terrorism and violence in the name of righteousness, 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 may end at last the cycle of violence which has marred our history.

Life on our planet has brought us much sorrow, yet behind the sorrow, if we look closely and long, we will see opportunity. It is the opportunity for us to take a new path, to show the world a new way, to demonstrate at the highest level our most extraordinary thought about Who We Really Are—as a people, and as a human family.

The whole human race is invited now to look to see what it is we truly wish to experience on this planet. Then we are invited to be the source of that for each other.

If we wish to experience peace, we are invited to provide peace for each other.

If we wish to know that we are safe, we are invited to create safety for each other.

If we wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, we are invited to help each other to better understand.

If we wish to heal our own sadness or anger, we are invited to heal the sadness or anger in each other.

If we wish to have justice done, we are invited to act justly with each other.

The world is waiting now. It is anxiously awaiting the morrow, not knowing what may come. Its people are looking for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking for love.

The words to that familiar song were never, ever more meaningful than they are today:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some, but for everyone.

This is the moment of your ministry. This could be the time of your greatest teaching. What you teach at this time, through your every word and action, will remain as indelible lessons in the hearts and minds of those whose lives you touch, both now, and for years to come.

We will set the course for tomorrow, today. At this hour. In this moment.

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. Yet we will continue to do so if we focus our energy on pinpointing where blame falls, rather than where cause lies, in the unhappiest of our experiences.

Unless we take this time to look at the cause of our wounds, we will never heal. Instead, we will forever live in fear of retribution from those within the human family who feel aggrieved—and, likewise, we will forever seek retribution for them.

To me the cause is clear. The majority of the world’s people have not learned the most basic human lessons. They have not remembered the most basic human truths. They have not understood the most basic spiritual wisdom. In short, most people have not been listening to God, and because they have not, they do ungodly things.

The message of God is clear. No matter what the religion, no matter what the culture, no matter what the spiritual or indigenous tradition, the bottom line is identical: we are all one.

The Bible, which is only one of humanity’s many sources of spiritual teaching, carries this message throughout, in both the Old Testament and the New.

(Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? Malachi 2:10… so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body…1 Corinthians 10:17)

This is a message the human race has largely ignored.

Our religion, our politics, our economics, our education, our whole way of life is based on the idea that we are not one, but that we are separate from each other. We are thus willing to inflict all manner of injury upon each other. We would never do this if we thought that we were actually inflicting injury upon ourselves, yet this injury inevitably does fall upon ourselves—for like begets like, and negativity only breeds negativity.

Our history has proven this. Still, there seems to be one thing for which many human beings will give up anything. They will give up peace, love, happiness, joy, prosperity, romance, excitement, serenity, everything—even their own heathfor this one thing:

Being right.

But even if we are right, what is spirituality’s recommended course of action? What do the greatest spiritual teachers of all time, each in their own way, tell us at times such as these? It is something that many of us cannot (or do not wish to) hear.

…I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44)

Can this be sound advice?

If we could love even those who have attacked us, and seek to understand why they have done so, what would be the final result? Yet if we meet negativity with negativity, rage with rage, attack with attack, what then will be the outcome?

It is easy at times like this to fall into rage—and even to mistake it for justice. Yet rage never produces authentic justice. Indeed, it inevitably creates injustice—for someone. That is because rage is anger that has been repressed, and, when released, it is always misdirected. This is exactly what happened on September 11, 2001.

Anger itself is not inappropriate. Anger is a natural human response, and can even be a blessing, if it leads to change. Yet as we feel our anger and express, there is one thing about which we should make no mistake. The human race has the power to annihilate itself. We can end life as we know it on this planet in one afternoon.

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, we could destroy a village, or a town, or a major city, or even an entire nation. Yet now it is possible for us to destroy our whole world, and do it so fast that nothing can stop the process once it has begun.

Is that the process we wish to begin? This is the question we must answer.

In searching for our answer, I hope that each of us will 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 should be no surprise that we are doing so. It is not as if we have not seen this coming. Spiritual, political, and philosophical writers for the past 50 years have predicted it. So long as we continue to treat each other as we have in the past, they have said, the circumstance we face in the present will continue to present itself in the future.

We must change ourselves. We must change the beliefs upon which our behaviors are based. We must create a different reality, build a new society. And we must do so not with political truths or with economic truths, and not with cultural truths or even the remembered truths of our ancestors—for the sins of the fathers are being visited upon the sons. We must do so with new spiritual truths. We must preach a new gospel, its healing message summarized in two sentences:

We are all one.

Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.

