Bringers of the Light by Neale Donald Walsch
(Author of Conversations with God)
(This transcription is a work in progress...and a labor of love.)
In memory of Francis H. Treon, a Futzu (Master) in Gohn Dagow (a classic, southern Chinese, soft, monk form of self development), who devoted his life to being a Bringer of the Light.
The Steps and Principles in this Book:
Step 1: Get clear about the purpose of your life.
Principle 1: Life is pointless...and that is God's greatest gift.
Step 2: Translate your purpose from Doingness to Beingness.
Principle 2: You are a Human Being not a Human Doing.
Step 3: Adopt right now the state of being you have described, no matter what you are doing.
Principle 3: Everything you are being, you are being because you choose to be.
Step 4: Observe Opposition and call it Opportunity.
Principle 4: As soon as you decide who and what you are, everything unlike it will come into the space.
Step 5: Allow form to create itself.
Principle 5: Beingness becomes form.
The world needs your light now. Not tomorrow. Now. Of course, you know this. That's why you've found your way to this book.
This book will tell you how to shine your Light. It's a very simple book, about a very simple process. Yet the process, so simple, may not seem easy. So listen. Watch. Pay attention.
Listen to what this book has to say. Watch the results in your life. And pay attention to how it's all falling together.
It is falling together, you know. It may not look like it, but it is. Usually when your life looks like it's falling apart, it's really falling together. Often, for the first time.
There's a reason for that. It has to do with a very sound metaphysical principle. Briefly stated:
As soon as you decide Who and What You Are, everything unlike it will come into the space.
Life has no choice but to show up this way, and so you can expect it as sure as you're reading this.
It is important to understand this principle if you are going to be a Bringer of the Light. It is a principle you must understand, or you cannot hope to undertake this work.
However, before exploring this principle, you should be thanked. You should be thanked for being the kind of person who would want to read this book. You don't know how much that means to the world right now.
Unless you do.
There's a lot of pain out there. There's a lot of darkness. The world needs your Light right now.
It really does.
So...glad you could show up. Now the fun starts. Now the challenge gets underway in earnest. Now the healing begins.
With you as the Healer.
That's what you're here for, as if you didn't know. That's why you came to the Earth, in this body, in this time and in this place.
A Course in Miracles puts it very directly:
You are in the room to heal the room.
You are in the space to heal the space.
There is no other reason for you to be here.
All of the information in this book falls into one of two categories: Principles and Steps. There are five of each. That is, Five Steps toward becoming a Bringer of the Light, and Five Principles which may be used to better guide those steps.
One of these principles has just been stated. It will be necessary to understand each of the Five Principles in order to take the Steps necessary to be what you now declare that you wish to be.
This book will be woven like a tapestry, with the Principles intertwined into a text describing the Steps, so that you will clearly see the relationship between the two.
Bringers Step 1
Get clear about the purpose for your life.
Let us look, then, at the first Step in your process of becoming a Bringer of the Light.
If you're like most people, you may not have given Life Purpose much thought in your earlier years. As a results, you may have spent a great deal of time doting things which at the end of your life will not matter; will mean nothing. Not to you, not to anyone. What you really have to do if you want to get on the fast track of evolution is to put each golden moment of Life to its highest and best use. You cannot know what that is unless and until you decide on a Purpose. That is, you cannot decide how to get where you are going until you decide where you are going.
One day, a man stopped his car at the corner of a friendly street in a friendly town and motioned to a friendly person standing nearby.
"Excuse me," the driver said, "but I seem to be lost. Could you kindly give me directions?"
"Certainly, sir," said the person on the street. "Where are you trying to go?"
"I don't know," the driver answered.
"Well, sir," said the person who was trying to help him, "You must first tell me where you want to go before I tell you how to get there."
If your life is directionless, it is because you have not set a direction. If your life is without accomplishment, it is because you do not know what you are seeking to accomplish. If your life has seemed pointless, it is because you have not sought to use it as a tool with which to make a point.
Which brings us to Principle #1: Life is pointless.
Life is pointless...and that is God's Greatest Gift.
This may come as a shock to many of you who think that there is a point to life, and that it is our job to find it, to uncover it, to learn it, to unravel it, to somehow, someday, somewhere discover it - and then live up to it.
It may come as a shock also to many others of you who think that you have already discovered the Point of Life, and are living up to it. (Most people who fall into this category haven't really "discovered" the Point of Life, they've been told what the Point of Life is, and they've accepted that.)
