Living a Dream – Episode 22

The Third Fundamental Question of Life

Original Air Date:  November 5, 2019

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Welcome to the twenty-second episode of the Living a Dream: A Transformational Journey podcast. My name is Jo Calk. I am a Life Awareness Coach, Reiki Master, author, and speaker. Today’s episode is “The Third Fundamental Question of Life.” To participate on a panel to discuss the question in an open-mike call-in forum, call 646-564-9667 now.

First, I want to share my Life Purpose Statement:

“The purpose of my life is to be present, joyful, and compassionate, and to share my joy, make a difference, and be a role model to others that, by changing some of their internal beliefs and judgments, they can also make a difference in the world.”

My Ultimate Goal is the global enlightenment and peace on our Earth, our physical reality, through the awakening, awareness, and action of its people in transforming our beliefs about each other and the Earth.

I am not alone in having this Goal of “Peace on Earth,” but my approach is a bit different: I am enlightening the Earth from within.


During this podcast series, please be open to the possibility that your life can change and improve in ways unimaginable now.


This is the sixth in a series of 7 podcast episodes, in which one of seven questions is announced, followed by call-in listeners who wish to participate in an open-mike discussion of the question. The questions are called “The 7 Simple Questions” and were introduced by Neale Donald Walsch in his book, Storm Before the Calm. Mr. Walsch states, “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.”

I, and everyone else, have been given explicit permission by Mr. Walsch to use the 7 Simple Questions in our work, to share the discussions around the questions that could change the world. I thank Neale Donald Walsch for his waiving of copyright protections for us to freely engage in the 7 Simple Questions that invite our own soul-searching.

Please call in at 646-564-9667 to discuss the following question first proposed by Neale Donald Walsch in his book, Storm Before the Calm.


The Third Fundamental Question of Life (question 6 of 7):

 Why am I Where I am?


Neale Donald Walsch’s Response:

My thought is that I am in the Realm of the Physical, or what may also be called the Realm of the Relative, because I desire a Contextual Field within which to Experience what I Know of myself, and to experience it fully.

I cannot experience who I am in the Realm of the Spiritual because there, there is nothing I am not. And in the absence of what I am not, what I am…is not. That is, it is not experienceable. You cannot experience What You Are except in the presence of What You Are Not.

The light cannot be experienced without the darkness. “Up” has no meaning in experience without “down.” “Fast” is simply a term, a word, having no meaning whatsoever, without “slow.”

Only in the presence of the thing called Small can the thing called Big be experienced. We can say that something is “big,” we can imagine that something is “big,” we can conceptualize something as being “big,” but in the absence of something that is “small,” “big” cannot be experienced. Likewise, in the absence of something “finite,” “infinity” cannot be experienced.

Therefore, all the people, places, and events of your life—now or in the past—which seem to be “at odds” with who you are and what you choose to experience are simply gifts from the highest source, created for you and brought to you through the collaborative process of co-creating souls, allowing you to find yourself in a contextual field within which the fullest experience of Who You Really Are becomes possible.

Or to put this as God put it to me, “I have sent you nothing but angels.”

The cycle of my eternal journey, from the Realm of the Virtual to the Realm of the Spiritual to the Realm of the Physical, then returning to the Realm of Virtual, where the cycle begins all over again, has a purpose.

It is important for me to know this, lest I think that I am on an endless merry-go-round.

The purpose of the Cycle of Life is to expand the Reality of God.

In simple terms (and these are simple terms), God is growing—becoming more of Itself—through this process. God IS this process. That is, God is the Process Itself…and the result of it. God is The Creator and The Created. The Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and The End. The Unmoved Mover. The Unwatched Watcher.

In not-so-simple terms, God cannot “grow” because everything God ever was, is now, or ever will be Is Now. There is no Time and there is no Space. Therefore, there is no time in which to grow, and no space into which to grow. The Cycle of Life is therefore occurring simultaneously everywhere. What my human mind wants to call God’s “growth” is merely God’s experiencing more and more of Itself
as God’s individuations experience more and more of themselves. This is called Evolution.

By the unique, elegant, and remarkably simple invention of Individuation, God made it possible for the Always All and the Everything Now to experience Itself in a way that could make “growth” possible.

Stated simply, this was accomplished by The Whole by dividing but not separating itself from Itself, re-creating Itself in smaller and finite form. No finite form—by the very reason of its being finite—could hold the infinite consciousness, awareness, and experience of The Whole, yet each individuated Self was designed in such a way that what we call “expansion” of consciousness, awareness, and experience to a place where it once again equaled that of the Whole was possible through a process by which the individuated aspect did not grow, actually, but simply became more and more aware that it did not have to grow, but actually was, in its individuated form, identical to The Whole.

The story is there, the unfoldment is awaited.

Let me see if I can illustrate this. Hold a DVD of your favorite movie in your hand. Notice that the entire movie exists on the disc. When you put the DVD into a player and watch the story unfold, you know at some level that everything has already happened. The disc isn’t creating the story as it goes along, it is simply accessing the story, it is simply projecting a minuscule portion of what is all there in whole and complete form, onto your computer or television screen frame by frame.

When you hit Fast Forward, you can actually watch this process of accessing the story unfold rapidly, no longer in real time (as you understand “real time”).

That’s as close as I can come to explaining what is going on in your life and mine. Everything that ever was, is now, and ever will be…is now.

The universe is the Original Disc. It is one of many in God’s hands.…

Don’t believe it? Fair enough. My answer may not be yours. But I am intrigued by this from Shakespeare:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5)

End of Neale Donald Walsch text.