This 15-word message, delivered from every lectern and pulpit, from every rostrum and platform, could change everything overnight. I challenge every priest, every minister, every rabbi and religious cleric to preach this. I challenge every political party spokesperson and the head of every national government to declare it.

And I challenge all of us, right now, to become spiritual activists. If we want the beauty of the world and not its ugliness to be experienced by our children and our children’s children, we must choose to be at cause in the matter. 

 

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  • Nannette Rogers Kennedy

    Absolutely, stunningly heartfelt truth. Thank you, Neale for being who you are.

  • Awareness

    I say BLESS ALL 🙂

  • Lionel E Leconte

    Thank you Neal . Loved the message 🙂

  • Blake

    Why is the President of the United States and the Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party and independents are united in destroying ISIS?

    Enjoy your freedom of speech, yesterday congress made a move to attack this freedom by eliminating dissent for the war by the people.

    Remember George W Bush said “If your not for us your against us.”

    Knowing that we live our lives as an expression of our beliefs (Faith). I state publicly that I am against war and the President of the United States expression of his faith.

    His expression is the cause of wars past and present. If I knew the future of his Presidency I would not have fallen for his lies and deceit that he wrought on the American people with his promise of “Change”. Bush and Obama should be given a DNA test it wouldn’t surprise me if the two were related genetically.

    • hempwise

      They are only doing what they believe is the right course of action Blake .President Obama has to do something to stop Isis .How can you stop this ideology if you do not obey you will be killed !
      Are they suddenly going to change there beliefs overnight ask them why they are doing what they are doing ? They would rather die than be wrong about what they believe .
      Neales message above is another way to heal humanity’s problems and change the world for our children and there children that is sustainable not a short term aid but for good .
      For the good of all of us .If that’s not worth choosing then what the Heaven are we doing here .

  • Erica Bates

    Absolutely spot on target. ………thank you Neale xx

  • Blake

    I asked a group of men I know in regards to what President Obama said in his latest speech. All of them are white and from Christian backgrounds which to say the poll I ran was prejudiced.

    All of the men agreed with the President that terrorists with Fundamental Islamic beliefs that use violence against innocent people should be dealt with violently because in every case these men believe that God could never be that cruel.

    Further, many of the men couldn’t comprehend that the United States is responsible for the same violence in many instances in history, they felt that the United States is blessed by God to eradicate evil on the earth by using any means possible in their arsenal.

    Now, which group of people have the most human rights violations? The U.S. doesn’t decapitate prisoners we inject them with lethal chemicals that takes hours of pain and suffering to die from. We have the most prisoners behind bars than any other country in the world and most of them are black and brown people at that, 2.3 million to be exact 22 prisons were built alone in California.

    America supports Saudi Arabia that in 2014 so far has decapitated 46 people who were not even given trials, they were mostly political opponents and dissidents of the Royal Family two or three were thieves. I would remind you that the men that flew the planes into the Towers were Saudi citizens trained by our own military.

    How often has this country supported violent dictatorships, overthrows and assassinations of political enemies against U.S. interests? Iraq for instance. How often has the U.S. Government used misinformation to start wars that last decades and cost millions of lives? Vietnam.

    Neale is talking about beliefs that cause people to kill people because that is what the people do to express their love and adoration of their Deity in our case Jesus Christ. Jesus may represent the main idea of love and also promote loving interests in our culture but, we Christians still believe that Jesus is the Son of God which makes him a Deity that people are willing to kill and die for.

    To tell you the truth I think he died willingly to be a martyr for a political cause and the Bible is Constantines misinformation campaign to fool the masses of believers into thinking he died for our sins. But I digress.

    Neale talks about changing our beliefs so that we may express ourselves more peacefully in the world with one another and not blow ourselves up like some Christians I know want to happen to bring on the end of the world and second coming of Jesus.

    I think what Neale is preaching to us is I must change my beliefs and rise to the enlightenment of knowing God. In knowing God I am transformed too become a responsible , unconditional, living in the now human being.

    And here’s the kicker! Neale talks about being stewardship. Being a steward of each other and the earth and all the living things (everything is alive) and that will bring a time when mankind and womankind will not need God anymore. In our state of mind that is a very difficult concept to realize. Since life is endless and everything is now then we are already being stewards it’s just many of us are not conscious of it.

    So, to rap up! America is looking at itself in ISIS as a mirror to what we truly all represent our expression of our beliefs. I must be the change not me trying to change you using violent means. We must become enlightened moving from beliefs to knowing God. And in knowing God we become stewards thereby not needing God evermore right now.

