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The Storm Before the Calm A Chomsky Perspective on the Cold War The phrase conspiracy theory is one of those that s constantly brought up, and I think its. And I think, before the world and its people get too far along this road, we all There, click on the icon labeled The Storm Before The Calm. Step One: Read the book The Storm Before the Calm. It may be downloadd here. Or, you may read it for free online below, where it is published.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The Storm Before the Calm: Madelaine Bixler. Fancy superpowers — one benign the U. The Cold War has been a confrontation between two superpowers — one benign the U.

So I decided to do it! And what kinds of people comprise this composite voice? Who will be represented in these remembered exchanges? And when you add your point of view later, in the online discussion, we will really have what I believe our species could truly benefit from right now: Looking back, we have seen that Life Cycles are actually not that difficult to predict. Beginning in ancient times people began to observe certain rhythms in events. Wise ones listened carefully to oral histories and began keeping track of the cycles.

They used their observations to estimate the timing of future cycles. That is exactly what I have come here to tell you. We are in for a period of joy —yet this period will include suffering for sure if we insist on clinging to our old worldview and lifestyles.

Just look at what that old worldview produced in just the few months before this book was published…. Add all that has happened in our world since then and we may well understand why much of humanity is looking to its future a bit nervously, wondering…Is this just the beginning of what the final month of that much-talked-about year, , will bring? What lies ahead, not just in December , but beyond? What does this mean to you?

How does this look? Which you are being asked to do, right here. My wonderful fellow humans…The major disruptions in life as we know it will not be ending soon. Not before and not immediately after December Therefore, living in fear and apprehension, nervous caution and skittish timidity, warily searching for a safe place, hoarding food and hunkering down, preparing for a caveman survival mentality to overcome every human being on the earth as all the structures, conveniences, and technologies of our world simultaneously collapse, is not the answer.

The answer is to get into the game, not get out of the game by running from the playing field. The answer is to join in the co-creation of magnificent days to come.

My suggestion is that we all engage in a conversation with humanity—the part of humanity that we can personally touch. Have a conversation? And yes, that can be the Big Solution to Everything. Not directly, of course. But indirectly. It can be, I promise you. And so today, just as many years ago, it is exactly as American President Franklin Roosevelt said: We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

How to proceed without fear will become clearer to all of us when we realize that what is taking place now all over our planet is not what it seems.

It has nothing to do at its basis with politics, so the upheavals in governance are misplaced and will do little or nothing to change things. It has nothing to do at its basis with economics, so the protests about economic disparities are misdirected and will do little or nothing to change things.

It has nothing to do at its basis with military might, so the use of military power to quell dissent or resolve an issue will do little or nothing to change things. It may look as if it has to do with all of those things, and it has to do with none of those things. The irony here is that we want to solve it! Not a single person I know wants this to go on forever. Indeed, what I observe everywhere I go is that the human race is losing patience with itself. Ah, yes…the repair of something.

Not the destruction of something, the repair of something. A lot of people are running around declaring that this is the end of everything. This is about repair, not destruction, of our world and our way of life. It is our thinking we must change. In the past we kept trying to change conditions on the ground, and even when we did manage to do so every so often we found a band-aid that helped , the same old age old problems eventually re-emerged—because nothing had been altered in our mindset.

All of that is changing. And so, we are going to weather this storm, you and I. Dear traveling companions…As we move into a new era the first thing we have to do is take responsibility for our past. What I am talking about is a moving into gentle, quiet knowing, a soft and compassionate holding, of a simple truth: We are not the victims here.

This is a false thought, an inaccurate thought, a misleading thought. It causes us, quite literally, to dysfunction. Let this fourth conversation that we are having here, then, be about cause. Acknowledging our role in the scheme of things. All of us can easily see, simply by looking around us, just how bad things have gotten on this planet.

But now, a question…. This is not one of the Seven Simple Questions that I mentioned earlier. This is a question that stands all by itself, alone. It precedes the Seven Simple Questions, and creates a context for them. Not enough people are asking this preceding question, much less answering it. In a little booklet I wrote in Spring, I said something that I believe is worth sharing again here: Events on the earth are not created by Unseen Forces.

Even in the case of geophysical events, we are not entirely at the mercy of the elements. Take earthquakes, for instance. They are real, they are occurring, and they are something that we are at some level creating.

Take hurricanes and tornadoes and typhoons and tidal waves and tsunamis. They are all occurring, and they are all something that we are at some level creating. Take global warming, for instance. It is real, it is occurring, and it is something that we are at some level creating.

Or, for that matter, take the incredible and rapid spread of bacterial diseases sweeping across the earth. This, too, is something that we are at some level creating. In a horrifying example of non-leadership, the U.

