Quotes from Conversations with God – Book 3:
“Everything that has happened in your life has happened perfectly in order for you—and all the souls involved with you—to grow in exactly the way you’ve needed and wanted to grow” – Page 3
- “You must learn to be gentle with yourself. And stop judging yourself” – Page 3
- “Truth is truth, and it can neither be proven nor disproven. It simply is” – Page 4
- “Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself” – Page 4
- “There is no devil” – Page 6
- “Happiness is a state of mind. And like all states of mind, it reproduces itself in physical form” – Page 15
- “Whatever you choose for yourself, give to another” – Page 17
- “When you die, you do not stop creating” – Page 58
- “the reason you do not stop creating when you die is that you don’t even die. You cannot. For you are life itself. And life cannot not be life. Therefore you cannot die” – Page 58
- “In the physical life there might be a lapse between thought and experience. In the spirit’s realm there is no lapse; results are instantaneous” – Page 60
- “Everything that occurs—everything that has occurred, is occurring, and ever will occur—is the outward physical manifestation of your innermost thoughts, choices, ideas, and determinations regarding Who You Are and Who You Choose to Be” – Page 68
- “Nothing in the universe occurs by accident. There is no such thing as an ‘accident,’ nor is there any such thing as ‘coincidence’ ” – Page 96
- “There is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one you have to ‘be’ except exactly who you’re being right now” – Page 103
- “The truth is that there is no journey. You are right now what you are attempting to be. You are right now where you are attempting to go” – 103
- “The more you act on your intuition fearlessly the more your intuition will serve you” – Page 114
- “To be psychic, you’ve got to be out of your mind” – Page 115
- “Every feeling you’ve ever had resides in your soul. Your soul is the sum total of all your feelings” – Page 115
- “Whatever you cause another to experience, you will one day experience” – Page 120
- “People will always believe in hell, and in a God who would send them there, as long as they believe that God is like man—ruthless, self-serving, unforgiving, and vengeful” – Page 127
- “No experience is visited upon any soul against the soul’s will” – Page 140
- “No soul dies—ever” – Page 141
- “Death is never an end, but always a beginning” – Page 143
- “Nothing is permanent. All is changing. In every instant. In every moment” – Page 144
- “Enlightenment begins with acceptance, without judgment of “what is” – Page 150
- “There is nothing ignoble, or unholy, about having sex. You have to get that idea out of your mind, and out of your culture” – Page 155
- “The soul is lightness and freedom. It is also peace and joy. It is also limitlessness and painlessness; perfect wisdom and perfect love – Page 159
- “Smile a lot. It will cure whatever ails you” – Page 163
- “…the silences hold the secrets. And the sweetest sound is the sound of silence. This is the song of the soul” – Page 165
- “If you believe the noises of the world, rather than the silences of your soul, you will be lost” – Page 165
- “The soul is larger than the body. It is not carried within the body, but carries the body within it” – Page 173
- “Your life was never meant to be a struggle, and doesn’t have to be, now or ever” – Page 184
- “Love is that which is unlimited. There is no beginning and no end to it. No before and no after. Love always was, always is, and always will be” – Page 206
- “There is only one sacred promise—and that is to tell and live your truth. All other promises are forfeitures of freedom, and that can never be sacred” – Page 210
- “Until you can create your future, you cannot predict your future. Until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully about it” – Page 211
Indeed, why is there?
You mean it’s not wrong to kill yourself?
The question cannot be answered to your satisfaction, because the question itself contains two false concepts; it is based on two false assumptions; it contains two errors.
The first false assumption is that there is such a thing as “right” and “wrong.” The second false assumption is that killing is possible. Your question itself, therefore, disintegrates the moment it is dissected.
“Right” and “wrong” are philosophical polarities in a human value system which have nothing to do with ultimate reality—a point which I have made repeatedly throughout this dialogue. They are, furthermore, not even constant constructs within your own system, but rather, values which keep shifting from time to time.
You are doing the shifting, changing your mind about these values as it suits you (which rightly you should, as evolving beings), yet insisting at each step along the way that you haven’t done this, and that it is your unchanging values which form the core of your society’s integrity. You have thus built your society on a paradox. You keep changing your values, all the while proclaiming that it is unchanging values which you . . . well, value!
The answer to the problems presented by this paradox is not to throw cold water on the sand in an attempt to make it concrete, but to celebrate the shifting of the sand. Celebrate its beauty while it holds itself in the shape of your castle, but then also celebrate the new form and shape it takes as the tide comes in.
Celebrate the shifting sands as they form the new mountains you would climb, and atop which—and with which—you will build your new castles. Yet understand that these mountains and these castles are monuments to change, not to permanence.
Glorify what you are today, yet do not condemn what you were yesterday, nor preclude what you could become tomorrow.
Understand that “right” and “wrong” are figments of your imagination, and that “okay” and “not okay” are merely announcements of your latest preferences and imaginings.
For example, on the question of ending one’s life, it is the current imagining of the majority of people on your planet that it is “not okay” to do that.
Similarly, many of you still insist that it is not okay to assist another who wishes to end his or her life.
