"Conversations with God, Book I"
© 1995 Hampton Roads Publishing Company
|And what, pray
tell, forms the basis of your decisions? Your own experience?
No. In most cases, you've chosen to accept someone else's decision.
Someone who came before you and, presumably, knows better. Very few
of your daily decisions about what is "right" and "wrong" are being made
by you, based on your understanding.
This is especially true on important matters. In fact, the more important the matter, the less likely are you to listen to your own experience, and the more ready you seem to be to make someone else's ideas your own. . . .
"Someone else decide! I'll go along, I'll go along!" you shout. "Someone else just tell me what's right and wrong!" . . . Because, you see, it eliminates the need to think. . . .
It is when you act on the authority of others that you get yourself into trouble. . . . Should societies use killing as a response to those who violate behavioral codes? . . . Is there a difference between killing and murder? . . .
Society would have you believe that killing to punish those who commit certain offenses (these have changed through the years) is perfectly defensible. In fact, society must have you take its word for it in order to exist as an entity of power. . . .
Do you believe these positions are correct? Have you taken another's word for it? What does your Self have to say? There is no "right" or "wrong" in these matters. But by your decisions you paint a portrait of Who You Are. . . .
Making value judgments is difficult. It places you at pure creation, because there are so many times you'll have to say, "I don't know. I just don't know." Yet still you'll have to decide. And so you'll have to choose. You'll have to make an arbitrary choice.
Most of you are not interested in such important work. Most of you would rather leave that to others. And so most of you are not self-created, but creatures of habit -- other-created creatures. . . .
The seduction here is that all you have to do to get instant approval is to agree. Agree and you have instant approval. Some will even sing and shout and dance and wave their arms in hallelujah! That's hard to resist. Such approval, such rejoicing that you have seen the light . . .
Approvals and demonstrations seldom accompany inner decisions. Celebrations rarely surround choices to follow personal truth. In fact, quite the contrary. Not only may others fail to celebrate, they may actually subject you to ridicule. What? You're thinking for yourself? You're deciding on your own? You're applying your own yardsticks, your own judgments, your own values? Who do you think you are, anyway?
And indeed, that is precisely the question you are answering.
But the work must be done very much alone. Very much without reward, without approval, perhaps without even any notice. . . .
Why go on? Why even start off on such a path? What is to be gained from embarking on such a journey? Where is the incentive? What is the reason?
The reason is ridiculously simple.
THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO DO.