Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Conversations With God
This morning, my husband came in to the bedroom, asking me what this song was that had come in to his head during his meditation. He was humming a tune and trying to throw in a few words. It's become a funny exercise in the morning, listening to him humming and trying to get the song. We usually figure it out, and he is always delighted when I tell him the lyrics. They always have some type of encouraging message for him. He remembers them through the day, and has started recording them in his journal.
God communicates to us in many different ways. Neale Walsh in Conversations with God has transcribed his own conversations with God on the subject of communication, and many other topics. In the book, God says that he talks to everyone, all the time. The question is not to whom he talks, but who listens. This is great stuff! He says that the most common form of communication is through feeling. Feeling is the language of the soul. I so much agree. Through our feelings the body hears our spirit.
God also communicates through thought, often through images and pictures. Experience is the next level of communication. Finally, when feelings, thoughts and experience fail, God says in Walsh's book that he uses words. Words are the least effective means of communication, because they are often misunderstood. They are noises that stand for feelings, thoughts and experience.
I have read Conversations With God more than once, and love the message. Remembering that we can so easily hear God's voice is an immeasurably wonderful gift.
So how do we know if what we are feeling, thinking, experiencing or hearing is from God? In the book, God makes the distinction clear: "Mine is always your highest thought, your clearest word, your grandest feeling. Anything less is from a different source. The highest thought is always that thought which contains joy. That clearest words are those words which contain truth. The grandest feeling is that of love."
To remember this always: that in the midst of the worst life can dish out, I can trust my joyous thoughts; that is where the truth lies. That I can always speak the truth as I know it, and it will serve the highest good. And that I should always express my love openly, even when, especially when, it seems the most difficult to do.
To hear, we must first become silent. We need to quiet, as best we can, our reactions, and wait for that which brings awareness of truth, joy and love. Lately, as I ask a question of God, and I wait and listen, it feels almost as if I am listening to the air around me. But I know it is much more than that. I am listening for my answer in the quiet space that contains my immediate surroundings but also all that was ever created. In the space between my thoughts, I listen for the voice of joy.
May this tool be a blessing. . .