Learning, Sharing, Helping …

Once upon no time, there was a little Soul who said to God, “I know who I am.” And God said, “That’s wonderful! Who are you?”
And the Little Soul shouted, “I’m the Light!”
God smiled a big smile. “That’s right!” God exclaimed. “You are the Light.”
The Little Soul was so happy, for it had figured out what all the souls in the Kingdom were there to figure out.
“Wow,” said the Little Soul, “this is really cool!”
But soon, knowing who it was not enough. The Little Soul felt stirrings inside, and now wanted to be who it was. And so the Little Soul went back to God (which is not a bad idea for all souls who want to be Who They Really Are) and said,
“Hi, God! Now that I know Who I am, is it okay for me to be it?”
And God said, “You mean you want to be Who You Already Are?”
“Well,” replied the Little Soul,” it’s one thing to know Who I Am, and another thing altogether to actually be it. I want to feel what it’s like to be the Light!”

“But you already are the Light,” God repeated, smiling again.
“Yes, but I want to see what that feels like!” cried the Little Soul.
“Well,” said God with a chuckle, “I suppose I should have known. You always were the adventuresome one.”
Then God’s expression changed. “There’s only one thing…”
“What?” asked the Little Soul.
“Well, there is nothing else but the Light. You see, I created nothing but what you are; and so, there is no easy way for you to experience yourself as Who You Are, since there is nothing that you are not.”
“Huh?” said the Little Soul, who was now a little confused.
“Think of it this way,” said God. “You are like a candle in the Sun. Oh, you’re there all right. Along with a million, gazillion other candles who make up the Sun. And the sun would not be the Sun without you. Nay, it would be a sun without one of its candles…and that would not be the Sun at all; for it would not shine as brightly. Yet, how to know yourself as the Light when you are amidst the Light -that is the question.”
“Well,” the Little Soul perked up, “you’re God. Think of something!”
Once more God smiled. “I already have,” God said. “Since you cannot see yourself as the Light when you are in the Light, we’ll surround you with darkness.”
“What’s darkness?” the Little Soul asked.
God replied, “It is that which you are not.”
“Will I be afraid of the dark?” cried the Little Soul.
“Only if you choose to be,” God answered. “There is nothing, really, to be afraid of, unless you decide that there is. You see, we are making it all up. We are pretending.”
“Oh,” said the Little Soul, and felt better already.
Then God explained that, in order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite of it will appear. “It is a great gift,” God said, “because without it, you could not know what anything is like. You could not know Warm without Cold, Up without Down, Fast without Slow. You could not know Left without Right, Here without There, Now without Then.”
“And so,” God concluded, “when you are surrounded with darkness, do not shake your fist and raise your voice and curse the darkness. Rather be a Light unto the darkness, and don’t be mad about it. Then you will know Who You Really Are, and all others will know, too. Let your Light shine so that everyone will know how special you are!”
“You mean it’s okay to let others see how special I am?” asked the Little Soul.
“Of course!” God chuckled. “It’s very okay! But remember, ‘special’ does not mean ‘better.’ Everybody is special, each in their own way! Yet many others have forgotten that. They will see that it is okay for them to be special only when you see that it is okay for you to be special.”
“Wow,” said the Little Soul, dancing and skipping and laughing and jumping with joy. “I can be as special as I want to be!”
“Yes, and you can start right now,” said God, who was dancing and skipping and laughing right along with the Little Soul.
“What part of special do you want to be?”
“What part of special?” the Little Soul repeated. “I don’t understand.”
“Well,” God explained, “being the Light is being special, and being special has a lot of parts to it. It is special to be kind. It is special to be gentle. It is special to be creative. It is special to be patient. Can you think of any other ways it is special to be?”
The Little Soul sat quietly for a moment. “I can think of lots of ways to be special!” the Little Soul then exclaimed. “It is special to be helpful. It is special to be sharing. It is special to be friendly. It is special to be considerate of others!”