Of course not. Yet could we be creating these events unconsciously? Through our unconscious that is to say, our unthinking or short-sighted behaviors. Would you agree to this—that human beings are more than passive observers in the rollout of life? Well, let me ask you this. And please let me read a couple of paragraphs from the April issue of Scientific American: The practice, they argue, threatens human health by turning farms into breeding grounds of drug-resistant bacteria.

If it significantly raised prices do you think meat-downloaders would pay a bit more to live a lot longer? This lapse in logic notwithstanding…who do you suppose won that debate? Follow the money trail. Because if we are part of the problem, we can also be part of the solution.

If we are not part of the problem, then we have naught but to endure it. Yet if we are part of the problem and can admit that we are , then we are not utterly at the mercy of Unseen Forces. With regard to human affairs, as opposed to physical occurrences, this is obviously true. We are completely at cause in the matter of the geopolitical upheavals of humanity. Well, yes and no. I mean, is this true? Do you see human nature changing much?

We are about to decide—and to announce our decision through our thoughts, words, and actions—what we consider to be true about us, and about our nature. We are also about to decide whether we are ready and willing to change what has been true about our nature, due to the immaturity of our species, in earlier years.

To me it seems perfectly clear: Yet if most people continue to insist that what has got to change is unchangeable —that the basic nature of our species is simply what it is, and that there is no altering it—then we are surely doomed.

There is nothing for us to do but cut and run, hoard and hide, surviving as best we can while the world falls apart around us. On the other hand, if we renounce the Doctrine of Impossibility, if we reject the notion of our impotence, if we abandon the thought that we have no control over our behavior because of our very nature, a New Future opens to us; a New Tomorrow beckons.

Victims or creators? The first step in the manifestation of this grander eventuality is the embracing of a grander truth about the role we are playing, and have played. We must decide: Even with regard to geophysical conditions and events on our planet over which, at first glance, we might imagine we have no control , we must decide that we do have a collaborative role to play in how those occur and affect us.

The Japanese calamity of is a remarkable example. Even if we assert that we had no long-range role whatsoever in the earthquake and tsunami a position that I, personally, am not prepared to take , there is not a one of us who can deny that humanity definitely had a role in the nuclear disaster that followed—and can have a big role in avoiding these disasters in the future. On May 30, Germany formally announced plans to abandon nuclear energy completely within 11 years.

The remaining nine plants would be shut down by This is a striking example of a world waking up. An important job had to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. Some souls will have left our planet, that is true and we deeply honor them for their sacrifice of this present life on behalf of us all , but most souls are going to stay on the earth in order to move evolution in this particular environment forward, and to assist in dealing with the aftermath of events—doing so in such a way that the changes will be for the better.

And we are in the majority. All we need is to be given something to do. So it can be easy and fun. We are here. All of us who are involved in this conversation.

People are not asking why either because they have asked the question many times before to no benefit, or, worse yet, because they think they already have the answer. Some of them think that the answer has to do with the political doctrine of other people.

If only people would embrace their political doctrine, everything would work out. Some of them think that the answer has to do with the religious doctrine of other people. If only people would embrace their religious doctrine, everything would work out. Some of them think that the answer has to do with the economic doctrine of other people. If only people would embrace their economic doctrine, everything would work out. The reason our species remains unable to create for all of us on the earth the life that we say we want for all of us on the earth is that most of us are embracing doctrines that are simply not true.

It is the Passed-Down Understanding. It is the Inherited Hypothesis. It is the Standard Supposition. It is the Memory Myth. It is a story that provides the foundation for our religions—as well as our political process, our economic system, and all of our social interaction. It influences our lives at every level: Precisely because this story is so pervasive, this is what we should be talking about.

Yet it is what so many people will not talk about. Their story is the problem. Yet it is a story that is sacred to them, an oft-told tale to which they fiercely adhere and which they do not intend to relinquish or abandon.

To do so would seem to them to be abandoning their ancestors, devaluing their traditions, dishonoring their history. A wonderful minister whose church I attended nearly 20 years ago, Rev.

People know that if they change their story—their group story or even their individual story—they will have changed their minds about virtually everything of any importance that any person of any importance in their life has ever said.

And they know that this will affect their sense of who they are, their idea of what is so, even their plans and strategies for where they are going. Such massive change is very difficult for people. For many people. Perhaps for most people. Most would rather keep things as they are, even if things are not so good, than make a change, because change produces the unknown— and that which people do not know, they often fear.

It is fear that stops most folks from changing. They may not like things the way they are, but at least they know what that is. And so, conversations that clearly could lead to significant change have not been enthusiastically welcomed or well tolerated. I think that many people know that if they really sat down together and objectively examined what they are repeating by rote to their children, they would see the folly in it.

Thus, humanity appears to be stuck… one conversation from paradise. Imagine, a single conversation that could change everything. Many people—perhaps most people—might never have that conversation…unless they were gently encouraged to get into it. Well, it would be one conversation, but with many people. Each year a different small group—six to ten people or so—gathers with us for five days, exploring life on a very personal level.

