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I couldn’t sleep last night.

I was up from 2 until 6, having another one of my Conversations with God.

“Tell me about Christmas,” I said. “What is it really all about?”

And I heard, “What do you mean, what is it really all about? I’ve told you a million times what it’s all about.”

So I said, “Tell me again. I think I may have missed it.”

And suddenly my head was filled with a Christmas Carol – one of the happiest and most triumphant of all the melodies of Christmas.

“Joy to the world,” the song began, “the Lord has come.” But I couldn’t get into it. I kept wondering, what is joyful about the coming of someone who is going to be a lord over us?

God! I said…I don’t understand this! And God replied, “You’re right. You don’t.”

Then God said, “But at least you’re asking a question. And that’s good. It’s really hard to understand something if you think there are no more questions to ask. You can’t be given an answer if you think you already have the only answer there is.”

“Well, I don’t have the answer,” I admitted. “So what’s the answer?”

And God said, “The answer is that the Lord….who has come….is not a lord over you, but in you.” These words came to me at 2:57 this morning, and I pondered them in my heart.

“Then,” I ventured, “the Christmas season is not just a remembering of the birth of a Babe. It is also a celebration of the birth of the Christed one in all of us.” And God answered softly, “yes.”

And then I wondered what all the songs, and all the messages, and all the feelings of Christmas would mean if I accepted this truth. If I really understood that the gift of Christmas is us, fully expressed and fully realized. It is us — completely willing and totally ready — to love without condition, to give without restriction, to share without limitation, to create without fear, to celebrate ourselves without shame or embarrassment.

It is us, choosing to forgive without hesitation, to help without being asked, to rush in where angels fear to tread.  Indeed, to lead the way for angels.

Ah, to lead the way for angels. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we’ve come to the Earth. To be a herald! Hark! The herald, angels sing. Glory to the newborn king.

At this moment we can give birth to the royalty within us…the royalty that we are in God’s eyes. The Magic of Christmas is that it gives us permission to take the feeling of love and share it with all those whose lives we touch.

With friend, and with stranger. With those who agree with us, and with those who disagree. With those who look and act like us, and with those who do not. We are invited today to feel this love, and to give it permanent place within our heart. To be the source of peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men and women everywhere.

We are invited to walk the Earth not only as one who is blessed, but as one who blesses. Not only as the Lord of the manner, but in the manner of the Lord.

For we are the lord of our inner kingdom, and thus, of the outer one as well. And when we understand that, everything changes. We begin to create a world in which all is calm. All is bright. Joy to the world! The Lord has come. Let Earth receive her King.  Let every heart… prepare him room. And heaven, and nature, sing!

Joyfully, Neale.

(The above is a much-requested re-print of a Christmas Message first shared by Neale Donald Walsch in 2007. We hope you enjoyed it…and might even pass it on.)

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  • Therese

    Every year that I read this I get a little something more out of it. I thank you for asking God my questions…

  • Francisco Morfi

    God continues to amaze me. I pray I continue to experience God from a place of humility and gratitude. I do love Him so. Thank you Neale for helping to unveil Him. He is such a delight to contemplate. The attraction is so humbling.

    • Erin

      ‘Amazing’ is such a great word, Francisco! May it come to you often! 🙂

  • Terri Rosselli

    I live in Bremerton WA behind a Unity Church and your words are the “Present” under my tree tonight,,,Thank you,,,Two Eagles in my backyard today,,2 Cardinals in my backyard today, YOU giving us a wonderful “Gift” in the post above today,,,my eyes “open”, my awareness has heightened, and my Spirit Soaring….Thank You,,,Thank You,,Thank You… <3

  • Erin

    This is so funny! I had forgotten about this write, but popped in this morning to express greetings to All…and re-membered with it again! Nice!
    To top it off, I had been pondering the very same thing while doing cookie gifts…Our ‘rendition’ of reminding those near & dear of the sweeter sides of Life…and what comes on the radio…Yep! “Joy to the World”! I got a giggle then, & almost lol-ed my coffee all over the computer just now! 😀

    Thanks for the ‘blast from the past’ & great way to roll with today, Neale!
    Joy-filled Blessings to All! <3

  • Absolutely what I needed to hear this morning. This Life has turned into a fantastic journey and while some have chosen not to walk this path by my side I am so grateful for the time we had together. I will be ready and willing to walk with them again, in Love, when they so choose. Thank you for this message Neale. Namaste!

  • Alain Bos

    About 3 o’clock this night I was angry and yelled at the world that the end is near if there wouldn’t be created a cure for cancer, rather sooner than later…

    I also put fear in people about what I think will be the end of humanity… (unless a cure is found or created off course)

    I insulted people by telling them they are and have been the worst kind of lie-ers and that such is not what Jesus toughed “you should have the same thoughts in your mind as are coming from your mouth” and a whole lot of no-sense-cursing.