My response to “Why Am I Where I Am?” I am here, in this virtual reality called Playground Earth, to experience joy, create more joyful experiences, to attract contrasts and choose those which I prefer, and to be of service to others as equal and unique aspects of Source we all are. I am here:

  • to learn from others and to share with others
  • to combine our unique perspectives as part of Source’s complete perspective
  • to create a better world for all of us to enjoy
  • to expand and grow
  • to share my love and joy in this new love-based world of our own creation
  • to join with others in co-creating anew each day a brighter, more loving world

Some thoughts and concepts we have discussed in previous podcasts that relate to this question:

  • We are ONE as Source. We ARE Source
  • We are Pure Source Energy having a physical experience on Playground Earth, wearing body-suits to gain the full sensation of physicality
  • Our Soul extends out forever, joining with other Souls as the ONE Soul of Source. We are freed from the belief of being separate, isolated, physical beings, apart from Source.
  • We were all “born” with gifts of love, joy, and positive self-attributes. We still have those gifts, which may be buried under other people’s beliefs, opinions, attitudes, and thoughts that we accepted as our own
  • Happiness is within you, you need not search for it elsewhere
  • All people are equal and unique
  • They aren’t “for” us, they aren’t “against” us, They ARE Us
  • Other people are reflections of ourselves
  • We always have choices. We can choose fear, or we can choose love. We have preferences, not judgments. We have preferences, not prejudices. We teach only love as our “go-to” response to all events. We change our viewpoint: We see the world as we want it to be – not as we think it is now.
  • We are in a waking dream, believing what we are seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting are solid, visible, and real. We are awakening from this dream of believing we are separate physical beings in a separate physical world


Let’s look at this week’s tools, activities, and summary:


  1. Be open to the possibility that your life can change and improve in ways unimaginable now.
  2. We Are All ONE as Source – we are all Pure Energy wearing a body-suit for our adventure in physicality on Playground Earth.
  3. Replace fear with love, knowing that we are all Source.
  4. Experience the changes we are creating, which increase the love and joy around the world. Bring the knowledge of the totality of the Universe to our Consciousness in this physical experience.
  5. By changing within, we become the change in the world.
  6. We are all part of The Global Shift in Consciousness that is occurring now.



* Completely rearrange your thinking about this place called Earth. Begin to experience life “on earth as it is in heaven.” That is, as if this were a paradise.

* In order to do this, you would have to rearrange your thinking about Who You Are and about How Life Works. You would have to adopt a new perspective—the perspective of the soul, on why things are happening the way they are happening, what the purpose of every event is, and how we can put those events to that purpose in a meaningful way.

* Make a list of conditions, experiences, and circumstances that have existed or now exist in your life that create a context allowing you to experience who you are by presenting you with who and what you are not. Bless those experiences and circumstances and forgive yourself for ever having been them wrong, or not okay with you (if, in fact, you ever did). Embrace them now in your heart as the gifts that each of them were and are.


My Suggested Activities:

  1. Envision the Earth as a giant Playground in which we all play as Pure Energy Beings having a physical experience. Imagine your joy and love expanding far beyond your body-suit, enlightening the world.
  2. Imagine no longer living in fear. Imagine seeing everyone AS US. Imagine being calm, knowing we are Source Energy in a body-suit of our own creation, in a Playground Earth of our own creation, within the multiple Universes of Source’s creation.
  3. Think about what changes a love-based world provides. What do you love doing, that brings you joy and is of service to others? How does the world appear, when everything and everyone are viewed from love, instead of fear?



* There are three realms in the Kingdom of God: Virtual, Physical, and Spiritual.

* We are now in the Realm of the Physical.

* We are not here to learn anything, or to be tested.

* We are here to experience any aspect of Divinity that we wish. That is what makes this a paradise.

* You cannot experience What You Are except in the presence of What You Are Not.

* God is a process, and you are part of that process right now.


My Summary:

  1. We must awaken from the dream that we are victims of this world. We created this world from love and joy; we can return this world to love and joy when we remember we are all ONE as Source.
  2. To change the world, we change our beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, actions, and reactions from within ourselves, as Pure Source Energy surrounding a body-suit.
  3. Replace fear with love in every situation.
  4. Experience the changes we are creating, which increase the love and joy around the world. Bring the knowledge of the totality of the Universe to our Consciousness in this physical experience.
  5. The Global Shift to Peace on Earth is occurring now; we are choosing to take part in the Transformation.


You are welcome to visit my website at Under the “Podcaster” menu item click on the “Living a Dream: A Transformational Journey” link, I have added a bibliography of books that have inspired me and that resonate with my beliefs; I have also added new pages containing the text of the previous podcasts and will add the text of this podcast for you to review as you wish. In addition, Blog Talk Radio has recorded, saved, and makes available all the episodes of this Living a Dream: A Transformational Journey podcast series, so you can replay an episode whenever you choose. Please visit, to see the list of episodes and listen to those that have been recorded or listen to a new podcast as it is being broadcast.

If you have a question or comment, please contact me at: I look forward to hearing from you.

The next podcast is “The Fourth Persistent Question,” I will ask the last of Neale Donald Walsch’s “7 Simple Questions” from his book Storm Before the Calm. As this week, next week will be held in a Q&A open-mike forum. Please call in next week and add your voice to the discussion of each of these 7 important questions, which invite deep soul-searching – and could change the world.

I hope you will join me here next Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific US Time) / 7:00 p.m. (Eastern US Time).

This is Jo Calk signing off:

Blessings to all of us Dreamers on our Transformational Journey.



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