I called them the Seven Simple Questions. The ring of that phrase hit all of us at once. You could start a global movement around that. And so we did. Those of us in that room did, right then and there. And when some of us came back together for a planning session a few months later, we decided that we were not one generation from paradise…we could easily be just one conversation from paradise.

We simply needed to encourage everyone to have a simple conversation with as many others as they could, asking those Seven Simple Questions.

Out of that idea we created what we called The Conversations Movement. That man from the U. And that , my friends, is how things happen. I mean, will asking seven questions be enough? Because those particular questions stimulate explorations of new ideas about who we are, about the real purpose of life, about who and what God is, and about our true relationship with each other. And because the purpose of such a conversation would not be to marginalize, ridicule, or abandon old beliefs, but simply to invite the consideration of new ones.

Yet to extend, and to accept , such an invitation will take courage. In order to consider new beliefs we would have to do what we have routinely done in science, in medicine, and in technology, but have not had the courage to do in religion or in many matters of personal belief. We would have to be willing to question the prior assumption.

This would be the single most daring thing that humanity could do right now. Change does not come easy in any field.

As Max Planck, one of the fathers of quantum physics, once observed:. Wikiquotes— http: Still, at least Science eventually questions the basis on which a scientific conclusion was reached and, using this device, it one day comes up with even more answers, more brilliant solutions, more magnificent and miraculous outcomes.

Likewise, when Medicine comes up with an answer, those who engage in Medicine in any serious way eventually question the basis on which that conclusion was reached. And using this device, they come up with even more answers, more brilliant solutions, more magnificent and miraculous outcomes. Most people simply refuse to question the prior assumption. In fact, many have been known to declare that to do so is as act of apostasy.

We have made breathtaking, almost unbelievable, advances in technology, medicine, and science precisely because those who practice these disciplines have ultimately avoided this stumbling block, even if it did take time. Over decades and centuries they have been willing to make one key statement that most people who are officially associated with religious or cultural beliefs dare not make:.

We would create the life for which we have dreamed, the outcomes for which we were destined, the human experience for which we were designed. Many people are actually producing this outcome for themselves individually right now, in the present moment. If they all simply started talking about it , they could spread this outcome to our entire species within one generation—one conversation at a time. Not quarrel, not argue, not fight, not contradict or debate or dispute or wrangle, just converse—speaking with a gentle passion, listening with an open mind, sharing with a tolerant and tender heart, exploring with a generous spirit, and concluding with a willing invitation to not let the conversation end, but to talk and to share again, as part of an ongoing exchange that need never end.

The role you were destined to play. We took a look earlier of the role that human beings have played in bringing about our present circumstance. I also spoke of the role we can play right now in bringing about a change in those circumstances more quickly.

Now I want to say something daring about that. You have come here—to physical form, to this place called Earth, at this particular and critical time in history— to participate in the evolution of our species.

This is not the only reason you are here, of course. You are here for reasons having to do with your own evolution, your own experience. Yet the more of the latter you achieve, the more of the former you desire, for you realize ultimately that they are one and the same. Do you believe that you arrived here at this time by accident? Do you think that the events occurring all around you are somehow out of sequence?

Do you imagine that things are happening that should not be happening? Do you hold the idea that the timing of your life upon the earth during these crucial passages is a coincidence? Is it your thought that the impeccable synchronization of your arrival with the arrival of This Moment is by chance? Let me know. Engage in this conversation. Here is my own thought about it: That is not how life works. In life, nothing happens by chance.

Life proceeds out of your intentions for it. Even your intentions before birth. You have a soul. You are much more than simply a body with a mind. It you do not believe this you may find it difficult to easily or comfortably embrace the idea that part of your journey on earth is to assist in the evolution of your species. Such an agenda will feel huge, out of reach, beyond your ability. But it is not. You are very able to offer the gentle assistance life invites you to provide right now.

Your participation in the evolution of our species is achieved through the work you do with your own soul. I meant it when I said that humanity could be just one conversation from paradise. That conversation begins with a talk that you have with yourself.

It involves you questioning the prior assumption —every assumption you may have had about yourself, about your world, and about life itself.

It could then involve you having a similar conversation with others. This is what The Conversations Movement is all about. I love this idea of working with my own soul to personally evolve…but how does talking about all this with others accomplish that? The work of your soul is not limited to the self. The work of the soul is to also care for the souls of others. It is to care for all souls.

For your soul realizes that there is really Only One Soul, individualized in countless forms. That is why the impulse to help each other is built into our genes; it is coded within our species. We care for each other, and we do what we can to show it. We all, each of us, feel this impulse. One way, one very easy way, that we can show that we care for each other is to enter with others into the same vivid and vital conversation we enter into with ourselves. In other words, do our soul searching together.

Because the process of soul searching can be a lonely experience. Yet it need not be. When a person enters into soul searching, that person can change. And when a group enters into soul searching together, that group can change.