Yet there is no Point to it all. Life has no point. If Life had a point, who would assign it one? And if you say God, why would God create the Point, then make us all search for it for 50 years? (And, as a society, for 50 thousand years.) And if you say God does not make us search, but has given us the answer, why did God not give us the answer in a way which we could easily understand it, and with a formula upon which we could all agree? And if you say that God has done that, then you have not looked at the world lately.
No, God has not done that. And the reason God has not told us what the Point of Life is, is that there is no Point to Life. Life is pointless.
And that is God's greatest gift.
Think about it.
It is precisely because God has not emblazoned His purpose across the pages of Life that Life itself is an Open Book. A book that we get to write. We get to decide what purpose we choose.
If God had chosen a purpose - if God have a purpose designed into the plan - would God not tell us what that purpose was? Would God allow us to spend years, decades, centuries, searching, searching, searching for the point of it all?
Again, it must be said to those of you who are now thinking, "But God did announce the purpose of life!": if that is so, God did a pretty bad job of it, because if you look around you, you will see that no one got it.
Okay, a few. A few think they have gotten it. They know the purpose of life, and it's just all the rest of the people who don't understand.
Well, that, of course is the stance taken by many of the Earth's major religions! These religions teach that they know the purpose of life. There is even a religion or two which says it is the purpose life, and that all we have to do is follow the dictates of that particular religion and we will have pleased God mightily - and be saved.
On the other hand, if we do not follow the dictates of that particular religion, we will be sent to the everlasting fires of hell.
None of this would be such a problem if it weren't for the fact that there are hundreds of organized religions making essentially the same claim.
Could God have really botched the job this badly? If God really established a purpose for Life, and really wanted us to know what that was, do you suppose this is the best God could do when it comes communicating that to us in a way we could all understand?
Or is it possible that the reason we can't seem to agree on the point of it all is that there simply is no point?
In fact, that is exactly the case. Yet this may be difficult to accept for many people until it becomes clear why there is no point.
There is no point because God wants us to create a purpose for our life. And if God had already created that purpose, He would have robbed us of the greatest opportunity, and the greatest tool, that we have as we seek to perform the function of life.
Because, you see, while Life does not have a purpose, it does have a function.
Purpose and function are not all the same thing. A clock functions by ticking, for the purpose of telling time. A car functions by internal combustion, for the purpose of moving people from place to place. A microwave oven functions by causing food molecules to vibrate very fast, for the purpose of heating food.
Life functions in a particular way, but for no predetermined purpose. That's because God created as the function of Life the determining of a purpose. Put another way:
Your function is to create the point of your life. In so doing, you create Your Self. You decide who and what you really are - and who you are going to be.
God, you see, is in the constant process of creating and recreating Itself anew. God is in each moment deciding what God is going to be next. This is God's most exciting function. (In fact, it is God's only function.) This is pure creation.
(For a better, and complete, understanding of this Truth, see Conversations with God - Book One, Putnam Publishing Company, New York City, NY.)
This principle is presented here so that you may understand that God has not assigned a purpose or a point to your life. God is waiting for you to do that. It is you who must create a raison d'etre. And that is what you have not yet done. You have not created a reason for being.
So Step 1 here is to decide and to declare what life is all about - for you. What is the purpose of your life? If you can't answer that question, go to a larger one: What is the Purpose of Life in general?
Now...and here's the tricky part...do not look anywhere else for an answer. Just sit down and decide this for yourself. Don't ask yourself...tell yourself!
Tell yourself the purpose of Life in General, and then tell yourself what your purpose in life is going to be.
Now your first reaction to this suggestion may very likely be a feeling of "overwhelm" ... as in "I'm on overwhelm."
You may think that the subject is just too big; that the topic is outside the sphere of your understanding. It is not. And you will see that it is not the moment you give yourself permission to truly start thinking about this.
Truly start thinking about the real purpose of life and all sorts of ideas will begin to come to you. They will crowd in on you so fast, you won't know what hit you. Soon, if you stay with the process, you'll start discriminating. That is, your mind will start throwing out the absurd ideas and will quickly find itself left with only a few good ones. And just as soon as it reduces the list to those few, it will reduce the list even further. Left to your own devices, you will come up with what you think the purpose of life might be before you know it.
That is to say, you will know it before you know it.
In truth, there is a great deal that you know that you do not know that you know. You are carrying around knowledge you do not know that you have. Or, to put this another way, you don't know the half of what you know.
The only way to find out what you know is to call upon yourself to know it.
That is a mouthful right there, and you may want to go over that statement again.
'The only way to find out what you know is to call upon yourself to know it.'
The problem will not be in your not knowing the purpose of Life, the problem will be in your believing that you know it.