    Blessings

    Blake

    • Erin

      Nanny McPhee: “When you need me, but do not want me, I must stay…When you want me, but no longer need me, I must go.” 🙂

  • AngelaMooreDuck

    Terrifically heartfelt and touching. I AM peace, offering myself to all as peace and love from now on! Blessed are the peacemakers!

  • This is the central Truth I now wish to Live. I Am Love. Thank you Neale for this message. It is time we all listen to our hearts.

  • Erin

    Namaste’, All! <3
    'If I could give just one thing, it would be to see your Self through my eyes…Then you would know how special you are.'

    If I could prove one thing, it would be the Amazing transformation that occurs when you Bless an adversity/adversary…A simple thought in a single moment changes the game entirely…for you & that/them.

    This need not be heartfelt at first, that will transform naturally as it is repeated…as will that which you intend it toward. I Can, in All honesty exclaim, the results ARE no less than Amazing to witness…in fact, it becomes quite Fun to do.

    I Am presently enthralled in the concept you, Neale, brought to light…That there is nothing but Love…That all Fear (anger, violence, abuse) are simply misguided wailings of Love. Really alters the previous perspectives/assumptions of Everything.
    I think it appropriate to quote Neale, from his fb page, Here & Now:
    "All fear (and that which derives from it, such as anger, hatred, and violence) is a distorted form of love.
    That’s an important statement, and you should read it again.

    If you think about it, you will realize that if a person loved nothing, that person would be totally free of fear, anger, hatred, or violence, because there would be no need for such emotions to arise–nor the actions that proceed from them.

    Exploring this further, we see that fear, anger, hatred, and violence are expressions of the loss, or the anticipated loss, of something which is loved. Or, of never having to begin with, something which is loved.

    If there is no love of anything, there is no sense of loss or deprivation, and therefore no negative emotion of any kind attached to the absence of anything. Do you see this?

    Because humans, in their limited perspective, misunderstand how to express their love, they behave in ways that appear to be the opposite of love–but which are, in fact, distorted wailings of love.

    All expressions of anger and fear, hatred and violence are distorted wailings of Love. Remember that. For the rest of your life, remember that.

    The person who grasps this, grasps at the edges of (their own) Divinity."
    Fabulous!, yes? 😀

  • Lloyd Bradsher

    We are all ONE, all God, Source Energy flowing through the Universe. This is reality, we can not escape it, our Energy, call it spirit, soul, whatever makes you feel good, emanates from the same Source as Everything. The Sun, the moon, the Earth, all physical existence is a manifestation of Source Energy taking a physical form, and when this physical form changes, splits apart, seemly disappears, the Energy does not, it is eternally part of Source, and returns yet again and again in whatever form. Our feeble human awareness of Self, our connection to Source Energy, is limited by our beliefs and understanding of our existence in this physical plane. Can you wrap your mind around this to the point that you can accept the fact that we ARE all One expression of Creator, Source? No need to look up, or outward to find God, we exist within and because of and part of God. When we pray we pray to our own understanding, we are the answer to our own prayers, the salvation of our own desires to live in Love, peace, and justice. Unconditional Love is what we are. The Energy of Source demands nothing, expects nothing, requires nothing, and we can and do use it freely to Co-Create our reality, or perception of reality, so as we have the power within us to create a world where existence is Love.
    Do not limit yourself with your prejudices, fears, and lack of acceptance of Self. Love yourself, the Co-Creator of your experiences in this life, and allow yourself to Love Unconditionally all other existence, human and otherwise, because the reality is this is all part of YOU. Each of us must take responsibility for how we use our awareness, stop looking to blame others for what we Ourselves have created out of our fears that keep us separated from the truth of Existence. Namaste’
    Butch

  • Gina

    Neale, could you arrange it so ‘the Storm’ is posted on Facebook as daily quotes, like ‘the Only thing…?’ I know it’s all there in entirety on this web site, but Facebook has its own edge of exposure and visibility, and there’s extraordinary power in putting something into daily. Power that one doesn’t realize at first . There’s a definite limit to what you can do about translating them to other languages (financial/market limits??), but you can do this, right? It’s unfortunate conversation with humanity series of books were translated in few other languages. There more important than with God books, because they are the action plan. With-God books are more anecdotal or testimonial IMHO.

    • Sander Viergevert

      Hey Gina, why wouldn’t you go and translate into the remaining languages? And bring the CwH books out by yourself..

      • Gina

        That’s a good idea. I should like to go about organizing skills and resources to do so.

  • Gina

    Oh, I just figured out that the Storm was posted daily on Facebook last year. I’m not on Facebook much. Sorry, folks. I think the daily quotes format is working pretty well. Keep it up!