“Yes!” God agreed, “and you can be all of those things, or any part of special you wish to be, at any moment. That’s what it means to be the Light.”
“I know what I want to be, I know what I want to be!” the Little Soul announced with great excitement. “I want to be the part of special called ‘forgiving’. Isn’t it special to be forgiving?”
“Oh, yes,” God assured the Little Soul. “That is very special.”
“Okay,” said the Little Soul. “That’s what I want to be. I want to be forgiving. I want to experience myself as that.”
“Good,” said God, “but there’s one thing you should know.”
The Little Soul was becoming a bit impatient now. It always seemed as though there were some complication.
“What is it?” the Little Soul sighed.
“There is no one to forgive.”
“No one?” The Little Soul could hardly believe what had been said.
“No one!” God repeated. “Everything I have made is perfect. There is not a single soul in all creation less perfect than you. Look around you.”
It was then that the Little Soul realized a large crowd had gathered. Souls had come from far and wide ~ from all over the Kingdom ~ for the word had gone forth that the Little Soul was having this extraordinary conversation with God, and everyone wanted to hear what they were saying. Looking at the countless other souls gathered there, the Little Soul had to agree. None appeared less wonderful, less magnificent, or less perfect than the Little Soul itself. Such was the wonder of the souls gathered around, and so bright was their Light, that the Little Soul could scarcely gaze upon them.
“Who, then, to forgive?” asked God.
“Boy, this is going to be no fun at all!” grumbled the Little Soul. “I wanted to experience myself as One Who Forgives. I wanted to know what that part of special felt like.”
And the Little Soul learned what it must feel like to be sad. But just then a Friendly Soul stepped forward from the crowd.
“Not to worry, Little Soul,” the Friendly Soul said, “I will help you.”
“You will?” the Little Soul brightened. “But what can you do?”
“Why, I can give you someone to forgive!”
“You can?”
“Certainly!” chirped the Friendly Soul. “I can come into your next lifetime and do something for you to forgive.”
“But why? Why would you do that?” the Little Soul asked. “You, who are a Being of such utter perfection! You, who vibrate with such a speed that it creates a Light so bright that I can hardly gaze upon you! What could cause you to want to slow down your vibration to such a speed that your bright Light would become dark and dense? What could cause you ~ who are so light that you dance upon the stars and move through the Kingdom with the speed of your thought–to come into my life and make yourself so heavy that you could do this bad thing?”
“Simple,” the Friendly Soul said. “I would do it because I love you.”
The Little Soul seemed surprised at the answer.
“Don’t be so amazed,” said the Friendly Soul, “you have done the same thing for me. Don’t you remember? Oh, we have danced together, you and I, many times. Through the eons and across all the ages have we danced. Across all time and in many places have we played together. You just don’t remember.”
“We have both been All Of It. We have been the Up and the Down of it, the Left and the Right of it. We have been the Here and the There of it, the Now and the Then of it. We have been the male and the female, the good and the bad; we have both been the victim and the villain of it.”
“Thus have we come together, you and I, many times before; each bringing to the other the exact and perfect opportunity to Express and to Experience Who We Really Are. And so,” the Friendly Soul explained further, “I will come into your next lifetime and be the ‘bad one’ this time. I will do something really terrible, and then you can experience yourself as the One Who Forgives.
“But what will you do?” the Little Soul asked, just a little nervously, “that will be so terrible?”
“Oh,” replied the Friendly Soul with a twinkle, “we’ll think of something.”
Then the Friendly Soul seemed to turn serious, and said in a quiet voice, “You are right about one thing, you know.”
“What is that?” the Little Soul wanted to know.
“I will have to slow down my vibration and become very heavy to do this not-so-nice thing. I will have to pretend to be something very unlike myself. And so, I have but one favour to ask of you in return.”