    I calmed myself late in the night by focusing not on the western-world but on India , China & Burma ! In Burma I got into contact with a monk and I talked to him about the donation they were given by AVAAZ and later I was lost in pages full of women during which I talked with some of my friends and eventually just stopped browsing those pages.

    Early in the morning the 1st disgruntled person came by and accused me of heartlessness , being the worst kind of wrong , and most of them were very angry that I gave them a death-sentence with 5 years to live at most ! (off course the promise that a medicine would be created or was already available)

    Not that by my will they would die , but by a 2 year old reality called Fukushima that is still an active well of radiation pollution….

    Well I excepted all kind of punishment I was given and adjusted my demeanor accordingly and offered my sincerest sorry to all , but learned , to some regret, that I possess a huge amount of facts , all stored somewhere in my castle in my mind.

    It’s now 15:48 and there are only 2 puberty-stricken young men and their mother or it’s just one boy pretending to be two separate persons…

    They try to see if they can do any damage to me and like his/their mom think that I’m free game since I am not Jesus according to them…

    Well , I just let them judge themselves but do not like the boy (or 2 boys) constantly harassing my friends or strangers-friends …

    I forgot to mention the the boy & his mother are Christians and are claiming that since I am not Jesus they can be angry crazy persons who do not grant me any social status or retained their common decency.

    That all because they were insulted and maby assaulted by me being the (by then anger driven) lucky one who was given the name “Cool J.” just because I and my actions looked a little like Jesus a few times that made even true Christians doubt.

    I know very well I couldn’t sell any (not even myself) that an angry mad Jesus would be accepted by the global Christians.and yes there was and still is a lot of hurt because of my tirade this night.

    But what remains is Me !!

    A sole human with connections to any and all in the world and even-dough I’m not entirely the one most expected , I screamed for all to hear & feel that I wanted the people to take action to right the many wrongs that were made in the last 2 millenniums… sole example I have is the real way to pray as Jesus intended humans to learn prayer… Ik zal het hier kopieren :

    Er wordt begonnen met Johny verloren Gospel,……………………………………………………………….

    Lost Gospel of Thomas translated from the Nag Hamari bibliotheek

    Verse 106

    When you make the two (thought & emotion) one: “ you will say to the mountain move away and the mountain will move away”

    Verse 48.

    If the two make peace with each other in one house (one body): “ you will say to the mountain move away and the mountain will move away”

    ………………………… The holy bible – King James Version (edited version)

    Secrets of the Lost Prayer, p166-167

    1) Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

    2) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: “Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may
    be full.”


    The holy bible – King James Version
    (translated version – Aramaic)

    Neil Douglas Klotz, Prayers of the

    Meditations on the Aramaic Words of
    Jesus. P86-87

    Secrets of the Lost Prayer, p166-167

    1) All things that you ask straightly , directly … from inside my name, you will be given.

    2) So far you have not done this.

    3) “Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer”

    4) Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness will be full

    What is said here: Let your thoughts and emotions become one. Question without
    judging and surrounded by your answer. Be aware of what your desires so that
    your joy will be full. Explanation: You have your future dream a present fact
    to be by assuming that your sense of your desire is fulfilled, so to assume
    that your sense of your desire is executed

    It’s like a karate man who wants to break 5 bricks in one hit : He 1st meditates (2 become 1) en 2nd he pictures his hand going through the 1st till 3rd brick , when the man has the idea that his hand is already there then he will hit the brticks and break all bricks…

    An Indian called his ancestors and forfathers to make it rain (it had not rained for a long time)
    After this prayer he went of to eat a sandwhich and the rain started, it rained for 3 days… The indian said : Yea I forgot to say when the rain should stop.

    I am postman and prayed for the rain to stop while I was working and it did , however directly after I finished my work it started to rain
    The next time it rained , I prayed again that the rain would stop but this time with 15 minutes extra so I could ride dry on my bike home…. I repeated this 2 more times ah and just this saterday for the 3rd time… Praying like Jesus intended is bringing result I tend to say !!

    • Alain Bos

      Wow, what I find amazing is the fact that I stumbled upon my own comment by accident (the big G’s will off course) but more amazing , this website remembers me as myself, while this is on a different computer, different facebook account but the same Gmail account (which I guess is accessed ?)
      I do remember writing this post (not at first and then I saw my name) and I’m a little shocked at my ranting… not that this didn’t happen or that I doubt myself for believing this happened to me but wow this must come over as quit lunatistic !
      Well, I do stand behind all I posted here, even the pshycic bit but off course no way to proove such without use of the global unconsciousness or consciousness…
      Like to see this post again in the future , so help me God ?-)

  • Nannette Rogers Kennedy

    I’d never read this before…don’t know how I missed it, but this is so beautiful, it brought me to tears. Thank you, Neale.