And when a whole society enters into soul searching together, that entire society can change. Soon the collective culture of many societies changes. Then, the World Entire. It is obviously not the only form, but it can be a powerful form. It is a form so powerful that it can transform a person, a group, a society, a culture, and a world.

Nor are you required to do it in a particular way. You can do this work with your individual soul, or you can do it with your individual soul and with the collective souls of others. The choice is yours. How do you work with your soul? Fair questions. No one teaches this stuff in high school. Very little is written about it. But we are going to here. So stick around for that. Can I ask you what may seem like an insolent question?

What is the basis of all of this for you? You keep talking about seven simple questions. Where did they come from? What makes them so magical for you? So thanks for letting me explain. Just over a decade and a half ago I had an experience in which I was inspired by The Divine. I wrote a book about it, called Conversations with God. That book created a global spiritual publishing phenomenon, selling over a million copies, being translated into 35 languages, and remaining on the New York Times Bestseller list for weeks.

During the time since then, eight other books in this ongoing dialogue have been released, six of those also making the Times Bestseller list. I am not telling you this to boast. God has brought a life-changing message to our world and, given the combined sales of all the CWG books and the hand-to-hand sharing of them, millions of people have been touched by it. There is a reason for this. It did not happen by chance.

The Overhaul of Humanity remember that definition—Overhaul: Does this mean that I am somehow a messiah? It means that we all are. For the most important, the most prominent, and the most repeated message of Conversations with God is that all of us are having conversations with God all the time.

Indeed, to claim to have had personal contact directly from God is considered by many to be blasphemy. Yet throughout human history women and men have experienced moments of deep connection with the heart and the source and the essence of life, by whatever name we call it, and across the span of time ordinary people have had extraordinary awakenings leading to both percipience and prescience.

Now it is time for all of us to claim that, and for a new conversation to take place. A conversation that proceeds from our conversations with God. Now it is time for us to have the conversation with ourselves that I just spoke of.

And then, for all of us to have conversations with each other. For everywhere we turn today people are looking for wisdom, searching for clarity, seeking solutions, trying to figure out just what went wrong with us that we would now be acting the way we are acting—killing and maiming each other, ignoring the desperate needs of our fellow humans in spite of our basic impulse to care for each other, ruining our planet in spite of the fact that we say we love it, reaching, reaching, reaching endlessly for Bigger, Better, More while hundreds of thousands revolt because they have never had what others have right now.

But they must be real dialogues, not simply the pontifications of those who think they have something important to say. They must be openings to mutual understanding, then mutual creation. Okay, the daring stuff starts now.

I offer here a series of inquiries that it is going to take courage to engage. It will take courage because the only answers people can offer are unsettling—no matter what those answers might be. The questions themselves are just simply upsetting. Enough already with the way things are.

We have seen literally hundreds of uprisings and revolutions across our history, including the Fall of the Roman Empire, the First of the Wars of Scottish Independence, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the revolution in India, the Boer Revolt, revolutions all over South America, the European Revolutions of , the revolutions in modern Hungary, in Yugoslavia, in Haiti, the dissolution of the Soviet Union by ….

This is a tiny portion of a list that goes on and on and on…and ON. What do you imagine has been causing all of this? Why do you think it never ends?

And what do you think could make it end? And I can also tell you how to make it end, with One Final Revolution.

The Storm Before the Calm

What has been causing all of this for so long is that…. Human beings have been clear for a very long time that the way life has been constructed on this planet by those in power is not the way it was intended to be lived. And so, since forever— for centuries and millennia —people on every spot on the globe have been agitating.

Their agitations have continued right up to this present day. Even as this is being written, people in many places on earth are still saying No! They have been dying for it. But we are ready now, as a global community, for that dying to stop. This is a revolution that will not ask people to die, but will simply ask people to inquire. It will invite people to make inquiries of themselves and others that could change everything in such a huge way that, finally , future violent revolutions may never again be necessary.

I like to place them into two groups. They are genuine inquiries, being asked and you must ask them sincerely, with purity of heart, not out of righteousness, not out of argumentativeness. And they are placed here gently, softly, for I recognize that most human beings, for all the reasons given earlier, are not comfortable discussing these things.

Should that happen, as far as the power structure is concerned The Game is Over. Life as we have been living is history, and this will be the end of it. The following inquiries, made in the depth of our own soul, and used by us to invite others into their own soul searching, could change the world. How is it possible that 6. Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about life, the understanding of which would change everything?

Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about ourselves , about our own life and its purpose, the understanding of which would shift our reality and alter our experience for the better, forever? These are powerful questions.

They deserve answers. They at least deserve being asked. Yet are great numbers of people asking them? Are politicians? Presidents and prime ministers, kings and heads of state? Religious figures?

Not many. Military generals and admirals? Leaders of business and industry? Ordinary people at their dinner table? Well, yes, possibly. Beginning now. Ordinary people like you and I will now be asking these questions all over the planet.

