11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life by JD Messinger11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life by JD Messinger

11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life

byJD Messinger

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

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11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life is the world's first two-way interactive ebook. 11 Days in May merges words, art, music, videos, radio interviews and two-way interactive features that allows readers to vote and discuss the themes within the book.

The story of one man's spiritual transformation as he seeks the answers to the great questions: who am I, why am I here and where did I come from? After breaking his neck, leaving his body, and returning, JD Messinger experienced prophetic visions and insights. Over the course of eleven days, he takes us on a journey with a mysterious friend. The two bicker like brothers but converse like sages as they investigate the answers to thirty-six of life’s most important questions.

As a child, JD was fascinated with chemistry, electricity, and mechanics, often dismantling household appliances to decipher their operational secrets. He began his adult life as a fireman and moved on to be the former CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting, Singapore, one of 37 Distinguished Graduates from the United States Naval Academy cla...
Title:11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Waterside Productions, IncLanguage:English

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Day One—Inspiration, Thoughts and IntentionsWho Makes Things?I would like to know who makes things. What I mean is, does God make all the trees, cars, and inventions or does man make them?What prompts such a deep thought?I know this may sound unbelievable, but I keep having these dreams and visions where I see things. Then, months later, in real life, I make them, and they turn out close to what I envisioned in my dream.Would you mind sharing one?In one dream, I saw blue sheets running through a large printing press. It stretched for perhaps a hundred feet. The blue sheets had a circular design on it, and the design had three wings. The press kept going ka chunk, ka chunk, ka chunk, ka chunk, ka chunk, ka, ka chunk, ka chunk, ka chunk! The dream repeated every night for nearly seven days and it drove me crazy!Did you ever determine what it was?Of course, that’s why I want to know who makes things. It was a game, and the design was the logo of my company. I never even thought about the company until months after the dream.That’s not so odd, people often dream about work.That might be true, if this was work. It was the dream that inspired me to make these things and it had nothing to do with my job at the time!Many of the most famous inventors, creators, and writers have experienced these kinds of insights. Nicolai Tesla had visions of the alternating current motor for a decade, and Walt Disney saw the vision of EPCOT in his ceiling.That’s exactly what I mean! When I had my radio show, I interviewed many creative people who said the same thing. During one interview, a renowned artist told me that he had no idea what he was painting, it was unfolding before him as he had the brush in his hands. Once, just like Walt Disney, he said he saw it in his ceiling. So, back to the question: Who makes things?That depends.What does it depend on?It depends upon what you believe God is.Does God have arms and legs? Does he walk and talk amongst us? If not, then clearly it is man that makes things.If God has arms and legs, must they not be the largest arms and legs, and if so, might these extremities take up the entire domain of the planet itself?Clearly to be God, He must have very large arms and legs. How else could He make the planet?Yet, God made more than just the planet. Did God not make the universe as well?I see your point. Clearly, God must not have arms and legs for they would certainly have to be larger than the universe.So then, you believe that man makes all the physical things on the planet.It must be so; we just agreed that God couldn’t possibly have arms and legs.Really? Is that what we agreed or is that what you assumed?Again, you are correct. I wrongfully assumed that you agreed with my logic.Is this not the essence of what we are discussing, assumptions?Excellent point. This is of course the purpose of me asking you these questions, to understand the essence of what it all means. I make so many assumptions everyday I fail to see them. Can you help me see what assumption I made?You first assumed, correctly, I might add, that we agreed that the arms and legs of God would indeed have to be larger than the universe itself.Oh, good. I’m glad you agree with me, otherwise, I would be very confused.You then assumed, wrongly so, that because his arms must be so large, that I agreed with you that He must not have arms and legs.I did make this assumption.You then assumed your initial conclusion must be true, that man makes things.Absolutely, what other possible explanation could there be?Yes, clearly this must be so, for it is the hand of man that swings the hammer, the ingenuity of man that forges the nail, the creativity of man that designs the blueprints.When you put it this way, you make me pause.What makes you reconsider?Now I wonder what it means to be the maker.Is another assumption revealing itself?It may very well be the hand that pounds the nail belongs to man, for this is physical, but these thoughts and ideas, what you spoke of as designs and blueprints, these did not require hands.Did it not require hands to lay onto paper the concepts that created the blueprints?Paper? You show your age and make me laugh; who uses such crude instruments today? It is all bits and bytes, digital; nothing is on paper now. But you seem to miss my point entirely.Please explain.I questioned what it was to make, the essence of making, if you will. It may have been the hands that drove the nail, but this is only the end of the making process. The process of making these things began long before.It was the idea that first gave birth to every creation. Is this what you mean?Precisely! At last, we agree.Moreover, these ideas did not require arms and legs.Hallelujah! By golly, we are finally getting somewhere.Are we now back to God being the source of all things made?Yes, I do believe we have resolved this. God is the maker of all.Does the final stage of making still require the hammer?It must.Which only man can yield since God has no extremities?Oh my. Must we bring this back up again?Did you or did you