“Oh, anything, anything!” cried the Little Soul, and began to dance and sing, “I get to be forgiving, I get to be forgiving!”
Then the Little Soul saw that the Friendly Soul was remaining very quiet.
“What is it?” the Little Soul asked. “What can I do for you? You are such an angel to be willing to do this for me!”
“Of course this Friendly Soul is an angel!” God interrupted. “Everyone is! Always remember: I have sent you nothing but angels.”
And so the Little Soul wanted more than ever to grant the Friendly Soul’s request. “What can I do for you?” the Little Soul asked again.
“In the moment that I strike you and smite you,” the Friendly Soul replied, “in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could possible imagine ~ in that very moment…”
“Yes?” the Little Soul interrupted, “yes…?””Remember Who I Really Am.”
“Oh, I will!” cried the Little Soul, “I promise! I will always remember you as I see you right here, right now!”
“Good,” said the Friendly Soul, “because, you see, I will have been pretending so hard, I will have forgotten myself. And if you do not remember me as I really am, I may not be able to remember for a very long time. And if I forget Who I Am, you may even forget Who You Are, and we will both be lost. Then we will need another soul to come along and remind us both of Who We Are.”
“No, we won’t!” the Little Soul promised again. “I will remember you! And I will thank you for bringing me this gift ~ the chance to experience myself as Who I Am.
” And so, the agreement was made. And the Little Soul went forth into a new lifetime, excited to be the Light, which was very special, and excited to be that part of special called Forgiveness.
And the Little Soul waited anxiously to be able to experience itself as Forgiveness, and to thank whatever other soul made it possible. And at all the moments in that new lifetime, whenever a new soul appeared on the scene, whether that new soul brought joy or sadness–and especially if it brought sadness–the Little Soul thought of what God had said.
“Always remember,” God had smiled, “I have sent you nothing but angels.”

Neale Donald Walsch – Micul Suflet si Soarele – Conversatii cu Dumnezeu

Odata ca niciodata, a existat un Suflet Mic, care i-a declarat lui Dumnezeu:
– Stiu cine sunt!
Si Dumnezeu a raspuns:
– Ce-mi spui e minunat! Si cine esti tu?
Micul suflet a strigat :
– Eu sunt Lumina!
Dumnezeu a zambit cu drag:
– Ai dreptate! Esti, intr-adevar, Lumina.
Micul Suflet era extrem de fericit; Tocmai deslusise misterul pe care intreg Regatul dorea sa-l descopere.
– Uau !, spunea Micul Suflet, asta e grozav!
Dar curand, doar a sti nu i-a mai fost suficient. Micul Suflet a inceput sa-si doreasca sa fie ceea ce tocmai descoperise ca este. Si astfel, Micul Suflet a mers din nou la Dumnezeu (ceea ce nu e deloc o idee rea pentru sufletelele care-si doresc sa fie Ceea ce Sunt cu Adevarat) si i-a spus :
– Acum, ca stiu ce sunt, pot sa si fiu ceea ce sunt ?
– Adica vrei sa FII Ceea ce ESTI cu Adevarat?, il intreba Dumnezeu.
– Pai, raspunse el, una este sa stiu ce sunt, si cu totul alta e sa fiu ceea ce sunt. Vreau sa simt cum e sa fiu Lumina.
– Dar tu chiar Esti Lumina!, ii raspunse Dumnezeu cu un zambet larg.
– Intr-adevar! Dar eu chiar vreau sa simt cum e sa fii lumina, se tot plangea Micul Suflet.
– Asa deci ?, raspunse Dumnezeu razand in barba-i, ar fi trebuit sa-mi dau seama de asta mai devreme, mereu ai fost un spirit aventuros.
Atunci privirea lui Dumnezeu se schimba :
– Ar fi totusi un lucru.
– Ce? intreba Sufletelul.