In other words, it will be easier deciding for yourself what the purpose of Life is than it will be to agree with yourself that your answer could be correct!
The reason for this is that you still think that there is a "correct answer" - and if there is, you couldn't possibly have just guessed it!
Yet there is no "correct answer!"
The function of your life is to give the question an answer - and the answer that you give to the question is the "correct answer".
Yes...God has give you that much authority.
Yes...God has give you that much freedom.
Yes...God has give you that much power to create.
You do not believe this, and so you have spent years trying to figure out the Purpose of Life. And all the while, Life (God) has been waiting for you to decide its purpose.
For now, don't try to understand this whole process, or the why's and wherefore's of it. For now, just follow instructions. It'll all become more clear to you later. This book is about how to become a Bringer of the Light. It is not about explaining the metaphysics of the entire universe. Because of its limited scope, this book requires that you take some statements on faith and simply follow instructions.
The instruction is:
Get clear about the
purpose of your life.
So do that now. Right now, write out the Purpose of your Life.
Make a Statement of Purpose.
As suggested earlier, if you have to start with a larger statement, do so. Complete the following sentence:
The purpose of life in general is...
Then complete a second sentence:
The purpose of My Life is...
Have you done that? Good. Now you can go on.
What? Not finished yet? Stuck? Can't seem to do it? Re-read Conversations with God. Take notes this time. Then, re-read the first pages of this book. Take more notes if you have to. Look deeply at what you don't seem to understand. Or, if you have understanding, but just can't seem to bring yourself to do it, look deeply at what you cannot allow yourself to do.
This is a process in itself, which will be very valuable to you.
When you feel you can clearly state the purpose of life in general, and the purpose of your life in particular, move on.
Bringers Step 2
Translate your purpose from Doingness to Beingness.
Some of you have already done this - or may have started with a statement of Beingness. If you have, go right to Step 3.
For those of you who have not made this translation, or don't even know what is being talked about here, read on.
To be a Bringer of the Light one must understand the difference between "doing," and "being," and between "doingness" and "beingness."
is a function of the body,
is a function of the soul.
Right Livelihood is seldom attained through a doingness decision...although it may involve a doingness function somewhere along the way.
Right Livelihood is easily attained through a beingness decision...which leads to a doingess function somewhere along the way.
To move into Right Livelihood, one must decide what one wishes to BE, not what one wishes to DO. Doingness must spring from Beingness, not the other way around.
To understand the difference between these to life experiences, explore Principle #2.
You are a
It is true that every minute of your life your body is doing something. Yet it is doing something for a reason. Everything you have willfully caused your body to do, you have caused it to do because there is some state of being you wish to achieve...and you know no other way to achieve it.
Think about this a minute.
Your body goes through the motions of eating - you cause it to eat; you make it "do" that - because you want it to be nourished. You are seeking to be the thing called healthy.
You sleep because you are trying to be the thing called rested - which you know leads to the same thing as above...namely, healthy.
You sit because you are trying to be the thing called comfortable. You stand because you are trying to be the thing called mobile. You talk because you are trying to be the thing called understood. You listen because you are trying to be the thing called understanding.
The list goes on and on, but it never changes. Always it points through the thing called Doing, to a thing called Being.
Everything you willfully cause your body to do, it does in order to assist you in achieving a state of Being.
Do the following exercise. In the chart, make a list of things your body has done recently, then indicate the Beingness you were seeking to achieve.
We've started the list for you, to give you an example of how to complete the entries. This is an excellent exercise to help you define and clarify the motives behind all of your actions.
||Beingness I wish to achieve
|Reading this Book
|Writing the author
||Sharing, connecting, expressing
|Cleaning the dishes
Now it is true that there are some things your body does which you do not willfully cause it to do. When your body does one of these things, it is doing it automatically, not willfully. The body's automatic responses are reflections or announcements of a State of Beingness which has already been attained, rather attempts to attain one.
Did you follow that? Are you clear about this? Let's look at some examples.
When you laugh, that is an automatic response to a State of Beingness which has already been attained, called happy, joyful - or in some cases, nervous.
When you cry, that is an automatic response to a State of Beingness which has already been attained, called sad, sorrowful- or in some cases, happy.
When your heart rate increases wildly, that is an automatic response to a State of Beingness which has already been attained, called excited - or some cases, scared.
When your heart rate decreases, producing a slow and steady pulse, that is an automatic response to a State of Beingness which has already been attained, called peaceful, serene.
So we see that Automatic Doingness Functions of the body are used by the mind to reflect a Beingness State, while Willful Doingness Functions are used by the mind to achieve a Beingness State.