not ask me to help you answer the question?Yes, I did.Do you wish to resolve it today?I couldn’t stand verbal gymnastics on this one more day. Let’s finish it now. Who holds the hammer?Why man of course. Who brought forth the idea?God! It must be God! I will not debate this again!What then is the maker of things?You and your ways; if this weren’t so important to me I would have ended this conversation long ago. Fine, have it your way. Besides, I’m in a hurry you know. Clearly, it must be both man and God.You speak as if they are separate and distinct.Of course they are separate. How preposterous! To propose otherwise would be blasphemy.Are you making another assumption?No, this is not an assumption. Of this, I am certain. If it were an assumption that would mean that my parents, teachers, and pastor are all wrong.Then how did the idea from God, get into the hands of man?I don’t know the answer to that. Only God knows that.Did God use one of those old letters and a stamp?That is not funny.Perhaps He sent an email or a text message?No hands and arms means no fingers as well. Honestly, you can be irritating.How then did God share the idea?A thought? Yes, it must have been a thought since thoughts do not require hands. There. Are you satisfied?If God sends man a thought, and man executes the plans, which then is the maker?Oh, well, as much as my ego hates to admit it, you might have a point. Let me think for a moment.Take your time.If the idea comes from God but requires the hands of man, then reluctantly I must admit that the maker of things must be a combination of the will of God and the execution of man.This brings us back to your very first question.My brain is so confused I can’t remember. What was my initial question?You asked me if God made things or if man made things.Oh yes, I remember now.You made another assumption.I seem to be doing that a lot lately. Let me see, an assumption...Aha, I have it! I thought that man and God were separate and distinct beings.Not just separate and distinct beings. What else did you assume?Another assumption? Such a simple question and I made what, five assumptions?Actually, it was closer to seven.Seven assumptions, what were they?You made two assumptions about what we agreed upon, another one or two about God’s extremities, another on what it meant to make things, then you assumed God was the maker, reversed your assumption and said it was man, and then this last one about them being separate and distinct.Is that it or is there more?There is one more.This is a real brain twister. I have to think about itokay, I did and I have no idea. What else did I assume?When you assumed that God and man were separate beings, you also assumed that the thoughts of one were not connected to the hands of the other.***What is a Thought?This last discussion on who or what made things and the idea that the hands of man are somehow connected to the thoughts of God raises another very important question. If our thoughts are inseparable, what exactly is a thought?You just had one and you don’t know?I know what my thought was, but I don’t know exactly what it is!I am trying not to laugh. I am composed now. How are you going to find out?I am asking you.I am not going to do your thinking for you.I am not asking you to think for me, I am asking you to help me understand my thoughts.Why do you want to know?Come on, the implications are profound. Did God put the thought in my head about making a game, and creating a company? If so, which thoughts are mine? Do you see my dilemma?Indeed I do.I really need to understand this whole subject of thoughts. What is a thought and how can God put a thought in my head?Begin by understanding the difference between thinking and thoughts.Do you always talk in circles? What did you just ask me?Is there a difference between the verb “to think,” and the noun “a thought”?All I know is that thinking about how and what I think is very confusing. In fact, I believe that if I try to think about my thoughts, my thoughts will change. Then I will lose track of what I am thinking about! You see it’s an endless loop, the results will be uncertain! Now I’m making myself dizzy.Try harder. I will wait.All right then; I believe that “thinking” is the process my brain uses to develop a thought. The “thought” is the result of a thinking process. I believe that was perfect, but don’t ask me to say it again, ’cause I think I forgot it already.This is partially correct. Some thoughts are a result of your thinking, but others are transmitted to you. We said that when we discussed who makes things.That’s why I want to understand what a thought is so I can understand how others transmit them.What are movies, books, commercials, the Internet, television, and music?They are all thoughts in different media but that generates a question.Proceed.How could I stop others from transmitting thoughts to me? For example, sometimes I really don’t like what is in the paper, on the news or on television. What am I supposed to do, cover my ears?You need to stop listening to their words or watching their pictures.Even when I do, the thoughts are still there, in my head.Go spend time in nature, or in the water, such as a pool, shower, or the ocean. It helps to clear your mind and find your own thoughts.How does water stop a thought from being transmitted?The essence of a thought is an electrical impulse. Water is very dense and it provides a natural shield.I learned that on a submarine. We used a foot of water as a shield around the nuclear reactors to reduce the radiation from getting into the living and working compartments. I never thought about applying water to block or cleanse thought waves. However, I still find it hard to accept that others transmit thoughts to me. It sounds like voodoo, curses, or witchcraft.Do you have a mobile phone?I do.Can your phone send and receive pictures, music, and documents?Of course! What a silly question.Of what materials are those emails

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Who Makes Things?
What is a Thought?
What are Intentions?
What is Pain?
What is Suffering?
What is Confusion?
What is a Program?
What is Not-Good?
What is a Belief?
What is a Coincidence?
What is Initiation?
What are Truth Bumps?
What is Near-Death?
What is a Soul?
What is Matter?
What is Devious?
What is Purpose?
What is Change?
What is Construction?
What is Love?
What is War?
What is Sex?
What is Form?
What is Reality?
What is Truth?
What is Science?
What is Religion?
Is Religion Good or Not-Good?
Is Science Good or Not-Good?
What is Life?
What is Living?
What Do I Know?
What is a Day?
Is Time Relevant?
What is God’s Greatest Modern Creation?