– Pai, nu exista decat Lumina. Vezi tu, am creat doar ceea ce esti tu si, astfel, nu exista nici o modalitate prin care tu sa traiesti experienta a Ceea ce Esti, atata vreme cat nu exista opusul a ceea ce esti.
– Adica ?, intraba confuz, Micul Suflet.
– Hai sa ne gandim in felul urmator, ii spuse Dumnezeu: tu esti ca o lumanare in Soare. Esti acolo impreuna cu alte milioane, miliarde de lumanari, pentru a crea Soarele. Si Soarele nu ar fi el insusi fara de tine; el nu ar fi Soarele, fara una din lumanarile sale. Si fara tine, el nu ar mai fi Soarele, pentru ca nu ar mai straluci la fel de puternic. Deci, cum ai putea sa te cunosti pe tine insuti ca fiind Lumina, cand tu esti in Lumina?
– Pai, ii raspunse Sufletelul, tu esti Dumnezeul, gandeste-te la o solutie.
Dumnezeu zambi din nou si-i spuse :
– Am gasit deja solutia. Pentru ca nu te poti vedea ca fiind Lumina, atata vreme cat tu esti in Lumina, atunci te vom inconjura cu intuneric.
– Ce este intunericul ?, intreba Micul Suflet.
– Este ceea ce tu nu esti.
– Imi va fi frica de intuneric ?, intreba Micul Suflet.
– Doar daca alegi tu sa-ti fie frica. Nu are, de fapt, de ce sa-ti fie teama, decat daca tu decizi asta. Vezi tu, noi ne jucam; doar ne prefacem ca e intuneric .
– Aaa ! exclama Micul Suflet, deja m-am linistit.
Apoi Dumnezeu ii explica faptul ca pentru a putea trai o experienta anume, va trebui sa apara exact opusul starii respective :
– Si asta este un mare dar, pentru ca fara el, nu ai putea afla cum sunt toate de fapt. Nu ai putea sa cunosti Caldura, fara ajutorul Frigului, Sus fara Jos, Rapid fara Incet, Stanga fara Dreapta, Aici fara Acolo, Acum fara Atunci. Si astfel, incheie Dumnezeu, sa nu ridici pumnul ori vocea impotriva intunericului, nici sa nu-l blestemi. In schimb, fii Lumina in Intuneric si nu te intrista din cauza lui. Atunci vei sti Cine Esti cu Adevarat si toti ceilalti vor sti asta. Lasa-ti Lumina sa straluceasca, pentru ca si ceilalti sa afle cat esti de special.
– Vrei sa spui ca e in regula sa-i las pe cei din jurul meu sa vada cat de special sunt?, intreba Micul Suflet.
– Bine-nteles! raspunse Dumnezeu razand; este perfect in regula! Dar aminteste-ti ca “special” nu inseamna “mai bun”. Totii sunt speciali, fiecare in felul sau. Desi multi dintre ei au uitat lucrul acesta. Isi vor da seama ca este in ordine sa se considere si ei speciali la randul lor, doar atunci cand tu vei reusi sa accepti ca tu esti special.
– Minunat !, radea Micul Suflet sarind in sus de bucurie, pot sa fiu oricat de special imi doresc!
– Si poti sa incepi lucrul acesta, chiar acum! ,ii mai spuse Dumnezeu, care dansa de bucurie, impreuna cu Micul Suflet. Apoi, il intreba :
– In ce mod iti doresti tu sa fii special ?
– Nu inteleg. raspunse Micul Suflet.
– Pai, a fi Lumina inseamna a fi special, si a fi special are multe aspecte. Este special sa fii bun. Este special sa fii bland. Este special sa fii creativ. Este special sa fii rabdator. Poti sa-mi spui in ce fel ai mai putea sa fii special?
Micul Suflet a ramas tacut pentru un moment :
– Ma pot gandi la multe feluri de a fi special!, exclama Micul Suflet. Este special sa fii de ajutor. Este special sa fii darnic. Este special sa fii prietenos. Este special sa fii bun fata de altii.
