Ask God … but for that which is!
“If, then, revelation is requested, it cannot be had, for the act of asking is a statement that it is not there; that nothing of God is now being revealed. Such a statement produces the experience. For your thought about something is creative, and your word is productive, and your thought and your word together are magnificently effective in giving birth to your reality. Therefore shall you experience that God is not now revealed, for if God were, you would not ask God to be.” (CWG, Book 1, p18)
Only a few pages into CWG Book 1, this concept is first introduced. It is a very difficult and non-intuitive idea at first sight, and smells of the familar circular reasoning so popular with those defending the authority of the bible (“the bible is true because the bible says it is true”).
This idea suggests that the act of asking for something creates the reality that we do not have what we are asking for! The combination of our thoughts and words produces our reality. Or to turn it around the other way, if we already knew we had something, we would not ask for it (duh).
This is a hard concept to grab hold of and I am struggling here! However, it comes up over and over again throughout the CWG trilogy and is a foundational idea to the whole CWG model.
“You will not have that for which you ask, nor can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack, and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience – wanting – in your reality.” (CWG, Book 1, p19)
I say to God “I want to be happy”, and that’s exactly what I get – the feeling of “wanting to be happy.” Man … I really need to go away and think about this!
This idea has very wide implications later on in the CWG model in terms of what it means for us to made in the image of God – that we have the power to create. These ideas are inter-related. He seems to be saying that rather than ask for that which you do not have, create it!