I do not believe that one can ignore these questions and rapidly evolve. None of us can. This is the situation with most people on the earth today. And by the way, I answer them daily. Sometimes during the day as events transpire. Used in this way, these questions are not only in formative, they are trans formative. And the first of these four is the real key. It unlocks everything. It invites us to look deeply at the biggest mystery, the mystery of our own identity.

I mean our identity in the cosmos. Where do you conceive of yourself as being? That is, what is this place in which we experience our existence? How do you conceive of it?

How do you hold it in your reality? I am speaking here of how you hold it conceptually, yes? Is it a place of learning, a school? Do you experience it as a place of testing, an examination room? Is it a place of proving or contesting or competing, like a giant racetrack or an athletic field, where some are winners and some are losers? Do you have no conceptual reference point for this space, and truly conceive of it only as a physical location in a larger system of planets whizzing around a star?

And absent such a framework, those experiences themselves felt essentially meaningless. No different from those of a fly or an ant. I felt that I was simply a more sophisticated life form. I had a life expectancy and, barring unforeseen circumstances, I knew I would be here for x amount of time, but what is this place? Why am I where I am? Why am I not somewhere else? What is the purpose of my being in this time and place? Is there a purpose? Who would give it one? That is, decide what their answer is, out of pure intention.

In this way they live their life from Intention rather than living their life by default. A life lived by default is a life lived according to the Default Responses of the majority of people on the earth. I hope that none of you ever again chooses to live your life like that. Most of us have lived at least portions of our lives in this way, but we never have to again if we do not want to. This leads to the final question. Not just the final question in this series of seven, but what could be, metaphorically, The Final Important Question of Life: Having given your answers to all the other questions, you are invited to decide, What do you intend to do about that?

This is always the final question in life. In every situation, in every circumstance, in every moment that our experience presents, the question always and forever is: What do I intend to do about that? This is the fuel that drives the engine of creation in your life. It is important to understand that life is nothing but energy. It is energy organized. And who does the organizing? We do. Surprisingly, the answer is… us.

Life is pure energy that circles back into itself. That is, life is a self-fueling, self-sustaining, self-determining, and self-creating process. It depends on itself, relies on itself, looks to itself to tell itself what the next expression of itself shall be. This is true universally, it is true globally, it is true nationally, it is true locally, and it is true individually.

It is merely a matter of proportion. And so we see the Universe deciding about itself in this way, our planet deciding about itself in this way, our nation deciding about itself in this way, our own city or community deciding about itself in this way, and our own person deciding about itself in this way.

Life informs Life about Life through the process of Life Itself. At the most personal level, your information creates you, in formation.

You are constantly forming and reforming yourself, shaping and reshaping yourself, creating and recreating yourself anew. Indeed, the function of life is to recreate yourself anew in each golden moment of Now, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are.

All of humanity is engaged in this process. We are doing it politically, we are doing it economically, we are doing it culturally, we are doing it racially, we are doing it socially, we are doing it sexually, we are doing it spiritually. This is what God is doing. God is recreating Itself anew in the single and only moment called Now—and life is God, doing this. Life is God, expressing Itself in an endless multiplicity of forms. You are one of the forms of God. And thus, Gods…in formation.

Perk up ears is one thing. Change the world is another. Is that what this whole thing is all about? I sure was expecting more than that. But can I tell you something? And we are talking here about The Conversation of the Century. And conversations around these trenchant questions could ignite a global movement generating enormous social developments that really could change the world.

Let me share something here from Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future This is a globally known consultant on organizational behavior. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, holds an M.

In other words, Meg Wheatley knows her way around. In a article in Utne Reader, Ms. Before there were classrooms, meetings or group facilitators, there were people sitting around talking.

We can also take courage in the fact that many people are longing to converse again. We are hungry for a chance to talk. People want to tell their stories, and are willing to listen to yours. We are awakening an ancient practice, a way of being gathered that all humans intimately understand.

You know something? We did that in the Sixties. We were very serious in those days. We were thinking of our children, we were concerned about the planet, we were doing sit-ins, we rallied together and marched, we were thinking seven generations ahead…and we talked and talked and talked. There absolutely is more polarization in society today than ever before. What you did in the Sixties led to this. Oh, great. You and many others in the Sixties generation helped to bring about the End of an Era.

Polarization is the natural result of that. It is the signal that the era is actually coming to an end. This ending of the era may not have happened as fast as you would have liked 40 years ago, but make no mistake, that was the impetus that got the snowball rolling downhill. And now we have an avalanche. So yes, many of us older folks did talk and talk in the Sixties. We sat around in circles and gabbed our heads off, sometimes until the sun came up.

It takes a long time to turn a big ship around. Such powerful and widespread activation and mobilization would have been utterly impossible in the Sixties. But now our little conversations can get big; our community-based conversations can go global.