– Intr-adevar, ii raspunse Dumnezeu, iar tu poti sa fii toate acestea, sau orice parte iti doresti, oricand! Asta inseamna sa fii Lumina.
– Stiu! Stiu! Stiu ce vreau sa fiu! striga Micul Suflet cu mult entuziasm, vreau sa fiu special, fiind iertator. E ceva special sa ierti?
– O, da! e foarte special.
– Ce bine! Asta vreau sa fiu! Vreau sa fiu iertator! Vreau sa traiesc experienta a ce inseamna sa fii iertator.
– Bun, spuse Dumnezeu, dar inainte ar trebui sa stii ceva.
Micul Suflet devenea putin nerabdator. Parea ca mereu apar unele complicatii.
– Ce anume ar trebui sa stiu ?, ofta Micul Suflet.
– Nu ai pe cine sa ierti.
– Nimeni? Micul Suflet abia putea crede asta.
– Nimeni! raspunse Dumnezeu. Tot ce am creat este perfect. Nu exista nici macar un suflet in toata creatia care sa fie mai putin decat perfect. Uita-te in jurul tau!
Abia atunci observa Micul Suflet marea multime ce se adunase in jur. O multime de suflete venisera din toata imparatia, pentru ca se raspandise vorba cum ca Micul Suflet purta aceasta conversatie cu Dumnezeu si cu totii erau curiosi sa o auda. Privind in jurul lui, Micul Suflet a trebuit sa-i dea dreptate: nu exista nimeni mai putin minunat, mai putin magnific, mai putin perfect decat el insusi. Atat de minunata si stralucitoare era multimea din jur, incat Micul Suflet abia o putea privi.
– Atunci pe cine ai putea ierta ?, intreba Dumnezeu.
– Of! Nu va mai fi deloc distractiv, se imbufna Micul Suflet. Imi doream sa traiesc experienta iertarii. Doream sa aflu cat e de special sa fii iertator.
Si astfel Micul Suflet tocmai aflase cum e sa fii trist.
Dar chiar atunci, un Suflet Prietenos iesi din multime si se apropie.
– Nu te intrista Suflet Micut, ii spuse Sufletul cel Prietenos, te voi ajuta eu.
– Da ?!?, se lumina Micul Suflet, dar cum?
– Iti voi aduce pe cineva pe care sa ierti.
– Poti face tu acest lucru ?
– Cu siguranta! ciripi Sufletul cel Prietenos, pot sa apar in viata ta urmatoare si sa ma comport in asa fel, incat tu sa ai pe cine ierta.
– Dar de ce? De ce ai face lucrul acesta?, intreba Micul Suflet. Tu, care esti o fiinta atat de perfecta! Tu, care vibrezi atat de putermic, incat abia te pot privi. Ce te-ar putea face sa vrei sa-ti incetinesti vibratia atat de mult, incat Lumina pe care o radiezi acum sa se transforme intr-un Intuneric dens ? Ce te-ar putea face, pe tine – care esti atat de usor, incat dansezi deaspura stelelor si te misti prin imparatie cu viteza gandului – sa apari in viata mea si sa comiti astfel de lucruri ?
Micul Suflet fu suprins de raspuns.
– Nu fi atat de mirat, spuse Sufletul cel Prietenos, si tu ai facut acelasi lucru pentru mine. Nu-ti amintesti? Ohooo, am dansat de multe ori impreuna, noi doi. Am dansat impreuna de-a lungul veacurilor. Ne-am jucat impreuna de multe ori si in multe locuri. Tu doar nu-ti amintesti. Am fost amandoi un Tot.