  • Alex Rosmondo

    Brother to brother, sister to sister, brother to sister, We Are One! We can create again, one individuation at a time! Keep on keeping on!

  • Blake

    The Greatest Speech Ever Made By Charlie Chaplain

    I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my
    business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help
    everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one
    another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness
    — not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another.

    In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth
    is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and
    beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has
    barricaded the world with hate, and has goose stepped us into misery and
    bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery
    that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our
    cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than
    machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and
    gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

    The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
    The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries
    out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is
    reaching millions throughout the world — millions of despairing men, women and
    little children — victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison
    innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say — do not despair. The misery
    that is now upon us is but the passing of greed — the bitterness of men who
    fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die,
    and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long
    as men die, liberty will never perish.

    Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes — men who despise
    you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to
    think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, and use
    you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine
    men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not
    cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t
    hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!

    Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the
    17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within
    man” — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the
    people have the power — the power to create machines. The power to create
    happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and
    beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

    Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let
    us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a
    chance to work that will give youth the future and old age a security. By the
    promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not
    fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they
    enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to
    free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with
    hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science
    and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

    Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

    Blessings

    Blake

  • Debra O’Bryant Haworth

    As I see it the Bible is the most singularly piece of messed up work ever. It states what you posted above and those would be fine if other tenements didn’t also say “Eye for an eye” and other contradictory statements that people choose to follow as their basis of hate. So there is always something they can point to to justify their actions. The fact that Jesus and God never wrote it themselves for a reason escapes the masses. We must start anew.

    • Sander Viergevert

      OK Get your point. You are absolutely not wrong. But some churches are bringing very meaningful blessings in the world, like they collect money for the poor ones, start up missionary works in Africa for orphans – help to build houses in poor countries and so on. Indeed however some churches don’t evolve within time, they get keeping stuck in their old believes about God and Life…Though as a daily reader of CwG and CwH and translator to dutch.. I also attend my local church in the Netherlands – and the leaders of that church know that I am in to the Conversation with God books of Walsch, and they think I could be an inspiration for them. I could assist possibly in delivering a new, higher vision for their church, with new understandings of God, Jesus and Theology. It is a fun, joyfull church, however one of the little joyfull, social enjoyable churches in my county. So don’t put away all Christian legacies…. Because nothing is good or bad in itself – it is subject to time, place, philosophy…. and so on.

  • Sander Viergevert

    If you visit a church… talk with the leaders or preacher of the church. try to inspire other Christians. The Bible is quoted well in this post 2 times, I really like that. For me this post is inspiring

  • Stephen Anderson

    Just a few experiences I would like to share. 1. I was walking down the sidewalk one day, and as I was approaching a parking lot of a roller skating rink, there was a car that was going to pull out into the street. I could see by the traffic that the driver would have to stop and wait. They did not see me walking and did not stop to let me pass. I slowed down, so as to not get run over, but continued walking until I stopped within inches of the drivers door. I could see by the expression on his face, he was going to try to slam the car door into me, so I stepped back towards the parking lot. He got out and came toward me, I kept backing up. Finally he slugged me in the face. I said, “I’m sorry.” He slugged me again, this time with half as much force (the 1st hit hurt, the 2nd hit was somewhat unpleasant). This time I said, “I’m not going to fight you.” He tried to make fun of me and “egg” me on by saying, “what’s a matter, you a chicken?” Then he tried to kick me right between the legs, and I turned my legs slightly so his foot landed on my thigh. Although it would have hurt had it connected, there was very little force behind it . Then his (HIS) friends said, “oh leave him alone, he’s not going to fight you. That was that, except for later that same evening, I went roller skating at this place and this same “gentleman” skated up to me and said, “sorry, man. you know, your all right. ” and skated away. He was right, no one really got hurt.
    2. Many years later, I was building an enclosure under an awning next to my house. Somehow, I got myself into a situation, standing on a latter, holding a piece of glass
    with both hands and I was stuck. I couldn’t move or do anything without dropping the glass, which I really didn’t want to do. I started yelling and cursing. My next door neighbor came running over and said, “what wrong, man, can I help?” I’ll never forget the natural and immediate effect that had on me. I went from being very unpleasant to–calm and grateful. In both cases, the problem was solved rather that degenerating into something worse.
    “One side does not fit all”. But so often, prejudice, hatred and potential violence could be prevented by apologizing instead of trying to defend our ego, even if we feel we didn’t do anything wrong. Also, a offer of assistance, or at least an expression of empathy, rather than judging and condemning help-s promote harmony rather than leading to chaos.