In both cases you say this should be “against the law.” You have come to this conclusion, presumably, because the ending of the life occurs relatively quickly. Actions which end a life over a somewhat longer period of time are not against the law, even though they achieve the same result.
Thus, if a person in your society kills himself with a gun, his family members lose insurance benefits. If he does so with cigarettes, they do not.
If a doctor assists you in your suicide, it is called manslaughter, while if a tobacco company does, it is called commerce.
With you, it seems to be merely a question of time. The legality of self-destruction—the “rightness” or “wrongness” of it—seems to have much to do with how quickly the deed is done, as well as who is doing it. The faster the death, the more “wrong” it seems to be. The slower the death, the more it slips into “okayness.”
Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of what a truly humane society would conclude. By any reasonable definition of what you would call “humane,” the shorter the death, the better. Yet your society punishes those who would seek to do the humane thing, and rewards those who would do the insane.
It is insane to think that endless suffering is what God requires, and that a quick, humane end to the suffering is “wrong.”
“Punish the humane, reward the insane.”
This is a motto which only a society of beings with limited understanding could embrace.
So you poison your system by inhaling carcinogens, you poison your system by eating food treated with chemicals that over the long run kill you, and you poison your system by breathing air which you have continually polluted. You poison your system in a hundred different ways over a thousand different moments, and you do this knowing these substances are no good for you. But because it takes a longer time for them to kill you, you commit suicide with impunity.
If you poison yourself with something that works faster, you are said to have done something against moral law.
Excerpt #2 – Promises
Are You saying we should never make promises—that we should never promise anything to anyone?
As most of you are now living your life, there is a lie built into every promise. The lie is that you can know now how you will feel about a thing, and what you will want to do about that thing, on any given tomorrow. You cannot know this if you are living your life as a reactive being—which most of you are. Only if you are living life as a creative being can your promise not contain a lie.
Creative beings can know how they are going to feel about a thing at any time in the future, because creative beings create their feelings, rather than experiencing them.
Until you can create your future, you can not predict your future. Until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully about it.
Yet even one who both creates and predicts her future has the authority and the right to change. Change is a fundamental right of all creatures. Indeed, it is more than a “right,” for a “right” is that which is given. “Change” is that which Is.
That which is change, you are.
You cannot be given this. You are this.
Now, since you are “change”—and since change is the only thing constant about you—you cannot truthfully promise to always be the same.
Do You mean there are no constants in the universe? Are You saying that there is nothing which remains constant in all of creativity?
The process you call life is a process of re-creation. All of life is constantly re-creating itself anew in each moment of now. In this process identically is impossible, since if a thing is identical, it has not changed at all. Yet while identicality is impossible, similarity is not. Similarity is the result of the process of change producing a remarkably similar version of what went before.
When creativity reaches a high level of similarity, you call that identicality. And from the gross perspective of your limited viewpoint, it is.
Therefore, in human terms, there appears to be great constancy in the universe. That is, things seem to look alike, and act alike, and react alike. You see consistency here.
This is good, for it provides a framework within which you may consider, and experience, your existence in the physical.
Yet I tell you this. Viewed from the perspective of all life—that which is physical and that which is nonphysical—the appearance of constancy disappears. Things are experienced as they really are: constantly changing.
You are saying that sometimes the changes are so delicate, so subtle, that from our less discerning viewpoint they appear the same—sometimes exactly the same—when, in fact, they are not.
There are “no such things as identical twins.”
Exactly. You have captured it perfectly.
Yet we can re-create ourselves anew in a form sufficiently similar to produce the effect of constancy.
And we can do this in human relationships, in terms of Who We Are, and how we behave.
Yes—although most of you find this very difficult.
Because true constancy (as opposed to the appearance of constancy) violates the natural law, as we have just learned, and it takes a great master to even create the appearance of identicality.
A master overcomes every natural tendency (remember, the natural tendency is toward change) to show up as identicality. In truth, he cannot show up identically from moment to moment. But she can show up as sufficiently similar to create the appearance of being identical.
Yet people who are not “masters” show up “identically” all the time. I know people whose behaviors and appearance are so predictable you can stake your life on them.
Yet it takes great effort to do this intentionally.
The master is one who creates a high level of similarity (what you call “consistency”) intentionally. A student is one who creates consistency without necessarily intending to.
A person who always reacts the same way to certain circumstances, for instance, will often say, “I couldn’t help it.”
A master would never say that.
Even if a person’s reaction produces an admirable behavior—something for which they receive praise— their response will often be “Well, it was nothing. It was automatic, really. Anybody would do it.”
A master would never do that, either.
A master, therefore, is a person who—quite literally—knows what he is doing.
She also knows why.
People not operating at levels of mastery often know neither.
This is why it is so difficult to keep promises?
It is one reason. As I said, until you can predict your future, you cannot promise anything truthfully.
A second reason people find it difficult to keep promises is that they come into conflict with authenticity.
What do You mean?
I mean that their evolving truth about a thing differs from what they said their truth would always be. And so, they are deeply conflicted. What to obey—my truth, or my promise?
I have given you this advice before:
Betrayal of yourself in order not to betray another is betrayal nonetheless. It is the highest betrayal.
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