And we have even more people joining with us. We have the younger ones. We have the folks in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Now imagine all of us getting in on the act. Suddenly a conversation with four or six people can turn into a conversation with four or six hundred. What we did in the Sixties was a good start. As I said, no reach on that scale could have been envisioned by anyone but major television networks and print media moguls in the Sixties.

Today the power of mass communication has been harnessed by the masses themselves. And that is the difference. But do you really think that a simple invitation to have a conversation, even in this day and age of electronic connection, can draw million people into a dialogue? If Facebook can attract million to talk about what they had for breakfast, half that number can surely be motivated to talk about things that actually matter. All it will take to rewrite our Cultural Story is the reaching of critical mass in the energies around the idea.

People hold some pretty strong beliefs. And it all stems from those first two thoughts: Of course God is separate from us. What do you think, that God is the same as we are? I had this actual conversation on talk radio recently. I responded… We seem to have a different view of who and what God is, you and I. How does the belief that God is great, God is good, cause humanity misery? I believe that humans could experience themselves as being as great and as good as God is, if they only stopped telling themselves that they cannot.

We cannot be as great and as good as God is. We simply cannot. You lost me on that last turn. Well, I understand that we cannot be as large as God; that would be impossible. A drop of the ocean is not the ocean. But it is the same as the ocean, simply in a smaller portion. So the drop and the ocean are the same stuff. And proportionate to its size, the drop can be as great as the ocean. To a microscopic life form, the drop may as well be the ocean.

But let me ask you a question. The point is that the way to have less violence, fewer wars, and a better world is to listen to God and do what God says , not try to be God. You want us to run around thinking that we are God? Good grief. Let me move in a different direction for a moment. I find myself wanting to point out that many human beings are not happy.

In fact, most are not. We can agree on that, can we not? Yes, we can agree on that. And so we live in a society whose members are lashing out in frustration and anger, in defensiveness and bewilderment.

They experience that they live in a world that is constantly attacking them—or at the very least, preventing them. Most people do not see humanity as having had a role in creating the world like that. I appreciate you for being so clear. I know that what is being said here, that we are all Divine, runs counter to our present Cultural Story, our present understanding.

It violates our values. It shakes us up. It even gets some of us mad. But I always look closely at the ideas that make me angry.

I walk into it. I explore it. Look at those comments or opinions again and see if there is anything important Life is trying to say to you around those subjects. Now I know that there are some people who are not going to be interested in moving beyond the very first question. You will recall, that question was…. If most people believe that we as a species know everything right now that we need to know to create the lives that we wish to live, then exploration of new tools for the future will seem pointless.

We can all just drop these inquiries, go on living our lives moment-to-moment trying to get everything we want, working to give everyone we love what they want, hope for the best for ourselves, our children and their children, and let it go at that.

Yet I have a different proposal to make. I want to suggest that the trick is not to keep trying to get for ourselves, and give everyone else, what is wanted. The trick is to change what is wanted.

I mean exactly that. I mean, change what it is that you want for yourself and what you want to give your loved ones. Well as Dr. Yet if what you want is something else , and you produce that , then your producing of that will give you this.

What in the heck are you saying …? Most of us are trying to produce the wrong thing. How is it possible for an entire species to desire the same thing and be unable, after thousands of years of trying, to get it? Instead of seeking and trying to create, peace, prosperity, happiness and all the rest, seek and try to create something much larger….

A knowledge and an experience of your real self, of who you really are. Go after that, and all the rest will follow. Only your answer should be relevant to you. Yet each person must finally answer the question for him or her Self. While I know what my answer is, I am here just opening people to the question. Yet as people open this inquiry, I encourage them to consider all of the Seven Simple Questions, not just this one, and to explore them one after the other, in order.

Just as I have done. What makes you think that your answers are right? I hope that this monoconvologue has proven to be a good literary device, giving you an opportunity to see how you might respond when other people come to you with the same kinds of questions. For instance, the questions just above are two questions that I get a lot—and you may be asked them as well.

I have always responded…. And can we all agree that it might be beneficial to search for new ones together? The answers that are correct for you are the answers that you give. And you may give different answers a different times of your life, by the way! Yet I believe that if you wish to move forward in your own evolution, you must offer some answers. If feels to me that we ignore these questions at our peril.

The world has ignored them, and is in peril. So I think the discussion is worthwhile. Perhaps, but what makes you think that you should lead it? Our planet and its people are in the process of evolving, and that process is speeding up. No, it appears to be mystified about more than that. Our species seems to be unclear not only on how to proceed from here, but how we got here.

I think that many people would like to do that. Many are feeling this same impulse; the impulse to assist. I see the whole thing as a beginning; as a way to get us started; as a means of moving the energy. But now let me repeat that the ideas I talk about are not mine, but were given to me in Conversations with God. And they have helped me tremendously. Oh, it is. Believe me, it is.