Impreuna am fost Sus-ul si Jos-ul, Stanga si Dreapta, Aici si Acolo, Acum si Atunci. Am fost Femeia si Barbatul, Bunul si Raul, am fost amandoi si Victima si Agresorul. Astfel ne-am intalnit de nenumarate ori, noi doi, fiecare aducandu-i celuilalt exact ceea ce avea nevoie pentru a putea trai experienta a Ceea ce Suntem cu Adevarat.
Sufletul cel Prietenos explica mai departe : Voi veni in viata ta urmatoare si voi fi cel rau de data asta. Iti voi face niste lucruri groaznice, si abia atunci tu vei putea trai experienta a ceea ce inseamna sa fii Cel care Iarta.
– Dar ce anume imi vei face de va fi atat de inspaimantator?, intreba Micul Suflet, putin speriat.
– Pai, ne vom gandi noi impreuna la ceva, raspunse Sufletul cel Prietenos, facandu-i un semn cu ochiul.
Sufletul cel Prietenos devenise deodata serios si spuse cu o voce slaba :
– Ai avut dreptate inainte, sa stii.
– La ce te referi ?
– Va trebui sa-mi incetinesc vibratiile si sa devin violent, pentru a putea face toate aceste lucruri nu prea placute. Va trebui sa ma prefac ca sunt cineva foarte diferit de ceea ce sunt de fapt. As avea o favoare sa-ti cer.
– Cere-mi orice!, striga Micul Suflet, incepand sa danseze si sa cante: Voi putea fi Iertator! Voi putea fi Iertator!
Atunci Micul Suflet observa ca Sufletul cel Prietenos ramase foarte tacut.
– Ce anume doresti sa-mi ceri? Ce as putea sa fac pentru tine? Esti un inger ca faci toate acestea pentru mine.
– Bine-nteles ca Sufletul cel Prietenos este un inger, interveni Dumnezeu. Toti sunt ingeri. Aminteste-ti asta mereu: Eu va trimit numai ingeri.
Si atunci Micul Suflet nu-si dorui nimic mai mult decat sa indeplineasca dorinta prietenului sau:
– Ce pot sa fac pentru tine ?
Sufletul cel Prietenos raspunse:
– Atunci cand te voi lovi si te voi izbi. in momentele in care iti voi face cele mai groaznice lucruri pe care ai putea sa ti le imaginezi, in chiar acel moment, aminteste-ti te rog Cine Sunt cu Adevarat.
– Oooo, imi voi aminti!, plangea Micul Suflet, iti promit! Mi te voi aminti exact asa cum esti acum, aici.
– Bine, raspunse Prietenul sau, pentru ca, vezi tu, eu ma voi preface atat de bine, incat voi uita si eu la randul meu. Si daca nu iti vei aminti tu cine Sunt cu Adevarat, s-ar putea sa nu mai fiu in stare sa-mi reamintesc pentru o perioada lunga de timp. Si daca uit Cine Sunt, s-ar putea ca si tu sa uiti Cine Esti. Si astfel vom fi amandoi pierduti. Va fi nevoie ca un alt suflet sa vina si sa ne aminteasca amandurora Cine Suntem.
– Nu, nu vom uita, ii promise Micul Suflet, iti voi reaminti eu. Si iti voi multumi ca mi-ai adus acest dar – sansa de a trai experienta a Cine Sunt cu Adevarat.
Si astfel, cei doi cazusera de acord. Micul Suflet isi incepuse noua viata, emotionat sa fie Lumina, ceea ce era foarte special si entuziasmat sa faca parte din acel ceva foarte special, numit Iertare.
Micul Suflet astepta cu nerabdare sa fie in stare sa traiasca experienta Iertarii si sa-i multumeasca oricarui suflet care facea ca acest lucru sa fie posibil. Si, ori de cate ori un nou suflet aparea in preajma lui – chiar daca acel nou suflet ii aducea bucurie ori tristete – dar mai ales daca ii aducea tristete – Micul Suflet isi amintea ce-i spusese Dumnezeu:
– Adu-ti aminte: eu va trimit numai ingeri.


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