You have a soul. You are much more than simply a body with a mind. It you do not believe this you may find it difficult to easily or comfortably embrace the idea that part of your journey on earth is to assist in the evolution of your species. Such an agenda will feel huge, out of reach, beyond your ability. But it is not. You are very able to offer the gentle assistance life invites you to provide right now. I meant it when I said that humanity could be just one conversation from paradise.

That conversation begins with a talk that you have with yourself. It involves you questioning the prior assumption—every assumption you may have had about yourself, about your world, and about life itself. It could then involve you having a similar conversation with others. This is what The Conversations Movement is all about. I love this idea of working with my own soul to personally evolve…but how does talking about all this with others accomplish that? The work of your soul is not limited to the self.

The work of the soul is to also care for the souls of others. It is to care for all souls. For your soul realizes that there is really Only One Soul, individualized in countless forms. That is why the impulse to help each other is built into our genes; it is coded within our species. We care for each other, and we do what we can to show it. We all, each of us, feel this impulse. One way, one very easy way, that we can show that we care for each other is to enter with others into the same vivid and vital conversation we enter into with ourselves.

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In other words, do our soul searching together. Because the process of soul searching can be a lonely experience. Yet it need not be. When a person enters into soul searching, that person can change. And when a group enters into soul searching together, that group can change.

And when a whole society enters into soul searching together, that entire society can change. Soon the collective culture of many societies changes.

Then, the World Entire. It all starts with you deeply questioning yourself. And then carrying the questions to others. It is obviously not the only form, but it can be a powerful form. It is a form so powerful that it can transform a person, a group, a society, a culture, and a world. Nor are you required to do it in a particular way. You can do this work with your individual soul, or you can do it with your individual soul and with the collective souls of others.

The choice is yours. How do you work with your soul? Fair questions. No one teaches this stuff in high school. Very little is written about it. But we are going to here. So stick around for that. Can I ask you what may seem like an insolent question? Of course. Ask me anything. What is the basis of all of this for you?

You keep talking about seven simple questions. Where did they come from? What makes them so magical for you? So thanks for letting me explain. Just over a decade and a half ago I had an experience in which I was inspired by The Divine. I wrote a book about it, called Conversations with God. That book created a global spiritual publishing phenomenon, selling over a million copies, being translated into 35 languages, and remaining on the New York Times Bestseller list for weeks.

During the time since then, eight other books in this ongoing dialogue have been released, six of those also making the Times Bestseller list. I am not telling you this to boast. God has brought a life-changing message to our world and, given the combined sales of all the CWG books and the hand-to-hand sharing of them, millions of people have been touched by it.

There is a reason for this. It did not happen by chance. The Overhaul of Humanity remember that definition—Overhaul: a comprehensive examination and repair of something is underway, and I believe that the sudden appearance of the CWG material is all a part of that.

Does this mean that I am somehow a messiah? It means that we all are. For the most important, the most prominent, and the most repeated message of Conversations with God is that all of us are having conversations with God all the time. Indeed, to claim to have had personal contact directly from God is considered by many to be blasphemy. Yet throughout human history women and men have experienced moments of deep connection with the heart and the source and the essence of life, by whatever name we call it, and across the span of time ordinary people have had extraordinary awakenings leading to both percipience and prescience.

Now it is time for all of us to claim that, and for a new conversation to take place. A conversation that proceeds from our conversations with God. Now it is time for us to have the conversation with ourselves that I just spoke of.

And then, for all of us to have conversations with each other. It is time for Conversations with Humanity. For everywhere we turn today people are looking for wisdom, searching for clarity, seeking solutions, trying to figure out just what went wrong with us that we would now be acting the way we are acting—killing and maiming each other, ignoring the desperate needs of our fellow humans in spite of our basic impulse to care for each other, ruining our planet in spite of the fact that we say we love it, reaching, reaching, reaching endlessly for Bigger, Better, More while hundreds of thousands revolt because they have never had what others have right now.

But they must be real dialogues, not simply the pontifications of those who think they have something important to say. They must be openings to mutual understanding, then mutual creation. I offer here a series of inquiries that it is going to take courage to engage. It will take courage because the only answers people can offer are unsettling—no matter what those answers might be. The questions themselves are just simply upsetting.

Enough already with the way things are. I mean, really. Nice going. This is a tiny portion of a list that goes on and on and on…and ON. What is this all about, do you think? What do you imagine has been causing all of this? Why do you think it never ends? And what do you think could make it end? And I can also tell you how to make it end, with One Final Revolution. What has been causing all of this for so long is that… Human beings have been clear for a very long time that the way life has been constructed on this planet by those in power is not the way it was intended to be lived.

And so, since forever—for centuries and millennia—people on every spot on the globe have been agitating. Their agitations have continued right up to this present day. Even as this is being written, people in many places on earth are still saying No! They have been dying for it. But we are ready now, as a global community, for that dying to stop.

This is a revolution that will not ask people to die, but will simply ask people to inquire. It will invite people to make inquiries of themselves and others that could change everything in such a huge way that, finally, future violent revolutions may never again be necessary.

I like to place them into two groups. They are genuine inquiries, being asked and you must ask them sincerely, with purity of heart, not out of righteousness, not out of argumentativeness. And they are placed here gently, softly, for I recognize that most human beings, for all the reasons given earlier, are not comfortable discussing these things.

Should that happen, as far as the power structure is concerned The Game is Over. Life as we have been living is history, and this will be the end of it. The Seven Simple Questions The following inquiries, made in the depth of our own soul, and used by us to invite others into their own soul searching, could change the world.

The Three Persistent Questions 1. How is it possible that 6. Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about life, the understanding of which would change everything? Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about ourselves, about our own life and its purpose, the understanding of which would shift our reality and alter our experience for the better, forever? These are powerful questions. They deserve answers. They at least deserve being asked.

Yet are great numbers of people asking them? Are politicians? Presidents and prime ministers, kings and heads of state? Religious figures? Not many. Military generals and admirals?

Leaders of business and industry? Ordinary people at their dinner table? Well, yes, possibly. Beginning now. Ordinary people like you and I will now be asking these questions all over the planet. Who am I? Why am I where I am? What do I intend to do about that? I do not believe that one can ignore these questions and rapidly evolve. None of us can. This is the situation with most people on the earth today. And by the way, I answer them daily.

Sometimes during the day as events transpire. Used in this way, these questions are not only informative, they are transformative. And the first of these four is the real key. It unlocks everything. It invites us to look deeply at the biggest mystery, the mystery of our own identity.

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I mean our identity in the cosmos. The second question seems simple, but its answer may not be. Where am I? Where do you conceive of yourself as being?

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That is, what is this place in which we experience our existence? How do you conceive of it? How do you hold it in your reality?

I am speaking here of how you hold it conceptually, yes? Is it a place of learning, a school? Do you experience it as a place of testing, an examination room? Is it a place of proving or contesting or competing, like a giant racetrack or an athletic field, where some are winners and some are losers?

Do you have no conceptual reference point for this space, and truly conceive of it only as a physical location in a larger system of planets whizzing around a star? What is this place in which we find ourselves? The mind begs to know…Where am I?

And absent such a framework, those experiences themselves felt essentially meaningless. No different from those of a fly or an ant. I felt that I was simply a more sophisticated life form. I had a life expectancy and, barring unforeseen circumstances, I knew I would be here for x amount of time, but what is this place? And then, the next question looms: Why? Why am I not somewhere else? What is the purpose of my being in this time and place?

Is there a purpose? Who would give it one? That is, decide what their answer is, out of pure intention. In this way they live their life from Intention rather than living their life by default. A life lived by default is a life lived according to the Default Responses of the majority of people on the earth. I hope that none of you ever again chooses to live your life like that. Most of us have lived at least portions of our lives in this way, but we never have to again if we do not want to.

The last inquiry This leads to the final question. Not just the final question in this series of seven, but what could be, metaphorically, The Final Important Question of Life: Having given your answers to all the other questions, you are invited to decide, What do you intend to do about that?

This is always the final question in life. In every situation, in every circumstance, in every moment that our experience presents, the question always and forever is: What do I intend to do about that? This is the fuel that drives the engine of creation in your life. It is important to understand that life is nothing but energy. It is energy organized. And who does the organizing? We do. Surprisingly, the answer is…us. Life is pure energy that circles back into itself.

That is, life is a self-fueling, self-sustaining, self-determining, and self-creating process. It depends on itself, relies on itself, looks to itself to tell itself what the next expression of itself shall be. This is true universally, it is true globally, it is true nationally, it is true locally, and it is true individually. It is merely a matter of proportion. And so we see the Universe deciding about itself in this way, our planet deciding about itself in this way, our nation deciding about itself in this way, our own city or community deciding about itself in this way, and our own person deciding about itself in this way.

Life informs Life about Life through the process of Life Itself. At the most personal level, your information creates you, in formation. You are constantly forming and reforming yourself, shaping and reshaping yourself, creating and recreating yourself anew. Indeed, the function of life is to recreate yourself anew in each golden moment of Now, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are.

All of humanity is engaged in this process. We are doing it politically, we are doing it economically, we are doing it culturally, we are doing it racially, we are doing it socially, we are doing it sexually, we are doing it spiritually. This is what God is doing. God is recreating Itself anew in the single and only moment called Now—and life is God, doing this.

Life is God, expressing Itself in an endless multiplicity of forms. You are one of the forms of God. And thus, Gods…in formation. That is their power. These questions are guaranteed to perk up ears in any group. Perk up ears is one thing. Change the world is another. Is that what this whole thing is all about? I sure was expecting more than that. But can I tell you something? And we are talking here about The Conversation of the Century.